THIS WEEKEND: Tonight, Saturday, Sunday — "Shut Up, Sit Down and Eat," a Comedy Club Special Event featuring Tina Giorgi, Joe Moffa, Chris Monty and Eric Tartaglionekes, 9 p.m., The Music Box
NEXT WEEK: Angst-pop stars Counting Crows deliver their hits and new songs, Saturday, April 28, the Event Center
BOOK IT NOW: Russell Brand, the soon-to-be former-Mr.-Katy-Perry does, well... whatever it is that he does, Thursday and Friday, May 4,5, 9 p.m., The Music Box; Comedian-turned-sitcom-star-turned-talk-show-host-turned-comedian George Lopez, 9 p.m., Friday, May 5, Event Center; Hip-hopper du jour Pitbull brings the party tunes, 9 p.m., Thursday, May 25, Event Center
Check out theborgata.com for details about these and other shows.
Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank
THIS WEEKEND: No Shows
NEXT WEEK: 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
BOOK IT NOW: Music, cultural 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
THIS WEEKEND Saturday — The New Jersey Ballet performs Giselle, 8 p.m., Wilkins Theatre; Sunday — The New Jersey Ballet performs Cinderella, 2 p.m., Wilkins Theatre
NEXT WEEK No shows
BOOK IT NOW Country star 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 — Dance Theatre of Harlem, 8 p.m.; Sunday — Carskills on Broadway, "Borscht Belt" favorites Freddie Roman, Mal Z. Lawrence and Dick Capri deliver some of the tried-and-true punchlines that have delighted audiences for generations, 3 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: "Ricky Nelson Remembered" features Gunnar and Matthew Nelson, the sons of the late actor/pop singer, play their dad's greatest hits, 8 p.m.; Grammy-nominated pianist Brad Mehldau and saxophonist Joshua Redman show off their jazz chops, 8 p.m., Friday, April 27
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: Tonight — Audra McDonald, one of Broadway's most talented leading ladies, performs a concert of the greatest songs from the Broadway and Hollywood songbooks, 8 p.m., Prudential Hall
NEXT WEEK: 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; Straight No Chaser, a 10-man ensemble, bring their crazy a cappella harmonies to Prudential Hall, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 28.
BOOK IT NOW: West Side Story, one of theater's most enduring musicals, celebrates its 50th anniversary with the revival of Leonard Bernstein's classic, Tuesday through Sunday, May 1-6, Prudential Hall
Check out njpac.org to check out these and other events.
The Prudential Center, Newark
THIS WEEKEND: No shows
NEXT WEEK: Nets slink out of town, bound for Brooklyn, with their final Prudential Center game against the Philadelphia 76ers (to whom they once traded the legendary Julius "Dr. J" Erving), 7:30 p.m., Monday
BOOK IT NOW: 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: 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
BOOK IT NOW: Suzanne Vega performs her folky hits, Thursday, May 10; "An Evening with Tom Wopat" gives audiences the chance to see how the former Duke of Hazzard honed his musical chops over the years on the Broadway boards; Saturday, May 12
Go to sopacnow.org for more details about all shows.
Scotty’s Steakhouse, Springfield
THIS WEEK: Tonight and Saturday — Buddy Flip, a veteran of Las Vegas, stand-up and HBO and Comedy Central programs, brings his act to Springfield. The show also features Tracey Locke and Danny Palmer.
NEXT WEEK: Kyle Grooms, a regular on Comedy Central and P. Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy in a show that features Terry McNeeley and Mary Radzinsky, Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28.
BOOK IT NOW:
For details and more information, log onto scottyssteakhouse.com.
Shanghai Jazz, Madison
THIS WEEKEND: Saturday — Don Braden, acclaimed saxophonist and musical director for The Cosby Show, leads his Don Braden Quartet into Madison.
NEXT WEEK: John Zweig Trio, Tuesday; Matt King Trio, Wednesday; Pianist Bob Himmelberger, Thursday; the Alex Kautz Trio, featuring Grammy-winning pianist Helio Alves, performs Brasilian jazz, Friday, April 27; Star bassist Marcus McLauren leads his eponymous trio, Saturday, April 28.
BOOK IT NOW: DanLevinson Trio features the clarinetest/saxophonist who performed with Wynton Marsalis; Wednesday, May 2
All shows 6:30 and 8:30. Check out shanghaijazz.com for more details.
State Theatre, New Brunswick
THIS WEEK: Saturday — Johnny Mathis, 8 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: Dickey Betts 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
BOOK IT NOW:
Check out statetheatrenj.org for more details.
Stress Factory Comedy Club, New Brunswick
THIS WEEK: Tonight and Saturday — y — Julian McCullough, who's been featured on The ManShow, 40 Funniest Fails and Comedy Central Presents, among other comedy showcases
NEXT WEEK: Emmy Award winner and Comedy Central regular Judy Gold brings her stand-up act to New Brunswick on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 26, 27, 28
Book It Now: Brian Posehn, who has performed on HBO's Mr. Show and Susan Silverman's Program, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 3-5; Amy Shumer, who was featured on Last Comic Standing and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 17-19
Check out stressfactory.com for more details.
Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway
THIS WEEKEND: No shows
NEXT WEEK: Wayne Newton, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 28;BOOK IT NOW: 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 — Folk-rock icon John Prine, with Kevin Gordon, 8 p.m.; Saturday — Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, 8 p.m.; Sunday — Alison Krauss & Union Station, featuring Jerry Douglas
NEXT WEEK: No shows
BOOK IT NOW: Marilyn Manson and The Pretty Reckless, 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 2; Chicago, 8 p.m., Friday, May 4; Willie Nelson & Family, 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, May 16, 17; Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang, 8 p.m., Saturday, June 9; Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 19.
Check out wellmonttheatre.com for more shows.