Top 15 NJ arts events of the week: NJSO Winter Festival, Dance Theatre of Harlem, more

From Jan. 13 to Jan. 29, Pinchas Zukerman will collaborate with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on Winter Festival shows at venues throughout the state.

A guide to notable arts events taking place in New Jersey, through Jan. 16:

The Montreal-based CirqueÉloize troupe brings its Wild West-themed “Saloon” show, combining acrobatics with music and dance, to the State Theatre in New Brunswick, Jan. 11-12 at 7:30 p.m. The show is recommended for ages 12 and older.

Canadian comedianMichel Lauzière brings his “Science of Sound” — an interactive show that explains theories of sound, and how music is made — to the Sharp Theater at the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts at Ramapo College in Mahwah, Jan. 12 at 10 and 11:45 a.m. The show is recommended for students in grades 4-8.

Thepolitical satire group The Capitol Steps will perform their topical songs and skits in a show titled “What to Expect When You’re Electing,” Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, and Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. at BergenPAC in Englewood.

Pinchas Zukerman is the artistic director for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra‘s Winter Festival, which takes place from Jan. 13 to Jan. 29 at various theaters throughout the weekend. The first three concerts will take place Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. at Prudential Hall at NJPAC in Newark, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank and Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, and feature him as conductor and violin soloist for a program that includesthree Tchaikovsky pieces (“Melodie” from Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher; Sérénade Mélancolique; Serenade for Strings) and one by Mendelssohn(Symphony No. 4, “Italian”).

The New York-based Bedlam theater company presents four-actor productions of George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan” (beginning Jan. 13 and running through Feb. 12) and Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” (beginning Jan. 14 and running through Feb. 12) in rotating repertory at the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, with some days featuring a matinee of one and a nighttime performance of the other. (see video below)

Remember Jones will perform \”Mad Dogs and Englishmen\” in its entirety at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, Jan. 13.

Remember Jones, his 20-piece band and guests such as Richard Barone, Constantine Maroulis, Brielle Von Hugel and Asbury Jukes keyboardist Jeff Kazee will perform Joe Cocker’s epic 1970live double albumMad Dogs and Englishmenin its entirety, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. as part of the Light of Day festival.Since the album heavily features Leon Russell, the show will also serve as a tribute to Russell, who died in November.

Asbury Underground, taking place in conjunction with this year’s Light of Day festival, will feature about 50 free musical performances, Jan. 14 from noon to 9 p.m. in various downtown Asbury Park galleries, restaurants and other venues. For a complete listing, visit the Asbury Underground Facebook page.

Another notable Light of Day show: While the festival’s main concert will be going on, Jan. 14 at the Paramount Theatre, Peter Asher— a member of the British Invasion group Peter & Gordon and later a prominent producer and manager— will present a “A Musical Memoir of the ’60s and Beyond” next door at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club, beginning at 7:30 p.m., with Rita Harvey opening (with a tribute to Linda Ronstadt).

• “Embodying the Dream”— a family-oriented series offree dance, music, visual arts and spoken word activities, celebrating the life and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — takes place at NJPAC’s Center for Arts Education in Newark, Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Dance Theatre of Harlem performs at NJPAC in Newark, Jan. 14.

Also as part of this year’s Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at NJPAC, the Dance Theatre of Harlem— founded in 1969 as an attempt to create something positive after King’s assassination— will perform works such as Darrell Grand Moultrie’s “Vessels” and Dianne McIntyre’s “Change” (alsofeaturing the Spelman College Glee Club) at Prudential Hall, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m.

• The Porchistas will celebrate the release of their five-song EP Axis & Allies— featuring satirical songs about our incoming president (“Mr. Chump”) and fake news (“Ebolabama”), as well as an ode to their favorite Montclair bar/nightclub (“The Tierney’s Tavern Song”)— with a show at their home studio in Montclair, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. Peanut Butter & Jelly (a duo featuring Tris McCall and Mr. Flannery) and the Michaela McClain Band will also perform.

• “Hurricane Diane”— a play in which Dionysustakes the form of a Monmouth County gardener— makes it world premiere at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, beginning previews on Jan. 14, officially opening on Jan. 27 and running through Feb. 12. Previous works by playwright Madeleine George include “The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence” (a Pulitzer Prize finalist), “Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England,” “Precious Little” and “The Zero Hour.”

The West Orange Classic Film Festival begins Jan. 15 at 2 p.m.at the AMC Theatre, with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1938 film “The Lady Vanishes” followed by a discussion led by Star-Ledger movie critic (and author of “The Alfred Hitchcock Encyclopedia”) Stephen Whitty.

Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City presents a show by the All-Stars of Hip-HopLudacris, Busta Rhymes, DMX, Trina and Freeway— Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day “Community Celebration,” Jan. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Newark Museum, includes a screening of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech; performances by the Premiere Dance Theatre Company of Montclair and the jazz and blues group Return to the Source (featuring Junius Williams), gallery tours, a scavanger hunt and more.

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