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April 2018

South Baseball – The Spirit of Winning

April 8 @ 2:00 pm
South Baseball

Main Stage, Tickets $5 Buy Tickets South Baseball—The Spirit of Winning is the first major film to turn the spotlight on Toms River High School South and legendary Indians Baseball Head Coach, Ken Frank. Coach Frank not only is New Jersey’s winningest high school baseball coach, (ranked 15th nationally) he also is a dedicated mentor who has had a profound impact on the lives of countless players during the past 40+ years. The 2017 season was another winner, with the…

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Glenn Crytzer’s Salute to Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang

April 11 @ 4:00 pm

Main Stage, Adult $24, Senior $20 Buy Tickets      One of the great partnerships of early jazz was that of violinist Joe Venutie and guitarist Eddie Lang, who teamed up to make dozens of classic records before Lang’s untimely death at the age of 31. For this special concert, guitarist Glenn Crytzer has organized a star-studded quartet with violinist Andy Stein, pianist Conal Fowkes and bass saxophonist Jay Rattman to make the music of Venuti and Lang come alive again.  

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Erin Brockovich – Blauvelt Lecture Series

April 12 @ 3:00 pm
Erin Brockovich

Main Stage, Lecture $40 Gallery, Add-On Meet & Greet, $35 Buy Tickets Say the name Erin Brockovich and you think, strong, tough, stubborn, and sexy. Brockovich is all that and definitely more. She is a modern-day “David” who loves a good brawl with today’s “Goliaths.” She thrives on being the voice for those who don’t know how to yell. She is a rebel. She is a fighter. She is a mother. She is a woman. She is you and me.…

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The HillBenders present The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry

April 13 @ 4:00 pm
Hillbenders

Main Stage, Tickets $35 Buy Tickets      Dinner Add On Available: $25 Dinner in the Grunin Center Gallery from Prime 13. “Ever since I was a young boy I played the silver ball.”  Maybe not your standard bluegrass lyric, but a line known by all the world from the biggest rock opera of all time, The Who’s Tommy. Forty-five years after its original release, this classic of classic rock has now been fully realized as a full-length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield,…

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Salute to Ocean County: A Celebration of Arts and Heritage

April 19 @ 6:30 pm

Main Stage, Free Event On April 19, 2018 the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, in conjunction with Ocean County College and the Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation, will present the seventh annual Salute to Ocean County: A Celebration of Arts and Heritage. This event—which is free and open to the public—will honor Ocean County’s outstanding cultural organizations, and recognize exceptional local artists, historians, preservationists, educators and government leaders. In addition to acknowledging the recipients of the Commission’s Local Arts…

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Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters

April 21 @ 4:00 pm

Main Stage, Tickets $35 - $30 Buy Tickets      In the long rich history of Family Groups in American Roots Music, the Chapin Family has a special place. When these singers, songwriters and extraordinary live performers come together, magic happens. Join Tom Chapin and The Chapin Sisters (Tom’s daughters Abigail and Lily) for an evening full of warmth, song, beautiful harmony, and transcendent music. Tom Chapin and The Chapin Sisters are powerful musical artists who have active careers and multiple recordings,…

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What A Piece of Work Is Man

April 27 - May 6
Piece of Work

Black Box Theatre, Adult $15 Buy Tickets OCC Repertory Theatre Company Presents: What A Piece of Work Is Man: The Wit, Wisdom, and Wonder of Will Shakespeare An entertaining sampling of the Bard’s “Hits and Misses:” the famous to the infamous, the comical to the tragic… Enjoy the wit, wisdom and wonder of the bestselling fiction writer of all time. From the depth of his characters, the beauty of his language, to his plays, sonnets and songs; experience the universal…

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May 2018

OCC Concert Band Presents: A Salute to Broadway, Part II

May 5 @ 3:00 pm
Concert Band

Main Stage, Adult $20, Senior $18 Buy Tickets There is nothing better than a Broadway Show, except for Part II of the OCC Concert Band’s Salute to Broadway! As a follow up to last year’s hugely successful spring concert, the OCC Concert Band has taken a cue from their fans and will present A Salute to Broadway, Part II. Featuring selections from My Fair Lady, Cats, Porgy and Bess, and many, many more! Directed by Anthony Tafrow.

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Peter Yarrow

May 11 @ 4:00 pm

Main Stage, Tickets $35 - $30 Buy Tickets      Please note: The Pre-Show Dinner for this performance has been Cancelled. Legendary musician Peter Yarrow weaves a narrative of his life in music and politics, punctuating the major events with renditions of the iconic songs we all know and love. From his life in Greenwich Village in the 1960’s, his connections to Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, and his career as part of the trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Yarrow shares a…

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OCC Jazz Band

May 12 @ 8:00 pm

Main Stage, Free Admission Free Admission The Ocean County College 13-piece Jazz Band makes it second annual appearance at the Grunin Center For The Arts. This time, they are joined by the OCC Dance Club as they perform and record their “Live @ The Grunin Center 2018” DVD. This exciting set includes original versions of music recorded by jazz artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sergio Mendez, Etta James, King Pleasure/Betty Carter, Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheney, The Crusaders, and Grover Washington…

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Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi

May 16 @ 4:00 pm

Main Stage, Adult $24, Senior $20 Buy Tickets      Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi are without a doubt two of the greatest exponents of classic jazz piano, specializing in the exciting sounds of ragtime, stride, swing and boogie-woogie. For this special concert, the husband-and-wife team will join forces to play a series of intricate “four hand” duets on a single piano. “I love to hear Stephanie and Paolo together,” says pianist and NEA Jazz Master Dick Hyman. “They are an inspiration.…

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Always Best Care & Holisticare Hospice present Alive Inside

May 17 @ 7:00 pm

Main Stage, $25 Buy Tickets Join Always Best Care and Holisticare Hospice as they present a screening of Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory, a film by Michael Rossato-Bennett. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who…

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Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles

May 18 @ 4:00 pm

Main Stage, Tickets $39 - $35 Tickets are currently SOLD OUT.  Please contact the Ticket Office Monday - Friday between 10am and 5pm to inquire about the Wait List. Dinner Add On Available: $25 Dinner in the Black Box Theatre from Prime 13.   For more than two decades, Hotel California has touched the hearts of fans all over the world, by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy Award winning sounds of the Eagles. See how a spirited blend of…

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June 2018

The Hope Center presents: The Billy Joel Songbook starring Chris Pinnella

June 8 @ 8:00 pm
Billy Joes Songbook

Main Stage, $50 - $100 Gallery (Reception) and Main Stage (Concert) Buy Tickets Nationally acclaimed vocalist Chris Pinnella of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will provide the entertainment for the evening with an exclusive performance of The Billy Joel Songbook featuring his 8-piece band of dynamite musicians. Performances of The Billy Joel Songbook have sold out throughout the tri-state area. “Pinnella delivers with rock n’ roll good looks and stunning vocals,” according to Music News. The night will feature some of the…

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2018 – 2019 Season Announcement

June 18 @ 10:00 am

Mark Your Calendars! Join our Mailing List Save the Date! We will be announcing our 2018 - 2019 season on Monday, June 18, 2018 at 10am! The best way to hear about our upcoming season and to learn about all the latest events and activities at the Grunin Center is to join our email list. Our Subscription Packages go on sale on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 10am, and Single Tickets go on sale on Monday, July 16, 2018 at…

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The Jazz Lobsters

June 20 @ 4:00 pm
Jazz Lobsters

Main Stage, Adult $24, Senior $20 Buy Tickets      The 2017-18 MidWeek Jazz season ends with another scintillating performance by the ever-popular Jazz Lobsters Big Band, made up of some of the finest musicians in the tri-state area. From the swinging sounds of Benny Goodman to the modern arrangements of Quincy Jones, The Jazz Lobsters will demonstrate the timeless appeal of a big band firing on all cylinders.

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New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

June 26 @ 8:00 pm
NJSO

NJSO at Ocean County College Campus Mall Free Event! Settle in under a starry sky and enjoy glorious Broadway songs and rousing opera overtures with the NJSO! Watch the fireflies dance along to the overture to Crazy for You and catch a glimpse of a shooting star during Rossini’s fiery overture to William Tell. You may even hear a familiar tune from a galaxy far, far away! It’s a warm summer’s evening of the fun and familiar at this summer’s NJSO parks concerts! This is…

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July 2018

Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.

July 18 @ 10:00 am
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One event on July 18, 2018 at 12:00pm

Schoolhouse Rock

SOLD OUT Please Note: This event is currently SOLD OUT. We are no longer accepting reservations. To inquire about seat availability at our other CAMP programs, please contact Jaclyn Wood at the Grunin Center for the Arts: 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 or jwood@ocean.edu. About the Show A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage in Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR. The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, and more through clever, tuneful songs follows Tom,…

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Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.

July 18 @ 12:00 pm
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One event on July 18, 2018 at 12:00pm

Schoolhouse Rock

SOLD OUT Please Note: This event is currently SOLD OUT. We are no longer accepting reservations. To inquire about seat availability at our other CAMP programs, please contact Jaclyn Wood at the Grunin Center for the Arts: 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 or jwood@ocean.edu. About the Show A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage in Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR. The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, and more through clever, tuneful songs follows Tom,…

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Fun with Energy

July 24 @ 10:00 am
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One event on July 24, 2018 at 12:00pm

Fun with Energy

LIMITED AVAILABILITY Please Note: The 10am performance is currently SOLD OUT. We are no longer accepting reservations. There is limited availability for the 12pm performance. To inquire about seat availability, please contact Jaclyn Wood at the Grunin Center for the Arts: 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 or jwood@ocean.edu. About the Show Jeff Boyer shows kids that energy is what makes our world work, through carefully laid out activities illustrating the laws and forces which govern the world around us. Jeff takes audiences…

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Fun with Energy

July 24 @ 12:00 pm
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One event on July 24, 2018 at 12:00pm

Fun with Energy

LIMITED AVAILABILITY Please Note: The 10am performance is currently SOLD OUT. We are no longer accepting reservations. There is limited availability for the 12pm performance. To inquire about seat availability, please contact Jaclyn Wood at the Grunin Center for the Arts: 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 or jwood@ocean.edu. About the Show Jeff Boyer shows kids that energy is what makes our world work, through carefully laid out activities illustrating the laws and forces which govern the world around us. Jeff takes audiences…

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Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets

July 27 @ 10:00 am
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One event on July 27, 2018 at 12:00pm

Reservations July 25th at 10am Main Stage, FREE Limited tickets will be made available to the public. FAST Pack Subscription holders can reserve tickets on Monday, July 9th at 10am by contacting Jaclyn Wood at the Grunin Center for the Arts: 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 or jwood@ocean.edu. All other reservations will take place 2 business days prior to the event About the Show Tim Kubart’s concerts are an indie pop dance party for all ages. Joined on stage by his band,…

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Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets

July 27 @ 12:00 pm
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One event on July 27, 2018 at 12:00pm

Reservations July 25th at 10am Main Stage, FREE Limited tickets will be made available to the public. FAST Pack Subscription holders can reserve tickets on Monday, July 9th at 10am by contacting Jaclyn Wood at the Grunin Center for the Arts: 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 or jwood@ocean.edu. All other reservations will take place 2 business days prior to the event About the Show Tim Kubart’s concerts are an indie pop dance party for all ages. Joined on stage by his band,…

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The Great Rock N Roll Time Machine

July 28 @ 8:00 pm
The Great Rock and Roll Time Machine

Get Tickets Now Main Stage, Tickets $25 - $20 Please note: This event is not eligible for the Grunin Presents Buy More/Save More Subscription. About the Show The Great Rock 'N Roll Time Machine is an all out overload of sight and sound that brings the audience back to the glory days of 70s and 80s arena rock. Featuring all your favorite artists, including hits from: BOSTON TO BON JOVI FRAMPTON TO POISON McCARTNEY TO MOTLEY CRUE Take a ride in The Great Rock 'N Roll…

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David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band

July 29 @ 3:00 pm
David Ostwald

Get Tickets Main Stage, Adult $24 Senior $20 Planning on attending multiple Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon shows? Consider purchasing a Jazz Club Subscription instead!   About the Show Since 2000, David Ostwald has hosted a weekly tribute to jazz legend Louis Armstrong at the famed New York City jazz club Birdland. On July 29, Ostwald makes his third appearance at the Grunin Center with his Louis Armstrong Eternity Band, made up of the cream of New York’s traditional jazz…

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August 2018

Goowins Balloowins

August 2 @ 10:00 am
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One event on August 2, 2018 at 12:00pm

Goowins Balloowins

Reservations July 31st at 10am Main Stage, FREE Limited tickets will be made available to the public. FAST Pack Subscription holders can reserve tickets on Monday, July 9th at 10am by contacting Jaclyn Wood at the Grunin Center for the Arts: 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 or jwood@ocean.edu. All other reservations will take place 2 business days prior to the event About the Show Enjoy a truly unique performance by madcap balloon artist Allyn Gooen, who will fill the stage with extraordinary…

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Goowins Balloowins

August 2 @ 12:00 pm
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One event on August 2, 2018 at 12:00pm

Goowins Balloowins

Reservations July 31st at 10am Main Stage, FREE Limited tickets will be made available to the public. FAST Pack Subscription holders can reserve tickets on Monday, July 9th at 10am by contacting Jaclyn Wood at the Grunin Center for the Arts: 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 or jwood@ocean.edu. All other reservations will take place 2 business days prior to the event About the Show Enjoy a truly unique performance by madcap balloon artist Allyn Gooen, who will fill the stage with extraordinary…

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September 2018

The Oyster Farmers presented by Barnegat Bay Partnership

September 23 @ 2:00 pm
Oyster Farmers

Get Tickets Main Stage, Tickets $10 Pre-Show Oyster Tasting available for $15 Outside Presenter About the Show The Oyster Farmers, an award winning, feature-length documentary, centers on coastal life in New Jersey, specifically the Barnegat Bay. Oysters once thrived in the Barnegat Bay, historically the epicenter of wild oysters on the entire Eastern seaboard, but overharvesting and other factors decimated their populations. The once prolific Eastern oyster, an economic and cultural keystone, is now poised to recapture its legacy in…

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April 2019

Bollywood Boulevard: A Journey Through Hindi Cinema Live (Schools n Stage)

April 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am
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One event on April 8, 2019 at 11:30am

Bollywood Boulevard

Photo credit Kevin Yatarola Reserve Your School Group   Main Stage, Free, For Grades 6-12 For more information and to book your group, contact Jaclyn Wood at the Grunin Center for the Arts: 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 or jwood@ocean.edu. About the Show Lights. Camera. Action. Lose yourself in the world of Bollywood through live music, dance, and multimedia with Bollywood Boulevard. Witness the spirit, artistry, and history of India’s famous film industry from the classics of the black and white era…

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June 2019

The Magic School Bus

June 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am
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One event on June 3, 2019 at 10:45am

One event on June 3, 2019 at 1:30pm

Magic School Bus

Reserve Your School Group Main Stage, $10, For Grades K-5 For more information and to book your group, contact Jaclyn Wood at the Grunin Center for the Arts: 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 or jwood@ocean.edu. About the Show When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must…

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