In the Arts

“Smokin’ Tribute to the Ladies of Swing,” the final concert in the summer jazz series at the Woman’s Club of Red Bank, will take place Friday beginning at 8 p.m. at the Anthony Reckless Estate, 164 Broad St. The Vickie Smith Quartet will present a tribute to great female artists. The event is BYOB with light refreshments provided. A $10 donation at the door will benefit the scholarship funds of the Woman’s Club and the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation.

Susan Schanerman will be at Fair Haven Books on River Road for a book signing on Oct. 1, 1-3 p.m. She is the author of “Play or Pay: 77 Ways to Have Fun or Suffer the Consequences and End Up Paying the Price,” an amusing guidebook that offers ideas that will inspire and motivate the reader to a more “playful” approach to life.

For more information, call toll free (866) 648-7973 or e-mail

“The Sensational and the Mundane: the Humanity of War,” an exhibit by Barbara Powderly, is at the Rotary Ice House Gallery at Monmouth University in West Long Branch through Oct. 5. For the exhibit, the two levels of the gallery are used conceptually to explore cycles of conflict from World War I and today’s conflicts in the Middle East

Powderly teaches graphic design and computer graphic design at Monmouth. For more information, contact Scott Knauer, director of galleries and collections, at (732) 923-4786, or by e-mail at

The Shrewsbury Players, a dessert theater, will present Joe Kesselring’s classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” at the Presbyterian church house, 352 Sycamore Ave., Shrewsbury, on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Oct 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 and a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. on Oct. 23. Ticket prices are $15, seniors and students $12 and $18 with dessert and coffee. For reservations, call (732) 224-8882 or (732) 389-5648.

Monmouth Players presents Agatha Christie’s “Verdict” on Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 at 8:15 p.m. and Oct. 16 and 23 at 2:30 p.m. at the Navesink Library Theater at the corner of Sears and Monmouth avenues in the Navesink section of Middletown. Tickets are $15 and $12 for seniors and students. For reservations or information, call Lori at (732) 291-9211 or visit

The Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft will hold auditions for “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley” on Monday, Oct. 10 and Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 5-10 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 16, from 3- 7 p.m. in the Main Theater of the PAC. Auditions are open to all. Rehearsals will begin Oct. 18. Performance dates will be Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. To schedule an audition appointment or for more information, call (732) 224-2411.

Running Rabbit Family Theatre will present “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” at Two River Theater in Red Bank Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. The comic adaptation by Paul Whelihan has Goldilocks being put on trial for breaking and entering, petty theft and vandalism. The audience becomes the jury, deciding her fate.

The script is brimming with humor and the music is a fanciful collection of popular 1970s music. The show is recommended for children ages 2 and up and their families. Ticket price is $14 and reservations can be made at (732) 245-1400.

The Ship Model Society of Northern New Jersey will present an exhibit and seminar Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Warner Student Life Center of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. The exhibit will feature ship models representative of all eras. Members will demonstrate ship modeling tools and techniques. For more information, visit

The D-Major Singers, a group that performs ballads and songs sung in America in the 1700s, will perform at five events for their 23rd season. Performances are at historic sites supported by nonprofit organizations and include supper at intermission.

The D-Major Singers will return to their Monmouth County base, the Seabrook-Wilson House, Port Monmouth, for the eighth year, on Saturday, Nov. 5, 3:30-6 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m. For reservations, contact Friends of the Parks, P.O. Box 686, Lincroft 07738, or call (732) 975-9735 or visit

Members of the group will also perform at Walnford Day on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Historic Walnford at Crosswicks Creek Park in Upper Freehold. For more information, contact Pete Brady at (732) 671-9249 or visit

James McBride, award-winning writer, composer, musician and best-selling author, will be at Brookdale Community College, Middletown, on Thursday, Oct. 13 for a free seminar and book signing. The event will be held in the Donald D. Warner Student Life Center, Twin Lights Rooms I & II. The free seminar by the author of American classic “The Color of Water” is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will include lunch. A book signing will follow from 2-5 p.m. To preregister and for more information, call (732) 224-2106.

The Monmouth Museum is presenting “Visionary Anatomies,” an exhibit of 18 works in media from painting to photography that explores the intersection of anatomical science and creative art. Created by the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, the exhibit will run through Nov. 6 at the museum, located on the campus of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, call (732) 747-2266 or visit

Join the Art Society of Monmouth County Oct. 19 for a presentation by sculptor Edmund Spiro at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center at 128 Ocean Ave. Spiro’s demonstration begins at 11 a.m. Spiro, of East Brunswick, has exhibited widely and his works are in private collections as well as the Sayreville Public Library and Newark Museum.

For more information, call the cultural center at (732) 229-4527 or visit

Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) recently hosted a “D.C. Day” for central New Jersey artists, arts administrators and supporters of the arts. The program was designed to provide an opportunity to hear the latest about policy developments affecting the arts from representatives of the Congressional Arts Caucus; Congressional Humanities Caucus, Arts in Education Program, U.S. Department of Education, Americans for the Arts; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and the National Endowment for the Arts.