The Weekend: Film, Concerts, and A Cappella

Celebrate your love of film and music this weekend with these local events:

The New Jersey Jewish Film FestivalThe 13th Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival (NJJFF) opens tonight with 25 award-winning films through April 28. The films will play at four venues in Essex and Morris Counties, including the Clearview Bellevue Cinema in Montclair. NJJFF opens on April 18 with the New Jersey premiere of The World is Funny at the Festival’s home, JCC MetroWest in West Orange (7:00pm screening). It will conclude with the New Jersey premiere of A.K.A. Doc Pomus, on April 28, also at JCC MetroWest (7:30pm screening).

New Jersey Jewish Film Festival (NJJFF)
Runs from April 18 – 28

Four venues in Essex and Morris Counties, including the Clearview Bellevue Cinema in Montclair
For a complete film schedule with dates, times, and locations, please visit

A Fierce Green Fire Also screening tonight is  A Fierce Green FireIn observance of Earth Day, which is on April 22, the Montclair Environmental Affairs office and Community Green present the film which chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century, and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major facets of environmentalism, and connects them, focusing on activism and people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds. 

A Fierce Green Fire Screening
Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042

Lil' Bastad

On Friday night check out Lil’ Bastad at Hat City Kitchen in Orange. This five piece blues-based band was formed in 1999, through their musicianship and great love for the Blues, R&B and Funk. Based in Northern NJ they create unique syncopated compositions that orchestrate a fresh and innovative perspective of listening to Blues, Funk, and R&B. Lil’ Bastad combines formal “old school” style and their own contemporary feel to form a winning musical balance. From Freddy, B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix to Robert Cray, Stevie Ray, and George Benson, their musical influences are uniquely styled and this band has something to say!

Lil’ Bastad
Friday, April 19 at 10:30 pm
Hat City Kitchen, 459 Valley Street, Orange, NJ
$10 cover

black maria film & video festivalThe Black Maria Film & Video Festival, which takes its name from the first motion picture studio designed and built by Thomas Edison, will stop in Caldwell on Saturday.  The festival is known for its national public exhibition program, which features a variety of bold contemporary works drawn from the annual collection of 50 or more award winning films and videos. The 90-minute program will feature a selection of this year’s winners of short international films with commentary by a festival spokesperson.

The Black Maria Film & Video Festival
Saturday, April 20 at 4:30 pm
Caldwell Flowerland, 329 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ
Tickets are $12 each and are available at Caldwell Flowerland—call (973) 226-1309. The event is sponsored by the  Caldwell Merchants Association. 

Redhot & BlueThe a cappella group Redhot & Blue of Yale, which has won national recognition for its innovative arrangements of jazz  blended with American songbook classics with a touch of fresh and upbeat flair of the collegiate a cappella tradition, will perform at  the Montclair Public Library on Sunday. The performance will open with Montclair High School’s premier a cappella group, Passing Notes, of which one of Redhot’s members is an alumnus. This will be the group’s final concert in New Jersey after performing in Princeton.  In May, Redhot will embark on its international summer tour, during which they will bring their sound to New York, London, and Spain.

Redhot & Blue Performance
Sunday, April 21 at 2 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042

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