Sponsored: South African Choreographer Robyn Orlin Returns to Alexander Kasser Theater

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 2:00pm

South African director/choreographer Robyn Orlin returns to Montclair State’s Alexander Kasser Theater with Sénégalese dance troupe Compagnie Jant-Bi, January 24 – February 1


Robyn Orlin, whose exuberant “Walking next to our shoes…” thrilled audiences at Montclair State’s Kasser Theater in 2011, makes a much-anticipated return to Peak Performances with the American premiere of another extravagantly titled work: “At the same time we were pointing a finger at you, we realized we were pointing three at ourselves…”

“At the same time…” is inspired by the festive, colorful Sénégalese tradition of the Faux Lion, a rite designed to engender bravery in children.  The piece weaves tradition together with song and dance together, the dancers’ personal stories, and audience interaction – all filtered through Orlin’s unique perspective on the pressures of contemporary African life.

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Sponsored: Unique Birthday Parties: LEGO® Robotics, Super Science, Jr. Engineers, Disney Frozen, and More at L3 Academy

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 11:00am

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L3 Academy provides STEMtastic birthday parties with unique, fast-paced activities. Just show up with the birthday child and bring cake! From LEGO® Robotics to Super Scientists to Harry Potter’s Potion Class or a Geologist’s Adventure, our party leaders are just as excited as your child. Receive $20.15 off any LEGO® birthday party booked for a Friday when you mention Baristanet between now and 2/14/15.*





  • LEGO® Robotics Party: Build and program your structure to move, sing, snore, etc.
  • Jr. Engineers Party: Race to the moon with large LEGO® bricks and gears.
  • Ultimate LEGO® Lab for free builders


Super Science Birthday Parties

  • Super Scientists: L3’s signature science party filled with fun slime and glow in the dark test tubes.
  • Explosive & Exciting Science: Pour, mix and shake-up a whole lot of explosive fun.
  • Colorful Chemistry: Color, explosions and changing colors in liquids


Themed Parties

  • Animals! Animals! Animals!
  • Frozen: Science, Singing & Snow
  • CSI/Forensics
  • Dinosaur Dig
  • Rock Star: A Geologist’s Adventure
  • Harry Potter Potions Party
  • Bot Birthday Bash
  • Crazy Car Engineering


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Sponsored: Unique STEM After-School and Weekend Programs for Kids at L3 Academy

BY  |  Monday, Nov 17, 2014 1:00pm

L3 Academy

A seriously fun learning center nestled at the kid’s corner in downtown Montclair, L3 Academy offers unique STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs for children ages 4 to 14. With a focus on experiential learning and small class structure, students have fun, while fulfilling the learning objectives of each program.

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Programs offered include:

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Sponsored: One of the Top 100 Craft Shows in the Country at Brookdale Park

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 5:00pm

Fall Fine Art and Crafts at Brookdale Park

New exhibitors in a variety of media will be joining over 160 fine artists and artisans attending the 15th annual Fall Fine Art and Crafts at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield/Montclair on October 18-19.  The show was selected as one of the top 100 fine art and fine crafts shows in America according to Sunshine Artist Magazine.

Co-sponsored by Rose Squared Productions, Inc. and the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs,  from 10 am to 5 pm, rain or shine, this free to the public show celebrates American Craft Week by exhibiting American made, hand crafted work, in jewelry, fiber, leather, glass, metal and wood as well as fine art, sculpture and fine photography.

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Sponsored: Veterans and Doctors, Nurses Honored in Liz Lerman’s “Healing Wars” at Peak Performances, September 25 – 27

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 2:00pm

Healing Wars

Everyday the news abounds with stories of wounded veterans returning home and re-building their lives after their service in Iraq or Afghanistan. Now a new work of dance theater from trailblazing choreographer and director Liz Lerman honors those veterans and the doctors and nurses who work to heal them. “Healing Wars” makes its New Jersey/New York premiere at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University September 25 – 27.

“Healing Wars” connects our modern wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with the American Civil War. The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War inspired Lerman to create the piece, which features Iraq War veteran Paul Hurley in a key role.

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Sponsored: Come See the New and Delight in the Veteran Exhibitors at Anderson Park in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Sep 15, 2014 12:30pm

The whimsical soft sculpture of Bunny Goode

whimsical soft sculpture of Bunny Goode

Many new exhibitors, as well as your favorites, will grace Essex County’s Anderson Park in Upper Montclair on September 20-21 with their exquisite fine art and fine crafts. From 10 am to 5 pm, free, rain or shine, Fine Art and Crafts at Anderson Park, for the 31st time, will transform the park into 170 mini galleries and boutiques featuring etchings, oils, watercolor, photography, wearable fiber, jewelry, glass, leather, wood, clay, specialty food vendors and much more.

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Sponsored: Say Oui to French at FIAF Montclair This Fall

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 04, 2014 10:30am

FIAF Montclair

This fall, say oui to French at FIAF Montclair! The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) offers the best in French language education, with experienced, native speaking teachers and immersive classes. Whether you’re planning a trip to France, interested in brushing up, or looking to explore the language for the first time, FIAF’s 5 or 11-week French classes in Montclair immerse you in the best of French and French cultures.

For teens, classes focusing on thematic projects and real-world tasks build a strong foundation of speaking and comprehension skills. FIAF also offers specialized AP and SAT II prep classes to help teens preparing for college.

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Sponsored Post: Fabulous Custom Mid-Century Home For Sale in Montclair

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 10:30am

15 Victoria Terrace.  Open house - Sunday, August 17, 2-4 p.m.

15 Victoria Terrace. Open house – Sunday, August 17, 2-4 p.m.

A fabulous, updated, custom mid-century home on rare cul-de-sac, this 5-bedroom home is set in an ideal location, blocks from Upper Montclair Village and Watchung Plaza restaurants, shops and the Midtown Direct train line.

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The home is distinguished by a spacious, eat-in kitchen, remodeled with Silestone counter tops and stainless steel appliances, that opens to an airy and light living room. Two wood-burning fireplaces, a ground floor family room and a large studio/office offer options for work and play. Continue Reading

Sponsored Post: Manhattan Bagel Has A Special Offer Just For Baristanet Readers

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 12:22pm

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Happy customers, great food, and giving back to the community is the mission of Manhattan Bagel. Montclair’s newly opened Manhattan Bagel hit a bump during its grand opening in June, leaving a number of Baristanet readers dissatisfied. Manhattan Bagel would like to reintroduce the store to Baristanet readers and celebrate its arrival in Montclair — again — with a month-long 50% discount on all orders starting August 1 and good through August 31. Continue Reading

Sponsored Post: Fresco Brings The Buzz to Church Street

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 4:20pm

fresco july 3fresco july 1Fresco continues to make its mark in Montclair.

Just a little over one year in business, the two brothers Robert & Franco Porporino, have sure brought the buzz to Church Street.

Franco Porporino, producer, actor and record label owner, has brought a slew of A List celebrities to Fresco making it one of the area’s hottest, hip chic Italian restaurants. Continue Reading

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