The Weekend: Jazz, Comedy, Opera, Poetry, and More

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Comedy, jazz, opera, theater and blooms — just a few of the things you can enjoy this weekend.

Here are the weekend highlights:

Onaje Allan GumbsAcclaimed jazz pianist, producer, and arranger Onaje Allan Gumbs brings his Trio Plus to Montclair’s intimate Adinkra House on Friday. Trio Plus features Gumbs the master pianist, Kenny Davis on bass and Neil Clarke, percussion. In addition, the evening’s performance will also see opera/soul singer Mem Nahadr and musician V. Jeffrey Smith playing sax and guitar. Trio Plus is Onaje’s boutique version of New Vintage — a genre-busting performance that combines jazz, hip-hop, and R&B into one soul-stirring mix.

Onaje Allan Gumbs’ Trio Plus at Adinkra House
Friday, April 11. Doors open at 7 pm / show at 8 pm
Adinkra House, 26 Pleasant Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Donation $25 at the door $20 in advance online


Paul ReiserAlso on Friday, Paul Reiser performs at SOPAC. As a seasoned actor, writer, and stand-up comedian, Paul Reiser continues to add to his list of accomplishments.  In addition to co-creating and starring in the critically acclaimed NBC series, “Mad About You,” which garnered him Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, his successes also include his book Couplehood, which sold over two million copies and reached the number one spot on The New York Times bestseller list andBabyhood, his follow-up book which features his trademark humorous take on the adventures of being a first-time father, which also made The New York Times bestseller list.

Paul Reiser at SOPAC
Friday, April 11 at 8 pm
SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
Tickets are $35 – 45 and can be purchased online here


Opera, Champagne & A Little Jazz

On Saturday, the Opera Theatre of Montclair  will give you Opera, Champagne & A Little Jazz — a fun evening of food, champagne and music. The acclaimed jazz duo DYAD (Eric Olsen, piano, and Lou Caimano, alto saxophone) will open the program with arrangements from their new CD, DYAD Plays Puccini. OTM sopranos, Rosa D’ImperioLa Toya Lewis and Mia Riker-Norrie, and baritone Jim Pierce will be accompanied by Rebecca Eng, piano, in arias and ensembles by Bellini, Gershwin, Massenet, Mozart, Verdi and Wagner. There will be an auction of voice lessons, private performances and even some opera memorabilia!

Opera, Champagne & A Little Jazz
Saturday, April 12 from 8 pm – 11 pm
The home of Brian and Christina Cattell, 16 Prospect Avenue, Montclair, NJ
 Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online  here


reg e gaines

Award-winning lyricist reg e gaines will read from his new book of poetry Abstract Sax and lead a workshop for poets of the Write Group at MPL on Saturday. Gaines is the lyricist for the Broadway hit “Bring in da noise, bring in da funk.”  The event is free and open to the public. This is gaines’ second appearance for the Write Group in the last two months.

reg e gaines at MPL
Saturday, April 13 at 3 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 s. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042


lunatic fringeNeed a laugh these days? Lunatic Fringe, New Jersey’s top improv comedy troupe, will perform at the Glen Ridge train station on Saturday. Lunatic Fringe’s unique brand of humor has been delighting audiences since 1997. The troupe combines music and audience suggestions to create a one-of-a-kind- comic experience that is not to be missed. Since so much input comes from the audience, no two shows are ever the same! The group is directed by Deborah Maclean and features performers Harvey Chipkin, Sean day, David Groveman, Deborah Maclean, and Paul Murphy.

Lunatic Fringe
Saturday, April 12 at 8 pm
Glen Ridge Train Station, 228 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ
$10 (with reservation) $12 (at door) To make a reservation or for more information call: 973-429-1527


marisolEnjoy the theater at Luna Stage on Saturday. Set in early 90s New York City, Oscar Nominee (The Motorcycle Diaries) José Rivera’s powerful and poetic Marisol plunges audiences into the story of a young Latina woman forced to navigate a world left in disarray when her guardian angel leaves her to fight a battle of biblical proportion. In the magic realism style of his mentor Gabriel García Márquez, Rivera creates an urban fantasy, filled with humor and pathos, urging society to recover our long-lost compassion and to wrest our world from the brink of destruction.

Sunday, April 12 at 8 pm
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online here




Celebrate spring at the annual Essex County Bloomfest, even though the blooms have not quite blossomed yet. Enjoy music,  Japanese cultural demonstrations, crafters’ market, food, fun and more.

Sunday, April 13 from 11 am – 5 pm
Essex County Branch Brook Park, 115 Clifton Avenue, Newark, NJ



  1. POSTED BY PAZ  |  April 11, 2014 @ 9:47 am

    What a weekend!

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