Son Volt Back on the Road

first_imgLeft to right: Gary Hunt, Jay Farrar, Dave Bryson, Mark Spencer, Andrew Duplantis. Photo: Emily NathanMuch has been made of the lofty position held by Son Volt in the pantheon of modern Americana bands.  Following the dissolution of Uncle Tupelo, principal songwriters Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar went their separate ways, with Tweedy forming Wilco and Farrar founding Son Volt.  Farrar and his new project earned critical praise for the band’s debut record, Trace, in 1996, and Son Volt has since released a number of outstanding follow ups.After a five year hiatus between 1999 and 2004, Farrar returned with a revamped line up and released Okemah & The Melody of Riot in 2005, The Search in 2007, and American Central Dust, their first record for Rounder Records, in 2009.Son Volt is out on the road now supporting Honky Tonk, their second record for Rounder, which was released last month.  Farrar describes the record as an ode to the best of the spirit of honky tonk: heartache, heartbreak, and the road.Honky Tonk also continues Son Volt’s revisiting of more acoustic tones.  “The record is a continuation of what was happening with American Central Dust,” says Farrar.  “I didn’t play much, if any, electric guitar.”Son Volt will be swinging through Knoxville for a show at The Bijou on Sunday, April 14th, and we’d like to make sure you have a couple tickets for the show.  Take a shot at the trivia question down below.  A winner will be chosen from all correct answers received by 12:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) on Friday, April 12th.Remember to email answers to [email protected] – In 2009, Jay Farrar worked on the soundtrack for One Fast Move Or I’m Gone, a documentary about what famous On The Road author?Son Volt will be joined by Colonel Ford at the beautiful Bijou Theater in Downtown Knoxville on Sunday, April 14th.  Show time is 8:00 P.M.  For information on this show, tickets, or the Bijou’s upcoming shows, surf over to www.knoxbijou.com.last_img read more

A Supremely Serene Modern Coastal Design

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Modern coastal design has evolved from the more traditional beach-inspired style where vibrant hues of blue, the beauty of the ocean, and natural organic elements reign.Designers Amanda Moore, owner of Wolf & Wing Interior Design, and her partner, Keri Venti, pulled the look off in this 3,000-square-foot Long Beach home transforming the space into a light, bright, and airy retreat that is so serene one may never want to leave.“The homeowner wanted a cohesive coastal modern style down to every last detail,” says Moore. “The homeowner had chosen a lot of lovely elements but needed help making them all work together.”Both designers sought inspiration from their surroundings — the ocean hues, the sun bleached white, the natural light — and incorporated natural materials and fabrics into the decor along with nautical vintage finds that were paramount for the look they wanted to achieve.“In the past, most beach houses had more literal decor like sand dollars and starfish,” Moore says. “Our approach for this house was to use a palette of colors drawn from nature with pops of nautical colors, like the deeper blue and yellow in the TV room. Textures like woven pillows or the grasscloth in an upstairs den reinforce the connection to nature. Sea-derived decor that is less literal and more modern — such as a boat propeller and driftwood — round out the coastal theme.”This design project was particularly special for both designers since the home was devastated by Superstorm Sandy and had to be rebuilt.“The homeowner wanted to take the lemons of the storm and make lemonade: Her family’s dream forever home,” says Moore.last_img read more

Gold in no rush over Allardyce contract

first_imgWest Ham co-chairman David Gold says the club will not talk to manager Sam Allardyce about a new contract until their Barclays Premier League survival is ensured. “This is purely because the three of us don’t want anything to distract attention from our aim of finishing as high up the Premier League table as possible. “Sam did a fantastic job of gaining promotion from the Championship at the first attempt last season and we are all pleased with how quickly he has got the team to adapt to life back in the Premier League. “We went into Sunday’s game with Aston Villa one place off the top 10 and that is no mean feat for a newly-promoted side.” However a 2-1 defeat at Villa Park led to a less than positive tweet from Gold. “Disappointed for the fans who travelled hundreds of miles on a miserable day to lose to a team in the bottom three. We should do better,” he wrote. Allardyce replaced Avram Grant at the Upton Park at the beginning of last season following relegation to the npower Championship and led the Hammers back to the Premier League via the play-offs. Press Associationcenter_img The Hammers are currently 11th in the table with 30 points, but the future of their boss is unclear with his current deal expiring at the end of the season. “As [fellow co-chairman] David Sullivan and I have always maintained, we will sit down and discuss Sam’s contract situation once our Premier League status has been confirmed and not before,” Gold said in a statement on the club’s website. last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Alex Morgan reacts to USWNT’s dominant win over France

first_imgUSWNT star forward Alex Morgan was thrilled with the U.S. women’s national team’s 2-1 win over France in the quarterfinals Friday to advance to the semifinals of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. “It did live up to expectations. I’m happy to say that,” Morgan told Fox Sports after the game. “We lived through a couple of storms during the match. I think we finished things off really well at the end. We did well. We knew there would be tough times and adversity, but we faced it straight on and we’re moving on. We’re so happy about it.” Morgan also gave credit to Megan Rapinoe, who scored the United States’ two goals, as she said her teammate was “on fire.” Rapinoe’s two goals Friday see her join Morgan, Kristine Lilly and Mia Hamm in fourth place on the USA’s all-time Women’s World Cup goalscoring list.  Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match There was a brief scare for the U.S. as France scored in the 81st minute, but the Americans were able to hold off France with a strong defense. “This team just showed so much grit and so much heart and we weathered a couple storms during the match and obviously having them score goal a late, we had to finish the game strong,” Morgan said. “I think we wound down the clock really well at the end.” Related Newscenter_img Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USWNT’s thrilling win over France What’s more is Rapinoe became the first player to score four straight goals for the U.S. at a Women’s World Cup. She’s also the first player to score two or more goals in back-to-back knockout stage games in tournament history.The United States will now face England on Tuesday (3 p.m. ET) in the semifinals.last_img read more

Bosnian Dragons on their Way to Israel

first_imgThe national football team of B&H left for Israel, where they will play on Sunday the match within the qualifications for the European Championship in France 2016.Our footballers did a light training this morning in Zenica and left for Sarajevo afterwards and then for Israel.The atmosphere within the team is excellent. Everyone hopes to achieve good results, necessary for participating at the EC.The match will take place on Sunday in Haifa at 20:45 o’clock.(Source: sportsport.ba)last_img read more

Bosom Buddies—Landry Jones, Mason Rudolph too comfy in QB carousel (Aug. 22)

first_imgThe Steelers held their 2018 “Family Fest” on Aug. 19 at Heinz Field. The players, “scrubs” and all, made their entrance onto the field. When the quarterbacks were introduced, it was definitely a “3 tiered” intro. All of the team’s QBs ran onto the field, but one thing in particular caught my eye. Leading the signal callers onto the gridiron was obviously Ben Roethlisberger; the second tier was comprised of Landry Jones and Mason Rudolph, they appeared to be almost “lateral.” Joshua Dobbs was last and least. Rudolph was the third-round pick of the Steelers in the 2018 NFL draft. Dobbs was the fourth-rounder in the 2017 draft.When Mason Rudolph was chosen, the handwriting on the wall began to dry. First, Dobbs is a leftover from Todd Haley’s tenure with the team and I have a sneaking suspicion that some of those that are charged with deciding who should stay and who should go, including Ben, may not want any “remnants” of the “Haley era,” floating around like a fly in their soup. Also, Rudolph has the advantage of beginning his career with the Steelers’ new offensive coordinator, Randy Fichtner. Rudolph and Fichtner can grow together as the Steelers move forward. Dobbs has a small advantage of having an extra year of experience in the league but he is at an enormous disadvantage because of almost zero support from Roethlisberger, as well as having to learn another system from the new OC and “unlearn” a few things, implanted in his psyche by the former offensive coordinator, Haley.I am not an NFL GM or head coach, nor do I play one on television, but if I am the decision-maker, I want my veteran on the field…but I also want two “young bucks” battling it out on a daily basis to be the understudy, occupying the second chair, ready to perform in the event that the headliner falls flat or is flattened.Dobbs does not have a chance to make this team… Why? It’s been noted on some websites that “Dobbs has had the strongest preseason of any Steelers quarterback. With Ben Roethlisberger sitting out, Dobbs has taken the increased reps and really showcased just how far he has developed in his second year in the NFL. In fact, through two games he has outplayed rookie Mason Rudolph, the guy who is ultimately going to take his spot on the roster.”What?? This logic is craaazzzy!If Dobbs is outplaying Rudolph, why should Rudolph be “given” a spot on the roster? As far as trade bait is concerned, it would seem logical that Landry Jones would have more value than Joshua Dobbs when it comes to a trade, ya think? But as I have stated many times before, Landry Jones does not deserve a roster spot on any NFL team. If the Steelers cut Jones, the only other chance that Jones will even get a shot to occupy an NFL bench will be if that team is desperate and is at the end of their rope and are at the bottom of the “crab barrel.”If this were a real competition, Jones would be worried about his job! It seems as if Landry Jones has found his niche. He is in danger of possibly being forever remembered as the highest paid “clipboard bearer” in the history of the Steelers. His competitive fire seems to have been doused a long time ago. It seems as if the primary motive for Mr. Jones is not to win, but to get paid. As far as being a number 2 quarterback is concerned, Landry Jones is no Jimmy Garoppolo. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

Plan Launched to Rename Richmond’s Boulevard for Tennis Great Arthur Ashe Jr.

first_img(TriceEdneyWire.com) – A new effort is underway to rename Richmond, Virginia’s Boulevard in honor of Richmond-born humanitarian and tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr.Richmond City Councilwoman Kim B. Gray says she plans to introduce legislation in September to change the street’s name to Arthur Ashe Boulevard.“I think it would be very appropriate to honor Arthur Ashe this way,” the 2nd District councilwoman said. “This could a first step in renaming streets in honor of other Richmond greats like civil rights icon [Dr.] Dorothy Height and [Black newspaper giant] John Mitchell whom the city has yet to recognize.”Gray said she is submitting the name change proposal at the request of the Ashe family. David Harris, nephew of the late Mr. Ashe, broached the idea at a recent civic group meeting in Scott’s Addition. The idea already has received significant attention. This would be the second time such a proposal has been before City Council.In 2003, 6th District Councilman Walter T. Kenney Sr.’s proposal to rename the Boulevard in honor of Mr. Ashe was rejected on a 7-2 vote. Ms. Gray is taking on the issue because a major portion of the Boulevard is in the 2nd District. She believes the proposal has a greater chance of success this time.She said she has heard from businesses and museums along the Boulevard that support the renaming. Gray also said she hopes Councilman Andreas Addison, whose 1st District borders a portion of the Boulevard, will join her in supporting the proposal. “I am open to exploring any and every opportunity to celebrate and remember Richmond’s historic leaders,” Mr. Addison stated Wednesday in a response to a Free Press query.“I support the public process to explore this renaming of Boulevard. I have not received any formal information or inquiry about this name change as of yet.” Fifth District Councilman Parker C. Agelasto did not respond to a request for comment by Free Press deadline. A small section of the Boulevard around Byrd Park falls into that district.Mr. Ashe, who is buried in a Henrico County cemetery, is honored with a statue on Monument Avenue, the first non-Confederate to have a monument on the street.He is the only Black man to win the singles title at the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open. Outside the sport, Mr. Ashe was an activist and humanitarian, winning recognition for his opposition to apartheid in South Africa and for opposing a U.S. crackdown against refugees from Haiti. He helped launch Virginia Heroes, a mentoring program for Richmond area youths, and started the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his death on Feb. 6, 1993.Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Richmond Free Press Arthur Ashe Jr. last_img read more

Newspaper reprints controversial cartoon of Serena Williams

first_imgThis Mark Knight’s cartoon published by the Herald Sun depicts Serena Williams as an irate, hulking, big-mouthed Black woman jumping up and down on a broken racket. The umpire was shown telling a blond, slender woman — meant to be Naomi Osaka, who is actually Japanese and Haitian — “Can you just let her win?” (Mark Knight/Herald Sun-News Corp. via AP) MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A cartoon of Serena Williams that has been widely condemned as a racist depiction of the tennis great has been partially reprinted on the front page of the Melbourne-based newspaper that initially published it. Serena Williams, right, talks with referee Brian Earley during the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, in New York, on Sept. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File) Critics of Knight’s cartoon described it as a clear example of a stereotype facing Black women, depicting Williams as an irate, hulking, big-mouthed Black woman jumping up and down on a broken racket. The umpire was shown telling a blond, slender woman — meant to be Osaka, who is Japanese and Haitian — “Can you just let her win?”“I was deeply offended. This is not a joke,” said Vanessa K. De Luca, former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, who wrote a column about the U.S. Open furor.The cartoonist “completely missed the point of why she was upset,” De Luca told The Associated Press. “It was about her integrity, and anybody who doesn’t get that is perpetuating the erasure that so many Black women feel when they are trying to speak up for themselves. It’s like our opinions don’t matter.”In a social media post, Peter Blunden, managing director of News Corp.‘s operations in the state of Victoria, said: “Australia’s finest cartoonist Mark Knight has the strongest support of his colleagues for his depiction of Serena Williams’ petulance. It’s about bad behavior, certainly not race. The PC brigade are way off the mark … again.”This isn’t the first time a cartoon in a News Corp. newspaper has drawn allegations of racism. In 2009, civil rights leaders and others criticized a New York Post cartoon that some interpreted as comparing President Barack Obama to a violent chimpanzee.In Britain, where fiercely competitive tabloids often trade in sensationalism, Rupert Murdoch-owned newspapers have been accused of sexism, racism and xenophobia over the years. Last year a former editor of the Murdoch-owned Sun, Kelvin MacKenzie, quit as a contributor to the tabloid after writing a column comparing a soccer player with part-Nigerian heritage to a gorilla.Many years of outrage over articles and cartoons did little to hurt Murdoch’s power over British politics and media, though his papers’ underhanded practices did. Murdoch was forced to shut down the 168-year-old tabloid News of the World in 2011 after the revelation that its employees had eavesdropped on the phone voice mails of celebrities, politicians and crime victims.Australian indigenous playwright and actress Nakkiah Lui tweeted in response to the front page, saying the Herald Sun needed to “chill.”“Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom above criticism,” she said. The Herald Sun newspaper printed an edited portion of the cartoon — featuring 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams jumping on a broken racket during her dispute with a chair umpire in the U.S. Open final — among caricatures of other famous people Wednesday under the headline “Welcome to the PC World.”The newspaper, which has Australia’s largest circulation, has defended its cartoonist Mark Knight’s depiction of Williams and is asserting that the condemnation, which has come from all parts of the world, is driven by political correctness.“If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very dull indeed,” the paper said on its front page.Williams has won the Australian Open singles title seven times at Melbourne Park, including in 2017 when she was pregnant. She is a crowd favorite at the first tennis major of the year, which is held each January at a venue that is within sight of the Herald Sun’s headquarters.In comments published by News Corp., Knight said that he created the cartoon after watching Williams’ “tantrum” during her U.S. Open final loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday and that it was designed to illustrate “her poor behavior on the day, not about race.”Knight reportedly has disabled his Twitter account after his post of the cartoon attracted tens of thousands of comments, mostly critical.During the final against Osaka, Williams got a warning from the chair umpire for violating a rarely enforced rule against receiving coaching from the sidelines. An indignant Williams emphatically defended herself, denying she had cheated. A short time later, she smashed her racket in frustration and was docked a point. She protested and demanded an apology from the umpire, who penalized her a game. Melbourne-based newspaper Herald Sun displays a controversial cartoon of Serena Williams that has been widely condemned as a racist depiction of the tennis great, in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.  (AP Photo) “What we have is a bunch of people who get paid to publicly exercise their implied freedom to speech then whining when people disagree with what they have had the privilege of being paid to say,” she added.Australian writer Maxine Beneba Clarke said she believed the front page demonstrated a “misunderstanding” of the criticism leveled at the cartoon.“I think it’s really interesting that the Herald Sun has not included really any other caricatures or cartoons of Black people — either Aboriginal people or African-American people, Black people of any descent,” Clarke, who is of Afro-Caribbean descent, told Australian Broadcasting Corp.Cartoonist Paul Zanetti, a friend of Knight, said cartooning was under threat from political correctness, and the Herald Sun front page “spelt out exactly where we are at this point.”“Political correctness is really all about censoring, it’s about being bullied into conforming to a view of the world,” he said.last_img read more

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Deputy Head tests positive for Coronavirus

first_imgAdvertisement xj3NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsatr91Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7zsg003Would you ever consider trying this?😱9xoi7nuCan your students do this? 🌚3ziRoller skating! Powered by Firework Kozo Tashima, the deputy chief of Japan’s Olympic Committee on Tuesday confirmed that he had contracted coronavirus. The news comes amidst the growing doubts over whether the Tokyo 2020 Games can go ahead according to its schedule because of the ongoing pandemic. However, the Japanese officials still insist that the event will take place in July-August despite the speculation that the quadrennial tournament might get postponed or even cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid-19.Advertisement “Today, my test result showed positive for the new coronavirus. I have a mild fever. Examinations showed a symptom of pneumonia, but I’m fine. I will concentrate on treatment following doctors’ advice,” said Tashima in a statement released by the Japan Football Association.Advertisement The 62-year-old said that he had been on a business trip since the last week of February, attending the annual general meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Ireland, followed by a trip to Amsterdam on March 2nd for a UEFA meeting.“In Amsterdam and in Europe in early March, the level of nervousness against the novel coronavirus was not the same as now. Everyone was still doing hugs, handshakes and bises (cheek kissing)” he said in the statement.Advertisement Tashima then departed for the United States to watch the Japanese women’s football team participate in the SheBelieves Cup and also to lobby for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, before returning home on March 8.“In the United States, too, the sense of crisis about the novel coronavirus was not as serious as now,” he said.While the Japanese FA staffs have been working from home since the outbreak, Tashima said that he visited the association premises several times last week and attended meetings. On Sunday, the former footballer experienced a mild fever along with chills and reported to a local public health centre on Monday where he told them about his travel history. His positive result came out on Tuesday.“I have chosen to face the illness as so many people are doing in Japan and around the world,” he added.The announcement of his illness came as a big blow to the organising committee who declared that the Olympic torch relay and the subsequent celebrations will be toned down to prevent further spread of the virus.Meanwhile, the flame has already been lit in Greece, and is expected to arrive in northern Japan on Friday.You may also like:Read why the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games could be postponed to the end of the year!Rumour killer: Cristiano Ronaldo HAS NOT turned his hotels into free for all hospitals in light of Coronavirus! Advertisementlast_img read more

Holiday Events for Dec. 14-20

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDSThe Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will host a holiday performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, by the Henry Hudson High School A Cappella Choir, directed by Cody Holody.Attendees will be able to enjoy holiday songs and refreshments in the decorated Strauss Mansion, 27 Prospect Circle. The mansion will be open at 7 p.m. * * * * *Claddagh na nGael is hosting a Christmas social/fundraiser to benefit Sandy victims from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec 16, at Molly Maguire’s Blackpoint Inn, 132 East River Road.The event will be an afternoon of Irish music and family entertainment. With as many as 20 musicians expected, children and student musicians are welcome to the open session. New unwrapped toys will be collected for distribution to children whose families were hit hard by Super Storm Sandy. The toys will be donated to Project Paul, which operates the largest food pantry in Monmouth County helping approximately 1,600 individuals a week.Donations for the organization will also be accepted. Checks should be made payable to Project Paul.Those who can’t afford a toy or monetary donation are invite to bring their families and listen to the good music.Information about Project Paul is available at www.projpaul.org. MIDDLETOWNCentrex Sports Club is offering holiday cheer for those less fortunate and for those families who were affected by Sandy, with a free brunch and other holiday activities from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15. Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck from Middletown Volunteer Fire Company 1 and will pose for photos with the children.State Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr. and his family will be joined by township elected officials as they and club representatives distribute toys from the club’s annual drive.Centrex is located at 500 State Highway 35 in the Union Square shopping center. COLTS NECKColts Neck High School is hosting the Jingle Bell Walk, a 5K Stroll for Sandy at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, to help raise money for disaster relief efforts.The 5K walk will start and end near the track where vendors and crowds will gather. Jersey Strong T-shirts and food and drinks will be available.After the walk, music and entertainment will be provided.Prizes will be awarded at 11 a.m. for best holiday-themed costume for a group and individual.Walkers are encouraged to bring food for The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and unwrapped presents for Toys for Tots.The preregistration fee is $20 and race day registration is $25. Children 10 and under walk for free.Corporate donations and sponsorships are being sought.All proceeds will be donated to the schools in Monmouth County as well as the township’s adopted town of Union Beach. LITTLE SILVERRed Bank Regional (RBR) has the recipe to usher in the holiday season with fabulous music, dance and art.The RBR Academy of Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) will present a Holiday Showcase, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, at the RBR Theatre at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver.The presentations are unique and feature different works each night. The performing groups include the RBR art, drama, creative writing, instrumental music, piano, photography and vocal majors with the chamber singers, concert choir, concert bank, harp ensemble and string ensemble.Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. RUMSONThe English Speaking Union will be holding its annual holiday repast on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Rumson Country Club, 163 Rumson Road.Libations will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. traditional English Christmas dinner and entertainment at 8 p.m.The organization’s scholarship winner, Evelyn Giovine, will provide a special holiday program.The cost is $60 per person for members and $65 for nonmembers. Wine will be provided at the table, and a cash bar will be available throughout the evening.All are welcome; the dress is black tie optional.A silent auction, with half of the proceeds to be donated to local storm relief efforts, will be featured.Additional information is available by contacting ESU President Richard Biernacki at 732-787-2217 or emailing [email protected] comcast.net. * * * * *The festivities continue all month throughout town.Every Saturday through Dec. 22 from noon to 3 p.m. shoppers can enjoy the sounds of the season from the Holiday Harmonies. Tradi­tional carolers, choirs, brass bands, rock, folk, jazz and blues musicians will bring holiday tunes to the sidewalks of Red Bank.Classic horse and carriage rides will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22, sponsored by Pauline Poyner and Red Bank RiverCenter.A new event – “We Double Dog Dare You Scavenger Hunt” – will allow participants to visit the 50-plus businesses involved to search through Sunday, Dec. 16, for a hidden holiday character inspired by the holiday classic movie A Christmas Story. Shoppers will gather stamps on their hunt for every character they find, and once 15 are collected, they can be entered to win a Red Bank prize package.The movie theme continues with the return of the popular, window-decorating contest. Businesses have been invited to decorate their windows using any holiday movie they choose. Shoppers can vote online at www.ACoolLittle Town.com through Sunday, Dec. 16, for their favorite windows.Pictures with Santa will be available from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16 by, TSS Photography at The Galleria, 2 Bridge Ave.Free parking continues in borough parking lots through Christmas Day, courtesy of the Borough of Red Bank.In a program that captures the heart of the Christmas story, the 50-voice Tower Hill Choir presents “A Spiritual Christmas,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank (Tower Hill), 255 Harding Road.The choir is under the direction of Adam Peithmann, the church’s director of music ministries. RED BANKA Christmas Carol will be presented at the Count Basie Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. The play is a production of the Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s national tour. A cast of two-dozen actors with a live orchestra will faithfully portray all the beloved characters from Dickens’ 1843 novel.Their voices and lively dancing render traditional carols like “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Away In a Manager” and “Here We Come A-Wassailing” as a musical theater treat for the entire family.This production recreates Victorian era London with more than 100 costumes, a set evoking a Currier and Ives print and ghostly special effects.Tickets are $49.50, $29.50 and $19.50 and are available at the theater box office at 99 Monmouth St. or by calling 732-842-9000. * * * * *The adult and children’s choirs of St. Agnes Catholic Church will present their 18th annual Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.The choirs will be directed by G. Thomas Elliott and accompanied by organist Corina Pauta.The church is located at 103 Center Ave., at the corner of Avenue C. FAIR HAVENThe Fair Haven PTA’s biennial house hour will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and will include a Super Storm Sandy relief fundraising effort designed to assist local victims with replacing kitchen and household items lost in the storm.Tour attendees will be encouraged to donate new kitchen essentials and much needed gift cards for home-goods stores. There will be donation boxes at each of the eight tour homes. These donations will be given to Sandy Family Match to distribute to local victims of Sandy.Tickets to Fair Haven’s First Floors are $50 and will be sold, beginning at 10:30 a.m. the day of the tour, at 248 Kemp Ave. and 85 Grange Ave. No children will be allowed on the tour and participants will be asked to remove their shoes. The Two River area has an array of concerts, shows, bazaars and other fun events for the holiday season. Here is a selection of events in the area this week:last_img read more