McCarter Theatre Center names new artistic director
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McCarter Theatre Center names new artistic director

The McCarter Theatre Center has named Sarah Rasmussen as the new artistic director to succeed Emily Mann. Rasmussen is currently artistic director of the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, where she has gained national attention for bringing inclusive stories, diverse talent, and gender parity to the stage. McCarter Board Chair Robert Caruso said the search committee was impressed with…

Elementary school students in Princeton recreate famous works of art at home
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Elementary school students in Princeton recreate famous works of art at home

Community Park Elementary School art teacher Lara Sawers challenged her students to participate in the global movement known as #museumathome and #betweenartandquarantine, where people recreate famous works of art. She wasn’t sure what to expect from her students, who are in grades two through five, but then submissions began filling her inbox. The museum at…

Majority of full-time and seasonal staff members at McCarter Theatre to be laid off in May
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Majority of full-time and seasonal staff members at McCarter Theatre to be laid off in May

The majority of full-time staff members and seasonal staff at the McCarter Theatre Center will be laid off on May 15, and employees will continue to receive health insurance through June. The leadership of McCarter Theatre announced the decision Friday evening. “We also have been able to meet our obligations to the artists involved with…

COVID-19 local business spotlight: Labyrinth Books
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COVID-19 local business spotlight: Labyrinth Books

Labyrinth Books owner Dorothea von Moltke answers questions about how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected her business.  A month ago, anyone could walk into Labyrinth Books and peruse its two floors of shelves teeming with scholarly works and tables stacked with new releases. People could be seen sitting in the store’s aisles or armchairs, skimming…

Princeton Arts Council launches ‘Sew Many Masks’ program
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Princeton Arts Council launches ‘Sew Many Masks’ program

In light of the new CDC recommendation that people should wear a non-surgical mask when they go out in public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arts Council of Princeton is launching a “Sew Many Masks” initiative. The Arts Council is seeking community crafters to make and donate masks to the program. The masks will be distributed…

McCarter Theatre thanks community for support
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McCarter Theatre thanks community for support

Dear Editor,  We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support McCarter received since announcing the cancelation of the balance of our season. This was a difficult decision to make, however we recognized early on that in order to do our part to flatten the curve we needed to darken our stages and…

Princeton Symphony Orchestra announces 2020-21 season

Princeton Symphony Orchestra announces 2020-21 season

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2020-2021 season, which will feature works by composers Sarah Kirkland Snider and Andreia Pinto Correia, and a piece by George Walker, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Additional highlights include performances of Berlioz’ “Symphonie fantastique,” Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite,” symphonies by Mozart, Brahms, and Beethoven, and multiple works by Tchaikovsky, including his symphony “Manfred” and “Variations on a Rococo…

Call for submissions for the Ellarslie ‘Not Quite Open: The Art of Sheltering in Place’ online exhibition
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Call for submissions for the Ellarslie ‘Not Quite Open: The Art of Sheltering in Place’ online exhibition

The annual juried Ellarslie Open art exhibition has been postponed until the fall because of the coronavirus outbreak. In the meantime, the museum is hosting an online exhibition called Not Quite Open: The Art of Sheltering in Place. Artists can post work to social media channels that is created between March 30 and April 30…

McCarter Theatre cancels all performances through the end June
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McCarter Theatre cancels all performances through the end June

The McCarter Theatre Center has canceled all performances and events through June 30. The full production run of The Refuge Plays, all scheduled presented series events for the rest of the season, the Jazz in June Festival, and the 2020 Gala featuring Michael Feinstein are canceled. McCarter Theater Center’s administrative offices and production shops remain…

McCarter Theatre receives emergency support grant from the Laurents Hatcher Foundation
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McCarter Theatre receives emergency support grant from the Laurents Hatcher Foundation

The Laurents Hatcher Foundation has awarded McCarter Theatre a $25,000 emergency support grant to assist the theatre center in meeting its financial obligations during the coronavirus pandemic. “This is an unprecedented, devastating time for all of us,” said Laurents Hatcher Foundation President David Saint. “In times like these, it is important to unite and exhibit…

Princeton area event cancellations and postponements due to the coronavirus
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Princeton area event cancellations and postponements due to the coronavirus

Many events have been canceled in Princeton and the surrounding region until early April. Communiversity has been postponed until October. The following other events at the Arts Council of Princeton have been canceled or rescheduled, including the Dance, Princeton, Dance: Community Dance Party, the opening reception for the Art & Music exhibition, Shared Palette: Artists…

Princeton Festival announces 2020 season

Princeton Festival announces 2020 season

The Princeton Festival will present 22 performances of nine shows and concerts for the 2020 season. The performance season runs from June 6 through June 28. The festival will also offer 15 free lectures, workshops, previews, and special events beginning on May 6. “Our 16th season mixes great music, stirring drama, an immersive entertainment experience, and…

Princeton, Hopewell Valley Central High School students shine at new national jazz festival competition
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Princeton, Hopewell Valley Central High School students shine at new national jazz festival competition

Students from Princeton High School and Hopewell Valley Central High performed at the inaugural National Jazz Festival on Feb. 15 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. More than 1,200 high school and middle school jazz band students from 43 schools, 11 states, and Puerto Rico performed and attended educational clinics. The festival was created…

McCarter announces diverse 2020-21 theatre series

McCarter announces diverse 2020-21 theatre series

McCarter Theatre center has announced the slate for its 2020-21 theatre series, an eclectic collection of both the old and the new. The series opens in September with “Dreaming Zenzile”, a stirring modern jazz musical set against the backdrop of the final concert performance of South African musical legend and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba,…

Princeton University Art Museum exhibition explores LIFE magazine’s storytelling process

Princeton University Art Museum exhibition explores LIFE magazine’s storytelling process

From its first issue in 1936 to the suspension of weekly publication in 1972, LIFE magazine told the stories of world events through photo essays. The popular magazine shaped how readers view themselves and the world, while also transforming modern ideas about photography. A new exhibition at the Princeton University Art Museum called “Life Magazine…

Art collector sues Princeton University for backing out of $1 million deal
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Art collector sues Princeton University for backing out of $1 million deal

A New York City art collector has filed a lawsuit against Princeton University for breach of contract related to artworks the school agreed to buy in 2018. Princeton University allegedly agreed to pay art collector Vincent Fay just under $1 million for 17 pieces of art. The school paid him $472,500 in December of 2018,…

Princeton Public Library names new executive director
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Princeton Public Library names new executive director

Jennifer Podolsky has been named the 14th executive director of the Princeton Public Library. Podolsky, the current executive director of the East Brunswick Public Library, will begin her duties in mid-February. She succeeds Brett Bonfield, who left Princeton in April for a position at the Cincinnati Public Library. “We are delighted that Jennifer Podolsky will…

Arts Council of Princeton names new development director
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Arts Council of Princeton names new development director

Princeton native Caroline Cleaves has been appointed to serve as the development director for the Arts Council of Princeton. She will begin her new position in January. Cleaves previously held fundraising positions at Rider University and the Grounds for Sculpture. The Princeton High School alumna graduated from Smith College, Phi Beta Kappa, and earned her…