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Jack Antonoff of the Bleachers visits the Asbury Park boardwalk in advance of the Shadow of the City concert. [AP Press]













There's an open seat on the Asbury Park Zoning Board! Apply by August 31 if you'd like to come aboard. [AP Sun]

BYO chair, snacks, blankets, friends, and more to the weekly  Beach Bonfire  starting at sunset, around 8 pm. On Wednesday, August 16 the bonfire is on the Third Avenue Beach. 

On Friday August 11, Bettie's Bombshells Fashion Rock Show will feature three runway shows of 1950s pinup queens and their iconic fashion, along with live musical performances by Tara Elliott and the Red Velvets, the Battery Electric, Little Vicious, and the Lemats. Doors open at 7 pm at the Paramount Theater, and tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. 

Asbury Park 5k at Convention Hall


The 14th Annual Asbury Park 5k returns on Saturday, August 12 with a 5k race and walk for runnings, walkers, and kids. Proceeds for the race will go to local organizations, including the Asbury Park Music Foundation, Mary's Place by the Sea, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Asbury Park. The races start and end at Convention Hall, and registration opens at 7 am. More info here

Visual albums aren't just for Beyonce anymore! The Asbury Hotel presents an Out Like Lambs Film Screening and Record Release Party on Friday, August 18. The screening includes 14 short films, one for each song of new album Fingers Crossed, celebrating the Asbury Park-based band's post-punk college rock sound. The filmmakers came from the Asbury Park community, and celebrate the Asbury vibe. Live music performances also by the Yams and Sister Ancestor. Doors open at 7 pm, and cover is $10. More info here

54: the Musical Funkraiser at the Asbury Hotel

The Asbury Hotel presents a 54: the Musical benefit concert and dance party on Friday, August 11 at 7 pm. The concert and dance party will be a VIP event featuring Broadway talent, celebs, and the finest 70s fashions. The party is at 7 pm, tickets are $25. More info here

Bailar al Sol at House of Independents

House of Independents hosts Bailar al Sol Dance Festival, a showcase of New Jersey's finest professional dance companies, as well as guest artists and performers from Spain. Hosted by Ballet Forte NJ, the festival is Friday, August 11 at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. More info here

KYDS presents  One Mic One Soul  at the Kula Cafe on Saturday, August 12. All are welcome for uplifting music, dance, spoken word, hip hop, and more. Doors open at 5:30 pm with a mindful meditation sit. The event is free, and includes free smoothies and healthy snacks. More info here

With a Comedy Central Presents special voted one of the Top 5 of 2011 and with a comedy album "American Comic" breaking the top 10 on iTunes in the first week of its release, House of Independents presents comedian Bret Ernst, also of Comedy Central's This is Not Happening, How to Be a Grownup, Weeds, and more. Ernst is joined by Pete Giovine for two shows on Saturday, August 12 at 8 pm and 10 pm. Tickets are $20, more info here


The HAGS Comedy Show returns to the Saint on Monday, August 14 at 7:30 pm. The lineup of featured funny people includes Mike Recine, Justin Flanagan, Jennie Sutton, Sam Stevens, Amy Colon, and more. Plus hosts Joe McAndrew and JC Hendricks, and musical guests We're Ghosts Now. Cover is $5, more info here

House of Independents and Asbury Park Comedy present Dave Attell, one of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America and the guy behind Insomniac with Dance Attell and Dave's Old Porn on Showtime. Doors open on Friday August 18 at 8 pm, tickets are $35. More info here

Walk through Asbury Park's legendary and haunted history with tours from the pros at Paranormal Books and Curiosities. Explore the  Ghosts of the Boardwalk on Friday August 11 and Sunday August 13. Learn about the  Ghosts and Legends of Asbury's Downtown on Thursday August 10 and Saturday August 12. Tours start at 7 pm and are $12, more info  here.  

Art629 hosts Open Studio Painting Sessions on Fridays from noon to 3 pm and Mondays from 5 pm to 8 pm, open to all skill levels and with instruction provided as needed. Bring your own works in progress, start a new project, and get inspired! All supplies are included, and sessions are $20 an hour. More info here

Uncorked hosts  Paint and Sips and open studio sessions almost every night of the week, where you can flex those creative muscles and enjoy some good beverages with friends and family! More info  here

Words! bookstore hosts a  Children's Story Time  on Thursdays, from 11:30 am to 12 pm. Children of all ages are welcome for stories, games, songs, and fun, content mostly geared towards kids under 5. More info  here

The Asbury Park Public Library hosts Children's Story Time at 1 pm on Monday through Friday, with special Children's Crafts on Tuesdays at 2 pm. More info here

The Asbury Park Sunset Farmer's Market runs every Saturday through October (weather permitting) at Fireman's Park, at Sunset Avenue and Main Street. The market includes farm fresh goods, pickles, flowers, baked goods, and more. Hours are from 8 am to 1 pm, more info here

Asbury Fresh is back! The collection of farmers, artists, craftsfolk, and more returns to Kennedy Park on Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm. More info here

Modern Love Pop Up at Storehouse

Storehouse hosts a Modern Love Pop Up on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday August 13, with a curated collection of vintage and modern goods from the Frenchtown-based boutique. The goods are made by a roster of emerging independent designers, with a mix of gifts, kids stuff, and home and beauty items. The pop up is from noon to 5 pm both days. More info here

Popular Catskills/Hudson Valley nomadic market Phoenicia Flea comes to Asbury Park on Friday, August 12 and Saturday August 13, offering an eclectic selection of handcrafted food and drink, jewelry, clothes, accessories, home goods, apothecary, vintage, and more. The market runs from 11 am to 6 pm both days, more info here

Hendricks Botanicals at the Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten

The Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten presents a Hendrick's Botanical Evening, a night of exploration and sampling of cocktails and the 11 magical botanicals behind Hendrick's gin. The event is on Sunday August 13, from 6 pm to 8 pm. More info here

Enjoy a little Blarney on the beach with the St Patrick's Day Parade Beach BBQ on Tuesday August 15, a fundraiser for the Asbury Park St Patrick's Day Parade. Provided by the Anchor's Bend, the Irish barbecue will include live music with Steve Reilly. The BBQ is $10, more info here

Who needs to choose between enjoying an outdoor beverage and enjoying time with your four-legged friend? Yappy Hour at the Wonder Bar is where dog-park-meets-bar, with fun and socializing for you and your pup. All dogs are welcome on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 pm to 7 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 7 pm. Small dogs get the place to themselves on Mondays from 4 pm to 7 pm. Rules and more info here

Michele Krauss at the Hotel Tides

Hotel Tides: pop-art paintings and portraits by Michele Krauss, with an opening reception on Friday August 11 from 7 pm to 9 pm.  More info  here .

Parlor Gallery: "Pleased to Meet You," a group of exhibit of artists who have never exhibited in Parlor Gallery, as well as new works from some of the gallery's favorite returning artists. The exhibit runs through September 11. More info  here

Exhibit No.9 :  "Unlimited," works by mixed-media and urban artists Luis Bivar, Linda Zacks, Sage Barnes, and Human Wreckage. The exhibit runs through October 15. More info  here.  

Lisa Marie Thalhammer at Siren Arts

Siren Arts: a limited residency with DC-based Lisa Marie Thalhammer from Saturday August 10 through Sunday August 12. More info here. On August 12 from 4 pm to 6 pm the artist will lead an Artist Talk and workshop on her LOVE color network artworks, following a light chakra alignment yoga meditation practice. 

Bond Street Complex: "Ebb and Flow," a local artist showcase and pop up art show on Sunday, August 13 from 1 pm to 7 pm. The exhibit examines the patterns of decline and growth, ebb and flow, originating in the movement of the ever-changing tides. Each of the 15 featured local artists has grown up near the ocean, with ebb and flow inspiring their works in a rich variety of ways and mediums. More info here

Heaven Gallery : "Works for the Soul," a group exhibit featuring 12 artists bearing their souls through work which expresses their deepest passion and reveals the spirit which animates their soul. The exhibit runs through August 19. More info  here

Palette Gallery : "For the Birds," a 9-person exhibit of paintings, prints, and mixed media works celebrating our fine feathered friends. The exhibit runs through August 26. More info  here

Siren Arts : "Summer of Radical Love" kicking off a summer-long residency and exhibition with featured artists developing and creating works in a range of visual mediums, exploring cultural, racial, sexual, and gender equality. In addition to guest and featured artists, the residency features J Morrison, Caroline Wells Chandler, and Ramekon O'Arwisters. More info   here

Menashe at the ShowRoom

LANDLINE (in investigating her suspicions about her father's infidelity, a young woman confronts her own relationship issues and re-connects with her teenaged sister.)
MENASHE (in the heart of New York's ulta-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, kindly widower Menashe struggles to make ends meet and parent his young son, when tradition prohibits him to have custody of the boy without a wife.)
THE MIDWIFE (two of French cinema's biggest actresses star in this story of the unlikely friendship the develops between an uptight midwive and the free-spirited mistress of her later father)

Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Asbury Hotel

The Baronet Theater at the Asbury Hotel kicks off their summer series of outdoor screenings in earnest, with movies every night of the week (weather permitting)! The lineup features   the story behind the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty on Thursday August 10, just a jump to the left and a step to the right into the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday August 11, and the secret lives of your childhood action figures in Toy Story on Saturday August 12. Screenings starts at 8:30 pm, tickets are $7.  More info  here .  

Shore Flicks brings your movie favorites out to the beach with free screenings this month on the Second Avenue Beach, starting half an hour after sunset (between 8:30 and 9:30, approximately). On Thursday, August 10 have the time of your life and celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the coming-of-age dance-and-sexual-awakening classic Dirty Dancing. On Thursday, August 17 see the tourism industry of Amity Island take a real hit in Jaws. Screenings are free, but please bring canned goods for the nightly food drive. More info here

I Am Not Your Negro at Springwood Park

The Racial Justice Project presents a free screening on Tuesday, August 15 at 6:30 pm of I Am Not Your Negro, the Oscar-nominated documentary by Raoul Peck. Using the 1979 writings of author James Baldwin on the deaths of Civil Rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr, the documentary exposes the current and perhaps future state of race relations in America. The free screening is in Springwood Park, with opening remarks and a post-film community discussion led by local activist and minister Nicole Harris. More info here

ROLLING! Asbury Park presents a screening and discussion of Brian Anderson: on Being a Gay Pro Skateboarder, a documentary by Vice Magazine on the hero of the skateboarding community, who still kept his sexuality a secret from nearly everyone in his life for many eyars. The screening is on Thursday, August 17 at 7 pm, and is followed by a discussion with Director Giovanni Reda and Brian Anderson. More info here


Hayley Jane and the Primates at the Anchor's Bend

THURSDAY AUGUST 10
The Anchor's Bend: Vaudevillian storytelling with Americana roots from Hayley Jane and the Primates. (6pm, free) 
The Stone Pony Summer Stage: Lifehouse and Switchfoot on the Looking for Summer Tour, joined by Brynn Elliott. Indoor sets by the West Front and Running Late. 
The Saint: the Lonely Biscuits (7:30pm)
The Wonder Bar: a celebration of Jim Morrison with Wild Child. Joined by Memphis Crawl. (8pm, $20)
Asbury Park Yacht Club: American Trappist, featuring Jo Michelini with Canyon Ride. (8pm, free) 
House of Independents: indie pop with Whitney, joined by Sam Evian. (8pm, $15)
The Asbury Hotel: Soundbooth open mic, hosted by Jason Portizo (8pm, free) 
Tim McLoone's Supper Club: Broken Arrow, bringing the music of Neil Young from his Crazy Horse days through Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and beyond. (8:15pm, $20)

FRIDAY AUGUST 11
Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten: upright bass and folky blues with Patch 'N Roberts (4pm, free) 
The Stone Pony Summer Stage: the Revivalists, joined by White Denim and Quincy Mumford and the Reason Why. (5pm, $29.50/$35)
Moonstruck: jazz with a Latin flair from regular favorite, Enrique. (6:30pm, free) 
The Saint: rock with Wicked Hollow, Deaf Rhino, Olivia Beck, and the Rare Occasions. (7:30pm, $10)
Robinson Ale House: Kristian Rex (8pm)
Tim McLoone's Supper Club: Motor City Revue, covering rare and popular Motown hits, along with rock and soul classics. (8:30pm, $20)
The Asbury Hotel: an EP release party with Ella Ross, joined by Lauren Patti, Colton Kayser, and Mack. (9pm)
Langosta Lounge: Acid Jazz with Sunny Daze (10pm, free) 
Asbury Park Yacht Club: Ribeye Brothers with Holmes and Von Mons (10pm, free) 

SATURDAY AUGUST 12
The Stone Pony Summer Stage: Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra, with inside sets by Decade, Brother Jerome, and Secret Sound. (5pm, $29.50) 
The Saint: traditional folk and classic country infused with pop-rocking big city energy with Tacoma Narrows. Joined by Red November Sky, and a solo acoustic set with Keith McCarthy of the Sunday Blues. (7:30pm, $10)
The Wonder Bar: Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze (8pm, $25/$30)
Robinson Ale House: DNA (8pm) 
Tim McLoone's Supper Club: Tim McLoone and the Shirleys, taking you on a musical trip back in time through the history of girl groups, featuring the music of the Shirelles, Chiffons, Angels, Darlene Love, Leslie Gore, and more. (8:30pm, $15)
The Asbury Hotel: Taylor Tote (9pm, free) 
Langosta Lounge: hippie jams with Sandy Mack and friends. (10pm, free) 
Asbury Park Yacht Club: Steven and Johnny of Burlap to Cashmere. (10pm, free) 

SUNDAY AUGUST 13
The Stone Pony: Rock to the Top, the Stone Pony's local band competition, featuring the Flukes, Shy Shape, George Young, the Mighty Nothings, and Back Pocket Alimony. (2pm, $10/$12)
The Wonder Bar: Retreat Sundays, featuring Overmind. (2pm)
House of Independents: Joe Salk's Rock Band School presents Rockstars. (2pm, $15)
The Asbury Hotel: the Sandy Mack Sunday Jam (4pm, free) 
Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten: the Quattro (6pm, free) 
The Stone Pony: the Disfunction, joined by Simple Sin. (6pm, $10)
The Asbury Hotel: a jazzy rooftop set in Salvation with the Wright Trio. (6pm, free) 
The Saint: progressive rock legends Stick Men, joined by acoustic trio No More Pain. (7:30pm, $25/$30)

MONDAY AUGUST 14
Langosta Lounge: String Bean and the Boardwalk Social Club. (6pm, free) 
The Wonder Bar: Happy Mondays, featuring Juice and Waiting on Mongo. (7pm, free) 

Reverend Shawn Amos at the Saint

TUESDAY AUGUST 15
The Saint: chart-topping bluesman Reverend Shawn Amos, with deeply joyful rock and soul. (7pm, $13)
The Asbury Hotel: Soundbooth open mic, hosted by Jason Portizo (8pm, free) 

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16
The Saint: rock and groove with Vaporeyes. (7pm, $10)
The Anchor's Bend: reggae night featuring the Predator Dub Assassins (7pm, free) 
Tim McLoone's Supper Club: Dueling pianos with Bruce Foster and Carl Gentry. (7:30pm)
The Wonder Bar: rootsy string-centric rock with a dash of British Invasion era pop from Fruition. (8pm, $15)
Langosta Lounge: the Pinnacle. (8pm, free) 
House of Independents: rock and roll with a 70s and 80s vibe from the Dead Daisies, joined by the Dives and the Carousers. (8pm, $20)

THURSDAY AUGUST 17
The Anchor's Bend: reggae pop at Jams On the Sand, with Roots of Creation, with a jamband-reggae fusion that's netted them multiple kudos and awards. (6pm, free) 
Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten: Alex Meixner Band (7pm, free) 
Asbury Park Yacht Club: American Trappist featuring Jo Michelini of River City Extension, with special guest Earth Telephone. (8pm, free) 

FRIDAY AUGUST 18
The Stone Pony Summer Stage: the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Donavon Frankenreiter. Inside sets by Colossal Street Jam and Mad Kings. (4pm, $29.50/$35)
Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten: folkin' Americana blues with the Sunday Blues. (4pm, free) 
Paramount Theater: back to the 80's with Jessie's Girl (7pm, $29)
The Anchor's Bend: Dentist (7pm, free) 
The Saint: rock with Surfer Blood, joined by Katie Von Schleicher and Good Luck Spaceman. (7:30pm, $15)
The Wonder Bar: Darenots (8pm, $10)
Robinson Ale House: Vance Villastrigo. (8pm)
Tim McLoone's Supper Club: a 60's era retrospective in three acts: covering the British Invasion Years, the American musical response, and an all-Beatles final set. (8pm, $20)
Langosta Lounge: Tara Dente Band and the Cranston Dean Band with Ashley McKinley. (10pm, free) 

Georgie's"the Gay 'Cheers' of Asbury Park," with pool, beer pong, Go-Go boys, karaoke extravaganzas on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Lady Marisa's Glitter and Glam show every Thursday, twice weekly free food buffet, Ladies Nights the first Friday of every month, Sunday Funday football drink specials and buffet, and s pecial events every night of the week.

Paradise and the Empress Hotel :  Features two dance floors, martini lounge, two tiki bars and a heated pool, opening daily at 10 am. Weekly Events include Drag Wars Contest on Mondays, B!tchy Bingo on Tuesdays, Wepa Wednesdays Latin Night or New Wave/Brit Pop/Dark Wave Night School, Thursday Movie Night, Friday Night Drag Show hosted by Miss Paradise, Country Line Dancing Saturdays, Saturday Night Dance Party 10pm-2am featuring the hottest DJs, Shep Pettibone's Sunday Tea Dances poolside, Sunday Night Karaoke and more. 

The Asbury Hotel: Enjoy DJs spinning tunes every weekend, Tea Dances, Sunday Night Trivia hosted by Gentleman Jim Norton, Monday Drag Queen Karaoke hosted by Pissi Myles, Revolutions at the Asbury on Tuesday Nights with secret drink menus and favorite local DJs, and more. 

Porta: DJ Za spins every Friday from 10 pm to 2 am

House of Independents: a Jay-Z vs. Kanye dance party on Friday, August 11 at 10 pm, with hits spun by DJ Tyler Valentine. The dance party is free. 


Since 1988, HABcore has provided permanent housing for people in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, focusing on people who are homeless, in danger of becoming homeless, disabled, or unable to care for themselves. HABcore promotes self-sufficiency in a family-like atmosphere, providing residents with tools to reach their highest level of independent living. Volunteers are always needed, both individual and group volunteers, for a one-time event or ongoing programs. 


Environmental Shade Tree Commission: Tuesday, August 15, 7 pm

Deal Lake Commission: Thursday, August 17, 7 pm

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