Celebrate Parenthood at North Jersey’s own Listen to Your Mother

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Listen to Your Mother 2014When was the last time you were told to “Listen to your mother”? In May, Baristaville will have a chance to listen to many stories of motherhood from all points of view. After several days of auditions that narrowed down almost 100 stories about mothers and motherhood, the selected authors for the inaugural year of the North Jersey Listen to Your Mother cast are getting ready to share their words with all of us at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on May 10th at 5 PM.

Organizers Sandy Rustin and Deborah Goldstein narrowed down the scores of auditions to fifteen authors and performers, many from the Maplewood/South Orange area. Each performer will share their personal stories, some humorous, some heartbreaking, as Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) continues its tradition of giving motherhood a microphone — this time in New Jersey!

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Warmer Weather = School Dress Code Violations

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

dress codeWarmer weather brings flowers, sunny days, and less clothing. And less clothing often causes schools to deal with dress code violations. Typically, it’s girls who get the violations because the rules are against length of shorts and skirts. Other than boys wearing saggy shorts and jeans revealing their underwear, the violations sway towards girls. Sexist? Some parents think so. Recently a school in Illinois banned leggings for being “too distracting to boys” to be fit for the classroom.”

This week, I followed several Facebook discussions of Montclair Glenfield Middle School parents complaining that their daughters were made to change for what teachers/administrators felt were too short shorts, while the parents thought they were “modest” and appropriate. Some parents said that their daughters were told they couldn’t wear leggings or knee socks as well.

We reached out to Dr. Joseph Putrino, principal of Glenfield School for clarification:

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Lacordaire Academy Upper School Presents SHOUT!

BY  |  Monday, Apr 07, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Talented students of Lacordaire Academy in Montclair will present their spring musical SHOUT! on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12.

SHOUT! follows five fab gals on a high-energy, hip-shaking, non-stop vibrant trip through the Swingin’ 60s that gave birth to such hits as Downtown, To Sir With Love, Son of a Preacher Man, and Georgy Girl — songs that express the changing attitudes and dawning liberation of women. This fun-filled musical is an irresistible blend of foot-stomping songs, eye-popping fashions and psychedelic dancing that will make you want to throw your head back and SHOUT!

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Montclair Kids Collecting Gently-used and New Sporting Equipment for Lets Play It Forward

BY  |  Friday, Apr 04, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Lucas Cooperman and his friend Ben Bloomstein, both 7th graders at Glenfield Middle school in Montclair, are collecting gently-used and new sporting equipment for the organization Let’s Play It Forward.

LPIF was founded by high school students from Somers, NY and the goal is to donate all collected sports items to worthy organizations in need.  To date, they have donated over 11,000 items and Lucas and Ben want to make that number even higher!

The tweens have sent out hundreds of emails to friends and their parents’ friends and worked to get a mention at the top of the school’s daily House Lofrano email that goes out to about 100 parents every day. Barista Kids wants to help too.

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Mi Casa, Tu Casa Returns to Luna Stage

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mi Casa, Tu Casa

The Mi Casa Band and stellar storytellers are back to present Mi Casa, Tu Casa at Luna Stage on March 1 and 8 with their vibrant blend of music and stories for the entire family. This special presentation is part of “The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival.”

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.

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The Hold Steady to Appear and Perform at School of Rock Montclair’s Open House

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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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.

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Montclair Teens Featured in Frontline's Generation Like Story on Social Media

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)


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”?

generation LikeSocial 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:

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Sports Art Drawing Classes For Kids at Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center 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.

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Girls on the Run Open House Events

BY  |  Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Girls on the Run NJ East is gearing up for its Spring semester, which begins in early April, with two open house events for families to learn more about the great program.

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.

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Announcing Montclair Film Festival Kidz Shortz 2014 Winners!

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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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 FutureThe 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.

And the Kidz Shortz 2014 winners are:

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