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    June 22, 2024 | Entertainment | Holmdel

    Holmdel’s PNC Arts Center continues to shine as a staple of summer at the Jersey Shore

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    May 31, 2024 | Entertainment | Monmouth County

    Summer’s about to rock (again) at Pier Village in Long Branch

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    May 26, 2024 | Entertainment | Monmouth County

    iPlay America offers classic boardwalk action miles from the beach

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    May 8, 2024 | Entertainment | Middletown

    The Middletown Arts Center feeds the creative souls of Middletown

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    May 2, 2024 | Entertainment | Monmouth County

    Searching for his groove: Jarod Clemons carves out his niche as a singer, songwriter and musician

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    April 24, 2024 | Entertainment | Holmdel

    Constantine Maroulis and Teal Wicks star in “East Carson Street” at new Bell Theater in Holmdel

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    May 31, 2023 | , Entertainment | Atlantic Highlands , Colts Neck , Fair Haven , Holmdel , Lincroft , Little Silver , Locust , Middletown , Oceanport , Red Bank , Rumson , Sea Bright , Shrewsbury

    Southside Johnny: The Grandfather of the New Jersey Sound

    Simply put, Southside Johnny Lyon is New Jersey rock-and-roll royalty. As much a part of the Jersey Shore culture as saltwater taffy and summer beach badges, Lyon has been dubbed “the Grandfather of the New Jersey Sound”

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    June 6, 2022 | Entertainment , Local | Holmdel

    Award-Winning Playwright: Holmdel’s Mike Sockol’s Latest Work Delivered a “Dangerous” Chemical Reaction

    Award-winning playwright and community leader Mike Sockol has written nearly 30 plays and is an elected leader in his hometown of Holmdel, serving on the Holmdel School Board for the last 12 years. A member of the Dramatist Guild, Sockol is known locally to many who appreciate his friendly and outgoing personality and his ability to spark many lively conversations about important local topics. Sockol is a communicator, an interesting storyteller, and a lover of Holmdel and advocating for maintaining the rural character of the town.

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    March 2, 2022 | Entertainment |

    The Garden State Film Festival Returns

    The Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) returns for its 20th anniversary edition March 23 to March 27, 2022 for in-person events, as well as the new virtual showcase March 28 to April 3 – a total of 12 days of cinema screenings and events.

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    February 4, 2022 | Entertainment | Fair Haven

    Charlie Volker’s Olympic Dream Comes True

    Former Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School football and track star, Charlie Volker, is one of 12 athletes representing Team USA in the bobsled events at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China, taking place February 4 through February 20. The U.S. will field two sleds in all four bobsled disciplines.

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    January 11, 2022 | Entertainment | Red Bank

    HBO Max Watch Party: T. Thomas Fortune Hits the Big Screen

    On January 24, HBO Max will start streaming a new series, The Gilded Age. The show will feature the character of T. Thomas Fortune, played by actor Sullivan Jones. Fortune and his family resided in Red Bank from 1901 to 1915 in what was then called Maple Hall and is now an historic home.

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    November 30, 2021 | Entertainment |

    Trevor Donovan: A Star in All Seasons

    With the Christmas movie season in full swing, fans of the rom com family-friendly genre have more movies than ever from which to choose.

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    November 1, 2021 | Entertainment | Holmdel

    Broadway Icon Eden Espinosa to Debut at Holmdel Theatre Company

    An Evening with Eden Espinosa, November 13 at 8:00 pm, is the next installment of the Holmdel Theatre Company’s 2021 Broadway at the Barn series. Most recognized for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked (Broadway, LA, and San Francisco), Broadway icon Espinosa makes her Holmdel debut in what promises to be an intimate, laid back, and playful event.

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    November 1, 2021 | Entertainment | Red Bank

    Italian Bred Returns to Two River Theater after Sold Out Shows

    Candice Guardino is being called, “Someone who stuns!”, “A Must See”, and is “Redefining Solo Performances” by The Chicago Stage and reviewers across the country. After sold out shows across the country, Candice will return to Red Bank with her hit show, Italian Bred, at Two River Theater on Saturday, December 4 at 8:00 pm.

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    October 28, 2021 | , Entertainment | Colts Neck

    The Musical Stages of David Bryan

    David Bryan, a longtime resident of Colts Neck, has enthusiastically embraced his philosophy that all things are possible if we don’t limit ourselves.

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    September 30, 2021 | Entertainment | Fair Haven , Middletown , Red Bank , Rumson

    A Red Carpet for RUSHED

    The movie RUSHED premiered in Red Bank at the Basie Center Cinemas. Rumson’s own Siobhan Fallon Hogan wrote, produced, and starred in this suspenseful film which addresses the important and timely issue of fraternity hazing rituals. The movie focuses on the emotional issues experienced by a suburban mother who must deal with the aftermath of her son’s tragic fraternity hazing.

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    September 2, 2021 | Entertainment , Local |

    The Beat Goes On: 25 Years of Music with the Moroccan Sheepherders

    It was the year the Spice Girls hit the radio waves with their debut single Wannabe, Alanis Morissette was the number one female artist, and Los Del Rio’s Macarena had everyone dancing. 1996 was also the year three guys came together in a home studio and started a band that has lasted for a quarter century and is more popular than ever, entertaining the Jersey Shore and named for an article in National Geographic. The Moroccan Sheepherders (MSH) will celebrate its silver anniversary this month on September 25 at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como.

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    July 27, 2021 | Entertainment , Events | Holmdel

    Broadway At the Barn Welcomes Drama Desk nominee Christina Bianco

    “Must we trot out the phrase Tour De Force? Yes. We Must!” – The New York Times Join internationally acclaimed singer, actor, and impressionist Christina Bianco for an eclectic evening of music and comedy on September 18 at 8:00 pm at the Holmdel Theatre Company.

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    May 6, 2021 | Entertainment |

    When Calls the Heart Season Eight Finale

    All week Hallmark Channel has been teasing that Hope Valley will say goodbye to one of her own and Elizabeth will choose whom her heart desires. We’ll also find out what happened to Jesse, as he has gone missing, and see if Carson and Faith choose love over their careers,

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    May 6, 2021 | Entertainment |

    A New Season of Good Witch

    Anew Merriwick mystery to unravel has Cassie, Abigail, and Joy reflecting on their pasts and learning how life events have impacted them. Along with the usual Middleton fun, new relationships, personal challenges, and romance are in store.

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    April 30, 2021 | Entertainment |

    Is Hallmark Changing the Channel?

    Rumors are circling that Hallmark Channel is moving in a new direction. The cancellation of hugely popular daytime talk show Home & Family, along with recent movies that seem to be moving away from the brand, have many wondering if the new brass at the network are steering in a different direction.

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    April 29, 2021 | Entertainment , Events |

    Garden State Film Festival Hosts First Hybrid Event – Screens 300+ Films to 585K Viewers

    For its 19th iteration, the Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) presented more than 300 independent films to 585,000+ viewers globally, with the first hybrid event including in-person events as well as connecting to film lovers virtually through dynamic digital streaming in light of the global COVID-19 crisis.

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    April 27, 2021 | Entertainment , Local |

    Axelrod Performing Arts Center Presents Summer Concert Series in Holmdel and Asbury Park

    The Axelrod Performing Arts Center presents the “UP ON THE ROOF” Vogel Summer Concert Series, taking place in two outdoor venues: the scenic rooftop deck at Bell Works in Holmdel and the Arthur Pryor Bandshell on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Beginning May 12, the series takes place every other week, Wednesdays in Asbury Park and Thursdays in Holmdel through August. For the complete schedule, tickets and rain dates, visit axelrodartscenter.com

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    April 6, 2021 | Entertainment |

    JoAnna Garcia Swisher Makes Hallmark Debut in As Luck Would Have It

    Saturday, April 10 9PM ET/PT

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    April 1, 2021 | Entertainment , Local |

    Count Basie Center Announces ‘Concerts On The Green’ Outdoor Summer Concert Series

    The Count Basie Center for the Arts recently announced Concerts On The Green, an outdoor, socially-distanced concert series kicking off in mid-May at the historic Suneagles Golf Club in Eatontown.

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    March 31, 2021 | , Entertainment | Middletown

    To Dream the Nearly Impossible Dream

    Meet Professional Ballet Dancer, Lauren Bonfiglio Do you remember having big dreams for a spectacular career in the arts or in sports? Do you also remember the sinking realization that it takes extremely rare talent, incredibly hard work, and personal drive to fulfill this nearly impossible dream? Fortunately, Lauren Bonfiglio of Middletown possesses these requisite characteristics. As a child, she set two goals: to become a professional ballet dancer, and after seeing Swan Lake at the Metropolitan Opera House, to be accepted at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in New York City. With laser focus and a deep love for dance, she achieved both goals and she now is enjoying her seventh year in the ABT’s corps de ballet.

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    March 31, 2021 | Entertainment , Meet Your Neighbor | Holmdel

    New Recording Artist GiGi Abinader Releases First Song, Encourages Others to Share Their Voices

    Holmdel teen, Georgette, ‘Gigi’ Abinader is a sophmore at Monmouth University, studying Music Industry. She just released her first song; October by Gigi, which is now on Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube, and Apple Music. CM interviewed GiGi about her new song release and the path that led her there.

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    March 23, 2021 | Entertainment |

    Italia Ricci and Ryan Paevey Star in Don’t Go Breaking My Heart on March 27th

    A new, original movie premiering Saturday, March 27 (9p.m. ET/PT) on Hallmark Channel as part of the network’s annual Spring Fling programming event

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    March 18, 2021 | Philanthropy , Entertainment , Local | Red Bank

    Count Basie Center for the Arts Hosts Fundraising Gala

    The Count Basie Center for the Arts held its winter fundraising gala, dubbed the “Winter Trip,” this month. The gala honored New Jersey State Senator Vin Gopal (D-11), Monmouth County Commissioner Director Tom Arnone, and Yvonne Scudiery, the retiring Count Basie Center Vice President of Education, who established the nonprofit’s arts education program two decades ago.

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    January 29, 2021 | , Entertainment | Atlantic Highlands

    Highlands to Hollywood, Kevin Smith’s Journey as the Hero Slacker

    A fluffy cloud with an iron core. That’s how Kevin Smith has been described on set and how he characterizes his 50-year-old self. The kid who grew up in Highlands, sitting in the cheap seats of a matinee movie with his old man, didn’t know he had what it takes to make movies or become part of the Hollywood elite.

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    September 18, 2020 | Dining , Entertainment | Red Bank

    SNOOCHIE BOOCHIES! Mooby’s Makes Red Bank Debut

    Pop-Up will be OPEN for 1 Week Only!

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    December 5, 2019 | Dining , Home , Entertainment |

    CM’s Holiday Gift Guide 2019

    Holiday Gift Guide 2019

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    September 3, 2019 | Philanthropy , Entertainment | Oceanport

    Rockfest at the Track to Honor Woodstock & Benefit HABcore

    Fifty years ago on Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, NY the world of music changes forever when 400,000 people came together for three days of peace and music. The Aquarian Exposition, which later became known as Woodstock, has inspired festivals, movies, and movements in the years since. And sometimes, though often smaller, the gatherings to honor Woodstock have an impact of their own. On Saturday, October 5, at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, just such an event will make it possible for bands to come together to entertain crowds while raising money to house those who are locally homeless.

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    June 6, 2019 | Entertainment , Local , Events | Lincroft

    Monmouth Museum presents ‘Woodstock at 50: Summer of Love’

    The Monmouth Museum presents Woodstock at 50: Summer of Love, June 8 – September 1, 2019. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm, museum admission is $8. The Opening Reception will be Saturday, June 8th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Admission to the opening reception is free and open to the public. Performing at the Opening will be Poppa John Bugg who played with Richie Havens.

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    June 5, 2019 | , Dining , Entertainment |

    Tim McLoone: Curing Boredom with Success

    Living in Monmouth County, you’ve almost certainly heard the name Tim McLoone.

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    October 3, 2018 | , Dining , Entertainment |

    Turning Wine Into Water: Jesse & Jon Bon Jovi Partner with French Winemaker Gérard Bertrand

    It could be a reference to the beautiful beaches of Long Island, or maybe a new brand of fancy spring water, but instead it’s something entirely unique. Take one-part award-winning music icon, one part acclaimed French winemaker, and two parts ambitious college student and what you’ll have is the new premium rosé wine company that has been named among the five best rosé wines in the world. Conceived and run by Jesse Bongiovi, the second of Jon Bon Jovi’s four children with his wife Dorothea, Hampton Water was announced in January and launched by Jon Bon Jovi and Gérard Bertrand this past February.

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    April 4, 2018 | , Home , Entertainment |

    Donny Osmond Home – It’s a Little Bit Furniture, A Little Bit Heart & Soul

    He’s known the world over as an entertainer, famous for his solo singing career as well as his collaboration with his sister, Marie.

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