The Weekend: Christmas Shows, Holiday Parties, Comedy and More!

It’s a busy weekend with lots of holiday events. Don’t forget about Joseph Arthur with Special Guest Jonah Tolchin at Outpost in the Burbs  Maplewood’s Holiday Bizarre Bazaar, the Friends of the Verona Public Library’s Book Sale, Richard Lewis at SOPAC, Montclair High SVPA’s Rockin’ Out Showcase, and the Essex County Historic Holiday House Tours.

Whew, that’s a lot—and there’s still more!

It's Christmas Time

Tonight at Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant enjoy It’s Christmas Time, which will give you the melodic sounds of Christmas like you never heard before—Reggae, Jazz, Gospel, and Contemporary Gospel original music written and arranged by Bill Y. Farley, Jr. and performed by many talented local artists.

It’s Christmas Time
Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 pm AND 9 pm
Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ, 07042
$10/ $7 per person minimum. Call to reserve your spot: 973-744-2600


Holiday Laugh-tacularOn Saturday night, Holiday Laugh-tacular at Luna Stage in West Orange will feature acts by Subhah Agarwal, Ian Fidance, H. Foley and Nathan Macintosh – with comedian Monroe Martin III hosting the event. Martin, born and raised in Philadelphia, brings his comedic voice known for creating a buzz within the Philadelphia and New York comedy circuits. Comedic performances continue with award-winning comedian Macintosh, recognized for appearances at the notable Halifax Comedy Festival and Boston Comedy Festival; Agarwal, one of New York City’s hardest working open-mic comedians; Foley, one-third of the trend-setting Center City Comedy group; and Fidance, past host of the legendary Caroline’s on Broadway.

Holiday Laugh-tacular 
Saturday, December 7 at 8 pm
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ
Ticket prices are $15 and can be purchased by calling 973.395.5551 or online  


ValleyArts 1st Annual Firehouse Holiday Feast & Fete

Also on Saturday night, a concert-meets-cuisine celebration happens in the Valley Arts district. Guests will experience a curated journey through the unique ValleyArts artist lofts and gallery spaces. Professional chefs will prepare and present a farm-to-table feast in full view of live blues, jazz, urban, Latin and classical music performances. With cocktails from local artisanal producers and beer by local craft brewers, it will be an occasion for diverse creative minds to mingle, meet and lift their glasses.
Sure to be convivial, entertaining and delicious, we invite you to bring your appetite for the creative and be a part of this historic event. Ticket includes live entertainment, appetizers, 5+ course dinner menu, cocktails, wine & craft beers.

ValleyArts 1st Annual Firehouse Holiday Feast & Fete
Saturday, December 7 at 7 pm
ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery, 580 Forest Street, Orange, NJ
Drinks, dinner and Entertainment + donation $125 / Drinks, dinner and Entertainment $95. Purchase online here


orphan trainSparkhouse Studio in South Orange and The Writers Circle Workshops  hosts Montclair resident and author Christina Baker Kline to discuss her bestselling new book Orphan Train on Sunday. Christina will share specific steps she took in the writing and promoting of this novel that elevated it from the gray area of the midlist to 15 weeks (and counting!) on the New York Times bestseller list. She’s got plenty of wisdom to share, including advice and insights you can apply to your own writing life, whatever stage you’re at.

Christina Baker Kline bestselling author of Orphan Train From Mid-list to Bestseller!
Sunday, December 8 from 2 pm – 4 pm
Sparkhouse Studio  19 Scotland Ave., South Orange, NJ
$30 in advance / $35 at door. Advance registration is strongly advised.

Grace Presbyterian Church in Montclair is having a service of music on Sunday, to benefit Interfaith Hospitality Network, Goodwill Rescue Mission, Restore Ministries, The Salvation Army and Mountainside Chaplaincy Program.
Sunday, December 8, 4 pm
Grove Street & Tuxedo Road, Montclair

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