Celebrate Shakespeare This Summer!

BY  |  Monday, Jun 06, 2016 9:30am

220px-Title_page_William_Shakespeare's_First_Folio_1623“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date” as the sonnet goes, so now’s the time to make plans to attend at least one of the dozens of local performances–many for free and en plein air–planned to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

At the top of my list is The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised), performed by the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Three actors take on the Bard’s entire canon: 37 plays in 97 minutes, in this outrageous spoof that appeals to all ages. “It’s a great way to get families hooked on Shakespeare. You’ll laugh until it almost hurts,” says Doug West, actor, instructor, and the theater’s associate director of education.

I’m betting he’s right. My family loved the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s recent hilarious performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, abbreviated to 65 minutes, and followed by a friendly, informative Q&A with the skillful young actors. For our 12-year-old daughter, it was the perfect introduction to the master poet and playwright, and I felt like we’d discovered a hidden jewel.

“Yes, Broadway is so close that we get overlooked,” says West. “But we have quality, professional performances, and coming here is easier and less expensive than getting into Manhattan.” He encourages everyone to pack a picnic and bring a blanket when you attend the play, performed in the lovely, grass-and-stone amphitheater–inspired by the Athenean Theatre of Dionysus–located in Convent Station, NJ. Tickets for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) are $35 for adults, and kids under age 18 can register to attend free of charge.

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For an experience even closer to home, register soon to see Richard II, the historical epic of power, politics, and plotting, in the auditorium of the Montclair Public Library. The free performance by the Hudson Shakespeare Company is scheduled for June 13th, at 7pm.

Of course, there are multiple performances and events for Bard-o-philes in NYC this summer, and many are also gratis:

Shakespeare Downtown will stage free, outdoor performances of Romeo and Juliet at the historic Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park from June 7th-25th.
Shakespeare in the Park, under the stars at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, runs May 24-September 6th, at no charge, and features The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, and Troilus and Cressida.
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, and Shakespeare in Bryant Park, both produced by The Drilling Company, offer outdoor plays that run from May 19th-September 18th. Attend free performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, and Measure for Measure.
• The exhibit First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, opens at the New York Historical Society on June 7th and runs through July 17th. This rare book contains the first published scripts of 36 of his most famous plays, including Hamlet, Macbeth, and As You Like It. The book, published in 1623, will also be on display at Drew University and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey from October 3-31st.
• Find more events nationwide here.

Portraiture Fans: Don’t Miss the Van Dyck Exhibit at the Frick in NYC

BY  |  Sunday, May 29, 2016 5:39pm

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Need a culture fix? Art lovers should consider planning a visit soon to the elegant Frick Collection in New York City to catch the Anthony van Dyck exhibit: “The Anatomy of Portraiture”, before it closes on June 5th. With over 100 sketches and paintings, it’s the most comprehensive exhibit ever on his activity as a portraitist, and the first major exhibit in the U.S. on the Flemish artist’s work in over 20 years. Continue Reading

Stylish Boutique POSH D To Close. All Designer Fashions On Sale.

BY  |  Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

DSC03442We’re still feeling the after-effects of the unusually long, bitter winter here in Montclair. Despite the support of a loyal clientele, the designer clothing store POSH D is expected to close soon.

Although the business did well during most of the year, fewer customers than usual ventured out during the exceptionally frigid winter to shop on Church Street, says shop owner Dee Lermi, causing sales to plummet along with the temperature. Snow removal and parking issues added to the problem.DSC03380

“I’m sad. I don’t want to go,” says the lovely Lermi. “I love Church Street…the people are so kind. I also love the concerts, the summer nights. This has been a wonderful experience for me. So, thank you to everyone.”

All clothing in the store is now on sale at less than half of the original price. You can find flattering, fashionable dresses, blouses, pants, and skirts in a variety of unique, gorgeous prints and solids…and most items cost under $30.

After POSH D closes, Lermi will open an online store with many of the same items, plus new designs, at: www.poshdmontclair.com
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POSH D
16 Church Street, Montclair
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Montclair-Based Hello Products Win Major Design Award, Are Featured In Parisian Temple Of Cool

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 3:11pm

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Craig Dubitsky, CEO and founder of Hello Products

How many Montclair-based companies are featured in Colette, the Parisian hip shop that sells everything from clothing and cosmetics to books and home décor? Just one: Hello Products.

Craig Dubitsky, the admittedly design-obsessed founder and CEO of the natural oral care product line, is pleased with his latest victory. “Colette is one of the coolest, if not THE coolest, stores in the world.”

Hello’s products–primarily toothpaste, mouthwash, and breath spray–are organically curved to fit naturally into the palm of your hand, feature minimal packaging, and come in unique flavors like Pink Grapefruit Mint, Sweet Cinnamint, Supermint, and Mojito Mint. (The refreshing lime-mint concoction is my favorite.) Continue Reading

Labyrinth Walk in Montclair Provides A Spiritual Boost During Lent

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (4)

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Walking the labyrinth at the First Congregational Church (FCC) is a layered, sensory experience. Softly glowing candles encircle the path, artfully stained onto the gleaming wooden floor, and located at the altar of the impressive, Neo-Gothic style building.

You hear nothing but the hushed tones of sacred chant music playing in the background, and the gentle squeaking of cool wooden planks beneath your feet as you follow a path inside the sacred circle, in meditative prayer.

The church recently held the first of several Lenten labyrinth walks, featuring the exhilarating, melismatic chant music of the 12th century Christian mystic, Hildegard von Bingen.

“For Christians, Lent is a season of deep reflection, contemplation and renewing our commitment to following Jesus,” says Reverend Ann Ralosky of the FCC. “The labyrinth is a wonderful, meditative ‘walking prayer’ tool that can be part of our Lenten spiritual practice.” Continue Reading

Montclair’s Jeree And Adam Wade At NYC’s Triad Theater With “On Kentucky Avenue”

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 6:17pm

kentucky ave logoIf you’d rather revel in the music and atmosphere of the former nightclub known as “The Black Copacabana,” than eat nachos and watch the Super Bowl on TV this Sunday–go see “On Kentucky Avenue: The Club Harlem Revue.”

Montclair’s own talented and charming Jeree and Adam Wade are bringing the new musical, which has been in development for the past two and a half years, to The Triad in New York City this weekend. The show was created by and features Jeree, was written and directed by Adam, and includes original music by them both.

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The plot is based on the couple’s collective experiences at The Club Harlem Revue, a hotspot for black performers in Atlantic City in the mid-to-late 20th century, where they both worked at different times. It tells the story of a nightclub owner’s relationships with showgirls, and struggles with mobsters as he tries to keep Club Harlem afloat. Continue Reading

Montclair's Jeree And Adam Wade At NYC's Triad Theater With "On Kentucky Avenue"

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 6:17pm

kentucky ave logoIf you’d rather revel in the music and atmosphere of the former nightclub known as “The Black Copacabana,” than eat nachos and watch the Super Bowl on TV this Sunday–go see “On Kentucky Avenue: The Club Harlem Revue.”

Montclair’s own talented and charming Jeree and Adam Wade are bringing the new musical, which has been in development for the past two and a half years, to The Triad in New York City this weekend. The show was created by and features Jeree, was written and directed by Adam, and includes original music by them both.

kentucky girls

The plot is based on the couple’s collective experiences at The Club Harlem Revue, a hotspot for black performers in Atlantic City in the mid-to-late 20th century, where they both worked at different times. It tells the story of a nightclub owner’s relationships with showgirls, and struggles with mobsters as he tries to keep Club Harlem afloat. Continue Reading

El Matador Mexican Deli & Restaurant: Authentic Poblano Cuisine (UPDATED)

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 3:40pm  |  COMMENTS (12)

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Francisca Gutierrez cooking homemade tortillas.



Update: El Matador is now located at 418 Broad Street in Bloomfield.

Francisca Gutierrez’s long held dream of running a kitchen turning out “platos tipicos” of her native Puebla, Mexico, has finally come true.

Her son, Mucio Lucero, recently opened El Matador Deli & Restaurant in Bloomfield, and Gutierrez is the experienced cocinera in charge.

The business is truly a family affair. Lucero’s sister and her husband also help out in the kitchen, and El Matador sells jars of his dad, Crescencio’s, “Mole El Costeño Sauce.” Continue Reading

El Matador Mexican Deli & Restaurant: Authentic Poblano Cuisine

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 3:40pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

matador mom

Francisca Gutierrez cooking homemade tortillas.

Francisca Gutierrez’s long held dream of running a kitchen turning out “platos tipicos” of her native Puebla, Mexico, has finally come true.

Her son, Mucio Lucero, recently opened El Matador Deli & Restaurant in Bloomfield, and Gutierrez is the experienced cocinera in charge.

The business is truly a family affair. Lucero’s sister and her husband also help out in the kitchen, and El Matador sells jars of his dad, Crescencio’s, “Mole El Costeño Sauce.” Continue Reading

Cheese To Please: Mac Attack Gourmet Cheesery Opens In Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Dec 23, 2013 4:14pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

mac attack sandwichesThe much anticipated Mac Attack Gourmet Cheesery finally opened last week in Montclair, and is serving inexpensive comfort food with a welcome twist.

You can order traditional menu items such as macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, cheese fries, and breakfast egg and cheese sandwiches either old-school, or created with imaginative ingredients such as white truffles and Atlantic lobster.

The atmosphere at the spacious Walnut Street establishment is laid-back and fun, with popular music playing loudly. We waited for our meal while a group of college kids ate, drank beer, and lounged on Kraft Macaroni & Cheese-colored couches, (an homage, perhaps?) a couple of families dined at tables, and several adults waited at the standup bar for their take-out. Continue Reading

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And we can get this project completed in time for Montclair's sesquicentennial when we can stick a fork into historic preservation as a public policy.

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