I was in a film noir blah. There I sat once again, alone at my desk in the dim basement. It was Oscar picking time, that annual humbling when the critic is muscled into shedding all pretense of dignity and assumes the role of common handicapper. The Yanks were in the Florida sun, readying for the show. Me? I was making like a gambler, hoping to be a lucky so and so.
UNION—Folk artist Spook Handy will be performing his Tales From the Road concert at the Union Public Library on Tuesday, March 2, at 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—By some key measures, Americans ages 18 to 29 are considerably less religious than older Americans, according to a new report released by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life.
NEW BRUNSWICK—State Theatre presents six time Grammy® Award-winning group The Chieftains on Sunday, March 14, at 3 p.m. The ensemble will perform their latest and greatest hits, as well as songs from their upcoming album of Celtic-Mexican influences, San Patrico. San Patrico is scheduled for release on March 9. Tickets range from $32-62.
Clearance Sale • Now through March 6 – Best Friend Dog & Animal Adoption is having a winter clothing clearance sale at their thrift shop, 1750 E. Second St., Scotch Plains. The store is open from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. every day except Sunday. Proceeds benefit the animal rescue group. For info, call 1-732-388-8930.
CLARK—Al MacDougall, president of the Clark Kiwanis Club, has announced the date of the club’s 17th annual spaghetti dinner. “We hope people will save the date of Sunday, March 7, to ‘mangia’ with us at the Zion Lutheran Church in Clark,” he said.
CARTERET-Here are more memories of the City Line Bar and Grill, which used to be on Roosevelt Ave. I had shared memories of this bar before, in my Oct. 2, 2009 column. They are from the grandson of the owners, Bill Donovan.
CLARK – The Clark Recreation Department recently organized a night of ice skating for Clark families at the Warinanco Park Skating Rink.
UNION – “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” comes to Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre in a hysterical production by the Department of Theatre Feb. 26 through March 6.
RAHWAY—Registration for the YMCA of Eastern Union County, Rahway Branch’s Summer Camp program is now open.