The Town Book Store will be hosting a Meet & Greet for Cranford resident Lockey Maisonneuve author of A Girl Raised By Wolves: An Inspiring Memoir of One woman’s Journey Through Sex Trafficking, Cancer, Murder, and More on Saturday, October 20th from 1-3pm. In the late 1970's, in a gritty NJ town, an adolescent girl is unwittingly handed a one-way ticket by her mother to allegedly "visit" her estranged father in Florida. Young and vulnerable, Lockey Maisonneuve had no idea what was in store for her when she was sent to live with her vile and dangerous father. During the next several years her father violently raped, abused and mercilessly sold his daughter's body repeatedly in childhood prostitution. Eventually rescued by her naive, but well-intentioned, grandparents, she begins to pull herself out of her troubled past only to eventually find herself fighting breast cancer and dealing with the brutal murder of her mother. A Girl Raised by Wolves is the inspirational memoir of a survivor of some of the darkest circumstances one can endure in a single lifetime. Meet Lockey Maisonnueve at The Town Book Store, 270 E. Broad St., 908.233.3535. www.townbookstore.com
Juxtapose Gallery will host an Art Exhibit by Westfield artist Joanna M. Wezyk entitled "Ookie 2: NOT FROM THIS WORLD". This is a sequel exhibit devoted and inspired by the kooky and spooky artwork of Charles Addams. Through her series of oil paintings, drawings, and digital images, Wezyk explores the contrasting themes of fear and bliss, and how they intertwine with our childhood memories. Using reference to horror in pop-culture, such as The Exorcist, Nosferatu, The Shining, and Silence of the Lambs, colorful petals imitate moths, and the stems of flowers develop into living vines, leading viewers into a fear of the false beauty. A Meet the Artist Reception will be held Saturday, October 27 from 6:30-8:30pm. Live music, refreshments will be served at this family-friendly event. The show hangs until November 15. 908.232.3278. www.JuxtaposeGallery.com
The Jewish Film Festival of Central NJ is pleased to present five films this fall at the Rialto NewVision Theatre, 250 East Broad Street in Westfield. Screenings begin October 10 and run through November 13. All films start at 7:30 p.m. Itzhak kicks off the series on Wednesday, October 10. This impressionist, fly-on-the-wall portrait examines the life and glorious music of Israeli-born Itzhak Perlman, widely considered the greatest living violinist. Visit www.jccnj.org for more information, movie trailers and pricing. Tickets can be purchased online at www.jccnj.org, by mail or in person at the JCC in Scotch Plains. You can also purchase tickets by calling (908) 889-8800.