NJ Makers Day

There are many great events to enjoy this weekend. We told you about:

  • NJ Makers Day in Montclair
  • Rev. Dr. Roslyn M. Brock: Women’s History Month Program
  • Frank Bruni in Conversation with Devon Corneal at MPL
  • “The Enchanting Art of Japan” exhibition at George Segal Gallery at MSU
  • TCM Rear Window Screening
  • The 15th Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival

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

    I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody ElseBeloved stage and screen actor Danny Aiello will discuss I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else, his memoir at [words] Bookstore in Maplewood tonight. Aiello is an American actor who has appeared in numerous motion pictures. In this raw and real chronicle of his gritty urban past, Danny Aiello looks back with appreciation, amusement, and frank disbelief at his unconventional road to success. He offers candid observations on working with luminary directors Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, and Robert Altman, among others, and a vast roster of actors, including Robert De Niro, Paul Newman, Madonna, Cher, and Lauren Bacall. He opens up about friends he loved, friends he lost, and the professional relationships that weren’t meant to be. Above all, Danny Aiello imparts a life lesson straight out of his own experience to anyone who’s ever felt like an outsider: It’s never too late to become who you want to be, to find happiness and fulfillment, and to embrace the winding road to get there.

    I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else with Danny Aiello
    Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm
    [words] Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood NJ

    ladies night outHey ladies in the house! Call up your girlfriends and plan to hang out on Friday, March 20, because it’s Ladies’ Night Out in Montclair Center.
    From sales to pampering to learning something new, the local stores have the experience for you! Take a look at the list for participating merchants and specials.

    Ladies Night Out at Montclair Center
    Friday, March 20 from 6 pm – 9 pm
    Various shops, salons, studios in Montclair Center






    adinkra house

    On Saturday night, Montclair’s intimate Adinkra House hosts Maritri. Few singers talk about stories of love, life, and loss the way Maritri can. Her poignant, bittersweet lyrics, tells “grown folks stories” in a poignant way that will break you down to the core. Maritri was destined to share her gift of music with the world. As a two-year-old in Southern California, Maritri developed her love of music when she began playing the piano under the loving and watchful eyes of her parents. Even then, it was clear that she was a born musician.

    Maritri at Adinkra House
    Saturday, March 21 at 7 pm
    Adinkra House, 26 Pleasant Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
    Donation $25 at the door/ $20 in advance online

    Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky

    Enjoy an amazing co-bill featuring Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky “The Pine Hill Project” with special guests Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams at SOPAC on Saturday. Richard and Lucy performed together in the acclaimed folk “supergroup” Cry, Cry, Cry. Richard Shindell is a meticulous craftsman of song whose eight studio albums and 2 live recordings have been revered by critics and fans alike. Currently on tour in support of her new album Reunion, Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, “a truly gifted performer…full of enchanting songs” (The New York Times). Blending country, folk and pop styles, she has the unique ability to make every song she sings sound fresh.

    Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky “The Pine Hill Project”
    Saturday, March 21 at 8 pm
    SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
    Tickets are $30 – $50 and can be purchased online here


    MAM Appraisal DayDust off your treasures and bring one or two of your favorite family heirlooms to the Montclair Art Museum‘s Appraisal Day on Saturday. The event is cosponsored by Rago Art and Auction Center, which appears frequently on the hit PBS series Antiques Roadshow. Your ticket entitles appraisal of two items (or photos of a large item).

    MAM’s Appraisal Day
    Saturday, March 21 from 1 pm – 4 pm
    Montclair Art Musuam, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
    Tickets are $18 non-members / $15 members and can be purchased online here


    Oratorio SocietyThe Oratorio Society of New Jersey, under the direction of Dr. Sándor Szabó, will present Haydn’s The Creation on Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church in Montclair. Founded more than sixty years ago to promote the performance of vocal masterworks, The Oratorio Society of New Jersey is an accomplished volunteer community chorus of approximately 70 members from all over Northern New Jersey who are brought together by their love of music.Joining the Oratorio Society chorus for this performance will be soloists Laura Farmer (soprano), David Kellett (tenor), and Arthur Woodley (bass).

    Oratorio Society Presents Haydn’s The Creation
    Saturday, March 21 at 8 pm
    Immaculate Conception Church, 30 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
    Admission is $20 and tickets may be purchased at the door

    john ehlisLocal musician John Ehlis will perform music from his latest release “In this Lifetime” at Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant on Sunday. He will be joined by a celebrated group of musicians including Sylvain Leroux (flutes & dousin’ gouni’), Warren Smith (vibraphone), Max Johnson (bass) and Kresten Osgood (drums). Guitarist, mandolinist and multi-instrumentalist John Ehlis is a composer and band leader from Montclair.

    John Ehlis CD Release Concert
    Sunday, March 22 at 7:30 pm and 9 pm
    Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ, 07042
    $12 in advance / $15 at the door. $7 person minimum


    David WittenLocal music lovers and music students will enjoy a unique opportunity to hear early 20th century piano works performed by the Coordinator of Keyboard Studies of the John J. Cali school of music at Montclair State University, in a concert at Van Vleck House & Gardens on Sunday. This concert features David Witten, who will perform pieces composed by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Nikolai Tcherepnin, Alexander Tcherepnin, and Claude Debussy. Professor Witten has had an international career that included numerous concert tours in Ireland, Finland, Russia, Ukraine, Europe, Mexico, South America, and China. He has appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and various chamber music collaborations with members of the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has also been active in contemporary music.

    Piano Concert by David Witten at Van Vleck
    Sunday, March 22 at 2 pm
    Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
    Free, Reservations required: 973-744-4752 or by email
    maplewood restaurant week

    Maplewood’s acclaimed restaurants will celebrate Maplewood Restaurant Week this year from Sunday, March 22 to Saturday, March 28. Restaurants throughout the town will participate, from award-winning fine dining establishments to diners and takeout shops. Participating restaurants will offer customers everything from prix fixe to tasting menus and discounted lunch or dinner specials.

    Maplewood Restaurant Week
    March 22 – 28
    Check the list of participating restaurants and offers here