Montclair Rhythm Duo, “Ta Ka Di Mi Project” at Symphony Space, 1/7

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 30, 2010 3:01pm

Montclair residents, master drummer Glen Velez and his rhythm vocalist wife Lori Cotler will bring their unique brand of world music to Symphony Space on January 7 at 8 p.m.

Regarded as the founding father of the modern frame drum movement, four-time Grammy Award-winning percussionist Velez and his band, “Ta Ka Di Mi Project” will perform in a one-night only, double-header concert, along with Trio Globo.

The “Ta Ka Di Mi Project’s” playing represents the primal rhythm cycle of four beats, intended to lead the mind from the mystical realm of numbers and into the sublime world of music and sound. The performance will feature compositions derived from music of the Mid-East, Central Asia and the Mediterranean region. An array of frame drums, bird calls and exotic noisemakers blend with South Indian Konnakol drum language, soulful melodies and jazz-inflected scat, that promises to deliver a unusual program of pure rhythm and pulse. Velez and Colter will be joined by percussionists Shane Shanahan and Yousif Sheronick.

Ta Ka Di Mi Project
Friday, January 7, 8 p.m.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
Tickets: $30/$20 Students + Seniors
To purchase tickets, click here or call 212.864.5400

Ask Holly: Preserving 2010 Memories

Thursday, Dec 30, 2010 2:54pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Start a new tradition this year, preserve your child’s memories year after year on Shrinky Dinks. Yes, they still make them! I take out my daughters creations year after year.  We look at her progress and smile and laugh at how much her drawing has changed. We are going to hang these from a bare branch on New Year’s Eve. Every year we will have more and more of these creations to look at and smile and laugh at all the fun we have had! 

I had my daughter and her friend Hollen write down their favorite memories from 2010. The pond at Edgemont Park froze for skating, art camp at M. A. M. and School of Rock Montclair were some of the top memories. For my 4-year-old, I cut out the numbers 2011 for him to draw on. I punch holes in them before shrinking so we can hang them on the windows from suction cups or on the tree as ornaments. 

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Maplewood’s Snow Mermaid

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 30, 2010 12:56pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Maplewood’s Kate Chew put the plethora of snow to creative use outside her home on Oakview Avenue by sculpting this lovely mermaid.

Has anyone found interesting snow sculptures in their part of Baristaville? Send photos to and we’ll add them to the post.

Photo by Joy Yagid.

The Way You Parent Determines How Your Teen Will Party

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 30, 2010 11:30am

According to a new study that was published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, the way we parent our teens can make the difference between smart, social drinking or passed-out throwing up drinking in their future.

NPR recently did a story about the study. According to the article, “By the 12th grade, more than 65 percent of teens have at least experimented with alcohol, but what parents do during the high school years can also influence whether teens go on to binge drink or abuse alcohol.”

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End of Year Charitable Giving

Thursday, Dec 30, 2010 11:12am

This is the week I traditionally sit down in a quiet place and one-by-one make out checks to the charities I support. My husband and I discuss and decide on the final amounts for the larger gifts we make. For the smaller requests that come across my desk or his, we use our individual discretion.

Since we have been making end of the year charitable contributions for all 27 years of our marriage, I think it qualifies as a ritual. It is one we both take pride in and which brings us closer together as a couple. Continue Reading

Going Sledding? Don’t Forget the Helmets

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 30, 2010 10:00am

There’s plenty of snow in Baristaville and some great sledding spots, but according to a study done by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, your kids should wear helmets while dashing through the snow.

The study found that about 21,000 kids are hurt each year in the U.S. Considering that kids play in the snow only a few times a year, and not in every state, 21,000 is a lot. Young sledders are at risk for traumatic brain injury. The study found children between the ages of 10 -14 sustained most of the injuries, with boys getting hurt more than girls. Continue Reading

DeCamp Down a Favorite Driver, Still No Contract Agreement

Thursday, Dec 30, 2010 9:16am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Riders of the #66 DeCamp Bus Line between West Caldwell and New York City might notice as the holidays wind down, that the route will be missing a very familiar face. Driver Michele Oleschuk stepped down last Friday, Dec. 24, after working at DeCamp for the past 26 years. Continue Reading

NJ Transit “Family Super Saver” Program

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 30, 2010 9:15am

train.jpg Planning on going into NYC with the kids this week and on New Year’s Day? NJ Transit has extended the Family Super Saver program until January 3, 2011. Up to two children, under the age of 11 can ride for free. Get detailed information here.

Mountainside Brings Holiday Cheer to 47 Families in Need

Wednesday, Dec 29, 2010 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Employees at Mountainside Hospital responded to tough economic times this holiday season by increasing support of “Helping Hands,” an initiative which supports the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program. Mountainside increased their holiday giving by 34% this year and “adopted” 47 local families in need for the holidays.

Hospital employees purchased items on wish lists received from local parents and children and wrapped them as holiday gifts. This year’s Christmas wish lists included an increase in basic necessities — requests for staples such as food, linens and warm clothing. Although requests filled included practical items — highchairs, grocery store gift cards, underwear, socks and clothing — hospital staff also treated children to some of the season’s most popular toys, too. On December 14, employees from Mountainside Hospital and the Salvation Army loaded the donations onto the Salvation Army truck, filling it to capacity with Christmas gifts.

Giveaway: Tickets to New Year’s Eve Puppet Show With Princess Moxie

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 29, 2010 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

WINNER: Congratulations to Tudlow, the winner in our New Year’s Eve Puppet Show ticket giveaway! Happy New Year!

Still deciding what to do on New Year’s Eve with the family? StudioKids in Montclair will be hosting Jennifer Levine, Baristaville’s puppeteer, who will be performing her Princess Moxie Rules! puppet show throughout the day.

Princess Moxie is a hip young Princess who goes on a journey to find a true friend amidst a crazy trio of court suitors. Featuring beautiful, hand-sewn puppets and original music, this funky, fun, and feminist production encourages its audience to participate by singing, dancing & applauding. It’s a fun show and a fun way to spend New Year’s Eve with the family.

Princess Moxie Rules! will play at 3 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm. Thanks to the generosity of StudioKids, who sent us an email saying, “We would like to offer  tickets to our favorite website, Barista Kids!”, we have 4 tickets to give away to the show of your choice.

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And we can get this project completed in time for Montclair's sesquicentennial when we can stick a fork into historic preservation as a public policy.

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