Losing Her Audio, but Never Her Nerve

NEWARK — An arena show, for all the planning that goes into it, is still a tightrope walk — there is nowhere to hide once the lights go up. So when things began to go wrong for Taylor Swift about midway through her Wednesday night concert at the Prudential Center here, the question wasn’t whether she’d sweat, but if it would show. She’d just begun to perform “Everything Has Changed” with Ed Sheeran, the cheeky British singer-songwriter who is also one of her opening acts, when the sound slowly began to unravel: Ms. Swift melting in one…

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Devils Enjoying Surge in Attendance

The Devils have won only three of their last 10 games, but they are on a more successful run at the box office. Including Wednesday night’s game against the Rangers at the Prudential Center in Newark, the Devils have sold out 14 of their last 16 home games this season and 25 of the last 27 games stretching back to last season’s playoffs. Thanks in part to that postseason run, which ended in the Stanley Cup finals, the Devils are on track to set club attendance records. They are averaging 17,298 fans a game, which is 98 percent of capacity at the…

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Booker, mascots have a ball with Super Bowl as big game nears

Caught on tape: a whistle-blowing, football-toting Newark Mayor Cory Booker, barking and pointing as he tries to motivate a bumbling group of sports mascots. “I’ll tell you this!” Booker shouts at the group, which includes a devil, a pirate and two human-sized animals. “It’s not whether you win or lose! It’s how we play the game!” The 90-second video isn’t the latest SportsCenter commercial, but the second installment in a campaign aimed at showcasing Newark before next year’s Super Bowl. Executives with the Greater Newark Convention & Visitors…

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Touring the Source of a Writer’s Vaunted Words

Philip Roth turns 80 on March 19, and in his hometown, Newark, bus tours and an exhibition of photographs are among the events planned for the occasion. The Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee will offer a $35 bus tour running about an hour called “Philip Roth’s Newark” on the day itself; at noon, two buses will depart from the south entrance to the Newark Museum and travel to places recalled in Mr. Roth’s books. Stops will include Washington Park, the Essex County Courthouse and various spots in the Weequahic neighborhood, where Mr…

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