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					A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION                                                      The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains – Fanwood TIMES                                              Thursday, May 20, 2010                                     Page 17

                                                                                                      UCPAC Prepares to Jam
                                                                                                      With Rusted Root in May
                                                                                                    RAHWAY – Rusted Root, America’s         $27.50, may be purchased by calling
                                                                                                 perennial jam band, will headline Union    (732) 499-8226 or online at
                                                                                                 County Performing Arts Center’s first- The UCPAC Box Office,
                                                                                                 ever “School’s Out Jam Band Concert”       located at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway,
                                                                                                 on Friday, May 21, at 8 p.m. Opening       is open Wednesday through Saturday
                                                                                                 the evening will be the Adam Ezra          from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
                                                                                                 Group. Tickets are on sale now at
                                                                                        or by calling (732) 499-8226.
                                                                                                    “We engaged Rusted Root to expose       Teen Arts Exhibit Begins
                                                                                                 a different audience to the extraordi-
                                                                                                 nary setting and acoustics of our mag-       Tour in Springfield
                                                                                                 nificently restored theater,” said Sandy      SPRINGFIELD – The Union
                                                                                                 Erwin, UCPAC executive director.           County Board of Chosen Freehold-
                                                                                                 “They are an extremely gifted group        ers announced that the 2010 Teen
                                                                                                 that has more than earned its stellar      Arts Traveling Exhibit will open this
                                                                                                 reputation for high-end music that is      year’s tour of Union County at the            A TOTAL KNOCKOUT...Fancy Footwork, a character study of the politics of the
                                                                                                 firmly rooted in laid-back story-tell-     Springfield Public Library, located at        boxing ring, will be performed this weekend at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in
                                                                     Courtesy of Nancy Leonard   ing, instrumental virtuosity and fun.”     66 Mountain Avenue in Springfield.            Scotch Plains. For more, see below at bottom of the page.
A REVELATION…This home has been enticing travelers along Westfield’s                                Rusted Root was formed in Pitts-        The artwork will be on display
Mountain Avenue for about three years, when its extensive renovations first
began. It will finally be revealed on June 5 as part of the Friends of Westfield
Symphony Annual Tour of Notable Homes.
                                                                                                 burgh by singer/guitarist Michael
                                                                                                 Glabicki in the early 90’s and rose to
                                                                                                                                            through June 10 during regular li-
                                                                                                                                            brary hours.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Trent Johnson to Play Final
                                                                                                 worldwide fame with the platinum-             The exhibit consists of 62 pieces of
  Landmark Residence To Be                                                                       selling album “When I Woke,” which
                                                                                                 featured the hit song “Send Me On My
                                                                                                                                            art selected from more than 700 vi-
                                                                                                                                            sual artworks shown at the 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                            Concert on Millburn Organ
                                                                                                 Way.”                                      Union County Teen Arts Festival held             MILLBURN – New Jersey organist Letters.
   Revealed on Home Tour                                                                            The band has sold more the three
                                                                                                 million albums worldwide and has
                                                                                                                                            in March at Union County College in
                                                                                                                                                                                          and composer Trent Johnson will play         Mr. Johnson is director of Music
                                                                                                                                                                                          the final concert on the Beckerath or- and Organist of Our Lady of Per-
   WESTFIELD – Of all the houses on             at home or relaxing pastimes, and all            emerged as one of the industry’s top          The exhibiting students include:           gan, celebrating the 40th season of petual Help in Bernardsville, where
the Friends of Westfield Symphony               will admire the sophisticated pool area          touring bands, having shared the stage        In Mountainside, Deerfield Middle          Beckerath organ re-                                         he leads a program
Orchestra Tour of Notable Homes, to             surrounded by lush gardens with four             with the likes of Toad the Wet Sprocket,   School’s Jodie Zheng; In Scotch               citals     at    St.                                        of choirs and in-
be held June 5 for the benefit of the           seasons of interest.                             Santana, the Grateful Dead, the Dave       Plains, Union County Vo-Tech’s Esha           Stephen’s Church,                                           strumentalists,
area’s acclaimed orchestra, one seems              Home Tour Chair Gretchen Castorina            Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers         Lezama; In Westfield, Edison                  located at 119 Main                                         and is also music
to be getting special buzz.                     promised that, in addition to the resi-          Band, and Jimmy Page and Robert            Intermediate School’s Lucia Liu and           Street in Millburn,                                         director and con-
   The home – a Westfield centurion             dences, the tour will hold many addi-            Plant.                                     Roosevelt Intermediate School’s               at 4 p.m. on Sun-                                           ductor of the Ora-
located on Mountain Avenue that was             tional features. There will be a musical            The band will play songs from its       Anna Centrella.                               day, May 23.                                                torio Singers and
obscured by spruce trees most of its life       interlude, the always-popular plant sale         2009 album, “Stereo Rodeo,” as well as        For more information, call (908)              The concert will                                         Orchestra        of
– has undergone a complete transfor-            featuring both flowers and herbs, a              old fan favorites.                         558-2550           or          e-mail         feature the world                                           Westfield.
mation since 2006, when its original            luxury gift basket raffle, an Oriental              Tickets, which cost $37.50 and                        premiere of a new                                             An active organ
stucco sheath was removed. Since then,          rug raffle, a selection of Tibetan deco-                                                                                                  work by Mr.                                                 recitalist, Mr.
70 craftsmen and artisans have created          rative home accents and refreshments                     Madrigal Singers Honor ‘Faces of Love’                                           Johnson: Concert                                            Johnson has per-
a vibrant arts-and-crafts-style home for        served in the garden of one of the                   WESTFIELD – The Madrigal Sing-         darkness at the crucifixion of Christ, to     variations on “The                                          formed recitals in
21st Century living.                            homes. All proceeds will benefit the              ers will present “Faces of Love,” a       the moving Jesus Christ the Apple             Carnival ofVenice,”                                         many of the major
   To enter through the original double         Westfield Symphony Orchestra.                     program of a cappella music and read-     Tree by Elizabeth Poston; from the            as well as his 2001                                         churches, concert
chestnut doors with their frosted glaz-            Tickets for the 2010 Tour of Notable           ings drawn from the riches of six cen-    delightful tone painting of Cupid’s           composition “Vi-                                            halls and cathe-
ing is to find oneself in a world of            Homes are $30 when purchased prior                turies, on Sunday, May 23, at 4 p.m. in   sharp darts in Wilbye’s Yet Sweet Take        sions.” Major works                                         drals in the United
fabulous moldings, coffered ceilings,           to Saturday, June 5, when they will be            the First United Methodist Church of      Heed to the intriguing and entertaining       on the program will                                         States, Europe and
leaded glass transoms, mahogany, her-           sold at $35. They are available in                Westfield (FUMC).                         Two Suburban Madrigals by New Jer-            also include Max                                            Japan. He has also
ringbone oak and marble flooring, a             Westfield at Baron’s Drug Store,                     Classical guitarist Christopher        sey composer and Madrigal Singer,             Reger’s Introduc-                                           performed on “the
kitchen with an 11-foot Carrara marble-         Coldwell Banker Realtors East and                 Kenniff will join Director Elaine         bass John Sichel, there is something to       tion and Passacaglia              Trent Johnson             mighty Wurlitzer”
topped central island and La Cornue             West, Prudential NJ Properties, Two               Fiorino and reader Judy Sullivan as       capture the heart and imagination of          in D minor, Johann                                          for the 2006 Ra-
Chateau stove said to be one of only a          River Community Bank, The Town                    they celebrate the mystery, magic and     everyone.                                     Sebastian Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in dio City Music Hall Christmas Spec-
few in the country.                             Bookstore, Weichert Realtors and                  mayhem of this uniquely human emo-          Admission at the door is $15; seniors       D Major and Tommaso Albinoni’s tacular and on occasion has supplied
   In this world, the sunny master suite        Westfield Symphony Orchestra office.              tion.                                     and students pay $10. On-site parking is      Adagio for Strings.                       organ accompaniment for the show-
is warmed on winter nights by a fire-              In Fanwood, they are available at                 From the polyphony of Victoria’s       handicapped accessible. Large-print              Mr. Johnson is the recipient of sev- ing of silent films.
place, and the couple that lives here           Irma’s Hallmark, in Cranford at                   Tenebrae facta sunt, a portrayal of the   programs will be available.                   eral grants and funding from Meet            A suggested donation of $10 will
enjoys a his-and-hers dressing room             Periwinkle’s Fine Gifts and in                                                                                                            the Composer, and the National En- be accepted at the door. A reception
and closet with pristine private bath           Mountainside at Christoffers Flowers.                                                                                                     dowment for the Arts, and is the 2004 for the artist follows the recital. For
suite.                                             Further information is available by                                                                                                    recipient of the Wladimir and Rhoda further information, the church can
   Men will envy the secluded grand             calling the Westfield Symphony Or-                                                                                                        Lakond Award in composition from be reached at (973) 376-0688 or con-
“gentlemen’s retreat,” completely fit-          chestra office at (908) 232-9400 or at                                                                                                    the American Academy of Arts and sult
ted with accommodations for working   

                                  POPCORN™                                                                                                                                                        PTC to Host Discussion
                        Iron Man 2:                                                                                                                                                                On Summer Reading
                 Lacks the Original’s Mettle                                                                                                                                                 WESTFIELD — The Westfield Par-             teacher-training programs, and has been
                                                                                                                                                                                          ent-Teacher Council Special Educa-            an adjunct professor at several local
   One Popcorn, Poor • Two Popcorns, Fair • Three Popcorns, Good • Four Popcorns, Excellent
                                                                                                                                                                                          tion Committee will host a program            universities in the tri-state area.
                                                                                                                                                                                          entitled “Summer Reading and Social              This program is free and open to the
   By MICHAEL S. GOLDBERGER                     key dream gal Stark has yet to realize as                                                                                                 Programs to keep the Edge” on Wednes-         public. For further information visit
               2 and ½ popcorns
                                                such…proving once again that you al-                                                                                                      day, May 26, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at
   Director Jon Favreau, who tries to           ways hurt the one you love. As his                                                                                                        the Edison Intermediate School library,
top or at least match his Iron Man              personal assistant, she’s concerned not                                                                                                   located on the second floor. The school         Bands Gather in GW
(2008) with Iron Man 2, might have              only with Tony’s well-being and legacy,                                                                                                   is located at 800 Rahway Avenue.
benefited from the baseball adage,              but that he might run Stark Industries                                                                                                       Marybeth Hertis, a licensed psy-               To Battle Cancer
“Don’t show ‘em all your pitches in the         into the ground.                                                                                                                          chologist, will discuss programs avail-          GARWOOD – On Friday, May 28,
first three innings.” But then, if he had          It’s all in there – love, hate, power                                         Madrigal Singers                                         able for children who are anxious or          bands from all areas in New Jersey will
held back, the first film mightn’t have         struggle and the perennial race by                                                                                                        struggle in social circumstances to learn,    come together and rock to battle blood
been the groundbreaking sensation that
it was. It’s a Catch 22 worthy of the
                                                competing societies to be one up in
                                                the technology department – a veri-                     Art Show Raises Record                                                            practice or refine their social skills dur-
                                                                                                                                                                                          ing the summer break. Ms. Herits has a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cancers. The bands are donating their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        time to help raise money for the Leuke-
franchise.                                      table microcosm of everything that                                                                                                        master’s degree in counseling psychol-        mia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).
   While the aura and splendor of ado-
lescent fantasy that embodies comic
                                                has occupied civilization since time
                                                immemorial. Neatly packaged in
                                                                                                         Amount for Newmark                                                               ogy from Seton Hall University and is
                                                                                                                                                                                          licensed by the state as a professional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           One hundred percent of proceeds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        made will be donated to the LLS in
books are present here in all their opti-       glossy tones with light show punc-                  PLAINFIELD – The sixth annual           High School serve children from               counselor. She has over 20 years expe-        hopes for a cure for this cancer. The
mistic possibilities, gone is that thrill of    tuation, it is a colorful primer, an             Art Show held at Newmark School            districts throughout the state with           rience teaching social skills both in the     Crossroads, located at 78 North Av-
first discovery. The making real of a           intro to poli-sci.                               on Friday, April 23, saw an esti-          learning disabilities and behavioral          classroom setting and privately. Ms.          enue in Garwood, plays host.
superhero via the synergy of man and               As such, younger minds will be                mated $41,000 raised — a record            disorders.                                    Hertis maintains a private practice in           The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets
machine is now a fait accompli. What            gratified to find confirmed many of              amount in the event’s history. Nearly        “The money raised from this event           Westfield, treating individuals, couples      cost $6. The show is for those over the
we’re left with in round 2 are but the          the truths they had suspected all along.         400 people attended the event,             will go toward specialized program-           and families with an emphasis on anxi-        age of 21.
nuts and bolts of repercussion.                 In this respect, director Favreau, in-           which showcased a range of art-            ming for our students. It’s this type         ety, depression, and parenting effec-            Bands participating in this benefit
   Six months have passed since weap-           spired by the seminal work of Marvel             work by students from both the             of programming that makes our                 tiveness.                                     show include the Ugly Club, Martian,
ons mogul Tony Stark (Robert Downey,            Comics mainstays Stan Lee, Larry                 Newmark School, a K-8 facility in          schools unique,” said Ms. Allman.                David Katz, a certified Ortho-             Young American Artists, Bah Bah
Jr.) has shed his secret identity. As Iron      Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby                  Plainfield, and Newmark High                 The Art Show saw the Newmark                Gillingham reading specialist, will dis-      Bahrain and The Tattle Tales. All bands
Man, he has managed to sow peace                and working from a script by Justin              School in Carteret.                        School transformed into an art gal-           cuss summer reading and writing pro-          can be found on
among the major nations. Of course,             Theroux, successfully transfers the                 “The Art Show was a tremendous          lery with each piece of artwork skill-        grams to brush up or improve a child’s
that isn’t enough in some power grub-           comic book culture to film.                      success thanks to the inspiring cre-       fully displayed and lit. Throughout           skills. Mr. Katz will talk about ways           Letter Carriers Slate
bing corners. Though you can appreci-              The metaphors are apt and poeti-              ativity of our students and the dedi-      the evening, students served hors             parents can create home-learning envi-
ate their argument, even the U.S. Sen-          cally ironic. And though delivered               cation of our parents, staff and spon-     d’oeuvres, as attendees took in more          ronments to build a child’s vocabulary           June 6 MDA Walk
ate isn’t at ease with Stark’s proprietary      with a tempering of popular, rebel-              sors,” said Cynthia Allman, co-            than 200 pieces of art.                       and reading comprehension skills over            WESTFIELD – The Westfield and
monopoly.                                       lious cynicism, the justice meted out            founder and co-executive director            Attendees had the opportunity to            the summer, as well as how to improve         Mountainside letter carriers of the Na-
   But Garry Shandling’s clownish               ultimately bears a distinct, American            of both schools. “Raising an esti-         show off their own creativity by              their child’s writing skills.                 tional Association of Letter Carriers,
Senator Stern and his resentful Armed           flavor. Adult viewers should enjoy               mated $41,000 speaks to the gener-         contributing to a large piece of com-            Mr. Katz has a MAT and is a fellow         Branch 1492, will hold their annual
Services Committee aren’t the self-             the refresher course in Machiavellian            osity and support from our spon-           munity art. Children were treated             candidate for the Academy of Orton-           six-mile walk to raise money for Mus-
appointed peacekeeper’s most danger-            politics whilst recognizing the purely           sors and attendees and we cannot           to a room devoted to the making of            Gillingham Practitioners and Educa-           cular Dystrophy on Sunday, June 6.
ous detractors. Carving a niche among           coincidental resemblance between                 thank them enough.”                        various art projects.                         tors. He is a special education teacher          The walk will be held at 7 a.m. at
the ranks of villainous personae, Mickey        characters fictional and real.                      The event, which serves as a ma-          The evening also included a live            in private practice in Metuchen, and a        Tamaques Park in Westfield. Money
Rourke is properly distasteful as Ivan             But even if Iron Man 2 does take a            jor fundraiser for both schools,           auction and a raffle of gift baskets.         resource room teacher for the Linden          raised will help to send local children to
Vanko, the vengeful offspring of a sci-         tiny next step up the FX ladder, it              showcased a range of student art-          Artwork reproductions on items                Public Schools. He frequently presents        the MDA summer camp located in
entific genius Tony’s dad allegedly             can’t satiate the electronic monkey              work, from sculptures to paintings         such as note cards, mugs and mouse                                                          Spring Valley, N.Y. Tax-deductible do-
wronged.                                        Hollywood has insidiously planted                to computer-generated works.               pads were also available for pur-                SPFHS’s Curtains                           nations can be made by sending checks
   A chip off the old block, Ivan also          on our backs. While things go snap,                 Newmark School and Newmark              chase.                                                                                      made payable to MDA to Branch 1492/
knows his way around the gizmos,                crackle and pop at regular intervals,                                                                                                      Nominated for Awards                         MDA, P.O. Box 152, Westfield, N.J.
gadgets and theorems of highfalutin             filmgoers seeking a multi-media jaunt                                                                                                        SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD –                    07091.
technology. In fact, he may be danger-          of the psychedelic kind may prefer to                                                                                                     Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School                Individuals also may give donations
ously close to mimicking the synergy            revisit their copy of 2001: A Space                                                                                                       Repertory Theatre’s spring produc-            to their letter carrier. For more informa-
of organic and inorganic properties that        Odyssey (1968).                                                                                                                           tion of Curtains has been nominated           tion, call Lenni Brooks at the Westfield
has literally propelled his golden boy             Still, Mr. Theroux’s script is in-                                                                                                     for four Paper Mill Playhouse Rising          Post Office at (908) 233-1168 or Jose
antithesis to global fame. However,             fused with a steady diet of witticisms                                                                                                    Star Awards.                                  Fragoso at the Mountainside Post Of-
Tony’s biggest problem may be the               and barbs delivered by an engaging                                                                                                           Three Repertory members were               fice at (908) 233-1670.
enemy within.                                   cast. Robert Downey, Jr., while glibly                                                                                                    nominated for Student Achievement
   Out-rocking the very notion of rock          subtle almost to a fault, is neverthe-                                                                                                    Awards: Devra Traiman for student                 ‘Footwork’ Studies
stardom and regularly burning the laser         less a winning title superhero;                                                                                                           choreographer, Vangelis Dimopoulis
beam at both ends, he incessantly flaunts       Gwyneth Paltrow is appropriately                                                                                                          for student musical director and                  Politics of the Ring
his success, essentially challenging            winsome as the love interest; and                                                                                                         Samantha Mannino for stage man-                 SCOTCH PLAINS – A Mix Pro-
Achilles for who can exude the most             Mickey Rourke amuses as the movie                                                                                                         ager. Additionally, the entire produc-        ductions and All Saints’ Episcopal
hubris. Continuing the analogy, instead         villain version of a junkyard dog.                                                                                                        tion was nominated for The Educa-             Church will present the New Jersey
of his heel it’s the hole in his chest – the       But if the original was a soaring,                                                                                                     tional Impact Award.                          premiere of the play Fancy Footwork.
one with the palladium-inserted canis-          cinematic symphony of comic lore,                                                                                                            The Paper Mill Playhouse Rising            The performance is a benefit for the
ter – that symbolizes his fate.                 philosophy and kaleidoscopic inven-                                                                                                       Star Awards are modeled after the             church, located at 559 Park Avenue
   You see, the palladium, while both           tion, here those attributes are pro-                                                                                                      Tony Awards; Paper Mill’s program             in Scotch Plains.
keeping him alive and empowering                grammed and perfunctorily churned                                                                                                         serves the entire state of New Jersey,          Fancy Footwork, by Irish play-
him like Popeye’s spinach boosted to            out with player piano precision. Try                                                                                                      with 100 entered productions from             wright Miriam Gallagher, is a char-
the nth power, is also poisoning him.           as he may to put the artistic palette to                                                                                                  public, private and parochial schools.        acter study of the politics of the box-
Which explains why he’s behaving like           the metal, Mr. Favreau’s directorial                                                                                                      They have ignited the careers of many         ing ring. The performance, which
Bette Davis’s Judith Traherne in Dark           alchemy just can’t turn Iron Man 2                                                                                                        notable performers, all of whom at-           features a choreographed fight, is
Victory (1939). Snubbing his nose at            into motion-picture gold.                                                                                                                 tended high school in New Jersey,             appropriate for all ages.
friend and foe alike, he celebrates his                             ***                                                                                        Courtesy of Edward Gates   including Academy Award nominee                 Performance dates are Friday, May
                                                                                                 MAKING THE MARK…Newmark School eighth-grader Nick Partenope of
quandary in showy displays called                  Iron Man 2, rated PG-13, is a Para-           Westfield holds a mixed-media piece he created for the annual Art Show hosted            Anne Hathaway and Tony winner                 21, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 23, at
expos.                                          mount Pictures release directed by               by Newmark School and Newmark High School on April 23. Also pictured are,                Laura Benanti.                                3 p.m. Ticket prices are $20 for adults
   Rounding out the classic, comic-             Jon Favreau and stars Robert Downey,             from left, Regina Peter and Cynthia Allman, co-directors of the schools, and event          The 2010 Rising Star Awards cer-           and $15 for children under 12. To
book elements is Gwyneth Paltrow as             Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Mickey                  co-chairs Wendy Schmidt of Scotch Plains and Dennise Fleck of Fanwood. Both              emony at The Paper Mill Playhouse             learn more, call (866) 811-4111. For
Pepper Potts, the sweetly realized, low         Rourke. Running time: 124 minutes.               Mrs. Schmidt and Mrs. Fleck are parents of Newmark School students.                      is set for June 8.                            directions, visit

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