Top 12 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Taylor Swift, ‘Titus Andronicus,’ more

Taylor Swift, MetLife Stadium

Taylor Swift performs at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, July 20-22.

A guide to notable arts events taking place around the state through July 22.


Reigning queen of pop Taylor Swift is following her 2017 Reputation album — whose singles “Look What You Made Me Do,” “… Ready for It?,” “End Game,” “Gorgeous” and “Delicate” have all made the Top 20 — with her elaborately staged Reputation Stadium Tour. It will have a three-night stand in the state’s largest concert venue, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford (where she played two nights in 2015), July 20-22 at 7 p.m., with Camila Cabello and Charli XCX opening.

Having recently released a new album, Come Tomorrow, The Dave Matthews Band will perform at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, July 18 at 8 p.m. With violinist Boyd Tinsley no longer in the group, some of the songs will undoubtedly sound very different: The lineup now includes Matthews on vocals and guitar, Stefan Lessard on bass, Carter Beauford on drums, Tim Reynolds on guitar, Rashawn Ross on trumpet, Jeff Coffin on saxophone and Buddy Strong on keyboards.

Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, who joined forces for a tour titled Twins of Evil in 2012, will bring their second co-headlining tour, Twins of Evil: The Second Coming, to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, July 24 at 7 p.m.; and the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Dave Mason and Steve Cropper will bring their Rock and Soul Revue — featuring songs from Mason’s former band Traffic, Cropper’s former band Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Mason’s solo material, songs Cropper co-wrote for artists such as Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, and more — to the State Theatre in New Brunswick, July 18 at 8 p.m. Gretchen Rhodes, a member of Mason’s band, will open with a set of her own.


The free, outdoor Sounds of the City series at NJPAC in Newark continues July 19 at 5 p.m., with rap duo EPMD (Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith) plus performers from the Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx (dedicated to preserving, showcasing and celebrating the past, present and future of hip-hop culture) and NJPAC’s Arts Education hip-hop programs.

Montclair’s Outpost in the Burbs will present a free, outdoor show at Montclair Center Stage (at the corner of Church Street and Bloomfield Avenue in downtown Montclair), July 21 at 5:30 p.m., with sets by Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes, Elk City, the Anna/Kate Band, the Katie Henry Band and Gabriel Mayers. It is recommended that attendees bring a lawn chair.

Brian Wilson‘s “Pet Sounds: The Final Performances” tour has been taking place sporadically since 2016, and what will probably be the last New Jersey show (though it’s impossible to say for sure) will take place at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, July 19 at 8 p.m. Wilson’s former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin will join him for the show, which will feature other Beach Boys and solo Wilson material, as well as the landmark 1966 Beach Boys Pet Sounds album in its entirety.


The Summer JazzFest at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum in Morris Township continues July 19 at 7:30 with a set by singer Svetlana Shmulyian (professionally known, simply, as Svetlana) and her “hot jazz” group The Delancey Five (saxophonist Michael Hashim, trumpeter Charlie Caranicas, drummer Rob Garcia, pianist Willerm Delisfort and bassist Endea Owens). As usual, food trucks will be on hand starting at 5:30 for those who want to picnic on the museum’s grounds.


“Titus Andronicus,” Shakespeare’s rarely produced tragedy about a vengeful Roman general, will be presented at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey at Drew University in Madison from July 18 to Aug. 5, with the official opening on July 21. The play’s director, Brian B. Crowe, said of it in a press release: “I find it to be one of Shakespeare’s most exciting and accessible plays because it plays much more like ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Braveheart’ than the ‘Masterpiece Theatre’ idea of Shakespeare. It’s visceral and captivating, and at times, wickedly funny.”


The classic 1975 comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” will be screened — followed by talks and question-and-answer sessions featuring one of its stars, John Cleese — at BergenPAC in Englewood, July 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Convention Hall in Asbury Park, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.

The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum in Morris Township will present short films from the NY Dog Film Festival, July 21 at 11 a.m. and 12:45, 2:30 and 4:10 p.m., followed by short films from the NY Cat Film Festival, July 22 at noon and 1:20, 2:50 and 4:10 p.m. Some of the proceeds will benefit the Eleventh Hour Rescue and Winn Feline Foundation organizations.

In the annual, free FilmOneFest, short films are projected onto a screen on the shores of Sandy Hook Bay. This year’s fest takes place July 21 in the Atlantic Highlands Harbor, with music by Cranston Dean, Inner Gypsy and the Elastic Waist Band, plus clowns and food and crafts vendors beginning at 6 p.m., then the films at 9 p.m. It’s recommended that attendees bring lawn chairs, and non-perishable food will be collected for the Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry.

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