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Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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March 2019

Princeton Tech Meetup

Thursday, March 28, 6:30 pm - 8:50 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Members of the Princeton area tech community, including creatives, entrepreneurs and investors are welcome to attend this meeting modeled after Tech Meetup groups in New York, Hoboken and Philadelphia. The goal is to bring technically-minded people together to benefit from each other’s advice, knowledge, perspective and energy. Meetings include a keynote speaker and unstructured time for networking and socializing. Register through Princeton Tech Meetup on Meetup.com.

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Build a Model Rocket

Saturday, March 30, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

In this workshop, children 10 and older will build a model rocket with the Princeton University Rocketry Club. Rockets will be launched Sunday, March 31, at the upper Strubing Field at Princeton University. Rockets will launch up to 150 feet in the air! Due to limited supplies, participation is limited to 30. Registration is required; please register here:

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April 2019

Princeton Tech Meetup

Thursday, April 25, 6:30 pm - 8:50 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Members of the Princeton area tech community, including creatives, entrepreneurs and investors are welcome to attend this meeting modeled after Tech Meetup groups in New York, Hoboken and Philadelphia. The goal is to bring technically-minded people together to benefit from each other’s advice, knowledge, perspective and energy. Meetings include a keynote speaker and unstructured time for networking and socializing. Register through Princeton Tech Meetup on Meetup.com.

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May 2019

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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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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Princeton Festival Preview

Thursday, June 6, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Artists will preform scenes from the Princeton Festival's upcoming opera, "Nixon in China," and musical, "She Loves Me,"  and the stage and music directors will discuss what happens behind the scenes in preparation for these productions. Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Festival.

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20th Century Music: John Adams’ “Nixon in China”

Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Stephen Arthur Allen, professor of music at Rider University, investigates how the music of John Adams' opera, although technically described as minimalist, actually allows the audience a rich experience in sound. He will highlight how the music connects with European neoclassicism and other traditions as well as the flow of musical events within American music. Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Festival.

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Ping Pong Diplomacy

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Was it a ping-pong ball that led Nixon to China? Marianne Grey, Princeton University Art Museum docent, will review and illustrate events which led to Nixon's unprecedented 1972 trip. Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Festival.

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Harmonic Structure and Characterization in John Adams’ “Nixon in China”

Tuesday, June 18, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Timothy Johnson, professor of music theory at Ithaca College, describes how Adams depicts the aspirations and motivations of President Nixon, Madame Mao and Premier Chou by exploring the harmonic structures underlying the three most memorable arias in Adams’ opera, "Nixon in China." Adams’ harmonic language, based on triads, brings a familiar aural environment to audiences; however, the harmonic structure connecting these harmonies is less conventional. Furthermore, this structure plays an important role in shaping the musical characterization of the historical…

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“Nixon in China”: Much More than Minimalism

Friday, June 21, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Considered an important opera of the 20th century for both its subject matter and its music, John Adams' "Nixon in China" is based on the historic 1972 meeting between U.S. President Richard Nixon and Chairman Mao Tse-Tung of the People’s Republic of China. Just as in Puccini’s greatest operas, Adams wrote music that gives local color (1930’s big band, neo-classicism, electronic synthesizer sounds, minimalism, lush late-romanticism) to the score while also propelling the drama forward. Timothy Urban, professor of music…

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Film: “The Shop Around the Corner”

Tuesday, June 25, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This 1940 American romantic comedy film, produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch, features Margaret Sullivan, James Stewart and Frank Morgan. Eschewing regional politics in the years leading up to World War II, the film is about two employees at a leather goods shop in Budapest who can barely stand each other, not realizing they are falling in love as anonymous correspondents through their letters. The musical "She Loves Me" is an adaptation of the play and this movie. 1 hr,…

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