Crane House Presents Filmed Opera

  On Thurs., July 26 at 5 p.m. the Stephen Crane House in Asbury Park will be presenting the second in its eighth summer series of filmed operas. Fifty years ago, Herbert Von Karajan presented Pietro Mascagni’s one-act opera “Cavalleria Rusticana,”  filmed in Sicily.  A half century ago, the New York Post said of the production: “Magnificently […]

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IT’S WHAT’S UP FOR WEEK OF MAY 31 – JUNE 6

  SOUNDS: Trashcan Sinatras at The Saint The Scottish band that’s marking its 33rd year of existence with a North American tour returns to Asbury Park’s boxcar berthplace of rock and roll (where they appeared as recently as last September) in an acoustic three-piece format TONIGHT, May 31, with a “One Night, Two Albums” program that […]

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What’s UP! this week

  By TOM CHESEK SOUNDS: Kiefer Sutherland at the Stone Pony Local audiences have become accustomed to the spectacle of musically curious actors passing this way with projects that have seemed alternately heartfelt (Bacon Brothers, Jeff Daniels) and hardly-so (Russell Crowe, Keanu Reeves). But when Kiefer Sutherland returns to the Stone Pony stage for a Memorial Weekend Friday encore, he’ll roll […]

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Asbury’s Summer of Tunes Starts NOW!

  By TOM CHESEK From the days of Arthur Pryor’s long-running seaside serenades, to the syncopated incubations of the legendary Springwood Avenue nightspots…and from those amplified guitarslingers who plugged into the Circuit during its 1960s-70s heyday, to the new generations of dreamers who seek their fortunes on our boardwalk, boulevards, barrooms and bowling alleys…Asbury Park […]

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Nobody’s Beatlemania Act

  To dispense with the walrus in the room, right from the get-go: The Weeklings are nobody’s “Beatlemania” act. Their brand has nothing to do with brushing/ pressing/ shining their wigs and suits and boots — and everything to do with channeling the musically adventurous spirit of the original Fab Four. Their sonic signature isn’t so much a […]

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IT’S WHAT’S UP FOR MAY 10-16

  The Sainted Zappa’s legacy REVISITated…fast-food culture RECYCLE-arted…punk-rock pappies RESURGENTized…the Stoney’s SummerStage REOPEN-ized…the Golden Gays girls re-BRUNCHIFIED…The Music Man re-YOUTHIFIED…and Asbury VIPs re-ENERGIZED for another spin on the Carousel…it’s WHAT’S UP in and around Asbury town for the week beginning Thursday, May 10, and we’ve got the highlights right HERE, with the FULL layout of […]

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A NEW STAGE FOR A STAND-UP GUY

  By TOM CHESEK Published in The Coaster, Asbury Park NJ, on May 10 2018 “My phone rings a lot” says Bobby Collins, speaking from Rome, Italy in what must be an epic understatement of this maybe too-connected age. The constantly working comic — who averages more than 200 shows each year, in locales that range from […]

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What’s UP!

  SOUNDS: The Gangster Squad at the Wonder Bar It doesn’t get much more classically old-school than this sonic side-gig project from Vincent Pastore, known for all eternity as “Big Pussy” from the landmark HBO series The Sopranos. While Pastore has regularly rolled in to Asbury Park for such events as the annual Light of Day concerts […]

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The Asbury Park Music & Film Festival

Danny De Vito’s at the center of an Asbury Park Music and Film Festival weekend that also brings to town such luminaries as (clockwise from top left) Sublime with Rome, Michael Front  Wyclef Jean, and John Densmore of The Doors. By TOM CHESEK It’s another multi-day convergence of sights/ sounds/ scenemaking in a town that’s never […]

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What’s UP!

  The big entertainment story in little old Asbury Park this week is the cultural candy store of M&M (Music and Movies) that is the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival…see our feature on the sprawling smorgasbord of entertainment, elsewhere on this space…but one could argue that pretty much ANY day’s a festival of sights […]

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