Top 10 artistic events of the week: Hoboken Arts and Music Fest, NJ Folk Fest, Chiller Theater, etc.



Here’s a roundup of arts events happening across the state, through May 5.


• Ivan Julian’s Band will headline the 2022 edition of the annual Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival, taking place on Washington Street in downtown Hoboken on May 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This free event typically draws thousands of people to downtown Hoboken, with two music stages, a children’s entertainment stage, and hundreds of art exhibits, food vendors, and other attractions lining Washington Street. . Formerly a member of the punk band Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Julian is now a solo artist. Other performers will include Pierce Turner, Frankie Morales and his Mambo of the Times Orchestra, The Counterfeiters, The Brooklyners, Gentlemen of Soul, Widely Grown, Ruby Bones and Max Feinstein.

In tribute to Meat Loaf – who died on January 20 at the age of 74 – Remember Jones will perform the hit 1977 album Bat out of hell in its entirety, along with other material, at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal, April 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and May 1 at 7 p.m. Max Weinberg, the E Street Band drummer who played on three of the seven songs on album (“Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth”, in addition to the title track), will play on all Bat out of hell Material. Adam Weiner of Low Cut Connie will also make an appearance.


Ian O’Neil — a member of Deer Tick as well as a solo artist — will be among the performers at the free New Jersey Folk Festivaltaking place outdoors at the Eagleton Institute of Politics on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Grupo Galante, Pete McDonough, Spook Handy, Laki Bali, Stephen Sanfilippo and the bomb and plena Cimarrones group, with various workshops and demonstrations also offered. (O’Neil, Handy, Knotz and Elise will be offering a songwriting workshop at 1:45 p.m.)

jazz guitarist John Scofield will bring his band Yankee Go Home – keyboardist Jon Cowherd, bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Josh Dion – to The Vogel at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank on May 1 at 7:30 p.m. In the promotional material, Scofield describes the project with “Americana/Rock hits and jazzy folk songs, with some original tunes in the roots/rock/jazz vein” and says, “I reconnect with a lot of my Rock ‘n Roll roots teenager – naturally colored by my 50 years of Jazz practice. To me, it’s a play about us Yankees playing the music of our homeland. Recent show covers have included “Mr. Tambourine Man,” Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” The Grateful Dead’s “Uncle John’s Band,” and Glen Campbell’s hit “Wichita Lineman.”



the New Jersey Symphony performs at NJPAC’s Prudential Hall, April 28 at 1:30 p.m. and April 30 at 8 p.m.; Princeton University Richardson Auditorium, April 29 at 8 p.m.; and the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, May 1 at 3 p.m. Jader Bignamini will conduct and Conrad Tao will play piano at the East Coast premiere of his spoonfuls for piano and orchestra. The program will also include Shoshtakovich’s Symphony No. 9 and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Singer-songwriter Janis Ian (“At Seventeen,” “Society’s Child”) presents what she calls her final North American tour at the Newton Theater, May 1 at 8 p.m.; the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.; and Ocean City Music Pier, May 6 at 8 p.m. Livingston Taylor and Tom Chapin will open in Collingswood and Ocean City only.


Attention fans of “Breaking Bad” and its prequel “Better Call Saul”: Lavell Crawfordwho played master pickpocket Huell Babineaux on the first and currently plays him on the second, will perform stand-up comedy at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. and August 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Crawford’s ‘The Comedy Vaccine’ was nominated for a Grammy this year, in the Best Comedy Album category, although it ended up losing to Louis CK – as did Kevin Hart, Lewis Black, Chelsea Handler and Nate Bargatze.

(Also, cast member of “Saturday Night Live” Chris Red will be at the Stress Factory, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.)


Members of Familie Flöz in “Hotel Paradiso”.


As part of the Peak Performances series at Montclair State University, masked Berlin company Familie Flöz will make their U.S. premiere, presenting “Hotel Paradiso” at the Théâtre Kasser, May 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m., May 7 at 8 p.m. and May 8 at 3 p.m. a comedic thriller filled with eccentric characters, including a front desk clerk in pajamas, a kleptomaniac housekeeper, and a cook who chops more than pork. (see the video below)

The Passage Theater Company presents the world premiere of “Group” — a musical with words by Eloise Govedare, music by Aleksandra M. Weil and a book by Julia B. Rosenblatt — at the Mill Hill Playhouse in Trenton, May 5-7, 12-14 and 19-19 May 21 at 7:30 p.m. and May 8, 14-15 and 21-22 at 3 p.m. The musical is about six women who meet in therapy and “examines the moments of fear, celebration and all that between these women struggling with their mental health in the face of sobriety,” according to a press release.


The directory Chiller Theater toy, model and movie exhibit takes place at the Hilton Parsippany, August 29-May 1, with autograph sessions featuring The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz, Christopher Lloyd (“Back to the Future,” “Taxi”), Melissa Gilbert (“Little House on the prairie”), “M*A*S*H” actors Loretta Swit and Jamie Farr, Lea Thompson (“Back to the Future”), boxers Larry Holmes and Gerry Cooney, Russ Tamblyn (the original film “ West Side Story”), comedians and “That Metal Show” co-hosts Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, and many more, plus vendors, costume contests and other attractions.


“The Vagabond” at Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn. (Extended until April 28)

“Carlos Villa: Worlds Colliding” at the Newark Museum of Art. (Until May 8)
“Elizabeth Colomba: Repainting History,” presented by the Princeton University Art Museum at Bainbridge House, Princeton. (Until May 8)

“Tenacity and Resilience: The Art of Jerry Pinkney” at the Montclair Art Museum. (Until June 26)

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