Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Sign up for the Patch newsletter and email your name to win two pairs of free tickets to see a live staging of a 1940s-style radio performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" and two pairs of free tickets to "The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble Featuring Carla Cook."
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Thanksgiving 2012 is history, as are Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now, the holiday season is here. Everybody has his or her favorite holiday song, favorite holiday movie or favorite holiday show. To help you get in the holiday spirit, Patch and the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) are offering Patch readers a chance to enjoy two holiday classics for free. We’re teaming up with SOPAC, located at 1 Trenchard Place in South Orange, and giving away two pairs of tickets to the winner’s choice of the 2 p.m. matinee or the 8 p.m. evening performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at SOPAC on Saturday, Dec. 8. Winners must specify which show is their preference in their entry. Presented by …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Sign up for the Patch newsletter and enter your name to win two free tickets to see local comedian Jessica Kirson and Friends at South Orange Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The last several weeks here in North Jersey have been tough – a devastating storm followed by power outages, long gas lines, closed schools and damaged buildings. But local residents have persevered. Most towns have power restored, gas lines are winnowing and life is returning to normal. After what we’ve been through, we could all use a good laugh and the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) and Patch have just elixir for what ails you. We’re teaming up with SOPAC, located at 1 Trenchard Place in South Orange, and giving away four pairs of tickets to a night of comedy at SOPAC featuring New York City’s top comedians on Saturday, Nov. 17, including South Orange comedian Jessica Kirson. Kirson will take the SOPAC stage with fellow …
Saturday, August 25, 2012
The top headlines from around Essex County as brought to you from the Patch editors who know these towns best.
Michael Bollinger is leaving his position as executive director of South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), effective immediately. His sudden departure, a decision he said was mutual, comes two years after Bollinger was appointed to the position. Bollinger’s interim replacement is SOPAC director of development Linda Onorevole. "The board has decided it was time for a change," SOPAC Director of Marketing and Communications Scott Sullivan told Patch. In this year's New Jersey Monthly Magazine's list of top public high schools, Millburn fell from its place at number one, for the first time since 2008, to number eight. However, Superintendent Dr. James Crisfield, said, "it's an honor just to be in the top 10." According to school …
Friday, May 11, 2012
From music to comedy, there are plenty of ways to find a weekend diversion.
Wellmont Theatre, Montclair THIS WEEKEND Tonight — Rusko and Sigma perform at 8 p.m. NEXT WEEK: Willie Nelson & Family, 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday BOOK IT NOW: Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang, 8 p.m., Saturday, June 9; Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 19. Check out wellmonttheatre.com for more shows. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark THIS WEEKEND: Tonight, Saturday — Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, NJPAC's principal resident dance company, performs its yearly NJPAC show, 8 p.m., Prudential Hall; Saturday — Will Downing, the reigning romanticst R&B crooner, makes women swoon at 8 p.m., Victoria Theater. NEXT WEEK: Chita Rivera, who performed for decades in a variety of Broadway's classic hits, performs her …
Friday, February 24, 2012
For sports fans, Seton Hall battles Rutgers in Big East hoops, Hugh Masakela inspires lovers of world music — and more ways to spend your weekend.
Wellmont Theatre, Montclair THIS WEEKEND NO SHOWS NEXT WEEK Longtime powerballadeers (and husband and wife) Pat Benatar & guitarist Neil Giraldo remind us that "Love is a Battlefield", 8 p.m., Thursday BOOK IT Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson, Friday, March 2; Levon Helm Band, led by the iconic member of The Band, performs on a bill that also includes former J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf, Friday, April 6 (Show postponed from Feb. 10). Check out wellmonttheatre.com for more shows. The Ringside Pub, Caldwell NEXT WEEK: The Stiff Joints, a Livingston-based rock n roll band performs Saturday, March 3 at 9 p.m. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark THIS WEEKEND: Friday — "Afropop Dance Party," From old-school grooves to today's hits…
Saturday, December 17, 2011
In front of an audience, a very special moment happens.
Love was in the air during A Freddy Cole Holiday on Friday at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC). Following the show’s intermission, Cole came out to start his second act. Before he began however, he asked a member of the audience, Linda Wilder, to join him on the stage. The confused Wilder came on to the stage and Cole informed the audience that “there was a young man who was in pursuit of her.” With that line, Michael Bollinger, Executive Director of SOPAC and Wilder’s longtime boyfriend, came out onto the stage and called her over to him. As tears started to flow from Wilder’s eyes, Bollinger got down on one knee. “Dearest Linda ‘Kitten’ Wilder, I would be honored if you would consider taking my hand in marriage,” …
Friday, December 16, 2011
The world-renown jazz man's quartet will treat a SOPAC audience to jazz and holiday standards.
Grammy-nominated singer and pianist Freddy Cole and his band will take the stage at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) Friday night for an evening of jazz, blues, swing and a few Christmas classics. The 80-year-old Cole is the younger brother of legend Nat “King” Cole and uncle of Natalie Cole, but one need only hear a song like “I’m Not My Brother, I’m Me,” from the 1990 album of the same name, to get an idea of how his spry wit, graceful piano playing and unique personality sets him apart from his talented family, and have made him one of the most respected singers in jazz. On Friday, Cole will be lending his raspy tenor to a repertoire of songs he likes to describe as “from Broadway to the blues” for its scope and cohesion…