‘Jolly Holiday’ evokes nostalgia, the thrill of Broadway

‘Jolly Holiday’ evokes nostalgia, the thrill of Broadway

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – What do you get when you combine Disney’s classic, timeless songs with Broadway’s brightest stars and the holiday magic of the Paper Mill Playhouse? You get “Wow!” You get just what you would expect with this triple threat — an enchanting, entertaining evening, right in your own backyard. “A Jolly Holiday: […]

Oratorio Society of New Jersey to sing Handel’s ‘Messiah’

MONTCLAIR, NJ — “Messiah” sings have their roots in 19th-century Britain, where singers would gather from across the land to participate in what were known as “scratch” performances — as in “cooking from scratch” — of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” The practice caught on in the United States, with choirs hosting “Messiah” sings in major […]

Bloomfield Chorale to perform ‘Concert of Peace and Joy’

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Chorale will perform for the first time since 2019 with a “Concert of Peace and Joy for the Holidays” with the sounds of the season on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. at the Watchung Presbyterian Church, 375 Watchung Ave. in Bloomfield. Admission is free, though donations are always welcomed. […]

Dickens Village is back to delight Maplewood

Dickens Village is back to delight Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — One of Maplewood’s flagship events, Dickens Village brings to life various scenes from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in miniature houses arranged in Ricalton Square. Peek inside and see fireplaces, stockings and antique toys. Each little house reveals something unique and different. This community tradition opens in December and runs each Saturday […]

Watershed Literary Events presents Michael Lally and friends

Watershed Literary Events presents Michael Lally and friends

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Watershed Literary Events, a spoken-word series sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs in South Orange, will host its final virtual reading of 2021 on Sunday, Dec. 5,  at 2 p.m., featuring Michael Lally and friends. The event is free and open to the public; to attend, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86405802744.   […]

West Orange author reads her book to students at Kelly School

West Orange author reads her book to students at Kelly School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Local author Tiberah Berhanu visited Kelly Elementary School on Nov. 17 to read her new book, “My Uncle Is an Alien,” to third-grade students. Students in Jennifer Imperial’s and Jaclyn Gill’s third-grade classes gathered around Berhanu as she read her first children’s book to them. The book revolves around the question: […]

SOPAC announces its Dec. 1 Laughs in the Loft lineup

SOPAC announces its Dec. 1 Laughs in the Loft lineup

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Performing Arts Center is back with another installment of Laughs in the Loft, a monthly stand-up comedy series. Hosted by comedian Joe Larson, each show features several comedians. The next performance is Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at https://www.sopacnow.org/events/laughs-in-the-loft/.  The lineup includes: Ophira Eisenberg, the […]