Bring your family and friends to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Month. There will be performances from the Philippines, Tahiti, India, China and more. Enjoy ethnic foods and drink bubble tea as you enjoy the festival. There will be plenty of crafts for children too.
The event is free to attend and open to all.
Maplewood Library’s June/July exhibit features MAPSO Prom, Goldberg’s portraits from a Maplewood tradition; Prom Night at the Springfield Avenue Gazebo, where mostly students of color show up in style for the Columbia High School Prom. Friends, family, and members of the community gather each year to watch.
Inspired by photographer Mary Ellen Mark masterwork PROM, MAPSO PROM is a celebration of the beauty and talents of the under-represented, a reflection on diversity and integration in Maplewood and South Orange.
Live music will be provided by multi- talented Felisha George, a Columbia alumnus herself. Artist’s talk at 3:20.
An Evening With Eve Ensler. The Maplewood-South Orange Book Festival is proud to host AN EVENING WITH EVE ENSLER, iconic feminist, writer, playwright and author of The Vagina Monologues, Friday, June 7th at 7:30PM at the Woodland in Maplewood.
Moore will be speaking on and signing purchased copies of his memoir NO ASHES IN THE FIRE, a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and cited by the New York Times Book Review as an Editor's Choice. A celebration of radical black love, this memoir tells Moore's life story, not just as a window into his own experiences, but as a testament to the lives of the black queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming individuals who have come before him. Moore reveals not just the pain of growing up as a gay black man but also the supreme joy that comes from finding your calling and embracing your true self. This event is free and open to the public, with no advance registration required.
Carl Ellis Photography and Photo Booth Studios are offering a Family Photo special for LGBTQ families throughout June! Make an appointment and come prepared. I'll pose you and photograph you for about 15 minutes. I call this my supermini session. Afterward, I'll send you a link of about 8-10 images to choose your best. No worries if we didn't notice the crumbs in your beard or the chocolate stain on your daughters dress. I'll retouch it out! As well as any other faux pas. We keep this session simple. A plain white wall in my studio works best, but we can also step outside for some color. You'll receive the session and a 5x7 print for $30. If that's not enough for you, choose a larger package and enjoy a 25% discount! I'm holding June 22nd as Family Day. Walk-ins are welcome! For all other dates, please book your appointment right from my website. Happy Pride from my family to yours!
This provocative new musical pulls you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant '70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The View UpStairs asks what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future.
Around 30 vendors from New Jersey and beyond will sell items that are music, art, movie, and collectibles related. Patrons will find an eclectic assortment of vinyl records, CDs, 78's, Cassettes, music paraphernalia, collectibles, vintage clothing, comics, books, and more! Maplewood’s Cedar Ridge Cafe & Bakery will be serving vegan and vegetarian food.
The original “Madame Secretary,” Frances Perkins fights for refugees, workers and the poor, and is central to the New Deal. But Frances has secrets. If she doesn’t hide them, all her good work will be at risk.
Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to see "America's Jazz Band" FREE at Columbia High School.
2pm talk and demonstration of 18th century women’s fashion; 1pm-4pm American Girl® clothing display.
Drop in at the Skate House this Sunday, February 24th from 1pm-3pm to view and to learn about African Art from South Orange resident and collector, Ivan Ainyette. It’s not every day you get to see exquisite samples of African art up close and personal. In honor of Black History Month, Dr. Ainyette will share selections from his personal collection and talk about each piece in the historic Skate House near the duck pond in Meadowland Park, South Orange. (Mead Street and North Ridgewood Road)
Ivan Ainyette has been a resident of South Orange since 2003. Over the past 25 years he has amassed a small collection of African Art from various sources. Initially, he started attending street fairs, then flea markets and finally auction houses where he would buy objects. Visiting museums, buying books, watching videos, he began to recognize authentic from reproduction works of art. He has collected items, masks and sculptures from various countries- Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Congo, Ivory Coast, South African, Ethiopia, Gabon and Cameroon. Some he believes are masterpieces that can only be found in museums, private collections, well established auction houses or books. In addition to collecting, he is a neuropsychologist and works in a large hospital in New York City and has a small private practice.
Families are welcome. For more information, contact Sandy Martiny at email@example.com.
From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Lynn Nottage, Intimate Apparel follows Esther, a black seamstress in 1905 New York who must use her gifted hands and her sewing machine to refashion her dreams and make them anew from the whole cloth of her life's experiences.
The Cultural Affairs will be screening the film Central Park Five film which deals with the notorious case of five teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of raping a woman in NYC’s Central Park. Panel Discussion immediately following film will include:
Filmmaker Sarah Burns
Kevin Richardson one of the wrongly convicted Central Park 5
Jennifer Sellitti NJ Office of the Public Defender Director of Training and Communications
Christina Swarns is former litigation director of NAACP legal defense fund and attorney in charge at the office of the appellate defender
Join our poetry circle to listen to and read together the well-known and lesser known Black poets of history and of the present.
No school, no problem! Join us for a double screening of The Muppets Movie (2011) at 10 AM and Muppets Most Wanted (2014) at 1:30 PM. In between, at 12:00 PM, we will be having pizza and hot dogs (while supplies last). The first movie screening will be a sensory-friendly presentation and throughout the event, we will have a sensory-friendly art space available. Bring a blanket. Registration is required. You can register here.
Jazz drummer Greg Bufford and his band pay tribute to one of the most revered and iconic singers of her era, Billie Holiday.
Two repeat, live theatrical performances with a race-related talk-back discussion on the last day led by the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race
Join us for our first ever Black History Month movie night!