Dawn DiCicco Abstractions: Opening Reception

With this solo exhibition, Oyster Point Hotel Vice President Kevin Barry and Ellen Martin, the Hotel’s Director of Art Programming welcome Dawn DiCicco as a 2022 Artist in Residence (AIR). Ms. DiCicco received her BFA at the University of Arizona where she studied fine arts and graphic design. She now lives in New Jersey and paints at the Art Hive in Red Bank.

Everyone is invited to this free event, but for safety considerations, it is a timed event. Please reserve your ticket by clicking on the link below. Masks are requested.

In 2011, after working as a graphic designer, Ms. DiCicco decided to concentrate on painting and started taking classes with James Kent at the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, NJ. This exhibit contains paintings from those early days but is primarily comprised of work completed in 2021. The earliest paintings, “House Up High” and “Factory” from 2013, are good examples of Ms. DiCicco’s early work being gestural abstraction in style.

Paintings from 2019, such as “A Man Walks into a Bar” and “Pool Party” also contain spontaneous gestural marks and swooping lines. These lines and gestures serve to energize the composition. Color is a critical component of most abstract painting and early on Ms. DiCicco learned the benefit of using a controlled palette. Her current work is more hue-based containing subtle variations and delicate washes of one or two colors.

Ms. DiCicco’s primary medium is acrylic paint but her pieces may also include elements such as paper or pieces of musical scores. She is inspired by the color, shapes, and light in nature.

Ms. DiCicco has won numerous awards and honors. In 2013 she was selected for the Emerging Artist program at the Monmouth Museum. From 2014 to 2018 her work was accepted into the Monmouth Museum Annual Juried Exhibits. In 2018, she was awarded the Best Abstract prize from the Guild of Creative Art Annual Juried Show.

Ms. DiCicco has shown extensively throughout the central New Jersey region. She had a solo exhibition at the Hotel Tides in Asbury Park, showed at Gallery U in Westfield, and at the George Segal Gallery in Montclair in 2017. Along with three other artists, she was part of the “Something Wild”, at the Gallery at Thompson Park, NJ. Most recently, her work was accepted into “Journey”, at the Pollak Gallery, Monmouth University, in Long Branch NJ.

It’s A Wonderful Life

Come out to the Middletown Arts Center for a live radio performance of It’s A Wonderful Life. Enjoy this holiday classic performed by the talented cast of Classic Radio Road Show.

Let Us Scare Your Pants Off

Enjoy a spooky night out at the Middletown Arts Center as the fantastic crew of Classic Radio Road Show performs two creepy Halloween stories – On a Country Road and The Tell-Tale Heart. This is an outdoor event that starts at 7:30 pm. Buy tickets at the event or online at www.middletownarts.org/events.

5th Annual Asbury Park PorchFest

(Asbury Park) — The AP Homeowners Association’s 5th Annual Porchfest event will be held on Saturday, October 2nd from 1pm-6pm on porches all around town. Local bands and performers will play at the family-friendly, free event, which features musicians from a wide variety of genres. Attendees can stroll from porch to porch and relax on front lawns and sidewalks as they enjoy live, local talent.
PorchFest was founded in Ithaca, NY in September 2007. Over the years, the concept of hosting performances on front porches for an audience that moved from home to home has grown with communities around the U.S. participating. Asbury Park’s passionate connection to music, its beauty and camaraderie, and its beautiful porches make it an ideal town for our own annual event, which is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.
Homeowners around AP have donated the use of their porches and lawns for a safe, fun event, which will follow pandemic protocols as they stand in the fall. Full details will be made available on the FAQ page of the PorchFest website, and a program guide will be available on the day of the event. A map of porches and performers will be posted on https://APPorchfest.org a few days before the event.
PorchFest is completely coordinated by volunteers who believe in the power of music and understand that engagement builds strong communities. You can show your support for local music, the arts, and your community by sponsoring a porch, placing an ad in the event program guide, or by making a donation, which helps the Asbury Park Homeowner’s Association and supports the community. In previous years, donations helped create the mural on City Hall, plant public gardens throughout Asbury Park, and provided music education scholarships for local kids who otherwise could not afford them. Asbury Park PorchFest is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Donations are not tax deductible. Those interested in being an event sponsor can reach out to the AP event founder, Jordan Modell, at JordanModell@gmail.com for more information.
Additional details will be posted as they become available, so be sure to check the website at https://APPorchfest.org and follow the organization’s social media accounts: Facebook – @AsburyParkPorchfest Instagram – @APPorchfest Twitter – @APPorchfest

Darn That Dream

A ZOOM premier from Classic Radio Road Show. Tune in to explore the quirky world of dreams in this new romantic comedy, featuring a young woman entrepreneur who is desperately trying to block a bothersome recurring nightmare. However, just like in our own dreams, her quest doesn’t end the way she had envisioned.

MAC Music Café Showcase | Outdoor Edition

Join us for our July singer-songwriters showcase featuring local talent Shotgun Bill Anania, Jim Crawford, Audra Mariel and Fire in the Garden. The concert will take place outdoors, on the MAC’s tented patio. Please check our website for weather-related changes. All safety guidelines will be followed. The event is free with a suggested donation of $5.

Shotgun Bill is…Bill Anania. I consider myself a late bloomer singer/songwriter. Playing and living in Monmouth County, NJ, you’ll find me performing at events and venues in this area. I worked with Frank Patrouch in “Frank and Bill” since 2012. We released three CD projects, Frank Patrouch “Whiskey and Revenge”, Frank & Bill ” One Good Line” and “Unplugged and Uncouth”. In 2016, I also released my first solo CD, “The B-Sides”, and in the summer of 2017, I released my second solo project, “Train Cars, Prison Bars…and a White Guitar”. Working with my friend Scott “Tango Kid” Yetka, my next album, “Shotgun Bill with the Tango Kid – Lonesome Cowboys”, was released April 2019. During the pandemic we released the “Quarantined” EP. The summer of 2021 will see the release of our fifth project, “Shotgun Bill with the Tango Kid- Lack of Luxury”. Also you can hear all my tunes on Spotify, Itunes, Amazon, Band Camp and CD Baby! From time to time I venture out “hawking” my music..and making a good try at it. So keep your eye open for my show postings and new releases.

Jim Crawford was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and at the age of seven emigrated to Canada and five years later to Kearny, NJ, where he finished school before joining the US Army in 1964. Jim started playing for friends in an Irish Bar in Kearny called The Tyrone House which led to gigs in other local pubs in Northern NJ and had a good following for several years before he settled into work and his marriage. After retiring as a union electrician, Jim got back into his music and started writing songs that were based on his life experiences. This resulted two CDs, “Team of my Father” and “Yelling At Me”, that were well received by the local music community. Jim has performed solo and with groups in Albert Music Hall in Waretown, BOTMA in Little Silver, The Cafe Improv in Princeton, The Cafe Artiste in Neptune and numerous coffee houses in the Monmouth area.

Martin Howth is the solo looping project of jazz vocalist Audra Mariel. The music has been described as ethereal, even meditative, but also features catchy hooks and thoughtful lyrics. All loops are generated live, without the use of tracks nor additional digital effects (other than the looping effect itself). Martin Howth’s debut album, “The Wayward Warbler”, was released in December 2018, and she is currently recording her next full length album to be released at the end of summer, 2021.

Alissa Pecora, Frank Patrouch, Al Milewski and Bill Anania, each came from their own musical and songwriting histories to form fast friendships…after repeatedly bumping into each other at the same restaurants in Keyport where they live. Alissa’s poetry has enchanted listeners for some years before turning that and her sultry voice, toward writing songs with her husband, Frank. Frank, already with his own, long history of song-writing and guitar virtuosity, has performed from England to New York, from Nashville to New Orleans. Al has added his violin, guitar and vocals to bands playing folk/blues, Brazilian and gypsy swing. These three started to perform together about a year ago and have proudly contributed their skills to Musicians on a Mission. Their repertoire is broad, ranging from worldly-wise folk and rock to seductive blues to tranquil jazz.

What People Wore Historical Fashion Show

The Performing Arts Ensemble (PAE) will present WHAT PEOPLE WORE, a one-hour historical fashion show with entertainment for the whole family featuring clothing from the 1500s to 1980s with dances from each time period.

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy this show on the outdoor MAC Summer Stage. In the event of inclement weather, the performances will be brought indoors.

FOR KIDS: If you have a doll in a historical costume, you are invited to show it!


Call to reserve FREE tickets: 732-614-5426

Full info: https://middletownarts.org/what-people-wore/

Dunbar Repertory Company presents “Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery”

Dunbar Repertory Company is excited to present Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery at the MAC’s Open Air Theater this July!

Written by Shay Youngblood
Directed by Darrell Lawrence Willis, Sr.

Show Dates:
July 9, 10, 11 & July 16, 17, 18
Friday & Saturday 8 PM | Sunday 4 PM

Tickets: $20

This is the story of a young Black girl’s coming of age in the South in the 1960’s. Daughter is the main character, a 25-year-old narrator whose mother died when she was very young. She was raised by the women in the community, some blood related, some not, and at the age of 12, she began her journey to womanhood guided by these very diverse, non-traditional, older Black women. As she reflects, Daughter becomes a child again, reliving her vivid memories of growing up, recalling the rituals, the faith healings, the stories she was told and the lessons she learned about survival, healing, faith and mystery.

Cheryl Monden, Lorraine Stone, DaNeen Wyche

Weissfest 2021: Celebrating Rock ‘n Roll Photographer Mark Weiss

Middletown Arts Center presents a special three-day weekend of events celebrating renowned Rock ‘n Roll Photographer Mark “WEISSGUY” Weiss’ birthday and his 40+ years as a Rock ‘n Roll photographer.

Check out his gallery exhibit, The Decade that Rocked, on view at the MAC now through August 15! www.middletownarts.org/decade-that-rocked

June 24th Opening Reception
THURSDAY, JUNE 24TH 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Spend an evening with Rock ‘n Roll Photographer Mark Weiss at the Opening Reception of his MAC exhibit “The Decade that Rocked”, featuring his one-of-a-kind photos and artwork that celebrate the music icons of the 1980s and his personal stories of life with the legends. Wine, beer, and light fare will be served. Tickets are required to attend the Opening Reception and all proceeds benefit the Middletown Arts Center.

GET TICKETS: www.middletownarts.org/weissfest-2021

Friday, June 25th
An unbelievable collection of music from the 80s with a variety of 45-minute performances on the MAC’s outdoor stage including a very special appearance by the legendary drummer, Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, King Kobra, Blue Murder, and the list goes on). Hosted by The WRAT 95.9 DJ personality Tom Hanley. FREE to attend!

Saturday, June 26th
The fun continues with more great musical performances saluting the 80s. FREE to attend!

Full info & weekend lineup: www.middletownarts.org/weissfest-2021

Classic Radio Road Show LIVE!

Classic Radio Road Show returns to live performances on June 23rd at 7:30 PM on the Middletown Arts Center patio!

Recreating classic radio programs, live on stage, the group will present two 1940’s radio comedy classics: an episode of Blondie (with Dagwood of course), along with an installment of the hilarious couple, Fibber McGee & Molly.

Tickets are $12 and available online or by calling the Box Office at 732-706-4100

The performance will take place outdoors under our patio tent, rain or shine.

Full info & get tickets: https://middletownarts.org/june-radio-road-show/