Top 12 NJ Arts Weekly Events: TD James Moody Jazz Festival, “Radio Golf”, more

Chaka Khan performs at the NJPAC in Newark on November 6.

This year TD James Moody Jazz Festival starts Nov. 5 and is scheduled for its first weekend at NJPAC and other Newark locations:

• November 5, 8:30 p.m .: The Django Festival Allstars, playing music by Django Reinhardt, at the Chase Room of the NJPAC.
• November 6, 6 p.m .: Jazz Vespers concert with bassist Buster Williams at Bethany Baptist Church. (To free)
• November 6, 7 p.m .: Nimbus Dance at the Victoria Theater at NJPAC. The program will include the world premiere of “Raucous Caucus Tango”, a collaboration with bassist and composer Pedro Giraudo.
• November 6, 8 p.m .: Chaka Khan, Leela James at NJPAC’s Prudential Hall.
• November 7, 2 p.m .: In a cover of WBGO’s long-running Kids Jazz series, saxophonist Don Braden will perform music with his septet and explain the basics of jazz at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater. (To free)

The festival will continue until November 14.

Other events taking place in the state through November 11 include:


• Still recovering from damage from Tropical Storm Ida, the South Orange Performing Arts Center will hold its annual convention Gala at Drew University in Madison on November 6, with an online option as well. Singer and Great American Songbook Champion Michael Feinstein will be the main attraction, bassist and jazz producer John Lee will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Diana Hart, from Diana Hart Fine Catering and former SOPAC board member , will be honored. The evening will begin at Drew’s Mead Hall at 6 p.m. and continue at the Concert Hall at Drew’s Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at 8 p.m.


• Randy Rainbow will perform his irreverent, politically satirical and often silly songs at the State Theater in New Brunswick on November 5 at 7:30 pm In addition to songs from the past, the show will feature new material written by Rainbow with Marc Shaiman (“Hairspray,” “Mary Poppins Returns”, “Catch Me If You Can”) and Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid”, “The Little Shop of Horrors”, “Beauty and the Beast”), and a Q&A answers.

• The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs at NJPAC’s Prudential Hall in Newark on November 4 at 1:30 p.m., November 5 at 8 p.m. and November 7 at 3 p.m. and at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank on November 6 at 8 p.m. Pianist Daniil Trifonov will be featured in a program that includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.2, Jessie Montgomery Star, and “The Moldau”, “Šárka” and “Blaník” from the set of symphonic poems by Bedrich Smetana, My vlast. Xian Zhang will conduct the pieces by Beethoven and Smetana; Tong Chen will lead Star.

• The APEX Package, formerly known as the Montclair Orchestra, returns to live concerts on November 5 at 8 p.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church in Montclair. David Chan will conduct and Metropolitan Opera soprano Leah Hawkins will sing works by William Grant Still, Francesco Cilea and Giacomo Puccini. The orchestra will also perform Anna Clyne’s piece. Sound & Fury and Symphony No. 8 in G major by Antonin Dvorak.


• Josh and Jeb Guthrie – Wisconsin natives who are now based in New York, and perform together as The Guthrie brothers – will present “Scarborough Fair”, their tribute to Simon & Garfunkel, on November 6 at 7:30 pm at the Madison Community Arts Center. “The first time we played a song by Simon and Garfunkel, we knew our vocals were effortlessly blending into that signature S&G sound,” the brothers say. “And the overwhelming public reaction to our performances confirmed our feelings.” (For a chance to win a pair of tickets, email [email protected] by 10 am on November 4 with the word “Guthrie” in the subject line.)


• The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick will present Autumn dance More shows November 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. and November 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, with choreographed works by guest artists and faculty members. Featured choreographers will include Kyle Marshall, Chien-Ying Wang, Kim Elliott, John Evans, Katy Pyle, Ani Javian and Chuck Wilt.


Carl Hendrick Louis, left, and Nathan James co-starred in the Two River Theater production of “Radio Golf”.


• August Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle” (also known as the “Cycle of the Century”) is an acclaimed 10-piece series about African American life in the 20th century, one of which is set in each of the decades of the century. . Red Bank’s Two River Theater presents “Radio-golf”, the last piece of the Cycle (set in the 1990s) as well as the last piece written by Wilson before he died in 2005; premieres start on November 6, November 12 is the official opening night, and the play runs through November 21. The theater actually started showing “Radio Golf” at the end of February 2020, but the race was halted due to the pandemic. Most of the original cast will return.

• Montclair’s Vanguard Theater Company will present “Beside the normal” from November 10 to 21. Written by Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics), this musical – about a woman living with bipolar disorder and her family – won three Tonys (including Best Original Music) in 2009 and the Pulitzer Prize for theater in 2010.

• Tymisha Harris – who played Josephine Baker in the solo play ‘Josephine’, outdoors at the Morris Museum in Morris Township, in September 2020 – will once again play the 20th century singer, dancer, actress and activist at the Bickford Theater. of the museum. It will be a different game, however. “Josie and Grace”, focusing on the friendship between Baker and actress Grace Kelly, premieres November 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. and November 7 at 2 p.m. Rachel Comeau will play Kelly, with Stephen Lima in various male roles, including Alfred Hitchcock. It will be Bickford’s first play since the start of the pandemic. (For a chance to win a pair of tickets to the November 7 show, email [email protected] by 10 am on November 4 with the word “Josie” in the subject line.)

Doguhan Kabadayi in “Wet Dog”.


• This year Rutgers Jewish Film Festival will combine in-person screenings – at the Rutgers Cinema in Piscataway and the Princeton Garden Theater – with online offerings. The opening night film, “Wet Dog” – based on the autobiography of Arye Sharuz Shalicar – is about an Iranian Jewish teenager who moves to Germany and hides his identity in order to integrate into the gangs. (See the trailer below)


• Stormin ‘Norman Seldin, one of the founding fathers of the Asbury Park rock scene, wrote a memoir titled “You Don’t Know Me”, and Asbury Park Library will host a free launch party on November 4th at 7pm , in which Seldin and co-writer Charlie Horner will give a multimedia presentation and sign books.


“Songs for a New World” at Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn. (Until November 7)

“Dear Jack, dear Louise,” presented by George Street Playhouse at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. (Until November 21.)

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