January 4, 2017

Nursing students from The College of New Jersey recently provided their services to Child Health Associates, a pediatric practice in Plainsboro. From left: Celia Cattabiani, Daniell Lacovo, Jacqueline Bilatto, Jane Clark, Jessie Riddlestorffer, and Lindsey Brandt worked in the office. The collaboration enables TCNJ nursing students to learn the practice of medicine from a multi-cultural patient population in ways that prepare them to provide nursing to a diverse group.

Lawrence resident David Price will be giving a 10-minute talk about his book Rescuing the Revolution: Unsung Patriot Heroes and the Ten Crucial Days of America’s War for Independence ($12, Knox Press) before the 55th annual Edward Hand March on January 7, 2017. The 10 a.m. talk about Hand, the Irish-born officer, will take place in the Lawrence Municipal Building. The Col. Hand March is open to the public.

A historical interpreter at Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania, Mr. Hand has had three speaking engagements in New Jersey and Pennsylvania since November and to date has five more presentations scheduled in 2017. The 154-page book has already been reprinted prior to its official release.  more

“Parent to Parent: Family Training on ADHD,” an interactive program for parents and loved ones of children, adolescents, and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), will be held Sundays, January 15, 22, 29, and February 5, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road.

The program includes five two-hour interactive sessions including an overview of ADHD from assessment to treatment, the impact on the family, and creating developmentally appropriate positive behavior interventions, developing parenting strategies and interventions that strengthen family relationships, what to do when a child is having difficulty at school, understanding the federal laws, and more. more

Medicine is my lawful wife and writing is my mistress. — Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)

In Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Chekhovian police procedural, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, the daughter of a village mayor is serving tea to some detectives, a prosecutor, a doctor inspired by Chekhov, and an accused killer who has been leading them on a haphazard search for the body of the man he murdered. Heavy winds having knocked out the power, the room is dark, and the men are in awe of the beauty of the girl’s face cameoed in the light of the candle on the tray she’s carrying as she moves among them. Someone remarks on the sudden apparition of “such an angel.” Gazing up at her when she bends to serve him his glass of tea, the killer begins to weep.

Given Ceylan’s frequent references to the influence of Chekhov’s fiction on his work, the hushed wonder of the girl’s entrance may owe something to his story, “The Beauties,” which is told by a man looking into the cinema of his memory to a moment in his late teens. A 16-year-old girl at some miserable outpost swarming with flies in the middle of nowhere is serving tea. She has her back to the narrator at first, all he can see is that she’s slender, barefoot, in a simple white cotton dress and kerchief. When she turns around to hand him his tea, he feels “all at once as though a wind were blowing away all the impressions of the day, all the dust and dreariness.”  more

JEWELS SOLD WISELY: This Cartier diamond, platinum, and onyx pinecone brooch was sold at Rago Auctions for $514,000. Starting on January 10, all are welcome to schedule an appointment or drop in at Morven Museum and Garden between 1–3 p.m. to have their jewelry valuated by an appraiser from the leading U.S. auction house. Should you choose to sell, Rago will donate a percentage of its commission to Morven. 

Starting on January 10, Morven Museum and Garden will host free jewelry valuations by Katherine Van Dell, director of the jewelry department at Rago Auctions and a guest appraiser on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. The program continues on February 14 and every second Tuesday of the month thereafter from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Should you choose to sell, Rago will donate a percentage of its commission to Morven.

“Unused heirlooms are a source of financing for vacations, tuition, or more jewelry,” says Katherine Van Dell, “Why not find out what the jewelry you’ll never wear is truly worth?”

“Morven is pleased to partner with our friends at Rago for this special program,” says Barbara Webb, Director of Development at Morven Museum and Garden, “Katherine and her team are uniquely qualified to assist you in understanding more about your jewelry and other family treasures.”

Katherine and her colleagues look forward to meeting clients in Princeton monthly. Call to schedule an appointment from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or, if you prefer, drop by between 1–3 p.m. when no appointment is necessary.

For more information, or to schedule your appointment, contact Robin Harris at (609) 397-9374, ext. 119 or email robin@ragoarts.com. Should you wish to have one of Rago’s specialists come to Princeton to evaluate personal property other than jewelry (fine or decorative art, coins, silver, etc.), Rago can arrange that for you, as well, at Morven or in your home.

Rago is a leading U.S. auction house with $33 million in sales in 2015. It serves thousands of sellers and buyers yearly with global reach, personal service, and competitive commissions for single pieces, collections, and estates. Rago’s expertise encompasses 20th/21st century design; fine art; American, European, English, and Asian decorative arts and furnishings; fine jewelry, and coins/currency. An internationally known venue through which to buy and sell, it offers free valuations for personal property (from a single piece to collections), as well as USPAP compliant estate and appraisal services. Rago is located midway between Philadelphia and New York with satellite offices in Westchester/Connecticut.

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“WASHINGTON CROSSING BRIDGE IN THE WINTER”: This acrylic painting by Marcel Juillerat is currently on view at the Monmouth Museum. Gallery 13 North, in Lambertville, is representing Juillerat in their January exhibit, “Winter Light.”

Swiss-born Marcel Juillerat joins a roster of artists represented by Gallery 13 North in Lambertville. During his 40 years as a painter, Juillerat has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the region. This solo exhibition, called “Winter Light,” will be a collection centered around winter landscapes of New Jersey, specifically Jacobs Creek, Washington Crossing, as well as Baldpate Mountain area. more

Photo by Mitsu Yasukawa

As it pursues its mission to support playwrights, new plays, and the future of the American theater, McCarter Theatre Center’s LAB program will be putting to work a $35,000 grant, announced last month, from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The future of the American theater rests with the American playwright,” McCarter artistic director and resident playwright Emily Mann stated. “We take it as a core mission of this theater to develop and support new works and the playwrights who create them.”

LAB offers readings, workshops, a 10-day artists’ retreat in the spring, commissions and the annual LAB Spotlight Production. It also provides McCarter audiences with a window into the creative process. New works developed in the McCarter LAB have included pieces by Christopher Durang (Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike), Danai Gurira (Eclipsed), Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics), Regina Taylor (Crowns), Tarrell Alvin McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays) and more.

Noura, a new play by Iraqi-American playwright and performer Heather Raffo (9 Parts of Desire), will be featured at the end of this month as a LAB Spotlight Production. Created after years of work in Arab American communities in New York City, where Ms. Raffo discussed A Doll’s House with Middle Eastern women, Noura is “a timely re-imagining” of Ibsen’s play “through the lens of an Iraqi refugee family” and “a passionate exploration of contemporary feminism that reflects the dilemma facing modern America: do we live for each other or for ourselves?” more

The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank will host an epic Elvis Presley Birthday Bash starring expert impersonators, musicians Scot Bruce and Mike Albert on Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. Both are known for their uncanny resemblance to the young “King” and have earned endorsements by Elvis’s former back-up singers. Special requests will be taken by the audience. Ticket prices range from $20-$40. To purchase, visit www.countbasietheatre.org.

CONTEMPORARY PIANO MINIATURES: Westminster Conservatory’s faculty recital series continues with a performance  by pianist Marvin Rosen of works by contemporary women composers on Sunday, January 8 at 3 p.m. in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton.  Admission is free.

Westminster Conservatory’s faculty recital series continues with a performance by pianist Marvin Rosen on Sunday, January 8 at 3 p.m. in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton.  Admission is free. more

Cirque Éloize Saloon visits the State Theatre of NJ in New Brunswick on Wednesday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m. Through gravity-defying acrobatic prowess, inventive choreography, and live music (including renditions of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and “Crazy” by Patsy Cline), Montreal’s Cirque Éloize brings the rollicking world of Saloon to the stage, inspired by stories of America’s Wild West. To purchase tickets, visit www.statetheatrenj.org or call (732) 246-7469. State Theatre of NJ is located at 15 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick.

The life of the mind is celebrated at the Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science (PRISMS). Located at 19 Lambert Drive (off Rosedale Road), the independent international boarding and day school opened in 2013, and offers a unique study and research program to a multi-cultural student body.

Executive Principal Matthew Pearce has been with PRISMS since 2014, and involved in STEM education for more than 20 years. Starting his career in London, he taught physics for students in an upper school in grades six through 12, also serving as head of physics. Coming to the U.S. in 2004, he worked for 10 years at the prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ), which was named the number one high school in America by U.S. News & World Report.  more

December 28, 2016

The first issue of Town Topics appeared in March 1946. In the early years, founders Dan Coyle (left) and Don Stuart wrote all the copy and sold all the ads for their timetable-sized publication.

AS IT HAPPENS: This is how the site of Princeton University’s Arts & Transit complex looked last January. Much progress has been made on the buildings designed by architect Steven Holl, and the project is still scheduled to be completed in 2017. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

The rapid pace of teardowns and the often out-of-scale houses that replace them was an issue that dominated discussions in Princeton throughout 2016. The town’s changing character was the theme in the platforms of nearly every candidate who ran for local office in 2016. Midway through the year, moved to take action by the presence of bulldozers all over town, Princeton Council formed a Neighborhood Character and Zoning Initiative. more

Kelsey Review, Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) literary journal that went to a fully online quarterly format this fall has just posted its Winter 2016 issue. The latest issue features art, poetry, and prose from contributors who live or work in Mercer County. more

GOLD STANDARD: Star goalie Ashleigh Johnson makes a save for the U.S. national team at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Rising Princeton University senior Johnson helped the U.S. go on an undefeated run to the gold medal at the Rio Games. (Photo Courtesy of U.S.A. Water Polo)

Across the sporting landscape, 2016 was a year of turbulence and unpredictability featuring such startling developments as the Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series since 1908, the Cleveland Cavaliers rallying from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals and earn that city’s first major pro title since 1964, and Villanova capping an unlikely run to the NCAA men’s basketball title with a buzzer beater for the ages. Of course, on the political scene, Donald Trump’s stunning win in the U.S. presidential election was the shocker of shockers. more

I should like to be a free artist and nothing more …. — Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)

Time for a premature New Year’s Eve toast by way of Chekhov’s “Champagne,” a story from the 1880s narrated by a “young, strong, hot-headed, giddy, and foolish” man in charge of a small railway station in the vast desolate remoteness of the steppe. His only diversions are getting wasted on vodka and watching the windows of the passenger trains for a glimpse of a pretty woman, for which he “would stand like a statue without breathing and stare … until the train turned into an almost invisible speck.” He and his wife are getting ready to see in the New Year. The fact that she adores him only magnifies his boredom. He has two bottles of champagne, “the real thing,” Veuve Clicquot, and as the hands of the clock point to five minutes to twelve he begins uncorking a bottle, which slips from his grasp and hits the floor, but he manages to grab it, fills two glasses, and delivers a toast, “May the New Year bring you happiness,” oh-oh, his wife’s upset, a dropped bottle is unlucky, “a bad omen,” she says. “It means some misfortune will happen to us this year.” more

Mauricio Gutierrez, president and CEO of NRG, is the speaker at the January 5 Monthly Membership Luncheon of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. The event will take place at the Princeton Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 100 College Road East, in Plainsboro, from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. more

“CALIFORNIA DREAMING”: This oil on canvas by Jeaninne Honstein will be on display at Stuart Country Day School’s Considine Gallery for their winter gallery exhibition, “Of Shape and Space.” Honstein, who is a Princeton painter and sculpture, will be exhibiting alongside award-winning architect, artist, and author, Lauri Matisse. The show will run from January 29 to February 21.

Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart announces the winter gallery exhibition in Stuart’s Considine Gallery will include the works of artists Jeaninne Honstein and Lauri Matisse. “Of Shape and Space,” a new exhibit at the Considine Gallery in Princeton, explores the spatial relationship between human figures on the canvas and the sculpted forms of painted vessels and urns. The human figures suggest living vessels while the artistic rendering of colorful urns creates warmth and liveliness.  more

PHILLY COMES TO PRINCETON: The January 2017 Meeting of the Princeton Photography Club will include a talk by Philadelphia street photographer, Susan Nam. An example of her work is shown here.

Susan Nam is a documentary and street photographer who has lived in Philadelphia since 2007. Raised by a single mother and growing up as a Korean-American, Nam’s photographs reflect her strong interest and appreciation for different cultures and unique family dynamics. Nam’s work has a huge emphasis and focus on community — not only documenting it, but more importantly being part of it. more

The American Boychoir had busy weeks in December, performing its annual holiday concerts at Richardson Auditorium in Princeton (December 18) and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (December 19). Both concerts included performances of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols with harp, a piece they performed in Princeton earlier in the month for the popular series “What Makes It Great?” with host Rob Kapilow. Interspersed between movements of the Britten work were other popular carols, including “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” “Silent Night,” and “The Holly and the Ivy.” The Boychoir led the audience in a sing-along of “O Come All Ye Faithful” — many of the boys in the choir said that this was their favorite part of the concerts. more

Photo Credit: Sydney Becker

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill, with set and lighting design by senior Sydney Becker and directed by junior Nico Krell, on January 12, 13, and 15 at 8 p.m. and January 14 at 2 and 8 p.m. Performances will take place in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio located at 185 Nassau Street. A discussion with Associate Professor of English Tamsen Wolff will follow the January 12th performance.

Mad Forest offers a personal look into the events of the 1989 Romanian Revolution as two families witness the radical collapse of their entire way of life. The play’s three acts occur shortly before, during, and after the revolution. Through these personal stories the play paints an incisive portrait of a society in turmoil to reveal what life is like under a totalitarian regime and what results when that regime is gone. When rebellion brings down a dictator, the characters are left to grapple with what is left in the void and how they will use their newfound freedom. more

Playwright Naomi Iizuka

Award-winning playwrights Naomi Iizuka and Sarah Ruhl have been selected by the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and McCarter Theatre Center as the next Roger S. Berlind ’52 Playwrights-in-Residence. Both writers will engage with Princeton students in the coming year through teaching, master classes, or workshops and will write and develop a new play.

This program, made possible by the support of Roger S. Berlind, Princeton Class of 1952, recognizes exciting established playwrights whose work has had significant impact on the field.

“I’m delighted in welcoming back to Princeton two artists we worked with when they were still ‘emerging,’” commented Michael Cadden, Chair of the Lewis Center. “Naomi was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton in 1998 and our Program in Theater produced Sarah’sMelancholy Play as its Fall Show in 2002. It’s been a pleasure to see them evolve into two of the best playwrights in America today.” more

 

FASHION FRIENDLY: “You can find a complete wardrobe here. Things at the casual end, with jeans and tops, but also dressy items for the holidays. Basically, it’s comfortable, wearable clothing.” Janice Mintz, owner of Poppy Boutique in Pennington, looks forward to introducing everyone to her new women’s boutique.

A love of fashion runs in the family of Janice Mintz, owner of Poppy Boutique in Pennington.

“My grandmother was a seamstress, my mother loved fashion, and my brother became a fashion designer,” explains Ms. Mintz. “And I have always loved fashion, from the time I was a girl.” more

“Life Is Calling. Horizon Helps You Answer.”

This reassuring sentiment defines Horizon Audiology’s goal: helping people to hear better so they can enjoy a full life free of the isolation severe hearing loss can cause.

Opened in 2007, the company fulfills the mission of its owner and director Jane Brady AuD. It has now expanded to two locations, the original at East Windsor Medical Commons, 300A Princeton-Hightstown Road (Route 571) in East Windsor, and since 2015, at Investor’s Bank Building, 84 Route 31 North In Pennington. more

December 21, 2016

SERENADING THE SEASON: Members of the Princeton High School Choir singing on Palmer Square Sunday. Between carols, several singers described their favorite holiday gifts for this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)