April 5, 2017

ART: Performances are underway for the Pegasus Theatre Project’s production of Yasmina Reza’s “Art.” Translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jennifer Nasta Zefutie, the play runs through April 9 at the West Windsor Arts Center. From left: Marc (Peter Bisgaier), Yvan (Matthew Cassidy), and Serge (David Nikolas) are shown above. (Photo by John M. Maurer)

Art is a comedy about aesthetic differences, personality clashes, and a need people have for others to see things their way. A long-standing but uneasy friendship between three men is tested when one of the friends pays a lavish amount of money for an all-white painting. Spending decisions by the other characters also are called into question. more

JANE AUSTEN ON POINTE: American Repertory Ballet’s new production of “Pride and Prejudice,” at McCarter Theatre April 21 and 22, is the culmination of five years of work by choreographer Douglas Martin. Shown here are Erikka Reenstierna-Cates, who plays Caroline Bingley; Mattia Pallozzi, portraying Mr. Darcy, and Monica Giragosian as Elizabeth Bennet. (Photo by Richard Termine)

Over lunch with a friend, American Repertory Ballet artistic director Douglas Martin was brainstorming about possible full-length ballets to choreograph for the company. His friend made an unusual suggestion: Jane Austen’s 1813 novel of manners, Pride and Prejudice. more

CZECH FOLK MUSIC AND DANCING: Shown rehearsing for Westminster Opera Theatre’s production of Bedrich (Frederick) Smetana’s comic opera “The Bartered Bride” are Avery Peterman (Marie, left) and Evan Stenzel (Jenik). Performances are Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Learn more at www.rider.edu/wcc.

Westminster Opera Theatre will present Bedrich (Frederick) Smetana’s comic opera The Bartered Bride on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University. It will be performed in Czech with English supertitles and a chamber ensemble orchestra. William Hobbs is musical director for the production and Ivan Fuller is stage director. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. They can be purchased online at www.rider.edu/arts or by calling (609) 921-2663. more

Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” will visit State Theatre in New Brunswick on Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16. Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends will welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they will explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities from singing, to dancing, to sharing cookies. Tickets to all six performances are on sale now and can be purchased at www.StateTheatreNJ.com or via phone at (732) 246-7469. 

HOMPE DAY: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Olivia Hompe, No. 22, celebrates after a goal in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior star Hompe tallied nine points on seven goals and two assists as seventh-ranked Princeton defeated No. 11 Syracuse 16-11. On Sunday, she had five goals and three assists to help the Tigers rout Delaware 16-4. Hompe’s eight-point game moved her from fourth on the Princeton all-time scoring list to second, as she surpassed Lisa Rebane ’96, Lindsey Biles ’05 and Erin McMunn ’15 and now has 225 points. Princeton, now 8-1, hosts Harvard on April 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Olivia Hompe brought a special sense of urgency to the field as the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team hosted Syracuse last Wednesday evening. more

DELICIOUS AUTHENTICITY: “We are set apart by the authenticity of our food including our own recipes. We make everything from scratch, including desserts.” John Rajoo (right) and Gipson George are the owners of the new Chennai Chimney Indian restaurant, located at 19 Chambers Street.

One of the most popular Indian restaurants in the area opened in Princeton last August. Chennai Chimney at 19 Chambers Street has attracted a big following that continues to grow as more customers discover the distinctive flavors of its Southern Indian cuisine. more

March 29, 2017

Mayor Liz Lempert cuts the ribbon Saturday, backed up by (from left) Library trustees Pam Wakefield and Andrew Erlichson; Council members Heather Howard, Bernie Miller, Lance Liverman and Tim Quinn; library trustee Ruth Miller (behind the mayor); Kevin Royer, president of Board of Trustees (out of view behind him, Melanie Stein of the Friends); and library director Brett Bonfield. A variety of responses to the renovated second floor can be found in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

In the Town Topics story titled “Rider Seeks Buyer to Keep Westminster in Princeton” that ran in this week’s issue (March 29), it was indicated that Westminster Choir College would remain in Princeton. This has not yet been determined, as Rider is seeking interest from institutions that may choose to move the choir college to a different location. The Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey is still seeking support to make certain the college remains at its present location.

Westminster Choir College will remain in Princeton. It just won’t be a part of Rider University, as it has for the past 25 years, it was announced Tuesday afternoon.

Rider’s Board of Trustees has voted to find another institution to purchase the famed music school and keep it at its Walnut Lane campus. Rider, based in Lawrenceville, has hired PriceWaterhouseCoopers to help in the search, which Rider president Gregory Dell’Omo is confident will yield results, he said at a press conference. more

The story of the Affordable Care Act is far from over, according to Indivisible Princeton’s health care panel.

Last Friday Republicans in Washington withdrew legislation for their proposed new health care bill, and Democrats celebrated victory in staving off seven years of Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). President Trump, however, announced, “The best thing politically is to let Obamacare explode.” more

At a meeting of Princeton Council on Monday evening, March 27, a public hearing was held on the proposed municipal budget of $62.4 million for 2017. Scott Sillars, chairman of the Citizens Finance Advisory Committee, presented an outline of the proposed budget, which had been introduced on February 27. more

CONQUERING RIVERBLINDNESS: United Front Against Riverblindness Board Chair Michele Tuck-Ponder, left and Executive Director Daniel Shungu look forward to their April 8 annual event featuring Nobel Prize winner William Campbell.

William Campbell, 2015 Nobel Prize winner in physiology or medicine for his work in developing Avermectin, the parent of Ivermectin, a medicine that has made possible the near eradication of river blindness, will be the featured speaker at the Princeton United Methodist Church on April 8, at an annual event to benefit the United Front Against Riverblindness (UFAR).  more

On Saturday, May 6, Hopewell Valley School District will host “Boots and Bling,” an evening celebrating the strength of its public schools and honoring exceptional teachers and a local business that has been a longstanding community ally. The event will take place at Glemoore Farms.

The gala will benefit the Hopewell Valley Education Foundation (HVEF) in a less formal format than in previous years. more

THE RIGHT STUFF: Princeton High pitcher Mike Ramirez delivers a pitch in a 2016 game. Junior Ramirez emerged as a mound star for the Little Tigers last spring and is now the ace of the staff. PHS opens its season by hosting Hamilton on April 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Princeton High baseball team lost seven seniors to graduation from last year’s squad, the cupboard isn’t bare. more

FOCUSING ON THE STUDENTS: Annie Kosek, Littlebrook principal soon to be district assistant superintendent, looks forward to using her experience as teacher, supervisor and principal to help her “make decisions that strengthen teaching and learning in Princeton Public Schools.”

Annie Kosek is in transition mode, enjoying her last months as principal at Littlebrook Elementary School before moving into central administration this summer as Princeton Public Schools (PPS) assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.  more

Lottery registration forms for enrollment in Princeton Charter School (PCS) for the 2017-18 school year must be received by Monday, April 3 at 4 p.m. English and Spanish versions of the enrollment applications are available on the PCS website www.PCS.k12.NJ.US. The weighted lottery will take place next Wednesday, April 5 at 4 p.m. in PCS’s Marsee Center at 100 Bunn Drive. more

Jon Lambert, owner of the Princeton Record Exchange, will be honored with The Learning Cooperatives’ Self Directed Learning Award at its Celebration of Self-Directed Learning on April 29. The event will be held from 2-4 p.m. at Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place.

The award is given to community members who took an independent educational path and have gone on to create successful and meaningful lives. The Princeton Record Exchange is listed as one of the best music stores in America by Rolling Stone magazine, CNN, Time magazine, and other media. more

Twin lambs, newly hatched chicks, and piglets are among the dozens of new faces visitors will see at Howell Living History Farm this spring, as well as a colony of bees. On Saturday, April 1, visitors to the 130-acre working farm in Hopewell Township will be able to meet these animals from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the farm’s annual Lambing Day. Parking and admission are free. Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and maintained by the Mercer County Park Commission. For more information, visit www.howellfarm.org or call (609) 737-3299. 

Since opening last February, Pure Barre Princeton at 31 Hulfish Street has attracted numerous clients. Now the studio is making an addition. Pure Barre Platform is a new, fast-paced class designed to optimize cardiovascular results and increase total body strength.  more

Hun School student Suchritha Patlolla ’19, holds her award at the National Speech and Debate Association’s (NSDA) New Jersey NSDA Congress Tournament, held February 25 in Montville. Placing first in the U.S. Senate Division in New Jersey, Suchritha (Rita) now advances to the NSDA’s National Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama June 17-20. Rita is president of the Hun Congressional Debate Club. She started debating in sixth grade, and when she arrived at The Hun Middle School in 8th grade, she took part in the school’s signature debate program. That year, she finished eighth nationally among middle schoolers in congressional debate.

Princeton’s own literary festival, the Salon on Stockton Street, returns for its second year from Friday, March 31, through Sunday April 2. Two neighbors on Stockton Street, Morven Museum and Garden, and the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI), are collaborating once again to host a varied international program of book interviews with authors from Ireland, the U.S.A., New Zealand, Scotland, and the Netherlands, a one-man play on Charles Darwin, and a private tour of Morven’s Bruce Springsteen photographic exhibition. The Salon opens at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening with a reception at Morven to meet the authors and enjoy a private tour of the Bruce Springsteen exhibition with Morven curator Beth Allan. more

AUTUMN PATH: This photographic work by Frank Sauer is from his exhibit “Mountain Lakes: A Lens on the Seasons,” which will be on view at the Arts Council of Princeton through April 30. There will be an artist talk with the photographer at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 1.

Watching snow flurries from the south-facing rear windows of our house a day after the opening of Frank Sauer’s exhibit, “Mountain Lakes: A Lens on the Seasons,” I seemed to be seeing his photography again in the white haze of distant trees, the way limbs and branches were sharply defined and at the same time fluid in the fallen and falling snow.  more

Melanie Tan, a third grader at YingHua International School, won the top award at the Association of New Jersey Chinese Schools Karaoke Contest in Edison on March 11. Competitors came from all over New Jersey. Melanie, shown here holding her trophy with, from left, Jack Huang and Yvonne Wang, Director and Deputy Director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York; music teacher Evelyn Zheng; and YingHua’s Michelle Tan, sang “The Invisible Wings” in Mandarin Chinese to win her award.

CONVERSATION OF A FRIDAY: Gallery 13 North in Lambertville recently signed international artist, Lourdes Ral from Barcelona, Spain. She is showcasing her work at the Gallery in a group show called “Abstract Innovation,” which is opening on April 8. Pictured here is one of Ral’s paintings, titled “Conversation of a Friday.”

Since its opening last year, Gallery 13 North in Lambertville has hosted several art-related events involving established artists known throughout the region. Gallery 13 North is pleased to announce the representation of an innovative young artist from Barcelona, Spain: Lourdes Ral. Along with other international artists, Ral will be showcasing her works for Gallery 13 North’s upcoming group show “Abstract Innovation” which will run from April 8 to July 9. The opening reception is scheduled for April 8 at 2 p.m. more

SIZE MATTERS: When this Martha’s Vineyard mega-mansion came close to falling into the sea, the owner simply bought up the neighboring property and had it moved back. The house is among several that inspired the filmmaker to make “One Big Home,” one of the offerings at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival through this weekend at Princeton Public Library.

Thomas Bena was working as a carpenter on the idyllic island of Martha’s Vineyard when he started noticing that homes being built were getting bigger — a lot bigger. On land overlooking the ocean where modest, clapboard homes once stood, huge mansions many times their size were going up at a rapid pace.  more