Princeton Public Library offers replacement prizes for summer reading

club. The original prizes, bendable cats and dogs, were found to have

lead levels that exceed federal regulations. www.princetonlibrary.org.

609-924-9529.

The Arts

McCarter Theater invites boys and girls, ages 5 to 13, to sign up for

"A Christmas Carol" on Wednesday, September 20, 3 to 6 p.m. Children

will be screened, measured, and given appointments for auditions for

Tuesday, September 26. Wednesday, September 20, 3 to 6 p.m.

Middlesex College is holding understudy auditions for girls and women

for "I Ought to Be in Pictures," on Tuesday, September 5, 5 to 7 p.m.

in the New Studio Theater. Ages 15 to 18 and 29 to 35. Call

732-906-2589.

MCCC Studio Theater has auditions for "Iphigenia in Aulis" and "The

Mysteries" on Saturday, September 9, noon to 5 p.m. in room 122. High

school senior or older. Call Jody at 609-570-3524 to schedule

appointment.

Riverrun Gallery seeks a second chance for work not chosen for the

Phillips Mill show in "Salon de Refusees." Each piece must have a

Phillips Mill label attached and be received at the gallery located at

287 South Main Street in Lambertville on Friday, September 15, 2 to 6

p.m. or Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 609-397-3349.

Grounds for Sculpture has a call for volunteers to participate with

artist-in-resident Steven Siegel to create three outdoor sculptural

installations using indigenous post-consumer materials (recyclables).

Volunteers should be in good physical condition, willing to sweat, and

to get down and dirty. www.groundsforsculpture.org. 609-586-0616.

State Theater offers "The Ultimate Date," a dinner and concert package

including two tickets in mid-orchestra or front balcony, a $100 gift

certificate to a New Brunswick restaurant, and a rose at your seat.

$200. www.statetheatrenj.org. Call 732-246-SHOW.

Plainsboro Public Library has issued a casting call for volunteers to

demonstrate and perform in both indoor and outdoor venues for the

annual Festival of the Arts on Saturday, September 16, 1 to 5 p.m.

Call Jinny Baeckler at 609-275-2897 to volunteer or for information.

The Mill Ballet School offers a musical theater workshop from Tuesday

to Friday, September 5 to 8, for ages 12 and up. Carrie Nelson, a new

faculty member will teach choreography from three famous musics,

participate in a Q&A on the business of musical theater, and present

an informal showing at the conclusion of the workshop. 609-397-7244.

Raritan Valley Choral Society seeks people who like to sing.

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 12, in the Neshanic Reformed

Church, 715 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. The chorus will prepare for its

December holiday concert. www.raritanvalleychorus.org. 908-281-8509

New Jersey Repertory Theater seeks actors from ages 8 to 17 for "High

School Musical." Auditions are at Crossroads South Middle School,

South Brunswick, on Friday, September 15, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday,

September 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m.; and Sunday, September 17, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

www.njrt.org.

Professional Center for the Arts announces auditions for children ages

7 to 17, actors and dancers (all levels) for "One Tough Nut," a new

version of the holiday classic, choreographed by Geoffrey Doig-Marx as

"a comic change to all the Nutcrackers you might be forced to sit

through this holiday," Sunday September 10, 11a.m. Performances in

early December. Fee per performer is $75 (to cover costume cost).

Also, auditions for the Company, Junior Company, and Team Hip Hop,

Wednesday, September 6. Visit www.ProfessionalCenterfortheArts.com or

call 609-586-3008.

Princeton Dance and Theater Studio offers fall acting classes for

children and adults with professional actor and new faculty member

Jody Wood. Perhaps best-known for his role as Detective Wallace Danby

on Boston Public, Wood has also appeared in guest spots on numerous

other television shows including NYPD Blue, ER, and CSI Miami, as well

as in films like LA Confidential, Boogie Nights, and Rules of

Engagement. Call 609-514-1600.

Also, a 12-week session on West African Dance with Yewande

Kelly-Johnson begins on Sunday, September 17, 11:30 a.m. Tuition

$216.

Participate Please

Princeton Adult School features more than 130 courses ranging from

wine appreciation, classical music, workshops, cooking courses, and

lectures. New courses include "Computers, a la Carte," and "Hamlet

Goes to the Movies." Classes are Tuesday and Thursday evenings at

Princeton High School beginning October 3. Register at

www.princetonadultschool.org. 609-683-1101.

Princeton Area Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the

2006 Vivian Award for community service to an individual who has

demonstrated many years of vision and perseverance for the public

good. www.pacf.org. 609-219-1800.

Volunteers Needed

Princeton Center for Yoga and Health and Elizabeth Harper are working

together on an independent research study for individuals with

multiple sclerosis and the effects of recreation activities of

respiratory muscle strength, fatigue, and the quality of life. Contact

Harper at 732-693-1102.

Independent Transportation Network, a program of the Greater Mercer

Transportation Management Association, seeks volunteer drivers for a

program for senior and visually impaired residents of Mercer County

area. Volunteers receive reimbursements for mileage.

www.itngreatermercer.org. 609-452-1491.

Princeton HealthCare System Hospice Program offers an eight-week

volunteer training course beginning Monday, October 16, at 11 Centre

Drive, Monroe. www.princetonhcs.org. 609-497-4959.

Health

Four Winds Yoga offers free classes for new students, Saturday,

September 9 to Friday, September 15. www.fourwindsyoga.com.

609-818-9888.

Princeton Center for Yoga and Health seeks volunteers with multiple

sclerosis for a New York University doctoral study from September to

December. You must be able to transfer to a chair and to be able to

get to PCYH. You must not have any autoimmune disease, chronic heart,

or breathing problems, or be enrolled in a clinical drug trial.

Participation in either the script reading workshop or pranayama

workshop are free. Call Elizabeth Harper at 732-693-1102.

The Illustrator’s Life

`It was a once in a lifetime opportunity," says West Trenton resident

and illustrator Marvin Friedman, referring to the renderings of deluxe

restaurants in Manhattan he produced for Gourmet Magazine. Accompanied

by his wife, Sonny, they would dine for free, and Friedman would

photograph and make color notes. Back home in the studio, Friedman

captured the ambiaence of the place in graphite, watercolor, and

acrylic.

For more than 20 years, Friedman illustrated for such prestigious

publications as Life, the New Yorker, Playboy, the Saturday Evening

Post, and Ladies Home Journal, to name a few. He lived in Hopewell

from 1966 to 1984 in a 22-room house with his wife and four children,

and would often recruit family and Hopewell and Princeton residents

for models for his assignments.

Friedman was born in Chester, PA, in 1930. He attended the

Philadelphia College of Art, "getting into the school on the strength

of my copies of Norman Rockwell drawings," he says.

"Marvin Friedman: A Life Illuminated" is on view at the Morpeth

Gallery in Hopewell, beginning Wednesday, September 6, with an opening

reception on Sunday, September 10, from .

Friedman says a long bout with serious depression in the 1970s and

’80s "wiped out 12 years of my life." Also, the art form of magazine

illustration was entering extinction. During the periods when he was

feeling well enough, Friedman responded to his existential struggles

by drawing and painting for himself. Large-scale mixed media collages

emerged, consisting of autobiographical imagery and remnants of notes

written to loved ones during the depth of depression.

"Marvin Friedman: A Life Illuminated," opening reception Sunday,

September 10, 2 to 5 p.m. Exhibit on view through October 4, Morpeth

Gallery, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell. Gallery hours Wednesday to

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 609-333-9393, www.ruthmorpeth.com.

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