November 1, 2017

“The Challenges of Peace in the Trump Era” is the title of the 38th Annual Conference and Multifaith Service for Peace sponsored by the Coalition for Peace Action and co-sponsored by 30 religious and civic groups in the region, on Sunday, November 12 at different locations in Princeton.

Professor and author Reza Aslan will preach at the multifaith service at 11 a.m. at Princeton University Chapel. Faith leaders from a range of world religions will co-lead the liturgy. The service is free and open to the public. Aslan is a tenured professor at the University of California, Riverside and serves on the board of Chicago Theological Seminar. His new book, God, will be available for sale at the conference. more

By Stuart Mitchner

The New York bus stops outside the building I work in. Several times a day I see it idling in front, waiting for the light to change. In the car last week listening to a CD of live jazz from May 1953, I hear the announcer say “We’re coming to you from Birdland, Broadway at 52nd Street, the heart of Manhattan” and I know it’s time to get on that bus. I’m thinking of the lost city of automats and movie palaces when the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn and I was allowed into jazz clubs in my mid-teens. more

Author Linda B. Forgosh will present a talk and book signing of her biography, Louis Bamberger: Department Store Innovator and Philanthropist on Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.m. at The Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street, Princeton, highlighting rare documentation of the friendship between Albert Einstein and Louis Bamberger. The event is presented by Morven Museum and Garden in conjunction with its current exhibition Newark and the Culture of Art: 1900-1960. Linda B. Forgosh is an independent scholar and executive director of the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey.  more

BACK IN THE GAME: Painter Ken Alexander is opening his Trenton studio on Saturday, November 4, as part of the sixth annual Art All Day. Glaucoma has left Alexander legally blind, but he still has much to say with his art.

By Anne Levin

After almost two decades working as a chef, painter Ken Alexander was finally feeling secure enough to devote himself, fulltime, to his art. He gave up his job at a restaurant in Spring Lake. He moved from Asbury Park to Trenton, where he bought a light-filled loft in the city’s Mill Hill section. more

James Delbourgo and Michael Gordin will be discussing Delbourgo’s book, Collecting the World — Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum at Labyrinth Books on Wednesday, November 8 at 6 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Princeton University’s Humanities Council. more

DAY OF THE DEAD: The Arts Council of Princeton’s Day of the Dead Celebration on Saturday, November 4 at the Princeton Shopping Center will include folk arts and crafts as well as sugar skull decorating, traditional dance performances, live music, and more.

The Arts Council of Princeton and the Princeton Shopping Center present the annual Day of the Dead Celebration on Saturday, November 4 from 3-5 p.m. Celebrate Mexico’s El Día de los Muertos with strolling mariachis, sugar skull decorating, face painting, folk arts and crafts, and live dance performances. Learn about the traditions of this rich cultural holiday at this free, family-friendly event. Food will be available for purchase from Surf Taco. more

By Nancy Plum

Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s concert this past Sunday afternoon in Richardson Auditorium was both one of collaboration and also paying tribute to the music of the past. The keynote work on the program was Felix Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony, an appropriate musical commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s presentation of his world-shattering 95 Theses, but all three works presented by the orchestra looked back to previous eras.  more

FACE OFF: Two 11- and 12-year-old PeeWee ice hockey players face off against each other during a practice at the Lisa McGraw Ice Rink at Princeton Day School. They are now part of the newly merged Lawrence Nassau Hockey Association.

By Jean Stratton

Team play, skill instruction, sportsmanship, and competition are all part of the newly formed Lawrence Nassau Hockey Association.

Established in the spring of 2017, the association is a merger of the former Lawrence Hockey Association and Nassau Hockey Association, both youth ice hockey programs with a long history in the area. more

SEEING RED: Princeton University junior running back Charlie Volker (No. 20) takes a hard hit in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, Volker rushed for 41 yards in a losing cause as Princeton fell 29-28 to visiting Cornell. The loss to the Big Red dropped Princeton to 5-2 overall and 2-2 Ivy League, dealing a blow to the Tigers’ chances for a league title repeat. Princeton will look to get back on the winning track when it plays at Penn (3-4 overall, 1-3 Ivy) on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In its final outing this September, the Princeton University football team squandered a late 24-21 advantage on the way to a 28-24 loss to Columbia.

Last Saturday as the Tigers hosted Cornell for their last game in October, they saw another lead slip away as they started the fourth quarter up 28-16 only to lose 29-28 to the Big Red on a career-best 43-yard field goal by Nickolas Null with 48 seconds left in regulation. more

COMING OUT PARTY: Princeton University men’s hockey player Reid Yochim controls the puck last Sunday as Princeton hosted Holy Cross in its season opener. Freshman defenseman Yochim made quite a debut, tallying an assist and a goal to help the Tigers defeat the Crusaders 4-2. Princeton opens ECAC Hockey play this weekend when it hosts Colgate on November 3 and Cornell on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Reid Yochim couldn’t wait to hit the ice last Sunday for his debut with the Princeton University men’s hockey team as it hosted Holy Cross in its season opener.

“There is a lot of built up emotion and a lot of energy that has been inside of me and that is just what I try to bring out there,” said defenseman Yochim. “It was an unbelievable atmosphere and an unbelievable feeling.” more

SENIOR MOMENT: Princeton University field hockey senior defender Sarah Brennan heads upfield in action during her career for the Princeton University field hockey team. Last Saturday, former Princeton Day School standout Brennan was honored along with her classmates as Princeton hosted Cornell in its home finale and held its annual Senior Day celebration. The Tigers rolled to a 5-1 victory over Cornell, clinching a share of the Ivy League title and the league’s automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA tournament. The Tigers, now 10-6 overall and 6-0 Ivy, wrap up regular season play with a game at Penn on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although Sarah Brennan has been part of the supporting cast for the Princeton University field hockey team over the last four years, she has thrived in that role.

“I knew coming into a good program, it was going to be competitive for playing time,” said defender Brennan, a former Princeton Day School standout whose parents, Sean and Susan, are both Princeton alums. more

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Howell Living History Farm makes up 130 acres of farmland in and around Lambertville, New Jersey. Farming began on this site in the 1730s and has evolved from a grain producing farm to a dairy farm over the years. Many animals make up the farm including ox, sheep, pigs, horses, chickens, cats, birds, and Maggie – the overprotective Australian Cattle Dog. This past weekend special programs included a demonstration of the age-old art of herding sheep on an open range by celebrity sheepdog “Sweet” and dog trainer Gene Sheninger. Howell Living History Farm has the longest-running corn maze in New Jersey. The maze includes 4 acres and 2 miles of paths. 

By Donald Gilpin

The six candidates for three open seats on the Board of Education of the Princeton Public Schools were asked to tell us again, in only about 100 words, “why we should vote for you.” The election will take place on November 7. Here are their responses: more

Princeton High boys’ cross country runners, Acasio Pinheiro (far right, No. 858) and Will Hare (No. 856), take off at the start of the Boys’ Varsity race at the Mercer County Championships at Thompson Park in Jamesburg last Friday. Senior star Hare placed first individually and junior Pinheiro took second to help PHS win its second straight team title at the event. For more details on the race, see page 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Donald Gilpin

“Redistricting: It’s Not Just for Political Junkies Anymore!” read the words on the screen at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Princeton Monday night, as Princeton University Neurobiology Professor Sam Wang and Queens College City University of New York Political Science Professor Keena Lipsitz explained how gerrymandering is undermining our democratic system. more

By Anne Levin

Proposed changes to the schedule of the FreeB, which takes commuters to and from the Dinky train station and other locations in town, are being reconsidered following comments offered by members of the public at a meeting of Princeton Council Monday night, October 23. more

WHO KNEW?: Filmmaker Roger Sherman, seen shooting a scene for “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” was stunned to discover the country’s food scene, “the hottest, most dynamic in the world.” The documentary, preceded by a food tasting, screens Sunday at The Jewish Center of Princeton.

By Anne Levin

Roger Sherman had never been to Israel when a friend invited him, last minute, to join a food-focused trip to that country. Always looking for a new project, the Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker decided to accept the offer. more

By Donald Gilpin

“There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face,” said Shakespeare’s King Duncan in Macbeth, as he observed the execution of the traitorous, once-loyal Thane of Cawdor.

Princeton University Psychology Professor Alexander Todorov has come to the same conclusion in Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions, his recent book that explores why we continue — irrationally, often dangerously, — to pay so much attention to faces. more

The body of Nicholas Pratico, the 18-year-old student at Mercer County Community College who disappeared on September 20, was found at approximately 10 a.m. on Monday, October 23 by Hamilton Township Police with the assistance of New Jersey State Police, in the woods across from the campus on Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. more

New York Times best-selling author SJ Rozan will join with 10 other award-winning mystery authors, two of them from Princeton, on Saturday afternoon, November 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Solley Theater, Arts Council of Princeton for “Mysterious Affair in Princeton” — a conversation with fans on how the perfect “who-dunnit” is created. The event is hosted by Princeton’s Cloak & Dagger Mystery Bookshop, along with the local chapters of Mystery Writers of America-NY and Sisters in Crime-Central Jersey.

Rozan is the winner of numerous mystery awards, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, Macavity, Japanese Maltese Falcon, and the Private Eye Writers of America Life Achievement.  more

ANTI-NUCLEAR RALLY: This archival photo by Gary Schoichet, taken at an Anti-Nuclear Rally in New York City on June 12, 1982, is featured in the exhibit “Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons,” running November 6 through December 7 at Princeton University’s Bernstein Gallery in Robertson Hall. A discussion panel and reception will be held on Monday, November 13 at 4:30 p.m.

A multifaceted exhibition, “Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons,” will open at Princeton University’s Bernstein Gallery in Robertson Hall on November 6. A discussion panel and reception will be held on Monday, November 13 at 4:30 p.m. Moderated by Princeton Professor Stanley N. Katz, the panel, “A Perpetual Menace: Nuclear Weapons Today, Tomorrow, Forever?” will be held in Arthur Lewis Auditorium (previously known as Dodds Auditorium). more

“THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME”: Performances are underway for the Pennington Players’ production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Directed by Frank Ferrara, the musical runs through October 29 at the Kelsey Theatre. Quasimodo (C.J. Carter) sings “Out There,” in which he dreams of venturing into the streets of Paris. (Photo by Kyrus Keenan Photography)

By Donald H. Sanborn III

The Pennington Players are presenting The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Kelsey Theatre. Because the musical contains adult themes and violence, the theater’s website emphasizes that it is “not recommended for children.” For audiences 13 and older, however, this writer enthusiastically recommends the show. more

By Nancy Plum

With the opening of Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, there has been a new buzz of musical excitement in the community. One of the core University ensembles settling into the new state-of-the-art facility is the Princeton University Orchestra, which opened its 2017-18 season this past Friday and Saturday nights at Richardson Auditorium. Also celebrating conductor Michael Pratt’s 40th year leading the ensemble, the University Orchestra presented music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Mahler — works Pratt called “three sonic columns of sound” to usher in a “new era of music” at the University. more

By Stuart Mitchner

Writing about Twin Peaks in May of 2014, I made special mention of Angelo Badalamenti’s score, how from the first note, the mood created by his music is warm, mellow, musing, inviting, dreamily beautiful, with a subtle undercurrent of menace and dread that comes into play whenever the scene shifts to the interior of Laura Palmer’s home. Above all the music is about Laura Palmer, whose murder is what sets the machinery of the Twin Peaks project in motion with the simplistic but effective tag-line Who killed Laura Palmer? and the answer delivered toward the end of the series’ second season: her father.  more

ON COURSE: Princeton University men’s hockey player Eric Robinson glides up the ice in action last winter. Senior forward and co-captain Robinson will be taking a leading role as the Tigers look to keep building after going 15-16-3 last season and advancing to the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals. Princeton opens its 2017-18 season when it hosts Holy Cross on October 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton University men’s hockey team started the 2016-17 campaign by going 0-6-1, it looked like the Tigers were headed for another rough winter.

After all, Princeton had won a total of just nine games (9-46-6) over the previous two seasons.

Instead, the Tigers caught fire, going 13-7-2 over the rest of the regular season with wins over seven top-20 teams to write one of the best turnaround stories in college hockey. more