Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band will take the stage at New Hope Foundation’s First Trop Rock Festival 1-7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Shore Casino in Atlantic Highlands. Other featured musicians include: John Frinzi; Doyle Grisham; Rackett; Sunny Jim White; Charlie DeCosa and Gary Philips. Tickets are $40 and $15 per adult, $15 per child, and are available at, or by calling 732-946-3030, ext. 226. Event proceeds will benefit New Hope Foundation, a nonprofit based in Marlboro that provides treatment for alcohol, drug and gambling addictions.

The Center for Visual Arts (CVA) Gallery at Brookdale Community College’s Lincroft main campus will host a Sept. 15 – 29 exhibit of photographs and cultural artifacts by international students and student participants from Brookdale’s Study Abroad Programs. An opening reception will take place Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. On view will be photographs taken abroad, drawings, paintings, journals, crafts, three-dimensional artwork and collected objects of material culture. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Parking is most convenient in lots 1 or 2. For more information, call 732-224-2520.

The Narrows Drama Theater, a theater company dedicated to the presentation of original works, will present North Brunswick playwright M. Lennon Perricone’s drama “Dash Buchanan.” Long after Dash Buchanan’s career ended, the former matinee idol comes face to face with the young, beautiful and obsessed fan who’s been stalking him. This two-character play set in 1936 Brooklyn is a drama about obsession and the inability to admit the truth and let go. Performances are Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19- Oct. 4, at Eatontown Playhouse in the Tower Market Center on Route 35 north Admission: $10. Reservations not required. For information, call (732) 888-0339.

Monmouth University will present a free screening of the Disney film “Mulan” at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 on the Great Lawn of the West Long Branch campus. The event is part of Monmouth U’s “One Strong Character, One Powerful Message – Gender Issues in Children’s Entertainment” sponsored by Alpha Xi Delta, Gender Studies, and Monmouth University Student Government. Children ages 4 and up accompanied by their parents, teachers and counselors are invited to attend a screening of the Disney film, which portrays a strong female character who sends out a strong message to girls. Contact Petra Ludwig, Office of Public Affairs, at 732-263-5507.

Compiled by Gloria Stravelli Designed by Eileen Russell Gerber