April 27, 2016

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Eddie S. Glaude Jr. will discuss and sign copies of his book “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul” on Tuesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at Princeton Public Library. Mr. Glaude is the chair of the Center for African-American Studies and the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University. This program is presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Anthony Acciavatti will be at Labyrinth Books on Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m. for a discussion of his new book, Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River, which was awarded the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for 2016. more

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PDS ALUMNI EXHIBITON: The Princeton Day School’s “50th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibition” is on view until May 14. The exhibit includes a wide variety of media by 37 talented alumni including founding partner of Studio Hillier, J. Robert Hillier PCD ’52, FAIA. His River Road House model, pictured above, will be among the works exhibited.

In continuation of Princeton Day School’s 50th Anniversary celebration, the Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery proudly presents the 50th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibition, on view from now through May 14.  more

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“TICK TOCK, DRIP DROP”: This lithography with chine collé and hand coloring by Eileen Foti is included in the West Windsor Arts Council’s “Generation Next” exhibit. From May 2 until June 9, the gallery will feature six established artists who selected one emerging artist to exhibit with them.

West Windsor Arts Council (WWAC) presents its annual “Generation Next” exhibit featuring original artwork by up-and-coming artists with a twist. This year WWAC invited six “established” artists to exhibit their work and choose one “up-and-coming” artist to exhibit with them. The works are on display May 2 – July 9, 2016 with an opening reception May 15, 4-6 p.m. more

Each year, the Stuart B. Mindlin Memorial Concerts at Princeton University have brought together the University Orchestra with other ensembles and guest soloists. This year, conductor Michael Pratt and the orchestra chose to go it alone, presenting two major symphonic works which not only showed off the ensemble’s collective sound, but also gave many of the student musicians the chance to play elegant solos.  more

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McCarter Theatre Center is pleased to announce its full schedule of 2016-17 dance, music, and signature presented series. An eclectic mix of the world’s greatest musicians, dance companies, and performing artists are on tap, including several returning favorites and McCarter debuts.  more

April 22, 2016

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On Saturday, April 9, over 200 guests at the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) sold-out gala Gershwin in Paris were treated to the sights and sounds of jazz-age Paris. Held at the grand venue Jasna Polana, patrons sipped cocktails and ate canapés prior to being called to dinner by an impressive brass fanfare by PSO musicians. Music Director Rossen Milanov welcomed everyone and conducted George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” as flappers from the American Repertory Ballet performed a jazz challenge dance choreographed by Mary Pat Robertson. Pictured: Gala Co-Chairs Nora Decker and Beth Beers with spouses Keil Decker of BlackRock and David Beers of Goldman Sachs (Photo Credit: T. Kevin Birch)

April 20, 2016

movie rev 4-20-16CIA Agent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) was in London on assignment to deliver a ransom to a computer hacker called the “The Dutchman” (Michael Pitt) when he was assassinated by a terrorist (Jordi Molla) and his vicious gun moll (Antje Traue). This should have been a big loss for the CIA because the veteran spy’s talents and abilities were a valuable asset for the agency.

Luckily, government scientist Dr. Franks (Tommy Lee Jones) has been working on transferring memories from one brain to another. Although he’s been successful in several attempts with animals, he thinks it will be at least five years until the procedure will be ready for trials in humans.

However, because of the emergency created by Pope’s death, Franks is ordered to immediately implant Pope’s mind into that of Jericho (Kevin Costner), a death-row inmate who is a perfect candidate to be used as a guinea pig. Lo and behold, the psychopathic murderer awakens from the experimental surgery eager to track down The Dutchman as well as the criminals who killed Pope.

That is the point of departure of Criminal, a science fiction splatterfest directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman). As an interesting aside, the movie is Ryan Reynolds’s third movie that involves a brain swap, his latest one being last fall’s Self/less. There, however, he played the recipient rather than the donor.

There isn’t much point in reciting the storyline, since it makes even less sense than the picture’s farfetched premise. Still, this high body count action thriller may appeal to people who enjoy watching folks being blown away in a spectacular fashion.

The film fritters away the talents of an impressive cast which includes Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, and Kevin Costner. There are also a fair amount of beautiful women, such as Antje Traue, Alice Eve, Natalie Burn, and Gal Gadot (who plays Pope’s widow, Jill). As you might expect, Jill and her daughter, Emma (Lara Decaro), are in for the surprise of their lives when their husband and father returns reincarnated as a redeemed convict who needs a loving family.

Good (**). Rated R for pervasive profanity and graphic violence. Running time: 113 minutes. Distributor: Summit Entertainment.

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The move to an earlier date worked out nicely for Communiversity 2016, with blue skies, sunshine, and a busy midway overlooked by the facades and variously shaped rooftops of buildings of Nassau Street. In this week’s Town Talk people who were at the fair talk about their favorite things. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

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Assistant Professor of French at Princeton University Christy Wampole will be reading from her new book Rootedness: The Ramifications of a Metaphor (Univ. of Chicago Press) at Labyrinth Books on Tuesday, April 26 at 6 p.m. She will be joined in a discussion of the book by her Princeton colleague, critic and theorist Eduardo Cadava. more

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You can’t write a sentence in English without Shakespeare being in there somewhere. — C.K. Williams

The Writers House is located on Locust Walk, which runs through the heart of the Penn campus, like McCosh Walk at Princeton. For just over two decades the 165-year-old cottage has been a venue for readings, seminars, lectures, and events like the April 11 memorial celebration of the life and work of poet C.K. Williams (1936-2015), who died last September. more

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“IN OBSERVANCE OF THE DAY”: This photo by Richard DeFalco was one of 180 works accepted for Ellarslie Open 33, on display at the Trenton City museum from May 7-June 26. A record-breaking 240 artists submitted 472 works for consideration for this year’s event.

The Trenton Museum Society is proud to announce the works accepted for Ellarslie Open 33, on display at the Trenton City Museum from May 7 — June 26, 2016. The Ellarslie Open annual juried exhibit continues a long tradition of supporting area artists and bringing the finest in visual art to patrons and visitors.  more

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MUSIC AND POETRY OF PENELOPE: Playwright Ellen McLaughlin’s poetry inspired Sarah Kirkland Snider to create her song cycle “Penelope,” which will be performed by PSO musicians and conducted by John Devlin on Tuesday, May 17 at Princeton Public Library. It also relates to the performance of Ms. Snider’s PSO co-commissioned work “Hiraeth,” which will be performed by the PSO on Sunday, May 15. (Photo Credit: Jamie Clifford)

On Wednesday, May 4 at 7 pm, in partnership with the Princeton Public Library, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) presents Soundtracks: Music and Poetry of Penelope in the library’s Community Room. Homer’s Penelope is a central figure in the poetry of The Odyssey. Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider and playwright Ellen McLaughlin, via video, discuss the iconic figure and the influence of her story upon their works in a presentation led by PSO Assistant Conductor John Devlin.  more

Johann Sebastian Bach never heard a complete performance of his now classic Mass in B Minor in his lifetime, but over the past 150 years, this five-part work has become a staple of the choral repertory. Loaded with instrumentally-conceived choral coloratura and exacting counterpoint, the Mass in B Minor is considered a pinnacle of choral performance toward which choruses aspire. The Princeton University Glee Club undertook this vocal and instrumental challenge last Sunday evening with a historically informed and clean performance in Richardson Auditorium. Conductor Gabriel Crouch led the 80-voice Glee Club, chamber orchestra, and four vocal soloists in a performance which was lean, sensitive to the text, and strong to the very last note.  more

April 16, 2016

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Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri will be reading from her nonfiction debut, In Other Words, at Labyrinth Books on Wednesday, April 20 at 6 p.m.

Written in Italian and presented in a dual-language format, In Other Words investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the “journey of a writer seeking a new voice.”  more

April 15, 2016

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April 13, 2016

movie rev 4-13-16There’s been a big change at Calvin’s Barbershop since the last movie was made over 10 years ago. The male sanctuary has been converted to a unisex salon, and some feisty female employees — including manager Angie (Regina Hall), flamboyant Draya (Nicki Minaj), and cynical Bree (Margot Bingham) — have brought a new flava to the former man cave.

In addition to Ice Cube as Calvin, among the regulars reprising their roles are Jazmin Lewis as his wife Jennifer, Eve as Terri, Cedric the Entertainer as Eddie, Anthony Anderson as J.D., Sean Patrick Harris as Jimmy, and Troy Garrity as Isaac. The cast has several newcomers; most notably scene-stealing J.B. Smoove as One-Stop; Deon Cole as Dante; and Common, whose character, Rashad, is married to Eve.

As the film unfolds, we’re shown a montage of file footage featuring Reverend Al Sharpton and Father Pfleger, as well as news stories about the increase in drive-by shootings on the South Side of Chicago. The situation has Calvin thinking that it might be better to relocate the establishment to a safer section of the city.

More importantly, he’s worried about the safety of his adolescent son, Jalen (Michael Rainey, Jr.), who is attending the Holy Cross Catholic School. It seems that on his way home, Jalen has to negotiate his way through a gauntlet of gangstas who are pressuring him to join their gangs.

Street violence appears to be claiming a young person’s life on a daily basis, with some of it hitting a little too close to home. This inspires Calvin to call a peace summit in a desperate attempt to negotiate a ceasefire between the bitter rivals, the Vice Lords and the G.D.s.

In addition to addressing the escalating murder rate, the picture has plenty of its trademark levity. One moment, we’re treated to an old-fashioned battle-of-the-sexes. Next, there’s a debate over President Obama’s commitment to the black community. And the best comic relief comes from trash-talking One-Stop, who has an endless supply of market items for sale: nickel bags of weed, baby pit bulls, and watermelon-flavored fried chicken.

Directed by Malcolm Lee (The Best Man), Barbershop: The Next Cut is a pleasant surprise because it combines the campy comedy with a serious social agenda. Easily the best film in the series, the movie entertains and also delivers a sobering message that’s long overdue.

Excellent (****). Rated PG-13 for profanity, ethnic slurs, and sexuality. Running time: 112 minutes. Distributor: New Line Cinema/Warner Brothers.

Communiversity

Communiversity has become a rite of spring for Princeton. On the Princeton University campus and throughout the downtown, this celebration of local arts and culture is an annual event that draws more than 40,000 to town, and this year’s event on April 17, 1-6 p.m. will be no exception. more

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Musical protest helps the Japanese “to voice what they cannot ordinarily express in words” according to Princeton resident Noriko Manabe’s The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima (Oxford $27.95). It’s a formidable work: 433 pages, 35 pages of notes, a nearly 15-page-long bibliography, with web icons interspersed throughout the text highlighting links to pronuclear public relations videos, press conferences, music videos, extensive footage from anti-nuclear demonstrations and rallies, plus color photos on a companion website. more

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MORVEN IN MAY JURIED EXHIBIT/SALE: These hand-spun wool tapestries were created by master tribal weaver Wence Matrinez, in collaboration with his wife, biomorphic painter, Sandra Martinez. The artists of Martinez Studio, based out of Door County Wisconsin, are just two of the 36 fine craft artists from around the country exhibiting at this year’s Morven in May craft show on May 7-8. (Photo From www.martinezstudio.com)

Morven in May, one of New Jersey’s most anticipated spring rituals, is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary, American-made fine craft. The museum brings together 36 professional fine craft artists from around the U.S., all working at the highest levels in their respective medium, including decorative and wearable textiles, jewelry, furniture, ceramics, glass, metal, and more. more

April 6, 2016

movie rev 4-6-16Annabel Beam (Kylie Rogers) was born in Burleson, Texas where she was raised by her parents on a farm surrounded by cats, dogs, goats, cows, and a donkey. She enjoyed an idyllic childhood there with her sisters, Abbie (Brighton Sharbino) and Adelynn (Courtney Fansler). However, at the age of 10 she began to experience severe stomach pains.

Christy Beam (Jennifer Garner) rushed her daughter to an emergency room doctor who diagnosed the malady as a combination of lactose intolerance and acid reflux. But when his course of treatment for those conditions failed, the frightened mother next took Anna to a a gastroenterologist (Bruce Altman) who determined that she was suffering from an obstruction of the small bowel which called for immediate surgery.

He referred them to a highly-regarded physician in Boston who specialized in intestinal disorders. However, Dr. Nurko (Eugene Derbez) had a nine month waiting list which meant the little girl was likely to pass away before her appointment.

Frustrated by her inability to help her daughter, Christy began to question her faith when Anna asked, “Why do you think God hasn’t healed me?” It didn’t help when some fellow parishioners suggested that the affliction might be punishment for sin. In response, Christy told her husband (Martin Henderson) she was through with church, at least until Anna was healed.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. So, Christy decided to go to Dr. Nurko’s office unannounced and convince him to see Anna. However, after the doctor examined Anna an MRI, endoscopy, and a battery of other tests confirmed that Anna did not have long to live.

Before they returned home, they were befriended by a waitress with a heart of gold (Queen Latifah) who took them on a whirlwind tour of Boston. The prospects weren’t good for Anna when she got back to Burleson until the fateful day when she fell into a hollowed tree trunk, hit her head, and blacks out.

When she comes out of the coma, lo and behold, her bowels have been miraculously healed. Furthermore, she tells her parents that she had just visited Heaven and met with her Creator.

Miracles from Heaven is a dramatic documentary adapted from Christy Beam’s bestselling memoir of the same name. Directed by Patricia Riggen (The 33), the movie describes a touching description of a miraculous event.

Very Good (***).

Rated PG for mature themes. Running time: 109 minutes. Studio: Affirm Films. Distributor: Sony Pictures.

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CLASSICAL BOOK COLLECTION FROM DOT & BO

Give your bookshelf a face lift with these gorgeous editions of your favorite literary classics.

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Record Rev_1It was around this time half a century ago that people began to suspect the Beatles of being the creation of supernatural forces. Had they signed a pact with Lucifer? The “more popular than Jesus” frenzy that led to the burning of their records in crazy America demonstrated that, yes, they were unthinkably, absurdly big. The “Paul McCartney is dead” madness caught fire for the same reason. Nothing less than mysterious death or divinity could explain the phenomenon; the resulting paranoia of disbelief had reached the “who really wrote Shakespeare?” level. All this cosmic commotion and they had yet to astonish the world with albums like Revolver and Sgt. Pepper and singles like “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane,” “I am the Walrus,” and “Hey Jude.”

“Tomorrow Never Knows”

Fifty years ago today, April 6, 1966, when the Beatles began recording Revolver in EMI’s Studio Three at Abbey Road, a tall, elegantly handsome gentleman with no evident resemblance to Mephistopheles, and no pact signed in blood in his pocket, guided John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr to the top of Mt. Revolver.  more

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“FACES OF COURAGE”: This photo by Mark Tushman is among his collection of work titled “Faces of Courage” that documents disadvantaged women from the developing world. The exhibit is open in the Wilf Family Global Commons at The Hun School until May 13.

“Faces of Courage,” a photographic exhibit by Mark Tuschman is open in the Wilf Family Global Commons at The Hun School until May 13. The exhibit is a collection of work documenting disadvantaged women from the developing world, regions like East Africa, Latin America, India, and Asia. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or by appointment.  more

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PRESERVING THROUGH ART: Trenton artist, musician, and yogi SiriOm Singh (pictured above) hopes to show that seemingly disposable items can be revived and reused through his artwork. A collection of his abstract paintings entitled “Preservation” will be on display at the Bank of Princeton in Lambertville from April 16 until May 14.

“Preservation,” a collection of abstract expressionistic paintings by Trenton artist, musician, and yogi SiriOm Singh, will be on display at the gallery of The Bank of Princeton in Lambertville from April 16 to May 14. There is an opening reception Saturday, April 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. and a gallery talk Saturday, May 7 from 10-11:30 a.m. The show is open to visitors during regular bank hours. The Bank of Princeton is located at 10 Bridge Street, Lambertville. more