LITTLE SILVER: OATHS AND ‘BAD POETRY’

Chris Healy, above, and Mike Holzapfel, below, were joined by their wives and sons as they were sworn in as council members. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Delayed a few days by last week’s snowstorm, Little Silver residents turned out on an icy night for the annual government reorganization Monday.

For their trouble, they were treated to Mayor Bob Neff’s state-of-the borough message delivered, as is his custom, in verse.

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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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ON THE GREEN: A FULLY-BOOKED WEEKEND

A weekend of belly-busters and bargains awaits visitors to Red Bank’s International Flavour Festival on Sunday, above, and the Townwide Yard Sale on Saturday, below. (Photo by Alexis Orlacchio. Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

Friday, April 26:

LINCROFT: Score some points at the “Hoops for Hope” basketball tournament to support the Community YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign and Dreams for Kids at Brookdale Community College.  The night consists of a series of basketball matches between the Dreams for Kids All-star team, featuring current and former NFL players, and community teams including the Red Bank Police Department, Red Bank Charter School, Red Bank Catholic Girls Varsity Basketball Team and the Monmouth University Women’s Basketball Team. Other activities include a VIP reception with the NFL athletes, NFL store, student performers, gift and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle and community organization booths. Tickets prices vary and family packs are available; purchase them online or at the door. “Hoops for Hope” runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Robert Collins Arena. Newman Springs Road.

RED BANK: “The Electric Baby” continues its run at Two River Theater.  The drama follows three pairs – a middle-aged couple, a hopelessly devoted lover and the apple of her eye, and a Romanian mother and Nigerian father caring for their child – who discover the ways in which their lives are connected. The play, by Stefanie Zadravec, runs through May 5. Tickets are $24-$42 and the show begins at 8 p.m. 21 Bridge Avenue.

RED BANK: Sing your heart out at “Rock N Roll Karaoke,” a weekly happening hosted by the band from NYC’s Arlene’s Grocery. Attempt to master the vocals and music of classic rock favorites at The Downtown. The event begins at 10 p.m. 10 West Front Street.

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A FULL SLATE OF WEEKEND DIVERSIONS

Bill Normyle leads a Red Bank Ghost Tour in 2010. See below for details of the current edition.

A quick rundown of things to do this weekend…

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
Heads Up for 180

October is the time for women’s awareness issues; breast cancer and domestic violence share the month. At 180 Turning Lives Around, volunteers hope to give purple its due in the midst of so much pink.

“Purple is the color that signifies the bruises and shame that come from abuse inflicted by someone that you love and trust,” said Barbara Lovell-Napoli, assistant director of development at 180. Monmouth County has the second-highest incidence of domestic violence in New Jersey, Lovell-Napoli said, and the most effective tool for prevention is awareness.

Each year, former clients put on a gallery show based on 180’s art therapy program. For 2012, it’s called “Heads Up!” and opens tonight at U Gallery. On display through October 24 a will be artwork from survivors and artists who support 180’s mission.

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WOMEN TO SHARE THEIR SONGS AND STORIES

The Woman’s Club of Red Bank is the kickoff site for the three-day event. (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

What is the value of art? Is it a frivolous hobby or a creative outlet necessary for emotional health?

Coming up this weekend is a three-day fundraiser designed to provoke such musings. The second annual “Women of Song” event is being held to promote the arts in Monmouth County through music, poetry, and performance. It kicks off Friday at the Woman’s Club of Red Bank before continuing on to Ocean Township and Asbury Park over the weekend.

Organizers Maxine Snow and Helen-Chantel Pike co-founded the event, with help from Brenda Wirth and Jenny Woods, to rectify what they saw as a “lack of representation for female talent in the Jersey Shore area,” said Snow.

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME… POETRY?

dub-readings-1The crowd was all ears at the Dublin House for last month’s River Read event. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

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That’s right, Sunday is not solely about football. Another kind of contact event — one also best enjoyed with a cold beverage — has been claiming a regular monthly audience in Red Bank.

The River Read series, dedicated to poetry, fiction and any other literature that might be read or recited aloud, continues this Sunday at its home of the past year, the Dublin House.

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IN oRBit: A TIGGA, BY THE TALE

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We here at Red Bank oRBit do what we can to create a trustworthy source for timely tips on how and where to spend your discretionary dollars and idle-hour attentions — but who do we turn to for recommendations? People like Lorraine Stone and Rock Wilk — each of them profiled previously in our pixelated pages, and both of them champions of a young poet and spoken word artist named Tylik “TIGGA” Railey.

Born in bred in Asbury Park (and heard in venues ranging from The Inkwell to Brookdale Community College to Nuyorican Poets Cafe to national poetry-slam competitions), Tigga (left) has a lot to say about life in the city where his family has made its home for generations — and this Thursday, he’ll be saying it at The Showroom in an autobiographical multimedia performance piece entitled Photographic Memory.

Equipped with live musical accompaniment by a talented student of Asbury Park High School — and preceded by a special free “warm-up” show — the presentation (sponsored by ArtsCAP and rescheduled from this past December) represents the most ambitious move yet for the self-described “starving artist” of another stripe — and we’ve got the “sabertooth trooth” in an exclusive interview with Tigga, ONLY in Red Bank oRBit!