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The weekend starts tonight! We told you about:

And there’s more. Here are your weekend highlights:


First Free Thursday Nights at MAMMAM’s First Free Thursday Night happens tonight! Enjoy an evening of free art and dynamic programming, including live music, tours, and interactive entertainment. A full-service bar with special First Thursday Night prices sponsored by Pig & Prince is open all evening, and food trucks serve a variety of delicious fare. and of course, art!




Free First Thursday Nights at MAM
Thursday, November 6 from 5 pm – 9 pm
MAM, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Rachel Kanter, A Monthly Prayer, dyed and appliqued cotton,1940s vintage apron pattern, vintage plastic button
Rachel Kanter, A Monthly Prayer, dyed and appliqued cotton,1940s vintage apron pattern, vintage plastic button

Attend an opening reception for the exhibition tonight at Montclair Public Library. The show will be display at MPL through November 28. Reflections showcases the work of five artists whose work depicts the theme “reflection.” Each artist explores the theme in a highly personal and subjective way, with no two artists using the same medium. Collage, photography, fiber arts, animation and drawing are all employed to their fullest in the hands of these five very talented women.The five artists in the show are Rachel Kanter and Paula Stark of Montclair; Roshanak Elmendorf of Ringwood; Linda Jacobs of Maplewood; and Michelle R. Thomas of Hartford.

Opening Reception for the exhibition Portfolio Series: Reflections 
Thursday, November 6 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 So. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Montclair Operetta Club presents Godspell

Montclair Operetta Club, now in its 90th season, will present a fully staged production of Godspell at Westminster Arts Center on the campus of Bloomfield College this weekend. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John-Michael Tebelak, Godspell is modern-day retelling of the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The score includes the well-known songs “Day By Day”, “Learn Your Lesson Well”, and “By My Side”.

Montclair Operetta Club presents Godspell
November 7 and November 8 at 8 pm,  November 9 at 2 pm
Westminster Arts Center , Franklin & Fremont Streets, Bloomfield, NJ 
Tickets are $25 and can be ordered online here or by calling the box office at (973) 744-3133

Jim BoggiaPhiladelphia native Jim Boggia will perform at The Art Garage, the best 50 seat BYOB venue in New Jersey (and beyond), on Saturday night. Many already knew how important Boggia was when they first heard his 2001 release “Fidelity is the Enemy.” On tour he accompanied Jill Sobule and Mary Kate O’Neil for some acoustic concerts across the pond. His presence, his sense of humor, his guitar playing and his voice will captivate you. Lance Doss is the special opening act.  Lance will be playing an opening set doing something he has not done before…performing some of his solo acoustic originals.  

Jim Boggia with special opening act Lance Doss
Saturday, November 8 at 8 pm
The Art Garage, 211 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Tickets: $20 can be purchased online here

Mark Kilianski and the Country Shuffle

Also on Saturday, the Nutley Historical Society will host Jazz and Bluegrass at the Museum, an evening of live music featuring Mark Kilianski and the Country Shuffle. Band members include Kilianski on guitar and lead vocals; Jeff Little on bass;  and Pete Abazia on drums. The band’s eclectic set list includes original compositions penned by Kilianski, traditional ballads, bluegrass tunes and jazz standards such as “Footprints” by Wayne Shorter.

Jazz and Bluegrass at the Museum: Mark Kilianski and the Country Shuffle
Saturday, November 8 at 7 pm
Nutley Museum, 65 Church Street, Nutley, NJ
Suggested donation of $10 per person, a portion of which goes to benefit the Historical Society.


Julie's PartyJulie’s Party is a hot new funky band featuring no one named Julie: Doug Hall, Michael William Levine, Iris Weinstock Schaffer, Matt Hauser, and Howard Finkel. The “Montclair, NJ meets Maplewood, NJ” group will play its debut show at  Tierney’s Saturday night.

Julie’s Party
Saturday, November 8 at 9 pm
Tierney’s Tavern, 136 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ
$10 cover





Palisades Virtuosi

Enjoy a classical concert at Van Vleck House & Gardens featuring Palisades Virtuosi, an ensemble of three accomplished musicians. The concert will feature Gershwin Preludes, selections from Madame Butterfly and a work commissioned by the group as part of its mission to commission new works by contemporary composers. This concert features Ron Levy, an internationally acclaimed pianist who is, among other things, an instructor at MSU.  Margaret Swinchoski’s performances on the flute have been featured in solo recitals and she has served as principal flutist with the Westchester and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras. Clarinetist Donald Mokrynski has played with many of the area’s finest ensembles, serving as principal clarinetist with the Garden State Philharmonic and playing at major music festivals, such as Aspen, Waterloo and Heidelberg.

Classical Concert at Van Vleck — Palisades Virtuosi
Sunday, November 9 at 2 pm
Van Vleck House & Gardens,  21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Free, Reserved seating is available by calling 973-744-4752 (extension 4) or by e-mail.  

Check our Calendar for other happenings this weekend.