October 12, 2016


Peter Singer

Peter Singer and Robert George will be at Labyrinth to discuss Mr. Singer’s new book, Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter (Princeton Univ. Press $27.95) on Tuesday, October 18 at 6 p.m.).

Mr. Singer helped launch the animal rights and effective altruism movements and contributed to the development of bioethics. According to The Economist, Ethics in the Real World is an “accessible introduction to the work of a philosopher who would not regard being described as ‘accessible’ as an insult …. Despite their brevity, the essays do not shirk the big moral questions.”  more


TALENTED TEACHERS: (Left to right) Phyllis E. Wright’s “Ascending,” Deborah Land’s “Umbrella Factory” and Andrew Wilkinson’s “Bonsai Geometry 03” are on exhibit in the Considine Gallery at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, October 16 – November 22, 2016. All the exhibitors are local artists and faculty members. The public is invited to an opening reception on Sunday, October 16 at 2 p.m.

The fall gallery exhibition in Stuart Country Day School’s Considine Gallery will include new work by local artists and faculty members Deborah Land, Phyllis E. Wright, and Andrew Wilkinson. The public is invited to view the art faculty show on display from October 16 through November 22. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. — 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, when school is in session. The opening reception is Sunday, October 16, from 2 – 4 p.m., and a gallery talk with the artists is Tuesday, October 18, from 1 — 2 p.m. The public is welcome. more

The Asian art collections at the Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM) will be highlighted for search and discovery thanks to a $150,000 Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This IMLS grant will support the museum’s ongoing Collections Discovery Initiative and is designed to ensure that Princeton’s Asian art collections — widely considered among the premier collections of Asian art in the United States — can be shared with the broadest possible audiences, especially with scholars and researchers. The grant will allow the museum to enhance and standardize the cataloging of its Asian art holdings, develop rich educational materials, and restructure its award-winning Asian art microsite into an in-depth sustainable resource with an innovative new interface. more


The longtime comedians and Saturday Night Live co-stars reunite for a one-night performance of stand-up comedy, film clips, and musical numbers at NJPAC in Newark on Sunday, October 30 at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit www.njpac.org

With the appointment of Xian Zhang as music director, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) is entering a new era of musical accomplishment. Ms. Zhang will make her Princeton debut later this month, and this past Friday night, the NJSO invited an old friend back to the podium. Former Associate Conductor Gemma New led the orchestra in a concert paying tribute to her homeland and including an audience favorite from the piano concerto repertory.  more

October 5, 2016


BUSINESS AS USUAL?: F. Duncan Haldane, teaching his first class as a Nobel Laureate, was greeted with loud cheers and applause from his students at his Tuesday session on “Electromagnetism: Principles and Problem Solving.”  Mr. Haldane had received a call at 4:30 that morning from the Royal Swedish Academy, notifying him that he had won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics. (Photo courtesy of Princeton University Office of Communications, Denise Applewhite)

Princeton University professor F. Duncan Haldane has been awarded the 2016 Nobel prize in Physics for revealing secrets of exotic states of matter, such as superconductivity, discoveries that could lead to new applications in material science and electronics.  more

The Princeton Battlefield Society (PBS), in a statement released last week, continued to accuse the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) of “flagrant disregard” for the “widespread and longstanding public opposition” to its plans to build 15 faculty housing units on a seven-acre tract at the edge of the battlefield.

Institute Director of Communications Christine Ferrara stated, “the project continues to move ahead, as we have all the necessary regulatory approvals to proceed. As we have stated previously, the plan as configured addresses the concerns raised by the opposition, and will be adding 14 acres of open space adjacent to the current Battlefield State Park.” more


Local children have another cozy spot to share their favorite books thanks to a new Little Free Library, officially dedicated last Sunday in Marquand Park. Built on the massive stump of what was once a cucumber magnolia tree, the reading nook, being tested here by Aidan and Annelise Sutphin, joins others in town and across the country, as part of a national movement. The Princeton Public Library supplied the initial books to get the project going. Mayor Liz Lempert and other local dignitaries were on hand to celebrate the opening. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Princeton Public Schools Superintendent, Board of Education President and the Teachers’ Union Presidents came together last Tuesday in their opposition to the New Jersey Department of Education’s (DOE) decision to triple the weight of the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) tests in the evaluation of teachers.

Two days later the State Assembly weighed in, and went a step further to approve by a 52-11-8 vote a bill that would prohibit the use of student standardized test results as any part of teacher or principal evaluations. more


EXONERATED: This father-and-son photo of Kerry Max Cook, who spent 22 years on Texas death row before his innocence was finally revealed, is among the images by Diane Bladecki in a show opening Friday at the Arts Council of Princeton. Mr. Cook, who went to prison at 17 and was freed at 50, ended up using Ms. Bladecki’s photograph on the cover of a book about his journey. (Photo by Diane Bladecki)

At a performance in New York of the play The Exonerated about wrongfully committed prisoners, Diane Bladecki noticed that the photographs lining the lobby made their subjects look exactly like what they were not: criminals. more

Come and join a festive crowd of revelers under the twinkling lights of a German Biergarten at the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association’s annual WatershedFest on October 15 at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s theme, OktoberFest!, will feature an oompah band, cocktails, and a silent auction in The Watershed Center. Dinner will follow in a festive Biergarten tent, where a live auction will take place. All proceeds will support the Watershed, central New Jersey’s first environmental group, whose staff works tirelessly to keep the region’s water clean, safe, and healthy, and to protect our natural environment. more


CELEBRATING MUSICAL COMMUNITY: Hinds Plaza hosted the second annual edition of the Unruly Sounds Festival Sunday. Excelsis Percussion, seen here, was among the groups performing. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Despite a chilly drizzle Sunday afternoon, the audience sat in rapt attention as the genre-defying group Bonjour played in Princeton’s Hinds Plaza. A pair of double bassists flanked Florent Ghys’s “low string” band as it wound its way through a selection of pieces corresponding to days of the week. Their instruments’ bowed tones were sweet and thick as honey, tempered by the clarity of an electric guitar and a cello, and propelled by the drive of their set’s intermittent drum parts. At times, the musicians broke into wordless song.  more

Police report four cases where parked vehicles were entered and items stolen, two on Parkside Drive, one on Paul Robeson Place, and one on Derwent Drive.

On September 27, at 4:15 p.m., it was reported that sometime between 10 p.m. on September 26 and 1 p.m. on September 27, someone entered a vehicle parked on the 100 block of Parkside Drive and stole items. Two days later at 1:12 p.m., it was reported that between 5:30 p.m. on September 26 and 8 a.m. on September 27, someone entered an unlocked vehicle, parked on the same block of Parkside Drive, and stole items.  more

On October 23 from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Code for Princeton will present the Data and Art Hackathon at the West Windsor Arts Council.

The day-long event will include the development of civically beneficial projects as well as free workshops on how to make circuits on paper and 3D printing demonstrations. Keynote speaker Steven Fragale, researching artist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Digital Media Lab, will speak at 5 p.m. on the intersection of technology and art. At the end of the day a panel of community representatives will review the projects and offer feedback. more


WORKING TO SAVE THE WOODCOCK: The Sourland Conservancy, Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and Mercer County Parks would like to thank our members and volunteers from Hopewell Boy Scout Troop 71, Montgomery High School Environmental Club and Hillsborough High School who worked to remove invasive shrubs and trees from Hopewell Borough Park last Saturday in conjunction with the American Woodcock Habitat Restoration Project. (Photo Credit: Caroline Katmann)

The Sourland Conservancy, Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and Mercer County Parks would like to thank our members and volunteers from Hopewell Boy Scout Troop 71, Montgomery High School Environmental Club and Hillsborough High School who worked to remove invasive shrubs and trees from Hopewell Borough Park last Saturday in conjunction with the American Woodcock Habitat Restoration Project. more

book-rev1By the time the Friends of the Princeton Public Library Book Sale begins a week from Friday, the second presidential debate will be history. Most post-debate book-sale browsers looking for something to focus their frazzled minds on will find what they’re looking for, if not their heart’s desire. The book of my dreams won’t be there because it hasn’t been published yet and for all I know may never be put between covers, even though J.D. Salinger devoted the last 50 years of his life to writing it.

Pearl Diving

Among the 2016 sale’s stellar offerings is Léonard Rosenthal’s The Kingdom of the Pearl with Persian-miniature-immaculate plates by Edmund Dulac that have to be seen to be believed. Its only defect is a gouge on one edge of the front cover where a bibliophile in a frenzy of desire appears to have taken a bite out of it. Except for that minor, perfectly hygienic blemish, the volume is in a condition comparable to that of copies going for $750 online.

For this semi-retired browser, Dulac’s Pearl evokes the Golden Age of the Book Quest in Princeton when rare finds would turn up at garage and estate sales or on the shelves of Micawber Books or in the bank vault that housed Witherspoon Books and Art. It was around this time of year circa 1981 that I found an unflawed Pearl in the Dickensian clutter of a secondhand/antique store in East Millstone.  more


CURTAIN UP: Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music will mark the launch of a new Program in Music Theater with a day-long symposium on Princeton’s music theater past, present and future on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public, however advance reservations are encouraged at arts.princeton.edu/curtainup. (Photo Credit: Frank Wojciechowski)

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music will mark the launch of a new Program in Music Theater with a day-long symposium on Princeton’s music theater past, present and future on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public, however advance reservations are encouraged at arts.princeton.edu/curtainupmore


Alzheimer’s New Jersey, formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter, kicks off “Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s” events this fall in Ocean, Hudson, Mercer and Bergen Counties. The Princeton walk is at ETS on Sunday, October 9.

The walks are the largest events for the organization to raise awareness and funds to support local programs for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in New Jersey.  One hundred percent of the funds raised support Garden State individuals and families.  more

The Princeton Health Department and Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) will hold their annual flu immunization clinic and health fair on Tuesday, October 18, at the Suzanne Paterson Building from 1-6 p.m. Make-up clinics are on November 7, 4-6 p.m. in the Community Room at 400 Witherspoon Street, and December 7, 4-6 p.m. in the main meeting room at 1 Monument Drive.

There will be no out-of-pocket costs for the Flu/TDap vaccine administered to Princeton residents with health insurance coverage stipulated on the www.princetonnj.gov/health website. However, consent forms must be completed (www.princetonnj.gov/health/index.html), which enables the health department to bill the healthcare providers. The health department will also provide flu shots to anyone under insured or uninsured. more

books_1Dan-el Padilla Peralta, the author of Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League (Penguin $27.95) will be reading from his book at Labyrinth on Thursday, October 6 at 6 p.m.

Says Publishers Weekly: “Part memoir, part confessional, and part coming-of-age tale, Peralta’s story holds several truths on the road through loss, sacrifice, and achievement to gaining his slice of the American dream.” Kirkus Reviews calls Undocumented “An impassioned and honest memoir… Underscores the need for comprehensive immigration reform.”

As a boy, Dan-el Padilla Peralta came here legally with his family. Together they left Santo Domingo behind, but life in New York City was harder than they imagined. Their visas lapsed, and the father returned home. While Dan-el was only in grade school, the family joined the ranks of the city’s homeless. He, his mother, and brother lived in a downtown shelter where his only refuge was the meager library.  more


Ronald C. White, author and fellow at The Huntington Library in San Marino, California, will speak about his new biography, American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant, at Princeton Theological Seminary on October 7. James M. McPherson, professor of history emeritus at Princeton University, and bestselling author of numerous books on the Civil War, including Battle Cry of Freedom, which won the Pulitzer Prize, will respond. more

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber is expected to be the first witness in a property tax case scheduled to go to court in Trenton this week. The University is being sued by Princeton residents who are challenging the tax exempt status of several of its properties.

The issue is being watched closely by educational institutions and non-profits. The lawsuit, which dates back four years, says the University should pay taxes on the buildings it rents out for private functions. The suit also maintains that the school shares profits with professors on some of the patents they receive and the research they conduct. Lawyers for the school have argued that the buildings serve its educational mission and should therefore be exempt. more

The recent news that Governor Christie, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Speaker Vincent Prieto have reached an agreement on funding for New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund means that work may finally resume on stalled road projects across the state.

But completing one of those projects, the reconstruction of Valley Road, remains on hold while the 23-cent increase in the gasoline tax awaits approval. more


 “LAKE AGNES”: Robert Zurfluh, a member of the Cranbury Digital Camera Club, took this photo of Lake Agnes, which is located in Colorado.  The Club will have their photography on display at the Gourgaud Gallery from October 2 until October 28.

Photos from Cranbury digital Camera Club (CdCC) photographers are on display at the Gourgaud Gallery. The gallery is located at Cranbury Town Hall, 23-A North Main Street (the old schoolhouse) in Cranbury from October 2 to October 28. more


“BEE KEEPER’S HOUSE”: Joseph Barrett’s exhibition “Alluvial Years” is on display at the Silverman Gallery in New Hope until October 30. Pictured here is his 22 x 22 inch oil on canvas. 

Now until October 30, artist Joseph Barrett has his work on display at the Silverman Gallery in Bucks County. His exhibition, “Alluvial Years,” is a compilation of his most recent works alongside paintings done over the last 25 years. The exhibition title refers to the subjects he has painted along the Delaware Valley.   more