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By Pam Hersh An American Theatre Magazine article (June 26, 2015) described McCarter Theatre’s longtime Artistic Director Emily Mann as a quiet radical. A radical – unquestionably. Quiet? When offstage, she may speak softly, but she is no shrinking violet. She carries a big stick comprising powerful and passionate words on social justice issues related […]

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Chris Barron, lead singer for the popular ’90s rock band Spin Doctors, has been making music for more than 30 years. But his journey toward stardom, late night television performances and signature comfy sweater modeling all began with his high school choir in Princeton. “I’d been singing ever since I was a little kid,” says […]

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Jim Dessicino, a nationally renowned sculptor with a fleeting presence in Princeton, shaped his words in a way that perfectly reflected my feelings. “I have been in serious shock over the whole thing and am still trying to come to terms with it,” Dessicino said. “The whole thing,” that has Dessicino and myself so bent […]

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Five-year-old Ella is too young to enroll in The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), but she has a special relationship with the school. One might say she owes her existence to TCNJ’s Women’s and Gender Studies program. Ella’s “mom” is children’s author Marisa Chiorello, a TCNJ alumna, class of 2015, with a BA in English […]

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The Central NJ Ballet Theatre recently presented “The Nutcracker” at Villa Victoria Academy in Ewing and the Carslake Community Center in Bordentown. Presented by young ballerinas and danseurs, the Central NJ Ballet Theatre’s children put on a wonderful production. Localizing the show, a bit, this rendition of “The Nutcracker” took place in 1816 at the […]

“The Winter’s Tale,” known as a late romance from William Shakespeare, is currently in production at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison. Directed by Bonnie J. Monte, the play, which she refers to as an “adult fairy tale,” brought Shakespeare’s vision of love, loss and psychological drama to stage. Set in the two […]

The Christmas/Hanukkah shopping season inspired me to reach out to David Newton, who managed Palmer Square for more than two decades, to get his take on the retail environment and development opportunities in Princeton.  He presented me with his words of wisdom – plus an extra gift that proved even more enlightening than what I […]

“And My True Love Gave To Me!,” an original play from Luigi Jannuzzi, will be playing at Hudson Theatre Works in Weehawken through Dec. 16. Jannuzzi, who has been working with the publishing company Samuel French, Inc. since the early 1980’s where he writes and produces theater productions, had an idea for a Christmas play. […]

Two dance celebrations in the past week moved me enormously without physically moving me. I hardly moved in my seat during a Nov. 24 American Repertory Ballet performance of the “Nutcracker”at McCarter Theatre, featuring New York City Ballet soloist and Princeton native Unity Phelan. Then a week later, I just stood and watched in awe […]

Arts Council of Princeton presents the opening reception of Charles David Viera’s “Clear the Studio” Benefit Exhibition. After four decades of creating art – and in an effort to clear space in his studio – Charles David Viera has graciously donated more than 30 artworks to the Arts Council of Princeton to offer to the […]