Ring in 2008 in Haddonfield during the town's annual "First Night" celebration. More than 50 musicians, singers, performance artists and dancers will perform in indoor and outdoor venues. Headliners include 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 via 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.
Socrates Cafe Discussion Group
Start a new tradition this year with the Socrates Cafe Discussion Group at the Logan Library, 498 Beckett Rd., Logan Township. Every Wednesday, this week through until March 26, folks can get together to pose thoughts and exchange ideas in an open forum. The group selects the subjects. No formal education in philosophy is needed. No registration is required. Free. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 856-241-0202 or
City Winds Trio
Hear classical and ragtime music from the City Winds Trio at the Mullica Hill Branch Library, 389 Wolfert Station Rd., Mullica Hill. Free. 7 p.m. 856-223-6025 or
The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts is closing the solo exhibition of landscape paintings by artist Stan Sperlak of Cape May Court House 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 North 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
Tickets On Sale Now
Give 2008 a classical start by signing up for a trip to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra on Jan. 12. The Living Arts Club is going to the Kimmel Center to hear the orchestra play the symphonic dances from
West Side Story
Romeo and Juliet
, and a new work by Jennifer Higdon. The bus leaves from the Deptford Municipal Building, 1101 Cooper St. Make checks payable to the Township of Deptford, and mail them to the Living Arts Club, 209 Audubon Ave., Thorofare, N.J. 08086. $50 for third tier; $71 for family circle. bus boards at 6:45; departs at 7 p.m. 856-384-6582.
See "A New Reality: Black-and-White Photography in Contemporary Art" 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.
The Deptford Municipal Building, 1101 Cooper St., will continue a multimedia exhibit through Jan. 9. See oil paintings, including Regina Mahon's
Heaven and Earth
, Dressler Smith's
Embracing the Environment through Art
, and George Herquet's
Light through Trees
, and Kathy Casper's three-dimensional work
Love and Peace
. Free. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 856-384-6582.