Another quiet weekend while people recover from their New Year’s Eve festivities, but there are still ways to get out and enjoy what’s happening.

Don’t forget about Free Art Friday Montclair happening today. Here are your weekend highlights:

MAM Free First Friday and Closer Look Tours

Join Montclair Art Museum for informal 30-minute gallery talks, led by MAM educators and docents, that provide an in-depth examination of one to two works of art on view in the galleries. Closer Look Tours coincide with Free First Fridays—MAM offers free admission to all visitors the first Friday of the month during regular gallery hours.

Free First Fridays: Closer Look Tours
Friday, January 2 between 12 pm – 5 pm
MAM, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042

old soleTonight at Trend Coffee & Tea House in Montclair, see Old Sole, a three-piece original band hailing from northern NJ. In the spring of 2014, band mates Ariel Tukachinsky, Amalia Grannis, and Max McMahon combined creative forces to produce a funky, soulful sound, with a touch of bluesy seriousness. Old Sole’s music can be described as observational, concerning nature, society, and the self, backed by grooves that are catchy.

Old Sole at Trend
Friday, January 2 at 8 pm
Trend Tea & Coffee House, 411 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042

Tomas Doncker Band

Blues in the Loft at SOPAC is an intimate series of blues, jazz, theatre and foreign film hosted in the casual cabaret-style setting of the SOPAC Loft. On Sunday, Tomás Doncker Band performs. Doncker has been living for music and playing his heart out for over four decades, working with people as diverse as Madonna, Sean Lennon, Bonnie Raitt, Ivan Neville, Sadao Watanabe, Prince Charles Alexander, and Yoko Ono, legendary theatre director Alfred Preisser, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, to name a few.

Blues in The Loft: Tomás Doncker
Sunday, January 4 at 7 pm
SOPAC Loft, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the SOPAC box office or online

This weekend is a Museums On Us weekend, which means that any Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholder will receive free museum admission to the following area 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.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.
  • Whitney Museum of Art, 945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY.

Museums on Us Weekend
Saturday, January 3 and Sunday, January 4
Free admission for each cardholder (debit or credit) at participating museums

Check out our Calendar for more local happenings.