November 4, 2015

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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 by November 13. more


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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 more


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

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. 

October 14, 2015


At a press conference Monday at Hinds Plaza, government officials and members of the clergy were joined by citizens concerned about the rise of gun violence in this country. The group is pressuring New Jersey senators to override Governor Chris Christie’s recent veto of a bill that would have required anyone seeking a gun permit to notify local law enforcement if they are attempting to have their mental health records expunged. Mayor Liz Lempert, shown here at the microphone, introduced State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, who is pictured between Senator Linda Greenstein and the Reverend Bob Moore of the Coalition for Peace Action. more


Barney Frank, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-MA) and author of Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, will present a public lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2015, in McCosh Hall, room 50, on the Princeton University campus. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion. Frank is visiting the Wilson School as this year’s Conor D. Reilly Distinguished Visitor.

This is a ticketed event. For information, visit

Mr. Frank served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 2013 and was chairman of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007–11. He is widely known for his co-sponsorship, with then Senator Chris Dodd, of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act 9, commonly known as the Dodd-Frank Act.  more

pg 3 pic flamencoThe Festival Cultural Latino was getting off to a slow start two weekends ago on Hinds Plaza. A handful of patrons browsed through tempting foods and crafts from a variety of Latino cultures, provided by local artisans and restaurants.

Suddenly, everyone’s attention turned toward the north end of the plaza, where a crowd had gathered. What had looked like only a smattering of participants moments before soon became a crowd of 100 or more clapping to the rhythms, punctuated by castanets and rapid-fire clacking of shoes on the pavement. All were enjoying the lively, colorful performance — proud dancers in swirling bright dresses, with sweeping scarves and capes — of Lisa Botalico and her Spanish dance students.

Grabbing the spectators’ attention and exciting her students and audiences, in Princeton, throughout the area and beyond, has been a passionate priority for Ms. Botalico for most of her life.

The busy choreographer-dancer-teacher described some of the sources of her inspiration and success, all based on her “unwavering belief that Spanish Dance, especially flamenco, is a celebration of life, and everyone is welcome to celebrate their lives with me! Since flamenco is traditionally a familial and communal dance, my classes are open. Students get used to being watched and are therefore ready to perform for the public. Flamenco can be performed just about anywhere, so we are able to reach out to the public in many forums such as senior centers, outdoor festivals, and private functions. Flamenco simply delights the public!”

The 20 minute demonstration at Festival Cultural Latino epitomized Ms. Botalico’s dynamic dual roles as performer and teacher. A contingent of five young dancers performed the Tanguillo and a dramatic Paso Doble with capes and fans. Dressed in bright red and black with a red rose atop her head, Ms. Botalico, accompanied by adults and children, performed Sevillanas and then a Rumba Flamenca, with Ms. Botalico providing a dramatic climactic solo. more

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Princeton Junior School has been named an IB World School, receiving its authorization and making it the only private elementary school in New Jersey to offer this Primary Years Program.

The International Baccalaureate is a not-for-profit educational foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The IB’s Primary Years Program is a framework that links traditional academic subjects with conceptual and inquiry-based learning. It emphasizes hands-on activities with international relevance that also develops critical thinking. This program is part of a continuum for middle school, high school and beyond. However, Ms. Clark asserts that the IB PYP prepares PJS graduates for success as they continue their education. “Our students have an edge because we are now an integral part of a global community providing them with multicultural perspectives.” more

police-patchAmid nationwide controversy over relationships between police and the communities they serve, many police departments are beginning to adopt officer-worn cameras, as a means of improving those relationships. The Princeton Police Department is currently applying for a state grant and meeting with vendors to evaluate cameras on the market, but many questions and concerns remain about their use.

Princeton Police Chief Nicholas Sutter is moving ahead on this initiative. “I am completely in favor of body cameras as is the PBA [Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association],” he said. “The cameras will increase confidence in the Police Department and clear officers of false complaints, while documenting police-civilian encounters.” more

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Internationally renowned South African artist William Kentridge has been selected as a 2015–16 Belknap Visitor in the Humanities by the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. As part of his visit, Kentridge will deliver a public lecture today, October 14 at 5 p.m. in McCosh 10 on the PU campus. The talk’s title, “O Sentimental Machine,” stems from the artist’s new multimedia installation currently on view at the Istanbul Biennial. The work, installed on Büyükada Island, was conceived in part as a response to the history of Leon Trotsky’s exile in Istanbul from 1929 to 1933, when he resided in a mansion on the island. To celebrate his visit, the PU Art Museum will feature two works by the artist in a special installation: the print “Atlas Procession I” (2000), an ironic recasting of triumphal procession friezes in classical architecture, which was purchased by the museum in 2002; and the collage “Typewriter IV” (2011), a deeply saturated ink drawing of a typewriter on found paper, on loan from the Marian Goodman Gallery. (Photograph by Adine Sagalyn) 

Music Teeth 10-14-15

The musical ensemble Chamber of Teeth will perform at McCarter Theatre on Sunday, October 25 at 3 p.m. The group has blazed their own trail in the world of contemporary music, winning a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance with the group’s debut album. Its eight singers compose their “repertoire without borders,” and one of their commissions, Caroline Shaw’s Partita for 8 Voices, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. Ms. Shaw, currently a doctoral candidate in composition at Princeton University, will join her colleagues for a very special evening of vocal performance. To purchase tickets, call (609) 258-2787 or visit

October 12, 2015


Volunteers are needed to join in a community art project building an airplane on the Great Lawn at Morven, which will open an exhibit, “Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Couple of an Age,” on November 13. Morven is located at 55 Stockton Street.

From Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 25, volunteers will work in shifts to build an interpretation of Charles Lindbergh’s plane, the Spirit of St. Louis. more