Hop to It: Things to do for Date Night

Sure, the weekend will be packed with Easter and Passover gatherings, but there are plenty of opportunities for a night on the town.

The Borgata 

THIS WEEKEND: Saturday —Kevin James takes a break from family-friendly films to perform his stand-up act (which got him all those family-friendly films in the first place), 8 p.m., Event Center

NEXT WEEK: Top-40 pop stars All-American Rejects perform at 9 p.m. in The Music Box, Friday, April 13, 

 BOOK IT NOW: Angst-pop stars Counting Crows deliver their hits and new songs, Saturday, April 28, at the Event Center; Russell Brand, the soon-to-be former-Mr.-Katy-Perry does, well... whatever it is that he does, Thursday, May 4, 9 p.m., The Music Box

Check out theborgata.com for details about these and other shows.

Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank


NEXT WEEK: Comedian Sinbad brings his wacky, rambling act, 8 p.m., Friday, April 13

BOOK IT NOW: Squeeze, one of the few '80s bands to survive the '80s music scene with their livers, noses and bank accounts intact, performs their impressive list of hits at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 25; Music and biofuel icon Willie Nelson performs at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 12; Steve Winwood, whose music and influence on music has spanned decades, performs at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 27.

Go to countbasietheatre for more details about all shows.

Kean University, Union


NEXT WEEK  The Kean University Dance Ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 13 and at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at the Wilkins Theatre

BOOK IT NOW Jazz performer Ravi Coltrane, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14in the Enlow Recital Hall; Kathy Mattea, 3 p.m., Sunday, May 6. 

Check out keanstage.com for details about these and other shows.

Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

This Weekend: Tonight — No Shows

NEXT WEEK: The Moody Blues perform a pair of shows in Morristown, 8 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10, 11; The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performs selections from Beethoven and Brahms, 8 p.m., Thursday

BOOK IT NOW: Guitar hero Joe Walsh brings his "Analog Tour" into Mo-town at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7; Darius Rucker, the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish who's now topping the country charts as a solo performer, plays at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13.

Check out mayoarts.org for details about these and other shows.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark

THIS WEEKEND: Saturday — "Shaq's All-Star Comedy Jam", presented by Newark native and NBA icon-turned-broadcaster Shaquille O'Neal; 8 p.m., Prudential Hall

NEXT WEEK: Paco de Lucia, one of the great flamenco and jazz guitarists of his generation, performs with his band; 8 p.m., Friday, April 13; Prudential Hall; Theresa Caputo, star of TLC's Long Island Medium, helps audience members connect with the dead; 8 p.m., Victoria Theater 

BOOK IT NOW: Daughtry has gone from American Idol contestant to Grammy-nominated pop band. He and his band rock Prudential Hall at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 25; Straight No Chaser, a 10-man ensemble, bring their crazy a cappella harmonies to Prudential Hall, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 28. 

Check out njpac.org to check out these and other events.

The Prudential Center, Newark

THIS WEEKEND: Saturday — Devils v. Ottawa Senators, 3 p.m.; New Jersey Golden Gloves Boxing, 7 p.m. Sunday — Nothing says "Happy Easter" like basketball, so after you've stuffed yourself with ham and candy eggs, check out the Nets v. Cleveland Cavaliers, 6 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: Nets v. Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday; Nets v. Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14 

BOOK IT NOW:  G Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2; Red Hot Chili Peppers, 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 4, 5; McDonald's Gospelfest, 4 p.m., Saturday, May 12 

Check out 
prucenter.com for details about these and other shows.

South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange

THIS WEEKEND: Saturday — No Shows

NEXT WEEK: No shows

BOOK IT NOW: Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, original cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical RENT, reunite in an up-close-and-personal concert featuring pop and original songs and popular Broadway tunes, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 14.; Seton Hall University's theater department stages Resurrection Blues, Arthur Miller's 2006 allegorical comedy about a captured mysterious miracle-maker who will be killed on a reality show, Thursday through Sunday, April 26-29.

Go to sopacnow.org for more details about all shows.

Scotty’s Steakhouse, Springfield

THIS WEEK: Tonight and Saturday — Johnny Watson, a self-proclaimed "Jersey guy" who went from the Navy to a career in comedy that has included appearances on Saturay Night Live and Good Morning America, brings his act to Springfield. The show also features Roberta Rockwell and Chip Ambrosia

NEXT WEEKCarole Montgomery, New York City resident and performer of the one-woman show, PT&A Mom, brings the act she has honed for years as a headlining comedian and frequent guest on Comedy Central and Nick @ Nite's Funniest Moms and other shows; Mick Thomas and Jason Pollock are also featured on the show, Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14. 

BOOK IT NOW: Buddy Flip, a regular on the Atlantic City and Las Vegas comedy circuits and on radio's nationally syndicated Joey Reynolds Show, performs.The show also features Tracy Locke and Danny Palmer; Friday and Saturday, April 20, 21

For details and more information, log onto scottyssteakhouse.com.

Shanghai Jazz, Madison

THIS WEEKEND: Tonight — Jerry Vezza Trio, Friday; Saturday — two-time Grammy-winning jazz pianist Carlos Franzetti brings his trio to Madison to play their collection of Latin and Brasilian jazz compositions 

NEXT WEEK: Pianist/vocalist John Korba, Tuesday; John Bianculli Trio, Wednesday; David Ginsburg Quartet, Friday, April 13

BOOK IT NOW: Herb Woodson Blues Soul Quartet, playing everything from Van Morrison to Otis Redding; Friday, April 20; Don Braden, acclaimed saxophonist and musical director for the Cosby Show, leads his Don Braden Quartet into Madison, Saturday, April 21.

All shows 6:30 and 8:30. Check out shanghaijazz.com for more details.

State Theatre, New Brunswick

THIS WEEK: Saturday — "One Night of Queen," a tribute to the iconic band, performed by Gary Mullen and The Works, 8 p.m.


BOOK IT NOW: Johnny Mathis, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 21; Dickey Bette and Great Southern, 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 25; "American Pie" writer Don McLean celebrates the 40th anniversary of one of pop music's most enduring songs, 8 p.m., Friday, April 27

 Check out statetheatrenj.org for more details.

Stress Factory Comedy Club, New Brunswick

THIS WEEK: Tonight and Saturday — Julian McCullough, who's been featured on The ManShow, 40 Funniest Fails and Comedy Central Presents, among other comedy showcases

NEXT WEEK: Marc Maron, host of WTF? with Marc Maron and a regular guest on Late Night with David Letterman and The Craig Ferguson Show, performs Friday and Saturday, April 13, 14. 

Book It Now: Jon Lovitz, former Saturday Night Live cast member and star of many terrible movies, brings his stand-up act to New Brunswick on Thursday and Friday, April 27, 28

Check out stressfactory.com for more details.

Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway

THIS WEEKEND: Friday — I'll Be There, a tribure to Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind & Fire and the Temptations; 8 p.m.; 

NEXT WEEK: An Evening with Amy Correia, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 14, The Loft at UC PAC; The 50th Anniversary celebration of The Duprees, performing on stage with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, 3 p.m., Sunday, April 15

BOOK IT NOW: Wayne Newton, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 28; An acoustic evening with rock/pop legend Dave Mason, 8 p.m., Thursday, June 28

Go to unioncountypac for more details about all shows.

Wellmont Theatre, Montclair

THIS WEEKEND Tonight — Levon Helm Band; led by the iconic member of The Band, performs on a bill that also includes former J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf

NEXT WEEK Regina Spektor, with Only Son, 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 10; Comedian Aziz Ansari, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 14

BOOK IT   John Prine, with Kevin Gordon, 8 p.m., Friday, April 20; Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 21; Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 19.

Check out wellmonttheatre.com for more shows.



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