The Weekend: Music, Museums, and More in 2016

There are many great ways to ring in 2016 this New Year’s Eve weekend.

We told you about:

Here’s what else is happening this weekend:

Video Games Live

Video Games Live is an immersive concert featuring music from the most popular video games of all time—from Asteroids to Zelda. See is at NJPAC on Saturday night. Created, produced and hosted by game industry superstar Tommy Tallarico, this explosive, one-of-a-kind entertainment experience features the world’s top orchestras and choirs performing with exclusive synchronized videos, lighting and music arrangements, well-known internet solo performers, electronic percussion, and live action and interactive segments.

Video Games Live
Saturday, January 2 at 7:30 pm
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
Tickets are $39.50-$69.50 and can be purchased online here
1Photo of MAM for online papers

This weekend is a Museums On Us weekend, which means that any Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholder will receive free museum admission to the following area museums:

  • Montclair Art Museum (MAM), 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
  • Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ.
  • Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, 591 Broad Street, Newark, NJ.
  • Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ.
  • Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.
  • Whitney Museum of Art, 945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY.
  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd Street, New York, NY.
  • Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, New York, NY

Museums on Us
Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3
Free admission for each cardholder (debit or credit) at participating museums
U.S. Film Premiere and a Sicilian Dinner with Chef Palmieri

Enjoy a unique film and dining experience at Fitzgerald’s 1928 in Glen Ridge on Sunday. There will be a screening of the US premiere of a moving film about actor Vincent Schiavelli, who wrote the book, and the personal adventure of his return to the Sicilian mountain village of his grandfather. You’ll also enjoy an elegant meal drawn from the recipes by chef Francesco Palmieri of The Orange Squirrel plus a taste of a different Sicilian wine with each course. If you love movies or fine dining don’t miss this!

U.S. Film Premiere and a Sicilian Dinner with Chef Palmieri
Sunday, January 3 at 2:30 pm
Fitzgerald’s 1928, 13 Herman Street, Glen Ridge, NJ
$100 (plus tax and gratuity) Reservations at 973.748.4702
Grease Sing-A-Long

Grease is the word and the audience gets to sing all of them at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown on Sunday. Join in on the fun and sing along to all of the songs of the classic movie musical Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Sing-a-long-a Greasers will be decked out in their own versions of fifties high school garb worn at Rydell High, including poodle skirts and saddle shoes, black leather biker and powder-pink bomber jackets, chiffon scarves and skinny ties. Costumes are most definitely encouraged, but singing is mandatory!

Grease Sing-A-Long
Sunday, January 3 at 3 pm
MAYO Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ
Tickets are $15 – $20 and can be purchased online here
Billy Hector

Blues in the Loft is an intimate series of concerts hosted in the casual cabaret-style setting of the SOPAC Loft. This Sunday, enjoy the music of Billy Hector. Whether Billy Hector is teasing you with his sultry slide-work, picking through delta blues, or flat-out cranking it up on his beloved vintage Fender Stratocaster, his playing reflects the true soul and origins of the music; always passionate, engaging and dedicated to making the audience move and groove. Having honed his chops and style through three decades of performances, Hector is recognized as one of the hottest guitarist/songwriters on the circuit and has even been named “a New Jersey State treasure” by some.

Blues in The Loft: Billy Hector
Sunday, January 3 at 7pm
SOPAC Loft, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online here. Cash bar available.
Check our Calendar for more happenings this holiday weekend and enjoy!

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