A BUSTLING SUMMER WEEKEND AWAITS

Local farmers and craftspeople fill the parking lot at the Galleria every Sunday morning this time of year. Steven Jacobson, the 17-year-old author of “One Last Season,” below, reads from his novel Saturday. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, July 12:

LINCROFT: Royalty graces Lincroft when Shakespeare’s witty early comedy, “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” comes to the Great Lawn at Brookdale Community College.  Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets (rain site: Performing Arts Center). The performance begins at 7 p.m. Park in lot 2. Lawn outside PAC building/Newman Springs Road/Route 520.

RED BANK: The Summer Jazz Café returns to Two River Theatre’s “black box” performance space Friday and Saturday nights. Joe Muccioli and the Jazz Arts Project present jazz innovator, trombonist and seashellist Steve Turre. The night promises a big city club vibe with coffee and refreshments served throughout the performance. Tickets are $22 and the show begins at 8 p.m. 21 Bridge Avenue.

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RED BANK: MOSAIC SHOP TAKES BALLEW SPOT

Tessarae, featuring works like the 500-pound “Penthouse Views,” below, plans to open at 36 Broad Street in early July. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

After a 99-year run as a jewelry store and two-plus years as a vacant shell, the former Ballew Jewelers storefront in Red Bank is about to become an art store.

Sort of.

Tesserae, as it’s called, will feature only mosaics, all of them the brainchild of a 27-year-old restaurateur who’s only been in the creative realm for 18 months and leaves the execution of his ideas to someone else.

A budding Jeff Koons of the shattered-stone world, Pete Theodoropoulus makes no pretense to being an artist. What he’s selling, at prices ranging from $3,000 to $20,000, is home decoration – some of it weighing in at as much as 500 pounds, he tells redbankgreen.

“I wouldn’t consider myself an artist,” he said. “I have the vision – that this company could eventually have hundreds of stores worldwide.”

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WEEKEND: EAT, DRINK, LISTEN, REPEAT

Don’t even bother trying to curb your appetite at Red Bank Riverfest, which runs through Sunday in Marine Park. Details in the poster below. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, May 31:

RED BANK: Come sample the savory and sweet flavors at Riverfest, the annual three-day music and food festival in Marine Park. Stroll the “artisan’s alley” for handmade items and artwork, cruise the Navesink River, or dance your butt off in front of the waterfront stage to the likes of Brian Kirk & The Jirks, Woodfish, the Moroccan Sheepherders and the Jazz Lobsters. Free entry; no pets allowed.

MIDDLETOWNThe Middletown Arts Center hosts a Luau Party for kids ages 5 and older, offering crafts, limbo contests and games. Pizza and snacks will be provided. The luau runs from 6 to 9 p.m. 36 Church Street.

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RED BANK: GUERRILLA ART OFF THE WALK

‘Anonymous’ artists plan to crash the Art Walk planned for Friday night in Red Bank, displaying their works in unexpected places. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Friday night’s Art Walk in Red Bank, the latest in a series, comes with a twist: guerrilla displays of creativity.

With the blessing of Art Walk’s organizers, a group of artists who wish to remain anonymous plan to stage an alternative, if symbiotic show that’s off the map, both spacially and aesthetically.

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SICKLES ART SHOW WARMS THE WEEKEND

Lorna Weber working on a pastel in the greenhouse. Below, woodturner Bruce Perlmutter at his lathe. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

On a chilly weekend in mid-February, Sickles Market in Little Silver opened its greenhouse to local artists, giving them a lush, open – and perhaps most importantly, warm  – space to showcase their work.

redbankgreen caught up with some the area’s painters, sculptors and photographers Sunday to get their views on why the yearly event is so important to local artists.

Bruce Perlmutter, a woodturner from Red Bank, specializes in intricate wooden bowls and other pieces he cuts exclusively out of wood he salvages. Many of the wooden sculptures on display were made from wood he picked up in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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WEEKEND: BIG BAND, ‘TWO TRAINS’ & ART

Thomas Lauderdale, who appears with his band, Pink Martini, at the Count Basie tonight, discusses his music. Below, Owiso Odera and Roslyn Ruff in ‘Two Trains Running,’ at the Two River Theater. (Photo by Michal Daniel. Click to enlarge)

Friday, February 15
RED BANK: Two River Theater continues its presentation of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running,” with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $24 to $42 and are available online. 21 Bridge Avenue.

RED BANK: Pink Martini, “a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure” in the words of bandleader Thomas Lauderdale, sets up its tent at the Count Basie Theatre. Up to a dozen musicians create the Cosmopolitan World Music project, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $75 and are available online. A portion of ticket sales supports breast cancer awareness. 99 Monmouth Street.

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WEEKEND: ELIVII, DANCE, QUILTS, MOSAICS…

Dance majors in RBR’s Visual and Performing Arts program present ‘A Blast from the Past,’ 23 dances choreographed to the music of the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Queen, Madonna and more. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, January 18

FAIR HAVEN: Fair Haven’s Raven and the Peach is the setting for a special fundraiser dedicated to the animal adoption charity Project Animal Worldwide (PAW), with light fare, desserts, gift basket auctions, jewelry bar and a tasting presented in the restaurant’s wine cellar from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $30, with the wine tasting for an additional $15. Call 732-979-6499 to reserve. 740 River Road.

RED BANK: The Elvii return, for the ninth annual edition of what’s become an unshakably shakin’ Basie tradition, Elvis’ Birthday Bash. Soaps actor Scot Bruce (as the younger Elvis) and award winning Mike Albert (as the Vegassy jumpsuit Elvis) team up once again for a Count Basie two-fer at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19.50, $29.50, and $39.50. Call 732-842-9000 to reserve. 99 Monmouth Street.

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WEEKENDER: SHAPING BODY, SOUND AND ART

Josh Zuckerman is at Red Bank’s Walt Street Pub tonight. (Click to enlarge)

For the first weekend of 2013, here are some fun ways to keep busy on the Green …

Friday, January 4

RED BANK: Free yoga session at the Red Bank Public Library at 1 p.m. by Amy Richardson. No registration required, bring your own mat. 84 West Front Street.

RED BANK: The Josh Zuckerman Band, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, returns to the Wall Street Pub for a free set of original rockers and favorites at 8 p.m. 180 Monmouth Street.

RED BANK: World class championship blues guitarist Matt O’Ree will visit Jamian’s Food & Drink for a free Friday night set starting at 8 p.m. 79 Monmouth Street.

NOTE: The Holiday Express fundraiser at Sickles Market, which was postponed by Hurricane Sandy until tonight, has again been postponed out of respect for the Sickles family, which lost its matriarch, Adelaide Sickles, at age 81 earlier this week. A new date for the event has not yet been announced.

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ARTIST HEADS DOWNTOWN

Jim McKenzie with some of his work at David Banegas Studio in Red Bank earlier this year. (Click to enlarge)

By DAN NATALE

The busiest bar night of the year for Red Bank’s Downtown club features a small display of works by an up-and-coming visual artist.

Jim Mckenzie, a 23-year-old from Hazlet, brings his wildly colorful, mystical, and quirky imagination in the form of digital prints and sculptures to the West Front Street watering hole Wednesday night while Brian Kirk & the Jirks put on their customary Thanksgiving Eve show, says Downtown music director Chris Masi.

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RED BANK: MURAL MAKEOVER

Jim Fitzmaurice working on the mural at Juanito’s last month. Below, a detail. (Photos by Dan Natale. Click to enlarge)

By DAN NATALE

An outdoor mural near the Red Bank train station has been getting a wholesale freshening-up in recent weeks. And it’s not the first time.

Painter Jim Fitzmaurice of Rumson has been restoring the mural on the side of Juanito’s Mexican Grill, located at the corner of Monmouth and West streets.

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WOMEN OF SONG RAISE VOICES FOR VICTIMS

Women of Song raised $1,020 for the domestic-abuse counseling service 180 Turning Lives Around over the weekend. The three-day event began Friday at the Woman’s Club of Red Bank, where poet Lauren Elizabeth (above) and singer/songwriter Cat London, right, moved the audience and even fellow artists to tears with their work. The event continued on to Ocean Township and Asbury Park Saturday and Sunday. 

“It was overall a wonderful evening of spoken words, music, and art all three nights,” said organizer Maxine Snow. “And to bring awareness of 180 Turning Lives Around to folks who were not aware of what they are about was a good thing.” (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: MORE ART, LIVE AND ON THE HOOF

The locator map for Friday’s Art Walk, and one of Gabriela Rusu’s paintings (right) in a show that opens tonight. (Click to enlarge)

Coming off Sunday’s highly successful roll-out of an outdoor art exhibition, Red Bank hosts two more art events this week, starting with one tonight.

That’s the opening of Dynamic Constructions and the Body as a Pretext, a collection of some 50 paintings by Gabriela Rusu. The Romanian artist will be on hand for an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at 25 Bridge Avenue.

Rusu will also greet evening visitors on Thursday and again Friday, during the next edition of Red Bank ArtWalk.

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RED BANK: OFF-THE-INTERIOR-WALL ART

Heads,’ an all-outdoor exhibition of more than 50 paintings by Dumitru Gorzo, (right, with Red Bank Councilwoman Sharon Lee), opened with a reception at the Galleria at Red Bank Sunday. Art lovers flocked to the Two River Theater, above, and the public library, below, for their first taste of the widespread show, organized by the New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art. Gorzo’s art will hang remain on display throughout town until October 14. (Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN LAUNCHES LOOKBACK IN STYLE

Kicking off its centennial year, the Borough of Fair Haven hosted a fundraising gala at the Raven and the Peach restaurant that attracted 300 revelers Saturday night.

The $20,000 raised will help cover the cost of a daylong celebration on Saturday, June 16 that will feature a parade, a community picnic and a fireworks show at Fair Haven Fields. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

IN RED BANK: A MONTH OF ABSTRACTS

The Art Alliance of Monmouth County kicked off its 2012 series of monthly shows Saturday night with a collection of abstracts curated by James Kent.

Admission is free to the nonprofit gallery, at 33 Monmouth Street in Red Bank. Exhibit hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.  (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

FOURSOME LAUNCHING RUMSON ART SCHOOL

canvas-1Beth Sillen, Eileen Burgess, Meg Sellig and Maricarmen Buckley hope Canvas Studio Art will fill a void that the public schools cannot. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

They ran a marathon together. They paint together. And now, they’re going into business together.

Four local women plan to open an after-school art instruction program in Rumson next month, hoping it will supplement the instruction available in the public schools.

Though they have high praise for the work of the public school programs, they know about the limits of what the schools can offer not only because they have 11 children between them, but because teachers in the public system have expressed frustration over it. And at least two of those teachers have signed on to provide instruction.

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TRESSED TO KILL

Hair stylist Glen Goldbaum and fashion designer Casey Pyle teamed up with models and artists for Bewitched, “a magical evening of fantasy, hair, art and more” at Goldbaum’s two neighboring salons on Bridge Avenue in Red Bank Saturday night.

redbankgreen was there.

PICTURES FOR SQUARES

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jat-petersonFraming shop/gallery Frame to Please in the Galleria at Red Bank hosted an opening reception Thursday night for “SQ + SQ x 2,” a collection of square photos by students of Laury Egan of Highlands.

The shooters were asked to see in squares and double squares to underscore the benefits of tight cropping, which Egan says makes images “more muscular, more exciting.”

The show runs through November 13, and some of the sale proceeds benefit the Monmouth County Historical Association.

IN CHURN: ART, PACMAN & WAFFLES

banegasBanegas Fine Art Gallery plans to take over the Broad Street storefront last inhabited by Bella Mystique. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallThe work of a single artist will constitute the merchandise at an art gallery that plans to open in Red Bank later this month.

David Banegas, a Bolivian native who splits his time between Long Branch and Delray Beach, Florida – where he opened his first gallery three months ago – will move his paintings in next door to Backward Glances and Via 45, says P.J. Schrantz, his partner and agent.

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ON THE TONGUE, AND IN THE EYE

pomegranate1‘Pomegranate,’ a 48 x 48-inch painting by Gerda Liebmann, is among the food-themed art to be served up Saturday. (Click to enlarge)

Can’t you just taste it?

Art lovers and foodies will be able to indulge their senses of sight, smell and taste this Saturday afternoon, as the non-denominational Red Bank Community Church hosts its semiannual art show, a combination of the visual and victual arts.

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ART SHOW DISPLAYS FOR THE SNOW DAYS

zebu-artGroveland-based artist Ryan Southerland at Zebu Forno’s first art show Saturday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The iceberg-sized snowmounds are still here. The temps are near arctic. It’s the winter blahs, perhaps the slowest time of year for action, especially in the arts world. And in the Red Bank sector, not much is doing now.

Or at all, really, in the way of grassroots endeavors to showcase local talent, says Mellisa Pickering, one of the town’s more recognizable faces — and voices, with her Irish brogue — on the coffee scene.

Take those elements and it’s precisely the right time to get something going, said Pickering, who has a graphic design background and a passion for art.

“Red Bank is so quiet right now. I’m sick of waiting for something to happen,” she said. “So we decided to make something happen ourselves.”

The result is a winterlong, and perhaps yearlong, biweekly arts show at Broad Street’s Zebu Forno, where Pickering works. The show kicked off Saturday and continued Sunday.

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FORECAST: ARTY, WITH CHANCE OF FLOWERS

lairds-in-winterMary Ann Goodwin’s “Laird’s in Winter” is but one of the applejack artworks of local scenery now on display at Middletown Main Library.

Babies, it’s cold outside as we suit up for a December edition of our monthly artwalk through the winter-greying ‘green. Cold enough to freeze your wine and cheese, for sure. Cold enough to geler your Giclée, and to turn a Plein Air painting session into just plein hell.

Fortunately, the galleries and public spaces of greater Red Bank offer up some warm and welcoming refuges from both the cold and the cacophony of the calendar-year caboose. So if squinting at your next-door neighbor’s hi-wattage holiday display isn’t doing it for you, join us for a change of scenery that begins just past that virtual velvet rope.

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