You might not know this but royalty once resided in Bordentown. In the 1800s both Joseph Bonaparte (Napoleon’s brother), former king of Spain and Naples, and his nephew Charles Lucien, Prince of Musignano, who later became Joseph’s son-in-law, took refuge on the Bordentown Bluffs.
A French law of 1816 banished the Bonapartes from France – Napoleon, as we know, was deposed and sent to the island of Elba. Joseph, however, ended up in Bordentown – via Switzerland and Philadelphia (where he stayed in Henry Clay’s hotel suite). He acquired the title to over 1,000 acres of land near Bordentown, on the Delaware River. There he created a country estate, Point Breeze, in the English tradition.
In her new book, "The Man Who Had Been King: The American Exile of Napoleon’s Brother, Joseph," scholar Patricia Tyson Stroud chronicles Joseph’s and Charles’ lives in New Jersey. She will speak at the Princeton University Store on Monday, October 17.
The author tells how Charles, who lived in a house Joseph built for him and his wife, Zenaide (Joseph’s daughter), became an amateur ornithologist. She also focuses on the remarkable art that graced Joseph’s residence – from Titian, Ingres, and Goya, to the Peale portraitists of Philadelphia. Joseph was a gracious host and not only entertained neighbors but also prominent household names of the time – John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and Daniel Webster. In "The Man Who Had Been King," Stroud reveals the exiles’ checkered fate in personal, political, and even scientific matters.
Stroud, who lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania, and East Blue Hill, Maine, is a fellow of the International Napoleonic Society, Montreal; and the Etudes Napoleoniennes in Paris. In 2003 she served as advisor for the New Jersey State Museum’s exhibit, "A Bonaparte in America."
"The Man Who Had Been King: The American Exile of Napoleon’s Brother, Joseph," Monday, October 17, 7 p.m., Princeton University Store, 36 University Place. Author Patricia Stroud reads from and signs her new book. Free. 609-921-8500.
Kelsey Theater announces auditions for "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown," Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, noon to 6 p.m. Auditioners must be 18 or older. Prior to the audition visit www.CharlieBrownOnStage.com to download audition packet. Appointments at 609-882-2292. Also, auditions for "The Who’s Tommy," Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments required; call director Frank Ferrara at 609-499-1388 or E-mail email@example.com.
Omicron Theater Productions holds auditions for speaking and non-speaking parts, males and females, 20s to 50s. Also looking for backstage help (will train). Auditions by appointment through Sunday, November 6. 609-443-5598.
Youth Stages seeks one male and one female adult actor to tour "Stubby the Elephant" for three to five-year-old audiences in New Jersey. Auditions will be held in October. Send photo/resume to Youth Stages, 287 Walnut Lane, Princeton 08540 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pennington Dance, 131 Burd Street, Pennington, 609-737-7596, www.penningtondance.com. Sunday workshops on Sundays in Hip-Hop, October 30; African dance, November 6; and Broadway repertoire, November 13.
Blacksheep Films seeks volunteers and interns to work as crew for their first feature film, "Wishing Well." Volunteers should have some experience or interest in the field of film or television production. Positions available: assistant director, director of photography, assistant camera, line producer, script supervisor, lighting designer, sound mixer, boom operator, makeup artist/hair stylist, wardrobe/costumer, props, production assistants. The film will be shot in Trenton and Morrisville, Pennsylvania, in late fall or early winter. Mail a letter of interest, desired position, and resume by Friday, October 21, to: Ms. Mala Wright, 52 Boudinot Street, Trenton 08618-5504, Attn: Wishing Well Crew.
Breast Cancer Month
Dandeline Shop, 195 Nassau Street, is selling Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet and Watch, designed by Brighton, for the month of October. The manufacturer will donate $5 for each bracelet sold to support various breast cancer research and awareness programs; the Dandeline Shop will match the $5 donation and locally support the Mercer Chapter of CancerCare of New Jersey. 609-924-0889.
Fellowships and Grants
Princeton University Center for Human Values seeks applications to scholars and teachers interested in devoting a year in residence at Princeton writing about ethics and human values. Applicants have a postgraduate degree and receive stipends. Sent to Rockefeller Fellowships, University Center for Human Values, 5 Ivy Lane, Princeton University, Princeton 08544 by Tuesday, November 1.
Lawrence Community Foundation is accepting grant applications. Deadline is Saturday, October 15. Applications available at www.ltcfnj.org. Past recipients of grant awards include Lawrence Neighborhood Center, Meals on Wheels Lawrence, MentorPower, PEI Kids, and Project Freedom.
Research study on temper outbursts is being conducted by Psychopharmacology Research of Princeton. To be eligible subjects must be between the ages of 18 and 65, and temper outbursts must be a significant problem in their lives. Call Beth at 800-770-9299 or 609-921-9299.
Seminars on new Medicare prescription drug benefits to be held Thursday, October 20, South brunswick Senior Center, 540 Ridge Road, South Brunswick. 732-745-3295. Free.
The Arts Council of Princeton offers creative writing classes, one for grades 6 through 8, Thursday afternoons starting October 20, and one for adults, Monday evenings or Tuesday mornings, taught by Anne Waldron Neumann. 609-924-8777 or www.artscouncilofprinceton.org.
Photography: Joanna Tully
‘Julia: Living Locked In," the new show at Gallery 14 in Hopewell, features the photographs of Joanna Tully, chronicling the time she spent with Julia Tavalaro. As a young woman in her early 30s, Tavalaro suffered a series of strokes that left her comatose. When she regained consciousness six months later she found herself in an institution. Mute and paralyzed from the neck down, she had no way of letting people know that she was fully cognitive. Her condition is known as locked-in syndrome.
An opening reception for the duo show, which also features the work of Tasha O’Neill, takes place on Friday, October 14, with a meet the artists reception on Sunday, October 16.
In 1970 an occupational therapist sensed that Tavalaro was cognitive and told her to use her eyes and "look up" if she could understand her. Tavalaro did and in a single moment ended six years of isolation. When Tully met her she was communicating via an alphabet board and had already tapped out an autobiography, "Look Up for Yes" (Kodansha, 1997).
Says Tully: "She told me that her husband and child had abandoned her because of her disability. She said that the thing that she longed for all of these years was a relationship with a man, a loving and intimate relationship." Tully then helped her get in touch with Joe Filipone, who knew Tavalaro from grammar school.
The exhibit tells the story of Julia and Joe’s relationship. "Julia and Joe allowed me to photograph them so that people would see that severe disability does not negate a life. Julia felt that a look inside her life would provide inspiration for someone suffering with a severe disability and that it would enlighten the rest of us and make us see that limitations are purely challenges to be faced and overcome."
Concurrently showing is "Reflections and Juxtapositions," featuring the work of Tasha O’Neill. The Princeton resident and photographer turns her lens to objects grand and small – from Venice’s Canale Grande to a simple frog.
"My first love was photographing close-ups of flowers and butterflies. Now I coax interest out of everyday objects," says O’Neill. "I look for moments of juxtaposition, of hard and soft, fire and ice."
In her new exhibit O’Neill reveals her fascination with reflections. "I have always been attracted to reflections, whether my own as a teenager staring into the mirror or later catching images in water, glass, or polished surfaces. Lately, I have been seeing reflections wherever I look. I love the mystery of details revealing themselves only at a second glance."
She says that reflections change your perspective on an object or place. "Venice’s canal scene seems more alive when mirrored in the window of a Vaporetto stop (Venice’s water taxi). Weeds and reeds take on a new character rippling in Maine’s kayak-stirred waters."
Opening reception for photographers Joanna Tully and Tasha O’Neill, Friday, October 14, 6 to 9 p.m., Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell. Sunday, October 16, 1 to 3 p.m., meet the photographers. On view through November 16. 609-333-8511. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment.