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The Wellmont Theater presents Patton Oswalt: Who's Ready To Laugh?


(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- The Wellmont Theater presents Patton Oswalt: Who's Ready To Laugh? On Friday, February 11. From his award-winning comedy specials to his many memorable film roles and guest appearances on his favorite TV shows, Oswalt continues to find success in all areas of entertainment. Doors are at 6:00pm, showtime is 7:00pm.

Prospect Theater Company Presents World Premiere of "Notes From Now"

(NEW YORK, NY) -- Prospect Theater Company will present the world premiere of Notes From Now, directed and choreographed by Billy Bustamante from March 2-20, 2022 at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street). This brand-new musical anthology, bringing together songwriters from Broadway and beyond, weaves together words and music to create a gallery of playful, provocative, and profound observations on the human journey.

The Theater Project Holds Virtual Audition Workshop For Actors 17-25

The Theater Project (TheTheaterProject.org), a leading incubator for rising talent and a showcase for New Jersey artists, is offering a four-session VIRTUAL AUDITION WORKSHOP for young actors, 17-25 years old from January 25 to February 15.  The classes are part of the company’s on-going response to the decreased number of opportunities available to actors during the current surge of Covid cases. Students are charged only $30 for the four meetings.

Gallery Aferro Welcomes 2022 With Three New Exhibitions

(NEWARK, NJ) -- On Saturday, February 5th, Gallery Aferro will celebrate for the first time in the new year with three new winter exhibitions. The new shows will highlight the 19-year-old organization’s commitment to public-serving art in a community hit hard by the ongoing pandemic. The winter exhibitions (on display until April 1) will feature artists who expertly combine personal reflection and social commentary wrapped in the brilliance of artistic ingenuity. This delight for the eyes and ears offers amazing musical and visual creations to help you start off your new year (solar or lunar) just right. 

New Art Exhibitions at Hunterdon Art Museum Explore Climate Change, Socio-Political Friction, Burdens of 21st Century Society

(CLINTON, NJ) -- The Hunterdon Art Museum presents three new exhibitions opening January 23, 2022. The exhibitions include work from artists Thea Clark, Malcolm Mobutu Smith, and Nanette Carter. They each explore the topics of climate change, socio-political friction, and burdens of 21st-century society. Malcolm Mobutu Smith: Evermore Nevermore January 23 – April 17, 2022 Thea Clark: Do/Undo

THE END? Movie Theaters Are Hanging on for Dear Life

When I was a teenager in Morris County in the 1960s, my buddies and I went to the movies at least  once week. We had plenty of movie theaters to attend, too.

Our Favorite Stories In Art - King For A Day

New Jersey Stage published its 25,000th story in December 2021. As the site approached the milestone, we posed the question on social media as how we should celebrate.  One response was to highlight our favorite stories from over the years.  We liked this idea, but could not narrow things down to just 25 favorites so we will present a favorite each day from different genres.  Today we are featuring one of our favorite stories in art.  It's a story about King for a Day, a book of photography featuring Elvis impersonators of all shapes and sizes.

Bristol Riverside Theatre presents "I and You"

(BRISTOL, PA) -- Bristol Riverside Theatre kicks off the year with the local premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s mind-blowing I and You. This mysterious play about two high school students who uncover their connection to each other is directed by Gia Forakis. The show runs January 25-February 13.

Trenton City Museum presents Painting the Moon and Beyond: An Online Artists Talk with Lois Dodd and Friends

(TRENTON, NJ) -- The Trenton City Museum invites the public to join the artists of Painting the Moon and Beyond in an online talk Wednesday, January 26 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Lois Dodd, Jeff Epstein, Dan Finaldi, Elizabeth O'Reilly, and Mel Leipzig will talk about their relationships to one another, how their friendships have helped them grow as artists, painting outside at night, and anything attendees ask during the talk’s Q&A.

Premiere Stages at Kean University Announces 2022 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Award Winners

(UNION, NJ) -- Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company in residence at Kean University, has named current Kean University student Jennifer Pillaga (Class of ’22) and alumnus Elaine Insinnia (Class of ‘68 ) as the winners of the 2022 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Awards, named for longtime donors W. John Bauer and Nancy Boucher. Both winners will receive a cash prize and a one-day developmental reading of their plays with a professional cast and director. The Bauer Boucher Student Award will be held virtually via Zoom and is free and open to the public. The Bauer Boucher Alumnus Award will be performed at Lantern Hill Senior Living.

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FEATURES

THE END? Movie Theaters Are Hanging on for Dear Life

When I was a teenager in Morris County in the 1960s, my buddies and I went to the movies at least  once week. We had plenty of movie theaters to attend, too.

Spotlight on Flush

Flush is a four-piece rock band from Helsinki, Finland that plays a dark blend of alternative, punk, and hard rock, with elements of pop and metal thrown into the mix. The band thinks their music will sound familiar to most listeners, but still not directly like any other band out there. New Jersey Stage spoke with Lasse for this spotlight article.

Life, Liberty, and the Kool Kids: An Interview with Robert “Kool” Bell, founding member of Kool & the Gang, and Hakim Bell

In 1964, a group of Jersey City school kids started a band – never imagining that they would go on to influence the music of three generations with their own trademark blend of soul, funk, jazz, rock and pop.

Justin Turk Talks About His New EP, "Just In Time"

Justin Turk is a singer-songwriter living in Florida who was born and raised in New Jersey.  His new EP, Just In Time, will be released on February 25, 2022. The EP was produced by Art Ward from Century Music Group and mixed and mastered by two-time Grammy nominee Justin Cortelyou.  The record is enhanced by performances from some of Nashville's top studio musicians.

An Interview With Gerry Rosenthal

Gerry Rosenthal is an example of a hard working musician. The singer-songwriter / guitarist from Highland Park plays in multiple bands (an original rock band, Beatles tribute, wedding band, and his own Gerry Rosenthal Trio) and guests with other artists. He released a new EP on January 1, 2022.  In addition to music, he's had an acting career that includes roles in Finding Forrester, "Law & Order", and was the star of a video game called "Bully", which still has a huge fanbase 15 years after its release.

Theaters Forced To Fight Covid Issues Again

Covid-19 is once again spreading it monstrous tentacles into the New Jersey theater world, canceling and postponing numerous plays throughout the state.

"Deerwoods Deathtrap" to Screen at Sundance Film Festival

(PARK CITY, UT) -- Memories can become muddled over time and they certainly have for Jack and Betty. In 1971 they were hit by a train while on a trip to Cape May and survived. 50 years later they return to the "scene of the crime" to discuss what happened that fateful September morning. Shot entirely on Kodak Super 8 film, "Deerwoods Deathtrap" by director James P. Gannon is a short film that explores the deadly accident and the conflicting memories surrounding it.

SOPAC's Jazz in the Loft 2022 Series Lineup

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- Kick off the new year with Jazz in the Loft, a South Orange Performing Arts Center concert series curated and hosted by Grammy-winning bassist John Lee. On Sunday nights, hear world-class artists from the region in the cabaret-style setting of the SOPAC Loft. The 2022 Jazz in the Loft series is dedicated to Lee Boswell-May, longtime curator of the program. Tickets are $20. All shows begin at 7:00pm.

FEATURES

Makin Waves with Taylor Simon King: Sweet Celebration

The latest production of the dynamic husband-and-wife team of Jersey Shore Broadway talent Lisa Sherman and Oscar-winning songwriter Franke Previte celebrates three iconic American troubadours: James Taylor, Carly Simon and Carole King. Taylor Simon King’s clever musical arrangements and unforgettable, carefully chosen songs take audiences through decades of the legendary singer-songwriters’ individual careers and beloved music.

Creating Art From Newspapers Every Day For 18 Years

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Physical newspapers may be part of a dying breed, but they still hold beauty and wonder for many.  Long-time Montclair resident Peter Jacobs is one who not only loves newspapers, but creates art with them each day. In fact, he has created a collage from daily newspapers every single day, uninterrupted, for nearly 18 straight years.

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COLUMNS

Our Favorite Stories In Art - King For A Day

New Jersey Stage published its 25,000th story in December 2021. As the site approached the milestone, we posed the question on social media as how we should celebrate.  One response was to highlight our favorite stories from over the years.  We liked this idea, but could not narrow things down to just 25 favorites so we will present a favorite each day from different genres.  Today we are featuring one of our favorite stories in art.  It's a story about King for a Day, a book of photography featuring Elvis impersonators of all shapes and sizes.

Makin Waves Song of the Week: Whirling Dervishes “Tattooed Republican"

Two-time Makin Waves Band of the Year Whirling Dervishes are back with a Makin Waves Song of the Week, the politically satirical “Tattooed Republican” from their new LP, “From Obscurity to Oblivion.”

Our Favorite Stories In Comedy - An Interview With George Lopez

New Jersey Stage published its 25,000th story in December 2021. As the site approached the milestone, we posed the question on social media as how we should celebrate. One response was to highlight our favorite stories from over the years. We liked this idea, but could not narrow things down to just 25 favorites so we will present a favorite each day from different genres. Today features a story about comedy. It's when we interviewed George Lopez about the second year of his television show,Lopez

Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...1/13/22

“You know right where you are when you get here, the big black ominous awning outside, the sign is a sharp centerpiece for the room right when you walk in; it has character which I think is very important for a shop like this. I’ve worked in other shops over the years where it needed something like that; it’s a music shop, it’s about the arts and It needs something like this,” stated Charles Laurita confidently as he discussed his soon to be open Mischief Studios in Pennington, NJ. “This definitely is the widening of The Mischief brand in an interesting way.”

Our Favorite Stories In Film - Bullitt County

New Jersey Stage published its 25,000th story in December 2021. As the site approached the milestone, we posed the question on social media as how we should celebrate.  One response was to highlight our favorite stories from over the years.  We liked this idea, but could not narrow things down to just 25 favorites so we will present a favorite each day from different genres.  Every Wednesday will feature a story about film.  We're kicking off this series with an interview with the director and producer of Bullitt County, a film that opened the New Jersey International Film Festival Summer 2018.

MUSIC


  • Spotlight on Flush
  • The NY Bee Gees Tribute Show Comes To Brook Arts Center On April 1st
  • Makin Waves Song of the Week: Whirling Dervishes “Tattooed Republican"
  • Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...1/13/22
  • Plainfield Symphony Presents Free Virtual Concert On January 22nd

    THEATRE


  • Prospect Theater Company Presents World Premiere of "Notes From Now"
  • The Theater Project Holds Virtual Audition Workshop For Actors 17-25
  • Bristol Riverside Theatre presents "I and You"
  • Premiere Stages at Kean University Announces 2022 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Award Winners
  • The Princeton Triangle Club presents "Singin' In The Train"

    FILM


  • THE END? Movie Theaters Are Hanging on for Dear Life
  • Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Bolstering The New Jersey Film & Digital Media Tax Credit Program
  • Our Favorite Stories In Film - Bullitt County
  • Lighthouse International Film Society Offers Virtual Screening of "FRANCE" by Bruno Dumont
  • "Deerwoods Deathtrap" to Screen at Sundance Film Festival

    ART


  • Gallery Aferro Welcomes 2022 With Three New Exhibitions
  • New Art Exhibitions at Hunterdon Art Museum Explore Climate Change, Socio-Political Friction, Burdens of 21st Century Society
  • Our Favorite Stories In Art - King For A Day
  • Trenton City Museum presents Painting the Moon and Beyond: An Online Artists Talk with Lois Dodd and Friends
  • Art in the Atrium celebrates its 30th Anniversary with exhibits in MPAC’s art galleries

    DANCE


  • State Theatre presents Complexions Contemporary Ballet with "Bach to Bowie" on January 28th
  • Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Announces New Artistic Team In Response to the Passing of Nai-Ni Chen
  • The Russian Ballet Theatre presents "Swan Lake" at NJPAC on February 13th
  • State Theatre presents Dancing with the Stars: Dare to Be Different on January 19th
  • NJPAC Presents Peking Acrobats on March 12th
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater To Perform At NJPAC In May 2022

    COMEDY


  • The Wellmont Theater presents Patton Oswalt: Who's Ready To Laugh?
  • Our Favorite Stories In Comedy - An Interview With George Lopez
  • Danny Aiello’s The Italian Chicks Comes To Brook Arts Center on July 16th
  • NJPAC Presents Deon Cole On March 11th
  • NJPAC Presents Bert Kreischer: The Berty Boy Relapse Tour In March
  • NJPAC Presents Ron White: Catch the Tater
  • NJPAC Presents Presents Gary Gulman: Born on 3rd Base

    COMMUNITY


  • Is Your Dog a Hero to You? Nominations Open for the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards(R)
  • RVCC Holocaust Institute Sets Virtual Events Focusing on Author and Performance of Letters from Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Grunin Foundation Announces Six New Board Members
  • Monmouth County Tourism Receives “President’s Award” from NJTIA
  • 67 Nursing Graduates Who Are Needed Now More Than Ever



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    The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery presents L'DOR V’DOR: CARRYING THE TORCH (Walk + Talk)

    Sunday, January 16, 2022 @ 1:00pm
    The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC
    One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
    category: art

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    American Patchwork Quartet

    Wednesday, January 19, 2022 @ 2:00pm
    Grunin Center
    1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
    category: music

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    DANCING WITH THE STARS—LIVE TOUR 2022

    Wednesday, January 19, 2022 @ 8:00pm
    State Theatre New Jersey
    15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    category: dance

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    Your Stage At Any Stage: Open Mic Hosted By Michelle Klein

    Thursday, January 20, 2022 @ 7:00pm
    Hopewell Theater
    5 S. Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, NJ 08525
    category: community

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    RENT 25th Anniversary Tour: The Farewell Season of Love

    Friday, January 21, 2022 @ 8:00pm
    Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
    100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
    category: theatre

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    Biloxi Blues

    Saturday, January 22, 2022 @ 8:00pm
    Algonquin Arts Theatre
    60 Abe Voorhees, Manasquan, NJ 08736
    category: theatre

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    RENT 25th Anniversary Tour: The Farewell Season of Love

    Saturday, January 22, 2022 @ 2:00pm
    Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
    100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
    category: theatre

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    RENT 25th Anniversary Tour: The Farewell Season of Love

    Saturday, January 22, 2022 @ 8:00pm
    Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
    100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
    category: theatre

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    Metuchen Dance Centre's original Duke Ellington Nutcracker

    Saturday, January 22, 2022 @ 1:00pm
    Brook Arts Center
    10 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook, NJ 08805
    category: dance

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    Metuchen Dance Centre's original Duke Ellington Nutcracker

    Saturday, January 22, 2022 @ 6:00pm
    Brook Arts Center
    10 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook, NJ 08805
    category: dance

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