It’s the Weekend-Laugh, Shop, Have Fun

While pumpkins are starting to decay, there is still plenty of fall fun to be had this weekend in Baristaville. Whether you want to get a head start on your Holiday shopping or just have a fun night out at a comedy show, there are plenty of options for what to do this weekend.

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the Montclair Art Museum this weekend, Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday Nov. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. The museum store will have a double discount sale, an artist’s spotlight trunk show and a holiday boutique in Leir Hall. There will also be 20 percent off on non-sale museum store items for members, 10 percent for non-members and complimentary gift wrapping.

Tierney’s Tavern will be hosting 2010 Fall Laugh Fest all weekend. This weekend get your laugh on at Tierney’s, where there will be different comedy shows this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will also be free giveaways for the audience. Seating will take place at 7:45 and show times are at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, cash only.  All three shows will benefit NJ food banks. Bring in some non-perishables for a chance to win a special price. For more information and ticket information, call 973-731-2967 or email for info & reservations.

This Friday, Nov. 5, celebrity Organist Dame Gillian Weir will be giving a master class at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark at 10:30 a.m. Students of Montclair State University will be featured and local musician Peter Ngqibs will be playing a piece by Olivier Messiaen. Master classes are free and open to the public.

The Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc. (JLMN) is celebrating their first annual Harvest Fest event with an auction party at the Commonwealth Club in Upper Montclair on Friday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 11:30 p.m. The night will include food and music, along with a Silent Auction. There will be dancing, scotch-tasting, a cigar lounge, food-tasting from 8 local restaurants, open bar serving wine and beer and a festive seasonal atmosphere and live music from the Perry Street Exchange.

The evening will benefit women and children at risk in the Montclair-Newark community. JKMN’s nearly 500 members are committed to building a better community by promoting education, health and wellness, literacy and the arts for children at risk. For ticket information, contact JKMN here.

Four Seasons Kebab House will be having a lunch special this Sunday, Nov. 7. For $9.95 you receive a choice of soup between lentil or chicken noodle, appetizers, select from baba ganoush, hummous, etc. For the main course  there are different meat selections with two grain side dishes, a salad with choice of greek or house and dessert with choices and a beverage. Four Seasons Kebab House is located on 594 Valley Rd.

“The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” by Edward Albee opens this Friday, Nov. 5 at the Nutley Little theatre. The cast includes Phil Rafferty of Upper Montclair, Victoria Steele of West Caldwell, Stuart Aion of Caldwell and Robert James Grimm III of Brooklyn, NY. The play is directed by Marvin W. Krieger of Hoboken.  Linda Ribaudo of Bloomfield is stage managing the production, and Don Sheffrin of Cedar Grove is assistant stage manager.

Evening performances of “The Goat” are set for Nov.  5,6,12,13,18,19, and 20. Matinees are set for Nov. 7, 14 and 20. Curtain is at 8 p.m. for evening performances and 2 p.m. for matinees. Tickets are $15, with a $2 discount for senior citizens and students. Patrons can order tickets by calling 1-877-238-5596, or online. The Theatre is located at 47 Erie Place, Nutley.

South Orange, Maplewood and area residents will be singing  an array of songs from different cultures on Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. The event will be held at Congregation Beth El, 222 Irvington Ave., South Orange  and is free and open to all. The professional guest composers who have directed the residents over a period of four open workshops will also be performing and showcasing their talents. Songs will cover contemporary American, gospel, contemporary Jewish and central African musical styles. A free reception will follow.

DeHart Park Healthy Walk, sponsored by the Hilton Neighborhood Association, will celebrate the improvements at the DeHart Park on Burnett Ave. in Maplewood this Saturday, Nov. 6.  Walk at your own pace around the newly renovated track which surrounds the ball field. There will be healthy refreshments and water. The event will start at 9 a.m. (unless it rains). For ore information contact 973-761-4672 or

Are the questions associated with death –either yours or a loved one’s- a topic too difficult, emotional or uncomfortable for you or your family to discuss? Temple Ner Tamid will be hosting a full day interfaith workshop Saturday, Nov. 6 to discuss some of these topics. The workshop, hosted by the Memorial Society of Northeast New Jersey, will offer help with some of the questions that people don’t want to ask, like the importance of sharing your wishes regarding your burial or memorial services, how to reduce stress with last minute decisions, going over wills and estates and much more.

The program will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church Street, Montclair. Welcome and coffee are at 9 a.m. with the workshop from 9:30 to 3 p.m. and lunch provided. Registration fees, in advance: $10 per person, $15 for couples. Seniors $7 and couples $10. To register, please call David Lewis at 973 228 9925 or

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