It’s gonna be a hot one folks! The first weekend in June is coming in with a bang. There’s lots going on, and many inside with air-conditioning if you’re like me and can’t stand the heat.

Don’t forget about:

From Roses to Rock Gardens

Indulge your garden envy this weekend as Van Vleck House & Gardens presents From Roses to Rock Gardens. the annual home garden tour will take place on May 31 and June 1 from 11 am to 4pm.  This informal, self-guided tour of 7 delightful gardens in Montclair and Glen Ridge features a variety sure to please both master gardeners and weekend warriors alike. On Friday morning, a coffee reception and lecture at Van Vleck House at 9:30 am will feature a talk by landscape artist Charles Baum. Admission to the lecture is free for all ticket holders.

Van Vleck’s House & Gardens “From Roses to Rock Gardens”
Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1
Seven gardens in Montclair and Glen Ridge
General admission ticket of $30 prepaid (Friends $25) or $35 at the door (Friends $30)
For more information, visit online, call 973-744-4752 or email 


jeffrey gainesJeffrey Gaines, who started The Art Garage’s concert series three years ago will be back to wrap up its 2012-2013 concert season this Saturday night. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Jeffrey perform at the intimate 50 seat BYOB venue. Gaines has been heralded for his soul-searching lyrics and powerful live performances.  Recently Gaines was described by MOJO, the online music magazine, as “the man who sounds like Otis Redding, Elvis Costello and David Bowie, wrapped up in one amazing package”

Jeffrey Gaines at The Art Garage
Saturday, June 2. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show form 8 pm – 10 pm
The Art Garage, 211 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Tickets available online $20 or $25 at the door and are limited, so  purchase online in advance to ensure you get one (please print your confirmation as that will serve as your ticket).  His last concert was a  first official sell-out concert



imgStudioTourInteriorLogoThe 10th Annual South Orange Maplewood Artists Studio Tour is one of the most important arts events in the region, and reflects our diverse artistic community. With nearly 80 artists in studios, galleries and group exhibitions across the two towns, the Tour draws art lovers from all over the Metropolitan area. The tour takes place on Sunday, June 2 at various galleries and studios throughought SOMA. Click on the Tour Map for details.

South Orange Maplewood Artists Studio Tour
Sunday, June 2 from 11 am – 5 pm
Various galleries an studios throughout SOMA 



Mere Mortals, comedies by David Ives, open at Studio Playhouse in Montclair this weekend. The world according to David Ives is a very odd place and his plays constitute a virtual stress test of the English language and of the audience’s capacity for disorientation and delight. Ives’ characters plunge into 6 vignettes that aerobicizes the brain and tickles the heart. Ives is a sharp comic who has put the play back in playwright. Mere Mortals is directed by Darren Gage.


Mere Mortals
Weekend from May 31-  June 15 

Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Montclair, NJ, 07043
Tickets are $20 and are half price on opening night, Friday, May 31.  Purchase online here 


This weekend is also a Museums On Us weekend, which means that any Bank of America or Merrill lynch cardholder will receive free museum admission to the following (air-conditioned) museums:

  • Montclair Art Museum (MAM), 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
  • Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ.
  • Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, 591 Broad Street, Newark, NJ.
  • Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ.
  • Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ.
  • New York Historical Society, 170 central Park West, NYC
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.
  • Whitney Museum of Art, 945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue, NYC
  • El Museo de Barrio

Museums on Us
Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2
Free admission for each cardholder (debit or credit) at participating museums


Check out our calendar for all the happenings this weekend. Stay cool!