By Roger Costa
Not far from Penn Station and located in the heart of Newark at 1 Center Street, NJPAC has been the main and most active stage performing and educational arts center in New Jersey for the last quarter of a century. There is something for everyone, acclaimed artists from all over the globe as well as sensational contemporary talents. The next events at NJPAC represent a variety of top-quality entertainment for the young and the veteran, the curious for new, exciting voices, and a must-see example of the diversity offered by this mega two-theater cultural institution. Go to www.NJPAC.org for details and tickets.
ERIC D’ALESSANDRO & VIC DIBITETTO present their uncensored, outrageously funny Italian-mob-like stand-up comedy show, Saturday April 15th at 8pm. Known as the Italian Monsters of comedy, the duo will join forces for their “Funny How? Tour” providing a night filled with insane, unstoppable laughs and controversy.
JON ANDERSON leads the British progressive rock band YES and is celebrating 60 years making amazing music. Be prepared for a nostalgic, mystical and immersive 70’s-like musical journey reviving the band’s immortal hits as he takes the stage on Sunday, April 16th at 7:30pm accompanied by a group of distinguished musicians including Richie Castellano playing bass and guitars and Andy Ascolese on the drums, among others.
CHRIS TUCKER is certainly one of this generation’s top comedians and most popular screen actors. Known mostly for the “Rush Hour” movies, he is currently in theaters next to Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in the hit “Air”, in which audiences can also savor some of his very appealing dramatic side. On April 20th at 8pm he will feature the best of his smoky, incendiary and irresistibly scandalous humor on an exclusive night of sensational comedy.
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA will be led by guest conductor Osmo Vanska next to pianist Inon Barnatan on Friday April 21st at 7:30pm. The vibrant, preeminent orchestra is considered one of the “Big Five” symphony orchestras in the country. The stupendous program includes Black composer blues-influenced Julia Perry’s “Study for Orchestra”, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, and Mozart’s Piano Concert No. 24. A hot plate for classical fans.
WELLNESS FAIR hosts its 2023 edition on Wednesday April 26th starting at midday. A free and open-for-all community event offering health tips and services, entertainment, cultural and artistic activities, giveaways, screenings for blood pressure, as well as arts craft by the Newark Museum of Arts, yoga, pet therapy, sound bath and dancing and fun activities for children. Must rsvp.
GIPSY KINGS are back with their unique, effervescent, bohemian rhythms of Salsa, Flamenco and Pop rock. Featuring Tonino Baliardo, the Renaissance Tour brings the Grammy-winning group’s new works from their latest album, and of course, their beloved dancing hits such as “Bamboleo” and “Baila Me”. Their energy are unmissable and contagious. You are in for an unforgettable experience that will leave you asking for more. On Sunday, April 30th at 7pm.
Go to www.NJPAC.org for details.