Top 10 NJ arts events of the week: Los Lobos, Lauryn Hill, more

Los Lobos performs at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, March 5.

Los Lobos performs at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, March 5.

A guide to notable arts events taking place in New Jersey, through March 6:

The eighth oldest institute for higher learning in the United States, Rutgers University, marks its 250th anniversary this year. An event celebrating the landmark, “Jazz @Rutgers 250: Music, Art and the Written Word,” takes place March 2 from 4:30 to 9 p.m., featuring live jazz by the Leo Johnson Quartet and the NJPAC Teens Jazz Quartet; an exhibition of paintings and prints about jazz by Faith Ringgold; and an exhibition of works by the late children’s and young adult author Walter Dean Myers and other writers. The music will take place at the Essex Room of the Robeson Center of Rutgers University in Newark; the exhibitions are at the nearby Dana Library Galleries.

Starting March 2 at 8 p.m., and continuing every Wednesday in March, Smithereens frontman Pat DiNizio performs at Crossroads in Garwood, followed by live band karaoke with the Goldenboyz.

• “Fiesta Mexico-Americana,” a new multi-media show featuring the band Los Lobos and dancers from Ballet Folklórico Mexicano, will be presented at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, March 5 at 8 p.m.

Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair is getting an early jump on the festivities with a show titled “Million Dollar Bash: Bob Dylan’s 75th Birthday Celebration,” March 5 at 8 p.m., featuring covers of his songs by Lucy Kaplansky, Guy Davis, the duo The Kennedys and Rod MacDonald. (For a chance to win two tickets, send an email to by midnight March 2, with the word “Dylan” in the subject line.)



Roy’s Hall in Blairstown, formerly known as the Historic Blairstown Theatre, presents a show by Brad Roberts, the deep-voiced frontman of Crash Test Dummies — best known for ’90s hits such as “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm,” “Superman’s Song” and “Afternoons and Coffeespoons” — March 5 at 8 p.m.

The New Jersey Jazz Society presents its 47th annual Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp — one of the country’s longest-running celebrations of traditional jazz — March 6 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany, with music by Michael Hashim and The Widespread Depression Jazz Orchestra; the Warren Vaché Quintet; Dennis Lichtman’s Brain Cloud; and Jon-Erik Kellso and the Ear-Regulars Plus.

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players perform not just Gilbert & Sullivan songs, but material by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Bernstein, Sondheim, Lerner & Loewe, Meredith Wilson and Jerry Herman as well, at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum in Morris Township, March 6 at 2 p.m.

March 6 at 2 p.m., the South Orange Performing Arts Center launches a film series devoted to the work of the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, with his “Wild Strawberries.” The series will also include “Persona,” April 10; “Scenes From a Marriage,” May 22; and “Fanny and Alexander,” June 12.

Singer-rapper Lauryn Hill — who had her first wave of success 20 years ago, when the Fugees released their album The Score — performs at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, March 6 at 8 p.m.

• Joan Baez, who recently celebrated her 75th birthday with a star-studded concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York, performs at BergenPAC in Englewood, March 6 at 8 p.m.; and the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, March 8 at 8 p.m.

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