Jesuits and Jedi: Science and Spirituality in the Age of Star Wars

Blast off for an evening with “The Pope’s astronomer” and popular author, Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., an American Jesuit and Director of the Vatican’s observatory (co-author of Would you Baptize an Extraterrestrial?), as he takes us on a tour through the cosmos and some of his favorite (and not-so-favorite) science fiction stories and movies, exploring the spiritual themes they contain. Joining him for this conversation about faith, science and imagination is Dr. Charles Camosy of Fordham University. This is sure to be an out of this world event!

Tickets: $15 ($10 students)

 

The Rainmaker

 

A stage classic by N. Richard Nash from the golden age of American theater, The Rainmaker is the story of a charismatic stranger who arrives in town on a hot summer day, bringing hope to a drought-stricken town as well as a lonely spinster in this deeply romantic fable of love, longing, hope, and fulfillment set in the American West of the 1920s.

 

File: Jim E. Chandler
Jimmy: Sean Cleary*
Lizzie: Fleur Alys Dobbins*
Noah: Benjamin Jones*
Bill Starbuck: Matthew Provenza
HC : Ken Trammell
Sheriff: Jim Haines
* Appearing courtesy Actors Equity Association
Scenic Designer: Sheryl Liu
Lighting Designer: Michael Abrams
Sound Designer: Caroline Eng
Costume Designer: Danica Martino
Stage Manager: Kateryna Turkalo
Producer: Peter John Cameron, O.P.
Director: Peter Dobbins

An Intimate Evening of Conversation with Megyn Kelly

TV Bares Soul

Fr. Edward L. Beck, C.P. hosts an intimate conversation with  Megyn Kelly, host of NBC News’ Megyn Kelly TODAY about her career, faith, life choices, struggles and high points. She will also address topics from her #1 New York Times bestselling book, Settle For More: experiences with sexual harassment in the workplace, her confrontation with Donald Trump, the state of the media today, and how her faith has helped her weather the storms.

Tickets from $20

Pig Pen Theatre Co.

PigPen Theatre Co. began creating their unique brand of theatre, music, and film as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2007. Their debut album,  Bremen, was named #10 album of the year in The Huffington Post’s 2012 Grammy preview sending PigPen on tour playing to sold-out crowds across the country. American Songwriter premiered their follow-up EP,  The Way I’m Running, in 2013 while the band was playing a series of concerts that became one of the most popular residencies of the past decade at the legendary Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago. In 2015 PigPen released their sophomore album, Whole Sun, performed at Mumford & Sons’ return to the Gentlemen of the Road Festival, and made their feature film debut in Jonathan Demme’s  Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep. PigPen is currently adapting The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo into a stage musical in partnership with Universal Theatrical.

Inside “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the largest exhibition The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art has ever done, opening May 10, 2018 in both The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters.

Fr. James Martin, S.J. discusses this groundbreaking exhibition with Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute and C. Griffith Mann, Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition will feature a dialogue between fashion and religious artworks from The Met collection to examine the relationship between creativity and the religious imagination.

The cornerstone of the exhibition is approximately 50 ecclesiastical masterworks from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican. These will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center galleries and will include papal vestments and accessories, such as rings and tiaras, from the 18th to the early 21st century, encompassing more than 15 papacies. The last time the Vatican sent a loan of this magnitude to The Met was in 1983, for The Vatican Collections exhibition, which is the Museum’s third most-visited show.

In addition, approximately 150 ensembles from the early 20th century to the present, primarily womenswear by a panoply of well-known fashion designers, will be shown in the medieval galleries and The Met Cloisters alongside religious art from The Met collection, providing a context for fashion’s engagement with Catholicism.

About the Participants

Andrew Bolton joined The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2002, as Associate Curator, was named Curator in 2006, and become Curator in Charge in January 2016 upon the retirement of his predecessor, Harold Koda. Mr. Bolton worked alongside Mr. Koda on exhibitions including Dangerous Liaisons (2004), Chanel (2005), Poiret (2007), and Schiaparelli and Prada (2012); and alone on AngloMania (2006), Superheroes (2008), American Woman (2010), Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011), Punk (2013), China: Through the Looking Glass (2015), Manus x Machina (2016), and Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017).

 Bolton has authored and co-authored more than 15 books. He lectures and contributes scholarly articles to various publications. Prior to joining The Met, Mr. Bolton worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for nine years, as Senior Research Fellow in Contemporary Fashion, and prior to that as Curatorial Assistant in the Far Eastern Department. During this period, he also curated exhibitions at the London College of Fashion. Born in Great Britain, Mr. Bolton earned a B.A. in social anthropology and an M.A. in Non-Western Art from the University of East Anglia.

Dr. C. Griffith Mann was appointed The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters in September 2013. He is responsible for the medieval collections and curatorial staff at The Met Fifth Avenue (the Museum’s main building) and for directing the staff and operations of The Met Cloisters (the branch of the Museum dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe). Dr. Mann received his B.A. in art history and history from Williams College, and his Ph.D. in medieval art from The Johns Hopkins University. A specialist in the arts of late medieval Italy, he has published on civic patronage, painting, and devotion in Tuscany. As a curator, Dr. Mann has worked on exhibitions on the medieval cult of relics, the art and archaeology of medieval Novgorod, and French manuscript illumination of the 13th century. Prior to joining The Met, Dr. Mann served as the Chief Curator and Deputy Director at The Cleveland Museum of Art, where he helped to lead the museum’s reinstallation, acquisition, and exhibition programs. And, as medieval curator and Director of the Curatorial Division at The Walters Art Museum, he worked on exhibitions and the permanent collection.

Fr. James J. Martin, S.J. (Moderator), is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, and bestselling author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, and Between Heaven and Mirth. Father Martin has written for many publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular commentator in the national and international media. He has appeared on all the major radio and television networks, as well as in venues ranging from NPR’s “Fresh Air”, FOX’s “The O’Reilly Factor”, and PBS’s “NewsHour” to Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.” Before entering the Jesuits in 1988, Father Martin graduated from the Wharton School of Business and worked for General Electric for six years. In 2017, Pope Francis appointed him to be a Consultor for the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication.

  1. Tiara of Pius IX (reigned 1846–78). German and Spanish, 1854. Courtesy of the Collection of the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, Papal Sacristy, Vatican City. Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Digital Composite Scan by Katerina Jebb.

La Bruja

Not in the New York area? Watch Caridad De La Luz live from the Loreto Theater on Livestream!

 

Caridad De La Luz is a Bronx-born performer known as LA BRUJA who is currently a co-host on the Luis Jimenez radio network for The Say It with Sixto Show created by friend and director, Sixto Ramos. She performed in the successful Off-Broadway musical I Like It Like That as China Rodriguez alongside Tito Nieves and Domingo Quiñones. She is considered one of America’s leading spoken word poets and was named one of the Top 20 Puerto Rican Women Everyone Should Know. Caridad was also awarded the Puerto Rican Women Legacy Award, The Edgar Allan Poe Award for excellence in writing from The Bronx Historical Society and has been titled a Bronx Living Legend along with a Citation of Merit by the Bronx Borough President. She was has performed in venues such as The Apollo, Lincoln Center and in venues internationally over her 21-year trajectory since her debut performance in the famed Nuyorican Poets Café in 1996.

The New York Times called her a”Juggernaut” after the run of her musical Boogie Rican Blvd., and was awarded Best Musical with Pregones and their 2015 production of Betsy where she played the title role. Her acting career has taken her from the stage to film: appearing in numerous movies including Bamboozled, Down to the Bone, El Vacilon de la Mañana and Gun Hill Road. She crossed over as a recording artist with her Latin Hip Hop albums, Brujalicious and For Witch It Stands which are both on Spotify and iTunes. Her poetry is featured on Prince Royce’s award-winning album, Phase and she became most known for her captivating performance on Russell Simmons’s HBO Def Poetry Jam. As a teaching artist, Caridad has worked throughout the country facilitating poetry and performance workshops for countless aspiring writers of all ages. Caridad is a chartering member of the Delta Chapter in Binghamton University of the Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. since 1992.

Tickets: $20/$30/$45

Jesuits & Jedi Episode II: The Dominicans Strike Back!

Dominicans, left; Jedi, right

Join us as we return to “a galaxy far, far away” for a lively discussion about philosophy, faith and the Force. A follow up to last season’s hugely popular Jesuits & Jedi event, the evening will feature author Fr. Humbert Kilanowski, O.P. and SIRIUS XM radio host Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P. as they explore questions about good and evil and meaning and morality through the lens of the Star Wars film franchise.

Fr. Humbert Kilanowski, O.P. is a priest of the Dominican Order and a professor of mathematics at Providence College in Rhode Island.  He hails from Columbus, Ohio, where he earned a doctorate in mathematics at The Ohio State University, and also holds degrees in astronomy and theology.  Fr. Humbert served as a deacon at St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village and was ordained a priest in 2018.

Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P., would not exactly call a vocation to religious life and ordination to the priesthood a “success story” but a sublime invitation offered by God to a man of woman.  The words of St. Theresa of Calcutta can also come to mind: “God does not ask to be successful but faithful.”  After graduating Emerson College in Boston, with a major in communications with a concentration in audio/radio, he worked at public radio stations in WERS 88.9FM Boston, MA  91.9FM Hackettstown, NJ, and lastly at KKJZ 88.1FM Los Angeles, CA.  He began to discern his vocation to the priesthood and consecrated life around the death of Pope St. John Paul II.  After meeting the Order of Preachers (commonly know as “The Dominicans” named after St. Dominic who founded them in 1216) in New York City in 2006.  He entered the novitiate of the Province of St. Joseph, during the summer of 2008 where he received the habit making his solemn profession of vows to live the rest of his life as a friar in the Order of Preachers.  He was ordained in 2014 and is stationed at the Priory of St. Vincent Ferrer on the upper east of Manhattan where the Dominican Friars have had a presence for almost 150 years.  His broadcast experience has brought him in the efforts of the new evangelization to host a one hour national weekly show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s 129 The Catholic Channel entitled Word to Life on Friday’s from 1-2PM EST.

Tickets: $15 ($10 Students)

Alfred E. Smith: The Man Behind the Dinner

90 years ago, Alfred Emmanuel Smith, governor of the State of New York, made history as the first Catholic major party presidential nominee. Although Smith would lose the election to Herbert Hoover, and neither party would nominate a Catholic until John Kennedy’s successful run, his legacy as “the happy warrior” looms large in American politics as a man who had strong faith in God and country.

Please join Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, renowned authors, historians and professors, Terry Golway and Robert Slayton, and great-grandson, business advisor, investor and philanthropist, Alfred E. Smith IV in a panel discussion exploring the man behind the famous Alfred E. Smith Dinner.

Third Time’s the Charm: A Night of Poetry with Sarah Kay, Anis Mojgani, Clint Smith and Hanif Abdurraqib

SOLD OUT

The Sheen Center is proud to present “Third Time’s the Charm” – A night of poetry with Sarah Kay, Anis Mojgani, Clint Smith, and Hanif Abdurraqib—four incredible poets whose work covers the sadness, fears, anxieties, and joys of living in this wild world. Sarah, Anis, Clint and Hanif return to the Sheen Center for the third time after their last two sold out performances in 2016 and 2017.

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much was released in 2016 and was nominated for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in fall 2017 by Two Dollar Radio.

Sarah Kay is a poet, performer, and educator from New York City. Her poetry can be found on Netflix tv shows, Uniqlo t-shirts, and bookstore shelves, in the form of four best-selling books of poetry: BThe TypeNo Matter the Wreckage, and All Our Wild Wonder. Sarah is the founder and co-director of Project VOICE, an organization that uses spoken word poetry to entertain, educate, and inspire students and teachers worldwide.

Anis Mojgani is the author of 5 books. His latest collection, In the Pockets of Small God, was released in April 2018 by Write Bloody Publishing. A two time National Poetry Slam Individual Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, his work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in a number of literary journals. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Portland, OR, where he serves on the Board of Directors for Literary Arts.

Clint Smith is a writer, teacher, and Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, a 2017 recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review, and has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the National Science Foundation. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, and The New Republic. His debut collection of poems, Counting Descent, was published in 2016 by Write Bloody Publishing. It won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.

Tickets: $20/$30/$45

$20 Students

$20 Veterans

Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death

We don’t know how. We don’t know when. But death comes to us all. To be human is to grapple with this truth and with the great unanswered question: How do we live with death in our eye? Into the Night features men and women of uncommon eloquence and intelligence who are grappling with this question. They come from all walks of life, dying and healthy, old and young, well known and obscure. For them death is no longer an abstraction. Whether through a dire prognosis, the loss of a loved one, or a temperament born to question, they have been shocked into mortality.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Emmy Award-Winning filmmaker and producer, Helen Whitney.

Tickets: $12

 

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