Race relations have gone a long way in the last few decades. Mind you, the human genome project has conclusively proven what many of us believed all along; that what is referred to as "race" is almost entirely a myth, and it really is just skin deep. But that doesn't mean that there aren't cultural groups, and that the tribalism among cultural groups often leads to conflict where conflict should not exist. Clybourne Park, a darkly humorous and thought provoking play, is very much about the tribalism that exists just beneath the civilized veneer in most of us. Created as a set of virtual bookends around the modern day classic, A Raisin in the Sun, the play is especially relevant today, as recent events are being exploited by those who profit from increasing the tribal conflicts between the so-called "races." And there is no better way to appreciate it than to go to the Little Firehouse Theatre and see how the Bergen County Players maintain the top quality standards we have come to expect with their current production.
Published: Jan 11, 2015 - 10:00 PM
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From the Haworth Municipal Library:
The Haworth Municipal Library expansion is almost complete. But in order to re-carpet, paint and move some books around in the original area, we will be closed for about 3 weeks - from Monday, January 12th through about Saturday, January 31st. We will be keeping everyone up-to-date with exact re-opening plans via our web page (Haworth.bccls.org), Facebook, Twitter, and our Constant Contact emails. If you aren’t receiving our emails, please sign up so that you can be kept well informed.
During the time that we are closed, Closter Public Library will be our “go-to” library. Of course, with your BCCLS card, you can visit any BCCLS library, but Closter will be where you might find a friendly face. Our staff will be working over there occasionally to help you out. Also, if you have requested material from another library and you need to pick it up, Closter will have it for you. Just a reminder – please remember to bring your BCCLS card with you when you go to Closter and, as always, BCCLS materials can be returned to any BCCLS library.
Closter Library is located at 280 High Street in Closter. It is directly across from Tenakill Middle School. The phone number is 201-768-4197. Their hours are:
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9AM – 9PM Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9AM – 5PM.
We are sorry for any inconvenience and we hope to see you back at our newly renovated and expanded library in February!
Published: Jan 07, 2015 - 11:04 AM
In the MidBergen region, the mix of the earliest European settlers all brought with them legends of figures who gave out gifts to children during the season; they combined to make the modern Santa Claus.From the Dutch settlers, their patron saint, St. Nicholas, or, as they referred to him, Sinterklaas, would bring gifts not on Christmas, but on his own day, December 6th. The Bergen County Historical Society, in honor of the Dutch settlers, had their annual Sinterklaas Day celebration the next day, on Sunday, December 7th, 2014.
Published: Dec 09, 2014 - 10:15 AM
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The bad weather on December 6th caused the Bergenfield Christmas Fair at Cooper's Pond to be postponed to December 7th, but that did nothing to deter the celebration, as children and parents showed up in force to celebrate, and also have a moment with Santa Claus.
Published: Dec 08, 2014 - 08:25 PM
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First of all, let's get this out of the way: the kids loved it.
Now, on to the adults. Children's theater can be tricky. You need to have broader and simpler messages than with adult theater, so that children can follow more easily. Sometimes, plays can be at two levels, so that the adults will have something extra to keep interested in (accompanied by the inevitable poking in the arm and the whispered "I don't get it!"). Or, the play can get away with it on the basis of simple charm. But "Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical", performed by the Bergen County Players, goes in a slightly different direction. True to the wishes of Julianne Moore, the author of the books on which the play is based, the play remains true to the genre, aimed largely to the 3-8 year old crowd, although slightly older children who read the books when they were younger will enjoy it as well. Although "From Page to Stage" was the theme of last year's plays, this musical has a look and feel as if it has jumped right out of the pages of a children's picture book. Any parent who enjoys reading stories to their children should equally enjoy watching this play along with them.
Published: Dec 01, 2014 - 12:56 AM
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There are several things you can count on in November. Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, and St. Anthony's in Bergenfield having its International Festival. A Pan Orthodox Church, the Festival raises funds for the Church while providing a stage for the many nationalities that make up this diverse congregation, on November 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Published: Nov 08, 2014 - 12:27 AM
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On West 47th Street in Manhattan, just down the block from several Broadway theaters, is a low-priced (for Manhattan) hotel and low-priced (also for Manhattan) diner called the Edison. For decades, the "Polish Tea Room" with its low prices and friendly owners have made it a haven to would-be actors looking for a break, those nostalgically looking back on their careers, and theatergoers looking for a meal that doesn't cost more than their show tickets did. And playwright Neil Simon, in "45 Seconds From Broadway", writes a love letter to the diner and its owners, and its regulars. It is a series of slices of life, moving from table to table, without a lot of plot holding it together. The characters themselves are the meat of the play, with the most important character being the diner, itself. Unlike many Broadway plays, it is actually better suited for the small stage than a large production, and the Bergen County Players, which habitually makes those large productions work seamlessly on their smaller stage, shows equal skill putting up a smaller piece.
Published: Oct 28, 2014 - 12:28 AM
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