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Here Comes Gorby
Shelley Zeiger, a native of Zborow, Poland (now Ukraine) who heads up
his own import-export firm, Zeiger Enterprises, which specializes in
bringing Eastern European collectibles to the United States, has
managed to import an extraordinary visitor to Trenton. Zeiger, who has
forged a sister city relationship between Trenton and Moscow that has
yielded artistic events such as performances by the Moscow Ballet and
the Bolshoi Ballet at the Trenton War Memorial, has masterminded a
visit by Mikhail Gorbachev.
The former Soviet Union President and recipient of the 1990 Nobel
Peace Prize will speak at Sovereign Bank Arena on Monday, April 18,
but registration and pre-payment for tickets is required by Monday,
April 11. Tickets for $75 (floor level seating) and $55 (arena level
seating) include lunch; $35 student/senior citizen without lunch.
Doors open at 11 a.m.; lunch and networking is from 11 am. to 12:30
p.m., and the program takes place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. To register
call 609-393-4143 or visit www.gmccc.com You can also register
through the Princeton Chamber of Commerce at 609-924-1776 or
www.princetonchamber.org. Proceeds benefit Trenton Area Soup Kitchen,
Moscow Sister Soup Kitchen, TrenMos Fund, and the Gorbachev
In conjunction with Gorbachev’s visit, Gallery 125 of Trenton will
exhibit nearly 40 mid- to late-20th century paintings from Zeiger’s
personal collection, acquired in Moscow shortly before the dissolution
of the Soviet Union. All of the paintings on exhibit are for sale. The
opening reception on Friday, April 8, features a performance by the
Andrei Ryabov Trio, just one of the events that night that make up
Trenton2Nite, downtown Trenton’s monthly celebration of music and art.
For more information call 609-989-9119. The exhibit runs through June
Playful Theater Productions, "Once Upon a Mattress," Saturday, April
16, noon to 4 p.m., Kelsey Theater, West Windsor. Performances July 7
to 16 at Washington Crossing Park and July 20 or 21 at Doylestown
Central Park. Rehearsals at Mercer Community College. Bring a short
funny monologue, sheet music, and be dressed for dance audition. By
appointment. Call 609-584-9725.
Yardley Players, "Annie Get Your Gun," Saturday and Sunday, April 16
and 17, Kelsey Theater, West Windsor. Performances July 21 to 30 at
Washington Crossing Park. Rehearsals at Mercer College. Be prepared
with a song in your range, sheet music, resume, photo, and ready for
dance. By appointment. Call 215-968-1904.
Pennington Players, "Into the Woods," Saturday, April 30, and Sunday,
May 1, 11 to 4 p.m. at Kelsey Theater. Performance dates are August 4
to 13 at Washington Crossing Park. Bring sheet music or recorded
accompaniment, photo, and resume. By appointment. Call 609-737-PLAY.
Plays in the Park, "Miss Saigon," "Aida," and "Dreamgirls." Friday,
April 22, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, noon. Steven
J. Capestro Theater, Roosevelt Park, Edison. Be prepared to sing the
best 16 bars of an up-tempo show tune. Bring your own sheet music,
photo, and resume. Visit www.playsinthepark.com.
Princeton Pro Musica will hold chorus auditions in May for the
2005-2006 seasons. Opening for volunteer and paid singers. Rehearsals
are on Tuesday evenings. By appointment. Call 609-683-5122.
Call for Entries
Dramatist Workshop Series at Peddie School invites New Jersey
playwrights to submit works for consideration for public reading in
the 2005-06 season. Visit www.peddie.org/capps or call 609-490-7550.
Princeton Public Library launched an on line wish list, "Buy a Book
for the Library." Visit www.princetonlibrary.org or call 609-924-9529.
HomeFront helps honor your mother with a Mother’s Day tribute card.
Contribute $25 or more and a card in your name will be sent in your
name. Send checks payable to HomeFront to 1880 Princeton Avenue,
Lawrenceville 08648. Call 609-989-9417 ext. 26.
Call for Volunteers
PTS Health & Fitness seeks 25 people to participate in a 21-day life
fitness study. Must be ages 18 to 64, not currently exercising on a
regular basis, and willing to take a supervised fitness evaluation at
the start and end of the program. No cost. Call 609-252-1117.
Trenton Film Festival is recruiting volunteers for this year’s
featival. The "casting call" will be held at Barnes & Noble, Hamilton
Marketplace, Route 130, Hamilton, Saturday, April 9, 4 to 6 p.m. The
festival takes place April 29 through May 1.
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen seeks summer volunteers for late afternoon
meals, at Escher Street and at First Baptist Church on Center Street.
Volunteers must be at least 13. Call Cathy Ann Vandegrift at
609-695-5456 ext. 100.
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