BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Jul 25, 2014 1:00pm
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Save the date for an evening of fine wines, craft beers and interactive food stations at Uncorked and Uncapped — a wine, beer and food festival to benefit The Arc of Essex County. It takes place on September 18 at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston.
The event will feature fare from the following locations: Opici Family Distributing, Garden State Wine Club, Cambridge Wines, Newburgh Brewing Company, New Jersey Beer Co., Backyard Obsessive Homebrew Club, Cloverleaf Tavern, Poor Henry’s Pub & Restaurant, Mark & Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream, HearthStone Grill and Lithos Estiatorio.
A highlight of evening will be the 2014 Uncorked and Uncapped Brew Master Contest for home brewers. Attendees will be able to sample the creations of the contestants and vote for the audience favorite in addition to the judge’s awards.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 1:43pm
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Music is yours to enjoy this weekend. Take your pick from Rockabilly, Rock n’ Roll,Folk, Pop, Blues, Cabaret….it’s happening this weekend.
On Friday, you can go to Ruthie’s BBQ & Pizza in Montclair to hear The Eugene Chrysler Band play their own blend of solid country music taking its influence from blues, rock, western swing, boogie, and rockabilly, all with humor and an upbeat twist. As usual, they’ll be serving up good pizza and BBQ. offers up good food. We suggest you try the Mac and Cheese.
The Eugene Chrysler Band at Ruthie’s BBQ
Friday, July 25 from 7 pm – 9 pm
Ruthie’s BBQ & Pizza, 64 1/2 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
BYO and no cover
BY Kristin Wald | Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 10:30am
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Every nine seconds, a woman in the USA is assaulted or beaten, and the vast majority of these abuses are between intimate partners. Every month in the USA, at least 46 women are shot to death by their former or current intimate partners. In New Jersey, on average, there are 70,000 domestic violence calls every year. Those who work in law enforcement and victims’ services know that many abuses go unreported. The numbers are staggering, shocking, disheartening, and all too real.
In our area, Montclair’s own Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA) helps victims of domestic violence to move on, and the organization also educates young people about how they can avoid the cycle of violence altogether. Check out the various programs SOFIA offers here.
This September, SOFIA will hold its Fourth Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence in beautiful Canterbury Park. Last year’s walk was a resounding success, with a big crowd of survivors and supporters as well as several eloquent speakers. This year the Grand Marshal is the Reverend Simone Oliver, one of the presenters at last year’s event. Continue Reading
BY Baristanet Staff | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 2:30pm
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The Yogi Berra Museum is organizing a behind-the-scenes tour of the incomparable Yankee Stadium on July 23rd. The tour includes an insiders look at the dugout, the Yankee Museum, the press box, Monument Park and more. Luxury bus transportation, snacks and souvenir complete this VIP experience. Continue Reading
BY Stephen Wells | Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 9:00am
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John Hickok, Felix Mayes, Alison Weller, and Marion Adler in “The Learned Ladies”
It has always fascinated me how a stage production’s physical venue can so greatly impact an audience’s appreciation of it. In the case of Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s “The Learned Ladies,” the Moliere comedy has found its ideal setting on the outdoor stage at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station.
It’s pure froth – witty froth, superbly performed and staged in front of casually dressed theatergoers drinking wine and sitting on the tiered stone and grass, or alternatively in lawn chairs, on a pleasant summer evening. And the result is pure enchantment – enchantment that could never have been attained indoors. Continue Reading
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 12:30pm
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Reggae dance parties, Comic book parties, cat shows, music, and more are yours to enjoy this weekend.
The weekend begins tonight! Put your dancing shoes on, because 10 time GRAMMY nominated band Third World performs at NJPAC’s Sounds of the City—a free outdoor concert series. One of Jamaica’s most popular crossover acts among international audiences, Third World is known for embracing themes that are positive, progressive and universally relevant. Singer Bunny Rugs describes the group’s sound as “Strictly a reggae band, no. Definitely a reggae band, yes.”
Third World at Sounds of the City
Thursday, July 17 from 5 pm – 10 pm
NJPAC, One Centre Street, Newark, NJ
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 6:01pm
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The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) announced today the appointment of Tom Hall as Executive Director of MFF.
Hall will replace founding Executive Director Raphaela Neihausen and founding Artistic Director Thom Powers.
“As the Montclair Film Festival enters its fourth year, we have grown to the point where we are looking to expand into a year-round arts organization,”said Bob Feinberg, MFF’s Founder and Chairman of The Board Of Directors.
“We are excited to welcome Tom to Montclair and believe his experience and leadership will help MFF continue to deliver outstanding programs and events to our community,our sponsors and our partners in the film industry.”
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 4:30pm
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On Tuesday, July 22, music performer Ted Nugent is scheduled to appear at Montclair’s Wellmont Theater and unhappy locals plan to protest and form a picket line in front of the theater.
On a Facebook page titled “Protest Ted Nugent in Montclair,” the message is:
Notorious racist, sexist, homophobic, gun-toter, Ted Nugent will be playing at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair , NJ on the evening of Tuesday, July 22, 2014. First answer here and say that you will come to a picketline if they don’t cancel him, and then call the Wellmont at (973) 783-9500 and let them know you will be picketing outside if they don’t cancel him!
At the moment, 70 people say they will attend the protest and 15 maybes.
BlueWaveNJ sent out a newsletter asking subscribers to “Say No to Hate” and protest Nugent’s upcoming show:
BY Baristanet Staff | Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 12:00pm
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In the next Summer Speaker Series at Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield on Friday, July 18, Montclair author Deb Levy will discuss her book “Bury the Hot,” in her discussion titled “The Untold Story That Had To Be Told.”
Deb Levy has known Sal Wainberg for as long as she’s known her own parents. But when he called out of the blue and asked, “Do you know my story?” she had no idea what he was talking about. She didn’t know he was born in a Polish shtetl or narrowly missed being herded onto a train bound for Treblinka. She didn’t know that he hid for two years in a cellar before wandering barefoot, at the age of eight, through fields of rye. There was a reason she didn’t know. Sal hadn’t even told his wife many of the details of his past. It wasn’t until the end of his life that Sal realized he had a need and a responsibility to bear witness. And so he asked Levy to write a book about his experience.
BY Announcement | Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 2:50pm
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Jazz giant John Scofield will headline the 2014 Montclair Jazz Festival.
New Jersey’s eclectic town of Montclair will once again transform into a bonanza of incredible, world-class music and elated jazz fans, as the Montclair Jazz Festival 2014 kicks off eight hours of FREE music on Saturday, August 16th in Nishuane Park.
Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson to host at Montclair Jazz Festival.
Produced by Jazz House Kids with support from lead sponsors City National Bank, North Coast Brewing Co. and Arctic Glacier, this year’s festival is hosted by award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson. Featured headliners include Jazz House Kids Artistic Chair Christian McBride with special guest John Scofield; Chuchito Valdés; Melissa Walker; Bruce Williams and More to Go; and The Jazz House Faculty Collective. Jazz House Kids large ensembles, including the award-winning Jazz House Big Band, will perform alongside the professional musicians throughout the day. Continue Reading