January 25, 2017

Plainsboro Public Library will celebrate the Year of the Rooster on Saturday, February 4, from noon to 4:30 p.m. with traditional Chinese arts, crafts, food, dances, games and lantern riddles. From noon to 2 p.m. will be the art reception for accomplished artist Zuimeng Cao, who brings an exciting collection of Chinese traditional paintings depicting landscapes of ice & snow and flora & fauna. Professor Cao will speak of his technique and art theory at 1:30 p.m. The exhibition is available for viewing in the library’s Art Gallery from January 25 through February 23. At 1:45 p.m., the library will welcome in the new year with a joyful dragon dance performed by the Huaxia Chinese School at Plainsboro’s Dragon Dance Team, a traditional staple of the Chinese New Year celebration. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. is the ever-popular Food Show graciously sponsored by the Asian Food Markets. Dumplings will be served in the 1st floor café area. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.lmxac.org.

ON TRIAL: After all her miraculous success in leading the French to victory, Joan (Andrus Nichols) finds herself captured, brought before an ecclesiastical court on charges of heresy, and interrogated by the Inquisitor (Eric Tucker) in Bedlam theater company’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan,” at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre through February 12. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson) 

The young heroine of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan (1923) has a lot in common with the celebrated Bedlam theater company that is presenting the play at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre through February 12. “There is something about the girl,” says a soldier in the opening scene of the play, as Joan of Arc wins over the local squire to supply her with a horse, armor, and troops, and, following orders directly from God, she sets out to free the city of Orleans from the English.  more

Come celebrate George Washington’s 285th birthday on Sunday, February 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Admission is just $1. During the day, buildings in the historic village will be open and various children’s activities will be offered. Children are encouraged to bring homemade birthday cards to present to General Washington. At 1 p.m., visitors will gather in the park’s visitor center to sing Happy Birthday to George and enjoy cake that he will cut with his own sword. Washington Crossing Historic Park is located at 1112 River Road in Washington Crossing, Pa. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Washington Crossing Park.

“FORMAL PEARS WITH KNIFE”: This somewhat foreboding still-life is included in Allen Fitzpatrick’s exhibit titled “Looking” in the Rider University Art Gallery Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, February 26. Learn more at www.rider.edu/arts.

The Rider University Art Gallery will present an exhibition of works by Allen Fitzpatrick titled “Looking” from Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, February 26. The exhibit will include an opening reception on Thursday, January 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. and an artist’s talk on Thursday, February 2 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. more

Artist Josh Rockland is displaying his work at Small World Coffee on 254 Nassau Street through the month of January. On his website, joshrockland.com, he writes: “My paintings have a personal, narrative quality that combines seemingly unrelated objects in an aesthetic and accessible way.” Rockland is originally from Princeton and currently resides in Morristown.

The Takács String Quartet returned to Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University last Wednesday night for the third of the ensemble’s six-part journey through the string quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven. Throughout the fall and early winter, Princeton University Concerts has built ancillary educational events around these performances, and as in the previous concerts, the Takács Quartet played to a nearly full house. Also as with other performances in this series, seating in the house was limited to downstairs and onstage, creating a more intimate atmosphere. more

Princeton Abbey and Cemetery is pleased to announce they will be hosting a concert from Les Agrements de Musique on Sunday afternoon, February 5 at 4 p.m. The concert will feature works by: Jean-Baptiste Lully, Marin Marais, Louis and François Couperin, and Charles (François) Dieupart. This concert hass general admission with a suggested donation of $15 at the door. more

Registration for the Princeton Little League’s (PLL) spring 2017 baseball and tee ball season is now open at www.princetonlittleleague.com.

Boys and girls between the ages of 4-13 are eligible to play. In order to be eligible, players must either live within the PLL boundary area, which includes parts of Rocky Hill, Skillman, and Hopewell, or attend a school in the PLL boundary area. more

January 18, 2017

Reading over the artist’s shoulder, you know who the hero of the occasion is at Monday’s Martin Luther King Day Community Event at the Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center. It was a day of live performances, interactive improv, listening, learning, sharing, and making art. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Despite impassioned appeals on both sides, along with expressed commitments to work together, Princeton Charter School (PCS) and Princeton Public Schools (PPS) remain entrenched in their opposition over the question of a PCS expansion.

Princeton Charter School’s board voted unanimously last Wednesday to support their application to the State Department of Education for expansion, and Princeton Public Schools continued their efforts to block that move.  more

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IT’S ALL ABOUT COMMUNITY: Princeton Councilman Lance Liverman delivered a positive message at a prayer breakfast held in memory of Martin Luther King, at Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center. Bob Durkee, the University’s vice president and secretary, looks on at far left. (Photo by Denise Applewhite, Courtesy of Princeton University)

This year for the first time, Princeton University designated Martin Luther King Day a school holiday. That gave students and faculty the day off on Monday, January 16, and many of them joined members of the local community to remember the late civil rights activist at a special prayer breakfast in the University’s Carl A. Fields Center. more

Advocating the benefits of recycling to residents of Princeton can be like preaching to the choir. But there is more to creating a truly sustainable community than even the most dedicated recyclers may be aware. more

MOVING ON: Potter John Shedd, a fixture in Rocky Hill for decades, is relocating his shop and studio to Hopewell. The stalled bridge repair work on Route 518 has kept customers away for too long, making a major dent in his important holiday sales season. Look for John Shedd Designs this spring in Hopewell’s Tomato Factory. 

For John Shedd, the idea of moving his pottery studio from Rocky Hill to Hopewell is nothing new. He has mulled it over for years. more

Leticia Fraga has announced she will make another run for Princeton Council in the next election this year. The terms of Bernie Miller and Jo Butler will become available. Mr. Miller has said he will not run for another term, while Ms. Butler has yet to make a decision. more

Rutgers Master Gardeners, who recently received Awards for Excellence at a conference of the Rutgers Master Gardeners Association of New Jersey.  Pictured with Barbara J. Bromley, Mercer County Horticulturist (far right) are front, Greenie Neuburg, Princeton; and standing rear from left to right Louise Senior, Princeton; Kay Danbury, Lawrenceville; and Pat Lagunas, Princeton.

Annie Isaacson, 47, yoga teacher and founder in 2014 of Rise Power Yoga on the second floor at 80 Nassau Street, believes in balance. She realizes that Rise Power Yoga is a successful business, but more important to her is leading a balanced life and providing a service to the community. As she explains it, “It becomes a space for a lot of people to show up and discover their radiance and deal with whatever they’re going through, whether it’s physical or emotional.” Annie lives in Princeton off Mount Lucas Road with her 13-year-old son. Here, in her own words, she talks about her journey to Rise Power Yoga. more

On Saturday morning, February 11, people across 33 cities in 10 states will participate in the ninth annual Cupid’s Chase 5K run, presented by Community Options, Inc. The Princeton run starts at Princeton Shopping Center on North Harrison Street, with registration at 8 a.m. and the race beginning at 10 a.m. more

If at first an idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it. — Albert Einstein

I’m thinking of two Lears. Edward is the author of “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat,” one of the happiest poems ever written. The other Lear is Shakespeare’s mad king who brings the world down on his head because he only hears what he wants to hear no matter how evil the source and when he hears something he doesn’t want to hear, even when it’s spoken by an angel, he banishes the angel, opens the door of his kingdom to evil, and is lost. It’s our good fortune that Shakespeare makes great literature out of all that madness and misery. It’s our absurd fortune that someone with the failings of the mad king is about to take the throne. more

The Arts Council of Princeton is nominated for Favorite Gallery, Favorite Adult Art Classes, and Favorite Art Camp in the Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards. Pictured here is their building, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts.

For one semester, Princeton University’s Music 219, an opera performance class in the music department, put its small class through the paces of preparing operatic excerpts for public performance. The students and faculty selected the music to be prepared, and the class culminated last Saturday night in an evening of operatic selections accompanied by an orchestra.  more

BURIAL BATTLE: Laertes (Edmund Lewis, on bottom) and Hamlet (Eric Tucker) fight over the corpse of Ophelia (Andrus Nichols) in the graveyard, as Hamlet prepares for his final revenge in Bedlam theater company’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre through February 12. (Photo by Elizabeth Nichols)

A New York-based theater company founded in 2012, Bedlam, currently presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Shaw’s Saint Joan in rotating repertory at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre, has received much acclaim from New York critics and others for its productions over the past four years. McCarter artistic director Emily Mann saw their Saint Joan a few years ago in New York City, and “was determined to bring Bedlam’s work to Princeton.” more

CLARINET MASTERCLASS WITH DAVID KRAKAUER: On Saturday, January 28 from 2 to 5 p.m., the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) continues its masterclass partnership with Westminster Conservatory with a PSO BRAVO! Masterclass with clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer. Advance reservations are required via princetonsymphony.org or by phone at (609) 497-0020.

On Saturday, January 28 from 2 to 5 p.m., the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) continues its masterclass partnership with Westminster Conservatory with a PSO BRAVO! Masterclass with clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer.  more

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Boheme Opera NJ is delighted to present a semi-staged performance of Gioacchino Rossini’s comic opera, The Barber of Seville at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing on Sunday, January 29 at 3 p.m. The performance will take place at the Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall on the campus of TCNJ. Members of the Boheme Opera Orchestra will be on stage with the cast and Boheme Opera Men’s Chorus Ensemble. Artistic Director Joseph Pucciatti will conduct, assisted by Howard Zogott as stage director. There will be a Mayo Concert Hall lobby reception for audience members directly after the production. Reserved tickets for the performance are $50 and $30, now available online at bit.ly/BONJ_Barber_TCNJ and also via TCNJ’s audience services specialist at (609) 771-2585.  more

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The New Year is upon us, and if improving your fitness level is on that list of resolutions, Studio Nikki LLC Pilates & Fitness in Skillman is just the place. Offering integrated services of Pilates, Redcord, breast cancer rehabilitation, and CoreAlign; it is an ideal format for exercise, toning, and enhancing general well-being. more