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Merry, Madcap... Murder? Cape May Stage Presents "Murder for Two: Holiday Edition"

Maybe you don’t envision seasonal cheer when you hear “Murder for Two: Holiday Edition,” the title of the current production at Cape May Stage through Sunday, December 29. But, trust me on this, it’s plenty merry!

"All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914"

By Jesse North & Dave Tavani,

MPAC Presents Reza: Edge of Illusion

The Newton Theatre Presents Big Apple Comedy Club On January 31

Morven Museum & Garden Events For January 2020

McCarter Theatre Presents The World Premiere Of "Goodnight Nobody"



4th Annual Never Forget Tribute Classic Comes To Prudential Center On December 14th

NJDTE Company Celebrates 50th Anniversary Season With “The Nutcracker" In Montclair

The Hot Sardines Bring Their Holiday Stomp To SOPAC On December 14

Luna Stage Presents A Benefit Performance of Ami Brabson’s "A Change is Gonna Come"

Princeton Symphony Orchestra's Holiday POPS! Celebrates the Season with Tap-Dancing Toy Soldiers, a Carol Sing-Along, and More

State Theatre presents "Nutcracker" with the American Repertory Ballet & Live Orchestra

Matt O'Ree Band To Perform And Share Stories In The Gallery at The Strand Theater

The Pipes Of Christmas To Perform In NY/NJ

Chris Pinnella Brings His Holiday Show To Manasquan High School

Newton Theatre Adds Second Show For A John Denver Christmas Special


Dickens Performs Dickens At The Strand

​​​​​​​(LAKEWOOD, NJ) -- Gerald Dickens, the great, great grandson of Charles Dickens, brings his one-man show - a theatrical performance of A Christmas Carol inspired by Charles ...

The Arts Council of Princeton Presents Alex and the Kaleidoscope

TOPLINE Dance Competition In Jersey City

Harry Potter Yule Ball To Take Place In Jersey City

South Jersey Pops Celebrates Holidays with "A Christmas Carol Festival" Dec. 15 in Medford

Louis Armstrong's The Night Before Christmas Featured at NJ Jazz Society December Social

Holiday Pops comes to NJPAC with conductor Keith Lockhart & special guest Governor Phil Murphy

Holiday Express Returns To Count Basie Center For The Arts For Shows Dec 16-17

Lambertville Environmental Commission Welcomes Author Mindy Mutterperl for Sustainability Lecture

Mercer County Symphonic Band Adds Second Winter Concert


Merry, Madcap... Murder? Cape May Stage Presents "Murder for Two: Holiday Edition"

Maybe you don’t envision seasonal cheer when you hear “Murder for Two: Holiday Edition,” the title of the current production at Cape May Stage through Sunday, December 29. But, trust me on this, it’s plenty merry! ...

"She Sounds Even Better Than Her Records!" Gladys Knight LIVE! at MPAC

PHOTOS from "A Christmas Carol" at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ

“A Christmas Carol” Through the Ages

"My Favorite of All Favorites!" The Doobie Brothers LIVE! at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Inside The New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020


Makin Waves Record of the Week: "The Brink" by Solace

When I was a young upstart in the New Jersey music scene during the alternative-rock boom of the late-’80s into the mid-’90s, four bands rattled my spine a bit more than most others: Monster Magnet, Nudeswirl, Big Nurse and Godspeed. ...

Makin Waves with Dentist: Feeding the beat

Makin Waves Record of the Week: self-titled by Black Light Medusa

Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...12/12/19

New Jersey Stage Features Published During The Week Of 12-09-19

New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 12-13-19

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Wesley Stace & His Cabinet of Wonders
One of the most intriguing shows this December will take place at The Strand in Lakewood on Friday the thirteenth.  Wesley Stace, an artist who released great albums for two decades under the name John Wesley Harding, will bring his Cabinet of Wonders show to town. It’s a one of a kind variety show featuring musicians, writers and comedians. The goal is to make the audience laugh, think, and sing along. Cabinet of Wonders has been described as a little bit vaudeville, a little bit literary, and a lot of rock ‘n’ roll.

Catching Up With Joe
​​​​​​​The South Camden Theatre Company that Joe Paprzycki founded is celebrating a pair of anniversaries this season.  It is the theatre company’s 15th anniversary and the 10th year of the Waterfront South Theatre, which was built on the site where Paprzycki’s grandfather once owned a bar. Joe’s life was closely tied to the theatre and to Camden itself for a long time, but that ended a few years ago.  Today, he’s living up in North Truro, Massachusetts, and enjoying a new chapter in his life.  Instead of regrets, he’s having fun hanging out with people like Kathleen Turner and Tony Kushner.

REVIEW: "In Fabric"
The elevator (or in this case, dumb waiter) pitch for In Fabric, writer/director Peter Strickland's fourth feature, ostensibly concerns a cursed dress, which may remind horror buffs of Robert Bloch's short story 'The Weird Tailor', adapted for the screen as an episode of the '60s Boris Karloff hosted show Thriller and an installment of the 1972 Amicus anthology Asylum. Splitting the film into two distinct though interconnected stories, Strickland's movie recalls the output of Amicus, and while he continues to channel the exotic spirit of '70s Euro horror, In Fabric is distinctly British in its self-deprecating humor. A succinct elevator pitch might read 'Dario Argento's Are You Being Served?'

Makin Waves Records of the Year 2019
Makin Waves’ annual Top 10 Records of the Year list includes Experiment 34, Baron Praxis,The Anderson Council, Frank Lombardi, Cyclone Static, Chill Smith, From Good Homes, Pyrenesia, The Vansaders and Stella Mrowicki. Plus another 10 honorable mentions. Be a pal, and buy some! 

Featured Music Video: "Love and Joy" by The Cucumbers
This month's featured music video is a new holiday tune by The Cucumbers.

​​​​​​​Those of us who were affected and lived through Hurricane Sandy in 2012 will never forget it.  For many of us, our lives were never the same after that storm.  Dennis King chose to stay in his Morris County house despite having no heat or power for 11 days. One thing he did have was a guitar and a desire to write music.

Holiday Film Fest at Hopewell Theater
Hopewell Theater will screen four holiday favorites while holding a fundraising drive for HomeFront NJ - an organization whose mission is to end homelessness in Central New Jersey by harnessing the caring, resources and expertise of the community.  Hopewell Theater patrons can add a donation for HomeFront to their ticket purchase online or in person at the box office  now through Monday, January 6, 2020. 

Theatre Preview: December 2019
Here's a look at plays taking place on stages across the Garden State in December. Remember to add your plays to the New Jersey Stag event calendar (listings are free) and send press releases to

In the #metoo era, we have become accustomed to seeing women portrayed as victims.  Zaritza, an artist living in Monmouth County, recently released a single and music video for a song that shows a different side - instead of being a victim, the song celebrates female desire and sexuality.  It would be a bold song in any era, but it’s completely eye-opening today.

REVIEW: "The Good Liar"
Ian McKellen and director Bill Condon reteam once again for this adaptation of Nicholas Searle

Makin Waves Songs of the Year: 2019
Makin Waves’ annual Top 10 songs of the year list includes Honey Wild, From Good Homes, Jackson Pines, Arlan Feiles, Frank Lombardi, Mike Daly & The Planets, Hot Blood, The Vansaders, Experiment 34, and Stella Mrowicki.  Be a pal, and buy some! 

Record Roundup with The Clydes, Daughter Vision and Baron Praxis
Bob Makin takes a look at the latest releases by The Clydes, Daughter Vision and Baron Praxis in this month

NJDTE Company Celebrates 50th Anniversary Season With “The Nutcracker" In Montclair
(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- NJDTE presents the 50th Anniversary of their acclaimed production of The Nutcracker with performances on December 14-15 at Montclair State University. This milestone will honor the brilliant history of the past as well as celebrate the present and future generations of NJDTE Dancers - some of the top artists from New Jersey who go on as professionals in the field. 

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Event calendar
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019


Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Motor City Revue @ The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

NEW POLITICS, PLAIN WHITE T'S & THE MOWGLI'S @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 6:00pm

HOLIDAY DOO WOP VOL. II @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:00pm

Jackie Evancho @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

DUEL OF THE DECADES: 90'S VS. Y2K @ The Wellmont Theater, Montclair - 7:00pm


Morris Choral Society Presents "Baroque Jewels and Songs of the Season" @ Morristown United Methodist Church , Morristown - 8:00pm

Imperial Brass Sounds of the season @ Grace Episcopal Church (Nyack, NY), Nyack - 3:00pm

Princeton Symphony Orchestra: Holiday POPS! @ Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton - 3:00pm and 6:00pm

The Hot Sardines @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm

Broadway for the Holidays: A Musical Revue @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 8:00pm

Quiet Storm @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm


It's A Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre @ The Avenel Performing Arts Center, Avenel - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

East Lynne Theater Company presents THE GREAT TREE AND OTHER TALES BY ZONA GALE @ First Presbyterian Church (Cape May), Cape May - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

It's A Wonderful Life @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Free to Be...You and Me @ Players Guild of Leonia at the Civil War Drill Hall Theatre, Leonia - 3:00pm and 7:00pm

Broadway for the Holidays: A Musical Revue @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 8:00pm

Madeline’s Christmas @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 1:30pm and 3:30pm


Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 7:00pm


NEW JERSEY BALLET'S NUTCRACKER WITH NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 1:00pm and 6:00pm

NUTCRACKER - AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 2:00pm and 7:00pm

The Nutcracker, National Ballet Theater of Odessa @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 2:00pm and 7:00pm

The Nutcracker @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 1:00pm and 4:00pm


Polar Express Pajama Party @ Brook Arts Center, Bound Brook - 6:30pm

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