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Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan at SOPAC May 19 at 8 p.m.

Joan Osborne, a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter will take the stage at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on May 19 at 8 p.m. to pay tribute to music legend and Pulitzer Prize-winner Bob Dylan.  When asked about the challenges of interpreting the iconic songs of Bob Dylan she said, “It’s kind of like being an actor doing Shakespeare. There’s a deep well.”

With a rich background in Rock, Country Rock, Folk, and R&B, Joan Osborne has created a music presence that is commanding, passionate, and emotionally evocative. Citing legendary artists such as Etta James and Ray Charles as influences, Osborne has created a distinctive musical identity and released several acclaimed albums. A jack-of-all trades she continues to tour extensively in various configurations – with her own band, as Joan Osborne’s Soul Revue, and as an acoustic duo and trio.

A Kentucky native, Joan Osborne grew up with a passion for music that eventually led her to New York in the 1980s. Originally there to attend the prestigious New York University film school, it was not long before the pulsing music scene drew her in. By 1992 she founded her own indie label, Womanly Hips, and released the live album Soul Show: Live at Delta 88 and the studio EP Blue Million Miles. By 1995 she was signed to a major label and released her multi-platinum breakthrough album Relish, which included number one single “One of Us."

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She was in and out of the studio for the next decade, releasing 7 albums that embodied her creative spirit. Her success made her a sought-after collaborator and she soon found herself working with artists on tour and in the studio. She has shared the stage with Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith, Melissa Etheridge and many other acclaimed artists. She worked with the Grateful Dead on their regroup tour in 2003, sang with Motown’s legendary Funk Brothers in the highly acclaimed 2002 documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown, and produced two albums for legendary blues trio the Holmes Brothers.

Joan Osborne will bring her exploration of the musical poetry of Bob Dylan to the South Orange Performing Arts Center on May 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35-$48 on go on sale March 17 at noon. They can be purchased at www.Sopacnow.org/joan-osborne or by calling the box office at (973)-313-2787.

SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and 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 New Jersey. 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 Town Hall Newspaper Thief Sparks Warning

A thief has been victimizing Maplewood Town Hall.

No, not some burglar breaking in at night to steal tax payments, or an armed gunman ripping off town workers at gunpoint.

We’re talking about a newspaper poacher who’s been making a habit of walking off with the Township’s copy of The Star-Ledger.

Such illegal activity prompted a sign to be placed prominently in ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Arrests for Burglary

August 15, 2017

South Orange Police Blotter as of August 15

Burglary to Auto - A Clark St resident reported that between 7 p.m., Monday, August 14, and 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 15, actor(s) unknown entered her unlocked vehicle, which was parked in her driveway and rummaged through the interior. Nothing appears to be missing at this time.

Burglary to Auto - A Milligan Pl resident reported that between ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Multiple Burglaries Reported

The South Orange Police Blotter as of August 9

Adult Arrest - Burglary - Joe Carr, a 22 year old Newark resident, was arrested on Sunday, July 30, at approximately 2:26 a.m. for burglary. Officers responded to a call from a Kingman Rd resident for a burglary in progress and upon arrival arrested Carr, who had been subdued by the homeowner, without further incident. Officers transported ...

Eclipse Viewing Party on August 21 at the South Orange Public Library

August 18, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There will be an eclipse viewing party on Monday, August 21, beginning at 1 p.m., at the South Orange Public Library (SOPL).

The eclipse on August 21 is the first total solar eclipse to occur in the United States in nearly 40 years, and it's the first time since 1776 that it's happening exclusively in the U.S., according to an update from the SOPL.

According to ...

Late Summer Fun at the Maplewood Pool: Float Night, Dive-In Movie Night and More

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Pool has several events planned for end of summer fun.

On Wednesday, August 16, there will be "Music by the Pool" featuring the David Easton Band from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Friday, August 18, the pool will host it's first ever "Float Night" from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and everyone is invited to bring their own floats for use in the main ...

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Turtle Back Zoo-vies to Show Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom Wednesday, August 16

August 14, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ -  Turtle Back Zoo's annual "Zoo-vies" continue this Wednesday, August 16 with 'Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom.'

On Wednesdays and Thursdays during the months of July and August, Turtle Back will have Family Nights with extended evening hours to 8:30 p.m., with the last admission to the Zoo at 8 p.m. 

On Wednesday ...

East Orange Mourns the Death of Rev. Dr. Leora Liggins, East Orange Resident, Founder and Pastor of Christ Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church

EAST ORANGE, NJ - Rev. Dr. Leora Liggins was the Founder and Pastor of Christ Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church in East Orange and active member of the East Orange Clergy until her demise. 

Rev. Liggins ministerial career began in 1994 when she was licensed to preach and joined the staff at Imani Baptist Church in East Orange, and she was ordained in 2000 by the late Rev. Moses ...

Cinemark Theater and 2 Anchors Receive Approvals to Replace Route 22 Sears

August 18, 2017

WATCHUNG, NJ — Plans for a theater and two of the stores in the new shopping center that will replace Sears and Sears Auto Center on Route 22 and Terrill Road received approvals at Tuesday night's Watchung Planning Board Meeting. The next meeting, where final approval on the cinema is expected, is scheduled for Sept.19.

HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post are the ...

Before Trump Broke Up Biz Council, Johnson & Johnson CEO Resigned

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The head of Johnson & Johnson decided to step down from President Donald Trump's Manufacturing Council on Wednesday, prior to its disbandment, according to the company.

Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of the New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson, announced his exit in a statement, following reports published yesterday, Aug. 15., which said he planned to ...

Last Minute Ideas to Entertain the Family this Weekend

August 17, 2017

After last week’s dreary weekend, we are all looking forward to the nicer weather this coming Saturday and Sunday. Avoid the crowds at the shore and instead opt to attend one of the following family-friendly activities in the North Jersey area. Most of the events are free or inexpensive—ideal for those trying to save money after a jam-packed summer.

Canal Day Musical and Craft ...

Weekly Specials at Ashley Marketplace & Cafe - August 18 to August 24

August 19, 2017

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your everyday needs!

This week's specials are:

The Greek Gods Greek Yogurt 24oz  $3.99
Talenti Gelato-Sorbetto 16oz $4.99
Salmon Steaks $8.99lb (Freeman’s Fish)
Grilled Lemon Chicken $5.99lb (Prepared Foods)
La Croix Sparkling Water 12pk $5.99
Black Angus T-Bone Steak $9.98lb (Meat)
Musette Limonades 25.4oz ...

Millburn Library Presents Genealogy 101 with Jake Garfinkle on Sept. 19

The Millburn Free Public Library is pleased to present Genealogy 101 with Jake Garfinkle on Tuesday, September 19 at 7pm.

Have you ever wondered where you came from? Who your ancestors were and what they were like? Have you started to research your past but not quite sure what to do? If you are lucky, perhaps you already have some of your family history from your parents or grandparents. Local ...

New Jersey American Water Performing Work in the Academy Heights Neighborhood

Over the next few weeks, residents can expect to regularly see New Jersey American Water crews performing work in the Academy Heights neighborhood. In anticipation of the upcoming repaving and roadway improvement work planned by the Village on Academy Street between Massel Terrace and the Maplewood border, crews will be exercising, repairing and replacing water valves and replacing fire hydrants.