Our little corner of the world is overflowing with interesting events this weekend. From a screening of all the short films nominated for Oscars, to a special story time for special needs kids, there is a wide spectrum of activities from which to choose. The local libraries are offering movies, plays, teen game time, and Black History celebrations. Enjoy Irish music and step dancing in Bloomfield, or a N.J. Devils game in Newark.
Read on for the details of these events and others. Feel free to add your own suggestions for weekend fun in the Comments section. Enjoy!
Bag pipes, Corned Beef & Cabbage, and Irish Soda Bread! Enjoy an adults-only evening of traditional Irish music and Irish stepdancing at Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish School, complete with a sing-along and a raffle. There will be beer, wine and soda, plus “BYOB”, so you must be over 21 to attend. $25 per person, Saturday at 6:30 p.m.; Bloomfield
The Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra will perform a delightful concert of music from the stage, screen and concert hall at their annual family concert at Bloomfield Middle School. Israel G. Herman will conduct. $15; Sunday at 3 p.m.; Bloomfield
Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center will host an afternoon of cabaret singing, featuring Corinna Sowers Adler and special guests Terri Gorgone, Louisa Poster, and Rochelle and Paul Chamlin. Light refreshments will be provided. $10; Sunday at 3 p.m.; Bloomfield
The 84th Academy Awards will air live Sunday evening. If you want to be in-the-know about the short films that have been nominated, check out The Montclair Underdog Film Festival on Saturday. Starting at 10 a.m., ALL of the short films—live action, animated, documentary—will be shown, along with a special screening of the Poetry of Resilience produced by Corinna Sager, a Montclair resident. A schedule of screenings is available at underdogfimfestival.com. $22; Saturday at 10 a.m.; Montclair
The Caldwell Public Library has invited the community to the very first “Muffins and Movie in the Morning.” In addition to a free breakfast, enjoy the classic film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,starring Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. What a nice way to start the weekend! Free; Saturday at 10 a.m.; Caldwell
Brendan Ryan Walsh will star in a one-man play "A Eulogy for Vincent," at the West Caldwell Public Library this Sunday. Based on the correspondence between Post Impressionist genius Vincent Van Gogh and his younger brother Theo, the play focuses on the life and times of the tortured artist. Advance registration is requested. Free; Sunday at 2 p.m.; West Caldwell
The Cedar Grove Public Library invites all families to a special Saturday story time, geared towards families with special needs children, conducted by R.E.A.L.I.S.E. Free; Saturday at 10 a.m.; Cedar Grove
Picture a room lit by candlelight, with music playing softly in the background. Essential oils and scented eye pillows provide a relaxing aroma. Props, blocks and pillows make you comfortable, while a full hour of yoga begins. Prepare for your work week with this restorative yoga class, provided free of charge by Verona Yoga and Wellness Center. This class is free, but donations are accepted each month for a different worthy cause. Free; Sunday at 7 p.m.; Verona
The Montclair Public Library will host a dance and drum performance by the Dance Theater & Education Center of Irvington NJ and Rudy Walker's Pamoja Drummers, in celebration of Black History Month. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the performances, and hear special guest speaker Brenda Blackmon, co-anchor of WWOR-TV My-9 News. Please register at 973-744-0500 ext. 2236. Free; Saturday at 2 p.m.; Montclair
The junior members of the Studio Players present Twinderella, a twist on the fairy tale of Cinderella, which now hysterically includes her long lost twin brother, Bob. Delightful for all ages, the play was written by Charlie Lovett and directed by Nicole Howell. $8; Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Upper Montclair
Grace Church-Episcopal welcomes Jonathon Hampton, baritone, with Joseph Arndt on piano, for a concert of sacred and secular music. Hampton is classically trained and influenced by the blues and gospel of his hometown Chicago, and performs with passion and power, for a beautiful expression of his ancestral roots. A reception will follow. Free; Sunday at 3 p.m.; Newark
The Belleville Township Public Library & Information Center invites teens to the library for an afternoon of gaming, including Wii, board games, cards and more. Registration is not required and the event is free, so start off the weekend with a little play time! Free; Friday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Belleville
The Junior League of Morristown is hosting a special NJ Devils event. Each ticket to the game includes a $10 food and beverage voucher, a post-game tour of the Prudential Center, and entry to win an autographed hockey stick by a Devils player. Enjoy an afternoon of hockey as the Devils take on the Tampa Bay Lightning, and support benefits the projects and programs of the Junior League of Morristown at the same time. $60; Sunday at 1 p.m.; Newark.