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Piano Poet Stephen DiJoseph

Stephen DiJoseph makes "piano poetry," and it’s

an art he defines both as a noun: "a mind-bending musical


between hands on the piano keyboard;" and a verb: "to express

oneself through intricate overtones of piano speak." The


composer and jazz pianist performs in concert at the Unitarian Church,

on Saturday, February 3, at 8 p.m. Admission is $8 at the door.

With four independent releases to his credit, DiJoseph’s latest solo

piano CD is titled "Artifactual / Piano Poetry." It features

nine tracks each marked by the warm, meditative sound of his


jazz piano. Working in the tradition of jazz titan Keith Jarrett,

DiJoseph won best instrumental CD in the JP Folks national music


last year.

Had we met DiJoseph early in his life, we might not have predicted

that he’d be weaving the extended, melodic piano improvisations


on "Artifactual." These include the three-minute


(based on the Paul McCartney tune) and a lovely "Scarborough


in which he’s joined on penny whistle by Mary Kay Mann. The CD is

available at the Princeton Record Exchange.

Diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 16, Di Joseph’s early years

were marked by the laborious and painful process of repeated


From age 7 to 16, he says that he and his family were pretty much

in the dark as to why he was twitching and cursing and breaking


DiJoseph characterizes this period of his life as a difficult yet

empowering time.

Through his musical ability and introspection, DiJoseph says he was

able to develop a "collaborative" attitude toward living with

Tourette’s. "In a real sense," he says, "I translate my

`synaptic adventure’ into music, into piano poetry! My life with


Syndrome and my response to it as a musician culminate in my


He has been featured as a notable "success story" in the


of the National Tourette Syndrome Association.

Stephen DiJoseph, Unitarian Church, 50 Cherry Hill

Road, 302-655-3364. The composer, jazz pianist, and


in concert. $8 at the door. Saturday, February 3, 8 p.m.

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Paper Mill Playhouse announces children’s auditions


February 10, for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s "Carousel," scheduled

to run from May 30 to July 15. They are looking for children and


ages 6 to 16, who can sing and move. Auditions will be held at the

theater with same day callbacks. Children with last names beginning

with A-L sign up at 9 a.m.; those with letters M-Z sign up at noon.

Call 973-379-3636, extension 2278, or visit

Villagers Theater announces auditions for Richard


"Three Days of Rain" on Monday, February 19, and Wednesday,

February 21, with sign-in at 7:30 p.m. Two men in their late 30s and

one woman in her mid to late 30s are needed. Readings will be from

the script. Show dates are April 6 to 21. Call 732-873-2710.

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Volunteer Alert

The Friends of The A.H. Holcombe House, a non-profit


dedicated to helping with the restoration of the Holcombe House,


historic City Hall, is seeking volunteers to assist with its


dinner. The benefit, "A Gourmet Grazing," Monday, March 12,

at the Fish House, will feature food from various area restaurants

coordinated by Jim Hamilton, owner of the Fish House and Hamilton’s

Grill. Proceeds will be used to purchase and install period style

gas streetlights for the historic building. The committee is


by John Hencheck and Stewart Palilonis, and includes Mary Sheppard,

Barbara Hencheck, and Robin Larsen. Call Hencheck at 609-397-2531.

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Princeton Garden Statesmen offers musical Valentines for

Valentine’s Day. A quartet will travel to a home or workplace, sing

two songs, and present your loved one with a card and a silk rose.

Cost is $50, with all proceeds donated to Heartspring, a residential

facility for children with learning and speech disorders. Call the

Harmony Hotline at 609-252-1515.

The Central New Jersey Chapter of the American Jewish


will hold its fourth annual interfaith conference for students in

grades 7 and 8 on Sunday, February 11, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., at McCosh

Hall of Princeton University. Conference chair Kathy Ales says the

conference will be known as the Ira Silverman Teen Interfaith


to memorialize a former executive vice-president of The American


Committee. The conference will include a presentation of "The

Right to Dream," a blend of video and live theater about the


and sacrifice for civil rights in America. Facilitators from Princeton

High School will lead discussion of stereotyping and prejudice. Groups

interested in having teenagers participate may call Ales at


Professional Writers Alliance offers a new edition of

"Pens for Hire: The Directory of Professional Writers &


It provides contact information, and biographies of more than 35


County nonfiction writers and editors. To view "Pens for Hire"

online, visit For a hard

copy, E-mail For information on PWA membership,

call Robin Levinson at 609-584-9330.

The New Jersey Association of Beerwriters (NJAB) was


last August as an association of Garden State beer writers. Its


statement is "to promote quality craft beer brewed in New Jersey,

and to encourage its responsible consumption through education."

NJAB was organized by beer writers Gary Monterosso, Mark Haynie, Jim

Carlucci, Lew Bryson, and Kurt Epps. For more information go to:

New Jersey National Teenager Pageant is accepting


for the 30th annual state pageant Friday, April 27, and continuing

through April 29 in Ocean City. Junior age division, 12 to 15; senior

division, 16 to 18. Deadline to enter the scholarship event is


15. Call 609-652-8216.

Friends of the New Jersey State Museum are hosting an

art tour of Philadelphia, Friday, February 23. Destinations include

a tour of the Philadelphia Sketch Club by the sketch club president

and a visit to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, with lunch at

the Philadelphia Inn. Preregister, $66. Call 609-394-5310.

NAMI Mercer announces their free support groups for


of children or adolescents with mental health issues. The support

groups are every 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the

Presbyterian Church, 1039 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville. Call


The National Arbor Day Foundation has published a booklet

about "Conservation Trees" with information on how to plant

shade trees, how to prune them, and how to attract songbirds. For

the free booklet, send name and address to Conservation Trees,


Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska City, NE 68410.

Quail Ridge Press seeks cookbooks published by


church groups, or individuals in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and

Washington D.C., to be considered for possible inclusion in "Best

of the Best from the Mid-Atlantic: Selected Recipes from Delaware,

New Jersey, Washington D.C." For information contact Barbara


editor, "Best of the Best State Cookbook Series," Quail Ridge

Press, 1-800-343-1583,

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