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The Lightning Thief

Oct 7

The Lightning Thief 

Pollak Theatre - 10 AM

Tickets on sale July 1. Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Recommended for grades 2-6.


Met Opera: Tristan und Isolde (Broadcast Live in HD)

Oct 8

Met Opera: Tristan und Isolde (Broadcast Live in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 12 PM

Tickets on sale July 20. The season begins with a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle in his first Live in HD performance.


BENISE - Strings of Passion: 10 Year Anniversary World Tour!

Oct 15

BENISE - Strings of Passion: 10 Year Anniversary World Tour! 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Tickets on sale 4/29 for Center for the Arts donors; 5/4 for general public. The Prince of Spanish Guitar, BENISE is ‘Bennissimo!’ in this special 10 year anniversary production called “Strings of Passion”. Armed with his fiery Spanish Guitar, a stage full of musicians, and an international dance troupe, BENISE takes us on a musical journey through Salsa, Flamenco, Samba, Waltz and Tango, fused with classic rock anthems by Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Santana and The Eagles…to name a few. Go center stage with BENISE in this amazing production that takes your audiences to Spain, China, Paris, Egypt, India, Cuba, Italy, Dubai, the Heartland of America…and more: the Theatrical World Music and Dance Spectacle that has been called “The Latin Riverdance”.

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On Screen/in Person:

Oct 17

On Screen/in Person: " You Belong to Me 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

On August 3, 1952, Ruby McCollum, an African-American woman, shot and killed the prominent white doctor and State Senator-elect C. L. Adams in Live Oak, Florida. Exploring a case that has haunted jurors and prosecutors for decades, YOU BELONG TO ME, Sex, Race and Murder in the South unveils hidden practices, exposing the truth of what it meant to be an African-American in the Jim Crow South, and examining the long road to healing. There will be a post screening Q&A with the producer Jude Hagin.

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Bob Dylan: Photographs by Daniel Kramer Curated by the GRAMMY Museum ® at LA LIVE

Oct 20-Dec 20

Bob Dylan: Photographs by Daniel Kramer Curated by the GRAMMY Museum ® at LA LIVE 

Pollak Gallery - 9 AM

Curated by the GRAMMY Museum, in cooperation with Daniel Kramer, Daniel Kramer: Photographs of Bob Dylan features more than 40 of Kramer’s photographs from his time on tour with Dylan in 1964 and 1965. Opening Reception: Nov. 11. Daniel Kramer and Bob Santelli from the GRAMMY Museum will give a talk during the opening reception.

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Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal

Oct 21

Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash’s exciting show celebrates her highly-acclaimed and three time Grammy winning album, The River & the Thread. The River & the Thread (2014, Blue Note Records) is a collection of original songs that connect and re-connect Rosanne to the American South, the place of her birth and the home of her ancestors. Rosanne follows her acclaimed Grammy nominated and award winning album The List (2009) with her own poetic survey of places and people of The South on these beautiful and varied songs written with her collaborator, musical director, guitarist and husband, John Leventhal.

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Met Opera: Don Giovanni (Broadcast Live in HD)

Oct 22

Met Opera: Don Giovanni (Broadcast Live in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Tickets on sale July 20. Simon Keenlyside makes his Met role debut as the unrepentant seducer in Tony Award winner Michael Grandage’s staging of Mozart’s masterpiece.


Bolshoi Ballet: The Golden Age - Live in HD

Oct 23

Bolshoi Ballet: The Golden Age - Live in HD 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

In a seaside town where business and mafia are flourishing, The Golden Age cabaret is the favorite nightly haunt of dancers, bandits and young revelers, where the young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita, a beautiful dancer, but also the friend of a local gangster…

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Art Now: Tim Miller:  PERFORMANCE! BODY! SELF!  A performance, lecture & rant

Oct 25

Art Now: Tim Miller: PERFORMANCE! BODY! SELF! A performance, lecture & rant 

Pollak Theatre - 4:30 PM

Internationally-acclaimed solo performer Tim Miller is known for his charged performances that tackle challenging social issues, including the culture wars, performance of identity, and queer strategies for the future. Miller shares fierce and funny performance excerpts and speaks about how performance can be used to embolden communities and connect people with one another.

Free Event


National Theatre Live: THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Oct 27

National Theatre Live: THE DEEP BLUE SEA 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Tickets on sale soon! Helen McCrory (Medea and The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre, Penny Dreadful, Peaky Blinders) returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) also features in Carrie Cracknell’s critically acclaimed new production. When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.

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A Marvelous Night: The Music of Van Morrison

Oct 29

A Marvelous Night: The Music of Van Morrison 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

New Jersey’s favorite entertainers will take the stage to share the music of Van Morrison with their friends. Legendary front man Rob Paparozzi (Original Blues Brothers Band, Blood Sweat ‘n Tears) and Master Song Stylist Pat Guadagno (BobFest, The Candle Brothers) will lead an all-star band on a musical journey through the lifework of one of the most influential and unusual artists of our time. Last year’s capacity crowd was mesmerized by an eclectic selection of Morrison’s mystical compositions, performed by an ensemble of Jersey musical nobility that included Pam McCoy, Steven Delopoulos (Burlap to Cashmere) Irish Tenor Steve Reilly, Michael Ghegan (Michael Jackson Cirque de Soleil), John Korba, (Hall & Oates, Phoebe Snow, Roseanne Cash) Tom Labella, Joe Bellia & Jillian Reyes McCoy (John Bon Jovi’s Kings of Suburbia). The memorable evening was highlighted by a surprise visit from ‘the worlds most recorded drummer’ Bernard “Pretty” Purdie. The whole crew is back for a transcendental evening of genre defying music presented by Charles Moran and Christopher Neary on what is sure to be A Marvelous Night ..... You will be healed!

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Met Opera Encore: Tristan und Isolde (Broadcast Live in HD)

Oct 30

Met Opera Encore: Tristan und Isolde (Broadcast Live in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Tickets on sale July 20. The season begins with a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle in his first Live in HD performance.


Visiting Writers: Gerald Stern

Nov 1

Visiting Writers: Gerald Stern 

Wilson Auditorium - 4:30 PM

Gerald Stern was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1925 and was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University. He is the author of 16 books of poetry, including, most recently, Divine Nothingness (Norton, 2014) and In Beauty Bright (Norton, 2012), as well as This Time: New and Selected Poems, which won the 1998 National Book Award and a kind-of memoir of a year in 85 sections titled Stealing History, was published by Trinity University Press in the spring of 2012. Stern was awarded the 2005 Wallace Stevens Award by the Academy of American Poets, was the 2010 recipient of the Medal of Honor in Poetry by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he was inducted into the 2012 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was the 2012 recipient of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress. He was the 2014 winner of the Frost Medal. Stern has two books coming out in 2017, a poetry collection from W. W. Norton called Galaxy Love and a book of non-fiction titled Deathwatch, to be released by Trinity University Press.

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Click Clack Moo

Nov 3

Click Clack Moo 

Pollak Theatre - 10 AM

Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!" Farmer Brown cries. Find out in a hilariously "mooooo-ving" musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. Recommended for grades K -4.

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One Last Waltz

Nov 5

One Last Waltz 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Tickets on sale July 1. Glen Burtnik, Salvatore Boyd, Bob Burger & Arne Wendt, performing as The Band. Together they will be joined on stage by both local and national talent. Recreating not only the music but the celebration, camaraderie and talent that took over the stage November 25th back in 1976.

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