NJ’s Top 15 Artistic Weekly Events: Montclair Film Festival, American Repertory Ballet, more



From left to right, Elisabeth Moss, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton and Fisher Stevens co-starred in “The French Dispatch”.

Here’s a look at the arts events taking place across the state through October 28:


• The French Dispatch, directed by Wes Anderson (see the trailer below) – starring Frances McDormand, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Bill Murray and more – will be this year’s launch film Montclair Film Festival, screening at 7:30 p.m. on October 21 at the Wellmont Theater. The festival will continue until October 30, with among the most notable offerings the documentary “Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over”, followed by a question-and-answer session with Warwick and director Dave Wooley, moderated by Stephen Colbert, October 30. 11 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wellmont; a conversation with Maggie Gyllenhaal, also moderated by Colbert, on October 24 at 1 pm at Montclair Kimberly Academy High School (with Gyllenhaal’s debut film, “The Lost Daughter,” at 4:30 pm); and a free screening of the animated film “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” on October 22 at 6.30 p.m. outdoors at Lackawanna Plaza.

For a full list of films, panel discussions and more, visit montclairfilm.org.

• The new cinema “Learning to live together: the return of the madmen and the English” (see the trailer below) will be displayed at Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, October 21 at 7:30 p.m., Mad Dogs and Englishmen was a legendary 1970 rock tour – starring Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge and others – that was immortalized in a concert album and hit movie . “Learning to Live Together” tells the story of this tour as well as a tribute to the Mad Dogs and the English in 2015 hosted by the Tedeschi Trucks Band which featured Russell, Coolidge and other musicians from the original tour, as well as guests such as Crowes’ Dave Mason and The Black Chris Robinson.



• “It’s a party, it’s not a concert,” says E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg of his Max Weinberg’s jukebox shows, which feature him with members of The Weeklings performing classic rock covers requested by members of the public. A typical show will feature songs from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, The Who and so on. They will perform at one of New Jersey’s newest venues, the Carteret Performing Arts and Events Center, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. (For a chance to win a pair of tickets, email [email protected] by 11:00 am on October 21 with the word “Weinberg” in the subject line.)

• After having to skip his 2020 installment due to the pandemic, Glenn Alexander’s annual lecture Pig Pig resumes on October 24 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Italian American Hall in Scotch Plains. The lineup will include Southside Johnny (who will be the guest of Alexander’s Shadowland group) as well as The Weeklings, James Maddock, The Lonesome Pines and Blue Americana. The Pig Gig, which takes its name from the roast pork that provides some of the food, benefits the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation in honor of Alexander’s nephew Jay, who died in 2011 of the rare disease, at the age 20.

Alexander, who plays guitar for Southside Johnny’s Asbury Jukes, heads Shadowland, which has three current Jukes in addition to him (saxophonist John Isley, trumpeter Chris Anderson and trombonist Neal Pawley) and plays a mix of rock, R&B and blues similar to the mix of the Jukes. They will close the show. Blue Americana – the duo of acoustic roots that Alexander forms with his daughter, Oria, member of Shadowland – will open it.

• Guitarist Bill Frisellduo concert with bassist Tony Scherr at Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair, October 22 at 8 p.m., will be preceded by a screening at 5 p.m. of the 2013 documentary “The great flood”, with a wonderful soundtrack by Frisell, Scherr, drummer Kenny Wollesen and trumpeter Ron Miles. The screening, presented in partnership with the Montclair Film Festival, will take place at Clairidge Cinemas and will be followed by a question-and-answer session (hosted by singer-songwriter and film composer Scott E. Moore) with Frisell and director Bill Morrison. The concert will take place in the nearby First Congregational Church.

• The airplane family will present a 50th anniversary tribute to the Blows Against the Empire concept album, released by Paul Kantner & Jefferson Starship, on October 23 at 8 p.m. Newton’s Theater. Performers will include Peter Kaukonen, who performed on the original album, as well as Slick Aguilar (Jefferson Starship, David Crosby), Tom Constanten (The Grateful Dead), Tom Karan (Rat Dog, The Other Ones), Robin Sylvester (Rat Dog, Live Dead), Mike Falzarano (Hot Tuna, New Riders of the Purple Sage) and Clair Maloney.

Bernie Williams and Gil Parris.

• Probably the only person to have been nominated for a Latin Grammy Award and to have also played in a Major League Baseball All-Star game, jazz guitarist Bernie Williams will perform at the woodland in Maplewood on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The former Yankees center released his first album in 2003 and retired from baseball in 2006. His second album, Moving forward, was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2009. At Woodland, he will play in a quartet with also guitarist Gil Parris (the group is actually called the Bernie Williams-Gil Parris Quartet), bassist Will Lee and drummer Josh Dion. The Baker Street Trio, with Ace Williams, will also be performing.

• Warren Zanes – the author of Tom Petty’s 2015 definitive biography “Petty,” a member of the 1980s band The Del Fuegos, and an accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right – will present a show titled “Remembering Tom Petty: A Night of Music and History” October 22 at 8 p.m. at Hopewell Theater. Zanes will be joined by guitarist Chris Harford, drummer Ray Kubian and bassist Matt Kohut.

• The Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra will launch a new season – and welcome its new artistic director, Kyunghun Kim – with a “Movie night” program at the West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood on Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. Kim will lead an evening of music by composers John Williams (“Superman”, “ET the Alien”), Ennio Morricone (“Cinema Paradiso”, ” Les Intouchables ”,“ La Mission ”) and others.

Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway.

• Singer-songwriters Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway will team up for a show titled “Deeper than the skin” October 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Troubadour Acoustic Concert Series at Morristown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The show will also be available as a live webcast.

According to the Troubadour website, “This is a song and historical review of the race problem in America by two of our favorite artists who have experienced this problem and tackled it. … (Harris and Greenway), born 3 days apart, a Black and a White, one from the North and one from the South, are at the same time musicians, storytellers, history students and world travelers. Their two distinct narratives are forged into one powerful presentation aimed at finding common ground and helping others to do the same.

• Jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Dan Levinson to headline the 10th edition Diamond and Emerald Benefit Concert for the Morris Museum‘s Bickford Theater, October 28 at 8 p.m. at the theater (at which Levinson has performed several times over the years). He will be joined by trumpeter and vocalist Danny Jonokuchi, trombonist Doug Finke, pianist Conal Fowkes, bassist Jen Hodge and drummer Kevin Dorn.

• To celebrate the addition of the Art Farmer Archive to the Living Jazz Archives at William Paterson University in Wayne, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist Ron Blake, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Yoron Israel will perform the farmer’s music in college Shea Center for Performing Arts, October 24 at 4 p.m. Profits will go to the archives.

Farmer, trumpeter, bugle player and composer, died in 1999 at the age of 71.



• American repertoire ballet will appear for the first time since the start of the pandemic at its home, the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, on October 23 at 7 p.m. and October 24 at 2 p.m., with a program aptly titled title “Emergence”. It will also mark the first program organized under the direction of ARB’s new artistic director, Ethan Stiefel. Stiefel’s “Wood Work” will be performed, as well as “World, Interrupted” by Amy Seiwert (premiered on Zoom during the pandemic), “Saudade” by Ryoko Tanaka commissioned by ARB and “Mexican Music” by David Fernandez.


• The George Street Playhouse returns to performances in person and kicks off his 2021-22 season with “Dear Jack, dear Louise,” which will premiere at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center on October 26, officially open on October 29 and run through November 21. Written by Ken Ludwig (whose other credits include “Lend Me a Tenor”, “Crazy for You” and “Moon Over Buffalo), the play is a true story about Ludwig’s father, an army captain, and his mother, an actress, falling in love with each other in the 1940s.

• Two brothers who live together are obsessed with and replay the classic Charles Dickens novel “A Tale of Two Cities”, all becoming different characters – when not arguing – in “A story of two cities cobbled together by the Lovejoy brothers”, which will be presented as part of the Centennial Stage Company‘s Fringe Festival, October 21 at 7:30 p.m., October 22-23 at 8 p.m. and October 24 at 2 p.m. at the Sitnik Theater at the Lackland Performing Arts Center in Hackettstown. The October 24 performance can also be viewed via an online feed.

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