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“Rio Bravo”: Fellow Feeling, Human Frailty, and the Pleasure Principle

If I were asked to choose a film that would justify the existence of Hollywood, I think it would be “Rio Bravo.” —Robin Wood in Howard Hawks (1968) “One of…

Area Exhibits 8/15/12

The Arts Council of Princeton at Paul Robeson Center has sculpture by Jonathan Shor on view on the terrace through September 29. For more information call (609) 924-8777 or visit…

Ferrell, Galifianakis Are the Funniest Candidates Money Can Buy

If you’ve been looking for a comedy film that is a refreshing alternative to all the kiddie movies and summer blockbusters currently at the megaplexes, your wait is over. And…

Remembering Gore Vidal’s Early Work, Love of Movies, and Kind Words for a Young Novelist

As I now move, graciously, I hope, toward the door marked Exit, it occurs to me that the only thing I ever really liked to do was go to the…

The Scheides’ Concert of Orchestral Music Is a Musical Gift to the Princeton Community

Musical events in Princeton always draw a good crowd. Free musical evenings are guaranteed to draw an even better crowd, and such was the case last Tuesday night when a…

Summer Theater Season Finale Presents Powerful, Wistful Comedy; Romance in the Catskills Struggles to Survive in “The American Plan”

In the closing moments of Princeton Summer Theater’s (PST) moving, captivating production of The American Plan, Lili and Nick look back on a romantic relationship that could have been and…

Area Exhibits 8/8/12

The Arts Council of Princeton at Paul Robeson Center has sculpture by Jonathan Shor on view on the terrace through September 29. For more information call (609) 924-8777 or visit…

Greg and Rowley Reunite for a Movie With Wholesome Hijinks

This episode of the Wimpy Kid film series is based on a combination of wacky misadventures culled from both the third (The Last Straw) and fourth (Dog Days) books in…

Monroe and Melville: Blending Two American Legends in the Best of All Possible Worlds

How significant was the first week of August for Herman Melville? He was born August 1, 1819, married August 4, 1847, first encountered Nathaniel Hawthorne, the most momentous meeting of…

Scheide’s “Midsummer Celebration” Showcases New Jersey’s Operatic Singers and Musicians

William and Judith Scheide could spend their summers in the cool environs of New England, as many Princetonians do, escaping the New Jersey heat. Instead the Scheides have not only…