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A glance at N.J. entertainment this weekend (Oct. 8-10)

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.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra season opener

Violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain will be featured in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s “opening weekend” concerts Oct. 8 and 10 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in


OCT. 9

FRENCHTOWN HoBART Fall 2021, sculpture, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, and glass art by 28 New Jersey and Pennsylvania artists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., through Oct. 10. Steinbeiser’s Farm, 718 Route 519., 267-614-4638.

NEWARK “Three Half Lozenges, 2017-2021,” unveiling of installation by Phillip K. Smith III on exterior Washington Street facade, Newark Museum of Art, 49 Washington St., 973-596-6550.

SUMMIT Opening Day, Indigenous Peoples Day weekend celebration with unveiling and tours of “The First Water Is the Body” and “Athena LaTocha — After the Falls” exhibits, samples of indigenous foods and performances by the Silver Cloud Singers and Dancers, 1 p.m., Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm St., 908-273-9121.

OCT. 10

MORRISTOWN “Curb Appeal: Acorn Hall and the Influence of Andrew Jackson Downing,” 1:30 p.m., Morris County Historical Society, Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Ave. Free with museum admission., 973-267-3465.


OCT. 9

BOUND BROOK “Sarcasm Comedy,” Uncle Floyd, Julia Scotti, Tom Mongelli, Steve Trevelise, 8 p.m., Brook Arts Center, 10 Hamilton St. $30-$35., 732-469-7700.

NEWARK Michael Carbonaro, magic and comedy, 7:30 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St. $49-$79., 201-503-1333.

OCT. 9-10

ATLANTIC CITY Atlantic City Comedy Festival, Sommore, DC Young Fly, Lavell Crawford, Kountry Wayne, Karlous Miller, 7 p.m. Saturday; Mike Epps, Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Arnez J, Desi Banks, 7 p.m. Sunday. Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk. $59-$250.


OCT. 8

METUCHEN Mignolo Dance Project, premiere of “Visitor Parking” site-specific piece, 7 p.m., Pearl Street Parking Lot, 25 Pearl St. Free but tickets required in advance., 732-242-7805.

PRINCETON “A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham,” dance-based work mining Black culture and history, 8 p.m., also Oct. 9, 8 p.m. McCarter Theatre Center, Berlind Theatre, 91 University Place. $50-$60., 609-258-2787.


OCT. 9

ALLENTOWN Allentown Fall Festival, hosted by Allentown Business Community Association with arts and crafts vendors, Civil War re-enactment camp, classic car show, live music and dancing, clowns, petting zoo, contests, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., also Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Allentown Municipal Building, 8 N. Main St., 609-208-0544.

SOMERVILLE Somerset County Diversity Festival, multicultural entertainment, games and vendors, noon-4 p.m., Veterans Memorial Plaza, Grove Street., [email protected]. Registration required.

OCT. 10

CALIFON Street Fair, live music, DJ, games, food trucks, beer garden,vendors, noon-4 p.m., Downtown Califon, Main Street.,

CRANFORD Cranford Street Fair and Craft Show, artists, crafters, vendors, food, rides and live music, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Downtown Cranford, Alden Street and North Avenue., 908-654-1400.


OCT. 9

MORRISTOWN Morristown Festival of Books, free in-person and live virtual author talks and special events, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Downtown Morristown, Spring and Morris streets., 973-586-0458.

Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock will perform an Outpost in the Burbs concert in Montclair on Friday, Oct.


OCT. 8

ENGLEWOOD “The Ultimate ‘70s Tour,” Poco, Pure Prairie League and Orleans, 8 p.m., Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St. $39-$99., 201-227-1030.

FLORHAM PARK Elena Shaddow, outdoor concert, 7:30 p.m., The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 3 Vreeland Road. $40-$80., 973-408-5600.

JERSEY CITY Low Cut Connie, 9 p.m., White Eagle Hall, 335-337 Newark Ave. $25., 201-885-5166.

MADISON Ty Stephens and Soul Jazz, 5:45 p.m., also Oct. 8, 8:30 p.m. Shanghai Jazz Restaurant and Bar, 24 Main St. $40 food/drink minimum., 973-822-2899.

MIDDLETOWN “A Century of Song,” outdoor musical revue, 7-9 p.m., also Oct. 9, 2-4 p.m. Thompson Park Theater Barn, 805 Newman Springs Road in Lincroft. $10-$15., 732-842-4000.

MONTCLAIR Robyn Hitchcock, 8 p.m., First Congregational Church, Outpost in the Burbs, 40 S. Fullerton Ave. $30-$35., 973-744-6560.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, 7 p.m., also Oct. 9, 7 p.m. Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St. $67-$250., 973-783-9500.

MORRISTOWN Kenny Loggins, 8 p.m., Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St. $69-$125., 973-539-8008.

NEWARK New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, opening weekend with violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, premiere of commissioned work by Michael Abels, 8 p.m., also Oct. 10, 3 p.m. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St. $25-$90., [email protected].

TEANECK “Ricky Nelson Remembered,” tribute with sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, 7:30 p.m., Debonair Music Hall, 1409 Queen Anne Road. $39-$49., 201-833-0011.

OCT. 9

EAST AMWELL Lambertville Helping Hands Concert, Ida relief fundraiser with performances by the Shackers, the Swiss Guard and Darius de Haas, 11 a.m., also Oct. 10, noon Hunterdon County Fairgrounds, Routes 202 and 179. $35-$50., 609-397-0055.

EAST RUTHERFORD Aventura, 8 p.m., MetLife Stadium, 102 Route 120. $49-$299., 201-935-3900.

ELIZABETH Myriam Hernandez, “Sinergia” tour, 8 p.m., Ritz Theatre, 1148 E. Jersey St. $55-$250., 888-561-8757.

FLORHAM PARK Benjamin Eakeley, outdoor concert, 7:30 p.m., The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 3 Vreeland Road. $40-$80., 973-408-5600.

FRANKLIN TWP. Rock The Vets 2021, fundraiser for Veterans Haven North in Glen Gardner with music by Craig Sailer Project, Tyrone Stackhouse Project, Jersey Bill and Snakeman, Darren DeMarco Band and Dave Alen Band, vendors, food trucks and full-service bar, 3-10 p.m., Clinton Elks Lodge, Sidney Road (Route 617) in Pittstown. $10. [email protected], [email protected].

HOLMDEL Chris Stapleton’s All-American Roadshow, 7 p.m., PNC Bank Arts Center, Garden State Parkway, Exit 116. $39-$99., 732-203-2500.

MADISON Saron Crenshaw Band, 5:45 p.m., also Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. Shanghai Jazz Restaurant and Bar, 24 Main St. $40 food/drink minimum., 973-822-2899.

MORRISTOWN Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, the Grass Roots, 8 p.m., Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St. $39-$79., 973-539-8008.

NEWARK Lotus Land, Rush tribute, 8 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Victoria Theater, 1 Center St. $49.50-$79.50., 732-897-6500.

OCT. 10

CHATHAM Cellist Ani Kalayjian and Pianist David Kaplan, Lyrica Chamber Music concert, 3 p.m., Presbyterian Church of Chatham, 240 Southern Blvd. $30, children free., 973-309-1668.

HOLMDEL Knotfest Roadshow, Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Fever 333, Code Orange, 5:30 p.m., PNC Bank Arts Center, Garden State Parkway, Exit 116. $29-$109., 732-203-2500.

RED BANK David Foster, “Hitman” tour with Katharine McPhee, 7:30 p.m., Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St. $39-$99., 732-842-9000.

WAYNE Palisades Virtuosi, “Tribute to Beethoven” in-person and live-streamed, 3 p.m., Our Lady of Consolation Church, 1799 Hamburg Turnpike. $15-$25., 201-837-9150.

Russell Malone Quartet, “Jazz Room Series” concert, 4 p.m., William Paterson University, Shea Center for Performing Arts, 300 Pompton Road. $8-$15., 973-720-2371.


OCT. 8

CHATHAM “Time Stands Still,” Chatham Community Players production of Donald Margulies drama about two photojournalists returned from reporting on a war, 8 p.m., also Oct. 9, 8 p.m.; Oct. 10, 3 p.m. Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave. $23-$25., 973-635-7363.

CRANFORD “Rumors,” Neil Simon comedy, 8 p.m., also Oct. 9, 8 p.m. Cranford Dramatic Club Theatre, 78 Winans Ave. $23-$25., 908-276-7611.

EAST BRUNSWICK “Harvey,” comedy about a man with an invisible giant rabbit companion, 8 p.m., also Oct. 9, 8 p.m.; Oct. 10, 3 p.m. Playhouse 22, 721 Cranbury Road. $20-$22., 732-254-3939.

LAMBERTVILLE “American Idiot,” musical based on the Green Day concept album, 8 p.m., also Oct. 9, 3 and 8 p.m.; Oct. 10, 3 p.m. Music Mountain Theatre, 1483 Route 179. $25., 609-397-3337.

NEW BRUNSWICK “When Day Comes,” premiere of live production featuring members of the Sweet Honey in the Rock vocal group, 7 p.m., also Oct. 9, 3 and 7 p.m.; Oct. 10, 3 p.m. Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, 11 Livingston Ave. $30-$65., 732-545-8100.

“Emergency!,” Crossroads Theatre live production written and performed by Daniel KOA Beaty about a slave ship arriving in Hudson River in contemporary times, 7:30 p.m., also Oct. 9, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 10, 3:30 p.m. New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, Arthur Laurents Theatre, 11 Livingston Ave. $20-$65., 732-545-8100.

“Escape to Margaritaville,” musical comedy with original and Jimmy Buffett songs, 8 p.m., also Oct. 9, 2 and 8 p.m.; Oct. 10, 2 p.m. State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Ave. $40-$98., 732-246-7469.

OCEAN CITY “Beehive — The ‘60s Musical,” Greater Ocean City Theatre Company production, 7 p.m., also Oct. 9, 7 p.m. Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace at Boardwalk. $18-$20., 609-399-6111.

OCEAN GROVE “Dracula,” NENAproductions presentation of drama based on the Bram Stoker novel, 7:30 p.m., also Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 10, 3 p.m. Jersey Shore Arts Center, Route 71 at Main Avenue. $25.,

POMPTON LAKES “God of Carnage,” drama revolving around the lives of two couples living in a Brooklyn neighborhood, 8 p.m., also Oct. 9, 8 p.m.; Oct. 10, 3 p.m. Rhino Studio 237, 237 Hamburg Turnpike. $25., 973-248-9491.

RANDOLPH “Legally Blonde — the Musical,” musical based on the film, 8 p.m., also Oct. 9, 5 p.m.; Oct. 10, 2 p.m. Brundage Park Playhouse, 2 Bungalow Lane at Carrell Road. $20-$25., 973-989-7092.

RED BANK “I’m Not a Comedian . . . I’m Lenny Bruce,” stage show based on the late comedian, 8 p.m., also Oct. 9, 8 p.m. Count Basie Theatre, The Vogel, 99 Monmouth St. $49-$69., 732-842-9000.

ROXBURY “The Cemetery Club,” comedy about three women who visit graveyards together, 8 p.m., also Oct. 9, 8 p.m. Investors Bank Theater, RoxPAC at Horseshoe Lake Complex, 72 Eyland Ave. in Succasunna. $10-$15., 862-219-1379.

SUMMIT “Portrait of the Widow Kinski,” Vivid Stage world premiere production of Sarah Jean Accuardi, 8 p.m., also Oct. 9, 8 p.m.; Oct. 10, 2 p.m. Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave. $25-$39., 908-514-9654.

UNION “Sylvia,” Theater Conservatory production of the A.R. Gurney comedy about relationships, nature and growing older, 7:30 p.m., also Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 10, 2 p.m. Kean University, Bauer Boucher Theatre Center, 1000 Morris Ave. $12-$15. 908-737-7469.

WEEHAWKEN “Bunnies,” premiere of Joanne Hoersch play about five workers at the New York Playboy Club in 1973, 8 p.m., also Oct. 9, 8 p.m.; Oct. 10, 3 p.m. Hudson Theatreworks, 80 Hauxhurst Ave. $25., 800-836-3006.

WEST ORANGE “The Frontera Project,” production built around stories from the U.S.-Mexico border, 8 p.m., also Oct. 9, 8 p.m.; Oct. 10, 3 p.m. Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road. $25-$60., 973-395-5551.

WOODBRIDGE “My Big Gay Italian Funeral,” stage comedy, 8 p.m., also Oct. 9, 8 p.m.; Oct. 10, 3 p.m. Avenel Performing Arts Center, 150 Avenel St. in Avenel. $49.50., 732-314-0500.

OCT. 9

MONTCLAIR “Over My Dead Body,” staged reading of comedy about three septuagenarian mystery writers who plot the perfect murder, 8 p.m., Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place (off Valley Road). $20-$25., 973-744-9752.

OCT. 10

CAPE MAY “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry! The life and presidency of Harry S. Truman,” one-man portrayal by Clifton Truman Daniel, 5 p.m., Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave. at Stockton Place. $15-$40., 609-884-5404.

HOPEWELL “Unsinkable Women — Stories and Songs from the Titanic,” one-woman show with Deborah Jean Templin, 3 p.m., Hopewell Theater, 5 S. Greenwood Ave. $25-$30., 609-466-1964.


OCT. 10

SPARTA Sixth Annual Antique and Classic Car Show, display of vehicles from 1900 to 1995 with emphasis on car models no longer made, museum open house, arts exhibit, craft demonstrations, 11 a.m., Van Kirk Homestead Museum, 336 Main St., 973-726-0883.

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