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Looking for Amiri Baraka and LeRoi Jones on Martin Luther King’s Birthday

“Amiri Baraka, The Last Poet Laureate of New Jersey.” This is how Baraka, who died at 79 on January 9, signed the introduction to his 2007 short story collection, Tales…

Princeton University Opera Theater Opens 2014 With Successful Production of Monteverdi Opera

The academic year goes by quickly, especially with a holiday break half-way through. The Princeton University Opera Theater always takes on a challenging opera to be presented shortly after the…

American Hustle: Retro Film About the Abscam Scandal and the Disco Era

In the late 70s six U.S. Congressional House Representatives  and a United States Senator were caught on camera taking bribes from FBI agents who were posing as wealthy Arab sheiks.…

The Year of Reading Shakespeare Begins in the Skies Over London

I kept thinking of Shakespeare as I watched the eleven-minute BBC video of London’s spectacular New Year’s fireworks display. All that celestial excitement exploding above his river, his city, his…

Concentric Circles of Influence Celebrates N.J. at the Forefront of Creative Activity

“Concentric Circles of Influence: The Birth of Artists’ Communities in Central New Jersey” is a series of art exhibits, film, gallery talks, and panel discussions focusing on notable art communities that developed in central New…

“Ode to Joy” Concert at Richardson Marks Bill Scheide’s 100th Birthday

Princeton philanthropist William H. Scheide, known affectionately as “Bill,” turned 100 on Monday. For the past six years, the ever youthful music lover, Bach scholar and bibliophile, whose name is…

In August: Osage County, Streep Heads Stellar Cast in Adaptation of Prize Winning Play

In 2008, the play August: Osage County not only won a Pulitzer Prize, but it also received five Tony Awards, including Best Play. However, the screen version of Tracy Letts’…

Take a Cup of Kindness for Auld Lang Syne, Peter O’Toole, and the Librarian on the Bench

“In My Life” started out as a bus journey from my house to town … and it wasn’t working at all …. But then I laid back and these lyrics…

Father and Son Photographers to Show Recent Work at Hopewell’s Gallery 14

Photographers Richard Trenner and Winslow Radcliffe-Trenner will be showing the best of their recent work at Gallery 14 in Hopewell this month when their two-man show opens with a public…

Saving Mr. Banks: Movie Recounts Disney’s Effort to Secure Rights to “Mary Poppins”

P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) was the pen name of Helen Lyndon Goff (1899-1996), the creator of the children’s classic series of Mary Poppins books. When his daughters were young, Walt Disney…