The Weekend: Story Slam, Chalkboard Art, and Concerts

The temperatures will warm up, the massive piles of snow will melt and for a few days you’ll feel like coming out of hibernation. Thankfully, there are some great happenings this weekend where you can do just that.

Don’t forget about Marshall Crenshaw at Outpost in the Burbs on Friday, “Master Harold”… and the Boys at Luna Stage, and the The Porchistas at The Wellmont on Sunday.

Here are other weekend highlights:

Story SlamStudio B, a Maplewood-­‐based arts organization known for producing innovative, standing-room-only events, is hosting another Story Slam — a knock-­‐down, drag —out 5 minute storytelling throw down. Studio B has been hosting regular Story Slams for about 4 years and they have been gaining in popularity. It isn’t unusual to see some local writing celebs bringing their best 5 minute yarns. Here’s how the evening works: writers put their names into a hat, and over the course of the evening, 10 names will be called. At the end of the competition, 3 local literary agents will decide on a winner — and bragging rights will be claimed. The winner will return to the next Slam for a victory lap. Writers out there, you have just enough time to get back into training: brush off that story, give it a good read through, and take your mark on Friday night. 

Studio B: Story Slam!
Friday, February 21 at 8 pm
Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood
$10 cash, Under 21 not admitted. RSVP here


If you’ve been inspired by chalkboard design, here’s your chance toChalkboard Art Class at Parcel learn how to make your lettering a little more lovely. Parcel in Montclair is offering a class on Saturday led by in-house graphic designer, Beth Heinzen, who will teach students how to script and design ephemeral works of chalkboard art! Students will be provided with an 8×10 chalkboard to hone their skills and take home for later masterpieces. You’ll learn different styles of lettering and embellishments, while defining basic terms of type and graphic design. Bonus — they’ll serve Turkish pastries and coffee from Simit House in Montclair!

Chalkboard Art Class at Parcel
Saturday, February 22 from 11 am – 1 pm
Parcel, 559 Bloomfield Ave (bet. Park and Midland) Montclair, NJ, 07042
$40; includes all materials, snacks, and chalkboard* To sign up, click this link 



Bern and the Brights and Thomas Wesley Stern

On Saturday night, Bern and the Brights and Thomas Wesley Stern are playing the ever-friendly upstairs room at Tierney’s in Montclair. Bern and the Brights, perennial favorites in Montclair,Hoboken, and beyond will be sharing their catchy, charming Indie Rock and the stage with south Jersey’s Thomas Wesley Stern, whose blend of
homemade Americana/Folk and Indie Rock earned them Asbury Park Music Awards in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Go on out and support the pleasant mixing of bands with similar energy, but different sounds.

Bern and the Brights and Thomas Wesley Stern
Saturday, February 22, doors open at 9 pm
Tierney’s Tavern, 138 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042
$10 cover 


PicMonkey Collage

A trio of noted musicians will perform works of Bartok, Brahms, Schumann and Syrian modernist Kinan Azmeh on Sunday at Van Vleck House in Montclair. The concert is the second in the 2013-14 Sunday-afternoon chamber music series presented at Van Vleck House & Gardens, in collaboration with Montclair State University’s Cali School of Music. The concert will be dedicated to the memory of John J. Cali, who passed away on February 1. The program, set for piano, clarinet and violin, includes A Scattered Sketchbook – 6 pieces for clarinet and violin, by Kinan Azmeh; Sonata for violin and piano in A Major, Op. 100, by Johannes Brahms; Fantasiestücke, 3 pieces for clarinet and piano, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann and Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano by Béla Bartók. Performing will be clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois, violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron and pianist Lenore Fishman Davis.

Chamber Concert at Van Vleck
Sunday, February 23 at 2 pm
Van Vleck House & Gardens,  21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Free, Reserved seating is available by calling 973-744-4752 (extension 4) or by e-mail.  

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