Donny’s Picks: Event Recommendations for December 21-24

(L-R): Frank London, Lisa Gutkin, Boo Reiners, Lorin Sklamberg, Matt Darriau, Susan McKeown, Paul Morrissett of The Klezmatics. Photo credit: Joshua Kessler

Yes, it’s the big holiday weekend. But before you settle down in front of the cozy fire, there’s music to hear, theater to see … and lobster rolls to be consumed.

The Klezmatics
Thursday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m.

South Orange Performing Arts Center
One SOPAC Way, South Orange

Since their emergence more than 30 years ago, the Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music, made aesthetically, politically and musically interesting recordings, inspired future generations, created a large body of work that is enduring, and helped to change the face of contemporary Yiddish culture. Often called a “Jewish roots band,” the Klezmatics have led a popular revival of this ages-old, nearly forgotten art form. Stay after the show for a Q&A session with the Klezmatics, moderated by Budd Mishkin.

Pictured (l to r) John Keabler as George Bailey and Susan Maris as Mary Hatch. Photo: Jerry Dalia, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey


“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”
Friday, December 22 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Runs through December 31.
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
36 Madison Avenue in Madison

The beloved Frank Capra film is embedded in our cultural DNA. Released in 1946, “It’s a Wonderful Life” became an instant classic and has become a viewing right of passage for families during the Christmas holiday. The production provides a valuable opportunity to revisit a vintage story within the context of the vintage medium of radio.

Holiday Festival
Winter Solstice Halfway to Summer Party
Friday, December 22 from 9:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Zeppelin Hall Biergarten
88 Liberty View Drive, Jersey City

What better way to look forward to the warm weather than to listen to surf music and eat lobster rolls?