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March 2019

Music: Rising Smoke

Sunday, March 24, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Rising Smoke specializes in classic rock but also does jazz and pop standards, doo-wop, movie music, a capella tunes and old sing-along favorites. Members include Fred Wish (guitar/bass/percussion), John Allison (guitar/keyboard/harmonica) and Loretta Bolger Wish (guitar/percussion).    

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Storytime! Season of Wonder Puppetry Show

Thursday, March 28, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Story Room – Third Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Guest story teller and Waldorf School early childhood teacher Amy Shor celebrates the wonders of spring through songs, rhymes and finger plays, using simple handmade puppets and other surprises from the natural world. Co-sponsored by the library and the Waldorf School of Princeton.

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Music: Red Oak Chamber Ensemble

Saturday, March 30, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

A collection of small chamber ensembles formed by students from Montgomery High School, performs a broad spectrum of genres, including Debussy, Beethoven and Bach as well as more contemporary pieces.  

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April 2019

Princeton Triangle Club Presents!

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Members of the Princeton Triangle Club, the University's oldest performing arts organization, perform original, student-written songs and sketches from their newest production. The event will feature opportunities to talk to the show's writers and performers about creating musical comedy for a professional-level production. Recommended for ages 8 and older.

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Music: Princeton University Jazz Ensembles

Sunday, April 7, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Rudresh K. Mahanthappa directs students from Princeton University jazz program in this preview concert for the university's April 13 jazz festival.

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Library Live at Labyrinth: Timothy Hampton in Conversation with Nigel Smith

Monday, April 8, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The author discusses his book, "Bob Dylan's Poetics," with Princeton University Professor of English Nigel Smith. The book focuses on the details and nuances of Dylan's songs, showing how they work as artistic statements designed to create meaning and elicit emotion, and offers a unique examination of both the poetics and politics of Dylan's compositions. Smith is the co-director of the Center for the Study of Books and Media at Princeton. His interests include poetry, poetic theory, the social role…

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Princeton University Concerts: Avi Avital and Omer Avital in Conversation

Monday, April 15, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Mandolinist Avi Avital and bassist Omer Avital engage in a moderated conversation in advance of their April 16 Crossroads Series concert, "Avital Meets Avital" at Richardson Auditorium. The performance will blend jazz and classical traditions with the music of Morocco, North Africa, Israel, and the Mediterranean region. Princeton University Concerts' Crossroads Series draws musicians and music from around the globe and highlight music’s uncanny capacity to tell stories and spark new conversations. Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton University Concerts.

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Rhythmic Integrity: Concordia Chamber Players Open Rehearsal

Saturday, April 27, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

The Concordia Chamber Players perform works by composer Andy Akiho and Sergei Prokofiev at this open rehearsal. The musicians include Ian Rosenbaum, marimba; Kristin Lee and Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violins; Dimitri Murrath, viola, and Michelle Djokic, cello.

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May 2019

TechnoArte Latino

Sunday, May 5, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

This event will introduce the audience to Latin American artists living in United States who use cutting edge digital technologies throughout their creative process. The presenters will share their work with the audience and engage in discussions about the role of technology in shaping culture through arts. The event will include short talks and performances featuring 8 artists from 6 different countries including: Cejo Vega Cebrian (Mexico) Ari Melenciano (American-Dominican) Sharon Lee De La Cruz (American-Puerto Rican) Michelle Hessel (Brazil)…

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Aaron Krerowicz: Stairway to Zeppelin

Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz  gives a talk about Led Zepplin. When "Led Zeppelin II" replaced "Abbey Road" as the No. 1 album in December, 1969, it symbolized a passing of the torch to a new era in popular music. This 60-minute multimedia presentation observes how 1960s rock bands The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds paved the way for Led Zeppelin in the 1970s.

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Dancing Under the Stars

Friday, May 17, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hinds Plaza (Community Room in case of rain), 63 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Members of Central Jersey Dance give demonstrations of basic steps and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting; or Community Room. Co-sponsored by the library and Central Jersey Dance.

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The Practitioners of Musick: The Grove or Rural Harmony

Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

The Practitioners of Musick present a program celebrating "Gainsborough’s Family Album." Gainsborough was known to have a particular leaning toward musicians, and this is confirmed by his daughter, Margaret, who recorded that her father was “much led into the company of musicians.” The concert will feature works by Gainsborough’s musical friends including John Christian Bach, John Stanley, Thomas Linley and Charles Frederick Abel. Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton University Art Museum.

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Musical Theater Workshop: “Making of a Musical”

Saturday, May 25, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Led by teaching artist Gail Blanche-Gill and lecturer Shari Gill, this three-part program provides high school students with an introduction to the tools needed to succeed in musical theater. The first session focuses on being a professional singer in musicals, with topics covered including vocal health, selecting repertoire, the audition process and the business side of theater. The session runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. Open to high school students only. Registrants must attend…

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Dancing Under the Stars

Friday, May 31, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on May 31, 2019 at 7:00pm

One event on June 14, 2019 at 7:00pm

One event on June 28, 2019 at 7:00pm

One event on July 12, 2019 at 7:00pm

One event on July 26, 2019 at 7:00pm

One event on August 9, 2019 at 7:00pm

One event on August 23, 2019 at 7:00pm

One event on September 6, 2019 at 7:00pm

One event on September 20, 2019 at 7:00pm

Hinds Plaza (Community Room in case of rain), 63 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Members of Central Jersey Dance give demonstrations of basic steps and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting; or Community Room. Co-sponsored by the library and Central Jersey Dance.

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June 2019

Women in American Musical Theater

Tuesday, June 4, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

From Maria in "The Sound of Music" to Elphaba in "Wicked" to Angelica Schuyler in "Hamilton," vibrant women characters have sung and danced their way into the hearts of audiences young and old. These characters are also in conversation with U.S. society, both reflecting and shaping cultural values about gender. Stacy Wolf, professor of theater at Princeton University, will lead a journey through musical theater history from the 1950s until today —including 1963's "She Loves Me" — to examine what…

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