November 11, 2015

Princeton Symphony Orchestra continued its journey through “significant voices of our time” with a concert of appealing yet complex music Sunday afternoon in Richardson Auditorium. For this concert, in a season dedicated to women’s creativity, PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov chose to explore the topic through guest solo pianist Joyce Yang, an international superstar who mesmerized Sunday afternoon’s audience with demonically virtuosic playing.

Concerts featuring guest stars often ‘warm up’ the audience with a familiar work before the star attraction. PSO put a great deal of faith in its audience on Sunday afternoon by beginning the concert with a full-length symphony by Princeton composer Edward T. Cone. Cone’s 1953 Symphony showed the musical influence on Cone of the early 20th-century Second Viennese School in its use of small melodic fragments passed around among the players of the orchestra. In the opening Sostenuto random pitches seemed to come from throughout the stage, as conductor Mr. Milanov maintained steady control over the building intensity. The texture continually changed as different instruments came to the forefront during the course of the work.  more

Theater Bollywood

From acclaimed Artistic Director Rahis Bharti, Bollywood Masala invites audiences on a lively musical journey from Radasthan to Mumbai at McCarter Theatre on Monday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.

For their Princeton debut, a company of 17 musicians and dancers will perform traditional Rajasthani dance, including pot balancing, standing on swords, the Maharaja (spinning dances), and even the spectacle of fire breathing. The dancers will be accompanied by musicians using a variety of instrumentation.  more

Music Flute

Swiss flutist Emmanuel Pahud will perform with guitarist Christian Rivet at Richardson Auditorium on Thursday, November 19 at 8 p.m. The musicians will perform selections from their 2014 award-winning recording titled, Around the World, a collection of music linking four continents across three centuries. The program will include both original works and special arrangements by Astor Piazzolla, Maurice Ohana, Francesco Molino, Ravi Shankar, George Frederic Handel, Elliott Carter, Christian Rivet, and Béla Bartók. There will be a musical preview at 7 p.m. free to ticketholders, featuring the Princeton Pianists Ensemble performing arrangements of Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Chopin, and Ravel for up to eight hands. more

November 4, 2015

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It’s fitting that a painter helped make Lake Carnegie possible. When Andrew Carnegie was having his portrait painted by Howard Russell Butler, Class of 1876, Butler told him of the Princeton crew’s need for a place to practice and compete. That was in 1902. On December 5, 1906, the dream became a reality — at a final cost of $450,000 or about $9.5 million today. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

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HARNESSING THE POWER OF LITERATURE: Last month, a group of select librarians from around the country came together at Princeton Public Library to learn the techniques of People and Stories/Gente y Cuentos, which shares literature with those who might otherwise not have access. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the participants were led by Pat Andres and Alma Concepcion, fourth and fifth from left, of People and Stories/Gente y Cuentos.

It wasn’t exactly quiet in the Quiet Room at Princeton Public Library. Seated around a table one day last month, nine librarians from around the country were reviewing a short story and how it can be used to get the people they serve excited about literature. While tones were muted — these were librarians, after all — the discussion was animated.

Josie Andrews, from Nevada City, California, counts a large homeless population among her library clients. Cindy Welsh, from Greeley, Colorado, works with refugees and immigrants with low literacy. Aida Quinones, from Athens, Georgia, manages a bilingual library that attracts a lot of migrants. more

You see them blowing in the street or beside the road. You’ll see them if you wander into the woods. You’ll see them in streams, rivers, and the ocean. You probably have a few in your car, maybe a bag full in your garage or under the sink or in the kitchen closet.

Each of us brings home hundreds of plastic bags every year — more than 100 billion total in the United States, according to the United States International Trade Commission. There’s widespread agreement that this is a problem for our environment, and widespread disagreement over the best thing to do about it. Can we break our addiction to plastic bags, which didn’t appear in grocery stores until the late 1970s, and embrace reusable non-plastic bags?  more

Credit: Evan Sung for The New York Times

Credit: Evan Sung for The New York Times

KEEPING IT REAL: Chef David Tanis will be at Princeton Public Library on Thursday, November 12, at 7 p.m., discussing his new cookbook “One Good Dish” (Artisan $25.95). Says the Washington Post, “Trust David Tanis to keep it real …. ‘One Good Dish’ is modern and American, unfussy and charming.”

Chef David Tanis will appear at Princeton Public Library on Thursday, November 12, at 7 p.m., to discuss his new cookbook One Good Dish (Artisan $25.95). Offering 100 one-dish recipes that epitomize his no-fuss approach to comfort food, One Good Dish is the chef’s first non-menu cookbook.

According to a starred review in Publishers Weekly, David Tanis “turns his focus to an eclectic array of simple, casual meals that satisfy and are appropriate to be eaten at any time of day. Tanis’s whimsy runs from bread, snacks, and condiments to vegetables, griddled foods, desserts, and more …. His chapter titled ‘Eating with a Spoon’ centers on pleasures in a bowl and contains a full-bodied, save-your-life garlic soup, rice porridge with salted egg, yellow risotto with saffron and lemon, and clams in the shell with fennel and parsley …. Accompanied by numerous full-color photographs, the recipes in this collection are suitable for solo dining or entertaining guests and are certain to please.” more

Art Drum

INSPIRING PHOTOGRAPHS: Bruce M. White is among the nine New Jersey photographers featured in the “Inspire: Everyday People Changing New Jersey” exhibit at Drumthwacket that is on view until July 31, 2016. White’s award winning, internationally recognized photographs have illustrated numerous art books and exhibitions commissioned by leading educational, cultural, and historic institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The White House, BreastIntentions, and Urban Promise USA. Pictured above, First Lady Mary Pat Christie views White’s portrait of NJ Hero Jodina Hicks, executive director of Urban Promise, Camden.

Combining the homegrown talents of nine New Jersey fine arts photographers with the efforts of 18 New Jersey Heroes, First Lady Mary Pat Christie recently unveiled a new photographic exhibit that will be on display at Drumthwacket, the Governor’s Official Residence in Princeton, through July 31, 2016. The black and white portrait collection, Inspire: Everyday People Changing New Jersey, is part of the Drumthwacket Foundation’s fine arts initiative to curate historical and contemporary exhibits that recognize the state’s rich cultural heritage and instill pride. more

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“MOONSCAPE”: The watercolor pictured above titled “Moonscape” will be among the paintings by Jane Adriance displayed at the University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) through February 2016. On Friday, November 20 there will be an opening reception for the exhibit from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Art for Healing Gallery at UMCP.

The University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) will host a wine and cheese reception on Friday, November 20, to mark the opening of an exhibit featuring works by Princeton watercolor artist Jane Adriance.

The reception is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Art for Healing Gallery, which is located in the concourse connecting UMCP to the Medical Arts Pavilion and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center. To attend, please RSVP at www.princetonhcs.org/art by November 13. more

Dance

CONTEMPORARY CHOREOGRAPHERS: Beth Gill will be one of three choreographers to present during the Lewis Center for the Arts’ “Choreographers in Residence and in Conversation” on Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Patricia Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio, 185 Nassau Street. Gill is a 2015-16 Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center. In addition to commissions from New York Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory Theater, The Kitchen, and Dance Theater Workshop, in 2011 she won two New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. (Photo Credit: Chris Cameron)

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present “Choreographers in Residence and in Conversation,” featuring three choreographers associated with the Princeton Dance Program on Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio, 185 Nassau Street. Choreographers Beth Gill, a 2015-16 Hodder Fellow; Dean Moss, a current guest artist; and Pavel Zustiak, a 2015-17 Princeton Arts Fellow, will present works-in-progress, as well as discuss the doubts, difficulties, and revelations they’ve encountered in the course of their current artistic undertakings. This event is free and open to the public. more

Music Faust

Violinist Isabelle Faust will perform the complete set of solo violin sonatas and partitas by Johann Sebastian Bach at Princeton University Chapel on Monday, November 16 at 7 p.m.

In keeping with the new concert format launched earlier this year called PUC125: Performances Up Close, this concert will be presented in-the-round with the violinist elevated on a platform. Given the intimate nature of the reconfigured space and its acoustic setting, seating is limited.  more

November 2, 2015

Einstein

To mark the centennial of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, there are events taking place from Berlin to Bozeman, Montana. Prominent among them is a two-day conference November 5-6 at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, where the physicist was a faculty member from 1933 to 1955.

“General Relativity at 100” is aimed, mostly, at an invited audience. But it opens on Wednesday, November 4 with a performance of a play at Princeton University’s Richardson Hall, Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein, that is open to the public. And for those who want to witness international experts trading ideas on diverse aspects of general relativity from cosmology to quantum gravity and from black holes to neutron stars, the entire conference can be live-streamed by logging on to the IAS website. more

October 28, 2015

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Photographers, amateur and professional alike, were feasting on the last week’s stunning autumn weather, particularly in the area around Lake Carnegie and the D&R canal, where this vision of the season in its glory was captured. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

The Princeton Battlefield Society will appeal a Mercer County judge’s rejection of its most recent attempt to keep the Institute for Advanced Study from building faculty housing on land owned by the Institute that the Battlefield Society says is historic and should not be disturbed.

Attorney Bruce Afran, representing the Battlefield Society, said Judge Mary Jacobson’s ruling last Friday was not unexpected. “These cases are really resolved in appellate court, so everybody expected this to have to go to a higher level,” he said on Monday. more

Agriculture

Morris S. Fabian will deliver a free, public lecture on his personal recollections of the local agricultural industry from 1943 to 1962 on Sunday, November 1 at 2 p.m. The presentation will focus on the area’s former dairy industry including Cool Meadows Farm, owned and operated by J.M. Fabian, breeder of Guernsey cattle and producer of Golden Guernsey milk. The event will take place at the Hopewell Township Branch of the Mercer County Library, located at 245 Pennington-Titusville Road in Pennington. To RSVP, email hvhist@aol.com.

True Style Book

G. Bruce Boyer, the author of True Style: The History & Principles of Classic Menswear (Basic Books) will be visiting Nick Hilton, 221 Witherspoon Street, on Saturday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mr. Boyer has been called the “Robert Caro of the cufflink, the Boswell of the bow tie” and “the Raymond Chandler of menswear journalism.”

Mr. Boyer will be meeting and greeting customers, speaking casually about his life and work, and signing free copies of True Style. The event is in conjunction with an appearance by Nick Hilton’s premier fabric supplier, Gladson, Ltd. more

Rider Art

“ABRAHAM AND ISAAC”: This 62” x 62” oil on canvas by orthopedic surgeon, drawer, and painter Marc Malberg will be among the artworks displayed in the Rider University Art Gallery’s newest exhibit, “Biblical Inspiration in a Secular Age” running from November 5 to December 6. Malberg is one of five exhibiting artists whose work is based on a 21st century revisionist perspective on the Bible. Malberg’s images of Abraham and Isaac, Abraham and Aaron, Moses and the Burning Bush, and Absalom, King David’s son, will be on view in the exhibition.

Rider University’s Art Gallery opens an exhibition on Thursday, November 5 titled Biblical Inspiration in a Secular Age. Organized by guest curator Judith Brodsky, the exhibition will run from November 5 through Sunday, December 6. A reception in honor of the artists will take place on Thursday, November 5, and is free and open to the public. The artists will speak about their work in a free program open to the public on Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m. more

October 27, 2015

IAS

Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, a pillar of modern physics formulated 100 years ago, will be celebrated by the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University in a two-day conference, General Relativity at 100. The conference, which will feature ten colloquium-style talks by international experts on diverse aspects of general relativity and its fascinating history—from cosmology to quantum gravity, from black holes to neutron stars—will take place in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute’s campus on November 5–6. The conference will also celebrate the seminal role of Princeton physicists, particularly John Wheeler and Bob Dicke and their students, in advancing an examination of general relativity.  more

October 21, 2015

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MARS, HERE I COME!: James Wray, Princeton Junction native, now Georgia Tech Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, led a research team that confirmed the presence of water and the possibility of life on Mars. He’s eager to follow up on that discovery. (Photo Courtesy of James Wray)

When James Wray was a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, he had ambitious dreams. According to a May 2002 Star Ledger article, “James hopes some day to become an astronaut. ‘I’ve always dreamed of walking on Mars,’ he says.”

Well, not yet, but it looks like he’s on his way.

Flash back to a TV news conference on Monday three weeks ago, where NASA scientists were preparing to announce that liquid water is flowing on the surface of Mars, providing a crucial clue that life might exist on the red planet.  more

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates will be reading from The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age (Ecco $27.99) on Tuesday, October 27 at 6 p.m. at Labyrinth Books of Princeton.

“Oates perfectly captures the unique confusion of childhood, brought on by the unsatisfying explanations of adults,” according to Elle magazine. The San Francisco Chronicle calls The Lost Landscape an “intriguing new memoir … Oates mines literary gold.” Says The Philadelphia Inquirer: “This captivating account of the growth of a writer’s mind puts the new collection of essays firmly in the tradition of similar autobiographical works by writers such as Goethe, Wordsworth, and Joyce.”  more

Marie HoweAward-winning poet Marie Howe will present a lecture entitled “No Not Nothing Never: Interruption, Contradiction, and Negation as a Way To Push Open the Door You Didn’t Know Was There” on Tuesday, October 27, at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. This 2015-16 Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes Lecture presented by Princeton’s Program in Creative Writing, is free and open to the public.

Marie Howe is the 2012-14 Poet Laureate of New York State. Her most recent book, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (2009) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her other collections of poetry include What the Living Do (1998), which was praised by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the five best poetry collections of the year, and The Good Thief (Persea, 1988), which was selected by Margaret Atwood for the 1987 National Poetry Series. She was also awarded the 2015 Academy of American Poets Fellowship. Her other awards include grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Bunting Institute, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught at Tufts University and Dartmouth College and is currently teaching at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Columbia University. more

Art TCNJ

Back in the late 1970s when video games were still a novelty, visual art was prominent in packaging and marketing but had yet to transfer to the screen. Fast forward a decade or so. Video game designers, some of whom are traditional painters and artists, are now able to experiment and express themselves in ways they may have imagined but didn’t think were possible.

It is this progression, and beyond, that an ambitious exhibit at The College of New Jersey Art Gallery is exploring through December 13. “A Palette of Pixels: The Evolving Art of Video Games” looks at the last three decades of the medium with concept art, sketches, and sculptures from video games, as well as interactive game stations. Curator Chris Ault, associate professor of interactive multimedia and the former chair of the department at TCNJ, said the question of whether video games are art has been a hot topic in recent years. more

Art Leon

“HEAR, SEE, SPEAK”: Leon Rainbow’s “Hear, See, Speak” is among 32 works by 22 artists in “Art Served Up Trenton Style,” at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College until October 29. More information is available at www.mccc.edu/gallery.

The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) presents “Art Served Up Trenton Style,” an exhibition of works from the Trenton Artists Workshop Association (TAWA) and the SAGE Coalition. The show runs now until Thursday, October 29 with an opening reception today, Wednesday, October 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. The MCCC Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on the College’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Directions and a campus map can be found at www.mccc.edu. more

Yarrow

Petter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary will perform at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville on Saturday, November 7 at 4 p.m. All proceeds from the concert will benefit programs at Every Child Valued (ECV) and the Susan Bachus Scholarship Fund at the Lawrenceville Presbyterian School (LPP). Tickets are $20 general admission and $10 for children.

To purchase, call LPP at (609) 844-0022 or visit www.lppreschool.com.

Peter Yarrow is best known for his renditions of the classic songs, “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “If I Had a Hammer,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” and “This Land is Your Land.” He also performed at the March on Washington in 1963 and the Selma-Montgomery March in 1965.  more

October 19, 2015

See below for the October 16, 2015 Planning Board Meeting. 

Town Topics Newspaper will be posting videos of all future municipal meetings.