Blk Grrrl Book Fair to Present Elie Wiesel’s “Night” Read-Aloud in Montclair on Human Right’s Day

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Human Right's Day

Blk Grrrl Book Fair will present a two hour Read-Aloud of Elie Wiesel’s Night in conjunction with Human Right’s Day at the First Congregational Church in Montclair on Saturday, December 10.

Human Right's DayTeka-Lark Lo, a Bloomfield resident, is the founder of Blk Grrl Book Fair. “We’re organizing this in conjunction with the Montclair Human Rights Day, because literature is a map. It is a map of history. It is a map of what to do when you’re happy and when you’re sad. It shows you how to rise above difficult challenges. Literature teaches us empathy and and teaches us about the entire human community,” explains Lo, who adds, “The book Night is a story that tells what happens when a system decides some people deserve no empathy and some people aren’t people. Night is a reminder of what kind of havoc not seeing other people, whether it be figuratively or literally, can do.”

Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In remembrance of that day, Montclair will participate in the day of celebration and activism. There will be special guest readers from the art, literary and social justice communities who will begin the reading.

Elie Wiesel’s “Night” Read-Aloud Human Right’s Day
Saturday, December 10 from 6 pm – 8:30 pm
First Congregational Church located at 40 S. Fullerton, Montclair, New Jersey, 07042






Giveaway: Tickets to See Lucy Kaplansky at Outpost in the Burbs This Friday

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Lucy Kaplansky

Outpost in the Burbs presents singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky this Friday, December 9, and Baristanet has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader! Opening the show will be Goodbye Blue, an Americana duo featuring Charlotte Kendrick and Dan Rowe. 

Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, “a truly gifted performer…full of enchanting songs” (New York Times). Blending country, folk and pop styles, she has the unique ability to make every song sound fresh, whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons or singing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe. Lucy’s iconic voice has has been featured in film and on television, including commercials like Chevrolet’s iconic “Heartbeat of America” jingle.

A Billboard-charting singer and one of the top-selling artists on Red House Records, she has topped the folk and Americana radio charts and has been featured on shows throughout the world from NPR’s Weekend and Morning Editions to BBC Radio to CBS Sunday Morning. One of the most in-demand harmony singers, Lucy has sung on countless records, performing with Suzanne Vega, Bryan Ferry, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin.

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2016 Baristanet Guide to Buying (or Cutting Down) a Real Christmas Tree

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Richfield Farms

Richfield Farms

If you celebrate Christmas, it’s time to put up the tree! If you prefer the real deal and would never go artificial, you’re in luck. Around here, or not too far away, there are many choices for your Christmas tree. Want to go rustic? Head out to western Jersey or up to the border of New York state for a true cut-it-yourself tree experience. Looking for a quick pick-and-wrap experience? We’ve got you covered.

Here are places where you can buy or cut down a real Christmas tree:
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The Seinfeld Soupman to Visit Toni’s Kitchen With Soup from The Original SoupMan

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 01, 2016 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

the original soupMan

The Original SoupMan and the Seinfeld Soupman, who coined the phrase “No Soup for You” in the famous Seinfeld soup episode, will team up on December 5 with Toni’s Kitchen in Montclair, to provide one thousand soup cartons during the Holiday Season to people in need.

The Original SoupMan will donate 1,000 soups to Toni’s Kitchen to support its feeding program.  The donated tetra pack soups will include such famous flavors as Crab & Corn Chowder, Lobster Bisque, Jambalaya Soup, Lentil Soup, and Chicken Noodle Soup.

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The Weekend: Music, Movies, Museums, and More!

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Montclair Tree Lighting 2013. Photo: Chanda Hall

This weekend is jam packed with great local events to enjoy!

We told you about:

Here’s what else is happening:

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What to Do in December

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Mark your calendars! Here’s a round up of what’s happening in the Montclair area in December:

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Fa La La La La! Carols, Choirs and Christmas Holiday Concerts

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It’s December and now it’s time to revel in the joyous music of the season at Christmas. You can join in the Fa, La, La, La, Las at one these local holiday concerts:

Holiday Concerts

The New Jersey Choral Society, one of the state’s most prestigious choral groups, presents Magnificat on December 3 and December 4 in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Montclair.  Begin your holiday celebrations with joyous music of the season, featuring… Keep Your Lamps – Andre Thomas; Magnificat – Claudio Monteverdi; O Nata Lux – Morten Lauridsen; Nativity Carol – John Rutter; O Come All Ye Faithful – arr. Sir David Willcocks; I Was Glad – Hubert Parry including the popular audience sing-along!

The New Jersey Choral Society presents a “Magnificat
Saturday, December 3 at 8 pm and Sunday, December 4 at 3 pm
Church of the Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Advance tickets are $25 (Add $5 at the door)

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Need to Work Off That Turkey? Here’s Where to Get Fitness Apparel in Montclair So You Can Look Good Working Out

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Indulged too much on Thanksgiving? Ate too much leftover pumpkin pie and packed on the pounds? Check out a few local places that sell cool fitness apparel to inspire you to work out.

Sweat & Strut Fitness Apparel

(Photo: Sweat and Strut Facebook page)

Sweat & Strut (623 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043) is your locally owned place ot get leggings. The shop features over twelve different activewear brands in one place with price points, styles, and personalities to fit every body and every budget. Choose from classic black to the most intriguing prints on the market today: camouflage, floral, tribal, animal print, denim, and faux leather.


The local Gap (629 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043) has a good section for its GapFit line, which offers everything from sports bras to hoodies.


Fitness Apparel

(Photo: Lululemon Montclair Facebook page)

Lululemon Athletica Montclair (520 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042) sells  clothing for yoga, running and most other fitness activities. You can get everything from sports bras to leggings, to hoodies to accessories, like yoga mats and water bottles.


Fitness Apparel

(Photo: DFIT Facebook page)

DFIT Studio now sells fitness apparel from Manduka. You can get sports bras, tops, leggings, and more with or without the DFIT logo.


Urban Outfitters (20 South Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042) sells fitness apparel from some major brands, like NIKE, Without Walls, and more.


Fitness Apparel

(Photo: The Bar Method Montclair Facebook page)

The Bar Method Montclair (493 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042) sells tees from Spiritual Gangster, sports bras, leggings, tops, and more at its studio.



And the Winner in the MSU and Montclair Bread Co. Great Doughnut Challenge is….

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montclair bread co.

Back in September, Montclair State University’s Commuter Student Programs and Services teamed up with Montclair Bread Co. to host The Great Doughnut Challenge. The mission was to create a new, limited-edition MSU inspired doughnut. Today the results are in and the winner is MSU student Valerie Neuhaus’s creation —the “It’s All Here” Doughnut. Continue Reading

15 Ways to Give Back Locally on #GivingTuesday

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There’s Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber Monday, but we think that #GivingTuesday is in the true spirit of the holidays — a day dedicated to giving back.

On Tuesday, November 29, you’re encouraged to join others to celebrate generosity and to give.

According to the #GivingTuesday, it’s a simple idea: “Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.”

There are many way to join the #GivingTuesday movement right here in our community, in fact, here are 15! We encourage you to join in and feel good:

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