Date Night: Cirque du Soleil Flips for Michael Jackson
The Canadian troupe of performers seemingly not bound by gravity or their own skeletal systems, honors the "King of Pop" at the Prudential Center; plus, more options for getting out and having fun together.
THIS WEEKEND: Tonight and Saturday — Lewis Black rages about things large and small, 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, The Music Box
NEXT WEEK: Kevin James takes a break from family-friendly films to perform his stand-up act, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 7, Event Center
BOOK IT NOW: Pop stars All-American Rejects perform at The Music Box, Friday, April 13, 9 p.m.; Angst-pop stars Counting Crows deliver their hits and new songs, Saturday, April 28, at the Event Center, Saturday, April 28, 8 p.m., Russell Brand, the soon-to-be former-Mr.-Katy-Perry does, well... whatever it is that he does, Thursday, May 4, 9 p.m., The Music Box
Check out theborgata.com for details about these and other shows.
Kean University, Union
THIS WEEKEND Saturday — Arco Ensemble, "Arco Goes Latin," 7:30 p.mm., Enlow Recital Hall
NEXT WEEK no shows
BOOK IT NOW Jazz performer Ravi Coltrane, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14; Kathy Mattea, 3 p.m., Sunday, May 6.
Check out keanstage.com for details about these and other shows.
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
This Weekend: Tonight — Country-music living legend, but still simple "Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn graces the stage with her remarkable catalog of classic songs, 8 p.m.; Saturday — Moscow Festival Ballet performs Cinderella, 7 pm.
NEXT WEEK: Bluegrass music legends The Del MCcoury Band delivers 60 years worth of Americana; Thursday, 8 p.m.;
BOOK IT NOW: The Moody Blues perform a pair of shows in Morristown, 8 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10, 11
Check out mayoarts.org for details about these and other shows.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark
THIS WEEKEND: Tonight and Saturday — "Cinematic Titanic," the original crew of snarky cult-classic TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 brings bad films to hilarious real-time analysis, 8 p.m.; Saturday — "Classic Albums Live," Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti, lets the Prudential Hall crowd rock out to a note-for-note concert recreation of both side of one of Zeppelin's greatest albums (yeah, I said "album". Deal with it.), 8 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: Shaq All-Star Comedy Jam, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 7
BOOK IT NOW: Daughtry has gone from American Idol contestant to Grammy-nominated pop band. He and his band rock Prudential Hall at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 25.
Check out njpac.org to check out these and other events.
The Prudential Center, Newark
THIS WEEKEND: Tonight through Sunday — "Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil," 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 30, 31;;
NEXT WEEK: Devils v. New York Islanders, 7 p.m., Tuesday; Nets v. Washington Wizards, 7:30 p.m., Friday; April 6
BOOK IT NOW: Golden Gloves Boxing, Saturday, April 7, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2; Red Hot Chili Peppers, 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 4, 5
Check out prucenter.com for details about these and other shows.
South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange
THIS WEEKEND: Saturday — Les Nubians, the French/Cameroonian sister duo deliver their "Afropean" sound; 8 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: No shows
BOOK IT NOW: Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, original cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical RENT, reunite in an up-close-and-personal concert featuring pop and original songs and popular Broadway tunes, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 14.
Go to sopacnow.org for more details about all shows.
Scotty’s Steakhouse, Springfield
THIS WEEK: Tonight and Saturday — Michael Worthington, who has a law degree and bills himself as "America's Funniest Lawyer," has been seen on Comedy Central and BET. The show also features Larry Defelice and Mike Casey. Friday and Saturday, March 30, 31
NEXT WEEK: Johnny Watson, a self-proclaimed "Jersey guy" who went from the Navy to a career in comedy that has included appearances on Saturay Night Live and Good Morning America, brings his act to Springfield, Friday and Saturday, April 6, 7
BOOK IT NOW:Carole Montgomery, New York City resident and performer of the one-woman show, PT&A Mom, brings the act she has honed for years as a headlining comedian and frequent guest on Comedy Central and Nick @ Nite's Funniest Moms and other shows; Mick Thomas and Jason Pollock are also featured on the show, Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14.
For details and more information, log onto scottyssteakhouse.com.
Shanghai Jazz, Madison
THIS WEEKEND: Tonight — Champian Fulton and her trio channel the great ladies of jazz; Saturday — Nat Adderley Jr., musicial director and pianist for the late Luther Vandross, performs with his jazz trio; Sunday — The Nancy Nelson Quartet, featuring Jerry Vezza on piano and Hal Slapin on bass.
NEXT WEEK: Shanghai Jazz "Save the Children" Benefit: Bucky Pizzarelli, Russell Malone, Jay Leonhart, Tomoko Ohno, Brynn Stanley, Grover Kemble and a variety of surprise guests lead a night dedicated to raising money for children in crisis, Tuesday, April 3; Nicky Parrott, the Australian vocalist and bass player for Les Paul, teams up withWarren Vache, Wednesday, April 4;
BOOK IT NOW: Jerry Vezza Trio, Friday, April 6; two-time Grammy-winning jazz pianist Carlos Franzetti brings his trio to Madison to play their collection of Latin and Brasilian jazz compositions, Saturday, April 7
All shows 6:30 and 8:30. Check out shanghaijazz.com for more details.
State Theatre, New Brunswick
THIS WEEK: Tonight — Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble; 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday — Hamlet, 8 p.m., each night
NEXT WEEK: "One Night of Queen," a tribute to the iconic band, performed by Gary Mullen and The Works, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 7
BOOK IT NOW: Johnny Mathis, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 21; Dickey Bette and Great Southern, 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 25; "American Pie" writer Don McLean celebrates the 40th anniversary of one of pop music's most enduring songs, 8 p.m., Friday, April 27
Check out statetheatrenj.org for more details.
Stress Factory Comedy Club, New Brunswick
THIS WEEK: Tonight and Saturday — Dave Attell, Host of Comedy Central’s Insomniac, Dave's Old Porn, The Gong Show and a regular guest on The Late Show with David Letterman,
NEXT WEEK: Julian McCullough, who's been featured on The ManShow, 40 Funniest Fails and Comedy Central Presents, among other comedy showcases, Thursday through Saturday, April 5-7
Book It Now: Jon Lovitz, former Saturday Night Live cast member and star of many terrible movies, brings his stand-up act to New Brunswick on Thursday and Friday, April 27, 28
Check out stressfactory.com for more details.
Wellmont Theatre, Montclair
THIS WEEKEND No shows
NEXT WEEK Levon Helm Band; led by the iconic member of The Band, performs on a bill that also includes former J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf, Friday, April 6
BOOK IT Regina Spektor, with Only Son, 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 10; Comedian Aziz Ansari, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 14; John Prine, with Kevin Gordon, 8 p.m., Friday, April 20; Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 21; Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 19.
Check out wellmonttheatre.com for more shows.