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October Events at the Williams Center

By Contributing Writer, Matt Payne

The remainder of October at the Williams Center will be filled with a mix of community-driven events, music and dance nights, new traditions, and even a vintage market.

Buckminster Fuller

The first event launches a new monthly series of documentary films that focus on multi-disciplinary visionaries who approach their traditionally non-artistic fields through the eyes of an artist. At 8:00 p.m. on October 7, Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud will be screened—a 1996 PBS American Masters documentary drama film on the inventor, visionary, and thinker R. Buckminster Fuller.

On October 8, from Noon to 5:00 p.m., Rutherford Italian Festival celebrates the varied Italian restaurants found in Rutherford. Fiorentini, Suprema, Song E’Napule, and Matera’s will be selling their favorite finger foods and snacks.

Later that evening (9:00 p.m.) No Vista will host a “unique underground club experience” at the Williams Center. DJs Nadus, Tameil, Luv, Nick Hook, and Dana Lu will play eclectic music that spans the dance genre, curated specifically for the atmosphere of the historic arts center. Tickets for this rare adults-only event are available here.

October 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., sees another first for the new Williams Center as it hosts a Vintage Market featuring vendors selling relics, heirlooms, collectibles, gifts, and more.

That same evening at 7:00, See Plus takes the stage to share their signature “noisy indie pop’ and a new record release. Formed by Rutherford High School students in 2017, See Plus has since helped define the NJ music scene. To learn more about See Plus, read this article previously published on This is Rutherford.

The Rutherford-centric offerings continue with the third installment of Gold Leaf (Williams Center’s Open Mic Night). On October 21 at 7:00 p.m. Rutherfordian musicians, poets, comedians, dancers, and more once again share their talents. Tickets and sign-up available here!

This is followed on October 23, 12:00–6:00 p.m. by a Battle of the Bands. Hosted by Rutherford Rock and the Rutherford Arts Committee, the battle is open to middle school and high school students.

And Williams Center’s monthly Town Hall is on October 27 at 6:00 p.m. Members of Native Center Development will be present to answer any questions or concerns the citizens of Rutherford have about the William Center’s revitalization.

October at the Williams Center comes to a frightening end with a classic costume-themed Halloween Dance Party with DJ Bruce Ciccone starting the night and four bands following: Sunstyle, In-Dreamview, Starcleaner Reunion, and Lightheaded. Prizes will be given out for the Most Frightening, Most Elaborate, and Most Innovative costumes.

More information on these and more events, as well as plans for the revitalization of the Williams Center, can be found at

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