The Weekend: Art, Music, Theater and Cherry Blossoms

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Lots to do in Baristaville this weekend both indoors and out.

On Friday night, local cartoonist John Ynsua has a show of his art at StudioKids in Montclair. Ynsua’s art will be showcased along with other talented artists. There will be refreshments (Janice’s famous cookies will be there), and our very own Jenn Schiffer of BaristaJenn fame will be there as well. She and Ynsua are friends from the Montclair Book Center and says “nearly all the crazy signs that you find around the store, as well as a lot of the wooden furniture and fixtures, are created by Ynsua. He’s been working at the bookstore for many, many years, so a large part of MBC’s soul is from him.”

John Ynsua and Others Art Show
Friday, April 20 from 8 pm – 11 pm
@The Art Studio, 211 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042

On Saturday, check out the opening of Montclair Art Museum’s (MAMNew Media: New Forms, a group exhibition of new media art by New Jersey-based artists opening Saturday, April 21. The 13 artists selected for this juried exhibition produce work that actively and innovatively engages with digital media, in terms of process, form, or content. The exhibition is this year’s New Jersey Arts Annual: Fine Arts and will be on view in the Marion Mann Roberts gallery and on the outdoor video monitors through July 22. The exhibition was open to artists currently living or working in New Jersey and who engage with digital media in their work, and was juried by Curator of Contemporary Art Alexandra Schwartz of the Montclair Art Museum and Kelly Baum, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Princeton University Art Museum. New Media: New Forms is organized by Alexandra Schwartz with MAM Curatorial Assistant Kimberly Fisher.

New Media: New Forms
Opening Saturday, April 21
Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
$12 nonmember adults. $10 for seniors (65+) / Free for member

Local husband-and-wife team, David Rieth and Janet Donofrio, of The Bloomingfields will kick off their concert tour of Essex County at Hat City Kitchen with two sets of rocking originals, including “Wallpaper for my Mind,” the song featured on the trailer for the Montclair Film Festival above. The Bloomingfields play high-energy originals about love, marriage, and commuting. The band features Brendan Mee on bass, John Packel on drums, and Andy “Lefty” Day on psychedelic lead guitar. At this Hat City gig the band will also give away a dozen copies of a best-selling rock and roll memoir as part of World Book Day.

The Bloomingfields
Saturday, April 21 at 9 pm
Hat City Kitchen, 459 Valley Street, Orange, NJ
$10 cover


In the mood for a song? Go to the Saturday Afternoon Song Swap in South Orange. Saturday Afternoon Song Swap is a monthly gathering of NYC area songwriters hosted by Deena Shoshkes and Rebecca Turner. This month’s Swap will feature original music by: Michael Aquino, Thomas Johnston & Deirdre Forrest (Beannacht), John & Toni Baumgartner (Speed the Plough), Crissy Roberts, Adam Berardo and Ezra Palmer. Songwriters are welcome to attend and swap original songs after the featured performers. The song swap will follow Community Garden Building at the Elks Club. Refreshments will be served.  The event is free, but contributions to the Community Garden are welcome.

Saturday Afternoon Song Swap
Saturday, April 21 at 1 pm
220 Prospect Street, South Orange, NJ
Free, but contribution to the Community Garden are welcomed

UPDATE: Due to the forecast of inclement weather, Bloomfest has been canceled.

Enjoy a day at the park at Essex County’s annual Bloomfest on Sunday. In addition to the gorgeous Cherry Blossoms, there will be Japanese cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, a crafter’s marketplace, food, and more. See the full schedule of events here and before you go, make Holly’s beautiful Blossom Barrettesto wear in your hair.

Sunday, April 22 from 11 am – 5 pm
Branch Brook Park, Newark,, NJ

Also on Sunday, School of Rock Montclair will present a benefit concert at Just Jake’s to raise funds for S.O.F.I.A., a Montclair-based, non-profit organization that provides advocacy, supportive services, and temporary housing to at-risk women and children of relationship abuse. S.O.F.I.A. was established by Cynthia Walker in response to the 2009 death of Montclair resident Monica Paul, a victim of domestic violence. The show will feature School of Rock Montclair’s House Band, a collection of some of the School’s top student musicians, ages 12 to 17.  The band’s wide-ranging repertoire will include covers of hits by such bands as Tears For Fears, Coldplay, Rage Against The Machine, The Deftones, and Radiohead. Each concertgoer will receive a purple silicone domestic abuse prevention bracelet, as well as a top 10 domestic violence warning signs card to keep in their wallets and other literature.

School of Rock Montclair S.O.F.I.A Benefit Concert
Sunday, April 22 at 4 pm
Just Jake’s, 30 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Donation of $10 per person (greater donations will be welcomed).  Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the show.

Over in West Orange, acclaimed actor and director Richard Benjamin and Veteran actor of stage and screen Tony Roberts star in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys at Luna Stage. The Sunshine Boys premiered on Broadway in 1972 and was later adapted for film and television. The play is about two aging vaudevillian comedians known as “Lewis and Clark” who, over the course of forty-odd years, not only grew to hate each other but never spoke to each other off-stage throughout the final year of their act. In this benefit reading it is 1972 and CBS is inviting the team to reunite for a special on the history of comedy, with the pair representing the vaudeville era at its best. “Hilarity ensures and shenanigans reign as these two cantankerous old men reunite for the broadcast.”

The Sunshine Boys benefit reading
Sunday, April 22 at 7 pm
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ
Tickets are $50 for general admission and can be purchased online here

Don’t forget to stop by the College Women’s Club of Montclair’s Used Book and Music Sale, which ends on Sunday, April 22 too! For other happenings in Baristaville, be sure to check our calendar.


  1. POSTED BY Sandy  |  April 21, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    Wife & I took ride down to see the Cherry Blosomfest display, tghis past Friday, 19th of April. There were none! All flowering was on the groudn.
    THAT is probably why it was cancelled !! Sad

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