Browse through thousands of gently used books from a variety of genres at Princeton Theological Seminary’s Annual Used Book Sale on October 11 through 15 in the Seminary’s Whiteley Gymnasium (at the corner of Hibben Road and Stockton Street). Proceeds support seminary libraries in developing nations and provide Princeton Seminary students with scholarship funds for travel courses. more
Herman Melville died 125 years ago today in a three-story brick townhouse at 104 E. 26th Street in Manhattan. The makeshift bomb that shook the same neighborhood a week and a half ago exploded a short walk away at 23rd and Sixth Avenue. Virtually unread and unremembered on September 28, 1891, Melville’s most famous work ends, in effect, with an explosion: “then all collapsed, and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago.” The actual last words of Moby Dick, however, are less epic than domestic as a ship named Rachel searching for “her missing children” only finds “another orphan.”
The orphan, of course, is Melville, the metaphorical survivor of his most ambitious work, a castaway on the desert island of his obscurity sending the civilized world messages carried like “notes in a bottle” across two centuries and the ocean of the internet.
In Andrew Delbanco’s Melville: His World and Work (2005), the author is seen as “a living presence in the larger culture,” not only “good for thinking about” but one of the “select company” of writers who “continue to be good for thinking with.” Since his literary revival in the mid-20th century, there have been, according to Delbanco, “a steady stream of new Melvilles, all of whom seem somehow to keep up with the preoccupations of the moment: myth-and-symbol Melville, countercultural Melville, anti-war Melville, environmentalist Melville, gay or bisexual Melville, muticultural Melville, global Melville.” more
Visit Grounds for Sculpture (GFS) for the 12th Annual Festival of the Guild for Early Music on Sunday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Performances by regional ensembles include Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Early American music in both vocal and instrumental forms. more
Photo Credit: Chris Lee
Violinist Leila Josefowicz will perform at Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO’s) “Viennese Reflections Edward T. Cone Concert” on Sunday, October 9 at 4 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium. The concert includes the world premiere of a work by Princeton-based composer Julian Grant. The October 9 concert is made possible by the generous support of the Edward T. Cone Foundation. The PSO performed his Symphony last fall. Ticket prices include admission to a pre-concert talk at 3 p.m. To purchase, call (609) 497-0020 or visit www.princetonsymphony.org.
Fitness in the dark, illuminated by glow bands, will be offered on Thursday, September 29 starting at 5:30 p.m. Participation is free to all.
Lululemon Athletica Lounge features mind/body coach Ed Tseng, plus glow-in-the-dark body art, starting at 5:30 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., there will be a pre-stretch. Pure Barre holds a pop-up class from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and there will be a group run with Pacers Running, also at 6:30 p.m. more
The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County has announced the launch of its new name, Arm in Arm. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded in 1980 by Nassau Presbyterian Church and Trinity Church, helps secure the basic needs of food and housing and promotes long-term stability through work training and support. more
“THE BUILT WORLD”: These works by PDS art faculty will be on display at the Anne Reid Art Gallery. On the right is, “Bonzai” by Chase Rosade and on the left is Chris Maher’s “Antlerback Chair.” The exhibit combines manipulation of natural materials by the two artists, specifically in the presentation of handmade furniture and bonsai. The exhibit called “The Built World” will run from October 17 through November 10.
The Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School presents “The Built World,” featuring the work of PDS Art Faculty members Chris Maher and Chase Rosade. more
FAST TRACK: Princeton University football player Charlie Volker eludes a foe in recent action. Last Saturday at Lehigh, sophomore running back Volker, an Ivy League champion sprinter, rushed for a career-high 82 yards on 13 carries for three touchdowns but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 42-28 to the Mountain Hawks. The Tigers, now 1-1, will look to get back on the winning track when they play at Columbia on October 1 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
Playing at Lehigh last Saturday, the Princeton University football team’s offense was clicking, moving effectively on the ground and through the air.
The Tigers rolled up 199 yards rushing and 243 yards passing, putting 28 points on the scoreboard.
A partnership has been announced between Hamilton Jewelers with TAG Heuer to act as the “Official Timekeeper” of the HiTops Princeton Half Marathon on Sunday, November 6. The race is expected to attract approximately 1,750 runners and over 5,000 spectators. more
The David Library of the American Revolution will present a lecture on Thomas Jefferson by Robert M. S. McDonald — a member of the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point — on Sunday, October 2 at 3 p.m. The public is invited to the admission-free event, which will be held at the David Library, 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, Reservations are required. more
“CHASING SPARKS 2”: “Jonathan Hertzel: When Sparks Fly” highlights the artist’s recent work in watercolor alongside one of his dynamic bronze sculptures. Pictured here is his 2015 watercolor on Arches paper that is on display at the Michener Art Museum until December 31.
A new exhibition featuring works by painter and sculptor Jonathan Hertzel is open to the public at the James A. Michener Art Museum until December 31, 2016, Jonathan Hertzel: When Sparks Fly showcases the artist’s recent creations in watercolor and is accompanied by one of Hertzel’s more notable metal sculptures, Adam Splitting. more
A. Brad Schwartz, author of Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News, will visit Somerset County Library System of New Jersey to reexamine this landmark moment in media history, showing that the broadcast was history’s first viral media phenomenon — decades before the age of Twitter and 24-hour news. more
WEBB MASTER: Princeton High football player Isaac Webb looks to break loose from a foe earlier this season. Last Friday evening at Hightstown, sophomore receiver Webb enjoyed a breakout game, making six catches for 177 yards and four touchdowns as the Little Tigers rolled to a 33-0 win over the Rams. PHS, now 1-1, plays at WW/P-N (1-1) on September 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
With the Princeton High football team locked in a scoreless tie in the second quarter at Hightstown last Friday evening, Isaac Webb caught the ball in the flat and decided it was time for him to make a breakthrough. more
Sarah Churgin and Katherine Van Dell, appraisers at Rago Auctions and “Antiques Roadshow,” will be at Morven Museum and Garden on September 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to appraise jewelry. “Unused heirlooms are a source of financing for vacations, tuition or even more jewelry,” says Sarah, who directs Rago’s jewelry department. Should you choose to sell, Rago will donate a percentage of that sale to Morven Museum and Garden. Sarah and Katherine are scheduling appointments from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (no appointment is necessary from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.). more
REVOLUTION AT PRINCETON: Artillery demonstrations will start the day’s celebrations this Saturday at Princeton Battlefield, as the Battlefield Society hosts a series of educational and entertaining events in approaching the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Princeton, a pivotal clash in the American Revolution. (Photo by John Lien)
On January 3, 1777 General George Washington’s revolutionary forces fought and defeated British troops in the Battle of Princeton, a pivotal event in the American Revolution. more
GROUND AND POUND: Princeton University football player Joe Rhattigan carries the ball last Saturday in the season opener against visiting Lafayette. Senior running back and tri-captain Rhattigan rushed for a career-high 136 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns to help Princeton defeat the Leopards 35-31. Princeton plays at Lehigh (1-2) on September 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
Princeton University football head coach Bob Surace will tell you that senior running back and tri-captain Joe Rhattigan is the strong and silent type. more
Princeton’s 25th Jazz Feast drew a standing-room-only crowd to Palmer Square Sunday. Performers included Alan Dale and the New Legacy Jazz Band, Chuck Redd, Spanglish Fly, the Pete and Will Anderson Quintet, and Professor Cunningham and his Old School. (Photo by Emily Reeves)
RALLYING THE FAITHFUL: A crowd of more than 1000 filled Democratic headquarters, the Triumph Brewery overflow area below and the sidewalks of Nassau Street to hear U.S. Senator Cory Booker (shown here) and to support Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign on Sunday. (Photo by Timothy K. Quinn)
More than a thousand Hillary Clinton supporters filled the Democratic Campaign headquarters, filled an overflow area in The Triumph Brewery below, and lined up on Nassau Street Sunday to celebrate their candidate and greet U.S. Senator Cory Booker. more
Owen Bardzilowski, 14-year-old ninth grader at Princeton High School who took his own life at his family’s home on Henry Street last Thursday, has been remembered and mourned by many different people in many different ways during the past week. more
Fed up with the ongoing shutdown of transportation projects including the replacement of a bridge on Carter Road, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes has announced that the county has served a “notice of claim” against the State of New Jersey and the Department of Transportation. more
Responding to the explosions in New York City and Seaside Park last weekend, the Coalition for Peace Action and Muslims for Peace are collaborating on a rally and candlelight vigil to take place Friday evening, September 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Palmer Square. more
If you listened to National Public Radio in recent weeks, you may have heard a series by journalist Deborah Amos about a family of Syrian refugees in Princeton. The compelling broadcasts focused on efforts by volunteers from Nassau Presbyterian Church to help settle the family of six, who arrived here last May. more
Keynote Address Speaker Kevin Hines
NAMI Mercer will commemorate Mental Illness Awareness Week with its eighth annual Harvest of Hope wellness conference on Saturday, October 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Lawrence Township Community Foundation, this education event is open to consumers, their families, and the general public. more
Author David O. Stewart
The Pennington School history department will host author David O. Stewart on Wednesday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wesley Forum, Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building. The event is free and open to all members of the community and general public. more
We were sort of talking a new language. — Slim Gaillard (1916-1991)
Asked by the editors of TIME to define the last word of his catchy line of word jazz, “the flat foot floosie with the floy-floy,” guitarist, pianist, and Johnny Appleseed of jive Slim Gaillard made the comment about “a new language,” suggesting that the “floy-floy” was just “extra business” — “you got the whole dance right there; you’re swinging. See what I mean?” more