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From his acclaimed 1973 debut album, Aquashow, to this year’s Notes from the Underground, Long Island’s Elliott Murphy, singer-songwriter, rock troubadour, indefatigable road warrior, and prolific author of fiction has once again proven his dedication to his music and his ability to deliver a high-energy show. He comes to the University Café on Sunday, December 6, at 2:00 pm as part of the Sunday Street Acoustic Series. Born to a show business family, Murphy followed his Garden City childhood by busking in European cities before he quickly secured a recording contract and turned out several critically acclaimed albums in the…

Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 pm The Confucius Institute at Stony Brook (CISBU) will host China’s award-winning Student Choir of Nankai University at the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre on Tuesday, December 1, at 7:00 pm. Having performed at top concert venues around the world, the Student Choir of Nankai will present a diverse repertoire of Chinese and Chinese minority folk classics. Officially founded in 1995 the Student Choir of Nankai University is composed of undergraduate and graduate students. Following a prestigious choral tradition at Nankai University that dates back to the 1930s, the Student Choir has won various major international…

Saturday, November 21, 8:00 pm Famous for its brightly colored costumes and its staging—romantic, passionate, and exciting—the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company, a folk dance ensemble of 80 dancers and musicians, takes the stage at Staller Center on Saturday, November 21, at 8:00 pm. The two-hour show features 16 traditional Ukrainian dances, including men’s fast spins, leaps, squatted hops and kicks, and handless cartwheels. One dance is a humorous contest between groups of tall and short men, while in another the men build a 5-foot-tall human chair. The large ensemble pieces feature peasant themes, and when all the dancing couples…

Sunday, November 15, 7:00 pm Joan Osborne, The Holmes Brothers, and Paul Thorn take Staller Center’s Main Stage on Sunday, November 15, at 7:00 pm with blues-based, gospel, and country-tinged performances. Staller Center is the sole Long Island stop on a multi-city national tour. Osborne is performing with The Holmes Brothers as her band, which gives Osborne fans a chance to see her in a fresh new way. Thorn plays the first set, and has received standing ovations on the tour. Joan Osborne’s breakthrough, debut album Relish sold five million copies worldwide and yielded the smash hit “One Of Us”…

Long Island native Jennifer Aylmer, a star of the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera, makes her Stony Brook directorial debut with the Stony Brook Opera in a series of performances around Suffolk County. The Fall Opera Scenes performance will be comprised of operas in English by Kurt Weill, Benjamin Britten, and Igor Stravinsky. In a musically diverse program, scenes will be performed from Weill’s beloved opera Street Scene, which first opened on Broadway with a libretto by the great Langston Hughes. The program’s largest portion will be devoted to Stravinsky’s masterpiece, The Rake’s Progress. This major collaboration with…

Circo Aereo, an international circus cabaret from Finland, in collaboration with Les Objets Volants of France, performs at Staller Center’s Main Stage on Friday, November 13, at 8:00 pm. The performance, Espresso, is in the great tradition of European circus and street theater. Four performing artists provide a high-speed ride through a labyrinth that explores the history of the circus. Juggling, dance, and aerial performance come together in playful and surprising scenes complete with music, props, and costumes. Maksim Komaro, artistic director and circus artist from Finland, has worked as a circus trainer around the world. Juggler Denis Paumier from…

The Department of Theatre Arts presents Melanie Marnich’s “These Shining Lives” on November 5 through 8 and November 12 through 15, in Theatre Two at the Staller Center. Inspired by true events, this evocative drama chronicles the passionate struggle of four friends and co-workers at the Radium Dial Company who fight to reveal the truth about the corporate travesty that threatens to extinguish their shining lives. Known for her daring subjects and risqué social commentary, Marnich sets this play in the 1920s and 1930s, when jobs were few and far between and the women who secured jobs at Radium Dial…

Mel Pekarsky: Things in the Desert Now through December 12 at the University Art Gallery The University Art Gallery presents a one-person exhibit, Mel Pekarsky: Things in the Desert, on view at the University Art Gallery in the Staller Center now through Saturday, December 12.  A color catalogue with an essay by renowned art critic and Distinguished Professor Donald Kuspit accompanies the exhibit and is available at the Gallery desk. The exhibit includes large- and small-scale oil paintings, drawings, and an artist’s book produced by Professor Emeritus Pekarsky during his 35 years at Stony Brook as a professor of painting.…

His third visit to the University Café finds singer, songwriter, novelist John Wesley Harding bringing songs from a new band album, Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead, as well as classic songs and great humor from an impressive career. This pioneer of “gangsta folk” emerged on the folk scene in 1989 and caught the attention of critics for his songs with copious nuances, stinging lyrical observation, and tell-tale Harding hooks. His U.S. debut album, Here Comes the Groom, included musical support from the Attractions, Elvis Costello’s backing band. Harding soon opened shows for The Band, Michelle Shocked, Ray Davies,…

Friday, October 30: War of the Worlds and The Lost World Science fiction fans and lovers of old-time radio shows, take note. L.A. Theatre Works, America’s premiere radio theatre company, comes to Staller Center’s Main Stage on Friday, October 30, at 8:00 pm for a special back-to-back double bill of chills, thrills, and great literature as they present two masterpieces of science fiction and adventure: War of the Worlds and The Lost World. Veteran actors of sci-fi TV shows, (Star Trek, Law and Order, The Mentalist) as well as stage and screen, will take the stage, giving the audience the…

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