Music, Food, and Fun at the Glenridge Avenue GLAM Street Fair on Saturday

BY  |  Monday, Apr 27, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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All of Montclair will be a buzz this weekend with the start of May and the MFF. Glenridge Avenue is really celebrating with its third annual GLAM Street Fair.

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Two Montclair Authors Share Great Works at Watchung Booksellers This Week

BY  |  Monday, Apr 27, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jonah-Kruvant-240x300Two local authors will be presenting their work at Watchung Booksellers in separate upcoming events.

First up is Jonah Kruvant, author of The Last Book Ever Written, a dystopian novel which looks at what could happen if we let technology go too far. Set in a futuristic American society, the story follows Victor Vale, an officer of the law and a family man. He is assigned a case and goes undercover, but then finds himself compelled to write. He learns truths about the world around him and about his own past as he attempts to distinguish between the virtual world of the future and reality itself.

The Last Book Ever Written is the debut novel by Mr. Kruvant, a Montclair native. He is a writer, English teacher and student of the world. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College, a Master’s degree in Teaching from Fordham University, and an MFA degree from Goddard College. He has lived abroad in four different countries and currently resides in New York. He is a workshop leader at The New York Writers’ Coalition and on the executive board of Cambridge Writers’ Workshop. His work has appeared in Digital Americana and LIMN Literary and Arts Journal.

Kirkus Reviews says of the book, “The entertaining narrative minefield pops with surprises and grim echoes of our present, keeping pages turning.”

Jona Kruvant will be at Watchung Booksellers on Thursday, April 30, at 7:00 PM, to host the launch of The Last Book Ever Written. Continue Reading

Montclair High’s School of Visual and Performing Arts Presents “Rent” in May

BY  |  Monday, Apr 27, 2015 8:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Rent, the moving rock musical that tells a story of love, friendship, and survival, comes to Montclair High School for the first two weekends in May.

Performed by a cast of 35 student actors and an all-student pit band and crew, Rent allows MHS students a chance to portray a vibrant, yet difficult time, during the AIDS crisis in New York City. Set in the bohemian East Village, Rent is directed by the School of Visual and Performing Art’s Brenda Pepper, with musical director Ken Horn and Technical Director Kenneth Cleerdin. Audiences will be treated to an emotional piece of musical theatre history and, for many parents in the community, a chance to reflect on a time in their own personal history. Continue Reading

Locals Share Their Top Film and Event Picks at the 2015 Montclair Film Festival

BY  |  Friday, Apr 24, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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I shared my top 10 film and event picks at the 2015 Montclair Film Festival here. Now it’s time to share what other locals are excited to see.

Baristanet asked “What are you most excited to see and/or attend at the Montclair Film Festival this year?”

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A Full Month of Events During “May in Montclair”

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

May in MontclairThere is no other month better than May that showcases and celebrates Montclair.

May In Montclair, a town-wide celebration started in 1979, is a month-long festival of art shows, concerts, garden tours, health and exercise programs, fairs and markets presented to make people feel good about living, working, shopping, and spending leisure time as they celebrate the spirit that is Montclair.

The Montclair Film Festival, Van Vleck Plant & Garden Sale, concerts, historic house tours, galas, a Mayfair, Victorian Day, and much more— are all happening this May in Montclair.

You can find the May in Montclair 2015 booklet at local businesses and public buildings. Hundreds of events are listed, along with valuable local information (restaurants, Recreation & Cultural Affairs events and summer pool hours for instance). You can also download it and/or find all the events on the May in Montclair website.





Montclair Mom’s Memoir Explores Old School Parenting

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Ylonda Gault CavinessYlonda Gault Caviness had no intention of writing a memoir. But four years ago, the Montclair mom of three took part in a Montclair Pitchapalooza event on something of a whim and, to her surprise, won.

The pitch was about her mother and her mother’s old school child-raising values, and the Pitchapalooza organizer, Arielle Eckstut, suggested Caviness turn the idea into a memoir. Caviness, a journalist who has written for iVillage, Essence, Redbook and Parenting, thought, no way.

“I write about other people,” she said. “I’m an objective observer.”

But Caviness thought more about it, mulling over the idea for about a year, trying to figure out how to take a part of her life that was private and turn it into a public document without dishonoring the people who raised her.

The result was Child, Please, a glimpse into her life as a mom and parenting editor “living in a fancy suburb” and an exploration of her stormy relationship with her “straight-no-chaser mama.” The book has already received heaps of praise – including a mention on the New York Times Motherlode blog – for its honesty and wit, and for the lessons about life and childrearing that helped shape Caviness into the person – and mother – she became.

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The Weekend: Montclair Center Stage, Opera, Theater, Classic Films, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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This weekend is packed with many great events to enjoy. We told you about:

  • Earth Day events
  • Morris Canal Greenway Hike through Bloomfield
  • Garland Jeffreys at The Art Garage
  • An Evening with Roger McGuinn at Outpost in the Burbs

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

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    12th Annual Van Vleck Plant and Garden Sale Coming Soon

    BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

    Van Vleck Plant and Garden Sale

    The 12th Annual Van Vleck House & Garden Benefit Plant Sale will run from May 1 – 7, with a kick off Garden Party on Thursday, April 30.

    The ladies only Garden Party will feature Matthew Franklin — potted garden designer expert, Bobbi Brown treating guests to an “Instant Pretty” on demand, first dibs on browsing and purchasing at the plant sale, and a garden cottage gift and garden novelties sale.

    Garden enthusiasts will find the finest local plant selections, featuring edible plants and baskets at the Plant Sale from May 1 – 7. You’ll also find expert landscape advice and novel garden accessories. New hours this year include Friday shopping to get a jump on the weekend and your spring garden planning.

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    Novelist and Radio Host Kurt Andersen to Speak, 4/22

    BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    Kurt Andersen

    Novelist and Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen will deliver the fourth annual Montclair State University Terhune Journalism Lecture on Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Leshowitz Hall at Montclair State’s John J. Cali School of Music.

    “A Conversation with Kurt Andersen” is sponsored by the Albert Payson Terhune Foundation, as well as by the Montclair State School of Communication and Media and College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP information is below. School of Communication and Media Director Merrill Brown will interview Andersen in what promises to be a wide-ranging discussion about broadcast media, writing and publishing.

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    National Open Mic Night at Hat City Kitchen Tonight

    BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    National Open Mic Night

    Go celebrate the musical performances of many wonderful artists in the area at Hat City Kitchen in Orange tonight, Tuesday, April 21, for the 2015 National Open Mic Night sponsored by Shure Microphone Company.

    National Open Mic Night is an opportunity to support your local musicians (like Michael Reitman pictured above) from April 19-25, 2015 in more than 75 venues across the country.

    Want to perform? Sign up starts at 7 pm.

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