The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey commemorates the 10th anniversary of its outdoor stage with a 90-minute production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Audience members are welcome to bring their own beach chairs or blankets, rent a seat cushion, or master the art of levitation while absorbing the bard's tale of two couples wandering into an enchanted forest before an impending royal wedding. Watch as the protagonists entwine themselves within a whimsical and romantic plot that involves a mercurial cast of fairies, donkey-headed humans, and mythological hockey equipment.
Named after the initials of owner Cosimo Noto's wife and daughters, Three A's Olde Bar & Grill welcomes family and new friends with an upscale pub menu that combines Italian specialties with comfort-food classics. Chefs craft authentic vodka sauce to blanket pillows of the house-specialty lobster ravioli ($14) or toss with green peas, fresh shallots, and basil in the rigatoni with scallops ($16). A sextet of traditional pizzas ($5−$8) are tossed daily, providing saucy slices of homemade pesto, shrimp, and olives in the pizza pesto ($8), or ham, chorizo, and mushrooms in the pizza Cosmo ($7), which is served neat instead of on the rocks. Porterhouse steaks ($22) char to order on the grill, coyly hiding their appetizing tan lines under the house-made mushroom gravy, and sauce takes center stage in 17 specialty martinis ($10) available at the full bar.
Recently opened after a complete renovation, CityPlex12 Newark fills its 12 screens with a schedule of first-run Hollywood hits. High-backed rocker chairs make up the stadium seating, while 4K digital projection allows audiences to see each and every molecule that form their favorite star’s face. The centerpiece of the complex is its Shaq*DX theater, equipped with a towering 47-foot screen and Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound.
In 2004—on a mission to bolster its community’s wellspring of art, creativity, and education—the nonprofit Bergen Performing Arts Center took over the former John Harms Center, an art deco–style movie and vaudeville palace built in 1926. Today, in the same antique theater where Shakespeare screened his first car-chase movie, the Bergen Performing Arts Center hosts 150 yearly events that bring dance, music, and theatrical productions to an estimated 250,000 annual audience members. Networks like HBO, PBS, and MTV all have filmed international broadcasts on Bergen Performing Arts Center’s stage, which has seen the likes of Tony Bennett, Woody Allen, and the Dixie Chicks.
Gold-leaf writing inscribed across the towering red portico at the entrance to The Shannon Rose Irish Pub announces what one might expect to find inside: “Premium Stouts,” “Irish Whiskies,” and other culinary staples of the Emerald Isles. Behind this imposing entryway lies a series of dining rooms that have a markedly different effect; chandeliers create a sense of intimacy as they illuminate Gaelic artwork and aged hardcovers resting on lofty bookshelves.