Upcoming Events

Lauren Fox: Canyon Folkies Over the Hills & Under the Covers

Mar 21

Lauren Fox: Canyon Folkies Over the Hills & Under the Covers 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Returning to the Pollak stage after wowing audiences last season with her recreation of the love story between Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell that resulted in some of the biggest hits of their careers, Lauren Fox's new show is wistful journey through a time and place where today's musical icons became legends. From the mid-sixties to the early-seventies, something magical took place in Southern California...and it all happened in a bucolic stretch of hills, just above the Sunset Strip, called Laurel Canyon. Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, The Byrds, The Mamas & The Papas, The Eagles, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, to name just a few, all lived, loved, created, and collaborated there. Lauren Fox tells the story of this epic time in American music history, and sings the songs that it inspired.

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Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo & Juliet

Mar 22

Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo & Juliet 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

William Shakespeare’s timeless story, written in 1595, is brought to the stage through breathtaking choreography and Sergei Prokofiev’s much-loved score. With its famous melodies, rhythmic variety and universal theme, this story of impossible love remains an all-time favourite, and is one of the world’s most popular ballets.


Visiting Writer: Brooks Haxton

Mar 24

Visiting Writer: Brooks Haxton 

Wilson Auditorium - 4:30 PM

Brooks Haxton, born in Greenville, Mississippi, in 1950, is the son of the novelist Ellen Douglas and the composer Kenneth Haxton. He has published six previous collections of poetry, two book-length narrative poems one book of creative non-fiction, and two books of translations from the ancient Greek. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation, Haxton teaches in the writing programs at Syracuse University and Warren Wilson College. He lives in Syracuse with his wife and three children.

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Miss Nelson is Missing

Mar 26

Miss Nelson is Missing 

Pollak Theatre - 10 AM

The students in Room 207 were the worst-behaved class in the whole school: spitballs stuck to the ceiling; paper airplanes whizzing through the air – even though they had the sweetest teacher of all, Miss Nelson. But when Miss Nelson unexpectedly does not come to school one day, the class gets the strictest substitute they have ever met: Miss Viola Swamp!

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Toshi Reagan and BIGlovely

Mar 27

Toshi Reagan and BIGlovely 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Daughter of Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music. This versatile singer-songwriter has moved audiences of all kinds with her big-hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals and funk. The New York Times described her blend as “...a love of mixing things up...[her] vocal style ranges from a dirty blues moan to a gospel shout to an ethereal croon.” Leading her renowned band--BIGLovely, launched in 1996--she instantly connects, inspires and empowers. Reagon has collaborated with top innovators in music field including Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger, Dar Williams, Lizz Wright, Me’shell Ndegéocello and Marc Anthony Thompson (aka Chocolate Genius).

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Gallery Exhibition: First Senior Exhibition - Graphic Design and Animation

Mar 27-Apr 4

Gallery Exhibition: First Senior Exhibition - Graphic Design and Animation 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

Featuring the work of Monmouth University graduating seniors who will receive their degrees in Graphic Design and Animation.Opening reception: Friday, March 27, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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Songwriters by the Sea

Mar 28

Songwriters by the Sea 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 8 PM

Joe D’Urso and Joe Rapolla return to Monmouth University with their Songwriters by the Sea series for an evening of intimate, relaxed and inspired round-robins. This is a rare opportunity to see and hear a unique collection of very special guest artists that in the past has included, Marshall Crenshaw, Graham Parker, Garland Jeffreys, Joe Grushecky, John Eddie, Willie Nile and many others, in an intimate and interactive forum. What started out as a coffee shop show for area songwriters to casually perform with other writers and is now a main feature of The Light of Day Festival in Asbury Park has quickly evolved into an international series featuring some of the top songwriters in music today...all on one stage!

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Met Opera: LA DONNA DEL LAGO Encore

Mar 29

Met Opera: LA DONNA DEL LAGO Encore 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

New Production Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott.

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Nine for IX: Let Them Wear Towels

Apr 1

Nine for IX: Let Them Wear Towels 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

A look at how women sports reporters, Lisa Olson, Melissa Ludtke, Claire Smith, Lesley Visser, and Jane Gross fought to be accepted, regardless of gender, and create a harassment-free work environment. Nine for IX is a series of documentary films which originally aired on ESPN celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Four of the episodes will be screened during the year.

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Gallery Exhibition: Second Senior Show - Fine Art and Art Education

Apr 10-18

Gallery Exhibition: Second Senior Show - Fine Art and Art Education 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

Featuring the work of Monmouth University graduating seniors who will receive their degrees in Fine Art and Art Education. Opening Reception: Friday, April 10, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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Janet Boltax

Apr 15-May 31

Janet Boltax 

9 AM

Aging in America: Portraits and Commentary, is an exhibition of portraits by Janet Boltax comprised of individuals who are 90 plus years old, along with excerpts of interviews with them. The interviews focus on interesting facets of their lives and how they are adapting to the process of aging.

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ART NOW: Wafaa Bilal

Apr 16

ART NOW: Wafaa Bilal 

Wilson Auditorium - 2:30 PM

Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal, an Associate Arts Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, is known internationally for his on-line performative and interactive works provoking dialogue about international politics and internal dynamics. For his 2007 installation, Domestic Tension, he spent a month in a Chicago gallery with a paintball gun that people could shoot at him over the internet. The Chicago Tribune called it “one of the sharpest works of political art to be seen in a long time” and named him 2008 Artist of the Year. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography; MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art; amongst others.

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SOMETHING’S HAPPENING HERE SPRING SHOWCASE

Apr 16

SOMETHING’S HAPPENING HERE SPRING SHOWCASE 

Wilson Hall 104 - 7:30 PM

A musical cavalcade featuring the Monmouth University Chamber and Concert Choirs, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, student bands and soloists. The concert is conducted by Professor Michael Gillette, Professor Bryan Jenners and Dr. David M. Tripold.


Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary

Apr 19

Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary 

Pollak Theatre - 2 PM

Peter Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist—both with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs including Puff, the Magic Dragon, Day is Done, Light One Candle and The Great Mandala. We all know the music of Peter, Paul and Mary—folk classics that remain the soundtrack for many generations and in this family-oriented performance, Yarrow performs heartwarming renditions of the iconic songs we all know and love.

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Visiting Writer: Brian Turner

Apr 21

Visiting Writer: Brian Turner 

Wilson Auditorium - 4:30 PM

Brian Turner is a soldier-poet who is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise and Here, Bullet which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times “Editor's Choice” selection, the 2006 Pen Center USA "Best in the West" award, and the 2007 Poets Prize, among others. He also has a memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country (2014) that retraces his war experience. Turner served seven years in the US Army, to include one year as an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Prior to that, he was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division. Turner's poetry has been published in Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review, and other journals, and in the Voices in Wartime Anthology published in conjunction with the feature-length documentary film of the same name.

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