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Visiting Writers: Louise Gluck

Apr 24

Visiting Writers: Louise Gluck 

Pollak Theatre - 4:30 PM

Louise Glück is one of America’s finest contemporary poets. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Glück is a former Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of a dozen widely acclaimed books. Stephen Dobyns, writing in the New York Times Book Review, said “no American poet writes better than Louise Glück, perhaps none can lead us so deeply into our own nature.” Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Hass has called her “one of the purest and most accomplished lyric poets now writing.”

Free Event


Spring Awakenings: A Concert Featuring Orchestra and Collegiate Chorus

Apr 17

Spring Awakenings: A Concert Featuring Orchestra and Collegiate Chorus 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

A concert featuring three perennial favorites, each uncommonly effervescent, sweet and vibrant as if made for Springtime. This concert is sponsored by the Monmouth University Performing Arts Series with orchestra and collegiate chorus conducted by Dr. David M. Tripold.


Natalie Diaz

Apr 17-18

Natalie Diaz 

Wilson Auditorium - 11 AM

Native American poet Natalie Diaz will speak about the language revitalization program at Fort Mojave, her home reservation, where she works with the last Elder speakers of the Mojave language.

Free Event


Teacher From The Black Lagoon & Other Story Books

Apr 15

Teacher From The Black Lagoon & Other Story Books 

Pollak Theatre - 10 AM

An exciting new musical revue based on favorite contemporary children’s books including Teacher From the Black Lagoon (by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee), Dogzilla (by Dav Pilkey), Grumpy Bird (by Jeremy Tankard), I Want My Hat Back (by Jon Klassen), Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse (by Kevin Henkes), Love Splat, Splat the Cat (by Rob Scotton), The Grasshopper and the Ant.


On Screen/In Person: United in Anger: A History of ACT UP

Apr 14

On Screen/In Person: United in Anger: A History of ACT UP 

Wilson Hall - 7:30 PM

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is the first feature-length documentary to explore ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) from an historical perspective and describes how a small group of men and women of all races and classes came together to change the world and save each other's lives. There will be a Q & A with the filmmaker Jim Hubbard following the screening.

Free Event


Met Opera: WERTHER Encore

Apr 13

Met Opera: WERTHER Encore 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The new production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met's recent hit staging of Carmen. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts.


Second Senior Show: Graphic Design & Animation

Apr 11-18

Second Senior Show: Graphic Design & Animation 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

Featuring the work of Monmouth University graduating seniors who will receive their degrees in Graphic Design and Animation.

Free Event


Sean Tyrrell

Apr 10

Sean Tyrrell 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 7:30 PM

One of Ireland’s major folk voices returns to the Monmouth University for another extraordinary evening of deeply moving, engaging music and storytelling. Long time traditional musician, renowned storyteller and performance artist since the 1960's, Sean Tyrrell has traveled extensively all over the world, collaborating with folks such as Tommy Peoples and Paddy Keenan. Siobhán Long of the Irish Times Review writes, “Here be folk music as it was meant to be: pugilistic at times, all embracing at others. Tyrrell’s appetite for telling it like it is is as unquenchable as ever.”


Provost Film Series: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

Apr 8

Provost Film Series: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Tai is 17 years old. Naim is 20. She's Israeli. He's Palestinian. She lives in Jerusalem. He lives in Gaza. Only 60 miles separate them but how many bombings, check-points, sleepless nights and bloodstained days stand between them?

Free Event


In the Mood: 1940s Musical Revue

Apr 6

In the Mood: 1940s Musical Revue 

Pollak Theatre - 4 PM

Much more than a concert, IN THE MOOD presents a retro 1940s musical revue featuring the IN THE MOOD Singers and Dancers with the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra. The music and the arrangements are as authentic as it gets. This was a time that all America was listening and dancing to the same kind of music.


Met Opera: LA BOHÉME

Apr 5

Met Opera: LA BOHÉME 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Puccini’s moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history—and with good reason. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Rodolfo. Encore: Sun. May 4 at 1:00 p.m.


ETHEL featuring Kaki King: ...And Other Stories

Apr 4

ETHEL featuring Kaki King: ...And Other Stories 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Known worldwide for transcending the limits of tradition, the New York City-based string quartet ETHEL, comprised of Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), Kip Jones (violin) and Tema Watstein (violin), has for the past decade and a half actively, aggressively, joyfully, adapted their epic skill-set to the presentation of rainbow-colored music of every style and description. Guitarist Kaki King, recognized as one of “The New Guitar Gods” by Rolling Stone has, likewise, won an enthusiastic international following as her gutsy, honest, and astonishingly beautiful works seem to defy gravity. Brought together, these celebrated sound worlds intermingle and swarm to create a glorious and inspired collaboration.


33rd Annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival

Apr 1

33rd Annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

The films that become the centerpiece of the Black Maria Film and Video Festival honor the vision of Thomas Edison, New Jersey inventor and creator of the motion picture. It was his New Jersey studio, the world’s first, which he called the “black maria” (pronounced "mariah") after which the festival is named. The cutting edge, cross-genre work that makes up the festival’s touring program, has been traveling across the country every year for decades. Black Maria focuses on diverse short films – narrative, experimental, animation, and documentary - including those which address issues and struggles within contemporary society such as the environment, public health, race and class, family, sustainability, and much more. These exceptional works ranging from comedy to drama to the exploration of pure form in film and video are not sidebars to feature length films, they are the heart and soul of the festival. The program is free and all are welcome. Works which will be screened are unrated; some of the content is sophisticated and might not be suited to younger audiences.

Free Event


Met Opera: PRINCE IGOR Encore

Mar 30

Met Opera: PRINCE IGOR Encore 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Borodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop.


Songwriters by the Sea

Mar 29

Songwriters by the Sea 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

The Sounds of Asbury Park and other Shore points are celebrated when a pair of musically minded Jersey Joes — Joe D’Urso and Joe Rapolla — bring their nationally regarded Songwriters by the Sea series of intimate, relaxed and inspired round-robins to the Pollak Theatre stage. Artists to perform include Marshall Crenshaw, David Johansen, Allison Moorer and Monmouth University students Natalie Zeller, Bryan Haring and Erin Holmes.