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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).


Jody Joseph presents Four Common Threads: One Heartstring

Jul 11

Jody Joseph presents Four Common Threads: One Heartstring 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

In an intimate setting, Jody Joseph reveals her feelings about life and love through the powerful songs of four legendary artists. While unveiling the musical DNA that threads through the heart and soul of Jody Joseph, and the artists who influenced her life: Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler, Janis Joplin, and Stevie Nick, she sings and talks about the common thread that weaved its way thru her own musical life and also shows the parallels in her own songwriting. This particular show, where Jody is performing as herself, is up front and personal, riveting, witty, and real.


Met Opera: La Traviata (Broadcast in HD)

Jul 9

Met Opera: La Traviata (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Willy Decker’s stunning production of Verdi’s timeless tragedy stars the riveting singing actress Natalie Dessay as Violetta. Matthew Polenzani is Alfredo Germont, the young man from a good family who risks everything for Violetta. Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s father. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.


When Textiles Talk. A Quilting Exhibit

Jul 8-Aug 28

When Textiles Talk. A Quilting Exhibit 

Pollak Gallery - 9 AM

This juried exhibition includes quilts from members of Rebecca’s Reel Quilt Guild in Middletown and the Beach Plum Quiltmakers of Ocean County. Historically, quilts have been made to convey emotions, record events and to evoke memories; to greet or say good-bye; to sell or raffle for charity; to celebrate, to commemorate or to comfort. The need to communicate requires quilters to express themselves for the same various reasons as other artists. Each quilt in this exhibit is accompanied by a story card explaining the artist’s vision or motivation. Opening Reception: Aug 1 | 5 - 7 PM

Free Event


BIG: THE MUSICAL

Jul 8-25

BIG: THE MUSICAL 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 8 PM

The classic 1987 motion picture fantasy bursts onto the stage in the unforgettable theatrical experience, Big The Musical. Big is a perfect show for audiences of all ages!


MARC COHN and SHAWN COLVIN

Jun 12

MARC COHN and SHAWN COLVIN 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Two brilliant tunesmiths, each presenting a complete show, all in one unforgettable evening. As a storyteller, Shawn Colvin is both keen and warm-hearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy and a searing sense of humor. Her spellbinding songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis told through clever lyrics, polished phrases and delicious sarcasm. Songwriter and singer, Marc Cohn combines the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales. The Grammy-winning artists behind such classics as “Sunny Came Home” and “Walking in Memphis” will leave the audience spellbound in what is sure to be a great night of music.


Met Opera: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/ PAGLIACCI (Broadcast in HD)

May 17

Met Opera: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/ PAGLIACCI (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

New Production Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village.