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Special Events for March and April 2017

March 1 through March 25

The Art Society of Monmouth County (ASMC) “Oldies but Goodies” Art Show – at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road in Middletown. The event will include work done by art society members within the past 25 years. The ASMC is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that aims to promote education and appreciation for visual arts in Monmouth County. Besides monetary awards presented during each show, an annual scholarship award is provided for a Brookdale Community College student enrolled in the Visual Arts Program through the Brookdale Community College Foundation. The reception for the show will be on the last day of the exhibit, March 25, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Awards will be presented during the reception. Visit

March 9 through April 9

World Premiere of “Multiple Family Dwelling” – at the New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway in Long Branch. Things are not always what they seem. James and Kelly, a young married couple, appear to have it made. They have finally purchased their dream house with all the money that they’ve carefully saved, and James is confident that it will be a great investment for the future. He is convinced that the neighborhood is in transition and that they will reap the benefits of the coming gentrification, and all they need to do is hunker down and live for a brief while in the shadow of the drug den across the street. They may also need to make some temporary accommodations by taking a carefully chosen designated path to school with their young daughter so as to avoid the gauntlet of neighborhood delinquents. Adding further to their good fortune, they will be able to rent the upstairs apartment to their childhood friend Tia and her fiancé Stuart, with whom they will build their new lives together. Things start to unravel, however, when long-buried secrets are unearthed, and like an impending car-wreck in slow motion, deep betrayals and deceits are revealed as the past and present collide. No one is left unscathed, and no one is innocent. Previews begin Thursday, March 9 and opening night is Saturday, March 11. Call (732) 229-3166 or visit

March 12

Tower Hill Concert Series Presents NYC Harpist and Singer Erin Hill – 7:00 p.m. at Tower Hill First Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road, Red Bank. This concert is a featured event of the Tower Hill Concert Series. A versatile harpist and singer, New York-based Erin Hill presents a concert with Celtic classics and a broad popular repertoire. Her Celtic album “Four Leaf Clover” was #1 on the Billboard World chart in 2009. She has performed with Enya, Kanye West, moby, Cyndi Lauper, a-ha, Levon Helm, Randy Newman, Sinead O’Connor, and Jewel, and has played solo at The Royal Albert Hall. She is also known as The Pretty White Girl from Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show. She has played harp at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and at the US Open Tennis Championships. She was featured in an HBO “Game of Thrones” promo, playing the theme on her harp, and she’s been featured on Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing.” She is the voice and harp of Tafne for the upcoming Android video game “The Legacy of Barubash.” Ms. Hill is also known at the Ritz-Carlton on Central Park South in NYC for her rock ‘n’ roll arrangements on solo harp, as well as harp and voice. This concert is presented without charge; an offering will be taken to benefit the concert series. The church is handicapped-accessible. Call (732) 747.1348 or visit

A Talk by Steven Blush, Rock Music Author and Promoter, on “New York Rock and the Jewish Tradition” – 2:00 p.m. at the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, 310 Mounts Corner Drive, Freehold (on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center).   Steven Blush has written three books on the subject of rock: American Hardcore (Feral House, 2001), a history of the early 1980s hardcore punk scene; American Hair Metal, (Feral House, 2006), a visual tribute to big-haired rockers; and .45 Dangerous Minds (Creation, 2005), a collection of interviews with pop culture’s most notorious figures. He wrote and produced the American Hardcore documentary film (Sony Picture Classics, 2006) and followed that with an expanded and revised Second Edition of the American Hardcore book (Feral House, 2010). His talk will focus on his knowledge and experiences in the hardcore punk scene in New York and the rockers he has known. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Call (732) 252-6990 or visit Paid reservations are non-refundable. Maximum capacity is 100, so paid reservations are recommended. The JHMOMC is handicapped accessible.

March 25

The Monmouth County Genealogy Society Spring Workshop:

“How Did I Get Here?” DNA, Migration Patterns, and Lineage Societies – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Colts Neck Reformed Church, 139 Route 537, Colts Neck. Two DNA sessions will include “DNA – Are You Who You Think You Are?” by Nancy Bunn and “DNA – Diving Deeper into Genetic Genealogy” by Melissa Johnson.  Mark White will present “Patterns of Migration” and Bev Yackel will provide a guide to “Lineage Societies” and how to apply to them. Pre-register to guarantee a printed handout; $20 for MCGS members and $25 for non-members. Make checks payable to Monmouth County Genealogy Society and mail to: MCGS Education Committee, 19 Racquet Road, Wall, NJ 07719. Sign-in and late registration is at 8:30 a.m. on March 25 and admission will then be $25 for MCGS members and $30 for non-members. Bring your own lunch; beverages and desserts will be provided.

March 29

“Poesia and Chanson” Concert – 7:00 p.m. at the Middletown Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown. Fair Haven resident and singer/composer John “Giovanni” Padovano will perform a solo one-hour concert of poetic original song in this return engagement for the former Belford resident. This appearance is part of his music tour of New Jersey libraries. Middletown Public Library is one of the libraries of his youth; the other library being the Van Buren Library located in the Ironbound Section of Newark, NJ, where he performs an annual concert and is known as The Ironbound Crooner. All of the songs and music are from his many original song collections. He has also performed at many cafes and coffee houses, on television, radio, at Princeton University, and many other venues.

April 2

The Monmouth Museum Teddy Bear Tea – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Navesink Country Club, 50 Luffburrow Lane, Middletown. Children age three to eight years old are cordially invited to enjoy an afternoon with their favorite furry friend for polite conversation, lessons on manners, teddy bear parade, gourmet treats, and entertainment by Little Rockers. Proceeds will benefit the Arts and Education Programs of the Monmouth Museum. Museum member child price is $25 and non-member child price is $30. Visit, call (732) 224-1993, or email



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