Getting Grungy with the School of Rock

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 8:45pm

School of Rock Radio X.jpgBaristaville sounded like Seattle, circa 1994, this afternoon as the sounds of Nirvana and Pearl Jam blasted through Just Jakes. Montclair’s School of Rock performed a Radio X concert that was rounded out by hits from U2, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and yes . . . Marilyn Manson.
Missed the show? Watch the video:

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Maplewood’s 1978 Arts Center Says Thanks

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 1:00pm

junecaterheads.jpgThe first annual Friends of 1978 Arts Center event was Thursday night in Maplewood. To thank members for their support throughout the year, the Center provided great food, great art and a great time. Catered by SOMA’s very own Chef Jesse, the crowd feasted on ‘New Carolina Cuisine’ crab cakes and pulled pork strudel.
“What is most attractive to me about 1978, is that this is a place where formal art meets the informal. You have high quality art in a very accessible place,” said new member Barbara Heisler.
The event featured the simultaneous opening of two shows. On the Board 2 displayed encaustics, pencil drawings, collage, paintings, photography and sculpture by 1978’s current board of directors. The second exhibit is the work of sculptor and 1978 patron, June Cater. Her series of clay heads is called On the Shelf.
The evening concluded with a request for continued support and an announcement of the fall line up of exhibits and classes, including a breast cancer survivor show in October and a Small Works show in December. Upcoming classes included watercolor and photography.
Story and photo by Baristanet contributor Joy Yagid, who is a Maplewood based photographer.

Fun With the Press in Chelsea-Land

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

There have been sightings of Bill and Hillary, the Daily Show’s John Oliver and — stop the presses — Madeline Albright. But trying to get a glimpse of bride-to-be Chelsea Clinton is like waiting for Godot. Still, the mood is giddy, the crowds are exuberant, the weather is gorgeous and the shopkeepers of Rhinebeck, NY couldn’t be happier. They’ve painted their shop windows with congratulatory messages, brought out cake and champagne for passersby and shared their wifi with the press. It’s a lot of fun. But you want real romance, hang around Montclair’s Church Street this Sunday.

Montclair’s Outdoor Movie Night a Crowd Pleaser

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

moonstruck.jpgStarting an event off with free ice cream shakes is always a good way to engage an audience. As the opening “act” for the second of the Montclair International Film Festival’s (MIFF) summer 2010 outdoor movie screenings, Matt Jerkovich, of Elevation Burger did just that. The “Montclair” shake was made with strawberry and vanilla ice cream, and was offered to those gathered in the make-shift theater of assorted folding chairs and blankets on Church Street. It was Jerkovich’s way of celebrating his restaurant’s first birthday. The audience was only too happy to join in.
Sated with the creamy drink, the happy crowd of around 200 then sat back and relaxed in their folding chairs while listening to a mellow live performance by singer/guitarist Jefferson Newman.

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Undercover Patrol Suspended After Fatal Branch Brook Park Shooting

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 8:52am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Late yesterday, authorities suspended the undercover patrol effort in place when Defarra Gaymon, a former Montclair resident, was shot and killed at Branch Brook Park . Sheriff Armando Fontoura made the announcement, reports the Star Ledger, saying that there was a need to “make some adjustments.”
Fontoura added that in addition to temporarily suspending the patrol [part of a five-year-old undercover operation] to curb sex activity in the park, he is working with local gay rights activists to consider an alternate way to address the problem.
Although the undercover effort is suspended, uniformed police presence in the park will be increased. Fontoura also said there will be a full review of the operation.
Garden State Equality wrote a letter to Fontoura on 7/21 asking whether the undercover patrol was targeting gay or LGBT persons specifically and if so, asking that any such targeted operations be ended. Additionally Garden State Equality has requested documents related to previous lewdness arrests made at the park since 2005.

Open Houses In Baristaville, Sunday, August 1, 2010

Friday, Jul 30, 2010 4:19pm

siena.jpgDownsizing (or upsizing, for that matter) will be easy this weekend. Check out the diverse selection of new properties on the market this week, including Montclair’s Sienna, on real estate.

Things to Do This Weekend: July 30 – August 1

Friday, Jul 30, 2010 3:00pm

todotodaylist.jpgI don’t know about you, but I cannot believe August arrives on Sunday. Before you know it, the more relaxed, less scheduled summer will be over.
Looking for something fun to do this weekend with your family? Check our Upcoming Events calendar for all the details. While your at it, make sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay in the know and get great deals.
Here are our top picks:

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Montclair: Restaurant Update

Friday, Jul 30, 2010 3:00pm

Changes to Montclair’s restaurant scene: One restaurant closes, another gets a new chef. Find out on Food.

Talk to Ed Koch about Gaymon Tonight on Bloomberg Radio

Friday, Jul 30, 2010 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (13)

EdKoch.jpgCory Booker reached out to Ed Koch last night, after the former NY Mayor called for Booker’s involvement in the DeFarra Gaymon shooting. After their chat, Mayor Koch came away with a better understanding of the Newark Police Department vs. the Essex County Sheriff’s Department and modified his statement (after the jump).
Koch will be discussing the Gaymon incident and taking calls on his weekly Bloomberg radio show — Ed Koch, The Voice of Reason — tonight, between 7-8pm.
We know Koch wants to hear from Baristaville on this, and we know you all have lots to say. Click here to listen between 7-8pm or call 1-800-971-1130 to join the discussion. You can also find the show at 1130 on the AM dial, XM, 129 and Sirius, 130.

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Finding Treasure in…Baristaville With Geocaching

Friday, Jul 30, 2010 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

geocachingLooking for a family activity this summer that blends the technological with the great outdoors? Why not try geocaching? Part real world treasure hunt, part online tracking game, geocaching has grown in popularity since its inception in 2000. There are now participants in 225 countries worldwide.

Just what is geocaching? The name, derived from the words “geo” for earth and “cache” for a hiding place is an activity that involves stowing away and searching for caches or “treasure”. These caches can take the form of “micros”, really small caches, or larger boxes that contain trinkets and other loot for finders.
Participants find the location of caches by looking online for the GPS coordinates and then using a GPS device as simple as the one found in many phones to go in search of the caches.

Jersey has three Geocaching chapters. Madison resident John Neale, president of the Northern New Jersey Cachers, weighs in on just why this activity is so appealing for adults and children alike. “Kids catch on fast to geocaching. They get very excited in the buildup to finding a cache, and once that cache is found, kids want to move on to the next search! It becomes very addicting!” Kids love the trinkets and other inexpensive jewelry or toys in the caches that can make great trading amongst friends. For kids, opening a cache is like opening treasure!

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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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