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The Weekend: Black History, Jazz and a Wine Tasting

Local Entertainments celebrate Black History Month, Positive Parenting, and Big East

The music being performed locally this weekend is good.  Really good. Check out The Religion of Bebop: a Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, or Jackie Jones singing for the Springfield Avenue Partnership. The Black History Month Celebration at the Maplewood Library also features jazz and drumming, along with readings and stories.  Other events include a wine tasting at the Paper Mill, a cook-off in Livingston, and a Big East Game when Seton Hall takes on Rutgers at the Prudential Center.  Read on for all the details, and feel free to add your own suggestions for weekend fun in the Comments section.

Black History Month Celebration

The Maplewood Memorial Library will host a celebration of Black History Month, emceed by Katherine Hillaire.  Appropriate for the entire family, the afternoon will include drumming with Cedric Miller, jazz and spoken word with the Dwight West Trio, selected readings for kids by Township Committee members and actress Ami Brabson; the story of Aida with Lori Mirabel; civil rights songs with Pastor Rodwell Thom and more. Free; Saturday 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Maplewood

Winter Wine Tasting Benefit at Paper Mill Playhouse

Fine wines, artisanal cheese and decadent chocolates will lure you to this fundraiser for the Paper Mill Playhouse.  Proceeds will benefit the Paper Mill’s artistic, education and outreach programs.  Reservations are required but calling Leigh Schaedel at 973-315-1663 or email to lschaedel@papermill.org. Space is limited!  $75; Saturday at 6:30 p.m.; Millburn

The Religion of Bebop: a Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie

South Orange-based bassist, John Lee, along with trumpeter Bruce Harris and guitarist Yotam Silberstein, will play a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie on the Luna Stage. John Lee spent eight years with the Dizzy Gillespie quintet and big band, and helped create the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars. Trumpeter Bruce Harris studied under Gillespie’s protégé, Jon Faddis, at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. Guitarist Yotam Silberstein is a current member of the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars. $15; Sunday at 7 p.m.; West Orange

Cook-off

Think your homemade soup or chili is the best?  Put your crock pot where your mouth is and enter the Chili/Soup Cook-off at The Presbyterian Church of Livingston.  The pot with the most tickets at the end of the night will win a wonderful culinary gift. Cornbread, dessert and beverages will be provided. Proceeds will benefit the church’s youth activities. To participate, contact the Rev. Daniel Martian, 973.992.2261.  $3 per bowl for adults, children 10 and under $1.50; Saturday at 6 p.m., Livingston

Seton Hall Men’s Basketball vs. Rutgers

Come out and cheer on The Seton Hall Men’s Basketball Pirates as they take on Rutgers for the Big East Game at the Prudential Center.  $10-$80; Saturday at 5 p.m.; Newark

An Evening of Jazz featuring Jackie Jones

Jackie Jones is the featured performer at the Springfield Avenue Partnership’s “An Evening of Jazz”.  Hosted by Astah's Fine Art Gallery, this free event showcases the vocal talents of Ms. Jones, a graduate of Newark's High School of the Performing Arts and Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey.  Free; Saturday at 6 p.m.; Maplewood

The Secret of Roan Inish: Classics for Kids at the Millburn Library

The wonderful film series “Classic for Kids” continues at the Millburn Library with “The Secret of Roan Inish”.  The PG-rated film tells the story of 10-year-old Fiona who seeks to uncover the mysteries of the legendary Selkies - seals who can turn human – and perhaps find her baby brother, who was washed out to sea as an infant.  Free; Saturday at 1 p.m.; Millburn

Parenting Without Anger

Do you find yourself losing your cool with your kids?  There are better ways than raising your voice and getting angry.  Betsy Wald, MSW, MLIS, is a positive parenting coach who will lead a discussion on being an effective disciplinarian without losing your temper.  Adults only, please.  $10 suggested donation; Sunday at 2 p.m.; West Orange

The Persecution of Persons with Albinism in East Africa and Efforts to Protect Them

Beth Messiah Congregation welcomes Peter Ash, the Founder/Director of Under the Same Sun, an organization dedicated to protecting and advocating for persons with Albinism.  Mr. Ash will speak during the worship service about the persecution of persons with Albinism in East Africa.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Free; Saturday at 10:30 a.m.; Livingston


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