Montclair Film Festival Announces 2015 Conversation Series

BY  |  Monday, Mar 30, 2015 4:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

(Photo credit: Myrna Suarez)

(Photo credit: Myrna Suarez)

Ever dream about having a conversation with Richard Gere? (I have) How about Jonathan Demme, Barbara Kopple, Stanley Nelson, Michael Ian Black, Bobcat Goldthwait, Abigail Disney, John Battsek, Patrick Wilson, and Jonathan Alter? You’ll have a chance at one of the Conversation Series presented at this year’s Montclair Film Festival.

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Montclair Celebrates Committee to Host Annual Beefsteak Dinner Fundraiser

BY  |  Friday, Mar 27, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair CelebratesIt’s time to start celebrating at events that make the Montclair Fourth of July parade and fireworks possible!

Montclair Recreation and Montclair Celebrates — a community-based organization formed to preserve the Township’s Independence Day celebrations — will host the annual Beefsteak Dinner Fundraising on Friday, April 10.

This year’s honorary dinner guest and parade grand marshal is long-time Montclair resident and Immaculate Conception High School President Celia Triggs Honohan.

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The Weekend: Film, Funk, Cabaret, and More!

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ryan Hobler

There are many great events to enjoy this weekend. We told you about:

  • Susan Werner with special guest Ryan Hobler at Outpost in the Burbs
  • “The Enchanting Art of Japan” exhibition at George Segal Gallery at MSU
  • The 15th Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
  • Paper Mill Playhouse’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    And there’s even more. Here are your weekend highlights:

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    Montclair Film Festival Announces 2015 Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece Films

    BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 4:13pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    Montclair Film Festival

    The Montclair Film Festival just announced the opening, closing and Centerpiece selections for the 2015 festival, taking place May 1-10, and they’re fantastic!

    “We are truly honored to bring these remarkable films to the Montclair Film Festival,” said MFF Executive Director Tom Hall. “These are movies that our audiences will love, and we could not be more excited to support these wonderful filmmakers and showcase their work.”

    Here are the opening, closing and Centerpiece selections for the Montclair Film Festival 2015:

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    Giveaway: Tickets to See Susan Werner with special guest Ryan Hobler at Outpost in the Burbs

    BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

    Susan Werner

    WINNER: Congratulations to chickpea64!

    Outpost in the Burbs will present Susan Werner with special guest Ryan Hobler on Friday, March 27 and Baristanet has two tickets to give to one very lucky reader!

    Susan Werner composes skillful songs that effortlessly slide between folk, jazz, and pop, all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm. Throughout her expansive career, boundless versatility has emerged as a hallmark of Werner’s talent, and has proven to be a quintessential ingredient of her engrossing musical persona.

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    Paper Mill’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame Packs Emotional Punch

    BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    : The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse; Photo by Matthew Murphy; Michael Arden (Quasimodo) and the company of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    : The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse; Photos by
    Matthew Murphy; 9top) Michael Arden (Quasimodo) and the company of The
    Hunchback of Notre Dame
    (botton) Ciara Renee (Esmeralda)

    This is not your kiddie’s Hunchback of Notre Dame. Even though Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horror, Newsies, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), the masterful composer and lyricist behind the 1996 Disney hit movie of the same name added new material, this production from the Disney Theatrical Group at the Paper Mill Playhouse through April 5, is darker, more mature and more nuanced.

    The performance starts with the story behind Dom Claude Frollo, the sinister archdeacon of Notre Dame, portrayed by Patrick Page with a complexity and subtly that takes the character light years beyond the original Disney caricature. Frollo and his brother Jehan, studied at the cathedral. Tired of the religious life, Jehan leaves his brother for a gypsy woman. Later Frollo is reunited with a dying Jehan, only to learn his brother wants him to raise the baby he fathered with his gypsy lover. Frollo accepts this charge as a test from God. The deformed infant shocks Frollo, who names him Quasimodo.

    Less is more in this production. The sparse set has a medieval feel and uses elements of the cathedral—such as railings and pews rolled in and out as needed, a checkered marble floor, a circular stained glass window, and bells suspended from the theater’s ceiling—to transport the audience to Notre Dame in the fifteenth century. The medieval aura is magnified by the artistry of the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus who as the onstage chorus sing in English as well as Latin. Continue Reading

    Giveaway: Tickets to See The Moody Blues at NJPAC

    BY  |  Monday, Mar 23, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (32)

    The Moody Blues

    WINNER: Congratulations to threeputt!

    Through four decades, The Moody Blues have lit up the hearts and minds of millions of rock fans with inspiring anthems like “Nights in White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon” and “Your Wildest Dreams.” The band will perform at NJPAC on Friday, April 3 and Baristanet has two tickets to give away to one lucky reader!

    The Moody Blues sound, featuring Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge, is one of exquisite harmonies in a musical genre that is unprecedented and ever-changing. The Moody Blues have sold in excess of 70 million albums worldwide and have been awarded an astonishing 14 platinum and gold discs.

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    Montclair Film Festival to Hold a Volunteer Orientation

    BY  |  Monday, Mar 23, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    Montclair Film Festival Love the Montclair Film Festival? Want to volunteer? There are lots of opportunities to help and have fun, too! See if something is right for you at Montclair Film Festival’s Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, March 28 at 10 am at the Montclair Public Library in the Auditorium.

    The Montclair Film Festival is a non-profit organization that relies greatly on the generosity of volunteers. They have extensive opportunities to get involved in all areas of the festival. At the Orientation on Saturday, there will be an overview of volunteer opportunities, volunteer perks, and an opportunity to meet team leaders. Light refreshments will be served.



    Historical Society of Bloomfield takes a look at New Jersey in the American Revolution

    BY  |  Monday, Mar 23, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

    New Jersey in the American Revolution

    On March 24, the Historical Society of Bloomfield will present “New Jersey in the American Revolution.” This 50-minute slide presentation is based on the presenter’s book The Long Retreat. The program focuses on the British invasion of New Jersey in late 1776, which ended with Washington’s famous Christmas night raid on Trenton. The speaker will demonstrate that the closest the British ever came to winning a military victory in the American Revolution was at New Brunswick, New Jersey, on December 1, 1775. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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    Garland Jeffreys at The Art Garage

    BY  |  Friday, Mar 20, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    Garland Jeffreys

    For the first time, on April 25, Garland Jeffreys will perform at The Art Garage—the cool art studio which turns into a cooler intimate 50-seat performance venue in Montclair.

    The Village Voice published its list of the sixty best songs ever written about New York City. Coming in at No. 7 was Jeffreys’s “Wild in the Streets,” a hissing, insinuating, insistent piece from 1973. No argument here, but you could print up a list of the Brooklyn native’s catalogue, tack it to the wall, step back ten paces, and throw a dart, and you’d be almost guaranteed to hit another great New York City song. Jeffreys, who is seventy-one, is still a dynamo, and is going to be at The Art Garage for this awesome night in April. Special accompaniment from local six string superstar, Justin Jordan.

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