A look at NJ entertainment this weekend (August 19-21)


WHAT’S GOING ON? Here’s a small sample of events in the area that you might want to check out in the coming days.

Iliza Shlesinger, shown here in a scene from her new Netflix movie “Good on Paper,” will visit the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on Friday, August 19 and the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City on Saturday, August 19. 20.

Art museums


LINCROFT “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America”, opening of the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibition on the country’s political history, until October 2. Opening Reception, 5-7 p.m. August 20. Monmouth Museum, 765 Newman Springs Road. monmouthmuseum.org, 732-747-2266.


ASBURY PARK “Art on the Boardwalk” showcase artists and artisans, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Asbury Park Boardwalk, Ocean Avenue. apboardwalk.com, 732-897-6500.

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS “Juxtaposition,” exhibition of paintings by Sandy Taylor and Carol Magnatta in a glass gallery, Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, 54 First Ave. aharts.org, 732-737-7160.

MOUNTAIN PEAK “The bench” reception for William Durkin’s Fish Sculpture Exhibit, 2-3:30 p.m., Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave. reeves-reedarboretum.org, 908-273-8787, ext. 1010.

The comedy


MORRISTOWN Manhattan comedy night, for adults, 8 p.m., Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St. $25-$30. mayoarts.org, 973-539-8008.

NEWARK Iliza Schlesinger, 7 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St. $53.50-$104. njpac.org, 201-503-1333.


LAKEWOOD John Kurschner, Ken Krantz and Sue Golden, standing, 8 p.m., Strand Center for the Arts, 400 Clifton Ave. $25. strand.org, 732-367-7789.

NETCONG Uncle Floyd, 8 p.m., Wild West City, Lackawanna Drive. $15 to $20. www.wildwestcity.com, 973-347-8900.

lost princess of oz

Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater will premiere ‘The Lost Princess of Oz’ based on the characters from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, August 20-21 at Monmouth University’s Pollak Theater in West Long Branch.axelrodartscenter.com



LONG WEST BRANCH Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theatre, premiere of “The Lost Princess of Oz” based on characters from “The Wizard of Oz,” 6 p.m., also August 20, 7:30 p.m.; August 21, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monmouth University, Pollak Theater, 400 Cedar Ave. $18 to $55. ci.ovationtix.com, 732-531-9106, ext. 14.


THE CITY ENVIRONMENT “Time Travel: Roaring 20s through the Fabulous 50s and beyond”, free review of dance styles through the years, 7-8pm, Thompson Park Theater Barn, 805 Newman Springs Road in Lincroft. monmouthcountyparks.com, 732-842-4000.



HILLSBOROUGH Hillsborough Rotary Fair, rides, games, entertainment, DJs, vendors, petting zoo, and fireworks Fridays 6-11 p.m., also August 20 6-11 p.m. Hillsborough Promenade, Town Field, 315 Route 206. hillsboroughnjrotary.com , 908-229-5045 or 908-256-5349.


FLAT LAND “Blues, Barks and BBQ” outdoor fundraiser for the Plainfield Area Humane Society with music by Billy Hector, the Robert Hill Band and the Bobcats, food trucks, 3-8 p.m., duCret School of Art, 1030 Central Ave. $20, 11 and under $10. pahs.booktix.com, [email protected]

WHARTON Canal Day Music and Craft Festival, 10 musical numbers on two stages, free kayak and narrated boat ride, Wallaby Tales traveling zoo, craft and art vendors, food, Civil War encampment, blacksmith demonstrations, pony and cart rides, tours of the New Morris Canal Open-Air Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hugh Force Canal Park, 170 W. Central Ave. canalday.org, [email protected]


CITY OF JERSEY Fringe Festival “Equality Rocks Spectacular”, performances food vendors, DJs, cocktails, 4-7 p.m., Corgi Spirits, 1 Distillery Drive. $10. eventbrite.com, 917-349-1341.

NEWARK Latin Party, live music with Olga Tanon, DJ, international cuisine, resources, youth activities, free health screenings and COVID vaccinations, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Downtown Newark, Bloomfield Avenue from Lake Street to Clifton Avenue. 973-733-4310.

Tony McManus

The Folk Project will present Tony McManus in concert on Friday August 19 at the Morristown UU Fellowship in Morristown.folkproject.org


ASBURY PARK pinewood, Why Bonnie, Poise, 7 p.m., Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Ave. $30 to $35. stoneponyonline.com, 732-502-0600.

MADISON “Smokescreen – a Sicilian/American opera”, reading-concert of a new play in progress followed by a talk with playwright Mary Ann Castronovo Fusco, 7 p.m., Madison Community Arts Center, 10 Kings Road. Suggested donation of $10. madisonartsnj.org, 973-615-8799.

Pierre and the mats, free outdoor concert, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Early Crafts and Trades Museum, 9 Main Street. metc.org, 973-377-2982.

Blue Soul Quintet, 6:15 p.m., also August 19, 8:30 p.m.; August 20, 6:15 and 8:30 p.m. Shanghai Jazz Restaurant and Bar, 24 Main St. Minimum $40 food and drink. shanghaijazz.com, 973-822-2899.

MILLBURN Elena Shaddow, “Brookside Cabaret” show at the Carriage House restaurant, 7 p.m., also August 20, 7 p.m. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive. Minimum $20-$35 and $25-$36 food/beverage. papermill.org, 973-376-4343.

MORRISTOWN Tony McManus, 7:30 p.m., The Folk Project, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road. $10.50. folkproject.org, 973-335-9489.

RINGWOOD Loretta Hagen, outdoor concert, 6:30 p.m., New Jersey Botanical Garden, Ringwood State Park, Morris Road. $5. njbg.org, 973-962-9534.


ASBURY PARK Lanie, Surfaces, 5:30 p.m., Stone Pony SummerStage, 913 Ocean Ave. $59.50 to $65. stoneponyonline.com, 732-502-0600.

HOLMDEL Styx, REO Speedwagon, Loverboy, 6:45 p.m., PNC Bank Arts Center, Garden State Parkway, exit 116. $22-$354. ticketmaster.com/PNC-Bank-Arts-Center-tickets-Holmdel/venue/16839, 732-203-2500.

MORRISTOWN Evan Sherman Big Band, outdoor concert, 8 p.m., Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road. $50 for an 8ft x 8ft block for two. morrismuseum.org, 973-971-3700.

RED BANK The Rock’n’Roll Choir, 7 p.m., Count Basie Center for the Arts, The Vogel, 99 Monmouth Street. $25 to $45. thebasie.org, 732-842-9000.

TEANECK Supersuckers, Menace and the Hellfire, 7 p.m., Debonair Music Hall, 1409 Queen Anne Road. $20 to $30. debonairmusichall.com, 201-833-0011.


MADISON New Jersey Baroque Orchestra, free concert, 4 p.m., Madison Community Arts Center, 10 Kings Road. madisonartsnj.org, 973-615-8799.

MILFORD Supernova, outdoor jazz music with farm-to-table picnic, 4-6:30 p.m., Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse, 369 Stamets Road. $15. cowsoutside.com, 908-864-7277.

NEWARK UB40, The Wailers, Maxi Priest and Big Mountain, “Bigga Baggariddim” Tour, 7 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St. $59-$109. njpac.org, 201-503-1333.

OCEAN CITY mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, 7:30 p.m., Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace at Boardwalk. $30 to $50. ocnj.tix.com, 609-399-6111.

OXFORD Kinderhook, free concert on the lawn, 5-7 p.m., Shippen Manor Museum, 8 Belvidere Ave. warrenparks.com/wcchc, 908-453-4381.

TUCKERTON Mike Zito, Lizzie Rose Music Room Outdoor Concert, 7:30 p.m., Atlantic Shore Pines Campground, 450 Ishmael Rd. $30 to $35. lizzierosemusic.com, 908-310-2941.



CAPE MAY “Who am I this time? (and other love riddles)”, Aaron Posner stage adaptation of three stories by Kurt Vonnegut, 8 p.m., also August 20, 8 p.m. East Lynne Theater Company, Cape May Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St. $20-$35. eastlynnetheater.org, 609-884-5898.

ENGLISH “Othello” Shakespeare in the Park, free production of a modern version of the tragedy, 8 p.m., also August 20 and 21, 8 p.m. Black Box Performing Arts Center, 49 E. Palisade Ave. blackboxpac.com, 201-569-2070, [email protected]

FRANKLIN TWP. “Half Moon,” premiering the new mystery drama in partnership with In Death’s Company, 8 p.m., also August 20, 8 p.m.; Aug. 21, 2 p.m. Black Box at Villagers, Township of Franklin Township Complex, 415 DeMott Lane in Somerset. $20. villagerstheatre.com, 732-873-2710.

LAMBERTVILLE “Crazy of you,” musical about a rich boy falling in love with a girl from his hometown, 8 p.m., also August 20, 3 and 8 p.m.; Aug. 21, 3 p.m. Music Mountain Theatre, 1483 Rte 179. $23-$25. musicmountaintheatre.org, 609-397-3337.

LONG BRANCH “Hummingbirds” Garret Jon Groenveld comedy set in an unemployment office in the future, 8 p.m., also August 20, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; August 21, 2 p.m. New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway. $25 to $50. njrep.org, 732-229-3166.

MADISON “The Metromaniacs” Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey production of Piron’s adaptation of Piron’s 1738 farce française, 8 p.m., also August 20 and 21, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. FM Kirby Shakespeare Theater, 36 Madison Ave. $49 – $59. shakespearenj.org, 973-408-5600.

MANASQUAN “Who is Tommy? » stage production based on the rock album, 8 p.m., also August 20, 8 p.m.; August 21, 3 p.m. Algonquin Arts Theatre, 60 Abe Voorhees Drive. $26 to $43. algonquinarts.org, 732-528-9211.

MAPLE WOOD “A Jersey Cantata”, The Theater Project production of Bill Mesce Jr. comedy about four men who have been friends since childhood, 8 p.m., also August 20, 8 p.m.; August 21, 2 p.m. Burgdorff Cultural Center, 10, chemin Durand. $15 to $25. theatreproject.org/, 908-809-8865.

SPRING LAKE “Gypsy,” Production of the musical at the Spring Lake Theater, 7:30 p.m., also August 20, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 21, 2 p.m. Spring Lake Community House, 300 Madison Ave. $30 to $40. springlaketheatre.com, 732-449-4530.

TRENTON “Clean slate,” free Passage Theater staged the playing of a new musical about disgruntled high school students sent to a rehabilitation camp possibly haunted by its former residents, 6 p.m., Mill Hill Park, East Front and South Broad streets. trentonmillhill.org, 609-815-2171.


OCEAN CITY “The sound of music,” Greater Ocean City Theater Company production with the OC Pops, 7:30 p.m., Hughes Performing Arts Center, Ocean City High School, East Sixth Street and Atlantic Avenue. $25 to $30. ocnj.us, 609-399-6111.



ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS comedy film festival, drive-in screenings with visits from guest filmmakers, 7:30 p.m., also August 20, 7:30 p.m. Kavookjian Field, Valley Avenue. $25 per car. highlandscomedyfilmfest.com, 973-714-9841.


MONTCLAIR “Back to the future: meeting cars and stars”, photo, autograph and Q&A opportunities with actors Claudia Wells, Donald Fullilove and Harry Waters Jr., karaoke brunch with Marvin Berry and film screening at Claridge Theater, 11 a.m., Downtown Montclair, Bloomfield Avenue. $25 to $100. docstimemachines.com.

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