Week of Feb. 19-25

Crossroads Theatre Company’s Genesis Festival of Plays is back for a three-day run of three new works Feb. 21-23. For more information, visit www.crossroadstheatrecompany.org.

Special Events

New Jersey Home & Garden Show
Feb. 21, 3 p.m.-8 p.m.; Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
New Jersey Convention Center
97 Sunfield Ave., Edison
Tickets: $10 for everyone 16 and older. Children under 16 free.

Stitches in Time at Historic Longstreet Farm
An informal session on hand-sewing basics. Learn five basic stitches, easy mending techniques, or bring a project to work on.
Feb. 22, 12-2:30 p.m.
Open to ages 7 and up. Free.
Historic Longstreet Farm, 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel
732-946-3758; www.monmouthcountyparks.com

Visiting Artist Workshops
For The Birds – Window Birding
Kristin Hock
Habitat Outreach Coordinator, New Jersey Audubon
Join the Monmouth Museum, New Jersey Audubon, and the Navesink Garden Club for an adventure into the world of Backyard Birding. Learn about Certified Wildlife Habitats® and Common Backyard Visitors, and how to care for wildlife during winter months. Bring binoculars if you have them.
Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Nilson Gallery
Monmouth Museum, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
Free with Admission to the Museum. Seating is Limited.
732-747-2266; monmouthmuseum.org

Sketch Club
Visiting Artist: Stacey AS Pritchard
Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Feb. 24, March 9, March 23, April 6
Monmouth Museum, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
$100 members, $125 non-members
732-747-2266; monmouthmuseum.org

Poetry Salon at the Monmouth Museum
An Invitation to Discover the Poet in You
Visiting Artist: Shelley Benaroya
Director of the Writing Center for Creative Aging
Open to writers and non-writers alike.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
March 4, March 18, April 1, April 15
Monmouth Museum, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
$100 members, $125 non-members
Participants are required to bring a notebook/journal for writing, pen/pencil. www.writingcenterforcreativeaging.com
732-747-2266; monmouthmuseum.org

Susan G. Komen Pink Power Party
Features cocktails, dinner, shopping, prizes, raffles and a fashion show styled by Lolas NJ.
March 5 at 6 p.m.
iPlay America, 110 Schanck Road, Freehold
Tickets: $50
732-577-8200; www.iplayamerica.com

The 2020 Progressive Insurance Saltwater Fishing Expo
More than 200 exhibitors selling saltwater fishing products, from new boats and kayaks to an array of accessories including fishing rods, reels and lures. The annual event includes a seminar on filleting and preparing fish, a Fishing 101 Interactive Center, a 50-foot casting pond, a fishing simulator and free fishing for children 11 and younger.
March 13, noon-8 p.m., March 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,
March 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center
97 Sunfield Ave., Edison
Tickets: $13 adults; $3 children ages 6-11; free for children 5 and younger when accompanied by an adult. All children 11 and under will receive free admission on March 15. Rods Go Free on March 13 – anyone named Rod or any variation of the name will receive free admission with a valid form of ID.

The Heart of Oneness Holistic Expo
Reiki, crystals, psychic readings, workshops and aura photography.
March 27, 5-9 p.m.; March 28, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; March 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center
97 Sunfield Ave., Edison


Sing with the Monroe Township Chorus
Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass
Join the Monroe Township Chorus, sing four part harmony and rehearse at the Monroe Township Senior Center, 12 Halsey Reed Road.
Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
For more information contact Sheila Werfel, Director, at 609-619-3229.

Jazz Jam Sessions
Co-presented by NJPAC and the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark
Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Clement’s Place
15 Washington St., Newark

Rutgers Symphony Band: Peaks and Valleys “Shenandoah,” arranged by Omar Thomas; John Mackey’s Kingfishers Catch Fire
Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Nicholas Music Center
85 George St., New Brunswick
Tickets: Public $15; Seniors, Rutgers Alumni & Employees $10; Students $5
848-932-7511; www.masongross.rutgers.edu

The Music of Eric Clapton, played and sung by the band Slow Hands
A special two-hour concert March 29 at 4 p.m.
Monroe TWP High School
200 Schoolhouse Road, Monroe Township
Tickets: Adults $30, Patrons $25, Students Free (High school and college students need proof current ID)
Tickets will also be available for purchase at the box office 1 hour before the performance

For Kids

Beauty and the Beast
Through April 15
Saturdays at 2:15 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m.
First Avenue Playhouse
123 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands
Tickets: $10
Reservations: 732-291-1216

Kids! Animal Superpowers
Presented by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County.
Feb. 19, 4:15 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Grades K-8
Come explore animal adaptations in this hands-on program with 4-H staff.
Monmouth County Library, 318 Old Tavern Road, Howell
732-938-2300; monmouthcountylib.org


2020 United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival
Feb. 22-23 at 7 p.m.
Voorhees Hall #105, Rutgers University,
71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick
Tickets: $14 Advance; $12 General; $10 Students/Seniors.
848-932-8482; www.njfilmfest.com

On Stage

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Through Feb. 23
Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and
Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.
Playhouse 22
721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick
Tickets: $22 adults, $20 seniors and students
732-254-3939; www.playhouse22.org

Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Feb. 21, 22 at 8 p.m.
Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.
Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
West Windsor Campus
1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor
609-570-3333; www.kelseytheatre.org

Genesis Festival of New Plays
By Lisa B. Thompson
An insightful and comedic look at inter-cultural dynamics.
Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
New Brunswick Performing Arts Center
11 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
Tickets: Adult $18
732-745-8000; www.crossroadstheatrecompany.com

Letters From Freedom Summer
Genesis Festival of New Plays
By Ricardo Khan, Denise Nicholas and Sibusiso Mamba
A powerful, dramatic reminder of a time when young believers dared to venture across racial lines to gallantly and courageously face the threat of violence and even murder for the sake of a greater good. But also, for today’s America, it is a call for action.
Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
New Brunswick Performing Arts Center
11 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
Tickets: $18
732-745-8000; www.crossroadstheatrecompany.com

Iseult et Tristan
Genesis Festival of New Plays
By Pia Wilson
An adaptation of the 12th century tragic romance centered on the adulterous love affair between Cornish knight Tristan and Irish princess/healer Iseult, who is set to marry King Mark of Cornwall. In this 21st century retelling of the story, a young, African-American boxer, Iseult, struggles with addiction and her love for her sister Margot’s fiancé, Tristan – all while she pursues her dream of being a gold medalist at the Olympics.
Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
New Brunswick Performing Arts Center
11 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
Tickets: $18
732-745-8000; www.crossroadstheatrecompany.com

Same Time Next Year
Through March 8
Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and
Sundays at 2 p.m.
Center Playhouse
35 South St, downtown Freehold
Tickets: $26-28
732-462-9093; www.centerplayers.org

Rutgers Theater Company Presents: Joan of Arc
Feb. 27-Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
March 1 at 2 p.m.
March 4-March 6 at 7:30 p.m.
March 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Philip J. Levin Theater
85 George St., New Brunswick
Rutgers University, Douglass Campus
Tickets: Public $15; Seniors, Rutgers Alumni and
Employees $12; Students $10

August Wilson’s Radio Golf
Feb. 29 – March 22
Director Brandon J. Dirden returns to direct August Wilson’s Radio Golf, the American Century Cycle’s 10th and final play, set in 1997.
Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater
Two River Theater
21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
732-345-1400; tworivertheater.org

March 3-March 29
The Arthur Laurents Theater at The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center
11 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical
Previews on March 6, at 7:30 p.m. All preview seats are $32.
Opens on March 7 and runs three weekends through
March 22.
Tickets: $38-67
The Axelrod Performing Arts Center, located in the Deal Park section of Ocean Township, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park

Please call or check the website for the venue to determine if the event is taking place or has been rescheduled.