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Looking for fun? Check out these events and activities set to happen all over New Jersey this March. Please note that all schedules are subject to change; please visit the venue’s website or call for more information.

Art

Thea Clark: Do/Undo 
Thru March 6
An exhibit 10 years in the making, Do/Undo features artist Thea Clark using naturally found objects to comment on climate change. $5-$7. Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton (hunterdonartmuseum.org; 908-735-8415).  

Peter Turnley 
T
hru March 14
American-French photojournalist Peter Turnley documents the human condition and current events through his photography. Noyes Art Garage of Stockton University, Atlantic City (artsgarageac.com; 609-626-3805).  

Caren King Choi: Drawn In 

Caren King Choi’s work can be found in Newark this March. Photo courtesy of Gallery Aferro

Armisey Smith: In Time and In Tide 
Thru April 1
Newark-based African- American artist Armisey Smith explores the relationship between the pandemic and systemic racism. Gallery Aferro, Newark (aferro.org; 973-353-9533).  

Caren King Choi: Drawn In 
Thru April 1
A New Jersey native of Chinese-Taiwanese descent, Caren King Choi combines different techniques, from red portraits to humorous doodles of motherhood, to portray her underrepresented identity. Gallery Aferro, Newark (aferro.org; 973-353-9533).

Malcolm Mobutu Smith: Evermore Nevermore 
Thru April 17
Motivated by aesthetics of his multicultural background and ongoing social-political frictions, artist Malcolm Mobutu Smith combines ceramics with various drawing arts, including graffiti, comic books and organic abstraction. $5-$7. Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton (hunterdonartmuseum.org; 908-735-8415).  

Ajamu Kojo: Black Wall Street: A Case for Reparations 
Thru April 23
Artist Ajamu Kojo paints portraits of Black professionals from Oklahoma’s Greenwood District, dubbed Black Wall Street, before the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The community thrived culturally and economically despite systemic segregation. University Galleries, Montclair (montclair.edu/galleries; 973-655-4000).

Wendy Red Star: Native America In Translation 
Thru April 24
This exhibit, curated by Wendy Red Star, displays works from indigenous artists who explore the complex histories of colonialism, identity and heritage. Art on Hulfish, Princeton (artmuseum.princeton.edu; 609-258-3788).  

Carlos Villa: Worlds In Collision 
Thru May 8
This exhibition showcases the life’s work of the late artist Carlos Villa, reflecting on his upbringing in San Francisco as a Filipino-American person. Villa’s art uses various non-Western cultural images and objects to explore his experience as an artist in a brown body. Free to members, $8-$10. Newark Museum of Art, Newark (newarkmuseumart.org; 973-596-6550).  

Dateci: Primo Levi and Sheba Sharrow 
Thru June 30
Sheba Sharrow, an American artist born to Ukrainian- Jewish immigrants who fled in the wake of the Holocaust, creates complex works of art inspired by the writings of notable Italian Holocaust survivor Primo Levi. The exhibition, a four-part series, considers how artists like Sharrow and Levi use their work to confront hate, oppression and the recurring malignancy of fascism. Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick (zimmerli.rutgers.edu; 848-932-7237).  

Stitching Time: The Social Justice Collaboration Quilts Project 
Thru July 15
Started in 1997 at Louisiana State Penitentiary, colloquially known as Angola, the Social Justice Collaboration Quilts Project aims to support artists who work behind bars and give voice to the political consciousness of imprisoned and free quilters. Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick (zimmerli.rutgers.edu; 848-932-7237).  

Comedy

Deon Cole

Deon Cole is one of several comics cracking jokes in Jersey this March. Photo courtesy of Prana Marketing

Godfrey 
March 3-6
Actor and comedian Godfrey, known for his roles in Zoolander, Johnson Family Vacation, The Cookout and more, brings his class-clown attitude to his performance in New Brunswick. Showtimes vary; $25-$240. Stress Factory Comedy Club, New Brunswick (newbrunswick.stressfactory.com; 732-545-4242).  

Rachel Feinstein 
March 4 & 5
With three Comedy Central specials under her belt, Rachel Feinstein has also appeared in HBO’s Crashing and Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck. Showtimes vary; $22-$33. Bananas Comedy Club, Rutherford (bananascomedyclub.com; 201-727-1090).

Ali Siddiq
March 10-12
Comic Ali Siddiq provides a night full of laughter, plus poignant commentary on American culture. Showtimes vary; $25-$150. Stress Factory Comedy Club, New Brunswick (newbrunswick.stressfactory.com; 732-545-4242). 

Deon Cole 
March 11
Triple-threat comic, writer and actor Deon Cole, known for his roles on ABC’s black-ish and Freeform’s grown-ish, is bringing his uncensored stand-up to New Jersey. 8 pm; $40.50-$100.50. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark (njpac.org; 888-696-5722).  

Adam Ferrara 
March 11 & 12
TV actor Adam Ferrara, known for his roles in Rescue Me, Top Gear and Nurse Jackie, will make you feel like you’re a close friend catching up with him at a bar during his comedic bit. Showtimes vary; $22-$33. Bananas Comedy Club, Rutherford (bananascomedyclub.com; 201-727-1090).

Vic DiBitetto 
March 10-12 & 25-26
Vic DiBitetto shares his hilarious observations with New Jerseyans. He will perform at Point Pleasant Beach’s Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club March 10-12 (Showtimes vary; $65-95. unclevinniescomedyclub.com; 732-899-3900), and at Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center March 25-26 (8 pm; $39.50. njpac.org; 888-696-5722).  

Brad Upton 
March 25 & 26
With many accolades to his name—from Dry Bar Comedy’s most popular comedy act to winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival to tour companion of the late, great Joan Rivers—Brad Upton brings his best jokes to New Jersey. Showtimes vary; $22-$33. Bananas Comedy Club, Rutherford (bananascomedyclub.com; 201-727-1090).

Film

Garden State Film Festival
March 23-27
The 20th annual Garden State Film Festival celebrates independent movies and pays tribute to the birthplace of American filmmaking, Fort Lee, where Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratories produced the first film cameras and projectors. Showtimes vary; $10-$125. Locations vary around Asbury Park (gsff.org; 877-908-7050).

Music  

Stephen Marley 
March 4
Hey baby, don’t you worry, because Grammy-winning musician and producer Stephen Marley, son of Bob and Rita Marley, performs reggae fusion. 8 pm; $39-$47. Newton Theatre, Newton (skypac.org; 973- 383-3700).  

Dua Lipa 
March 4
Come on, dance and levitate with pop star Dua Lipa, who is stopping in Newark on her Future Nostalgia Tour. 7:30 pm; $89+. Prudential Center, Newark (prucenter.com; 973- 757-6000).  

Russell Malone: Bethany Jazz Vespers 
March 5
A signature guitar player of his generation, Russell Malone puts on a rhythmic jazz performance at Bethany Baptist, a historic African-American church. 6 pm. Bethany Baptist Church, Newark (njpac.org; 973-623-8161).  

John Lodge 
March 9
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Lodge, best known as the legendary bass player, songwriter and vocalist of the Moody Blues, stops in Millville on his solo tour. He is set to perform classic Moody Blues hits. 7:30 pm; $44-$65. Levoy Theatre, Millville (levoy.net; 856-327-6400).  

Resistance Revival Chorus 
March 10
Joy is an act of resistance to this group of over 60 womxn and nonbinary singers, who bring fervor to their performance in South Orange. 7:30 pm; $29-$39. South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange (sopacnow.org; 973-313-2787).

Resistance Revival Chorus

Resistance Revival Chorus will introduce its joyous performance to South Orange. Photo courtesy of SOPAC

Red Baraat
March 11
To celebrate the Hindu Festival of Colors, the band Red Baraat is putting on an immersive performance that uniquely blends North Indian Bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz, funk and punk music. 8 pm; $25-$35. South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange (sopacnow.org; 973-313-2787).

The Bad Plus 
March 12
The critically acclaimed, avant-garde jazz quartet stops in South Orange. 8 pm; $28-$36. South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange (sopacnow.org; 973-313-2787).  

The Outlaws 
March 12 & 19
Come see why Outlaws band member Monte Yoho says, “We’re having a second life as a band, and it feels better than ever.” The band performs at the Newton Theatre on March 12 (8 pm; $39-$54. skypac.org; 973-383-3700), followed by Millville’s Levoy Theatre on March 19 (8 pm; $38-$42. levoy.net; 856-327-6400). 

Alice Cooper
March 22
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper brings shock rock to New Jersey with a special guest performance from ’90s group Buckcherry. 7:30 pm; $49-$119. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark (njpac.org; 888-696-5722). 

The Devon Allman Project 
March 25 & 26
Frontman Devon Allman, son of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman, will be joined by Jimmy Hall and Larry McCray, the Samantha Fish Band and special guests River Kittens. The Devon Allman Project hits the stage at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center on March 25 (7:30 pm; $29-$69. mayoarts.org; 973- 539-8008), followed by Collingswood’s Scottish Rite Auditorium on March 26 (8 pm; $39.50- $69.50. scottishriteauditorium.com; 858-858-1000 ext. 106).  

Buddy Guy 
March 30
Blues isn’t dead, according to the legendary artist Buddy Guy, who performs his 18th solo LP, The Blues Is Alive and Well, for a New Jersey audience. The performance features special guest Colin James. 8 pm; $39-$99. Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre, Red Bank (thebasie.org; 732-842-9000).  

St. Patrick’s Day Events  

Celtic Thunder Ireland
March 4
You’re sure to have more than a wee bit of fun at this special revue show consisting of some of Ireland’s most popular songs of the last decade to honor Celtic heritage for St. Patrick’s Day. 7:30 pm; $59-$99. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown (mayoarts.org; 973-539-8008).  

Morristown St. Patrick’s Day Celebration 
March 12
Following the Morristown St. Patrick’s Day parade, Mayo Performing Arts Center is providing snacks and traditional Irish music, with opportunities for kids to learn the bagpipes. Showtimes vary; $45-$65. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown (mayoarts.org; 973-539-8008). 

National Dance Company of Ireland
March 13 (Sham)rock out in time for St. Patrick’s Day with the National Dance Company of Ireland’s brand-new production, featuring traditional Irish step dancing and music. 3 pm
& 7 pm; $29-$59. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown (mayoarts.org; 973-539-8008).  

Irish Dance

Morristown will offer multiple St. Patrick’s Day-related events in March. Photo courtesy of Producers, Inc.

Stage  

Sherlock Returns 
March 8-April 9
Buckingham Palace has been robbed! In this play, at least. Join Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in an immersive experience to find the missing royal treasure. Showtimes vary; $79.50-$89.50. Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, Hampton (hhplayhouse.com; 800-447-7313).  

Sex n’ the City 
March 10
Whether you’re loving or leaving the current Sex and the City reboot, check out this parody of the iconic series—and all of the ladies’ adventures. 8 pm; $25-$49. Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre, Red Bank (thebasie.org; 732-842-9000).  

Fairy Tales on Ice 
March 13
See your favorite childhood characters, from Cinderella to Peter Pan, come together for a magical adventure on the ice rink. Showtimes vary; $26-$39. Levoy Theatre, Millville (levoy.net; 856-327-6400).  

Och & Oy! A Considered Cabaret 
March 19
Broadway and TV star Alan Cumming joins forces with Ari Shapiro, longtime podcaster for NPR’s All Things Considered, to perform their debut musical. 8 pm; $39-$89. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown (mayoarts.org; 973-539-8008).  

The Wanderer 
March 24-April 24
This production is based on the life of the famed singer Dion. Showtimes vary; $36-$98. Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn (papermill.org; 973-376- 4343).  

Midsummer Night’s Dream 
March 26
See why Shakespeare believed “the course of true love never did run smooth” at Atlantic City Ballet’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 7 pm; $48. The Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars, Atlantic City (acballet.org; 609-348-7201).

Benefits & Fundraisers  

Benefit Concert for Asbury Park Museum 
March 6
Stormin’ Norman Seldin’s 11-piece band and a cavalcade of guest stars, including Larry Chance of the Earls, Johnny Petillo, Joel Katz, Patsy Siciliano & PS4, and Stiletto & the Saxman, will perform. Proceeds benefit the Asbury Park Museum. 2 pm-5 pm; $45. Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, Asbury Park (apmuseum.eventbrite.com; 973-214-4350).  

NAACP Cape May County Annual Freedom Fund Gala 
March 19
Support the primary fundraiser for Cape May County’s branch of the NAACP, which raises funds to promote equality, eliminate discrimination, and pursue social justice. 6 pm-11 pm; $125. The Flanders Hotel, Ocean City (cmcnaacp.org; 609-425-3937).  

Atlantic County Junior Football League’s 65th Anniversary Celebration 
March 25
Join Atlantic County’s Junior Football League in kicking off its 65th anniversary celebration honoring its commitment to the development of youth football and fostering community. 6 pm; $60. Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City (event.acjflcelebration.com). 

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Jets receiver/returner Braxton Berrios didn’t have to wait long to learn how hard it is to keep a roster spot in the NFL.

Berrios, a 2018 Patriots sixth-round pick, spent his rookie season on injured reserve and New England cut him in 2019 before he ever played a snap.

But the Berrios isn’t bitter about his brief time with a team that is now his biggest rival.

“Really, I feel like I got a PhD in football (in New England),” Berrios said on the “Adam Schefter Podcast. “It didn’t work out for whatever reasons. And looking back it’s the best thing that ever happened to me.”

The Jets claimed Berrios soon after he was cut and he has found a way to contribute ever since: Berrios has been the backup slot receiver since 2020 and set a career high in catches (46) and receiving yards (431) last year. But his big breakout came on special teams, where he became one of the league’s best returners on the way to a first-team, All-Pro selection.

“I kept going, obviously, and found ways to be productive,” Berrios said. “Obviously, in the return game was the first way. And then I really, really wanted to make sure I was seen as a receiver as well, and really over the last two years I’ve gotten a lot more of those opportunities. Then you marry those opportunities with now being named the first-team All-Pro last year as a kick returner: it’s finally full circle, it’s maybe starting to work out a little bit.”

Berrios admitted that he felt he had his “back up against the wall” on the Patriots’ talented roster. He certainly doesn’t have to worry about the Jets cutting him as he enters his fourth season with the team: Berrios signed a two-year, $12 million earlier this year.

But even if Berrios isn’t mad at the Patriots, there is one thing that should have the Jets extremely motivated when they play their rival this fall: the Jets haven’t won a game against New England since 2015.

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Wildwoods Are Next in Line for Beach Replenishment

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Most New Jersey beach towns should be jealous of Wildwood. The city has the widest beach on the Jersey Shore, stretching 1,500 feet from boardwalk to surf in some places.

But Wildwood has its headaches, too. Some beachgoers complain the sandy expanse requires too long a schlep to the water’s edge. The beach also collects pools of water, which can breed insects and become health hazards, and the sand drifting down from the north tends to clog storm drainage pipes. Plus, there’s all that beach to clean.

Since 2014, Wildwood has gladly allowed the neighboring borough of North Wildwood to borrow truckloads of its sand every winter—including some that clogs those drainage pipes.

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Now the city of Wildwood is poised to sign the state-aid agreement required for a 50-year partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Protection for beach replenishment and maintenance. North Wildwood has already signed. Once the deal is in place, the Army Corps can proceed with its Wildwoods project, probably starting in fall 2023, pending easements from private property owners at various locations along the beach.

The centerpiece of the project will be a series of dunes totaling 25,000 linear feet (about 4.7 miles) from North Wildwood to Wildwood City and south to Wildwood Crest and Diamond Beach. (Wildwood Crest and Lower Township, which includes Diamond Beach, also have to sign their own state-aid agreements.) To build the dunes, sand will be taken from a substantial swath of Wildwood’s beach all the way south to Wildwood Crest.

North Wildwood has reason to seek the Army Corps’ help; its sand perpetually drifts south each winter, leaving beachfront properties vulnerable. For Wildwood, the Army Corps should be able to solve several problems, explains Carl Groon, a projects coordinator for the city.

For one thing, the width of the beach will be reduced by several hundred feet at some points, meaning shorter walks from boardwalk to water and less beach to clean. Second, grading the beach with a greater slope from the new dunes to the surf, should help eliminate the pooling problem. Finally, in the event of extreme storms, the dunes should mitigate flooding.

Groon says Wildwood’s new dunes will range in height from 14 to 16 feet. They will be built between the city’s five piers, each at a different distance from the boardwalk, depending on existing structures and other factors.

The dunes will create some obstacles for Wildwood spectator activities. “If they shrink our beach, we will have less beach to use for events,” acknowledges Groon. However, he adds, “I think it’s well within our ability to make it all work.”

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