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SHREWSBURY: BALALAIKAS RINGING OUT

barynyaYou call that a balalaika? Now THIS is a balalaika…and Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov of the Barynya troupe are not afraid to use it, when the traditional Russian music act comes to the Eastern Branch of the county library on Thursday evening.

With the Secretary of State meeting with “his Russian counterpart” every other news cycle, you could say that Russia is currently on the American cultural radar screen more than it’s been in a generation — and over at the Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch, the radar’s pulsing with an incoming act that’s got the Hotline heating up as never before. The musicians and dancers of the NJ-based Barynya troupe have long brought traditional sounds and steps to regional audiences, in contexts that range from full ensembles to intimate trios and duos, with the core of master musicians — virtuoso lead balalaika player Elina Karokhina, instrumentalist and educator Alex Siniavsky, guitarist-accordionist Mikhail Smirnov, and Leonid Bruk, he of the giant contra (bass) balalaika — conjuring highly danceable spells that carry echoes of everything from mandolin-fired bluegrass to supercharged surf rock.

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COMMUNITY YARD SALES RETURN

rbtys 050512 1Shots from the 2012 editions of the townwide yard sales in Red Bank, above, and Fair Haven, below. (Click to enlarge)

fhtys 050512 2Like blooming flowers and trees, the next two weekends promise riches for sellers and buyers alike in three communities on the greater Red Bank Green.

First up, this Saturday: the Lincroft Village Green Association holds its 10th annual Lincroft Community Yard Sale at homes throughout that corner of Middletown from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A week later comes both the seventh annual Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, a a fundraiser for the public library, and the Fair Haven Townwide Yard Sale.

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RED BANK: RR STATION DETOUR TO BEGIN

rb rr xg 042214As reported by redbankgreen earlier this month, the intersection of Bridge Avenue and Monmouth Street in Red Bank will be closed to traffic for about two weeks starting Thursday morning for replacement of the NJ Transit railroad crossing. Expect detours, borough officials said. (Click to enlarge)

MIDDLETOWN: FAT-FREE FILM AT THE LIBRARY

Hungry-for-Change copyNo empty calories here: Middletown Township Public Library is the setting for a free Wednesday night screening of HUNGRY FOR CHANGE, the doc feature that aims to blow the pop-top off the mega-billion dollar diet industry.

It’s the documentary that THEY didn’t want you to see; the one the industry just HATES — and for just this once, those claims might not be so much sour persimmons. Released in 2012, Hungry For Change takes a produce-squeezing hard look at the food, diet products and weight-loss industries — a veritable Axis of Eatville consuming billions of dollars in the service of a body-image ideal that’s downright unnatural for the majority of humans. Packed with “interviews with best selling health authors and leading medical experts, plus real life transformational stories with those who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight,” the advocacy documentary film by James Colquhon and Laurentine ten Bosch screens Wednesday evening at Middletown Township Public Library, in a 7 pm event that’s free of charge, to the public at large.

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MIDDLETOWN: CONTEMPT ABOUNDS

Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Teresa Burger, age 34, from Buckingham Circle in Middletown, NJ, arrested on April 9, 2014 by Patrolman Lawrence Seymour on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Shrewsbury, Red Bank and Freehold Municipal Courts. She was released after posting $2,750.00 bail.

Jessica Gibbon, age 18, from Holmdel Road in Holmdel, NJ, arrested on April 8, 2014 by Patrolman Ricardo Cruz on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $300.00 bail.

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RED BANK: PLANNERS SPAR OVER FACADES

joe romanowski 111513 2A plan by Joe Romanowski to remove the vestibule of his new Goldtinker store on Broad Street won approval. So did Tommy’s Coal-Fired Pizza’s request to permanently enclose seasonal seating area at the Galleria, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

tommy's 042114The  Red Bank planning board approved a restaurant expansion, a downtown facade change and the renovation of what Mayor Pasquale Menna called a “cancerous eyesore” Monday night.

Along the way were some unusual flashes of passion among board members.

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MIDDLETOWN: CHOPIN SPREE

GerdLucianPianist Gerd Nowaczyk — pictured at left, with flautist and Monmouth Symphony associate conductor Lucian Rinando — performs a solo concert at Middletown Township Public Library on Tuesday afternoon.

“Whoever planned the library must have had a great knowledge and love for music,” the Monmouth Conservatory of Music exec director Vladislav Kovalsky said of Middletown Township Public Library, in a 2008 interview here on redbankgreen. “It seems to go against all laws of acoustics and building materials, but it’s been a wonderful place for music.”

Over the past several years, the Red Bank-based MCM and the MTPL have continued to make beautiful music together, via an ongoing series of free afternoon and evening chamber concerts in the library’s Community Room — a slate of offerings designed to bring many of the region’s first-quality classical performers to a broadly based, all-ages audience. The series continues at 3 pm this Tuesday, April 22, with an encore by acclaimed keyboard artist (and Conservatory faculty member) Gerd Nowaczyk.

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SEA BRIGHT: BOONDOCKS MAY DOCK HERE

sb station 012513Kelly McRyan, below, hopes to convert the former auto repair garage above into a takeout seafood restaurant.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

kelly boondocks 042813Red Bank’s Boondocks Fishery may soon have a sibling operation in Sea Bright.

Owner Kelly McRyan is eyeing the former site of Sea Bright Service Station at the foot of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge as a second location for her popular riverfront eatery, she tells redbankgreen.

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CLIPPINGS: FOREVER FAIR IN FAIR HAVEN

CLIPPINGS_220The historic business district of Fair Haven, as seen on April 16, 2014. It’s one of America’s great little downtowns, don’t you agree? (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

Check out all the Clippings from the Green here.

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RED BANK: GOURMET MAC ‘N CHEESE COMING

20 broad 041714Mac Attack Cheesery plans to take over the Broad Street space now occupied by Boardwalk Burgers. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508The restaurantization of downtown Red Bank continues.

Mac Attack Cheesery, a five-month-old Montclair eatery specializing in “gourmet” grilled cheese sandwiches and macacroni-and-cheese entrees, plans to open a second store, on Red Bank’s Broad Street, a partner tells redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

The lease agreement for 20 Broad, currently the home of Boardwalk Burgers, comes just weeks after Local Smoke BBQ bailed on plans to open there, citing concern over red tape at town hall.

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RED BANK: WOMAN’S KILLER GETS 27 YEARS

viridiana-beltran-gomezThe estranged husband of a Red Bank woman found murdered alongside the Garden State Parkway in 2011 was sentenced to 27 years in prison Thursday, NJ.com reports.

Superior Court Judge Richard English told Oscar Prior-Ramirez, 34, of Eatontown, that he must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he’s eligible for parole. The judge noted that Prior-Ramirez also has a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainer, and so may be deported to Mexico upon his release, according to the report.

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RED BANK: MORE ‘TROUBLE,’ BUT WORTH IT

TroubleInMindBrenda Pressley takes center stage as Willetta, a 1950′s African American actress at work on a play-within-a-play, as TROUBLE IN MIND continues through the weekend at Two River Theater. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson) 

You don’t need much if any direct experience with the Business of Show to reckon that the process of putting something on the stage — the tectonic shift of strong egos, the conflicts and the compromises, the whole backstage pageant — can often be way more compelling than the show itself.

It’s a concept that was grasped beautifully by the late Alice Childress in Trouble in Mind, the comedy-drama that opened last week at Red Bank’s Two River Theater and continues through the weekend (including a 3 p.m. matinee Easter Sunday) in a dynamite production directed by Jade King Carroll.

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4/18: KATHY GRIFFIN LIGHTS UP RED BANK

dish-112613-kathy-02Kathy Griffin goes double-deep dish this Friday night, when the flame-haired comic with the celeb-roasting style adds a second standup session to her scheduled gig at the Count Basie. 

She’s got a trophy case full of accolades — two Emmys, a Grammy, a GLAAD Vanguard honor, and a Life Award from The Trevor Project — but Kathy Griffin didn’t get where she is by making air-kiss fake nice with Hollywood, or the don’t-ask-don’t-tell protocols of a fast-changing (but still somewhat timid) American society.

Fueled by a merch table’s worth of hit TV series, books and albums, the 20-year veteran standup made the leap from the rowdier comedy clubs to the more respectable theater-venue circuit several seasons back — although when Griffin comes to Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre for two Friday night shows, audiences should expect no softening, dimming or blunting of the comedian’s patented flamethrower assault on entrenched attitudes, politicians, organized religion, or the “D Listers” of a showbiz establishment with whom she continues to carry on a passionate love/hate relationship.

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RED BANK: BOAT ENGINE STOLEN

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of April 10 to April 17, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:

Theft occurring between 4-15-14 and 4-16-14 at 56 Shrewsbury Ave. residence. Unknown person(s) removed a Tohatsu 9.8 boat engine from beneath a deck outside of residence. Ptl. Garrett Falco.

ARRESTS:

Miguel Ortiz, age 29 male of Red Bank was arrested on 4-16-14 in the area of Monmouth St. for COC [Contempt of Court] by Ptl. Tanner Shea.

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