Below is a small sampling from the many events scheduled in the next few weeks on the Princeton University campus –– events that would not normally be included in the day-by-day listings of U.S. 1. For a complete schedule of public events, visit the university’s online calendar at Events are free unless otherwise noted.

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Thursday, April 19, 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, 6:30 and 9 p.m. diSiac Dance Company Presents “Wired”

What kind of a performance arises when modern dance collides with hip-hop, lyrical, African, contemporary and jazz? The student-run dance group diSiac, which has performed in venues including the Berlind Theater since 1998, will offer a thrilling response to that question in its upcoming show.The diversity of diSiac can be found in its dancers as much as in the variety of dance forms the company embraces. Though some members have trained with the ABT, Juilliard and Alvin Ailey, others are talented dancers with no previous experience.

The title of diSiac’s spring show, “Wired,” captures the theme that will unite the pieces to be performed. Each piece explores a different meaning for the term as choreographers will interpret the word differently. This translates into a show that explores everything from relationships to state of mind to the embodiment of pure energy. The group will employ lighting effects and high-energy music as the backdrop for a performance that promises to push creative boundariesthrough its unique fusion of dance styles.

Tickets may be purchased through University Ticketing at Cost of admission is $7 for students and $10 for the general public. 609-258-1155. Frist Campus Theater, Film and Performance Center.

Monday, April 23, 7 to 9:30 p.m. The Film Forum Presents “Vertigo.”

Something unique happens on Monday nights at the Rocky-Mathey Theater –– a movie is screened for an audience that joins students, professors, and members of the community. These screenings are more than an opportunity to turn your Monday into a movie night; they are part of the Film Forum.

The Forum presents the opportunity to view a selection of films connected by a common theme. This year’s theme is “Original/Copy.” The Forum explores the topic by asking what “originality” means in film. Is it authenticity, uniqueness, something more? What if originality can be found in the very model for a copy?

The Forum will next present “Vertigo,” one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous works. The film follows a retired detective, played by James Stewart (Princeton class of 1932), as he tries to discover the mystery of a friend’s wife, who is seemingly possessed by the spirit of her great-grandmother. Impersonation, falsification, and questions of identity are at the core of this film. The upcoming screening not only provides the chance to view a celebrated film; it also serves as the inspiration for the stimulating discussion that will be sure to follow it.

Sponsored by the University Center for Human Values and a gift from Bert G. Kerstetter ’66. 609-258-5496. Rocky-Mathey Theater.

Tuesday, April 24, 4:45 p.m. “What Killed the Giant Mammals?: Insights from Ancient DNA.”

The reconstruction of a prehistoric animal, and its world, from what to the untrained eye appears to be a collection of bones, has always been a remarkable feat. What about the information not visible to the naked eye? In this lecture, biologist Beth Shapiro, a 2009 MacArthur fellow and leading authority on ancient DNA, takes matters a step further. Shapiro uses the genetic material extracted from the bones of animals that have been extinct for thousands of years to uncover why large prehistoric mammals such as the wooly mammoth and the wooly rhinoceros died out. Traditionally, the extinction of these mammals is attributed to an Ice Age. In her lecture, Shapiro will share her discoveries and conclusions about the causes of prehistoric mammals’ extinction. Shapiro will explain how we should look beyond the Ice Age for answers to the question of extinction. This lecture will reconstruct that puzzle of the prehistoric past by weighing other factors, including the place of humans.

Sponsored by the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Princeton University Press. 609-258-9232. Friend Center, Auditorium 101.

Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28, 8 to 10 p.m. Princeton University Ballet, Spring Show

Invented to entertain in 15th-century Italian courts, ballet continues to delight audiences nearly 600 years later. Celebrate the season with a performance by the Princeton University Ballet. The hallmark of this student-run company is its high level of technique and artistry. All of the dancers have received pre-professional training prior to joining the company and some have performed with institutions such as Juilliard and the School of American Ballet.

The Princeton University Ballet, founded to give undergraduate dancers an opportunity to continue their work, embraces both classical and contemporary ballet. This year’s spring show will feature selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty.” It will also include contemporary works by guest choreographers and students. This performance not only promises to provide its audience with a pleasant evening; it is also a chance to view promising dancers early in their careers.

Tickets may be purchased through University Ticketing at Cost of admission is $7 for students and $8 for the general public. 609-258-1155. Frist Campus Center Film & Performance Theater.

Briefly Noted:

Thursday, April 19, 4:30 p.m. Nobel laureate Paul Krugman will explore “Europe’s Two Depressions” in his keynote speech for the inaugural conference at the Woodrow Wilson School’s recently established Julis-Rabinowitz Center. The event is free, but tickets are required. 609-258-2943. For further information go to Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Tuesday, May 1, 8 p.m. “So Percussion I.” This installment of the Composers’ Ensemble explores new directions in percussion performance through their execution of new works by graduate student composers. “So Percussion II” follows on May 2. Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.

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