Montclair’s Starring Role In Garden State Film Festival

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 2:13pm

We hear there are four films from Montclair in the Garden State Film Festival, which takes place this week in Asbury Park, and received a nice write-up in the New York Times.
One of the films from Montclair is “Roots: Unknown,” which deals with the lifelong impact of adoption. More about the film here; trailer here.

More Marin Has Baristanet Connection

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 11:12am  |  COMMENTS (10)


Pam Gould, a former Glen Ridger who actually wrote a dating column for Baristanet, has moved to Marin County, CA, and started her own Baristanet. More Marin is up and running (Ridgers will appreciate that her son Nicky is the blog’s food critic). Here’s the site’s mission statement…

MoreMarin is a blog; more specifically, a placeblog. We aim to bring you the more interesting, more quirky and more controversial news about Marin, the Bay Area and California. And we really want to hear what you have to say- the blog isn’t as interesting without participants. So… read, reflect- and react!

Drop in and say hi here.

Celebrate Spring At Montclair State

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 11:02am

“American Spring!” a free, informal, and unique arts & humanities festival of opera, drama, dance, and audience interaction featuring distinguished visiting authors and performers, as well as MSU College of the Arts’ students and faculty, takes place on Wednesday, April 2, at 2 p.m. at the Kasser Theater. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Listen here for a podcast preview.
There will also be a discussion of the original opera “Elmer Gantry” Wednesday night at 7:30 pm at the Montclair Public Library.

Fear And Yoga On The Radio

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 9:41am  |  COMMENTS (45)

Our own Deb Galant is on Brian Lehrer this morning, talking scary yoga stuff from her new book.
She’ll be live from 10:40 to 11 a.m., discussing Fear and Yoga in New Jersey; that’s on 820 AM or 93.9 FM or streaming live here.
Call in and ask her those hard questions; her number is (212) 433-9692 (or 212 433 WNYC).

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Thrive Montclair Brings New Orleans Flavor To Loft Launch Party

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 9:09am  |  COMMENTS (50)

It’s official: Thrive Montclair will have its celebration on April 12. Press release here…(no word yet if there will be beignets…)

Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization, and former Mayor of New Orleans, will be the special guest at Thrive Montclair’s campaign celebration on April 12 from 7:30 to 11:30 pm at The Loft in Montclair. Morial, a longtime personal friend of mayoral candidate and councilor at large Ted Mattox, will be on hand to lend his support to the Thrive Montclair team.
Morial’s distinguished career spans more than 25 years and includes service as an entrepreneur, lawyer, professor, Louisiana State Senator and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. As Mayor of New Orleans from 1994 to 2002, Morial was a popular chief executive with a broad multi-racial coalition who led New Orleans’ 1990’s renaissance, and left office with a 70% approval rating. He produced eight balanced budgets, and led the passage of a new City Charter which authorized the creation of a City Revenue Estimating Conference, an Ethics Board and Inspector General.

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We’re Ready For Your Close-Ups, Baristaville.

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 11:31pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Okay, Baristaville. How low can you go? With your camera, that is. We want to see tiny Baristaville–the smallest and sometimes overlooked parts of Baristaville, up close and personal. Like the tiny little berry, above.

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Until The Real Thing Comes Along……

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 6:44pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

…Until the real thing comes along, in this case, flowers on the branches of cherry trees, you can enjoy a lifelike simulation. The newly refurbished visitor’s center at Branchbrook Park in Belleville boasts a a cathedral ceiling, arched windows, and the wonderful faux cherry tree shown above. The Cherry Blossom Festival takes place April 15-22, and you can get more information about all the planned events here:

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Veni, Vidi, Vici

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (7)


As a freshman entering high school in San Anselmo, California, I faced a requirement of one year of Latin, you know, the dead language, the language I’d only ever heard in Mass. Rather daunting, but not nearly as scary as the teacher, Sister Edwin. ( I never could get past that name…) I can remember the first verb I learned was love: amo, amas, amat…and then all the vocab that unlocked secrets of the English language. I fulfilled my requirement, finding it enjoyable, but then moved on to French. To this day, it still helps me out at crossword puzzles and scrabble…But there are five kids from Montclair High I wouldn’t want to compete against in any word game: Kristen Goodsell, Marielle Higgins, Evy Cruz, Ryan Rossner and Quinn Schiller are the five Latin scholars, led by prof JoAnne Manse, who recently brought home first prize from an annual statewide competition in Princeton. From the BOE website:

Manse, who is the chair of the World Language Department at MHS, has good reason to be proud. Her students are all classmates in the highest Latin class the district offers, AP Latin V, and have been hard at work mastering the language since middle school.
On competition day, Manse’s scholars wore bright red t-shirts emblazoned with their motto, Alea iacta est, which literally translated means “the die is cast” — or in Manse’s words, “‘The fates are in my favor’: attitude is all.” The college-bowl style contest consists of three rounds of 20 questions each, with each student given just 30 seconds to answer — in Latin. Since Latin is not a spoken language, the format alone is challenging for many young scholars.

Congratulations to the MHS team winners…wish I could remember how to say that in Latin.

Baristaville: Turn Off Your Lights!

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 9:54am  |  COMMENTS (25)

Thanks to Pat Kenschaft for the tip:
A worldwide Earth Hour is scheduled for this Saturday evening at 8:00 PM, when everyone is urged to turn all the lights off for an hour to conserve energy and prevent climate change.
Down Under, where they’re always first on the world clock, this is how it looked.
Now, tell us (if you dare) what you’ll be doing when the lights are out…

Music, Poetry, Theater, Baked Goods — It Doesn’t Get Much Better

Friday, Mar 28, 2008 3:36pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

It’s shaping up to be an artsy weekend in Baristaville: Tonight you’ll find poetry at Watchung Booksellers, cabaret night at MHS, “Philemon” premiering at 4th Wall and live music at Unity Montclair’s campaign kickoff party (no speeches, we’re told, just rock ‘n roll).
Also this weekend, celebrate the 10th birthday of “The Vagina Monologues,” check out the West Orange Arts Council’s Arts Expo and Deb Maclean’s hilarious one-woman show at Piano’s. When Sunday rolls around, catch the action at the Walk-Scoot-and-Bike-a-Thon to raise money for the All Children’s Playground at Edgemont Park (their calendar listing says it all: “There will be baked goods.”)
Coming up next week…

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Sad. Let's hope that this is not its "Last Tango." One of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in town. Valentino, Garbo, Keaton must have played there.

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