The Weekend: Celebrate South Orange, India Fest, and Lunatic Fringe
A Roundup of Local Entertainments for Your Weekend
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This is a weekend to celebrate. All over our little section of the county, celebrations of various kinds will take place: Celebrate South Orange, India Fest, even a celebration of the re-established bees at the arboretum! Read on for a listing of these events and others happening locally during the next few days, then get out there and party!
Lunatic Fringe is closing out their 15th season of providing hysterical improv with a performance on Luna Stage in West Orange. Don’t be afraid to bring the family – this group keeps it appropriate for anyone over 10 years old. $12 at the door; Saturday at 8 p.m.; West Orange
Unique Performance Arts Center will present its annual student show on stage at West Orange High School, featuring three fun-filled acts, themed Space Adventure, The Bird Kingdom (a feature ballet), and Time Warp. The award-winning UPAC Troupe will perform the routines that have earned them top spots at regional and national competitions. $20; Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.; West Orange
Café Zed is a monthly open mic night at New Jersey Arts Incubator. Sign up by 7 p.m. to perform music, comedy, poetry, dance or any other performing art. Mara Levine will perform at 9 p.m. and open mic will continue after her set. $8; Saturday at 7 p.m.; West Orange
Immerse yourself in the culture and cuisine of India this Sunday when the Sanskriti of NJ host their 4th Annual India Fest. Held at the West Essex YMCA, the fest offers a variety of cultural programming, shopping for Indian clothes and arts, games and crafts for children, and Indian cuisine. Free; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Livingston
South Orange’s party of the year will bring the community into the streets of downtown for an afternoon and evening of live music and entertainment; a kid zone including carnival games, face-painting and more; a juried craft show; and Restaurant Row with local restaurateurs, caterers, and food vendors. Don’t miss the famous Sloppy Joe Eating Contest! Free; Saturday 2 to 9 p.m.; South Orange
After a hive devastating event early this spring, the bees at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum have been repopulated by arboretum's bee keeper, Joe Lelinho. Celebrate the return of the honeybee hive exhibit this weekend with a Q&A with Lelinho, and check out the great bee products available for purchase. Free; Saturday at 1 p.m.; Short Hills
InterACT Theatre Productions, one of Essex County’s newest community theatres, will present a night of favorite musical theatre songs from both stage and screen at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts. The reception begins at 7 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit interACT. $25; Friday and Saturday 7 p.m.; Maplewood
The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County hosts author Tina Kelley as part of the 3d Saturday Arts Night series. Kelley, on staff at Covenant House, will read from her new book Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope. The author wrote the book with Kevin Ryan, Executive Director of Covenant House, which has a stated mission “to help homeless youth escape the streets.” Free; Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Maplewood