The Weekend: Film, Fine Art, France, Food, and Fun


The weekend is packed with many great events to enjoy. We told you about:

And there’s even more. Here are your weekend highlights:

God Grew Tired of UsSee as screening and panel discussion of God Grew Tired of Us at MSU tongiht. To escape extermination or sterilization by government forces from the north, the “Lost Boys of Sudan”, as they came to be known, fled South Sudan by themselves in the 1980s, at ages 3 to 13, enduring starvation, dehydration, disease, wild animals and attacks by soldiers (only half of the original 20,000 boys survived the journey). As recounted in Christopher Dillon Quinn and Tommy Walker’s documentary “God Grew Tired of Us,” the young men’s reaction to their eventual resettlement in the United States, after 15 years traveling on their own by foot through Africa and then living in a rudimentary refugee camp in Kenya, will surprise you, move you, raise your awareness (if you are not an immigrant yourself) of the countless challenges faced by individuals who have immigrated to the United States, and cause you to reflect on the positives and negatives of American culture and its effects on health and mental health.

God Grew Tired of Us: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Thursday, April 9 at 6 pm
Montclair State University Conference Center, 1 Normal Avenue, University Hall, 7th Floor, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043


meet paris oyster

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) will welcome back best-selling author of French Women Don’t Get Fat Mireille Guiliano for a special talk, tasting, and book signing in celebration of her newest release, Meet Paris Oyster: A Love Affair with the Perfect Food on Friday night at the Van Vleck House & Gardens in Montclair. Try oysters paired with Daniel Crochet’s white Sancerre, hear anecdotes from Paris’ hottest oyster bar, and get practical tips in this one-of-a-kind talk and tasting about the perfect food. The talk will also include a glass of wine followed by a book signing. Must be 21+ to attend.

Mireille Guiliano Book Signing: Meet Paris Oyster: A Love Affair with the Perfect Food<
Friday, April 10 at 7 pm
Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Tickets are $35 for FIAF Members, $45 for Non-Members: $45 and can be purchased online here

amy helm and the handsome strangers

Enjoy the music of Amy Helm and The Handsome Strangers plus Yarn at at the Shea Center for Performing Arts at WPU on Saturday. Amy Helm’s deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure to the finest expressions of American musical tradition. The daughter of music legend Levon Helm, she wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. The Grammy-nominated roots band, Yarn, will open the evening.

Amy Helm and The Handsome Strangers
Friday, April 10 at 8 pm
Shea Center for Performing Arts, WPU, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ
Tickets are $55 onstage seat with dinner and dessert buffet plus open beer-and-wine bar / $30 show only and can be purchased online here

Tsukioka, Hoshitoshi, Mount Ji Ming Moon, ca. 2nd half of 19th century, 13 18 x 9 18 in, polychrome woodblock printIn conjunction with the exhibition, The Enchanting Art of Japan, the George Segal Gallery will present a lecture and tea tasting on Saturday, which will highlight the historical and cultural significance of tea in Japan. The program is led by Montclair State University alumni, co-founder and tea sommelier for the international tea brand Tavalon Tea, Chris Cason. Sample teas include Brown Rice Tea, Twig Tea and Roasted Tea.

Lecture and Tea Tasting: For all the Tea in Japan/History and Culture
Saturday, April 11 from 3 pm – 4 pm
George Segal Gallery, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043
Admission is $10 and can be purchased by calling 973.655.6941 or by emailing here

10702071_10153110982645944_3734173763209860644_nSOFIA and Brother to Brother host Jam With the Bands—a benefit concert to raise awareness for domestic, teen, and dating violence. Enjoy awesome live performances by School of Rock Montclair House Band, Black Lace Blues, No Noise and Ambary Lake.

Jam With the Bands
Sunday, April 12 from 1 pm – 4 pm
Just Jake’s, 30 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 201.306.1515 to reserve.





Opera Theatre of Montclair

On Sunday, Opera Theatre of Montclair will present a fundraising event featuring narrated scenes from Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème” and Jonathan Larson’s “Rent.” Part of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Montclair High’s School of Visual & Performing Arts who will be presenting six performances of “Rent” in May 2015. Learn how Jonathan Larson cleverly incorporated musical themes, plot twists, and even lyrics of the opera into his Tony Award-winning rock musical. OTM’s professional opera singers will be joined by several young talented actors of SVPA performing corresponding scenes from each work.

Narrated Scenes: Puccini’s La Bohème & Larson’s Rent
Sunday, April 12 at 6 pm
Montclair Women’s Club, 82 Union Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Tickets are $30 general admission / $20 seniors & students and can be purchased online here

Taqueria Autentica

Chef/owner Michael Natiello of Taqueria Autentica in Bloomfield will be at Williams-Sonoma in Montclair for a Mexican food demonstration. Go learn some new recipes and sample delicious food!

Mexican Cooking Demo from Taqueria Autentica
Sunday, April 12 from 1 pm – 4 pm
Williams-Sonoma, 630 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07043


73 See Gallery & Design Studio

Also on Sunday, 73 See Gallery & Design Studio in Montclair will host an Opening Reception for the paintings and assemblage pieces by Lorraine DeProspo along with new works by noted ceramic artist Monica Litvany. There is a subtle quality to both of these artists’ works that compliments each other, although each of them retains their own strong personal voice. It is this quality, an ethereal earthiness, that encouraged us to plan for and curate this exhibit.

Opening Reception: “Convergence – Lorraine DeProspo: Continuum & Monica Litvany: New Works”
Sunday, April 12 from 4 pm – 7 pm
73 See Gallery & Design Studio, 73 Pine Street, Unit C, Montclair, New Jersey 07042

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