Haddonfield will ring in 2008 with its annual First Night celebration. More than 50 musicians, singers, performance artists and dancers will perform in indoor and outdoor venues. Headliners will be 1910 Fruitgum Company, Brigid's Cross, and Galumpha. The event is family-friendly and alcohol-free. Bring your dancing shoes for newcomer 1910 Fruitgum Company's two performances, 8 and 10:15 p.m., in the high school gymnasium, 401 Kings Highway E. Back by popular demand, Brigid's Cross will perform a blend of Celtic folk and rock at 9:30 and 11 p.m. in the middle school auditorium, 5 Lincoln Ave. Also returning this year is child favorite Galumpha, three performers who use acrobatics, visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography. They will perform at 6:45 and 9 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Countdowns will be at 8:15 and 11:15 p.m., each followed by a fireworks display. $10 buys a First Night Button, on sale on the Internet or at the following Haddonfield stores: the Crepe & Ribbon, the Shops at 116, Professional Printing, Commerce Bank, Susquehanna Bank, and Carl's Sunoco. Events will begin at 6 p.m. 856-429-4700.
Zydeco dance lessons
To learn a new dance for the new year, take beginners zydeco at the Burlington County Library, 5 Pioneer Blvd., Westampton. Zydeco is becoming more widespread, with the number of public dances, festivals and dance camps increasing each year. Zydeco is couples dancing, but no partner is necessary for the lessons. Ava Boyce leads the class, which will cover basic skills. Registration required. Free. 7 to 8 p.m. 609-267-9660, Ext. 3072 or
Writing for women
Aspiring female authors are invited to join Roberta Taylor in a "Creative Writing for Women" class at the Bordentown Branch Library, 18 E. Union St., Bordentown. Taylor will help women generate ideas and discuss writing prompts. Participants will learn from others and about themselves. Registration is not required. Free. 7 to 8:30 p.m. 609-298-0622 or
Art exhibit I
The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts is closing the solo exhibition of landscape paintings by artist Stan Sperlak of Cape May Court House after today. The show, held in the main gallery, is Sperlak's first appearance in Millville since 2003. He's most noted for colorful paintings done on location throughout the mid-Atlantic. There are several "field studies" in the show, but it includes mostly studio paintings derived from the many studies he does outdoors. The gallery is at 22 N. High St., Millville. Free. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 856-327-4500 or
Art exhibit II
"A Quiet Touch," works in India ink and colored pencil by Haddonfield artist William Marlin, will be on display until Jan. 25 at the Samaritan Inpatient Hospice Center Gallery at Virtua Memorial Hospital, 175 Madison Ave., Mount Holly. The hospice center is on the second floor. Free. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. 609-267-0700.
"A New Reality: Black-and-White Photography in Contemporary Art" is at the Stedman Gallery at Rutgers-Camden. "A New Reality" explores the continued use of black-and-white photography as a medium of visual and historical consequence. The exhibit was curated by Jeffrey Wechsler and organized by the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum of Art, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Photographs are from the collection of Arthur and Anne Goldstein. It includes figures whose work spans 1950 to the present. Among the photographers on view are: Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Sherrie Levine, Vik Muniz, Cindy Sherman, Mike and Doug Starn, William Wegman, Kenneth Josephson and Joel-Peter Witkin. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; open Thursday until 8 p.m. The gallery is closed until Jan. 2 for the holidays. 856-225-6299.