June 29, 2016

Since its inception 49 years ago, Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts has presented many fine string quartets. All-female quartets have been few and far between, and ensembles which can mesmerize an audience as well as the Aizuri Quartet are even rarer. The Summer Chamber Concerts opening event last Thursday night featuring the Aizuri Quartet brought a nearly full house to Richardson Auditorium to hear excellence in chamber music performance.
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June 22, 2016

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Participants confer on-site during Saturday’s interactive open house on re-thinking the aesthetics of Nassau Street. Hosted by The Garden Theatre, the event was sponsored by the Municipality of Princeton in partnership with the Princeton Merchants Association and Princeton University. Some of the ideas generated are discussed in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Come July, you might find Princeton’s municipal engineer Bob Kiser driving a tractor across the fields of a farm he owns in Hunterdon County. Mr. Kiser is retiring next week after 33 years on the job, and he is looking forward to spending time with his family С especially his six-and-a-half-month-old granddaughter С and cutting the grass with that tractor. more

Gillett Griffin

The legacy of Gillett Griffin, who died on June 6 at the age of 87, was vast and eclectic. And that’s just the tangible legacy. (A full obituary appears on page 31.)

Only two weeks ago, shortly before his death, he gave to the Historical Society of Princeton from his personal collection more than 50 photographs, manuscript items, sculptures, books, newspaper clippings, personal possessions and ephemera related to Albert Einstein С who was a personal friend of Mr. Griffin from 1953 until Einstein’s death in 1955. more

As U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson prepared to consider The Princeton Battlefield Society’s (PBS) motion for an injunction to halt construction activity on the site of proposed Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) housing, two British military heritage organizations entered the longstanding controversy. more

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TACKLING THE TANGO: Princeton’s many tango enthusiasts gather regularly at the Suzanne Patterson Center to learn from the pros and hear music by prominent groups from around the world.

When fans of tango travel to foreign countries, it doesn’t take them long to locate kindred spirits. There are tango communities all over the world. Princeton boasts its own active group, Viva Tango Inc., which meets regularly at the Suzanne Patterson Center to learn new dance steps, hear music, and socialize. more

Why is Old York Road located where it is? Why are the streets of Clinton laid out as they are? Why did North Hunterdon County see so little activity during the American Revolution? These questions and more will be answered by geologist John Allen at Hunterdon Land Trust’s Farmers’ Market on Sunday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. more

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The 2016 Isles Youth Institute Commencement Ceremony took place on Tuesday, June 21 at the Mercer County Park Marina and Boathouse in West Windsor. The ceremony is the culmination of a year’s worth of academic and job training for students at Isles Youth Institute (IYI), an alternative school that emphasizes leadership development and civic engagement for students who have dropped out of traditional high school. Students participate in afterschool activities and volunteer extensively in the community. The staff works with students to help them apply to college and pursue employment. Trenton resident, author, entrepreneur, and Isles Trustee Tracey Syphax was the keynote speaker. 

The girl from L.A. had just arrived in Venice and was sitting at a cafe on Piazza San Marco being hassled by a Yugoslavian when she noticed a bedraggled individual shuffling across the great space, probably on his way to the American Express office to check for mail. His hair was long and scraggly and his jeans were baggy and halfway falling down, as if he had recently lost a great deal of weight. For the better part of a year she’d been exchanging letters with a guy she’d met in Berkeley; they had arranged to meet at the foot of the campanile on the evening of June 21.  more

Princeton residents can now keep up to date on crime in their neighborhoods, examining crime trends right along with police officials. more

Mercer Lake

The Mercer County Park Commission will host several kayak tours of Mercer Lake in West Windsor this summer.

These tours will explore the nooks and crannies of the 365-acre Mercer Lake that are accessible only via kayak. Led by County Naturalist Jenn Rogers, participants will have the opportunity to paddle along the lake’s edge for views of the native wildflowers in bloom, float alongside a beaver lodge, and maybe even see a bald eagle swoop down to grab a snack from the water.  more

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Princeton Summer Theater’s (PST) 2016 season opener, Assassins, is chilling in its timeliness.

Just five days after a gunman assassinated 49 people in Orlando, the opening-night audience watched as nine characters — all wannabe assassins of U.S. Presidents — paraded across the Hamilton Murray stage, brandishing an array of firearms.  more

Art McCurry

“AFGHAN GIRL”: This iconic photograph by Steve McCurry will be on display at the Michener Art Museum starting July 16 as part of the exhibit, “Unguarded, Untold, Iconic: Afghanistan through the Lens of Steve McCurry.”

In an exhibition that opens on July 16, 2016, the James A. Michener Art Museum will present a collection of photographs by Steve McCurry, the photographer whose iconic image “Afghan Girl” captivated the world in 1985.  more

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PARTING SHOT: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse senior star Connor Fletcher prepares to fire the ball in a game this spring. Cornell-bound Fletcher tallied 46 points this season on 20 goals and 26 assists to help the Panthers win both the Mercer County Tournament and state Prep B tourney. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team lacking some offensive firepower coming into the spring due to graduation, attrition, and transfer, Julia Ryan was asked to take on a new role in her senior campaign. more

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Now is the chance to visit the Ellarslie Open 33 Juried Exhibit that will close on June 26. This painting by Sheila Grabarsky titled “Orange Segment” won the Douglas H. Palmer Award for Best in Show Overall and is part of the exhibition. Along with this piece are more than 180 artworks from area artists that are currently on view at the Trenton City Museum. 

This season Princeton Festival has undertaken one of the most complex and challenging operas in the repertory with Benjamin Britten’s dark but poetic Peter Grimes. Like the World War II years in which the opera was composed, Peter Grimes has many levels, reaching back to 19th century morality while drawing on fears and suspicions still prevalent today. The date of the opera’s premiere, in London’s first few post-war months, makes the genesis of this work even more remarkable.  more

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State Theatre of NJ in New Brunswick will host a free screening of Disney’s “Frozen” on Tuesday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. The event is part of a Free Summer Movie Series at the State Theatre. Upcoming films include “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Babe,” and “Monsters University.” For more information, visit www.statetheatrenj.org

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ON THE JOB: Matt Madalon is all smiles during a lighter moment this spring as he took the helm of the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team as interim head coach in the wake of Chris Bates being dismissed after a sideline incident in a game against Brown. Madalon guided the Tigers to a 3-2 record down the stretch after a 2-6 start, culminating with a dramatic 7-6 win over Cornell in the season finale. Last week, Madalon was elevated to permanent head coach of the Princeton program. (Photo by Robert Goldstein, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Matt Madalon is all about moving forward.

After being named the interim head coach of the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team in the wake of Chris Bates being dismissed after a sideline incident in a game against Brown, Madalon focused on righting the ship. more

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SUMMER COURTYARD CONCERT SERIES: Soul R&B artist Lindsey Webster will perform at the Princeton Shopping Center on Thursday, July 7 at 6 p.m. as part of the Summer Courtyard Concert Series.

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP), in partnership with the Princeton Shopping Center and Edens, presents the Summer Courtyard Concert Series every Thursday from June 23 to August 25 at 6 p.m. in the Princeton Shopping Center Courtyard, 301 North Harrison Street.  more

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Dark Star Orchestra – Publicity Images – 2016 – Suzy Perler

The Mercer County Park Commission announces that “Dark Star Orchestra: Continuing the Grateful Dead Concert” is coming to Mercer County Park Festival Grounds on Friday, August 12. The concert will start at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. Tickets are $27 for general admission and are available now for purchase through the Sun National Bank Center box office. To purchase, call (800)-298-4200 or visit www.sunnationalbankcenter.com

Piano Winners

Over 120 young pianists competed in this year’s Princeton Festival Piano Competition. The 2016 Young Artist Winners are (l to r): Mia Huang, Petrina Steimel, Stephen Joven-Lee, Isabella Florendo, Kyle Huang, Angeline Ma and Linsy Wang. Jacobs Music was again the sponsor for the Young Pianists Competition, which has been a highly anticipated feature of The Princeton Festival since 2008. Lois Laverty and Glenn Smith were Masters of Ceremonies and Randy Brown from Jacobs Music Company presented the awards. (Photo Credit: Pia Ruggles) 

June 19, 2016

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These were the words used by one of this week’s Town Talkers to describe Larry Ivan’s presence in the community, which he made “a more fun place to be for so many people.” The unveiling of the bronze bas relief portrait of Mr. Ivan created by Princeton sculptor Stephanie Magdziak took place at Community Park Pool, where he served as manager for more than 40 years. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

June 17, 2016

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VAULTING AHEAD: Princeton High track star Nick Birnie heads down the runway in the pole vault last Wednesday at the Meet of Champions at Central Regional High in Bayville. Senior Birnie, the Group 4 champion in the pole vault, cleared a personal record 14’0 in taking fourth at the prestigious competition. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Nick Birnie, hurting his back competing in rowing helped put him on the track to stardom in the pole vault for Princeton High. more

On Tuesday, June 21, a series of events will pay tribute to those killed in the Orlando shootings.

“A Multi-Faith Gathering for Orlando and Beyond” begins with a multi-faith service from 7-8 p.m. in the sanctuary of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street. The Gathering is presented by the Princeton Clergy Association and the Coalition for Peace Action. more

June 15, 2016

At first glance, the restaurants, storefronts, and wooden benches that line Nassau Street present a pleasing picture. But a closer look reveals problems С heaving sidewalks, unsightly tree wells, and areas where space is not sensibly allocated. more