Jim Axelrod of CBS News to Present Peabody Award Winning Series “Heart of the Epidemic: West Virginia’s Opioid Addiction”

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Join Temple Ner Tamid on Friday, May 26 at 6:30 pm when Jim Axelrod, a member of Ner Tamid and a senior national correspondent for CBS News, will present a short film and lead a discussion on the opioid crisis, specifically as it plays out in West Virginia. In a multi-part investigation, CBS News looked at the state with the highest rate of overdose deaths on painkillers. Each year doctors write 1.8 million prescriptions for pain pills in West Virginia — the equivalent of a bottle of pills for every man, woman, and child in the state. In their Peabody-award winning series, CBS News examined the many-layers of the problem — exploring how doctors, pharmacies, wholesale distributors, and law enforcement have all contributed to this hideous epidemic. Continue Reading

Catch Thelma & Louise and More at Montclair Film’s Cinema505

BY  |  Friday, May 19, 2017 11:56am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Film today announced the complete June 2017 film lineup for Cinema505, the organization’s new screening space located in the Investors Bank Film & Media Cen-ter at 505 Bloomfield in Montclair, NJ. June will feature two new ongoing series, Coming of Age in Sub-urbia, a retrospective of films about youth in American suburbs, and Filmmakers Local 505, a new initi-ative that partners with local filmmakers to showcase films by Montclair and other New Jersey artists. Finally, the lineup includes a special screening of the classic THELMA & LOUISE, co-presented by Watchung Booksellers, in conjunction with the launch of Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge with author Becky Aikman in attendance for a post screening Q&A. Continue Reading

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: May 18 – 21

BY  |  Thursday, May 18, 2017 8:38am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Lots of great local events to enjoy this weekend! From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to films and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening this weekend:

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Giveaway! Outpost in the Burbs Presents Jim Lauderdale in Co-Production with the Van Vleck House & Gardens

BY  |  Tuesday, May 16, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Outpost in the Burbs presents Jim Lauderdale, on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 5 p.m., in a co-production with the Van Vleck House and Gardens. The concert will take place at the Van Vleck, located at 21 Van Vleck Street, in Montclair. Opening the show will be James Tristan Redding.

Two-time Grammy-winning singer and master songwriter Jim Lauderdale is both a “songwriter’s songwriter,” who’s written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists, as well as an intuitive sideman, who’s enhanced the music of a bevy of esteemed musicians. As a solo artist, since 1986 up until now, he’s created a body work spanning 28 albums of imaginative roots music, encompassing country, bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock.  Along the way he’s won awards, garnered critical acclaim, and earned himself an engaged fan base. Today Jim treats his fans to a new adventure, exploring the redemptive traditional sounds of Memphis and Nashville with his double album, Soul Searching: Vol. 1 Memphis/Vol. 2. Nashville (Sky Crunch Records). 

Patrons are encouraged to bring folding chairs and/or blankets to this show.

How to Get Tickets: There are three distinct ticket types for this concert. Weather permitting, this show will be outdoors in the garden of the Van Vleck estate.  In the case of inclement weather the show will be held indoors (capacity 95).

Type 1:  Guaranteed ticket regardless of if the show is indoors or outdoors.  We will only sell 95 of these tickets and you are guaranteed admission regardless of weather.  

Type 2:  Outdoor only ticket (individual) will be available after the first 95 guaranteed tickets have been sold.  If the weather is bad and show is indoors, your ticket purchase along with any fees will be refunded within 7 days of the show.

Type 3:  Outdoor only ticket (family pack) will include admission to 2 adults and up to 3 children under the age of 12 weather permitting only.  Additional children’s tickets may be purchased at the door day of show for $5 each. If the weather is bad and show is indoors, your ticket purchase along with any fees will be refunded within 7 days of the show.

Want to see Jim Lauderdale? Tell us your favorite song by him Thursday, May 18 at 11 am EST and we’ll randomly choose one winner who will receive a pair of outdoor tickets for this Sunday, May 21.

For more information, visit www.outpostintheburbs.org or call 973-744-6560.

A Young Montclair Actress Stars in The Miracle Worker

BY  |  Friday, May 12, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

When Ayla Schwartz isn’t busy being a fourth-grader at Watchung Elementary School, she’s performing a miracle—Ayla is starring as Helen Keller in a new production of The Miracle Worker at the Queens Theatre.

At 10 years old, Ayla is getting her first opportunity to be part of a professional production, and The Miracle Worker is putting her to the test. In order to play Keller, who became deaf and blind when she was just 19 months old, Ayla did training with a disability coach and a fight choreographer, and even used a blindfold and earplugs during rehearsals to better understand how Keller experienced the world. Continue Reading

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: May 11 – 14

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Lots of great local events to enjoy this special Mother’s Day weekend! From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to films and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening this weekend:

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Montclair’s Matisse Week, May 13-20, A Weeklong Festival with Uptown Ladies Night, Art Walk & Chalk Walk Block Party!

BY  |  Thursday, May 11, 2017 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Everyone is inspired by Matisse, and the town of Montclair is no exception. The Montclair Art Museum is currently presenting Matisse and American Art, a groundbreaking exhibition that presents works by the French master Henri Matisse alongside the American artists he inspired, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Faith Ringgold, and others. Montclair is the sole venue for this ambitious show, and businesses and organizations across the town are rallying around it with a weeklong, town-wide celebration Matisse Week May 13–20, 2017.

“We are thrilled to present this vibrant and exclusive show and grateful to all the businesses, organizations, Montclairions, and friends in our incredible community who will be capturing this Matisse moment with fun and festivities,” said Lora Urbanelli, director of the Montclair Art Museum. “The Montclair Art Museum has been a vital part of Montclair for more than a century, and we are excited to be part of an event that highlights the town’s collaborative, innovative, and artistic nature.”

Look for Matisse-inspired artwork by Glenfield Middle School students, shopping events, Matisse-inspired items and specials, Montclair Blooms storefront designs, raffle baskets, and more as Matisse takes over the town. The week opens with the Celebrate Matisse gala, after party, and luncheon at the Montclair Art Museum and closes with the Chalk Walk Block Party in Montclair Center. Participating businesses and organizations include Montclair Center BID, Upper Montclair Business Association, Watchung Plaza, Walnut Street, and South End. For complete details, visit montclairartmuseum.org/matisseweek. Connect with MAM on social media @MAMmontclair, #MAMmatisse, #MatisseWeek.


Food, Crafts and Live Music at the Glenridge Avenue Arts & Music Festival Saturday, May 13

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The Glenridge Avenue Arts & Music Festival (GLAM) will take place on Saturday, May 13 from 11 am to 6 pm. Featuring over 40 vendors, visitors can enjoy artisan foods, handmade goods and vintage clothing and listen to music from bluegrass to reggae to rock and roll. The rain-or-shine event will take place along Glenridge Avenue from Bloomfield Avenue to Forest Street in Montclair. Continue Reading

#MFF17 Patti Cake$ is Ultimate Jersey Film; Band Aid Offers Comedy with Some Sweet Surprises

BY  |  Monday, May 08, 2017 4:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Patti Cake$ (2017)
Director: Geremy Jasper

Patti (Danielle MacDonald in a breakout performance) is an overweight, 23-year-old New Jersey girl who lives at home with her mother and ailing grandmother. Day and night she fantasizes about becoming a famous rap singer. It’s the only thing that seems to make her happy. Her neighborhood is lower income and bluer than blue collar. Patti’s mother is a hard drinking, bitter figure, who once had dreams of a singing career herself. She has little patience in supporting Patti’s own dreams because her prejudiced view of rap music is that it’s only fit for criminals and thugs. Patti spends time with her friend Jheri, an energetic Indian pharmacist, who backs Patti with his beats, comedy relief and pep talks. At a VFW local band night, they stumble upon outsider, and musical whiz, Bob (Mamoudou Athie in a quietly dynamic performance) an African American who dresses in black and has dreadlocks and facial piercings. Together these three pool their knowledge and talents long enough to record a demo CD called PBNJ. Patti even brings her wheelchair-bound grandmother, a scene stealing Cathy Moriarty, to help out on vocals. The group sells their demo and hits up every open mic they can find. It all builds up to a rap contest that’s hard not to be moved by. Continue Reading

Montclair Film Festival Announces Winners of 2017 Film Competitions

BY  |  Monday, May 08, 2017 3:51pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) announced the winners of the 2017 film competitions at a ceremony held on Saturday evening at the MFF’s new home, The Investors Bank Film & Media Center. This year’s festival featured four competitive categories with five films in each: Fiction, Documentary, Future/ Now, and New Jersey Filmmaking. The 2017 festival featured over 150 feature and short films screened over ten days.

LADY MACBETH, directed by William Oldroyd, was awarded the festival’s Fiction Feature Prize with the actor Florence Pugh receiving a Special Jury Prize for her performance in LADY MACBETH.

STRONG ISLAND, directed by Yance Ford, took home the Bruce Sinofsky Award in the festival’s Documentary Feature competition. This award was established in memory of Bruce Sinofsky and was presented by Mr. Sinofsky’s daughter, Claire Sinofsky. A Special Jury Prize for Direction was awarded to Matthew Heineman for CITY OF GHOSTS.

BEACH RATS, directed by Eliza Hitman, was awarded with the Future/Now prize, honoring emerging low-budget American independent filmmaking, and SWIM TEAM, directed by Lara Stolman, took home the New Jersey Films Award, which honors a select group of films made by New Jersey artists, and an American Truth Seeker Award given by the jury to Reuben Atlas and Samuel D. Pollard for the film ACORN & THE FIRESTORM. Continue Reading

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Stopped by on opening day to take out a dozen empanadas. Very welcoming space, especially with the storefront glass open on a warm spring day and sidewalk tables available; and, the staff were warm and engaged. The empanadas are soft and pastry-like, rather than the harder crisper type. They got a thumbs up from the Morales family, who loves them a good empanada!

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