Top 15 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Sea.Hear.Now fest, Montclair Orchestra, more

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The Dave Matthews Band will perform at the Sea.Hear.Now festival in Asbury Park.

A roundup of arts events taking place around the state, through Sept. 25:


The second annual Sea.Hear.Now Festival comes to Asbury Park, with the Dave Matthews Band, The Lumineers, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, The B-52’s, Dropkick Murphys, Dispatch, Bad Religion, The Struts, Steel Pulse, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Sharon Van Etten, Cat Power, Low Cut Connie, Brick + Mortar, Lowlight and many others. The fest takes place Sept. 21-22 on the beach and in Bradley Park, with some late night shows also scheduled for Sept. 20-21 at The Stone Pony, The Wonder Bar and House of Independents. Surfing, art and yoga events are also scheduled for the festival, whose gates will open at noon each day.

Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Todd Rundgren and Christopher Cross will be among the musicians performing songs from The Beatles’ self-titled 1968 double album (commonly known as The White Album) at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. Jason Scheff (formerly of Chicago) and Joey Molland (formerly of Badfinger) will also participate in the show, which is titled “It Was Fifty Years Ago Today: A Tribute to The Beatles’ White Album.” The shows will feature some of the five musicians’ own material in addition to the White Album songs. Future tour stops will include the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.; and the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.


The angelic-voiced Art Garfunkel will sing songs from his partnership with Paul Simon and his solo albums — and read from his 2017 autobiography, “What Is It All but Luminous: Notes From an Underground Man” — in a show titled “Art Garfunkel: In Close-Up,” Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. at Enlow Recital Hall at Kean University in Hillside. The show is part of the Kean Stage series.

• Graham Nash will present “An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories” at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m., and then perform at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. At SOPAC, he will perform his first two solo albums, Songs for Beginners (1971) and Wild Tales (1974), in their entirety, as well as other songs.

Stars of the cabaret circuit (Ann Hampton Callaway) and the folk circuit (Susan Werner) will perform by themselves and collaborate at a show titled “Alone and Together” at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m.

Madison Swings: A Celebration of Arts & Culture will take place at the Madison Junior School, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m., with proceeds going to new Madison Community Arts Center. The show will feature the Jerry Vezza/Grover Kemble Quartet along with opera singer Mark Delavan and Broadway performers Cara Cooper, Tom Sellwood and Gay Willis.



The Montclair Orchestra will present a concert titled “1001 Nights” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. The program will include Rossini’s Overture to Semiramide, Behzad Ranjbaran’s Songs of Eternity (featuring soprano Gabriella Reyes, who has sung at the Metropolitan Opera) and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, plus readings of poems by Omar Khayyam. David Chan conducts.


The Two River Theater in Red Bank will open its 2019-20 season with “Cyrano,” with previews starting Sept. 21, the official opening on Sept. 27, and the final play on Oct. 13. This is a recent adaptation of the classic 1897 Edmond Rostand play “Cyrano de Bergerac,” co-written by Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers. O’Connell will star as de Bergerac, a soldier who helps his friend woo the woman he secretly loves.

The Bickford Theatre will present Javier Dzul in “The Last Mayan King,” Sept. 20-21.


The ambitious new Live Arts series at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum in Morris Township begins with the world premiere of Dzul Dance’s “The Last Mayan King,” Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. Dancer and choreographer Javier Dzul grew up in Mexico and is the last king of his Mayan tribe, and “The Last Mayan King” is an autobiographical work, blending elements of traditional Mayan dance and modern dance.

A Guck Machine, described in press material as “an enormous contraption … that features rings and buckets armed to continually release materials into the stratosphere,” will be used in “Falling & Loving,” a work by choreographer Elizabeth Streb and director Anne Bogart that will make its world premiere at the Kasser Theater at Montclair State University as part of the Peak Performances series. Six actors from SITI Company and six dancers from STREB Extreme Action will perform in the work, which is built on STREB Extreme Action’s “Gauntlet” (see video below for a taste of that). Performances will take place Sept. 24-27 at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 29 at 3 p.m.

American Repertory Ballet will open its new season at its new home, the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, with a program celebrating the company’s 40th anniversary. It is titled “New Heights: Celebrating 40 Years of Dance” and it will be presented Sept. 20-21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 21-22 at 2 p.m. The program will include Paul Taylor’s “Airs,” Ethan Stiefel’s “Overture,” the world premiere of Riccardo De Nigris’ “Beyond the Normal” and Septime Weber’s “Fluctuating Hemlines.”


Billing themselves as “Mr. and Mrs. America,” controversy magnets Andrew Dice Clay and Roseanne Barr are teaming up for a show at the Etess Arena at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. Barr will undoubtedly address the loss of her revived sitcom, “Roseanne,” last year, due to an offensive tweet.

A scene from “Live From the Astroturf, Alice Cooper.”


Among the films to be shown at the Golden Door International Film Festival — which takes place in Jersey City, Sept. 17-22 — is Live From the Astroturf, Alice Cooper, which documents a surprise 2015 reunion show by members of the original Alice Cooper Band. The film will be shown at Nimbus Dance, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.


The State Theatre in New Brunswick presents its annual “Family Day,” Sept. 22, with magician Jason Bishop performing on the main stage at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; free performances on an outdoor stage by Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Give & Take Jugglers at 11 a.m. and Brady Rymer at noon and 2 p.m.; and a variety of activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the theater’s downstairs and upstairs lobbies and its studio, and on Livingston Avenue.


The free Raritan River Festival, taking place Sept. 22 from noon to 6 p.m. at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, will feature The Weeklings (at 3:45 p.m.) and other bands; pony rides and children’s games; rubber duck and canoe races; environmental displays; yoga, drumming and dance classes; and food and beer vendors.

A Charity Carnival and Music Festival at Carteret Park, Sept. 19-22, will feature rides, games and food as well as music by DJ Irwin, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.; MC Willie Will & the Latin Mix Masters, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.; Bachata Heightz, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m.; The Spin Doctors, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m.; and Garden State Radio, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 will also featuring an Ethnic Day Festival and fireworks at night.


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