Giveaway! Tango Buenos Aires: The Spirit of Argentina at NJPAC

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 12:35pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an evening with Tango Buenos Aires: The Spirit of Argentina. Direct from Buenos Aires, this sensual, soulful performance brings together an expert company of musicians, vocalists and dancers in a passionate celebration of the Argentinian tango and the most prominent figure in its history, French-Argentine singer, songwriter and composer Carlos Gardel.

An undisputed hero of Latin American music and dance, Gardel composed and recorded literally hundreds of classic tangos, many written with his lyricist and longtime collaborator, Alfredo Le Pera. Many of those seductive compositions find their way into this spectacular performance, which is also set to music by the legendary Astor Piazzolla and other heroes of the tango.

Sometimes playful, sometimes dramatic, and always sensuous, the fast and furious dancers of Tango Buenos Aires have become known internationally as one of Argentina’s greatest cultural exports, and their “swirling, fast-paced tapestry of movement” (The Washington Post) is regarded as one of the world’s most authentic representations of the traditional art of the tango. See Tango Buenos Aires: The Spirit of Argentina Thursday, October 26, 2017 7:30 PM at Prudential Hall. Get your tickets now at or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)

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BOO! Montclair Film October Cinema505 Lineup Includes Horror Classics

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 24, 2017 2:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Film has a spooky lineup in store for filmgoers this October for its Cinema505 screening space located in the Investors Bank Film & Media Center at 505 Bloomfield in Montclair. Continuing its Montclair Film + Classics series, October features SLASHERS!, a retrospective program of the horror genre’s touchstone films, all presented on the big screen, including the 4K restoration of Tobe Hooper’s THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, the restored version of John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN, and more. October also sees the continuation of The Mastery of Miyazaki series, which features the Japanese animation legend’s all ages classic PONYO, presented in English for the enjoyment of younger children.

October will also see runs of the critically acclaimed new documentary releases THE FORCE, directed by Peter Nicks, EX LIBRIS: NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, a masterful portrait of the New York Public Library directed by documentary film legend Frederick Wiseman, Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen’s Montclair Film Festival hit SPETTACOLO returns, THE PARIS OPERA, a wonderful documentary about the legendary Parisian theater directed by Jean-Stéphane Bron, and REVOLUTION ’67 directed by Jerome + Marylou Bongiorno features in Filmmakers Local 505 program, a look at the 1967 Revolution in Newark, NJ.

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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.

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 and 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 for full details. Continue Reading

Lunatic Fringe Launches 21th Season On September 16 in Bloomfield

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 10, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

Fourth Annual Dance on the Lawn Outdoor Dance Festival, Saturday, Sept. 9

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 03, 2017 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The fourth annual Dance on the Lawn Dance Festival, a free, public outdoor event, featuring NJ Dance companies Randy James’ 10 Hairy Legs, Donna Scro’s Freespace Dance, Maurice Chestnut’s Dance Therapy and *DOTL’s 2015 “Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer” Robert Mark Burke, returns on Saturday, September 9, 3-5pm, on the front lawn of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton Ave., in Montclair.

New York companies include special choreography by Troy Powell (Artistic Director – Ailey II); Stephen Petronio Company and Project 44 Dance. In addition, Lauren Connolly – winner of DOTL’s 2017 “Emerging Commissioned NewJersey Choreographer,” will present a new work created specifically for Dance on the Lawn.

Dance on the Lawn was established by Montclair resident Charmaine Warren in 2014 to increase New Jersey’s exposure to dance by bringing professional and emerging companies, plus students of dance from around the state, together to perform in a community setting. In addition to offering presentation opportunities, Dance on the Lawn created an Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer and mentor program to help support young, emerging artists.

Charmaine Warren is winner of the Dance NJ’s JETÉ AWARD, in honor of founding the Dance on the Lawn Festival. Dance NJ is the service organization committed to advocating the excellence of dance and dance education in the state.

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Opera Theatre of Montclair (OTM) To Present Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) 9/15-22

Monday, Aug 28, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Opera Theatre of Montclair (OTM) will present its fourth mainstage production, Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) on Fridays, September 15 and 22, 8 PM, and Saturdays, September 16 and 23, 4 PM, at The United Way Theatre, 60 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair. La Cenerentola is Rossini’s comedic take on the classic Cinderella story. Additionally, in this version, stage director Nicholas Tamagna will reset the action to a 1920s movie set. Expect tap dancing, rubber chickens, slapstick and Charlie Chaplinesque antics in addition to virtuoso singing in this fully staged and costumed production. The Opera Orchestra of Montclair will be conducted by Fernando Palomeque. The set design is by Joyce Korotkin with costumes by David Gillam.

The opera will be sung in the original Italian with English supertitles. This is the perfect introduction to opera for all ages. The nonprofit Opera Theatre of Montclair is committed to making opera accessible by keeping ticket prices low, to giving opportunities to local professional opera singers and to supplementing music education programs through outreach. One reviewer called OTM’s performances “Opera in your face!” due to the close proximity of its trained operatic voices to the audience. Continue Reading

Giveaway! Craig Ferguson: The New Deal Tour at Wellmont Theater

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017 10:30am

He promises to be extra naughty, so you won’t want to miss Craig Ferguson: The New Deal Tour this Friday, July 21 at the Wellmont Theater!

Best known for being the host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, the Scottish-born Ferguson, a Peabody Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominee, is a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist.

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Celebrate Bastille Day With FIAF at Van Vleck House & Gardens!

BY  |  Friday, Jul 07, 2017 3:00pm

FIAF’s popular Bastille Day Celebration in Montclair, as part of New Jersey’s Le French Week festival, returns to the scenic Van Vleck House & Gardens on Friday, July 14. Uniting French speakers, Francophiles and bon vivants of all stripes, this year’s festive soirée kicks off with a special VIP Hour with Champagne & Macarons, and features a Silent Art Auction to benefit FIAF Montclair’s Scholarship Fund for Children.

This festive evening coincides with France’s national holiday, honoring the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 and the birth of the modern French nation. FIAF’s summer celebration will bring the spirit of la fête nationale to Montclair with an entertaining night of delicious French cuisine, wine and music.

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Giveaway: Family 4-Pack to See Opus Cactus From MOMIX at the Joyce Theater

BY  |  Monday, Jul 03, 2017 2:00pm

MOMIX is back at Chelsea’s The Joyce Theater through July 16th, 2017 to showcase Opus Cactus, a collection of spectacular desert-inspired performances that defy simple categorization. At once playful, haunting, sexy, and vibrant, MOMIX uses lighting, costumes, acrobatics, and a variety of clever props to create an otherworldly journey for the audience throughout the two acts. Whether you’re looking for a date night or want to introduce the entire family to modern dance, seeing this revival of Opus Cactus from MOMIX at The Joyce Theater will entertain and amaze. Continue Reading

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