Published in The Coaster, Asbury Park NJ, November 15 2018
SCENES: Dr. Sketchy’s Belly Dance at Bond Street Basement
The always-amazing and energizing CJ Mars IS the latest regeneration of the good Dr. Sketchy, the local chapter of the monthly series of themed drawing-class sessions that’s found a subterranean home at the Bond Street Basement Bar. Join CJ (pictured front and center in photo at left) and friends TONIGHT, November 15, for a very special event centered around the ever-exotic realm of Belly Dance — and featuring the incredible Brazilian-American dancer Yamé as guest live model! The teacher and leader of the SharQui Dance company (pictured above, during a previous Sketchy session keyed to the signs of the Zodiac) invites sketchers to sketch ‘er at 6:30 pm; it’s $10 admission to reserve a seat (via eventbrite.com or at the door); there’s a prize package giveaway of art supplies, plus unique merchandise for sale AND more details at the Facebook page for Dr. Sketchy’s Asbury Park.
STAGES: ANNIE at Axelrod Performing Arts Center
Andrea McArdle, the original Little Orphan Annie of the Tony winning 1977 Broadway original, returns to the hit musical (this time as mean Miss Hannigan). Performances at 8 p.m. on November 15, 16 and 17; at 2 p.m. on November 17; and at 3 p.m. on November 18. Reserve tickets ($46-$56 adults, with discounts for seniors and students) at axelrodartscenter.com. Check upperwetside.wordpress.com for our archived Coaster interview with McArdle on the new production.
STAGES: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at Monmouth U
A clever pastiche of 1920s Jazz Age tunefests (and the fans who love them), the Tony winning 2009 meta-musical (with songs by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison) comes to the Lauren K. Woods Theatre in a production from the Department of Music and Theatre Arts at Monmouth U. Professor Sheri Anderson directs a student cast, with performances at 8 p.m. on November 15, 16 and 17, plus a 3 p.m. matinee on November 18. Reserve tickets ($20; free for MU students) at http://www.monmouth.edu/arts.