A Symposium with Nimbus Dance Works


Thursday, November 1st

The Clement A. Price Institute in partnership  with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center present A Dance Symposium with Nimbus Dance Works.  The concert features Esther, an edgy retelling of the Old Testament tale, and the company’s signature work, Memo, including student guest dancers from Newark Arts High School.  Admission is free but tickets must be reserved by contacting NJPAC.

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TONIGHT! An Evening with Lenny Kravitz hosted by Questlove


Tonight (9/18) at NJPAC starting at 8 PM

Celebrating the release of his latest album, Raise Vibration, the GRAMMY® Museum Experienc(TM) Prudential Center in association with NJPAC, will welcome four-time GRAMMY winner Lenny Kravitz to NJPAC’s Victoria Theater. Moderated by five-time GRAMMY winner Questlove, a musical force all his own, Kravitz will discuss the creation of, and inspiration behind his latest work. Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class over the course of a 20-year musical career. Reveling in the soul, rock and funk influences of the ’60s and ’70s, the writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has won four consecutive GRAMMY Awards, as well as set a record for the most wins in the Best Male Rock Vocal Performance category.

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

altonbrown-headerNJPAC, Friday, November 3rd


Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science”, the follow-up to the smash “Edible Inevitable” tour, will hit the road in 2017. Fans can expect more comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music (yes, he sings), but Brown is adding a slew of fresh ingredients including new puppets, songs and bigger and potentially more dangerous experiments. Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans rave about the interactive fun when Brown invites an audience member on stage to serve as his assistant.  According to Alton, “there will be plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but we’re also going to play a little game with the audience,” says Brown.

Brown, author of the James Beard award winning, “I’m Just Here for the Food,” and the New York Times bestselling sequence, “Good Eats,” is releasing the first of two new cookbooks through Ballantine Books (an imprint of Random House) in the Fall of 2016. ALTON BROWN: EVERY DAY COOK, or EDC as Brown calls it, is a collection of more than 100 personal recipes as well as a pinch of science and history. He has hosted numerous series including, “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Camp Cutthroat” and “Iron Chef America” and created, produced and hosted the Peabody award winning series, “Good Eats” for 13 years on Food Network. Good Eats can still be seen on the Cooking Channel and Netflix.

See “The Princess Bride” with Live Commentary by Carey Elwes

2015-06-18_14-36-06In this highly anticipated premiere at NJPAC, fans of The Princess Bride join the heroic Westley (actor Cary Elwes) in a behind-the-scenes look at life on and off the set of the classic film.

After a screening of The Princess Bride, Elwes provides a moderated commentary on favorite scenes, revealing never-before-shared secrets and tales of inconceivable antics! Do not be a Humperdinck. Make haste to see The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes for a night you will always tweasure.

Special VIP package: A limited number of packages include a meet-and-greet with Cary Elwes and a signed copy of his best-selling book, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.

Kevin James Comes to NJPAC!

FRIDAY, JUNE 26TH AT 7:00 PM at Prudential Hall at NJ PAC


kevinjames-smallRoyal laughs from the King of Queens! Comedian Kevin James, producer, co-writer and star of the hit comedies Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Zookeeper and the recently released Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, brings his side-splitting routines and a whole lot of fun to NJPAC.

Featured in the upcoming sci-fi comedy Pixels, James began his career as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom. The King of Queens, which premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS, with James starring and executive producing. The show garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The King of Queens concluded its run in 2007, but continues to air daily in syndication around die world.

In 2001, James brought his stand-up act to TV with Sweat the Small Stuff; a special for Comedy Central. James and Ray Romano executive produced and starred in the 2005 HBO Sports Special Making the Cut: The Road to Pebble Beach, a documentary about the Pebble Beach Pro Am Golf Tournament, which was nominated for a Sports Emmy.

James made his feature film debut in 2005 in Hitch, starring opposite Will Smith. Since then, he headlined in Here Comes the Boom, and starred alongside Adam Sandler in Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2 and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.


Sweet_Honey_718X370Saturday, December 20th at 7:30 PM at Prudential Hall at NJ PAC

In celebration of Kwanzaa, the revered African-­American a cappella women’s ensemble performs blues, jazz, gospel and R&B, with excursions into symphonic and dance theater. Sweet Honey in the Rock has enjoyed a 40 ­year career of musical and activist achievements and worldwide tours, from the U.K. to the U.N.

Formed by Bernice Johnson Reagon as a quartet, the group has been the subject of two PBS documentaries, recorded film soundtracks and was Grammy-­nominated for several children’s albums. Sweet Honey in the Rock’s latest CD set, A Tribute – Live! Jazz at Lincoln Center, pays homage to some of the great female African-American vocalists whose songs helped shape the group, including Abbey Lincoln, Odetta, Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone.

The current lineup is composed of Louise Robinson, Carol Maillard, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil and Shirley Childress (American Sign Language).


The Steve Turre Quartet at Dorthaan’s Place

Dorthaan’s Place, NJPAC’s jazz brunch series at NICO Kitchen + Bar, welcomes acclaimed trombonist, seashellist and composer Steve Turre.  One of the world’s preeminent jazz innovators, Turre is known worldwide for melding the energy of Latin music with the sophistication of contemporary jazz.  On his most recent CD, Woody’s Delight, Turre pays tribute to his mentor and former boss, trumpet great Woody Shaw.  This intimate jazz brunch at NICO Kitchen + Bar is curated by WBGO programmer Dorthaan Kirk, Newark’s “First Lady of Jazz.”

Sunday, January 19th.

FREE Family Fair at Theater Square

ImageThe New Jersey Performing Arts Center will put on an afternoon of fun-filled, free, activities for families at the Family Fair, Saturday, July 27.

Activities include:

  • Performances by New Jersey professional dance companies (Freespace Dance, Roxey Ballet, Umoja Dance Company) and musicians of NJPAC’s Arts Education programs
  • $20 ticket offers to more than a dozen shows coming to NJPAC, including: Mariinsky Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Evgeny Kissin; Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra; Jazz Meets Samba; SalsaPalooza; Sing, Swing, Sing!; Paddy Moloney and the Chieftains; Forever Tango; Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company; Dance Theatre of Harlem; Sleeping Beauty; Mary Mary; Cirque Eloize; the Peking Acrobats; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Sunday only); Jazz and Beyond with ACS; The Apollo Theater Ellington at Christmas, and The Legend of Zelda.*
  • Oasis Youth Steel Ensemble
  • Drum circle
  • Zumba classes
  • Stilt walkers
  • Face-painting
  • Arts and crafts
  • Musical instrument petting zoo
  • Food vendors

Darlene Love and Friends at NJ Pac!

With special guests Cissy Houston, Steven Van Zandt, and Mary Wilson (of The Supremes)
Love for the Holidays
LoveCelebrate the holidays with a quartet of American music legends! From her first number one recording, “He’s a Rebel,” through her string of hits with legendary producer Phil Spector (including “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “He’s Sure the Boy I’m Gonna Marry”), 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love is still blazing a trail of success in the music industry. “Love’s thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar or Bob Dylan’s lyrics,” says The New York Times. For this holiday season concert, Love will welcome a variety of special guests including Newark’s own Cissy Houston, Mary Wilson (of The Supremes), and Steven Van Zandt, famed guitarist of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and star of television’s The Sopranos.

Click here for tix!


Thursday, July 05, 2012

DJ Felix Hernandez, a favorite on WBGO 88.3 and 107.5 WBLS, will spin ’70s and ’80s soul when he opens this summer’s FREE music series in NJPAC’s Theater Square with his Rhythm Revue Dance Party. This event will begin at 5:00pm and run through 10:00pm.