Matisyahu…Unplugged Festival of Light Tour at SOPAC

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MatisyahuMatisyahu will end his eighth annual Festival of Light tour with four intimate “unplugged” concerts beginning with his performance on December 26 at SOPAC.

Three years ago the formerly Hassidic artist shaved his beard, two years ago he began taking his Festival of Light tour beyond the confines of New York, and this year Matisyahu adds four “unplugged” dates just after Hanukkah at intimate venues along the east coast.

Joined by his long-time friend and guitarist Aaron Dugan, Matisyahu plays material which spans his ten year career as an American alternative rock musician known for blending Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip hop beatboxing sounds. The Festival of Light tour capitalizes on the “light amid darkness” theme of Hanukkah which also runs throughout the musician’s life and work.

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The Weekend: Films, Parties, Music, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)


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

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

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Montclair Public Library to Launch Open Book / Open Mind: Conversations with Prominent Authors and Public Figures

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Open Book / Open Mind

In January 2015, the Montclair Public Library and its Foundation will launch Open Book / Open Mind, a new series of conversations with prominent authors and public figures.

Each event will be a conversation among authors, experts and the audience rather than simply a reading or lecture. Audience members will participate through Q&A and no admission will be charged. Watchung Booksellers will sell signed copies of speakers’ books at these events, and copies will be available in the store so people can read in advance.

“In this digital age, libraries provide real, physical space where people can come together and share ideas. Libraries offer learning to everyone,” says David Hinkley, Director of the Montclair Public Library.

“That’s why these events are free and open-to-the public. I want to thank the authors who have made it possible for us to keep these programs accessible to all. And special thanks go to Margot Sage-El, owner of Watchung Booksellers, who is helping the library and its foundation curate the series,” adds Hinkley.

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Ring in 2015 at One of These Local New Year’s Eve Parties (Updated)

BY  |  Monday, Dec 15, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Year's Eve

Want to enjoy fine dining, drinks, dancing and festivity on New Year’s Eve?

Here are some ways to ring in 2015:

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The Weekend: Rent Party, Holiday Music, Improv, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

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

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S.O.F.I.A Men Against Domestic Violence

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair’s S.O.F.I.A. (Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates) is hosting a fundraiser for its Men’s Group this Saturday at Ash Lounge in Bloomfield:


S.O.F.I.A Men Against Domestic Violence First Annual Fundraiser
Saturday, December 13 from 7 pm – 9:30 pm
Ash Lounge, 142 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ
$20 – All proceeds go to S.O.F.I.A’s Men Against Domestic Violence Division



Several Local Art Exhibits You Shouldn’t Miss

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Heidi Sussman

Another Victorian by Heidi Sussman

JCC MetroWest presents “Faces and Traces,” an exhibit of photographs and mixed media pieces by Gaelen Juried Art Show award winners Bill Cofone and Heidi Sussman. The exhibit will be on view from December 23 – February 22. An Opening Celebration will be held on Sunday, January 11, 11 am – 1 pm. The new exhibit takes place in the Gaelen Gallery East at the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus, 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange.

Sussman, a freelance photographer and illustrator, received her Bachelor’s degree from Emerson College and continued post-graduate studies towards a Master of Fine arts degree at Instituto Allende in San Miguel, Mexico. She states, “Time has always been my obsession. I think about its infinite passage, how seconds grow into minutes that become days that add up to years that flash by in an instant.”

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Giveaway: Tickets to Joseph Arthur With Special Guest Mya Byrne at Outpost in the Burbs

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Joseph Arthur

WINNER: Congratulations to philbender!

Outpost in the Burbs presents Joseph Arthur in concert on Friday night, December 12th and Baristanet has two tickets to give to one lucky reader!

This concert will bring Joseph Arthur back to the Outpost stage for the second time. His December 2013 show, in which Arthur set up a canvas and created a painting on the stage while singing, was an audience favorite. Arthur has been known to start working on a new album — or two — while simultaneously trying to finish another. It was amid this abundance of riches that the Brooklyn-by way of Ohio native began molding a collection of music for his 2013 album: The Ballad of Boogie Christ, described by Arthur as “a fictionalized character loosely based on my own journey.” It was followed by the The Ballad of Boogie Christ Act 2 which included contributors such as the Band’s legendary pianist Garth Hudson, bassist Catherine Popper and multi-instrumentalist Kraig Jarret Johnson.

This year, Arthur released an album in tribute to Lou Reed called “Lou, The Songs of Lou Reed,” a song and video in tribute to Robin

Williams, and most recently, a song entitled “Where Is Our Freedom” in response to the events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Opening for Joseph Arthur will be Maplewood, New Jersey native Mya Byrne.

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#Selfie With Segal, Film Screening, and More on MSU’s George Segal Day Celebration

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 09, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

George Segal

The George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University has declared Thursday, December 18, 2014, as George Segal Day to honor the world-renowned New Jersey artist on what would have been his 90th birthday, as well as to commemorate the installation of Segal’s iconic sculpture, Street Crossing (1992), on the University’s campus.

The sculpture – a collection of seven bronze figures with white patina – is one of Segal’s best-known works and was a gift to Montclair State University by the George and Helen Segal Foundation in 2006. Located outside the University’s oldest building, College Hall, the life-size figures are on display throughout the year.

George Segal

“Street Crossing reminds me of the way people walk as they go to where ever it is that they are going,” said George Segal’s daughter Rena, who was one of the models for the piece and will be on campus for the day of celebration. “They cross the street in groups and then wander off to their destinations, each person in his or her own world.”

Here are the fun and free George Segal events to enjoy:

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Montclair TV34 and Parents Who Rock Benefit Concert for ALICE Saturday

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 09, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Montclair’s TV34 and Parents Who Rock are joining forces to will “Rock Out For ALICE” with a benefit concert on Saturday, December 13 to support and raise funds for the United Way of Northern New Jersey’s Holiday Fund, which provides assistance to families in our community facing a financial emergency.

ALICE, a United Way acronym which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working, but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation. ALICE households represent men and women of all ages. They are child care workers, mechanics, home health aides, and office assistants – workers New Jerseyans rely on every day.

This benefit concert was inspired by the 2014 United Way ALICE Report which revealed that more than 7,800 North Essex families are considered ALICE.

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