Ring in the New Year with Uncle Floyd at Princeton Catch a Rising Star

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   Anyone looking to laugh on New Year’s can head to Princeton Catch a Rising Star for a show starring Uncle Floyd Vivino, beginning at 6 p.m.    Known for his television show that is the stuff of New Jersey legend, Mr. Vivino’s comedy act, features piano playing, stories about his life, and endless jokes. You also… Continue reading Ring in the New Year with Uncle Floyd at Princeton Catch a Rising Star

STAGE REVIEW: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at McCarter Theatre

Billy Finn (left) as Marley’s ghost and Graeme Malcolm as Scrooge in McCarter Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol.

By Bob Brown    This is it. The last call for McCarter Theatre’s annual staging of Dickens A Christmas Carol in its present production, now playing through Dec. 27. David Thompson’s adaptation of this Christmas tale has been delighting Princeton audiences for each of the last 16 years. Returning as director is Michael Unger. As you’ve… Continue reading STAGE REVIEW: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at McCarter Theatre

The Art of Teaching: MCCC Gallery hosts an exhibit of art by teachers and students

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   The Mercer County Community College Gallery will host and exhibit, Passing the Palette: Arts Educators and Their Students, through Dec. 8.    The exhibit showcases works by who are still in high school or are recent graduates, along with the teachers who are inspiring them to pursue their artistic passions.    According to Gallery Director Dylan Wolfe,… Continue reading The Art of Teaching: MCCC Gallery hosts an exhibit of art by teachers and students

STAGE REVIEW: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at Kelsey Theatre

Angela Fasanella and Tim Moran in It’s a Wonderful Life.

By Anthony Stoeckert    This is the year of It’s a Wonderful Life. The Princeton Garden Theatre will screen the classic movie on Dec. 10, and two stage versions are happening in our area this season. Bucks County Playhouse is bringing back it’s old-time radio play of the evergreen story, but before that, M&M Stage Productions… Continue reading STAGE REVIEW: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at Kelsey Theatre

A Ghost of Christmas Present: This year will be the last for McCarter Theatre’s current version of ‘A Christmas Carol’

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By Anthony Stoeckert    Things are going to be different at McCarter Theatre next Christmas.    Oh, Scrooge will still be there, along with Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and a few spirits, but this year is marking the last go-around for McCarter’s current version of A Christmas Carol.    Just exactly what that means, McCarter isn’t saying, other… Continue reading A Ghost of Christmas Present: This year will be the last for McCarter Theatre’s current version of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Funny Ladies: Shawn Pelofsky and Jill-Michele Melean at Catch a Rising Star

Shawn Pelofsky says improv has become a big part of her comedy.

By Anthony Stoeckert    If you need a laugh, you just might find what you’re looking for when Shawn Pelofsky and Jill-Michele Melean brings their acts to Catch a Rising Star in Princeton, Nov. 20-21.    The two comics are both headliners, and have been playing clubs for more than a decade. Last year, they started collaborating… Continue reading Funny Ladies: Shawn Pelofsky and Jill-Michele Melean at Catch a Rising Star

Putting on a Show: Ira Glass steps outside ‘This American Life’ to create a stage show that combines radio and dance

Ira Glass is bringing his life stage show

By Adam Grybowski    The first time Ira Glass helped radio collide with theater was in June 2014, when he produced a live version of his radio show, This American Life, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He called it This American Life Live, and in addition to all-star contributors like David Sedaris, Tig Notaro and… Continue reading Putting on a Show: Ira Glass steps outside ‘This American Life’ to create a stage show that combines radio and dance

A Farewell to Concerts at the Crossing: The music series will wrap up with a grand finale

Jess Klein will be one of the performers during the final show presented by Scott Cullen’s Concerts at the Crossing.

By Susan Van Dongen    Pay attention to that man behind the curtain — or rather, that man backstage at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing in Titusville.    That would be Scott Cullen, who might be found backstage, in the lobby, behind the sound board, or somewhere else nearby on concert nights, putting the finishing… Continue reading A Farewell to Concerts at the Crossing: The music series will wrap up with a grand finale

Romantic and Emotional: The Arcanto String Quartet will play music by Bach, Schumann, and Smetana in Princeton

The Arcanto String Quartet will perform a concert in Princeton on Nov. 12.

By Anthony Stoeckert    Daniel Sepec, violinist for the Arcanto String Quartet, says the group’s members had been playing together for more than a decade before they decided to perform a work by Robert Schumann.    ”We all love Schumann, and after playing quartet more than 10 years, we wanted to play Schumann quartet,” Mr. Sepec says.… Continue reading Romantic and Emotional: The Arcanto String Quartet will play music by Bach, Schumann, and Smetana in Princeton

A Writer’s Memories: Joyce Carol Oates will discuss ‘The Lost Landscape’ at Labyrinth Books

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By Anthony Stoeckert    It comes as no surprise that Joyce Carol Oates is often asked to write essays for magazines, from The New York Times Magazine to The New Yorker to AARP Magazine. In these pieces, she has written about her pet chicken, being bullied, her autistic sister and much more.    Those pieces now comprise… Continue reading A Writer’s Memories: Joyce Carol Oates will discuss ‘The Lost Landscape’ at Labyrinth Books