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August 2018

Family Musical Matinee: “Mary Poppins”

August 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

In turn-of-the-century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father. Rated G. 2 hours and 19 minutes.

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Film: “Pitch Perfect”

August 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

When Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is persuaded to join the Bellas, her school’s all-girls singing group, she adds some much-needed energy into their repertoire, leading to a showdown with their male rivals in a campus competition. The film is loosely adapted from Mickey Rapkin’s nonfiction book “Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory.” 1 hour, 52 minutes.

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Family Musical Matinee: “Frozen”

August 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Disney’s 2013 animated blockbuster, based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale “The Snow Queen,” tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off with a mountaineer and a reindeer to find the sister who has plunged their kingdom into perpetual winter. Rated PG. 1 hour, 48 minutes.

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Family Musical Matinee: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”

August 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

In this 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” the world is astounded when the reclusive Willy Wonka announces that five people will be given a tour of his factory and shown the secrets of his candy – and that one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Rated G. 1 hour, 29 minutes.

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Toddler Drive-In

August 23 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Toddlers (ages 2-5) accompanied by an adult are invited to decorate their own cardboard-box car and watch a short drive-in movie. Limited to 30 children. Registration required below.

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Family Musical Matinee: “Sing”

August 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to save his theater, and the contest attracts the attention of such musically inclined animals as a harried pig mom, a teenage gorilla, a shy elephant and a punk porcupine. Rated G. 1 hour, 48 minutes.

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Family Musical Matinee: “Coco”

August 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

In this 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Film, a boy is accidentally transported into the Land of the Dead where he seeks the help of his musician great-great-grandfather to return to his family. Rated PG. 1 hour, 49 minutes.

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Film: “Singing with Angry Bird”

August 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Jae-Chang Kim runs a children's choir in Pune, India. Although his quick temper earned him the nickname "Angry Bird," he has made significant changes in the lives of the choir children. But skeptical of the practical value of music education, their parents are reluctant to let them sing. In order to convince them, Angry Bird decides to train the parents with their children for a joint concert, showing them the power of music in bringing families closer together. 1 hour.…

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Film: “Cameraperson”

August 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: These scenes and others are woven into a tapestry of footage captured over the 25-year career of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, this film examines what it means to train a camera on the world. 1 hour, 30 minutes. Community Room   This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent…

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September 2018

Film at the Princeton Garden Theatre: “Zama”

September 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Princeton Garden Theater, 160 Nassau St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Based on the 1956 novel by Antonio Di Benedetto, this Argentine film, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, tells the story of a 17th century Spanish officer in a remote posting who awaits his transfer to his native Buenos Aires. Zama's situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive governors who come and go as he stays behind. The years…

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Unruly Sounds Music Festival

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hinds Plaza (Community Room in case of rain), 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Mika Godbole of Mobius Percussion curates the fourth annual celebration of original music from Princeton University’s highly-acclaimed composition program and other local musicians. The daylong event features performers on three stages and a wide variety of post classical/contemporary grooves.  Check back closer to the date for a complete schedule of performers. Through 5 p.m. on Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Community Room. Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Sound Kitchen.

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An Historical Celebration of Motown with the Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative

September 30 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hinds Plaza (Community Room in case of rain), 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

In anticipation of the opening of McCarter Theatre Center’s production of Dominique Morisseau’s "Detroit ’67,"  members of the Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative (EAMC) — featuring house band The Beagles — will perform selections from the Motown songbook. EAMC will share the story of the development of the famed record company’s sound, musical style, and subjects before, during, and after the Detroit race riots of 1967. The set list includes popular tunes originally recorded by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, the Four…

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October 2018

Film Screening: “War of the Worlds”

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

This PBS American Experience documentary examines the famous 1938 radio dramatization of “War of the Worlds.” Although most listeners understood that the program was a radio drama, the next day's headlines reported that thousands of others plunged into panic, convinced that America was under a deadly Martian attack. Featuring interviews with film director and cinema historian Peter Bogdanovich, Welles’s daughter Chris Welles Feder and other authors and experts, as well as dramatizations of some of the thousands of letters sent…

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Film and Discussion: “Eyes on Mississippi”

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

The life of influential journalist Bill Minor, who covered the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi for seven decades, is the subject of this documentary. Minor was the New Orleans Times Picayune’s Mississippi correspondent and a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Newsweek and other national publications. Producer and director Ellen Ann Fentress will lead a post-screening discussion with Errin Whack, National Writer on Race and Ethnicity for the Associated Press. From Fentress's website: "As the southern struggle for civil…

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Friday Feature Film: “Hearts Beat Loud”

October 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

During the summer before she is set to start a pre-med program at UCLA, a music career becomes a possibility for Sam when a song she recorded with her widowed father goes viral. 1 hour, 37 minutes. Part of the Friday Features series. Community Room

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