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The Weekend: Break Out the Little Black Dress

Events and Entertainment for a Winter Weekend

Some events call for high heels and a little black dress, such as the Junior League fundraiser, and others are best attended in sneakers and jeans, like the Mr. Ray concert. Events around our area this weekend will exercise your wardrobe, and leave you with plenty of choices for things to do and wear. Jane Seymour will be introducing her artwork at the (heels again!), and the will host a Purim Carnival (probably best in sneakers). There will be several opportunities for music, from a Blues/Rock/Jazz coffeehouse to a YMCA benefit. Read on for the details of these events and others, and feel free to add your own suggestions in the Comments section.

Ladies, break out your little black dress for an evening of fun, fashion and fundraising at the . The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills, Inc. (JLOSH) will host the event as a fundraiser for the Junior League’s mission in our local communities. The evening will include music, hors d'oeuvres, a luxury tricky tray auction, a big-win raffle and a fashion show.  $70; Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Short Hills

will host a Purim Carnival for the entire community, featuring live entertainment, carnival games, raffles, a Moonwalk, and lots of prizes. Tickets for games and raffles will be sold separately. Free; Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; West Orange

Baby is a musical chronicling three expectant families as they experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, the desperate lows and the comic highs, that accompany arrival of a baby. Playing at .  $25, $15 (SHU Alumni), $8 (SHU Students and Staff); Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; South Orange

Looking to break into the music industry? Multi-award-winning singer/songwriter and full-time touring musician Andy Hackbarth will lead a workshop at covering the topics of building an effective press kit, touring and booking from the ground up, the importance of networking and industry conferences, radio, film/TV licensing, managers, labels, agents and much more. $45; Saturday at 10 a.m., Maplewood

will host Senator Bob Menendez for a discussion on The U.S. - Israel Relationship, the Middle East Neighborhood and the Threat of Iran. The public is welcome to attend the evening with the senator from New Jersey, which will be preceded by Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 p.m. Free; Friday at 7:15 p.m.; Livingston

is hosting a free, family-friendly coffee house featuring musicians Ben Russo, Bobby Tarantino and Rich Holowczak. Coffee and desserts will be offered, and activities for the kids if they lose interest in the music.  All are welcome! Free; Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Livingston

Award-winning actress Jane Seymour will personally present her and her son Sean Flynn’s work at two special in-gallery appearances at the . The exhibition of Seymour’s and Flynn’s art and photography is free and open to the public. Free; Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Short Hills

Mr. Ray will rock for a fundraiser to benefit the school’s scholarship fund.  Ray presents a sophisticated pop-rock sound in his original compositions that kids and adults both adore. $15 kids, $10 adults; Saturday at 11 a.m.; Maplewood

Enjoy an evening of live music, delicious food and cocktails when transforms its historic mansion house into the Montrose Mansion Blues Bar. Headlining is the band Big in China, the 2008 Beijing Band of the Year. Tickets are available at www.tsti.org or by calling (973) 763-4116. $75; Saturday at 7 p.m.; South Orange

Jazz Vespers, an evening worship service focusing on music and the Spirit at , will feature musicians Dave Rimelis, Bob Ferell and others. This alternative format service blends the age-old tradition of evening prayer with the unique musical language of jazz, and everyone is welcome. Free; Sunday at 7:30 p.m.; West Orange

A Benefit concert featuring Someone Say Something will be held at the , with proceeds going to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. The ticket price includes food, drinks, admission and entry into raffle prizes by local businesses. Space is limited, so contact John Kane, youth and teen director, for more information at jkane@metroymcas.org or 973-992-7500 xt. 107.  $10; Sunday at 6 p.m.; Livingston

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