Upcoming Events

MET OPERA: Tannhäuser (Broadcast in HD)

Oct 31

MET OPERA: Tannhäuser (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 12 PM

Tickets on sale Friday, July 24. James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha takes on the daunting title role, opposite soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the Ring a few seasons ago. On the heels of his recent triumph in Parsifal, baritone Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus.


Pine Hill Project with Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindel

Nov 1

Pine Hill Project with Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindel 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Tickets on sale July 8 at 10 AM. Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell have been singing together for 25 years. And they’ve talked about making a record together for just as long. In summer 2014 an extraordinarily successful Kickstarter campaign raised the initial goal of $40,000 in 24 hours, going on to ultimately reach over $85,000, to bring that desire to fruition under the band name “The Pine Hill Project.” “Tomorrow You’re Going,” an Americana masterwork of great songs, gorgeous harmonies, and stunning production was released in 2015. The album is at turns meditative, joyful, rollicking, and deeply moving, and a one of a kind musical event. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to see and hear Richard and Lucy perform as “The Pine Hill Project” live in the perfect setting of Pollak Theatre.

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Sylvia’s Children

Nov 2-Dec 12

Sylvia’s Children 

Pollak Gallery - 9 AM

Experience the village of Mbiriizi in Uganda, Africa. This exhibit tracks the progress of the Mbiriizi Advanced Primary School and its children over the last 12 years. It celebrates their lives through pictures, stories, crafts, batiks and artifacts. See the growth made possible through one woman’s determination to make a difference. The richness and beauty of the culture (as well as its poverty) is shared through audio clips from travelers who have visited and experienced the school. It is an exhibit of joy, of determination, of success, of life.

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The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Nov 2

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 

Pollak Theatre - 10 AM

This enchanting musical is based on C.S. Lewis' adventure story about four children of war-torn England, who accidentally enter the land of Narnia by climbing through a magic wardrobe. This strange and wondrous place is ruled by the cold-hearted White Witch, who makes the winter last year round. Although they seem unlikely saviors, the children fulfill an ancient prophecy by defeating the witch, thus restoring sunshine and peace to the spell-bound Narnia and returning the great Lion King Aslan to his throne.

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Anything Goes

Nov 4-15

Anything Goes 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 8 PM

In olden days, a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, now, heaven knows, ANYTHING GOES!" The classic American musical by Cole Porter will be the first musical presented in the fall semester at historic Woods Theatre by Monmouth University's Department of Music and Theatre Arts. The show, which debuted in 1934, introduced such classic American standards as "You're the Top", "I Get A Kick Out of You", and the title tune, "Anything Goes". Proof of its popularity is the repeated revivals on Broadway, most recently in 2011 by the Roundabout Theatre Company in NYC.

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On Screen In Person: Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos

Nov 5

On Screen In Person: Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

In her more than 60 years as a groundbreaking artist, Miriam Beerman has overcome loss and tragedy to inspire friends, family, and fans about how to remain defiant, creative and strong. Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos is the retrospective of a remarkable career and the profile of an artist whose personal demons and empathy for human suffering colored a lifetime of her work.

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Broadway’s Next H!t Musical

Nov 6

Broadway’s Next H!t Musical 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. The hilarious Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for its favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised musical - complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore. BNHM has been seen recently at The Triad, Tribeca Film Festival, and at the New York Musical Theater Festival, among many others.

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Indian Ink’s The Elephant Wrestler

Nov 7

Indian Ink’s The Elephant Wrestler 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

The contradictions of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods come alive in this outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful romantic thriller. A poor chaiwallah (tea seller) has his life changed forever when a young girl is abandoned at a busy railway station and brings the place to a standstill with the beauty of her singing. With a few well-chosen words, actor and playwright Jacob Rajan paints a rich visual tableaux full of arresting detail and displays a remarkable ability to dive into the emotional heart of an ever-changing parade of characters.

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MET OPERA: Otello (Encore)

Nov 8

MET OPERA: Otello (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Verdi’s masterful Otello matches Shakespeare’s play in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, Otello’s innocent wife and victim; and baritone Željko Lučić plays the evil Iago, who masterminds Otello’s demise. Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Tickets on sale Friday, July 24

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Colin Hay

Nov 10

Colin Hay 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Tickets on sale July 8 at 10 AM. Colin Hay is familiar to millions as the frontman, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work (Down Under, Overkill, Who Can it Be Now?). Hay is justifiably proud of his place in pop history, but since moving to Los Angeles in 1989, he’s made 11 critically-acclaimed solo albums, including the highly successful Man at Work, and has recently announced the release of his new album Next Year People. Next Year People is the work of an artist who is a true master of his craft. Over the past 15 years Hay has reinvented himself as a solo artist, regularly selling out theaters and listening rooms across the US and around the world and introducing himself to a new generation of fans in the process. The frequent use of Hay’s music in TV and film—including hit shows such as Scrubs, Army Wives and Modern Family and on soundtracks to the films Garden State and Words and Pictures—has proven the timeless appeal of his songs.

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Madeleine Peyroux

Nov 13

Madeleine Peyroux 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

“The only thing that matters is the song,” says singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux. That conviction along with a ‘one of a kind’ voice, has carried the Jazz artist from busking on the streets of Paris, all the way to mainstream recognition. Through intensely distinctive renditions of old classics and modern tunes by the likes of Leonard Cohen and The Beatles, Peyroux has proved to be an uncannily insightful ‘interpreter’ with her consistently impeccable choice of material. Peyroux’s new album, The Blue Room, sees the genre-blending singer reworking some landmark musical gems, in a repeat collaboration with longtime Peyroux producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Walter Becker, Tracy Chapman, Herbie Hancock) The result is a sophisticated album that rather than just ‘crossing over’, seamlessly fuses musical styles together to create an entirely new sound. Peyroux has come a long way from the streets of Paris to the word’s grandest concert halls and collaborating with the some of the world’s finest musicians. Still, where other artists might rest on their laurels and bask in the glory of countless gushing reviews, Peyroux continues to fearlessly explore new territories.

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Hugh Masekela

Nov 14

Hugh Masekela 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela best known for his 1968 Grammy-nominated hit single, Grazing in the Grass has been a defining force in world music, the preservation of South Africa’s musical heritage, the safety and well-being of it’s poorest citizens as well as the struggle for freedom and human rights both in Africa, and around the world. Masekela was deeply affected by his life experiences growing up in South Africa in the harsh political climate of South Africa during the 1950s and 1960s and his music portrays the struggles and joys of living in South Africa, and voices protest against slavery and discrimination. Masekela has collaborated with numerous artists including Paul Simon, Miriam Makeba, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte and Herb Alpert.

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MET OPERA: Tannhäuser (Encore)

Nov 15

MET OPERA: Tannhäuser (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha takes on the daunting title role, opposite soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the Ring a few seasons ago. On the heels of his recent triumph in Parsifal, baritone Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus. Tickets on sale Friday, July 24

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Visiting Writer: Ed Hirsch

Nov 17

Visiting Writer: Ed Hirsch 

Wilson Auditorium - 4:30 PM

Edward Hirsch, a MacArthur Fellow, has published nine books of poems, including The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010), which brings together thirty-five years of work, and Gabriel: A Poem (2014), a book-length elegy that The New Yorker called “a masterpiece of sorrow.” He has also written five prose books, among them A Poet’s Glossary (2014), a complete compendium of poetic terms, and How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999), a national bestseller. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He taught in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston for seventeen years. He now serves as president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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ART NOW: Coco Fusco- Observations of Predation in Humans, A Lecture by Dr. Zira, Animal Psychologist

Nov 18

ART NOW: Coco Fusco- Observations of Predation in Humans, A Lecture by Dr. Zira, Animal Psychologist 

Pollak Theatre - 4:30 PM

The Chimp psychologist from Plant of the Apes is back! Zira travelled back in time to visit us 20 years ago and narrowly escaped death at the hands of the paranoid humans who could not tolerate the idea of other primates as equals. After living in seclusion for 20 years and conducting ethological studies of our species from her hideout, she has emerged in order to share her findings relating to aggressive behavior in members of the home genus. Her lecture is introduced by esteemed posthuman cultural theorist Donna Haraway and is followed by a question and answer session with human audience members. Dr. Zira draws on the cutting edge research in the fields of neuroscience, primatology and evolutionary biology to interpret the predatory activities of human beings in postindustrial societies around the world.

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