May 11, 2022

STICKING TOGETHER: Princeton Day School baseball player Michael Carroll, right, celebrates with his teammates after Connor Topping (No. 8) scored a run in a game earlier this season. PDS, now 2-11, plays at WW/P-South on May 13 and hosts WW/P-North on May 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Michael Carroll and his fellow seniors on the Princeton Day School baseball team have been through a lot over the last four years.

As a freshman, Carroll and his classmates helped PDS reach the state Prep B championship game where it fell to Rutgers Prep.

In 2020, their sophomore season was canceled due to the global pandemic.

A year later, they welcomed their third head coach in as many years as Jeff Young took the helm of the program and the team struggled to a 2-13-1 record.

Heading into a Mercer County Tournament play-in game against visiting Nottingham last Wednesday, the Panthers had gone 2-9 this spring.

But with the program holding its Senior Day ceremony before the 16th-seeded Panthers faced the 17th-seeded Northstars, Carroll saw plenty to celebrate in his topsy-turvy ride with the program.

“It was really exciting for us, the parents did a great job setting things up,” said Carroll, whose fellow seniors included Connor Topping, Harrison Fehn, Jackson Bailey, Jonah Soos, Jacob Roitburg, and Hunter Von Zelowitz. more

ON THE BALL: Hun School girls’ lacrosse player Olivia Kim, middle, secures the ball from a group of foes in recent action. Last Friday, sophomore star Kim scored six goals as fifth-seeded Hun defeated 13th-seeded WW/P-South 15-3 in the first round of the Mercer County Tournament. On Monday, Kim chipped in three goals and an assist but it wasn’t enough as Hun got edged by fourth-seeded Notre Dame 9-8 in the MCT quarterfinals. The Raiders, who moved to 6-8 with the loss, were slated to play at WW/P-North on May 10 in its season finale. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Olivia Kim brought some extra emotion to the field for the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team as it hosted WW/P-South in the first round of the Mercer County Tournament last Friday.

“If Kaia Diaz and I didn’t go to Hun, we would have played for South,” said Hun sophomore star Kim, referring to teammate Diaz.

“We were especially hyped for this game because we don’t get to play public schools that much. It was a perfect opportunity. I was very pumped, I was very energetic because I know all of these people and they know me. I was having a fun time.”

Despite a driving, gusty rain pelting the field for most of the game, Kim had a lot of fun, tallying six goals as the fifth-seeded Raiders pulled away to a 15-3 win over the 13th-seeded Pirates.

“The weather didn’t impact our spirit at all,” said Kim. “It was actually kind of fun playing in the rain, it was a change of pace. I enjoyed it.”

Coming off a tough 18-8 loss to Lawrenceville in the state Prep A tournament two days earlier, the Raiders enjoyed the lopsided win over South.

“It felt good,” said Kim. “I feel like we got all of the anger from Lawrenceville and we brought it into this game.”

Over the last two years, Kim has developed a very good connection with classmate Ava Olender, who assisted on three of Kim’s goals and ended up with four goals and four assists in the victory. more

(Liz Andolina Photography)

Bride Tyler Atkins Mulford of Princeton, N.J., daughter of Randy and Corrine Mulford, married her groom Bryan William McCue of Bryn Mawr, Pa., son of William and Pamela McCue on April 30, 2022 at Trinity Church on Mercer Street.

Following the beautiful ceremony on a sun-filled day, a black tie cocktail hour and reception were hosted at the Nassau Inn. Tyler’s dress was a true princess couture ballgown and Bryan wore a custom tuxedo with midnight blue accents. The bridal party wore a mix of greens and blues for the ladies, matching the overall theme of the weekend and the couple’s crest, and the men wore crisp tuxedos.

Although the couple both attended Villanova University, they met years later while living in New York City — Tyler working in equities sales and trading and Bryan in tech sales. They currently reside in Connecticut with their two adorable cats and look forward to continuing their love story.

May 4, 2022

The Mercer County Sustainability Coalition’s weeklong environmental celebration included a Green Get Together and Bike Rodeo event at Lawrence High School on Saturday. Participants share what they learned in this week’s Town Talk on Page 6. (Photo by Weronika A. Plohn)

By Donald Gilpin

The Princeton Health Department on May 2 reported 60 new cases of COVID-19 in the previous seven days, an 8.5 daily average, and 109 cases in the previous 14 days.

“Princeton has begun to see a decrease in COVID-19 infections after four weeks of sustained increases,” said Jeff Grosser, princeton deputy administrator and director of health.

The New Jersey statewide transmission rate was 1.18 on May 3, with any number over 1 indicating that the outbreak is expanding, with each new case leading to least one additional case. Hospitalizations remain far below peaks reached during this past January’s Omicron surge.

Mercer County and seven other counties out of New Jersey’s 21 counties were recently raised from “low” to “medium” transmission rate level, according to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We continue to monitor these scores as well as hospitalization rates from COVID-19 to assess COVID-19 severity level,” said Grosser. “As we have now seen multiple case surges with mostly mild cases, this helps to guide us forward in the pandemic, allowing normal activities to continue through the summer months.”

Grosser noted that the health department is tracking clustered outbreaks in Princeton schools. The Princeton Public Schools saw an uptick in cases, with 48 new cases for the week ending April 29. The previous week there had been just 18 cases reported, 26 and 31 in the weeks before that. more

By Anne Levin

For the year 2020, Mercer County has been rated among the top five New Jersey counties for most documented instances of antisemitism. According to the nonprofit Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks, that’s a 93 percent increase from the previous year.

The trend continues all over New Jersey. Last week, unidentified assailants are reported to have thrown eggs at a Jewish fraternity house at Rutgers University as members were commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day by reading out the names of Holocaust victims over a 24-hour period. And that’s just one isolated example.

Enough is enough, say members of the Jewish Federation, which has announced a campaign to try to combat antisemitism locally and help create a safer environment for Jewish individuals living in the region. A billboard on Route 1, signage on buses, and a Jewish American Heritage Festival on Sunday, May 15 in Palmer Square are all part of the effort. The festival, from 2-5 p.m., will feature kosher food trucks and musical performances by The Maccabeats and Princeton University’s Jewish a cappella group, Koleinu.

“Last year, we held a rally for combating antisemitism and hate in Hinds Plaza, and we had a really great showing,” said Daniel Herscovici, president of the organization. “As we saw the continued rise in incidents around us, we wanted to perhaps come forward with a different voice. That voice is centered around being proud of your heritage, and not being fearful of showing who you are as an individual.”

Herscovici and colleagues began to look for a campaign that could do just that. They have decided to partner with the organization JewBelong, which has been fighting growing antisemitism with brightly colored billboards in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Orlando, Miami, and other cities expressing sentiments such as: “Let’s ask everyone who’s wondering if Jew hate is real to wear a yarmulke for a week and then report back” and “I promise to love being Jewish 10x more than anyone hates me for it.” more

By Donald Gilpin

May is National Bike Month, and on May 14-15 Princeton will be hosting nearly 300 participants (riders and volunteers) in the second New York City-to-Philadelphia Greenway Ride.

The cyclists, from ages 17 to 80 — with an average age of 48.7 — come from 17 different states and Washington, D.C., with the most riders coming from New York (64), New Jersey (54), and Pennsylvania (42).

Sponsored by the East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA), the 125-mile, two-day ride supports the ECGA with fundraising for development of the ECGA route in New York City, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The event has raised more than $450,000 in the past year.

After setting out from Liberty State Park in Jersey City on Saturday morning, May 14, the riders will arrive at the YMCA in Princeton in the afternoon and collect their gear for the night. Some will camp at the YMCA, and others will stay at local hotels. On Sunday they will ride on to their destination at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.

Sophie Penkrat, who cycled on the D&R Canal Path into Princeton when she was a student at Rutgers University in the 1990s and participated in the inaugural New York City-to-Philadelphia Greenway Ride last August, is looking forward to this year’s ride with her Greenway Grinder Guys and Dolls team.

“I’m doing it again because I enjoy the experience,” she said. “The ride last year was fantastic. It was super fun — really exciting to see New Jersey from a bike. I love the ride into Princeton.”

A Jersey City resident and creative director for a national company, Penkrat has happy memories of bicycling and Princeton. “Riding into Princeton on the path last year was sort of stepping back in time for me,” she said. “Also, it’s such a wonderful town. I was riding last year with some people who had never been to Princeton, and they were saying what a great town it is — the University, and all these shops. It’s a wonderful place to explore.” more

LOOK AND LISTEN: Early May is prime birdwatching season, and there are several opportunities to see and hear them on walks led by experts. The redstart warbler is among the species likely to make an appearance.

By Anne Levin

Looking out her window this past Monday morning, Barbara Dawson was thrilled to spy a redstart warbler in her hemlock tree. Black with orange trim, the eye-catching bird was a welcome visitor, “a wonderful way to start the day,” said Dawson, who lives in New Brunswick with her husband and fellow birding enthusiast. “It was beautiful, just beautiful.”

The Dawsons will lead a bird walk along the D&R Canal in Franklin Township this Sunday morning. The trek is one of several being held this month, locally and in neighboring regions. Each is focused on spotting birds and listening to their songs as they stop on their way to migrate north.

Local events include a bird walk at the Institute Woods, and a bilingual introduction to birdwatching at Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve, held in English and Mandarin. Across the Delaware River in Bucks County, Pa., there are events at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve and the grounds of the Bucks County Audubon Society, among other locations.

“It’s addicting and it’s pleasurable,” said Dawson. “There is the beauty of being out in nature, particularly in early May when nature is revealing its wonders. There is the thrill of seeing birds that we don’t often see — warblers and vireos — as they come through, most on their way to New England and Canada.” more

FRONT TO BACK: This duplex on Lytle Street, built by volunteers led by Habitat for Humanity of South Central New Jersey, is now home to two new owners as part of an affordable housing project that has been underway since 2015.

By Anne Levin

It has taken seven years, but a slender lot on Lytle Street in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood is now the site of a front-to-back duplex, housing two income-qualified families.

Owners of the two homes on Lytle Street, next to the Mary Moss Playground, were officially handed the keys at a ceremony last week, attended by local government officials as well as representatives from Princeton University and Habitat for Humanity of South Central New Jersey (Habitat SCNJ), which built the homes.

“We had quite a big turnout,” said Annie Fox, chief development officer for Habitat SCNJ. “As a matter of fact, it was so big that we had to move it outside. I know it sounds cliché, but you could really see and feel all the love. Everyone was so happy to see this happen.”

In March 2015, Princeton Council voted to set aside funds to acquire the two lots at 31-33 Lytle Street. Three years later, the property was named as a potential site where housing would be built in order to meet the municipality’s affordable housing obligation. Many neighbors wanted to see the house
be rehabilitated rather than razed, but it was determined that it could not be saved.

The Collingswood-based firm OSK Design Partners designed the project, which is on an exceptionally narrow lot. Plans to use the old porch were abandoned when it could not be salvaged, but it was replicated. “There was a lot of concern about the look and the historic aspect,” said Fox. “The lot being so skinny, we were really worried at first about how we would fit two houses. But the architect did a fantastic job of doing a front-to-back design.”

One of the houses has two bedrooms; the other has three. Each are equipped with new appliances and have both on- and off-street parking.

The owner of the smaller home is moving from Camden, where she lived in an unsafe neighborhood. Princeton is closer to her job as a supervisor with the New Jersey Turnpike, Fox said. The family next door has been renting locally for more than 16 years “and have long desired to become homeowners,” according to a press release. “With the rising cost of rent and the competitive housing market, they were unsure if they were ever going to own their own home. The family felt extremely fortunate to be selected for an affordable home in Princeton, viewing it as a step towards stability for their family.”

As Habitat homeowners, the residents will pay no more than 30 percent of their income on principal, taxes, and homeowner insurance.

Funding partners for the project included the municipality, Princeton University, The McAlpin Foundation, the late Betty Wold Johnson, Wells Fargo, Nassau Presbyterian Church, Trinity Church, and the Merancas Foundation.

“The most rewarding part of this is having the opportunity for someone to live in such an amazing community, with access to great schools, a downtown, and a wonderful neighborhood,” said Fox. “Seeing the community support from the town, the neighbors, and the University, has been amazing to us. This is a true example of how communities should come together to build.”

CHAMPION RESEARCHERS: Princeton High School (PHS) student researchers, from left, Matthew Livingston, Ngan Le, and George Kopf presented their project, to eliminate food waste with black soldier flies, at the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow National Finalist Pitch Event on April 25 in New York City. The PHS team took home a national winner grand prize and $110,000 in technology and supplies for PHS. (Photo courtesy of Samsung)

By Donald Gilpin

Princeton High School’s (PHS) research team has been named one of three national winners in the 12th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, receiving $100,000 in technology and supplies for PHS, as well as an additional $10,000 in technology as winner of the Samsung Employee Choice Award.

From thousands of public school entries from across the country, PHS was originally selected as one of 100 New Jersey winners, then one of 10 national finalists. On April 25, PHS senior Matthew Livingston and juniors Ngan Le and George Kopf presented the team’s project to a panel of judges at Samsung in New York City.

“Because of their creative use of STEM to utilize technology and the black soldier fly to bioremediate food waste into usable products such as protein for animal feed or as a substitute for palm oil in cosmetics, judges selected Princeton High School as a National Grand Prize winner,” Samsung wrote in a press release.

“We are thankful to have the opportunity to recognize such a remarkable group of inspiring and innovative Solve for Tomorrow students in person after a two-year virtual hiatus,” said Ann Woo, senior director of corporate citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “These students continue to tackle problems of national importance with extraordinary solutions. We look forward to seeing our Samsung Solve for Tomorrow students continue to make a difference in or world in the years to come.” more

By Stuart Mitchner

“The only way to even begin to understand language is to love it so much that we allow it to confound us and to torment us to the extent that it threatens to swallow us whole.”

I keep returning to that impassioned sentence from Jhumpa Lahiri’s Translating Myself and Others (Princeton University Press $21.95). The sense of spontaneous energy behind Lahiri’s use of the word “love” is in stunning contrast to the standard “I was struck by” or “I admired” used in other, earlier contexts; in one of the translations she quotes from, the word love is “merely ‘a container we stick everything into,’ a hollow place-holder that justified our behaviors and choices.” Here it comes across as fresh, reinvigorated, uncontained, unconditional, and even heroic, given the challenges she brings tumultuously into play.

The Cracked Kettle

Lahiri’s embattled devotion to language reminds me of Gustave Flaubert’s performance on a similar theme in Madame Bovary: “Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to when we long to move the stars to pity.” In the original it’s “la parole humaine est comme un chaudron fêlé ou nous battons des mélodies à faire danser les ours, quand on voudrait attendrir les étoiles.”

The English version has a Shakespearean kick that makes Flaubert’s mot-juste French appear unwieldy; but that’s how the words look on the page: say them aloud, and it’s another story, another song.

Looking in the Mirror

Lahiri says that “to translate is to look into a mirror and see someone other than yourself.” Even when you’re not the translator, you can imagine Constance Garnett’s bespectacled face in the mirror when reading Chekhov. You know and trust her, she’s given you the Russians, and in Chekhov’s stories and letters, which you come back to again and again, her translations bring you closer to him than any other. Of Garnett’s Turgenev, the first of the Russian giants she brought to English-speaking readers, Joseph Conrad said “Turgenev is Constance Garnett and Constance Garnett is Turgenev.” Ernest Hemingway makes essentially the same point in A Moveable Feast. For him, the language of Tolstoy was the language of the Englishwoman who began to go blind while translating War and Peace. D. H. Lawrence recalls seeing her sitting in her garden “turning out reams of her marvelous translations from the Russian. She would finish a page, and throw it off on a pile on the floor without looking up, and start a new page. That pile would be this high — really, almost up to her knees, and all magical.” more

By Nancy Plum

Sibling musical prodigies can be found throughout history — brother and sister Mozart, the Haydn brothers, and a large family of Bachs — but there is nothing in classical music today quite like the Kanneh-Masons. Raised in Nottingham, England, the seven brothers and sisters of the Kanneh-Mason family each play violin, piano, and/or cello, all at a very high level. They appear professionally both individually and collectively, have won numerous awards, and are especially known for their livestreams of innovative arrangements and performances.

Two members of this acclaimed family came to Richardson Auditorium last Wednesday night as the last performance of Princeton University Concerts’ 2021-22 season. Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, accompanied by his sister, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, played a program of four 19th and 20th-century sonatas for cello and piano, none of which were lightweight pieces and all of which showed that these two siblings have musical skills way beyond their years.

Cellist Sheku has already made history in the United Kingdom as the first cellist in history to reach the U.K. Album Chart Top 10. His popularity as a musician was instantaneous from his performance at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and he is now in demand as a soloist throughout the world. Pianist Isata has won her own share of awards, drawing on her training at London’s Royal Academy of Music and forging her own path as a piano soloist.

Sheku and Isata mesmerized the audience at Richardson last week with the chamber music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich, Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten. One of Sheku’s most striking characteristics as a performer is his range of facial expressions while playing, showing that this young artist pours emotion into every note. Opening with Beethoven’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, No. 4 in C Major, the Kanneh-Masons showed consistent expressive intensity, with clarity in the accompaniment and elegant melodic lines from the cello. The first movement “andante” introduction included a graceful dialog between cello and piano, with Isata playing delicately light trills with a flowing right hand.  more

“THE ART OF PLEASING PRINCES”: The Princeton University Players have presented a staged reading of “The Art of Pleasing Princes,” performed April 28-30 at the Whitman Theater. Directed by Solomon Bergquist, the new musical takes place in a fantasy kingdom that is beset by court intrigue and labyrinthine conspiracies.Above, from left, are Maddox (Alex Conboy), Rowan (Lana Gaige), Jason (Andrew Matos), Louis (Delaney Rose), and Maya (Miel Escamilla). (Photo by Elliot Lee)

By Donald H. Sanborn III

Princeton University Players, a student-run organization whose website describes it as “Princeton’s home for musical theater,” has presented a staged reading of a new, student-written show, The Art of Pleasing Princes, at Whitman College’s Class of 1970 Theater this past weekend.

With a book and lyrics by Mel Hornyak and Elliot Valentine Lee, and music by Lee, the musical is set in a pseudohistorical fantasy kingdom — but with a viewpoint and aesthetic that are resolutely contemporary. The show subverts tropes of the fantasy genre — and to an extent, musical theater.

A rogue prince leads an unlikely group of co-conspirators in a plot to assassinate his estranged, tyrannical father. Along the way, we discover the protagonists’ secret ambitions and forbidden relationships.

The performance is classified as a staged reading, as the performers are permitted to use scripts. However, the show has the choreography, costumes, and props of a full production.

The Art of Pleasing Princes opens with a recognizable image. The king’s favorite guard, Jason Bartok (infused with affable sincerity by Andrew Matos) is kneeling at the feet of the monarch’s daughter, princess Maya Astor (Miel Escamilla), proposing marriage to her. The tableau will be seen again later, with a twist.

The opening number (“Your Day in Court”) begins with a waltz that is artfully exaggerated in its delicacy. The courtiers profess excitement at the (presumably) impending royal wedding, and set the too-perfect scene: “Every man has his duties; every servant his place; every lady her suitors … our lives our perfect, charmed.”

Clearly, this equilibrium is just waiting to be upended. Indeed, as the musical language gradually sheds the pastiche, the lyrics describe the scene as a “careful charade.” The ensemble sings of the ruthless politics at court, “You won’t know if you’ve made a mistake here, ‘til you’re the only one kept from the ball.” more

MUSIC FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD: Guitarist, harp guitarist, and composer Muriel Anderson brings her wide-ranging music to Christ Congregational Church on May 20. (Photo by Bryan Allen)

On Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m., the Princeton Folk Music Society presents an evening of fingerstyle guitar music with Muriel Anderson, a guitarist, harp guitarist, and composer who embraces music from all over the world. The concert takes place at Christ Congregational Church, 50 Walnut Lane, and will also be livestreamed.

Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. She has performed or recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten, Tommy Emmanuel, and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. She fell in love with the guitar at an early age, and learned every style available to her, beginning with folk, bluegrass, and then jazz in high school. more

A COLLABORATIVE ARTISTIC EFFORT: Lisbeth Burgos, front, and Hakim Hachicha rehearsing for “2 Events 3 Days — an Immersive Outdoor Art, Video and Dance Experience” at Mercer County Community College. (Photo by Kyle Bethea)

The Academic Theatre and Dance Company and Mercer Dance Ensemble will present “2 Events 3 Days – an Immersive Outdoor Art, Video and Dance Experience” on the grounds surrounding Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Kelsey Theatre on May 7, 8 and 9.

The production combines the efforts of MCCC students, instructors, alumni, community members, artist Tamara Torres, and Moving Productions – an interdisciplinary performance company – into two immersive experiences, according to MCCC Academic Theatre and Dance Company Coordinator Jody Gazenbeek-Person. “The Academic Theatre and Dance Company and Entertainment Tech Company have also joined forces with Mercer Dance Ensemble to present new and exciting forms of dance and video art that reflect present-day culture,” he said.

On Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. the Mercer Dance Ensemble will dance Torres’ Shadows under the choreographic direction of Jody P. Gazenbeek-Person, bringing the canvases of Trenton artist Torres. Jill Molinaro’s Fireflies is on the program, along with Shelley Gail Weiss Lightman’s Out of the Box aka Etudes and Such, to the music of Hector Villa Lobos accompanied by Sarah Lightman and Empty Shell Performers. more

Six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir take one last ride on a rollercoaster that changes the course of each of their lives forever in “Ride the Cyclone,” the musical on stage at McCarter Theatre through May 29. McCarter Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen is the director; book, music and lyrics are by Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond. Visit mccarter.org for tickets. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

Cecile McLorin Salvant

The 2022-2023 season of Princeton University Concerts (PUC) will feature 23 events spanning the academic year from September through May.

The new season “is move exuberant and, in scope, more reflective than ever of a PUC where everyone can find a personal connection to music,” said Marna Seltzer, director. Highlights include events with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and pianist Mitsuko Uchinda; informal Performances Up Close with audience members seated on stage, family concerts, and a new “Healing with Music” conversation and performance series, hosted by Clemency Burton-Hill, that sheds light on music’s role in the lives of musicians facing significant illness and personal upheaval.

More than half of the artists will be making PUC debuts, including violinist Janine Jansen, pianist Vikingur Olafsson, jazz vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant, and trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth. Returning favorites include the Brentano String Quartet, Steven Mackey, violinist Alexi Kenney, and tenor Lawrence Brownlee.

Lawrence Brownlee
(Photo by Shervin Lainez)

PUC is continuing its partnership with the Princeton Garden Theatre. Documentaries to be featured this season are The Ballad of Fred Hersch and Falling for Stradivari. The Richardson Chamber Players’ series will resume, with two Sunday afternoon events featuring mixed chamber music programs performed by University performance faculty and students. PUC will also continue to facilitate the Neighborhood Music Project, an educational initiative connecting students in neighboring communities with the guest musicians through classroom visits and field trips to concerts.

Subscriptions are currently available for purchase, and single tickets go on sale August 1. Visit Puc.princeton.edu or call (609) 258-2800.

ART FOR A CAUSE: Unique works by regional artists including Rye Tippett, pictured here, will be auctioned at the “Honoring the Past, Creating the Future” Gala on May 24 to honor of the New Hope Arts Center’s 20th anniversary.

New Hope Arts Center (NHA) has announced its “Honoring the Past, Creating the Future” Gala in honor of its 20th anniversary. The gala will be held at Hotel Du Village in New Hope, Pa., on May 24 and benefit the arts center’s programming and future expansion initiatives. In addition, the evening will offer silent and live auctions hosted by New Hope Mayor and NHA Chairman of the Board Laurence Keller. The auction will feature unique works, ranging from fine art to sculptures, from some of the region’s prized artists including Robert Beck, Malcom Bray, Kevin Kopil, Michelle Lester, Justin Long, Sean Mount, and Rye Tippett.

“We are delighted to see that founder Robin Larsen’s nascent vision continues to grow and come to life,” said Keller. “It’s not only an honor, but a true community inspiration to be part of New Hope Arts and witness the reality of our collective passion and commitment. Our area’s arts scene is truly elevating, and I’m proud to say that the New Hope Arts Center has been a valuable and treasured contributor and surely deserves celebrating. I’m eager to be at the auction podium to engage the community for one of New Hope’s greatest causes on May 24.” more

“MARINA”: This painting by Larry Mitnick is part of “Moorings,” his joint exhibition with Heather Barros, on view May 5 to June 5 at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville. An artist reception with Mitnick will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 1 to 4 p.m.

“Moorings,” featuring recent paintings by Heather Barros and Larry Mitnick, addresses connectedness on several levels. In the exhibition, on view May 5 through June 5 at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, both artists use lines to visually tie a set of abstract shapes to something else. These imagined shapes are buoyant; fast lines secure them. Barros’ elements may be anchored to an unseen ground, while Mitnick’s shapes are often bound to companion travelers. Movement is implied even if the motion is constrained, so the paintings suggest a tethered kinesis.

Mitnick’s new paintings build upon his previous work. Floating, geometric shapes are layered upon one another. His translucent application of color likens acrylic paint to paper collage. His forms are painstakingly precise, both in geometry as well as in placement, yet his compositions are not contrived. They retain the crucial, subtle suggestion of randomness. That is their life’s breath. “I avoid centers,” he said, regarding that randomness. “I like to use the edges of my compositions to suggest multiple points of focus, both near and far.” And, in this show, taught, horizontal lines attach one grouping of shapes to another. more

“YELLOW SPARKLE”: This photograph by Marilyn Minter is featured in “Screen Time: Photography and Video Art in the Internet Age,” on view May 7 through August 7 at Art on Hulfish in Palmer Square.  An opening celebration of the exhibition will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What does it mean to be an artist in a pixelated world? “Screen Time: Photography and Video Art in the Internet Age” seeks to answer this question with work by a group of global and intergenerational contemporary artists who explore the evolving role of video and photography in the era of digital communication and social media. Their work considers the role of artists in a society in which online culture is omnipresent and new platforms for self-expression are constantly developing.

The exhibition will be on view at Art on Hulfish, the Princeton University Art Museum’s photo-forward gallery in downtown Princeton, from May 7 through August 7.

Spanning three decades, the works on view in “Screen Time” are by turns wry, playful, nostalgic, and critical in their considerations of how the internet has transformed the ways in which we present ourselves, connect with others, and engage with the layered technologies that inform our wide-ranging digital experiences. The exhibition explores themes ranging from scientific and geographic systems, ecology and environmentalism, and fashion to intellectual property and the influence of social media. more

“MASTERING ALCHEMY”: Works by metal patination artist and educator Stephen Bruce will be on view at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie May 7 through May 29. A Gallery Talk is scheduled for May 21 at 2 p.m.

Metal patination artist and educator Stephen Bruce will have his first major exhibition, Mastering Alchemy,” at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie from May 7 to 29. He will give a Gallery Talk at the museum on Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m.

The California artist uses different acidic solutions to etch sheets of copper or brass into earth-toned abstract paintings that conjure the power and serenity of water, earth, and sky. Bruce’s seascapes are inspired by aerial views of the oceans. His abstracts evoke the colors and patterns of geological formations. His landscapes capture ineffable moments in a sunset, a sunrise, or on the horizon.

Bruce will offer demonstrations and hands-on workshops in two area public schools, Fisher Middle School in Ewing and Grace Dunn Middle School in Trenton, through his organization the Skidmore Project. Providing all materials at no cost, the Skidmore Project encourages young students to learn how to notice and acknowledge their own creative spirit, showing in practical terms how science and art are accessible, useful, and connected. The May 21 Gallery Talk will include a special showing of students’ works created at Dunn and Fisher Middle Schools, said the show’s curator Deborah Oliver. more

“SOLSTICE”: This oil painting by Rye Tippett is featured in “Whistling in the Moonlight,” on view at Morpeth Contemporary in Hopewell through the end of May. An artist’s reception is on Saturday, May 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Morpeth Contemporary now presents Rye Tippett “Whistling in the Moonlight,” his third solo show at the gallery, which will be on exhibit until the end of May. The artist’s reception is this Saturday, May 7, 5 to 8 p.m. and open to the public.

Be it over land or water, Tippett’s vast skies stir the imagination. Drawing on his own experience walking in the fields late at night, he asks: “That’s the moon behind the trees, or is it?” Hovering in his paintings’ skies are adventure-seeking dogs, ghost-like sperm whales, and other animals mixed with relics of the past — from historical warships to vintage cars. Tippett finds inspiration in literature and history, machines, and inventions, pairing the wonder of the natural world with his favorite manmade creations. more

CONFIDENCE AND COORDINATION: “We are a fitness training center, and we emphasize individual attention and guidance. The idea is to build strength, step it up, and keep moving! I enjoy seeing people get stronger and gain confidence and coordination.” Natalie Burke, personal trainer and owner of Rising Phoenix Training and Fitness Center, demonstrates a plank exercise to her enthusiastic class.

By Jean Stratton

Exercise. Energy. Strength. Stamina. Motivation. Mojo … and more.

All of these can be yours during and after workouts at Rising Phoenix Fitness and Training Center.

What sets Rising Phoenix apart from other gyms and fitness centers is its small class instruction with a personal trainer and the strong focus on building strength and stamina.

Opened in 2021, it is located at 947 State Road, where it shares space with Princeton Martial Arts. Classes are held Monday through Friday at 5:30 a.m., 6 a.m., 7:15 a.m., and 8:30 a.m.

An early start, but you, too, can have fun first thing in the morning! Owner and personal trainer Natalie Burke oversees and guides students in an exercise program to ensure their success. more

HISTORIC DAY: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Kyla Sears races upfield last Saturday against Yale. Senior star Sears tallied five goals and two assists to help Princeton defeat the Bulldogs 17-14 in an Ivy title showdown as the rivals both entered the game with 6-0 league marks. Sears broke the program record for career assists and tied Olivia Hompe for the most points in team history, ending the day at 285 points and 93 assists. The triumph also gave Princeton’s Hall of Fame head coach Chris Sailer a win in her final regular season home game. After the game, she was honored in a special ceremony with hundreds of her former players on hand. The Tigers, now 12-3 overall and 7-0 Ivy, while be hosting the Ivy postseason tournament this weekend. Princeton will face fourth-seeded Harvard on May 6 with the victor advancing to the final on May 8 against the winner of the semifinal between second-seeded Yale and third-seeded Cornell. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

History and emotion intersected in a memorable fashion as the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team hosted Yale last Saturday afternoon.

The contest marked the regular season finale for the program’s Class of 2022 which had already won two Ivy League titles during their time with the program.

It also marked the final scheduled home game for Princeton’s legendary Hall of Fame head coach Chris Sailer who had announced before the season that the 2022 campaign, her 36th guiding the program, would be her last year at the helm.

The occasion was marked by banners hanging around Class of 1952 Stadium depicting highlights of her tenure with Chris Sailer bobbleheads distributed to fans on hand. Hundreds of former Tiger players showed up, many wearing T-shirts in honor of their coach, marked “GOAT” (greatest of all time) on the front with the words “vision, keystone, impact, love, legend” printed on the back.

Adding to the drama, the clash with Yale, which drew a crowd of 1,223, was an Ivy title showdown as the rivals both entered the game with 6-0 league marks.

Princeton senior star Kyla Sears sensed the gravity of the moment.

“It was a huge day, there is obviously a lot going on,” said Sears. “We wanted to win for our senior class and for Chris. At the end of the day, there was one job that we had to do and that is win.” more

SEEING RED: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Coulter Mackesy, right, tries to get around a Cornell defender last Saturday. Freshman attackman Mackesy tallied five goals and an assist but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 18-15 to the Big Red. While the loss kept the Tigers from making the Ivy League postseason tournament, Princeton, now 9-4 overall and ranked No. 9 in the Inside Lacrosse media poll, is in good position to earn an at-large bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. The NCAA tournament bracket will be announced on May 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team trailed Cornell 12-5 at halftime last Saturday, Coulter Mackesy wasn’t fazed.

“It was just do our thing, we have been in this position before in this season,” said freshman attackman Mackesy. “We know that we can just as easy have the half that they had in the first.”

Mackesy acknowledged that the Tigers misfired in the first half.

“We got out to a slow start today, their defense is good,” said Mackesy. “Their No. 77 (Gavin Adler) is a presence, we let him dictate things. We just weren’t being patient enough and we were letting them dictate our passing lanes. Our spacing was kind of off.”

With Mackesy scoring three goals in the third quarter, Princeton outscored the Big Red 8-3 to draw within 15-13 with 15 minutes left in regulation. After the Tigers made it a 15-14 game with 12:23 left, Cornell outscored Princeton 3-1 over the rest of the contest to pull out an 18-15 win.

The loss dropped Princeton to 9-4 overall and 3-3 Ivy League, keeping it from making the Ivy postseason tournament. The Tigers, who are ranked No. 9 in the Inside Lacrosse media poll, are in a good position to earn an at-large bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. The tournament bracket will be announced on May 8.

“We had a ton of momentum going into the fourth,” said Mackesy, who ended up with a career-high five goals and one assist in the defeat. “They had a couple of big turnovers at the end. The chances were there, we just couldn’t capitalize at the end.” more