Seed Artists Opens Monthly Duo Series: James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 2:01pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Enjoy forward-looking jazz and creative music on a Sunday afternoon when SEED ARTISTS presents the first concert in a new monthly duos series at 73 See Gallery in Montclair.

If you’ve been lucky enough to catch Lewis and/or Taylor in concert — together, leading their own groups, or supporting contemporary masters like William Parker, Marc Ribot or Richard Davis — you know that these are musicians of vision, sensitivity, and exceptional skill. A perfect pair to open a series of next-generation music at Seed Artists’ favorite gallery in town.

The festivities begin at 2:30 with a FREE kids’ music workshop, followed by openers Rio (baritone sax) and Montclair High School’s own Willie Oechsli (drums).

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Montclair Film Festival: What’s Playing at Montclair’s Biggest Screen, The Wellmont Theater

BY  |  Monday, Apr 24, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Film Festival starts this weekend. Here are the films and events that will be featured on Montclair’s biggest screen, The Wellmont, where there are also the most seats available.


Opening Night Film: STEP
Directory Amanda Lipitz documents “Lethal Ladies” step dancing team of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women and the team’s high-stakes senior year of high school in inner-city Baltimore. Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

The Hero

Director Brett Haley (I’ll See You In My Dreams) triumphs with a beautifully crafted story about an aging film star (Sam Elliott) looking for a new role to play. This unforgettable story is about the roles and responsibilities that shape our lives. Saturday April 29, 6:00 p.m. Continue Reading

Montclair Artist C.J. Cohn Turns Divorce Into Art

BY  |  Monday, Apr 24, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

For as long as there’s been love, there’s been heartbreak—and people turning that heartbreak into art. Which is exactly what Montclair artist C.J. Cohn has done in her new show at the Wade Maxx Gallery, “The Art of Divorce.”

Cohn, who has lived in Montclair for 20 years, says that following her divorce, her therapist “suggested I keep a journal or create art as a release—that was all I needed to hear.” So she began creating illustrations that helped her process what she calls the “daily emotional roller coaster of divorce.”

The works in the show are in mostly muted colors and depict figures that appear to come from fairy tales and classical myths—but with added visual cues of fractured hearts, and people pulling apart from each other and themselves. Continue Reading

Adult Forum “Lunch & Learn” Film Screening of Hidden Figures

BY  |  Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

hidden figuresCongregation B’nai Israel in Millburn will host a special “Lunch & Learn” screening of the award-winning film Hidden Figures on Thursday, May 25 at 12:30 pm.

The event begins with a lunch and then a showing of the true story of three brilliant African-American women at NASA, who serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

“Lunch & Learn” Film Screening of Hidden Figures
Thursday, May 25 at 12:30 pm
Congregation B’nai Israel, 160 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ
$10 for Adult Forum members & partners, $12 for non-members. Call 973-533-1809 to place your lunch order.



Yance Ford Brings Strong Island to the Montclair Film Festival

BY  |  Friday, Apr 21, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

In 1992, Yance Ford’s brother William was murdered in a Long Island suburb. While reports of young black men being shot without consequence are part of the common conversation now, 25 years ago it was not the sort of story we paid attention to. But William is getting the attention he deserves in Strong Island, a documentary Yance made about the crime and its impact on his family. Yance is bringing the film to the Montclair Film Festival and is taking part in the “Emerging Black Voices” panel discussion on May 6.

At the time of William’s death, Yance and I were students at Hamilton College, where we’d become friends in our freshman-year dorm. I’ve been following the path of Strong Island on social media, which has included some major news: the film won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and Netflix bought the film for worldwide streaming later this year.

When I saw that Yance would be at the MFF discussing the film, I was thrilled to get a chance to interview him about the making of Strong Island. An edited version of our conversation follows.

When did you start Strong Island? When did you finish it?
My brother’s murder really started making its way into my work at Hamilton, as an art major, doing performance art pieces within months after he died. The work was rough as I continued to work through his death. But the film and my skill set came together in the early aughts. I began thinking very seriously about making a film. I was working interesting day jobs and ended up at the series POV, where I got to watch really amazing filmmakers do their work. So I worked up the courage to say, ‘OK, I’m starting this.’ I did my first interview in May 2008, got a grant on the basis of that interview, started working with my cinematographer, Alan Jacobsen, in 2010, and wrapped at the end of September 2016. From the time when I sat down in front of my computer and seriously took notes to when I got off the plane from Copenhagen with the locked picture it was 10 years. Continue Reading

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: April 20 – 23

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 10:30am  |  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: Tickets to See Christine Lavin at Outpost in the Burbs

BY ,  |  Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Outpost in the Burbs presents Christine Lavin on Friday, April 21 and Baristanet has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader!

This concert will take place at the First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Opening will be Honor Finnegan.

The inimitable singer-songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist Christine Lavin has been based in New York City since 1976. She emerged out of the crowded New York City songwriter scene of the ’80s with a style that distinguished her from her peers. Christine is currently working on her 23rd solo album, scheduled for release in the fall of 2017.

Her music is a mix of folk and stand-up comedy and cannot be easily categorized. She has recently added intermission tutorial activities — namely, teaching audience members how to fold cloth napkins in the Downton Abbey style. Continue Reading

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: April 13 – 16

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s a holiday weekend, but there are still some great local events to enjoy! From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to films and social events, here’s your guide to what’s happening:

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Paper Mill Playhouse Gives A Rockin’ Good Time with Million Dollar Quartet

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

December 4, 1956 was a day when a chance meeting became a legendary moment in rock and roll history. That day, fate brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, to the Sun Records studio in Memphis, TN.

Million Dollar Quartet, the musical, now playing at the Paper Mill Play House takes you back to that day, via a musical journey that includes “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.

Million Dollar Quartet at Paper Mill Playhouse; Photo by Mathew Murphy; center:
Alex Boniello (Elvis Presley); background from left to right: Nat Zegree (Jerry Lee Lewis), Jason
Loughlin (Sam Phillips), James Barry (Carl Perkins), David Sonneborn (Fluke), Bligh Voth
(Dyanne), Scott Moreau (Johnny Cash).

Sun owner Carl Phillips, who was overseeing a recording session for Perkins (played by James Barry who also serves as musical director), had invited his newly signed artist Jerry Lee Lewis to play keys at the session. What happens next was four major artists — a Million Dollar Quartet — performing in a legendary jam session.
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BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

You Are a Badass at Making Money

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jen Sincero comes the perfect sequel to her over-a-million-copy-sold phenomenon You Are a Badass — You Are a Badass at Making Money. Sincero will share her hilarious personal essays and advice on how to have financial success at a special book signing at Watchung Booksellers on April 19.

In You Are a Badass at Making Money, Sincero goes in-depth on how powerful thoughts shape our income potential and the ways in which our bank accounts are mirrors for our issues about money. She helps readers find clarity on their financial goals, debunks the fear, loathing and guilt people associate with money, and provides manageable tips for staying on the path to financial success, written with the same inimitable sass and blunt practicality that made You Are a Badass a bestseller.
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