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November 2021
Selections from the Monmouth University Permanent Art Collection
Nov 16 - Dec 10, 2021
Rotary Ice House Gallery

Gallery Exhibitions

Selections from the Monmouth University Permanent Art Collection

Selections from the Monmouth University permanent collection featuring works by various artists, including: Nick Aristovulos, Leonard Baskin, Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Richard D. Crammer, Jacob Landau, Stefan Martin, Robert E. Mueller, Ed Schlinski, Charles Schucker, Sylvia Schuster, Adam Wurtz

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December 2021
Journey
Dec 2, 2021 - Jan 27, 2022
8 AM Pollak Gallery

Gallery Exhibitions

Journey

In recognition of their 50th Anniversary, Monmouth Arts is reflecting on their journey over the past half-century as well as where they’re headed. The Center for the Arts is pleased to partner with Monmouth Arts to present the group show, Journey, an exhibition of works by Monmouth Arts members that express “Journey” as it relates to each artist’s experience.

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Tuesday Night Book Club: Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run
Tue Dec 14, 2021
7:30 PM Virtual

Tuesday Night Book Club

Tuesday Night Book Club: Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run

Join us for Tuesday Night Book Club! Hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack and Michael Thomas, each month we’ll explore a different novel. All you have to do is Zoom in and join the discussion! This month’s novel is Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run.

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January 2022
Tuesday Night Record Club: Velvet Underground & Nico
Tue Jan 11, 2022
7:30 PM Virtual

Grammy Museum Affiliation

Tuesday Night Record Club

Tuesday Night Record Club: Velvet Underground & Nico

It’s just like book club but with albums! With new advances in technology, the way we consume music through our devices, apps and on demand streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes is making the idea of the “album” as an art form extinct. Get together with other music enthusiasts on Tuesday nights to discuss some of the greatest records of all-time! Listen to the album beforehand and then come prepared to discuss. This event will feature Velvet Underground & Nico.

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Tuesday Night Book Club: Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
Tue Jan 18, 2022
7:30 PM Virtual

Tuesday Night Book Club

Tuesday Night Book Club: Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49

Join us for Tuesday Night Book Club! Hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack and Michael Thomas, each month we’ll explore a different novel. All you have to do is Zoom in and join the discussion! This month’s novel is Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49.

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Rigoletto
Sat Jan 29, 2022
1 PM Pollak Theatre

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD

Rigoletto

Tony Award­–winning director Bartlett Sher creates a bold new take on Verdi’s timeless tragedy, resetting the opera’s action in 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber. Baritone Quinn Kelsey, a commanding artist at the height of his powers, brings his searing portrayal of the title role to the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczała as the Duke of Mantua, with Maestro Daniele Rustioni on the podium.

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February 2022
Fire Shut Up in My Bones – Special Encore Presentation
Sat Feb 12, 2022
1 PM Pollak Theatre

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD

Fire Shut Up in My Bones – Special Encore Presentation

Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the second opera from the six-time Grammy Award–winning and Oscar-nominated trumpeter and composer—who is also known for scoring Spike Lee films—makes history this season as the first opera by a Black composer to be performed by the Met. Blanchard’s groundbreaking masterpiece weaves together jazz, gospel, and classical styles to tell a powerful story of resilience and self-discovery. The critically acclaimed production, which also features standout choreography by Camille A. Brown, including a show-stopping step dance in Act III, stars an exceptional cast including baritone Will Liverman and sopranos Angel Blue and Latonia Moore. Don’t miss the landmark production—hailed as “a watershed moment for American opera” by The Washington Post

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Tuesday Night Record Club: Prince, Sign o’ the Times
Tue Feb 15, 2022
7:30 PM Virtual

Grammy Museum Affiliation

Tuesday Night Record Club

Tuesday Night Record Club: Prince, Sign o’ the Times

It’s just like book club but with albums! With new advances in technology, the way we consume music through our devices, apps and on demand streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes is making the idea of the “album” as an art form extinct. Get together with other music enthusiasts on Tuesday nights to discuss some of the greatest records of all-time! Listen to the album beforehand and then come prepared to discuss. This event will feature Prince’s Sign o’ the Times.

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History of Slavery in New Jersey
Feb 17 - Mar 3, 2022
2/17 at 7:30 PM2/24 at 7:30 PM3/3 at 7:30 PM

Adult Education Series

History of Slavery in New Jersey

This three-session virtual course taught by Rick Geffken will cover the period of historic New Jersey slavery starting in the 1620s to the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1865. Attendees will learn that New Jersey was the last northern state to agree to abolish slavery once and for all, after many furtive attempts. The course will highlight the enslavement of African Americans and Lenape Native Americans in Monmouth County. Runaway slave ads in newspapers, maps, and images of the enslaved and slaveholders will illustrate how endemic and important slavery was to the growth of the Garden State. Stories gathered from contemporary descendants of enslaved people will provide insight into a vital part of American history only now coming to public attention. Attendees will be introduced to the work of many scholars who have studied and published books on slavery in New Jersey.

Class Schedule: Thursdays - Feb. 17, Feb. 24, and Mar. 3 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM

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Maverick Modigliani
Fri Feb 18, 2022
7:30 PM Pollak Theatre

Great Art on Screen

Maverick Modigliani

Maverick Modigliani features the story of Amedeo Modigliani, a remarkable talent that transcended stereotypes. From his origins in Livorno, Italy to the Paris of Picasso and Brancusi that became the center of modernity, to his love for his wife and frequent subject of his portraits Jeanne Hébuterne, the film depicts the life and work of an avant-garde artist who has become a contemporary classic.  

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Tuesday Night Book Club: Toni Morrison, Beloved
Tue Feb 22, 2022
7:30 PM Virtual

Tuesday Night Book Club

Tuesday Night Book Club: Toni Morrison, Beloved

Join us for Tuesday Night Book Club! Hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack and Michael Thomas, each month we’ll explore a different novel. All you have to do is Zoom in and join the discussion! This month’s novel is Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

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March 2022
Writing Memoir (Advanced)
Mar 10 - 24, 2022
3/10 at 7:30 PM3/17 at 7:30 PM3/24 at 7:30 PM Virtual

Adult Education Series

Writing Memoir (Advanced)

This three-session virtual course taught by Mike Farragher (88) builds on the wildly popular Intro to Memoir Writing workshops with an emphasis on character development, dialogue, and scene setting that will make any story a page turner. Practical lessons are interspersed with writing prompts to get the creativity going during this 3 week course. No prior writing experience needed and all levels welcome!

Class Schedule: Thursdays - Mar. 10, Mar. 17, and Mar. 24 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM

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Ariadne auf Naxos
Sat Mar 12, 2022
1 PM Pollak Theatre

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD

Ariadne auf Naxos

Soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Live in HD debut in one of her signature roles, the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece. The outstanding cast also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Composer of the opera-within-an-opera around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae as the spirited Zerbinetta and tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Ariadne’s lover, the god Bacchus. Marek Janowski conducts.

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Tuesday Night Record Club: Carole King, Tapestry
Tue Mar 15, 2022
7:30 PM Virtual

Grammy Museum Affiliation

Tuesday Night Record Club

Tuesday Night Record Club: Carole King, Tapestry

It’s just like book club but with albums! With new advances in technology, the way we consume music through our devices, apps and on demand streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes is making the idea of the “album” as an art form extinct. Get together with other music enthusiasts on Tuesday nights to discuss some of the greatest records of all-time! Listen to the album beforehand and then come prepared to discuss. This event will feature Carole King’s Tapestry.

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Swan Lake
Sun Mar 20, 2022
1 PM Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

Swan Lake

Lured to the banks of a mysterious lake by his alter-ego, the Evil Genius, Prince Siegfried encounters the most beautiful swan Odette and swears his love to her. At the castle, prospective brides try to entertain the distracted Prince, but it is the ravishing swan Odile who threatens the promise Siegfried made to Odette. The legend of the enigmatic swan-woman set to Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece of a score is ballet’s most beloved production in the classical canon. The Bolshoi Ballet’s Swan Lake exemplifies the dramatic tension and heart-stopping beauty of motion with prima ballerina Olga Smirnova leading the cast, as sensational as the black swan as she is poignant as white swan.

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Tuesday Night Book Club: Patti Smith, Just Kids
Tue Mar 22, 2022
7:30 PM Virtual

Tuesday Night Book Club

Tuesday Night Book Club: Patti Smith, Just Kids

Join us for Tuesday Night Book Club! Hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack and Michael Thomas, each month we’ll explore a different novel. All you have to do is Zoom in and join the discussion! This month’s novel is Patti Smith, Just Kids. 

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Napoleon: In the Name of Art
Fri Mar 25, 2022
7:30 PM Pollak Theatre

Great Art on Screen

Napoleon: In the Name of Art

Marking the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death, the documentary Napoleon: In the Name of Art explores the complex relationship between Napoleon, culture and art. Host Jeremy Irons brings audiences on a tour from Milan to Paris for a look at Napoleon’s imperial iconography and architectural style and to reflect on the relationship between power and art.

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Don Carlos
Sat Mar 26, 2022
12 PM Pollak Theatre

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD

Don Carlos

For the first time in company history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of Verdi’s epic opera of doomed love among royalty, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a starry cast, including tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth de Valois, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as Eboli. Bass-baritones Eric Owens and John Relyea are Philippe II and the Grand Inquisitor, and baritone Étienne Dupuis rounds out the principal cast as Rodrigue. Verdi’s masterpiece receives a monumental new staging by David McVicar that marks his 11th Met production, placing him among the most prolific and popular directors in recent Met memory.

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What’s in a Song?
Mar 31 - Apr 14, 2022
3/31 at 7:30 PM4/7 at 7:30 PM4/14 at 7:30 PM Virtual

Adult Education Series

What’s in a Song?

This three session virtual course, taught by Aaron Furgason, will explore why we love the songs that we do and dismiss so many others. The class will explore the production and elements of a hit song, the influence of record labels on the production of hit songs, and the methods record labels use to promote and market hit songs. Discussions amongst the participants will focus on the influence of family, friends, media, culture, and subcultures in our understanding and attraction to certain songs.

Class Schedule: Thursdays - Mar. 31, Apr. 7, and Apr 14. | 7:30 - 9:00 PM

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April 2022
Tuesday Night Record Club: David Bowie, Low
Tue Apr 5, 2022
7:30 PM Virtual

Grammy Museum Affiliation

Tuesday Night Record Club

Tuesday Night Record Club: David Bowie, Low

It’s just like book club but with albums! With new advances in technology, the way we consume music through our devices, apps and on demand streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes is making the idea of the “album” as an art form extinct. Get together with other music enthusiasts on Tuesday nights to discuss some of the greatest records of all-time! Listen to the album beforehand and then come prepared to discuss. This event will feature David Bowie’s Low.

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