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Events in New Jersey on 12-15-2018

Here is a look at 9 events happening tomorrow that we have previewed in New Jersey Stage. We are the place to turn to for coverage of art-related events throughout the entire state. Send your press releases to to have your shows previewed and be sure to add your events to our calendar. Event ...

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Benefit Concert For Dina's Dwellings In New Brunswick On Friday

Audible and NJPAC Present "Jazz in the Key of Ellison"



NJPAC Hosts A Nutcracker Weekend

New Jersey Ballet To Perform Its Annual Holiday Classic at Mayo

NJPAC Presents Kwanzaa Festival and Marketplace

New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet Presents Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite at Centenary

State Theatre Presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The King and I"

SOPAC Presents Comedian Todd Barry on December 14 (rescheduled performance)

"I See Myself in You:" A Conversation with Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas

Manhatten Brothers To Perform Holiday Concert At Theater League of Clifton

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Presents CAFE Choir Concert in Chatham

Spiral Sounds Hosts Abbie Gardner & Craig Akin


Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live in Concert

(NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents The Nightmare Before Christmas on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30pm with Danny Elfman’s score performed live by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestar and a choir. Based on a story and character ...

Penn & Teller To Perform At Atlantic City's Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Ana Gasteyer Hosts "Holiday Tipple" at Grunin Center

Classic Stones Live! The Complete Rolling Stones Tribute Show Comes To SOPAC

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Holiday POPS! Celebrates the Season with Music from Elf, a Carol Sing-Along, and More!

Kick off the Holiday Season with NJ Festival Orchestra and The Three Holiday Tenors

UCPAC Presents Louie Anderson

Meredith Ochs, Author of "Rock and Roll Woman - The Fiercest 50 Female Rockers" To Hold Book Signing In Asbury Park

The THE BAND Band Comes To Darress Theatre

Women's Theater Company Presents "Carol Channeling, Caroling"


Peter Max Remembers Frank Sinatra

(HOBOKEN, NJ) -- As fans of Frank Sinatra across the world remember the legendary entertainer on what would have been his 103th birthday (December 12th), pop artist Peter Max provides a series of portraits of 'Ol' Blue Eyes' at different points throughout his career. Max, with a 5 decades-long career of his own, created these signature, vibrantly colored portraits, working with ...

NJPAC's "The Hip Hop Nutcracker"

PHOTOS from "The Winter's Tale" at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

It's a Shore Holiday: The Atlantic City Ballet LIVE! at Caesars

REVIEW: "It's A Wonderful Life" At Mile Square Theatre

Betsy Aidem Puts A Woman's Touch On George Street Playhouse's "A Doll's House, Part 2"


Makin Waves with Silent Knight and The Band Called FUSE: "Rise Together"

New Brunswick rapper Silent Knight has been working in and out of The Band Called FUSE for than a decade and will celebrate his annual Christmas Spectacular on Christmas Eve at Blackthorn in New Brunswick. He chats about both the band and his solo stuff in the Makin Waves Interview. ...

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Free Bird for the Free World" by Myles Nxbxdy

Makin Waves Scene Report with Asbury Park Punk Rock Flea Market, Vextion, The Cryptkeeper Five and more

ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...12/13/18

PODCAST: 2 Guys From Jersey - Episode 62

New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 12-14-18

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Gooch & the Motion
This New Year’s Day will be 15 years to the day that Ryan Nelson’s life changed forever.  The Salem County musician crashed his pickup truck head first into a tree, smashing his C7 vertebra, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.  Doctors told him he died three times on the helicopter ride to the hospital.  He would move on to a second hospital for spinal cord surgery and a third for rehabilitation.  It was there that music literally saved his life by giving him a purpose.  

REVIEW: "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald"
For better or worse (worse in this writer’s eyes), the success of the Harry Potter franchise is largely responsible for the current Hollywood landscape of endless sequels, prequels and that awful phrase “universe building.” The Potter films showed Hollywood that it was a far safer financial model to hook audiences into returning for instalments of an ongoing series rather than taking a punt on the unknown quantity of original properties.

An Actor's Carol
There’s something absolutely wonderful about A Christmas Carol, the holiday classic penned by Charles Dickens in 1843.  The story has been told in countless films, plays, and cartoons.  It is performed on stages around the world towards the end of every season and is universally loved.  But imagine being one of the many actors of a certain age who get typecast as Scrooge and are forced to relive that nightmarish night over and over again each year.

Dreaming of Dylan
“I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours,” sang Bob Dylan in his song “Talking World War III Blues.”  Mary Lee Kortes found inspiration in those words to compile a book entitled Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob in which she shares several of her own dreams about Dylan as well as over 100 more from others around the world.

Featured Music Video: "Running Away" by The Weeklings
This month's Featured Music Video of the Month is "Running Away" by The Weeklings.

Bongo Boy TV - Issue 53
Each issue of NJ Stage Magazine contains the latest episode of Bongo Boy TV showcasing great music videos from around the world.

REVIEW: "Shoplifters"
Earlier this year, writer/director extraordinaire Hirokazu Kore-eda surprised us with The Third Murder, a legal thriller that made for a stark departure from the sentimental family dramas he’s become known for. With his Palme d’Or winning Shoplifters, Kore-eda is back on familiar ground, but this particular family drama shares much in common with The Third Murder. With his thriller, Kore-eda deconstructed the genre, forcing us to question how willingly we place our trust in a storyteller. Similarly, Shoplifters sees Kore-eda lull his audience into a false sense of security, making us develop a warmth and affection towards people who may not warrant such empathy.

Jerry Gant 1961-2018
Jerry, There is no bio that will seem complete for you. Where would it be listed, amongst your numerous and diverse accomplishments, that you talked to people, always seemed to find time for the younger artists, to talk to them and look at their sketchbooks? Your use of language as a material, testing limits, associations, and possibilities.

Roots Rock Legends: Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore
“Forty years on the highway, living on dreams and gasoline” That’s a line from the wonderful title track of the album  Downey to Lubbock  the first collaboration from Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.  The longtime friends embarked on a series of acoustic shows in Texas, which were so much fun and well received that they decided to create an album. 

INSIDE MUSIC: Could I Make It In Standup Comedy?
Looking through a box of memorabilia, I came across this 1990s piece I wrote as a columnist for the Monmouth County Arts Council’s monthly publication.  It sure was a different world. Looking back, even the comedy was kinder.  Imagine. When I wrote this I thought it was edgy! 

Makin Waves Best NJ Indie Records of 2018
Makin Waves’ annual Top 10 NJ indie album list features Screaming Females, Nalani & Sarina, Mike Montrey Band, Avery Mandeville, Deal Casino, Well Wisher, Hub City Stompers, Doc Rotten, Crazy & the Brains and Karen Mansfield, plus another 10 honorable mentions.

Makin Waves Best NJ Indie Songs of 2018
Makin Waves’ 10 best NJ indie songs includes Avery Mandeville, Nalani & Sarina, Deal Casino, The Burns, Screaming Females, The Porchistas, Levy & the Oaks, Experiment 34, Bulletproof Belv & Matty Carlock, and Natalie Farrell.

"The Spitfire Grill" and Caitlin Geisser Return To Their Roots
“I saw something in her that you rarely come across,” recalled Ted Wioncek III, Artistic Director at Eagle Theatre in Hammonton. “She’s more than wise beyond her years; I believe she’s going to be a game-changer and a trendsetter for this art form.”

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Event calendar
Friday, Dec 14, 2018


CHRIS LANE WITH MASON RAMSEY & GABBY BARRETT @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

GRIFFIN HOUSE @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 6:30pm

JOHNNY O @ Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 10:00pm

Brian Fallon @ Crossroads (Garwood), Garwood - 8:00pm

Vocalist Night 9 @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:30pm

Open Stage at the Minstrel @ Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown - 7:30pm

Denzel China-Live @ QXT's Nightclub, Newark - 7:30pm

Holiday Doo Wop @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:30pm

TAKING BACK SUNDAY @ Starland Ballroom, Sayreville - 7:00pm

Season of Neil @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm


Elf, The Musical @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 7:30pm

A Christmas Story @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 8:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

Seussical @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 7:30pm

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 7:00pm

A Wonderful Life @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 8:00pm

Hudson Theatre Works presents "And My True Love Gave To Me" @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 8:00pm


Todd Barry at SOPAC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm



The Hip Hop Nutcracker @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm

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