MartinShortToday’s edition of Red Bank oRBit gets a running start on the coming weekend with a focus on two major events.

One is the Count Basie Theatre‘s annual Benefit Concert and Gala —
a swell, street-closing affair for which the board of directors have secured the services not
only of showbiz shaman  Martin Short but his whole gallery of crazies, from
Jackie Rogers Jr. to Ed Grimley.

And so with Jiminy Glick as our
inspiration, oRBit serves up a long version of a Short interview
before anyone else. What, you didn’t think we would?

The other event is the highly anticipated return of the Red Bank International Film Festival — the 2008 edition.

You read that correctly. Seven months late and at least temporarily not in Red Bank, the filmfest has been cut down to a tightly packed 12-hour day of screenings from the customary three. But the cinema showcase lives on, with a new crew, a new website and plans to get back onto the Gregorian calendar. 

Check out these stories and more at culture center, aka Red Bank oRBit, folks.

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