November 11, 2015

Everything you always wanted to know about animals — and probably a lot of interesting information you didn’t even know you wanted to know — is coming over the air in Pets and Their People on 920AM The Voice.

Broadcast every Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., the show, sponsored by Dogs and Cats Rule pet stores, just celebrated its 100th episode, discussing everything animal-related from puppy mills to therapy dogs to a mountain lion that climbed a telephone pole, a zoo visitor who decided to pet a polar bear, and a dog who suffered predictable consequences when he chose to confront a porcupine (last three incidents did not actually take place in the studio).

Of all the many visitors to the show, Bocker the Labradoodle (combination Labrador and poodle), a celebrity therapy dog, boasted the most impressive resume. Featured in many different TV commercials and movies, he’s listed as the author of a book and a coloring book, and he’s been on the cover of the Tommy Hilfiger Magazine, and appeared in Target Magazine and Animal Planets Dogs 101.  more


Claire Connolly, professor of Modern English and head of the School of English at University College Cork, will present a lecture entitled “The Holyhead Road” on Friday, November 13 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. Part of the 2015-16 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University, the event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Connolly will explore how journeys along the Holyhead Road from London to Dublin and across the Irish Sea, which have been represented by novelists, playwrights, and poets from Jonathan Swift to James Joyce, create a cultural exchange between Ireland and Britain. This is part of her larger research into the ways in which the Irish Sea scales and shapes diverse relationships between infrastructural links and cultural identities.

Ms. Connolly’s research has focused on the cultural history of 18th- and 19th-century Ireland, as well as Scottish and Welsh romanticism. Her books include A Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1790-1829 (2012); The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture, edited with Joe Cleary (2005); and Theorizing Ireland (Palgrave, 2002).

Information about Fund for Irish Studies series events can be found at

Post Office Open

The new post office is up and running, and the first customer to send mail is Joseph Telese, shown here with United States Postal Service worker Charles Lovers, whom you may recognize from the old location at Palmer Square. The new, smaller branch is where a laundromat once operated at 259 Nassau Street, behind the building that is being turned into a 7-Eleven. The USPS sold the longtime location on Palmer Square to LCOR Ventures, which will use the space for either a restaurant or a retail business. (Photo by Ryan Stark Lilienthal)

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“TRENTON MAKES BRIDGE”: Local photographers capture the beauty of winter across the world in “The Quiet Months” exhibit at the Tulpehaking Nature Center in Hamilton. (Photo by Jonathan Michalik)

The Tulpehaking Nature Center will feature an exhibit that is a celebration of winter and water. Through photographs and interactive activities, The Quiet Months: An Exploration of Winter, opening December 4, takes a look at the special properties of water that make winter unique; how plants and animals survive the frigid season; and how we all can enjoy the marvels of nature in winter.

The exhibit will feature the work of regional photographers with images from near and far — from the Abbott Marshlands and Delaware River in Trenton to ice fields in Iceland. The photographs illustrate how water freezes to create varied textures and patterns, and show the beauty found by those who take the time to look. more

Book RevNear the end of her new memoir M Train (Knopf $25), Patti Smith returns from a trip to find the West Village café she considers a second home closed, for good. When she taps on the window, the owner lets her in and offers to make her a last cup of coffee. She sits there all morning in the closed café, the “picture of woebegone” shown on the cover with her camera and her coffee, head propped on one hand while she keeps the other hand palm down on the table, as if to hold it, claim it, keep it until she’s ready to give it up. The cover photo was taken by a bystander with a Polaroid camera like the one Smith uses to illustrate her travels with pictures of stations along the way, her aim being “to possess within a single image the straw hat of Robert Graves, typewriter of Hesse, spectacles of Beckett, sickbed of Keats.” After sitting at her corner table “a long time thinking of nothing,” she picks up her pen and begins to write.

When she says “good-bye to her corner,” the owner gives her the table and chair. It’s a Patti Smith moment.


In M Train, which has been on the New York Times non-fiction best-seller list for several weeks now, Patti Smith withdraws into her own “atmosphere,” and wherever she goes, the atmosphere, like Mary’s little lamb, is sure to follow. The effect on chosen scenes, situations, places, objects, and dreams resembles Keats’s notion of the poetical character, which “has no self … is every thing and nothing … enjoys light and shade” and “lives in gusto, be it foul or fair, high or low, rich or poor, mean or elevated.”  more

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“BARNES HALL”: This still image from the “Barnes Hall 2012-14” exhibit at the Princeton Day School (PDS) Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery will be on display from November 24 to December 17. The exhibit features the photography and video work of PDS alumna Eleanor Oakes ’03.

A new exhibition is opening at the Princeton Day School (PDS) Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery on November 24 and will run through December 17. The exhibit titled Barnes Hall 2012-2014 features the photography and video work of PDS alumna Eleanor Oakes ‘03. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, November 14 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the gallery. There will also be an open house with the artist on Friday, November 27 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

PDS alumna Eleanor Oakes is an artist and photography professor currently living in Detroit. She received a BA in Visual Arts and Art History from Princeton University in 2007 and an MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University in 2014. Her work has received awards, such as a Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award from the San Francisco Foundation (2013) among others, and has been featured in publications and exhibitions such as 25 Under 25: Up-And-Coming American Photographers and a recent solo exhibition at Tyler Wood Gallery in San Francisco. Her work can be viewed online at more

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)

Princeton women's soccer vs. Cornell

CHAMPIONSHIP MOMENT: Members of the Princeton University women’s soccer team celebrate after they defeated Cornell 2-0 last Saturday, a win which gave the Tigers at least a tie for the Ivy League title and the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. Later in the day, Princeton earned the outright Ivy title as second place Harvard tied 1-1 with Dartmouth. The Tigers, who got goals from Tyler Lussi and Jesse McDonough in beating Cornell and earning their 11th straight victory, improved to 13-3 overall and 6-0 Ivy. Princeton wraps up regular season play with a game at Penn on November 7. (Photo by Beverly Schaefer, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Hosting a stingy Cornell team last Saturday that had yielded only six goals in its first 15 games, the Princeton University women’s soccer team didn’t want to get mired in a defensive battle with the Big Red.

Princeton junior star Tyler Lussi didn’t waste any time getting the Cornell defense on its heels, arching a shot into the back of the net to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead 7:51 into the contest. more

Heather Howard and Lance Liverman, both Democrats, were re-elected to Princeton Council in the general election on Tuesday. Ms. Howard received 2665 votes, while Mr. Liverman earned 2517. These are unofficial results.

Contesting them were Republicans Kelly Di Tosto, who got 1067 votes, and Lynn Lu Irving, who earned 968. Both Ms. Di Tosto and Ms. Irving were new to the local political scene. Mr. Liverman served on Township Committee and Ms. Howard on Borough Council prior to consolidation in 2013, when both became members of the merged Princeton Council. more

A study rating hospitals on safety has kept University Medical Center of Princeton in the “B” category, while Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell has retained its “C.” Capital Health’s Regional Medical Center in Trenton, however, dropped from an “A” grade to a “B.”

Results of the bi-annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey are based on information submitted by hospitals across the country. The survey takes three areas into consideration: how patients fare, resources used in caring for patients, and leadership and structures that promote patient safety. more


IN FOCUS: Princeton High field hockey player Trish Reilly focuses on the ball last Thursday as PHS hosted East Brunswick in the North 2 Group 4 sectional quarterfinals. Senior star midfielder Reilly chipped in a goal and an assist to help the third-seeded Little Tigers cruise to a 6-1 win over sixth-seeded East Brunswick. The victory improved PHS to 13-5-2 and set up a sectional semifinals matchup at second-seeded Hunterdon Central slated for November 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Trish Reilly brought a special sense of urgency as the Princeton High field hockey team hosted East Brunswick in the North 2 Group 4 sectional quarterfinals last Thursday.

“Today was my last time playing on this turf so there was a lot of emotion on on the line, a lot of nostalgia,” said PHS senior midfielder Reilly. more

Investigations continue, as local school and police officials work with the FBI and other state and federal authorities to confront the fraudulent bomb threats at area schools.

About 50 parents of Princeton school children joined Princeton Police Chief Nicholas Sutter and Schools Superintendent Steve Cochrane in the John Witherspoon School Auditorium last Thursday evening for a Community Forum on Swatting, a discussion of the ongoing investigations of swatting threats and the evolving responses implemented to help mitigate these “acts of terrorism,” as Mr. Sutter described them.  more


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

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GOING OFF: Princeton University field hockey goalie Anya Gersoff, right, enjoys the moment after a 2014 win. Last Saturday against visiting Cornell, senior star Gersoff made five saves in earning the shutout as 20th-ranked Princeton defeated the Big Red 4-0 and earned at least a tie for the Ivy League title. The win marked Princeton’s 21st league crown in the last 22 seasons and 11th in a row. The Tigers, now 9-6 overall and 6-0 Ivy, play at Penn, 13-2 overall and 5-1 Ivy, on November 7 with the winner to get the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Anya Gersoff and the other members of the Class of 2016 on the Princeton University field hockey team were showered with affection in the program’s annual Senior Day ceremony last Saturday.

As the Tigers took the field to host Cornell, star goalie Gersoff was looking to return the favor. 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

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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 by November 13. more

Stuart RevIn the course of checking to see whether the 2015 World Series is the first to begin and end in extra innings, I found that the longest game ever played without being called a tie or suspended was between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals on September 11, 1974. The game lasted 7 hours and 45 minutes, and when the Cardinals won it 4-3 in the 25th inning, it was 3:13 a.m. and only a thousand fans were still at Shea Stadium. Writing a few weeks ago when post-season play had just begun, I quoted catcher Bengie Molina’s father telling Bengie that it was possible for a baseball game to last forever if no team scored. The idea that baseball could defy space and time sounded to Bengie “more like God than anything I heard in church.”

If I’m thinking of extra innings in cosmic terms — baseball’s version of the afterlife — it’s because I’ve been reading W.P. Kinsella’s novel Shoeless Joe (1982), the basis for the 1989 film Field of Dreams. Among the novel’s numerous challenges to the “suspension of disbelief” are two formidable fantasies: the return of baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson to a ball field laid out for him (“If you build it, he will come”) and the forced return of literary legend J.D. Salinger from self-imposed exile in New Hampshire. An even more improbable leap of the imagination for Kinsella than the resurrection of Jackson was the notion of a fictional baseball-loving Salinger ultimately going along with the field-of-dreams fantasy. Still more improbable was that the real-life Salinger would allow himself to be written into someone else’s novel.  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

Felix Mendelssohn did very little in the field of opera, however, his sacred oratorios are as theatrical as any 19th-century operatic work. In particular, the oratorio Elijah, premiered in 1846, musically depicts a dramatic Biblical story through arias, recitatives, and choruses, infused with the composer’s gift for melodic writing. The more than 100-voice Princeton Pro Musica, conducted by Ryan James Brandau, presented a well-informed performance of this work to a very appreciative audience on Sunday afternoon in Richardson Auditorium, showing off the capabilities of the chorus as well as four seasoned vocal soloists. more