February 8, 2017

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer will be holding its Business Networking Event on February 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Spruce Street Community Center located on 1040 Spruce Street in Lawrence.

Scheduled are a guided tour of the new community center, live program demonstrations, information about child care and club programs for employees, details regarding volunteer opportunities, and a chance to connect with other area professionals. Light refreshments will be served. more

The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion presents a talk with David Bosted entitled, “Eslanda and Paul Robeson: A Twentieth Century Love Affair” on Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. at Ellarslie Mansion at Cadwalader Park in Trenton. The 1937 movie “Big Fella,” starring Paul Robeson as a street-wise but honest dockworker, is set on the docks and streets of Marseilles. Elisabeth Welch plays opposite him as a café singer in love with Robeson’s character. Robeson’s wife, Eslanda Robeson, plays the role of the café owner. For more information, visit www.ellarslie.org

Join Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands for a walk through the fields of Mapleton Preserve in Kingston on Sunday, February 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. Walkers will look for signs of life in the winter landscape including plants, animals, and birds. Hot chocolate will be served after the walk. This event is free to attend, but pre-registration is requested by calling Karen Linder at (609) 683-0483. For directions to Mapleton Preserve, visit http://fpnl.org.

Princeton Summer Theater is pleased to welcome Luke Soucy and Megan Berry as the company’s new leadership team for the 2017 season.

Minneapolis native Luke Soucy will serve as PST’s Artistic Director, with Megan Berry of Cambridge, MA as Executive Director. Both are theater certificate students in Princeton University’s Class of 2019. more

A SATIRICAL FANTASIA: Princeton University freshman Tri Le (left) as Frank and senior Kathy Zhao (right) as Kathy in rehearsal for Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery to be presented at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and directed by faculty member Peter Kim on February 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. Performances will take place at the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio located at 185 Nassau Street in Princeton. (Photo Credit: Justin Goldberg)

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Charles Francis Chan, Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery by Lloyd Suh, directed by faculty member Peter Kim and featuring senior Kathy Zhao, on February 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 at 8 p.m. Performances will take place in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio located at 185 Nassau Street in Princeton. The February 17 performance will be American Sign Language-interpreted. A symposium presented in collaboration with the student theater group East West Theater Company will precede the February 11 performance, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Matthews Acting Studio. more

Howell Living History Farm’s maple sugaring operations are in full swing in late February when freezing nights and thawing days make for heavy sap flows. Related work and rendering of maple syrup at the farm sometimes goes round-the-clock this time of the season. On Saturday, February 18 and 25, visitors can join the work and fun by helping farmers in the sugar bush, sugarhouse and farmhouse kitchen, where many hands are needed to ensure that syrup-drenched pancakes are on the table for tasting. Parking and admission are free. For more information, visit www.howellfarm.org.

“WITHIN THE LIGHT TENT: A SELF- PORTRAIT”: This photo by Shana Mimnaugh ’17, will be a part of Princeton Day School’s upcoming exhibit, “Identity.” The student artwork explores the individual identities of the PDS community and will be on display from February 13 until March 8.

The Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is pleased to present an exhibit titled “Identity,” on view from February 13 to March 8. Entirely composed of work created by Princeton Day School students in all three divisions, the exhibit centers around individual identities and the diversity of the PDS community. The artists reception will take place on Thursday, February 16, from 12:30–1:30 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. more

February 7, 2017

JAZZED UP: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Jasmine Hansford, left, dribbles past a foe in recent action. Last Friday, freshman guard Hansford scored a career-high 25 points in a losing cause as Stuart fell 55-46 to Pennington. The Tartans, who moved to 16-5 with a 74-33 loss to Bound Brook last Monday, host Lawrence on February 1 and the Hun School on February 3 before playing at the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (Pa.) on February 7. Stuart has been seeded No. 1 in the state Prep B tournament and is slated to host a semifinal contest on February 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the beginning of the season, Jasmine Hansford deferred to others on the court for the Stuart Country Day School basketball team. more

February 6, 2017

On Tuesday, February 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, The Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College will hold a Westminster Community Town Hall Forum to discuss the recent announcement by Rider president Gregory Dell’Omo that the Rider Board of Trustees is considering a plan to sell the Westminster campus in Princeton and move the college to Rider’s Lawrenceville campus.

The forum panel will include representatives from student, alumni, and faculty groups from both campuses, including Art Taylor, president of the Rider University chapter of the AAUP faculty union. The university administration is looking for ways to stabilize  low enrollment and a projected $13.1 million deficit this year. Friends and neighbors of the college and the university are invited to participate and discuss how this proposed campus consolidation would affect their community.  The forum is open to the public.

February 3, 2017

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February 1, 2017

There has been an outpouring of support in Princeton — from the University, the Institute for Advanced Study, town government and local groups — for refugees and other immigrants affected by President Donald Trump’s recent executive actions.

GOING OR STAYING: That’s the question on the minds of students at Westminster Choir College, which could be relocated to Lawrenceville if Rider University, which owns the school, decides to put the Princeton campus up for sale. A 24-hour musical performance marathon by Westminster students, faculty and alumni this week was mounted as a protest by those who want the campus to stay where it is. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Jody Doktor Velloso’s warm, melodious soprano filled the sanctuary of Nassau Presbyterian Church Tuesday afternoon, thrilling those seated in the pews. It was a sparse crowd. But Ms. Velloso’s recital was only the beginning of a 24-hour marathon held by The Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College. It was in protest of a proposal by Rider University, which owns Westminster, to sell the Princeton campus and relocate the music school to Rider’s Lawrenceville location. more

Leaders from Princeton Charter School (PCS) and Princeton Public Schools (PPS) continue to hold confidential private meetings, most recently last Thursday, in search of a resolution to their clash over PCS’s proposed expansion, with a decision from State Department of Education (DOE) Acting Commissioner Kimberley Harrington expected by the end of February.  more

With chaos at airports, in the courts and elsewhere throughout the country amidst controversy over President Donald Trump’s recent immigration restriction orders, Princeton is making plans to protect vulnerable members of the community.

“Recent executive actions on immigration issues are cruel, counterproductive, and contrary to the values we hold dear in Princeton,” Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert and the Town Council wrote in a statement issued Monday night.  more

LEADERSHIP TRANSITION: Princeton Day School on the Great Road will welcome Rebecca Bushnell, a University of Pennsylvania English professor and administrator, as its new Board Chair on July 1.

Rebecca Bushnell, elected last week as chair of the Board of Trustees at Princeton Day School, has a long history with the school, and looks forward to the challenges ahead.

“It was a young school when I was there,” the 1970 PDS graduate recalled. “I got a wonderful education that prepared me for education and life. PDS has certainly transformed over the years, but it has kept its core strengths in academics and athletics, with strong programs in the arts and architecture.” more

November is a long way off, but the race for the two Princeton Council seats that will become available is already underway. Bernie Miller and Jo Butler have announced they will not run again. Leticia Fraga recently declared her candidacy, and architect David Cohen sent out a press release Monday saying he is joining the race. more

Man is like a ball, the plaything of Chance and Passion. — Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Right now the late Dr. Seuss may be the only author with the vision to do antic justice to the doomsday chaos spiraling out of Breitbart’s White House. Even if we could bring back the author of The Cat in the Hat, my guess is he’d throw up his hands and let his creation, the fussy fish, speak on his behalf, as the hysterical little scold does when he comprehends the extent of the devastation created by The Cat and Thing One and Thing Two: “This mess is so big and so deep and so tall, we can not pick it up, there is no way at all!”

In case you’re wondering what the new regime in Washington has to do with Franz Schubert, whose 220th birthday was Tuesday, the answer is that after two weeks of Trump this level of disorder is so big and so deep that words written, spoken, and thought 200 years ago jump out at you like the line about Chance and Passion from Schubert’s diary of September 1816, or this description of the Big Brother regime in Schubert’s Vienna — “absolutism mitigated by sloppiness” — during an era when “youthful high spirits … were viewed with suspicion.” The way things are going in D.C., “sloppiness” or Schlamperei (also defined as “muddleheadedness”) isn‘t doing much to mitigate the rush toward “absolutism.” more

On day one of his presidency, Donald Trump asked Congress to repeal The Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the issue has taken a back seat to his more recent immigration ban, and no definitive action has been taken on removing and replacing the health care legislation, the new administration’s request has caused considerable controversy, alarm, and protest in many quarters.

There are local implications. Some 800,000 New Jersey residents have purchased health insurance under the act. In Princeton’s two zip codes, 1,696 people signed up. more

“FACES”: This oil and gold leaf on linen by artist Phyllis Plattner is from the “Chronicles of War” series, 2014. Two of Plattner’s most recent series are on display at Princeton University’s Bernstein Gallery.

Artist Phyllis Plattner’s two most recent series, “Legends” and “Chronicles of War,” are open at Princeton University’s Bernstein Gallery in Robertson Hall. There will be an opening reception on Friday, February 10 at 6 p.m.

The exhibit, “Gods of War,” will be open to the public through March 2, 2017. The exhibit and reception are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. more

“FALL FISHING”: Watercolorist Robert Sakson will be showing his work at the Hopewell Valley Bistro and Inn until March 3. The opening reception for the exhibit, “Through My Eyes” will be held February 3. Pictured here is one of Sakson’s paintings, which will be available for purchase.

The Hopewell Valley Bistro and Inn, located at 15 East Broad Street in Hopewell, will premiere the exhibition “Through My Eyes: The Watercolors of Robert Sakson” on Friday, February 3. The exhibit will continue through Friday, March 3, 2017. This is the second installation in a series of artist presentations at the Inn. more

When planning a season of performance, it is impossible to predict how news events will impact music in the coming year, or vice versa. At the end of a tumultuous weekend of national affairs, Princeton Symphony Orchestra presented a concert which could not have been more appropriate — music of a composer born in Belarus, a composer rooted in Middle Eastern musical heritage, music of an individual working in a repressive artistic climate, and a performer who has made a life mission excelling in a genre rooted in Eastern Europe. If there were ever an instance of music to reflect and inform a troubled time, Princeton Symphony’s concert Sunday afternoon at Richardson Auditorium was it.  more

The Princeton Folk Music Society presents The Jamcrackers, an Adirondack folk music trio named for river drivers who broke up log jams. The concert will take place on Friday, February 17 at Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane in Princeton. Admission at the door is $20 ($15 members, $10 students, and $5 children). Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:15 p.m. Ample free parking is available. For more information, visit www.princetonfolk.org.

Comedian Lewis Black will perform at the State Theatre of NJ in New Brunswick on Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m. as part of “The Rant, White, and Blue Tour.” Ticket prices range from $35-$75. To purchase, visit www.statetheatrenj.org or call (732) 246-7469.