Sep. 22
2 pm
Yacouba Sissoko – Master Malian Kora Player

The master kora player from Mali, Yacouba Sissoko, performs in the first concert in Elizabeth Public Library’s annual Fall Concert Series, playing selections that journey from the royal courts of the 13th-century Mande empire to the present soul and rhythm of his newfound home in Harlem. Sissoko will play traditional Malian folk songs and new compositions from his recently released solo album, Siya. Sissoko’s mastery of the instrument and strong vocals will leave you lifted and inspired.

Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad St., Elizabeth

Oct. 6
Percussion in Plainfield

Features Grammy-nominated Greg Giannascoli, a percussion/marimba virtuoso. Details tba online.

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield
Tickets $25, Seniors $20, Students $10

Oct. 9
10:30 am
Global Yoga Stretch & Move

This Yoga and Stretch program is for children and families to learn the basics of yoga and the enjoyment of moving, stretching and dancing. Fun, easy yoga positions such as the cat and the tree are introduced, so kids can learn this great form of exercise.

Linden Free Public Library
31 East Henry St., Linden

Oct. 18
7 pm
Radio Jarocho – a Synthesis of Musical Styles from Veracruz and New York

Elizabeth Public Library’s Fall Concert Series presents Radio Jarocho, playing the rowdy, upbeat, and at times melancholic music of the countryside of Veracruz, Mexico, mixed with the sounds of urban New York life. Radio Jarocho celebrates music that unites Veracruz and New York… Mexico and the USA… offering a modern take on a traditional genre by fusing it with the sounds of flamenco, cumbia, rock, baroque and jazz.

Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad St., Elizabeth

Oct. 11 – 21
Curtain time varies (visit website)
Black Tom Island

Based on an 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.

Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Ave., Union

Oct. 19 – 27
8 pm and 2 pm
A Few Good Men

First produced in 1989, this Broadway hit sizzles on stage. Two Marines are on trial for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover-up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.

$20 online
CDC Theatre
78 Winans Ave., Cranford

Oct. 20–21
Saturday & Sunday, 12 noon – 5 pm
Four Centuries in a Weekend Explore the Historic Sites of Union County

Take a journey into local history as more than 30 historic sites in Union County are open to the public for one special weekend – a fall tradition. Many sites will offer special activities, demonstrations, exhibits and events – particularly around this year’s theme: “Invention, Innovation & Industry.” Newly added sites this year are Nokia Bell Labs (Berkeley Heights/Murray Hill), William Miller Sperry Observatory (Cranford), and duCret School of Art (Plainfield). Some sites offer light refreshments.

Call 908-558-2550 or visit

Oct. 31
7–8:30 pm

The word “Halloween” is actually a shortened way of saying “All Hallows’ Evening.” Halloween has origins as the “evening” before the Christian holy days “All Hallows’ Day,” on Nov. 1, and “All Soul’s Day,” on Nov. 2. So, October 31st can be thought of as “All Hallows’ Eve. In this highly entertaining and educational program, Joe Caroselli and his talented group of musicians and singers present various customs and traditions of this holiday, with historical references.

Michael J. Mauri Gazebo Park
Chestnut St., Roselle Park