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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Four Winds Yoga offers free classes for new students, Saturday,
September 9 to Friday, September 15. www.fourwindsyoga.com.
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
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.