Top 12 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Jackson Browne, Nimbus Dance Works, more

Jackson Browne, right, and Greg Leisz will perform at NJPAC in Newark, April 6.

A guide to notable arts events taking place around the state, through April 9:

• Jackson Browne — whose last album was the frequently political Standing in the Breach, in 2014 — is teaming up with multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz for a tour that comes to Prudential Hall at NJPAC in Newark, April 6 at 8 p.m. It is called the (Pretty Much) Somewhat Acoustic Tour, so expect unplugged arrangements of both hits and newer songs.

• Alec Baldwin will sign copies of his new book, “Nevertheless,” April 5 at 6 p.m. at the Bookends bookstore in Ridgewood. The book was published on April 4 by HarperCollins, which describes it as a memoir that “chronicles the highs and lows of his life.”

Attractions at the Free First Thursday Night at the Montclair Art Museum, April 6 from 5 to 9 p.m., include music by the Tango Trio; a screening of the documentary “An Essay on Matisse”; an exhibition, “No Limits: Emerging Artists from Arts Unbound,” spotlighting 17 artists with disabilities; plus food trucks and a cash bar. Note: Non-members must pay a $6 exhibition fee for “Matisse and American Art.”

The renovated White Eagle Hall in Jersey City presents its first event, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.: Nimbus Dance Works‘ “Proliferate” program (featuring works by Charles Moulton, Darshan Singh Bhuller and Samuel Pott) followed by a gala reception honoring and raising funds for Nimbus’ school programs.

ABIGAIL WASHBURN AND BELA FLECK

Husband-and-wife banjo masters Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn will perform at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, April 7 at 8 p.m., and will also be at the Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Jazz composer-pianist’s Adegoke Steve Colson’s “Here Is the Place, Our City” — dedicated to historian Clement Price and poet Amiri Baraka — will premiere at the Victoria Theater at NJPAC in Newark, April 7 at 8 p.m. The piece was commissioned by NJPAC in honor of Newark’s 350th anniversary (which was last year) and will be performed by a group of musicians including saxophonist Bradford Hayes, guitarist Kelvyn Bell, pianist Philip Field and the North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club. (see video below)

Singer-songwriters Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones — who released a joint album last year, Little Windows, that rose to the No. 1 position on the U.K. country chart — perform at the Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair, April 7 at 8 p.m., with teenaged singer-songwriter Sammy Brue opening. (Thompson may have a propensity for this kind of project in his genes; his parents, Richard and Linda Thompson, released six great albums together in the ’70s and early ’80s before divorcing.) For a chance to win two tickets, send an email to njartscontest@gmail.com by midnight April 5, with the word “Thompson” in the subject line.

The Basking Ridge-based organization Light Opera of New Jersey presents Gioachino Rossini’s 1816 comic opera “The Barber of Seville” at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge, April 7-8 at 8 p.m.

Howard Fenstermacher plays a regular tuba, with a nearly 8-foot-tall tuba behind him.

 The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will present a rich, varied program at its three concerts this weekend. Ravel’s Boléro is the main attraction but joining it on the bill are Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto and Tan Dun, Internet Symphony No. 1, “Eroica.”  Xian Zhang conducts, with Derek Fenstermacher featured on tuba, and Ying Li and Zitong Wang on piano. Following the music on April 9, concertgoers can see and take photos with a nearly 8-foot-tall, 100-pound tuba, and hear Fenstermacher play it. And tuba players who bring their own mouthpieces can enter a drawing to win a chance to play it themselves. (College students attending the post-concert “College Night” party on April 7 can do the same.)

Singer-trombonist Richie “LaBamba” Rosenberg and his Hubcaps band — mainstays of the Jersey rock scene of the ’80s — will present a reunion concert at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como, April 8 at 1 p.m. Among the alumni planning to play are Bobby Bandiera, Joe Vadala, Gene Boccia, Mark Pender, Stan Harrison and Mike Spengler. Other performers will include the Eddie Testa Band, The Dirty Bohemians and Harry Filkin. Proceeds will go to the Overdose Prevention Agency Corporation.

The Livingston Symphony Orchestra will present a family concert at the Livingston High School Auditorium, April 8 at 7:30 p.m., with the theme of “A Night at the Movies.” Music from “Frozen,” “Gone With the Wind,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Despicable Me” and other films will be performed.

• Uncle Floyd’s Last Authentic Traveling Burlesque Show offers an old-fashioned mix of music, comedy and more, April 8 at 8 p.m. at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway.

 

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