Donny’s Picks: Event Recommendations for January 18-21

Photo via Facebook/Duron Jackson

Time to bust out that old-fashioned road map because you have some traveling to do this weekend. Head over to Newark for challenging visual arts and cool comedy, turn towards South Orange for an Allman Brothers tribute, swing up to Morristown for Carole King songs, and then head south for theater in Princeton. And you better load up on bacon in Jersey City for your long drive!

Visual Arts Exhibition
Duron Jackson: The Missing

Through March 31, 2018; Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday, 12pm-6pm; Saturday, 11am-4pm
Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art
591 Broad Street, Newark

Duron Jackson: The Missing is an exhibition that confronts the reality of mass incarceration in America. The exhibition challenges viewers to consider the impact of mass incarceration on vulnerable communities, as well as the entire country. Duron Jackson is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice combines academic and artistic research. He uses installation, photography, video archives, and objects to create new perspectives on dominant historical narratives.

Photo via Mayo Performing Arts Center

Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook
Friday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Mayo Performings Arts Center
100 South Street, Morristown

Suzanne O. Davis recreates the sound and vibe of a 1970’s Carole King concert experience featuring the music of her classic album Tapestry (“It’s Too Late,” “I Feel the Earth Move” and “You’ve Got a Friend”) as well as other King favorites.

Courtesy of NJPAC

Michael Ian Black: Shut Up and Comedy
Saturday, January 20 at 8:00 p.m.
1 Center Street, Newark

Since he first rose to national prominence on MTV with the legendary sketch comedy troupe The State, New Jersey’s own Michael Ian Black has become a fixture in contemporary American humor – as actor, author, director, and as a decidedly ribald regular on the stand-up scene coast-to-coast. View our full article here.

Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones. (Via McCarter Theater)

“Stones in His Pockets” by Marie Jones
Performances through February 11. View performance times and dates here.
McCarter Theatre Center
91 University Place, Princeton

When small town Irishmen Charlie and Jake are hired as extras in an epic American movie that invades their scenic County Kerry village, chaos ensues as they begin to discover that their romanticized Hollywood dream isn’t quite what it seems. Marie Jones’ Olivier Award-winning comedy is a rollicking, poignant tale brought to life by two actors portraying a colorful cast of dozens. Acclaimed British director Lindsay Posner helms this hilarious story that pits harsh reality against Hollywood endings.


Blues in the Loft: A Tribute to the Allman Brothers with Alan Paul and Andy Aledort
Sunday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m.
1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ

Get your groove on at SOPAC’s Sunday evening Jazz & Blues in the Loft concert series. Alan Paul’s Big in China will celebrate the music of the Allman Brothers Band in full joined by special guest guitarist Andy Aledort, who toured the world with Allman Brothers Band founding member Dickey Betts for 15 years. The band will celebrate the music of the Allman Brothers Band and honor the memories of Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks.