How is this going? Below is a small sampling of regional events that you may wish to review in the coming days.
♦ john mayer His solo tour will take place on Saturday, March 11 at 8pm at the Prudential Center at 25 Crafayette Street, Newark.
The sleek guitarist and singer-songwriter’s concert is reportedly sold out, and the venue’s website still has links to live conductors, with tickets ranging from $150 to $199. prucenter.com973-757-6000.
♦ Japanese Taiko Group the code It will be held Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 pm at the New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Center Street, Newark.
Drummers will be accompanied by a group of singers, dancers and musicians who will play traditional instruments such as bamboo flutes, Tibetan horns and Javanese gamelan.
Tickets range from $39 to $79. www.njpac.org888-696-5722.
♦ Arab indie pop stars Hamza Naira A concert will be held at the Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, on Friday, March 10th at 8pm.
The Egyptian singer-songwriter released his first album “Ehlam Maaya” in 2008 and his second album “Insan” in 2011 during the Arab Spring movement.
Tickets range from $35-$100. www.ucpac.org732-499-8226.
♦ of Princeton Symphony Orchestra will present the composer’s world premiere william harveyViolin Concerto”Gandhi’s Seven Decisions“ 8 Saturday, March 11 pm and Sunday, March 12, 4 pm, Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton University Campus, Princeton.
Also on the program are the Polvtsian dances from Alexander Borodin’s “Prince Igor” and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetic” symphony.
Tickets range from $15-$112. Princeton Symphony Orchestra609-497-0020.
♦ in London kingdom choir Vogel at the Count Basie Arts Center, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank will be filled with the sound of Gospel on Sunday, March 12 at 6pm.
Tickets are $35-55. website732-842-9000.
♦ of marshall tucker band will bring the sound of Southern Rock to the Carteret Center for the Performing Arts at 46 Washington Street in Carteret on Saturday, March 11 at 8pm.
Formed in 1972, the South Carolina band is known for hits such as “Can’t You See,” “Heard it in a Love Song,” and “Fire on the Mountain.”
Tickets are $39.50-69.50. carteretpac.com, 877-849-2722.
Other musical events to consider: richard lloyda founding member of Television, will be at Garwood’s Crossroads on Friday, March 10; Bound Brook’s Brook Arts Center will host a irish cabaret show Saturday March 11 with Andy Cooney and Dupree Sunday, March 12; the Brabla Philharmonic Orchestra On Sunday, March 12, pianist Sean Chen will perform Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto No. 5 at Princeton Alliance Church in Plainsboro; mismatch swing a DeCafe concert at the Perkins Arts Center in Moorestown on Friday, March 10; and Monmouth Civic Choir Singing the Storm: The Tempest Classic Trio will be held at St Mary’s Parish, Colts Neck on Sunday 12th March.
♦ George Street Theater will present its spring musical, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Begins with a preview at the New Brunswick Center for the Performing Arts, 11 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick on Tuesday, March 14 at 8pm.
Production will continue until April 9th. Tickets are $25-75. georgestreetplayhouse.org732-246-7717.
♦ World Premiere of Passage Theater Company’s Musical “clean slate” It will be held this weekend at the Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 E. Front St., Trenton.
Written and written by Kate Brennan and written by David Lee White, “Clean Slate” follows a group of disaffected high school students who are sent to rehab camp and who may also Probably not the missing ex-campers.
Tickets are $15-33. Showings are Friday & Saturday March 10-11 at 7:30pm and Saturday & Sunday March 11-12 at 3pm. www.passagetheatre.org609-392-0318.
♦ The Mayo Center for the Performing Arts at 100 South Morristown Street will host a touring production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “cat” Friday and Saturday March 10-11 at 8pm and Sunday March 12 at 1:30pm and 7pm.
Tickets range from $69-$109. mayoarts.org973-539-8008.
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so opt for a professional Irish dance troupe that tours the area:
♦ Irish Dance Show in Dublin “Wings – A Celtic Dance Celebration” Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 pm at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, 100 South Morristown Street.
With original music and choreography, the production promises to blend world dance and musical influences to depict traditional Irish themes.
Tickets are $29-59. mayoarts.org973-539-8008.
♦ river dance The 25th Anniversary Show will be held this weekend at the New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts at 1 Center Street, Newark, with five performances.
Director John McColgan “completely reimagines” the classic show with a re-recorded soundtrack.
Tickets are $14-81. Showings are Friday March 10th at 8pm, Saturday March 11th at 3pm and 8pm, and Sunday March 12th at 2pm and 7pm.
♦ dance rhythm There will be champion tap dancing, live music and singing on Sunday, March 12 at 8pm at the Bergen Center for the Performing Arts, 30 N. Van Brunt St. Englewood.
Tickets are $29-49. www.bergenpac.org201-227-1030.
There are also some non-Celtic dance performances in the area:
♦ Lentils “Oh Big Five!” will be on Sunday, March 12 at 7pm at the New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Center Street, Newark, celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The show will revolve around a series of productions, including “Megawatts,” “Behind the Shadows” and “The Nature of Things.”
Tickets are $59-69. www.njpac.org888-696-5722.
♦ The McCarter Theater at 91 Princeton University Place will host the Ragamala Dance Company “The Fire of Varanasi: The Dance of the Eternal Pilgrims” Wednesday, March 15 at 7:30pm.
Mother-daughter creators Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy root this production in the South Indian dance form of Bharatana, which blends ancient and modern element.
Tickets are $25 to $55. McCarter Network609-258-2787.
♦ Paula Poundstone It will be live on Friday, March 10 at 8pm at the Bergen Center for the Performing Arts, 30 N. Van Brunt St. Englewood.
The stand-up comedian is also known for her podcast “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone” and her appearance on the NPR radio show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.”
Tickets are $29-49.
♦ Catherine Madigan Friday, March 10 at 7pm at Count Basie Arts Centre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank.
Madigan has a career spanning more than 30 years as a road warrior, performing approximately 250 shows a year.
Tickets are $34.75 to $59.75. website732-842-9000.
♦ Hunterdon County Friendly Son of St. Patrick of the Year St. Patrick’s Day Parade It will be held in Clinton on Sunday, March 12th at 3pm. Other events on the weekend include the Clinton Sunrise Rotary Kids Party at noon on Saturday 11 March, a traditional Irish pub night on Saturday 11 March from 5pm to 9pm and Sunday 12 March from 4pm to 7:30pm Afterparty. FSSPHunterdon.com.
♦ Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade It will begin at Morris and Stuyvesant Streets, Union, on Saturday, March 11th at 1pm. The Union County Emerald Society will host a post prarde Irish party on Saturday, March 11th from 2pm to 7pm at the Kenilworth Veterans Center at 32 S. 21st Street, Kenilworth. 908-447-6375.
♦ Hackettstown 14th Annual st patricks parade Sunday March 12 at 3:30pm with Irish Dance Company, Irish Band, Community Groups, Bagpipes and Drums, Centennial University and Hackettstown High School Teams and Clubs, Hackettstown and Surrounding Area Fire Department and Rescue, Junior and Senior Colonial Fire The Gunners and the Hackettstown Community Band. The parade is pet friendly and there is a special pet costume contest.
♦ art film festival Ten weeks of screenings begin Monday, March 13 at SOPAC’s Village in South Orange and Thursday, March 16 at the ShowRoom Cinemas in Asbury Park. It’s a curated collection of unreleased films from around the world, complemented by conversations with the filmmakers and actors. arthousefilmfestival.com732-870-6012.
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