With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, the usual bustle on campus has taken a festive turn. But it’s not all turkeys and stuffing at the University: Events to service a wide range of interests will continue to unfold with lectures, theatrical performances, concerts and even football games. What follows is a small sampling of upcoming events on the Princeton University campus. For a complete schedule, visit www.princeton.edu/events. Events are free unless otherwise noted.
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Thursday-Saturday, November 8-10 and 15-17, 8 p.m., with a special late night performance Friday, November 16, at 11:59 p.m. Theatre Intime presents “Wait Until Dark,” a play by Frederick Knott
Watching a production by Theatre Intime means more than a night at the theater. It is also a way of participating in a unique phenomenon. Intime, founded by Princeton undergraduates in 1920, is entirely student-run, from acting to administration. By 1922 the company had secured its own venue, the 200-seat Hamilton Murray Theater. Acting legends including Jimmy Stewart, Josh Logan, and Henry Fonda (a University of Minnesota student who was part of a summer production) once performed for the company. Intime’s newest show, “Wait Until Dark” (1966), is a drama rife with intrigue and heroin-laced greed.
The play is driven by a struggle between an innocent — a blind housewife named Susy Hendrix — and three con-men. This production, directed by Mike Pinsky ‘15, gives its audience a chance to experience (vicariously) the suspense that develops and deepens as the disabled Hendrix grapples with plotting criminals.
Hamilton-Murray Theater. 609-258-5155. Tickets can be purchased at www.theatreintime.org/node/20 or at the box office. Discounts for students and seniors.
Monday, November 12, 7 p.m. “A Long Way Gone: An Evening with Ishmael Beah.” Beah is uniquely qualified to speak about the brutalizing effects of war. Flash back to 1991: Sierra Leone, a country in West Africa, was being ravaged by a bloody civil war. Youth was no protection against violence. Thousands of children were forcibly recruited as soldiers and made to perform unspeakable atrocities, often while being force-fed drugs and submitting to sexual violation. Ishmael Beah, recruited at 13, -was one of those child soldiers.
Author of “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier,” Beah introduces a unique perspective on corruption, violence and morality at large. A Long Way Gone, called a “ferocious and desolate account of how ordinary children were turned into professional killers” by The Guardian U.K., is a haunting narrative; this event allows attendees to hear of Beah’s experiences first-hand.
Sponsored by the Belknap Fund in the Council of the Humanities and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. 609-258-4726. McCosh Hall 50.
Saturday, November 15, 1 p.m. Ivy League football: Princeton versus Dartmouth at Princeton Stadium.
This game could be an important showdown, thanks to Princeton’s miraculous comeback win against Harvard on October 20, when it scored 29 unanswered points in the last 12 minutes to upset the nationally ranked and formerly unbeaten Crimson, 39-34. Early risers might want to catch the “pre-game show,” a 10 a.m. lecture by Professor Sheldon Garon on “Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves.”
The pre-game lecture is sponsored by the Princeton University Alumni Association and will be held in the Lewis Library, Room 120. 609-258-1900. Game tickets are $9. To learn more visit www.goprincetontigers.com
Friday, November 23, 8-10 p.m. Brahms’ Third Symphony performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
For many the flurry of post-Thanksgiving bargain-hunting is practically a tradition in itself. This year the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will offer an invigorating end to “Black Friday” with a concert dedicated to the spirit of autumn. Led by guest conductor Hans Graf, the orchestra will begin its celebration of the season with a piece composed by Edvard Grieg, aptly named, “In Autumn.” The program includes a violin concert by Jean Sibelius and concludes with Johannes Brahms’ Third Symphony. Brahms’ Third is a unique piece, one that was at the time deemed “the most artistically perfect” of the composer’s symphonies.
Richardson Auditorium. Tickets are available for $20-$88. To purchase tickets by phone, call 800-255-3476.
Thursday, November 8, 8-10 p.m. Tenebrae, A Princeton University Concert. Princeton University Chapel. Princeton’s Chamber Concert Series brings Tenebrae, Britain’s celebrated chamber choir to Princeton. This internationally renowned choir will perform a program includes choral works from Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky among others. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $5 for students. You can purchase your tickets in person at the University Ticketing Office in the Frist Campus Center, by phone at 609-258-9220 or online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=21394&pid=7331179
Friday, November 16, 8-10 p.m. Princeton South Asian Theatrics Fall Show. Frist Campus Center Film and Performance Theater. This group is the nation’s first South Asian college theater group. Its comedic performances are inspired by the cultural strain and stereotypes facing South Asians growing up in the United States. Serious issues, explored with a healthy dose of laughter.
Wednesday, November 28, 4:30-6 p.m. Film Screening and Discussion of Carl Colby’s “The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby.” Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The Woodrow Wilson School will present a screening of this chronicle of the life of the master-spy, as told by his son Carl. Following the screening of the film, which has been described as “riveting,” there will be a discussion by Carl Colby and Anne-Marie Slaughter.
A public reception will follow the film screening and discussion in Shultz dining room.