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NJ Comic Book Maven Talks Superman

Kevin Smith, the acclaimed New Jersey filmmaker and comic-book aficionado, was introduced to Superman as a youth in Red Bank. Who better to talk about Man of Steel, the latest film about the superhero, which flies into theaters this weekend?

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Can Ya Dig It? Belmar Sandcastle Contest

Jul 17: Amateur architects find a place in the sun at the 28th annual New Jersey Sandcastle Contest in Belmar. more

Summer Lights: Family Fun Days in Cape May

Jul 18 & 25: The historic Cape May Lighthouse shines as a beacon of fun for families looking to bond this July. Family Fun Days at the Lighthouse include kid-friendly activities such as crafts, face painting and performances by circus clowns, jugglers and acrobats. more

Musical Maplewood: A Modern Reimagining of Woodstock

Jul 13-14: Started a decade ago by a group of young Maplewood music lovers, Maplewoodstock has blossomed into the Garden State’s modern reimagining of Woodstock. more

Life on Mars: Bruno Mars at the Prudential Center

Jul 1: With over 50 million singles sold worldwide, Bruno Mars brings his platinum-tinted glasses to Newark’s Prudential Center. more

Come Sail Away: New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

Jul 26-28: The skies above Somerset County come alive with color as the 31st annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning takes off this summer. more

June Jamboree: The Sixth Annual Junebug ArtFest

June 1-30: Friday nights in Metuchen just got a lot more colorful. The sixth annual Junebug ArtFest takes over the borough’s downtown with open-air exhibits, interactive art demonstrations and live music from jazz and rock groups and even a local boy band. more

Raise Your Paws: Sea Lion Sound

Jun 8-9: The Turtle Back Zoo turns 50! Come celebrate with the West Orange landmark and tour the zoo’s newest exhibit, the Sea Lion Sound. Special activities, entertainment and animal presentations will run throughout the weekend. more

Jersey Boys to Men: The Four Original Stars of Jersey Boys Reunite

Jun 7: The four original stars of the Broadway hit Jersey Boys reunite at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown. more

Back on the Block: Pop Powerhouses at the Izod Center

Jun 13: Jordan, Jonny, Joey, Donnie and Danny are back! Let your ’90s self run free at the New Kids on the Block concert at the Izod Center in East Rutherford. Pop powerhouses 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men will join the New Kids on stage to form an undeniably bodacious trio of boy bands. more

A Daring Fellow: The Playboy of the Western World

Jun 1-23: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey kicks off its 2013 season with The Playboy of the Western World, J.M. Synge’s classic comedy about an Irish country bumpkin’s transformation into a celebrated Casanova. more

Portraits of Paterson: The Oscar Bluemner Collection in Montclair

Thru Jun 16: Selections from the Oscar Bluemner Collection housed at Florida’s Stetson University arrive at the Montclair Art Museum. more

Smokey Mountains: Rock, Ribs, and Ridges Festival

Jun 8-9: Head for the hills—the fourth annual Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival is returning to the Hidden Valley Club in Vernon. more

On With The Shows: 2013 Summer Theater Schedule

For several theaters on the Jersey Shore, Hurricane Sandy was a drama bordering on tragedy. Still, the show must go on. The affected theaters have salved their wounds and are preparing for the summer season. more

Whitney Houston Tops List of Hall Nominees

After a long delay, the nominees for the New Jersey Hall of Fame’s sixth class have been announced. This year’s ballot includes the late Whitney Houston, long passed over as a nominee, and her cousin, fellow R&B songstress Dionne Warwick.

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Noir and Away: New Jersey Repertory Company Presents Noir

Thru May 5: The New Jersey Repertory Company presents the world premiere of Noir by Stan Werse, directed by Marc Geller. more

Get Up, Stand Up: The Wailers At The Bergen County PAC

May 15: One of the most accomplished reggae acts of all time, the Wailers, brings the sound and soul of Jamaica to the Bergen County Performing Arts Center. more

Spring Forward: A New Steven C. Fleisch Show in Summit

Thru May 30: “Spring: Signs and Symbols” is a new show with work by award-winning artist and photographer Steven C. Fleisch at the Mondo Summit mall. more

Saturday Night Lights: Sketch Comedy In AC

May 24: The three caballeros of sketch comedy, Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and Kevin Nealon, share the stage for one night of stand-up at the Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City. more

Burning Down The House: Flaming Lips in Montclair

May 16: The Flaming Lips have been pushing the boundaries of rock music since the early 1980s, endearing themselves to fans of all things quirky and experimental. more

Liza Does It All: State Theatre's 25th Annual Concert

May 11: Living legend Liza Minnelli glides into the limelight at the State Theatre’s 25th annual benefit gala and concert. more

A Shore Thing: Music Festival In Seaside Heights

May 17-19: Hurricane? What hurricane? Folks in Seaside Heights say they’re waiting with open arms for summer visitors. more

Music Meets Games in Revived Rockfest: Skate and Surf Festival

Concert promoter John D'Esposito is reviving the Skate and Surf Festival with new mobile gaming features. more

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

Wild West: Journey to the West at CCM

Apr 25-27: The County College of Morris’s Shakespeare and Company program presents a theatrical adaptation of the classic Chinese comic novel, Journey to the West. more

Seaside Brides: Wedding Road Show in LBI

Apr 21: The fifth annual Wedding Road Show sails into the Shore to give brides a taste of a Long Beach Island ceremony. more

Fine Figures: New Exhibit at the Great Bay Art Gallery

Apr 24-May 18: “Figure and Form,” a new exhibit at the Great Bay Art Gallery, explores work by award-winning Egg Harbor artist Rachel Smith. more

Spring in Your Step: Cape May Spring Festival

Apr 26-May 5: Cape May’s Spring Festival gets you off on the right foot with a self-guided walking tour of town bakeries and chocolatiers (tastings included). more

A Wee Tea: Teddy Bear Tea Ceremony in Red Bank

Apr 10: Friends of Monmouth Museum invite youngsters ages three to eight and their elders to the annual Teddy Bear Tea Ceremony. more

Modern Girl: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Apr 10-May 5: Brush up your Charleston the Roaring Twenties are alive and high–kicking in Millburn. more

Rockin' The Rock: Alicia Keys and Fleetwood Mac

This Month: The Prudential Center (affectionately known as the Rock) brings a heavy-hitting lineup to Newark this month. 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

Emeralds of Song: Celtic Women At The New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Mar 14: For St. Patrick’s Day, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center presents Celtic Woman. more

A Different (Quiet) Kind Of Hip-Hop: Chester Easter Egg Hunt

Mar 30: The Easter Bunny hops into Chester for the town’s 19th annual Easter Egg Hunt. more

Where Their Art's At: State of the Art 2013

Thru Apr 22: Studio Montclair presents “State of the Art 2013,” its 15th annual exhibit of recent work by members. more

Far East Farce: The Mikado

Mar 24: The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players mount a fully orchestrated production of the daffy comedy The Mikado at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan. more

Blue Oyster Saturday: Blue Oyster Cult At Resorts Casino

Mar 16: Pioneering metal band Blue Oyster Cult rocks the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. more

Swan Song: Tchaikovsky's Tragic Tale

Mar 7: Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky’s tragic tale of beauty, power and lust, swirls its way to the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, where it will be performed by the Russian National Ballet. more

Salute To A Dining Innovator: New Jersey Food and Wine Festival

Mar 15-17: The fifth annual New Jersey Food and Wine Festival will honor the multifaceted José Andrés. more

Jenkinson's Is Back On The Boards

Three months after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the New Jersey coastline, one of the Shore’s boardwalk staples is reopening its doors.

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One Plus Three: Robert Pinsky at the Pollak Theatre

Feb 15: Three-time U.S. poet laureate and acclaimed author Robert Pinsky brings his poetry to the Pollak Theatre stage. more

Back in the Game: Rufus Wainwright Performs

Feb 8: Indie singer/songwiter Rufus Wainwright returns to the McCarter Theatre for an acoustic solo set focused on his newest album, Out of the Game, which he has called his “poppiest” ever. more

Choc Full: Chocolate Week in Ship Bottom

Feb 9-18: After weathering one of the worst storms in our nation’s history, Long Beach Island is welcoming back its sweetest celebration, Chocolate Week, just in time for Valentine’s Day. more

Beastie Bash: Yo Gabba Gabba Live In Montclair

Feb 10: Yo Gabba Gabba Live: Get Your Sillies Out is a theatrical concert for kids based on Yo Gabba Gabba, the hit show from Nick Jr. Join Plex, Muno, Toodee and all your favorite critters as they shimmy and dance to all-new songs at the Wellmont Theatre. more

Put Your Hands Up: Matchbox 20 At The Borgata

Feb 23: Pop group Matchbox 20 returns to the Borgata fresh from completing their latest album, North. more

One-Ring Circus: The Solo Circus

Feb 2: The Solo Circus brings you all the excitement of the big top in a condensed package. more

Flower Power: New Jersey Flower and Garden Show

Feb 14-17: The New Jersey Flower and Garden Show celebrates its 11th season at the NJ Convention Center in Edison. more

Insipired Idiocy: American Idiot in New Brunswick

Jan 29-30: American Idiot is a groundbreaking musical based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning album of the same name. more

Back in Black: Traditional Scottish Music At Kean University

Jan 19: Kean University will reverberate with the sounds of the Scottish Highlands. more

Art Squared: Cordy Ryman In Summit

Jan 11-Mar 24: The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey presents the collected works of New York-based artist Cordy Ryman. more

A Few Good Brews: Beer Festival In Asbury

Jan 26: Raise your stein and roll out the barrels. Cheers for Beers, Asbury Park’s premier beer festival, returns to the Shore. more

Pure Smokey: R&B Legend Smokey Robinson Performs In Red Bank

Jan 17: With an R&B career spanning five decades and dozens of hit songs, Smokey Robinson brings serious soul to his live performances. more

Frosty Fairy Tales: Disney On Ice

Jan 17-21: Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove is an entertainment extravaganza with something for every generation of Mouseketeer. more

Mellow Cello: Yo-Yo Ma in Newark

Jan 10: Winner of multiple Grammy Awards, the 2001 National Medal of the Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Yo-Yo Ma is one of the most decorated musicians of our time. more

Board Work: Atlantic City's Oceanfront Upgrade

Atlantic City's boardwalk—considered the world's first—has seen significant upgrades, additions and investment. more

Bound to Flood: Bound Brook's Persistent Deluge

Many things have changed in Bound Brook over the years...except for all the flooding. more

Stones Ticket Raffle Aids Storm Relief

The Prudential Center’s Devils Care Foundation is enlisting the help of the Rolling Stones to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. You too can help—and maybe win a pair of Stones tickets in the process.

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A Toy Story: The Nutcracker At The State Theatre

Dec 22-23: It just wouldn’t be Christmas without The Nutcracker. more

Wassail and Wail: Brian Setzer At The Bergen Performing Arts Center

Dec 19: Three-time Grammy Award-winner Brian Setzer returns to the Bergen Performing Arts Center for his annual Christmas concert. more

Into The Woods: Wind in the Willows Christmas Show

Dec 8-30: Two River Theatre introduces the world premier of A Wind in the Willows Christmas. more

What I Did For Love: Trelawny of the Wells At The Shakespeare Theatre

Dec 5-30: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey ends its 50th-anniversary season with Trelawny of the Wells. more

A Very Koz Christmas: Dave Koz At The Mayo Performing Arts Center

Dec 5: Saxophonist Dave Koz celebrates a Smooth Jazz Christmas with his friends at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. more

Women For a New World: A New Exhibit at The Montclair Art Museum

Thru Jan 6: The Montclair Art Museum’s “Saya Woolfalk: The Empathics” is the first solo museum show by the celebrated multimedia artist. more

Winter Wonderland: Christmas Candlelight House Tour in Cape May

Dec 1-15: Cape May unveils its 39th annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour. more

America’s Golden Girls Tumble Into the Brick City

You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin descend from the ceiling of the Prudential Center bedecked in sequins while Taylor Swift’s “Eyes Open” blasts in the background.

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The Life And Times Of Fred Wesley Wentworth

This pioneering study looks back at the life and work of Fred Wesley Wentworth. more

Limon and Lines: A Night of Latin Dance in New Brunswick

Nov 8: As part of its 65th anniversary celebration, the Limón Dance Company will present a program of Latin dance that includes Come With Me, choreographed by Rodrigo Pederneiras. more

Southern Serenades: Alan Jackson At The Sun National Bank Center

Nov 15: Alan Jackson’s performance at the Sun National Bank Center is a country music fan’s dream come true. more

'Tis The Season: A Swedish Christmas Fair in Montclair

Nov 18: Celebrate the holidays like a Scandinavian at the Swedish Christmas Fair held at the Commenwealth Club of Upper Montclair. more

Long Live Olivia: Olivia Newton-John Performs In A.C.

Nov 17: The Trump Taj Mahal welcomes Olivia Newton-John for an evening of classic pop. more

Our Beloved Beverages: The Atlantic City Coffee and Tea Festival

Nov 3-4: Wake up and smell the inaugural Atlantic City Coffee and Tea Festival. more

A Wizard For All Ages: Magic At The Sitnik Theatre

Nov 3: Winner of the prestigious Merlin Award for Best International Family Entertainer, Scotch Plains native Brad Ross brings his signature sorcery to the Sitnik Theatre. more

Certified Gold: The U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team

Nov 10: Thrill again, this time in person, to London Olympics heroines Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and the entire 2012 U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team. more

Tigers on the Prowl in Warren County

Warren County is trying to rid itself of some unwanted guests. The Asian tiger mosquito, a particularly aggressive species characterized by its black-and-white stripes, has been popping up in the southwest part of the county.

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What Use Is Poetry? Meena Alexander Recites Her Verse

Oct 16: That’s the question posed by a line in Meena Alexander’s 2010 poem “Question Time.” Considered one of the foremost Indian poets of her generation, Alexander is also a novelist and scholar. more

Get The Pointe: Youth Dance Festival

Oct 6-7: Lacing up ballet slippers or tap shoes, Youth Dance Festival of New Jersey competitors take the stage at Ramapo College. more

Going, Going, Gone: Olde Lafayette Village Farmer's Market

Oct 6–28: This could be your last chance to get fresh Jersey produce before winter’s chill sets in. In addition to fine Garden State produce, the Olde Lafayette Village Farmer’s Market offers gourmet meats, seafood and homemade breads and desserts. more

A Detective's Poe Problems: A Mysterious Play

Oct 24-28: Six actors play more than 50 characters in The Poe Mysteries, drawn from the author’s most famous stories. more

Brick City Verse: The Dodge Poetry Festival

Oct 11-14: The Dodge Poetry Festival will present poets such as Terrance Hayes, Natasha Trethewey and Amiri Baraka. Events include Q&A sessions, poetry workshops and music from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. more

Fine China: Di Wu At The Richardson Auditorium

Oct 7: The Princeton Symphony Orchestra opens its season at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium with a collaboration between piano virtuoso Di Wu and conductor Rossen Milanov. more

Night of the Living Gourd: Brite Nites Spook-tacle

Oct 19-28: Ghouls, ghosts and goblins will descend on Wagner Farm Arboretum to animate its 3rd annual Brite Nites spook-tacle. More than 1,000 carved and lighted pumpkins will create a hauntingly unique menagerie of Halloween scenes. more

Lost Boys: A New Show At The Museum of Early Trades

Thru Sept 11: At the Museum of Early Trades, “Orphans to Apprentice” will use 18th- and 19th-century antiques to take viewers into the world of indentured children and the Orphan Court of the United States. more

Blues In The Night: The Robert Cray Band Performs

Sept 29: The Robert Cray Band and guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd visit the Bergen Performing Arts Center. more

Let The Tiki Times Roll: A Festival in Asbury Park

Sept 28-30: The Endless Summer Tiki Festival is for you if you go into mourning the day after the summer solstice in June, when the days begin to shorten. Includes vintage fashion show, Polynesian pinball contest and sand castle-building competition. more

30 Rock Riot: Tracy Morgan in New Brunswick

Sept 22: 30 Rock star and former SNL cast member Tracy Morgan makes his State Theatre debut. more

Girl Gone Wild: Madonna Lands in Atlantic City

Sept 15: Cutting a show short in France, waving guns onstage in Germany immediately after the Aurora tragedy, baring a breast in Istanbul. What will Madonna do next? more

Creed Comes Full Circle: The Band Performs in Montclair

Sept 8: Creed, the popular ’90s band that reunited in 2010, pulls into the Wellmont Theatre. more

Grape Expectations: A Grand Harvest Festival

Sept 29-30: Alba Vineyard’s 5th annual Grand Harvest Festival will raise a glass to the Garden State’s top wineries. more

Burnishing The Golden Years: Hospital Elder Life Program Helps Geriatrics

The Hackensack University Medical Center's Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) aids geriatric patients who have delirium or are at risk of delirium. more

Greetings from the Wellmont

As the Events Editor of New Jersey Monthly, I get word of all the concerts and music festivals taking place around the state. When I saw that Modest Mouse was coming to the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, I jumped at the opportunity to see my old favorites.

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Greetings From Margaritaville

Aug 4: Boardwalk Hall welcomes Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, who are in the midst of their Lounging on the Lagoon Tour. Parrotheads can expect Buffett to sing his classics, including “Come Monday” and “Volcano.” more

Flower Drum Song

Aug 19: Macculloch Hall presents Kenny Chin and Anna Nakada as part of the Concert in the Garden series. more

Pretty Porcelain

Aug 8: The Newark Museum’s latest exhibit presents over 2,000 years of Chinese porcelain, earthenware and stoneware. more

Hot Wheels

Aug 29-Sept 2: Lead East is way more than an antique car show. Billed as the world’s biggest ’50s party, the event includes a drive-in movie, a 1950s collectible show, oldies karaoke, dance-offs and costume contests. more

Heads Up

Aug 19-Oct 14: New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art presents its newest exhibit, “Heads.” The exhibit will feature 50 new, large-scale paintings by Romanian artist Dumitru Gorzo. more

High Times

Aug 17: Look to the skies! The Atlantic City Air Show returns for another year of death-defying aerial stunts. more

A Little Wiggle Room

Aug 12: The Wiggles’ Celebration Tour is coming to the Izod Center for two performances. Thanks to the success of their wildly popular music videos, albums and television series, the preschool band from Australia has built a global following. more

Sans The Shore

As a life-long Warren County resident, my trips down the Shore are few and far between. I’ve always preferred to spend a summer afternoon on the banks of Oxford Lake, 20 minutes from my hometown of Phillipsburg.

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A Gallant Crew

July 15-21: The McCarter Theatre and Opera New Jersey presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic comedic operetta H.M.S. Pinafore. more

Brain Freeze

July 21: The New Jersey Ice Cream Festival arrives in Toms River for its 10th year. more

Sandy Structures

July 11: Belmar hosts its 26th Annual Sand Castle Contest. The constructions will be judged on four criteria: creativity, resourcefulness, originality and accessories. more

A Big Slice of Meat Loaf

July 19: Meat Loaf’s albums have gone multi-platinum, and his single, “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” won him multiple Grammys. Mr. Loaf will descend on the State Theater to perform hits like, “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “Bat Out of Hell.” more

American Tribal Traditions

July 28: Wild West City presents an afternoon of thrilling intertribal dancing. Native American performers will entertain audiences with a wide range of traditional dances. more

Seinfeld At The Shore

July 14: America’s favorite sitcom star is coming to the Borgata for one night only. Emmy Award-winner Jerry Seinfeld will deliver an evening of his trademark observational humor. more

Back in Black

July 12-15: The Black Potatoe music festival was founded 16 years ago and is responsible for attracting thousands of music lovers to Clinton for an extended weekend of live independent music more

Revel Resort and Casino

Atlantic City boosts its luxury image with its latest addition, Revel. This monumental super-casino offers state-of-the-art entertainment, dining and gaming. more

A Promised Prince

June 1-24: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey kicks off its 50 anniversary season with The Bard’s historical classic, Henry IV Part One. more

Rock 'N' Ribs

June 9-10: Hosted by the Hidden Valley Ski Club, the 3rd annual Rock, Ribs and Ridges festival features music by Dickey Betts, Artimus Pyle and New Riders of the Purple Sage. more

Discover With Dad

June 17: Join the Garden State Discovery Museum for an afternoon of Father’s Day fun. The museum will offer tons of special exhibits and activities for dads and kids to enjoy together. more

Rock the Party

June 29: Pull on your dancing shoes, because LMFAO is playing the Prudential Center as part of their Sorry for Party Rocking tour. more

Boardwalk Ballet

June 9: The Atlantic City Ballet presents Caught Up in the Swing, a comedy created and choreographed by Phyllis Papa at the Resorts Casino Hotel more

Outside In

June 1-15: The Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast (PAPJC) will present its 10th Annual Member Art Show at the Middletown Arts Center. more

Gypsy Dreams

June 30: The First Lady of Fleetwood Mac returns to the PNC Bank Arts Center for one night only. more

Broadway at the Beach

The Great White Way is alive and well down the Shore. more

Mansion in May

May 1-31: Have you bought your tickets yet for the 2012 Mansion in May fundraiser? Glynallyn Castle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the few remaining mansions on Morristown's famed "Millionaires' Row." more

The Devils and Dylan Runco

The Internet is a-buzz with excitement over the NHL playoffs. Two weeks ago, any mention of hockey would’ve reduced me to a yawn. That was before my co-workers dragged me to the Prudential Center in Newark for my first taste of those lovable scamps known as the New Jersey Devils.

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Let The Sunshine In

May 19: Founded in 1973, KC and the Sunshine Band is led by singer Harry Wayne Casey. more

It's A Bird

May 5: Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at the Little Shop of Comics. more

Toyland

May 5–July 7: The newest exhibit at the Outsider Art Gallery features work inspired by and celebrating toys. more

Bey Bey's Back

May 25-27: Lady B takes on a three-day residence at Atlantic City’s new state-of-the-art resort and hotel, Revel. These dates mark Beyonce’s first public performances since the birth of her daughter in January. more

Strings Along the Raritan

May 5-26: To celebrate National Chamber Music Month, the 23rd Raritan River Music Festival features four concerts by four different ensembles. more

Protected By A Ghost

May 19: The Mayo Performing Arts Center presents the New Jersey Ballet in Giselle, with music by Adolphe Adam and a libretto by Théophile Gautier. more

Swing Into Spring

May 11-13: The New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s principal resident dance company returns to Newark. more

Alchemist & Barrister

Red Horse Cafe

Ya Got Trouble

Apr 20–29: Meredith Willson’s score for The Music Man features favorites from the American musical songbook. The Algonquin Arts Theater presents the story of Harold Hill, a slick-talking con artist who tries to swindle folks in a small Iowa town, but ends up falling for a frosty librarian named Marian. more

First-Class Lunch

Apr 15: Ocean County Community College invites chef Michael Dunn to recreate the April 14 first-class luncheon menu from the Titanic. The menu includes dishes like salmon mayonnaise, potted shrimps and apple meringue. more

Electric Dreams

Apr 1-Jun 3: The Hunterdon Art Museum will present the work of artist Yeon Jin Kim. Kim is installing delicate paper dioramas and video displays throughout the museum. more

Country Gold

Apr 22: Alison Krauss’s Paper Airplane Tour glides into the Wellmont Theatre. Krauss has 14 albums under her belt (the latest debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart). more

Wild Party

Apr 14: Methos the wolf is turning six. Help Turtle Back Zoo celebrate the birthday of one of its most famous residents. You’ll also have the chance to welcome the zoo’s two new wolf pups to the pack. more

Symphony In 8-Bit

Apr 4: Produced and hosted by industry veteran Tommy Tallarico, Video Games Live is a multimedia concert featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. more

Play Ball

Apr 5-7: New Jersey’s minor–league boys of summer are ready to take the field. The action begins with the Trenton Thunder, a Double A affiliate of the New York Yankees. more

Cake Boss Live

Mar 16: Join Buddy Valastro at the Sun National Bank Center as he shares behind-the-scenes stories about his hit series and answers questions from the audience. more

It's Elementary

Mar 16-18: Get ready for a weekend of mystery sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts as Cape May transforms into the streets of London. more

Reeds at Rutgers

Mar 2: Kraig Allen Williams conducts the Rutgers Wind Ensemble as they perform an eclectic program of music by Graham, Stravinsky and Schoenberg. more

Gotta Dance

Mar 24-25: The New Jersey Performing Arts Center will host “Jersey Moves!”—a festival of dance featuring companies and choreographers from across the state. more

Big Bang

Mar 17: With a history stretching back to ancient times, taiko is the Japanese technique of choreographed drumming. “Tao: The Art of the Drum,” presented by Kean University, celebrates this unique and highly regarded art form. more

Cherish This Lady

Mar 16: Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Eileen Ivers brings her fiddle and bow to Appel Farm for an evening of traditional Irish music. more

Dance of the Dragons

Mar 7-18: The Izod Center will host the Ringling Brothers’ newest show, Dragons. more

Snowy Owl Roosts in Warren County

Harmony Township has a new resident, and everyone’s freaking out. A snowy owl has made a temporary nest at the Merrill Creek Reservoir and Nature Preserve.

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Streep Slips Up, Jersey-Style

If you had any doubts about Meryl Streep’s Jersey authenticity, just know that she was bleeped during her Golden Globes acceptance speech. As a longtime fan, I was delighted.

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Star-Cross'd

Feb 5: Toronto’s Classical Theater Project is bringing the original brooding teens to the Mayo Performing Arts Center in its production of Romeo and Juliet. more

My Mummers

Feb 25: New Year’s Day 2013 might be a long way off, but this show by the Philadelphia Mummers is just around the corner. Boardwalk Hall will be a sea of glitter and sequins as the Mummers’ Show of Shows sashays its way back to Atlantic City. more

Little Boy Blew

Feb 8: The Ocean County College MidWeek Jazz series presents trumpet prodigy Geoff Gallante. Back by popular demand, Gallante first played at the college last year, enrapturing the audience with his classic jazz. more

Barnum and Bohr

Feb 11-12: What do you get when you cross a clown with an electromagnetic particle accelerator? The Newark Museum and Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey are joining forces to bring you Circus Science, an interactive showcase that teaches kids the science behind their favorite circus acts. more

Put a Ring On It

Feb 4: From the treacherous cliffs of Mount Doom to the golden forests of Lothlorien, Charlie Ross is ready to conjure up Middle Earth. Ross, the actor behind One Man Star Wars, returns to the State Theater with One Man Lord of the Rings. more

Keel Deal

Feb 1-5: Hoist sails and set a course for the Atlantic City Boat Show. The annual extravaganza promises to promote a vessel for every lifestyle and budget. In addition to browsing the sales floor, customers are invited to take part in a variety of interactive activities and educational seminars. more

Take the Plunge

Feb 25: Feel like taking a dip in the icy waters of the Atlantic? Join the party, and raise some money for a good cause. The Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge has become the single largest daylong fundraising event for New Jersey Special Olympics. more

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