SOFIA to Hold its 4th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence – “From Surviving to Thriving”

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

SOFIA 4th WalkEvery 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

Yogi Berra Museum Hosts Ultimate Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Yankee Stadium

BY  |  Monday, Jul 21, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

yankee stadiumThe 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

The Learned Ladies: An Unexpected Outdoor Delight

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

John Hickok, Felix Mayes, Alison Weller, and Marion Adler in “The Learned Ladies”

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

The Weekend: Comic Book Parties, Cat Shows, Music and More

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Reggae dance parties, Comic book parties, cat shows, music, and more are yours to enjoy this weekend.

Third World at Sounds of the City

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

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Tom Hall Named New Executive Director Of The Montclair Film Festival

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 6:01pm  |  COMMENTS (14)

tom hallThe 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.”

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Protest Planned at Ted Nugent Concert at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 4:30pm  |  COMMENTS (83)

On TuesdaTed Nugent y, 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:

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Montclair Author to Discuss the “The Untold Story That Had To Be Told” at Temple Ner Tamid

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Bury the Hot

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. 

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Montclair Jazz Festival 2014 Returns To Nishuane Park, August 16!

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 2:50pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jazz giant John Scofield will headline the 2014 Montclair Jazz Festival.

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.

S. Epatha Merkerson

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

Bellevue Avenue Library Celebrates 100 Years With Centennial Music Mondays

BY  |  Friday, Jul 11, 2014 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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A 2013 Muic Mondays performance

The Montclair Public Library system is celebrating the 1914 opening of the Bellevue Avenue Library, the town’s landmark Carnegie Library with Centennial Music Mondays throughout the summer.

The Friends of the Bellevue Avenue Library with the support of the Montclair Public Library present the music celebration on Mondays, 6 – 8 pm, in the plaza at 185 Bellevue Avenue in Upper Montclair. The free concerts will be held on July 14July 21July 28August 11August 18 and August 25.

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Montclair Public Library Holding an Opportunity of a Lifetime CD Sale

BY  |  Friday, Jul 11, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Opportunity of a Lifetime CD Sale

While CD sales are on a decline thanks to digital downloads, they are still going strong. According to, in 2013 CD sales were at  57.2 percent, digital sales at 40.6 percent, and cassettes, vinyl and and DVDs were comprised 0.2 percent of sales. So folks,  if you want to score some for CDs a buck a piece, head to the Montclair Public Library through July 14 for its Once in a Lifetime CD Sale on the first floor of the Main Library at 50 South Fullerton Avenue.

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