December 16, 2015

Art Rutgers“Donkey-donkey, Petunia, and Other Pals: Drawings by Roger Duvoisin” will be on view at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University through June 2016. Duvoisin’s remarkable children’s book illustrations have charmed and captivated generations of young readers.

Born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1904, Roger Duvoisin came to the United States in the mid-1920s to work as a textile designer. In 1932, he created A Little Boy Was Drawing, his first children’s book, which he wrote and illustrated for his son. Duvoisin eventually became a popular illustrator for more than 140 children’s books, 40 of which he authored. Until his death in 1980, Duvoisin resided in New Jersey.

In addition to A Little Boy Was Drawing, the exhibition features illustrations for Donkey-donkey: The Troubles of a Silly Little Donkey (1933); White Snow, Bright Snow (1947); Petunia (1950); A for the Ark (1952); Nubber Bear (1966); The Old Bullfrog (1968); The Web in the Grass (1972); The Crocodile in the Tree (1972); Snowy and Woody (1979); and The Happy Lioness (1980).  more

The Princeton University Orchestra sent its members home for the holidays with a concert of music ranging from chipper and lively to toweringly rich. Friday night’s performance of the University Orchestra at Richardson Auditorium (the concert was also presented Thursday night) combined the vibrant brass of 16th-century Giovanni Gabrieli with the melodic lyricism of Franz Schubert, topped off with the symphonic complexity of Gustav Mahler.

Conductor Michael Pratt began the concert Friday night with a nod to the season with a selection from Gabrieli’s extensive antiphonal brass choir repertory. Three brass quartets stood around the Richardson balcony, while Mr. Pratt directed traffic from the stage. Each choir was scored slightly differently, with the opening center choir showing off crisp trumpets on the rhythms of Gabrieli’s Canzon a 12. The horns, trombones, and tubas of the other two brass choirs supported the sound well as the antiphonal music soared around the hall. more

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is receiving a 2016 Art Works award from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help fund a community engagement project centered on Hiraeth, a new work by Princeton composer Sarah Kirkland Snider. The work was co-commissioned by the PSO in honor of its 35th anniversary celebrating the creativity of women, a tribute to Ms. Snider’s first teacher and founding artistic director of the PSO, Portia Sonnefeld.

Upon learning of the Art Works award, PSO Executive Director Marc Uys said, “It’s terrific to receive this recognition from the NEA as it validates our mission to continue to bring new music to our patrons and the greater Princeton community. Beyond being a talented woman, Sarah is quite simply a talented composer, with whom we are very fortunate to work.” more

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Three lower school students at Princeton Day School team up to wrap one of the donated presents for the third annual “Wrap-In” to benefit foster children through the One Simple Wish Foundation.  

Cocoa Sale

Recently, a group of New Jersey Economic Development Authority employees sold cocoa and homemade cookies on West State Street in Trenton as part of One Simple Wish’s (OSW) first annual Cocoa for Kids campaign. Over $1,000 was raised to support OSW’s efforts to grant over 800 wishes this holiday season, many of those from local New Jersey foster children. For more information on Cocoa for Kids or to grant a wish, visit www.onesimplewish.org or contact One Simple Wish at info@onesimplewish.org.

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He sat back, checking only to see if the tape was still running, lit his pied piper, and gave ear. — John Lennon, from Skywriting by Word of Mouth

On one of this December’s rare rainy afternoons a dark green 2000 Honda CRV pulls into a deserted parking lot and sits idling while the male occupant talks urgently into his cell phone. Ten minutes later a silver-gray 2011 CRV pulls up alongside. Rolling his window part way down, the man in the green car calls out “Yo Linden!” and the woman in the silver car laughs and shouts back “Holder!”

The couples’ playful nod to Linden and Holder was inspired by their total immersion in the rain-drenched world of The Killing, where two Seattle detectives are trying to capture the Pied Piper, a serial killer so named because his victims are teenage girls, street kids selling sex to make ends meet. more

Princeton Airport has announced that Santa will be flying in at 11 a.m. on December 24 to participate in a holiday celebration and gift-giving event sponsored by the Nierenberg family, owners of the airport. This festive arrival has been taking place annually since 1975.

Parents should bring a wrapped gift with their child’s name on it in large print to the Princeton Airport lobby. Also, to have their child participate, parents need to bring a new, unwrapped gift for the less fortunate, to be collected by the Mercer County Board of Social Services.  more

winter farmers market

The first Farmers’ Market of the winter season will be held Thursday, December 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the Princeton Public Library. There will be 20 vendors with a variety of fresh local organic produce along with a number of other goods and holiday treats.

Look for free-range beef, poultry, eggs, cheese, pickles, honey, baked goods, linens, nut butters, chocolate, pasta, and more.

Future markets at the library, which is at 65 Witherspoon Street, are scheduled for January 21 and February 18. On March 24, the market will move to the Nassau Inn, and the outdoor market returns to Hinds Plaza outside the library on April 21. more

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NIALLING IT: Hun School boys’ basketball player Niall -Carpenter looks for an opening in recent action. Last Sunday, senior guard Carpenter scored 13 points to help Hun defeat the Phelps School (Pa.) 73-62 in the third-place game at the Peddie School Invitational Tournament (PSIT). Hun, now 3-4, hosts Allentown High on December 19 in the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Mercer County Tip-Off Classic and then faces Linden High the next day at Caldwell University in the Hoop Group Tip-Off Showcase. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Niall Carpenter was disappointed by the lack of resolve that the Hun School boys’ basketball team displayed as it fell 62-40 to the Kiski School (Pa.) in the semifinals of the Peddie School Invitational Tournament (PSIT) last Saturday. more

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FESTIVE SCENE: “I enjoy creating. I design all the clothes, and I also designed the decor in the boutique, as well as the holiday windows.” Christina Depascal, owner of the new Depascal Atelier, looks forward to introducing customers to her intriguing collection. Shown is the holiday window display, highlighting the handmade papier maché dress, crafted from vintage newspaper. Also included are festive poinsettias, a variety of jewelry, and contributing to the natural motif, a rustic bird house, bird’s nest, and birch tree branches.

“We want women to be able to look their best. The first thing people notice about you is how you are dressed. Everything here is handmade and one-of-a-kind.”

Christina Depascal, owner of Depascal Atelier, also designs the clothes at the new women’s boutique. Opened in October at 20 Nassau Street, this is a unique and inviting new fashion studio. more

December 9, 2015

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Foxy, a SAVE alumnus who belongs to Jim Adamczyk of Hillsborough, was among the crowd of human and canine visitors on hand last Friday to celebrate the animal rescue organization’s new home on Cedar Lodge Road in Skillman. The festive ribbon-cutting and open house showcased the new facility, much expanded from SAVE’s former, longtime home on Herrontown Road. Architect Max Hayden renovated the historic 1860 Van Zandt mansion, which now serves as headquarters for the organization and was donated by Brad and Cheryl Mills. more

W WilsonNearly three weeks after their 32-hour Nassau Hall sit-in, two members of the Black Justice League (BJL) sat down with two members of the opposition Princeton Open Campus Coalition (POCC) to discuss the issues before a gathering of about 200 students in Professor Peter Singer’s undergraduate class in Practical Ethics.

Mr. Singer, the Ira DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, invited the visiting students from the rival organizations with the goal of exploring the philosophical and ethical issues surrounding the questions of civil disobedience and the commemorating of historical figures.

Not surprisingly, the discussion quickly moved from abstract philosophical questions to the particulars of the current debate at Princeton University.

Citing many discussions with faculty and administration before the BJL resorted to civil disobedience, Princeton junior Trust Kupupika claimed that the civil disobedience was necessary and that the BJL did not seek erasure of Wilson’s name from the university, “We’re asking for acknowledgment of who he was, so that everyone will know these people aren’t just these god-like figures,” she said. more

At what she billed as her final appearance before Princeton Council on Monday evening, December 7, Princeton Public Library’s outgoing director Leslie Burger described the renovation project planned for the library’s second floor and told Council it is being paid for almost entirely by private funds.

The $3 million project designed to reimagine and reconfigure the middle floor is being financed 94 percent by private gifts and pledges raised between last June and September, with the remaining six percent coming from previously approved capital funding from the town, Ms. Burger said before introducing the project’s architect, Andrew Berman. Mr. Berman, whose firm is based in New York City, has done work for the New York Public Library and other libraries. more

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Kevin Wilkes, Chairman of Princeton Future Council, addresses a gathering of community residents in the Public Library Community Room last Saturday, as they work together towards the improvement of “one of the most beautiful towns in America.”

Not yet “in an advocacy role, we’re still in a listening role,” Kevin Wilkes, Chairman of the Princeton Future Council explained to about 60 community residents gathered last Saturday in the Public Library Community Room.

Mr. Wilkes promised that Princeton Future would be in a “recommendation role” by next spring,” but Saturday’s meeting focused on presenting “the results of what we heard from you two weeks ago and offering suggestions on how we might move forward together.”  more

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SUDDEN IMPACT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Karlie Lund, left, gets position in the crease last Saturday against visiting Dartmouth. Freshman star Lund tallied a goal and two assists in a five-minute stretch in the second period as the Tigers rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Big Green 4-1. Lund, the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month for November, leads the Tigers with 16 points on seven goals and nine assists. Princeton, which has posted four straight wins in improving to 9-4-1 overall and 5-4-1 ECACH, hosts Penn State for a two-game set on December 11 and 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the span of five minutes of action last Saturday, Karlie Lund of the Princeton University women’s hockey team displayed the skills that have made her one of the top rookies in ECAC Hockey this winter. more

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TELLING THEIR STORIES: Taking part in a panel discussion at Princeton Public Library as part of The Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Stories Project are, from left: Mildred Trotman and Michele Tuck-Ponder, seated; and Joseph Moore, Yina Moore, and moderator Marc Dashield, standing behind them. Not pictured: Lance Liverman.

For Mildred Trotman, it was an unpleasant experience with Princeton’s school system that made her think about getting into politics. For Lance Liverman, it was an awareness of some discontent among his fellow citizens that propelled him into public service. more

Profiles in Educ

NEVER A BORING DAY AT PHS: Susi Murphy presides over her Princeton High School classroom, where testing and technology take a back seat to literature, learning, writing and life.

It’s the last class of the day on Friday afternoon at Princeton High School — winter break still more than two weeks away. This is not the time in the day, the week, or the school year when students are likely to be most energetically, attentively engaged in the learning process or most excited about the academic subject matter offered by their teachers.

Susan Murphy’s class is an exception. Her Contemporary Literature gathering of juniors and seniors is discussing The Keep, a complex psychological novel set in a medieval German castle. more

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HOT COFFEY: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Tyler Coffey goes after the puck in recent action. Last Wednesday, sophomore forward Coffey scored two goals to help PDS top Montclair Kimberley Academy 4-0. Last Monday, he chipped in a goal and an assist as the Panthers edged Hun 3-2 to improve to 3-0. PDS will take part in the Albany Academy (N.Y.) Tourney from December 11-13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Tyler Coffey, his freshman season with the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team last winter turned into a bit of a nightmare. more

Since founding “redefy” nearly three years ago to help teenagers recognize and redefine cultural stereotypes, Princeton Day School junior Ziad Ahmed has dined at The White House alongside President Obama and shared ideas with prominent social activists from across the globe. This Sunday, December 13, he is back on his home turf with an event at Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center.

“#The Generation of Now” is a collaboration with Not in Our Town Princeton and the University’s Muslim Life Program. Some 200 people — 120 of whom are students — are expected to attend the afternoon of panel discussions, presentations, and workshops designed to inspire teenagers and community members to become engaged in social justice activities. more

Chamber of Commerce

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce bestowed its annual Business Leadership Awards on December 2 at a gala held at the Tournament Players Club at Jasna Polana. Left to right: Peter Crowley, president and CEO, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce; Richard Coyne, partner, WithumSmith+Brown, Business Leader of the Year; Connie Mercer, executive director, HomeFront, Community Leader of the Year; Al Maghazehe, president and CEO, Capital Health, Business Leader of the Year; Marlyn Zucosky, partner and director of interior design, Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design, Entrepreneur of the Year; Kristopher Grudt, executive director, Princeton National Rowing Association, Innovator of the Year; Joshua Zinder, principal, Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design, Entrepreneur of the Year; and John Thurber, chairman, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Photograph of Ernest Hemingway at the Finca Vigia in 1952 posing in front of Waldo Peirce’s oil portrait of the author in 1929. (The Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)

The best news I’ve heard lately is that Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast has become a bestseller in France in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. With sales surging, copies of his bittersweet celebration of life and art in the City of Light are appearing among the flowers and candles in makeshift memorials honoring the victims. The title in French, Paris est une fête, has become a trending hashtag on Twitter.  more

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On Saturday, January 23, 2016, the Princeton University Art Museum will unveil “Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape.” Showcasing masterpieces by artists from Constable to Turner to Monet — working in Britain, the exhibition offers new insights into the cultural history of Britain as it became the world’s first industrial nation late in the 18th century. This oil on canvas by Claude Gelee titled “Landscape with St. Philip Baptizing the Eunuch, 1678” is among the artworks that will be on display. 

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ROSY OUTLOOK: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Rose Tetnowski brings the ball up the court in a game last winter. Senior guard Tetnowski will be counted on to provide leadership and production this winter for Stuart. Tetnowski and the Tartans came up big last weekend as they won the George School (Pa.) Invitational, defeating the Solebury School (Pa.) 48-30 in the opening round on Friday before topping Calvary Christian 54-27 in the title game on Saturday. Stuart, now 3-0, plays at Villa Victoria on December 9 before hosting Princeton Day School on December 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Taking the helm of the Stuart Country Day School girls’ basketball team last winter, Justin Leith aimed to have his players show a deeper commitment to the game.

As Leith looked ahead to the 2015-16 campaign, he believes that his approach is resonating with his players. more

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PET PALS: “We offer love and attention to dogs 24/7 in a cage-free kennel alternative. And, we bring peace of mind to dog owners, who know their animals will have the best of care.” Carole Lini, owner of All Good Dogs, is proud of the staff members shown in the photo holding two of their canine charges.

Does your dog need a home away from home? Is he or she becoming a “pooch potato”? Too much rest-time and not enough play-time and exercise? With so many people working out of the house today, that special canine companion may experience all of the above and be lonely as well.

Fortunately, Princeton area dogs have a happy alternative: All Good Dogs, which operates two nearby facilities, one in Plainsboro and one in Lawrence, as well as a third in Cherry Hill.  more

McGukianFilm director, writer, and producer Mary McGuckian will discuss her recent film, The Price of Desire, about Irish architect and furniture designer Eileen Gray, on Friday, December 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. Part of the 2015-16 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University, the event is free and open to the public.

The film, which premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival earlier this year, is set substantially in and around Gray’s most abiding work, the villa E.1027 at Roquebrune Cap Martin in southern France, now recognized by many as the first fully fledged modernist house ever constructed. The drama explores the controversial events and details surrounding Le Corbusier’s effacement, defacement, and eventual erasure of Gray’s authorship and ownership of the one of the most important houses of the 20th century.

Gray is regarded as a cult figure among collectors of her work. This film is part of the Eileen Gray Project (2014-15), which includes a companion documentary, Gray Matters, by Marco Orisini, as well as a series of limited edition Eileen Gray Project Portrait Prints by Julian Lennon, and various other projects designed to bring Gray’s life and work to the public’s attention.  more