The coming April Fool's Day weekend is so packed with stellar events and activities to partake of that, this time out, we decided to start our listing early, beginning with Thursday instead. No joke!
Highlights Thursday evening include a screening at Seton Hall University of the film , starring Hilary Swank and Angelica Huston. happens at Highland Place Restaurant the same night, featuring some of the best comediennes from our local area doing their hilarious shtick live. And, just around the corner, don't miss the book discussion and signing at Words with the authors of , an enlightening business case study of how the lads from Liverpool became an enduring multi-billion-dollar franchise.
Other big highlights this weekend include the kick-off of
Downtown Millburn Week and Restaurant Week, featuring sales, discounts, and special events at many Millburn retailers and food establishments throughout downtown, starting Saturday and continuing on the entire week. The children's classic takes over the stage at the Paper Mill Playhouse for a fun, live rendition on Saturday morning. Studio B and their popular series returns to The Burgdorff Center on Sunday for a wonderful afternoon of Oscar winning short animated films, fit for the entire family.
The and brunch takes place Sunday at the Woman's Club of Maplewood. And don't forget
SOMBike's family ride on Sunday starting in South Orange, on Saturday in Millburn, and 1978 Art Center's
jazz film screenings in Maplewood on Sunday.
Here's the weekend's "extended" round-up:
: From Words: "Richard Courtney and George Cassidy will sign copies of their new book Come Together: The Business Wisdom of the Beatles on Thursday. Released on March 28, Come Together unveils the historic rock band as the ultimate business case study, chronicling the calculated and often brilliant effort that turned four teenaged greasers from Liverpool, England, into a multi-billion-dollar franchise with multigenerational appeal. The Nashville-based authors will be in the area for their debut appearance at The Fest for Beatles fans, one of the most highly regarded celebrations for Beatles fans in the country. Thursday, 7:30pm, Maplewood: What Exit? Presents Funny Ladies 2, where the best comediennes from Maplewood and New York keep everyone in stitches at Highland Place Steakhouse (formerly Cent'anni). Only 60 seats this year, so get them while they are hot. $15. Thursday, 7:30pm, Maplewood
The Taliban Shuffle at Words: From Words: "We are extremely proud to feature the New Jersey premier of one of the nation's most talked-about books, The Taliban Shuffle, Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan straight from its launch at the Council of Foreign Relations. Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times raved about The Taliban Shuffle: "A funny book about Afghanistan and Pakistan? It sounds like an oxymoron… what's remarkable about The Taliban Shuffle is that its author, Kim Barker… has written an account of her experiences covering Afghanistan and Pakistan that manages to be hilarious and harrowing, witty and illuminating, all at the same time." Friday, 7:30pm, Maplewood
Downtown Millburn Week: Beginning this Saturday and continuing all week long, the non-profit Downtown Millburn group has enlisted many the local retailers and merchants to offer customers great in-store promotions, sales, and special events, plus super contests to win an iPad and a Kindle, when you enter at a participating store. This celebratory week is combines with a Restaurant Week in Millburn too, so everyone should make sure to check out the specials and menus at eating establishments throughout the neighborhood. Saturday to April 9, Millburn: From Theatreworks USA: "When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a tech-free zone. Tell that to the shivering cows in the barn who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets in this hilariously "mooooo-ving" new musical! Recommended for ages 4 and up." $15 for orchestra and box seats and $12 for mezzanine seats. Saturday, 10:00am, Millburn
South Mountain Conservancy Hike: Falls and Cascades: From South Mountain Conservancy: "Most people know of Hemlock Falls, but this tour will show you other falls and cascades you may not know about. This hike covers about 4 miles with some bushwhacking. Plan on getting your feet wet. Meet at Bramhall Terrace, about a quarter mile in from South Orange Ave on Crest Drive." Saturday, 11:00am to 2:30pm, South Mountain: This month's song swap will feature songwriters who have recently recorded at Snowdome Studios in Montclair: Myrna Marcarian of Ruby On The Vine, Bob Carr of The Swales, Christine Kelly of Angels Garage, and Dave Kleiner. Free. Saturday, 4:30pm–6:30pm, Millburn
SOMBike Family Ride: The SOMBike crew invites you to join them once again with your families and your bikes this weekend for a fun group ride, meeting up at the Baird Center Parking Lot, 5 Mead Street on Sunday, 10:00am to 12:00pm, South Orange: The 43rd annual Maple Leaf Award Ceremony and brunch will be held at the Woman’s Club of Maplewood, with Janet Crane, Mark Mucci, and Irene Kosinski being honored as recipients of the Maple Leaf Award this year. The event will begin promptly, so people should plan to arrive earlier in order to find seating. The cost is $25.00 per person, and reservations and payment in advance are required. Sunday, 1:30pm, Maplewood
April is Jazz Appreciation Month at 1978: Even though this show is opening at the end of March's Women's History Month, 1978 is highlighting women's contribution to J\jazz by screening films about women jazz artists. Films showcased will be Bird and Around about Midnight. Sunday, 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Maplewood will hold an opening for a youth poster art exhibition sponsored by Essex County Chapter of The Links, Inc. The exhibit will feature art from students in grades 1-5 from the Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts in East Orange) and Astah's Art Gallery - Maplewood. Sunday, April 3, from 3-5 pm.: From Studio B: "Some of the most exquisite and engaging films made for kids never make their way to a Netflix queue, and they are most certainly not on demand. They are the short, animated films that have been winning Academy Awards since the category was introduced in 1932. These films are amazing! Unforgettable! Gorgeous! Hilarious! Ground-breaking! Silly! Thought-provoking! And best yet, they're only about 10 minutes long. See? Perfect for kids." Adminission is $3 for kids and $5 for adults. Sunday, 3:00pm, Maplewood
- : From SHU: "The League of Women Voters and Seton Hall co-sponsor a presentation of the film Iron Jawed Angels. The film stars Hilary Swank, Angelica Huston, Frances O’Connor, and Julia Ormond and is the story of two prominent women who fought for women’s suffrage in the United States -- Alice Paul and Lucy Burns organized protests, went to jail and staged hunger strikes, continuing to fight for the 19th Amendment and eventually prevailing. These women risked their lives to fight for what we so often take for granted. Parking is available at the Seton Hall parking deck. For more details please call 973-313-1535. The movie will be shown in the Nursing Building Amphitheater, NU 113. Free and open to the public. Thursday, 7:00pm, South Orange
Donald Pun lives in Maplewood and posts the event round-up column here each weekend. Previously, he was a regular contributor for the
NY Times' Maplewood, South Orange, and Millburn Local blog section.