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New Jersey Monthly Magazine
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Put a Pork In It

May 24: South Jerseyans tend to call it pork roll, North Jerseyans say Taylor ham. Whatever you call it, the inaugural Pork Roll Festival will celebrate it. more

Blooming Blossoms

May 9-June 6: The Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens are expected to be in full bloom from early May to early June. more

It's Being Handled

May 25: Sharp-tongued Livingston native Chelsea Handler brings her Uganda Be Kidding Me tour to the Caesar Circus Maximus Theatre. more

Original Diva

May 10: Living legend and pop icon Cher, now 67, brings her Dressed to Kill tour to the Izod Center. more

Run for History

May 10: Head to Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville for a 5K trail run organized by iRun New Jersey, followed by the NJ State History Fair celebrating 350 years of Jersey history and the 10th anniversary of the fair. more

Montclair Goes to the Movies

April 28-May 4: The third annual Montclair Film Festival brings a week of international cinema to venues throughout the culturally inclined town. more

Uncork the Blues

May 24-25: The Garden State Wine Growers Association hosts its annual Blues & Wine festival at scenic Natirar Park in Somerset County. more

A Realistic Retrospective


May 4-Sept 21: Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton opens the largest exhibition of its 22-year history, featuring the work of the park’s esteemed founder, Seward Johnson. more

Bargain Hunters' Havens: North

These North Jersey thrift, consignment and vintage stores will help you find one-of-a-kind deals at perfectly reasonable prices. more

The Dog Whisperer Live in Morristown, Red Bank

Cesar Millan, also known as the Dog Whisperer from his show on National Geographic Wild, stopped in Morristown and Red Bank recently for an informational live demonstration. more

Artful State

April 19-July 4: The exhibit “Made in New Jersey” at Gallery 51 features work by 10 illustrators who live in New Jersey. more

If the Shoe Fits

April 27: The New Jersey Ballet presents a two-act production of Cinderella. more

She Can't Stop

April 3: Miley Cyrus, the child actress turned pop star who made headlines last year with her racy video for “Wrecking Ball,” brings her Bangerz tour to East Rutherford. more

Suds and Drums on the Boardwalk

April 4-5: The Celebration of Suds Beer & Music Festival kicks off its ninth year at the Atlantic City Convention Center for two days of music and more than 100 varieties of frothy craft beer. more

April Fools

It’s no Jersey joke: The comedians are coming. more

Pretty in Pink: Cherry Blossom Festival

April 5-13: Branch Brook Park hosts a spring festival under pink petals to celebrate the Essex County Park System and its beloved collection of cherry trees. more

Cape May Springfest

April 25-May 4: Countless Springfest events will take place against a backdrop of blossoming gardens and scenic Victorian homes in Cape May. more

Rapid Transit: Careening Down NJ's Wildest Rivers

Taking the plunge with New Jersey’s extreme canoers. more

Legends of Folk

John McEuen, the crinkly-smiled fiddler and leader of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, will do a one-night-only joint concert with musical legend David Amram. more

Preview: Greatest Show on Earth

Mar 12-23: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus aims to amaze with their latest installment, Legends, a spectacle featuring mythical creatures. more

Preview: Man in the Mirror

Mar 28: Cirque du Soleil brings Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour to Trenton, where the King of Pop’s most memorable songs come to life. more

Preview: Laughter is Universal

Mar 7: Comedic legend Bill Cosby stops in Newark on his Far From Finished tour for an evening of family-friendly jesting on the simple hilarity of domestic life and parenting. more

Preview: More Than a Game

Mar 22-May 4: The Smithsonian’s “Museum on Main Street” series brings the traveling exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” to the Atlantic City Free Public Library and Museum. more

Preview: Leader of the Pack

Mar 12 & 14: Cesar Millan, star of the National Geographic television series Dog Whisperer, comes to Red Bank and Morristown. more

Preview: Swans & Sorcery

Mar 19: The Moscow Festival Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. more

Preview: Pattern Me Pretty

March 6-9: Calling all quilters! Head to the Garden State Exhibit Center for the 10th Annual New Jersey Quilt Fest. more

Preview: Antigone Rising at the Stanhope House

Antigone Rising, an all-female country rock band, is set to perform at the famed Stanhope House on February 15. more

Striking Matches: NJM Q&A with Patti Stanger

In our extended online interview, the Millionaire Matchmaker and Millburn native spoke with "New Jersey Monthly" about online dating, the dos and don'ts of Valentine's Day and what makes New Jersey guys dateable. more

Review: "Million Dollar Quartet Live" Worth the Ticket

It was a day for rock history. The recording session is recreated as Million Dollar Quartet Live, a musical complete with a cast of talented singer/musicians standing in for the legendary originals. The national tour recently stopped at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown. more

Super Bowl Kicks Off in Frigid Fashion

A small crowd of hearty souls from around the tri-state area braved icy temperatures last night to witness the first official event of Super Bowl week in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park.

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Take a Bow Wow

Jan 29-Feb 2: The Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County hosts the 5 Day Atlantic Ocean Classic Dog Show Cluster at the Wildwood Convention Center. more

Twist & Shout

Feb 7 & 9: Beatles tribute band Fab Four makes two stops in New Jersey. more

Sleeping Beauty: You Snooze, You Lose

Feb 9: Watch the timeless fairy tale Sleeping Beauty come to life at NJPAC with Tchaikovsky’s score and traditional staging from the State Ballet Theatre of Russia. more

Missing Memory

Prolific author Joyce Carol Oates latest novel, "Carthage," is a murder mystery that relies on small town gossip, capricious witnesses and family politics. more

Romance, Latin Style

Feb 8 & 14: Grammy Award-winning singer Marc Anthony, known for sensuous ballads and sultry salsa, makes stops in Atlantic City and Newark on his 3.0 worldwide tour spanning North and South America. more

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Feb 14-17: Head to the Shore for the LBI region’s annual Chocolate Week celebration, packed with sweet deals and treats for the whole family. more

Blossoms and Bouquets

Feb 13-16: The New Jersey Flower and Garden Show celebrates its 12th season at the NJ Convention Center in Edison. more

A Tale as Old as Time

Feb 28-Mar 1: Disney’s classic animated love story Beauty & the Beast arrives in Morristown for three musical performances featuring your favorite characters. more

From NJPAC to Primetime

A concert series that originated last June at NJPAC comes to primetime this month on NJTV.

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NJ Hall of Fame Ceremony On Again

It’s New Jersey’s time to shine as the Hall of Fame class of 2013 prepares to be (finally) inducted at a new venue with a new format.

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Monster Mash

Jan 3-4: Muscle-bound trucks will barrel over—or smash through— obstacles at Monster Jam, a high-energy show for all ages at the Sun National Bank Center. more

A Song of Ice and Fire

Jan 25: Historic Mount Holly hosts the annual Fire and Ice Festival, featuring pro and amateur ice sculptors carving works of art from 300-pound blocks of ice. more

Harlem Renaissance

Jan 17: As part of NJPAC’s Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration, Dance Theatre of Harlem, a company of 18 dancers, will present a neo-classical performance at Prudential Hall. more

From Florence to Princeton

Through May 11: Princeton University Art Museum’s “500 Years of Italian Master Drawings” is an exploration of the human form featuring original sketches and drawings by Italian classical artists. more

Gather 'Round the Bonfire

Jan 26: Celebrate the ancient British custom of wassailing at Terhune Orchards in Princeton with live music and warm cider (but don’t forget to pour some on trees for good luck!). more

Globally Cultured and Crafted

Jan 25: Breweries from around the globe will showcase more than 100 beers at the International Beer Expo in Secaucus. more

Four Legends, One Studio

Jan 17-18: The Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet makes a stop in Morristown, revealing what went on during the famed recording session between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. more

Where to Ring in 2014

Dec 31: Looking for something to do this New Year's Eve? We've got a roundup of events happening around the state, from family friendly to 21 and over parties. more

Q&A with Rob Fusari

Rob Fusari, a pop music producer from Livingston, helped launch the careers of big-name acts like Destiny’s Child and discovered the talent of Stefani Germanotta – now known worldwide as Lady Gaga. more

Start Your F-Stops for the NJ Camera Show

Dec 13-15: The second annual New Jersey Camera Show sets up for three days at the Unique Photo Superstore in Fairfield. more

Swank Somerset Hills Open Houses

Dec 15: The Somerset Hills Holiday House Tour shows you six residences that highlight historic architecture and preservation, interior design and, of course, holiday decoration. more

Beyond Gingerbread

Dec 7: Ditch the complicated gingerbread and craft some miniature holiday houses out of graham crackers at Grounds for Sculpture. more

Snowy Stage

These holiday theater productions, from Rudolph to the Nutcracker, will warm up your winter with dazzling sounds and sights! more

Jolly Old Saint Nick

Through Jan 30: Morristown's Macculloch Hall Museum boasts the original Thomas Nast sketch of Santa Claus, featured in Harper’s Weekly in 1881, that established the prevailing pop-cultural depiction of St. Nicholas. more

Dark Ages, High Spirits

Turn back the clock with a wild knight at Medieval Times. more

Weehawken's Lasting Legacy

Edward Hopper's 1934 painting, "East Wind Over Weehawken," will be auctioned by Christie's in New York on December 5. more

Lap of Luxury: Morris Animal Inn

The family-owned Morris Animal Inn caters to our four-legged friends. more

Genie in a Bottle

Nov 23: The Enchantment Theatre Company heads to NJPAC for a spellbinding performance of Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales. more

Stack 'Em With Style

Through March 9: Morris Museum presents “The Art of the Brick,” a fun and family-friendly exhibit of more than 30 sculptures made entirely out of Legos by New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya. more

Dance, International Style

Experience the world of dance at these venues around the state, where internationally renowned performance companies will perform in the spirit of China, Hungary and Argentina. more

Cape May's Jazz Opus

Nov 8-10: The second annual Exit 0 International Jazz Festival in Cape May will feature headliners Dianne Reeves and Eddie Palmieri, along with more than 100 touring jazz musicians. more

Prix-Fixe Week Drops Anchor

Nov 8-17: More than 70 restaurants along the coast will be participating in Jersey Shore Restaurant Week. more

Five-Course Fantasy

Nov 7: Arrive hungry for the fifth anniversary Dream Dinner at Branches in West Long Branch, featuring five chefs, five courses and five wines. more

It's A Smash!

By popular demand, the 1972 illustrated children’s book "The Pumpkin Smasher" is back in print. more

Scare Tactics: Frightening Fall Events

Boo! With haunted cornfields, zombie mud runs and spooky tours, your fall is sure to be a scream. more

Fictional Candidates, Real Cause

Amid a season of much political bluster in New Jersey, author Lisa Funari Willever is quietly campaigning for her fictional characters to become New Jersey’s official Junior Ambassadors.

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Arts & Crafts for Adults

Oct 19-20: More than 160 art vendors will set up shop in Montclair for the Fall Fine Arts & Crafts Brookdale Park Show. more

Capitol Punishment: Hunger Games Parody

Oct 12: NJPAC presents The Hungry Hungry Games: A Parody, a spoof on the best-selling book series The Hunger Games (also a blockbuster action film). more

A Feast of Fall Festivals

With plenty of festivals on the horizon, celebrating everything from pumpkins to vikings, you'll never be in short supply of fall activities. more

Champagne Flutes & Riding Boots

Oct 19: The classiest tailgating scene in New Jersey descends on Somerset County every October for stylish autumn revelry at the Far Hills Race Meeting. more

Spooky Stage

These Halloween-inspired performances will scare you silly! more

Taming the Bull: AC Boardwalk Rodeo

Oct 5-6: Don't miss the biggest rodeo on the East Coast, with events ranging from bareback, team romping, saddle bronc riding of unbroken horses, barrel racing and bull riding. more

Pumpkin Cooking Tips

Chef Nick Malgieri says the key to cooking a perfect pumpkin pie is using the real stuff, and avoiding Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins. more

Earn Your Pumpkin Degree

Kings Cooking Studio in Short Hills will host several pumpkin-themed cooking classes throughout October. more

Comedy Festival Arrives in Holmdel

Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy Festival with headliners Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords arrived at PNC Arts Center in Holmdel with surprise guest Sarah Silverman.

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Seeds of Hope: Happier Landings

Kelly McCormick of Roots & Wings helps children who age out of foster care find safe housing, achieve educational goals, and learn basic life skills. more

Big Girl Panties

Asbury Park's Stephanie Evanovich's debut novel shows how fitness can open doors to a young woman’s true self—even, or especially, when it’s cloaked under mounds of fat. more

Aboard Pea-Nut the Flying Elephant: Floating Away at the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

NJM Entertainment Editor Joanna Buffum takes a ride in Pea-Nut the Flying Elephant at the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Readington.

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Poet Joyce Kilmer: Rooted in Mahwah

Unraveling Joyce Kilmer's inspiration, 100 years after the publication of "Trees." more

Serving Innuendo: Cups Frozen Yogurt

The frozen yogurt chain is booming, but some are turned off by their sexy marketing. more

Primary Primer

New Jerseyans go the polls October 16 in a special election to fill the Senate seat of Frank Lautenberg, who died June 3. First, we must choose among four Democrats and two Republicans in the August 13 primaries. more

Undercover in The Colonies

The first installment of a planned trilogy follows a group of female spies operating in New Jersey during the American Revolution. more

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Off-Roading Amid the Beasts at Six Flags

A pair of rowdy zebras wrestle, an elephant rolls around in a dirt bath, a brown bear takes a lonesome swim and another scratches his back on a chain link fence. Welcome to the new Safari Off Road Adventure at Six Flags in Jackson.

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Things To Do by the Raritan Bay

Things to do and places to visit by the Raritan Bay. more

Beach Guide: Cape May County

A town-by-town guide to Cape May County beaches. more

Beach Guide: Atlantic County

A town-by-town guide to Atlantic County beaches. more

Beach Guide: Ocean County

A town-by-town guide to Ocean County beaches. more

Beach Guide: Monmouth County

A town-by-town guide to Monmouth County beaches. more

Back to the Beach: 2013 Shore Guide

What to expect down the Shore this post-Sandy summer. Your town-by-town guide. more

Water & Light on Canvas

A Lambertville historian and art dealer writes about a largely unknown group of impressionist artists who painted Jersey Shorescapes in the late 19th Century. more

Prime Time For Wine Events

New Jersey vineyards attract attention during the Garden State Wine Growers Association Wine Trail Weekend. more

Orphan Train

Orphan Train, the fifth novel by Montclair resident Christina Baker Kline, follows the lives of an orphan and a foster child in different historical periods in America. more

New Faces NJ: Owel

Local band issues debut album, targets Jersey audience. more

Devils Act Like Angels

Since 2009, the New Jersey Devils have been cozying up to the Newark community through a ticket giveaway that rewards public school kids for great grades. More than 18,000 students have scored tickets under the program.

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Q&A With George R.R. Martin

We chat with Bayonne-bred author George R.R. Martin, whose seven-part book series A Song of Ice and Fire is the basis for the HBO fantasy hit Game of Thrones. more

King Of Fantasy: George R.R. Martin

As HBO’s Game of Thrones heads for a third season, its creator recalls the Bayonne boyhood that fired his vivid imagination. more

Presidential Timber—Mystery Shrouds A Pool Table's Provenance

Strong evidence led my family to believe our pool table was once the plaything of Woodrow Wilson. But our research only scratched the surface. more

The Good Cop

The Good Cop follows reporter Carter Ross as he investigates the suspicious suicide of a Newark police officer. more

Cover of Snow

A mystery novel by a first-time author covers an unexpected death in a small town. more

NJM Program Scores Emmy Nomination

The debut episode of Best Places to Live, a new television series presented by New Jersey Monthly, has been nominated for a New York Emmy.

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From the Streets to Your Wrist

Newark Mayor Cory Booker has been outspoken in his support for gun control. Now he’s trying to raise money for a Newark gun buyback by helping promote a bracelet line made from the city’s melted guns and bullet casings.

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Jerseyans Score on Forbes List

New Jerseyans turn up in all the best places these days, including Forbes magazine’s annual 30 Under 30 list of top men and women who have excelled in their various walks of life.

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Teetering on the Brink: NJ Embraces Bizarre Performers

From balancing atop sky-high flagpoles, to the outlandish antics of the Jersey Shore cast, New Jerseyans have always appreciated unusual sights and oddball characters. more

Making a Racket in Warren

The top 10 professional racquetball players in the world will be among those competing this weekend at the New Jersey Open to win up to $20,000 in prize money.

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Whatever the Weather: Modernizing Emergency Relief Efforts

First responders in the state move from snowshoes and riding horseback to the most innovative modern transportation technologies. more

The Royal Treatment: A Chauffeur Turns Experience Into Memoir

A struggling actress becomes a chauffeur for the Hollywood elite, and writes a humorous memoir about her experiences. more

Shedding Light on Autism in Ghana

A group of New Jersey mothers work to raise awareness about Autism in Ghana. more

McClellan's Other Story: The Political Intrigue of Colonel Thomas Key, Confidential Aide to General George B. McClellan

A Chatham native and historian examines the life of Colonel Thomas M. Key, a confidential aide to Union General George B. McClellen. more

Pretty Powerful: Beauty Stories to Inspire Confidence

Bobbi Brown's latest book looks to help everyday women choose from a multiplicity of potential styles. more

Petition Aims to Save Shore Homes

Ten days after Hurricane Sandy, one woman is attempting to stop the remaining homes in some of New Jersey’s most-distressed Shore towns from falling victim to another onslaught from Mother Nature: winter’s icy wrath.

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