Arts & Entertainment

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: Feb 12-18


PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield news and events, including the State of the City address, fun for teens and tweens, varsity sports, Black History Month celebrations, and more.


  • Boys basketball:  away vs. Roselle Catholic, 7 p.m.
  • Bowling:  away at Union Catholic, 3 p.m.
  • The Plainfield City Council meeting is at 8 p.m. in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Ave.  Download the agenda in Englishpdf or Spanishpdf.


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  • Girls basketball:  away at Kent Place School, 4:30 p.m.
  • Young adult participants age 11-17 will create unique artwork at the library's Coffee Cup Twist Drawings program by using nested paper coffee cups to change scenes, swap out details and tell stories.  The event will start at 4 p.m. in Room 5, at 800 Park Ave.
  • Plainfield Board of Education Work & Study meeting will be in the conference room at Plainfield High School, 950 Park Ave., at 8 p.m.  Download agendapdf.
  • The Plainfield Human Relations Commission will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at City Hall, 7:00 p.m.  The commission's primary goal is to educate, empower, and enforce anti-discrimination laws. The City of Plainfield has an on-going commitment to all its residents in ensuring equal access to equal opportunity in the areas of employment, housing, education, and places of public accommodation.
  • Missed it last Saturday?  Register for free preschool at the Office of Early Childhood, 209 Berckman Street, 5 to 9 p.m. today.  Children do not need to be present, but the parent needs to bring:  child's original birth certificate, proof of residence, immunization records, and the results from the most recent physical exam.  Download registration requirementspdf.


  • Valentine's Day movieGnomeo & Juliette, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the library.  The neighboring gardens of Montague and Capulet are at war, but the gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, are in love.
  • Boys basketball:  away, Union County Tournament, TBA 
  • Register for free preschool at the Office of Early Childhood, 209 Berckman Street, 5 to 9 p.m. today.
  • Senior Space, at the library, is a place for older adults to learn, and socialize through activities, classes and more.  Yoga, Art, Healthy Eating, Resources for Seniors are just a few of the offerings. Contact Covenant Place for more information at 908-791-9430.  All activities are free.
    • 10:00-10:30 a.m. - Coffee/Light Refreshments
    • 10:30-11:45 a.m. - Chair Yoga with Valerie
    • 12 noon-1:30 p.m. - Poetry Hour - Famous Love Poems
    • 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. - Social Service Consultation


  • Mayor Adrian O. Mapp will give the State of the City address, highlighting 2017 accomplishments, and sharing his vision for 2018 and beyond.  At Washington Community School, 427 Darrow Avenue, at 7 p.m.
  • Noteworthy, but not in Plainfield:  Come hike the trails of the Wildlife Observation Center under a new moon, 6:30-8:30 p.m., when the stars are at their brightest.  A new moon is the first lunar phase, which means the it will not be visible at all. But don't worry, just because it's dark out doesn't mean the inhabitants of the woods have gone to sleep. During this guided hike, take advantage of the quiet, crisp February air by listening for nighttime creatures, like owls, as they become more active for the mating season.  Dress for the weather - waterproof boots are recommended. Registration is required. Sign up online at or call 973-538-3500.
  • The Union County Freeholders agenda setting session takes place at 7 p.m. in the Freeholders’ Meeting Room, Administration Building, 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, 6th Floor, Elizabeth.




  • The First Unitarian Society of Plainfield celebrates Black History Month with "The Harlem Renaissance," sponsored by Team Endurance.  There will be spoken word, interpretive dance, songs and live music.  At 724 Park Ave. starting at 7 p.m.  For more information, call Erica Brown, 908-397-3673.
  • John Prescott, History Programs Coordinator of the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, will trace the history of African-Americans going back to the Revolutionary War, in recognition and celebration of African American contributions to the Union County community.  This event will take place at the Trailside Nature Center at 7 p.m. Read more.


  • Boys basketball:  away, Union County Tournament
  • Girls basketball:  home, Union County Tournament
  • Indoor track:  NJSIAA Group Meet at the Toms River Indoor Athletic Complex at 9 a.m.
  • Wrestling:  away, District 13 Tournament, 9 a.m.
  • The Saturday Academy is an academic enrichment program sponsored by Plainfield Public Schools, and offers free classes from Feb. 10 to May 19. Classes include computer and keyboard skills, math concepts, art/drawing/painting, dance and Zumba, English/ESL I & II, martial arts, conversational Spanish, family nutrition.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Download English registration formpdf.  Download Spanish formpdf.
  • Enjoy a classic jazz concert at the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Ave. The concert and talk features Vinnie Cutro (trumpet) and Mitch Schechter (piano) in a celebration of The Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. This afternoon's event will feature live musical performances and historical commentary about the compositions of two great American Jazz Composers.  Register on Eventbrite for this free concert here. is Plainfield's free online daily newspaper for Plainfield, NJ news. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @PlainfieldTAP, and on Instagram @tapintoplainfield for all of your Plainfield local news.

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