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Events This Week in New Jersey: September 26 to October 2, 2023

originally published: 09/26/2023

Events This Week in New Jersey: September 26 to October 2, 2023

Here is a look at upcoming events taking place from September 26 to October 2, 2023 along with our featured listings. New Jersey Stage offers previews of events throughout the Garden State as well as select shows in New York City and Philadelphia areas. Click on the title to go to the full preview.

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EVENT PREVIEWS

Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival to Take Place September 8th through October 8th. (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies, will present the Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival on Fridays and Sundays from September 8 to October 8, 2023. This marks the festival's 42nd anniversary.

McCarter Theatre presents "Bulrusher". (PRINCETON, NJ) -- McCarter Theatre Center opens their 2023-2024 Theatre Series with Eisa Davis' Bulrusher, a transformational coming-of-age story filled to the brim with passion, humor, and even a touch of magic; on stage in the Berlind Theatre from September 13 – October 7, 2023. This is a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where the production will move after its run in Princeton. Click here for a feature article on the play.



 
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Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents "Waiting for Godot". (MADISON, NJ) -- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) continues its 2023 Main Stage season with Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Hailed "one of the true masterpieces of the century" by the New York Times, Godot has fascinated and infuriated audiences since it burst upon the world in 1953. This funny, cruel, moving, enigmatic metaphor is "theatre of the absurd" at its most breathtaking pinnacle. The production runs from September 13 – October 1, 2023.

South Camden Theatre Company presents "Alabama Story". (CAMDEN, NJ) -- South Camden Theatre Company presents the New Jersey and Regional premiere of Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones, weekends from September 15 through October 1, 2023. This is a play based on a true story about book banning, a librarian, a state senator, and black and white bunnies. The production is directed by Connie Norwood.

George Street Playhouse presents "The Pianist". (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- George Street Playhouse presents The Pianist, a play with music, based on the memoir "The Pianist" by Wladyslaw Szpilman and directed and adapted for the stage by Emily Mann (Broadway: A Streetcar Named Desire, Having Our Say, Anna and the Tropics). The Pianist begins previews on September 26, with an official opening night set for September 29. The play runs through October 22. Click here for a feature article on the play.

Avenel Performing Arts Center presents "Thank You For Being So Dead". (AVENEL, NJ) -- The Avenel Performing Arts Center presents Thank You For Being So Dead, a murder mystery, from September 28-30, 2023. Miami, Miami... You've Got Murder! Eschewing the 55+ communities, four women move in together to eat cheesecake, reminisce about a town called St. Olaf and sit at a kitchen table that only seats three. But someone out there wants to tarnish these golden gals for good.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - Count Basie Center for the Arts presents Brian Setzer on September 27th. (RED BANK, NJ) -- Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy award-winner Brian Setzer has confirmed a 12-date fall tour coinciding with a new solo album due in the upcoming months via Surfdog Records--more details coming soon. Marking his first live shows in over four years, the "ROCKABILLY RIOT" tour will kick off Wednesday, September 27 at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, NJ and includes stops in Nashville, TN (at the historic Ryman Auditorium), Foxwoods Casino, Cincinnati, Chicago (Waukegan) and others before wrapping in Minneapolis (his adopted hometown).

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - The Vogel presents Toad the Wet Sprocket. (RED BANK, NJ) -- The Vogel presents Toad the Wet Sprocket on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 8:00pm. The band is still making new music and touring with the same spirit of independence that started it all over three decades ago and credit their success to the unwavering support of their fans. In their most recent music releases and live performances, the band has continued to stay true to their roots while evolving their sound.

Friday, September 29, 2023 - Princeton University's Music Department premieres the Timbuktu Grooves Festival this Fall 2023 in partnership with McCarter Theatre Center. (PRINCETON, NJ) -- Princeton University’s Music Department presents the Timbuktu Grooves Festival from September 29 – October 1, 2023 led by Olivier Tarpaga, a Lester Horton Award-winning choreographer and director of the African Music Ensembles at Princeton since 2017.



 
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Friday, September 29, 2023 - State Theatre New Jersey presents Comedy Night on September 29th. (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- Enjoy an evening of comedy at State Theatre New Jersey with five hilarious comedians on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 8:0pm. The lineup includes Joe Matarese, Matt Lopes, Jackie Fabulous, Rishi Mathur, and emcee, Vinnie Brand.

Friday, September 29, 2023 - MPAC to open 29th season with Hitting New Heights starring Mandy Gonzalez and Javier Munoz. (MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Mayo Performing Arts Center's 29th season officially begins on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 8:00pm with the Hitting New Heights, a celebration of Broadway, starring Mandy Gonzalez and Javier Muñoz two of Broadway's leading Hispanic performers. Tickets range from $39-$79.

Saturday, September 30, 2023 - Count Basie Center for the Arts presents Buddy Guy – Damn Right Farewell. (RED BANK, NJ) -- Count Basie Center for the Arts presents Buddy Guy – Damn Right Farewell on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at 8:00pm. At age 86, Buddy Guy is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago's fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Special guest Bobby Rush will open the night.

Saturday, September 30, 2023 - ROCC FEST IV features Jazz Gospel Concert by Alvester Garnett's Artworks Ensemble. (NEWARK, NJ) -- Roseville Outreach Community Corp. (R.O.C.C.) presents ROCC FEST IV on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at Roseville Presbyterian Church (36 Roseville Avenue) in Newark, NJ. This year's theme is "Living out Loud, Celebrate the Rhythm of the Drum" and features a jazz gospel concert by Alvester Garnett & Alvester Garnett's Artworks Ensemble following a student workshop.

Saturday, September 30, 2023 - Monmouth University to Host Special Advance Screening of "Miranda's Victim". (WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- Monmouth University will host a special advance screening of Miranda’s Victim on Saturday, September 30 at 7:45pm, followed by a panel discussion with cast members, the director, producer, and special guests.

Saturday, September 30, 2023 - State Theatre New Jersey presents Yes: Classic Tales of Yes. (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Yes: Classic Tales of Yes with Special Guest Roger Dean on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at 8:00pm. Formed in 1968 by Jon Anderson and the late, and much-missed, Chris Squire, YES have been one of the most innovative, influential and best-loved bands in rock music history.

Sunday, October 1, 2023 - Count Basie Center for the Arts presents Nurse Blake: Shock Advised Tour. (RED BANK, NJ) -- Count Basie Center for the Arts presents Nurse Blake: Shock Advised Tour on Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 7:00pm. Blake Lynch, aka Nurse Blake is a nurse, creator, internationally touring comedian, healthcare advocate, and keynote speaker. Doors are at 6:00pm, showtime is 7:00pm.

Monday, October 2, 2023 - Monmouth University's Center for the Arts presents Step Afrika. (WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- Monmouth University's Center for the Arts presents Step Afrika on Monday, October 2, 2023 at 6:00pm in the Pollak Theatre. This show introduces audiences to stepping through both a traditional and contemporary lens. Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience.



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2023-09-05 to 2023-10-02 | Classic American Tales presents "Tales at the Dormer House" in the fall. (CAPE MAY, NJ) -- Listen to stories by Chester Himes, O. Henry, Katherine Anne Porter, and other well-known American authors while taking in the breeze on the porch of an historic bed and breakfast, drinking lemonade, and enjoying homemade desserts. It's all part of Classic American Tales' (CAT) popular "Tales at the Dormer House" in Cape May, NJ, every Thursday at 4:00pm from September 14 – October 12, 2023.



 
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2023-09-06 to 2023-10-02 | East Lynne Theater Company presents "Love Letters" with a Rotating Cast of Couples with a Connection. (CAPE MAY, NJ) -- Before East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) revs up its fall lineup, the curtain prepares to close on its summer 2023 Mainstage Season with a six-week run of A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters"– but with a twist. From September 6 to October 14, the play will be performed by a real-life couple with a connection each of the six weeks: three married couples, an engaged duo, and two pairs who share a romantic past.

2023-09-09 to 2023-10-02 | Bergen County Players to Open Season with "Rent". (ORADELL, NJ) -- Bergen County Players (BCP), one of America's longest-running little theater companies, will open its 91st season on September 9 with Jonathan Larson's RENT, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning rock musical that shaped a generation of audiences. Performances begin Saturday, September 9 and will run weekends through Saturday, October 14 at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell with shows on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm.

2023-09-13 to 2023-10-02 | Cape May Stage presents "The Garbologists". (CAPE MAY, NJ) -- Cape May Stage presents The Garbologists by Lindsay Joelle from September 13 to October 22, 2023. Directed by Roy Steinberg, this is an unconventional buddy comedy play that follows two sanitation workers in the cab of a New York City garbage truck. Tasked with picking up what the world has discarded, they learn there's more that binds them than just picking up the trash.

2023-09-15 to 2023-10-02 | PHOTOS from "Sunset Boulevard" at Music Mountain Theatre. (LAMBERTVILLE, NJ) -- Music Mountain Theatre is currently presenting Sunset Boulevard weekends through October 1st. The musical is based on the film and screenplay by Billy Wilder and features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a libretto by Don Black and Christopher Hampton. This is the twelfth mainstage show of MMT's 2023 season. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

2023-09-21 to 2023-10-02 | The Black Box to present Sam Shepard plays, including U.S. Premiere of "Little Ocean". (ENGLEWOOD, NJ) -- The Black Box - NJ's incubator for new and under-produced works by world-class artists - is proud to present Sam Shepard's groundbreaking plays Action, The Unseen Hand, and the U.S. premiere of the unpublished Little Ocean, running from September 21 through October 8. For this 2023-24 Season opening fundraiser, limited tickets for 10 shows only are now on sale for performances on the 2nd floor of 8 East Palisade Avenue, Englewood, NJ.

2023-09-22 to 2023-10-02 | MCCC's Kelsey Theatre to open season with "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical". [CUTLINE FOR PHOTO: Jennifer Fischer of Hamilton, N.J., as Carole King in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Sept. 22 to Oct. 1 at the Kelsey Theatre on Mercer County Community College’s West Windsor, N.J., campus.]

2023-09-22 to 2023-10-02 | The Barn Theatre presents "Suite Surrender". (MONTVILLE, NJ) -- The Barn Theatre in Montville, NJ kicks off their 96th Season with the rib tickling, side splitting comedic farce Suite Surrender, written by Michael McKeever and directed by Todd Mills of Boonton, running weekends from September 22 to October 8, 2023. The setting is 1942 at the Palm Beach Royale, where we meet two of Hollywood's most famous Diva's Claudia McFadden played by Montclair's Jessi Baden and Athena Sinclair played by Montclair's Rachelle Rennagel.

2023-09-22 to 2023-10-02 | Unpublished Sam Shepard Play "Little Ocean" Starts U.S. Premiere With "Action" and "The Unseen Hand" at The Black Box. (ENGLEWOOD, NJ) -- In association with the Estate of Sam Shepard, The Black Box - NJ's incubator for new and under-produced works by world-class artists - is proud to present Shepard's groundbreaking plays Action, The Unseen Hand, and the U.S. premiere of the unpublished Little Ocean, starting next week on September 21 through October 8, 2023 for ten shows only!

2023-09-23 to 2023-10-02 | WHATCo to present "Othello" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in September. (WEST HUDSON, NJ) -- The West Hudson Arts & Theater Company (WHATCo) is bringing the Bard to West Hudson this September! Performances of Othello will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24 at 7:30pm, while performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30 at 8:00pm. All performances take place at the WHATCo The Theater at WHATCo, 15 Frank E Rodgers S, Harrison, NJ.



EVENT PREVIEWS

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - Newark Arts Festival 2023 To Celebrate 50 Years Of Hip Hop And Cross Cultural Perspectives. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, with celebrations planned nationwide. Keeping the momentum going this fall is New Jersey's largest city, as the Newark Arts Festival (NAF) 2023 will feature arts and culture events spanning all five wards of Newark from Wednesday, September 27 through Sunday, October 1. The free four-day festival is produced by Newark Arts in association with The Newark Museum of Art and is expected to attract thousands of artists, collectors, aficionados, and creatives.

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - Middlesex County Debuts Cross Community Jazz Festival. It's September. The trees are losing their leaves. The temperature is dropping. The season of enjoying outdoor music performances is wrapping up. And we are reluctantly stashing our beach chairs in the garage for another year.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - RVCC Slates Contemporary Art Exhibition Featuring Work by Two NJ Artists. (BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- Raritan Valley Community College's Arts & Design department will present Here and There, an exhibition showcasing the work of New Jersey artists Chrystofer Davis and Kimberly Witham, September 26-October 24, 2023 in the Art Gallery at the College’s Branchburg campus.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - NJCU presents a Panel Discussion: Latin American Art and Politics. (JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- New Jersey City University (NJCU) presents a Panel Discussion: Latin American Art and Politics on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. The event will take place in the Visual Arts Building Auditorium (100 Culver Avenue in Jersey City) and be available on Zoom as well.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - National Parks, City Life, and Virginia Woolf Inspire Xiomaro's New Jersey Photo Exhibits. (MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Xiomaro, an internationally exhibited photographer, is showcasing two new exhibits for Hispanic Heritage Month and continuing through the new year. "Xiomaro's GIANT Portfolio" presents 43 large-scale photographs revealing the breadth and scope of his career. The collection includes his many National Park Service commissions and his independent personal work.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - "Cross Cultural Perspectives" is the Signature Exhibition of 2023 Newark Arts Festival. (NEWARK, NJ) -- The Newark Museum of Art and Newark Arts are pleased to announce Cross Cultural Perspectives, the signature exhibition of the 2023 Newark Arts Festival, a free, four-day celebration happening September 27th through October 1st. The exhibition opens on September 27th and features works by a roster of 90+ NJ artists and will be on-view through October 29, 2023.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - Ballet-For-All Masterclass for Carteret Residents with World Ballet Series Stars. (CARTERET, NJ) -- Gorskaya-Hartwick Productions proudly presents the BALLET FOR ALL Masterclass, as a part of the U.S. National Tour of World Ballet Series: Cinderella. The production will be presented for one night only at the URSB Carteret PAC on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. The Masterclass will take place on the day of the show at 3:00pm. Space is very limited.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - Internationally Acclaimed Amor Towles to Appear in Ocean County Library's Virtual Author Talk Series. (TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Amor Towles, creator of three consecutive novels of worldwide renown in little more than a decade, will discuss his life in literature as part of the Ocean County Library's Virtual Author Talk series on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. The event begins at 8:00pm.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - The Black Box to present readings of Albee's "Listening" and "Counting the Ways". (ENGLEWOOD, NJ) -- In association with The Estate of Edward Albee, the Black Box announces Listening (1976) and Counting The Ways (1976) as the next monthly reading in Edward Albee: From A To Zoo, An Exclusive Stage Reading Series of Edward Albee's Plays.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - Poet Jane Wong to Read from New Memoir About Growing Up in Atlantic City. (GALLOWAY, NJ) -- Jane Wong, whose debut memoir "Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City" has received rave reviews, will be the first speaker for this academic year at Stockton University's Stephen Dunn Reading Series. The 2023 book is an incandescent, exquisitely written memoir about family, food, girlhood, resistance and growing up in a Chinese American restaurant on the Jersey shore.



 
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Thursday, September 28, 2023 - Monmouth Arts To Honor Kevin Smith, Pat Battle, Ming Chen, Tim Donnelly, Debbie DeLisa and Impact 100 Jersey Coast on September 28th. (RED BANK, NJ) -- Monmouth Arts will honor filmmaker and actor Kevin Smith, NBC newscaster Pat Battle, podcaster and actor Ming Chen, producer and founding partner of Sea.Hear.Now Tim Donnelly, manager of the Wonder Bar Debbie DeLisa and philanthropic organization Impact 100 Jersey Coast at Monmouth Arts After Dark, The Art of the Impossible on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at The Wonder Bar and Tim McLoone's Supper Club in Asbury Park, NJ.

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - Debonair Music Hall presents A Night of Prog: Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius; We Came From Space. (TEANECK, NJ) -- Debonair Music Hall presents A Night of Prog with Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius and Pennsylvania's We Came From Space on September 28, 2023. Doors open at 6:00pm, showtime is 7:00pm.

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - Jersey City's Classical Theatre Company to Re-Launch as The Curtain with "Romeo & Juliet". (JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Shakespeare@, Jersey City's premier classical theatre, announced they will re-launch as The Curtain, with an all-new production of William Shakespeare's classic Romeo & Juliet. Directed and Adapted by Sean Hagerty, The Curtain's Romeo & Juliet will play the Nimbus Arts Center (329 Warren Street), in downtown Jersey City just steps from the PATH train, with performances from September 28 through October 22, 2023.

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - Warren Community College Visiting Authors Series presents Jane Wong. (WASHINGTON, NJ) -- The Warren Community College Visiting Authors Series continues on Thursday, September 28, 2023, with a reading and master class by the memoirist and poet Jane Wong. The reading, beginning at 7:30pm in room 123A, is free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - Have a Swashbuckling Good Time at the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch. (TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Ever wonder what it was like to be a real-life pirate in the 18th century? The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch will host American Historical Theatre as actor Jill Lawrence brings to life pirate Anne Bonny in an all-ages interactive show, "Swashbucklers and Sea Dogs," on Thursday, September 28, 2023. The event begins at 6:30pm.

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - World premiere play "Child Support" explores emotional and financial repercussions of playing the 'child support game'. (CAMDEN, NJ) -- Urgent, searing and wildly inventive, the world premiere of Child Support by Desi P. Shelton uses humor and hypertheatricality to examine single parenthood and financial responsibility from the points of view of everyone impacted by a broken system. A site-specific, immersive experience set in a typical Camden row house, the action is scored by composer Jamal P. Dickerson and features a live band under the eye of musical director JoJo Streater. Barrymore Award-winner Ozzie Jones directs for an October 13 opening, with performances running through October 28 at Camden Repertory Theatre. Public previews begin September 28.

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - Ocean County College Foundation presents A Conversation with Robert Pondiscio. (TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- The Ocean County College Foundation will welcome author and education scholar Robert Pondiscio to the Main Stage at the Grunin Center for the Arts on Thursday, September 28, 2023. This event is part of the Foundation's Blauvelt Speaker Series. It is scheduled to begin at 11:00am.

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - Hudson Theatre Works presents a Workshop of "Dancing Lessons" by Mark St. Germain. (WEEHAWKEN, NJ) -- Hudson Theatre Works is starting its 2023-2024 season with a workshop of Mark St. Germain's, Dancing Lessons. Performances take place September 28th through October 1 at Theatre at the Wilson School. Entertaining and charming! The play introduces us to two highly offbeat characters, a Broadway dancer and a science professor coping with physical and emotional challenges as they forge an unexpected friendship in this heartfelt play.

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - Centenary Stage Company's Young Audience Series presents "A Year With Frog and Toad". (HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Centenary Stage Company's Young Audience Series returns for the 2023-2024 season with A Year with Frog and Toad September 28 through October 2. Performances will take place in the Little Theatre of the Centenary University campus located at 400 Jefferson St. Hackettstown, NJ. A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of two friends, the cheerful and popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad.

Friday, September 29, 2023 - Visual Arts Center of New Jersey To Open Fall Exhibitions Focusing on Themes of Dislocation and Migration. (SUMMIT, NJ) -- This fall, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (VACNJ) will present exhibitions of work from Elana Herzog, Sandra Eula Lee, Samantha Batra Mehta, and Jeffrey Gibson. The works presented explore themes of dislocation and migration through the use of repurposed everyday and found materials. All four exhibitions will be on view from September 29, 2023, to February 4, 2024.

Friday, September 29, 2023 - NJPAC presents SNL Comedian Jay Pharoah. (NEWARK, NJ) -- Jay Pharoah will perform at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 7:00pm. The actor and comedian is one of the industry’s most sought-after leading men. Best known for his spot-on impressions, Pharoah spent six seasons as a cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

Friday, September 29, 2023 - Michael Patrick Took That Job and Shoved it to Focus on Music Career and New Release. Long a favorite on the Country and Folk music scene in NJ and PA, after 15 years Michael Patrick finally decided to quit his day job to follow his musical passion full- time. Crossing Bridges, Patrick's 6th album tells the tale of taking the big leaps in life into the promise that lies ahead. With songs like "Richest Person in the Graveyard," Patrick shows he's got a new outlook on life and music.

Friday, September 29, 2023 - 1st Ugly Pancake Comedy Festival. (ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Ugly Pancake Productions presents its 1st Ugly Pancake Comedy Festival September 29-30, 2023 at several venues with over 30 comics performing! The festival is more than just performances, there are free events, ticketed events, a comedy panel, and headshots for comics. Joe Borzotta and Angelo Gingerelli have booked 100s of comics throughout NJ and NY together and separately over 10 years in shows, open mics, and fundraisers and formed Ugly Pancake Productions to facilitate those events.

Friday, September 29, 2023 - Film Ready Workshop Comes to South Jersey. (BLACKWOOD, NJ) -- The New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission (NJMPTVC), in partnership with the South Jersey Film Office Cooperative invites representatives of municipalities in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties to attend the Film Ready New Jersey Workshop on Friday, September 29, 2023, from 9:00am – 1:30pm at Camden County College in Blackwood.

Saturday, September 30, 2023 - Solar Federation Brings RUSH Tribute Show to Sherman Theater. (STROUDSBURG, PA) -- Solar Federation will take the stage at the Sherman Theater on Friday, September 30, playing the classic rock music of RUSH.  Peace of Mind, the Boston Experience will open the show at 8:00pm.

Saturday, September 30, 2023 - The Newton Theatre presents John Hiatt. (NEWTON, NJ) -- The Newton Theatre presents John Hiatt on Saturday, September 30, 2023. A master lyricist and satirical storyteller, Hiatt delivers songs filled with tales of redemption, relationships and surrendering on his own terms. Doors are at 7:00pm, showtime is 8:00pm.

Saturday, September 30, 2023 - Two River Theater announces Cast and Creative for "Hair". (RED BANK, NJ) -- Two River Theater has announced the cast and creative team for their highly-anticipated production of the American Love-Rock Musical, Hair, directed by Craig Noel Award winner James Vásquez (Under a Baseball Sky, American Mariachi) and with original choreography by Mayte Natalio (Love in Hate Nation), running September 30 – October 22, 2023, kicking off the theater's 30th Anniversary Season.

Saturday, September 30, 2023 - NJ Rep to Present the World Premiere of "Welcome To Matteson!". (LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- New Jersey Repertory Company (NJ Rep) will close out its successful season with the World Premiere of Welcome To Matteson! written by Inda Craig-Galván and directed by Dawn Monique Williams. It will begin performances on September 28 before its opening night on Saturday, September 30, and run through October 29, 2023.

Saturday, September 30, 2023 - JCTC to Host Syposium for Immigrant Artists. (JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- As part of Jersey City Theater Center’s 2024-25 strategic planning, Executive Producer Olga Levina, will host a conversation with all immigrant artists. Levina, a fellow immigrant who was born in Ukraine and grew up in Belarus is passionate about bringing diverse work to JCTC. The symposium will feature a number of speakers including Singaporean host/producer Jody Doo (Through the Door/2021, The Internet Ruined My Life/2016 and Creepy Country/2015, Producer/Host at Rattlestick Theater 2020-2023, Producer at Spellbound Theatre 2018-Present) and Taiwanese Dennis Yueh-Yeh, Director of Performance, Storytelling & Community at MOCA. The Immigrant Artist Symposium is supported by Healthier JC.

Saturday, September 30, 2023 - Lizzie Rose Music Room presents Kiss The Sky. (TUCKERTON, NJ) -- The Lizzie Rose Music Room presents Kiss The Sky, the World's Greatest Jimi Hendrix Tribute, on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at 7:30pm. Kiss The Sky meticulously recreates Jimi Hendrix's most iconic concert moments in detail with replica wardrobe, gear and sound. On September 30th, they will pay homage to one of Hendrix's final shows at the Isle of Wight Festival - Cry Of Love Tour 1970.



 
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Saturday, September 30, 2023 - Arts Council of Princeton's Annual Pop-Up Beer Garden Will Serve Up Tasty Local Beer & Live Music in Support of Community Programs. (PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) will host a Pop-Up Beer Garden on Saturday, September 30, 2023 in partnership with Triumph Brewing Company. The event raises funds for the Arts Council's longstanding community outreach programs, public art initiatives, and year-long community events and projects. Ticketholders will enjoy an afternoon in celebration of community complete with Triumph beers and live music by local band The Prisms.

Sunday, October 1, 2023 - NJPAC presents Monica on October 1st. (NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents R&B sensation Monica with her 'Code Red Experience' Tour on Sunday, October 1, 2023, at 7:00pm. Monica first rose to prominence in the 1990s with hits like "Don't Take It Personal" and "Before You Walk Out of My Life." Since then, she has continued to release chart-topping albums and singles, earning her multiple awards and accolades. Wé McDonald will open the night.

Sunday, October 1, 2023 - American Idol finalist Wé Ani to Open for Monica at NJPAC. (NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is excited to announce that New Jersey's own Wé Ani, who became this year's season American Idol finalist, will perform her new single, "Mr. Montgomery" along with belting out other popular songs on Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 7:00pm in Prudential Hall opening up for R&B songstress, Monica.

Sunday, October 1, 2023 - Cathedral Arts Series Welcomes Pianist Richard C. Alston in Performance of Selections by Composers of African Descent. (TRENTON, NJ) -- On Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 3:00pm, Richard C. Alston, Pianist will present a range of works by a variety of composers of African heritage at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton. Entitled "Classically Black", the concert features selections of Nathaniel Dett, William Grant Still, Florence Price, Joseph Bologne—Chevalier de Saint-George, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and others.

Sunday, October 1, 2023 - Hunterdon Art Museum Celebrates 70 Years with New Exhibitions, Terrace Mural Unveiling. (CLINTON, NJ) -- On Sunday, October 1, 2023 from 2:00pm-5:00pm, the Hunterdon Art Museum invites the public to the opening of four new exhibitions and the unveiling of a 90-foot mural constructed on its terrace wall bordering the river.

Sunday, October 1, 2023 - Princeton Makes presents Art in the Courtyard - Fall Festival Celebrating Local Talent and Community Unity. (PRINCETON, NJ) -- Princeton Makes presents the Art in the Courtyard - Fall Festival on Sunday, October 1, 2023 in the Princeton Shopping Center courtyard. The festival is a celebration of creativity and community and will showcase the local artistic and musical talent of Princeton and neighboring areas.

Sunday, October 1, 2023 - Somerset County Park Commission to Host 1770s Festival. (BASKING RIDGE, NJ) -- Enjoy colonial-time fun with the entire family at the 1770s Festival, which is sponsored by the Somerset County Park Commission's Environmental Education Center (EEC). The event will be held on Sunday, October 1, from 11:30am to 4:00pm, at Lord Stirling Manor, located at 96 Lord Stirling Road (off South Maple Ave), Basking Ridge. If there is heavy rain, the festival will take place at the EEC on 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge. Dogs are not allowed. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person.

Monday, October 2, 2023 - Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak to Perform at Scottish Rite Auditorium. (COLLINGSWOOD, NJ) -- Four-time Grammy Award-winning singer, composer and actor Lyle Lovett's fall tour, which kicks off at New York's Carnegie Hall, comes to the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood on Saturday, October 7th. Chris Isaak is also on the bill. Doors are at 7:00pm, showtime is 8:00pm.

Monday, October 2, 2023 - Ocean County Library Berkeley Branch to Feature Art by Bud Sylvester. (BAYVILLE, NJ) -- See the many sides of Ocean County's terrain, skies and landmarks through the art of longtime shore resident Errol "Bud" Sylvester, on display October 2-25 and November 13-17, 2023 at the Ocean County Library Berkeley Branch. Sylvester's paintings cover a broad expanse of representational subjects, including landscapes, beachscapes, snow scenes, lighthouses, and shore bird life.



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2023-04-15 to 2023-10-02 | James Yarosh Associates Gallery Presents "Five Artists Sparking Dialogue Through Color". (HOLMDEL, NJ) -- Fine Art Conversations/Five Artists, the inaugural 2023 exhibition at James Yarosh Associates Gallery, presents a stimulating celebration of color and debating artistic voices. The show, which runs April 15 through September 30, 2023, features Miriam Beerman, Robert Melee, Iliya Mirochnik, Sheba Sharrow and Vjachaslav Zabelin.

2023-04-23 to 2023-10-02 | Grounds For Sculpture Exhibition Celebrates Rich Tapestry and Diversity of New Jersey's Indian Diaspora. (HAMILTON, NJ) -- This spring, a Grounds For Sculpture exhibition will present a multi-faceted portrait of the Indian diasporic community in New Jersey, through first-person narratives, images, and objects. Local Voices: Memories, Stories, and Portraits is created in partnership with 15 community members and led by artist, teacher, and journalist Madhusmita "Madhu" Bora. It is one of two concurrent exhibitions that inaugurate the new Perspectives series at GFS and explore the role of creating person-centered exhibitions, ensuring individual and communal agency in the art of storytelling.

2023-04-23 to 2023-10-02 | Exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture Pays Tribute To Spiral Q Organization. (HAMILTON, NJ) -- Grounds For Sculpture will present the site-specific exhibition Spiral Q: The Parade this spring to highlight Spiral Q, a community-based organization now in its 27th year, and its rich history of a take-to-the streets (real and virtual) approach to creating an unflinching and joyous commitment to justice and equality. They are honored to present their first retrospective exhibition showcasing 27 years of community partnerships, creativity, and advocacy. A key part of their tenure at GFS includes a three week residency with Artworks Trenton, building to a public parade at Grounds For Sculpture.

2023-04-24 to 2023-10-02 | New exhibition at Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library showcases objects depicting watershed events during the 1960s U.S. civil rights movement. (PRINCETON, NJ) -- "Nobody Turn Us Around: The Freedom Rides and Selma to Montgomery Marches: Selections from the John Doar Papers" showcases over 30 photographs and documents from two watershed events during the 1960s U.S. civil rights movement: the Freedom Rides of 1961 and the Selma-to-Montgomery marches of 1965. The exhibition runs Monday, April 24 through March 31, 2024 at Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library in Princeton.

2023-06-30 to 2023-10-02 | 40th Ellarsie Open Awards Prizes to 17 Exhibiting Artists. (TRENTON, NJ) -- Seventeen of 109 exhibiting artists received awards during the June 24 Artists and Members Reception for the 40th Ellarslie Open at Trenton City Museum. This year’s edition of the annual juried exhibition showcases 150 artworks by artists from greater Trenton and throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. All of the artwork is available for purchase in the museum or online through September 30, 2023.

2023-07-20 to 2023-10-02 | Amelchenko Gallery presents John Newsom: The Shangri-La Suite and Related Works. (SEA BRIGHT, NJ) -- Amelchenko Gallery presents a solo exhibition in collaboration with John Newsom Studio titled, The Shangri-La Suite and Related Works. The exhibition features ten unique limited edition artist proofs created by Newsom over the span of the past five years. The exhibition runs from July 20 - September 30, 2023 with an opening reception on Thursday, July 20 from 4:00pm-8:00pm.

2023-07-22 to 2023-10-02 | Nassau County Museum of Art presents Modigliani and the Modern Portrait. (ROSLYN HARBOR, NY) -- Wherever and whenever Amedeo Modigliani's paintings go on view, crowds gather, experts turn out to debate, social media lights up and auction records fall. This Modern master personally changed the history of the portrait, adding the emotional and painterly power that has inspired generations since his untimely demise, the archetypal story of the doomed Bohemian genius. The Nassau County Museum of Art presents Modigliani and the Modern Portrait from July 22-November 5, 2023. Curated by Dr. Kenneth Wayne, the world's leading Modigliani scholar (founder of The Modigliani Project that researches the authenticity of works), this show will feature several spectacular paintings by the master, including the world premiere of two newly confirmed Modigliani paintings unveiled on this occasion.

2023-08-16 to 2023-10-02 | Montclair Art Museum Presents Four New Exhibitions Opening this Fall. (MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) has announced four new, visually inspiring exhibitions opening this September and November: Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale; Siona Benjamin: Lilith in the New World; Inspired by the Weight of an Object–A Partnership with Studio Montclair; and Joel Meyerowitz: Photographs from Cape Cod (1976-1987).

2023-08-25 to 2023-10-02 | Gallery Aferro's Fall Season Explores Connection Through Identity, Death, Desire, and Funk. (NEWARK, NJ) -- Gallery Aferro brings a phenomenal year of milestones and memories to a close with not one, not two, but five extraordinary exhibitions celebrating … well, milestones and memories. On September 29 2023, this always-innovating alternative arts space invites you to go beyond the conventional to see what truly connects us to our ideas and our ideals. Whether in the form of music, poetry, photography, mixed media or sculpture, the fall season at Aferro has something for everyone. All shows on exhibition will run to December 21, 2023.

2023-08-29 to 2023-10-02 | West Windsor Arts presents Ode to New Jersey Art Show. (PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ) -- The Ode to New Jersey Art Show at West Windsor Arts celebrates the unique connections that artists have to the dynamic and ever changing state of New Jersey. The exhibition will run from August 29th to October 28th, with a free opening reception on Friday, September 8th from 7:00pm-8:30pm at West Windsor Arts.



 
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