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Makin Waves Scene Report with Asbury Park Punk Rock Flea Market, Vextion, The Cryptkeeper Five and more

By Bob Makin

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Everyday Forever" by The Paper Jets

Makin Waves with Erotic Novels & Weekend Quality: Busy Being Bad-Ass

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Presents Motor City Live: A Motown Christmas

‘Nutcracker’ Ballet and ‘Snow Day’ Brighten Holiday Season at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre

State Theatre Presents STOMP In January

Peter Max Remembers Frank Sinatra

Lunar Eclipse Event, Star Shows, Laser Concerts Set at RVCC Planetarium



Paramount Theatre Presents The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Keller Williams To Bring His Tom Petty Inspired Bluegrass Project To White Eagle Hall

Hudson Theatre Works presents "And My True Love Gave To Me"

Peak Performances Presents "Smashed"

Grunin Center Presents Rockapella


NJPAC Hosts A Nutcracker Weekend

(NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents a Nutcracker Weekend two very different takes on the classic production.  The weekend begins with the Hip Hop Nutcracker on December 14 at 8:00pm and closes with The Nutcracker: National Ballet Theatre of Odessa on Sunday ...

New Jersey Ballet To Perform Its Annual Holiday Classic at Mayo

NJPAC Presents Kwanzaa Festival and Marketplace

New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet Presents Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite at Centenary

State Theatre Presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The King and I"

SOPAC Presents Comedian Todd Barry on December 14 (rescheduled performance)

"I See Myself in You:" A Conversation with Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas

Manhatten Brothers To Perform Holiday Concert At Theater League of Clifton

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Presents CAFE Choir Concert in Chatham

Spiral Sounds Hosts Abbie Gardner & Craig Akin


Peter Max Remembers Frank Sinatra

(HOBOKEN, NJ) -- As fans of Frank Sinatra across the world remember the legendary entertainer on what would have been his 103th birthday (December 12th), pop artist Peter Max provides a series of portraits of 'Ol' Blue Eyes' at different points throughout his career. Max, with a 5 decades-long career of his own, created these signature, vibrantly colored portraits, working with ...

NJPAC's "The Hip Hop Nutcracker"

PHOTOS from "The Winter's Tale" at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

It's a Shore Holiday: The Atlantic City Ballet LIVE! at Caesars

REVIEW: "It's A Wonderful Life" At Mile Square Theatre

Betsy Aidem Puts A Woman's Touch On George Street Playhouse's "A Doll's House, Part 2"


Makin Waves Scene Report with Asbury Park Punk Rock Flea Market, Vextion, The Cryptkeeper Five and more

Asbury Park Punk Rock Flea Market returns Dec. 29 to Convention Hall with an after-party at Asbury Park Brewery. Also featured this week are The Vansaders, The Burns’ What a Wonderful Year 2K18, New Brunswick Cultural Center, New Brunswick City Market, Arroyo Art Studio, Callout, Benefit for ARM, Cold Weather Company, ...

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Everyday Forever" by The Paper Jets

Makin Waves with Erotic Novels & Weekend Quality: Busy Being Bad-Ass

ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...12/6/18

PODCAST: 2 Guys From Jersey - Episode 62

New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 12-12-18

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Gooch & the Motion
This New Year’s Day will be 15 years to the day that Ryan Nelson’s life changed forever.  The Salem County musician crashed his pickup truck head first into a tree, smashing his C7 vertebra, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.  Doctors told him he died three times on the helicopter ride to the hospital.  He would move on to a second hospital for spinal cord surgery and a third for rehabilitation.  It was there that music literally saved his life by giving him a purpose.  

REVIEW: "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald"
For better or worse (worse in this writer’s eyes), the success of the Harry Potter franchise is largely responsible for the current Hollywood landscape of endless sequels, prequels and that awful phrase “universe building.” The Potter films showed Hollywood that it was a far safer financial model to hook audiences into returning for instalments of an ongoing series rather than taking a punt on the unknown quantity of original properties.

An Actor's Carol
There’s something absolutely wonderful about A Christmas Carol, the holiday classic penned by Charles Dickens in 1843.  The story has been told in countless films, plays, and cartoons.  It is performed on stages around the world towards the end of every season and is universally loved.  But imagine being one of the many actors of a certain age who get typecast as Scrooge and are forced to relive that nightmarish night over and over again each year.

Dreaming of Dylan
“I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours,” sang Bob Dylan in his song “Talking World War III Blues.”  Mary Lee Kortes found inspiration in those words to compile a book entitled Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob in which she shares several of her own dreams about Dylan as well as over 100 more from others around the world.

Featured Music Video: "Running Away" by The Weeklings
This month's Featured Music Video of the Month is "Running Away" by The Weeklings.

Bongo Boy TV - Issue 53
Each issue of NJ Stage Magazine contains the latest episode of Bongo Boy TV showcasing great music videos from around the world.

REVIEW: "Shoplifters"
Earlier this year, writer/director extraordinaire Hirokazu Kore-eda surprised us with The Third Murder, a legal thriller that made for a stark departure from the sentimental family dramas he’s become known for. With his Palme d’Or winning Shoplifters, Kore-eda is back on familiar ground, but this particular family drama shares much in common with The Third Murder. With his thriller, Kore-eda deconstructed the genre, forcing us to question how willingly we place our trust in a storyteller. Similarly, Shoplifters sees Kore-eda lull his audience into a false sense of security, making us develop a warmth and affection towards people who may not warrant such empathy.

Jerry Gant 1961-2018
Jerry, There is no bio that will seem complete for you. Where would it be listed, amongst your numerous and diverse accomplishments, that you talked to people, always seemed to find time for the younger artists, to talk to them and look at their sketchbooks? Your use of language as a material, testing limits, associations, and possibilities.

Roots Rock Legends: Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore
“Forty years on the highway, living on dreams and gasoline” That’s a line from the wonderful title track of the album  Downey to Lubbock  the first collaboration from Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.  The longtime friends embarked on a series of acoustic shows in Texas, which were so much fun and well received that they decided to create an album. 

INSIDE MUSIC: Could I Make It In Standup Comedy?
Looking through a box of memorabilia, I came across this 1990s piece I wrote as a columnist for the Monmouth County Arts Council’s monthly publication.  It sure was a different world. Looking back, even the comedy was kinder.  Imagine. When I wrote this I thought it was edgy! 

Makin Waves Best NJ Indie Records of 2018
Makin Waves’ annual Top 10 NJ indie album list features Screaming Females, Nalani & Sarina, Mike Montrey Band, Avery Mandeville, Deal Casino, Well Wisher, Hub City Stompers, Doc Rotten, Crazy & the Brains and Karen Mansfield, plus another 10 honorable mentions.

Makin Waves Best NJ Indie Songs of 2018
Makin Waves’ 10 best NJ indie songs includes Avery Mandeville, Nalani & Sarina, Deal Casino, The Burns, Screaming Females, The Porchistas, Levy & the Oaks, Experiment 34, Bulletproof Belv & Matty Carlock, and Natalie Farrell.

"The Spitfire Grill" and Caitlin Geisser Return To Their Roots
“I saw something in her that you rarely come across,” recalled Ted Wioncek III, Artistic Director at Eagle Theatre in Hammonton. “She’s more than wise beyond her years; I believe she’s going to be a game-changer and a trendsetter for this art form.”

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Event calendar
Thursday, Dec 13, 2018


PROJECT/OBJECT @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

JERRY BLAVAT @ Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 12:00pm

VIENNA BOYS CHOIR @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:30pm

BRIAN FALLON @ Crossroads (Garwood), Garwood - 8:00pm

The Irish Tenors Holiday Celebration @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:30pm

BREAKING BENJAMIN @ Starland Ballroom, Sayreville - 7:00pm


Elf, The Musical @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:00pm

Hudson Theatre Works presents "And My True Love Gave To Me" @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 8:00pm


On the Map @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 7:30pm


Holiday Open Mic Night! @ Black Box Performing Arts Center, Teaneck - 7:30pm

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