‘Story Theatre’ at Seth Boyden School This Weekend

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Story TheatreThe 5th grade musical this year at Seth Boyden School in Maplewood is Stop Theatre, a production of a little-known Broadway show from the early 1970s that originally included songs by Bob Dylan and George Harrison.However, they’re pretty progressive over at Seth Boyden, and this is updated version sporting a modern flair and featuring songs by Cristina Aguilera and Little Mix.

Story Theatre—by Paul Sills—was produced and played on Broadway for 243 performances (and 14 previews) from October 1970 through July 1971. The show is a conglomeration of Brothers Grimm fairy tales and Aesop’s fables including “The Bremen Town Musicians,” “The Fisherman and His Wife,” “Two Crows,” “The Golden Goose,” and “Henny Penny.”

Jazzberries founder and Seth Boyden parent Susan Leone is at the helm of this year’s show.

Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, May 31, 2013 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Family Concert SeriesThere’s so much to do with the family this first weekend in June! It’s going to be a hot one, so remember to stay cool by reading our tips here.

We’ve told you about MFF’s Summer Series Screening of Annie tonight,  the Funny Side Up book signing,  St. Catherine of Siena Carnival, and the Montclair African-American Heritage Parade and Festival—but here’s more!

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Here are your weekend highlights:

The last NJ Symphony Orchestra Family Concert Series of the season is this Saturday. Get tickets! (Saturday, June 1)

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Parenting Advice For End of the Year Shows

BY  |  Friday, May 31, 2013 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

There’s only one more month of school, which means that you will likely be attending Talent Shows, end of the year productions, graduations, etc… Parents’ proudest moment is seeing their child on stage and celebrating her/his accomplishments. But take this parenting advice from comedian and dad Louis C.K. Enjoy it through your eyes, not your smartphone and whatever you do—don’t post it on Facebook—because even your friends don’t really want to watch a video of your kid’s recital.

Watch the video for the full effect, but warning, keep the kiddies out of the room since it contains profanity.

Almost Summer Celebration in NYC with Music by Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell

BY  |  Friday, May 31, 2013 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell

Take the family to the Almost Summer Celebration, a free multicultural outdoor event in NYC featuring leading kindie musicians Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower and Dan Zanes on Sunday, June 9.  When the two join up, you’ve got a guaranteed great show.

In addition to the concert, there will be Native American story book readings, art and nature activities for families, lawn games and more. You can even pack a picnic and make it a great afternoon. And if you don’t, no worries—food and beverages will be available for purchase.

It all takes place in Wagner Park, adjacent to the Museum of Jewish Heritage, which is presenting this wonderful event , along with The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Battery Park City Authority and Parks Conservancy.

See you there!

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Bloomfield Youth Band Performs ‘Philip Sparke Returns’

BY  |  Friday, May 31, 2013 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Philip Sparke Returns

Philip Starke, one of the world’s most famous and prolific composers of music for concert bands, returns to Bloomfield to guest conduct the Bloomfield Youth Band in the band’s final performance of their 27th year on Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 pm at Bloomfield High School. Mr. Sparke, a resident of London, made his first trip to Bloomfield to conduct the band last June.

The Bloomfield Youth Band is led by Patrick Burns, who founded the ensemble in August 1986 and has directed the band for 27 years. The Youth Band has been recognized by the Township of Bloomfield, the New Jersey Legislature, and the United States Congress for its artistic excellence and years of dedicated service to the town and State.

Mr. Sparke will conduct two of his own compositions, highlighted by Masquerade, a 16-minute epic work. Also featured at the performance will be clarinet soloist Kieyara Shields, a Bloomfield High School junior, who will perform the theme from the movie Cinema Paradiso. Bloomfield High School Band Director, Mr. Brendan Hughes, will perform The Old Grumbly Bear, a delightfully humorous piece written for bass clarinet and band.

The band will also perform Patrick Burns’ Fantasy on “Salve Regina”, David Gillingham’s Crest of Honor March, Claude T. Smith’s Emperata Overture, and Eric Whitacre’sThe Seal Lullaby, featuring piano soloist Brian Rosson, a Rutherford High School junior.

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Q104.3’S Carol Miller to Visit School of Rock Montclair

BY  |  Friday, May 31, 2013 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

carol millerLongtime New York radio personality and author Carol Miller, who’s been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,  will visit School of Rock Montclair on Saturday, 6/1.

Carol will speak to students in the School’s Jimi Hendrix Performance Program.  These students have been rehearsing their repertoire since February, and will perform a two-hour tribute concert that features Hendrix’s biggest hits on June 22 at Mexicali Live in Teaneck and June 23 at Just Jake’s in Montclair.

“The School of Rock has a reputation as a top-notch music education program, and their students are really fortunate to attend,” says Carol. “I can’t wait to meet them.  Their Hendrix tributes are going to be two great shows!”

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Resource For Teens Dealing With Death

BY  |  Thursday, May 30, 2013 6:38pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Resource For Grieving TeensWe are deeply saddened by the news of a Montclair High School student killed today after he was struck by a NJ Transit train near Watchung Avenue. Superintendent of School, Dr. Penny MacCormack sent the following message to families:

I am saddened to confirm that this morning at approximately 11 am one of our Montclair High School students was struck and killed by a NJ Transit train near Watchung Avenue. The police and transit investigations are ongoing. Our hearts and thoughts are with the student’s family, friends, and teachers. Further updates will be forthcoming. Counseling will be available in the days ahead for those in the Montclair Public Schools touched by this tragedy.

We’re happy to know that counseling will be available. Dealing with the death of someone in our lives is hard for all of us. Teenagers often have a more difficult time dealing with death or feeling comfortable expressing their emotions. Even if they weren’t close to this classmate, it may affect them with feelings of confusion and sadness. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) explains:

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Montclair High School CIP Spotlight: Allie Duchin

BY  |  Thursday, May 30, 2013 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Photo courtesy of Allie Duchin

Since getting out of school on May 17 many Montclair High School seniors have been participating in the high school’s Career Internship Program otherwise knowing as “CIP” or “Senior Option.” During CIP the participating seniors are required to do an internship in their field of interest and report back to the school for weekly check ins and seminars. The program runs from May 20 to June 14.

MHS senior Allie Duchin chose to do her CIP at a highly rated public relations firm in New York City where she interns in their consumer division. Next year, Duchin will be attending Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She plans on majoring in business while also studying fashion during the summer at FIT or Parsons.  Over the summer Duchin plans on either working in retail or taking summer courses at FIT.

Duchin took the time to tell me a little bit about what she’s been doing in the city since her CIP began:


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Dads Rock!—Gumwall

BY  |  Thursday, May 30, 2013 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

gumwall1This is the first installment of a new series, “Dads Rock!,” talking to otherwise responsible and upstanding local fathers who have grown up without outgrowing their desire to rock.

When I got my drum set in junior high, it came complete with dreams of rock-stardom. But when I got together with some other Maplewood dads in the band Gumwall, that same kit went into action with very different reasons to rock.

Chris Kensler—who sings, plays guitar, and writes songs for Gumwall—found me through my neighbor and fellow homebrewer Nahum Kianovsky (on lead guitar and backup vocals), and along with bass player Clark Starr (who has since relocated out of state, but is more than ably replaced by Trevor Welch), we started playing together every Monday night in a rehearsal space in East Orange. By now, Gumwall has played a handful of local gigs, recorded some demos, and is getting ready for a South Orange Rent Party debut on Friday, May 31, 8pm.

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Convos With My 2 Year Old: Episode 2 Bedtime Battles

BY  |  Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Another great episode of Convos With My 2 Year Old, this time about bedtime battles. The tickle scene is priceless.

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