Upcoming Events

Jason Isbell

Feb 6

Jason Isbell 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

A former member of the Southern rock outfit Drive by Truckers, Jason Isbell’s solo career has seemed effortless, from Sirens of the Ditch (2007) to Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (2009), through Here We Rest (2011) and last year’s Live From Alabama. He writes open -hearted songs full of storm and drama, bursting with personal truths, and echoing with the southern sound of his Alabama upbringing. Embracing his newfound sobriety, Isbell next produced an album of haunting atonement and redemption, the sparse and impressive Southeastern, which was a critical success and commercial breakthrough. Tickets on sale Friday, August 22 at 10 am.

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Met Opera: THE MERRY WIDOW Encore

Feb 8

Met Opera: THE MERRY WIDOW Encore 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

New Production The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact).

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On Screen in Person: Rebels With a Cause

Feb 9

On Screen in Person: Rebels With a Cause 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Rebels With A Cause explores how a handful of politically savvy activists fought to protect San Francisco's Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area from the threat of sprawl and over-development at a time when California was the nation's fastest-growing state. Their efforts set new precedents for protecting open space and helped shape the environmental movement as we know it today. There will be a post screening Q&A with the director Nancy Kelly.

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ART NOW:  Jennifer Haley - Writing, Performing & Producing  Virtual Realities Onstage

Feb 10

ART NOW: Jennifer Haley - Writing, Performing & Producing Virtual Realities Onstage 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 11:30 AM

Award winning playwright /TV writer Jennifer Haley will conduct an interactive artist demonstration. Her cutting edge work delves into ethics in virtual reality and the impact of technology on our human relationships, identity, and desire. She won the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, a Los Angeles Ovation Award and Drama Critics Circle Award for her play, The Nether, which is a haunting exploration of the consequences of living out our darkest desires online. She is a member of New Dramatists (NYC) and lives in LA, where she founded the Playwrights Union. Jennifer currently writes for the Netflix original series, Hemlock Grove.

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Met Opera: IOLANTA / DUKE BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE

Feb 14

Met Opera: IOLANTA / DUKE BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE 

Pollak Theatre - 12:30 PM

New Production On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle).

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Nine for IX: Pat XO

Feb 18

Nine for IX: Pat XO 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

An in-depth look at the legendary University of Tennessee Lady Vols Coach, Pat Summit, from her exceptional career to her new life fighting early-onset Alzheimer's. Nine for IX is a series of documentary films which originally aired on ESPN celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Four of the episodes will be screened during the year.

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Mavis Staples

Feb 21

Mavis Staples 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

There are few living musicians who can lay claim to being the voice of America’s conscience, and even fewer who continue to make vital music. For six decades Mavis Staples has been the solid rock of American music. Alongside the family group she is so identified with, the Staple Singers, Mavis has managed to transform herself as she goes, yet never alter.

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Met Opera: LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN Encore

Feb 22

Met Opera: LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN Encore 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production.

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World Cinema Series: Zelary

Feb 23

World Cinema Series: Zelary 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Ondrej Trojan's "Zelary” (2003) (R) A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940’s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life she saved, a man from a remote mountain village where time stopped 150 years ago, agrees to hide her as his wife.

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Turtle Island String Quartet

Feb 26

Turtle Island String Quartet 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Winner of the 2006 and 2008 GRAMMY® Awards for Best Classical Crossover category, Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles, and by devising a performance practice that honors both, the state of the art has inevitably been redefined. Cellist nonpareil Yo-Yo Ma has proclaimed TIQ to be “a unified voice that truly breaks new ground – authentic and passionate – a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today.” Formed in 1985, the Turtle Island Quartet has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings.

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Met Opera: IOLANTA/ DUKE BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE

Mar 1

Met Opera: IOLANTA/ DUKE BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

New Production On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle).

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Urinetown

Mar 4-12

Urinetown 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 8 PM

From an American town in the early 20th century, we flash forward to a future dystopia where a severe water shortage has made public pay-per-use toilets a legal necessity. Urinetown was a hit Broadway musical in the early 21st century, running for two and a half years. It won Tony Awards for its composer and lyricists Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis and Mr. Kotis also won for the book of the musical. The show is a satirical take on social change (the police are represented by Officers Lockstock and Barrel), corporate greed (the pay toilets are run by “Urine Good Company”), and Broadway musicals themselves. One of the show’s characters – its hero Bobby Strong – was included as one of the 100 Greatest Roles in Musical Theatre.


On Screen in Person: Still Dreaming

Mar 5

On Screen in Person: Still Dreaming 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Still Dreaming follows a group of elderly entertainers living at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in New York and a pair of young directors hired to stage an in-house performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As the once-celebrated performers struggle with Alzheimer's, dementia, and physical disabilities, the play’s themes of perception, reality and memory take on new relevance and poignancy. There will be a post screening Q&A with the co-directors Jilann Spitzmiller and Hank Rogerson.

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Dylan Scholinski

Mar 5-Apr 10

Dylan Scholinski 

Pollak Gallery - 9 AM

Born Daphne Scholonski, Dylan was locked up in a mental hopital at age 15 for being an "inappropriate female." Now a distinguished public speaker, author of award winning memoir The Last Time I Wore a Dress and artist, Dylan will be exhibiting his own work - which portrays the anguish of his hospital years and his ultimate triumph - as well as examples of artwork by participants in his “lead with your heart” workshop.

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GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL

Mar 7

GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

See the Off-Broadway sensation that audiences can’t get enough of from coast to coast! Share the fun and laughter in this hilarious, feel-good comedy as five girlfriends re-live their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild night out! Featuring the most famous female empowerment hits of the last four decades including “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man I Feel Like A Woman,” “I Will Survive,” and many more.

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