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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.


First Senior Exhibition: Fine Art

Mar 28-Apr 4

First Senior Exhibition: Fine Art 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

Featuring the work of Monmouth University graduating seniors who will receive their degrees in Fine Art.

Free Event


Poet Richard Blanco

Mar 25

Poet Richard Blanco 

Pollak Theatre - 4:30 PM

President Obama's Inaugural Poet, Richard Blanco was made in Cuba, assembled in Spain, and imported to the United States—meaning his mother, 7 months pregnant, and the rest of the family arrived as exiles from Cuba to Madrid where he was born. Only 45 days later, the family emigrated once more and settled in Miami. His acclaimed first book of poetry, City of a Hundred Fires, explores the yearnings and negotiation of cultural identity as a Cuban- American, and received the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize. His second book, Directions to The Beach of the Dead, won the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center for its continued exploration of the universal themes of cultural identity and homecoming.

Free Event


On Screen/In Person: WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Mar 20

On Screen/In Person: WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines traces the fascinating legacy of comic book character Wonder Woman to illustrate how popular representations of powerful women often reflect broader cultural anxieties about gender roles. There will be a Q & A with the filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan following the screening.

Free Event


Met Opera: WERTHER

Mar 15

Met Opera: WERTHER 

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. Encore: Sun. April 13 at 1:00 p.m.


National Theatre of London: War Horse - Second Screening

Mar 14

National Theatre of London: War Horse - Second Screening 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse, broadcast live from London’s West End to cinemas. Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit, capturing the imagination of four million people around the world. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.


Gallery Exhibition: Art in Science

Mar 13-Apr 30

Gallery Exhibition: Art in Science 

Pollak Gallery - 9 AM

Intended to express and highlight the beauty of science - through images, drawings, and photos of natural forms and visualization of scientific, mathematic, and engineering processes based on the research and coursework of MU faculty and students. Images will reveal the elegance of science art in scientific results, observations, and failures.

Free Event


Provost Film Series: Fill the Void

Mar 10

Provost Film Series: Fill the Void 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

A young Hasidic Jewish woman is pressured into an arrange levirate marriage to an older widower.

Free Event


Art Now: Jennifer Levonian - Stop Motion Painter

Mar 6

Art Now: Jennifer Levonian - Stop Motion Painter 

Wilson Auditorium - 4:30 PM

Jennifer Levonian creates animations and paintings in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to delivering an artist lecture and screening a few of her short films, Jennifer will lead a workshop on stop motion animation.

Free Event


NEW DATE: National Theatre of London: Frankenstein

Mar 6

NEW DATE: National Theatre of London: Frankenstein 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

National Theatre Live’s 2010 broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations.


Little Shop of Horrors

Mar 5-13

Little Shop of Horrors 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 8 PM

The story of a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant from outer space that feeds on human blood, comes to Monmouth University's Woods Theatre.


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Mar 2

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo 

Pollak Theatre - 4 PM

For almost 40 years, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, have been performing hilarious and technically impressive parodies of the world’s most-loved ballets. Performing in tutus, tiaras and tights, this all-male ballet company specializes in hilarious twists on the classics such as Swan Lake and Giselle, with equal parts comedy and technical prowess. Devoted fans and newcomers alike will be awed and delighted by the company’s loving knowledge of dance, comic approach, and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces.


Met Opera: PRINCE IGOR

Mar 1

Met Opera: PRINCE IGOR 

Pollak Theatre - 12 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. Encore: Sun. March 30 at 1:00 p.m