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There’s Something About Mary — An Immodest Proposal for “Downton Abbey” 

Just for fun, I’m going to do a number on Downton Abbey. Devoted fans may see no reason for tampering with that fabulously popular tour de force of an ensemble…

Reception Tonight for Frank Rivera Retrospective at MCCC Gallery

There will be an opening public reception tonight, Wednesday, March 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery in Mercer County Community College (MCCC) for an exhibition of work…

Princeton University Orchestra Presents 2015 Concerto Competition Winners

In recent years, a number of Princeton University graduates have turned up performing on the nation’s leading concert stages. These students’ success is a credit to the musical training they…

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: It’s Back to India for a Pleasant, Predictable, Sequel

When we last saw Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) who, in spite of the objections of his meddling mother (Lillete Dubey), he had proposed to his girlfriend Sunaina (Tina Desai). The…

“Where Do We Go From Here?” — Thoughts on Diaries, George Kennan, and the Demise of a Building 

Whenever I see the snow-covered ruins of the former medical center I’m reminded of the euphoria of the day I became a father and of the trauma of enduring an…

Mexican Artist Emilia Sirrs Showcases Her Work in a Princeton Home Gallery

Using rich traces of rust with cement and ash, Mexican artist Emilia Sirrs creates depth and color in her large abstract canvases. The artist’s bold technique is shown to good…

Princeton University Choral Ensembles Bring Britain’s Coronations to Richardson

The coronation of a monarch is not an event to which the American public has much exposure. However, throughout the past four centuries, these events in England have produced some…

McFarland USA: Disgraced Coach Redeems Himself in Overcoming-the-Odds Movie

In the fall of 1987, Jim White (Kevin Costner) was fired as head football coach of a high school team in Boise, Idaho after he lost his temper and hit…

In the Month of Jazz and Black History — Clark Terry and Malcolm X

Clark Terry (1920-2015), whose horn could charm the birds off the trees, was adept at translating the lyric of a song into what he called the language of jazz, “how…

Hollywood-Style Comedy of Manners Bristles With Social Satire; Show Biz Clashes With True Love In “The Little Dog Laughed” 

The Little Dog Laughed, Douglas Carter Beane’s 2006 Tony-nominated hit comedy, is a play about Hollywood, about truths and illusions, unbridled ambition and control. It is also about relationships, working…