MPL Presents Special Anniversary Open Book/Open Mind Series: Christina Baker Kline in Conversation with Caroline Leavitt

BY  |  Monday, Jan 23, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Christina Baker Kline

If you loved Orphan Train as much as I did, you’ll be excited about this news. On February 24, Montclair author Christina Baker Kline will launch her much-anticipated new novel, A Piece of the World, at a special Montclair Public Library’s Open Book/ Open Mind series celebrating its two-year anniversary.

This event will kick off the third year of the Open Book/Open Mind live conversation series – an initiative to provide free, world-class spoken-word programming at MPL, and to offer Montclair writers inspiration and community. In 2014, Montclair residents Christina Baker Kline and Matthew Thomas were the inaugural speakers. For the second anniversary celebration, Matthew will introduce Christina and she will discuss storytelling with Caroline Leavitt, the best-selling New Jersey author of 11 fiction novels, most recently Cruel Beautiful World.

The event will celebrate the launch of Christina’s latest novel, A Piece of the World. The story is about Christina Olson, the complex woman and real-life muse Andrew Wyeth portrayed in his 1948 iconic painting Christina’s World. Christina will take the audience through a slideshow related to her historical research and discuss the responsibilities of writing about a real person. Attendees to the event will receive a hardcover copy of A Piece of the World courtesy of Watchung Booksellers. Guests will also enjoy a tea and cookies reception following the talk.

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Anti-Racism Organizer to Speak at Montclair Synagogue

BY  |  Sunday, Jan 22, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

anti-racistBnai Keshet’s Anti-Racism Committee will host a community discussion on Friday, January 28 at 8 pm, about what it means to be Jewish, white and committed to social justice in 2017.

The discussion will be lead by Bonnie Berman Cushing, a licensed clinical social worker and anti-racist organizer and educator. She is a trainer with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, a trainer and board member for the Center for the Study of White American Culture and a founding member of the North Jersey Branch of the Antiracist Alliance and European Dissent. She also edited a book: Living in the Tension: The Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice.

For more information, call the synagogue office at 973-746-4889.






Panel Discussion at MSU on Trump’s First 100 Days: What It Might Mean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Trump's First 100 Days: What It Might Mean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Montclair State University will host a panel discussion on what Trump’s presidency will mean for innovation and entrepreneurship on Monday, January 30 at 6 pm.

You’ll hear from:

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Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: January 19-22

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

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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

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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

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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:


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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

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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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