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- UCPAC.org. 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
ucpac.org 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-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 ststephensmillburn.org.
ted with accommodations for working westfieldsymphony.org.
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 westfieldnjk12.org/specialedparents.
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 myspace.com
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 allsaints-spnj.org.