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Date Night

Take in an evening of professional theater, take your kids to a family-friendly show,
enjoy an intimate concert, or learn to make gourmet gifts with that special someone in your life!

This February, discover a little romance with the arts in New Jersey.

Northern Events
Northern Events
Central Events
Central Events
Southern Events
Southern Events
Northern Events


The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess in Concert
UCPAC (Rahway)
Feb 10 | 8:00 PM | Event Details

Porgy and Bess, which featured a revolutionary all-African American cast in the 1930s, created some of the greatest songs in American musical theater.


Nai Ni Chen Dance Company: Year of the Dog
NJPAC (Newark)
Feb 10 | 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM | Event Details

Colorful costumes, twirling ribbons, dancing dragons – they’re all a part of Year of the Dog, a dance and music celebration of the Chinese New Year.


Valentine’s All-Star Comedy Show
NJPAC (Newark)
Feb 10 | 8:00 PM | Event Details

Grab your sweetheart and laugh the night away with this riotous roster of stand-up talent, featuring Tommy Davidson (In Living Color), Aries Spears (MADtv), Mark Curry (Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper), and more.


Catherine Russell: Harlem on My Mind
SOPAC (South Orange)
Feb 10 | 8:00 PM | Event Details

Russell's repertoire features gems from the '20s through the present. She has joined the ranks of the greatest interpreters and performers of American Popular Song.


Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters
Kean Stage (Union)
Feb 11 | 3:00 PM | Event Details

The Carpenters topped the Billboard charts more than a dozen times with their memorable love songs. Backed by a six-piece band, vocalist Lisa Rock brings these classics back to the stage.


Adult Ceramics Workshop:
Introduction to Wheel Throwing
Montclair Art Museum (Montclair)
Feb 11 | 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Event Details

Is learning the potters wheel on your bucket list? In this workshop, students learn basic pottery techniques to create unique and personal stoneware pieces.


Tao: Drum Heart
MPAC (Morristown)
Feb 14 | 7:00 PM | Event Details

Tao's modern, high-energy performances showcase the ancient art of Japanese drumming by combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals.


Eddie Izzard
bergenPAC (Englewood)
Feb 14 | 8:00 PM | Event Details

British comedian Eddie Izzard is launching the Believe Me Tour, based on his NY Times bestseller of the same name. This funny and emotional show reveals the man behind the stand-up.


The Peking Acrobats
bergenPAC (Englewood)
Feb 15 | 8:00 PM | Event Details

The Peking Acrobats perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs and display their technical prowess as they push the limits of human ability.





Central Events

Walkin' After Midnight: A Patsy Cline Tribute
Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan)
Feb 9 | 8:00 PM | Event Details

After delighting Algonquin audiences audiences in Always... Patsy Cline, Broadway's Carter Calvert returns for a memorable night of music.


SweetART Market
Arts Council of Princeton (Princeton)
Feb 9-10 | 5-8:00 PM; 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Event Details

Have a heart for art? Shop for yourself or your sweetheart at the SweetART Market. Attendees will find gifts in jewelry, sweet treats, wearable art, and more.


Beethoven Valentine's Treat!
Monmouth Symphony Orchestra (Neptune)
Feb 10 | 7:15 PM | Event Details

Monmouth Symphony Orchestra and music director Roy Gussman present an all-Beethoven concert on this pre-Valentine's Day weekend. The concert includes his powerful and expressive Egmont Overture.


Sleeping Beauty
McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton)
Feb 11 | 3:00 PM | Event Details

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia returns with one of ballet's classics, Sleeping Beauty, the timeless fairy tale set to the familiar Tchaikovsky score.


The Bolshoi Ballet: The Lady of the Camelias
Monmouth U. Ctr. for the Arts (West Long Branch)
Feb 11 | 3:00 PM | Event Details

Alexandre Dumas fils’s novel comes to life, with prima Svetlana Zakharova as the ailing Marguerite seeking love and redemption from her life as a courtesan.


Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet
State Theatre NJ (New Brunswick)
Feb 14 | 7:00 PM | Event Details

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a concert and pre-show wine and dessert reception. Program includes Mozart, Mahler, and a world premiere piece by Danny Elfman.


The Rosalyn McClore Trio
New Brunswick Jazz Project (New Brunswick)
Feb 14 | 8:00 PM; 9:45 PM | Event Details

Spend Valentine's Day with NBJP! One of the most talented jazz pianists and singers on the east coast, McClore was inspired by Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole.


Frank Warren: Post Secret Live
Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank)
Feb 15 | 8:00 PM | Event Details

More than a decade ago, Frank began a community art project named PostSecret that captured the popular imagination and became a worldwide obsession. Frank has traveled the world sharing secrets and stories.


Peking Acrobats
RVCC Arts (Branchburg)
Feb 16 | 12:00 PM | Event Details

Plate spinning! Pole climbing! Chair balancing! This troupe of elite gymnasts, cyclists, jugglers and acrobats leave audiences breathless, defying gravity with amazing displays of strength, balance, agility, grace, and artistry.


Bead Weaving Earrings Workshop
Grounds For Sculpture (Hamilton)
Feb 17 | 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM | Event Details

Be inspired by artist Joyce J. Scott’s beaded jewelry in the Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths exhibition, then learn basic bead weaving techniques and complete a pair of earrings featuring a peacock motif.





Southern Events


Chicago
The Road Company Theater Group (Williamstown)
Now - Feb 10 | 8:00 PM, 2:00 PM | Event Details

In Chicago during the roaring '20s, two death row inmates vie for the spotlight and headlines while in the big house. The unique staging of Bob Fosse and music of Kander & Ebb bring this classic musical to life!


Jesus Christ Superstar
Bridge Players Theatre Company (Burlington)
Feb 2-17 | 8:00 PM, 3:00 PM | Event Details

Bridge Players will present Jesus Christ Superstar in a rock concert setting, with a 16-piece orchestra backing the cast on stage.

Spooktacular

Watercolor Resist Painting: DIY Valentines
WheatonArts (Millville)
Feb 10 | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM | Event Details

Create a very special valentine for those who are very special to you. We will use wax crayons and watercolors to create colorful compositions. Suggested ages: 3+.


Cique Zuma
StocktonPAC (Galloway)
Feb 11 | 4:00 PM | Event Details

Cirque Zuma Zuma is ready to “wow” audiences in the U.S.! Many describe it as an African-style Cirque du Soleil; such is the standard of the performers and the quality of the show’s live musical score.

Spooktacular

Spooktacular Lunch & Learn: A Victorian Valentine
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (Cape May)
Feb 14 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM | Event Details

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Cape May with this illustrated presentation on Victorian love, courtship, and marriage. The romantic yet entrepreneurial Victorians had some unique perspectives on the topic.


Valentine's Day Group Vow Renewal Ceremony
Absecon Lighthouse (Atlantic City)
Feb 14 | 7:00 PM | Event Details

Couples are invited to take part in a group vow renewal ceremony, followed by a champagne toast of congratulations and romantic dancing to the beautiful sounds of classic songs and standards.


Spooktacular Lunch & Learn: Roses from the Forest
to the Garden
Perkins Center for the Arts (Moorestown)
Feb 14 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | Event Details

For Valentine’s Day, Perkins welcomes Drew Lehrian, Head Gardener for the Barnes Foundation, who will talk about the roses in Perkins' gardens and identify native roses that can be seen in South Jersey.


Menáge a Trois
Symphony in C (Haddonfield)
Feb 18 | 4:00 PM | Event Details

Why travel to New York or Philly? Hear Symphony in C’s brilliant chamber musicians right here in Southern New Jersey at this afternoon of romantic concertos.







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