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Of Flags and Faith and James Baldwin in His 90th Birthday Year

After the outbreak of war in April of 1861, students at Princeton (then the College of New Jersey) raised the Union flag over Nassau Hall. According to the Mudd Manuscript…

Princeton Festival Presents Crisp Evening of Baroque Music

The Princeton Festival has been exploring some new performance genres this year, including Indian music and dance, and country music. The Festival presented an evening of Baroque music last Wednesday…

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Boys Befriend Ailing Classmate in Bittersweet Bildungsroman

  High school seniors Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann) and Earl Johnson (RJ Cyler) are not only best friends, they’re each other’s only friend, unless an empathetic history teacher counts. Mr.…

Rocked by “Game of Thrones” — The Fine Art of Going to Extremes

Take a walk with me down by Avalon… — Sir Van Morrison, from “Summertime in England” According to the June 17 New York Times, the Season Five finale of Game of…

Seward Johnson Takes Manhattan With Show of Work in Garment District

If you’ve strolled down Broadway through New York City’s Garment District in recent months you will have observed some intriguing public art on display in the city streets. Donna Dodson…

Love, Loss and Mythic Transformations in “Metamorphoses”— PST Opens Season with Mary Zimmerman’s Tribute to Ovid

  Metamorphoses, Mary Zimmerman’s 1998 theatrical updating of Ovid’s 8 AD fifteen-volume poetic masterpiece based on Greek myths, is, as the title indicates, all about changes. The ten tales featured…

Aeolus Quartet Brings Fresh and Energetic Performance to Richardson Auditorium

One of the benefits of staying around Princeton in the summer is taking advantage of the Princeton University Summer Concerts series, which presents free chamber music performances in Richardson Auditorium. …

Inside Out: Uprooted 11-Year-Old Struggles to Gain Control of Her Emotions

Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) was distraught when her mother (Diane Lane) and father (Kyle MacLachlan) suddenly told her that the family was relocating from Minnesota to San Francisco. After all, she…

On Stravinsky’s Birthday, “Dance, Dance, Wherever You May Be”

Today is Igor Stravinsky’s 134th birthday. The facts say that he died in 1971 but here he is on YouTube in a shipboard afterlife. While everyone else is assembling for…

Princeton Festival Opens Opera Season With A Spirited Mozart Production

There is a line in the movie Amadeus, spoken by the Austrian Emperor, that the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has “too many notes.” One could easily apply this comment…

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