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Jazz in the Loft: John Lee and Friends April 23

Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $20 
Box Office: (973) 313-2787

Get your groove on at our Sunday evening Jazz & Blues in the Loft concert series! Hear world-class musicians and vocalists from the region in the cabaret-style setting of the SOPAC Loft. You know you can count on a great night of Jazz when John Lee brings his friends to the Loft at SOPAC. Cash bar available. 

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Join world-renowned Jazz bassist and producer John Lee in what can only be defined as a super-cool Jazz party with the man who’s got the greatest contact list of all time. He has played with all the best, including Gary Bartz. James Moody, McCoy Tyner, Philip Catherine, Joe Henderson, Jasper Van’T Hof, Joachim Kühn, Charlie Mariano, Tete Montoliu, Aldo Romano, Sahib Shihab, Jeremy Steig, Toots Thielemans and many, many more.

In 1984 John Lee began working with Dizzy Gillespie, and now he is the executive director and musical director of the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars. John Lee is also the artistic director and CEO of the recording label JLP, Jazz Legacy Productions, a label dedicated to the continuance and development of the Jazz art form. 

SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3)charitable organization.
SOPAC received funding through a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, visitnj.org.

About SOPAC

Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The premier arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages.  To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory.  SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theatre productions.  SOPAC also presents performances by its theater company in-residence, American Theater Group. For more information, visit SOPACnow.org.

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Maplewood Police Blotter: Two Robberies Reported

June 20, 2017

June 13 - Robbery; At approximately 3 a.m., two males got into an argument at the 7-11 on Irvington Ave.  One male then attempted to take the others keys before fleeing when the police where called. Officers checked the area, but where unable to locate the male. The victim was not injured.

June 13 - Attempted Burglary; Sometime over the previous two weeks the screen to a ...

Maplewood Police Blotter and Traffic Enforcement Summary

June 5 - Theft; A Lyft driver reported that after dropping off four males in the area of Tuscan Rd. and Boyden Ave., he discovered money missing from his wallet.

June 6 - Burglary; At approximately 12:15 p.m., a home on Coolidge Rd. had it’s alarm activated. When the homeowner returned home, they discovered damage to a door. It did not appear that anything was ...

XRootsFest Returns to South Orange on June 24 with a Day of Diverse Music, Culture, and Food

June 23, 2017

Update on June 23: Due to forecast for inclement weather, XRootsFest will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., instead of the originally scheduled noon to 5 p.m. Red Storm Drum & Dance troupe will be there starting at 1 p.m.

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – You don’t have to leave the neighborhood or book a flight to travel to four continents in one day. XRootsFest: A Day of Music, ...

SouthNext and South Orange Village Center Alliance Launch 'Everybody Belongs Here' Photography Project

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - On Saturday, June 17, the storefront windows of the former Blockbuster store on South Orange Avenue were filled with photos, displaying portraits of the residents of South Orange. This photography project, "Everybody Belongs Here," is a co-production between the SouthNext Festival and the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA).

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Sat, June 24, 10:00 AM

Baird Community Center, South Orange

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Sat, June 24, 8:00 PM

South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange

Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir

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Thu, June 29, 10:30 AM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

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Thu, July 6, 10:30 AM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

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South Orange Rescue Squad Fund Needs New Ambulance

June 14, 2017

Dear Friend and Neighbor,

This past weekend, our cadet members took home the gold at the 4th Annual Bayshore EMS Cadet/Youth Competition. Our youth members are a reflection of the volunteers and services of the South Orange Rescue Squad. Our mantra is Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and we're thrilled to celebrate their victory, because their success is our success!

We at the South Orange ...

The Mommy’s Review - Nashville and Atlanta (Plus Chattanooga!) with Kids

My first and last visit to Nashville was about 15 or 16 years ago with my boyfriend (now husband), and I’ve been craving a return trip for a while, especially since I’m such a big fan of the Nashville TV show on ABC. Luckily, we were able to take the kids on a fun trip there recently, and we wound up flying into Nashville and turning our excursion into a mini-road trip with stops in ...

Short Hills Second-Grader Records Fastest Time at President’s Cup 5K Run

June 23, 2017

MILLBURN, NJ – Hartshorn School student Chace Redler of Short Hills recorded the fastest time for an 8-year-old at the 38th annual President’s Cup 5K Run held in Millburn. According to published records by CompuScore, Redler’s time of 20:15.28 represents the fastest time for his age in the history of the race. His impressive performance also marks the third fastest time of ...

Truck Hits NJ Transit Train Bridge at Short Hills Avenue

MILLBURN, NJ - A box truck hit and became lodged underneath the NJ Transit train bridge over Short Hills Avenue at approximately 8:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, June 21. 

According to Millburn Police Captain Michael Mulligan, a tow truck was on scene within 20 minutes and there were no injuries. The train bridge was not damaged in the incident. 

 

Vehicle Hits Smartie Building in Union

June 23, 2017

UNION, NJ – A vehicle struck the Ce De Candy Company building on Lousons Road Thursday afternoon, June 22, causing damage to the structure. The Ce De Candy Company manufacturers Smarties candy.

According to Fire Chief Michael Scanio, the vehicle hit the front of the building at 1091 Lousons Road, causing significant damage to the exterior and interior of the building.

The ...

Police Report $30,000 Loss from Break-in at Franklin Mineral Museum

FRANKLIN, NJ – Burglars broke into the Franklin Mineral Museum early Monday, June 19, around 4:40 a.m. stealing approximately $30,000 in precious stones, gems and minerals. They broke in through a second story window and caused significant damage to the shelves and the museum’s display cabinets, according to Franklin Borough police.

In addition to the monetary loss, the merchandise ...

Travel Ideas for Father's Day Weekend in New Jersey

June 15, 2017

TAPinto Travels

Father’s Day is Sunday and North Jersey is brimming with activities designed to honor all of the dads in our lives. Dad is guaranteed to love spending time with his family at any one of the area’s many festivals and fairs this coming weekend.

Tri-County Fair

Bring Dad to the fair this weekend and enjoy rides, carnival games, live music, and ...

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Two Towns Triathlon for Kids

June 21, 2017

The 4th annual Two Towns Triathlon for Kids was held in South Orange on Saturday, June 17. South Orange or Maplewood children between the ages of 7 and 14 swam laps in the South Orange Pool, biked through Meadowland Park and the West Montrose Neighborhood, finishing the race running around the duck pond in Meadowland Park. Gold and Silver medals were awarded for 1st and 2nd place for boys and ...

Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to Witness History as Battle of Short Hills Unfolds at Oak Ridge Park in Clark

Union County residents and visitors can partake in a once-in-a-lifetime experience this Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25 at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, when hundreds of uniformed men, women and children stage a re-enactment to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the 1777 Battle of Short Hills.

The two-day event covers everything from dramatic clashes with British regulars to the everyday ...

Weekly Specials for Ashley Marketplace & Cafe: June 19 to June 25

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your everyday needs!

This week's specials are:

Total Fage Yogurt  5/$5.00
Nectarines & White Peaches $1.99lb
Chairman’s Reserve Baby Back Pork Ribs $3.99lb (Meat)
Simply Juice 59floz $4.59
Quicos (Roasted Corn Nuts) $6.99lb (Cheese)

Now serving in the Deli

• Brown Stew Chicken •Jerk Chicken ...