The Weekend: What’s Happening After Thanksgiving

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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You have an extra long holiday weekend after Thanksgiving. What to do? Personally, I eat leftovers, attend a close friend’s annual holiday kick off party, and start decorating for Christmas. But if you’re eager to get out, burn off those calories, and/or get your holiday shopping started, there are plenty of options.

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Unconstitutional Powers at George Street: “The Second Mrs. Wilson”

BY  |  Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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George Street Playhouse’s de facto resident writer, the prolific Joe DiPietro, has shown a quirky imagination in his past efforts such as “The Toxic Avenger” and “Ernest Shackleton Loves Me,” but nothing in either of those two musicals would remotely prepare a theatergoer for his latest, more refined, and definitely more conventionally dramatic work, now running in New Brunswick through November 29.

“The Second Mrs. Wilson,” which had its premiere at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven last May, is the type of play that’s rarely written any longer: a political drama – part history, part speculation – in well-made play form, with a gripping, straight-forward narrative and no attempt at profundity. Continue Reading

Giveaway: Hip-Hop Nutcracker with Kurtis Blow, 11 International Dancers, and DJ Boo at NJPAC

BY  |  Friday, Nov 20, 2015 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (14)

Rap legend Kurtis Blow is special guest MC for a hip-hop holiday mash-up at NJPAC on December 19 and Baristanet has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader!

The Hip Hop Nutcracker reimagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, an electric violinist, and digital scenery bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in a contemporary urban setting.

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The Weekend: Films, Fashion, Music, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Another great weekend filled with much to enjoy.

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Check Out Curtain Up! Montclair SVPA Showcase Celebrates Show Business

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


SVPA Showcase, the fall offering from The School of Visual and Performing Arts at Montclair High School, always offers a chance to see students shine in solos, duets and classic ensemble numbers. This year’s Curtain Up! brings big, bold Broadway musical-inspired numbers to the Little Theater, with brilliant performances by an amazing cast of 26 talented students, many of which are seniors getting a chance to sing and dance at their final showcase.

There are way too many memorable moments to name (you have to go and see Curtain Up! this Friday, Saturday or Sunday — buy tickets here!) but prepare to be wowed by students singing runs that go on for days, collaborating on a unique version of Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” and performing iconic large production dance numbers, honoring the original Broadway choreography. You will be amazed!

Curtain Up! features both a student tech crew and live pit band comprised of students, and is directed by Joseph Tudor and Adam Magnacca, with musical director Kristen Dziuba and technical direction by Kenneth Cleerdin.




Don’t miss it! SVPA Showcase 2016: Curtain Up! will be performed at the MHS Little Theater: Nov 20th and 21st at 7:30pm, with a matinee on Sunday the 22nd at 3pm. Tickets available at now.

Photos: Annie Blackman

Mishmish Showcases Mediterranean Inspired Art

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

IppolitoWe  are lucky in Montclair to find art shows in unexpected places — Parlor Hair Studio has regular art exhibits, as does realtor Berkshire Hathaway and Brass Works on Grove St., to name a few. Now Mishmish Cafe joins other local restaurants showcasing local artists with an exhibition by Linda Ippolito.

Ippolito’s show, Pathways, has been on display at Mishmish since last month, shortly after chef-owner Meny Venkin suggested that Ippolito, a Montclair resident, hang her mixed media paintings on the restaurant’s walls.

‘I’m not for missing an opportunity,” said Ippolito, whose work has also appeared at Hillside Square in Montclair and at galleries throughout New York. “I had the work and in a couple of weeks, I created two more pieces.”

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Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes to Perform at the 2nd Annual Concert for Brendan

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Concert For Brendan IIOn Friday, November 27 The Wellmont Theater in Montclair will host the 2nd annual concert in memory of Brendan Tevlin, the 19 year old from Livingston, NJ who was murdered in June 2014.

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes will headline the Concert for Brendan II with Citizens Band Radio opening.






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Giveaway: Tickets to See Lupe Fiasco at The Wellmont Theater

BY  |  Monday, Nov 16, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

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Chicago-based MC Lupe Fiasco will perform at The Wellmont Theater on February 9 at 8 pm and Baristanet is giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader!

Lupe Fiasco (born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) began rapping in junior high school and joined a group called da Pak several years later. The group signed to Epic, released one single, and split up, all before Fiasco reached the age of 20. Thanks in part to the vocal support of Jay-Z,L.A. Reid signed Fiasco as a solo artist to Arista, but before anything of significance was able to happen (only a promo single and a couple guest appearances were set up), Reidwas fired, leaving the MC without a label. Fiasco eventually landed at Atlantic. Preceded by the single “Kick, Push,” as well as several mixtapes and an appearance on Kanye West’s “Touch the Sky,” the album Food & Liquor was set to surface during early 2006, though an unfinished version leaked during the spring, pushing its official release back to September instead. The album peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 and earned the cerebral rapper three Grammy nominations; “Daydreamin'” (featuring Jill Scott) won the award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. A highly conceptualized follow-up, The Cool, was released in December 2007. Gold sales certification and four additional Grammy nominations followed.

Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday, November 20 (prices range from $20 – $55) but you can score a free pair here (follow instructions in the box below to get as many entries as possible)

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Runway Shows, Models, After-Party, and More at Montclair Fashion Night Out This Sunday

BY  |  Monday, Nov 16, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fashion Night Out

Montclair’s Hottest fashion designers, salon owners and boutique owners will be on hand as models strut their stuff on the runway at Montclair’s Fashion Night Out at The Wellmont Theater on Sunday, November 22.

Highlights include a runway show featuring ready-to-wear, couture and Evening fashions, a Meet & Greet with Catherine Schuller — the famous model who pioneered plus size on the runway, an after party with dancing to the tunes of the hottest DJs and flowing artisanal cocktails.

Want to win tickets? We have two pairs to give away to two lucky readers. Follow directions in contest box below.

Fashion Night Out

Montclair Fashion Night Out
Sunday, November 22 from 4 pm – 8 pm
The Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Complimentary general admission tickets are available at these participating stores



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Montclair Author and Rocker to Discuss Petty: The Biography at Watchung Booksellers

BY  |  Friday, Nov 13, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Rocker, writer, scholar, and Montclair resident Warren Zanes shines a light on rock icon Tom Petty in his new book Petty: The Biography. Zanes has had a lifelong relationship with Petty. Between listening to his records as a teen to touring with him with his own band the Del Fuegos, Zanes and Petty became friends — close enough that Petty trusted him to write this deeply intimate book about his life.

I’ve never considered myself a huge Tom Petty fan — except for “American Girl” because it’s awesome — but Zanes is a true storyteller. He captures the man, his struggles, and his art in a way that is much more than just a biography. Of the many reviews praising Petty: The Biography, I feel Freakonomics author Stephen Dubner’s captures the essence perfectly. “Sure, Petty is a book about a rock band but it’s really a book about being human – how we meet and collaborate, break up and make up, learn to trust (or not) and, once in a lucky while, sing as loud as we can. It’s a masterpiece.”

Zanes is excited to discuss his book and sign copies at his hometown indie book store Watchung Booksellers on Thursday, November 19.

“There are a lot of friends and family in Montclair who have listened to me talk about this book at length, over the course of years! They have been patient, helpful, forgiving, and beautifully present when I’ve needed to share my love for Tom Petty. My boys, Lucian and Piero, are among that group. I’ll be reading to all of them. That’s exciting to me. And maybe they’ll all buy books, just to shut me up! I’m even thinking I’ll play a song or two. The reason we do this stuff is so that we can bring it all home. I’m looking forward to that.”

Warren Zanes, Petty: The Biography
Thursday, November 19 at 7 pm
Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield Street, Montclair, NJ, 0742



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