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Bolshoi Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty - Live in HD

Feb 19

Bolshoi Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty - Live in HD 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

On her 16th birthday, a curse by the evil Carabosse causes the beautiful Princess Aurora to fall into a deep slumber for 100 years. Only the kiss of a prince could awaken her…

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Art Now: Hasan Elahi - Tracking Transience - an Artist Talk

Feb 21

Art Now: Hasan Elahi - Tracking Transience - an Artist Talk 

Wilson Auditorium - 4:30 PM

Hasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist working with issues in surveillance, privacy, migration, citizenship, technology, and the challenges of borders.

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World Cinema Series: To Live

Feb 21

World Cinema Series: To Live 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

After Fugui and Jiazhen lose their personal fortunes, they raise a family and survive difficult cultural changes during 1940s to 1970s China.

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Pirate School: The SCIENCE of Pirates!

Feb 23

Pirate School: The SCIENCE of Pirates! 

Pollak Theatre - 12:15 PM

PIRATE SCHOOL! Welcome aboard, mateys! Pirate School! is in session. This is a madcap, slap-dash pirate training academy that allows both youngsters and adults to discover their 'inner-swashbuckler.' Recommended for grades K-5.

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Pirate School: The SCIENCE of Pirates!

Feb 23

Pirate School: The SCIENCE of Pirates! 

Pollak Theatre - 10 AM

PIRATE SCHOOL! Welcome aboard, mateys! Pirate School! is in session. This is a madcap, slap-dash pirate training academy that allows both youngsters and adults to discover their 'inner-swashbuckler. Recommended for grades K-5.

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Sweet Honey in the Rock

Feb 24

Sweet Honey in the Rock 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Presale for Arts Donors begins 7/22 at noon. Tickets on sale to the general public 7/27 at noon. With a new album #LoveInEvolution released early this year, Grammy Award-winning female African-American a cappella group founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973, endlessly continues to evolve and cultivate the rich textures of African American musical traditions. Currently consisting of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, ASL interpreter Shirley Childress, and featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass, the group possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, hip hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. The group’s collective voice, often accompanied by hand percussion instruments and bass, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms.

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Met Opera: Rusalka (Broadcast Live in HD)

Feb 25

Met Opera: Rusalka (Broadcast Live in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Tickets on sale July 20. Kristine Opolais stars in a new production of the opera that first won her international acclaim, Dvořák’s fairy-tale opera about the tragic water nymph Rusalka.


Dancing at Lughnasa

Mar 1-9

Dancing at Lughnasa 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - All Day

TICKETS ON SALE SOON. Dancing at Lughnasa is by Brian Friel, one of Ireland’s finest playwrights. Set in the summer of 1936, during the Celtic harvest festival Lughnasa, the play is told through the memories of Michael, recalling those days of growing up in the northwest county of Donegal with his mother, her three sisters, and an uncle priest recently returned from his missionary days in Africa.

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Another Night of Acapella Harmony: Doo Wop Explosion II

Mar 4

Another Night of Acapella Harmony: Doo Wop Explosion II 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Pre sale for Arts Donors at 12 PM on June 24 and to the general public at 12 PM on June 29. Our celebration of doo wop acappella harmony at the Pollak Theatre is back by popular demand. Born on the street corners of urban America, rhythm & blues and doo wop singing reached its peak in the 1950’s, but still has a strong following today. While doo wop singing began as an African American art form, by the late 1950’s it was enjoyed by singers of all races. Doo wop harmony in its purist form is acappella (without instruments or musical tracks).

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Met Opera Encore: Rusalka (Broadcast Live in HD)

Mar 5

Met Opera Encore: Rusalka (Broadcast Live in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Tickets on sale July 20. Kristine Opolais stars in a new production of the opera that first won her international acclaim, Dvořák’s fairy-tale opera about the tragic water nymph Rusalka.


Mar 6

On Screen/in Person: Real Boy 

Wilson Auditorium - 7:30 PM

REAL BOY is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. Navigating the ups and downs of young adulthood, he works to gain the support of his mother, who has deep misgivings about her child's transition. As tension mounts at home, Bennett is taken in by his idol, Joe Stevens, the lead singer of the alt-Americana band, Coyote Grace. Exploring how our search for personal identity also involves those closest to us, REAL BOY is a nuanced look at the new American family and the people we turn to when our given families are unavailable. There will be a post screening Q&A with the director Shaleece Haas.

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Visiting Writers: Liz Moore

Mar 7

Visiting Writers: Liz Moore 

Wilson Auditorium - 4:30 PM

Liz Moore is a writer of fiction and creative nonfiction.
Her first novel, The Words of Every Song (Broadway Books, 2007), centers on a fictional record company in New York City just after the turn of the millennium. It draws partly on Liz's own experiences as a musician. It was selected for Borders' Original Voices program and was given a starred review by Kirkus.Roddy Doyle wrote of it, "This is a remarkable novel, elegant, wise, and beautifully constructed. I loved the book."

After the publication of her debut novel, Liz obtained her MFA in Fiction from Hunter College. In 2009, she was awarded the University of Pennsylvania's ArtsEdge residency and moved to Philadelphia, where she still lives.

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Caladh Nua

Mar 9

Caladh Nua 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Caladh Nua is a tightly-knit, vibrant and staggeringly talented band with its origins deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland. Comprised of five versatile musicians and singers playing a wide selection of instruments - from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran and tin whistle to button accordion - the band has captured the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balanced them finely with an innovative contemporary flair. Through a series of international tours and festivals across the globe, which saw the band take the stage in cities such as Paris, Vienna, Copenhagen, Berlin, Mumbai and Vancouver, Caladh Nua has cast a uniquely captivating net of Irish music and song over an ever widening worldwide audience. A long list of TV and radio broadcasts of their performances and two acclaimed recordings includes American Public Radio, the BBC, and RTE. Performing a vast repertoire of haunting songs and evocative Irish tunes, Caladh Nua is a young ensemble on the rise.

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Met Opera: La Traviata (Broadcast Live in HD)

Mar 11

Met Opera: La Traviata (Broadcast Live in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Tickets on sale July 20. Sonya Yoncheva brings her acclaimed interpretation of the doomed courtesan Violetta Valéry to Live in HD audiences for the first time.


SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA

Mar 18

SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 8 PM

TICKETS ON SALE SOON. 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, Allison Moorer, 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.

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