October 25, 2017

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

KAN DO: Princeton University quarterback Chad Kanoff prepares to unload the ball in recent action. Last Friday at Harvard, senior star and tri-captain Kanoff enjoyed a career game, completing his first 21 passes on the way to going 31-for-35 for 421 yards and two touchdowns as Princeton defeated Harvard 52-17. Kanoff was named as the STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Week and the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week in the wake of his performance, which amounted to the eighth-most single-game passing yards in Princeton history. The Tigers, now 5-1 overall and 2-1 Ivy, host Cornell (2-4 overall, 2-1 Ivy) on October 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

While Bob Surace liked what he was seeing from his Princeton University football team on the practice field, he knows that doesn’t guarantee success on game day.

“I really felt the last couple of weeks that we have really practiced well,” said Princeton head coach Surace. more

TAYLOR MADE: Princeton High girls’ cross country runner Chloe Taylor shows her form last Friday on the way to taking second in the Girls’ Varsity race in the Mercer County Championships at Thompson Park. Senior star Taylor’s performance helped PHS take second in the team standings behind champion WW/P-South. The Little Tigers are next in action when they compete in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming into the fall, Chloe Taylor realized that she needed to set the pace for the Princeton High girls’ cross country team.

“I am the oldest now, before there used to be a lot of older kids there,” said senior Taylor. “There is more pressure on me to lead the team.” more

MAKING STRIDES: Princeton Day School boys’ cross country runner Kevin Dougherty competes at Boys’ Varsity race at the Mercer County Championships at Thompson Park in Jamesburg last Friday. Sophomore Dougherty led the way for PDS, taking 65th individually in a time of 18:16.96 over the 5,000-meter course. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though his Princeton Day School boys’ cross country team finished 16th of 19 teams in the Boys’ Varsity race at the Mercer County Championships last Friday, John Woodside was all smiles afterward.

“I have to say that our team’s performance for the whole year has been tremendous,” said PDS head coach Woodside. more

October 18, 2017

BRINGING THE MUSIC HOME: Buddy Miller, son of Councilman Bernie Miller, performs with his band at an October 26 fundraiser for Princeton Community Housing. The award-winning musician was the executive music producer of the TV show “Nashville,” which is where he has lived for many years. (Photo by CJ Hicks)

By Anne Levin

It isn’t often that Princeton Councilman Bernie Miller asks his son, Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and producer Buddy Miller, to volunteer his services for a hometown cause. But the elder Miller recently broke with tradition, asking his son to perform at an upcoming fundraiser for Princeton Community Housing.

“My Dad has never asked me to do anything that I can think of,” said Miller in a phone interview last week from his Nashville home. “So when he does, it gets my attention.” more

GATHERING STEAM: The Princeton Day School STEAM Committee meets in the new STEAM Center (for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics). From left, Chief Information Officer Jon Ostendorf, Upper School Head Jason Robinson, Interim Math Chair Chip Cash, Libraries Department Chair Sheila Goeke, STEAM Coordinator Jonathan Tatkon-Coker, Head of School Paul Stellato, STEAM Committee Chair and Scientist in Residence Leon Rosenberg, Science Department Chair Jason Park, Lower School Math Teacher Jennifer Vradenburgh, and Lower School Science Teacher Aaron Schomburg. (Photo Courtesy of PDS)

By Donald Gilpin

Princeton Day School (PDS), long known for its deep commitment and strong programs in the humanities and the fine and performing arts, has recently turned its focus to the establishment of a dynamic new STEAM program, with major construction of a STEAM Center and new faculty to support it.

“We have created a program and facility that has the potential to touch and shape the experience of every kid in the school,” said Head of School Paul Stellato. “The Upper School program is designed to speak to kids who have no experience, to introduce them to the subject, and also to meet the needs of kids who have extensive experience in the field. It’s an all-encompassing program.”

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October 11, 2017

Last weekend’s Festival of the Arts at Princeton University featured many events, including an immersive performance featuring original music by Director of Electronic Music Jeff Snyder for the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), TILT Brass, and So Percussion. The performance was in collaboration with theatrical lighting designer Jane Cox, director of PU’s Program in Theater, and Assistant Professor of Architecture Alex Kilian. Festivalgoers share their impressions of the new Lewis Arts complex on page 6, and more photos are on page 16. (Photo by Erica Cardenas)

By Anne Levin

Soon after moving to Princeton eight years ago and becoming a history professor at Princeton University, Martha A. Sandweiss began thinking about a project examining the town’s relationship to slavery. She was aware that other universities were involved in similar endeavors, and thought there might be a relationship worth investigating in Princeton. more

REEL LIFE: After the film, John Stier, one of Nash’s sons, and Dr. Joseph Kohn spoke about their memories of the real John Nash. “You have ten years of fantastic work, and it sort of looks like in the movie that he spent most of his time cutting out newspapers,” said Kohn. “He did really remarkable work.”

By William Uhl

On October 4, Princeton Garden Theatre partnered with the Historical Society of Princeton to hold a screening of A Beautiful Mind, a 2001 film about Nobel Prize winner and Princeton Professor John Nash’s mathematical achievements and struggles with schizophrenia. more

By Donald Gilpin

Edward Felten, professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School (WW), and Alan Krueger, professor of economics and public policy at WW, will serve on a new task force seeking to transform America’s labor market from one based largely on degrees to one based on skills. more

OLD MILL, NEW LOOK: A view of the interior of Isles’ Mill One facility, a historic mill in the final stages of renovation, that will serve as the home of the organization’s Social Profit Center. (Photo courtesy of Isles, Inc.)

By Doug Wallack

On Saturday, October 21, Trenton-based nonprofit Isles will hold its first ever Fall Fest fundraiser in the new Social Profit Center at Mill One in Hamilton. The event will feature food and drink from local restaurants and vendors, along with performances and works from area musicians and artists.  more

Breast cancer survivors, physicians, and others walked the runway October 6 at The Westin Princeton. The annual Lord & Taylor “In the Pink” fashion show benefits the YWCA Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center.

CALLING ALL PHS ALUMNI: Donna Wilkinson, PHS class of 1957, at her 60th anniversary reunion. Wilkinson’s daughter, Mia Sacks, PHS ’83, is co-chair of the alumni steering committee and a leading organizer of the newly formed PHS Alumni Association.

By Donald Gilpin

Looking to engage alumni, build a relationship with them, and at the same time benefit current students, the Princeton Public Schools District (PPS) is launching an alumni association for Princeton High School (PHS) graduates. more

ART AND LIFE: From his childhood behind the Iron Curtain in Bulgaria to a successful career in the restaurant business (starting at a resort on the Black Sea) to a new life in New Jersey as a painter, muralist, and designer, Cvetko Ivanov has come a long way to his porch on Vandeventer Street, where he stands amidst a selection of his original works. 

By Donald Gilpin

Artist Cvetko Ivanov can be found most Saturdays and Sundays surrounded by dozens of his paintings on the front porch of the Vandeventer Street house where he lives with his niece and her husband. From his easy-going, friendly demeanor as he talks to passers-by and other interested customers, it might be hard to guess that his life has taken more than a few dramatic turns.  more

By Anne Levin

Six years after it was first proposed, a 3-megawatt solar array is about to open at the closed municipal landfill on River Road. Officials will gather Thursday morning, October 12 at 11 a.m., for the ribbon cutting.

The project is a partnership between Princeton, Stony Brook Regional Sewage Authority, and New Jersey Resources Clean Energy Ventures. It will supply up to 25 percent of the energy needs of the Stony Brook sewage facility on River Road. The municipality will receive a lease payment of $25,000 a year for the use of the site. more

“AFGHAN GIRL, 2001”: This photograph by Princeton Day School photography teacher Thatcher Cook is featured in the school’s Visual and Design Arts Faculty Exhibition, on view from October 16 through November 9. An opening reception with the artists will be held on on Friday, October 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School presents the Visual and Design Arts Faculty Exhibition, on view from October 16 through November 9. There will be an opening reception with the artists on Friday, October 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. more