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The Poetry of Numbers — Crossing Manhattan on the Memory Line

Where was the place after all …. Was it ‘on’ Third Avenue, on Second, on fabulous unattempted First? Nothing would induce me to cut down the romance of it, in…

DanceVision Ballet Double Bill Returns to Kendall Theater

Among the many performances at Communiversity last Sunday was an excerpt from the ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream, under a tent on Witherspoon Street just outside the Princeton Public Library.…

Princeton University Orchestra Takes Audience on Exceptional Journey of Mahler

Princeton University Orchestra conductor Michael Pratt introduced this year’s Stuart B. Mindlin concert as a journey. For this past weekend’s concerts, the University Orchestra girded its musical loins and performed…

Belle: Biopic About an Ex-Slave Raised in Aristocratic English Society

Born in the West Indies in 1761, Dido Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) was the daughter of Mary Belle, an African slave, and John Lindsay (Matthew Goode), a British ship captain. After…

On His 450th Birthday: Imagining Shakespeare “Within the Consciousness of Our Country”

I think Americans will be fascinated to learn of our deep and early connection to the Bard, how he inspired presidents and incited mobs, and how vivid the legacy of…

Art Is Part of the Healing Process At the New Hospital in Plainsboro

Art is playing no small part in the process of patient recovery at the new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP) and local artists feature most prominently among…

A Haunted House 2: Ghost Spooks Newlyweds in Irreverent Horror Spoof

A Haunted House, an irreverent spoof of Paranormal Activity, co-starred Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins as Malcolm and Kisha, a couple whose home was invaded by demonic forces. Kisha became…

Nights of Wonder: Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Hollywood and Beyond

The reading of this play is like wandering in a grove by moonlight …. —William Hazlitt (1817) Hazlitt ends his short essay on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by suggesting that…

Browning Desks, Tea Kettle on Display In Firestone Library, Rare Books Dept.

Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s love story is one of the most famous in 19th century literature. Elizabeth Barrett (1806-1861), one of the most prominent English poets of the Victorian…

High Hilarity, Romantic Intrigue, and Sharp Political Edge In Bountiful Banquet of Beaumarchais’s “Figaro Plays” at McCarter

Pierre Beaumarchais is best known, at least in this country, as the author of two plays that were adapted into two of the most famous operas in the repertory, Rossini’s…