May 17, 2022

Charlie Doodle

Unique Art & Entertainment

A glance at N.J. entertainment this weekend (Jan. 28-30)

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WHAT’S GOING ON? Here is a small sample of area happenings you may want to check out in the coming days. Check ahead, for some events are being postponed or canceled over COVID-19 concerns. Also visit venues’ websites to learn about COVID-19 safety precautions in effect.

“Erik Bergrin: The 8 Dissolutions” fiber-sculpture installation is scheduled for unveiling Friday, Jan. 28, at the Morris Museum in Morristown.morrismuseum.org

Art/Museums

JAN. 28

MORRISTOWN “The 8 Dissolutions,” opening of fiber-sculpture installation by New York City-based artist and costume maker Erik Bergrin, to run through July 10. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road. morrismuseum.org, 973-971-3700.

JAN. 29

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS “It’s a Question of Survival,” paintings by Karen Bright, through March 5. Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, 54 First Ave. Opening reception, 6-8 p.m., Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, 54 First Ave. aharts.org, 732-737-7160.

TRENTON “Posing Beauty in African American Culture,” opening of exhibit exploring ways African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts, to run through May 22. New Jersey State Museum, 205 W. State St. statemuseum.nj.gov, 609-292-6464.

JAN. 30

MORRISTOWN “African-American Fine Art,” reception, 3-5 p.m., Mayo Performing Arts Center, Art Upstairs Gallery, 100 South St. mayoarts.org, 973-539-0345, ext. 6583.

Comedy

JAN. 28

RED BANK “My Name is Not Mom,” comedic standup, stories and videos with Meredith Masony, Tiffany Jenkins and Dena Blizzard, 8 p.m., Count Basie Center for the Arts, 99 Monmouth St. $29-$69. thebasie.org, 732-842-9000.

WOODBRIDGE Joey Kola, 8 p.m., Avenel Performing Arts Center, 150 Avenel St. in Avenel. $49.50. avenelarts.com, 732-314-0500.

JAN. 29

WOODBRIDGE Bryan McKenna, 8 p.m., Avenel Performing Arts Center, 150 Avenel St. in Avenel. $49.50. avenelarts.com, 732-314-0500.

JAN. 30

NEW BRUNSWICK Sunday Night Live, comedy and concert with Talent, Tommy Too Smoov, Kenny Woo, Sharief Johnson and others, 7:30 p.m., Stress Factory Comedy Club, 90 Church St. $35 and two-item minimum. stressfactory.com, 732-545-4242.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Complexions Contemporary Ballet is scheduled to perform Friday, Jan. 28, at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick.morrismuseum.org

Dance

JAN. 28

NEW BRUNSWICK Complexions Contemporary Ballet, “Bach to Bowie,” 8 p.m., State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Ave. $19-$49. stnj.org, 732-246-7469.

Fairs/Festivals

JAN. 30

FORT LEE PuchiCon Pop-Up, themed vendors, games, activities, music and performances inspired by Akihabara maids, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Hyatt Place Fort Lee, 2167 Route 4 East. $10. puchicon.com, 201-470-4329.

Music

JAN. 28

ASBURY PARK Dark Tranquility, Kataklysm, Nailed to Obscurity, 8 p.m., House of Independents, 572 Cookman Ave. $26. houseofindependents.com, 732-977-5284.

Super TransAm, “1970s concert experience,” 7 p.m., Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Ave. $17-$20. stoneponyonline.com, 732-502-0600.

The Weeklngs, “The Music of the Beatles and More,” 7:45 p.m., Tim McLoone’s Supper Club, 1200 Ocean Ave. $48 and $25 food/drink minimum. timmcloonessupperclub.com, 732-774-1155.

MADISON Blue Soul Quintet, 6:15 and 8:30 p.m., Shanghai Jazz Restaurant and Bar, 24 Main St. $40 food-drink minimum. shanghaijazz.com, 973-822-2899.

MONTCLAIR Voyage, Journey tribute, 7 p.m., Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St. $25-$40. thewellmonttheater.com, 973-783-9500.

SAYREVILLE Russel Dickerson, Breland, 8 p.m., Starland Ballroom, 570 Jernee Mill Road. $25. starlandballroom.com, 732-238-5500.

STANHOPE Touch of Grey, 7 p.m., Stanhope House, 45 Main St. $16.50. stanhopehousenj.com, 973-347-7777.

Songs of Leonard Bernstein

“Celebrating the Theater and Songs of Leonard Bernstein,” scheduled for Saturday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, will feature Bill Charlap and his trio and author Jamie Bernstein, daughter of the late composer.morrismuseum.org

JAN. 29

ASBURY PARK Joe Barcata Band, 8 p.m., Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Ave. $20. stoneponyonline.com, 732-502-0600.

COLLINGSWOOD “Fillmore East — the Final Concert,” with Allman Brothers, J.Geils and Albert King tribute acts, 8 p.m., Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike. $25-$49. scottishriteauditorium.com, 856-858-1000.

MADISON SaRon Crenshaw Band, 6:15 and 8:30 p.m., Shanghai Jazz Restaurant and Bar, 24 Main St. $40 food-drink minimum. shanghaijazz.com, 973-822-2899.

MAHWAH Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, 8 p.m., Ramapo College of New Jersey, Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, 505 Ramapo Valley Road. $8-$35. ramapo.edu/berriecenter, 201-684-7844.

MONTCLAIR Bettye Lavette, 8 p.m., First Congregational Church, Outpost in the Burbs, 40 S. Fullerton Ave. $35-$40. outpostintheburbs.org, 973-744-6560.

Brooklyn Charmers, the Breakers, Soulshine, Steely Dan, Tom Petty and Allman Brothers tributes, 7 p.m., Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St. $29-$75. thewellmonttheater.com, 973-783-9500.

NEWARK “Celebrating the Theater and Songs of Leonard Bernstein,” “American Songbook” concert with the Bill Charlap Trio, author Jamie Bernstein and host Ted Chapin, 7 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Victoria Theater, 1 Center St. $59-$69. njpac.org, 732-897-6500.

NEWTON Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, 8 p.m., The Newton Theatre, 234 Spring St. $44-$59. skypac.org, 973-940-6398.

TEANECK “Verse Presents,” Green Knuckle Material, Sonoa, Boy Blue, From the Concrete, 7 p.m., Debonair Music Hall, 1409 Queen Anne Road. $15. debonairmusichall.com, 201-833-0011.

JAN. 30

HILLSIDE Branford Marsalis Quartet, 3 p.m., Kean University, Enlow Recital Hall, 215 North Ave. $40-$65. keanstage.com, 908-737-7469.

MILLVILLE David Bromberg, 7 p.m., Levoy Theatre, 126-130 N. High St. $44-$59. levoy.net, 856-327-6400.

NEW BRUNSWICK Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with cellist Kian Soltani, 3 p.m., State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Ave. $17.50-$70. stnj.org, 732-246-7469.

SOUTH ORANGE Ty Stephens, “Jazz in the Loft” concert, with the SoulJaazz, 7 p.m., The Loft at SOPAC, South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way. $30. sopacnow.org, 973-666-1191.

Sports & Recreation

JAN. 29

NEWARK Monster Jam, 1 p.m., also Jan. 29, 7 p.m.; Jan. 30, 1 p.m. Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St. $20-$65. prucenter.com, 973-757-6600.

Theater

JAN. 28

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS “Men Are Dogs,” dessert-theater production of comedy about a psychologist and her patients, 7:30 p.m., also Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m. First Avenue Playhouse, 123 First Ave. $25; reservations required. firstavenueplayhouse.org, 732-291-7552.

FRANKLIN TWP. “Polaroid Stories,” Naomi Iizuka drama inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, 8 p.m., also Jan. 29, 8 p.m.; Jan. 30, 2 p.m. Villagers Theatre, 475 DeMott Lane in Somerset. $15. villagerstheatre.com, 732-873-2710.

LAMBERTVILLE “Noises Off,” backstage comedy, 8 p.m., also Jan. 29, 8 p.m.; Jan. 30, 3 p.m. Music Mountain Theatre, 1483 Route 179. $23-$25. musicmountaintheatre.org, 609-397-3337.

LONG BRANCH “The Promotion,” also Jan. 28, 8 p.m.; Jan. 29, , 3 and 8 p.m.; Jan. 30, and 2 p.m. New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway. $50. njrep.org, 732-229-3166.

MANASQUAN “Biloxi Blues,” Neil Simon comedy, 8 p.m., also Jan. 29, 2 and 8 p.m.; Jan. 30, 3 p.m. Algonquin Arts Theatre, 60 Abe Voorhees Drive. $25-$42. algonquinarts.org, 732-528-9211.

MILLBURN “Clue,” murder mystery farce based on the board game, 8 p.m., also Jan. 29, 1:30 and 8 p.m.; Jan. 30, 1:30 and 7 p.m. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive. $36-$98. papermill.org, 973-376-4343.

MONTCLAIR “Sr. Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You” and “The Actor’s Nightmare,” Studio Players’ production of two one-act plays by Christopher Durang, 8 p.m., also Jan. 29, 8 p.m.; Jan. 30, 3 p.m. Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place (off Valley Road). $25. studioplayhouse.org, 973-744-9752.

PITMAN “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical,” 8 p.m., also Jan. 29, 8 p.m.; Jan. 30, 2 and 7 p.m. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway. $35. thebroadwaytheatre.org, 856-384-8381.

PRINCETON “Dreaming Zenzile,” world premiere of musical based on the life of South African singer Miriam Makeba, 8 p.m., also Jan. 29, 2 and 8 p.m.; Jan. 30, 2 p.m. McCarter Theatre Center, Berlind Theatre, 91 University Place. $60-$80. mccarter.org, 609-258-2787.

WEST WINDSOR “Our Town,” Shakespeare ‘70 production of the Thornton Wilder drama, 8 p.m., also Jan. 29, 8 p.m.; Jan. 30, 2 p.m. Mercer County Community College, Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Road. $18-$20. kelseytheatre.org, 609-570-3333.

JAN. 29

ENGLEWOOD “1+1,” new Eric Bogosian play exploring “how a modern woman can still rise and fall at whim of the men in her life,” 8 p.m., also Jan. 30, 7 p.m. Black Box Performing Arts Center, 49 E. Palisade Ave. $30-$35. blackboxpac.com, 201-569-2070.

HOLMDEL “Into the Woods,” musical offering twist on storybook tales, 7 p.m., also Jan. 30, 1 and 5 p.m. Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road. $22-$25. holmdeltheatrecompany.org, $40.

JAN. 30

MORRISTOWN “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” HD screening of National Theatre Live production, 2 p.m., Bickford Theatre, Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road. $25. morrismuseum.org, 973-971-3706.

Other

JAN. 28

NEW BRUNSWICK New Jersey Film Festival, online streaming of more than 30 films with access to filmmaker introductions and Q&A sessions for select screenings, also Jan. 29-30, Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, 4170 Academic Building, 15 Seminary Place. $15 per film; $100 all-access pass. njfilmfest.com, newjerseyfilmfestivalspring2022.eventive.org.

JAN. 30

WEST ORANGE “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” West Orange Classic Film Festival screening of 1966 comedy and discussion with screenwriter/playwright/stage director Joe Gilford, son of Jack Gilford, 2 p.m., AMC Theater in Essex Green, 495 Prospect Ave. $14 by advance purchase only. eventbrite.com/o/the-west-orange-classic-film-festival398-007-1883.

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