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January 2024

Jan 16 - Mar 8, 2024
Pollak Gallery

Gallery Exhibitions

Journeys of Interdependence: Portraits of First-Generation Identity in Higher Education

The lives and experiences of students, families, faculty and professional staff who identify as first-generation are the subject of increased attention in higher education across the United States. The success of programs, initiatives, and interventions mostly focus on measurable student “outcomes” but may often miss the complicated narratives of aspiration, sacrifice, accomplishment and identity work first-generation students, families, faculty, staff and communities navigate.  Portraiture can make visible the triumphs and challenges of being first in the family in higher educational spaces. This juried exhibition features works that highlight the  first-generation college experience through portraiture  made in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking and textiles.

Artist Reception: Rescheduled to Friday, March 1 from 5-7 pm

Free Event

February 2024

Feb 9 - Mar 22, 2024
DiMattio Gallery at Rechnitz Hall

Gallery Exhibitions

The Cardboard Show

Monmouth University, in conjunction with Parlor Gallery is thrilled to kick off the year with a captivating art exhibition that transcends traditional boundaries. Prepare to immerse yourself in a world of limitless imagination at the much-anticipated Cardboard Show, an extraordinary celebration of free-form and experimental creativity.

Demo and Meet & Greet: Thursday, March 21st. Demo from 3-4 and continuation of the Meet & Greet from 4 - 6.

Free Event

March 2024

Tue Mar 5, 2024
7:30 PM The Great Hall Auditorium/Virtual

Tuesday Night Record Club

Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black

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 Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black

Free/Register
Wed Mar 6, 2024
7:30 PM Pollak Theatre

World Cinema Series

Youth Unstoppable

Youth Unstoppable: My Decade in the Youth Climate Movement (formerly An Inconvenient Youth) captures the vibrant untold story of the global youth climate movement. Decisions made today are shaping the world they will live in, and they are no longer willing to sit idly as the planet is degraded for the short term gain of the older generations. Director Slater Jewell-Kemker has been interviewing celebrities and politicians about the environment since the age of ten, now she is telling the stories of these remarkable young people on the front lines of climate change. The feature documentary also gives life to a thriving online community, already forming, that will continue as a youth focused environmental social network. This is the story of the youth of today fighting for their planet, their future.

There will be a post screening Q&A hosted by Professor Marina Vujnovic with special guest speaker Prof. Catherine Duckett.

Free Event
Thu Mar 7, 2024
7 PM Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Women in Music 2024

Join Blue Hawk Records at the 2nd annual Women in Music industry event for a discussion about navigating through the industry with some of the most successful women in the field, in celebration of women’s history month. We have four amazing panelists joining us from some of the best-known companies in the music industry such as Atlantic Records, Roc Nation, Primary Wave, and SiriusXm and Pandora.

Free/Register
Sat Mar 9, 2024
12 PM Pollak Theatre

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD

Verdi’s La Forza del Destino

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, with stellar soprano Lise Davidsen, following a string of recent Met triumphs, in her role debut as the noble Leonora. Director Mariusz Treliński delivers the company’s first new Forza in nearly 30 years, setting the scene in a contemporary world. The cast also features tenor Brian Jagde as Don Alvaro, baritone Igor Golovatenko as Don Carlo, mezzo-soprano Judit Kutasi as Preziosilla, bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi as Fra Melitone, and bass Soloman Howard as both Leonora’s father and Padre Guardiano.

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Tue Mar 12, 2024
7:30 PM Virtual

Tuesday Night Book Club

Julia Baird’s Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon

Join us for Tuesday Night Book Club! Hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack. This month’s novel is Julia Baird’s Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon. The honest and revealing story of John Lennon’s childhood by his sister Julia. Poignant, raw and beautifully written, Baird casts John Lennon’s life in a new light and reveals the source of his emotional fragility and musical genius. It’s also one family’s extraordinary and powerful story of how it dealt with fame and tragedy beyond all imagining.

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Mar 19 - 26, 2024
3/19 at 7:30 PM3/26 at 7:30 PM Virtual

Adult Education Series

Writing Memoir (Advanced)

This two-session virtual course taught by Mike Farragher (88), author of 4 books. The course 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 2 week course. No prior writing experience needed and all levels welcome!

Class Schedule: Tuesdays - March 19 and 26 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM

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Thu Mar 21, 2024
7 PM Pollak Gallery

Adult Education Series

Learn the Art of Ukrainian Egg Decorating

Come celebrate the spring at Monmouth University with this unique opportunity to learn the seasonal ancient art known as Pysanky. Pysanky, also known as Ukrainian eggs, is an ancient folk tradition that has been passed down for thousands of years. This meditative and communal experience is unlike any other art process and for many this workshop marks the beginning of a spring time family tradition that can be passed on and enjoyed for years to come. This tutorial will cover the history and traditions surrounding Pysanky, a demonstration, and independent practice session. The instructor will provide a variety of eggs, dyes, and tools. Participants will turn real eggs into works of art using a wax resist method similar to batik. A great deal of patience and concentration is required to complete a single egg, but it is very rewarding to reveal your hard work when the wax layers are taken off. In-person attendance will be extremely limited. No prerequisite skills are required. Please bring a container or old egg carton to take home your creation. ages 18+

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Thu Mar 21, 2024
7:30 PM Pollak Theatre

Live Theatre Broadcasts in HD

National Theatre: Broadcast in HD

Vanya

Andrew Scott (Fleabag) brings multiple characters to life in Simon Stephens’ (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) radical new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Hopes, dreams, and regrets are thrust into sharp focus in this one-man adaptation which explores the complexities of human emotions. Filmed live during its sold-out run in London’s West End, Vanya will be playing exclusively in cinemas in 2024.  

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Sat Mar 23, 2024
1 PM Pollak Theatre

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD

Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette

Two singers at the height of their powers—soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor Benjamin Bernheim—come together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s Shakespeare adaptation, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct one of the repertoire’s most romantic scores. Bartlett Sher’s staging also features baritone Will Liverman and tenor Frederick Ballentine as the archrivals Mercutio and Tybalt, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey as the mischievous pageboy Stéphano, and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Frère Laurent.

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Mar 25 - May 2, 2024
8 AM Pollak Gallery

Gallery Exhibitions

Metamorphosis: Works by Nanci France-Vaz

Metamorphosis: Life is all about transitions from one time in life to another. Artists of any art from have dreams of becoming a master in their genre, successful in their career, and recognized to the masses. The models in the paintings are artists in music, art, and performing art  based on a moment in their life or a narrative Nanci has created from film, literature or poetry. Figurative storytelling is infused with light, patterns, and human presence to that have visual impact and make the viewers ponder over the meaning and left to their interpretations. France-Vaz is known for her Imaginative Portraits that render allegorical symbols combined with story and imagination. Most of the work is of female artists that never give up hope or their dreams of becoming a reality.

Artist Reception: April 26 from 6 -8 PM

Free Event
Mon Mar 25, 2024
7:30 PM Pollak Theatre

Great Art on Screen

The Immortals: The Wonder of The Museo Egizio

This documentary is a journey among the most beautiful archaeological finds Egypt has left us. Kha, architect and builder of tombs for the pharaohs, must undertake the journey to the Underworld. Telling us the story of his voyage is Jeremy Irons, in the guise of a narrator. His words take us inside the secret world of Egyptian mythology, religion and funerary culture, interweaving the story with the history of the oldest museum in the world, the Museo Egizio in Turin, founded in 1824 and will soon be celebrating its 200th anniversary. In fact, the Kha’s own Tomb is to be found in Turin along with the most complete and most valuable private collection of grave goods outside of Egypt.

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Sat Mar 30, 2024
8 PM Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Mary Gauthier w/ special guest Jaimee Harris

As she has so eloquently accomplished over the past 25 years, acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier has used her art once again to traverse the uncharted waters of the past few years. “I’m the kind of songwriter who writes what I see in the world right now,” she affirms. Her eleventh album, Dark Enough to See the Stars, follows the profound antidote to trauma, Rifles & Rosary Beads, her 2018 collaborative work with wounded Iraq war veterans. It garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album, as well as a nomination for Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association. Publication of her first book, the illuminating Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting, in 2021, brought her more praise. Brandi Carlile has said, “Mary’s songwriting speaks to the tender aspects of our humanness. We need her voice in times like these more than we ever have.” The Associated Press called Gauthier “one of the best songwriters of her generation.”

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April 2024

Tue Apr 2, 2024
7:30 PM The Great Hall Auditorium/Virtual

Tuesday Night Record Club

Supertramp’s Breakfast in America

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 Supertramp’s Breakfast in America.

Free/Register
Tue Apr 9, 2024
7:30 PM Virtual

Tuesday Night Book Club

Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

Join us for Tuesday Night Book Club! Hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack. This month’s novel is Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five. Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.

Free/Register
Wed Apr 10, 2024
5:30 PM The Great Hall Auditorium

Visiting Writers

Hernan Diaz

Hernan Diaz is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of two novels translated into thirty-four languages. He is the recipient of the John Updike award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, given to “a writer whose contributions to American literature have demonstrated consistent excellence.”

Free Event
Thu Apr 11, 2024
7:30 PM Pollak Theatre

National Theatre: Broadcast in HD

Dear England

Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale) plays Gareth Southgate in James Graham’s (Sherwood) gripping examination of nation and game. The country that gave the world football has since delivered a painful pattern of loss. Why can’t England’s men win at their own game? With the worst track record for penalties in the world, Gareth Southgate knows he needs to open his mind and face up to the years of hurt, to take team and country back to the promised land.

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Apr 16 - 23, 2024
4/16 at 7:30 PM4/23 at 7:30 PM Virtual

Adult Education Series

Self-Publishing, Step-by-Step

This two-session virtual course taught by Christy Schmidt, provides participants with a complete roadmap to guide them through the self-publishing process.

Class Schedule: Tuesdays - April 16 and 23, 2024 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM

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Sat Apr 20, 2024
1 PM Pollak Theatre

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD

Puccini’s La Rondine

Puccini’s bittersweet love story makes a rare Met appearance, with soprano Angel Blue starring as the sophisticated French courtesan Magda, opposite tenor Jonathan Tetelman in his company debut as Ruggero, an idealistic young man who offers her an alternative to her life of excess. Maestro Speranza Scappucci conducts Nicolas Joël’s Art Deco–inspired staging, which transports audiences from the heart of Parisian nightlife to a dreamy vision of the French Riviera. Soprano Emily Pogorelc and tenor Bekhzod Davronov—both making their Met debuts—complete the cast as Lisette and Prunier.

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