Upcoming Events

New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition

Jan 19-Mar 11

New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

This exhibit will include works by the 2014-15 New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship artists in sculpture, crafts and photography categories. The works included in this exhibition are evidence of the outstanding wealth of artistic talent in New Jersey. The Arts Council created the Artist Fellowship Program in 1971. To this day, a fellowship award continues to acknowledge work of the highest artistic excellence as determined by the expert peer review panels in the various disciplines of the visual arts. The Council understands the importance of providing individual artists with funds to pursue the creation of their work and to gain further recognition of their work through public showcases. A Council fellowship brings such recognition and the distinction of receiving a fellowship makes a tremendous impact on an artist’s career.

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William Close and the Earth Harp Collective

Jan 23

William Close and the Earth Harp Collective 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

William Close and the Earth Harp Collective recently pushed the boundaries of the “performance experience” when they finished third on NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent.” The group received massive praise and admiration from fans and all three judges. William Close is an installation artist and musician who has developed over 100 new types of musical instruments. He is the inventor of the majestic stringed instrument, The Earth Harp, the world's largest stringed instrument. Featuring the Earth Harp at the center of the group and many other signature instruments designed by Close, William and the Earth Harp Collective is the lat

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Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle ENCORE

Jan 28

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle ENCORE 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion. This treasure of romantic ballet is one of the oldest and greatest in classical repertoire, touching upon the great romantic themes: a doomed love affair ending in tragedy, a dive into fantasy and ultimate redemtion through the power of love. The Bolshoi is renowned for its intimate and emotionally intense interpretation of this beloved drama.

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MET OPERA: Turandot (Broadcast in HD)

Jan 30

MET OPERA: Turandot (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Tickets on sale Friday, July 24. Nina Stemme, one of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, takes on the title role of the proud princess of legendary China. Tenor Marco Berti is Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her hand. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.


Taylor 2

Jan 31

Taylor 2 

Pollak Theatre - 4 PM

Established in 1993, this six-member company brings Paul Taylor’s dances to venues of any size with all the artistry of the world renowned choreographer’s work – representing the wide range of athleticism, humor and emotion found in his work. In selecting repertoire for Taylor 2, Mr. Taylor chooses dances that span the broad spectrum of his career. Several of the dances performed by Taylor 2 have been re-worked from the Paul Taylor Dance Company’s version to enable the smaller ensemble of dancers to perform them.

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National Theatre Live: Jane Eyre (Broadcast in HD)

Feb 4

National Theatre Live: Jane Eyre (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart. This acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë's masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, when the story was performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance.

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LA Theatreworks: Dracula

Feb 11

LA Theatreworks: Dracula 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

After wowing audiences with their unique live radio theater style in last year’s adaptation of “In the Heat of the Night”, L.A. Theatre Works returns to the Pollak stage in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Count Dracula slips quietly into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil, necessary for rest between his victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power, and only one man, the smart and resourceful Dr. Van Helsing, can stop the carnage. But to do this, he must uncover the vampire's lair and pierce Dracula’s heart with a wooden stake- setting up an epic confrontation of good vs evil. Over the years, the story of Dracula has been used as commentary in modern studies of psychology, women’s issues, and colonialism, while never losing its place as one of the greatest horror stories ever told. This gothic horror is a classic for all time and has spawned hundreds of spin-offs in popular culture from Twilight to True Blood.

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On Screen In Person: The Winding Stream

Feb 12

On Screen In Person: The Winding Stream 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

The Winding Stream tells the story of the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and the Cashes, tracing the influence of their music from the 1920s through the present day, and how a seemingly unlikely young man named Johnny Cash would be the one to lift up the Carter legacy from obscurity. An intimate account of reciprocity and love, The Winding Stream features interviews and performances with roots music practitioners, including one of the last interviews ever granted by Johnny Cash.

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Bolshoi Ballet: The Lady of the Camellias

Feb 14

Bolshoi Ballet: The Lady of the Camellias 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

A young bourgeois, Armand Duval, falls madly in love with Marguerite Gautier, a gorgeous courtesan celebrated by the Parisian high society. Despite her infidelity, Armand will do all he can to win the beautiful woman’s heart and convince her to leave her indulgent life. The Bolshoi breathes new life into John Neumeier's tragic masterpiece, inspired by Alexandre Dumas' novel and accompanied by Chopin's exquisite score. This production assumes a new emotional and dramatic texture that only the Bolshoi’s dancers can deliver. “Neumeier’s character-rich ballet has found a company that is equal to its challenges” –Financial Times

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National Theatre Live: Hamlet (Encore Screening)

Feb 18

National Theatre Live: Hamlet (Encore Screening) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

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Doo Wop Explosion: A Night of Acappella Harmony

Feb 20

Doo Wop Explosion: A Night of Acappella Harmony 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Born on the street corners of urban America, rhythm & blues and doo wop singing reached its peak in the 1950’s, but still has a strong following today. While doo wop singing began as an African American art form, by the late 1950’s it was enjoyed by singers of all races. Doo wop harmony in its purist form is acappella (without instrumentals). We’ve assembled five top acappella doo wop vocal groups from NYC to Philadelphia. The Tee-Tones formed on the streets of Brooklyn and fine tuned their harmonies in the tunnels of the NYC subway system. They’ve since appeared on Good Morning America and ABC World News Tonight. The versatile group, Quiet Storm, has developed a huge following in the Philadelphia area. Called “Storm Chasers,” their fans follow them from concert to concert. The Balladeers are known for their perfect execution of complex R&B vocal harmonies. They limit their appearances to a couple special performances a year. The popular Piscataway NJ group, Re-MemberThen, has the distinction of twice winning the acappella showdowns at the Meadowlands. The Philly Ringtones are the newest of the area acappella groups but individual members have decades of experience with other singing groups. This line up is subject to change.

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MET OPERA: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Encore)

Feb 21

MET OPERA: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score from the composer of Carmen.

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Bolshoi Ballet: The Taming of the Shrew

Feb 25

Bolshoi Ballet: The Taming of the Shrew 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca, including Luciento. However her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katharina, is herself married. French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot lands a coup with his adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy tailored specifically to the Bolshoi dancers, and achieves a magnetic two hours of breathtaking, nonstop dance unlike any other, portraying the Bolshoi’s audacity and energy in a completely new way. This new production was staged exclusively for the Bolshoiand cannot be seen anywhere else!

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Cherish the Ladies

Feb 27

Cherish the Ladies 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, recorded 15 outstanding albums including their latest, “An Irish Homecoming” which was also videotaped for an Emmy winning Public Television Special that is airing across America.

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MET OPERA: Turandot (Encore)

Feb 28

MET OPERA: Turandot (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Nina Stemme, one of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, takes on the title role of the proud princess of legendary China. Tenor Marco Berti is Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her hand. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani. Tickets on sale Friday, July 24

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