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Cowboy Junkies

Oct 2

Cowboy Junkies 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Joined by multi-instrumentalist Jeff Bird, the core Cowboy quartet returns to Monmouth for a retrospective of their three decades playing (and listening to) all manifestations of popular music. Expect an evening that runs the gamut from the folky intimacy of the band’s earliest efforts, to an always surprising selection of covers — although simply delivering “the expected” has never been part of the Cowboy Junkies playbook.


Aquila Theatre's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Oct 1

Aquila Theatre's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

The legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, takes the stage in this witty, fast paced production by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre. The clever Holmes skillfully maneuvers the twisted web of London's most intriguing cases with his split second deductions revealing intimate and useful details of a person's life. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's vivid characters jump from the page weaving a tale of mystery, suspense and intrigue. In addition to Holmes, many of Doyle's other well known creations are on hand; the trusted sidekick Dr. Watson, Irene Adler, the woman who got away, and the only woman to have won Holmes's respect, the red-headed mason Jabez Wilson. With actors drawn from the top British and American stages, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a thrilling and memorable ride.


On Screen In Person: Foreign Puzzle

Sep 25

On Screen In Person: Foreign Puzzle 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Foreign Puzzle follows dancer and choreographer Sharon Marroquin as she endures intensive breast cancer treatments and explores her fear of death through the creation of a 90 minute dance titled, “The Materiality of Impermanence.” The dance becomes Sharon’s only outlet, allowing her to escape the daily pressures of the disease and life as a single working parent, and shapes her perceptions about life as she fights to heal her body and mind.

Free Event


National Theatre Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem (Broadcast in HD)

Sep 24

National Theatre Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash. The ‘Beaux’: Mr. Aimwell and Mr. Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for money. Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and servant, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer and a strange, turbulent priest. But their greatest obstacle is love. When the Beaux meet their match in Dorinda and Mrs Sullen they are most at risk, for in love they might be truly discovered.


Visiting Writer: Alex Gilvarry

Sep 22

Visiting Writer: Alex Gilvarry 

Wilson Auditorium - 4:30 PM

Alex Gilvarry is the author of the novel, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant (Viking). He was selected as a “5 Under 35” nominee by the National Book Foundation in 2014 and received the Hornblower Award at the 2012 New York City Book Awards. He has been a Norman Mailer fellow and a visiting scholar at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin. His essays and criticism have appeared in Vogue, The Nation, Boston Globe, and have been broadcast on NPR's All Things Considered. His next novel, Eastman Was Here, is forthcoming from Viking/Penguin in 2016. He is the Artist-in-Residence at Monmouth University where he teaches creative writing.

Free Event


Bravo Amici

Sep 20

Bravo Amici 

Pollak Theatre - 4 PM

Bravo Amici’s mix of powerful tenors and glorious sopranos perform an uplifting collection of well-known classical and contemporary arias. Combining the essential elements of pop, Broadway and opera with classical overtones, their powerful performance is a tribute to the emerging musical genre of “Contemporary Classical Crossover” taking the world by storm.


Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey

Sep 8-Dec 22

Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey, a traveling photography exhibition curated by the GRAMMY Museum Los Angeles, features 45 iconic images. The opening reception on September 27 from 1-4 PM will include a Q&A with the photographers moderated by Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli at 2:30 PM.

Free Event


Aaron Wexler

Sep 8-Nov 13

Aaron Wexler 

Rotary Ice House Gallery - 9 AM

Aaron Wexler’s work investigates shapes in nature as they relate to abstraction in painting. He collects distinctly different representations of abstraction of nature and architectural networks and utilizing prints, books, photographs and hand painted paper, makes drawings and collages from these source materials. Wexler received his M.F.A from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. His work has been included in various solo and group shows in New York and London including the Morgan Lehman Gallery, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, The National Academy Museum, and Katonah Museum of Art, among others.

Free Event


Selections from the Monmouth University Collection

Sep 8-Dec 22

Selections from the Monmouth University Collection 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

Featuring selections from Monmouth University's permanent collection including works by Adam Wurtz, Salvadore Dali, Jacob Landau, and Robert Mueller among others.


James Deane: A Hidden Treasure

Sep 8-Oct 26

James Deane: A Hidden Treasure 

Pollak Gallery - 9 AM

This exhibit will feature recently discovered artwork by artistic visionary James Deane a life-long resident of Long Branch (1906 – 2001.) Prolific in many mediums, Deane created works of art with watercolors, pen and ink, pencil and clay. He was supported by his only sibling, his sister Laura, which allowed him the freedom to focus exclusively on his artwork for many years. The works featured in this exhibit include magnificent botanical studies, futuristic landscape paintings and whimsical pottery, most of which has been unseen since the 1930’s.

Free Event


Met Opera: Aida (Broadcast in HD)

Aug 13

Met Opera: Aida (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

The Met’s spectacular production of Verdi’s Egyptian epic captures both the grandeur and the intimacy of this powerful tale of love and politics. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Aida, the enslaved Ethiopian princess in love with the Egyptian warrior Radamès, sung by Roberto Alagna. Olga Borodina is her rival, Amneris. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.


Cabaret for LIfe presents Smokey Joe's Cafe

Aug 6-9

Cabaret for LIfe presents Smokey Joe's Cafe 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Cabaret for LIfe presents Smokey Joe's Cafe directed and choreographed by Jose de las Cuesta and musical direction by Corey Everly.


Met Opera: The Merry Widow (Broadcast in HD)

Jul 30

Met Opera: The Merry Widow (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling woman who captivates all of Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new hit staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman. This dazzling production takes place in an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.


Met Opera: La Fille Du Regiment (Broadcast in HD)

Jul 23

Met Opera: La Fille Du Regiment (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Madcap physical comedy and impeccable coloratura come together in Natalie Dessay’s tour de force portrayal of the feisty tomboy raised by a regiment of French soldiers. Laurent Pelly’s hilarious production also stars Juan Diego Flórez as the young Swiss villager who conquers her heart—along with a slew of high Cs. Marco Armiliato conducts.


National Theatre Live: Everyman (Broadcast in HD)

Jul 16

National Theatre Live: Everyman (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

BAFTA winner and Academy Award® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) takes the title role in this dynamic new production of one of English drama’s oldest plays, directed by the National Theatre’s new Director Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).