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Vol. LXII, No. 51
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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(Photo by Dilshanie Perera)

SONGS OF SOLOMON: This year marks the 20th anniversary of Jon Solomon’s annual 24-hour holiday show on WPRB, 103.3 FM, which will run live from 6 p.m. on December 24 to 6 p.m. on December 25. The local radio legend has been hosting the show since he was 15, and plays holiday-related music ranging from pieces by “bands that you like” to “more bizarre historical artifacts” like a version of “Jingle Bells” played on car horns. His favorites include a Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin version of “It’s a Marshmallow World” and “The Christmas Song,” which has “the right sentiments to it.” Ultimately, “if something is done with a really clever reinterpretation, then it will certainly catch my fancy,” he said.

Rockin’ Around WPRB: Jon Solomon Conjures Up Some Holiday Radio Magic

Dilshanie Perera

’Twas the night before Christmas for Jon Solomon, or it will be as he hosts the 24-hour holiday radio show on WPRB, the Princeton University station. This year marks his show’s 20th incarnation and promises to feature newfangled odes to the holiday spirit, old favorites, forgotten esoterica, and other seasonal jams.

Climate Central Working Hard, Using Media, To Collect and Disseminate Information

Ellen Gilbert

“Climate change is not a problem du jour,” observed Berrien Moore III, executive director and senior research scientist at Climate Central, a recently created, Princeton-based science and media group that seeks, according to its to website, “to provide clear and objective information about climate change and its potential solutions.”

Regional Planning Board Reviews Seminary Plan for Speer Demolition

Dilshanie Perera

The Regional Planning Board heard Princeton Theological Seminary’s concept review last Thursday for the demolition of Speer Library and the construction of a new library in its place. No action was taken, but many members of the Board seemed to feel that while demolition would be appropriate, the Borough’s Historic Preservation Review Committee (HPRC) should take another look at the Seminary’s proposal.

Félix Candela Exhibition Emphasizes Beauty and Ingenuity of Structures

Ellen Gilbert

Hailing Félix Candela as one of the “new magicians of concrete,” a 1958 Time Magazine article described the Spanish-born engineer’s “soaring shell structures” as “the pride of Mexico City, useful for everything from churches to bandstands.” Fifty years later, the work of the one-time Spanish ski champion who fought with the Loyalists still seems magical in the Princeton Art Museum exhibition, “Félix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist.”

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