Second Annual SOMA Film Festival Announces Winners

March 24, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - It’s a wrap. The SOMA Film Festival finished its second year with film programming that saw an Academy Award nominee, films from a dozen countries, and programs focusing on filmmakers from the local area and Seton Hall, as well as youth filmmakers in Cinema Ed, and a film series just for kids.

Maplewood resident and festival attendee Donna ...

SOMA Film Festival Returns for Second Successful Year

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The second annual SOMA Film Festival was held at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) from Thursday, March 9, through Sunday, March 12.

The SOMA Film Festival, which was first created in 2016, continued in its second year to “showcase new, entertaining and innovative films from local, student, domestic and international filmmakers” and to ...

The 2017 Maplewood Ideas Festival Features Multiple Speakers and Activities

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The 2017 Maplewood Ideas Festival begins on March 18, and continues through April 1. According to the Maplewood Memorial Library’s official press release, all programs are free and open to the public. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate “the talent and creativity” in the community, the release stated.

The Ideas Festival begins on Saturday, March 18, at ...

St. James's Gate in Maplewood Top Ten Finalist for 'NJ's Best Irish Pub'

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - St. James's Gate had made it past another round of voting, and is now one of ten finalists vying to be named "NJ's Best Irish Pub" by New Jersey Monthly.

The poll started with 30 New Jersey Irish pubs, and after two weeks of voting, the list has been whittled down to 10 semi-finalists. After this week’s voting, the six bars with the fewest ...

SOMA Film Festival Celebrates Opening Night at SOPAC

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Loft at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) was alive with excitement at the opening night reception for the SOMA Film Festival 2 on Thursday, March 9.

Mark Packer, Executive Director of SOPAC, welcomed all, and shared that the SOPAC staff and directors were all excited to be part of opening the second season of the SOMA Film ...

Race, Justice and Incarceration Explored as Documentary '13th' Screened Mar. 16

SUMMIT, NJ - The powerful Academy Award-nominated documentary “13th” will be screened free to the public March 16, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Summit High School cafeteria.

The title refers to the 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery, with the exception that involuntary servitude could still be used as punishment ...

SOPAC Wins 2017 Jersey Arts People's Choice Award

BURLINGTON, NJ – Discover Jersey Arts, a cosponsored project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, announced the winners of the 2017 People’s Choice Awards on Friday, March 10, at  the 2017 NJ Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City.

The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) was named "Favorite Small ...

The History of Daylight Saving Time; Clock Change Begins on Sunday Morning

NATIONAL -- Daylight Saving Time adds 1 hour to standard time (at 2:00 a.m.) to make better use of daylight and conserve energy. It is observed in over 70 countries worldwide, although the beginning and end dates vary from country to country. Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that do not observe daylight saving time.

 “Fast Time,” the original name for Daylight Saving ...

Summit-Produced Film 'Tête-à-Tête' Selected for SOMA Film Festival Screening

SUMMIT, NJ - "Tête-à-Tête," a Summit-produced short film chronicling the intellectual connection between philosophers Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre and their vow of essential love, has been made an official selection of the SOMA Film Festival, which runs March 9 to March 12 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South ...

Second Annual SOMA Film Festival This Weekend, March 9 to March 12

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The second annual SOMA Film Festival, with co-producer South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), begins Thursday night with a party at SOPAC in the Loft, and continues with film screenings all weekend long.

The main theater at SOPAC will feature award winning and innovative short and feature length films from around America and the world on Friday night, ...

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Award-Winning Children’s Book Illustrator and Painter Exhibits At Gallery 103 in Maplewood

March 24, 2017

Gallery 103 in Maplewood is hosting an art exhibit of oil paintings by award-winning children’s book illustrator and painter, Adam Gustavson. The show, titled SWIMMERS, will be open from April 1 – April 30, 2017 with a reception on April 6 from 7-9pm.

The exhibit features Gustavson’s oil paintings of swimmers underwater, viewed from above and outside. Although some works have ...