Vol. LXII, No. 21
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
(Photo by E.J. Greenblat)
ARTS COUNCIL’S NEW FACE: The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) will launch the new Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, designed by architect Michael Graves, on Thursday, June 5. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony there will be a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. for “Return: Home,” the inaugural exhibition, which will continue through September 6 in the Peg and Frank Taplin Gallery, located on the first floor of the new Center. Curated by ACP executive director Jeff Nathanson on the occasion of the Arts Council’s return to its home in downtown Princeton after two and a half years in temporary locations, the exhibit features 11 New Jersey-affiliated artists who explore the meaning of home from personal, political and cultural perspectives.
At last week’s meeting of Princeton Borough Council, the revised zoning ordinance for 30 acres of land occupied by Princeton HealthCare System’s Merwick Rehab Hospital and Nursing facility, Princeton University’s Stanworth Apartments, and the YM/YWCA was unanimously approved after discussion by Council members, and comments from the public and representatives of Princeton University.
The presentation of a “traffic/circulation plan” by Princeton University Trustees was the main focus of Thursday’s Regional Planning Board meeting.
A proposed condominium project by architect J. Robert Hillier along Greenview Avenue in Princeton Borough received heavy scrutiny last Wednesday from the Borough’s Zoning Board of Adjustment.
The Albert E. Hinds Community Plaza is a space where people are naturally inclined to gather together. On warmer days, friends congregate to share stories, readers peruse recently checked out library books, and teens test their skateboarding skills. This scene will one day include a new art installation as a permanent memorial to Mr. Hinds, who fostered community and brought people together throughout his long life.
Three local clergy spoke about their experiences in the Middle East earlier this spring at a Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA)-sponsored presentation, “Listening from the Heart - Report From the Interfaith Delegation to Israel and Palestine,” last Tuesday at the Nassau Presbyterian Church.
Princeton University’s Alcohol Coalition Committee (ACC) recently announced a strategic plan that focuses on “high-risk drinking,” which it defines as “any time the health, well-being, or safety of the individual drinking or others is compromised or when community standards are compromised.”
The odds were stacked against the Princeton University womens lacrosse team as it headed out to the Chicago area to play Northwestern last Saturday in the NCAA quarterfinals.
Last spring, there were smiles all around as the Princeton University mens varsity lightweight crew took third at the Eastern Sprints.
Although Matt Ullmann plays first singles for the Princeton High boys tennis team, he didnt expect to play a pivotal role as the Little Tigers hosted WW/P-N last Thursday in the Central Jersey Group III sectional semifinals.
In films, what everyone is striving for is to produce moments,” Princeton graduate James M. Stewart ‘32, born 100 years ago yesterday, told an audience at the British Film Theatre in 1972. “Not a performance, not a characterization, not something where you get into the part — you produce moments.” He recalled shooting a western (The Far Country) on location in British Columbia when a grizzled stranger “came out of the mist and looked at me and said, ‘Oh, yeah. Yeah. I recognize ya. Well, I heard you was here, and I thought I’d come up and say hello. I’ve seen a lot of your picture shows, but I think the one I liked best — you were in this room. And your girlfriend was in the next room and there were fireflies outside, and you recited a piece of poetry to her.’”
For the past 30 years, the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, founded by Portia Sonnenfeld as a feeder program to what is now the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, performed in area high school auditoriums. During that time, the orchestra expanded its programs from that of a simple preparatory orchestra to an organization of 10 ensembles, specializing in all the instruments and instrumental families of the orchestra. The ensemble took a huge leap this past weekend by presenting two concerts in Richardson Auditorium on Sunday afternoon and evening, featuring all the subgroups of the organization. The Youth Orchestra is particularly proud that two of these subgroups are for saxophone players, an instrument often not accessible in public school music programs.
Fluted hemlines, bubble bottoms, kerchief hems, long dresses, short dresses — the feminine focus is on display at Kiki D’s Dresses in the Princeton North Shopping Center. Owner Mary Hagemann opened the shop in February, with an emphasis on prom dresses. “I’d been wanting to start my own business for a couple of years,” she explains. “I thought a dress shop focusing on prom dresses was a good idea. Last year, my daughter and I had to go to Pennsylvania to find one.
Sotto Ristorante and Lounge at 128 Nassau Street is unique — an Italian grotto in the heart of downtown Princeton. Customers who descend to this subterranean location will find a romantic, old-world Italian restaurant, with a warm, welcoming atmosphere that invites diners to relax and linger.
“People can look at the entrance upstairs and have no idea of what’s down here. The subterranean setting is very European, very cosmopolitan, and it’s unusual for Princeton,” says owner Rich Carnevale.
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