Upcoming Events

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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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.


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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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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Roger McGuinn Workshop and Guitar Circle

Apr 23

Roger McGuinn Workshop and Guitar Circle 

Wilson Hall - 1 PM

This workshop will include a history of the Byrds' musical revolution as well as highlighting the computer techniques McGuinn uses in recording. Bring your guitar to participate in the Guitar Circle!

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Bolshoi Ballet: Ivan the Terrible

Apr 23

Bolshoi Ballet: Ivan the Terrible 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Ivan the Terrible is a work in the true Bolshoi style. Yuri Grigorovich’s powerful and fascinating epic dramatizes Ivan the Terrible’s controversial reign, and portrays events in 16th‐century Russia in visually stunning scenes. His choreography, full of vigor, strength and wild jumps, also includes great grace and fragility in the female roles. Sensitive classical and powerful character dance blend to create a lyrical epic, rich in the colors of medieval Russia.


Roger McGuinn

Apr 24

Roger McGuinn 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

As the founder of the Byrds, Roger McGuinn is firmly established as an indisputable industry icon. From his signature 12 string Rickenbacker sound, to his instantly recognizable vocals on hits like Turn, Turn, Turn, Eight Miles High and Mr. Tambourine Man, McGuinn didn’t just make music; he made history. He was on the leading edge, combining the rock beat of the Beatles with the folk sensibilities of Bob Dylan, to create the genre known as “folk-rock.” Roger’s solo career began in 1973 and has yielded 10 albums, a Grammy nomination, and extensive touring and performing for enthralled audiences ever since.

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Met Opera: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI

Apr 25

Met Opera: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI 

Pollak Theatre - 12:30 PM

New Production Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village.

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Gallery Exhibition: Annual Student Exhibition

Apr 26-May 1

Gallery Exhibition: Annual Student Exhibition 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

Featuring the select works by Monmouth University students in Photography, Graphic Design, Animation and Studio Art.Opening reception: Sunday, April 26, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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Met Opera: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/ PAGLIACCI

May 17

Met Opera: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/ PAGLIACCI 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

New Production Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village.

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