Arts & Entertainment

May 3, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School Class of 2019 grad Wolfgang Scheitinger has been selected to have his original composition “flutters and murmurs of a curious heart and mind” premiered on May 7 at the 2021 National Society of Composers Virtual Conference.

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Lisa Sanders, an artist with two permanent pieces in the Wildflower Sculpture Park in South Mountain Reservation, has been appointed as Artistic Director/Curator of the park. She replaces Tricia Zimic who served in the position for ten years. Sanders holds an MFA from The ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Public Library is showcasing an exhibition of contemporary realist paintings by artist Maria Mijares called “Essex County Escapades” which will be on display through Sunday, May 23.  Mijares' works have appeared in museums, corporations, universities and ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) Class of 2009 grad Elijah Minton, aka “The Art Alchemist,” is enjoying a flourishing career as a muralist and painter regionally and nationally. Minton's talents include Fine Art, Original Art, Illustrations, Portraits, Acrylic Painting, Murals and ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange High School (WOHS) Spring Musical “The Shows Must Go On” is a not-to-be-missed event featuring songs previously performed over the past two decades of musical theater. The Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center at 4 Boland Drive, is opening its 2021 season with the ...

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MILLBURN, NJ — A fully staged, reimagined, digitally captured production of Pete 'N' Keely continues Paper Mill Playhouse's 2020-2021 season. Pete ’n’ Keely is a musical comedy about a divorced singing duo who reunite for a television special in 1968, packed with jazzy standards, torch songs, ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Through a partnership with the Visual and Performing Arts Program at West Orange High School (WOHS), the West Orange Arts Council’s (WOAC) latest show features the rising stars of our community.  The 2021 Virtual WOHS Student Exhibit showcases the work of seventeen Advanced ...

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With summer approaching let us consider that this will be the second summer that the COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting nearly all aspects of our daily lives.   Pods, social distancing, masks, remote learning, hybrid schedules, cohorts, hand sanitizers, quarantining, capacity limits and Zoom are ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School will present its annual Spring Musical "The Shows Must Go On," on April 23 and 24 at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC), 4 Boland Drive, beginning at 8 p.m. The program will be a celebration of the musicals produced at West Orange High ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - Chorus students and staff from Grades 6-12 present “Inspirational Voices: A West Orange Choral Festival,” debuting virtually on the www.woboe.org YouTube channel on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Music/Chorus teachers Bonnie Pomeroy (EMS), Craig Sanphy (LMS), John Hellyer and William Farley ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange High School Drama Department will present its first-ever filmed and streamed play, “Love/Sick” on Feb. 12-14. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on all three nights with a matinée on Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. According to critics, "Love/Sick" is "a darker cousin to ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School senior and AP Art student Julia Spellman has received Honorable Mention in the annual 2021 Scholastic Awards competition. According to its website, "The Scholastic Awards look for work demonstrating originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic completely disrupting the way that we live, what better way is there to adapt to a new normal than by creating art? Carol Black-Lemon, vice-chair of the West Orange Arts Council and curator of “Objet Trouvé: An Exhibit of Found Objects” at the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — For the second year in a row, the West Orange St. Patrick's Day parade has been canceled. Parade chairman Kevin Brennan made the announcement in a statement he issued Thursday morning. The 2020 St. Patrick's Day parade was a casualty of the early days of the COVID pandemic, ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Turtle Back Zoo will be closed for the entire month of January, the county announced this week. The current COVID-19 data precipitated the decision to keep the zoo shut until Feb. 1, although the zoo will remain open through the end of December. ""As a ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School senior Olivia Ridley’s play “Black Boy” has been selected by #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence” as one of seven works by young people nationally. There were 184 original plays from 23 states and three countries submitted for consideration that were ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Joe Nalieth, a 2020 graduate of West Orange High School, will appear in HBO Max's original program "Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020," which will premiere Dec. 17 on the streaming platform. Nalieth was selected from thousands of applicants across the country along with six ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The annual West Orange tree-lighting ceremony took place on Saturday. There were no gathered crowds as West Orange police guided hundreds of residents past town hall while in their cars. The ceremony included an appearance by Santa Claus. The two-hour event was broadcast ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents may donate non-perishable food items, gently used winter coats and unwrapped new toys in exchange for free admission to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this month.  The drive to benefit families in need will be held from Dec. 8-31. Because of the pandemic, visitors will ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — "Visiones de Identidad: A Latinx Perspective” — the West Orange Arts Council's latest exhibit that’s running both virtually on the WOAC website and in person at the West Orange Arts Center through Dec. 12 — puts the spotlight on the Hispanic community by highlighting the works of ...

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MILLBURN, NJ -- Tony Award Winner Laura Benanti, speaking to reporters from across the country about her upcoming streaming concert to benefit a consortium of regional theaters, including Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, she said how much she’s looking forward to being back on a real stage, even ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 2020 Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo has been canceled due to ongoing fear of COVID-19.  “Because of the pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Holiday Lights Spectacular,” Essex County Executive Joseph N.

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Rock Spring Golf Club of West Orange recently made a list of the best-designed golf courses in America. Originally opened in 1926 Rock Spring was designed by legendary golf course architect Seth Raynor. A recent article by Links-The Best of Golf Magazine lists big-name ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School Class of 2021 athletes and musicians were recognized at Senior Night, held under the lights in Suriano Stadium on Oct. 30. The long-standing tradition brings seniors and parents out onto the field to recognize their commitment to their respective ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (right) congratulates Joanne Rim from West Orange, her family and her dogs Poppy and Redd, who were dressed as Santa Claus and one of his reindeer, for winning second place in the Best Dressed Group Costume category at the Essex ...

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MILLBURN, NJ — While performance spaces remain closed, organizations such as Paper Mill Playhouse look for innovative ways to connect with their audiences until they can safely open.  In a collaborative first, Paper Mill is co-producing a three-part series of virtual performances with New Jersey ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School Fall Drama Production of "Love/Sick" will proceed outdoors this year. A collection of nine short plays, "Love/Sick" will be presented next week, Oct. 15 and 16 at OSPAC, 4 Boland Drive at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15/person and can only be purchased in ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Seniors who hadn't seen each other in more than six months got to catch up from afar and listen to some music outdoors yesterday.  The event was a collaboration between the Jewish Community Center of MetroWest NJ and B'nai Shalom, both in West Orange, and Homewatch CareGivers ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following federal guidelines and those of state and local public health authorities, Thomas Edison National Historical Park (NHP) has expanded access at the park.  The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Three residents of West Orange received awards in the 2020 Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show.  This year’s contest was conducted virtually because of the coronavirus. Winning entries can be viewed by visiting here. Recipients: Steve Wien received first place in ...

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