2007-02-15 / Arts / Zest

In the Arts

Fair Haven singer/songwriter John Padovano, "The Ironbound Crooner," will perform Friday at 8 p.m. at Cafe 360, 34 E. Main St., Freehold. The performance will feature songs from his new album "Freight Train Pajamas" and from previous albums. For information, call (732) 294-4722.
Fair Haven singer/songwriter John Padovano, "The Ironbound Crooner," will perform Friday at 8 p.m. at Cafe 360, 34 E. Main St., Freehold. The performance will feature songs from his new album "Freight Train Pajamas" and from previous albums. For information, call (732) 294-4722. Monmouth University will host a free concert by The Simon Quartet Friday at 1 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium.The event is free and open to the public. The four-member ensemble consists of violinists Fiona Vanderspar-Simon and Jorge Ávila; violist Brett Deubner; and cellist David Bakamjian. The quartet will perform works by Haydn, Schumann, and Ravel and will feature Laura DuBois on the piano.

Urgeworks will perform at the Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., in Red Bank Saturday at 11 a.m. Through hip-hop dance and music the performers harness the excitement and sounds of urban life. With astounding and powerful athleticism, they share real-life stories about growing up and becoming positive role models. Tickets are $15, through the box office at (732) 345-1400 or visit trtc.org.

"Uncanning Worms: Exper-imental Music for the Anomalous Ear" is a monthly music series at the Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts in Long Branch. Saturday's show at 8 p.m. will feature Dennis Young and Caves of Mercury. Young composes his own music which combines influences from rock, jazz, dance, folk and world music. He is best known as the marimba/percussionist for the legendary early '80s NYC band Liquid Liquid. $5 cover. SICA is located at 20 Third Ave. For more information, visit www.sica.org or call (732) 263-1121.
"Uncanning Worms: Exper-imental Music for the Anomalous Ear" is a monthly music series at the Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts in Long Branch. Saturday's show at 8 p.m. will feature Dennis Young and Caves of Mercury. Young composes his own music which combines influences from rock, jazz, dance, folk and world music. He is best known as the marimba/percussionist for the legendary early '80s NYC band Liquid Liquid. $5 cover. SICA is located at 20 Third Ave. For more information, visit www.sica.org or call (732) 263-1121. Red Bank Regional High School's Source Foundation will present "America's Original Sound: Jazz" Sunday at 7 p.m. at Two River Theater in Red Bank. The foundation's annual fundraiser will feature an evening of jazz with recoding artist Bob Baldwin and a community salute to Ralph Gatta, jazz historian and proprietor of Johnny's Jazz Market in Red Bank. Tickets are $100 with reception at 5:30 p.m., or $50 performance only at 7 p.m. For tickets or information, contact Gilda Rogers at (732) 747-5017 or visit www.trtc.org.

Paintings and drawings by Monmouth County Arts High School students will be on display at the Long Branch Public Library, 328 Broadway, during the month of February. The exhibit includes work by Christine Cittadino and Liia Magi, Monmouth Regional HS and Suzanne Herlihy, Red Bank Catholic HS. For more information, contact Monmouth County Arts HS at (732) 566-2787 or e-mail to info@artsandedcenter.org.

"A Lesson Before Dying" will be presented at the Performing Arts Center at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. The Romulus Linney play will be presented Feb. 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 18 and 25 at 4 p.m. Darrell Lawrence Willis Sr., founder of Dunbar Repertory Company, will make his Brookdale directing debut. The play is about an innocent young Black man condemned to death in 1948 and a community galvanized around the cause of teaching him how to die with dignity and reclaim his life. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and non-BCC students and children, $5 for BCC students with valid ID. For more information, call the box office at (732) 224-2411.

The Performing Arts Series at Pollak Theatre, Monmouth University, will present the Harlem Gospel Choir, one of the pre-eminent congregations of spiritual voices in the world, Saturday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32. Pollak Theatre is located at 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, contact the box office at (732) 263-6889, or visit www.monmouth.edu/arts.

Soar Productions will present "Little Red and the Hoods," interactive children's theater, Saturdays, Feb. 17 and 24, at and 4 p.m. at the Union Beach Firehouse, 1110 Union Ave. Tickets: $10; first aid, law enforcement and active military 20% discount on up to 4 tickets. For tickets call (732) 471-8268.

The Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Association will sponsor a stage show and jam session featuring five Bluegrass, country and folk bands Feb. 18, 1-5 p.m., at Embury United Methodist Church, Church Street, Little Silver. Admission is $5, $4 members. For information, visit www.newjerseybluegrass.org or call (732) 787-1891.

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