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New Jersey Stage Features Published During The Week Of 05-13-19

originally published: 05/13/2019

NJ Stage Weekly Features

In addition to running about 60 news stories and event previews each week, New Jersey Stage runs several original features and interviews as well. Every Monday we shine a spotlight on the features run for the past week.

"A Joy to Watch!" John Pizzarelli Salutes the Music of Nat King Cole LIVE! at the Grunin Center
By Spotlight Central
The sold-out audience at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Friday, April 24, 2019 anxiously awaits a tribute performance by virtuoso jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli entitled For Centennial Reasons:100 Years Salute to Nat King Cole.

ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...5/9/19
By Danny Coleman
"I thought of that name for the group because first, I always liked the candy and thought it was very special stuff; kind of like medicine that tasted good," says lead vocalist and guitarist Mimi Betinis of the '70's "Power Pop" group PEZBAND. "What really kind of fascinated me was the letter combination; P E Z. I thought it was kind of unusual and out of high school we had a little jam band and called it PEZ and then I thought; why don't we make it something that people will only associate with us instead of the candy? So I decided to call it PEZBAND so that the name just meant the group instead of the candy."

Makin Waves Scene Report with Makin Waves Fest, Radio Jersey, Rock Against Hate & more
By Bob Makin
Full on Empty, featuring Dan Caputo of Negative Sky, pictured, will be one of 24 bands that play the inaugural Makin Waves Fest May 17 to 19 at the Brighton Bar, Long Branch, and May 20 at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park. Also featured this week are Lump ‘N’ Loaf Records, He Said She Said, Park Fest, Telegraph Hill Records, Jernee Mill, Cat London, Kathleen Elle, Mike Montrey Band, Greygoesblack, The View from Here, Asbury Park Music Foundation and Rose Kingsley. 

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Dark Country" by Little Vicious
By Bob Makin
Little Vicious will release their “Dark Country” LP on May 17, which will coincide with a video shoot for the track “Soul Collector” at Whitechapel Projects in Long Branch. During the 12 months that she has been able to devote to her music full time, bad-ass shredder Marguerite King has been able to make Little Vicious one of the best bands in New Jersey and their forthcoming LP, “Dark Country,” proves it.


American Repertory Ballet Premieres "Beauty and the Beast"
By Jesse & Dave,
It's a tale as old as time -- but not exactly that one. American Repertory Ballet's "Beauty and the Beast" is making its world premiere. Presented with Princeton Symphony Orchestra, this show promises all the enchantment and romance that comes with this beloved story. Join Jesse and Dave at rehearsal in Princeton to hear more from the stars of this spellbinding ballet.


Rutgers New Jersey Medical School's Collaborative Exhibition Will Feature Art From Matheny's Arts Access Program
By Sanford Josephson
(NEWARK, NJ) -- When Geeta Acharya arrived at the Matheny Medical and Educational Center as Corporate Compliance Officer in June 2010, she was impressed by its Arts Access Program, which empowers individuals with disabilities to create art without boundaries. Acharya, a resident of Bridgewater, is also an artist and was amazed by the facilitation process, which employs professional artists who follow the instructions of artists who may not have control of their hands and, in some cases, are non-verbal, communicating 'yes' and 'no' by a blink of the eye or a nod of the head.

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Event calendar
Saturday, May 25, 2019


Betty Who @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

SNAIL MAIL @ Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

The Bomb Digz @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 6:30pm

Will Wood's HEAD @ Art Tank, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Music In The Valley Series @ Middle Valley Community Center, Long Valley - 7:30pm

Atlantic Wind Ensemble @ Great Auditorium , Ocean Grove - 8:00pm

Popa Chubby @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm


Heisenberg @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm and 8:00pm

Surfing My DNA @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 3:00pm and 8:00pm


Comedian Mike Delamont @ Avenel Performing Arts Center, Avenel - 8:00pm

Mike Marino ft. Jon Bramnick, NJs Funniest Lawyer @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

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