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Vol. LXV, No. 23
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
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Audrey Hepburn, Face-Painting Among Museum’s Summer Offerings

Ellen Gilbert

Drive-in movies may be a thing of the past, but outdoor summer movie viewing will be available throughout the summer in the plaza in front of the Princeton Art Museum.

Popcorn and soda will be provided on the late Thursday evenings when the Museum screens a series of movies at sundown (approximately 8:30 p.m.) outside the Art Museum’s main entrance. Viewers are asked to bring their own seating; in case of rain, the week’s film will be shown in McCormick 101.

The screenings begin on Thursday, June 9 with director William Wyler’s 1953 charmer Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

As part of the its yearlong collaboration on “Memory and the Work of Art” with the Princeton community, there will be several films that explore the themes of memory and loss. These include, appropriately, shows of two Christopher Nolan films: Memento (2000) on Thursday, July 7, and Inception (2010) on August 4. In between, there will be a screening Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me (1986) on Thursday, July 21.

Passports to Adventure Indoor, day-time summer activities for families at the Museum include a series of “Artful Adventures” that have already begun, and will be available throughout the summer until September 30. Participants are advised to grab their passports for “a trip around the world and through the ages.” The program is described as a series of self-guided tours and activities, and families are asked to stop by the Museum information desk, to pick up their “Passports to Adventure,” and one of the Museum’s many Artful Adventures activity guides. Once they have completed their “adventure,” travelers may return to the information desk to receive a sticker for their passport.

A Family Barbeque with face-painting, hands-on activities, cook-out food, and kid-friendly Museum tours, will take place on Thursday, June 16, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. To bookend this celebration of the beginning of summer, there will be a Picnic on the Lawn on Thursday, August 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. This “grand finale” will feature live music, games, prizes, and “classic” American refreshments.

Admission to the Museum is always free. It is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Public parking is not available on the Princeton campus. The best place to park is in town at metered spaces near Palmer Square and along Nassau Street, or at public parking garages located on Chambers, Hulfish, Spring, and Wiggins Streets. The Museum is fully accessible to individuals with disabilities and wheelchairs are available. Those who need special vehicular or parking access are asked to contact the Museum in advance at or by calling (609) 258-1715.

For further information about the museum, call (609)258-3788.

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