Celebrate Black History Month with I Am Not Your Negro Film Screening

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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

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


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:


Live Music / Concerts


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

Blanche Garcia Launches First Book with Benefit Brunch at Ariane Kitchen & Bar

BY  |  Monday, Jan 09, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Blanche Garcia

TV personality, interior designer, lifestyle guru and Montclair resident Blanche Garcia will speak at Brunch With Blanche at Ariane Kitchen & Bar in Verona on January 22 from noon – 3 pm.

Garcia is passionate about interior design, living life to the fullest and giving back to her community. In her new book, Empowered Design: A Design Plan for Living, Garcia tells her own personal story with a refreshing honesty and an abundant awareness of life’s challenges. Sharing stories in her quest to follow her passions in life, Garcia created an empowered design plan for living. Visualization, goal setting, internal dialogue, clearing out the mental and physical clutter – all to develop her Passion Plan Book.

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2 For 1 Tickets for NYC Broadway Week On Sale Now

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 07, 2017 10:01am  |  COMMENTS (0)

NYC Broadway Week

NYC Broadway Week happens between January 17 – February 5 and 2 for 1 tickets are on sale now!

See Beautiful, Chicago, A Bronx Tale, In Transit, Kinky Boots, Cats, Wicked and many other shows — sorry, no Hamilton…

Which shows are you excited to see?




Local MLK Day Services and Events

BY  |  Friday, Jan 06, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

MLK Day of Service

On Monday, January 16, we will mark the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. That day is the perfect opportunity for Americans to honor King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.

In 1994, Congress designated the holiday a day of service, asking Americans to observe it as a “day on–not a day off” in honor of King’s words, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”

You can find ways to serve on the Day of Service website here, and below are local services and events to attend:
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The Weekend: First Free Thursday Night, Talking Politics, Museums, More, and More!

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Open Book/Open Mind Series: Trump’s First 100 Days

So many great local events to enjoy this first weekend of January!

We told you about:

Here’s what else is happening:

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Halfway There Reading Series to Showcase Four Authors in Montclair on Monday

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Halfway There, Montclair’s literary authors’ reading series, will hold its next reading on Monday, January 9 at the Red Eye Café in Montclair. The evening will feature an exciting line-up of local and visiting authors Alice Elliott Dark, Elisabeth Egan, Elizabeth Onusko, and Matthew Thorburn.

Halfway There is a quarterly event that brings together established and emerging voices, as well as local and visiting writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Founded in 2016 by area local and writer Apryl Lee and writer and NJ native Nicole Haroutunian, the series has proven to be an exciting addition to Montclair’s vibrant artistic community. In the first year, Halfway There hosted a diverse range of writers at four events, bringing in a standing-room-only house to the Red Eye Café. In addition, a special “pop-up” reading took place at The Montclair Art Museum to showcase six local, emerging authors in conjunction with National Poetry Month.

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Giveaway: Tickets to See Light of Day Benefit Concert at Outpost in the Burbs This Friday

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017 8:15am  |  COMMENTS (2)

 Light of Day

WINNER: Congratulations to jc!

Outpost in the Burbs presents a Light of Day Benefit Concert — featuring Willie Nile, Chuck Prophet, Jeffrey Gaines, Joe D’Urso and Ben Arnold and special guest Christine Martucci as the opening performer — this Friday, December 16 and Baristanet has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader!

The Light of Day Foundation utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime.

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What to Do in January

BY  |  Monday, Jan 02, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Happy New Year! Mark your calendars! Here’s a round up of what’s happening in the Montclair area in January:


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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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