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Show Time: “It’s hard work being an arts administrator during these difficult economic times, but it’s thrilling to be growing and leading this organization to its full potential,” says Ondine Landa Abramson, SOPAC executive director.

Show Time: “It’s hard work being an arts administrator during these difficult economic times, but it’s thrilling to be growing and leading this organization to its full potential,” says Ondine Landa Abramson, SOPAC executive director.

Why South Orange? When we decided to move from Manhattan, I did a lot of research to find a community where I could really feel comfortable. Having grown up and lived in diverse places—from Paris to Bay Area California, moving [here] felt like I was not compromising one bit. It is such a diverse and multicultural community.

Favoritte local spots: The Village’s hip collection of stores, including Mia Cosa Bella—a great place to find a gift for yourself or someone else, and Kitchen a la Mode, a toy store for cooks. My new favorite restaurant is Above, upstairs from Eden Gourmet, and my standard favorites are Ariyoshi for sushi, Café Arugula, and Reservoir and Village for great pizza. South Orange also has great parks and green spaces. I love taking our 5-year-old daughter to them—going sledding down Floods Hill during the winter, or up to South Mountain Reservation during foliage season.

Tell us more about your work: SOPAC is a performing arts center, arts campus, and great place to catch a movie. It’s a really diverse place, where your kids can take ballet classes, or learn to produce a show with Artworks, our Teen Leadership afterschool and summer camp programs.You can also enjoy world-class performers like David Sanborn and Anoushka Shankar, Elaine Stritch, or Yo Yo Ma right in your own backyard.

What might people be surprised to learn about you?
In a former life, I trained to become a sommelier.


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This article appeared in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue.
Credits: Photograph by Chris Crisman; hair by Kathryn Menzel, owner of Kathryn Joseph Salon in Morristown; makeup by Michele Cascell