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Richard Marx

Hear “Right Here Waiting,” “Hold on to the Nights,” “Endless Summer Nights” and more hits performed live by Grammy-winning artist Richrd Marx at NJPAC tonight! As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut, which contained four Top 5 singles. He is the only male artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.

Richard Marx
Thursday, April 28 at 8 pm
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
Tickets are $59.50 and can be purchased online here

It’s Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, so you should stop in at our beloved local shop Watchung Booksellers. They’ll have giveaways, special merch, a raffle, and your favorite booksellers on hand to recommend. The special guest will be Judy Schachner of Skippyjon Jones fame sharing her new book at Storytime.

Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 30 from 10 am – 5 pm
Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
MSU Opera

Enjoy a performance by the MSU Opera with MSU Symphony Orchestra this weekend. This fully staged operatic double bill features two rarely-performed short masterworks from the Italian repertory: Handel’s pasticcio Lungi da te (Far from You) and Donizetti’s one-act farce Il giovedì grasso (Fat Thursday). Presented in collaboration with MSU’s Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, EROTIC MADNESS! explores the tragicomic consequences of infatuation as only the greatest composers of the Italian operatic tradition can.

MSU Opera with MSU Symphony Orchestra
April 30 at 8 pm and May 1 at 3 pm
Alexander Kasser Theater, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online here
Montclair Center StageThe weather is gorgeous and Montclair Center Stage is back! Enjoy an evening of great music on Church Street in Montclair on Saturday. Montclair Center Stage has a great line-up in store for you this weekend:

  • 5:30 pm: Lisa Flannery, Ava Otterbei, Katrina Eissman
  • 7 pm: The Weekenders
  • 8:30 pm: Blastaways

john hiatt

Legendary singer-songwriter John Hiatt has been touring the country in support of his new album, Terms of My Surrender, and will play at SOPAC on Sunday in an acoustic concert that showcases his unique talents.  He began his career as a songwriter in Nashville, but it quickly became apparent that not only was able to write great hits for others, he could perform them as well.

John Hiatt
Sunday, May 1 at 7:30 pm
SOPAC, One SOPAC Wat, South Orange, NJ
Tickets are $55-$70 and can be purchased online here
Empire State

73 See Gallery will present a celebration of night in the city as envisioned by two gifted artists in a new exhibit called “Night Rhythm” on Sunday. Ida Marx’s night cityscapes captures the unique rhythm, sound, light, smells and textures of her NYC environment. Debora Meltz’s darkly whimsical sculptures evoke the elaborate costuming and archetypes of creatures of the night.

Art Exhibit – Artist Talks: “NIGHT RHYTHM” – Ida Marx Oil Paintings and Debora Meltz Sculpture
Sunday, May 1 at 3 pm
73 See Gallery & Design Studio, 73 Pine Street, Montclair, NJ 07042

free coffee day

Java Love Montclair is celebrating 3 years in town with its annual Free Coffee Day! Stop in to the Upper Montclair or the Church Street shop and get a free small coffee,

Java Love Free Coffee Day
Sunday, May 1 all day
244 Bellevue Avenue or 49 Church Street, Montclair

Alton Brown, host of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, presents an all-new live show at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown featuring everything including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations.  Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment.

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science
Sunday, May 1 at 3 pm and 7 pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ
Tickets are $49 – $130 and can be purchased online here
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