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Dweezil Zappa LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

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The line for tonight’s sold-out September 7, 2019 show at The Newton Theatre in Newton, NJ extends down Spring Street as people excitedly wait for a performance by Dweezil Zappa and his band. Tonight, they’ll be playing Frank Zappa’s landmark 1969 album, Hot Rats, in its entirety — in addition to “other hot stuff” from his famous father’s catalog. ...

Monmouth University Presents Hendrix and Santana Tributes In Memory Of Woodstock

All Women Mariachi Band Flor de Toloache Comes To SOPAC

Il Mulino New York In Atlantic City Named #1 U.S. Casino Restaurant

Studio Playhouse Presents The World Premiere of "Complete Game"

A Call To Peace Art Installation at Military Park in Newark



Newton Theatre Presents The Jayhawks

MPAC Presents The Kingston Trio with The Brothers Four and The Limeliters

The Discovery Orchestra Holds Interactive Discovery Concert

14th Annual State Theatre New Jersey Family Day on September 22


The Pink Cadillac Club To Celebrate Bruce Springsteen's 70th Birthday at The Saint

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The Pink Cadillac Club, Washington DC’s only all Springsteen DJ night will make its debut at The Saint in Asbury Park to help celebrate Bruce Springsteen's 70th birthday on Monday, September 23 from 6:00pm to clo ...

Peak Performances Presents The World Premiere of "Falling & Loving"

Atlantic City Arts Foundation To Celebrate The Release Of 48 Stories On September 24

Paper Mill Announces Cast & Creative For "Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz"

Open Mouth Insert Foot With Noted Choreographer Claire Porter at Northern NJ Community Foundation's Connect the Dots

The Avenel Performing Arts Center presents "The Golden Girls Show!- A Puppet Parody!"

Newton Theatre Presents Don Felder

Aiken & Friends Fest Returns To RVCC

RVCC to Present Musical Festival, Community Day in September

Centenary Stage Company presents Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical


Dweezil Zappa LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

The line for tonight’s sold-out September 7, 2019 show at The Newton Theatre in Newton, NJ extends down Spring Street as people excitedly wait for a performance by Dweezil Zappa and his band. Tonight, they’ll be playing Frank Zappa’s landmark 1969 album, Hot Rats, in its entirety — in addition to “other hot stuff” from his famous father’s catalog. ...

Learning to Listen to "The Firebird" with The Discovery Orchestra

Damian Fitzsimmons’s sexy and raunchy comedy Off The Rails screens at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, September 22, 2019!

Bobby Rydell LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center

Susan Hyon Talks About her play "Soo Jin Pretty Nail (and more!)"

"Yasmina's Necklace" Glows with Artistry


Makin Waves with The Cryptkeeper Five: Sonic Truth!

The Cryptkeeper Five premiere their new single, a cover of The Sonics’ “Strychnine". ...

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Now Hear This" by Matthew Whitaker

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Bellicose" by The Extensions

Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...9/19/19

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
The world lost one of its most powerful literary voices when Toni Morrison passed away on August 5th at the age of 88.  For New Jersey, we lost someone who became such a part of the fabric of our state - especially in Princeton - that she was among the initial inductees to the New Jersey Hall of Fame.  

Morrison's Legacy In Princeton
“It is with profound sadness we share that, following a short illness, our adored mother and grandmother, Toni Morrison, passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and friends,” shared the Morrison family in a statement. “She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother and aunt who reveled in being with her family and friends. The consummate writer who treasured the written word, whether her own, her students or others, she read voraciously and was most at home when writing. Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life.”

Sammy Kay: Through Hell & Back
Morris County native Sammy Kay didn’t think he had anything left after his third album, Untitled.  He was battling mental health issues and substance abuse.  He was tired of touring and didn’t know what his future would hold, but he still believed. In fact, he ended Untitled with the song “I Believe.” 

REVIEW: "Gwen"
Writer/director William McGregor’s feature debut Gwen is an effective example of what can be achieved on a low budget with a small but talented cast and a striking location. Where most British indie filmmakers struggle to mine the cinematic potential of Britain’s over-exposed urban areas, McGregor sets his folk-horror tinged gothic drama in the spectacularly moody Welsh valleys.

Yasmina's Necklace
“There are almost 65 million refugees and internally displaced people worldwide, who were forced to leave their homes because of violence.  That’s one in every 122 people.  The number of refugees and internally displaced people has reached its highest point since World War II.

Featured Music Video: "Beatz 4 Days" by Blew Money
Our Featured Music Video of the Month is "Beatz 4 Days" by Blew Money.

Eagle Theatre Presents "Gary"
(HAMMONTON, NJ) -- First, there was Siri…  then came Alexa…  Now there’s Gary! Eagle Theatre creates a cybernetic fun-factory as celebrated playwright Bruce Graham invites you to takeoff on a futuristic journey to a world of endless possibility. This cheeky yet reflective parody puts convenience and comfort first as it begs the questions; What happens when communication has become obsolete? When human connection is a dream of the past? When technology takes over? Don’t think… Just ask Gary! 

Impossible Monsters
“I’ve been fascinated by dreams and nightmares for a long time,” explained filmmaker Nathan Catucci. “And how they relate to our perception of reality.” Catucci’s debut film, Impossible Monsters, will be screened at the New Jersey Film Festival in New Brunswick on Saturday, September 14th.

The Waterboys
The Waterboys are one of those bands that people who love music seem to love.  They sprang out of the 1980s and have been creating great albums ever since, often incorporating Irish and Scottish sounds into their folk rock base. Led by Mike Scott, the band will be touring America in support of their latest release, Where The Action Is.  As luck would have it, the American part of their tour kicks off in New Jersey on Tuesday, September 17th at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank.

Bongo Boy TV - Issue 62
Each issue of NJ Stage Magazine contains the latest episode of Bongo Boy TV showcasing great music videos around the globe.

Two Trentons: An American City Speaks
Filmmaker Brad Mays thought he had wrapped up filming everything for his documentary, Two Trentons: An American City Speaks and then the Art All Night tragedy happened.  He was actually wrapping up the film at the festival, but quickly realized he was no longer done and he was now making a different movie.

REVIEW: "The Peanut Butter Falcon"
“I’m a Down Syndrome person,” proclaims Zak (Zack Gottsagen), the unique protagonist of first time filmmakers Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz’s The Peanut Butter Falcon. “I don’t give a shit,” is the terse response from Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), the troublemaker who reluctantly takes Zak under his wing. It may seem like a cruel exchange, but for Zak - and, indeed, for representation in mainstream cinema - it’s an important moment, the first time another human has refused to reductively define him by his condition.

Record Roundup with Shut Up, The Anderson Council and From Good Homes
Bob Makin takes a look at the latest releases by Shut Up, The Anderson Council and From Good Homes in this month's Makin Waves Record Roundup.

Makin Waves with The Extensions: A FewMore with Brian Erickson
The Extensions will celebrate the release of their Mint 400 Records debut EP, ‘Bellicose,’ on Sept. 20 at Asbury Lanes.

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Event calendar
Sunday, Sep 22, 2019


CRANSTON DEAN BAND @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 8:00pm

DISCO LIVE @ Sound Waves at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 7:00pm

JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:30pm

Contemporary: Beagles - Celebration of Motown and More @ 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center, Ewing - 2:00pm

37th Season Opening Musicale: Heroines, Harlots and the Heartbroken-women who make Opera unforgettable @ Lenfell Hall, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison Campus, Madison - 2:00pm


The Jayhawks @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm

All Mozart - Edward T. Cone Concert @ Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton - 4:00pm

Sweet Honey In The Rock @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 7:30pm

Kim Richey @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:00pm


Bridge Players Theatre Company Opens 44th Season With LEGALLY BLONDE @ Broad Street United Methodist Church, Burlington - 3:00pm

Phoenix Productions Presents: Nice Work If You Can Get It @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 3:00pm


New Jersey Film Festival @ Voorhees Hall #105, New Brunswick - 7:00pm


Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

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