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Art Inspires Music: The Pictures 2006 Concert is a New Jersey Arts Collective (NJAC) program that explores the intersection of visual art and music. Montclair Art Museum & Red Bank's Two River Theater host the World Premiere of musical compositions inspired by the work of Newark-born visual artist Willie Cole. Using Cole’s Man Spirit Mask as their inspiration, New Jersey high school and college students created original piano compositions that translate the emotions, composition, structure, and tone of the work into music. The Composition Contest was modeled in the spirit of Modest Mussorgsky's 1874 composition, Pictures at an Exhibition.  Anthony de Mare is the featured pianist. Saturday, April 29, 8 p.m. Montclair Art Museum & Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. Two River Theater.
Concerts will be preceded by a free "Meet the Composers" Panel, 7:15 Saturday, 2:15 Sunday. A reception will follow each performance. Saturday, go early to view Anxious Objects: Willie Cole's Favorite Brands. Galleries open 5:30 – 7 pm. Admission: $15/adults, $10/students with I.D., at the door on the day of the event. For information: Montclair Art Museum: (973) 746-5555, ext. 253. Two River Theater at (732) 345-1400.

JAN LEBENSTEIN Works on paper from Dr. Albert Grokoest Collection. May 2-26. Jan Lebenstein (1930-1999),  is one of the most famous contemporary Polish painters, printmakers, and illustrators. At JKK FINE ARTS The Mews of Upper Montclair, 594 Valley Rd. Montclair.   (973) 744 0111.
Opening Reception Friday, May 5th, 2006, 6-9pm. Read the review.

Latin Blues Icon: Hear Joe Taino & The Blue Flames, live in concert, 8pm, Tuesday, May 2nd. FREE admission. Lateral Wine Bar and Grill, 547 Franklin Ave, Nutley. 973-562-9500

Put some drama in your weekend:

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, thru May 13. 8pm Thurs/Sat., 3 pm Sunday. Opening night two-fer special tonight, 4/28.  Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Montclair. $15/$12, 973-744-9752.
Close Shave, April 28 & 29, May 5,6,12,13. 7:30 p.m. Tierney's Tavern 136 Valley Road. $15/$10.Read the Baristanet review.
Arsenic and Old Lace,  April 28 & 29, 7 pm -Immaculate Conception High School Gymnasium, 33 Cottage Place, Montclair. Tickets $5 at the door.
The Whipping Man, previews tonight, 4/28. Opens April 29 through May 21. Luna Stage, 695 Bloomfield Ave. Montclair. Tickets $20-$30. 973-744-3309.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, through May 21, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn. $19 -$68. 973-378-7754.

Adventures Across the River:

Here are two good reasons to go to TriBeCa this weekend: Start with TOAST: The TriBeCa Open Art Studio Tour, Free, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday,1-6 pm. 212-479-7317. Then catch a flick at The TriBeCa Film Festival 212-321-7400.

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Watsessing Park Cleanup tomorrow from 10am-3pm - meet in the park at the intersections of Maolis & Glenwood. It's suppose to be a beautiful day out some come on down and help us beautify the park. Also, Watsessing School will also be doing their spring cleanup (postponed from last week's rain out).

Posted by: Anne Prince | Apr 28, 2006 2:29:30 PM

Church Street Café
Live Performance Calendar
PHONE #: 973-233-0216
4/28, Friday, 7 - 10; The Sharp 4 Jazz Quartet

4/29, Saturday, 8 - 10; Kevin Reilly / Sean Villere Jazz Duo

4/30, Sunday, 5:30 - 7:30; Phil Micciche, classical guitarist

5/3, Wednesday, 7:30 -9:30; Bobby Kendes, singer / guitarist

5/4, Thursday, 7:30 -9:30; Richard Reiter Jazz Duo

5/5, Friday, 7 – 10, Outdoors; Local Favorite Caté, Groove Band

5/5, Friday, 7 - 10; Jefferson, Acoustic Guitar, Singer No Cover

5/5, Friday, 7 – 10, Upstairs; Jason Berman Project, Fusion Five

5/6, Saturday, 8 - 10; 13 Hands, Space singer / guitarist Dalian

5/6, Saturday, 8 – 10, Outdoors; Kiwi the Child, Reggae Band

Posted by: Greg Spinelli | Apr 28, 2006 2:29:48 PM

Does anyone know the story behind this piece of art? It looks like it started with the scoarch mark left by an iron on a piece of white cotton cloth. Is there some significance to the iron design pattern and the face mask pattern being similar?

Posted by: Max | Apr 28, 2006 2:31:00 PM

Dear Max,

You seem to know something about Willie Cole's work. Stop by the Museum to see Man Spirit, Mask in the context of Cole's other pieces that use irons, ironing boards, and scorch marks as both the medium and the message. Much of Cole's work references African art which is explained in the wall labels and in the exhibition catalogue which can be seen in the installation.

Thank you, Barista, for letting more people know about the concert. I've heard de Mare on WQXR. He's a talented pianist.

Posted by: Anne-Marie | Apr 28, 2006 2:43:23 PM

No, I know nothing about his art but I know the imprint left by a neglected iron. I just wondered what this had to do with African Art or spirit masks.

Posted by: Max | Apr 28, 2006 2:54:18 PM

I took my 8 1/2 year old granddaughter (who is really into art and has very specific tastes) and joined a friend and her very active 5 year old son to see the Willie Cole exhibit during the school's Spring break. It was a huge success with both grownups and the kids! I think it's a must see for everyone - his medium and techniques are amazing. Special kudos to the Museum for this one! Thanks Anne-Marie... TSL

Posted by: Ann Cohen | Apr 28, 2006 5:53:21 PM

The Willie Cole exhibit is really terrific, and an especially good one to take kids to. The contrast between the materials he uses and the illusions he creates is striking. I also found his personality (they have a video interview with him you can watch) to be very refreshing--he's completely non-ideological. (Are you paying attention, ROC?) And that he's local is just terrific. The Museum really hit this one out of the park.

Posted by: walleroo | Apr 28, 2006 10:47:38 PM

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