Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: February 23 – 26

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 10:00am


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

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The 2nd Annual Baristanet Cookie Recipe Exchange

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016 10:30am

Lemon Star Cookies

Last year we started the Baristanet Cookie Recipe Exchange, where we shared delicious cookie recipes from local residents to share some holiday sweetness. We continue the tradition this year with some delicious recipes!

Going to a Cookie Exchange party? Hosting a holiday get together? Dazzle your guests with these delicious Cookie Exchange Recipes shared from the recipe books of the fine folks of Baristaville:

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Montclair Resident Writes About Vandalism After the Vote For Trump

BY  |  Friday, Nov 11, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (75)

Yesterday, two days after America elected Trump as our 45th president, Montclair resident Cathy Renna wrote an op-ed at The Huffington Post titled “A Vote for Trump Was A Hate Crime,” in which she says her LGBT for Hillary bumper sticker was vandalized in the parking lot of a Montclair supermarket. Renna is a LGBT activist and is the Principal of Target Cue, a public interest PR/communications firm focusing on LGBT and HIV related issues.

Renna writes:

We live in Montclair, NJ, one of the most diverse and progressive places in the state. For the first time in a long time I no longer feel safe. I used to brush off the occasional epithet and frequent misgendering, and have not had to deal with anything overt for some time. I fear that may change, not just at home but as I travel. With a daughter living in Texas and someone who travels for work, this feels very very real.

Since the election Anti-Trump protests have been going on across the nation.

On social media, citizens have been sharing racist, sexist, xenophobic, and misogynist attacks happening to them since Trump won the election. Day 1 of Trump America shows hate vandalism, reports by a principal of schools where children are chanting “Build the wall,” an incident of two people who drove through Wellesley College in a pickup Wednesday while waving a Trump flag, and uttered words and engaged in actions that were “racially offensive and gender demeaning.”

President-elect Trump tweeted last night at 6:19 pm the following:

At 9:19 pm, after many criticized him for threatening our constitutional right to protest, President-elect Trump tweeted:

Not everyone is protesting Trump’s win. One of the largest Ku Klux Klan groups in the country has announced a parade to celebrate President-elect Donald Trump’s win. The Loyal White Knights of Pelham, N.C., says on its website that its parade will take place on Dec. 3, reports The LA Times.




Put on Your Costume and Go Sing at East Side Mag’s Cosplay Karaoke Night

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 2:30pm

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Ever want to see Batman sing David Bowie? Now’s your chance!

East Side Mags, along with Cape Swoosh Productions, is hosting Cosplay Karaoke night.  down to your friendly neighborhood comic book shop in costume as your favorite character and have some fun singing classics with your fellow geeks.

Jeff Beck, East Side Mags owner, tells Baristanet he is very excited about this first time event. “We’re looking for people to come out in their best cosplay and hang out, enjoy some refreshments and sing some karaoke. We’ll have some prizes available including, but not limited to, a $50 gift card to ESM, posters, artwork and more!”

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Creating a Mosquito-Free Backyard

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 14, 2016 12:30pm


Protecting against mosquito bites is more important than ever this summer, especially for women who are or may become pregnant, due to Zika virus.

Insect repellent on your clothing and exposed skin is important, but so is keeping your yard as mosquito-free as possible.

The single most important thing you can do to reduce mosquitoes around your property is to eliminate standing water. Mosquitoes will develop in any puddle that lasts more than 4 days. Areas to keep dry are bird baths, clogged gutters, flowerpots, baby pools, outdoor toys, watering cans, and anything that collects water. Do a thorough inspection around your property to check for sources of standing water to eliminate breeding mosquitoes.

Consumer Reports offers great tips to keep mosquitoes (and ticks) away here, including non-traditional methods such as using LED or yellow lightbulbs and plugging in a fan when on your deck.

If, despite this prevention methods, mosquitoes are feasting on you and your family, you may want to call in the professionals. Here are 4 local companies that offer services to help:

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Love Actually Screening & Conversation With Colbert" href="https://baristanet.com/2016/03/the-montclair-film-festival-to-honor-richard-curtis-with-love-actually-screening-and-conversation-with-colbert/" rel="bookmark">Montclair Film Festival To Honor Richard Curtis With Love Actually Screening & Conversation With Colbert

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 10, 2016 12:00pm

Richard Curtis

Montclair Film Festival (MFF) has just announced that it will honor writer, director, and producer Richard Curtis with the festival’s inaugural filmmaker Tribute on Saturday, April 30, 2016 during this year’s festival. The daylong celebration will feature a screening of Curtis’ film Love Actually, followed by a live director’s commentary with stories, secrets, and surprises about the making of this beloved film, and a wide-ranging conversation moderated by Stephen Colbert.

“I’m so delighted to be part of the Festival,” said Curtis, “and excited to have a chance to be on stage with Stephen Colbert – and looking forward to undermining Love Actually with my scurrilous memories and revelations about the low quality of the film-making, and quite how many members of my own family are in it, including my mother-in-law.”

MFF Executive Director Tom Hall says the Montclair Film Festival is thrilled to honor Richard Curtis at this year’s festival. “Mr. Curtis’ wonderfully romantic, comic films showcase a deep empathy that is only exceeded by his personal warmth and generosity.”

I wholeheartedly agree.
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Baristanet Profile: Kwame Williams

BY  |  Friday, Jan 08, 2016 11:00am

Kwame Williams

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

Name: Kwame Williams

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? Just under two years ago.

Where did you grow up? South Orange, NJ.

How do you make a living? I’m a executive chef and co-owner of Vital Dining in Montclair.
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Baristanet Profile: Eva Brandstötter-Reilly

BY  |  Friday, Dec 04, 2015 3:00pm

Eva Brandstötter-ReillyThe latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Eva Brandstötter-Reilly

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? 12 years ago

Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in the land of music: Salzburg, Austria. I studied in Vienna then moved to New York.

How do you make a living? A few years ago my sister, who lives in Vienna, Austria and I partnered up and started our design and branding studio Brandsisters. As the name implies, we focus on branding for our clients in the US as well as Germany and Austria. We also specialize in graphic design, do websites, packaging, books and marketing material by collaborating with great people in either country. Our work has a european sentiment and is deeply rooted in our love for typography and color. In addition I teach Graphic Design at Montclair State University.

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Early Election Results: Democrats Win Largest NJ Assembly Majority in 36 Years

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 04, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Election Day

Yesterday was  General Election Day. Did you vote? I did and I took my daughter with me to teach her that all elections are important. I was in the minority though. Essex County voter turnout was only 11.26%, according to the  Clerk’s office.

Democrats tightened their control of the state Assembly in Tuesday’s November 3rd elections, taking three seats away from a Republican party, reports NJ.com. Democrats will now control at least 51 of the 80 seats in the lower house of the state Legislature as of January — their biggest majority since 1979.

Here are local early Essex County results:

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Giveaway: Tickets to See Ina Garten: The Barefoot Contessa at NJPAC

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (23)

Ina Garten

WINNER: Congratulations to gg125!

Food Network star Ina Garten, aka The Barefoot Contessa, will shares her natural approach to food through tips, stories and maybe even some recipes, at NJPAC on October 7 and Baristanet has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader!

The celebrated specialty food store maven and author was once a nuclear budget analyst in President Jimmy Carter’s White House. The founder and former owner of the Barefoot Contessa store in the Hamptons, she wrote her first book, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, in 1999. She has since gone on to write seven phenomenally successful cookbooks. Garten’s Emmy-winning cooking show, Barefoot Contessa, is one of the highest rated programs on Food Network.
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