Montclair Orchestra Announces Inaugural Season Schedule With Five Concerts in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, May 31, 2017 6:15pm

The Montclair Orchestra has formally announced its inaugural season, consisting of five concerts at venues throughout Montclair.

Yin Fang, soprano

The inaugural concert will take place on October 22nd at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church on South Fullerton Street in Montclair. An orchestra of 80 musicians will present an ambitious program of Operatic Connections, an homage to new Music Director David Chan’s background as concertmaster for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in Manhattan. The program will open with a forceful declaration in the overture to Verdi’s La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny), followed by Mozart’s Symphony #29, with song-like themes throughout the piece. The second half of the concert will present Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, often billed as a ‘pastoral’ work. Internationally acclaimed soprano Ying Fang will make an appearance between her engagements at the MET and the National Opera to sing the solo role in the final movement, a role she recently performed with the New York Philharmonic.

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The Hexi Chix Host First Outdoor Quilt Show, 6/3

BY  |  Wednesday, May 31, 2017 5:36pm

The Hexi Chix, a Montclair based quilt group, will host its first outdoor quilt show this Saturday, June 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Depot Square park on Walnut Street adjacent to the Farmer’s Market.

The Hexi Chix are Lori Beitler, Rochelle Sandler, Margy Schilling, Fern Seaman, Diane Fama and Robin Schlager. There will be over 20 quilts displayed; quilts are hand made, custom designed and fun to look at. Stop by, say hello and ask the quilters about their quilts.

And Now For Your Moment Of Covfefe

BY  |  Wednesday, May 31, 2017 2:01pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Montclair’s Java Love gets in on the covfefe craziness…

Come in to Java Love today and order a #covfefe latte on us! #latte #handcrafted #montclairnj #bethelny #umbanj

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Montclair Film Presents “The Black Monk”

BY  |  Wednesday, May 31, 2017 2:00pm

And now for some good Russia news: Anton Chekhov’s short story The Black Monk has been adapted into a meditative new film that Montclair Film is screening at Cinema 505 June 7 & 8.

The original story from 1893 concerns a scholar named Andrey Vasil’yevich Kovrin who retreats to his childhood home in the country and begins to have dark visions of a monk who convinces Korvin he is a divine figure chosen to save mankind. The tensions between his hallucinations and the woman who tries to tether him to reality put a strain on his already-fragile body and spirit. (Read the Chekhov story here.)

The 2017 film, made by Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, recasts the story in the modern era and finds a struggling filmmaker under the sway of the titular monk. The challenges to his work and sanity set him on a path that “uncovers the meaning of life and a lost love.” Continue Reading

Scenes From Montclair Memorial Day Remembrance (VIDEO)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:00am

Photographer Michael Stahl captured Montclair’s Memorial Day services, held indoors this year due to rain. Deputy Mayor William Hurlock officiated and local veterans were recognized at the moving ceremony.

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Don’t Miss The Final Free First Thursday Night To See Matisse and American Art at MAM

BY  |  Wednesday, May 31, 2017 9:00am

Enjoy a night out at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) with free general admission, live music, art activities and tours, dynamic seasonal programming, and a full-service bar at Free First Thursday Night, June 1, 5–9 p.m.! Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by TD Bank.

The June event will be the final Free First Thursday Night opportunity to see the groundbreaking and highly acclaimed special exhibition Matisse and American Art before it closes June 18. A special exhibition fee of $6 applies for this exhibition; members and children under 12 see it free! The first 50 people at the June Free First Thursday Night will receive complimentary special exhibition admission courtesy of TD Bank. Arrive early to beat the crowd—to ensure the best viewing experience, capacity is limited within the exhibition space.

Free First Thursday Night features several ways to take a deeper dive into the exhibition, including a curator talk with MAM Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky at 6 p.m. Roaming docents will be available to provide more information on the art on view, and a guided tour of the related exhibition Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Free First Thursday Night also celebrates all the arts, from literature to dance. In June, the Museum welcomes Claire Rosen, award-winning artist named among Forbes “30 Brightest under 30” for a book signing of her first book Imaginarium. At 7 and 8 p.m., “Minister of Movement” Ledell Watts will lead dance ensembles in Leir Hall. Guests can also meet and greet with members of the Museum’s African American Cultural Committee.

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Montclair Crime: Warrant and DWI Arrests, Burglary, Theft

BY  |  Wednesday, May 31, 2017 8:00am

The week in Montclair crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


05-23-2017 (Maple Avenue) Mr. Damon Woods, 21yoa from Montclair, was arrested on an open warrant out of Bloomfield.

05-27-2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) Officers responded to a report of a verbal argument. Mr. Michel Asheley, 32yoa from Bound Brook was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. No injuries were reported.

05-28-2017 (Elm Street) Mr. Quadir Turner, 37yoa from Orange, was arrested and charged with DWI.

05-28-2017 (Elm Street) Mr. Dahens Lucien, 31yoa from Sayreville, was arrested and charged with DWI.

05-28-2017 (Canterbury Park) Ms. Tamika Tims, 33yoa from Lakewood, was arrested on open warrants out of Westampton, Wall, and Jackson totaling $3,769.


05-23-2017 A vehicle reported stolen from Forest Street on 05-14-2017 was located parked and unoccupied in the City of Newark.

05-24-2017 (Union Street) Theft of a bicycle, which the owner had left chained to a tree. Continue Reading

Missing Cat: Have You Seen Peanut?

BY  |  Wednesday, May 31, 2017 6:51am

A reader writes…

My cat Peanut got out May 27th on North Mountain Ave, and is still missing for 3 days. She is very skittish and will not approach people.
She is 8 years old, long haired calico. Please contact Anna at 973 943-3898 if you spot her.

Montclair Farmers’ Market 25th Season Opens June 3

BY  |  Tuesday, May 30, 2017 4:18pm

Montclair Farmers’ Market will kick off its 25th season this Saturday, June 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Walnut Street Train Station parking lot. The weekly market officially runs all summer and through the fall until Thanksgiving; all five familiar family farmers will return again this season, plus 15 specialty food artisans.

Additionally, this will be the third season in which SNAP, WIC, and Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program participants are offered double the value of their coupons, thanks to a generous grant from Partners for Health. Continue Reading

New Montclair High School Fashion Club Finishes Year With First Annual Student Fashion Show

BY  |  Tuesday, May 30, 2017 3:00pm

The new Montclair High School Fashion Club presented its first annual student fashion show on Saturday, May 20. The Fashion Club was founded by graduating senior and president of the club, Charlie Williams, during the 2016-2017 school year. The club’s adviser is Mr. Jeffrey Freeman, who teaches English classes in the MHS Center for Social Justice (CSJ) Small Learning Community.

The fashion show was a fitting send off for the club’s seniors. The outdoor event was hosted by Williams, one of four student designers who presented a collection at the show. Williams will attend Parsons School of Design to study fashion photography this fall. Fellow senior club member, Maiya Wright, a club officer and resident photographer, will attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) to study fashion photography. Senior club member and fellow officer Sakina Balija-Toure will attend school in NYC this fall at the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, to study the business of fashion.

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Sad. Let's hope that this is not its "Last Tango." One of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in town. Valentino, Garbo, Keaton must have played there.

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