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Riverside Gallery presents "The Artistry of Zun"


(HACKENSACK, NJ) -- Riverside Gallery presents Zun, Hoo Yon’s paintings in his solo exhibition, titled “The Artistry of Zun,” from November 25 to January 5, 2023. Zun’s paintings can be said to be a kind of lyrical figuration, if there is such a thing, as a parallel to lyrical abstraction which are abstract works that take on poetic qualities and are similar to abstract expressionism and color field movements in style.

Atlantic City Launches 2022 Tinseltown Holiday Experience

(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- The holiday spirit was in the air as a pair of festive events kicked off the Atlantic City Tinseltown Holiday Experience on Thursday, December 1.  The monthlong celebration of the holidays gives visitors the chance to enjoy an array of fun holiday happenings throughout the resort and region and discover why Travel + Leisure has named Atlantic City one of 2022’s “25 Best Christmas Towns in the USA.”

Hot Time Coming to Surf City Firehouse for Chili Cook-off and Screening of "Dashcam"

(SURF CITY, NJ) -- There will be a hot time in Surf City on Thursday, December 8th, when the firemen of Surf City’s Volunteer Fire Company take on Wally’s restaurant for the bragging rights of who makes LBI’s best-tasting chili. Attendees are invited to sample up to five varieties; including beef, vegan, red and white bean chilis, and then vote for their favorites. The event starts at 6:30pm.

Fueled by Women: A Charity Compilation

Fueled by Women is a music compilation that is raising funds for two women-focused charities: 1) Nomi Network, which creates pathways to fight against human trafficking and equip women and girls with economic tools, and 2) the Center for Reproductive rights, which works globally in the court of law to maintain and advance women’s reproductive rights. 

PHOTOS from "Murray the Elf and the Case of the Missing Mistletoe" at Pegasus

(BORDENTOWN, NJ) -- Pegasus Theatre Company is presenting the New Jersey premiere of the feel-good, family-friendly, holly-jolly mystery Murray the Elf and the Case of the Missing Mistletoe by Bill D’Agostino, running December 2-23 in Bordentown City. This is Pegasus Theatre Company’s first children’s production. A mystery mixed with comedy, Murray is an exciting story everyone in the family will enjoy. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

Mayor Baraka Joined Mayor of Sebastián, Puerto Rico To Unveil Mural at Mt. Prospect Place

MAYOR BARAKA JOINS SAN SEBASTIÁN, PUERTO RICO, MAYOR JAVIER JIMÉNEZ, TO UNVEIL MURAL AT MT. PROSPECT PLACE

PHOTOS from "A Tomato Can't Grow In The Bronx" at Chain Theatre

(NEW YORK, NY) -- A Tomato Can't Grow in the Bronx, an acclaimed drama by playwright/novelist Gary Morgenstein, opened at the Chain Theatre in New York City on Friday, December 2nd for a limited engagement through December 17th. The play premiered at Center Playhouse on South Street in downtown Freehold, NJ, in April, 2022. Center Players’ Artistic Director Bernice Garfield-Szita will once again direct the play, which was named  “Best Original Play” at the 2022 Perry Awards by the NJ Association of Community Theaters (NJACT). Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

Wharton Community Players Present "It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play"

(BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ) --New Jersey’s largest non-profit community performing arts education organization continues its 2022-23 season with a family-friendly production of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play in the intimate Wharton Black Box Theater in Berkeley Heights. Audiences are welcomed to eight shows during the holiday season from December 9-18 in what is sure to be an uplifting event for the entire family. John A.C. Kennedy directs Joe Landry’s “outstanding” and “inspiring” (KPBS San Diego) live radio play adaptation of Frank Capra’s film It’s a Wonderful Life.

The MAC PLAYERS to Hold Auditions for "Seussical"

(MIDDLETOWN, NJ) -- The MAC PLAYERS at the Middletown Arts Center will hold auditions for its production of the musical comedy Seussical on Wednesday, December 14 from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Seussical takes us into the world of Dr. Seuss, where we revisit beloved characters including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and JoJo. 

Kevin James to Perform Two Shows at Count Basie Center for the Arts

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Due to popular demand, a second show has been added for Kevin James at Count Basie Center for the Arts. He will be performing on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 5:00pm & 8:00pm. Kevin is one of the most successful comedians of all time, best known for his Emmy-nominated performance in the hit CBS series The King of Queens. 

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FEATURES

PHOTOS from "Murray the Elf and the Case of the Missing Mistletoe" at Pegasus

(BORDENTOWN, NJ) -- Pegasus Theatre Company is presenting the New Jersey premiere of the feel-good, family-friendly, holly-jolly mystery Murray the Elf and the Case of the Missing Mistletoe by Bill D’Agostino, running December 2-23 in Bordentown City. This is Pegasus Theatre Company’s first children’s production. A mystery mixed with comedy, Murray is an exciting story everyone in the family will enjoy. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

PHOTOS from "A Tomato Can't Grow In The Bronx" at Chain Theatre

(NEW YORK, NY) -- A Tomato Can't Grow in the Bronx, an acclaimed drama by playwright/novelist Gary Morgenstein, opened at the Chain Theatre in New York City on Friday, December 2nd for a limited engagement through December 17th. The play premiered at Center Playhouse on South Street in downtown Freehold, NJ, in April, 2022. Center Players’ Artistic Director Bernice Garfield-Szita will once again direct the play, which was named  “Best Original Play” at the 2022 Perry Awards by the NJ Association of Community Theaters (NJACT). Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

PHOTOS from "Elf Jr. The Musical" at BCCT

(MANAHAWKIN, NJ) -- Brick Children's Community Theatre (BCCT) is having audiences singing loud for all to hear this holiday season with Elf Jr., the musical adaptation of the classic Christmas film December 2, 3 and 4 at the Stafford Township Arts Center.  Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

Celebrate December with Live Music at Hopewell Theater

(HOPEWELL, NJ) -- Get into the holiday spirit this December at Hopewell Theater with live music concerts that will make the season merry. James Maddock, Danielia Cotton, and Matt O’Ree Band will perform epic holiday-themed concerts across the month following concerts by Lucy Kaplansky, and Pyrenesia & Alex Radus Band. Patrons can also enjoy an evening of local talent at the theater’s final 2022 “Your Stage at Any Stage” curated open mic. Ticket buyers can also support the theater’s holiday donation drive for nonprofit arts organization, Artworks Trenton, at the box office.

PHOTOS from "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" at Mile Square Theatre

(HOBOKEN, NJ) -- Mile Square Theatre presents Tom Mula’s Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol with a four-week limited engagement at Mile Square Theatre from December 1-24. Directed by Jenn Haltman, this clever and dark retelling of the Dickens classic has Jacob Marley tasked with helping to redeem his old business partner’s soul and undergoes his own transformation. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

MPAC Shows This Week

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- There's a lot going on at Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) this week. Shows include An Intimate Evening with David Foster and Katharine McPhee; Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis; Top of the World: A Carpenters Tribute Christmas Show; and Theatre of Light.

It's Time – Presents Under the Tree, Cold Weather, Carolers, Santas Everywhere You Look – and the Nutcracker, and the 50th Anniversary of It Here, Too

The holidays are here and, with them, a dozen or more productions of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’ fabled and warm-hearted ballet the Nutcracker, with its lovable kids and fierce mice. This year, too, we need colorful hats and loud horns to welcome it back because this is the 50th anniversary of the New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker, started so long ago by dance troupe artistic director Carolyn Clark and as welcome this year as then.

"Still Hip, Still Great, Still Amazing!" The Rascals’ Time Peace Tour LIVE! at MPAC

Inside Morristown, NJ’s MPAC auditorium this Wednesday, November 16, 2022 evening, the crowd is just moments away from “Groovin’” to a Time Peace Tour concert performance by The Rascals featuring Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish.

PHOTOS from "A Christmas Carol" at Music Mountain Theatre

(LAMBERTVILLE, NJ) -- Music Mountain Theatre is presenting A Christmas Carol with performances weekends through December 11th. In this classic story, Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than happiness. But, on Christmas Eve, he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts lead him through his past, present and future. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

The Tribute Carpenters Have Not Only Just Begun – They Live On

I interviewed Debbie Taylor, one of the stars of Top of the World: A Carpenters’ Tribute Christmas Show, a show about the music and story of the brother/sister Carpenters that sold 100 million records (which is coming to The Levoy Theatre in Millville on December 1st; the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown on December 4th; and the Carteret Performing Arts Center on December 10th) and asked for her opinion on people’s reaction to the show, that has been touring the nation for six years now.

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COLUMNS

Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Solitary Waltz" by 00

Stoner-rock veteran George Pierro (Solarized, Maegashira) has a new project 00 (Double Zero) whose full-length debut album, “Volume,” on Bandcamp is a fundraiser for Forked River-based Popcorn Park Animal Refuge, where he is pictured with his children, “Brother” George and Anna. The epic six-song LP’s opening track, “Solitary Waltz,” is the Makin Waves Song of the Week.

Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...12/1/22

“We’re from South Jersey but we're kind of all over the place," laughed vocalist Doug Goldspiel as he discussed the particulars of Huxley, past gigs as well as their new music. "We are mostly based out of the Williamstown area. I'm down in the Millville area actually but it's kind of just all over South Jersey. We're an active rock band, we have five members; myself who is the singer, we have our two guitarists, one is Chris Kelly, the other one is Mike Lamplugh; our bassist is Matt Williams and our drummer is Bill Finocchiaro or however you pronounce his last name; which is going to sound great (Laughs).” 

Top 15 Most Read Stories at New Jersey Stage from November 20-26, 2022

Here's a look at the top 15 most read articles published at New Jersey Stage from November 20-26, 2022. Each week we publish about 70 articles, including several original columns and features, along with news releases for events happening throughout the state and nearby areas like Philadelphia and New York City. This week's top 15 includes articles from 7 counties in New Jersey (Atlantic, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Ocean, Somerset, and Union).

Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Elevation" by Yawn Mower

After years of releasing nationally acclaimed EPs and singles, Asbury Park indie darlings Yawn Mower are ending a fall tour in support of their Mint 400 Records full-length debut album, “To Each Their Own Coat,” on Nov. 26 at hometown venue House of Independents with homies Echo Plum, Dentist, and Surf Haven sharing the loaded local bill. The LP includes the college radio hit “Elevation,” the Makin Waves Song of the Week.

Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...11/24/22

“I have to tell you," began founding member of The Hollywood Allstars, keyboardist Steve Gaspar. "Years ago, it was a passion project of mine and when I say years, I mean probably about four or five years ago. I've been in the music business my whole life and I had this idea that I wanted to put together a quote unquote; super group. A dream team of people that I respect and people who I enjoy the way they play and that I enjoy hanging out with and I never would have imagined five years later that I'd be on the phone with you telling you about it. I have the horn section that did The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels tour, the bass player from the Johnny and Edgar Winter groups, the lead singer from Tower of Power, a guitar player that has worked with Blood, Sweat & Tears and Talking Heads; I mean, it really is literally like a dream come true. I mean, not to sound like a corny cliche but I'm really, really fortunate to be able to say I'm surrounded with these people let alone have gotten them all to be in a band and to get a record deal, which in itself is cuckoo these days; you know?” 

MUSIC


  • Fueled by Women: A Charity Compilation
  • Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Solitary Waltz" by 00
  • Morris Choral Society Presents Their Annual Holiday Concert
  • Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...12/1/22
  • Sons of Serendip Bring "Christmas: Beyond the Lights" to South Orange Performing Arts Center

    THEATRE


  • PHOTOS from "Murray the Elf and the Case of the Missing Mistletoe" at Pegasus
  • PHOTOS from "A Tomato Can't Grow In The Bronx" at Chain Theatre
  • Wharton Community Players Present "It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play"
  • The MAC PLAYERS to Hold Auditions for "Seussical"
  • Pegasus Theatre Company presents NJ Premiere of "Murray the Elf and the Case of the Missing Mistletoe"

    FILM


  • Hot Time Coming to Surf City Firehouse for Chili Cook-off and Screening of "Dashcam"
  • New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2023 Runs Jan. 27 to Feb. 19
  • New Jersey Web Festival Addresses Barriers-to-Entry For Creators In 2023
  • Brook Arts Center presents "The Polar Express"
  • NJPAC to present a screening of "American River"

    ART


  • Riverside Gallery presents "The Artistry of Zun"
  • Mayor Baraka Joined Mayor of Sebastián, Puerto Rico To Unveil Mural at Mt. Prospect Place
  • Hamilton Street Gallery Issues Call for Artists: "Dreamland"
  • ACC Gallery presents "Liberation Notes" by Yung C Kang
  • Black Women and Black Suffragists Mural Revealed in Celebration in Englewood

    DANCE


  • The Hip Hop Nutcracker Celebrates Its 10th Season at NJPAC Featuring Spectacular Hip-hop Dancers and The Rap King of Christmas Kurtis Blow
  • It's Time – Presents Under the Tree, Cold Weather, Carolers, Santas Everywhere You Look – and the Nutcracker, and the 50th Anniversary of It Here, Too
  • American Repertory Ballet, featuring Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey, presents Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet
  • "Jersey City Nutcracker" Brings Holiday Tradition Home
  • Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes Runs Through January 2nd

    COMEDY


  • Kevin James to Perform Two Shows at Count Basie Center for the Arts
  • The Irish Comedy Tour Comes To Newton Theatre
  • NJPAC presents Comedian Pinky Patel
  • Impractical Jokers Tour Comes to Camden and Newark
  • NJPAC presents Jim Gaffigan

    COMMUNITY


  • Atlantic City Launches 2022 Tinseltown Holiday Experience
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey Launches Investigative Genetic Genealogy Center
  • Celebrate the Season with Holiday Shows in Union County
  • Ocean Casino Resort presents Theresa Caputo
  • Ramapo College's Assistant Dean of Teacher Education Named to Governor Murphy's Task Force



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    A Christmas Story, The Musical

    Sunday, December 04, 2022 @ 3:00pm
    Algonquin Arts Theatre
    60 Abe Voorhees, Manasquan, NJ 08736
    category: theatre

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    TOP OF THE WORLD: A CARPENTERS TRIBUTE CHRISTMAS SHOW

    Sunday, December 04, 2022 @ 3:00pm
    Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
    100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
    category: music

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    NJ Ballet presents "Nutcracker"

    Sunday, December 04, 2022 @ 1:30pm
    Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)
    30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631
    category: dance

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    NJ Ballet presents "Nutcracker"

    Sunday, December 04, 2022 @ 4:30pm
    Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)
    30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631
    category: dance

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    MARTINA MCBRIDE - THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS TOUR 2022

    Sunday, December 04, 2022 @ 7:30pm
    State Theatre New Jersey
    15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    category: music

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    MPAC Arts in the Community Presents: Theatre of Light 2022

    Sunday, December 04, 2022 @ 5:00pm
    Vail Mansion Lawn
    110 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
    category: community

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    STEVE HACKETT: GENESIS REVISITED, SECONDS OUT, & MORE

    Tuesday, December 06, 2022 @ 8:00pm
    State Theatre New Jersey
    15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    category: music

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    Sons of Serendip

    Wednesday, December 07, 2022 @ 7:30pm
    South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
    One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
    category: music

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    A Christmas Carol

    Wednesday, December 07, 2022 @ 7:30pm
    McCarter Theatre Center (Matthews Theater)
    91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
    category: theatre

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    MICHAEL BOLTON: GREATEST HITS AND HOLIDAY FAVORITES

    Wednesday, December 07, 2022 @ 7:30pm
    Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
    100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
    category: music

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