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Vol. LXI, No. 47
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
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CRAFTERS GALORE: The annual YWCA Crafters’ Marketplace returned to the John Witherspoon Middle School last weekend. Some 130 artists and artisans sold their original works, from hand-made baskets, wearable art, fashions, tabletop linens, collectable pottery and glass, distinctive jewelry, and holiday items. The 34th annual juried show featured local crafters as well as those from New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. New this year were performances by the Princeton Girlchoir and the American Boychoir Alumni Chorus. The event benefits the Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund at the Princeton YWCA.

Front Page

Assemblyman Introduces “Congo’s Law”

Matthew Hersh

As a Township family celebrated the homecoming of their 2-year-old German shepherd, who was impounded in June after severely injuring a landscaper, a bill was introduced yesterday in the state Assembly as part of a direct response to that case, addressing perceived faults in state laws regarding vicious or potentially dangerous dogs.

Environmental Commission Eyes Strict Building Limits Along Princeton Ridge

Matthew Hersh

The Princeton Environmental Commission last week changed tactics its in an ongoing battle to preserve a northwest section of the Princeton Ridge, this time seeking assistance from Township Hall to limit the capacity of a proposed development project there.

Students Examine Princeton Fault Lines, Urging a Greater Degree of Tolerance

Matthew Hersh

Princeton High School Junior Olivia Alperstein said that she’s heard virtually every homophobic epithet in the book while strolling the halls between classrooms.

Other News

Environmental Commission’s Green Tour Mixes Old Practices With New Technology

Linda Arntzenius

According to architect and Princeton resident David E. Cohen, the three main goals of sustainable design are: increased energy efficiency, better conservation of resources (by recycling and using readily renewable materials), and creating an environment that will have a healthy impact on the building’s users as well as on the environment at large by reducing pollution and the use of toxic materials.

Dancing Shoes but No Dance Floor: Senior Resource Center Eyes Repairs

Matthew Hersh

Aerobics, chair exercise, ping pong, strength training, yoga, dancing, and a myriad of other community events will eventually take a toll on a building that was not originally designed to endure so much activity

Princeton’s Rich Choral Tradition Will Benefit Youngsters in Africa

Linda Arntzenius

Last year, as Tom Meagher was enjoying the Christmas festivities and listening to the ethereal voices of the American Boychoir on his favorite CD of all time — Hallmark Presents the Tradition of Christmas with Harry Belafonte — he had an idea.

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Star Goalie Young Steps Up Once Again as PU Women’s Hockey Blanks Colgate

Bill Alden

Coming into last Friday night’s game against visiting Cornell, goalie Kristen Young had gotten off to a sizzling start this season for the Princeton University women’s ice hockey team.

Junior QB Anderson Sparkles in First Start as PU Football Edges Dartmouth in Finale

Bill Alden

After getting a brief audition earlier this season due to injury, junior quarterback Brian Anderson got the chance to play a leading role for the Princeton University football team in its season finale last Saturday at Dartmouth.

PHS Girls’ Tennis Shook Off Sectional Loss, Ended Season Cementing CVC Dominance

Bill Alden

It was a defeat that could have dampened the spirit of the Princeton High girls’ tennis team.

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Art Review

Princeton University Art Museum: Visions of Toledo in Malcolm Lowry’s Cantina

Stuart Mitchner

“No words can describe the terrible condition I am in …. This is the perfect Kafka situation…. I am in horrible danger …. Don’t think I can go on. Where I am it is dark. Lost.”
Malcolm Lowry, letter from Oaxaca

Much of the work in “El Maestro Francisco Toledo: Art from Oaxaca, 1959-2006,” currently on view at the Princeton University Art Museum, would make “perfect Kafka” illustrations for a new edition of Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano. Having just finished rereading that novel, I wonder if there’s a painter on the planet who could do it justice. Good intentions aside, John Huston’s 1984 film falls short, its worst moment (the wild horse trampling the Consul’s ex-wife) a travesty of one of the book’s greatest passages. But Toledo’s art is something else again; with all its skeletons and scorpions, lustful rabbits and grisly grasshoppers, it could be hanging on a wall in the cantina of doom, the Farolita, where after drinking “two swift mescals,” the Consul looks into “one corner of the room” and sees “a white rabbit eating an ear of Indian corn” and nibbling “at the purple and black stops with an air of detachment, as though playing a musical instrument.”


University Wind Ensemble Demonstrates Consistent Quality for Varied Music Styles

Nancy Plum

For audiences steeped in the symphonic sounds of lush strings, a wind and brass ensemble will sound different, if not jarring. Composers writing extensively for these ensembles are not familiar to most symphonic concert-goers and the overall sound is much denser and lower pitched than an ensemble with a wider range of instruments. The Princeton University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Robert Hankle, demonstrated what this type of ensemble is capable of on Saturday night at Richardson Auditorium with a short but concise program of music composed for band instruments. The surprisingly large ensemble of winds and brass put together a smooth wind and precise brass and percussion performance in a concert of eight diverse works of, as the title of the concert indicated, “Musical (E)motions.”

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