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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

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). We’ve again assembled some of the top acappella doo wop vocal groups from NYC to Washington DC. Headlining the concert will be R&B and Doo Wop favorites, Pookie Hudson's Spaniels along with Vito & the Salutations. The Spaniels are known for the 1956 million seller, "Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight," a song that defined the whole doo wop era. The current group backed lead singer Pookie Hudson before his passing in 2006 and continues the Spaniels' tradition of superb doo wop harmony. Originating on the streets of Brooklyn, Vito & the Salutations scored regional hits in the early 1960’s with their recordings of “Gloria,” “Unchained Melody” and “Your Way”. Rick Anthony has been handling most of the group's leads for the past 15 years, as the original Vito is no longer with them. The group also contains long time member, Shelly Buchansky, who sang on “Unchained Melody” and many of their other hits. While both Pookie Hudson's Spaniels and Vito & the Salutations almost always sing with bands, we've persuaded both to do this concert acappella, harking back to their early days singing on the street corners. Returning from our last acappella concert are two of the groups that excel every time they perform. The Philadelphia acappella group Quiet Storm remains one of the areas' top vocal groups. Re-MemberThen did a fabulous job last time, on their own set and backing Larry Chance. New to the concert this year are A Perfect Blend and the Copians. A Perfect Blend is a great acappella group from Philadelphia who have been singing since 1990, and had previously won the talent contest on the nationally syndicated "Showtime At The Apollo" TV show. The Copians are made up of former members of other standout Philly acappella groups. Enjoy another night of Doo Wop Acappella Harmony. [This line up is subject to change] A "Meet & Greet" Reception will be held prior to the concert for those holding Golden Seat Tickets.


Dancing at Lughnasa

Mar 1-5

Dancing at Lughnasa 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - All Day

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.


National Theatre of London: St. Joan (Live in HD)

Mar 1

National Theatre of London: St. Joan (Live in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse. Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe.


Met Opera: Rusalka (Broadcast Live in HD)

Feb 25

Met Opera: Rusalka (Broadcast Live in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

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.


Sweet Honey in the Rock

Feb 24

Sweet Honey in the Rock 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

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.


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.


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.


Feb 21

World Cinema Series: Coming Home 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer remembers him.

Free Event


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.

Free Event


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…


Koresh Dance Company

Feb 18

Koresh Dance Company 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

In its 25th year, Koresh Dance Company presents Classic KORESH, a selection of favorites drawn from the company's quarter century of innovative work. These repertoire classics include interpretations of Classical compositions by Bach, Beethoven, and Ravel, from the rolling strains of "Moonlight Sonata" to the trumpeting processions of "Bolero." Moments of tenderness and grace alternate with humor and brash force on this tour of highlights drawn from over 60 existing works by Artistic Director Ronen Koresh. As a unique feature of our anniversary program, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 will feature in a newly commissioned work, "23: Deconstructing Mozart," a collaborative initiative driven by Koresh and multi-media artist Paul Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky. There will be a post show Q&A with members of the company.


Walnut Street Theatre’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Feb 16

Walnut Street Theatre’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

America in the 1960s, an era that encouraged LOVE, was populated by “Mad Men” and “Mod Women” trying to navigate the new normal. In this freshly conceived production of Neil Simon’s classic, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, true comedy ensues when a modern man in the hip sixties looks for something new and different, but ends up finding himself in the same situation, again and again…and again!


On Screen/in Person: Hilleman - A Perilous Quest to Save the World's Children

Feb 13

On Screen/in Person: Hilleman - A Perilous Quest to Save the World's Children 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

The Twentieth-Century was a dangerous time to be young. Before vaccines, there were a multitude of diseases that too often kept children from reaching even their teenage years. From the throws of that environment, Dr. Maurice Hilleman would emerge to lead a revolution in vaccine innovation and save many millions of young lives each year. But after being forced to retire at the height of his productivity in 1985, Hilleman watched as one company after another began to abandon vaccine research. When parents began choosing not to vaccinate their children in the 1990s the cruel irony became clear; Hilleman's unprecedented successes had allowed us to forget just how devastating childhood diseases could be. There will be a post screening Q&A with the director Donald Rayne Mitchell.

Free Event


Met Opera Encore: Roméo et Juliette (Broadcast Live in HD)

Feb 12

Met Opera Encore: Roméo et Juliette (Broadcast Live in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

The electrifying team of Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau reunites for a new production of Gounod’s opera based on the Shakespeare play.


Best of the Eagles

Feb 11

Best of the Eagles 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

The BEST OF THE EAGLES (BOTE) "The Eagles Tribute Band” was established in 2012 with veteran New Jersey musicians. BOTE plays the music of The Eagles, who have sold over 150 million albums worldwide, drawn from their entire career which includes the Joe Walsh years. At the upcoming 2+ hour Pollak show, BOTE will perform the Eagles mega-hit album Hotel California in it’s entirety as well as many more Eagles hits, nuggets and fan faves. The Hotel California album sold over 32 million copies worldwide and contained such classic Eagles songs as “New Kid In Town”, “Life In The Fast Lane”, "Victim of Love”, “The Last Resort” and of course "Hotel California".