Top 10 NJ arts events of the week: Dance Theatre of Harlem, Warhol exhibit, more

The Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform at a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at NJPAC, Jan. 15.

The Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform at a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at NJPAC, Jan. 15.

A guide to notable arts events in New Jersey through the weekend of Jan. 15-17.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will play Beethoven’s first and fourth symphonies, as well as the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s percussion concert, “The Wounded Healer,” at BergenPAC in Englewood, Jan. 14; the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Jan. 16; and Prudential Hall of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, Jan. 17.

This year’s Light of Day festival began last weekend, but most of the events take place Jan. 14-17, including the “Sweet Little Sixteen Kickoff Party” at the new Asbury Park venue, House of Independents, Jan. 14. Willie Nile, Dramarama, The Weeklings, Jill Hennessy, The Billy Walton Band andSteve Reilly will perform, and each actwill play at least one Chuck Berry song in honor of Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen.” (Thefestival, which raises money for Parkinson’s disease research, is in its 16th year.) For information on all Light of Day events, visit

NJPAC’s annual “Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration” takes place Jan. 15, with the ballet company, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, and guest speakerthe Rev. Dr. Jerry M. Sanders, senior pastor of the Fountain Baptist Church in Summit. The dance program will include “Vessels”(Darrell Grand Moultrie, choreographer); “In the Mirror of Her Mind”(Christopher Huggins, choreographer); “Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven”(Ulysses Dove, choreographer; Arvo Pärt, composer); and “Return”(Robert Garland, choreographer; songs by James Brown and Aretha Franklin).

Andy Warhol's screenprint, "Vegetarian Vegetable from Campbell’s Soup II" will be part of

Andy Warhol’s “Vegetarian Vegetable from Campbell’s Soup II.”

Thirty-five works by Andy Warhol will be shown in “More than Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Warhol’s Prints and Photographs,”an exhibition that opens at the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, Jan. 16, and will runthrough July 31. Works will include screenprints “Vegetarian Vegetable from Campbell’s Soup II”(1969) and “Electric Chairs” (1971) and photos of celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone and Pia Zadora.

The touring company of Chicago’s famed Second City comedy troupe looks at love and relationships in “Hooking Up with Second City,” which will be at NJPAC‘s Victoria Theater, Jan. 16.

TheDuke Ellington Center Big Band, directed by Ellington’s granddaughter Mercedes Ellington, will perform at theSitnik Theater at the Lackland Center in Hackettstown, Jan. 16, as part of the venue’s Thaw Music Fest. Singer Antoinette Montague and singer/actor/dancer André De Shields will perform with the big band.

Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City presents “The All-Stars of Hip-Hop,” Jan. 17, with performances by veteran starsKRS-One, Dru Hill, Kool Moe D, Big Daddy Kane, Whodini, Chubb Rock, Kwamé, Special Ed, Dana Dane and Monie Love.



Comedian and podcasterAdam Carollawill present hisone-man show “Not Taco Bell Material” (based on his bestselling 2012 memoir of the same name, about growing up poor in California’s San Fernando Valley), Jan. 17 at the Newton Theatre in Newton.

“Discomfort: Experiments in Furniture, Function and Form,”an exhibition of sculptures inspired by furniture, opens at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton Jan. 17, and runs through May 8.“When we own objects purely for their utility, there is a tendency to see past them,” said curatorLiz Sheehan in a press release.“Through a sense of discomfort that’s both literal – ‘I can’t sit on it’ — and psychological – ‘I don’t understand it’ – these sculptures prompt us to look anew at objects around us.” Featured artists will includeGreta Bank, Malcolm Bray, Duncan Hewitt, Adam J. Manley, V. Mitch McEwen, Duane Paluska, Colin Pezzano, Matthias Pliessnig, Celeste Roberge, Jill Slosburg-Ackerman, Caroline Woolard and Erwin Wurm.

Broadway actor Dwayne Clark (“The Color Purple,” “In the Heights,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”) brings his Ray Charles tribute“A Portrait of Ray,” featuring an 11-piece band (including saxophonist Don Braden),to the South Orange Middle School, Jan. 16-17.

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