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Vol. LXIV, No. 29
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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MARKET ON THE GREEN: The Chamber of Commerce’s Midsummer Marketing Madness showcase turned Palmer Square into a busy marketplace Thursday.

Front Page

Township Debates Revaluation, Pool Plans

Ellen Gilbert

A long, contentious Township Committee meeting concluded with promises to continue the discussions about revaluation and plans for a new pool that drew the lion’s share of attention Monday evening.

Borough Council Briefed on Police Detective Bureau

Dilshanie Perera

The importance of the role of the detective bureau was underscored during last week’s Council meeting, with Borough Police Chief David Dudeck explaining the department’s investigative unit’s role with respect to the entire operation of the force.

Baum Appointed PU Art Museum’s First Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Dilshanie Perera

The first person to occupy this newly created position, Kelly Baum has been appointed the Princeton University Art Museum’s Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Other News

Princeton Student Film and Video Festival Looking to Delight Viewers in Its Seventh Year

Dilshanie Perera

With genres as diverse as romance, comedy thrillers, and music videos, 24 short films comprise this year’s Princeton Student Film and Video Festival sponsored by the Princeton Public Library. The cinematic experience kicks off on Wednesday, July 21 at 7 p.m. in the library’s Community Room, and continues on Thursday, July 22 at 7 p.m.

Pomp and Circumstance In a “Jewel Box”: History of Nassau Hall on View and in Print

Ellen Gilbert

A visitor’s experience of the new Nassau Hall exhibit “Inner Sanctum: Memory and Meaning in Princeton’s Faculty Room at Nassau Hall,” may be enriched (or interrupted, according to one’s taste) by the orientations for prospective Princeton University students that take place there daily at 10 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., or by the voices of passing student tour guides.

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade: Library’s Used Book Sale Is a Winner

Ellen Gilbert

“And then, the unexpected happened,” wrote Princeton Public Library Director Leslie Burger in her description of the transformation, a little over a year ago, of the library’s flagging gift shop into a space for its ongoing used book sale.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


After Helping Flyers Make Stanley Cup Finals, PU Alum Powe Still Savoring Playoff Journey

Ed Benkin

Skating in front of the Princeton University fans at Baker Rink was a huge thrill for men’s hockey star Darroll Powe.

Maturing Into PU Men’s Lightweight Star, Klein Now Rowing for U.S. at U-23 Worlds

Bill Alden

After going through an up-and-down freshman season with the Princeton University men’s lightweight crew team, Christian Klein spent much of the summer of 2008 in the basement of his family’s home.

PU Runner Banfich Enjoying Summer in Paris After Making All-America in 5,000 This Spring

Bill Alden

While cycling superstar Lance Armstrong has struggled on the road this month in the Tour de France, another American athlete has been flying around the boulevards of Paris.

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DVD Review

Shining Some Light on the Scream Queen and the Viennese Teardrop

Stuart Mitchner

I became an actress only because I had quickly to find some vent for the emotion that inside of me went around and around, never stopping.

Luise Rainer

My scream was a product of pure imagination. I had to imagine what was happening to me, and I imagined that the nearest help was far away.

Fay Wray

Once upon a time there were two women who became film stars, one born in 1907 in Canada, the other in 1910 in Germany.

Fay Wray, the Canadian, was in more than a hundred generally undistinguished movies, from Gasoline Love in 1923 to Dragstrip Riot in 1958. She was never taken seriously as an actress, never nominated for any awards, least of all from the Academy, but the final tribute paid her was magnificent. When she died in August of 2004, her old friend the Empire State Building dimmed its lights for 15 minutes in her memory.


Love and Marriage, Plane Crashes, and Problematic Parenting; PST Stages Shaw’s “Misalliance,” a Witty, Wordy, Wild Frolic

Donald Gilpin

In the closing moments of Princeton Summer Theater’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s Misalliance, business magnate and bibliophile John Tarleton approaches his family and their visitors as if to speak, then decides, “Well, I suppose there’s nothing more to be said.” His spirited 23-year-old daughter Hypatia “fervently” follows up with the curtain line: “Thank goodness!”

Misalliance (1910) contains its own most fundamental criticism. Shaw, able to lampoon himself and his own play along with his numerous other political, social, and personal targets, knew he was challenging the patience of his audience with Misalliance, which he subtitled, not “A Play,” but “A Debate in One Sitting.” At about three hours, with much more talk than action despite no fewer than eight marriage proposals, a gun-wielding, would-be assassin and a plane crash, Misalliance probably contains more words than the total of the last ten movies you’ve seen.

Opera New Jersey’s Production of “Don Pasquale” Brings Humorous Absurdity to the Stage

Nancy Plum

Composer Gaetano Donizetti was the Jerry Bruckheimer of the early 19th century, but instead of producing crime dramas for television, Donizetti composed operas — more than 70 in all. Like his fellow composer Guiseppe Verdi, Donizetti created to suit the tastes of the European public, who came to the opera strictly for light entertainment.

It’s New to Us

Paperweights, Picture Frames, Teacups, Trays Are Some of Many Items at Morven Museum Shop

Jean Stratton

It has got to be the best kept secret in town! The Morven Museum Shop at 55 Stockton Street, next to the Museum, is filled with a selection of delightful surprises in a wide price range. The charming setting in an 1844 building that was formerly Morven’s Wash House makes browsing and buying an additional pleasure.

Hair Coloring and Cutting Expertise Are Available at New Daniel Smits Salon

Jean Stratton

“Hair cutting and coloring have gone from function to fashion.”

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