Sep 21 – Oct 8
Fridays–Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 2 pm
Theatre
Every Brilliant Thing

You’re six years old. Mom’s in the hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So, you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. The list takes on a life of its own. In this intimate show done in the round, the protagonist asks audience members to read from the list and, occasionally, to help him tell his story. (NJ Premiere)

Tickets: $20–$35

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Ensemble Theatre with Humor and Heart
Oakes Center
120 Morris Ave., Summit
908-514-9654 (for tickets: 800-838-3006)
Sep 23
1 – 6 pm
Festival
Rahway Culture Crawl

During this FREE, one-day festival, the entire downtown of Rahway plays host to live performances, interactive art, sculpture, audio installations, spoken word, film, video, music and unique vendors. Culture Crawl 2017 will encompass more than 10 featured areas including two main stages, in addition to pop-up displays and performances. Discover while strolling the city’s streets. Local businesses will also contribute their own activities.

FREE
 
Downtown Rahway
Now thru Oct. 20 (weekdays 8:30 – 4:30)
Art Exhibit
Barbara Wallace: Sculptural Relief

A selection of figurative sculptures by Barbara Wallace are on exhibit. Wallace is an Adjunct Professor at Kean University and Passaic County Community College. She currently works with various mixed-media materials including recycled paper, wire, and acrylic paint.

FREE
Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs
633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth (parking on site)

 

Sep. 30, 2017
History
Tri-County History Fair

The 2017 Tri-County History Fair, featuring organizations from Somerset, Middlesex, and Union counties, kicks off American Archives and Family History Month. Join this day of history, raffles and fun! Two interesting lecturers will speak: Maxine Lurie, Seton Hall professor, author, and historian; and Eugene Armstead, NJ Chapter President of the Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society. The work of local photographer Carl Monopoli will be displayed.

FREE
11 am  3 pm
Plainfield Public Library
800 Park Ave., Plainfield
Sep 26
10:30 am
Musical Activity
Tunes & Talk – Hannah DelMonte Sings Broadway

The Tunes & Talk project is an interactive monthly concert and speaking series, tailored for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers, hosted in a relaxed environment. The project is designed by a board-certified music therapist and the Sights & Sounds team at The Arc of Union County, inviting all people to have the experience of attending a live concert and be part of the process.

FREE

The Arc of Union County
70 Diamond Road, Springfield
973-315-0055
Oct. 13–28 (8 pm)
Theatre
The Wild Party – by Andrew Lippa

Lovers Queenie and Burrs decide to throw the party to end all parties in their Manhattan apartment. After the arrival of a slew of colorful guests, Queenie’s eyes land on a striking man named Black. As the decadence reaches a climax, Burrs’ jealousy erupts and sends him into a violent rage. Gun in hand and inhibitions abandoned, Burrs turns on Queenie and Black. The gun gets fired, but who’s been shot?

$25
CDC Theatre
78 Winans Avenue, Cranford
908-276-7611
Oct. 14 (6:30–8 pm and 8:30–10 pm)
Activity
Ghost-Hunting at the Caldwell Parsonage

Members of NJ Paranormal will present findings from their recent investigation of Caldwell Parsonage and the adjacent carriage house (barn), and then lead a group investigation of the premises. Limited to 25 people per session. Not appropriate for children under 16. Tickets must be ordered in advance by leaving a message at 908-591-4377. Calls will be returned promptly.

$15
Caldwell Parsonage
909 Caldwell Avenue, Union
Oct 14
8 pm
Theatre
Multiple Personality Disorder

Dreamcatcher’s improv comedy troupe acts out comedy sketches like those seen on the popular TV show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Throughout the evening, audience suggestions are used to shape the scenes that the actors instantly create onstage. This show is family-friendly and makes for a fun and affordable night out.

Tickets: $15–$20

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Ensemble Theatre with Humor and Heart
Oakes Center
120 Morris Ave., Summit
908-514-9654 (for tickets: 800-838-3006)
October 21–22
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 5 pm
Four Centuries in a Weekend Explore the Historic Sites of Union County

FREE

Take a journey into history! During this annual fall ritual, more than 30 historic sites in our county are open to the public – many offering special activities, demonstrations, exhibits and events. Some sites offer refreshments. All historic sites and locations are listed here.

Oct 21
2 pm
Workshop
Minuetto Music Festival Masterclass: Dr. Helen Tintes

Masterclass and vocal workshop led by Dr. Helen Tintes. Tintes serves as Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Dept. at Ave Maria University and is Vice President of TBNATS.

FREE (Preregistration required)
 
Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music
36 Chatham Road, Summit
908-264-5324
Oct. 2017 – Feb. 2018
Exhibit
Plainfield during War World I & the Influenza Pandemic

This exhibit explores how Plainfield was influenced by both World War I and the Spanish Flu Pandemic. The exhibit showcases the brave young men who lost their lives to the war.

FREE
Drake House Museum
602 West Front Street, Plainfield
Oct. 17, 2017
KIDS ACTIVITY
Zoom Balloons
 
Join the fun. It’s free!
Linden Public Library
31 E. Henry St., Linden
FREE
3:30 pm
Oct 22, 2017 (2 pm)
Lecture
How Civil War Veterans Influenced 20th Century America

Leanne Manna, Kean University Honors History student, will discuss the contributions of veteran groups, including the Grand Army of the Republic, to political and social life during the 20th century. There will be a specific focus on the Plainfield post, Winfield Scott Post #73 of the GAR. Notable Union County veterans James Madison Drake and Julian Scott will be discussed.

FREE
Drake House Museum
602 West Front Street, Plainfield
Oct 29 (2 pm)
Lecture
Plainfield & the Spanish Flu Pandemic

For Halloween, Nancy Piwowar will discuss the influence of the historic 19181919 pandemic on life in Plainfield.

FREE
Drake House Museum
602 West Front Street, Plainfield
Nov 5 (2 pm)
Lecture
Researching Your New Jersey Ancestors – presented by Melissa Johnson, CG

New Jersey has played an important role in American history and genealogy. Early immigration brought English colonists to New England and years later, a wave of European immigration hit New York City. Many of these immigrants eventually settled in New Jersey, and some remained here for generations. Learn how to effectively research New Jersey ancestors using various repositories as well as online resources and record sets used less frequently.

FREE
Drake House Museum
602 West Front Street, Plainfield
Nov 5
2 pm
Concert
Miller-Cory House Museum Benefit Concert

Concert featuring the Florian Schantz Jazz Combo playing popular music of the WWI era. Selections include mix of early Dixieland, military music, and other standards, along with educational content. Proceeds benefit the Miller-Cory House Museum in Westfield.

$20 in advance; $25 at the door

Crossroads
78 North Avenue, Garwood
908-232-1776
Nov 1119
Fridays–Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 2 pm
Theatre
Broadway by the Book

Many of our favorite Broadway musicals started their lives as books. Dreamcatcher singers will perform favorites, old and new, from such shows as Camelot, Les Miserables, The Pajama Game, The Secret Garden, Wicked, and many more. Join us for an evening of song — a celebration of the rich history of literature brought to the stage.

Tickets: $25

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Ensemble Theatre with Humor and Heart
Oakes Center
120 Morris Ave., Summit
908-514-9654 (for tickets: 800-838-3006)
Nov. 12 (2 pm)
Workshop
Irish Music Workshop / Concert: Tunes of Old East Galway

Learn a traditional melody on your instrument or lilt it with your voice. Bring your instrument! Listeners encouraged, too! Open to all traditional instruments, not just flute and pipes. Workshop will be followed by a concert with the instructors. Event presented by Lesl Harker, Irish flute, and Jerry O’Sullivan, Uilleann pipes.

FREE
 
Summit Library
908-277-9455
75 Maple Street, Summit
Nov. 15, 2017
KIDS ACTIVITY
Megan Hicks…Storytelling/Origami

Join the fun. It’s free!

Linden Public Library
31 E. Henry St., Linden
 
FREE
3:30 pm
Nov. 17–19
Theatre
Black Tom Island

Based on actual incident that took place in Jersey City in 1916, Black Tom Island explores the first documented terrorist attack on American soil through the lens of a fictionalized Slovak immigrant and his wife, who may or may not be involved in the attack.

FREE
Little Theatre, Miron Student Center
1000 Morris Avenue, Union
908-737-7469
Dec 2
8 pm
Theatre
A Very Special (Holiday) Special

This is an all-original, good old-fashioned holiday variety show in the style of traditional TV holiday specials. While every year’s show is unique, the Very Special Special will include a healthy serving of improv, spoofs of holiday songs, comic sketches and lots of fun. It’s a Dreamcatcher annual tradition that’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit! One night only!

Tickets: $15–$20

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Ensemble Theatre with Humor and Heart
Oakes Center
120 Morris Ave., Summit
908-514-9654 (for tickets: 800-838-3006)
Dec. 3 (2 pm)
Concert
“Rach-y II” – Summit Symphony

Piano Concerto No 2 – Rachmaninoff

Overture to Candide – Bernstein

Symphony No. 36, “Linz,” – Mozart

FREE
Summit High School
125 Kent Place Blvd., Summit
Dec. 12, 2017
KIDS MUSIC/ACTIVITY
Touch the Music
 
Linden Public Library
31 E. Henry St., Linden
FREE
3:30 pm
Dec 16
7:30 pm
Concert
“Christmas Time in the City” PRISM Concert Extravaganza

This holiday concert features the Continuo Arts Foundation’s choral ensembles and other local performance groups.

$20 adults, $10 students/seniors

Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School Auditorium
272 Morris Avenue, Summit
908-264-5324
Oct. 23 – Dec. 29, 2017
ART GALLERY EXHIBIT
Photography by Leo Osorio
 
Photos by Leo Osorio of Elizabeth
Pearl Street Gallery, Office of Cultural &Heritage Affairs
633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth
8:30 to 4:30, weekdays except holidays
FREE
Ongoing
ACTIVITY
Art Expressions – Art Therapy Group

Healing Arts Program of Overlook Medical Center presents “Art Expressions” Art Therapy Group. This art therapy group for adults who have completed cancer treatment within the last 12 months, focuses on positive healing themes, including art experiences that explore inner strength, hope, and support. Creating art with an art therapist promotes relaxation. Studies show that art supports healing on all levels: mind, body, and spirit. Members of “Art Expressions” will create pieces of art that instill relaxation, increase self-awareness, and provide a safe forum for expression.

FREE
Overlook Medical Center
Oncology/Caregiver Conference Room
99 Beauvoir Ave., Summit
Call for more information: 908-522-6168
Jan 5, 2018
7 pm
Concert
CAU-Kean Collaborative Community Choral Concert

Community Access Unlimited, in collaboration with Kean University, several area schools, and Deron Special Needs School, will perform a vibrant, inclusive choral concert involving 60 performers both with and without disabilities.

FREE

Wilkins Theatre, Kean University
1000 Morris Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Jan 28, 2018 (2 pm)
Lecture
Discovering Immigrant Origins

Learn about records and strategies to help discover the origins of immigrants who came to the United States during various periods. This lecture, presented by Melissa Johnson, CG, will cover immigration, naturalization, and alien records, as well as other record sets and strategies for studying groups to identify immigrant origins.

FREE
Drake House Museum
602 West Front Street, Plainfield
Feb 3, 2018
7:30 pm
Concert
Continuo Arts Foundation’s Annual Fund Kick-Off Cabaret

Vocal, instrumental, and choral performances from members of the Continuo Arts Foundation’s Choral Programs

Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music
36 Chatham Road, Summit, NJ 07901
908-264-5324

$10

Feb 8–25, 2018
Fridays–Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 2 pm
Theatre
What Stays

Dorothy has two days to finish packing up the family home and move to a condo, so she calls in her adult children to help. When several unexpected visitors show up as well, the job becomes more complicated. They don’t know that during their visit, she plans to reveal to them something she’s kept hidden for decades. She doesn’t know that nearly everyone in the house also has secrets. The family discovers the cost of hiding the truth and the cost of telling it. Together they’ll decide what stays and what will be left behind. (World Premiere)

Tickets: $20–$35

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Ensemble Theatre with Humor and Heart
Oakes Center
120 Morris Ave., Summit
908-514-9654 (for tickets: 800-838-3006)
Program funded by the Union County HEART grant.
Mar 17, 2018
8 pm
Theatre
Multiple Personality Disorder

Dreamcatcher’s improv comedy troupe acts out comedy sketches like those seen on the popular TV show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Throughout the evening, audience suggestions are used to shape the scenes that the actors instantly create onstage. This show is family-friendly and makes for a fun and affordable night out.

Tickets: $15–$20

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Ensemble Theatre with Humor and Heart
Oakes Center
120 Morris Ave., Summit
908-514-9654 (for tickets: 800-838-3006)
Mar. 25, 2018 (2 pm)
Concert
“The Romantics” – Summit Symphony

Four Last Songs – Strauss

Symphony No. 1, “Spring,” – Schumann

Helias Overture – Nielson

FREE
Summit High School
125 Kent Place Blvd., Summit
Apr 26 – May 13, 2018
Fridays–Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 2 pm
Theatre
Continuing the Conversation: An Evening of Short Plays Inspired by Current Events

A follow-up to Dreamcatcher’s Evening of “Short Plays in Response to the Election,” “Continuing the Conversation” is an opportunity to check in with the community on what’s important. Written on a theme chosen by the writers in the months prior to the production, the performances will focus on the interaction between the stories we tell in the theatre and the lives we’re living. Artists connect with the audience in an immediate way, with discussions following the performances.

Tickets: $20–$35

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Ensemble Theatre with Humor and Heart
Oakes Center
120 Morris Ave., Summit
908-514-9654 (for tickets: 800-838-3006)
May 1623, 2018
7 pm
Theatre
Meet the Artist New Play Readings

“MEET THE ARTIST” Series presents two new play readings each spring, providing thought-provoking experiences that include the opportunity for audience discussion with the playwright, director and actors after the performance. It’s an entertaining evening that gives audiences a glimpse of the play development process as they provide valuable feedback to the creative teams.

Tickets: $10

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Ensemble Theatre with Humor and Heart
Oakes Center
120 Morris Ave., Summit
908-514-9654 (for tickets: 800-838-3006)
May 20, 2018 (2 pm)
Concert
“Virtuoso” – Summit Symphony

Young Artist Competition Concert of Classical Music Selections

FREE
Summit High School
125 Kent Place Blvd., Summit