May 22, 2022

Charlie Doodle

Unique Art & Entertainment

A glance at N.J. entertainment this weekend (Sept. 17-19)

10 min read

WHAT’S GOING ON? Here is a small sample of area happenings — some in-person, others online — you may want to check out in the coming days.

Linda Elder’s “Judy Garland — Me and My Shadow” will be Mayo Performing Arts Center’s opening night show in Morristown on Sept. 17.Mayo Performing Arts Center


SEPT. 17

RED BANK “Michael Malpass: The Man and His Work,” opening reception for exhibit of metal works by the late artist, 6 p.m., Oyster Point Hotel, 146 Bodman Place., 732-530-8200.

SEPT. 18

BELMAR “Art for Sea,” 5-7 p.m., reception for exhibit of plein air works that will run through Oct. 1. Belmar Arts Council, 608 River Road., 732-749-3360.

KEYPORT “Art Around the Bay,” Art Society of Keyport fundraiser with en plein air painting along the promenade, live music, noon-6 p.m., Waterfront, West Front Street. $20 suggested donation per canvas., [email protected]

MONTCLAIR 37th Annual Rose Squared Art Show, showcase of more than 120 fine artists and fine craft artisans, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 18-19. Anderson Park, North Mountain Avenue., 301-755-4599.

RANDOLPH “Urania’s Mirror,” special weekend viewing of exhibit with artist Joseph Losavio, 2-5 p.m., County College of Morris Art & Design Gallery, Sherman H. Masten Learning Resource Center, 214 Center Grove Road. 973-328-5446.


SEPT. 17

ROSELLE Central Jersey Comedy Showcase, hosted by Comedy Therapy, 8 p.m., Central Park Restaurant, 2401 N. Wood Ave. $20 and two-item minimum., 848-391-8808.

SEPT. 18

EATONTOWN Eric D’Alessandro, Count Basie “Concert on the Green” show, 7 p.m., Suneagles Golf Club, 2067 Tinton Ave. in Fort Monmouth. $35-$55., 732-842-9000.

FLEMINGTON “NJ Festival of Laughs,” dinner show fundraiser for Elks Camp Moore scholarships with Steve Trevelise, Mark Riccadonna, Denny Corby, Justin Gonzalez and John Lombardi, 6 p.m., Flemington Elks Lodge 1928, 165 Route 31 South. $55-$75., 908-823-4647.

MORRISTOWN Jeff Ross and Dave Attell, “Bumping Mics,” 8 p.m., Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St. $39-$69., 973-539-8008.

NEWARK Eddie Griffin, 7 p.m., also Sept. 18, 9:30 p.m. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Victoria Theater, 1 Center St. $49.50-$59.50., 732-897-6500.

Eddie Griffin

Comedian Eddie Griffin will appear Saturday, Sept. 18, at New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Victoria Theater in


SEPT. 19

METUCHEN Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre, “Fiesta de Jerez” with sherry and tapas tasting, buffet, flamenco dance, 4-7:30 p.m., Lola Latin Bistro, 87 Central Ave. $60., 732-598-3979.


SEPT. 17

FRANKLIN TWP. 35th Annual Lebanese Festival, live music, dancing, Lebanese food and pastries, beer and spirits, games and souvenirs, 5-10 p.m., also Sept. 18, noon-11 p.m.; Sept. 19, noon-9 p.m. St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church, 526 Easton Ave. in Somerset., 732-828-2055.

PARAMUS Fall Harvest Festival, craft fair, carnival rides,farmers market, animals, live music, face painting, pumpkin picking, entertainment, food trucks, 4-H and master gardener exhibits and activities for children and adults, 6-9 p.m., also Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Van Saun Park, 216 Forest Ave., 201-336-6780.

SEPT. 18

FRANKFORD “Where Did Summer Go?” Food Truck and Music Festival, sponsored by Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council with food trucks, art and live music, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road in Augusta. $5, ages 9 and younger free., 973-769-2224.

LINDEN 2021 Polish Heritage Festival, live music, DJ, Polish food, beer and wine tent, vendors, children’s activities, 1-9 p.m., Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade, 400 N. Wood Ave., 908-601-8598.

LIVINGSTON Khem Fest, celebration of Black animation, gaming and comic book creators, noon-6 p.m., also Sept. 19, noon-6 p.m. Livingston Mall, 112 Eisenhower Parkway., 732-596-7276.

MIDDLETOWN Wind and Sea Festival, paddling, kayaking, fishing, sailing, beach volleyball, kite flying, crabbing, sand castle building, seining, shelling, sand casting, children’s crafts, storytelling, naturalist activities, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Bayshore Waterfront Park, 719 Port Monmouth Road in Port Monmouth., 732-842-4000.

SPARTA Renaissance Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., also Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Camp Sacajawea, 844 White Lake Road. $10-$20.,

WASHINGTON BOROUGH Festival in the Borough, free street fair with three stages featuring 18 bands and performances, 70 art/craft vendors, farmers market. family fun area and beer garden, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Pocket Park, 44 E. Washington Ave., 908-689-4800.

SEPT. 19

EAST AMWELL Hunterdon County Antique Fair, fundraiser for Hunterdon County 4-H Leaders Association, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hunterdon County Fairgrounds, Routes 202 and 179. $7., 908-369-4184.

FANWOOD Fannywood Day, exhibitors, music, kiddie rides, food, eating contest, water balloon toss, pet parade and car show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Downtown Fanwood, between North and LaGrande avenues., 201-998-1144.

GARWOOD “Garwood Still Rocks,” live entertainment, car show, vendors, food, arts and crafts displays, beer and wine garden, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Downtown Garwood, Center Street and Willow Avenue., 908-233-3021.

GLEN ROCK Street Fair and Craft Show, vendors, rides, food, live music, 11-5 p.m., Glen Rock Boro Hall Train Station, Harding Plaza, Maple Avenue and Rock Road., 908-654-1400.


SEPT. 17

EATONTOWN The Smithereens, Count Basie Center “Concert on the Green” with guest vocalist Marshall Crenshaw, 7:30 p.m., Suneagles Golf Club, 2067 Tinton Ave. in Fort Monmouth. $39-$49., 732-389-4300.

HOLMDEL Thomas Rhett, 7:30 p.m., PNC Bank Arts Center, Garden State Parkway, Exit 116. $64-$179., 732-203-2500.

MADISON John Lee, Cyrus Chestnut, Freddy Hendrix and Karl Latham, 5:45 p.m., Shanghai Jazz Restaurant and Bar, 24 Main St. $40 food-drink minimum., 973-822-2899.

MANASQUAN “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day,” fundraiser with music by the Snakes, optional dinner, 6 p.m., Algonquin Arts Theatre, 60 Abe Voorhees Drive. $35-$99., 732-528-9211.

MILLBURN “Brookside Cabaret,” live outdoor performance with optional prix-fixe meal at the F.M. Kirby Carriage House Restaurant, 7:30 p.m., Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive. $20-$35 and $20-$30 food/drink minimum., 973-376-4343.

MONTCLAIR Anberlin, the Early November, 7 p.m., Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St. $29-$49., 973-783-9500.

MORRISTOWN Linda Elder, opening night “Judy Garland — Me and My Shadow” concert, 8 p.m., Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St. $49-$79., 973-539-8008.

Jesse Ruben, Bill Buttner, 7:30 p.m., The Folk Project, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road. $10., 973-335-9489.

NORTH WILDWOOD “Boots at the Beach” Country Music Festival, live music on two stages, food and refreshments, noon-10 p.m., also Sept. 18, noon-10 p.m.; Sept. 19, noon-4 p.m. City of North Wildwood, Olde New Jersey Avenue., 609-770-8839.

RED BANK Brian Kirk and the Jirks “Born,” Bruce Springsteen tribute, 8 p.m., Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St. $29-$129., 732-842-9000.

Peter Asher, “A Musical Memoir of the ‘60s and Beyond,” 8 p.m., Count Basie Theatre, The Vogel, 99 Monmouth St. $39-$49., 732-842-9000.

SOUTH ORANGE Motor City Revue, Motown tribute, 8 p.m., South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way. $25-$35., 973-313-2787.

SEPT. 18

ASBURY PARK Sea.Hear.Now Festival, more than 30 acts over two days, including Pearl Jam, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Avett Brothers, Patti Smith and Billy Idol, noon-10:30 p.m., also Sept. 19, noon-10:30 p.m. North Beach, Ocean and Sixth avenues. Sold out., [email protected]

BLOOMFIELD “Music at the Mansion” Porch Dinner Concert, outdoor performance by Natalie Douglas with Frungillo Catering boxed dinner, 7 p.m., Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave. $65 in person; $30 virtual., [email protected]

CAMDEN Tedeschi Trucks, XPN concert, 6:30 p.m., BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd. $20-$119., 856-365-1300.

ENGLEWOOD Almost Queen, 8 p.m., Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St. $29-$59., 201-227-1030.

HOLMDEL Black Crowes, 8 p.m., PNC Bank Arts Center, Garden State Parkway, Exit 116. $33-$210., 732-203-2500.

MADISON Winard Harper Band, 6:15 p.m., also Sept. 18, 8:45 p.m. Shanghai Jazz Restaurant and Bar, 24 Main St. $40 food-drink minimum., 973-822-2899.

MORRISTOWN Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival, free performances by Rob Paparozzi’s Juke Joint, Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses, Winard Harper and Jeli Posse, Frank Vignola Trio and Swingadelic, noon-10 p.m., Morristown Green, South Street and Park Place.,

NEWARK “10K Summer Madness,” Fivio Foreign, Asian Doll, Hoodcelebrityy, Mr.Chicken, Yuni-G and Friends, 7 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St. $24-$162., 201-503-1333.

Floxy Bee, the Hikosso Queen, Inaugural “Music at Third” concert with the African singer and her band, 7 p.m., Third Presbyterian Church, 395 Ridge St. $10. [email protected], 917-701-8766.

OCEAN CITY Ocean City Pops, “From Jersey to Broadway” with Eryn LeCroy, 7:30 p.m., Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace at Boardwalk. $15-$20., 609-399-6111.

NEWTON Roger McGuinn, 8 p.m., The Newton Theatre, 234 Spring St. $34-$49., 973-383-3700.

SOUTH ORANGE Al Stewart and the Empty Pockets, 8 p.m., South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way. $35-$48., 973-313-2787.

TEANECK John Kay, acoustic, 8 p.m., Debonair Music Hall, 1409 Queen Anne Road. $49-$59., 201-833-0011.

TUCKERTON The Royal Scam, outdoor Lizzie Rose Music Room Steely Dan tribute concert, 7:30 p.m., Atlantic Shore Pines Campground, 450 Ishmael Road. $30-$35., 908-310-2941.

UNION Carrie Jackson and the Jazzin’ All Stars, free concert on church lawn with collection of nonperishable food donations for local food pantry, 6:30-8 p.m., Townley Presbyterian Church, 829 Salem Road., 908-686-1028.

SEPT. 19

HOLMDEL Coheed and Cambria, the Used, 6:30 p.m., PNC Bank Arts Center, Garden State Parkway, Exit 116. $18-$89., 732-203-2500.

MONTCLAIR The Bongos, Outpost in the Burbs concert, 5 p.m., Van Vleck House and Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St. $32-$36., 973-744-6560.

MORRISTOWN New Jersey String Quartet, outdoor concert, 7 p.m., Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road. $50 for space to accommodate two patrons by advance order only., 973-971-3706.

NEWTON Let’s Hang On, Frankie Valli tribute show, 3 p.m., The Newton Theatre, 234 Spring St. $34-$49., 973-383-3700.

RED BANK New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Count Basie Center Gospel Choir, “A Collaboration of Soul and Sound,” 3 p.m., Count Basie Theatre, The Vogel, 99 Monmouth St. $17., 732-842-9000.

SOUTH ORANGE Leonid and Friends, Chicago tribute, 7:30 p.m., South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way. $25-$35., 973-313-2787.

TENAFLY Tenafly Music Fest and Annual Fireworks Display, Screaming Orphans, Steelyheads (Steely Dan tribute), Sessions-Tenafly Rocks and THS Quartet, 3-8 p.m., Tenafly High School, 19 Columbus Drive.


SEPT. 18

NEWARK Professional Bull Riders World Championship, 6:45 p.m., also Sept. 19, 1:45 p.m. Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St. $20-$355., 973-757-6600.

SEPT. 19

BOONTON ULW Pro Wrestling, eight matches with the Blood Brothers, P.J. Savage, King Jeter, “The One Man Show” Chris Taylor, Cono Cappuccia, Brother Greatness, “The Brooklyn Outlaw” Donovan, J. Boujii, Adena Steele, “Above Average” Joe Scott, Blaxstrom, Wrecking Ball Lugursky and others, 7 p.m., Boonton Elks Hall, 125 Cornelia St. $20.


SEPT. 17

BEACH HAVEN “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” comedy celebrating dating, 7:30 p.m., also Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 19, 2 p.m. Surflight Theatre, 201 Engleside Ave. $31-$41., 609-492-9477.

CAPE MAY “Dorothy Parker — A Certain Woman,” premiere of bio-play detailing the life and works of the American writer, 8 p.m., also Sept. 18, 8 p.m. East Lynne Theater Company, Cape May Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St. $20-$35., 609-884-5898.

HOBOKEN “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised),” free Mile Square Theatre production with three actors racing through 37 of the Bard’s plays, 7 p.m., also Sept. 18-19, 7 p.m

MONTCLAIR “Welcome Home” Benefit Cabaret, 8 p.m., also Sept. 18, 8 p.m. Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place (off Valley Road). $20., 973-744-9752.

NUTLEY “A Clean Shoot,” videotaped online production of drama about a police officer about to return to duty after being found innocent of killing a fellow officer, 8 p.m., also Sept. 18, 8 p.m.; Sept. 19, 2 p.m. Nutley Little Theatre, 47 Erie Place (off Brookfield Avenue). $10., 201-294-9157.

TOMS RIVER “Julia Caesar: A Play for Unprecedented Times,” comedy about a community theater trying to produce a female-led adaptation of the Shakespeare play during the COVID-19 pandemic, 8 p.m., Exit 82 Studio Theater, 73 Main St. $32-$35.

UNION “Year One,” Premiere Stages production of Erik Gernand drama of mounting political and social divisions within a family, 8 p.m., also Sept. 18, 3 and 8 p.m.; Sept. 19, 3 p.m. Kean University, Bauer Boucher Theatre Center, 1000 Morris Ave. $15-$35., 908-737-7469.

Labor,” live-streamed online production of TyLie Shider comedy, 7:30 p.m., also Sept. 18-19, 7:30 p.m. The Theater Project. $10-$20., 908-809-8865.


HOLMDEL “Broadway at the Barn,” “Me, Myself and Everyone Else” indoors performance by Christina Bianco, 8 p.m., Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road. $45., 732-946-0427.

NUTLEY “Candlestick Creek Manor Murder Mystery,” outdoor Cherry Blossom Players production, 1 p.m., also Sept. 18, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.; Sept. 19, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Vincent United Methodist Church, 100 Vincent Place. $10-$11., 201-514-0626, [email protected]

SUMMIT “Middletown,” Vivid Stage reading of Will Eno comedy, 8 p.m., Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave. $15-$20., 908-514-9654.

SEPT. 19

MONTCLAIR “Self Help Me,” Leave No Trace Theatre Company outdoor reading of new play by Catherine Weingarten with collection of donations for local Hurricane Ida relief efforts, 6 p.m., Montclair Brewery, 101 Walnut St. two-drink minimum.,


SEPT. 19

ENGLEWOOD “Blippi Live,” family musical stage show, 2 p.m., also Sept. 19, 6 p.m. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St. $29.50-$99.50., 201-227-1030.

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