Upcoming Events

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 of Bruce Springsteen. The exhibit serves to document a great American music legend, and will feature photos taken by noted Springsteen photographers Danny Clinch, Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Pamela Springsteen and Frank Stefanko.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bravo Amici

Sep 20

Bravo Amici 

Pollak Theatre - 4 PM

Bravo Amici’s mix of handsome tenors and stunning divas 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. With fans ranging from Sir Elton John to Queen Elizabeth, these acclaimed international top artists have sold more than 3 million albums.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cowboy Junkies

Oct 2

Cowboy Junkies 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

It's been 30 years since the Cowboy Junkies led by siblings Margo, Michael and Peter Timmins on vocals, guitar and drums respectively, plus Alan Anton on bass —performed their first gigs at various Toronto clubs. For three decades, the Cowboy Junkies have remained true to their unique artistic vision and to the introspective, quiet intensity that is their musical signature, creating a critically acclaimed body of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty. 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 (Springsteen, Stones, Talking Heads, The Cure) — although to be sure, simply delivering “the expected” has never been part of the Cowboy Junkies playbook.

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MET OPERA: Il Trovatore (Broadcast in HD)

Oct 3

MET OPERA: Il Trovatore (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Tickets on sale Friday, July 24. Soprano Anna Netrebko’s dramatic and vocal skills are on full display in her next new role at the Met—Leonora, the Verdi heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the gypsy troubadour. Tenor Yonghoon Lee sings the ill-fated Manrico, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is the mysterious gypsy with the troubled past. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production.

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Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre

Oct 4

Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

Experience Native American culture through authentic dance, music and ceremony when the Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre performs Ċokata Upō! Ċokata Upō! – Come to the Center is the story of the birth, death and rebirth of a nation. The performance represents an experience the New York Times describes as a “…great sense of theatricality…a visual treat…more than a spectacle…A ritual celebration that made dancing a ceremonial act.” This three-part work celebrates the culture of the Lakota people. Set against a backdrop of spectacular video imagery and accompanied by live traditional, sacred, and courting songs, narratives and creation stories are woven into the fabric of the performance. Under the direction of choreographer Henry Smith, the company includes some of the most highly acclaimed championship performers of the Sioux Nation.

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