The Weekend: Hyperlocal Culture

It’s starting to feel a lot like spring this weekend. If your still trying to get over your cabin fever here’s your chance with some helpful suggestions of what’s going on in Baristaville.

Luna Stage will host the world premiere of Mercy and the Firefly, a new play by Amy Hartman tonight, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. The play runs Thursday’s at 7:30 p.m., Friday’s and Saturday’s at 8 p.m., and Sunday’s at 2 p.m. through March 13. Tickets are $20 to $30 and are on sale now. For more ticket information click here or call 973-395-5551. Luna Stage is located at 555 Valley Road in West Orange.

Come out to hear “Slippery Slope” composed of the duet Liquid Larry and Meg Beattie Patrick this Friday at Sesame tonight, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. The smooth duo will perform original music and covers. The set will end at 9:30 p.m. Sesame is located at 400 Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair.

Photographer and artist, Yasmeen Anderson, will be giving a lecture at the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County Saturday, Feb. 19. The event is part of 3rd Saturday Arts Night and will be from 7 to 9 p.m. and is free. Anderson will discuss how she turned her passion into a profession. Light refreshments will be served. The Ethical Culture Society is located at 516 Prospect St. in Maplewood.

The Hawthorne Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Feb. 20 will star Bloomfield’s own Alison Bolshoi. She plays the leading role of Leonore (disguised as Fidelio) in their production of Fidelio. Tickets are all $20 or less. For more information on their concerts and tickets go to their website.

Montclair State University will host screenings of the 2011 Oscar nominated short animated films and short subject documentaries this Sunday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to first session (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) is $10 and $15 for the afternoon session (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) and $20 for an all day pass. The films will be screened in University Hall room 1070. For a list of films that will be screened and more information click here.

Seton Hall University’s Department of Communication and The Arts presents The Robber Bridegroom, beginning Feb. 18, at the South Orange Performing Arts Center located in downtown South Orange. The musical is the first Seton Hall Theatre production of the New Year and is directed by Pete Reader, a professor in the Department of Communication and the Arts. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Feb.18, 19, 25, and 26, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 20 and 27. Tickets can be purchased through the SOPAC box office or by calling (973) 313-2787. Tickets are $15 for regular admission, $12 for alumni, children and senior citizens and $8 for students (with a valid ID), faculty and staff. A special student rush ticket is available for $5 one half hour before curtain.

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  1. Yo, dawgs, how was the Dave Mason gig? Was he high? Did he sing any old Traffic tunes? I’m groovin’ to ‘low spark of high heeled boys’ and was wonderin how Davey is doing?

  2. Not to purposely disillusion you, Iceman, but I do believe that Dave Mason was long gone from Traffic by the time of “Low Spark…” His tenure in the band was relatively brief, although I certainly admire him for having made a lengthy career out of re-recording “Only You Know and I Know” so many times.

    I once saw Dave Mason play with Robbie Krieger of the Doors in a bar. Two fairish guitar players whose time in the limelight was relatively short, trying hard to summon up memories for a drunken, smallish audience in a Long Island bar on a Sunday night. It was kind of sad, actually. There’s a thin line between remaining musically relevant and turning into a fossil.

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