plus $25 cash-only parking. Izod Center, East
Rutherford ( meadowlands.com).
Dec 5: The country music hit maker from Kansas
makes a pit stop at Red Bank on her national
tour. 8 PM; $35-$85. Count Basie Theatre, Red
Bank (732-842-9000, countbasietheatre.org).
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Dec 5: The Grammy-award winning husband-and-wife blues band bring their energetic show
to Red Bank. 7: 30 PM; $35-$95. Count Basie
Theatre (732-842-9000, countbasietheatre.org).
Sinatra Birthday Bash
Dec 12: Count Basie Theatre hosts the eighth
annual Sinatra Birthday Bash in honor of the
singing legend and Hoboken native. The region’s
finest jazz singers will perform with help from
the 18-piece Red Bank Jazz Orchestra. 8 PM;
$25-$100. Count Basie Theatre (732-842-9000,
Dec 12: This show was originally scheduled
for September 17, but was postponed when
doctors advised the 67-year-old singer to take
a three-week break from her Dressed to Kill
tour. Tickets for the September concert will
be honored at the event. 7: 30 PM; $44.75-$155.
Prudential Center, Newark ( prucenter.com).
Dec 13: The seasoned pop and country singer,
who started her music career at age 13, heads
to Englewood with singer-songwriter Levi
Hummon for her One Christmas tour. 8 PM;
$35-$75. Bergen PAC, Englewood (201-227-1030,
Robert Randolph and Friends
Dec 20: The funk and soul band, led by pedal
steel guitarist Robert Randolph, hits the stage
at Bergen PAC. 8 PM; $29-$59. Englewood (201-
Tyler the Creator
Dec 20: The young rapper, who recently
embarked on a solo career after touring
with his group Odd Future, performs at
Starland Ballroom. 7 PM; $29.50. Sayreville
Dec 21: The British vocal powerhouse, who
made headlines when his dubstep-infused
single “Too Close” was featured in an Internet
Explorer commercial, heads to the Stone Pony.
7 PM; $15-$18. 913 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park
Dec 26-28: The punk-rock band from New
Brunswick is back for its eighth annual Home
for the Holidays three-day residency at the
Stone Pony. 7 PM; $23. 913 Ocean Ave, Asbury
Park ( stoneponyonline.com).
Taking Back Sunday
Dec 27-28: Starland Ballroom presents its
inaugural Holiday Spectacular featuring
Taking Back Sunday. 7 PM; $29.50. Sayreville
Dec 28: Electronic deejay Tiësto rocks the
Event Center at the Borgata with a pre-New
Years Eve bass-heavy performance. 10 PM;
$89.50-$79.50. The Borgata, Atlantic City (609-
Thru Dec 14: Centenary Stage takes audiences
to Never Never Land, the home of Peter Pan,
the flying boy who never wanted to grow up.
Meet the mischievous Tinker Bell, the ruthless
Hook, mysterious mermaids and all the
reckless Lost Boys. Adults, $27.50; students/
seniors, $25; children under 12, $20. Sitnik
Theater, David and Carol Lackland Center,
Centenary College, Hackettstown (908-979-
A Christmas Carol
Dec 5-28: The Charles Dickens masterpiece
about the crotchety Scrooge and timeless
lessons on giving and sharing hits various
Jersey stages for the holidays.
Dec 5-28: Times vary; $25-$70. McCarter Theatre,
Princeton (609-258-2787, mccarter.org).
Dec 12-14: Fri & Sat, 8 PM; Sat & Sun, 2 PM; $20.
Strand Center for the Arts, Lakewood (732-367-
Dec 12-21: Fri, 8 PM; Sat, 4 & 8 PM; Sun,
3 PM; $15. Playhouse 22, East Brunswick
Dec 21: 1 & 4 PM; $10-$25. Bergen PAC,
Englewood (201-227-1030, bergenpac.org).
Dec 11-21: The multicultural holiday
celebration returns for its fifth year at the
Crossroads Theatre Company, featuring live
music, bell ringing and audience participation.
Kids admitted free with purchase of an adult
ticket. Thurs-Sat, 8 PM; Sat & Sun, 3 PM; $30. 7
Livingston Ave, New Brunswick (732-545-8100,
Thru Dec 14: The play based on the classic The
Once and Future King by T.H. White heads
to the Two River Theater, featuring favorite
characters from Arthurian legends, including
Queen Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, the Knights
of the Round Table, and King Arthur himself.
Times vary; $37-$65. Two River Theater, Red
Bank (732-345-1400, tworivertheater.org).
Thru Dec 14: This musical comedy sheds light
on the awkward and hilarious experiences
of middle-aged online dating. Before the
show, hopeful audience members can write
an online dating profile at a computer booth
and see if a perfect mate sits only a few rows
away. There will be an additional New Years
Eve performance at 9 PM. Thurs-Sat, 8 PM;
Sun, 3 PM; $38. Forum Theatre Arts Center,
314 Main St, Metuchen (732-548-5600,
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Dec 2: The astrophysicist, best-selling author,
director of the Hayden Planetarium and host
of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey documentary
series comes to Newark. 7: 30 PM; $35-$75.
Prudential Hall, NJPAC, Newark ( njpac.org).
Colonial Christmas Weekend
Dec 4-7: Head to the historic Jacobus Vanderveer
House & Museum in Bedminster for the 12th
annual Colonial Christmas show house and
tour, featuring holiday shopping and boutique
vendors, colonial holiday decorations by Rose
and Radish Floral Design, colonial reenactors,
live music and visits from Santa. 10 AM- 4 PM;
Adults, $10; children under 12, free. 3055 River
Road, River Road Park, Bedminster (908-396-
Holiday Craft Morristown Festival
Dec 12-14: The holiday craft festival heads to
the Morristown Armory for the 24th year,
showcasing unique, handmade items by 165
artists and craftspeople. Fri, 4-8 PM; Sat, 10 AM- 6
PM; Sun, 11 AM- 5 PM; general admission, $9;
seniors, $8; children under 6, free. 430 Western
Ave, Morristown (845-331-7900, artrider.com).
THE UNIVERSE & US
Dec 9 New Jersey City University hosts another installment in
its Presidential Speaker Series,
a special guest lecture series to
honor the state’s 350th birthday.
Acclaimed theoretical physicist,
best-selling author and Princeton
visiting professor Dr. Michio Kaku,
who published his latest work, The
Future of the Mind, in February,
will speak in partnership with the
Liberty Science Center. 6: 30 PM;
general admission, $35; series, $90;
student, $15; VIP Meet and Greet,
$100. Liberty Science Center, 222
Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City (201-