September 25, 2021



A glance at N.J. entertainment this weekend (July 16-18)

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.



ATLANTIC CITY Bert Kreischer, 7 p.m., also July 17, 10 p.m. Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Event Center, 1 Borgata Way. $39-$79., 866-900-4849.

EAST BRUNSWICK Comedians of the Compound, outdoor show hosted by Uncle Vinny’s Comedy Club, 7 p.m., Brunswick Square Mall, 755 Route 18. $32.10-$44.94., 877-862-5384.



WEST LONG BRANCH Monmouth University Music & Arts Festival, virtual performance by members of the Garden State Philharmonic of Civil War-era music, Dixieland, ragtime and jazz, with Monmouth University Chamber Choir solos, the Blue Hawk House Band and a reading by former U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethaway, Monmouth University, Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave. Free but registration required., 732-263-6889.


MONTCLAIR Summer Food Truck Festival, hosted by St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish with international food, desserts and beer/wine garden, Sunday procession through Montclair, 4-10 p.m., also July 18, 4-8 p.m. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 94 Pine St., 973-744-5650.

SUSSEX Family Fun Day, fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Foundation with corn hole competition, dunking booth, children’s games, face painting, hair cutting and food, 10 a.m., Sussex Firehouse, 25 Loomis Ave., 862-268-1174 or 973-271-1085.



EATONTOWN Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, Count Basie Center “Concert on the Green,” 7:30 p.m., also July 17, 7:30 p.m. Suneagles Golf Club, 2067 Tinton Ave. in Fort Monmouth. $39-$79., 732-842-9000.

FAR HILLS “Broadway Concert at the Essex Horse Trials,” Music in the Somerset Hills concert with 39-piece band of musicians from Broadway orchestras, performances by Genghis Barbie, Liz Leclerc and Okieriete Onaodowan, 7 p.m., Moorland Farms, 50 Route 202. $25-$150., 973-339-7719.

MORRISTOWN Toby Walker, online live house concert with limited in-person attendance, 7:30 p.m., The Folk Project, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road. $10 for in-person attendance by advance purchase., 973-335-9489.

TUCKERTON Billy Gilman, outdoor Lizzie Rose Music Room concert, 7:30 p.m., Atlantic Shore Pines Campground, 450 Ishmael Road. $40-$45., 908-310-2941.


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

CAMDEN Chicago, 6:30 p.m., BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd. $22-$200., 856-365-1300.

HILLSIDE John Scofield Trio, outdoor lawn concert, featuring Vicente Archer and Bill Stewart, 6:30 p.m., Kean University, Enlow Recital Hall, 215 North Ave., East Campus. $45., 908-737-7469.

NEWARK “Broadway in the Bricks,” “Arts in the Garden” concert of theater stories and songs, 7 p.m., Newark Museum of Art, Alice Ranson Dreyfuss Memorial Garden, 49 Washington St. $10 by advance purchase only., 973-596-6550.

OAKLAND Triple Tribute Night, Sublime tribute band Same in the End, Alice in Chains tribute band Jar of Flies and Nirvana tribute band Lounge Act; bring chairs, 7 p.m., Crystal Lake Beach Club, 61 Lake Shore Drive. $20., 201-337-9708.

OCEAN GROVE Praisefest 2021, music by Sanctus Real, games, inflatable rides, worship and food, 2-9 p.m., Ocean Grove Auditorium Pavilion, Ocean and Pilgrim pathways., 732-775-0035.


HOLMDEL Luke Bryan, Caylee Hammack, 7 p.m., PNC Bank Arts Center, Garden State Parkway, Exit 116. $42-$138., 732-203-2500.

MORRISTOWN Rhine Reunion, outdoor concert of works by Johannes Brahms and Max Bruch, 8 p.m., Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road. $50 for space to accommodate two patrons by advance order only., 973-971-3706.

NEWTON Asleep at the Wheel, 50th anniversary tour, 8 p.m., The Newton Theatre, 234 Spring St. $39-$49., 973-383-3700.

OCEAN CITY Ocean City Pops, “Hollywood Hits,” 7:30 p.m., Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace at Boardwalk. $15-$20., 609-399-6111.



FLORHAM PARK “Comedy of Errors,” outdoor Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey production, 8 p.m., also July 18, 5 p.m. College of St. Elizabeth Greek Theatre, 2 Convent Road (off Route 124). $40-$45., 973-408-5600.

HACKETTSTOWN “Forever Plaid,” musical about the afterlife of a pop singing group killed in a car accident, 8 p.m., also July 17, 8 p.m.; July 18, 2 p.m. Centenary University, Sitnik Theater, Lackland Center, 400 Jefferson St. $22.50-$25.50., 908-979-0900.

MANASQUAN “Godspell,” 8 p.m., also July 17, 2 and 8 p.m.; July 18, 3 p.m. Algonquin Arts Theatre, 60 Abe Voorhees Drive. $30-$40., 732-528-9211.

MIDDLETOWN “Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery,” Dunbar Repertory Company outdoor production of drama about a young Black girl’s coming of age in the South in the 1960s, 8 p.m., also July 17, 8 p.m.; July 18, 4 p.m. Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church St. $20., 732-706-4100.

MONTCLAIR “Titanic, the Musical” and “The Illusion,” department of theater and dance “Virtual Spring Festival” productions, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16-18, Montclair State University, Alexander Kasser Theater, College Avenue and Red Hawk Road. $10., 973-655-5112.

RED BANK “Spring Awakening,” Phonenix Productions presentation of Duncan Sheik’s coming-of-age musical, 7:30 p.m., also July 17, 7:30 p.m. Count Basie Theatre, The Vogel, 99 Monmouth St. $39-$59., 732-842-9000.

“Real People Things,” outside show, 7 p.m., also July 17-18, 7 p.m. Two River Theater Company, Plaza, 21 Bridge Ave. $50 table for two; $100 table for four., 732-345-1400.

WEST ORANGE “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” musical revue built around the songs of Leiber and Stoller, 8 p.m., also July 17, 8 p.m. Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, 4 Boland Drive. $5-$10., 973-669-7385.

WOODBRIDGE “Waist Watchers — the Musical,” comedy set in a women’s gym with Angela Thomas, Sarah Grant, Jordana Forrest and Sharyn Peoples, 8 p.m., also July 17, 2 and 8 p.m. Avenel Performing Arts Center, 150 Avenel St. in Avenel. $39.50., 732-314-0500.


FLORHAM PARK “Snug,” outdoor production of Bonnie J. Monte homage to band of mechanicals from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 8 p.m., also July 18, 8 p.m. College of St. Elizabeth Greek Theatre, 2 Convent Road (off Route 124). $40-$45., 973-408-5600.

HILLSIDE “Sleeping Beauty,” Yates Musical Theatre outdoor family production, 11 a.m., Kean University, Enlow Recital Hall, 215 North Ave., East Campus. $15., 908-737-7469.



ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS FilmOneFest, free outdoor screening of very short films by local and international film and video makers, 7-11 p.m., Atlantic Highlands Marina, 1 First Ave., 732-737-7160.

EAST RUTHERFORD Monster Jam, 7 p.m., MetLife Stadium, 102 Route 120. $25-$125., 201-935-3900.

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