Get rid of your snow-induced cabin fever and get ready for a culture-packed weekend. Saturday offers more than usual, with a wide selection of musical events. There’s is something for everyone to do, and music and art almost at almost every corner of Baristaville.
Here a few suggestions:
Saturday Jan. 22
Corinna Sowers Adler will make her debut performance at the Metropolitan Room with “Stories…a Cabaret” at 4 p.m. The Bloomfield resident was just named one of the top 15 cabaret acts of 2010. She has recently performed solo shows at the Laurie Beechman Theater, The Triad and Duplex. Ms. Sowers-Adler is the co-owner of NiCori Studios & Productions, Director of Foundations for the Young Actor’s Training Center in New York City and Theatre/Musical Theater instructor at New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts.
There is a $15 cover charge and a two-drink minimum. The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue, NYC. Reservations required by calling 212.206.0440.
Michael Hotz, a member of Bnai Keshet, will be exploring the work of Jerry Garcia without the Grateful Dead, as part of the synagogue’s Shabbat Havurah program. Hotz has a large collection of recordings of Garcia’s side projects and work before the Dead, both from personal recordings and the Grateful Dead concert trading community. He’ll be focusing on Garcia’s bluegrass, jazz and spiritual work, among others. The multi-media program begins at 8 p.m. Bnai Keshet is at 99 South Fullerton Ave. in Montclair.
Want to see a movie without waiting in long lines at the theatre? Temple Ner Tamid is continuing its Winter Film Festival with a screening of “The Lemon Tree,” an Israeli drama that tells the story of a Palestinian widow who defends her lemon grove from an Israeli Defense Minister that moves in next door. Rabbi Kushner, the temple’s resident film buff, will lead a discussion after the movie. The suggested donation is $5 and popcorn will be served. Temple Ner Tamid is at 936 Broad Street in Bloomfield.
Lance and Andy will take the stage at Fitzgerald’s 1928 for an unplugged performance. They’ll be performing new material, as well as some songs by Clancy’s Ghost with a new, acoustic twist. They’ll be starting at 9 p.m. Fitzgerald’s 1928 is at 13 Herman Street in Glen Ridge.
Melt of some of that snow with dancing at a “Hot Time at Tierney’s: A Night of Spicy Music.” Montclair’s own Rainbow Fresh, The Kate Sikora Band and Deivito will perform. Michael Aquino of The Sirs will join Deivito on percussion and chorus. Live music will be from 9:30 to 12:30 a.m. with a $5 charge at the door. Tierney’s is at 138 Valley Road, Montclair.
“How Does Your Garden Grow?” is a benefit concert for the creation of handicapped access ramp and garden for the Assembly Hall at Montlciar’s St. Luke’s Church. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. at 73 S. Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Dramatic Soprano Alison Bolshoi, Pianist Michael Fennelly, guest artists Michael O’Hearn, bass, and Sharla Nafziger, coloratura soprano, will perform music by Verdi, Puccini, Beethoven, Gershwin, and Broadway. The singers are donating their talents and all proceeds will go directly to the project. Tickets are $20/adults, $15/seniors and children under 12 are free. Any donation beyond ticket prices is welcomed and appreciated. For more information please call (973) 744-6220
There will be a bone marrow registry drive in honor of the new legislation, Jaden’s Law at the Essex County College gym. The drive will be going on from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. For additional information click here.
Jessica Kirson & Friends will be performing at SOPAC tonight at 8 p.m. The South Orange native has a unique comedy style and has performed on Last Comic Standing and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Tickets are $25 and $35.
Sunday Jan. 23
If you’re interested in checking out works by some of the up and coming artists in the U.S., head over to the George Segal Gallery at Montclair State. It’s the opening weekend of their Arts Connection 7 exhibit, which features works by 126 artists. The pieces are also for sale, with proceeds going to support the Segal Gallery and MSU’s collections. There will be a public reception to celebrate the opening from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Tierney Sutton Band will be performing at SOPAC at 4 and 7 p.m. In their 15 years together, they have been reinventing jazz standards, creating original music, and communicating to their audiences how a collaborative jazz ensemble can sound when they share the center stage. Tickets are $32 and $42.