"Human Rights Approaches for the 21st Century": Hurst Hannum, professor of International Law at the Central European University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, will present a public talk, titled "Back to the Future: Human Rights Approaches for the 21st Century," at 4:30 p.m. in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. Free.
Jersey Sting: Award-winning investigative reporters Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin will discuss and sign their new book, The Jersey Sting: A True Story of Crooked Pols, Money-Laundering Rabbis, Black Market Kidneys and the Informant Who Brought It All Down. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 3535 US Route 1 South in the MarketFair Mall, West Windsor. Seating begins at 6 p.m. on a first-come basis.
Wed., March 23
80th Annual Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Booksale: 80,000 books at bargain prices. March 23 through March 27 at Princeton Day School, 650 The Great Road. Most books are $1-$2. March 23, Preview Day: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. $20 admission this day only. For complete calendar, visit http://bmandwbooks.com.
Master class with Marni Nixon: 2011 Peabody Award Winner for Outstanding Contribution to American Music and the singing voice of Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn in the motion pictures and on the soundtracks of The King and I, West Side Story, and My Fair Lady. 3 p.m. Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.
"Kids-First": David Kirp, professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkley, and author of the new book, "Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children’s Lives and America’s Future," will present a public talk, titled "Kids First," at 4:30 p.m. in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall. Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. Free. A book sale and signing and public reception will follow the talk in the Bernstein gallery.
Film and Discussion: "Praying With Lior." Lior has Down syndrome. Some call him "the little rabbi," as he is known to pray with abandon. As his Bar Mitzvah approaches, different family members describe him as a best friend, a burden, an inspiration, and an embarrassment. The movie poses questions about disability and who really talks to God. A post-screening discussion will feature Rabbi Daniel Grossman of Adath Israel Congregation of Lawrence and Henry Petri, a graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary and the father of a daughter with cognitive disabilities. 6:30 p.m. Free. Princeton Public Library, Community Room.
"Humanitarianism: What is It?" Michael Walzer, professor emeritus of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, will speak on "Humanitarianism: What is It?" 7 p.m., Lewis Library 120. The lecture, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.princeton.edu/csr.
U.S. 1 Poets Invite: Featured poets will be Jim Haba and Elizabeth Bodien, then open mike. 7:30 p.m. Free. Princeton Public Library, fireplace space.
Thurs., March 24
"The Emperor’s Body": Peter Brooks: Napoleon, 20 years dead, rises like a phoenix over the politics of France and the destinies of three lovers. Peter Brooks reads from his new historical novel. 6 p.m. Free. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.
Book Event: Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Anna Quindlen will read and sign her latest novel, "Every Last One," at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 3535 US Route 1 South in the MarketFair Mall, West Windsor. Seating begins at 6 p.m. on a first-come basis. Free.
Panel Discussion: Caring for Your Love One with Alzheimer’s: This informative panel discussion includes Patti Kerr, author of "I Love You …Who Are You"; Laura Holly-Dierbach vice-president, programs and services for the Alzheimer’s Association,Greater New Jersey; and Cindy Greb, volunteer coordinator of the Renee Denmark Punia Community Hospice of Greenwood House. Co-sponsored by the library, Greenwood House and the Alzheimer’s Association, New Jersey Chapter. 7 p.m. Free. Princeton Public Library. Community Room.
The Klez Dispensers: The Klez Dispensers have been "dishing up their signature state-of-the-art, swinging American-style klezmer since their college days at Princeton University." 7:30. Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon St. Sponsored by Bloomberg. Tickets are $15, 10 for students and seniors citizens. On the Web: www.aretscouncilof princeton.org.
"Nero" opera: Princeton University students have collaborated with a professional director in the creation of a historically accurate and "dramaturgically pungent" opera about the notorious Roman Emperor Nero, in Latin. "Nero Artifex" will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 24 and 25, in Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium. Admission free, no tickets required. Theo Popov, composer; Veronica Shi, translator and historian, Mariah Min, librettist. Staging by David Kellett. On the Web: NeroOpera.net.
Fri., March 25
"May the Long Time Sun": The Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Princeton will present "May the Long Time Sun," inspirational singer-songwriter Sharon Silverstein in a concert of songs from Ireland, India, China, Africa, and the United States. Her band, The Peace Project will join Ms. Silverstein in presenting her original songs that convey messages of oneness and peace. 3 p.m. UUCP, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton. Tickets are $15, $12 for students, and can be ordered online at www.ticketriver.com or reserved by calling 609-924-1604, ext. 16.
Adam Zagajewski: Poems: The distinguished Polish poet reads from his poems, old and new, in English. 6 p.m. Free. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St., Princeton.
Teen Program: Card Tricks and Word Games. In this special evening program for high school students, Mark Zacharia teaches card tricks. Then, participants can play a variety of board games. 7 p.m. Free. Princeton Public Library. Community Room.
Aesop and the Bully: A Fable for Our Times. This play, commissioned and produced by Youth Stages and written by Joey Madia, is inspired by Aesop’s fables. It provides children with an entertaining story with a great message about bullying. 7 p.m. Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon St. Tickets are $7/$5 students and senior citizens. Tickets available at the door.
"DAMN YANKEES!" Montgomery High School presents hit musical comedy, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, under the direction of Moggie Davis. Cast of 50, fully staged and costumed. "Follow the journey of baseball fan, Joe Boyd, as he sells his soul to the devil to become the greatest ballplayer of all time, bringing his hometown team the victory of which they have always dreamed." Friday, March 25, 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 26, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Montgomery High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students up to 18 years of age. Tickets are available at the Main office of the High School, 609-466-7602, and at the door.
Sat., March 26
"Sensational salts": Chef Luis Bollo from Mediterra in Princeton will be at the Carter & Cavero Palmer Square store, located at 27 Palmer Square West, from 2 to 4 p.m. to help introduce "a new line of salts from around the world with specially created sampling dishes." Free. Open to the public. No reservations required.
Citizenship Workshop: For those applying to become U.S. citizens, all of the necessary resources will be at this three-hour workshop. Trained, bilingual volunteers will be on hand to assist local immigration attorneys who will be donating their time to review citizenship applications. Those who just need information or to have a consultation about the process and requirements to obtain U.S. citizenship are also invited to attend. Registration is necessary by calling the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund at 877-452-5333. All services are free and confidential. 2 p.m. Free. Princeton Public Library. Co-sponsored by the library and the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
"A Russian Celebration!" Princeton Friends of Opera presents "A Russian Celebration!," featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec and artists from Center City Opera Theater in scenes from Mr. Moravec’s opera, "Danse Russe." Also on the bill will be Russian Songs sung by Hope Krick-Osborn, soprano, with Andrea Dickinson, piano, as well as Russian songs played by Robert Young McMahan on accordion. There will be authentic Russian food and drink, including a "zakuski" (appetizers), main courses and desserts. 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Smith House, 400 Sayre Drive, Plainsboro. $75 per person ($30 tax deductible). To reserve: Anne McMahan, 609-610-6896.
Sun., March 27
"Judeo-Christian Perspectives on Torture as a Moral Issue": Speakers will be Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, director of Education and Outreach and co-interim executive director of Human Rights-North America; The Reverend Robert Moore, executive director, Coalition for Peace Action, pastor for the East Brunswick Congregational Church, and a board member of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture Foundation, and Kip Cherry, a member of the Princeton Area Anti-Torture Group. 4 to 6 p.m. The Jewish Center of Princeton, 435 Nassau St., Princeton.
Staged Reading: "Hallie": The Poquelin Players (Derry Light, Tom Stevenson, Dan Siegel and Dick Swain) present the premier reading of this play by Susan Quinn and Dan Jacobs about Hallie Flanagan, director of the Federal Theater Project of the Works Project Administration. Ms. Quinn is the author of the book "Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art out of Desperate Times." 4 p.m. Free. Princeton Public Library.
"Power of the Spoken Word": The Witherspoon People’s Verse Speaking Choir, under the direction of founder Cecelia B. Hodges, will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with "Power of the Spoken Word," poetry, stories and drama, at 4 p.m. The choir will be joined by the Mayhem Poets, who will provide hip-hop, theater, improv, and comedy presentations. The event will take place at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church located at 124 Witherspoon St., Princeton. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students,609-468-7270. Proceeds will benefit the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church Organ Fund.
Nassau at Four: Award-winning marimbist and percussionist Greg Giannascoli will present a virtuosic percussion performance featuring works by Bernstein, Kreisler and Gershwin. He will be accompanied by Steven Beck on piano. 4 p.m. Free. All welcome. Nassau Presbyterian Church is located at Nassau Street and Palmer Square, Princeton.
Mon, March 28
"Global Education for Gender Justice": Kavita Ramdas, former president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women’s rights around the globe, will present a public talk, titled "It Ain’t What you Do, It’s How you Do it: Global Education for Gender Justice," at 4:30 p.m. in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. Free.
Second Chance Cinema: "Lorna’s Silence" (France/Belgium 2009) An Albanian emigree is at once a victim of circumstance and a free agent as she struggles to save her sham marriage, her fragile dream of success, and her own conscience. 7:30 p.m. Friend Center Auditorium, Computer Science Building, Princeton University campus (Williams Street at Olden Avenue). Tickets are $8, as available.
Thurs., March 31
Reading: John McPhee. Renowned Princeton author presents a reading in support of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. In reviewing his most-recent collection of essays, "Silk Parachute," Elizabeth Royte of The New York Times wrote, "In the age of blogging and tweeting, of writers’ near-constant self-promotion, McPhee is an imperative counter weight, a paragon of both sense and civility." 6 p.m. Princeton Public Library. Community Room.
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