The Weekend: Halloween Happenings, Dia de Los Muertos, and Much More

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Lots of great happenings to enjoy this first weekend of November (How did that happen?) It’s chock full of Halloween parties, a cool Dia de Los Muertos party, and much more!

First thing to do is to check out our Halloween Happenings After Dark round up.

Then check out these events we’ve already told you about:

Then keep reading below for other weekend highlights:

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Go Groove at the Montclair Motown Benefit Party for MESH

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

MESHing with Motown

On Friday, November 14, Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless, aka MESH, will present their second annual MESHing with Motown party at the Van Vleck House & Gardens. I heard it through the grapevine that it’s a party you don’t want to miss. They’ll be dancing in the street all night long! Ooh, ooh Baby I can’t help myself with all the Motown song references..

The evening will be emceed by Frankie Faison and will feature live music by Valarie Adams & The Dimensions, dancing, food, wine, and a variety of silent auction items. All that fun for a very good cause. MESH provides a safe and warm place for the homeless to sleep when temperatures drop to 20° during cold weather season or rise above 100° during the warm weather season. MESH also provides evening meals Monday through Saturday through its café program hosted by 17 local partner houses of worship.

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Tonight at MSU: Film Institute Launches Free Series with Citizen Koch

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 10:22am  |  COMMENTS (0)

nonameThe Montclair Film Institute at Montclair State University will kick off its first year with a full schedule of free screenings and discussions with directors on Tuesday evenings that are open to the public.

On Tuesday, October 28, the Institute will present Citizen Koch: A Film About Money, Power and Democracy. The first in a series of five Tuesday evening screenings, Citizen Koch looks at the influence of money in politics in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. The 7 p.m. screening, which will be held at University Hall on the Montclair State campus, will be followed by a discussion with the film’s directors, Carl Deal and Tia Lessin. Continue Reading

Concert at The Wellmont To Honor Brendan Tevlin

BY  |  Monday, Oct 27, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Brendan TevlinOn Sunday, November 30, The Wellmont Theater in Montclair will host a concert in memory of Brendan Tevlin, the 19 year old from Livingston, NJ who was murdered in JuneSeveral Bands will be participating and all proceeds will go to the Brendan P. Tevlin ’13 Memorial Field Fund at Brendan’s alma mater, Seton Hall Prep.

Todd Pettengill, host of WPLJ’s “The Todd Show,” will emcee the concert. Pettengill spoke out on Tevlin’s murder during a segment on his radio show in September.” Continue Reading

Classics on the Big Screen Weekends at The Clairidge in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Oct 24, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (7)


Picture this. Getting an early morning Sunday sitter, enjoying a long, lingering breakfast at Raymond’s, walking with your sweetheart on Church Street, then taking in a classic film on the big screen. Isn’t it romantic? It’s on my new weekend date wishlist. Bowtie Cinemas “Cine Classics” Classic Film Series will make it happen every Saturday and Sunday morning at Clairidge Cinema in Montclair. 

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The Weekend, and Beyond: Ladies Night, Parties, and Halloween Happenings

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Center Creates A Great Night For The Ladies

Lots of great happenings to enjoy this weekend and beyond….with Halloween parties to enjoy week leading up to the holiday.

halloweenCheck out our Halloween Happenings After Dark round up for fun happening through the holiday next Friday. Check here for family-friendly Halloween events.

Of note this Saturday:

The Philip McNeal Haunt for the Hungry, named for the late Philip McNeal, former Chairman of the Board of the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair, and lover of Halloween fun. John Whipple, who in past years has hosted the haunted adventure “Old Man Whipple’s House” at his home, has also joined the Philip McNeal Haunt for the Hungry to make it a truly haunting event!

Strut Your Mutt, Essex County’s Annual Canine Costume Parade and Contest returns to Brookdale Park thisSaturday! Go out  to see dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes wearing costumes ranging from sweet and humorous to downright scary. Prizes are awarded in a variety of categories including Most Creative, Cutest, Best Owner-Pet Costume and County Executive’s Choice. Registration begins at 9:15 am with the parade starting at 10 am. Rain date is Sunday, October 26.

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4th Wall Theatre in Bloomfield Presents Broadway Classic She Loves Me

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

she loves me4th Wall Theatre opens its 18th season with a concert version of the romantic Broadway musical classic She Loves Me at the Westminster Center for the Arts this weekend.

The romantic comedy, set in a 1930′s European perfumery, She Loves Me is a romantic comedy, set in a 1930′s European perfumery and tells the story of shop clerks Amalia and Georg, who more often than not don’t see eye to eye. After both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown.

The musical is an adaptation of the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo. Other adaptions of the story include the 1940 James Stewart-Margaret Sullivan film The Shop around the Corner and the 1949 Judy Garland-Van Johnson musical version In the Good Old Summertime. It surfaced yet again in 1998 as the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan feature film You’ve Got Mail.

With music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and a book by Joe Masteroff, She Loves Me is considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written. The show was nominated for five Tony Awards when it originally bowed on Broadway in 1964, and the 1993 revival won the Olivier Award for Best Musical revival, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival and the Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.

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Elizabeth Smart Talks Overcoming Adversity at National Council of Jewish Women Event

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart, an American activist and contributor for ABC news, first gained widespread attention at the age of 14 when she was kidnapped from her bedroom in her home in Salt Lake City in 2002 and rescued 9 months later. She will share her personal story of strength and discuss overcoming adversity at the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex) on Tuesday, October 28.

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. In the aftermath of her ordeal, Smart began the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to prevent crimes against children and has shared her message on the importance and process of recovery, and not allowing one’s past to dictate the future.

“Elizabeth Smart offers a poignant look at what it means to have hope in a difficult situation,” says Deborah Legow Schatz, president NCJW/Essex. “We all look forward to hearing her story and how it has shaped her life as an adult.”

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D.J. Dennis Elsas Shares Music and Memories at MAM, 11/1

BY  |  Monday, Oct 20, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

dennis-elsas-studioFor more than 40 years, radio personality Dennis Elsas has been one of the most influential voices on FM radio. He was one of the pioneers of the progressive FM radio revolution on WNEW-FM, where his guests included Elton John, Pete Townshend, Mick Jagger and, most famously, John Lennon.

Elsas’ 1974 interview with Lennon, a two-hour discussion ranging from Lennon’s new album to his immigration issues to rare Beatles memories, is now part of the permanent collection of the Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio). It’s also an important part of the award-winning 2010 PBS American Masters film LENNONNYC.

Elsas currently hosts a weekday afternoon program at WFUV. On his show, an eclectic mix of rock, folk, jazz and blues, he has interviewed artists ranging from Ringo Starr to Elvis Costello to Edie Brickell. He can also be heard Saturdays and Sundays on Sirius XM’s Classic Vinyl station, not to mention on numerous commercials, documentaries and promos.

He recently chatted with Baristanet about the early days of FM radio, the Lennon interview, and his upcoming multi-media show, “Rock ‘n Roll Never Forgets.”

How and when did you realize you wanted to be a DJ?

I don’t think I realized I could do this for a living until I was doing this for a living. I went to (Queens) College thinking I would be a lawyer, but a group of students started a radio station while I was there. I had always loved radio—I literally had a transistor radio under my pillow as a kid—so I auditioned to be a host. From all that listening to my transistor radio, I had learned how to both ask questions and listen, so they liked me. After I graduated, I was hired by a small station in Westchester and then WNEW.

What was WNEW like at the time?

It was seen as a very cool station; it had a definite swagger. When I started there in 1971, WNEW was at the forefront of the progressive FM radio movement. We were an eclectic bunch of DJs who had the freedom to pick the songs we would play. We were expected to play some hit songs, but we could also champion whatever obscure artist or music we felt passionate about.

Talk a bit about the John Lennon interview.

John was originally coming on the station to promote his new album, Walls and Bridges. I respected that that was why he was there, so I asked questions about it. I prepare a lot for an interview, and I think that must have made him feel comfortable on-air. Off-air, we chatted about the Beatles; it had only been four years since their breakup. I asked him if he would mind discussing the topic on-air, and he was happy to do so. He even took over as guest DJ for some of the interview, playing some 45s he had brought with him. The whole thing was unbelievable but actually unfolded very naturally.

Any artists you’d still love to interview?

Bob Dylan would be a fascinating subject, although very challenging. Likewise Neil Young. I’m sad that I never got to speak to George Harrison, since I interviewed the other three Beatles. And there’s a younger group called The New Pornographers that intrigues me. They obviously know their pop music history; latest album, Brill Bruisers, is an homage to the Brill Building in NYC.

Tell us about your upcoming show.

The title, “Rock ‘n Roll Never Forgets,” is actually the name of a 1976 Bob Seger song. My show is about friendship, loyalty and karma. Basically it’s highlights from my most memorable interviews, with visual accompaniment. There will also be a q-&-a with the audience at the end. It’s a very personal evening.

“Rock & Roll Never Forgets” will take place Sat. Nov 1 at 7 PM at MAM’s Leir Hall. Tickets are $15, $12 for MAM members.

Clybourne Park, Still Relevant, Deftly Explores Race, Class

BY  |  Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 8:55am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Clybourne ParkMontclair State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance and director Susan Kerner delivers a hit with Clybourne Park, exploring race, class and the tensions that arise, now through October 19 at the L. Howard Fox Studio Theater.

Inspired by watching the 1961 film version of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun in seventh grade and also basing his piece on events Hansberry’s parents actually endured, playwright Bruce Norris wrote Clybourne Park as a response to the classic. He expands the story beforehand and afterward, with Karl Lindner from A Raisin in the Sun as a prime character. The award-winning play received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2011 and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012. Continue Reading

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