Thrill Seekers


Get On Your Bikes! This Sunday (raindate May 28), take a ride to Watchung Plaza for the 2006 Tour de Montclair. Registration opens at 12:30; Tour begins at 1 p..m. If you can’t ride, come anyway to hear music by Dogwater, see an antique bike demonstration, or get help at a bike repair clinic. Bike Montclair volunteers will be also be presenting information about their Safe Street Acion Plan. For more information, a map of the tour route, and pictures of past tour events, check out their website.
Want Some Kinky Catholicism With Your Popcorn? It’s the big DaVinci Code opening weekend. If you go, tell us how it was … but leave out the spoilers.
Bookworms: Starts today! Lacordaire Academy Annual Used Book Sale: Thousands of used hardcover($2), soft cover, and audio books($1)! Proceeds Benefit High School Athletic Program. Friday, May 19, 9-8, Sat/Sun, May 20&21, 9-5. Admission is free. 155 Lorraine Ave. corner of Park Street, Upper Montclair. For more info: Lisa Moll√ɬ© Padilla 973-744-1156 x27. At Watchung Booksellers: Jonathan Alter signs copies of his new book, The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope , on Saturday at noon. Also on Saturday, from 4 to 6 pm, come meet and nosh with a bunch of local Baristaville authors at the store.
High Robotics: Those young geniuses over at Montclair High have been working very hard to create very cool robots which will be on display tonight. Bring the family – it’s free. The robots were designed, programmed and built by the Montclair High School Robotics Teams and were entered into various FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competitions competing with high schools from all over the country. “The Robots are programmed to go to a goal and shoot a ball into it without any external control (but can they wash dishes?). Then they are divided up into teams for an exciting game of BotBall, played under the remote control. ” Presented by the Montclair Society of Engineers tonight, Friday, May 19 at Union Congregational Church176 Cooper Ave, Montclair, 8:00 PM (get there at 7:30 for coffee and desert). For more information to to the website or call Bob Chamberlin (973) 748-0385 or Pete Donegan (973) 783-7998.
12 Miles West Main Stage: My Italy Story, By Joseph Gallo – Now through May 28. This one-man show traces a sweetly nostalgic journey of a young man attempting to recapture for his family the closeness that they felt when they were children. He’s inspired to take a trip to the town in Italy that his grandparents are from to make a connection with his ancestors. When he gets there it doesn√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t work out the way he had hoped. Thursdays thru Saturdays, 8PM. Sundays, 3PM. General Admission $26/ Students & Seniors $21. Theatre Students and professionals receive specially discounted price ($15) for all Thursday performances. Read the reviews here and here
Make Me Laugh: Hey kid, think you’re funny? Here’s your chance to be onstage at 12 Miles West! Audition for Improvapalooza! Our June comedy festival co-sponsored by Lunatic Fringe is having two stand-up competitions. One for kids and one for adults. Auditions for the “Funniest Kid in NJ” are Saturday, May 20, 2:00 √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú 5:00 pm.

Family Festival Extravaganzas: Saturday is Spring Fling at Linden Ave. School in Glen Ridge. Click here for directions. It’s a kid friendly carnival with games, prizes, crafts, and food. Starts at 10 a.m..
Nishuane School’s Mayfair is this Saturday! 11:00 am √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú 4:00pm . A huge annual event with entertainment, food, arts and crafts tables, games/relay races and the all time favorite ” Dunk The Teacher” Dunk Tank. Other attractions: Pirate Bounce & Slide Fun House, Inflatable Sports Zone,Gravity Ball Game, Contests: “Pie Judging” and “Biggest Smile”, 2nd Grade Lemonade Stand, 2nd Grade Raffle Baskets, and Garden Demos. Don’t miss the parade at 11 a.m., Petting Zoo 11-1 and Square Dance Caller 1:30-3:30. Admission (at the door): $10 kids, includes games, rides, crafts. Adults and under 3 yrs. free.
Information: Beth Wilensky 973-746-0741 or Rain or shine – Nishuane School, 32 Cedar Avenue, Montclair.
Montclair GIRLSPEAK: “This is My Space,” a workshop for girls ages 14 to 18, on Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. funded by the Montclair Counseling Center and the Montclair Fund for Women at St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 55 Montclair Avenue (corner of Chestnut Street) in Montclair. Mother/daughter teams are welcomed. The workshop aims to empower girls to take command of their personal space by building negotiation, assertiveness, and self-defense skills. Activities will include discussions about violence, sexual harassment and verbal/physical abuse, as well as role playing and practice of physical activities. Reservations for “This is My Space” may be made online at www. Bagels and coffee will be offered in the morning and lunch will be served. Each participant will be given a tee-shirt and informational packet upon registration. For more information: Debbie Vincent, 973.783.0996.
And if it’s not raining, take a historic walking tour of Anderson Park: Sponsored by Friends of Anderson Park this Saturday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m. Learn about the founding of Anderson Park a century ago, its design by the Olmsted Brothers firm, how it shaped Upper Montclair and led to the formation of other parks in town. Hear about the park’s future after a $1 million face-lift and see all the new trees and shrubs that have been planted. Meet at the boulder at thenortheast corner of the park along Bellevue Avenue. Heavy rains cancels. For more information, contact Scott at
dscn2192.jpgDon’t Forget Baby Andrew LoMonte: Firefighters will be running the Family Fundraiser at Just Jake’s, Sunday May 21 at 1:30 p.m. Have fun for a good cause. There’ll be five local bands, food, drink, raffle prizes, and a 50/50. Tickets $20, under 12 years are free. 30 Park Street, Montclair. 973- 655-8987.

Conversations with African American Artists
: “Newark on Our Minds” at Montclair Art Museum. A panel discussion exploring the cultural impact of Newark on its artists and community. With historian Clement Price, artist Bisa Washington, and Tarin Fuller of Iandor gallery. Moderated by artist and educator Janet Taylor Pickett. Sunday May 21, 2p.m. Free. 973-746-5555 or MAM.

Energy Bar
Happenings: Documentary & Independent Film Series
Saturday, May 20th Screening: Collection of Short Independant Films – 8pm. The Spook Who Sat By The Door – 9:15pm Read the movie review.
Lecture: “First Eye on Kemet” A Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian) legacy lecture for all level students that will discuss the origin of religions, Kemetic culture, history & metaphysics. Q&A are welcome. Sunday, May 21th @ 3pm – $12. THE ENERGY BAR 307bc Orange Road, Montclair (Montclair’s South End Business Circle) 973- 746-7003.
Emotional Rescue: Passion & Libido, Lost, Found and Fired Up! Lecture/discussion by Dr. Jsahna L. Simmons who has trained within the United States and Europe and offers a unique perspective to women on strategies for maintaining a life-long, healthy libido. Sun, May21, 2:30pm at Intimate Engagements, 217 Glenridge Ave. Montclair. Info: call Irisha Brown 973.509.1687

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  1. Church Street Café
    Live Performance Calendar
    PHONE #: 973-233-0216
    5/19, Friday, 7 – 10; Jefferson, Acoustic Guitar, Singer
    5/20, Saturday, 8 – 10; Kevin Reilly / Sean Villere Jazz Duo
    5/20, Saturday, 7 – 11, Upstairs; Katmosphere, Electronic Groove
    5/24, Wednesday, 7:30 -9:30; Bobby Kendes, singer / guitarist
    5/25, Thursday, 7:30 -9:30; Richard Reiter Jazz Duo

    Look back at a time of ration stamps, USO shows, and patriotism as the Montclair Historical Society’s Education Coordinator brings the world of the 1940s to life with artifact toys and household items, hands-on activities, and games from that era at a special family event on
    Sunday, May 21 at 1:00 PM and again at 3:00 PM
    At Evergreens-Shultz House,
    30 No. Mountain Ave., Montclair.
    As a special treat, the American Girl Place New York Theater actresses will perform
    the Victory Sisters vignette from The American Girls Revue® featuring
    the 1940s-era character Molly McIntire®.
    Attendees can also enter to win a Molly doll and paperback book, an $87.00 retail value. The program is recommended for children ages five years and older.
    Space is limited to 30 children per presentation. Pre-register by mailing a check for $20
    per child plus $10 per adult to Montclair Historical Society, 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. Proceeds benefit the society’s historic house museums. Ticket purchases are non-refundable. For directions, please visit or call 973-744-1796.
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  3. The Robotics demo is always a lot of fun. I have seen it the past two years, and the kids never fail to impress me.

  4. PAWS for a Bite is this Sunday, from 5:30 to 9pm. By enjoying a delicious meal at one of the participating restaurants you will help feed a homeless animal in Montclair. A portion from the night’s proceeds will be donated to PAWS Animal Shelter. Restaurants include:
    Church Street Cafe
    12 Church St.
    28 Church St.
    Veggie Heaven
    631 Valley Road.
    Egan & Sons
    118 Walnut St.

  5. yes everyone has to wear a helmet at the bike tour.
    i know because I looked at the site last week

  6. so a great trick would be to just join the bikers when they are already riding and ride with them. then someone spots that you don’t have a helmet on so they call the cops and the cops are chasing you on their bikes but you’re just riding faster and faster and turns out you ride and it is also a race so you win and you get enough money in the prize to buy a helmet, which is the reason you don’t have one. also your hair is too high to wear one.

  7. Haha! I was just going to post that people who wear helmets are wusses, but I think katie takes the prize on this thread. Genius.

  8. why don’t you just borrow a helmet?
    your high hair won’t cushion your fall or save your brain and head.
    put the word out here on Baristanet.
    maybe Ice has one he can lend you.

  9. so i heard that the essex county fair is happening at the south mountain res this week. Is this true? Or did the random webpage I saw it on lie to me?

  10. tey have a special rule just for you.
    you have to wear a helmet.
    or make your hair look like a helmet.
    or come dressed in a suit of armor

  11. Also from EcoRealty:
    Don’t miss Pat Kenschaft’s open Garden at 56 Gordenhurst
    along with Grace Grund (3 Dodd Street) May 20 from 2-5 PM. She will be holding a chicken-raising workshop beginning at 3:00 PM.

  12. is it true that you can’t have chickens in bloomfield but that you can have them in montclair?

  13. The Robotics Teams are looking for volunteers to help mentor the team members in designing, building. programming etc. If you or your organization would like to help out, please contact the Montclair Society of Engineers at
    and I will see that your info is passed on to Mr Barouch and Ms. Totori

  14. Kudos to all of the faculty and parents who made the Nishuane Mayfair so wonderful! My entire family had a great time.

  15. “The DaVinci Code” is a truly lifeless movie. It just sits there, satisfied that by mere blathering between its lead characters it can make back its cost. Murky photography, too, and some line readings by Tom Hanks that recall Keanu Reeves.
    But those who’ve been to Rosslyn Chapel will be amused to see that Tom and Audrey were somehow able to bypass the security guards, gift shop, tea room, offices, museum and admissions desk to enter the chapel through a back door (past two large, secure fences with locked gates) that’s actually always kept locked.
    For those who haven’t been to Rosslyn, I will add that there is in fact no “sub crypt” stuffed full of ancient records,” as in the movie, below the basement. Nor are there “pagan” symbols within Rosslyn itself.
    But there is the Roslin Inn right across the road from the church (which the movie and book neglect to mention is a working parish of the Anglican Church of Scotland, the Collegiate Church of St. Margaret) for a stiff, post-epiphany drink, owned by a friend’s ladyfriend!

  16. The Iceman is going to see ‘Jersey Boys’ at the 3:00 matinee. I’m sure to singing ‘ragdoll’ and ‘big girls don’t cry’ all afternoon.

  17. You can also have horses in Montclair, though you’ll need a place to keep them. If you have an “unmodified” structure that was originally intended to keep horses, such as a carriage house or barn, you can use that.
    I’ve never looked into having chickens, though. Why would anyone want chickens?

  18. I saw a beautiful horse at a house where orange street turns into harrison. It was farting in cathar’s face because he is too snooty even for horses. And you know how those jockeys are.

  19. Why, Clark, you made what the unlettered might consider a “funny.” It would not, I’m sure, fly under lasermikey’s “code of conduct.” Feel free to contact me personally when next you make such remarks, so that we can carry the conversation to the next logical level, and not bore everyone else with your horrid attempts at wit.

  20. There is a beautiful and friendly horse there. I doubt your scenario.
    as ROC would say
    “can you prove what you say is true?
    where is your evidence?”

  21. I used “jockeys” as a pun, because the horse was using your face as underwear. The poor equine one became perfectly sick after reading your review for the Davinci Code. It’s not so much that the horse likes Dan Brown or Ron Howard, but its idea of empathy is so strong that its stomach was upset by your inability to relax and at least try to enjoy a movie that you paid for. It seems that all you had to do to prevent the stomach ailment in the horse was to try to have some fun and not poo-poo everything. But, ultimately, you ended up with a smelly fart straight up the nostrils.

  22. Sorry, that last comment was by me. Katie and I live in the same apartment building, and she was nice enough to let me come to her room and use her computer to zing cathar, because my pc has a virus.

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