Bad Seed, Winter Drama From SVPA at Montclair High School, 2/2-2/4

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

BAD SEED, the winter drama given by SVPA at Montclair High School, will be performed Feb 2, 3, and 4 @7:30 in the Little Theater of the George Inness Annex.

This compelling play — written by Maxwell Anderson and based on a novel of the same title, which also became a classic motion picture — takes up the question of nature vs. nurture. Are social upbringing and parental influence the most powerful factors in how we behave, or is a bad seed simply bad?

Bad Seed

Directed by Brenda Pepper and supported by technical director Kenneth Cleerdin and an all-student crew, 13 talented SVPA thespians bring this material to life in a provocative evening of drama. Tickets on sale at $12 for adults, $10 for students, seniors, and teachers. (May not be appropriate for younger children. 13 and older suggested.)

Cake By The Ocean? DNCE To Play Its Hits at Montclair’s Wellmont Theater

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Mark your calendars because “Cake by The Ocean” hitmakers, DNCE, are coming to Montclair’s Wellmont Theater on February 7.

This performance will be a homecoming for Jersey-born lead singer Joe Jonas. The multi-platinum selling band is expected to perform some of their biggest hits and top songs from their debut album Continue Reading

Newark Museum Offers Free Admission on Inauguration Day to Celebrate Unity

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Newark Museum

Looking for something to do this Friday, besides watching the Inauguration? Or for a diversion from watching? The Newark Museum will offer free admission on Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20, (12 – 5 pm) and the opportunity to rediscover the things that unite the country. Continue Reading

Celebrate Black History Month with I Am Not Your Negro Film Screening

BY  |  Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 12:46pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

I Am Not Your Negro

Montclair Film Festival and MFEE presents a free screening of the film I Am Not Your Negro on Friday, February 3 at 7 pm.

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of his manuscript.

Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.

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Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: January 13-16

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Lots of great local events to enjoy this holiday weekend! From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to lectures and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening tonight through Monday, the MLK Day holiday:


Live Music / Concerts


Friday, January 13


Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar

  • Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show at SOPAC (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) at 8 pm, $30 – $35
  • The Wall Theatrical Extravaganza at The Wellmont (5 Seymour Street, Montclair) at 8 pm, $29.50 – $65
  • Watchung Mountain Riders at Tierney’s (136 Valley Road, Montclair) at 9 pm,  $10 cover
  • Hott Mott at Ruthie’s BBQ & Pizza (64 1/2 Chestnut Street, Montclair) at 7 pm, no cover
  • Suyat at Just Jake’s (30 Park Street, Montclair) at 10:30 pm, no cover
  • Andrea Brachfeld Trio at Trumpets Jazz Club (6 Depot Square, Montclair) / 2 sets: 8 pm and 10 pm, $18 pp online advanced / $20 pp at door

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THING-ONE Does Its Thing at Montclair’s Wellmont Theater

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 2:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

thing1Montclair has music venues of all shapes and sizes, but The Wellmont Theater is a stage you only get to play when your band has made it. And THING-ONE has made it.

The band started in Spen Miles’ Glen Ridge basement, and after paying their dues at venues like Tierney’s Tavern, the now-defunct Bloomfield Avenue Cafe, local house parties and gigs at Montclair State, THING-ONE will be at the Wellmont on Saturday, February 25, opening for The Gin Blossoms.

“To be playing the Wellmont, a venue we grew up going to, will be pure glory,” says THING-ONE co-founder Joey Palestina, who remembers being in the crowd for The Flaming Lips, The National and Steely Dan—“They were all epic Wellmont shows.”

thing2Palestina started playing with Miles in the summer of 2003, and they put together a musically omnivorous sound that has evolved over years of playing and recording. Their initial music included hip-hop and jazz elements, and their latest EP, the three-track Fair Weather Friends, puts dance-rock beats under big melodies and hooks. Continue Reading

Blanche Garcia Launches First Book with Benefit Brunch at Ariane Kitchen & Bar

BY  |  Monday, Jan 09, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Blanche Garcia

TV personality, interior designer, lifestyle guru and Montclair resident Blanche Garcia will speak at Brunch With Blanche at Ariane Kitchen & Bar in Verona on January 22 from noon – 3 pm.

Garcia is passionate about interior design, living life to the fullest and giving back to her community. In her new book, Empowered Design: A Design Plan for Living, Garcia tells her own personal story with a refreshing honesty and an abundant awareness of life’s challenges. Sharing stories in her quest to follow her passions in life, Garcia created an empowered design plan for living. Visualization, goal setting, internal dialogue, clearing out the mental and physical clutter – all to develop her Passion Plan Book.

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2 For 1 Tickets for NYC Broadway Week On Sale Now

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 07, 2017 10:01am  |  COMMENTS (0)

NYC Broadway Week

NYC Broadway Week happens between January 17 – February 5 and 2 for 1 tickets are on sale now!

See Beautiful, Chicago, A Bronx Tale, In Transit, Kinky Boots, Cats, Wicked and many other shows — sorry, no Hamilton…

Which shows are you excited to see?




Local MLK Day Services and Events

BY  |  Friday, Jan 06, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

MLK Day of Service

On Monday, January 16, we will mark the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. That day is the perfect opportunity for Americans to honor King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.

In 1994, Congress designated the holiday a day of service, asking Americans to observe it as a “day on–not a day off” in honor of King’s words, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”

You can find ways to serve on the Day of Service website here, and below are local services and events to attend:
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The Weekend: First Free Thursday Night, Talking Politics, Museums, More, and More!

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Open Book/Open Mind Series: Trump’s First 100 Days

So many great local events to enjoy this first weekend of January!

We told you about:

Here’s what else is happening:

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Montclair is relatively heterogenous and, it could fairly be said, takes pride in its diversity. Has Montclair named a street or school after Dr. King? Why is that?

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