Rock Paper Scissors, Montclair’s craft and fabric store, is set to open the doors tonight on its fourth annual Holiday Boutique.
The show, featuring 12 local crafters and artists, will open at 6 pm today, December 6th, and run through until 4pm December 8th. The store’s display areas and sewing room will all be given over to stands from each local vendor.
Beth Rowan, owner, says “We will have a winter wonderland of fabulous holiday gifts for everyone in the family from babies to grandparents. We will also be featuring a beautiful range of holiday decorations, ornaments and artwork. And to add to the festivities, there will be scrumptious refreshments.”
We love when we can shop and multi-task, so a trip to pick up books at the library can also be an opportunity to cross off some gifts on your list. Terra at The Isabel Rose, Montclair’s fair trade tea room, cafe and market located in the library, has plenty of stocking stuffers. Pretty soapstone hearts, chocolates from Bolivia and Pukka teas from England are among the thoughtful, fair trade gifts you can feel good about giving. Continue Reading
Lisa Mierop of Mierop Design, and her partner Frank Contey of Terra Graphics, LLC have transformed their Montclair build/design studio into a retail store and showroom: Pavillion Outdoor Furnishings.
The pair has been selling outdoor furniture, rugs, garden containers, umbrellas, tables, chairs, and accessories privately to local clientele from their lovely location on Walnut Street for years. Now they’re taking advantage of their storefront space as well. Continue Reading
Fans of talented Montclair musicians Dunia and Aram Sinnreich who missed Dubistry’s recent Ska and Reggae Party, will get another chance to see the versatile husband and wife team perform on Saturday night.
This time it will be with a different group…Brave New Girl: Fresh cut soul from NYC. BNG has performed with Tamar Kali, Ari Up from the Slits, Fishbone, and Neneh Cherry. (How cool is that?)
The progressive soul collective will return for one night to Drom, dubbed “New York’s premiere venue for world music,” by the Wall Street Journal.
Photo credit: Janette Beckman
“Come celebrate Hanukkwanzmas with Brave New Girl next at our favorite supper club, DROM. They serve amazing Turkish food!” says Dunia. “We’ll be playing a long set, featuring brand new tunes, plus some of your favorites. Dance, drink, eat, and be merry.” Continue Reading
Paper Mill’s producing artistic director Mark S. Hoebee will be joined by his two children at Paper Mill Playhouse as he marries his long-time partner Larry Elardo (CBS Evening News) in a ceremony tomorrow at the theater in Milburn. The couple resides in Glen Ridge, NJ.
The ceremony will be officiated by Millburn Mayor Sandra Haimoff. This will be the first time Republican mayor Haimoff officiates a same-sex wedding.
“On December 9, 2013 Larry and I will celebrate 28 years together, remarked Hoebee. “It will be brief and casual but very meaningful for us – first, to be officially married in the state where we live and to have our relationship and family recognized legally, and second, to have the ceremony in a place that we consider home to us.”
Chanukkah is happening, but for some folks, closing the books on Thanksgiving means putting up a Christmas tree the very next day. If you are one of those organized people who already have their tree up and decorated (like Barista Kids’ Georgette Gilmore), we want to see it, even if you call it a Solstice tree.
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Except for maybe twice, I have spent the last 27 Thanksgivings with my husband Frank’s family. Even if I’d wanted to jet off to Las Vegas where my parents retired, distance, logistics, pregnancy, babies or work intervened.
The first Thanksgiving, we had been (on and off) dating for just a few months and I hoped the invitation signaled that we were serious this time. My job wouldn’t allow me time enough to make the 2700 mile round trip, and I was missing my family.
And though I probably should have known better—I’d been at his parent’s home a few times before—perhaps I was expecting (wishing?) to find something akin to what I’d grown up with: a holiday table draped in a linen tablecloth, laid with the good china, relatives in fancy dress, the football game on but not blasting, everyone in a state of heightened busyness and atwitter with celebration, the cut glass bowls waiting on the sideboard.
I arrived at Frank’s parent’s house in heels, wearing a new outfit, my hair and make-up just so, bearing a bouquet of flowers and a plate of home-made brownies (a last minute adjustment, figuring a bakery bought cake might send the signal that I wasn’t domestic). My future father-in-law greeted me in the jeans he wore that summer to tend the garden, my mother-in-law wore a sweat suit. Someone was setting out paper plates, the television was pulled up near the dining room table. There was a general air of relaxed comfort, as if this was just an ordinary Sunday afternoon, which I mistook for a lack of interest in the occasion. Continue Reading
Two lions of late night TV — Emmy and Peabody Award winner Stephen Colbert and Emmy and Grammy Award winner Jimmy Fallon — sang, joked, improvised and answered questions for about two hours at a fundraiser for the 2014 Montclair Film Festival last night. Some 2,600 fans filled the plush NJ Performing Arts Center on a frigid Sunday evening.
The fun and freewheeling event kicked off with a 20-minute montage of Colbert and Fallon bits that aired on their shows — including their “Sugar Cone of Love” and “Somewhere Out There” duets.
Seated onstage in two leather chairs, Colbert asked Fallon questions about his comic influences, the Smothers Brothers and Rodney Dangerfield (“one of the greatest comedians of all time”), the hardest part of his day (“when you don’t have any bits”) and taking over the Tonight Show (Jay Leno advised him his monologues should be about 10 minutes because some people will only get their news from you). The two were playful with the audience (a woman who complained of bad seats on Twitter was called down to the stage) and each other, with Colbert saying of Fallon’s move to the Tonight Show “I feel zero competition from you. I’m not worried about ratings, I’m on basic cable.”
Often the conversation spun off into entertaining tangents. Colbert and Fallon started off by talking about their least favorite jobs while growing up — Colbert, from Charleston, South Carolina, realized he wasn’t cut out for manual labor while removing blown in insulation from a sweltering attic in the middle of the summer. Continue Reading