Trevor Noah & Other Authors To Speak At Inaugural Montclair Literary Festival – March 31/April 1

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Literary Festival

Locals already know that Montclair is full of writers and those who love books. We have tons of journalists, authors, and the best independent bookstore around. An upcoming event will showcase our literary love. Dozens of award-winning and emerging authors will talk about writing, read from new works, and sign books on March 31 and April 1 at the first annual Montclair Literary Festival.

The two-day festival, which aims to showcase the town’s vibrant literary life, is organized by — and will also benefit — Succeed2gether, a Montclair-based nonprofit that tutors and teaches low-income students with the aim of closing the achievement gap. Funds raised will also help pay for the literary festival. Partners include Montclair Public Library, Montclair State University, Montclair Art Museum and Watchung Booksellers.

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Get Cooking! Learn About Olive Oil, or How to Make Sushi, Doughnuts or a Tuscan Dinner Party

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Looking for a few culinary nights out? These upcoming local adult cooking classes offer skills, food, and fun:

adult cooking classes

Montclair Culinary Academy will offer a few fun classes for adults this weekend. Learn how to make sushi and dumplings on Friday, February 24 at Designer Appliances (208 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair) and a delicious Sunday Brunch on February 26 at R.HOME Design Showroom (17 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston)

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Seen Around Town: “Hate Has No Home Here” Signs

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 9:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Hate Has No Home Here

A campaign to spread love and peace has made its way from the diverse North Park Neighborhood in Chicago to all over the country, including Montclair. The Hate Has No Home Here signs and posters were created as a non-partisan public declaration that hate speech and hateful actions against others will not be tolerated by the person or organization displaying the sign.

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Masterpiece and Merlot: Harlem Renaissance Edition at the Newark Museum

BY  |  Monday, Feb 20, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Masterpiece and Merlot: Harlem Renaissance Edition

There are many “Paint and Sip” events these days, but this one is really unique and fabulous! Newark Museum will host a Masterpiece and Merlot: Harlem Renaissance-themed Paint and Sip on Friday, February 24.

The evening will focus on the Harlem Renaissance and the big band movement that followed, so they encourage all you Dolls and Cool Cats to put on your best flapper-style dress, fedora or zoot suit and Lindy Hop your way to the Newark Museum. Partake in an art studio painting session paired with a private tour of authentic works from the era in the museum’s Harlem Renaissance installation. Continue Reading

Giveaway: Tickets to See Robert Ellis at Outpost in the Burbs

BY  |  Monday, Feb 20, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Robert Ellis

Outpost in the Burbs will presents Texas-born singer-songwriter Robert Ellis in a “New Voices” show — which presents emerging or “indie” musicians to the Outpost stage — on Saturday, February 25 and Baristanet has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader! Opening the show will be Courtney Hartman.

Robert Ellis has named his new album after himself and the reason is clear. The album is both his most personal statement yet and a summation of his career thus far. Robert Ellis opens with “Perfect Strangers,” a meditation on what brings people together (and how tenuous that connection can be), and ends with “It’s Not OK,” a raw look at emotional compromise. Between those two powerful bookends are nine other songs that set Ellis’s soaring vocals and knowing melodies against his sharp, dark observations, and that show him in full command of a vibrant set of songwriting skills-irony, distance, character, narrative, a thoughtful relationship between sound and sense.

With just six songs, it’s astonishing how Courtney Hartman’s debut solo recording tells such a vivid story. ‘Nothing We Say’ is flush with intimate ruminations on her life as a traveling musician and a deep curiosity about the world around her. The luminous EP, delivers on the promise always apparent in her work as a guitarist and songwriter for Della Mae, the Grammy-nominated string band, along with her collaborations with Bryan Sutton, Jim Lauderdale, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell, among others.

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Baristanet Profile: Eloiza Jorge

BY  |  Friday, Feb 17, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Eloiza Jorge

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Eloiza Jorge

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? 6th grade

Where did you grow up? Newark and Montclair (I went to Glenfield!)

How do you make a living? I’m a counselor and life coach.

Coffee, tea or … ? Both! My grandmother is British so tea is a tradition on that side of the family. Puerto Rican coffee is a daily ritual too.

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? A dance class (locally or in Harlem). Visiting and playing with friends. A home cooked meal with my kiddos.

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Don Miller “The King Mural” Dedication at Montclair Public Library

BY  |  Friday, Feb 17, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Don Miller

On February 1, Montclair Public Library hosted a short screening and presentation on Montclair Artist Don Miller and his “The King Mural.” The mural, painted in his studio in Montclair, was installed at the National Library In Washington, D.C. On August 27, 1985, many of Dr. King’s closest associates and historic civil rights figures came to visit Miller to participate in an extraordinary taping for Montclair resident and TV personality Gil Noble’s ABC TV show, “Like It Is” with a special episode, “The Making of the King Mural,” using the mural as a backdrop.

Several of the historic figures portrayed in the artwork came to Montclair for the mural: Rosa Parks, the heroine of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, as did Dr. Caroline Goodman, the mother of the slain CORE worker Andrew Goodman, Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy, Mrs. Dorothy Cotton from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Atlanta’s Mayor Andrew Young, Rev C.T. Vivian and Rev Wyatt Tee Walker. The great American pianist Don Shirley’s elegant music often served as an inspiration for the artist for the creation of this monumental tribute to Dr. King.

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Montclair Woman Creates Aisle 3 To Make Your Weekday Meals Easier

BY  |  Friday, Feb 17, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Aisle 3

Montclair resident Nancy Stone is trying to make your life easier. She has created Aisle 3, a meal solution program to make getting weekday dinners on the table easier.

Aisle 3 provides four meals per week that are budget- and family-friendly and can be made in under 40 minutes for less than $20 — all based on what’s on sale at your local grocery store. Stone researches weekly sales, creates the meals, makes the recipes in her kitchen and photographs them with with a slideshow of the steps needed to make each meal.

“I came up with the idea for Aisle 3 last year when my two oldest sons were in college apartments and no longer on meal plans.  I would look up online what was on sale at the grocery stores near their schools and send them recipes they could make that were quick and inexpensive,” says Stone. With Aisle 3, she’s aiming to help a larger community.

Stone’s vision is to provide a fun and easy home-cooked meal solution for families that supports neighborhood grocery stores and the people who work there and help out the community.  Each week she delivers two meals that she made for the website to a food insecure family in Montclair.

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Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: February 16 – 19

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lots of great local events to enjoy this weekend! From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to film and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening this weekend:
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Second Annual SOMA Film Festival at SOPAC: More Films, More Days

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

SOMA Film Festival

The 2nd annual SOMA Film Festival returns to the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) from March 9 – 12.

After the success of its inaugural launch in 2016, SOMA Film Festival has added an additional evening of films and an opening night party on March 9, which will combine local film fans with filmmakers who will be in attendance. The event promises to be rich with movie magic from filmmaker Q & A’s, along with a presentation of the inaugural “SOMA Film Festival Short Script” competition. A prize of $1,000 to help fund a short film, along with a debut at the next SOMA Film Festival will be awarded to a talented writer whose work made an impact on the panel of judges.

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The developer of the Seymour St project will install a big crosswalk between Fullerton & Willow. Unfortunately, the Township wants it in the wrong place.

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