WHAT’S HAPPENING? Here is a small selection of regional events – some in person, others online – that you might want to try out in the coming days.

Art museums


HACKENSACK “Art Amble 2021”, art, music, dance and other cultural attractions in various locations in the district, until June 13th. Creative Bergen, artsamble.org, creativebergen@gmail.com.

JERSEY CITY “Synergy”, exhibition opening with works by Anthony Boone, Andre Kaulesar, and Bryant Small, 6-8pm, Prime Gallery, 351 Palisade Ave. primegallery.art, 973-953-6497.

OCEAN CITY “Chanel No. 5 ”, receptions, 6pm and 7pm, until June 11th. Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., first floor. ozeancityartscenter.org, 609-399-7628.


GUTTENBERG “Foundation Story”, opening of the exhibition with works by Tenjin Ikeda, until July 4th Guttenberg Arts Gallery, 6903 Jackson St. By appointment and virtually. guttenbergarts.org, 201-868-8585.

PRINCETON “Art on the Plaza”, opening exhibition of the newly founded Princeton Artist Directory collective of visual artists, musicians, writers and performance artists, 11:30 am-2:30pm, Hinds Plaza, 65 Witherspoon St. princetonartistdirectory.com.

SUMMIT raku festival, showcase of the ceramic firing process with demonstrations and sales, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 12.-13. June. Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm St. 5 USD, free for ages 17 and over when accompanied by an adult. Reservation required. artcenternj.org, 908-273-9121.

June 13th

MONTCLAIR “State of the Art 2021”, Vernissage, 2-4 p.m., Studio Montclair Gallery, Bloomfield Ave 127. studiomontclair.org, 862-500-1447.

SPARTA “Rita Joyce – Evolution of an Artist”, Sparta Historical Society Summer Art Exhibition Opening Day, 1pm, Van Kirk Homestead Museum, 336 Main St. vankirkmuseum.org, 973-726-0883.



LAKEWOOD “Countdown to Crushing Covid: A Concatenation Comedy Night”, Sean Morton, Sue Golden and John Kurschner, 8 pm, Strand Center for the Arts, 400 Clifton Ave. $ 25. strand.org, 732-367-7789.

MORRISTOWN Eric D’Alessandro, 7pm, also June 11th 9:30 pm; June 12, 7pm and 9.30pm; June 13, 7 p.m. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St. $ 35- $ 45. mayoarts.org, 973-539-8008.

ROSELLE Comedy Showcase hosted by Comedy Therapy, 8:00 p.m., Central Park Restaurant, 2401 N. Wood Ave. $ 20 and at least two items. comedytherapy.com, 201-366-0011.


RANDOLPH “Comedy on Calais,” adult show with Steven Rogers, Angela Sharp, and Shafer Ward, 6pm, Randolph Senior Community Center, 30 Calais Road. $ 20- $ 25. brundageparkplayhouse.org, 973-989-7092.

June 13th

RED BANK Mike Birbiglia, 4 p.m., Count Basie Theater, The Vogel, 99 Monmouth St. $ 39. thebasie.org, 732-842-9000.

To dance

June 13th

HACKETTSTOWN New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet, Peter and the Wolf and Equilibrium, 2pm, Centenary University, Sitnik Theater, Lackland Center, 400 Jefferson St. $ 30. centenarystageco.org, 908-979-0900.

Trade fairs / festivals


EATONTOWN LEAD Carnival, food, rides and magic shows, also June 11th 5pm – 11pm; 12-13 June and 12-23pm Monmouth Mall, Routes 35 and 36. $ 5. Leadrugs.org/lead-fest/carnival-monmouth/, 609-259-2500.

PARAMUS LEAD Mardi Gras, food, rides, magic shows, Westfield Garden State Plaza, second level, 1 Garden State Plaza Blvd. $ 5. Leadrugs.org/lead-fest/carnival-paramus/, 609-259-2500.


FRANKFORD 11th Annual Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival featuring Blackberry Smoke, Outlaws, Artimus Pyle Band, The Weight Band, Pat Travers, Molly Hatchet, Marshall Tucker and Jessica Lynn, 12-8pm, Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road in Augusta. $ 25- $ 250. rockribsandridges.com, 973-882-8240.

JERSEY CITY Nimbus Arts Festival Family Art and Culture Day, artistic activities for all ages, youth performances, dance lessons, scholarship awards, magician performance, food trucks, art sellers with youth-oriented handicrafts, DJ dance party, 1 p.m., Mack-Cali Harborside Campus, 107 Morgan St . $ 15. eventbrite.com, 201-377-0718.

Toms River Pride features family-friendly outdoor shows, food, vendors, shopping, 11 am-5pm Sunday June 13th.tworivertheater.org

June 13th

TOMS RIVER Toms River Pride, family-friendly outdoor shows, food, vendors, shopping, 11 am-5pm, Downtown Toms River, Washington Street. exit82theatre.com/shows-events, exit82theatre@gmail.com.



EATONTOWN Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Count Basie Center “Concert on the Green,” 7:30 pm, Suneagles Golf Club, 2067 Tinton Ave. at Fort Monmouth. $ 45- $ 89. suneaglesgolf.com, 732-389-4300.

MADISON Bernard Purdie Quartet, 5:45 pm and 8:00 pm Shanghai Jazz Restaurant and Bar, 24 High Street. $ 40 minimum food and drink. shanghaijazz.com, 973-822-2899.

MILLBURN “Brookside Cabaret,” outdoor live performance with optional fixed-price dining at the FM Kirby Carriage House Restaurant, 7:30 pm, Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive. $ 20- $ 35 and $ 20- $ 30 food / drink minimum. papermill.org, 973-376-4343.

RED BANK Matt O’Ree Band, Led Zeppelin Tribute, 8 p.m., Count Basie Theater, The Vogel, 99 Monmouth St. $ 32. thebasie.org, 732-842-9000.

STANHOPE Dana Fuchs, 7 p.m., Stanhope House, outdoor beer garden, 45 High Street. $ 33. stanhopehousenj.com, 973-347-7777.

TUCKERTON Trudy Lynn, outdoor concert at the Lizzie Rose Music Room, 7:30 p.m., Atlantic Shore Pines Campground, 450 Ishmael Road. $ 30- $ 35. lizzierosemusic.com, 908-310-2941.


BEDMINSTER “Harmony Rising,” outdoor parking lot concert with more than 80 singers from the Somerset Hills Harmony Chorus, Gimme Four Quartet with Tim Waurick, East Coast Sound Chorus, Cohesion Quartet and Hunterdon Harmonizers Chorus; also streamed live online, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Pluckemin Presbyterian Church, 311 Route 202/206. $ 20 suggested donation per vehicle. Rain date June 13th. ppch.org, 908-658-3346.

BOUND BROOK Sons of Skynyrd, Tribute Band, 8 p.m., Brook Arts Center, 10 Hamilton St. $ 15-20. brookarts.org, 732-469-7700.

EATONTOWN Get the Led Out, Count Basie Center “Concert On The Green” Led Zeppelin Tribute, 7pm, also June 13th 7pm Suneagles Golf Club, 2067 Tinton Ave. at Fort Monmouth. $ 39- $ 59. thebasie.org, 732-842-9000.

JERSEY CITY New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble, Nimbus Arts Festival concert, with food trucks, drinks and art vendors in aid of the Nimbus Scholarship Fund, 7 p.m., Mack-Cali Harborside Campus, 107 Morgan St. $ 5- $ 80. eventbrite.com, 201-377-0718.

MADISON Karl Latham, Laurence Hobgood, and James Robbins, 6:30 PM and 8:40 PM, Shanghai Jazz Restaurant and Bar, 24. Main Street, USD 40 minimum food and drink. shanghaijazz.com, 973-822-2899.

SCOTCH PLAINS Rumors, free drive-in concert with the Fleetwood Mac tribute band; Online registration required, 6:00 p.m., Union County Vocational and Technical Schools, 1776 Raritan Road. ucvts.tec.nj.us, ucnj.org/reserve.

June 13th

HOPATCONG The Jersey Tenors, Jersey Boys Tributes, 2pm, St. Jude’s Center, 40 Maxim Drive. $ 40. stjudehopatcong.org/events/jerseyboys, 973-945-7522 or 973-398-6377.

MADISON Sarah Partridge and Tomoko Ohno, 6:00 p.m., Shanghai Jazz Restaurant and Bar, 24 Main Street. At least $ 25 food and drink. shanghaijazz.com, 973-822-2899.

MORRISTOWN Tesla Quartet, open air concert, 8 p.m., Morris Museum, Normandy Heights Road 6. $ 50 for two guests. morrismuseum.org, 973-971-3706.

SOUTH ORANGE Ember, on-site “Emerge” concert, 5:00 pm, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 217 Prospect St. $ 10. scholaonhudson.org, tinyurl.com/emberemerge, 973-202-0188.



ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS “Old Ringers,” dessert theater production of a comedy about four older women running a phone sex service, 7:30 pm, also June 12th, 7:30 pm First Avenue Playhouse, 123 First Avenue $ 25; Reservations required. firstavenueplayhouse.org, 732-291-7552.

CRANFORD “A Doll’s House, Part 2”, Lucas Hnath “modern sequel” to the drama by Henrik Isben, 8 pm, plus June 12, 8 pm; June 13, 2:00 p.m. Cranford Dramatic Club Theater, 78 Winans Avenue. $ 18-20. cdctheatre.org, 908-276-7611.

LAMBERTVILLE “Murder at Cheltenham Manor, the Play”, Lou Palena Stage adaptation of the YouTube crime thriller, 8 pm, also 12.-13. June, 3 p.m. Music Mountain Theater, 1483 Route 179. $ 25. musicmountaintheatre.org, 609-397-3337.

PISCATAWAY “ReThink: On Air”, ReThink Theatricals in-person production of five original radio plays with live stream option on Saturdays at 7 pm and June 12 at 7 pm; June 13, 2:00 p.m. East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Road. $ 10 donation proposal. rethinktheatrical.org, 732-598-2154, boxoffice@rethinktheatrical.org.

POMPTON LAKES “Debouche”, personal staging following a French wine country group tour, 8 pm and June 12th, 8 pm; June 13, 3:00 p.m. Rhino Theater, 247 Wanaque Avenue. $ 25-30 $. rhinotheatre.com, 973-248-9491. Registration required.


Virtual Gala 2021, online fundraiser with virtual guest appearances by Emanuel Ax, Laurie Berkner, J’Nai Bridges, Shawn Colvin, Rhiannon Giddens, Joe Henry, Wynton Marsalis, Audra McDonald, Nella, The Hot Sardines, David Sedaris, Somi and Mitsuko Uchida , Season preview and optional three-course menu for pickup at The Meeting House, 7:00 p.m., McCarter Theater. $ 100 and more. mccarter.org, 609-258-2787.


MONTVILLE “Motherhood Out Loud,” personal performance of a collection of short plays, 8pm, The Barn Theater, 32 Skyline Drive. barntheater.org, 973-334-9320.

TRENTON “The OK Trenton Project,” outdoor documentary play reading about the “Helping Hand” sculpture removed from city property because it was considered controversial, 5pm, Mill Hill Park, East Front and South Broad Street . $ 10. Passetheater.org, 609-392-0766.

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