Friday, May 11, 2012
New Jersey Arts Education Census Project surveys nearly all schools to compare arts education offerings.
A statewide survey of arts education programs in New Jersey schools released Thursday finds a correlation between schools with more arts education programs and greater proficiency scores on the language sections of the state's High School Proficiency Assessment. The report is a follow-up to one conducted in 2007, and is a joint project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the state Department of Education, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and Quadrant Arts Education Research. According to Robert Morrison, project coordinator of the report and founder of Quadrant Arts Education Research, the report compiled survey responses from about 99 percent of the schools …
Friday, April 27, 2012
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Monday, April 9, 2012
George Street Playhouse announces cast for stage production of Hitchcock's "39 Steps."
Friday, March 9, 2012
Fish Fry Friday, scrap booking, writers group, live music and craft show.
The Hightstown High School Drama Club will present Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" from March 9 to 11. The classic show includes some of Porter's most well-known songs, including "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top" and the title song. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $10, $8 for students and senior citizens. There will be a special $5 ticket price for elementary students for the Sunday matinee when accompanied by an adult, with a limit of two tickets per adult. Tickets can be reserved by calling 609-443-7738 ext. 1328 or can be purchased at the door on the days of performances. All performances will take place in the high school auditorium. Friday, March 9: The Hightstown Elks Lodge…
Friday, March 2, 2012
Taste some wine, have a laugh and celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday this weekend.
The Cranbury Public Library will host an evening with local author Kevin Fox who will talk about his first novel, “Until the Next Time” on March 2 beginning at 7 p.m. “Until the Next Time” is billed by its publisher as a mystery and suspense novel that explores Irish history and faith. Fox is a producer and writer for TV shows, and his professional screenwriter credits include the film, “The Negotiator.” He divides his time between Los Angeles and New Jersey. For more information, call the library at 609-655-0555. Friday, March 2: Saturday, March 3: Sunday, March 4:
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Peddie School is hosting the show, which runs through Dec. 16.
A community art exhibition featuring pieces from local artists and Peddie School students is opening Friday. The show, entitled Salon d'Hightstown, will run through Dec. 16 at Peddie’s Mariboe Art Gallery and feature all mediums. Peddie’s art gallery curator, Eric Drotch, said the show will “help give the school a presence in the community.” Drotch also said he believes the exhibition will be an opportunity for students around campus to have their work exhibited in a form it’s normally not. The theme of the exhibition is 'Out of the Box,' and participants are given an 18 x 18 x 18 inch cardboard box in which artwork can be displayed both inside and out. Princeton Junction resident Mary Rich submitted a sculpture entitled “‘Thinking’ …
Friday, October 21, 2011
Student-run Princeton Shakespeare Company hopes to cast a spell on audiences with Shakespeare's great tragedy.
If a love of Shakespeare makes a solid foundation for a director taking on one of the Bard’s plays, then Alexandra Kolaski was off to a great start when she started working on “Macbeth.” Kolaski, who is directing Princeton Shakespeare Company’s production of “Macbeth,” running Oct. 20 to Oct. 22, was first introduced to Shakespeare’s works when she was in third or fourth grade. The plays continue to influence her in important way – she says a Shakespeare course she took during her freshman year is a major reason why she’s an English major. “My interest in Shakespeare is purely from an absolute love of the shows and the text, of the unbelievably elegant, timeless quality of the verse that Shakespeare wrote 400 years ago,” Kolaski says. “I …
Monday, September 26, 2011
Snow has come early to South Brunswick in "When Winter Comes" at the Gallery at the Municipal Building.
Believe it or not, some of us love winter and its simple pleasures like taking a walk during a snowfall, making snowmen and warming up with a mug of hot cider. Winter is also an interesting subject for art, as is proven by “When Winter Comes,” an exhibit running at the Gallery at the South Brunswick Municipal Building through Dec. 26. The show contains snowy scenes of forests, parks, homes created by more than 30 area artists. John Sandstedt’s “Great Falls On Ice” is a photograph of the Great Falls in Paterson, taken in 2009. In the black-and-white image, cloud-like streams of ice are frozen as they hang over cliffs. Sandstedt says he goes to the falls about four times a year with friends and camera clubs. “The Falls take a different …
Friday, September 16, 2011
RC Smith warms up crowds at Rachel Ray's TV show but the spotlight will be his at Princeton Catch a Rising Star.
If you’re the kind of person who sits in a comedy club silently praying that the comic on stage not pay any attention to you, beware of RC Smith. You’re just the kind of person he likes to poke some fun at. “I’m like a shark, I can smell the blood in the water,” the comic says. “I go right for the crippled seal that’s laying on the ice floe.” Smith’s act is all about interacting with the crowd, and making jokes about their jobs, ethnic backgrounds, their clothes or whatever strikes Smith as funny in the moment. And he promises it’s all in good fun. “People go to a comedy show because they’re not quite sure what’s going to happen, it’s going to be unexpected,” says Smith, who will perform at Princeton Catch a Rising Star on Sept. 16 and 17…
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Eve Ingalls' "Sited Memory/Underground Shadows" at the Bernstein Gallery explores the earth as canvas.
The artifacts in Eve Ingalls’ art appear to be embedded in the canvas, as if the artist dug into the surface of the raw canvas and discovered the ancient vases, urns and jars that rest within. As visitors look at the ink-and-graphite renderings on view at the Bernstein Gallery at the Woodrow Wilson School on the Princeton University campus, the artist wants them to see each canvas as an archeological site. Some works consist of two panels, which give a feeling that there’s hidden terrain to be explored behind the artwork, almost like a curtain, the artist says. (But that’s not literal, actually trying to separate the panels could get you in trouble.) “It’s sort of as if one’s trying to be somewhere, remember something in this complex …