Arts & Entertainment

Wizard of Oz, Government Meetings and Author Talks on Tap in South Orange This Week


SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – A busy week in the Village is highlighted by events at he library and SOPAC, as well as a host of governement meetings.


Monday, February 10:

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7:30 p.m. - Board of Trustees Meeting at SOPAC.


Tuesday, February 11:

5:30 p.m. Community Relations Committee at the Public Library Meeting Room, 65 Scotland Road.

6:30 p.m. - Senior Citizens Advisory Committee at 76 South Orange Ave., 3rd Floor, Conference Room #1

7:30 p.m. -  “America’s Music: Jazz in Newark” program at the South Orange Public Library, 65 Scotland Road, South Orange.  Former Star-Ledger editor Barbara J. Kukla will present a talk on her new book, America’s Music: Jazz in Newark ;A Comprehensive Jazz History of An American City. It is a sequel to Swing City: Newark Nightlife, 1925-50 and is the author’s fifth book about the people of New Jersey’s largest city. Kukla will trace Newark’s rich jazz history from the 1920s on, focusing on the lives and careers of jazz immortals Sarah Vaughan, James Moody, Wayne Shorter and Woody Shaw as well as the singers and musicians who made Newark a jazz epicenter through the years. Presented in conjunction with the Maplewood Public Library.

7:30 p.m. - Planning Board Meeting at SOPAC


Wednesday, February 12:

7:30 p.m. - Historic Preservation Sub Committee at 76 South Orange Ave., 3rd Floor, Conference room #1


Thursday, February 13:

8:15 a.m. - Finance & Information Technology Meeting at 76 South Orange Avenue, 3rd floor, Conference room #1

10 a.m. - The New Jersey Poetry Out Loud Region 5 Competition at SOPAC.  Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest for students in grades 9-12 encouraging the nation’s high school youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. It combines the dynamic aspects of public speaking with the study of great literature. Poetry Out Loud enables students to experience the resonant complexities of poetry in a lasting way. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. By bringing their perspective to the poems they choose, students effectively reach across time and culture to awaken the voices of poets both classic and contemporary.


Friday, February 14: Valentine’s Day (plan ahead!).


Saturday, February 15:

1 p.m. – The Wizard of Oz at SOPAC. American Family Theater's production of The Wizard of Oz is an original telling of the classic story! Follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy and her friends in the favorite musical journey of all time! See The Wizard of Oz, live-on-stage in a sparkling production that features a terrific cast, unforgettable songs and special effects, plus lots of audience participation. Bursting with imagination and fun, American Family Theater’s Wizard of Oz is a tribute to the magic that only live theater can provide.

8 p.m. - Susan Werner and David Wilcox at SOPAC. A wonderful evening with two critically acclaimed singer-songwriters…Susan Werner composes skillful songs that effortlessly slide between folk, jazz, and pop, all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm. Throughout her expansive career, boundless versatility has emerged as a hallmark of her talent, and has proven to be a quintessential ingredient of her engrossing musical persona. Her latest project Hayseed is a collection of songs celebrating farming and her Iowa roots. David Wilcox is a true American treasure. He has sold over 750,000 discs and has been writing songs for 30 years. He is known for his open tuning acoustic guitar, sawed-off capos, storytelling wit, and insightful metaphors. His songs are a strong elixir - music distilled. David Wilcox believes that the right song at the right time changes people’s lives.


Sunday, February 16:

2 p.m. - Author James Goodman will discuss his book, “But Where is the Lamb?” at Words Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood.  A mere nineteen lines in the book of Genesis, God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac rests at the heart of the history, literature, theology, and sacred rituals of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. For more than two millennia, people throughout the world have grappled with the troubling questions about sacrifice, authority, obedience, and faith to which the story gives rise.


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