The Weekend: The Arts

Celebrate the arts in our area this weekend with gallery walks, theater, jazz and more. Having this kind of culture where I live makes me forget about our high taxes.

The Montclair Art Walk: A Little Night Walk X, an evening in twenty-one venues from 6 pm-9 pm, takes place tonight. Start your tour of the area’s impressive art early at Montclair Art Museum beginning at 5 pm. There you’ll see  the new exhibits: Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture  Katsinam, and the Land and Saya Woolfalk: The Empathics. Then go gallery hopping at these participating venues.

Montclair Art Walk: A Little Night Walk X
Thursday, October 11 from 6 pm – 9 pm, with Pre-walk at MAM beginning at 5 pm
View the map of participating venues here

Learn more about the Architecture of Art and Montclair’s history, with Frank Gerard Godlewski at The Bellevue Library. A Montclair native and art, architecture and design historian, Godlewski will discuss Montclair’s most notable historic homes and the glamour and vintage of yesteryear, as well as design trends of the era as well as the social intrigue surrounding these tony residences and their occupants. Presented by the Friends of the Bellevue Library, the free lecture runs from 7-8 p.m, doors open 6:45 p.m.

Architecture of Art
Thursday, October 11 from 7 pm – 8 pm
Bellevue Library, 185 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043


On Friday go see 4th Wall Theatre’s Next to Normal at the Westminster Center for the Arts on the campus of Bloomfield College. The rock musical “pushed Broadway in new directions,” according to Rolling Stone, for its unusual subject: mental illness. It tells the story of a suburban mother, Diana Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect it has on her family. The contemporary musical combines provocative lyrics by Brian Yorkey and a pop rock score by Tom Kitt.

Next to Normal
Friday, October 12 at 8 pm
Westminster Center for the Arts,  corner of Franklin & Fremont Streets, Bloomfield, NJ
Tickets are only $25 with discount tickets available for students and seniors


On Saturday and Sunday, make sure to visit the Fine Art and Crafts at Brookdale Park  to shop for handcrafted jewelry, furniture, glass, fiber, pottery, leather, photography, fine art and so much more.  There will be over 160 juried professional artists, photographers and craft artisans from throughout the country displaying and selling their hand-crafted work, on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine.

Fine Art and Crafts at Brookdale Park
Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 form 10 am – 5 pm, rain or shine
Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair, NJ


Luna Stage opens its 2012-2013 Music in the Moonlight Jazz Series, which are intimate Sunday concerts featuring local renowned jazz artists, with Dave Stryker playing tribute to Wes Montgomery. Montgomery played one of the most unique and exciting sounds in improvisational music. He continues to be the standard for modern jazz guitarists, so it’s only natural that West Orange-based jazz guitarist Stryker would pay tribute to him, as he was one of Dave’s early influences. Stryker is now considered a guitarist with his own voice as well. Renowned jazz critic Gary Giddins has called Dave Stryker “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” Joining him will be organist Jared Gold and drummer McClenty Hunter.

Music in the Moonlight Jazz Series: Dave Stryker
Sunday, October 14 at 7 pm
Luna Stage,  555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ
Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door


To find out what else is going on this weekend, be sure to check our calendar.

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