The Weekend: Story Slam, HarvestFest, Doo Wop and Star Trek Live

Local entertainment for the entire family

Halloween is just around the corner, and fall activities are all over town. Enjoy Maplewood’s HarvestFest, or paint pumpkins at . Look for creatures of the night by flashlight at the . If your idea of a good time requires music, consider the Doo Wop concert at the , or ’s Italian Dinner and Music Night. Also this weekend are Story Slam, Star Trek Live, and the premiere of Dreamcatcher’s Next Fall. Read on for all the details of these events and others, and feel free to add your own suggestions for weekend events in the Comments section.

Calling all writers! Break out your best five-minute story for the crowd (including literary agents) at the , and possibly win the prize. Featuring live music from alt country band Bloomfield. Over 21 only — there will be beer served (but not for free!). Participate or just listen, but be sure to RSVP!  $5 suggested donation; Friday at 8 p.m.; Maplewood

HarvestFest is back! Fun for the entire family is in store, including a classic car show, pony and hay rides, Polka Dot and Pals, face painting, a petting zoo, music and much more. Outdoors near the library on Tuscan Road between Vermont Street and Oakland Road.  Free; Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Maplewood


Next Fall opens Friday night at . The serious topics of faith, family and love are addressed in a surprisingly funny way in this play by Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre. Prepare to laugh, cry and applaud. $30 for adults and $25 for seniors and students; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.; South Orange

Prepare to be swept into space as part of the newly formed Starfleet Academy – you have Romulans to repel! This interactive show combines film, theater and audience participation for an unforgettable afternoon of science fiction action. Boldly go where no one has gone before! $15; Saturday at 11 a.m.; South Orange

The will be rockin’ this weekend with a doo wop/rock & roll show.  Featured performers include Lenny Welch with “Since I Fell For You” and “Ebb Tide”; the favorite girls group Barbara Harris and The Toys with “A Lover’s Concerto” and “Attack”; The Vogues with Bill Burkett and Hugh Geyer in “Five O’Clock World,” “You’re the One,” and “Turn Around, Look at Me”; Tony Passa, original lead of the Fascinators, in “Chapel Bells”; Steve Horn of the Five Sharks with “Stormy Weather”; Frank Mancuso of The Imaginations with “Guardian Angel”; Tommy Mara, current lead of The Crests, in “Sixteen Candles” and “The Angels Listened In”; plus The Solid Gold Band with a salute to our Armed Forces. Please bring a unwrapped gift for the Toys for Tots drive that will be held before the show. Special guest to be announced. $25- $65; Saturday at 8 p.m.; Millburn

The Italian Cultural Club at will host an evening of music performed by students and adults, accompanying delicious food provided by of South Orange. This fundraiser will support the club’s activities, with some of the proceeds going to charity. Adults $25.00, Students $15.00; Friday at 6 p.m.; Maplewood

Who sleeps at night, and who is out prowling in the dark? The staff and Environmental Eagles will lead tours by flashlight through the woodlands of the arboretum to discover creatures of the night. While you wait for your tour to begin, enjoy crafts and refreshments in the Stone House.  $10 per person. Children under 2 free; Friday at 7 p.m.; Short Hills

Express yourself on a pumpkin — create a work of art for the Halloween season!  Children of all ages are invited to paint pumpkins, participate in face painting and enjoy treats at .  $10; Saturday at 11 a.m.; Maplewood

Spending a bit too much time behind your computer? Social networking instead of socializing? Log off and come meet other business owners for a low-key networking event. It’s nice to talk face to face and build in person relationships, too. Free; Saturday at 6 p.m.; Maplewood


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