Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: April 6- 9

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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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The 2017 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival is Blooming!

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 04, 2017 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival

The annual Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival truly signifies the start of spring in our area. Now in its 41st year, the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival has grown into a community and cultural showcase that celebrates the natural beauty of the nearly 5,000 pink cherry blossoms.

“The natural beauty of the cherry blossoms has been attracting visitors to the park since they were first planted there in the late 1920s. The festival has helped unify the community, highlighted the benefits of Branch Brook Park and the local neighborhood, and enabled the public to enjoy the blooming trees in a variety of ways,” Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. said. “We invite the public to come out and enjoy our display of 5,000 trees, which is larger than the national display in Washington, DC, and the most diverse collection in the world,” he added.

Take a look at the Cherry Blossom Cam for a live update on peak blooming

This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival begins on Saturday, April 8 and includes the following events:

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What to Do in April

BY  |  Friday, Mar 31, 2017 3:55pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Mark your calendars! Here’s a roundup of what’s happening in the Montclair area in April:

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Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: March 30 – April 2

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

Montclair Literary Festival

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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Don Quixote, Theater, String Festival, and More This Month at Peak Performances

BY  |  Monday, Mar 20, 2017 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Peak Performances, the arts and music program at Montclair State University if offering an incredible line-up of the arts this month.

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First up from the Department of Theatre and Dance is Michigan Murders running from March 23 – 26. From 1966 to 1969, at the dawn of second-wave feminism, several young college women were murdered in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor Michigan area by a fellow student. Theater artists Meghan Finn and Julia May Jonas create a multidisciplinary play with music based on real events surrounding the crime. Michigan Murders celebrates the exuberant chaos and quickly won freedom of the 60’s, pits that against the real and palpable terror of victimization facing women at that time, and reflects on the state of feminism today.

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Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: March 16 – 19

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


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

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Montclair Center’s Women’s Empowerment Week: Workshops, Forum, Ladies Night Out, and More!

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Women’s Empowerment Week

This year’s Women’s Empowerment Week, presented by Schumacher Insurance and organized by the Montclair Center BID, has grown to include a Forum at The Wellmont, a schedule of talks by experts, and a Ladies Night Out to close the week. Throughout April 1 – 9, locations throughout Montclair Center will be collecting funds, clothing and personal hygiene products for the county’s rape care center, SAVE of Essex, a program of Family Service League.

“We have assembled some of the leading experts on empowerment, entrepreneurship, health and personal fulfillment to speak throughout Montclair Center,” said Israel Cronk, Executive Director of the Montclair Center BID. “It really speaks to our community that so many accomplished people want to volunteer their time to sharing their stories and helping others.”

Here is the 2017 Women’s Empowerment Week schedule of events:

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Montclair Public Library Joins the Essex County Big Read

BY  |  Monday, Mar 13, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Essex County Big Read

Montclair Public Library will join 15 other Essex County libraries in the their first countywide reading program this April. The Essex County Big Read aims to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

The Essex County Big Read will focus on Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones, a professor at Rutgers University-Newark. Jones will visit MPL on April 19 to discuss her novel as part of the library’s With the Author series in partnership with Watchung Booksellers.

Big Read events for adults happening at MPL include:

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MHS Dance Company Presents “Where to Begin” 2017 Spring Concert

BY  |  Monday, Mar 13, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Professional choreographers have collaborated with 48 talented MHS dancers to create electric, memorable performances ranging in style from ballet, modern and contemporary to jazz and hip-hop for the Spring 2017 concert “Where to Begin.”

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West African Drum Performance at George Segal Gallery

BY  |  Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

West African Drum Performance

The George Segal Gallery, in collaboration with The Montclair State University West African Drumming, Singing and Dancing Ensemble, directed by Robert Levin, will present a  West African Drum Performance featuring music of the Ewe, Ga and Dagomba people on Friday, March 17.

Enjoy traditional music from West Africa, culminating with a processional piece leading to the George Segal Gallery, where you can view the  African Figures and Masks exhibition from the Montclair State University Permanent Collection in its final days before closing on March 26.

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These houses look like McMansions that were in the dryer too long and now have shrunk to 3/4 size. The flaccid one at the top of the thread looks like the elastic is all stretched out, too.

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