This vibrant Bergen County village, about 20 miles from midtown Manhattan, boasts a pleasantly old-fashioned shopping district.
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Best read: A large selection of autographed books can be found at Bookends (232 East Ridgewood Ave, 201-445-0726), a cozy, independent shop where top authors such as James Patterson and Mary Higgins Clark regularly sign their works.
Don’t miss: Country Pancake House (140 East Ridgewood Ave, 201-444-8395) serves more than a hundred varieties of pancakes.
Show someone: P.S. I Love You (123 East Ridgewood Ave, 201-689-1414) carries gifts ranging from vintage T-shirts to jewelry.
Best homemade ravioli: A & B Ridgewood Bakery & Cafe (18 East Ridgewood Ave, 201-612-6888) carries more than a dozen varieties, including eggplant, lobster, and four-cheese ravioli.
Best pub fare: For good food and cheap drinks, try the restaurant upstairs at Mac Murphy’s (8 Godwin Ave, 201-444-0500), a favorite sports bar among the locals.
Take a tour: Schoolhouse Museum (650 East Glen Ave, 201-447-3242) provides a look at life in the Saddle River Valley in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Exhibits include Native American artifacts and a model of an early American Dutch colonial home. Open May through October; tours available by appointment year-round.
Hidden gem: Mela (47 East Ridgewood Ave, 201-445-6060) is an authentic Indian restaurant in a casual space.
Tell the rug rats: Eat Your Spinach (42 E Ridgewood Ave, 201-444-5503) has colorful original clothing designs and accessories for kids.
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Early in Saturday night's American premiere of a work by the South African choreographer Robyn Orlin, the dancers of the all-male Senegalese troupe Jant-Bi begin to advance steadfastly toward and then literally into the audience--standing on the backs and armrests of occupied seats and striking a pose of invincible, unyielding bravado.
At that point, who could guess that this pinwheeling, sometimes perplexing, affair at Montclair State's Kasser Theater would culminate in a flood of joy uniting audience and performers?
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