Top 10 NJ Arts Events of the Week: DCappella, ‘When Angels Fall,’ more

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DCappella will perform in Red Bank, Feb. 14, and Morristown, Feb. 15.

A roundup of arts events taking place around the state, through Feb. 12:


DCappella, an a cappella group formed by Disney (via a nationwide search) to sing a cappella versions of its movies’ signature songs, performs at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m., and the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. The group’s self-titled 2018 album included songs such as “Let It Go” (from “Frozen”), “Friend Like Me” (from “Aladdin”), “Step in Time” (from “Mary Poppins”) and “Part of Your World” (from “The Little Mermaid”). The group also made a guest appearance on “Disney Night” of “American Idol,” last year.


The Hanover Wind Symphony will present a show titled “And the Trumpets Shall Sound,” Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Morris Museum in Morris Township, in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit, “Trumpets, Weird, and Wonderful: Treasures from the National Music Museum.” Trumpeter and cornetist Michael R. Baker will be featured as a guest soloist, and the program will include material by Randall D. Standridge, David R. Gillingham, Alexander Arutiunian, Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Hazo, Frank Simon, Ennio Morricone and Rossano Gallante.


The Peak Performances series at Montclair State University will present Raphaëlle Boitel’s “When Angels Fall,” Feb. 9 and 16 at 8 p.m., Feb. 10 and 17 at 3 p.m., and Feb. 14-15 at 7:30 p.m. According to the Peak Performances web site, the work represents “a rugged, ethereal dreamscape at the crossroads of circus, dance, theater, and cinema.” (see video below)

“Joni 75,” documenting two recent Joni Mitchell tribute concerts, will be shown at various New Jersey theaters Feb. 7.


Joni Mitchell turned 75 on Nov. 7, and on Nov. 6-7, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at The Music Center in Los Angeles hosted two tribute concerts titled “Joni 75.” A film made from those shows will screen nationally, Feb. 7. Performers include James Taylor, Graham Nash, Emmylou Harris, Chaka Khan, Kris Kristofferson, Brandi Carlile, Seal, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Rufus Wainwright, Los Lobos (with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro and Xochi Flores) and Glen Hansard of The Frames. Mitchell attended but did not perform. For a list of the New Jersey screenings, and the shows’ setlist, click here.

The 38th annual edition of the touring Black Maria Film Festival will begin at the James Stewart Film Theater at at 185 Nassau St. in Princeton, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. Five short films will be shown, and two filmmakers whose work will be shown, Lynn Tomlinson and Kelly Gallagher, take part in a conversation and question-and-answer session led by festival director Jane Steuerwald. Tomlinson’s “The Elephant’s Song” is an animated film about the first circus elephant in America; Gallagher’s “My Gossip,” a “personal documentary” about friendship. Other Black Maria screenings will take place in various locations, in and outside of New Jersey, throughout the year.


The Growing Stage in Netcong will present a world premiere of Elise Forier Edie’s play“John Henry,” based on the traditional folk hero, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 9-10 at 4 p.m. The show is recommended for ages 7 and older.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Playhouse will present a show titled “The Music of the Grateful Dead for Kids,” Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. (Note: The 11 a.m. show is sold out).


The Jubilation gospel choir, led by the Rev. Stefanie Minatee, will present a multi-media show titled “From the Middle Passage: An African American Journey,” Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. at the Hamilton Stage of the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway. The show explores the journey of African-Americans from Africa, through slavery, and up to the modern age.


An image from Barry Schneier’s book, “Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Roll Future.”

On May 9, 1974 — more than a year before his “Born to Run” single came out — Bruce Springsteen opened for Bonnie Raitt at two shows at the Harvard Square Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. Jon Landau, then a music critic and record producer (and later, Springsteen’s manager), attended the late show and wrote a review for the Cambridge-based weekly newspaper, The Real Paper, proclaiming, “I saw rock and rock future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.”The quote — later used in ad campaigns and frequently quoted by other journalists — helped Springsteen expand his cult Northeast following to mass, nationwide success, the next year. Barry Schneier is publishing his photos from the show in a new coffee table book, “Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Roll Future,” co-written with Chris Phillips, editor and publisher of Backstreets magazine. Many of the photos have never been published before. Schneier and Phillips will talk about the book and sign copies of it at Danny Clinch’s Transparent Gallery in Asbury Park, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m.; and the Princeton Public Library, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m.

Feb. 9 at 8 p.m., the Event Center at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City will present a “Sinatra Meets the Sopranos” show in honor of the 20th anniversary of “The Sopranos,” which debuted on HBO in January 1999. “Sopranos” actors Michael Imperioli (who played Christopher Moltisanti), Vincent Pastore (Sal “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero) and Steve Schirripa (Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri) will make appearances, and Michael Martocci will sing Sinatra songs with a 20-piece orchestra. Bill Spadea of WKXW (New Jersey 101.5 FM) and television’s “Chasing News” will host. The Borgata’s web site describes the show as “a unique evening of stories and songs to celebrate two iconic entertainment entities; singing legend Frank Sinatra and the legendary HBO series The Sopranos. Get the real story behind the legendary show — the stories, the drama, the laughs — not to mention the countless theories about the show’s controversial finale.”

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