The Weekend: Love, Music & Chocolate

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and love is in the Baristaville air. If your looking for some last minute date options here is your guide. But, don’t worry there’s still plenty of do for the solo crowd.

You can start the party this evening with disco dancing, theater in Glen Ridge and music at SOPAC. From there, the fun continues…

For a groovy time, head over to The Manor in West Orange for their Disco in the Dome dance night on Friday. DJ Jerome will be playing disco classics while the bar serves up classic cocktails. Manor gift certificates will be awarded to the best dancers and the best dressed. The dancing starts at 9 p.m. and there’s no cover charge. The Manor is located at 111 Prospect Ave. Call 973-731-2360 for more information.

In the mood for some ’80s classics? Grammy winner Richard Marx will be playing at the South Orange Performing Arts Center Friday at 8 p.m. He’ll be joined by Matt Scannell, lead singer of Vertical Horizon, who are known for their hit song “Everything You Want.” Tickets start at $40. For more info, click here or call 973-313-ARTS.

Gas Lamp Players‘ production of Annie runs this weekend, with shows Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.  The show takes place at the Ridgewood Avenue School Auditorium, 235 Ridgewood Avenue in Glen Ridge. Tickets can be purchased in advance here, but they will also be available at the door 2 hours prior to each performance.

@theArtStudio has two great events planned for this weekend. On Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m., come to a reception celebrating the opening of the exhibit featuring the work of Clara Applewhaite Mitchell, a textile artist from Trinidad who lives in Glen Ridge. On Sunday, honor the memory of Rosa Parks with the studio’s fourth annual “Seat on the Bus” event. You can turn a chair into a work of art, which will be displayed. The event runs from 2:30 until 5:30 p.m.

The College Women’s Club of Montclair is presenting a lecture by Bruce Crawford, director of Rutgers Gardens. Crawford will be talking about how the placement of colors can affect gardens. Refreshments will be served at 10 a.m. and the lecture starts at 10:30. The event is at the First Lutheran Church, 153 Park Street in Montclair. For more information, call (973) 778-9494 or (973) 857-2681.

Streams of Whiskey takes the stage at Tierney’s in Montclair this Saturday at 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 12, spend a romantic afternoon in Maplewood Village during their third annual Chocolate Walk. Follow the pink and brown balloons for shopping and food. Some sponsoring stores include The Able Baker, Village Wine Shop and Words Bookstore. For a complete list of participating stores, check out Maplewood Village.

Go Lightly will be hosting an essential oils workshop on Sunday, Feb. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. Maria Prinz and Elizabeth Vernon, two healing practitioners will show how to use oils to get rid of aches and pains. The workshop costs $10. RSVP by email HI@GOLIGHTLYSTORE.COM or by calling 973-744-7889.

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  1. I have quite a bit of difficulty imagining anyone ever having a “groovy time” (and more than that with anyone who uses the word “groovy” even half-seriously) at the Manor, notwithstanding that folks who were around during the disco heyday of then-nearby Creation are probably at the low end of the age range of the Manor’s patrons.

  2. Perhaps, croiagusanam, they’ll also include in their set my own favorite disco song for the truly groovy amongst us, the supremely grating “Play that funy music, white boy.”

    Great find on YouTube, by the way.

  3. Saw “Annie” tonight. Wow, Gas Lamp Players produced a truly terrific show. Very professional, great performances by the cast–this is the best Gas Lamp production EVER in terms of professionalism. They managed to put on a slick, high quality show and still retain enough “inside Glen Ridge” flavor to make it feel local and homey. Congratulations in particular to Katie Shultz (who I have seen grow up in town) — what a poised, polished performance by a 13-year-old girl. Congratulations Jessica and team!

  4. I too saw Annie last night and was so impressed. I expected to see a cute local show but was taken back by the amount of talent and professionalism.

    The girl who played Annie was amazing. I was shocked by how strong and beautiful her voice was. The music was wonderful. All the talent was truly awesome.

    I went somewhat grudgingly with my child and ended up thouroughly enjoying the show.

  5. “Play that funy music, white boy.”

    Is NOT a “Disco song. No Way !
    During the Disco Days, i was a spinner at clubs,
    and I have more than likely the biggest collection
    of 45s and EP 45s and a few never releast 45s.
    What killed Disco was that the background music…
    was actually music! The coming generation wanted steel
    guitars , hevavy percussion and just plain LOUID
    and “in ‘ya face” the louder the better.

  6. um, wow…

    mick jagger still a star

    kris k…sad

    barbra s sounded lovely and rightly mature but at the last sec thought maybe it was being dubbed…

    eminem, lady gaga, rihanna…the future and well deserved

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