Arts & Entertainment

November 18, 2018

Turkey or ham? Perhaps a turducken? Whichever traditional centerpiece you go with this Thanksgiving, there’s a chance it wasn’t served during the first holiday dinner in 1621. Historians believe the Plymouth Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe shared lobster, rabbit, nuts, carrots, eggs, and dried ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Fall foliage has been at its peak the last few weeks in South Orange and Maplewood, and TAPinto SOMA is sharing some of the best local places enjoy the autumn foliage. To have your photos added to the gallery here or to share your favorite spots to find fall ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - SouthNEXT is back for its fourth annual collision of inspirational ideas this weekend, Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. SouthNEXT, which is described by organizers as "New Jersey’s festival that explores our similarities by celebrating our differences," returns again to the South Orange ...

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Holiday season anticipation was in the air – literally – as balloons and robotic floats to be used in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade were being tested Saturday morning in a parking lot behind Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford. Christmas magic was made as the balloons ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Halloween celebrations and trick-or-treaters could be found in every SOMA neighborhood on Wednesday night, in addition to community events in Maplewood and South Orange. Crowds came out for the annual Maplewood Halloween Parade to take part in the costume contest ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Happy Halloween from TAPinto SOMA! Please send photos of yourself, your children, your pets, and your home dressed up for Halloween to asandler@tapinto.net and we’ll share them in this photo gallery. Does your family or neighborhood have Halloween traditions ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - SOMA houses decorated for Halloween never disappoint, and this year is no exception with giant spiders, inflatable cats, and ghosts and goblins of all kinds to be found creeping from porches and haunting front yards. Below is a list of more than 20 of the spookiest ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Here are three ways to celebrate Halloween in SOMA this Wednesday, Oct. 31. SOUTH ORANGE VILLAGE CENTER South Orange celebrates Halloween with their annual Halloween Festival from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday in "Spooky Spiotta Park," featuring an appearance ...

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One of the best things about Halloween other than the candy is the movies that come on. This Halloween, don't get tricked into thinking some of these movies are age appropriate. Some of these scary movies will be a treat! Age 0-3 Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie is the perfect movie for your ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND MILLBURN, NJ -  This weekend, Strut Your Mutt, the annual Essex County Canine Halloween Costume Parade and Contest, will be held at three locations, including the South Mountain Dog Park. The South Mountain Dog Park event will be on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., with registration ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following a second public meeting held in Livingston last week to discuss the current plans for how to spend the $1 million currently allotted toward the revitalization of Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP) in Livingston, some of the priorities, such as improving the safety and ...

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NEW YORK, NY - Columbia High School students attended the 11th Annual Sphinx Virtuosi concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, Oct. 11. The Sphinx Viruosi is one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. Comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latinx classical ...

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MILLBURN, NJ - Brooklyn artist Theodore Sefcik's exhibit Reason Given is currently on display at the One River School of Art + Design. Originally from Millburn and a graduate of Millburn High School, Sefcik is an artist as well as a graphic designer. Sefcik is known for his enigmatic ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For the second year, the Springfield Avenue Public Art Initiative held a Craft Beer Tasting fundraising event to raise funds for murals on Springfield Avenue, with all proceeds from the event being used to bring more murals to Springfield Avenue in Maplewood (SAM). The event was ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  The 7th Annual Maplewood Art Walk & Music Fest was held on Sunday, Sept. 30, in Maplewood Village, with streets closed to traffic during the event. Artwork on display, and for sale, included fiber art, photography and up-cycled jewelry, at the juried show. The event also ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For the second year, the Springfield Avenue Public Art Initiative will hold a Craft Beer Tasting fundraising event to raise funds for murals on Springfield Avenue, with all proceeds from the event being used to bring more murals to Springfield Avenue in Maplewood (SAM). “The ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Avenue and surrounding streets in downtown South Orange were closed to vehicles on Sunday so the community could "play in the street" at the annual PlayDay event.  Thousands came out to play games, listen to live music and watch performances on the main stage, ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Those catching a glimpse of the noon baseball game on Cameron Field this past Saturday, might have felt like they were stepping back in time, since this game was played as it would have been played in the 1800s. The South Orange Department of Recreation presented the 19th ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ - SOMA artists Nila M. Pusin of Maplewood and Cindy Wolf of South Orange were among 20 senior citizens to receive recognition for their artistic talent at the Annual Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show. The artists were recognized during an awards ceremony on Thursday, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - It was a little cool and cloudy for a day at the pool, but Maplewood's dogs did not seem to mind as they swam and ran around at the second annual Dog Days of Summer event at the Maplewood Community Pool on Saturday. One family who was there with their Golden Retriever, Piper, ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange's annual campout is back on Friday, September 14, when residents can pitch tents and brave the great outdoors locally in New Waterlands Park. The campout is free, but campsites must be reserved in advance and there must be at least one responsible adult (who is a ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For the second year, the Maplewood Recreation Department is ending the pool season with a free "Dog Days of Summer" event for the town's canine residents. This Saturday, Sept. 8, the dogs of Maplewood are invited to swim in the pool from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Event organizers ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  Sunday was filled with music in Maplewood, with the Hilton neighborhood's second annual Porchfest and a performance by the U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus in Memorial Park. More than 30 homes participated in Porchfest, with live performances taking place on porches and ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – The new Turtle Back Zoo Flamingo Exhibit, which was officially opened with a celebratory ribbon cutting on Wednesday, has been dedicated as the “Drill Family Flamingo Exhibit” in honor of the West Orange family’s long-time relationship with the zoo. The Drill Family’s ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Snow leopards and Amur leopards are the centerpiece of the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s newly reopened leopard exhibit, which officially reopened on Monday.  Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. was on hand Monday morning to cut the ribbon at the exhibit as part of ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - This Wednesday, August 29, is the last Moonlit Movie of the summer. The South Orange Summer Night season closes with a showing of Despicable Me 3 (rated PG) at 8 p.m. on Floods Hill in Meadowland Park. Programs will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.  

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Studio Players suffered significant damage to their facility during the flood last week that left parts of Montclair under water. As a result, they are now asking for community groups to assist them in the cleanup effort, and the Maplewood Strollers sent an email to their community ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Last Wednesday's South Orange Summer Nights Concert, which was postponed due to inclement weather that night, is on for Wednesday night, August 8.   The concert is on Flood's Hill from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and features Stuff Bros and Marry the Sea.   The Moonlit ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ  - It's National Night Out in many communities and there are events planned in both South Orange and Maplewood for Tuesday, August 7. National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships, and provides public safety tips and information, according to their ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Dr. Victor Alcindor, long-time English Language Arts (ELA) teacher at West Orange High School (WOHS) and South Orange resident, has released his first published work, entitled “Stand Mute,” a series of poems with a recurring theme of abuse, stated a press release from Cynthia ...

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