A glance at N.J. entertainment this weekend (July 23-25)

Marco B Divaio

WHAT’S GOING ON? Here is a small sample of area happenings — some in-person, others online — you may want to check out in the coming days. Art/Museums JULY 24 ASBURY PARK “Home,” opening reception for exhibit of works by 12 artists, 7-10 p.m., art629, 629 Cookman Ave. art629.com, 908-278-1597. […]

WHAT’S GOING ON? Here is a small sample of area happenings — some in-person, others online — you may want to check out in the coming days.

Art/Museums

JULY 24

ASBURY PARK “Home,” opening reception for exhibit of works by 12 artists, 7-10 p.m., art629, 629 Cookman Ave. art629.com, 908-278-1597.

KEYPORT Arts Society of Keyport Inaugural Arts Walk, self-guided tour of original art and music throughout the business district, 4-8 p.m., Downtown Keyport, West Front Street. asknj.org/events, 201-341-6911.

MORRISTOWN “Dig It, Plant It, Eat It” Family Saturday, hands-on gardening, tour of museum’s historic rooms and art project for ages 4-10 accompanied by adults, 10 a.m., Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave. Free but registration required. maccullochhall.org, 973-538-2040, ext. 11.

JULY 25

SPARTA “Rita Joyce — Evolution of an Artist,” Sparta Historical Society summer art exhibit, 1 p.m., Van Kirk Homestead Museum, 336 Main St. vankirkmuseum.org, 973-726-0883.

Comedy

JULY 23

BOUND BROOK Joe Matarese, 8 p.m., Brook Arts Center, 10 Hamilton St. $25-$35. brookarts.org, 732-469-7700.

LAKEWOOD “Countdown to Crushing Covid: A Concatenation Comedy Night,” Joan Rivers tribute with Linda Axelrod, 8 p.m., Strand Center for the Arts, 400 Clifton Ave. $30. strand.org, 732-367-7789.

ROSELLE Central Jersey Comedy Showcase, hosted by Comedy Therapy, 8 p.m., also July 24-25, 8 p.m. Central Park Restaurant, 2401 N. Wood Ave. $20 and two-item minimum. eventbrite.com/e/158189144991, 848-391-8808.

JULY 24

EAST BRUNSWICK Vic DiBitetto, outdoor show hosted by Uncle Vinny’s Comedy Club, 7 p.m., Brunswick Square Mall, 755 Route 18. $32.10-$44.94. unclevinniescomedyclub.com, 877-862-5384.

RED BANK Shayne Smith, outdoor “concert on the plaza,” 7 p.m., Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St. $25. countbasietheatre.org, 732-842-9000.

WEST ORANGE Michael Jr., family-friendly comedy, 5 p.m., also July 24, 7 p.m. Life Christian Church, Northfield Campus, 747 Northfield Ave. $35-$75. michaeljr.com, eventbrite.com.

JULY 25

NEW BRUNSWICK Hart of the City Comedy Reunion, Rey Gibbs, Ty Raney and Cee Jay Craxx, 7:30 p.m., Stress Factory Comedy Club, 90 Church St. $50 table for two with two-item minimum. stressfactory.com, 732-545-4242.

Fairs/Festivalss

JULY 23

FREEHOLD Monmouth County Fair, rides, stage entertainment, exhibits, home and garden competition, children’s games, competitions, fireworks, 4-11 p.m., also July 24, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; July 25, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. East Freehold Showgrounds, 1500 Kozloski Road. $8, free ages 17 and younger. monmouthcountyfair.com, 732-842-4000.

READINGTON 38th annual New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning, hot air balloon launches, music by Barenaked Ladies, Styx,and Laurie Berkner, fireworks, nighttime balloon glow, children’s amusement rides and entertainment, food, 1-10 p.m., also July 24, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; July 25, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Solberg Airport, 39 Thor Solberg Road. $10-$135. balloonfestival.com, 973-882-5464.

WANAQUE Summer Carnival, 7-10:30 p.m., also July 24, 6-10:30 p.m.; July 25, 5-10 p.m. St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 868 Ringwood Ave. in Haskell. stfrancishaskell.org, 973-835-0480.

Music

JULY 23

EATONTOWN Jorma Kaukonen, Count Basie Center “Concert on the Green,” 7:30 p.m., also July 24, 7:30 p.m. Suneagles Golf Club, 2067 Tinton Ave. in Fort Monmouth. $39-$59. thebasie.org, 732-842-9000.

MILLBURN “Brookside Cabaret,” live outdoor performance with optional prix-fixe meal at the F.M. Kirby Carriage House Restaurant, 7:30 p.m., Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive. $20-$35 and $20-$30 food/drink minimum. papermill.org, 973-376-4343.

MORRISTOWN Abbie Gardner, online live house concert with limited in-person attendance, 7:30 p.m., The Folk Project, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road. $10 for in-person attendance by advance purchase. folkproject.org, 973-335-9489.

SOUTH ORANGE Eaglemania, in-person tribute band concert, 8 p.m., South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way. $39. sopacnow.org, 973-313-2787.

WAYNE Sylvia Cuenca Group, “Jazz Room Series” concert, 7:30 p.m., William Paterson University, Shea Center for Performing Arts, 300 Pompton Road. $10. wp-presents.org, 973-720-2371.

Scores: the Cone Institute Concert

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will present “Scores: The Cone Institute Concert” Saturday, July 24, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.njsymphony.org

JULY 24

BLOOMFIELD “Music at the Mansion” Porch Dinner Concert, outdoor performance by David LaMarr and Darnell White with Frungillo Catering boxed dinner, 7 p.m., Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave. $65 in person; $30 virtual. nicoristudios.com, [email protected]

HILLSIDE Michael Mayo, outdoor lawn concert, 6:30 p.m., Kean University, Enlow Recital Hall, 215 North Ave., East Campus. $30. keanstage.com, 908-737-7469.

MILLVILLE Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters, 8 p.m., Levoy Theatre, 126-130 N. High St. $39-$49. levoy.net, 856-327-6400.

NEWARK New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, “Scores — the Cone Institute Concert” of new music by 2021 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute composers, 8 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St. $10-$15. njsymphony.org, [email protected]

“De Colombia para el Mundo,” Nicky Jam, Jessi Uribe, Francy, Grupo Niche, Farina, los Diablitos, Fruko y sus Tesos and DJ Alex Sensation, 8 p.m., Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St. $104-$234. prucenter.com, 973-757-6600.

JULY 25

EATONTOWN Marc Cohn, Count Basie Center “Concert on the Green,” 7 p.m., Suneagles Golf Club, 2067 Tinton Ave. in Fort Monmouth. $39-$59. thebasie.org, 732-842-9000.

GARWOOD Queer Women In Music First IN-Person Festival of Musicians, Chix Appeal, Jamie LeRose, Jean Navarr, Redbird, Stephanie Chin, Lavenderblu and Joanne and Laurie, 3-8 p.m., Crossroads, 78 North Ave. $12-$15. xxroads.com, 908-232-5666.

MORRISTOWN Montclair Orchestra String Sextet, outdoor concert of works by Tchaikovsky, Strauss and 2021 N.J. Music Teachers Association composition competition winner Kailyn Williams, 8 p.m., Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road. $50 for space to accommodate two patrons by advance order only. morrismuseum.org, 973-971-3706.

MOUNTAINSIDE August Symphony Orchestra, free outdoor concert at the Loop Pavilion, 1:30 p.m., Watchung Reservation, New Providence Road and Coles Avenue. tasonj.org, 201-310-1131.

OCEAN CITY Ocean City Pops with Justin and Rachel Anne Moore, 7:30 p.m., Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace at Boardwalk. $15-$20. ocnj.tix.com, 609-399-6111.

STANHOPE King Solomon Hicks, 3 p.m., Stanhope House, Outdoor beer garden, 45 Main St. $16.50. stanhopehousenj.com, 973-347-7777.

Theater

JULY 23

EDISON “Rock Roll and Soul,” free “Plays-in-the-Park” production, also live-streamed on Facebook, 8 p.m., Stephen J. Capestro Theater at Roosevelt Park, Route 1 South and Grandview Avenue. middlesexcountynj.gov, 732-548-2884.

FLORHAM PARK “Snug,” outdoor production of Bonnie J. Monte homage to band of mechanicals from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 8 p.m., also July 25, 8 p.m. College of St. Elizabeth Greek Theatre, 2 Convent Road (off Route 124). $40-$45. shakespearenj.org, 973-408-5600.

FREEHOLD “Prelude to a Kiss,” Center Players outdoor dessert theater production of the romantic comedy, 7:30 p.m., also July 24, 7:30 p.m. Lake Topanemus Park, Robertsville Road. $10. centerplayers.org, 732-462-9093.

LAMBERTVILLE “Rapunzel,” family production, 11 a.m., also July 24, 11 a.m. $10; “Matlida,” musical based on the picture book character, 8 p.m., also July 24-25, 3 p.m. $25. Music Mountain Theatre, 1483 Route 179. musicmountaintheatre.org, 609-397-3337.

MANASQUAN “Godspell,” 8 p.m., also July 24, 2 and 8 p.m.; July 25, 3 p.m. Algonquin Arts Theatre, 60 Abe Voorhees Drive. $30-$40. algonquinarts.org, 732-528-9211.

MIDDLETOWN “Grease,” Premier Theatre Company production of the musical, 8 p.m., also July 24, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Henderson Theatre, Christian Brothers Academy, 850 Newman Springs Road, Route 520 in Lincroft. $15-$28. premiertheatre.com.

RED BANK “Toybox Live with Rinde Eckert,” outside show, 7 p.m., also July 24-25, 7 p.m. Two River Theater Company, Plaza, 21 Bridge Ave. $50 table for two; $100 table for four. tworivertheater.org, 732-345-1400.

RIDGEFIELD PARK “Hamlet,” free outdoor Black Box Performing Arts Center production, 8 p.m., also July 25, 8 p.m. Overpeck Park, amphitheater, 100 Challenger Road. blackboxpac.com, 201-569-2070, [email protected]

SPRING LAKE “Anything Goes,” on-site production of the musical, 7:30 p.m., also July 24, 7:30 p.m.; July 25, 2 p.m. Spring Lake Community House, 300 Madison Ave. $25-$35. springlaketheatre.com, 732-449-4530.

WEST ORANGE “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” musical revue built around the songs of Leiber and Stoller, 8 p.m., also July 24, 8 p.m. Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, 4 Boland Drive. $5-$10. ospacnj.org, 973-669-7385.

WOODBRIDGE “Waist Watchers — the Musical,” comedy set in a women’s gym with Angela Thomas, Sarah Grant, Jordana Forrest and Sharyn Peoples, 8 p.m., also July 24, 2 and 8 p.m. Avenel Performing Arts Center, 150 Avenel St. in Avenel. $39.50. avenelarts.com, 732-314-0500.

JULY 24

FLORHAM PARK “Comedy of Errors,” outdoor Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey production, 8 p.m., also July 25, 5 p.m. College of St. Elizabeth Greek Theatre, 2 Convent Road (off Route 124). $40-$45. shakespearenj.org, 973-408-5600.

HILLSIDE “Pinocchio,” Yates Musical Theatre outdoor family production, 11 a.m., Kean University, Enlow Recital Hall, 215 North Ave., East Campus. $15. keanstage.com, 908-737-7469.

POMPTON LAKES “The Great American Songbook,” musical revue, 8 p.m., also July 25, 3 p.m. Rhino Studio 237, 237 Hamburg Turnpike. $24. smilingrhinotheatre.com, 973-248-9491.

RIDGEFIELD PARK “As You Like It,” free outdoor Black Box Performing Arts Center production, 8 p.m., Overpeck Park, amphitheater, 100 Challenger Road. blackboxpac.com, 201-569-2070, [email protected]

WEST CAPE MAY “Vaudeville Variety,” outdoor East Lynne Theater Company revue of skits and songs, 7 p.m., West Cape May Borough Hall, 732 Broadway. $20-$25. eastlynnetheater.org, 609-884-5898.

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