Vol. LXIII, No. 34
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
(Photo by Dilshanie Perera)
FLYING TRAPEZE: The 1981 George Segal sculpture, Circus Acrobats, has been installed in the lobby of the Princeton University Art Museum. A gift to the museum from the George and Helen Segal Foundation, the life-sized plaster trapeze artists greet visitors entering McCormick Hall.
With about eight felines still on the loose, 57 stray cats and kittens have been captured from the Wilton Street and Cedar Lane area by Princeton Animal Control over the past two months.
Executive Director of Princeton Community Housing (PCH) Sandra Persichetti delivered an annual report to Borough Council at a recent meeting detailing the status of affordable housing in town.
An outbreak of graffiti vandalism, in several instances featuring identical or similar markings, has taken place in Princeton this summer.
It was a celebrity-watchers dream. Not the Britney Spears-type celebrity, mind you; more the Nobel Prize, Poet Laureate, MacArthur genius award winner kind of celebrity, and they were all in one place, as Adventures of the Mind held its biennial summit for students ages 15 through 18 at the Institute for Advanced Study last week.
“My first antiquarian book was purchased in London in the summer of 1959,” writes Sidney Lapidus, Princeton ’59, in the catalog accompanying Firestone Library’s exhibition, “Liberty and the American Revolution,” based on his remarkable collection of artifacts from that era.
Gracefully frozen in mid-swing, George Segal’s Circus Acrobats (1981) are now on display above the lobby of the Princeton University Art Museum.
The once-mighty New York Islanders hit the rock bottom of the National Hockey League this past winter.
At first glance, the scene on one of the rinks at Ice Land Skating Center in Hamilton last month appeared to be a run-of-the-mill ice hockey camp.
Based on how things went for Jordan Gibbs during his freshman season on the Rutgers University mens golf squad, it didnt look like he was going to be a team leader anytime soon.
Irrespective of tempo, his melodic invention was always strange and haunting. On a jump number, he would impose a weird mood; a ballad was transformed into a nostalgic song, searching and mysterious.
Lester Young’s one-hundredth birthday is tomorrow, August 27. He died 50 years ago, March 14, in his room on the fourth floor of the Alvin Hotel on Broadway and 52nd Street. From his window he could keep an eye on the “Jazz Corner of the World,” Birdland, where I was fortunate enough to see him play, third on the bill after Sarah Vaughan and Dizzy Gillespie. At 16, I was underage, but as long as I sat in the section to the side of the bandstand they called the bleachers, they left me alone. Vaughan and Gillespie were famous outside the jazz world. I’d heard of Lester Young but if someone had told me he was a giant, one of the elite group of truly legendary jazz musicians, I’d have thought they were putting me on. Before Sarah Vaughan did her set and Dizzy Gillespie his, with the usual comic touches, the saddest man I ever saw slouched on to the stand and nothing was funny. It hurt to watch him sweating under the hot glare of a spotlight that made his face look jaundiced.
On the Bone, the new restaurant at 4355 Route One South (adjacent to the Doubletree Hotel), has lots to recommend it. Customers are finding it appealing on many levels from delicious on the bone cooking, to welcoming and knowledgeable service, and an inviting atmosphere to a comfortable and family-friendly price range.
It is called the oldest modern sport. Long a favorite activity in Europe, it is growing in popularity in the U.S. Its fun and challenging for all ages, and is notable for its strong focus on precision, concentration, coordination, and movement.
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