feature story / 47 school, worked for a few very hectic years in the music business, handling marketing and promotion – and got cancer in 2008, an experience Elly says gave her “chemo brain” and a raw empathy for the suffering of others. (It also inspired her first book, as yet un- published: Lymphomania, a humorous take on dealing with her symptoms, treatment, and daily life.) In January 2017 she took another leap, persuading McSweeney’s, the California-based humor website, to carry her column about the noble as- pirations and daily tribulations of Alex and Michael. Its premise: “Getting woke is hard. It takes more than lis- tening to NPR on our daily commutes and reading Jon Stewart’s Twitter feed in bed while we sip craft beer from artisanal glassware made by at-risk women on another continent to make us global citizens.” Meanwhile, she says on her website, she abandoned her previous career “to write and procreate.” Thanks to the former, she has since published articles in the New York Times, Scary Mommy, O Magazine, and various parenting anthologies, not to mention “a disap- pointing number of now defunct sites.” Along with procreation and writ- South Orange writer Elly Lonon has turned her mercilessly funny columns into a graphic novel that captures the mood of our times and our towns. See more events at www.SOPACnow.org vivian green SAT, NOV 24 AT 8PM “Emotional Roller Coaster” rocketed her to stardom. Now she tops the Soul and Hip-Hop charts. Buy Tickets Today! www.SOPACnow.org | (973) 313-2787 South orange Performing artS Center one SoPaC Way, South orange nJ 07079 Suzzanne DouglaS in the loft SUN, OCT 21 AT 7:30PM Vocalist, composer and award-winning actress celebrates the Jazz greats Parker and Monk. Dave alvin & Jimmie Dale gilmore THU, NOV 1 AT 7:30PM Two legends of Blues and Country — a unique and riveting duo. the nakeD magiCianS SAT, NOV 3 AT 8PM The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious Aussie magicians take magic to a whole new level. (18+ only. Includes coarse language, sexual references and male nudity… get ready to have some fun!) Sponsored by Carl Wolf. toDD Barry SAT, NOV 17 AT 8PM “Acerbic wit, deadpan delivery and wickedly smart punchlines.” —Time Out NY the klezmatiCS “haPPy JoyouS hanukkah, lyriCS By WooDy guthrie” THU, NOV 29 AT 7:30PM Celebrate “The Festival of Lights” at SOPAC. louDon WainWright iii, Suzzy roChe & luCy WainWright roChe “all in a family” FRI, NOV 30 AT 8PM An evening of thoughtful songs and familial harmonies.