Open Mike: Humorists Michael Phillips-Anderson and Michael O’Keeffe take the stage of Two River Theater for a special TEDx Navesink presentation on September 25, prior to the 8 pm show of THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES.
They’ll be taking their act to Monmouth University in West Long Branch for their next event in 2015, but before they decamp for campus, the organizers of TEDxNavesink have one more parting event to offer the Red Bank audience — and it comes not with a taps salute, but with a comedy-club rimshot of sorts.
Something of a cross between a sophisticated “salon” and a standup showcase, the Thursday evening presentation returns TEDx to Two River Theater — scene of the sold-out 2014 event — for a special keynote to the September 25 performance of Two River Theater Company’s The School for Wives. Going up at 6:30 pm — and featuring refreshments and drinks by local purveyors Sickles Market and Carton Brewing, the program preludes TRTC’s production of the 17th century French farce by Moliere with a couple of 21st century speakers on the art of comedy — and the ways in which humor, politics and popular culture tend to intersect, despite all attempts to put on a straight face.
Got any out-of-date or no-longer-needed prescriptions in your medicine cabinet? Red Bank police will take them off your hands to make sure they don’t fall into the wrong ones. Drop them off under Operation Take Back for safe disposal at the police station, 90 Monmouth Street, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. (Click to enlarge)
Work underway at the park also includes the reconstruction of the promenade overlooking our beautiful Navesink River and the rebuilding of retaining wall that collapsed in 2013. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
His own musical best buddy, the late Jerry Garcia, branded him with the nickname “Dawg” — and like his namesake, David Grisman has remained ever faithful and true to his staked-out patch of sound; so much so that the shaggy Jedi Master of jazzgrass has seen his axe of choice (the mandolin) and his specialty forte (Americana-flavored acoustic jams) swing back around into style.
When the veteran bandleader and native Jerseyan swings back around to the Count Basie Theatre on Tuesday night, September 23, he’ll be appearing as ringmaster of the David Grisman Sextet — a combo that finds Dawg and his pack (bassist Jim Kerwin, flutist Matt Eakle, percussionist George Marsh, guitarist George Cole, violinist Chad Manning) drawing from his celebrated collaborations with Garcia and Stephane Grappelli, in addition to numerous internationally inflected projects from an eclectic (but seldom electric) fifty-year career in Dawg Music.
Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of September 12 to September 19, 2014.
Report of Criminal Mischief in the area of 471 Shrewsbury Avenue on 9/13/14. Victim reports unknown actor(s) entered premise without consent of owner. Ptl. Mary Ellen Jenningsinvestigating.
Among those heading to New York for the People’s Climate March was Emma Reardon, right, who gathered with several dozen others for the train ride from Red Bank Sunday morning. They became part of a crowd, estimated at 300,000 to 400,000, who joined to send a message to world leaders assembling at the United Nations this week for a summit on climate change.
“We are marching today because we want them to know that we are here and we want change,” said Reardon. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)
It’s like something straight out of a Busby Berkeley musical: farm girl comes to the big city; goes from unknown to Broadway lead, and back to struggling trouper. Takes her career into her own hands by calling up her fellow under-employed ladies of the stage and crafting “an all-female revue with a sexy rock n’ roll twist” — one that becomes an international touring sensation, from here to such faraway whistle-stops as China and Dubai. Call it The Broadway Dolls and you’ve got a surefire hit.
Created by and co-starring former Hairspray lead Hollie Howard, the project known as Broadway’s Original Girl Group brings its mix of vintage showtunes, 60s girl group oldies and 21st century radio pop to Red Bank’s historic Molly Pitcher Inn on Monday, September 22 for “A Taste of Broadway on the Promenade,” a gala dedicated to the benefit of an array of locally based charities — and spotlighting the wares of several star-quality staples of the Monmouth County culinary landscape.
Free shoes for any Red Bank student who wants a pair? As reported by redbankgreen earlier this month, that was the offer by Doc Shoppe owner Dean Ross, himself a product of the borough school system. And Sunday morning, the giveaway got underway with a long line of families waiting for the Broad Street store to open. By 9:30, Ross, his employees and a team of volunteers had sent dozens of kids ranging in age from 2 to 16 with a new pair of shoes, as well as a toothbrush donated by dentist Hector Morales-Medina.
“This is awesome,” said borough schools Superintendent Jared Rumage, who gave out water to those in line. “It’s just so genuine.”
Ross plans to repeat the giveaway next Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. Meantime, check out the photos below to see who benefitted. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Classical music connoisseurs in and around Red Bank have long known that the borough has stood as the county’s capital for quality orchestral, chamber and choral concert offerings — all of it accessible minus the gown-and-tux price tags of the big-city halls and theaters. A big reason for that is the Monmouth Conservatory Of Music, whose monthly series of weekend afternoon concerts (in the casual and quite convenient setting of their downtown White Street all-purpose room) resumes on Sunday, September 21, with a recital of rare pedigree.
Going up at 4 pm and presented free of charge, the concert is a mother-son duet featuring pianist Nina Kogan and violinist Daniel Miklis — respectively the daughter and the grandson of legendary violinists Leonid Kogan and Elizaveta Gilels. Kogan often performed with her Ukrainian-born father — one of the Soviet Union’s most celebrated international musical ambassadors — and she extends the family business into a new generation with this program of chamber selections with her son. Bring a free-will donation to the door — and take it around the corner for more.
After two bye weeks, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional’s varsity football team finally opened the sequel to its best season in school history with a clobbering of Matawan on the road Friday night. Check out these highlights from Rich Chrampanis’ new video-based website Shore Sports Zone, where you’ll find complete coverage of high school sports across Monmouth County and beyond. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone .)
The oven, assuming it’s sold, will have to go out the way it went in: through the front window. Below, Anthony “Tito” Vega with the three-ton oven last year. (Photo above by John T. Ward, below by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Need some sturdy metal chairs for your kitchen? How about a service counter? Or a custom-built, 6,000-pound, tile-covered, wood-burning oven?
Well, who doesn’t, right?
Here’s your chance to get those items, and more, as the contents of the short-lived Biagio restaurant in Red Bank are going up for auction.
The heralding of autumn means that a few of those falling leaves are bound to find their way between the pages of an heirloom book, pressed onto a schoolchild’s classroom art project — or, if they’re especially fortunate, featured on national TV or in a gallery show as part of the work of Laura Bethmann.
To say that the South Jersey artist (and certified master gardener) “employs nature-based themes” in her watercolor paintings and ink/acrylic prints is to deny the deep harmony and symbiosis between the natural world, and its “more observant than the av-er-age bear” chronicler in color and texture. In addition to her fancifully and fantastically detailed studies of herbs and flowers, the author of Hand Printing from Nature specializes in collages that radiate from contact prints of leaves, fruits, vegetables, feathers, hair and other “found” materials from Nature’s hobby-lobby.
This Sunday, September 21, the Monmouth Museum (on the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College) hosts a free and public-welcome opening reception for a solo show of Bethmann’s work — part of the Emerging NJ Artists series at the building’s Nilson Gallery. The artist is expected to be present during the reception that runs between 4 and 6 pm — and that’s not all that’s going on around the halls and walls of the Museum.
By JOHN T. WARD
Lori Krikorian, 48, who police said was present when they arrived, was cited Thursday for maintaining a nuisance, Detective Chris Isherwood said in a prepared statement issued Friday.