Jewish High Holidays Services Round Up

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 02, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The Jewish High Holidays begin with Rosh Hashanah, aka the Jewish New Year, starting at sundown on September 13 and ending at nightfall on September 15. For many Jewish families, it is a holiday of reflection and renewal, as well as a time to share a holiday meal with family and friends. It is followed by a sacred 10-day period that culminates in Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, notable for its 24-hour fast.

Here is a round up of local High Holidays services:

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Back to School Classes For Adults

BY  |  Friday, Aug 28, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Your kids are going back to school and you can too!

Here are some fun grown-up options for learning, enrichment, and expanding your horizons:

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Go “Back to Wine School” with Amanti Vino. The boutique wine and beer shop offers a satellite classroom for the WSET, one of the most highly accredited wine & spirit education programs in the world. The Level 2 class is appropriate for students who have a serious interest in wine and wish to broaden their knowledge. And perk—Wine tasting is a part of every class! Successful candidates receive the WSET Level 2 Award. This class runs for 8 weeks, starting Wednesday, September 16, and the cost of the program is $818 per student.


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Seen Around Town: Another Little Free Library in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Little Free Library

Montclair loves books and I love “Little Free Libraries.” This latest one has popped up at 69 Oakwood Avenue. The other one that we know of is on Tuxedo Road.

Go take a book and leave a book and enjoy sharing the joy of reading with your neighbors.



My Social Heirloom to Offer Daily Creative Workshops & Social Gatherings in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

My Social HeirloomAshley Gabriel, a New Jersey native, had a career in beauty in San Francisco when she decided she wanted more. She quit her job to move back to her home state and created My Social Heirloom, a creative studio for adults that will open in Montclair on September 1.

“I went out to dinner with a girlfriend and we were discussing what to do the next time we met up and she suggested a painting night,” explains Gabriel. “I said I wish there was a place with a variety of workshops for whatever the heart desires.” and that’s how My Social Heirloom was launched.

Gabriel says she created the studio to fill the need for “slowing down a bit, mentally checking out and growing the soul in a very authentic way.” It’s about taking time for yourself to do something other than work, parenting, or daily day-to-day errands. It’s true “Me Time.” Whether its a DIY class, a language course, a personal interest series, or even a team-building workshop, the studio aims to create “an experience for your soul.”

My Social Heirloom will offer two options:

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Postcards From the Montclair Jazz Festival 2015

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair Jazz Festival

A gorgeous summer day, incredible music from jazz greats, fantastic food, a Beer Garden, a Family Jazz Discovery Zone, and most of all — community —made this year’s Montclair Jazz Festival outstanding.

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The festival was even bigger and better this year— with live streaming and a huge screen offering great views of the stage, as well as cooling stations to help folks stay hydrated. Jose James and Jazz House Kids student Birsa Chatterjee along with Melissa Walker and the new Jazz House Kids Vocal Academy all turned in impressive vocal performances. Then there was the fantastic Paquito D’Rivera Quintet, the spectacular Jazz House Kids Big Band and of course, Christian McBride’s Big Band closing out the festival and ending a beautiful day. Starting at noon, young musicians performing on the main stage as well as a second stage at the Family Jazz Discovery Zone, wowed audiences with their amazing talent.


Montclair Jazz Festival


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Thousands of people of all ages (and pets) attended the annual free festival which is produced by Jazz House Kids‘ founder Melissa Walker and her husband Christian McBride, a four-time GRAMMY Award-winning bassist, composer and arranger.



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Baristanet was a proud media sponsor (our beach balls and tote bags were a big hit!)

We have a lotta swag to give away to @baristanet fans at #montclairjazzfest – come say hi!

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Check out our slideshow of photos by photographer Arthur Kobin capturing the day and tell us if you attended in comments:

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It’s Like a Heat Wave

BY  |  Monday, Aug 17, 2015 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

heat waveTemperatures in the 90s and today’s expected high of 96° make it officially a heat wave in our area. And don’t expect any relief until after Wednesday—even then it the humidity sticks around.

Codey Arena is open as a cooling station daily through Wednesday, August 19 from 7 am – 10 pm.

The Montclair Township Health Department warns of excessive heat and offers the following safety tips:

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Make Your Mark on the Montclair Street Quilt on Sunday

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair Street Quilt

Would you like the chance to be part of a public art project? This weekend, you can make your mark on the first square of the Montclair Street Quilt. It will be painted at one of the Township’s 4-way-stop intersections and organizers need your help.

The project is the idea of Haley Winstead, a rising freshman at Montclair High School and Cadette Girl Scout with Troop 44, who decided to pursue a community building public art project by working with neighbors to paint a street mural as her Girl Scout Silver Award project. Haley’s project is being done in partnership with Montclair Township, the Montclair Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee, Bike&Walk Montclair and the Eat. Play. Live… Better coalition. The Street Quilt is envisioned to be a series of painted intersection murals at 4-way stops throughout town.

Back in June, Baristanet wrote about the project and the contest for design submissions.

Designs submitted by Montclair middle school and rising middle school students were reviewed by a selection committee. Three designs provided the inspiration for the final mural:

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Don’t Miss! Tibetan Monks To Create The Maplewood Mandala Project

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 05, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

unnamed (3)Maybe you caught the episode on House of Cards when the Underwoods were mesmerized by the Tibetan monks creating intricate sand art?

Beginning Monday, August 10 through Saturday, August 15, 2015, five Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Tibet will be in residence in Maplewood, to create a magnificent work of mandala sand art inside the Great Hall at the Woodland, located at 60 Woodland Rd. in Maplewood. Mandala (Sanskrit ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol representing the cosmos in Hinduism and Buddhism.

This amazing feat of artistry and concentration requires over 30 hours to complete with the monks working up to eight hours per day. The public is invited free of charge to observe the construction of the sand painting.

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Get Your Suburban Satire With the Milkwood Podcast

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)


Milkwood, a serial podcast in the style of an old-time soap opera, pokes fun at suburban life in the Garden State. It’s recorded in front of a standing-room-only audience at SOPAC with live, original music by Monkeyworks—a genre-bending electro/acoustic ensemble featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered.

Created by Marcy Thompson and Jenny Turner Hall, co-founders of Studio B a Maplewood/South Orange arts organization, “Milkwood” is a fictional town in a lonely, liberal corner of a politically upside down state, where Thompson and Turner say “hip ex-urbanites meet third generation Tony from the Pizzeria, and where lumbersexual parents push expensive strollers in search of cold brewed coffee only to find a stale cup of Dunkin’ D.” Like the Portland of Portlandia, it’s so off kilter, you just might want to live there.



Milkwood tells the tale of a NJ town going through some painful growing pains. The plot centers around the demolition of a beloved local landmark, and the very colorful cast of characters fighting for, and against, its demise. Studio B stresses the fact that the plot and the characters are “pure theater” and that any resemblance to real events or people is totally coincidental. (Yeah, right) Continue Reading

Daytripping: The (New) Whitney Museum

BY  |  Friday, Jul 31, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Whitney Museum, in one form or another, has occupied spaces all over Manhattan for more than 100 years. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, an established sculptor and art collector, opened the Whitney Studio in Greenwich Village in 1914. With the help of her assistant, Juliana Force, Whitney collected close to 500 works that she offered to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1929. The offer was declined. Undeterred, Whitney started her own museum exclusively for American Art. In 1931 she bought row houses next to her Studio Club and converted that into a living space and museum. Fast forward to 1954 when the museum moved to a new space on 54th Street behind the Museum of Modern Art. In 1966 the Whitney relocated uptown to the southeast corner of 75th Street and Madison Ave., a modern space designed by Marcel Breuer and Hamilton P. Smith. That spaced closed in the fall of last year in preparation for the upgrade to 99 Gansevoort Street between 12th and 13th Streets. For more on the history of the Whitney and to see a sultry portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney lounging on a divan, check out the first floor gallery at the museum.

View from Gansevoort Street. Photographed by Ed Lederman, 2015.

View from Gansevoort Street. Photographed by Ed Lederman, 2015.

The new Whitney, which opened May 1 in the Meatpacking District just north of the West Village, has twice as much exhibit space compared to the old museum and is in stark contrast to the old space’s monolithic inverted pyramid, which is being leased to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Once you arrive, you’ll see that light and space are in ample amounts. Exhibit spaces have ceiling-high windows and gray pine floors. Visitors can take a break by stepping out onto outdoor galleries on the 5th, 6th, and 7th floors for fantastic views of the Hudson, the High Line and Empire State Building. Continue Reading

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