The Weekend: Music, Comedy, Theater, and More!



Lots of great events to enjoy this weekend — snowstorm be damned! (Still, please check with the venue before heading out in case of cancellations.)

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Lisa Gutkin (photo by Danilo Escobedo)
Lisa Gutkin (photo by Danilo Escobedo)

Join Temple Ner Tamid on Friday night for a special Artist-In-Residence Shabbat featuring Grammy Award winning violinist Lisa Gutkin. A wonderfully engaging musician, Lisa, is a member of the world-renowned Klezmatics. She played violin in Sting’s Broadway musical,”The Last Ship.” As soloist and band leader, Lisa swings seamlessly from Klezmer to traditional Irish fiddle tunes to blues, Balkan or Appalachian sounds. Or she might pick up a tenor guitar and sing one of her own universally resonant songs. Wherever she goes, Gutkin has an uncanny way of taking the audience with her. With the Klezmatics, she won a Grammy Award for best world music album, “Wonder Wheel”, in which the band wrote original new music to unpublished lyrics by Woody Guthrie. Pete Seeger described her setting of Guthrie lyrics, “Gonna Get Through This World,” as “a work of genius.” Lisa will join us for Shabbat worship at 6:30. Services will be followed by a congregational pot-luck dinner. Following dinner, Lisa will perform in concert, with her trio, featuring Pete Rushefsky on Tsimbl and Uri Sharlin on accordion.

Lisa Gutkin performance and Shabbat
Friday, January 22 at 6:30 pm
Temple Ner Tamid, 936 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ

The Book of Disquiet

See the American premiere of The Book of Disquiet, the first large-scale work by Dutch composer Michel van der Aa to be presented in the United States, this weekend at Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University. Van der Aa, a Grawemeyer and Johannes Vermeer Award-winning composer, is a master of multimedia creations that combine narrative with music, live action, and film. Fernando Pessoa is the brilliant Portuguese poet who harbored “a kaleidoscope of voices within him” (The Guardian). Van der Aa’s internationally acclaimed adaptation of Pessoa’s breathtakingly original work stars British actor Samuel West (Suffragette, Mr. Selfridge, Howard’s End) as the writer’s alter ego, with music direction by Alan Pierson (Dog Days, Mind Out of Matter).

The Book of Disquiet
January 21 at 7:30 pm and January 24 at 3 pm
Alexander Kasser Theater, MSU, One Normal Avenue, Montclair NJ, 07043
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online here

Denice Bizot

The Brassworks Gallery will host an opening night reception for the latest exhibit of Walking the Edge of Paradoxical Fragility: The Metal Work of Denice Bizot. Go see the intricate, lace-work patterns that Bizot creates on found metal objects like shovel-heads, cooking woks, barbecue pits and vintage car hoods.

Walking the Edge of Paradoxical Fragility: The Metal Work of Denice Bizot Opening Reception
Friday, January 22, from 6 pm – 9 pm
The Brassworks Gallery, 105 Grove Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042

Thousand Mile Stare

Have some fun, dance and help raise money for Cycle for Survival at Thousand Mile Stare’s show at Tierney’s Tavern in Montclair on Friday night. Bob Cannon will be the special guest at this fundraising show.

Thousand Mile Stare benefit show for Cycle for Survival
Friday, January 22 at 8:30 pm
Tierney’s Tavern, 138 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07042
$10 – all proceeds benefit Cycle for Survival

Frenchie Davis

On Saturday night head to Montclair’s intimate Adinkra House to see Frenchie Davis perform. Davis was a contestant on American Idol and The Voice. Currently Davis tours the country with her musical comedy cabaret act, The French & Kat Show, of which she is the co-creator, co-producer and co-star.

Frenchie Davis at Adinkra House
Saturday, January 23 at 8 pm
Adinkra House, 26 Pleasant Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Donation $20 at the door/ $25 in advance online


Over at Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant on Saturday enjoy the music of the Ron Aprea and Angela DeNiro Quintet. Warm, melodic tones of saxophonist Ron Aprea blend beautifully with one of the finest jazz interpreters on the scene, vocalist DeNiro. They are accompanied by a stellar trio.

The Ron Aprea and Angela DeNiro Quintet
Saturday, January 23 for two sets at 8 pm and 10 pm
Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ, 07042$20 pp music /$12 pp minimum

The Rufus Reid Trio

A seasoned, 50-year jazz veteran, bassist Rufus Reid and his trio will perform at NJPAC’s jazz brunch series held in NICO Kitchen + Bar. Reid has over 400 recordings in his discography and toured with Nancy Wilson, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson and Stan Getz, to name a few. A buffet brunch, including an omelet station and a medley of desserts, is served at NICO Kitchen + Bar at 11 am and 1 pm, with performances scheduled at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

The Rufus Reid Trio Jazz brunch
Sunday, January 24 at 11 am an 1 pm
NICO Kitchen + Bar at NJPAC
1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
$45. Reservation can be made online here

rp_lunatic-fringe.jpgThinking about taking an improv comedy class? Try this one-time intensive class with Lunatic Fringe on Sunday afternoon at the Glen Ridge Train Station. New Jersey’s oldest continuously performing improv comedy troupe has been creating comedy without a script and without a net since 1997. They’ll cover all of the basics of improv technique so you can start making people laugh right away! All levels/beginners welcome—Just bring your sense of humor!

Lunatic Fringe Improv Class
Sunday, January 24 from 2 pm – 5 pm
Glen Ridge Train Station, 28 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ
$25. Call 973-429-1527 for information and registration.

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