It’s summertime and the living is good… Is there a better month than July? The weather is generally sunny and warm (OK, maybe hot), the days are long, and the pace is relaxed. The calendar is full of varied, exciting events to keep us pleasantly occupied, and regular schedules fall aside in favor of easy living. This weekend our area is host to a multitude of entertainments, from outdoor movies and concerts, to a fine arts festival, to open house at the local stable. Also theater, a networking party, and an anime club will be open to you. Read on for the details of these and other events for your weekend. Enjoy!
Jill Sobule & Juicebox will perform a house concert, with at least $5 of every admission going to Musicians On Call, a group with the mission of bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. This adults-only evening will feature Jill performing music from her new album, A Day at the Pass, as well as old favorites. Feel free to bring your own picnic basket and chair or blanket and B.Y.O.B. $20.00 in advance or $25 cash at the door; Saturday at 7:00 p.m.; South Orange
If you missed Rick Mukula on The Animal Planet Network and The Discovery Channel, you have another opportunity to experience his quirky, humorous and off beat way of looking at butterflies. His high-energy presentation will include some time inside the Environmental Center’s Live Butterfly Tent. Learning has never been such fun! Advance registration required. $6 per child, $8 per adult; Saturday at 9:30 a.m.; Roseland
Anime fans in 6th grade and older are invited to this weekly club meeting to watch, read, and discuss animation at the South Orange Public Library. Anime is commonly defined as animation originating in Japan. Both hand-drawn and computer-animated anime exist, and are used in television series, films, video, video games, commercials and represents many genres of fiction. Free; Friday 3:30 p.m.; South Orange
Local media professionals are invited to eat, drink and be merry while learning what makes a blog popular, how to grow it and how to make it profitable. The discussion panel will include Janice Harayda of "One-Minute Book Reviews," recently named one of the best bloggers in the state by New Jersey Monthly, and Karen Faxio, a pets blogger for NJ.com/pets and a contributing writer for the Star-Ledger. South Orange resident Michele C. Hollow, author of the popular animal welfare blog, “Pet News and Views” will moderate. Bring a dessert, hors d'oeuvres, or beverage to share. $10; Friday at 7;00 p.m.; Maplewood
Calling all equestrians! The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is hosting an Open House at The Watchung Stable and everyone is welcome. Enjoy live country rock music, drill team performances, exhibitions and demonstrations, as well as Barn tours, Lead-Line Rides, Crafts, Hay Rides and much more. Free; Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Mountainside
ET The Extra Terrestrial will be shown at the Amphitheater at Memorial Park, brought to you by The Maplewood Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Everyone is welcome to this family-friendly classic, but please leave strollers, pets and alcoholic beverages at home. Free; Friday at 8:30 p.m.; Maplewood
The Maplewood Community Band will perform at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Park during this free, outdoor concert, followed by Swing Town, Maplewood's own 20-piece big band at 8:00 p.m. Hosted by the Maplewood Recreation Department, both bands are ensembles from Maplewood Community Music. Free; Sunday at 7:00 p.m.; Maplewood
The Village of South Orange and Investors Savings Bank are sponsoring this summer-long series of free concerts at 2 outdoor locations. This weekend on Friday night Bossa 5 will perform at Spiotta Park, with Dave Rimelis playing at Sloan St & S Orange Ave, South Orange. On Saturday, Black Wax will play Sloan St & S Orange Ave, South Orange, with Redwall at Spiotta Park. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., so bring your lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of summer! Free; Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; South Orange
Top-notch artists and crafts people will display their work at this upscale, outdoor event in the heart of the Summit shopping district. Along with jewelers, woodworkers, fine artists, photographers, glassmakers, fiber artists, potters and more, a variety of jazz, classical and contemporary music will be performed live in front of the train station on Union Place. Free; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Summit
Penny Penniworth is an hysterical satire featuring four actors portraying 14 different characters and spoofing such familiar topics as Masterpiece Theatre, Nicholas Nickleby and the collected works of Charles Dickens. Enjoy the physical comedy, the witty wordplay, and funny accents by New Jersey actors Harry Patrick Christian, Rick Delaney, Jenelle Sosa, and Terri Sturtevant.
Set in Victorian England, this madcap adventure tells the story of young Penny Penniworth whose childhood love is driven out of town after nearly killing a wealthy businessman. Soon, Penny finds herself penniless, left alone to make her way through a convoluted maze of strange relationships, anonymous benefactors and ultimate justice. $10 - $25; Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.; West Orange