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WHAT’S GOING ON? Here is a small sample of area happenings you may want to check out in the coming days.
♦ The future of classical music in-the-making will be on display as the New Jersey Symphony performs works by four emerging composers selected for the Edward T. Cone Composition Institute 8 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark.
The program will include Tom Morrison’s “Messages in the Ground,” Kory Reeder’s “Walls of Brocade Fields,” Sam Wu’s “Hydrosphere,” Yangfan Xu’s “Bya” and Steven Mackey’s “Sphere” from Concerto for Curved Space.”
Tickets are $20. njsymphony.org, 800-255-3476.
♦ Rapper and producer NF will bring his “Hope” tour to the Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, 8 p.m. Thursday, July 20
The Michigan native, whose real name is Nathan John Feuerstein,, released his major label debut, “Mansion,” in 2015, His second album, “Therapy Session,” earned the Gospel Music Association Dove Award for Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year.
Tickets are $49-$96. prucenter.com, 973-757‑6000.
♦ Paper Mill’s fourth season of “Brookside Cabaret” will kick off Wednesday, July 19, and run for eight weeks at the the F.M. Kirby Carriage House Restaurant, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn.
The series will start with Major Attaway’s one-man show, “The Genie’s Jukebox,” from July 19-22. The Broadway veteran Attaway holds the record as the longest-running Genie in Disney’s “Aladdin.”
Tickets are $70. papermill.org, 973-376-4343.
♦ The Sad Summer Festival will come to PNC Bank Arts Center, exit 116 off the Garden State Parkway in Holmdel, 2 p.m. Friday, July 14.
The lineup will include Taking Back Sunday, the Maine, PVRIS and Head Automatica.
Tickets are $39-$125. ticketmaster.com, 732-203-2500.
♦ Matchbox Twenty will make two stops in New Jersey this weekend for outdoor concerts at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel and the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden.
The group’s “Slow Dream” tour will take the stage 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at PNC, and 7 p.m. Sunday, at Freedom Mortgage.
Tickets range from $20 to $186. livenation.com.
♦ The Dave Matthews Band summer tour is scheduled to play 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.
Tickets are $49-$149. livenation.com.
♦ Emmy Award winner and multi-platinum artist Andy Grammer is promoting his new album, “Naïve,” with his “New Money” tour, which lands at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 18.
Grammer’s hits include “Honey, I’m Good,” “Keep Your Head Up,” “Fine By Me,” “Don’t Give Up On Me,” “Fresh Eyes,” and “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah),” as well as new songs such as “I Need a New Money.”
Tickets are $39-$79. mayoarts.org, 973-539-8008.
♦ Another major act making a stop at the Mayo Performing Arts Center will be Donny Osmond, 8 p.m. Thursday, July 20.
The singer, actor and TV talk show host has released 65 albums, the most recent, “Start Again,” which debuted in the fall of 2021. He has earned 33 gold records.
Tickets are $79-$159. mayoarts.org, 973-539-8008.
♦ Sometimes referred to as the “original street band,” War will come to the Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 18.
War has sold more than 50 million records since its formation and scored such Top 40 hits as “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Low Rider,” “The World Is A Ghetto” and “The Cisco Kid.”
Tickets are $45-$105. bergenpac.org, 201-227-1030.
♦ Arabic, Turkish, Greek and Israeli music and dance will be spotlighted with world percussionist Joseph Tayoun and his Middle Eastern ensemble 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Perkins Center for the Arts, 395 King’s Highway, Moorestown.
The free concert and dance party will take place outdoors on the lawn. It will be preceded by a dabke dance workshop with Michelle Tayoun. perkinsarts.org.
♦ The annual New Jersey State Barbecue Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival will take place 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 14-16, at Second and Olde New Jersey avenues in North Wildwood.
In addition to barbecue competitions, vendors and an open air market, the event will feature free music by Billy the Kid and the Regulators, Bluestime, Don and the Sarkastics, the Billy Walton Band and the Chris O’Leary Band.
♦ The 18th annual Sourland Mountain Festival will be held 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Unionville Vineyards, 9 Rocktown Road in Ringoes.
There will be live music by favorite Central Jersey bands, local food, craft beer, wine and spirits, mountain history, crafts, and family activities. The Lenape Nation will give the “blessing of the Mountain” and the NJ Snake Man will present a program on his reptile friends..
Tickets are $10-$40. Proceeds benefit the Sourland Conservancy. sourlandmountainfest.com/tickets.
♦ The Gallery at the Ocean City Arts Centr, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City, will host an opening reception for its latest exhibit, “Unraveled, One Thread at a TIme,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 14.
The show, which features an array of fiber art by more than 15 artists, runs through July 30. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. oceancityartscenter.org.
♦ The Ocean County College Repertory Theatre Company will present the musical “Kiss Me Kate” this weekend and next on the main stage at the Grunin Center for the Arts, located on the main campus of Ocean County College. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $18 for students.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, with an extra matinee 2 p.m. Saturday, July 22. grunincenter.org
♦ Shakespeare Theatre New Jersey will host opening night for “And a Nightingale Sang …” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July15, at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre on the Drew University campus, 36 Madison Ave., Madison.
The C.P. Taylor play tells the story about a middle-class family in England during the Blitz of WWII.
The play will run through July 30. Tickets are $34-$65. shakespearenj.org, 973-408-5600.
♦ One of “Just for Laugh’s 2022 New Faces,” comedian Hannah Berner will take the stage for three performances next week at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark.
The creator of the podcasts “Giggly Squad” and “Berning In Hell” will deliver sets 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Tickets are $43.50. njpac.org, 888-696-5722.
♦ 3ICE, the three-on-three professional North American ice hockey league, will conduct a bracket style, single elimination series of games 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the Prudential Center, 22 Lafayette St., Newark.
Tickets are $36-$51. prucenter.com, 973-757‑6000.
♦ The latest “Walk. Talk. Taste. Montclair” tour will focus on Upper Bloomfield Avenue from Church Street to South Mountain Road in Montclair.
A guided tour of the area will take place noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16. Food sampling at various local restaurants will be available from 5 to 7 p.m.
Tickets are $49 and registration is required in advance. montclairhistory.org, 973-744-1796.
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