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RED BANK: TWO AGAINST NATURE

Steely DanContinuing a triumphal return to the concert stage, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker bring their 2014 edition of Steely Dan back to the Basie for a two-night stand on September 3 and 4. (Photo by Danny Clinch) 

At a top-ticket price of 200 bucks — and that’s without even a meet-and-greet — it’s a premium attraction for even so stately a stage as the Count Basie Theatre. But then, time was you couldn’t buy the thrill of a live show by Steely Dan at any price, since the jazz-rock combine of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker removed themselves from the road at the height of their hitmaking run — a trick usually reserved for, say, The Beatles and no one else.

Having pretty much sat out the 1980s in their entirety, the Fagen-Becker team made a surprising reunion 20 years ago — and an equally surprising about-face, when they became known more for their hard-touring live act than for their ultra-precise studio recordings (including 2000′s Grammy album of the year Two Against Nature). When Steely Dan takes the Basie boards with their accomplished crew of jazz-seasoned players, it will be a two-night midweek stopover on the banks of the Navesink, September 3 and 4.

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RED BANK: DANCER GETS NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

Nick Mishoe dancing as a member of the two-person Blue Journey in the ‘America’s Got Talent’ quarterfinals earlier this month, and in his Red Bank studio, below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

nichola mishoe 081814School may just be getting back in session, but the young dancing students of Red Bank’s Academy of Dance Arts will have a good excuse for staying up late on Wednesday night.

Their instructor, Nick Mishoe, is half of a dancing pair called Blue Journey that has made it to the semifinals of NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent.’

For the uninitiated, AGT is “a giant talent show in which we’re competing against acrobats, magicians, jump-ropers, musical groups” and more for a grand prize of $1 million, Mishoe tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: A LABOR OF LOVE FOR ISAAK

Chris Isaak“Keepin’ a low profile” as ever, retro-rocking crooner Chris Isaak makes another encore appearance at the Count Basie Theatre this SUNday, gigging behind a heartfelt tribute to the million-dollar giants of the legendary Sun Studios stable.

He was marketed in the 1980s as that hunky California-bred crooner with a sensitive, vulnerable side; a sharp-dressed, retro-styled rocker with a smooth Elvissy tone, a championship pout and a perfect poker face for sexy videos — as well as a surreal string of songs about how lonely he was, how his baby’s gone away, even how “I watch your funeral in the rain.”

Fans who flocked to his live shows quickly discovered another whole side of Chris Isaak entirely — a beaming, engaged and energetic entertainer; a musicologist with a sly penchant for the surprise cover tune. A born joker and onstage cut-up, whose considerable comic skills were shown to fine effect in his (unfortunately overlooked) Showtime sitcom of several seasons back.

Still navigating the hairdo-messing currents of the millennial music biz with wisdom and grace, Isaak and his most excellent compadres in Silvertone make another in an ever-growing series of appearances at the Count Basie Theatre this Sunday, August 31 — a show that promises a mix of his own signature songs (including “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing”) with selections from his most recent release to date, 2011′s Beyond the Sun.

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NAVESINK RIVER: DREDGEFUL WORK

currituck 082714redbankgreen reader Michael McMahon snapped this shot of the Army Corps of Engineers dredge Currituck working in our beautiful Navesink River near the Oceanic Bridge earlier this week.

A “hopper” dredge, the ship features a hull that opens along its length to scoop up spoils from the river bottom. It’s working to clear shoals in both the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers, and depositing the spoils on the ocean side of Sandy Hook,  according to a report by Dvids.net, which has more info about the vessel and the project. (Photo by Michael McMahon. Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT: CHRISTIE PLEDGES SEAWALL FIX

sb seawall 051114Sea Bright will get $8.5 million from the state to repair and fill gaps in its seawall, adding protection from future storms for the downtown, Governor Chris Christie said in a visit to the borough Thursday, according to NJ.com. Financed by the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Shore Protection Fund, the project is scheduled to go out to bid later this year, with construction slated to begin next spring or early next summer, Christie said. Above, a portion of the barrier as it appeared in May. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: PARK CIRCLE MAY HONOR WHITE

rb marine park 082814Under an ordinance proposed by Mayor Pasquale Menna, the circle at Marine Park would be named for late Mayor Katharine Elkus White, seen below in 1948. (Photo above by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

katherine-elkus-white-1948Red Bank’s first and only female mayor, Katharine Elkus White, is up for a drive in the park.

Marine Park, that is. Mayor Pasquale Menna on Wednesday night proposed naming the parking area at the riverfront facility for White, who also served as the first chairperson of the New Jersey Highway Authority and four years as America’s ambassador to Denmark.

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RED BANK: JOAN RIVERS SHOW ON HOLD

joan rivers abcFriday’s show at the Basie was one of 26 appearances the 81-year-old comedian had lined up between now and late November, ABC News reports.  (Click to enlarge)

One day before she was scheduled to appear in Red Bank, comedian Joan Rivers was hospitalized in New York Thursday.

With the the tart-tongued 81-year-old said to be in critical but stable condition, the Count Basie Theatre has postponed a show slated for Friday night.

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LITTLE SILVER: LOCALLY GROWN & LEGENDARY

Sickles tomatoOne of the championship tomatoes grown by two time winner Mike Mansfield of Oceanport is weighed by Sickles Market garden manager Natale Siclare, in a past edition of the annual Biggest Tomato Contest. Top-seeded contestants will attempt to ketchup with the record when the annual event returns to the Little Silver landmark on Saturday, with LEGENDARY LOCALS author Eileen Moon also on premises. (File photo by Peter Lindner) 

The competition is hot and heavy as a Sunday Sauce — and the stakes, it goes without saying, are high — as Sickles Market will once again play host to an event that salutes the end of summer in inimitable Jersey style: the Biggest Tomato Contest. The third annual edition of the popular promotion returns to the Little Silver landmark this Saturday, August 30, with weigh-in time at 1 pm.

Judging will take place in two age groups — adults, and kids aged 5 to 13 — with the winning junior champ awarded a Sickles Market Gardening Kit, and the adult category winner presented with a $100 gift certificate. Contest rules require that a tomato must be presented by the grower, with entries judged by weight only. Mike Mansfield, an Oceanport resident and winner of both previous contests, is the current record holder with a 2012 entry that sagged the scales at 3.26 pounds.

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RED BANK: MAN GETS 14 YEARS FOR MURDER

9-bank-door2Broken glass littered the porch of the Bank Street house where Larry Yarbrough Jr., below, was murdered in 2011. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

larry-yarbroughA Red Bank man was sentenced to 14 years in state prison for  stabbing death of another borough resident three years ago.

Four months after he pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and aggravated assault, Jose Olivares-Palma, 26, was sentenced Wednesday for killing Larry Yarborough, 39, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said in a prepared statement released Thursday morning.

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SANDY HOOK: TEEN DROWNS IN OCEAN

sandy hook 061712Sandy Hook as seen from the Azzolina Bridge in 2012. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

A Middlesex County teenager died hours after being pulled unresponsive from the Atlantic Ocean at Sandy Hook Tuesday evening, NJ.com reports.

Sarmad Rizvi, 17, of South Plainfield, “disappeared into the ocean” while swimming with family and friends off an unguarded beach between areas C and D,  the news site reported.

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RUMSON: ON THE ROAD TO CANTERBURY

St George artistSt. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church takes its place among the works of art on display, with tours offered during the annual Canterbury Art Show that begins on Friday, August 29.

Returning to St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church in Rumson for the third consecutive year — and relocated to Labor Day weekend for the first time — the annual Canterbury Art Show…A Tapestry of the Arts event brings one of the area’s largest exhibitions and sales of juried and non-juried artwork back to the banks of the greater Green — with a grand “new” work of art taking center stage.

According to church Rector Ophelia Laughlin, “The building of St. George’s by-the-River is itself a masterpiece of art and 19th century architecture” — and this Saturday and Sunday, attendees will be able to take guided Architectural Highlight Tours of the church property at 7 Lincoln Avenue; a setting that’s framed by Laughlin as “a beloved venue for local artists to show off their God-given gifts for the rest of us to enjoy.”

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