Boys

Pride month: self-loathing and hope in ‘Boys in the Band’

Studio Players presents “Boys in the Band,” Mart Crowley’s 1968 drama set at a gay man’s 40th birthday party, during 50 Years of Pride.
road

Dot’s Desk: On the Road Again

Bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank sends photographs from the road, of her book tour to promote her latest book, "Queen Bee."
Slocum

Jazz: Matt Slocum and the rhythmic melody

Montclair drummer Matt Slocum has released his fifth album, "Sanctuary." Many of the tunes are inspired by the places he grew up.
Beast

Theater review: Lumiere lights up ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Gavin Lee's charming Lumiere is the best thing about "Beauty and the Beast" at Paper Mill Playhouse, running through June 30.
spelling

Culture in brief: MHS senior directs ‘Spelling Bee’

Montclair High School seniors Aidan Joyce and Daniel Mathis,present  “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” this weekend, at the First Lutheran Church.
Robin

Open Book/Open Mind: the life of Robin Williams

Dave Itzkoff, culture reporter for the New York Times, will talk about his biography of Robin Williams, "Robin," to Rolling Stone's Alan Sepinwall.
simplicity

Classical music review: A golden sunset in ‘Simplicity’

In "A Second Simplicity," Ember Ensemble sang a varied selection of songs that dealt with aging, memory, and love that endures over time.
Stymest

Culture in brief: ‘Flesh and Petals’ by Brian Stymest at Clerestory

Brian Stymest's oil paintings, including "Flesh and Petals," are on view at the new gallery Clerstory Fine Art, 40 Church St., through June 14.
Split Screens

Split Screens: watching TV together

Montclair's Raphaela Neihausen spearheads the Split Screens Festival, a festival of television that presents panels and personalities, May 29-June 3 in NYC.