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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


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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.

Please Donate

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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