Top 15 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Justin Timberlake, Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival, more

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Justin Timberlake will perform at the Prudential Center in Newark on March 25.

Here is a guide to notable arts events taking place throughout the state, through March 25.


• Justin Timberlake‘s fifth studio album, Man of the Woods, was released in February to mixed reviews, but his hit-filled, high-tech Man of the Woods Tour, which began last week in Toronto, is still shaping up to be one of the biggest tours of the year. It comes to the Prudential Center in Newark, March 25 at 7:30 p.m., with The Shadowboxers opening. There will also be shows at Madison Square Garden, March 21-22 and Oct. 24; and the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, June 2 and Dec. 17.

• Miranda Lambert, a mainstay of the country charts for the last 15 years or so — most recently with “Vice,” “Tin Man” and “We Should Be Friends,” all from her 2016 The Weight of These Wings album — will perform at the Prudential Center in Newark, March 22 at 7 p.m., with Jon Pardi and Charlie Worsham opening.

Alcohol and art are co-headliners at the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival, taking place at the Atlantic City Convention Center, March 23-24. More than 170 breweries will sell libations, and bands will include The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Descendents, Pepper, Bigwig and High School Football Heroes.

The 11th annual Singer-Songwriter Cape May conference takes place March 23-24 at Congress Hall and 15 other Cape May venues, with showcases, workshops, mentoring sessions and more. Featured acts will include The Kennedys and Dan Bern.


Rickie Lee Jones released her self-titled debut album nearly 40 years ago, and went on to earn a Top 10 hit (“Chuck E.’s in Love”) and a Best New Artist Grammy Award with it. She has remained, since then, one of the most distinctive artists in the pop-rock world, and will perform at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College in Toms River, March 22 at 7:30 p.m., in a show that is being billed as “An Intimate Evening With Rickie Lee Jones.”

• Jim Boggia presents the New Jersey premiere of his “Bruce Off Broadway” show, featuring vocals-and-ukulele versions of Springsteen songs, at The Saint in Asbury Park, March 23 at 7 p.m. (see video below)

The Chicago-based pop-punk band Knuckle Puck will perform at the two Vans Warped Tour shows that will take place in New Jersey this summer (at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, July 13, and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, July 14). But New Jerseyans will also have a chance to see them at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, March 22 at 6:30 p.m., when they head a bill that also includes Boston Manor, Free Throw, Hot Mulligan and Jetty Bones. (For a chance to win two tickets, send an email to by midnight March 20 with the word “Knuckle” in the subject line.)


“Women in Jazz” will be the theme of Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band‘s show at Trumpets in Montclair, March 21 at 8 p.m., with the big band playing compositions by guest composer Ann Belmont and resident composers Moser and Barbara Cifelli. Moser will also play piano, and Cifelli will play saxophone in the band.


The Montclair Orchestra‘s “Balletic Reinvention” concert, March 25 at 5 p.m. at the Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University, includes Stravinsky’s Pulcinella (the complete, rarely performed ballet score, with mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo, tenor Ian Koziara and bass and David Leigh) and Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite.

“Water, Water Everywhere” will be the title and the theme of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra‘s concert at Livingston High School, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. The program will include Debussy’s “La Mer,” Mussorgsky’s “Dawn on the Moscow River,” the Overture to Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman,” Smetana’s “Die Moldau” and Mendelssohn’s “Fingal’s Cave.”


Now in its third year, “Healing Voices OnStage: Caregiver Stories” — presented as part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum in Morris Township, March 23 at 7 p.m. — will offer a free evening of readings, monologues and scenes exploring the caregiving experience.

Albert Bierstadt’s 1969 painting “Western Landscape, Mount Whitney” will be part of the “The Rockies & The Alps” exhibition at the Newark Museum.


Featuring 70 paintings, prints, drawings and photographs, “The Rockies & The Alps: Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains” opens at the Newark Museum, March 24, and runs through Aug. 19. The exhibition includes works by Albert Bierstadt and Alexandre Calame, as well as J. M. W. Turner, John Ruskin, John Singer Sargent and others.


• The Nai-Ni Chen Dance company will join forces with The Ahn Trio (a piano trio) for a collaboration titled “A Quest for Freedom,” March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Victoria Theater at NJPAC in Newark. The program will feature music by David Bowie (“Space Oddity”), Prince (“Purple Rain”), Pat Metheny, Kenji Bunch and others.

• American Repertory Ballet will present a show titled “Generations: Influences From the Modern Age,” featuring works by José Limón, Gerald Arpino and ARB artistic director Douglas Martin, March 23-24 at 8 the Two River Theater in Red Bank.


After four years in Atlantic City, the annual Garden State Film Festival returns to Asbury Park, taking place at various venues, March 22-25. Christopher Lloyd — who stars in one of the festival’s featured films, “Making a Killing” — will attend and received the festival’s Beacon Award. Other attendees will include Armand Assante, Ed Asner, Aida Turturro and Michael Jai White.

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