Top 10 NJ Arts Events of the Week: ‘Musicians That Rocked the Hoboken Sound,’ ‘Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies,’ more

MUSICIANS THAT Rocked the Hoboken Sound

Monty Hall will celebrate Women’s History Month with a concert and panel discussion featuring female rock musicians from Hoboken, March 23-24.

A roundup of arts events taking place around the state, through March 26:


In celebration of Women’s History Month, the City of Hoboken, Jersey City’s Monty Hall and WFMU will present a two-part series on female musicians from Hoboken, “Musicians That Rocked the Hoboken Sound,” at Monty Hall.

The first part will be a concert, March 23 at 8 p.m., with Brenda Sauter and Friends, Long Neck (featuring Lily Mastrodimos), Wygalator (featuring Janet Wygal) and Karyn Kuhl. Sauter’s set will feature three bands that she has been a part of: The Feelies, Speed the Plough and Wild Carnation.

This will be followed, March 24 at 3 p.m., by a panel discussion featuring Kuhl and Alice Genese (who played together in the bands Gut Bank and Sexpod), Sauter, Wygal, Deena Shoshkes (of The Cucumbers and The Campfire Flies) and Jane Scarpantoni (a cellist who was a member of Tiny Lights and also has backed Richard Barone, R.E.M., 10,000 Maniacs and others). The discussion will be moderated by former Maxwell’s co-owner Todd Abramson, and also feature film clips and some acoustic performances.

The concert will be $15, and the talk is free, though a $10 donation will be suggested at the door.

• “The Music of Cream” — which will be presented at the Newton Theatre, March 22 at 8 p.m., as well as at the Levoy Theatre in Millville, April 2 at 7 p.m. — will feature the music of the ’60s supergroup, as played by Cream drummer Ginger Baker’s son, Kofi Baker, on drums; Cream bassist-vocalist Jack Bruce’s son, Malcolm Bruce, on bass and vocals; and Cream guitarist-vocalist Eric Clapton’s nephew, Will Johns, on guitar and vocals.


Guest cellist Johannes Moser will be featured on Dvorak’s Cello Concerto when The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University, March 22 at 8 p.m.; Prudential Hall at NJPAC in Newark, March 23 at 8 p.m.; and the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, March 24 at 3 p.m. Xian Zhang will conduct, and the program will also include Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns and Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished.”

The Guild for Early Music will present its 14th annual festival at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, March 24 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. The afternoon will feature mini-concerts of music from the 12th to the 18th century by Guild members, on two indoor stages, as well as short films and performances by children’s string ensembles. The festival is free with regular park admission.

Bach in the Subways is an international movement encouraging people to play Johannes Sebastian Bach’s music for free, around the time of his birthday (March 21), in public spaces. There are no subways at the Morris Museum in Morris Township, but the venue will present a Bach in the Subways program, anyway, March 24 from noon to 5 p.m., with free performances in its pavilion by the Allegro Music Academy, the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, the Lakeland Youth Symphony, the Museum Flute Choir Group, and The Children’s Philharmonic (part of the Do-Re-Mi School of Music & the Arts in Livingston).


New Brunswick’s Crossroads Theatre Company is currently without a home, as its new theater (which will open in the fall) is being built. But it is co-producing, with NJPAC in Newark, “Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies” at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater, March 21-22 at 7 p.m., March 23 at 2 and 7 p.m., and March 24 at 2 p.m. A revue featuring Ellington songs such as “Satin Doll,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and “Mood Indigo,” “Sophisticated Ladies” ran on Broadway from 1981 to 1983, and won two Tonys. Veteran Broadway star André De Shields is directing this production. (see video below)

Four female artistic directors of New Jersey theaters — Emily Mann of the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, Bonnie Monte of the The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, C. Ryanne Domingues of Passage Theatre in Trenton, and Ari Laura Kreith of Luna Stage in West Orange — will participate in a panel discussion and question-and-answer session on the subject of “Women in Theatre Leadership: Challenges, Choices, and Change,” March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Paula Alekson, artistic engagement manager at the McCarter Theatre Center, will moderate. This event, which is part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s month-long Stages Festival, is free, though reservations are recommended.


Frank Oz, who has supplied the voices for “Sesame Street” and “The Muppet Show” characters such as Cookie Monster, Miss Piggy, Bert, Grover and Fozzie Bear, directed the 2017 film “Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched,” which features him and four colleagues (Jerry Nelson, Fran Brill, Dave Goelz and Bill Barretta) talking about their characters and their experiences. The film will be shown at The Woodland in Maplewood, March 21 at 8 p.m., as part of the SOMA (South Orange-Maplewood) Film Festival, and will be followed by a question-and-answer session featuring Oz and the film’s producer, Victoria Labalme. (see trailer below)

The School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University will present a four-part “Sundays With Cary Grant” screening and lecture series, featuring critic Stephen Whitty, starting March 24 at 2 p.m. with “Suspicion” (1941). The series will also include “The Talk of the Town” (1942), March 31; “Notorious” (1946), April 7; and “To Catch a Thief” (1955), April 14.


Joyce Carol Oates, Nathan Englander, Sigrid Nunez, Christina Baker Kline, Alan Sepinwall, Wallace Stroby and Brad Parks will be among the participants in the third annual Montclair Literary Festival, taking place at various Montclair venues through March 24. The festival, which features both ticketed and non-ticketed events, includes discussions, readings, signing, a poetry night, workshops, children’s and young adult presentations, and more.


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