Top 12 NJ Arts Events of the Week: St. Patrick’s Day shows; Portland Cello Project, more

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James Galway performs at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, March 17.

A roundup of arts events taking place around the state, through March 24:

With St. Patrick’s Day coming on March 17, New Jersey concerts venues will be teeming with Irish-themed concerts, this week and next. Among them will be:

March 13, 8 p.m.: Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy at BergenPAC, Englewood.

March 14-15 at 1 p.m., March 16 at 1 and 8 p.m., March 17 at 4 p.m.: “The Irish Cabaret” with Andy Cooney, Chloëe Agney, Gary Wilson and the Guinness Irish Band at Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, Hampton.
March 15, 8 p.m.: Bill O’Neal and Andrew Koontz, Irish ballads and traditional tunes, at 1867 Sanctuary Arts & Culture Center, Ewing.
March 16, 7:30 p.m.: “Songs of Ireland: A Celtic Celebration” at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown.
March 16, 7:30 p.m.: “Murphy’s Celtic Legacy” at Wilkins Theatre at Kean University, Union.
March 16, 8 p.m.: Mick Moloney and the Green Fields of America at Hopewell Theater. (For a chance to win two tickets, send an email to by midnight March 14 with the word “Moloney” in the subject line.)
March 16, 8 p.m.: Shenanigans, “Ceol agus Cairde – Music and Friends” at 1867 Sanctuary Arts & Culture Center, Ewing.
March 16 at 2 and 8 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m.: Celtic Angels Ireland at Woodbridge Middle School.
March 17, 3 p.m.: James Galway at State Theatre, New Brunswick. Program includes Irish folk songs arranged by David Overton as well as Hamilton Harty’s In Ireland and material by Gaubert, Fauré, Poulenc and others.
March 17, 4 p.m.: Murphy’s Celtic Legacy at Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank.
March 23, 8 p.m.: “Ceilidh: An Evening of Irish Music and Dance” featuring Darrah Carr Dance, at Sitnik Theatre at Lackland Performing Arts Center, Hackettstown.
March 24, 3 p.m.: Celtic Woman at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark.


Also coming up this week:


The Strand Center for the Arts in Lakewood presents a “Songwriters Circle” to benefit Brookdale Public Radio, 90.5 The Night, March 17 at 6 p.m., with an eclectic cast featuring Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, Davy Knowles, Anthony D’Amato of Remember Jones, Lefty and Zeek (Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger) of The Weeklings, and Jocelyn & Chris Arndt.

The Portland Cello Project, an orchestra led by its cello section but also featuring other musicians, will perform Radiohead’s landmark 1997 OK Computer album in its entirety as well as other material, with guest vocals by Patti King of The Shins, March 19 at 8 p.m. at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank.

• Richard Barone will kick off his new, monthly “Loft Party” series at The Loft at City Winery in New York, March 15 at 10 p.m. by teaming up with Glenn Mercer for a show that will explore the “post-Velvet Underground universe of Bowie, T.Rex, Eno, Roxy Music and more,” according to Barone. Barone and Mercer are members of two of New Jersey’s most important alternative rock bands: The Bongos and The Feelies, respectively.

The Lords of 52nd Street, featuring former Billy Joel band members Richie Cannata, Liberty DeVitto and Russell Javors, performs at the Wyckoff WMCA, March 15 at 8 p.m., with singer-songwriter Evan Toth opening.



The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will perform at Prudential Hall at NJPAC in Newark, March 15 at 8 p.m. The program will include Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “The Great”; Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor (featuring pianist Jan Lisiecki); and Haydn’s overture to his opera L’isola disabitata (The Deserted Island).


Curious George, a popular children’s book character for 80 years, is the central character of the play “Curious George and the Golden Meatball,” which will be at the Growing Stage in Netcong, March 15-17, 23-24 and 30-31. Shows will be at 4 p.m. except for opening night, which will be at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a special sensory-friendly performance March 24 at 1 p.m.

The Algonquin Youth Ensemble will present a 75-minute, family friendly version of Shakespeare’s comedy “The Taming of the Shrew,” March 15 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan.

American Repertory Ballet will present “Coppelia” at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, March 16-17.


American Repertory Ballet will present the 19th century comic ballet, Coppélia, March 16 at 1 and 6 p.m. and March 17 at 1 p.m. at Two River Theater in Red Bank. Choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon and featuring music by Léo Delibes, Coppélia — a tale of a boy who becomes infatuated with a doll — is “one of the few comedic ballets in the classical ballet repertoire,” said ARB artistic director Douglas Martin in a press release.


The Garden State Theatre Organ Society and the Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors’ Association will present the 1920 Mary Pickford silent film “Suds” with live organ music by Dave Calendine, March 16 at 5 p.m. at the Landmark Loews Jersey theater in Jersey City.


As part of its “A Cache of Kinetic Art” series, the Morris Museum in Morris Township will open an exhibition called “Simply Steampunk” on March 15; it will run through Aug. 11. According to the museum’s web site, the exhibition will be full of works that “capture the wondrous vision of a world powered by steam-engine technology from a bygone era.” Curator Michele Marinelli, conservator Jere Ryder and featured artist David Bowman will be on hand on the 15th, to conduct demonstrations and talk about pieces in the exhibition.

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