Here is a list of upcoming events in Orange, West Orange, South Orange, Jersey City, and New York City.

  • Special Topics in Music
  • Building Solidarity Potluck Series x Set The Table NJ x Britt Bites!
  • University of Orange & Rosa Parks Adult School courses
  • Tranquil, Luna Stage Theater World Premiere
  • Step Into Liquid Opening at Gallery OVO
  • BardBeatz – Orange Speaks! Poetry Workshop
  • Earth Day Clean-Up
  • University of Orange Placemaking 9: Hidden Treasures 
  • Color Me For Technology
  • Artbender + Arts Unbound
  • Music City Festival
  • Faith+Works: Doug Farrand

Special Tops in Music 

Weds., April 12th, weekly, 6-9p.m.

The HUUB, 35 Cleveland Street, Orange, New Jersey 07050

Instructor:  Margaux Simmons

This course will focus on topics in music theory, music composition, music performance, musical instruments and other areas of contemporary musical interest. Students will read, discuss, share and present material in the classes. Members of Orange’s vital musical community will be invited to present aspects of their work throughout the term.

Building Solidarity Potluck Series x Set The Table NJ x Britt Bites 

Mon., April 17th, 6-9p.m.

The HUUB, 35 Cleveland Street, NJ, 07050

This month we will be remembering some of Orange’s history and thinking about the future of our communities. NJTPA’s “Set the Table” initiative to gain insight from New Jersey’s youth for its long-range transportation plan. Khemani Gibson, HUUB Fellow, and historian will speak about Orange’s past in relation to industrial pollution and its impact on workers and residents in the area. We will make canvas patches to wear to and in solidarity with the Climate March in D.C. on April 29th. The Meta Theatre company is joining us again with new monologs and a response to our creation from the March potluck.
Please bring a dish, a friend, and a recipe! We are starting an “Orange Cookbook” in collaboration with the William Street Community Garden. We would love recipe contributions with a short description of any personal or cultural significance the dish holds for you.

University of Orange & Rosa Parks Adult School courses
Thurs. April 12, weekly, 6-8:30 p.m.
Rosa Parks Community School, 369 Main Street, Orange, NJ 07050
Courses available are, Blogging/Wordpress for Beginners, Coding for Websites, Media Lab, This is How I Feel – Spoken Word  – Poetry, & Technology basics. Taught by a variety of instructors, and it turns out to be one big learning and collaborative session. If you like to learn and meet new people in the Orange community come by! For more information please visit University of Orange course offerings page.

Tranquil, a World Premiere directed by Cheryl Katz
Running through April 13-May 13th
A World Premiere by Andrew Rosendorf Paralyzed in the car accident that claimed her mother’s life, 17-year-old Ellen is determined to experience all her teenage years have to offer. But when the past comes knocking on the door in the form of Ellen’s brother, her small family’s delicate balance is upended. In a home awash with anger, guilt, and Ellen’s raging hormones, Tranquil is a raw exploration of one shattered family striving to be whole again. Visit http://www.lunastage.org for more information.

Step into Liquid Opening
Fri., April 15th, 7-10 pm Sat. April 16th, 1-4 pm
This group show will revolve around the theme of Water. Benefiting www.wavesforwater.org. For more information visit Gallery OVO’s facebook page.

BardBeatz – Orange Speaks! Poetry Workshop
Sat., April 22nd, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Luna Stage Theater Little Theater, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052
Leah E. Jackson, aka LyricWriter, Mother, Counselor and Social Justice Agitator  Lyric is the author of “Release” (Sincerity Publishing) and “A Journey from Release” (Moonstone Arts Publishing). She has performed on stages in the NY/NJ Metro area, including the Nuyorican Poet’s Café, Dodge Poetry Festival, and the United Nations. Open to all high school students.

Earth-Day Clean Up
Sat., April 22nd, 12-3 p.m.
Clean the New Jersey’ Valley Arts District with the community. Garbage bags, latex gloves provided. Rain or shine. Visit the ValleyArts, inc. website for more information.

Friends of Arts Unbound Closing Happy Hour Event
Thurs., April 27th, 5-8 pm
 Come celebrate the 5th Friends of Arts Unbound exhibit and thank the artists for supporting Arts Unbound before the exhibit closes. Proceeds from show sales benefit our programs!
Thirty artists are exhibiting works for sale to raise funds in support of programs for artists with disabilities, and seniors:
Terry Boddie, Sarah Canfield, Kathy Cantwell, Jane Dell, Catherine Delett, Peggy Excell, Susan Faiola, Gail Fishberg, Ronald Freeman, Dorothy Ganek, Evan Ginsberg, Joan Goldsmith, Donna Greenberg, Adam Gustavson, Rick Hauser, Kathleen Heron, Yvette Lucas, Gayle Mahoney, Mike Malbrough, Amelia Panico, Lisa Pressman, Humberto Ramos, Robert Ramos, Sherry Beth Sacks, Jennie Traill Schaeffer, Armisey Smith, Sylvia Taylor, Toni Thomas, Louis Toledo, and April Tracey.

University of Orange Placemaking 9: Hidden Treasures
Sat., April 29th, 2-5 p.m.
Join us to celebrate the launch of our online story archive Hidden Treasures of Our Orange. We will hear stories from student researchers, enjoy delicious treats and celebrate our city with multimedia storytelling. You can look at the working version of the website here:

Color Me For Technology
Sat., April 29th 8:30 a.m. – until
Heywood Avenue School invites you to join our event “Color Me for Technology”. A color run for all run, jog, or walk at your own pace! A great new fundraising event. This is an exciting way to promote awareness for healthy living and raise funds! This event is co-sponsored by Councilwoman Summers-Johnson and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. $20-25 registration fee. Register online here.

Arts Unbound Artbender 2017
Fri-Sat May 6-7th 24/7

Sign up at ArtBender.org!

ArtBender is 24 hours of creativity and self-expression, happening in and around The Oranges of NJ.
What: An art-making event to raise funds for Arts Unbound programs and promote art in our daily lives and our communities.
Who: Anyone and everyone! You do not need to be an artist to participate. There will be demonstrations, materials, project ideas, and group projects happening that you can join.
When: The 24 hours from noon on May 6, 2017, to noon on May 7, 2017. You can make art any time during that period (or go all night if you want!).
Where: You can come to the Arts Unbound gallery any time during the 24 hours to make art, or you can join a public or private bender hosted by a community member. You can join in from home or, if you feel inspired, host a bender of your own and invite your friends and neighbors to join you!
How: Just make art! It’s that simple. For any length of time during the 24-hour period, commit to being creative. Share your efforts on social media with #artbender. To also raise funds for Arts Unbound, sign up and create a personal pledge page, then ask your friends and neighbors to support your efforts by making a pledge.
We also will be collecting art made during the Art Bender for a silent auction on May 12th to raise additional funds.
Why: To recognize the importance of the arts and to raise funds for the programs at Arts Unbound for people with disabilities and seniors.

Music City Festival
Sat., May 20th, 12 p.m. – 8 pm
Music City aims to bring together and celebrate the incredible diversity and wealth of musical activity and talent in and around Orange NJ.
Our first annual festival is on May 20th from noon to 8 pm at the HUUB Community Center and Rosa Parks Community School.
We are inviting musicians, music educators, and students from across all age groups and communities to share with one another through performance, teaching, and learning.
Please email music.city.orange.nj@gmail.com or call 908 644 6675 to inquire about participating or for more information.

Faith + Works: Doug Farrand
Sun., June 1st, 5 pm
Douglas Farrand is a composer, musician, educator, and learner. Having lived in and around Nottinghamshire (UK), He directs and teaches with Sonic Explorations, a K-4 daily, free music program at the Oakwood Avenue Community School, and works with the music department of the University of Orange, a free people’s urbanism school. Douglas’ primary interests are in music and teaching that invite us to explore our myriad processes of listening and embody a collective investigation of place, community, and personhood. His work has been realized in the USA, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland, and includes close collaborative work with fellow composers, performers, artists, educators, & students. Douglas studied composition privately with Craig Shepard and at Oberlin Conservatory with Josh Levine and Ashley Fure. He has received additional mentorship in composition, improvisation, musicianship, and education from Christopher Fox, Tim Feeney, and Vic Rawlings.

Stay tuned for upcoming events like the Valley Gala, or the Takeover – Networking event.

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Look at photos from past events here.



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