Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: September 21 – 24

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 9:00am  |  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:
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Ying Fang To Perform With Montclair Orchestra

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Orchestra will present soprano Ying Fang as featured soloist for its inaugural concert on October 22nd. Ms. Fang will sing the solo vocal role in the finale of Mahler’s 4th symphony on the program.

Ms. Fang is a rising star in the opera world, having performed with th Metropolitan Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Ravinia Festival in Italy, and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France. She most recently performed the soprano solo in Mahler’s 4th symphony this summer with the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Fang will be joining the Montclair Orchestra between performances at the MET Opera in New York, and National Opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

“Ying Fang is an incredibly talented singer, and brings a caliber of performance to Montclair that will set high standards for our organization from the very start” says Montclair Orchestra President Andre Weker. “Combined with the level of talent presented by our professional orchestra members, student fellows, and avocational musicians, the organization is poised to provide an incredible level of artistry in the inaugural concert, as well as throughout the season.” Continue Reading

Merchant of Venice Comes to Montclair State’s Peak Performances

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017 9:06am  |  COMMENTS (0)


With five different actors playing the infamous character of Shylock, director Karin Coonrod is excited to bring her Compagnia de Colombari in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice to Peak Performances at Montclair State University’s Alexander Kasser Theatre, opening today (Tuesday, Sept. 19) through Sunday, Oct. 1.

Coonrod brings The Merchant of Venice to Montclair after her company performed it in Venice, Italy last year on the stones of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the ghetto’s founding in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

“Now we’re coming into a theatre with all of what we did in the ghetto, but we did not build a set, so our set in the Peak Performances is very very simple,” Coonrod said. “So we’ve really opened up the theatre to show just certain things… for instance we don’t have projections of the ghetto or things like that, so it’s very anti-romantic. I think the play is anti-romantic and so our production is anti-romantic, there’s no piece of romance in it.”

Coonrod describes The Merchant of Venice as a play with an incendiary reputation in which everybody has a dark heart while showing the mendacity of the mainstream culture.

“So the play has a lot of different themes in it and wants to be about love and that sort of thing and in fact it kind of gets derailed from that because everybody has so much self-interest and greed in a way,” Coonrod said.

Coonrod’s interpretation of the play is unique in her decision to have five different actors of different races, nationalities and genders to play Shylock, the Jewish moneylender and the play’s main antagonist.

“I have chosen to have that role played by five actors and they’re five very different actors who each play one of the five scenes and they come together at two moments in the play,” Coonrod said. “One is the sort of pivotal point that unhinges the play in a way and the other is a surprise towards the end.

“First of all the variety gives us a community of Shylock, we see an older black woman, we see an older man from Urugay, we see a Jewish middle-aged man, we see a middle-aged man from India, we see a man from Trinidad,” she said. “The five Shylock’s, the first one is a businessman, the second one is a father, the third one is the mother – a single parent, the fourth one is the widower and the fifth one is the killer, that’s how I’ve divided them up so that you can see all these different aspects of the character.”

The five different Shylock’s in the play can be identified with a gold sash that will be around the actor’s core.

“It is really a joy to see it not interpreted by one person,” Coonrod said. “We need to shake things up and we’re entering into this play in a way that is surprising and will have the most pay off, I think.”

The play will run two hours with no intermission and is free to all Montclair State undergraduates and $20 for all others.
Click here for more information on The Merchant of Venice at Montclair State University’s Peak Performances.

Giveaway: YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman at NJPAC

BY  |  Friday, Sep 15, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Accept no substitutes! Don’t miss the reunion of YES bandmates Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman at NJPAC!

This legendary progressive rock unit brings an evening of greatest hits and more. For over four decades now, the iconic albums of YES have sold well over 13 million copies in the U.S. alone. Regarded as masterpieces of progressive rock, those albums also spawned a series of durable, chart-topping hits: “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Roundabout,” “Leave It,” “Love Will Find a Way,” “Starship Trooper,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Rhythm of Love,” and a whole lot more.

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Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: September 14 – 17

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 9:00am  |  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:

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Giveaway! Outpost in The Burbs Presents Anthony D’Amato and Lily Vakili

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Outpost in the Burbs will “kick off” its 30th Anniversary season with “New Voices” artist, Anthony D’Amato, on Saturday, September 16th. This concert will take place at the First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Avenue at 8 p.m. Tickets for this show are $20 in advance ($25 door). Montclair’s own Lily Vakili will open the show.

Outpost volunteers will be collecting items to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey, working in conjunction with Toni’s Kitchen and other local organizations, at this show. Please donate ONLY shelf-stable food items, diapers, toiletries, and cleaning supplies. They will be transported to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and sent to the Houston Food Bank. Continue Reading

Montclair Film Presents “SAD! A Happy Evening With Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee”

BY  |  Monday, Sep 11, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Film today announced that Stephen Colbert, host of CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” will host an evening with Samantha Bee, host of TBS’s “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” on stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in downtown Newark, NJ on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM. The evening, titled “SAD! A Happy Evening With Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee,” will feature the pair in an hilarious, on-stage exchange on everything from their comic influences to politics, entertainment, and beyond.

Tickets begin at $89.50 and will go on sale Tuesday, September 12 at 10:00 AM to Montclair Film members. American Express members will receive pre-sale access on Wednesday, September 13 at 10:00 AM, with public ticket sales beginning on Friday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. Public tickets will be available by telephone at 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722), at the NJPAC Box Office at One Center Street in downtown Newark, and online at www.njpac.org and ticketmaster.com. You can follow the evening’s proceedings on social media platforms with the hashtag #SadHappy17

Additionally, Montclair Film has partnered with Charitybuzz to offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience, including a luxury box at the event for four guests, an invitation to a pre-show cocktail party, VIP tickets to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, a post-show meet-and-greet with photos, and the opportunity to join Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee on stage at the event for a fun, live Trivia Quiz. Visit CharityBuzz.com for full details. Continue Reading

Lunatic Fringe Launches 21th Season On September 16 in Bloomfield

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Lunatic Fringe, New Jersey’s longest performing professional improv comedy troupe, launches its 21st season on September 16 at Mint’s Place in Bloomfield. The secret to the longevity is simple: fast, witty and insightful humor as the comedians draw on music and audience suggestions to create a show that’s different every time, but always funny. Continue Reading

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: September 7 – 10

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 07, 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:
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Seed Artists’ Presentation of Cyro Baptista & Banquet of the Spirits at the MPL, 9/8

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 06, 2017 11:18am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Brazilian-born Montclair resident and two-time Grammy winner Cyro Baptista is a percussion WIZARD. Innovator, tinkerer, virtuoso, master showman, a singular voice in contemporary music across more genres than you knew existed. Baptista has collaborated with everyone from Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, David Byrne and Sting to Cassandra Wilson, Wynton Marsalis, Caetano Veloso, Brian Eno and John Zorn. His group Banquet of the Spirits is an Afro-Brazilian improvisational jazz-futurist juggernaut. Or thereabouts.

What: Cyro Baptista & Banquet of the Spirits
When: Friday, September 8, 6:30-8pm
Where: Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton, Montclair
Cost: FREE

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