August 25, 2021

Princeton photographer Lionel Goodman will exhibit 17 pre-pandemic images in a one-person show in the gallery at the Plainsboro Public Library September 1 through October 27.

The photos in “Life Before the Pandemic: Will It Return?” depict scenes that were  commonplace before  the arrival of COVID-19, but can no longer take place.  For instance, three unrelated men sit hip to hip on a park bench. more

August 18, 2021

By Stuart Mitchner

Flying mother nature’s silver seed to a new home

—from Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush”

According to producers Ronald Moore and David Eick, Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009) is for people who hate space operas. I’ve never been a fan of the genre, but call it what you will, there’s something to be said for an epic  production that weaves one of its central mysteries around Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.” Although BSG ended its celebrated run in 2009, the series is no less timely today, with the 20th anniversary of 9/11 looming, the pandemic (both the human and Cylon races are stalked by viruses), the 1/6 insurrection, and an environment under siege.

Referring to “Watchtower,” Moore says, “It’s something that lives in the collective unconscious of the show, it’s a musical theme that repeats itself. It crops up in unexpected places, and people hear it, or pluck it out of the ether. It’s sort of a connection of the divine and the mortal — music is something that people literally catch out of the air…. Here is a song that transcends many different aeons and cultures  … and was reinvented by one Mr. Bob Dylan.”

As it happens, Moore’s series is a reimagining of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica created by Glenn Larson. The original show, as described by Alan Sepinwall in his book The Revolution Was Televised (2012), “told the story of an Earth-like colonial civilization that suffers a devastating attack from a race of warrior robots called Cylons. The handful of survivors board a ragtag fleet of spaceships, led by the last military vessel standing, the Galactica.” Sepinwall goes on to quote Moore’s criticism of the original series, which was how “this great dark idea became this silly show.” Moore remembers “a haunting moment in the original pilot where we see the crew of Galactica reacting to the news of the death of billions during the Cylon attacks — and then how that emotion is quickly undercut by a trip to a resort planet” where its “roguish” fighter pilot Starbuck (reinvented as a roguish female in Moore’s Galactica) “can gamble and cavort with beautiful women.”

ABC canceled the series after one season. A quarter of a century later, the reimagined Battlestar was only nine weeks away from filming when September 11 changed everything, and, in Sepinwall’s words, “this escapist sci-fi adventure began to feel uncomfortably real.” The eventual result was “the unlikeliest, but best, millennial TV show inspired by 9/11.” Thus its appearance in Sepinwall’s book along with The Sopranos, Deadwood, The Wire, Breaking Bad, 24, and Friday Night Lights, among the 12 landmark series “that changed TV drama forever.” more

CENTENNIAL OF TWO EVENTS: The landmark 1921 musical “Shuffle Along” and the horrific murder of hundreds of Black residents in Tulsa, Okla., occurred just a week apart. The two events are the focus of an upcoming virtual webinar. (Photo courtesy of the Eubie Blake Collection of the Maryland Historical Society)

By Anne Levin

The killing of hundreds of Black citizens in Tulsa, Okla., and the opening of a groundbreaking musical might seem like unlikely partners for a two-day seminar. But “REACTIVATING MEMORY: Shuffle Along and the Tulsa Race Massacre: A Centennial Symposium” links the two events together in a logical way.

On September 9 and 10, The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Music Theater at Princeton University has planned panels, a keynote, and performances to mark  the centennial of the burning of Greenwood, a vibrant Black neighborhood in Tulsa, considered one of the nation’s worst incidents of racial violence in American history. Just a week prior on May 23, 1921, Shuffle Along had debuted in New York, introducing a syncopated jazz score and chorus girls to the American musical and launching the careers of Josephine Baker and Paul Robeson, among others.

Exploring the two events together made sense. The team behind the symposium includes Stacy Wolf, professor of theater and American studies and director of the Program in Music and Theater at the University; and Catherine M. Young, lecturer in writing; as well as tap dance artist and 2021-23 Princeton Arts Fellow Michael J. Love; and members of CLASSIX, a collective of artists and scholars dedicated to expanding classical theater through the exploration of dramatic works by Black writers. more

JAZZ STANDARDS: Vocalist Tom Chiola, left, and pianist George Sinkler perform at Ellarslie in Trenton’s Cadwalader Park on Saturday evening, August 21.

Vocalist Tom Chiola and pianist George Sinkler bring live jazz to Ellarslie, Trenton’s City Museum in Cadwalader Park, on Saturday, August 21, at 7 p.m.

Chiola, a longtime Trenton resident, performs in concerts and at restaurants from the great American songbook, often accompanied by George Sinkler, a professional pianist for more than 40 years. Sinkler plays in jazz groups and solo at numerous venues, and is widely sought as an accompanist. The two have performed together many times at the Trenton City Museum.

Concert tickets are available in advance and range from $25 to $40. Snacks and beverages are included in the ticket cost. While reserving their tickets, attendees may select socially distanced seating indoors or on the museum’s veranda. Masks will be recommended. Ample parking is available adjacent to the museum.

To learn more or to make reservations, visit ellarslie.org or call (609) 989-1191.

LEARNING THROUGH DANCE: The Trenton Education Dance Institute, known as TEDI, has been enhancing the lives of children for more than two decades. Students perform at Trenton’s War Memorial.

The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey (CHSNJ) has been approved for $10,000 from the Grants for Arts Projects award to support TEDI, the Trenton Education Dance Institute. 

TEDI is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during a second round of Grants for Arts Projects of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Also supporting TEDI are The Investors Foundation and the Roma Bank Community Foundation, which have each contributed $500 to further the goals of the program.

TEDI has enhanced the lives of schoolchildren in the capital city of New Jersey for 32 years. The program uses the pedagogy developed by renowned American ballet dancer and choreographer Jacques D’Amboise, who died earlier this year. Professional artists use a combination of dance, performance, and curriculum-related educational materials to teach young people the life skills of self-discipline, teamwork, concentration, cooperation, confidence, and pride in personal achievement.  more

FALL ART CLASSES: The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster is offering in-person art classes and workshops for artists with all levels of expertise in a variety of media including oil and acrylic paint, pastel, watercolor, drawing, and ceramics.  

The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster is offering in-person art classes and workshops this fall for adults, teens, and children beginning September 13. Select classes will be offered in a virtual or hybrid format. Classes and workshops are offered for artists with all levels of expertise in a variety of media including oil and acrylic paint, pastel, watercolor, drawing, and ceramics.  

There are more than 60 fall adult classes including Watercolor Step-by-Step, Introduction to Drawing, The Power of Pastels, Artist Studio: Your Choice, Evening Oil Painting, Morning Oil Landscape, Plein Air Contemporary Landscape, Art Appreciation, Pad Drawing and Painting, Chinese Brush Painting, Beginner Watercolor, Figure Drawing, Portrait Drawing, Media Sampler, and ceramics classes such as Advanced Ceramics and Wheel Throwing and Hand Building.

New classes this fall include Tricolor and Colored Pencil Drawing; Introduction to Pastel Painting; Art and Literature; Storytelling Through Art; Drawing like the Old Masters in Pen and Ink; and Outside the Paintbox, Beyond the Brush.

Fall workshops offer students the opportunity to try something new. They include Drawing in Negative Space, Watercolor for Absolute Beginners, Holiday Pysanky Egg Dying, Children’s Book Illustration, Holiday Felt Ornament Making, and Wet Felt Painting. more

“COTTAGE ON LEWIS ISLAND”: This painting by Carol Sanzalone is part of “Recovery,” the Garden State Watercolor Society’s 51st annual juried exhibition, now on view by appointment in the Muriel L. Matthews Art Gallery at D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center.

D&R Greenway Land Trust announces the reopening of its Marie L. Matthews Art Gallery at its Johnson Education Center in Princeton with the aptly named exhibit “Recovery,” in partnership with the Garden State Watercolor Society (GSWS).

This river-focused 51st annual juried exhibition is available for reserved timed viewings through October 17. Along with the juried exhibit, in the lobby of the Johnson Education Center, visitors will be greeted with the Garden State Watercolor Society’s “Third Annual Art Installation” of over 100 mini paintings illustrating aspects of the Delaware River, displayed among river stones.

An in-person reception and awards ceremony will take place on Friday, September 10 at the Johnson Education Center, outdoors. For more information and to reserve a space, visit gswcs.org.

Opportunities to experience the exhibit include in-person viewings by appointment only, made by calling (609) 558-0207.  Reserved timed entries will be available three days a week through the run of the show, with monthly Saturday hours. Visitors will be invited to follow CDC guidelines when they enter the Johnson Education Center to view the exhibit, with masks and social distancing. Entries will be timed so that each visitor and their guests remain separated from others viewing the exhibit. Events have been on hold for over a year, and this is the first returning indoor gallery exhibit.  more

“THE JUNKYARD”: Artist Ron Snyder was one of the many eco-artists featured at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s first upcycle outdoor art exhibition in Woolsey Park.

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council hosted its first upcycle outdoor art exhibition, “The Junkyard,” transforming Woolsey Park into a temporary tented sculpture garden from July 23 to July 25. Expected to be an annual event, “The Junkyard” is a family-friendly celebration of artistic ingenuity while raising awareness about the need to protect our environment, proving that “one man’s trash is another’s treasure.” 

The event featured artwork by established professional eco-artists as well as a few teams of creative participants and budding artists who reimagined items destined for the trash heap into unique and astonishing art. more

August 11, 2021

By Stuart Mitchner

The Robert Beck exhibit that opened July 30 at the James A. Michener Art Museum is titled “It’s Personal.” As Beck explains, “The majority of my paintings are done directly from the subject in one sitting. They depict where I am, what catches my interest, and what it feels like to be there .… The reason why I was drawn to a subject became part of the image. It got very personal.”

I feel the same way whether I’m writing about exhibits or books or films, or any other subject in the arts, and it’s why I think of these weekly adventures as columns, even though they’ve been categorized as “reviews” ever since I began writing them some 17 years ago.

Movie Mindset

In Beck’s stormy, mood-drenched street scene Love’s Notions and Novelties you can almost hear the gale-force wind and the water rushing in the gutter. Immediately I’m flashbacking through a stream of cinematic imagery, from the heavy-rain-with-gunshots-night of The Big Sleep, swept with film noir headlights gleaming on wet pavement, to a 21st-century television series like AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, where a father braves hurricane winds and lightning on a Christmas quest to buy Cabbage Patch Kids for his children.

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The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) will partner with Labyrinth Books to present a launch party for Colby Cedar Smith’s Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit (Andrews McMeel Publishing), the novel in verse debut from the Hopewell-based author and ACP creative writing instructor, on Thursday, August 12 at 6 p.m. The launch party will take place in the Taplin Gallery at the Arts Council. Labyrinth Books will be on site at the event with copies of the book available for sale.

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NEW MASTERS PROGRAM: Grammy-nominated conductor Dr. James Jordan is one of the esteemed faculty members students will work with in the new online Master of Choral Pedagogy program. 

Rider University’s new, fully online Master of Choral Pedagogy program provides working musicians from across the country and abroad access to advanced instruction in choral pedagogy. The 31-credit program emphasizes pedagogical methodologies aimed to improve the vocal health of choral singers, the efficiency of rehearsals, and the potential of performances.

Without leaving home, students will train with world-class faculty from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, including Grammy-nominated conductor Dr. James Jordan.

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NEW AND EXPANDED: Since its merger last month with The Princeton Festival, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has expanded its board of trustees. From left are Princeton Festival Director Gregory J. Geehern, PSO Executive Director Marc Uys, PSO Board of Trustees Chair Stephanie Wedeking, and Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov.

Recently elected Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Board of Trustees Chair Stephanie Wedeking notified fellow trustees, board advisors, and staff last week of the July 31 legal closing finalizing the merger of the orchestra and The Princeton Festival.

While Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Inc. is the surviving company, The Princeton Festival remains intact as the PSO’s flagship summer performing arts program. Festival board members and Festival personnel are transitioning to new roles within the PSO.

“As a team, we sought to honor both organizations and emerge unified and singular, whilst defying the rules of math for a 1+1=3 outcome,” said Wedeking. “Overall, it was a relatively seamless process, which is a testament to the compatibility and commitment of both organizations.”

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“LETTER LOVE”: Illustrations by Gwenn Seemel are featured in “Letter Love,” her dual exhibition with artist Mic Boekelmann, on view through August 31 at the Princeton Public Library.

“Letter Love,” an exhibition by Gwenn Seemel and Mic Boekelmann, two visual artists who use the alphabet to inspire conversations about belonging and identity, is on view through August 31 at the Princeton Public Library.

Seemel’s focus is an animal ABC book made up of unusual fauna, polka-dot cubist artwork, and a word search embedded directly into the illustrations. Baby Sees ABCs, both as a collection of paintings and a book, is a celebration of the core truth of the alphabet: it is a group of symbols whose meaning we agree on. Every time we use letters and language, we are agreeing with each other once more. We are saying yes to working together, and yes to all the amazing things we can accomplish when we work together.
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“TAKING PAUSE”: Robin Resch’s project in Dohm Alley features photography triptychs that display a participant and something they identify as “irreplaceable” to them. Resch, Arts Council of Princeton artist-in-residence, invites the Princeton community to submit to a Virtual Response Wall after considering, “What is irreplaceable to you?”

What is irreplaceable to you? Princeton-based photographer and Arts Council of Princeton Artist-in-Residence Robin Resch asks the Princeton community to consider this challenging yet essential question.

On view in Princeton’s Dohm Alley through October 16, “Taking Pause” is a documentary collaborative portrait project that asks people to reflect on what matters most deeply to them. Resch’s photographic triptychs each display a participant, what he or she shared as being irreplaceable, and his or her story behind this choice.

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“WHAT I LEARNED”: This work by Chanika Svetvilas is part of “Sutured Resilience,” Artworks Trenton’s first full, in-person exhibition in over a year. It runs through September 4 at 19 Everett Alley in Trenton. An opening reception is Saturday, August 21 from 6-8 p.m.

Artworks Trenton presents “Sutured Resilience,” an exhibition that brings together three female artists — Jennifer Cabral, Kat Cope, and Chanika Svetvilas — who explore trauma, memory, and empowerment. The show, on view through September 4, invites the public to imagine a reality where strength is found in vulnerability expressed through text, photography, sculpture, drawing, mixed media, installation, video and participatory actions. Together the artists hold space for the community to witness transformation, healing, and the search for resolution. Each artist’s unique narrative traces their lived experience of trauma to re-envision a healing journey.
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August 4, 2021

By Stuart Mitchner

Celebrating Louis Armstrong’s 120th birthday a week before August 4, 2021, I get in the car, put “West End Blues” on the stereo, and drive downtown to the library. For the first time in a locked-down year and a half, I’m returning to my favorite source with a mission. And as usual, I find what I’m looking for, driving off with three biographies: Terry Teachout’s Pops (2009), Ricki Riccardi’s What a Wonderful World (2011), and Thomas Brothers’s Master of Modernism (2014).

In the Phillipe Halsman photo on the cover of Pops, Armstrong stands facing forward, his trumpet tucked under one arm; he’s wearing a red bow tie, and he’s not smiling. If anything, he looks to be on the verge of tears, as if a lifetime of emotion were welling up inside him. The photograph was taken in 1966, when LIFE put him on the cover. Teachout calls it “the climax of his eminence.” Inside is a 14-page interview in which he says, “I don’t sigh for nothing. Sixty years is a long time and there ain’t going to be no more cats in the game that long.” He died 50 years ago, July 6, 1971.

Armstrong in the Sixties

When I get home, the first book I open is Pops, which begins with an epigraph from Brancusi: “Don’t look for obscure formulas, nor for le mystère. It is pure joy I’m giving you.”

“Pure joy” is something I instinctively associate with the music of the Beatles. In the sixties, I had no interest in Armstrong songs like “What a Wonderful World,” which I listened to just now on YouTube; it’s a version for cynics with a warm and fuzzy introduction from Louis addressed to “all you young folks asking how about all the walls, and the hunger, and pollution, how ‘wonderful’ is that?” And he tells them, “It ain’t the world that’s so bad, but what we’re doing to it.” When he sings of “trees of green” and “skies of blue” in his Times Square-on-New-Year’s-Eve voice, I’m smiling; when he gets to “the bright blessed day,” and friends shaking hands and saying “How do you do” when they’re really saying “I love you,” I’m thinking of the mob storming the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and the Delta variant, and the massive cloud rising from the ruins of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  more

BACK ON STAGE: McCarter Theatre’s upcoming season will include, from left, top row: Lake Street Dive, The  Hot Sardines, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Bottom row: Zakir Hussain, Dorrance Dance, and Rosanne Cash.

On Friday, September 24 at 8 p.m., McCarter Theatre Center gets back to presenting live performance with an appearance by Bela Fleck, in his first bluegrass tour in 24 years.

On Sunday afternoon, September 26, McCarter invites the community to GARBA 360, a free outdoor event at Princeton Shopping Center celebrating the traditional Gujarati Social Folk Dance experience. There will be dance lessons, performance, and live music. more

“PATTERSON FARM AUTUMN”: This oil painting by Ilene Rubin is featured in “Pieces and Places of Bucks County,” on view August 28 through September 26 at the Stover Mill Gallery in Erwinna, Pa. 

Two Bucks County artists — Ilene Rubin, a painter of places and things related to the bucolic surrounding environs, and Kathleen McSherry, a sculptor who utilizes unique and locally found elements — will present “Pieces and Places of Bucks County” at the Stover Mill Gallery on weekends beginning August 28 and running through September 26.

Rubin is a self-taught artist who has lived in Elkins Park, Pa.; Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Boulder, Colo.; and now calls Doylestown, Pa. home. She has received numerous awards, including the Ty Hodanish award for oil painting in the Artsbridge 2021 Member Show in March 2021, and is also a published author of two novels. She is a participating artist in the 2021 Bucks County Chamber of Commerce Virtual Studio Artist Tour and was the featured artist in Bucks County Magazine in June 2021. She is a member of most Bucks County Art organizations and previously served as vice president of the New Hope Art League. She is currently the artist of Bristol chair of the Art Show at the Lower Bucks Hospital.  more

For 14 years, the Hopewell Tour Des Arts has connected artists with the local community. At this year’s tour — on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — visitors can meet local artists (such as Ric Stang, shown here in his studio), visit their studios, and purchase one-of-a-kind artwork. The event also includes music, poetry, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, and more. Free admission. For more information, visit hopewelltourdesarts.com.

July 28, 2021

By Stuart Mitchner

Here in the summer of 2021, when misinformation pollutes the Net and truth is a shadow of its former, undernourished self, I’m reading “The Art of Little Ruses” in Billy Wilder On Assignment (Princeton Univ. Press 24.95), a collection of Wilder’s salty, spirited writings from 1925-1930, edited by Noah Isenberg and spiritedly delivered into English by Shelley Frisch.

Writing in the May 1, 1927, Berliner Börsen Courier, the not-quite-21-year-old Wilder admits that as much as he appreciates and honors “the so-called truth,” he “can easily imagine that in two or three decades lies will be regarded as an indispensable and hence utterly unobjectionable implement in our daily lives.” So why not teach “the art of lying” as “a mandatory school subject, accessible to everyone and anyone,” making it “no longer the privilege of the few who have a natural predisposition in this arena” but  “the consummate moral and social justification of this hitherto maligned resource.”

Cynicism Rules

The cat-who-swallowed-the-canary wise guy on the cover of On Assignment already looks the part of the multiple-Oscar-winning Hollywood director Andrew Sarris deemed “too cynical to believe even his own cynicism.” If anything, based on the features and opinion pieces in this lively book, he believed in his own cynicism 40 years before Sarris downgraded him to the “Less Than Meets the Eye” category in The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968.

Labeling A Foreign Affair (1948) and One, Two, Three (1961) Wilder’s “irresponsible Berlin films” (“a series of tasteless gags, half anti-Left and half anti-Right”), Sarris singles out the “penchant for gross caricature” he says “marred” classics like Sunset Boulevard (1950) and Some Like It Hot (1959). When he pompously concludes that Wilder “is hardly likely to make a coherent film on the human condition,” I can almost hear Berlin Billie saying, and Hollywood Billy chiming in, “When was the last time coherence had anything to do with the human condition?” more

By Nancy Plum

Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts presented the second of its digital series last week with a livestream performance of the New York City-based Horszowski Trio. In a concert broadcast from the Hillman Performance Hall on the campus of Westminster Conservatory last Monday night, violinist Jesse Mills, cellist Ole Akahoshi, and pianist Rieko Aizawa presented a program of 19th- and 20th-century chamber music.

Named after the pre-eminent 20th-century Polish American pianist Mieczysław Horszowski, the Horszowski Trio draws its inspiration from the pianist and pedagogue who lived to be nearly 101 and had one of the longest careers in performing arts history. Ensemble pianist Aizawa was Horszowski’s last student at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, creating a link to a golden age of piano performance stretching back more than a century. Also committed to contemporary music, the Trio has made significant inroads into the international chamber music arena in its 10-year history. more

COMING TO THE STATE THEATRE: American Repertory Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” is among several events planned for the winter holidays.

State Theatre New Jersey is holding a Christmas in July sale through Saturday, July 31. During the sale, tickets for select holiday shows are 20 percent off with promo code HOLIDAY20.

The newly renovated theater’s lineup includes Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical on November 29-30; A Very Electric Christmas with Lightwire Theater on December 1; Cirque Dreams Holidaze on December 8-9; The Nutcracker with American Repertory Ballet on December 17-19; and The Hip Hop Nutcracker on January 2.

If a State Theatre performance is postponed, rescheduled, or canceled due to COVID-19 containment efforts, STNJ’s flexible ticket policy provides the original purchaser with several options, including a full refund.

The Christmas in July Sale is for select holiday shows and expires on July 31 at 11:59 p.m. Discounts are not retroactive and cannot be combined.

Tickets can be purchased online with the promo code or when calling Guest Services at (732) 246-SHOW(7469). For information, visit STNJ.org.

A SPECIAL STREAMING: Doylestown, Pa. native Andrew Polec recreates his solo concert debut in “Legacy of Love,” to benefit Bucks County Playhouse.

Doylestown, Pa., native Andrew Polec, star of the international show, Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, reprises his solo concert debut, Legacy of Love, on the streaming platform Stellar, beginning July 30.

Filmed before a live audience at Bucks County Playhouse earlier this year, the concert will stream in high definition from July 30 through August 28, with a special live stream debut, hosted by Polec, at 2:30 pm on July 30.

Backed by The Michael Bond Quartet, Polec debuted the concert at Bucks County Playhouse in June as part of its Broadway Spotlight Concert Series. The streaming event will feature all the music from the live event and include a variety of genres including traditional musical theater (Dear World, The Fantasticks, Camelot, Rent, Floyd Collins), film (The Greatest Showman) and rock n’ roll (Queen, Bon Jovi, Three Dog Night, Kings of Leon ) with a homage to the recently deceased rock legend Jim Steinman. more

A WEEKEND OF DANCE: Dance for Parkinson’s is among the free classes being offered this weekend by Princeton Ballet School in the courtyard of Princeton Shopping Center.

Princeton Ballet School (PBS), the official school of American Repertory Ballet (ARB),  will host “A Weekend of Dance” outdoors in the courtyard of the Princeton Shopping Center beginning on Friday, July 30 at 5:30 p.m. with a performance featuring students from its Summer Intensive program, and continuing with a series of free dance classes on Saturday, July 31.   

“We welcome every opportunity to introduce dance to our community and the joy of moving to music,” said School Director Aydmara Cabrera. “Dancing is a wonderful activity for all ages and abilities: it develops healthy habits, builds self-confidence, and allows individuals the important social connection with friends and peers.” 

On Friday, July 30 at 5:30 p.m., intermediate and advanced students will perform a mix of styles, from classical ballet to new contemporary, musical theater to flamenco. The program will also feature professional guest artists Jonathan Montepara and Andrea Marini from American Repertory Ballet.  more

HAVE A HEART: The New Brunswick Heart Festival celebrates the art and history of the city and Middlesex County with performances, crafts, family-friendly activities, and more.

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick Cultural Center, New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), and Above Art Studios present the New Brunswick HEART Festival on Saturday, August 14 from 4-7 p.m.; hosted by New Jersey Radio Hall of Famer Bert Baron and Founder of TSO Productions, Sharon Gordon.

This festival celebrates arts and history that New Brunswick and Middlesex County have to offer with live performances, interviews, crafts, and more. The festival will take place in Monument Square, 2 Livingston Avenue, and will be live streamed on YouTube. For more information, visit NewBrunwickArts.org.  more