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HUGH MASEKELA & LARRY WILLIS

Nov 14

HUGH MASEKELA & LARRY WILLIS 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Hugh Masekela, a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer, and defiant political voice, combines his talents with powerhouse pianist Larry Willis for a show of epic proportions. These two giants of the jazz world put on a one-of-a-kind show together, after decades of cultivating careers apart. Willis and Masekela met while they were both students at the Manhattan School of Music some 50 years ago. After coming under the tutelage of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, Masekela went on to carve out a five-decade-long (and counting) career, releasing over 40 solo albums. His 1986 anti-apartheid anthem “Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)” became a rallying call around the world for Mandela’s release from prison. At the same time, Willis has performed or recorded with almost every great jazz musician of the modern era, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Cannonball and Nat Adderley, and Stan Getz. Don’t miss this rare chance to watch these two jazz legends (and dear friends) perform together.


Madeleine Peyroux

Nov 13

Madeleine Peyroux 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

“The only thing that matters is the song,” says singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux. That conviction along with a ‘one of a kind’ voice, has carried the Jazz artist from busking on the streets of Paris, all the way to mainstream recognition. Through intensely distinctive renditions of old classics and modern tunes by the likes of Leonard Cohen and The Beatles, Peyroux has proved to be an uncannily insightful ‘interpreter’ with her consistently impeccable choice of material. Peyroux’s new album, The Blue Room, sees the genre-blending singer reworking some landmark musical gems, in a repeat collaboration with longtime Peyroux producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Walter Becker, Tracy Chapman, Herbie Hancock) The result is a sophisticated album that rather than just ‘crossing over’, seamlessly fuses musical styles together to create an entirely new sound. Peyroux has come a long way from the streets of Paris to the word’s grandest concert halls and collaborating with the some of the world’s finest musicians. Still, where other artists might rest on their laurels and bask in the glory of countless gushing reviews, Peyroux continues to fearlessly explore new territories.


NJ MoCA Art Conversations: Secrets of the Contemporary Art World

Nov 12

NJ MoCA Art Conversations: Secrets of the Contemporary Art World 

Wilson Auditorium - 7 PM

The world of contemporary visual art is often intimidating, challenging, and seemingly unapproachable. To help break those perceptions and barriers, New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art will present “Art Conversations,” a series of three scholar-led panel talks that will provide context and insight into what defines contemporary art, its transformational trends, and its relevance and impact on society. The highly credentialed and charismatic United Nations journalist Alexandra King will moderate conversations with art critics, collectors, curators, technology producers, and artists. This panel will focus on Insights into the nuances and impact of contemporary visual art on society and will feature STEPHEN WESTFALL, artist and critic who is a contributing editor to Art in America; ISAAC LYLES owner of the Lyles King Gallery in NYC; and art collector STEVE SHANE.

Free Event


World Cinema Series: El Norte

Nov 11

World Cinema Series: El Norte 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Gregory Nava's "El Norte" (1983) (R) Mayan Indian peasants escaping labor and a murderous Guatemalan government head to America in hopes for something better.

Free Event


Colin Hay

Nov 10

Colin Hay 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Tickets on sale July 8 at 10 AM. Colin Hay is familiar to millions as the frontman, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work (Down Under, Overkill, Who Can it Be Now?). Hay is justifiably proud of his place in pop history, but since moving to Los Angeles in 1989, he’s made 11 critically-acclaimed solo albums, including the highly successful Man at Work, and has recently announced the release of his new album Next Year People. Next Year People is the work of an artist who is a true master of his craft. Over the past 15 years Hay has reinvented himself as a solo artist, regularly selling out theaters and listening rooms across the US and around the world and introducing himself to a new generation of fans in the process. The frequent use of Hay’s music in TV and film—including hit shows such as Scrubs, Army Wives and Modern Family and on soundtracks to the films Garden State and Words and Pictures—has proven the timeless appeal of his songs.


MET OPERA: Otello (Encore)

Nov 8

MET OPERA: Otello (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Verdi’s masterful Otello matches Shakespeare’s play in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, Otello’s innocent wife and victim; and baritone Željko Lučić plays the evil Iago, who masterminds Otello’s demise. Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Tickets on sale Friday, July 24


Indian Ink’s The Elephant Wrestler

Nov 7

Indian Ink’s The Elephant Wrestler 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

The contradictions of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods come alive in this outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful romantic thriller. A poor chaiwallah (tea seller) has his life changed forever when a young girl is abandoned at a busy railway station and brings the place to a standstill with the beauty of her singing. With a few well-chosen words, actor and playwright Jacob Rajan paints a rich visual tableaux full of arresting detail and displays a remarkable ability to dive into the emotional heart of an ever-changing parade of characters.


Broadway’s Next H!t Musical

Nov 6

Broadway’s Next H!t Musical 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. The hilarious Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for its favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised musical - complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore. BNHM has been seen recently at The Triad, Tribeca Film Festival, and at the New York Musical Theater Festival, among many others.


On Screen In Person: Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos

Nov 5

On Screen In Person: Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

In her more than 60 years as a groundbreaking artist, Miriam Beerman has overcome loss and tragedy to inspire friends, family, and fans about how to remain defiant, creative and strong. Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos is the retrospective of a remarkable career and the profile of an artist whose personal demons and empathy for human suffering colored a lifetime of her work.

Free Event


Anything Goes

Nov 4-15

Anything Goes 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 8 PM

The classic American musical by Cole Porter is the first musical presented this fall at historic Woods Theatre by Monmouth University's Department of Music and Theatre Arts.


Sylvia’s Children

Nov 2-Dec 12

Sylvia’s Children 

Pollak Gallery - 9 AM

Experience the village of Mbiriizi in Uganda, Africa. This exhibit tracks the progress of the Mbiriizi Advanced Primary School and its children over the last 12 years. It celebrates their lives through pictures, stories, crafts, batiks and artifacts. See the growth made possible through one woman’s determination to make a difference. The richness and beauty of the culture (as well as its poverty) is shared through audio clips from travelers who have visited and experienced the school. It is an exhibit of joy, of determination, of success, of life.

Free Event


The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Nov 2

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 

Pollak Theatre - 10 AM

This enchanting musical is based on C.S. Lewis' adventure story about four children of war-torn England, who accidentally enter the land of Narnia by climbing through a magic wardrobe. This strange and wondrous place is ruled by the cold-hearted White Witch, who makes the winter last year round. Although they seem unlikely saviors, the children fulfill an ancient prophecy by defeating the witch, thus restoring sunshine and peace to the spell-bound Narnia and returning the great Lion King Aslan to his throne.


Pine Hill Project with Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell

Nov 1

Pine Hill Project with Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell have been singing together for 25 years. And they’ve talked about making a record together for just as long. In summer 2014 an extraordinarily successful Kickstarter campaign raised the initial goal of $40,000 in 24 hours, going on to ultimately reach over $85,000, to bring that desire to fruition under the band name “The Pine Hill Project.” “Tomorrow You’re Going,” an Americana masterwork of great songs, gorgeous harmonies, and stunning production was released in 2015. The album is at turns meditative, joyful, rollicking, and deeply moving, and a one of a kind musical event. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to see and hear Richard and Lucy perform as “The Pine Hill Project” live in the perfect setting of Pollak Theatre.


MET OPERA: Tannhäuser (Broadcast in HD)

Oct 31

MET OPERA: Tannhäuser (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 12 PM

Tickets on sale Friday, July 24. James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha takes on the daunting title role, opposite soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the Ring a few seasons ago. On the heels of his recent triumph in Parsifal, baritone Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus.


Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle

Oct 25

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion. This treasure of romantic ballet is one of the oldest and greatest in classical repertoire, touching upon the great romantic themes: a doomed love affair ending in tragedy, a dive into fantasy and ultimate redemption through the power of love. The Bolshoi is renowned for its intimate and emotionally intense interpretation of this beloved drama.