April 27, 2016

Book RevAs Big Ben rang the first hour of January 1, 2014, the skies over London were overwhelmed by a fireworks display of such scope and magnitude, I was sure the occasion had to be something greater than the beginning of another year. At a loss for superlatives worthy of the spectacle, I remembered a night when I stood outside the newly reborn Globe Theatre between acts of As You Like It gazing at the floodlit dome of St. Paul, my head swimming with Shakespeare. Of course, that was it. The only word for all that glory at the midnight hour, in that place, was Shakespeare.

At the time I didn’t know that the year 2014 brought with it the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, a connection also ironically unremarked by the organizers of a New Year’s show that had been touted as “multi-sensory,” an orgy of orange-flavored smoke, strawberry mist, peach snow, and 40,000 grams of edible banana confetti. Whatever it was, celebratory serendipity or a happy coincidence, the timely grandeur of the display made Shakespearean sense.  more

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Eddie S. Glaude Jr. will discuss and sign copies of his book “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul” on Tuesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at Princeton Public Library. Mr. Glaude is the chair of the Center for African-American Studies and the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University. This program is presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Anthony Acciavatti will be at Labyrinth Books on Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m. for a discussion of his new book, Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River, which was awarded the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for 2016. more

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PDS ALUMNI EXHIBITON: The Princeton Day School’s “50th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibition” is on view until May 14. The exhibit includes a wide variety of media by 37 talented alumni including founding partner of Studio Hillier, J. Robert Hillier PCD ’52, FAIA. His River Road House model, pictured above, will be among the works exhibited.

In continuation of Princeton Day School’s 50th Anniversary celebration, the Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery proudly presents the 50th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibition, on view from now through May 14.  more

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“TICK TOCK, DRIP DROP”: This lithography with chine collé and hand coloring by Eileen Foti is included in the West Windsor Arts Council’s “Generation Next” exhibit. From May 2 until June 9, the gallery will feature six established artists who selected one emerging artist to exhibit with them.

West Windsor Arts Council (WWAC) presents its annual “Generation Next” exhibit featuring original artwork by up-and-coming artists with a twist. This year WWAC invited six “established” artists to exhibit their work and choose one “up-and-coming” artist to exhibit with them. The works are on display May 2 – July 9, 2016 with an opening reception May 15, 4-6 p.m. more

Each year, the Stuart B. Mindlin Memorial Concerts at Princeton University have brought together the University Orchestra with other ensembles and guest soloists. This year, conductor Michael Pratt and the orchestra chose to go it alone, presenting two major symphonic works which not only showed off the ensemble’s collective sound, but also gave many of the student musicians the chance to play elegant solos.  more

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McCarter Theatre Center is pleased to announce its full schedule of 2016-17 dance, music, and signature presented series. An eclectic mix of the world’s greatest musicians, dance companies, and performing artists are on tap, including several returning favorites and McCarter debuts.  more

April 25, 2016

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ON POINT: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse player Madison Mundenar controls the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Monday, sophomore star Mundenar had three goals and two assists to help PDS defeat Pennington 18-15. The Panthers, now 6-3, play at Blair Academy on April 20 and at Hopewell Valley on April 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Madison Mundenar is looking to be a more versatile performer on attack this spring in her sophomore campaign for the Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse team. more

April 22, 2016

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On Saturday, April 9, over 200 guests at the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) sold-out gala Gershwin in Paris were treated to the sights and sounds of jazz-age Paris. Held at the grand venue Jasna Polana, patrons sipped cocktails and ate canapés prior to being called to dinner by an impressive brass fanfare by PSO musicians. Music Director Rossen Milanov welcomed everyone and conducted George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” as flappers from the American Repertory Ballet performed a jazz challenge dance choreographed by Mary Pat Robertson. Pictured: Gala Co-Chairs Nora Decker and Beth Beers with spouses Keil Decker of BlackRock and David Beers of Goldman Sachs (Photo Credit: T. Kevin Birch)

April 20, 2016

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The move to an earlier date worked out nicely for Communiversity 2016, with blue skies, sunshine, and a busy midway overlooked by the facades and variously shaped rooftops of buildings of Nassau Street. In this week’s Town Talk people who were at the fair talk about their favorite things. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

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INSPIRATION FOR A RUN AND SOME FAMILY FUN: Alexander Michael Dodson’s parents choose to honor his memory by holding the annual Alexander’s Run, a race and family festival taking place in Trenton on Saturday. The 5K run and walk raises funds to support research into Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) and programs for Trenton children at Stuart Country Day School.

Alexander Michael Dodson was only 19-months-old when he died in his sleep on December 20, 2008. The curly-haired toddler who loved to dance, eat waffles, and play with his friends was a victim of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC), which claims the lives of healthy children over the age of 12 months. more

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On April 18, New Hope Business and Scannapieco Development Corporation hosted an official model home groundbreaking ceremony for The Residences at Rabbit Run Creek in New Hope, Pa. The model will be open by early Fall 2016. The 37 custom townhomes boast water views, fine architecture and full customization. Pictured from left to right: Sang-Yee Rummler (Architect, Minno & Wasko); Council President Bill Scandone; Keith Boyd (Builder, Barley Homes); Developer Tom Scannapieco; New Hope Mayor Larry Keller; Phil Jackson (Financier, Univest Bank); Tim Hampton (Financier, Univest Bank).

Learn more at rabbitruncreek.com.

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HIT PARADE: Princeton University baseball player Billy Arendt takes a swing in a game earlier this season. Last weekend, senior infielder Arendt starred as Princeton took three of four games from Penn in a critical Ivy League Gehrig Division series. Arendt went 4-for-4 with three runs, four RBIs and two homers on the day in a 7-2  and 3-1 sweep on Saturday. A day later, he went 3-for-6 overall with a run and an RBI as the Tigers won 5-1 before losing the nightcap 5-2.  Arendt was later named the Ivy Co-Player of the Week along with Cornell’s Cole Rutherford for his performance against Penn. Princeton, now 17-14 overall and 9-3 Ivy, leads Cornell (12-14 overall, 5-5 Ivy) and Penn (14-18 overall, 6-6 Ivy) in the Gehrig Division standings. The Tigers play at Rider on April 20 before heading up to New York City for doubleheaders at Columbia (10-21 overall, 4-8 Ivy) on April 23 and 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Entering the homestretch of his career with the Princeton University baseball team, Billy Arendt was looking to shine as the Tigers hosted Penn for a four-game set starting last Saturday. more

Kathy Monzo, municipal deputy administrator and director of finance, has announced that she will be leaving her post in Princeton to become administrator of North Brunswick Township in Middlesex County.

“I have mixed feelings. It’s bittersweet because I have been blessed to have worked with so many wonderful people here,” she said Monday. “But at the same time, this is a very exciting challenge and I’m looking forward to it.” more

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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