April 20, 2016

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SUSTAINABLE FARMING, SUSTAINABLE LEARNING: Princeton High School senior Caroline -McClatchy tends to her aquaponics system, combining soil-less growing of plants with raising fish, in pursuing inquiry-based research as part of a new high school science course.

A new class on research methods is prompting students to observe and ask questions and has encouraged Princeton High School science students to stretch the boundaries of the traditional classroom and the field of science. more

Adults with Autism — The Journey Home will be screened Friday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Princeton Public Library. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film’s producers, longtime Princeton residents Roland and Pam Machold.

The documentary follows four individuals with autism over time and validates the teaching approaches guided by the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.  more

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Assistant Professor of French at Princeton University Christy Wampole will be reading from her new book Rootedness: The Ramifications of a Metaphor (Univ. of Chicago Press) at Labyrinth Books on Tuesday, April 26 at 6 p.m. She will be joined in a discussion of the book by her Princeton colleague, critic and theorist Eduardo Cadava. more

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You can’t write a sentence in English without Shakespeare being in there somewhere. — C.K. Williams

The Writers House is located on Locust Walk, which runs through the heart of the Penn campus, like McCosh Walk at Princeton. For just over two decades the 165-year-old cottage has been a venue for readings, seminars, lectures, and events like the April 11 memorial celebration of the life and work of poet C.K. Williams (1936-2015), who died last September. more

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“IN OBSERVANCE OF THE DAY”: This photo by Richard DeFalco was one of 180 works accepted for Ellarslie Open 33, on display at the Trenton City museum from May 7-June 26. A record-breaking 240 artists submitted 472 works for consideration for this year’s event.

The Trenton Museum Society is proud to announce the works accepted for Ellarslie Open 33, on display at the Trenton City Museum from May 7 — June 26, 2016. The Ellarslie Open annual juried exhibit continues a long tradition of supporting area artists and bringing the finest in visual art to patrons and visitors.  more

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MUSIC AND POETRY OF PENELOPE: Playwright Ellen McLaughlin’s poetry inspired Sarah Kirkland Snider to create her song cycle “Penelope,” which will be performed by PSO musicians and conducted by John Devlin on Tuesday, May 17 at Princeton Public Library. It also relates to the performance of Ms. Snider’s PSO co-commissioned work “Hiraeth,” which will be performed by the PSO on Sunday, May 15. (Photo Credit: Jamie Clifford)

On Wednesday, May 4 at 7 pm, in partnership with the Princeton Public Library, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) presents Soundtracks: Music and Poetry of Penelope in the library’s Community Room. Homer’s Penelope is a central figure in the poetry of The Odyssey. Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider and playwright Ellen McLaughlin, via video, discuss the iconic figure and the influence of her story upon their works in a presentation led by PSO Assistant Conductor John Devlin.  more

Johann Sebastian Bach never heard a complete performance of his now classic Mass in B Minor in his lifetime, but over the past 150 years, this five-part work has become a staple of the choral repertory. Loaded with instrumentally-conceived choral coloratura and exacting counterpoint, the Mass in B Minor is considered a pinnacle of choral performance toward which choruses aspire. The Princeton University Glee Club undertook this vocal and instrumental challenge last Sunday evening with a historically informed and clean performance in Richardson Auditorium. Conductor Gabriel Crouch led the 80-voice Glee Club, chamber orchestra, and four vocal soloists in a performance which was lean, sensitive to the text, and strong to the very last note.  more

April 16, 2016

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Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri will be reading from her nonfiction debut, In Other Words, at Labyrinth Books on Wednesday, April 20 at 6 p.m.

Written in Italian and presented in a dual-language format, In Other Words investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the “journey of a writer seeking a new voice.”  more

April 13, 2016

Communiversity

Communiversity has become a rite of spring for Princeton. On the Princeton University campus and throughout the downtown, this celebration of local arts and culture is an annual event that draws more than 40,000 to town, and this year’s event on April 17, 1-6 p.m. will be no exception. more

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Named for the kingdom in “The Phantom Tollbooth,” the Cotsen Children’s Library’s Digitopolis is shown in full swing at the Frick Chemistry Building Saturday. Kids describe their favorite things in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

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GLORIOUS GARDENS : “We plant containers that our customers bring in or purchase so that they have exactly what they want without having to do all the work at home.” Lisa Miccolis, owner of Bountiful Gardens in Hillsborough, is shown working on a special container garden.

How does your garden grow? It’s probably not in full-fledged bloom yet, but it is definitely time to get started. As so often in life, preparation is key. Preparing the soil, adding compost and mulch, planning for color and texture, sun and shade are all very important considerations. more

It was an historic moment. On Monday evening after more than three hours of public hearings and significant controversy and debate among Council members, the Princeton Council passed, by a 5-0 vote, an ordinance to create the Witherspoon-Jackson Historic Preservation District.

Though acknowledging pros and cons of the ordinance and the uncertainties of its impact on the community, councilman Bernie Miller strongly urged the creation of this “unique historic district.” “If not now, when?” he questioned. more

As the town and the high school confront difficult questions about underage drinking, anti-semitism, and the effects of social media, the Princeton Police Department (PPD) continues to investigate last week’s “Nazis v Jews” beer pong incident, which involved a number of Princeton High School students.

“We are investigating who provided alcohol to the minors,” stated Lieutenant Jon Bucchere of the PPD. It is not a criminal violation for minors to possess and consume alcohol on private property, he added, so “many times these cases are hard to prove.”  more

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DEMOCRACY DEMANDS DIALOGUE: Scholars discuss Woodrow Wilson’s legacy in a forum at Princeton University’s Wilson School of Public and International Affairs last Friday — (L to R) Chad Williams, associate professor and chair of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis; Eric Yellin, associate professor of history and American studies at University of Richmond; Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders, history PhD candidate at Rutgers; and A. Scott Berg, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer.

A panel discussion at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs last Friday brought together four distinguished scholars to “provide an educational and panoramic view of the many aspects of Woodrow Wilson’s life and career.” more

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CELEBRATING A MILESTONE: Princeton University’s Center of Jewish Life has been a gathering place of Jewish students on campus for more than two decades. The long history of the faith on campus is the theme of a special, four-day conference.

It has been a century since Jewish students at Princeton University first gathered to celebrate the Sabbath, or Shabbat. It would have been unthinkable, in 1915, to imagine a four-day conference of lectures, panel discussions, religious services, and meals celebrating the University’s role in Jewish life. more

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Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, are Kite Days at Terhune Orchards on Cold Soil Road in Lawrenceville. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., kids can make and decorate their own or use pre-made kites to fly in the 10-acre pasture, with the farm animals looking on. Music, games, sheep-shearing, pony and wagon rides, and lots of food are also on the schedule, along with wine-tasting and more. Admission is $5 for ages three and up. For more information, visit www.terhuneorchards.com.

Between April 28 and May 1, 2016, hundreds of thousands of people across the United States are expected to take a “stand” against racism and do their part to help advance the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and increase the collective impact in promoting racial justice and civil rights in the United States. Founded by the YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton in 2007, Stand Against Racism™ has been a successful campaign at YWCAs across the country and is now a signature campaign of YWCA USA. more

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Musical protest helps the Japanese “to voice what they cannot ordinarily express in words” according to Princeton resident Noriko Manabe’s The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima (Oxford $27.95). It’s a formidable work: 433 pages, 35 pages of notes, a nearly 15-page-long bibliography, with web icons interspersed throughout the text highlighting links to pronuclear public relations videos, press conferences, music videos, extensive footage from anti-nuclear demonstrations and rallies, plus color photos on a companion website. more

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MORVEN IN MAY JURIED EXHIBIT/SALE: These hand-spun wool tapestries were created by master tribal weaver Wence Matrinez, in collaboration with his wife, biomorphic painter, Sandra Martinez. The artists of Martinez Studio, based out of Door County Wisconsin, are just two of the 36 fine craft artists from around the country exhibiting at this year’s Morven in May craft show on May 7-8. (Photo From www.martinezstudio.com)

Morven in May, one of New Jersey’s most anticipated spring rituals, is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary, American-made fine craft. The museum brings together 36 professional fine craft artists from around the U.S., all working at the highest levels in their respective medium, including decorative and wearable textiles, jewelry, furniture, ceramics, glass, metal, and more. more

April 6, 2016

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Referring to the library’s upcoming second-floor renovation in this week’s Town Talk, Executive Director Brett Bonfield mentions the “classic view of what a library is.” Other Town Talkers speak highly of the fireplaces, the “fantastic staff,” the Friends bookstore, and “a new director who seems to understand that libraries have to live in the 21st century.” (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)   

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Princeton University will not remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from two campus buildings despite a recent outcry over his views on race. A trustee committee charged with examining the Wilson legacy announced Monday that there is a need for “an expanded and more vigorous commitment to diversity and inclusion at Princeton,” but the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and Wilson College will retain his name. more

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CLASSICAL BOOK COLLECTION FROM DOT & BO

Give your bookshelf a face lift with these gorgeous editions of your favorite literary classics.

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A group of residents from Princeton’s Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood has joined a lawsuit challenging tax exemptions for some buildings on the Princeton University campus. Originally brought by four Princeton residents, the suit now has 24 people listed as plaintiffs. more

Controversy locally and across the country continues to pursue the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) Test as Princeton Public Schools (PPS) prepare to administer the 2016 PARCC, starting next Monday. Testing over the next three weeks may result in a more stringent assessment of the PARCC itself than of the student test-takers and their schools.  more

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BRINGING IN THE LIGHT: Architect Steven Holl’s concept of integrating the surrounding landscape into the building, with plenty of natural light, was a major factor in the selection of his firm to design the new Rubinstein Commons at the Institute for Advanced Study. (Graphic courtesy of the Institute for Advanced Study)

Every ten years, The Institute for Advanced Study assesses the state of the campus and considers its most pressing issues. At the last review, the most outstanding need was identified: a new, 21st-century gathering space for the kind of social engagement and academic collaboration that makes this 86-year-old research community unique. more