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By Pam J. Hersh Princeton University Professor Norman Itzkowitz, who died at the age of 87 on Jan. 20, would have balked at my writing this column about him. Even though over the years I have written about the scholarly achievements...
Jazz at Princeton University, with the help of famed jazz saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, will present the inaugural Princeton University Jazz Festival on April 13. A free, day-long event that features an outdoor lineup of today's top jazz stars...
By Pam J. Hersch If New Jersey government and business leaders were playing television’s popular word game “Wheel of Fortune,” their word of choice for solving all the puzzles would be "innovation." They spell the word daily in their speeches extolling...
In the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s 91 years of history, a superhero film has never received a nomination in the category of best picture. “Black Panther,” Marvel’s 18th installment of its continued “Avenger’s” saga, which began in...
Talking to longtime Princeton resident Martin Tuchman was as satisfying for me as eating a huge stack of pancakes loaded with butter and syrup with a side of extra crispy bacon. The conversation, however, had one major advantage over the...
What led the nominations at the Golden Globes, and now pulling in eight Academy Award nominations this past week, Adam McKay’s “Vice” is a film to be recognized. But should it be? Producer, writer and director Adam McKay, who is known...
A professor’s bout with insomnia has propelled an aesthetic for psychedelic art. Marie Maber, an art history professor at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, is showcasing her exhibition “Horror Vacui” at Monmouth Arts, 105 Monmouth St., Red Bank, now through Feb. 27....
SAYREVILLE - Two hip-hop artists from Sayreville are preparing for their first show in their hometown. Joe Magliocco, who goes by the stage name Yung Mag$, and Sam Meyer, who goes by the stage name Sammy $tacks, will make their...
If there were such a thing as a gene for historic destiny, Jim Jeffers would have it. As Plainsboro kicked off its celebration of its 100th birthday with the Jan. 17 Centennial Gala at Plainsboro’s Crowne Plaza, Jeffers, a member of...
The legendary tale of Zorro, a good man’s fight against evil, has been a source of lasting fascination. The award-winning PinnWorth Productions presents “Zorro," which combines high drama with the red-hot music of the Gipsy Kings, at Mercer County Community...
Princeton University Concerts’ (PUC) new “Crossroads” series aims to draw together musicians and music from around the globe. Debuting the series at Richardson Auditorium on Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m., “Crossroads” will premiere with acclaimed singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane. Bringing his song...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
“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,”...
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...
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