This bilingual play highlights the universal elements of Latin American folklore and opens doors to a wide range of world cultures. Musicians and storytellers are your guides on this journey through time, place, and imagination. Even audience members become part of the fiesta in this unique interactive experience.
Craig Finn and Tad Kubler, founding members of the acclaimed rock band The Hold Steady, will take part in an open house event at School of Rock Montclair on Sunday, March 2.
Noted for their lyrically dense storytelling and loud, righteous guitars, The Hold Steady debuted on the Brooklyn music scene in 2000. They were featured on the cover of the Village Voice in 2005 (the first band to do so in 15 years) and were voted Blender’s “Band of the Year” in 2006. Their songs and albums have been selected as being among the year’s best in 2005, 2006, and 2008 – and were included in the Top Tracks of the 2000s – by America’s top music critics, including the influential music site Pitchfork.
In a film titled Generation Like, last night’s Frontline took a look at social media and asked the question “Are You What You “Like”?
Social media and what it means for young people was the focus and shows how self-esteem is now tied into the approval of peers on Instagram, Facebook and other social media sites, where kids compete to see how many “likes” a new photo or post can achieve. Also explored is the relationship of teens to the marketers behind social media.
Eight Montclair teens were featured and filmed at one of the girl’s homes in town.
The results are not exactly “Like” worthy.
Douglas Rushkoff, Generation Like correspondent explains:
The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center will be host another series of sports art drawing classes conducted by award-winning pencil artist Jerry Winick beginning on February 16.
The classes are designed for kids ages 7-12, and will be held on four consecutive Sundays, beginning on the 16. Winick, who has won more than 300 awards for his drawings, has been teaching children’s art for more than 20 years. His drawings are on display in several metropolitan area museums, including the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, and he is also the owner of Pencilworks Studio in Little Falls, NJ.
The 10 week program combines training for a 5K running race with education and interactive discussions about critical issues that will affect pre-teen girls as they reach adolescence. Trained volunteer coaches teach life lessons to girls through fun and clever running games and workouts. The goal is that girls completing the program are physically, mentally, and emotionally stronger and better prepared to overcome the challenges and pressures of adolescence and beyond.
GOTR programs are offered in the following local towns: Montclair, Maplewood, Millburn and West Orange.
Kidz Shortz is an educational initiative by the Montclair Film Festival, in partnership with Barista Kids and Montclair Art Museum, aimed at showcasing and inspiring the talent of Northern New Jersey students in grades 4 through 12. The competition runs from October through February and the theme of this year’s competition was “The Future…The Way I See It.”
Montclair Film Festival received so many amazing film submissions from talented young students and after the difficult part of choosing the best in each category, has announced the winners. The young filmmakers will be awarded at a ceremony on Thursday, February 27.
Our friends over at The Longest Shortest Time are hosting a Google Hangout on Parenting Hacks—those creative workarounds to your kids’ challenging behavior. They want to hear about your hacks that have worked, and your parenting challenges that could use a good hack. Your questions could be answered by a parent-infant social worker during this live event!
What: Parenting Hacks Hangout Where: Google Hangouts; will be embedded LIVE at The Longest Shortest Time and The Daily Beast Hosts: Hillary Frank (Longest Shortest Time), Michael Moynihan (Daily Beast) &Alyson McCormick (parent-infant social worker) When: Wednesday, January 29; 8PM EST
What is a parenting hack? A “parenting hack” is any workaround to your child’s behavior that you wouldn’t typically find in a parenting book. Maybe you let your kid tire herself out till she passes out face-down on the floor; maybe you feed her her dessert BEFORE her meal; maybe you bring her breakfast in bed to end a freakout over there not being any eggs left in the fridge; maybe you’ve driven him around the airport all night long to get him to sleep.
A fun and interactive workshop for tween and teen girls called “Real Girls. Real Life. Real Talk” will take place this Saturday at D*FIT Studio in Montclair.
Julie Brower, a certified health coach, teen life coach, teen yoga and pilates teacher, calls it a “lifeshop” because these gatherings aim to inspire your daughter to live a life she loves, in a body she loves.
With a singular approach that combines movement with Lifeshops, Julie has created a forum where tweens and teens gain knowledge, tools, confidence and courage to make decisions from a place of self-knowledge, self-respect and strength. Julie connects with girls on their level.
Barista Kids asked Julie how the idea for Lifeshops came about and why she travels all over New Jersey offering these forums for young girls.
Learning about different cultures and languages is a pleasure, and music can often be a joyful and welcoming bridge to new experiences. The new CD from The Secret Mountain, Songs from a Journey with a Parrot, is the perfect introduction to children’s songs and stories from Brazil and Portugal.
The CD comes with a book that includes colorful and whimsical artwork by illustrator Aurélia Fronty who has created a different set of images for each of the 30 songs. In addition, for those of us unfamiliar with Brazilian and Portuguese songs, author Magdeleine Lerasle provides a one or two line summary of each song along with an index of lyrics and historical background in both Portuguese and English. All together, the music and art and lyrical background create a true treasury of child-oriented songs in Portuguese.
Bass Art Studio in Montclair is bringing kids’ Sewing to the Runway. In its Young Fashion Designers and Fashion Sewing classes, kids will create original designs inspired by Parisian bohemian Anthropologie, one of which is on Church Street in Montclair. These classes will end with a runway show at the Short Hills Mall this April.
Anthropologie, known for its spirited, bohemian fashions will be an inspiration to students of Bass Arts Studio this winter. Learning the craft of fashion, Bass Arts will begin their new session this Saturday for “Young Fashion Designers” 8-11 years old, and “Fashion Sewing” 12-17 years old.