April 12, 2017

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Theater and Music Theater at Princeton University will present Into the Woods on April 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. The production celebrates the launch of Princeton’s Program in Music Theater and is directed by faculty member Ethan Heard with music direction by Music Department alumna Emily Whitaker and a featured performance by senior Emily Libresco.  more

At the time Gaetano Donizetti composed Lucia di Lammermoor, opera was a major form of entertainment in Italy. Composers were masters of melodies, and people expected to hear heroic tenors, virtuosic sopranos, and great Romantic love stories. Lucia di Lammermoor did not disappoint in its original Naples premiere, and this past weekend’s production by Boheme Opera NJ captured the opera’s musical flavor, combined with a hi-tech set design that Donizetti could never have imagined.  more

DANCE DEFINITIONS: “We are offering high level, quality dance training which also provides creativity, choreography, and improvisation as part of the training.” Former professional dancer Dawn Cargiulo Berman (right), owner of The Pennington Studio, enjoys teaching Limon style dance techniques to student Madison Parker during Modern dance class.

Dawn Cargiulo, former professional dancer and owner of The Pennington Studio for Dance and the Creative Arts, has introduced an exciting new concept for dance and the arts. Combining both, she brings unique opportunities for exploration in creativity for all ages.

Opened in the Straube Center, 114 Straube Center Boulevard in Pennington, the studio offers a new direction, and emphasizes the interwoven aspect of all the arts. more

ASIAN SPECIALTIES: “We are set apart by our presentation, special recipes, fresh ingredients, consistency, and friendly service. We look forward to serving you. Aja means ‘welcome’ in Hindi,” says Cindy Lim, manager of AJA Asian Cuisine & Lounge. Shown in the entry way of the restaurant is a striking image of a dragon, significant in Chinese culture, as it symbolizes “good luck, power, and nobility,” says Ms. Lim.

AJA Asian Cuisine & Lounge, the new restaurant at 1736 Route 206 in Skillman, is looking forward to a long stay. The location has previously been home to several restaurants, which for various reasons, closed their doors after relatively brief duration. more

CHILDS’ PLAY: The Princeton University men’s heavyweight varsity 8 churns through the water in recent action. Last Saturday, Princeton’s top boat defeated Penn and Columbia to earn the Childs Cup. The Tigers now have 50 wins in the competition for the oldest active trophy in collegiate rowing, while Penn has 44 and Columbia has 12.  Princeton, now 4-0, hosts Harvard and MIT on April 15 in the race for the Compton Cup. (Photo provided courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Although the Princeton University men’s heavyweight varsity 8 lost four rowers to graduation from a boat that took third at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta last spring, Greg Hughes was confident he had a foundation in place that would lead to continued success. more

ON FIRE: Hun School girls’ lacrosse player Shannon Dudeck heads to goal last Friday against Stuart Country Day School. Senior star Dudeck scored five goals to help Hun defeat Stuart 17-4. The Raiders, who improved to 3-2 with the win, are next in action when they play at Peddie School April 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Things didn’t go well for the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team in its first two games last week. more

April 7, 2017

The cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. have reached their peak around the Tidal Basin, so why not plan a weekend getaway?


April 5, 2017

Sponsored by the Princeton Battlefield Society, with assistance from Sierra Club (New Jersey chapter/Central Group), the day was a success, in conjunction with the Civil War Trust’s Park Day, a nationwide clean-up day. Senator Kip Bateman and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora joined the volunteers. (Photo by John Lien)

At its meeting on Monday, April 3, Princeton Council voted to adopt the 2017 amended municipal budget and engaged in a work session on requests for the 2017 capital budget. In addition, Mayor Liz Lempert gave an update on the ongoing litigation regarding Princeton’s affordable housing obligation.

“Whatever Princeton’s ultimate obligation is determined to be, the number will be significant,” Ms. Lempert warned. The town has been in contact with the Princeton school district to let them know they should anticipate additional housing units, she added. more

Since Rider University announced plans last week to sell Westminster Choir College, ideally to an institution that would keep the music school in Princeton; faculty, students, parents, and alumni of Westminster have been hard at work toward that outcome. Westminster’s faculty issued a statement this week insisting that their two deans be a part of the process.

A second option, in which Rider would sell to a buyer that would relocate the music school and leave Rider to sell the Princeton campus, is something The Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College and others devoted to the school want to avoid. Westminster, which was purchased by Rider in 1992, has been in Princeton since 1932. Rider is selling the school to help fill a projected deficit of more than $13 million. more

COMING THROUGH: Princeton University baseball player Nick Hernandez follows through on a swing as the Tigers hosted Brown in a doubleheader last Sunday to start their Ivy League campaign. Senior outfielder Hernandez starred as Princeton swept the Bears 4-3 and 11-5. He went 2-for-4 with a run in the opener and then exploded for a 3-for-4 effort in the nightcap with five RBIs, slamming a two-run homer and a three-run homer. A day later, the Tigers were on the short end of a sweep as they fell 8-0 and 3-1 to Yale. Princeton, now 6-16 overall and 2-2 Ivy, plays at Monmouth on April 5 and then resumes Ivy play with doubleheaders at Dartmouth on April 8 and at Harvard on April 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last spring, the Princeton University baseball team displayed a flair for drama as it won the Ivy League title. more

GROUNDWORK: Volunteers work together to prepare the Battlefield Park for the upcoming season.  A rich diversity of historical, cultural, entertainment, and dining options makes Princeton a prime tourist destination. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

If Princeton Battlefield Society (PBS) and Princeton Tour Group (PTG) have anything to say about it, the town of Princeton and the nearby Battlefield Park are poised to become major East Coast tourist destinations.

“It really is criminal what we have to leave out!” said PTG founder Mimi Omiecinski, describing her Shameless Name-Dropping Tour, which “touches on almost everything” in Princeton. more

The Board of Directors of Neighbors Fundraising for Neighbors (NF4N) announces the formation of a new non-sectarian 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Based in Monroe, NF4N is dedicated to facilitating community fundraising efforts for individuals in need who are facing medical challenges and require medical services and equipment to improve their quality of life. NF4N is available to help families who are unable to organize an IRS-approved charitable fundraiser yet still face the staggering uninsured costs of a medical crisis.  more

Hopewell Borough shop owners, Beth Judge of Beth Ann Designs and Jennifer Ghannam of Sticks And Stones Toy Shop are pleased to announce the second Handmade Hopewell Makers Street Fair taking place on Seminary Avenue in Hopewell Borough on Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. more

Jane Fremon, founder of the Princeton Friends School (PFS) and its head for the past 30 years, described the school’s central study theme for 2016-17: “All of us are tremendously excited about the ways in which the Roots and Routes theme will bring to everyone — students as well as adults — a heightened appreciation of the fact that people everywhere, throughout history, are deeply connected to the places they inhabit, are part of a long story that stretches back many centuries, and are active agents in the story of the future that is currently being written.” more

Excitement is building for Stuart Country Day School’s #LEADLIKEAGIRL Conference for Risk-Takers and Changemakers on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is designed to showcase and inspire girls’ confidence, creativity, and leadership in STEM and entrepreneurship. Young women of all ages and their parents are invited to connect with experts, mentors, and each other. Stuart Country Day School is located at 1200 Stuart Road in Princeton. #LEADLIKEAGIRL is presented by The Stuart Center for Girls’ Leadership.

To learn more, visit www.stuartschool.org/academics/leadlikeagirl-conference or call (609) 921-2330. 

D&R Greenway Land Trust has announced a new partnership with the Trenton Bike Exchange. D&R Greenway’s Princeton headquarters at the Johnson Education Center will become a new drop off point for donated bicycles.

The nonprofit Trenton Bike Exchange is run by volunteers who collect, condition, and sell used quality bikes from its shops in Ewing. The Bike Exchange offers a large selection of low cost bikes that have been reconditioned and are ready to ride. In addition to providing low-cost bicycles, the Bike exchange raises money for the Boys and Girls Club of Trenton, and helps Trenton teens get bicycle repair and job readiness skills. Since its founding in 2009 and after eight years in business, the Bike Exchange has sold more than 14,000 bikes and raised more than $670,000 for the Boys and Girls Club. more

Following the appearance of a Snapchat photo accompanied by a racist slur posted by a high school student, Princeton Public Schools continues to investigate the incident and the larger questions of racism in the community.

PPS Superintendent Steve Cochrane stated in a letter to parents, students, and staff last Wednesday: “We want to make clear that the student’s statement was unacceptable. We are investigating the incident, and we understand the anger, sadness, frustration, and even fear the use of the word has created in our community.”  more

David Bellos will discuss his book, The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables (Farrar, Straus and Giroux $27) at Labyrinth Books on Thursday, April 6 at 6 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Princeton University’s Humanities Council. more

Wordsworth & his exquisite sister are with me …. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge, July 1797

Besides inspiring and uniting Londoners and Londoners-in-spirit the world over, the terrorist atrocity on Westminster Bridge two weeks ago generated numerous online shares of William Wordsworth’s sonnet, “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge.” Lines like “A sight so touching in its majesty” and “Earth has not anything to show more fair” were everywhere. One blogger declared “We must never stop seeing this through Wordsworth’s eyes,” and someone posted a clip of actor Ian McKellan reading the poem.  more

“PURIFICATION 1”: This photo by Vita Forlenza of Langhorne, Pa. was selected for the Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition that runs from June 4-25 in New Hope. The photo was taken in a himba village in southwest Africa and shows a woman undergoing a purification ritual.

For three weeks in June, the 124 photos selected for the 25th annual Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition will be on display at the Phillips’ Mill Community Association in New Hope. Held June 4-25, the exhibition, themed “Photography as Art” and “Photographer as Artist,” features a vast array of images that jurors selected from a pool of 462 framed submissions. In all, 114 photographers entered their work and 78 were chosen for the exhibition.  more

ART: Performances are underway for the Pegasus Theatre Project’s production of Yasmina Reza’s “Art.” Translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jennifer Nasta Zefutie, the play runs through April 9 at the West Windsor Arts Center. From left: Marc (Peter Bisgaier), Yvan (Matthew Cassidy), and Serge (David Nikolas) are shown above. (Photo by John M. Maurer)

Art is a comedy about aesthetic differences, personality clashes, and a need people have for others to see things their way. A long-standing but uneasy friendship between three men is tested when one of the friends pays a lavish amount of money for an all-white painting. Spending decisions by the other characters also are called into question. more

JANE AUSTEN ON POINTE: American Repertory Ballet’s new production of “Pride and Prejudice,” at McCarter Theatre April 21 and 22, is the culmination of five years of work by choreographer Douglas Martin. Shown here are Erikka Reenstierna-Cates, who plays Caroline Bingley; Mattia Pallozzi, portraying Mr. Darcy, and Monica Giragosian as Elizabeth Bennet. (Photo by Richard Termine)

Over lunch with a friend, American Repertory Ballet artistic director Douglas Martin was brainstorming about possible full-length ballets to choreograph for the company. His friend made an unusual suggestion: Jane Austen’s 1813 novel of manners, Pride and Prejudice. more

CZECH FOLK MUSIC AND DANCING: Shown rehearsing for Westminster Opera Theatre’s production of Bedrich (Frederick) Smetana’s comic opera “The Bartered Bride” are Avery Peterman (Marie, left) and Evan Stenzel (Jenik). Performances are Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Learn more at www.rider.edu/wcc.

Westminster Opera Theatre will present Bedrich (Frederick) Smetana’s comic opera The Bartered Bride on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University. It will be performed in Czech with English supertitles and a chamber ensemble orchestra. William Hobbs is musical director for the production and Ivan Fuller is stage director. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. They can be purchased online at www.rider.edu/arts or by calling (609) 921-2663. more

Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” will visit State Theatre in New Brunswick on Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16. Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends will welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they will explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities from singing, to dancing, to sharing cookies. Tickets to all six performances are on sale now and can be purchased at www.StateTheatreNJ.com or via phone at (732) 246-7469.