In Glen Ridge, for the past 15 years, Thanksgiving starts with a race — The Ashenfelter 8K Classic! (It makes stuffing yourself with stuffing later a bit more guilt-free)
The Ashenfelter 8K honors Olympian and Glen Ridge resident Horace Ashenfelter who won the steeple chase event at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. The Ashenfelter begins at 9 am and is open to everyone… walkers, joggers, runners and racers.
For certain things, using “classic” is a handy shortcut to saying what you mean: A classic car or a suit with a classic cut paint a perfect picture. And classic rock? It’s a sound you know immediately, and one that The Sidney Green Street Band has down.
The band’s front line has two longtime Glen Ridge residents: songwriter Lance Doss on guitar and vocals, and Justin Jordan also on guitar and vox. The rhythm section—bassist Paul Page and drummer Steve Holly—are based in NYC and play in Mott the Hoople leader Ian Hunter’s band. (How’s that for classic rock bona fides?)
And Doss sums up the band’s sweet spot succinctly: “The Sidney Green Street Band is a guitar band, plain and simple,” he says. He notes that each member of the quartet brings a particular pedigree into the classic rocking sound—Doss has Southern rock roots in Alabama; Jordan is schooled in the twin-guitar sound of 60s and 70s blues-rock and psychedelia; Page has played with Bo Diddley, Del Shannon, Ben E. King and many other early masters of the genre; and Holly has toured with Paul McCartney & Wings, Joe Cocker, and Chuck Berry, to name a few.
Montclair State University alum Guerline Macenat-Pierre is celebrating her 30th birthday next month with a red carpet fundraising gala to benefit Haitian school children in need of clean water.
The black-tie gala and fundraiser on December 6 will feature live music, art and performances all to raise $10,000 for Operation Drill Water Well 2015.
Macenat-Pierre is currently the Vice President of the Dlo Pou Viv (“Water for Life”) Health Education and Health Programs, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization devoted to ending water disparities in Haiti and other parts of the world.
The annual Bnai Keshet Book Festival happens this Saturday, November 22 with the theme Journeys of the Soul: From Appetizer to Ice Cream.
There will be delicious samples from Israeli cookbook author Janna Gur’s new Jewish Soul Food, with an Israeli wine-tasting, followed by readings from featured authors, who explore the immigrant soul in America.
And there’s more! Here are your weekend highlights:
Head to Tierney’s tonight to see Bellehouse with special guest Jim Hayes. Brooklyn-based, Bellehouse rides the wave of urban Americana. Their muses range from Bluegrass to Motown and far beyond. Bellehouse originally under the name “Skies” in 2013, with original members Jess Clinton, Sarah Haines, Laurel Parmet and Nick Lenchner. Current band members include Jess Taylor Clinton (vocals, guitar & writing), Sarah Haines (vocals & viola), Nick Lenchner (bass), Ryan Gross (banjo and vocals), and Catie Friel (vocals). Jim Hayes is drawn to the blues masters such as John Lee Hooker and Ray Charles and lyricists like Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Tom Waits. Over the last several years he has opened for Leon Russell and played at such venues as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hard Rock Caf (NYC), and Starland Ballroom (NJ),Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
Bellehouse with special guest Jim Hayes Thursday, November 20 at 9 pm Tierney’s Tavern, 136 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042 $5 cover
The Montclair Health Department office of Environmental Affairs, Community Green, and Bike & Walk Montclair will co-host a free public screening of a provocative new documentary, The Human Scale, at the next Green Film series on Thursday, November 20 at the Montclair Public Library.
Half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, and by 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city — or even a bustling town — can be both enchanting and problematic. Today we face climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why?
Looking at cities from NYC to Chongqing, China, this compelling and controversial film challenges status quo notions of urban planning, and offers hope on making cities more sustainable and livable for all:
Biggers is an interdisciplinary artist who works in film/video, installation, sculpture, music, and performance. He has achieved international prominence over the last decade with a diverse body of work that explores themes of identity, race, American history, and spirituality, often by blending installation and performance. In Codex, a recent project, Biggers continues to probe these themes through another stylistic departure: painting on historical quilts, many of which were gifts to the artist from descendants of slave owners.
Haul out the holly! Van Vleck House & Gardens 14th Annual Deck the Halls gala will offer three days of celebrations, beginning Thursday, November 20 and ending Saturday, November 22 — all for a good cause — raising funds to keep Montclair’s historic property operating and open free to the public.
Montclair State Univerity offers two free films this week at its 2nd Reelabilities – NJ Disabilities Film Festival, sponsored by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The event will feature screenings of Mary and Max and Lost and Sound, two award-winning films that promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. Discussions will follow each screening. Free with light refreshments. (Register at https://reelabilitiesnj.eventbrite.com
“Mary and Max”
Tuesday, November 18 (8:15 pm, University Hall Room 1070
This Claymation film is a tale of pen-friendship between a chubby, lonely, eight year old girl in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and a 44 year old obese, Jewish man with Asperger’s Syndrome living in the chaos of NYC. Spanning 20 years and 2 continents, Mary and Max’s friendship survives much more than the average diet of life’s ups and downs –exploring friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity, kleptomania, sexual difference and more.
Come for the film screening and post film discussion with special guest speakers: Dr. Gerard Costa, Dr. Alicia Broderick, Ms. Laura Shapanus and Dr. Elaine Gerber. Continue Reading
The first Department of Theatre and Dance and John J. Cali School of Music production to take place in the Alexander Kasser Theater since the 10th anniversary celebration is The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht and directed by Mark Hardy. It is based on John Gay’s ballad opera The Beggar’s Opera.
The story follows Jonathan Peachum (John Caliendo) and his wife (Shannon Molly Flynn), Bible-quoting owners of a “business” that trains beggars to, well, beg, as evidenced by the first scene when Filch (Chris Newhouse) comes crying for their assistance. They are distraught that their only daughter, Polly, played by junior Victoria Palin, one of the cast’s strongest voices and stage presences, has married the womanizing, notorious London criminal Macheath, or “Mack the Knife”, the lead character portrayed by junior Darius Jordan Lee, after only knowing him for a few days. Because of this, they enlist police commissioner Jackie “Tiger” Brown (Christopher Cherin) to arrest and hang Macheath for his many crimes, but Brown is constantly torn between his lifelong friendship with Macheath and his prestige as a police chief. Continue Reading