A Time to Dance: Previewing American Repertory Ballet’s new season

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By Linda Holt    Wanted: Performance partners, no experience necessary. Without leaving your seats, engage with professional dance and have an in-person conversation with the arts. So might a classified ad read for the new season of the American Repertory Ballet (ARB), the Princeton-based professional dance company with an international influence. ARB will present its season …

A feast for the ears, and the stomach: JazzFeast returns

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By Keith Loria    Anyone who loves jazz or food should set aside Sept. 20 as Palmer Square will host its 24th annual JazzFeast, an outdoor festival featuring performances by some of the industry’s best jazz musicians, while also showcasing cuisine from a selection of the area’s finest restaurants.    Anita Fresolone, managing director of Palmer Square …

Movie Picks for the Year: A report from the Telluride Film Festival

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By Phyllis Spiegel    The 42nd annual Telluride Film Festival (this writer’s18th consecutive one) did not have one entry that generated universal positive buzz as in past years, such as Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech or Argo.    But there were a number of movies to look forward to. This year there were more divergent views about …

It’s More Than ‘Just a Balloon’ – Jarrett J. Krosoczka at the Princeton Children’s Book Festival

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By Anthony Stoeckert    A few years ago, Jarrett J. Krosoczka and his wife Gina took their daughter Zoe, then about 3, to a friend’s birthday party. Toward the party’s end, Zoe was given a balloon, then did something kids often do.    ”Of course, she let it go and she was absolutely devastated at the sight …

Live and in Concert: The new season promises music for all tastes

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By Anthony Stoeckert    From jazz to rock, pop and country, there is no shortage of concerts taking place in our area this fall.    McCarter Theatre in Princeton will kick off its concert season with Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, Sept. 24. The songwriters will play jazz, standards, bluegrass, rock, gospel and more on piano and …

More Than Cows and Plows: There’s something for everyone at the Mercer County 4-H Fair

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By Anthony Stoeckert    Yes, of course the Mercer County 4-H Fair will have its share of projects and demonstrations related to agriculture. There’ll be goats, chickens, sheep shearing, horse demonstrations, and farm-related activities.    There also will be traditional staples such as live music, crafts, hay rides, pony rides and lots of food for sale. But …

A Night of One-Act Plays: It’s laughter all around with these farces from Princeton Summer Theater

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By Bob Brown    I laughed myself silly at Hamilton Murray Theater, and you will too if you catch the two one-act farces being staged by Princeton Summer Theater through Aug. 2. These are in keeping with the Princeton Summer Theater’s theme “of adaptation and myth, exploring how stories are retold and passed down through time.” …

Mystery Man: Thomas Reeder’s first novel is set on the Jersey Shore in the 1930s

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By Anthony Stoeckert    Thomas Reeder’s work as a film scholar involves him writing articles for magazines and journals, as well as some books that delve into lesser-known chapters of movie history.    But the Hopewell resident also is a fan of mysteries — on the page and on the screen — and he has recently published …

Worldly Sounds: Second Sky is bringing the music to Grounds For Sculpture

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By Keith Loria    Musicians Billy Medina, Wes Dilorio and Bill Lascek-Speakman met while students at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, drawn together by a common love of world music.    ”We were friends and played music together and just came together as a band in 2006,” Mr. Lascek-Speakman says. “We started working with Rhythm and Culture Music …