Entertainment

A glance at N.J. entertainment this weekend (Dec. 9-11)

WHAT’S GOING ON? Here is a small sample of area happenings you may want to check out in the coming days.

WH: Three Holiday Tenors

New Jersey Festival Orchestra will host the Three Holiday Tenors Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield and Sunday, Dec. 11, at Drew University in Madison.Anna-Julia Granberg

Art/Museums

DEC. 10

TRENTON “Red Dot 10×10,” virtual and in-person opening reception, 6-8 p.m., for exhibit of works by more than 100 area artists on 10-by-10-inch canvases, through Jan. 7. Artworks, 19 Everett Alley. artworkstrenton.org, 609-394-9436.

Comedy

DEC. 9

NEW BRUNSWICK Penn and Teller, 8 p.m., State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Ave. $45-$195. stnj.org, 732-246-7469.

Dance

DEC. 9

BRANCHBURG “The Nutcracker,” annual performance of touring troupe with local student dancers, 4 p.m., also Dec. 9, 8 p.m. Raritan Valley Community College, The Theatre, Route 28 and Lamington Road. $45-$60. rvccarts.org, 908-725-3420.

DEAL Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater, “Nutcracker Rocks” adaptation of the holiday ballet, 7 p.m., also Dec. 10, 2 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 11, 1 and 5 p.m. Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave. $48-$54. axelrodartscenter.com, 732-531-9100.

GALLOWAY Atlantic City Ballet, “The Nutcracker,” 7 p.m., also Dec. 10, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Stockton University, Stockton Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Drive. $9-$31.50. stocktonpac.org, 609-652-9000.

WH: Nutcracker Rocks

Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater will present “Nutcracker Rocks” this weekend, Dec. 9-11, at Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal.Anna-Julia Granberg

RED BANK Company of Dance Arts, “The Nutcracker,” 7 p.m., also Dec. 10, 1 and 5 p.m.; Dec. 11, 1 p.m. Count Basie Center for the Arts, 99 Monmouth St. $25-$55. thebasie.org, 732-842-9000.

DEC. 10

PRINCETON Princeton Youth Ballet, “The Nutcracker,” 4 p.m., also Dec. 11, noon and 4 p.m. Princeton High School, 151 Moore St. $25. princetonyouthballet.org, 609-222-7592.

TOMS RIVER Ballet for Young Audiences, “The Nutcracker,” 1 p.m., also Dec. 10, 4 p.m. Ocean County College, Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, Hooper Avenue and College Drive. $12-$15. grunincenter.org, 732-255-0500.

DEC. 11

MILLVILLE NJ Ballet, “The Nutcracker,” 2 p.m., Levoy Theatre, 126-130 N. High St. $35-$48. levoy.net, 856-327-6400.

Literary/Books

NEWARK Fran Lebowitz, 3 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St. $29.50-$79.50. njpac.org, 201-503-1333.

SOUTH ORANGE “A Tribute to Public School Teachers,” free spoken word program with Victor Alcindor, Mary Brancaccio, Kathy Kremins, Stacey Z Lawrence and Ras Heru Stewart, 3-4:30 p.m., Skate House, Mead Street and Meadowbrook Lane. [email protected].

WH: Kenny G

Kenny G will give his “Miracles Holiday and Hits” concert Sunday, Dec. 11, at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick.Anna-Julia Granberg

Music

DEC. 9

CARTERET Blood Sweat and Tears, 8 p.m., Carteret Performing Arts & Events Center, 46 Washington Ave. $30-$55. carteretpac.com, 877-849-2722.

ENGLEWOOD Darlene Love, “Love for the Holidays,” 8 p.m., Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St. $39-$69. bergenpac.org, 201-227-1030.

GARWOOD The Bouncing Souls, 7 p.m., also Dec. 10, 7 p.m. Crossroads, 78 North Ave. $40. xxroads.com, 908-232-5666.

JERSEY CITY The Budos Band, Roge, 8 p.m., White Eagle Hall, 335-337 Newark Ave. $25. whiteeaglehalljc.com, 201-885-5166.

MIDDLESEX Caritas Chamber Chorale, free “Born to Set Thy People Free” holiday concert, 7:30 p.m., Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church, 600 Harris Ave. caritaschamberchorale.org, [email protected].

NEWARK Recycled Percussion, 7 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Victoria Theater, 1 Center St. $30-$35. njpac.org, 732-897-6500.

PRINCETON Vance Gilbert, in-person and live-streamed Princeton Folk Music Society concert, 8 p.m., Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane. $20-$25. ccprinceton.org, princetonfolk.org.

RED BANK Sensational Soul Cruisers, “A Very Merry Christmas Show,” 7:30 p.m., Count Basie Center for the Arts, The Vogel, 99 Monmouth St. $25-$59. thebasie.org, 732-842-9000.

SOMERVILLE Peter Mayer, “Stars and Promises” annual holiday concert to benefit Somerville Educational Foundation, 7:30 p.m., Somerville High School, 222 Davenport St. $35-$80. itickets.com/events/469108, 908-285-8217. Registration required.

SOUTH ORANGE Rockapella, holiday show, 8 p.m., South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way. $30-$45. sopacnow.org, 973-313-2787.

DEC. 10

BLAIRSTOWN Slambovian Circus of Dreams, “A Very Slambovian Christmas,” 8 p.m., Roy’s Hall, 30 Main St. $32-$37. royshall.org, 908-362-1399.

BLOOMFIELD Richard Stillman, free “The World Mosaic of Music and Dance” concert, 2 p.m., Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St. bplnj.org, 973-566-6200.

BRANCHBURG George W. Michael Jazz Quartet, in-person benefit concert to subsidize private lessons for music majors, 6:30-9 p.m., Raritan Valley Community College, Edward Nash Theatre, 118 Lamington Road. $15, seniors free. rvccmusicprogram.org/mozaika-concerts, 908-725-3420.

BRIDGEWATER Caritas Chamber Chorale, free “Born to Set Thy People Free” holiday concert, 7:30 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, 1890 Washington Valley Road in Martinsville. caritaschamberchorale.org, [email protected].

FLEMINGTON Horizons Quartet, fall jazz series, 8 p.m., Flemington DIY, 26 Stangl Road. $17-$20. flemingtondiy.org, 856-431-3692.

HOPEWELL James Maddock’s Festivus Show, 8 p.m., Hopewell Theater, 5 S. Greenwood Ave. $33-$38. hopewelltheater.com, 609-466-1964.

JERSEY CITY NRBQ, seated show, 8 p.m., White Eagle Hall, 335-337 Newark Ave. $30. whiteeaglehalljc.com, 201-885-5166.

LAKEWOOD The Wags’ Christmas Spectacular, 7 p.m., Strand Center for the Arts, 400 Clifton Ave. $20. strand.org, 732-367-7789.

MAHWAH Eileen Ivers, “A Joyful Christmas,” 8 p.m., Ramapo College of New Jersey, Sharp Theater, 505 Ramapo Valley Road. $8-$35. ramapo.edu/berriecenter, 201-684-7844.

MORRISTOWN Harmonium Choral Society, “A Child’s Christmas” with 20th anniversary celebration of Matthew Harris’ setting for chorus and chamber orchestra of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” 7:30 p.m., also Dec. 11, 3 p.m. Presbyterian Church in Morristown, 57 E. Park Place. $25-$30. harmonium.org, 973-538-6969.

NEWARK Temptations, Four Tops, 8 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St. $49-$79. njpac.org, 201-503-1333.

RAHWAY Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, holiday concert, 8 p.m., Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St. $25-$30. ucpac.org, 732-499-8226.

READINGTON Whitehouse Wind Symphony, free holiday concert, 3 p.m., Readington Reformed Church, 124 Readington Road. whitehousewindsymphony.org, [email protected].

RED BANK Livingston Taylor, Karla Bonoff, “Home for the Holidays,” 7:30 p.m., Count Basie Center for the Arts, The Vogel, 99 Monmouth St. $49.50-$69.50. thebasie.org, 732-842-9000.

SOUTH ORANGE Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway, “Broadway the Calla-way,” 8 p.m., South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way. $35-$55. sopacnow.org, 973-313-2787.

STAFFORD “Merry Christmas Doo Wop,” the Capris, Cleveland Still and the Dubs, 7 p.m., Stafford Township Arts Center, OceanFirst Theater, 1000 McKinley Ave. in Manahawkin. $35-$45. njstac.com, 609-489-8600.

TUCKERTON Wooden Ships, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tribute, 7:30 p.m., Lizzie Rose Music Room, 217 E. Main St. $35-$40. lizzierosemusic.com, 609-389-0118.

WATCHUNG Amani, 19th annual holiday celebration concert, 8 p.m., Watchung Arts Center, 18 Stirling Road. $25. watchungarts.org, 908-753-0190.

WESTFIELD The Three Holiday Tenors, vocalists Jonathan Boyd, Errin Duane Brooks and Derrek Stark with the NJ Festival Orchestra, 7 p.m., Presbyterian Church in Westfield, 140 Mountain Ave. $25-$85. njfestivalorchestra.org/njfo-special-events, 908-232-9400.

DEC. 11

HANOVER Hanover Wind Symphony and Morris Choral Society, free “Holidays in Hanover” concert, 3 p.m., Memorial Junior School, 61 Highland Ave. in Whippany. hanoverwinds.org.

MADISON The Three Holiday Tenors, vocalists Jonathan Boyd, Errin Duane Brooks and Derrek Stark with the NJ Festival Orchestra, 3 p.m., Drew University, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 36 Madison Ave. $25-$85. njfestivalorchestra.org/njfo-special-events, 908-232-9400.

MORRISTOWN Water Gap Jazz Orchestra, “Nutcracker and Grinch Suites,” 3 p.m., Bickford Theatre, Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road. $25-$30. morrismuseum.org, 973-971-3706.

NEW BRUNSWICK Kenny G, “Miracles Holiday and Hits” tour, 7 p.m., State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Ave. $39-$99. stnj.org, 732-246-7469.

NEWTON “A John Denver Christmas,” tribute show with Ted Vigil, 3 p.m., The Newton Theatre, 234 Spring St. $29-$44. skypac.org, 973-940-6398.

RAHWAY New Jersey Youth Symphony, annnual “Danzon, Tango and Bugler’s Holiday” holiday concert, 4 p.m., Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St. $15-$20. ucpac.org, 732-499-8226.

RED BANK Sal Valentinetti, “Christmas Comes to Town,” 4 p.m., Count Basie Center for the Arts, The Vogel, 99 Monmouth St. $35-$55. thebasie.org, 732-842-9000.

SOUTH ORANGE Cherish the Ladies, “A Celtic Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way. $30-$40. sopacnow.org, 973-313-2787.

TOMS RIVER Judy Collins, “Holidays and Hits,” 7 p.m., Ocean County College, Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, Hooper Avenue and College Drive. $47-$57. grunincenter.org, 732-255-0500.

Theater

DEC. 9

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS “Bob’s Your Elf,” dessert-theater production the Norm Foster holiday comedy, 7:30 p.m., also Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11, 2 p.m. First Avenue Playhouse, 123 First Ave. $20-$25; reservations required. firstavenueplayhouse.org, 732-291-7552.

CAPE MAY “Christmas Presents from the Past,” short stories adapted for stage and performed by Gayle Stahlhuth, 8 p.m., also Dec. 10, 2 and 8 p.m. East Lynne Theater Company, Cape May Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St. $20-$28. eastlynnetheater.org, 609-884-5898.

CHATHAM “A Christmas Carol,” Chatham Community Players original musical production, 8 p.m., also Dec. 10, 3 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 11, 3 p.m. Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave. $23-$25. chathamplayers.org, 973-635-7363.

HACKETTSTOWN “Cinderella,” holiday production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, 8 p.m., also Dec. 10, 2 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 11, 2 p.m. Centenary University, Sitnik Theater, Lackland Center, 400 Jefferson St. $15-$27.50. centenarystageco.org, 908-979-0900.

HILLSBOROUGH “A Wicked Christmas Carol,” holiday story inspired by L. Frank Baum’s “Oz” books and Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” 8 p.m., also Dec. 10, 2 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 11, 2 p.m. Somerset Valley Playhouse, 689 Amwell Road (Route 514). $18-$20. svptheatre.org, 908-369-7469.

HOBOKEN “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” family holiday comedy by Tom Mula adapted from on the Charles Dickens story, 8 p.m., also Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Mile Square Theatre, 1400 Clinton St. $24-$35. milesquaretheatre.org, 201-683-7014.

MADISON “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey production of the Shakespeare comedy, 8 p.m., also Dec. 10-11, 2 and 7:30 p.m. F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. $30-$65. shakespearenj.org, 973-408-5600.

MANASQUAN “A Christmas Story, the Musical,” based on the film, 7:30 p.m., also Dec. 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11, 3 p.m. Algonquin Arts Theatre, 60 Abe Voorhees Drive. $26-$43. algonquinarts.org, 732-528-9211.

NEW BRUNSWICK “Joy,” new musical based on the life of Mangano, 8 p.m., also Dec. 10, 2 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 11, 2 p.m. George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, 11 Livingston Ave. $25-$70. georgestplayhouse.org, 732-246-7717.

OAKLYN “She Loves Me,” holiday musical romance, 8 p.m., also Dec. 10, 8 p.m.; Dec. 11, 2 p.m. Ritz Theatre, 915 Whitehorse Pike. $27. ritztheatreco.org, 856-858-5230.

PRINCETON “A Christmas Carol,” a return of the holiday tradition, 7:30 p.m., also Dec. 10, 1 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 11, 1 and 5:30 p.m. McCarter Theatre Center, Matthews Theatre, 91 University Place. $35-$65. mccarter.org, 609-258-2787.

RANDOLPH “A Christmas Carol,” musical stage production of the Dickens holiday story, 7 p.m., also Dec. 10-11, 2 p.m. Brundage Park Playhouse, 2 Bungalow Lane at Carrell Road. $20-$25. brundageparkplayhouse.org, 973-989-7092.

SPRING LAKE “Scrooge,” on-site production of the musical, 7:30 p.m., also Dec. 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11, 2 p.m. Spring Lake Community House, 300 Madison Ave. $30-$40. springlaketheatre.com, 732-449-4530.

TOMS RIVER “Broadway for the Holidays II,” OCC Repertory Theatre Company musical revue, 7:30 p.m., also Dec. 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11, 2 p.m. Ocean County College, Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, Hooper Avenue and College Drive. $14-$17. grunincenter.org, 732-255-0500.

TRENTON “A Christmas Carol,” holiday production, 7:30 p.m., also Dec. 10, 3 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11, 3 p.m. Passage Theatre, Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 E. Front St. $40. passagetheatre.org, 609-392-0318.

WEST WINDSOR “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,” courtroom spoof based on the Charles Dickens story, 7 p.m., also Dec. 10-11, 2 and 7 p.m. Mercer County Community College, Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Road. $20-$22. kelseytheatre.org, 609-570-3333.

DEC. 10

MONTCLAIR “Somebody’s Daughter,” one-woman show by Zara Phillips with music by Richard Thompson, 8 p.m., First Congregational Church, Outpost in the Burbs, 40 S. Fullerton Ave. $20-$25. outpostintheburbs.org, 973-744-6560.

DEC. 11

OCEAN GROVE “Holiday Tales – A Season of Miracles,” Pushcart Players family holiday production, 2 p.m., Jersey Shore Arts Center, 66 S. Main St. $15. pushcartplayers.org, 973-857-1115.

WEST LONG BRANCH “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home For The Holidays,” one-man comedy with Steve Solomon, 4 p.m., Monmouth University, Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave. $50-$60. monmouth.edu/mca, 732-263-6889.

WH: Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees celebration will take place Sunday, Dec. 11, at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit.Anna-Julia Granberg

Other

DEC. 9

MORRISTOWN Holiday CraftMorristown, fine art and craft show with more than 150 juried vendors, hosted by Kiwanis Club of Randolph, 4-8 p.m., also Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Morristown National Guard Armory, 430 Western Ave. $8-$10. artrider.com, 845-331-7900.

NEWARK Psychic Medium Matt Fraser, 8 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St. $79.50-$100. njpac.org, 201-503-1333.

RAHWAY Shining Stars, “Christmas Spectacular,” 7 p.m., Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St. $15-$35. ucpac.org, 732-499-8226.

DEC. 10

ENGLEWOOD “Blue’s Clues and You,” family production, 2 p.m., also Dec. 10, 6 p.m. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St. $50-$69.50. bergenpac.org, 201-227-1030.

LAKEWOOD Holiday Train Show, hosted by Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., also Dec. 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Lakewood Historical Museum, Pine Park, Country Club Lane. ocsmr.com, [email protected].

RAHWAY Holiday Market and Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Thomas the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church, 1410 St. Georges Ave. saintthomastheapostle.org, 908-217-6856.

TRENTON Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market, “Wreck the Halls” holiday show with more than 300 vendors, live music, food trucks and celebrity guests, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., also Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cure Insurance Arena, 81 Hamilton Ave. cureinsurancearena.com, trentonprfm.com.

DEC. 11

HOPEWELL TWP. “Washington’s Landing in New Jersey,” re-enactment of events that took place after Gen. Washington’s crossing of the Delaware, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Washington Crossing State Park, 355 Washington Crossing Road in Titusville. nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/washcros.html, 609-737-0623.

RAHWAY “Holiday Extravaganza,” performances by professional stage entertainers, vocalists and tribute acts, 5-7 p.m., Rahway Recreation Center, 275 E. Milton Ave. $20-$25. [email protected], 908-310-8098 .

SUMMIT Festival of Trees, outdoor multicultural holiday celebration, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave. $7-$12. reeves-reedarboretum.org, 908-273-8787.

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