IN oRBit: RE-STOCKING THE WOODSTOCK

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Sure, the 40th anniversary of Woodstock was last summer — but over at  Monmouth University, there’s no better time to mark those Three Days of Peace and Music than January 2010, and in today’s Red Bank oRBit, we take a look at some special events going on at the Pollak Theatre on the MU campus.

The indisputable highlight of Woodstock Week is Friday night’s concert by Richie Havens (left), the wand’ring ambassador of Woodstock Nation and an artist who continues to personify for many the spirit of that epochal cultural event. He’s preceded by the return of Pete Fornatale, the New York radio legend whose oral-history book Back to the Garden is essential reading at your muddy tent-city bedside.

Also on tap: a free screening of Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock and the fundraiser auction of a guitar autographed by a season’s worth of guest artists at the Pollak — including several stars who we’ve interviewed in our pixelated pages. We’ve got the details, along with words from Fornatale, Billy Bragg, George Winston, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roger McGuinn and bluegrass family patriarch Jere Cherryholmes, right here in Red Bank oRBit!