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New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 09-30-22

NJ Stage Daily Update

Here is the morning update from New Jersey's arts newswire. We regularly publish between 8-15 new articles and news reports each day. Nobody covers the Arts throughout the Garden State like New Jersey Stage!

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Cultures and Kin Clash in Family Drama "Her Portmanteau" at George Street Playhouse

A story about a mother and her daughters, split by cultures. In “Her Portmanteau,” a George Street Playhouse production on stage at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center Oct. 11 — 30, we follow a Nigerian-American family trying to reunite amid the stark differences of lifestyles and values when relatives are spread across continents.


Voorhees Theatre Company presents "The Little Mermaid"

(VOORHEES, NJ) -- Based on one of Hans Christian Anderson’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the See”, Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World”.


StageWorks Theatre Group presents "Bonnie & Clyde"

(POMPTON LAKES, NJ) -- Adrift in the Depression-era Southwest, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker embark on a life of crime. They mean no harm. They crave adventure -- and each other. Clyde Barrow, recently out of prison, has turned to bank robbery. He meets Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress, and together the two terrorize the southwest in the 1920s.


PHOTOS from "Soft Animals" at Vivid Stage

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Vivid Stage, in residence at Oakes Center at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit, will present a world premiere production of Soft Animals by Erin Mallon from September 29 through October 9. Soft Animals is a comedy with heart that asks, what would your life be like if you couldn’t feel physical pain? What if your body had a mind of its own? What if you never fell asleep? How about if you remembered every single thing you’ve ever felt, thought or experienced? Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...9/29/22

“The Sea Of Tranquility Fest will be Saturday at the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY. The "Sea Of Tranquility" is an online website with videos and reviews and there's a whole community around it which is led by Pete Pardo. During the quarantine part of COVID, there was a "Sea Of Tranquility virtual festival to help raise money for the ASPCA COVID Outreach and this is kind of an extension of that; this is the live version," explains Epic Tantrum bassist Greg Ross as he and the band prepare to join The Pat Travers Band, Vanilla Fudge, Nektar, Chris Caffery, Andy Powell, Rick LaBonte and Nektar in a return to an old school type of festival featuring diverse acts, a Q & A and more. "Pete sort of helped curate the bands that will be playing and the idea was to create an event that reflects the diversity of this year's Tranquility fan base and what they cover. So, during the afternoon they're doing live versions of the panels they do, they will be reviewing a record, they have a thing called the Hudson Valley Squares where like nine of them get together and review records so, it's trying to encompass the world of Sea Of Tranquility but live instead of online. Epic Tantrum got involved because Pete is a big fan of the Epic Tantrum album and he wrote a really, really nice review of it and I reached out to him just to say thank you and we started talking and that's kind of what led to us being involved in the virtual event and now the concert.” 


Ginger Wildheart & The Sinners release video for "Footprints in the Sand"

Ginger Wildheart & The Sinners have announced the release of their brand new single and video "Footprints in the Sand," taken from their forthcoming debut album, released on October 7th on Wicked Cool Records.


NJ Jazz Society Celebrates its 50th Anniversary with Two Living Legends

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- On Sunday, October 9, the New Jersey Jazz Society will be celebrating its 50th anniversary by paying tribute to two Living Legends – bassist Bill Crow and tenor saxophonist Houston Person. It’s all happening in Morristown, from 2:00pm-5:00pm in Saint Elizabeth University’s Dolan Hall. Tickets, which are $35 for Adults ($40 at the door) and $15 for Students ($20 at the door), can be ordered at www.njjs.org.


Bruce Springsteen to Release "Only The Strong Survive"

The rumors were true! Fans of Bruce Springsteen won't have to wait long for a new album. Only The Strong Survive, a collection of fifteen soul music greats, will be released by Columbia Records on November 11. Featuring lead vocals by Springsteen, Only The Strong Survive celebrates soul music gems from the legendary catalogues of Motown, Gamble and Huff, Stax and many more. This 21st studio album from Bruce Springsteen will also feature guest vocals by Sam Moore, as well as contributions from The E Street Horns, full string arrangements by Rob Mathes, and backing vocals by Soozie Tyrell, Lisa Lowell, Michelle Moore, Curtis King Jr., Dennis Collins and Fonzi Thornton.


Glory Days Abroad: September 27

James Dalton, a performer and songwriter from New Jersey, is performing at Glory Days - a Bruce Springsteen festival in Italy. He will be blogging for NJ Stage from the festival.


MPAC presents Better Than Ezra

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- With over three decades of touring to credit, New Orleans Alt-Rock heavyweight Better Than Ezra – named one of Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time Alternative Artists” – returns to the road for the Better Than Ezra: Legends of the fall Tour 2022. Better Than Ezra’s 2022 tour comes to Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown on Thursday, October 27 at 8:00pm. Tickets range from $39-$69.


PHOTOS from 8th Annual Rock the Farm Festival

(SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ) -- The 8th Annual Rock the Farm Festival took place September 24, 2022 in Seaside Heights. This family friendly event features incredible music all day long, food trucks, beer & wine garden, KidZone, and more. It includes performances by many of the area's top tribute bands covering a variety of everyone's favorite music. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.


Gibbypalooza 2022: A 40 year retrospective of the local music scene

(HOBOKEN, NJ) -- Gibbypalooza is back to rock the scene on the weekend of October 6-8 at Finnegan’s Pub, 734 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, NJ. The three-night event features over 20 performers celebrating the best of 40 years of music in Hoboken and beyond.  Some of Hoboken’s music legends, and some of its rising stars, will be sharing the stage at Gibbypalooza 2022. 


NJPAC presents Willy Chirino with special guest Leoni Torres for Epic Salsa Concert

(NEWARK, NJ) --  New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Grammy Winner and Salsa/Merengue sensations Willy Chirino with special guest Leoni Torres for an epic salsa concert in Newark, New Jersey on Friday, December 12, 2022 at 8:00pm. Willy and Leoni recently collaborated on the heartfelt song "Para Mi Viejo," They'll join forces to perform the powerful live on the NJPAC stage.



State Theatre New Jersey presents Tracy Morgan

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The newly renovated State Theatre New Jersey presents Tracy Morgan in the No Disrespect tour on Saturday, October 15 at 8:00pm. Tickets range from $35-$110.   

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Laughs in the Loft returns October 5th

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- Need something to look forward to on Hump Day? Head to SOPAC for Laughs in the Loft, a stand-up series that Baristanet calls, “a comedy cure for the midweek blues.” On every first Wednesday of the month, settle in for an evening of side-splitting comedy. Hosted by local comedian Joe Larson, each show features several comedians in a New York City-style showcase. The next Laughs in the Loft performance is Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20.



The Hauntings of New Hope screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 30

Kasey Vincent’s spooky short documentary The Hauntings of New Hope screens at the Fall 2022 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, September 30. Here is my interview with her:



A ‘Circle of Black Artists’ is, at Long Last, Receiving Recognition in Princeton

A selection of Black artists from the Greater Princeton Area, long overlooked, is finally getting its due thanks to a group of collectors who recognized and preserved the body of work and two ambitious curators. 


Exhibiting Artists Visit Princeton Public Library For Q&A

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The artists whose work is on view this fall at the library will be on hand at the Princeton Public Library on Thursday, October 6, from 6:00pm-7:30pm, to greet visitors and answer questions about their work. The informal open house event will be held in the Technology Center on the library’s second floor. Refreshment will be served.


Mayor Fulop & Mana Contemporary Host Kickoff Event for NJ’s Largest Art & Studio Tour Tonight

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Mayor Steven M. Fulop joins Mana Contemporary to announce the premier kickoff event for the 32nd Annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST), featuring live artist demonstrations, immersive exhibitions, musical performances, and interactive experiences to launch the unparalleled four-day-long event celebrating Jersey City’s cultural diversity and vibrant arts community. The opening JCAST 2022 reception will be held this Thursday, September 29th, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at JCAST Headquarters in the Marion section of the City.


AH Arts presents "Two for the Show"

(ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ) -- The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council (AHArts) presents the exhibit "Two for the Show" in their main gallery and street level window. Mike Quon and Colin Goodall team up for the first time in a special show that runs from October 8 to November 12, 2022. 


IMLS Awards Grant to the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey to Partner with Elizabeth Public Schools & CALTA21

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- The Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) recently awarded the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (VACNJ) a $50,760 Museums for America grant to partner with the Elizabeth Public School system and Cultures and Literacies Through Art for the 21st Century (CALTA21). This grant will enable the expansion of the CALTA21 curriculum for 9th- and 10th-grade social studies students in bilingual classrooms. The program will design a curriculum that meets New Jersey Student Learning Standards for New Jersey's Amistad Law.



iPlay America announces hiring of Pastry Chef Theresa Catalano

(FREEHOLD, NJ) -- Play America announced the hiring of Pastry Chef Theresa Catalano as part of its new dining experience, The Loaded Spoon, set to open in early 2023. Bringing over 12 years of innovative experience, Catalano launched her career under renowned Master Pastry Chef Florian Bellanger and Pastry Chef Ron Ben Israel. She has worked as the Pastry Chef at il Nido in Marlboro, NJ, and Head Pastry Chef at Eataly NYC managing pastry retail and all baked goods for catering Eataly’s two iconic restaurants, La Pizza & La Pasta and Firenze Ristorante.



Thompson Park Day takes place October 16th

(LINCROFT, NJ) -- From start to finish, Thompson Park Day is fun for the whole family! A celebration of the season, the event is held from 11:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday, October 16 at Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. Free activities for the day include kids’ races, entertainment, mini golf, pie-eating contests (1:00pm for children & 1:20pm for adults), and more.




Mexico Beyond Mariachi presents: TREKKING MEXICO

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 @ 10:00am & 12:00pm
Grunin Center
1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
category: music

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Vienna Boys Choir

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 @ 8:00pm
Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)
30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631
category: music

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Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 6:30pm
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
category: music

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Hot Sardines Holiday Stomp

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 7:30pm
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
category: music

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Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 8:00pm
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: music

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Tonewall "Standing Room Only"

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 8:00pm
Berrie Center for the Arts, Ramapo College of NJ
505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430
category: music

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