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  • American Repertory Ballet

    SHOW TIME: Friday, December 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
    LOCATION: State Theatre, New Brunswick, N.J.
    (School-Time Performance)
    SHOW TIME: Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
    TICKET PRICES: $35/45/55/65/75
    LOCATION: State Theatre, New Brunswick, N.J.
    SHOW TIME: Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
    TICKET PRICES: $35/45/55/65/75
    LOCATION: State Theatre, New Brunswick, N.J.
    SHOW TIME: Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
    TICKET PRICES: $35/45/55/65/75
    LOCATION: State Theatre, New Brunswick, N.J.
    SHOW TIME: Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
    TICKET PRICES: $35/45/55/65/75
    LOCATION: State Theatre, New Brunswick, N.J.
    SHOW TIME: Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
    TICKET PRICES: $35/45/55/65/75
    LOCATION: State Theatre, New Brunswick, N.J.

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  • Crossroads Theatre Company

    Black Nativity is infused with ritual, African dance and storytelling, this exciting retelling of classic Nativity features a multi-cultural cast, featuring both traditional Christmas carols and original music sung in gospel style.  Black Nativity runs from December 9-18 at the following times.

    December 9th at 7PM
    Dececmber 10th at 3PM & 8PM (Opening Night)
    December 14th at 10AM
    December 15th at 7PM
    December 16th at 7PM 
    December 17th at 3PM & 8PM
    December 18th at 3PM

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  • George Street Playhouse

    Please visit their website here

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  • Mason Gross School of the Arts

    Voorhees Choir
    Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5 p.m.
    Candlelight concert featuring works for women’s choir and the Voorhees Chapel organ. Music by Leonarda, Willcocks, as well as carols, gospels, and spirituals arranged by contemporary composers.
    Voorhees Chapel - 5 Chapel Drive, Douglass College Campus of Rutgers University, New Brunswick
    Rutgers Baroque Players
    Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
    Chamber cantatas for voice and instruments from the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
    Voorhees Chapel - 5 Chapel Drive, Douglass College Campus of Rutgers University, New Brunswick
    Christmas in Carol and Song
    Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6 and 9 p.m.
    Sunday, December 11, 2016, 5 and 7:30 p.m.
    Kirkpatrick Chapel - Corner of George and Somerset streets, College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University, New Brunswick
    General Public $20 / Rutgers Alumni, Employees, and Seniors $15 / Students $10

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  • New Brunswick City Market

    Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
    Friday, December 2nd, 5PM-7PM
    Monument Square Park, Corner of Livingston Avenue & George Street
    Live music & dance performances, exhibitors, Hot Pot Cook-Off Competition, visit from Santa Claus, and more!

    Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
    Friday, December 16th - Friday, December 18th, 4PM-7PM each day
    Pick-Up location is in front of the Hyatt Regency hotel on Neilson Street
    Weather Dependent

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  • State Theatre

    Dirty Dancing
    The Classic Story on Stage
    Fri, November 4, 2016 at 8pm
    Sat, November 5, 2016 at 2pm & 8pm
    Sun, November 6, 2016 at 2pm & 7pm
    Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?,” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!” Don’t miss your chance to see this record-breaking live theatre sensation. You’ll have the time of your life!
    Tickets: $35-$85
    Michael Cavanaugh with the NJSO: Greatest Hits of Elton John & More                           
    Michael Cavanaugh, vocalist and keyboard
    Sun, November 13, 2016 at 3pm 
    From classic Elton John hits “Tiny Dancer,” “Bennie and the Jets,” and “Rocket Man,” to classic rock favorites like “Live and Let Die” and “Pinball Wizard,” Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh entertains with a high-energy show that will have you singing along! Maryland Theatre Guide says “For those of us that remember the classic versions of these songs, Cavanaugh has reinvented them into something that improves upon the originals.”
    Tickets: $20-$80                                                        
    Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China
    Fri, November 18, 2016 at 8pm
    Sat, November 19, 2016 at 2pm & 8pm
    Experience the thrilling feats of this talented troupe, direct from Shanghai! Through jaw-dropping feats of acrobatics, impeccably timed stunts, and beautiful costumes, Shanghai Acrobats merge the hustle and bustle of contemporary Shanghai with China's rich cultural heritage to produce this celebration of their country. Watch as trampoline artists and aerial acrobats fly through the air with the greatest of ease or while jugglers, contortionists, and martial artists demonstrate the exacting precision of their skills with spectacular flair.           
    Tickets: $35-$70
    Handel’s Messiah
    The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
    Trinity Baroque Orchestra
    Julian Wachner, conductor
    Wed, November 30, 2016 at 8pm
    Trinity Wall Street presents its acclaimed performance of Handel’s Messiah conducted by Julian Wachner. Messiah and Trinity have a long history—Trinity presented one of the first performances of the work in North America in 1770, and the Grammy®-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra are still widely regarded as some of the greatest interpreters of the work. The ensemble’s 2012 performance was hailed by Zachary Woolfe of The New York Times “…to experience the full, formidable range of ‘Messiah,’ from the furious flames of the ‘refiner’s fire’ to the delirious party of the finale… let Trinity be your guide.” Now, see it live on the State Theatre New Jersey stage!
    Tickets: $35-$70
    Elf the Musical
    Fri, December 2, 2016 at 7:30pm
    Sat, December 3, 2016 at 2pm & 7:30pm
    Sun, December 4, 2016 at 1pm & 6pm
    ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. The New York Times says that ELF is “Splashy, peppy, sugar-sprinkled holiday-entertainment!” USA Today calls ELF, “Endearingly goofy!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award® nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray), and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). 
    Tickets: $35-$85
    Celtic Woman
    Tue, December 6, 2016 at 8pm
    Wed, December 7, 2016 at 8pm
    Celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman! Featuring music from the all-female music ensemble’s second Christmas album, Home For Christmas, including holiday favorites “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and  “Silent Night.” Celtic Woman and Home For Christmas–The Symphony Tour, will promise an enchanting and festive evening filled with mesmerizing music, performance, and holiday cheer.
    Tickets: $45-$115
    Mannheim Steamroller
    Sat, December 10, 2016 at 8pm
    Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years! Grammy® Award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard’s seasonal charts every year!
    Tickets: $35-$95
    American Repertory Ballet
    Fri, December 16, 2016 at 7:30pm
    Sat, December 17, 2016 at 1pm & 4:30pm
    Sun, December 18, 2016 at 1pm & 4:30pm
    American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning new sets (new first act scenery!), thrilling choreography, and a cast of more than 100 performers. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years, ARB’s is one of the longest continuously running Nutcracker productions in the nation. Directed by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, ARB’s professional company will be joined by select students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl named Clara and how a mysterious gift from her Uncle Drosselmeyer brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. ARB’s Nutcracker is a perfect holiday treat for your entire family!
    Tickets: $35-$75
    Glen Burtnik’s XMAS
    Fri, December 23, 2016 at 8pm
    Glen Burtnik returns home to New Brunswick for his Xmas Show! The tradition is returning to The State with Glen Burtnik and a collection of some of the most talented performers from across New Jersey coming together to perform holiday favorites.
    Tickets: $30-$60
    Salute to Vienna
    Strauss Symphony of America
    Imre Kollár, conductor (Budapest)
    Katarzyna Dondalska, soprano (Berlin–Warsaw)
    Zoltán Nyári, tenor (Budapest)
    And dancers from  National Ballet of Hungary and International Champion Ballroom Dancers
    Sat, December 31, 2016 at 6pm
    More celebratory than a glass of champagne, Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert is a delight for the eyes and the ears. Welcome 2017 with this elegant concert—celebrating an 11-year tradition in New Brunswick! This New Year’s Eve, a stunning new program featuring Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from operettas will be performed by a full orchestra, acclaimed European singers, ballet and ballroom dancers. Fall for the Blue Danube Waltz all over again!
    Tickets: $55-$120
    Raiders of the Lost Ark with the NJSO                                               
    Sun, January 8, 2017 at 3pm
    Indiana Jones is heading for New Jersey in January 2017 with his whip, his hat, and a live orchestra! John Williams’ epic score—performed live by the NJSO—enhances the on-screen action as Indy (Harrison Ford) goes on a quest to recover the legendary Ark of the Covenant and save the world in this timeless classic from Steven Spielberg.
    Tickets: $20-$90
    Cirque Éloize                                                                                   
    SALOON: A Musical Acrobatic Adventure                                                                                           
    Wed, January 11, 2017 at 7:30pm                                                                                             
    Thu, January 12, 2017 at 7:30pm                                                                                   
    In an old-time saloon, a piano tuner falls under the spell of the beautiful entertainer Belle. The two of them set off on a chase worthy of the greatest cowboy Westerns, taking them from the deserted plains to the rocky depths of a mine. Montreal’s Cirque Éloize tells this rollicking story through comedy, spectacle, dance, and astonishing acrobatics—ending in a breathtaking, gravity-defying duel that’s more thrilling than a galloping mustang!     
    Tickets: $35-$70                                    
    M.E. Live – Melissa Etheridge
    Fri, January 13, 2017 at 8pm
    Melissa Etheridge is one of rock music’s great female icons. Her critically-acclaimed eponymous debut album was certified double platinum. Etheridge’s popularity was built around such memorable songs as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs,” and “Ain't It Heavy” for which she won her first Grammy® for Best Female Rock Vocal. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am, featuring the massive hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought her a second Grammy®. The six-times-platinum album spent more than two and a half years on the album chart. Etheridge is scheduled to release MEmphis Rock and Soul, a new album honoring Stax Records, this fall.
    Tickets: $45-$95
    Doktor Kaboom: Live Wire!
    The Electricity Tour
    Sat, January 21, 2017 at 1pm & 4pm
    Join Dr. Kaboom on a riotous romp through the history and fundamental principles of electrical energy. What is it? What does it do for us? Where does it come from? Equipped with Tesla coils, Van de Graaf generators, and a ping-pong-ball-shooting robot, Doktor Kaboom explains everything from voltage, current, magnetic fields, conductors, plasma, and resistance to energy conservation and safety. There’s lots of audience participation, a ton of laughs, and some serious science!
    Tickets: $25-$35  
    Masters of Illusion
    Thu, February 16, 2017 at 8pm
    Fun for the whole family! Masters of Illusion–Believe the Impossible includes grand illusions, levitating women, escapologists, comedy magic, sleight of hand, and beautiful dancers. And it’s all LIVE! No camera tricks, no computer graphics—just amazing illusions in real time in front of a live audience. Everything you could possibly imagine and performances that you never dreamed possible—all rolled up into a live show!
    Tickets: $35-$75
    State Theatre New Jersey Family Day
    Lightwire Theater
    Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey
    Mon, February 20, 2017 at 10am, 12:30pm, & 3pm
    Marvin the mouse is constantly teased and bullied at school by the “cool” mice. Retreating into his science books, he dreams up a world of fantasy where he is the brave hero. He sets off on his homemade rocket for the space adventure of a lifetime—a trip to the moon! While on this cosmic adventure Marvin encounters an assortment of unusual creatures. This wondrous electorluminescent production by Lightwire Theater features over 40 delightful characters and a variety of music from pop to classical.
    Tickets: $15-$30

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  • Zimmerli Art Museum

    Museum admission and programs are free and open to the public.
    Art After Hours: First Tuesdays, 5 to 9pm
    November 1, December 6, January 3, February 7
    Each month, the evening kicks off with curator-led tours of a new exhibition, followed by live music, opportunities to meet artists, and engaging presentations by special guests. Free admission and complimentary refreshments.
    Music at the Museum
    November 20, December 11, February 19, March 19, 2017
    This popular concert series features classical and jazz musicians from the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division, as well as a broad repertoire that is accessible to audiences of all ages.
    New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra: Reframing Classical Salon Series
    October 30, January 29, May 7
    This salon series introduces visitors to what inspires the performers, their art, and how they do it. Orchestra members perform short, theme-based works mixed with tastings, wine pours, and conversation in an informal atmosphere.
    Current Exhibitions
    “Thinking Pictures”: Moscow Conceptual Art in the Dodge Collection
    Circa 1866: European Prints
    Circa 1966: American Prints
    Circa 1966: Paintings and Sculpture
    Looking Back at the 1980s: Gifts to the Collection
    Fletcher and the Knobby Boys: Illustrations by Harry Devlin
    Three American Painters: David Diao, Sam Gilliam, Sal Sirugo
    Opening in January
    Reflections: Photographs of Iconic African Americans by Terrence A. Reese
    Innovation and Abstraction: Women Artists and Atelier 17 

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