This Weekend’s Best Bets

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Two interesting new exhibitions host opening receptions tonight. At 58 Gallery, Nicolas Lampert and Colin Matthes have teamed up for Plausible Inventions, a collaborative installation that “addresses a world engulfed in its own technology.” The opening features live music from Fancy Colors (at 9 pm sharp), and it all gets rolling at 7 pm. Meanwhile, the hob’art cooperative gallery brings a little Hoboken up to the Heights, with the group show Vintage opening at The Distillery (7 pm).

Three worthy food-related initiatives will benefit from a wine tasting fundraiser with Light Horse Tavern sommelier Roland Arnold tonight. Proceeds from the tasting, which is at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, will go to the Jersey City Food Coop Initiative, Our Lady of Sorrows’ Urban Farming Youth Project and Mary House Emergency Food Pantry (7 pm).


As it stands now, it looks like the Saturday rain will hold off until the evening, so it should be a good day to get outdoors. The Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association celebrates the reopening of the park with the 24th annual Hamilton Park Festival, which features a ton of vendors, live music and community groups (10 am to 6 pm). The Paulus Hook Neighborhood Association is also putting on a festival — the Be Square fair — which is set to have an assortment of food, entertainment and activities, all to raise money for the rehabilitation of Paulus Hook Park (12 to 5 pm).

Later in the afternoon, students from Snyder High present a fashion show and bazaar with vendors, with profits going towards a new scholarship for a graduating Fashion Design student (4:30 pm).

Saturday night the Attic Ensemble hosts its annual night of stand up comedy — hosted by Bill Graber — which doubles as a fundraiser for the theater group (9 pm).

There’s plenty on the live music front as well. For rockers: Devi and members of Any Day Parade play Lucky 7’s (9 pm), while House of Leaves and Hello, Boat play the Lamp Post (10 pm) — both shows are free. Meanwhile, Jeanne Ricks and her jazz band C16 play a free show that’s part of the Community Awareness Series at the Miller Branch Library (8 pm), and Grammy-nominated R&B artist Jon B. performs at the Mogul Lounge as part of the R&B Throwback Party: Part II (10 pm).


If you haven’t made it over to Curious Matter for the gallery’s latest exhibition, The Ecstatic, today is your last chance (12 to 3 pm). Later in the afternoon, Chillfest wraps up its fifth season with a screening of Shelter and a five-year anniversary party for the series afterward (4 pm). And last, but not least, Surati and Art House Productions have put together a special Evening of Odissi Dance, a classical temple dance form from the state of Orissa, that gets started at 6 pm.

Jon Whiten

co-founded the Jersey City Independent. He is currently the Deputy Director of New Jersey Policy Perspective.