16 N.J. arts and entertainment events to check out this weekend (and beyond)

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what happened? Here’s a small sample of local happenings you won’t want to miss in the next few days..

Sun Ra Arkestra will play a concert at Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall on Friday, February 4th.whiteeaglehalljc.com


New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Provides live soundtrack accompaniment to movies Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2″ The concert will take place on Saturday, February 4th at 2pm at Prudential Hall at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

The eighth and final film in the Harry Potter series features inspiring music as a young wizard and his friends face their greatest battle with the evil Lord Voldemort.

Tickets range from $39-$89. The center is located at 1 Center Street in Newark. 888-696-5722, njpac.org.

lake street diveFolk-rock jazz band Rolling Stone, called “Oddballs, but in the best possible way,” will perform at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 5 at Prudential Hall at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

The band’s current line-up consists of Rachel Price on vocals, Bridget Carney on bass, Michael Calabrese on drums, and keyboard/vocalist Aki Burmis and guitarist James Cornelison.

Tickets range from $40.50 to $100.50. The center is located at 1 Center Street in Newark. 888-696-5722, njpac.org.

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Lake Street Dive will perform at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on Sunday, February 5th.njpac.org

♦ The late legendary band leader Sun Ra may have returned to Saturn (where he often claimed to be), but his music lives on.

of Sun La AlquestraLed by founding member saxophonist Marshall Allen, will perform at White Eagle Hall (335-337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City) on Saturday, February 4th at 8pm.

Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley joins as a guest DJ.

Tickets are $25-30. whiteeaglehalljc.com201-885-5166.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra welcome back pianist Inon Vernathan Performances at the Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton Campus are Saturday, February 4th at 8:00 PM and Sunday, February 5th at 4:00 PM.

The program includes Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 and contemporary composers Carlos Simon “Fate conquers now.”

Tickets range from $5-$112. The auditorium is just off Nassau Street. princetonsymphony.org609-497-0020.

NJYO Black History Month Program

The New Jersey Youth Symphony will host a Black History Month program of music, dance and speech on Saturday, February 4th at the War Memorial in Trenton.new jersey youth symphony

new jersey youth symphony To celebrate Black History Month, return to the Patriot Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton on Saturday, February 4th at 7pm.

This program explores the culture of African heritage in America through a fusion of music, public speaking and dance. Dancers from the Discovery Orchestra’s George Marriner Moll and Newark School of the Arts lead the audience through a performance of her folk dance, an African-American plantation originating from a 19th-century African slave community, in “Discovery Juba Dances” . The NJYS Youth Symphony will perform works from Omar Thomas, Florence Price and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”.

Tickets start at $15 and are available online. WhartonArts.org.

swing time dolls Investors Bank Theater, 72 Eyland Ave., Roxbury’s Succasunna section, reviews 1960s pop and rock songs.

Entitled ‘Good Morning Vietnam!’, the program includes music by The Mamas and the Papas, The Jefferson Airplane, Nancy Sinatra and more.

Tickets are $25. roxburyartsalliance.org973-945-0284.


The Jersey City Theater Center hosts the drama Han! With Baek Hyun Joo at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City on Thursday, February 9th.JCTCenter.org


Jersey City Theater Center will make the East Coast premiere of “stamp!Thursday, February 9, 7:30 p.m., White Eagle Hall, 335-337 Newark Ave, Jersey City.

Using storytelling and song, the play follows a young Korean woman’s journey towards understanding the “Han.” The concept is “a concept that is deeply rooted in her culture. It’s not sadness, it’s not resentment, it’s not hope. It’s probably more than that.”

Directed by Thomas Richards “Han!” Baek Hyun Joo will be performed in Korean with English subtitles. Tickets are $20-$50. jctcenter.org201-795-5386.

peak performance The season opens Thursday, February 9 at the Montclair State University Alexander Casser Theatre, 1 Normal Ave. “The Night Falls”

Described as “The New Myth of Our Fragmented Age”, it is choreographed and directed by Troy Schumacher (NYC Ballet and Ballet Collective), written and lyrically written by Karen Russell (“Swamplandia!”), Music and lyrics by Ellis Ludwig-Leone. (San Fermin). It will be performed by 9 dancers, 8 singers and a chamber music ensemble.

Tickets are $40-$50. Performances are Thursday-Friday, February 9-10 at 7:30 PM, Friday, February 11 at 8 PM, and Sunday, February 12 at 3 PM. peakperfs.org.

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The University of Montclair’s Peak Performance Series takes place February 9-12 at The Night Falls on the Montclair campus.peakperfs.org


♦ Based in San Francisco ODC/Dance Take the stage at 7:30 PM on Friday, February 3 at Stockton University’s Performing Arts Center on the Galloway Campus.

The group of 10 dancers, Our Environment, was created by artistic director Brenda Way, associate choreographer Kimi Okada, fellow KT Nelson, and guest choreographer Kate Ware. , Forms of Communication, and Euclidean Mathematics.”

Tickets are $15-$35. The center is located at 101 Vera King Farris Drive. stocktonpac.org609-652-9000.

Alborada Spanish Dance Theater Mount free encore performances of “Heartbeat! Spain and the Afro-Caribbean Connection” In honor of Black History Month, Thursday, February 9, at 6:00 p.m. Long Branch at Monmouth University’s Pollack Theater on campus at 400 Cedar Ave. West.

The program will feature guest artists Cimarones and Amazonas. alboradadance.org732-255-4071.


The San Francisco-based ODC/dance group takes place on Friday, February 3rd at Galloway’s Stockton Performing Arts Center.stocktonpac.org


Mercer County Community College’s Gallery will hold an opening reception for “Paintings and Sculptures of Leroy Johnson” Wednesday, February 8, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Communication Building, West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

A native of Philadelphia, who died last year, Johnson was a self-described “urban expressionist” whose work was shaped by African-American history and inner-city life. Largely self-taught, he used painting, collage, and collective sculpture within the “arte povera” movement. This was an Italian art movement from the late 1960s to his 1970s, in which artists explored a variety of unconventional processes and non-traditional materials.

The exhibition runs until March 24th. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM and Wednesday from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM. mccc.edu/gallery, [email protected]

"a storm is coming"

‘Storm Coming’ is one of the images in ‘Paintings and Sculptures by Leroy Johnson’ opening February 8th at the Mercer County Community College gallery in West Windsor.Courtesy of Leroy Johnson Estate

Peters Valley School of Craft‘s annual high school exhibition, now in its 11th year at the Sally D. Francisco Gallery, begins with an opening reception on Saturday, February 4th from 3-5pm and runs through February 27th.

This exhibit features work by 9th-12th grade artists from Blair Academy, Delaware Valley, Fort Lee, High Point Regional, Kitatinny Regional, Newton, Randolph, Thayerville War Memorial, Sparta, Wallkill Valley Regional, and Watchung Hills Regional High School. will be on display.

The gallery is located at 19 Kuhn Road in Layton and is open daily from 10am to 5pm. petersvalley.org973-948-5202.


Laughing Women Funny & Fabulous We will return to the Bergen Performing Arts Center at 30 N. Van Brunt St. Englewood on Friday, February 3rd at 8pm.

The show includes the ‘Winners and Top Talents’ of the ‘Ladies of Laughter’ international competition. Sara Contreras, Erin Maguire, Liz Glazer, Maureen Langan, Marion Grodin will star, and Dena Blizzard will host.

Tickets are $29-39. 201-227-1030, bergenpac.org.

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Ladies of Laughter — Back to Jersey, clockwise from top left, Dena Blizzard, Sara Contreras, Erin Maguire, Marion Grodin, Maureen Langan and Liz Glazer.bergenpac.org


“Pinkalicious the Musical” will perform two performances on Sunday, February 5th at the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 100 South Street in Morristown.

Based on Victoria Kang’s children’s book series, a girl who indulges in too many pink cupcakes finds herself in a colorful predicament when she develops severe pinky-dactyly, turning pink from head to toe. It’s a girl’s story.

The 1:30 PM show will be followed by a Sensory Friend performance at 4:30 PM. Tickets are $12-$15. The target age for production is 4 years old and over. mayoarts.org973-539-8008.

♦ Hosted by State Theater New Jersey, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. “Rama Rama Live” Family stage production based on Anna Dewdney’s children’s book and new Netflix series, Sunday, February 5 at 1:00 PM.

Tickets are $19-$29. stnj.org732-246-7469.

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New musical Llama Llama Live!stnj.org


Highlands Business Partnership13th Annual of “Beef & Brew” The fundraiser will be held on Sunday, February 5th from 3-7pm at Proving Ground Waterfront Dining, 56 Shrewsbury Avenue, Highlands.

Tickets are $40 and include an Irish buffet dinner with corned beef, potatoes, and cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, vegetarian options, and two beer tickets. Proceeds will benefit the 2023 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Highlands 2023 Grand Marshal Karen Taylor Burke will be honored with her sash. A gift auction will be held, featuring Middlesex County Police and Fire Pipes & Drums. highlandsnj.com732-291-4713.

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