Birthday Fundraiser Gala for Haiti

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Gala for Haiti

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.

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The Weekend: Music, Art, Swedish Fairs, Pop Up Shops, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)



Many great events to enjoy this weekend. We told you about:

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


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Montclair Green Film Series to Screen The Human Scale

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Human ScaleThe 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:

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MAM Art Talks Thursday : Sanford Biggers

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Sakrua, 2014, antique quilt fragments, spray paint, acrylic, and assorted textile on antique quilt. Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo Gallery, Miami FL.

This Thursday, November 20, join Montclair Art Museum’s Art Talk on Sandford Biggers.

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.

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Three Days of Holiday Cheer at Van Vleck’s Deck the Halls Event

BY  |  Monday, Nov 17, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Deck the Halls

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.

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MSU Hosts 2nd Reelabilities – NJ Disabilities Film Festival

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

“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.

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Before Les Miserables and Rent, There Was The Threepenny Opera

BY  |  Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 8:24am  |  COMMENTS (0)

3-penny-opera.png.thumbnail.488xThe 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

The Weekend: Meet the Chef, Music, Art, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

the chapin sisters

It’s a jam-packed weekend of events and the fun starts tonight. We told you about:

And there’s more. Here are your weekend highlights:

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NJPAC Hosts a Free Day of Swing

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Day of Swing

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival and the Women’s Association of NJPAC will host its annual free Day of Swing on Saturday, November 15 at NJPAC’s Center for Arts Education.

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Giveaway: Tickets to See Brother Sun and The Chapin Sisters at Outpost in the Burbs

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (15)

Outpost in the Burbs

WINNER: Congratulations to jeffsaxton22!

Outpost in the Burbs presents a “Brothers and Sisters” co-bill with Brother Sun and The Chapin Sisters this Friday, November 14 at 8 pm and Baristanet has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader!

National touring artists Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter’s round. The trio’s harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: an explosion of musical diversity in the finest of male singing traditions. They celebrate the amazing power of three-part male harmonies, singing contemporary folk with touches of gospel, blues, jazz and pop, and playing to standing ovations at festivals and theaters nationwide. Their CD Some Part of the Truth was #1 for 2013 on the Folk-DJ chart, and contained the #1 song, “Lady of the Harbor” on that chart.

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I think it's great to have another convenient option in the neighborhood. I wonder what size trucks will be going down this partly residential street and how often? It is a moderately quiet street, and will see at least a little more traffic. At least it's certainly prettier than what is there now!

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