Based on feedback we get from readers, one of the biggest factors that draws people to U.S. 1, both in print and online, is our comprehensive event listings. And we regularly get feedback from event planners and promoters, who lets us know that when they list an event with us, a significant portion of their audience comes because they read about it in U.S. 1.
Therefore, we are always looking for ways to improve our event listings. This week, you will notice a few tweaks. Most noticeable is that we have split our health listings into three categories: health, wellness, and mental health. Health listings are obvious: a breast cancer prevention lecture, a living with diabetes workshop. Wellness listings encompass events like yoga classes, nutrition workshops, or for example, this week, the Earth Gong Bath with sound healer Marco Dolce, Thursday, March 10, 7 p.m., at the Center for Relaxation and Healing in Plainsboro, and the Princeton Academy of Martial Arts open house on Saturday, March 12, 1 to 3 p.m., 14 Farber Road, West Windsor (with a free women’s defense workshop at 3 p.m.).
Mental health listings include events like a workshop for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, or for example, this week, the recovery support program for people with mental illness, Monday, March 14, 6 p.m., offered by
NAMI Mercer, 3371 Brunswick Pike, Suite 124, Lawrenceville.
We get literally hundreds of event notices weekly, and sometimes we don’t have space for them all. Then we generally make decisions based on geography: what’s closest to greater Princeton? For example, several area singer-songwriters — including Greg Provo of West Windsor, Kelly Carvin of Yardville, Johnny Lisco of Jamesburg, Keith Monaccio of Trenton, Eryn Shewell of East Windsor, Sheli Aarden of Trenton, Russell Norkevich of Flemington, and James Popik of Hopewell, many of whom we have featured in U.S. 1 stories — will be performing at “The Singer Songwriter of Cape May,” Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26. Because the event itself does not take place in our readership area, we would not list it.
High school events, for example, almost never get listed — though, in event listings, as in life, there are exceptions. One that came to our attention recently was the Princeton High School Studio Band (www.princetonjazz.org). Part of the attention came by way of — full disclosure — our editor, whose two sons have both performed in the band. But the band also caught our attention for the acts sharing its stage: The Glenn Miller Band, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Wycliffe Gordon, and more.
Through the Studio Band we learned about the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra, the summer band and camp led by band director Joe Bongiovi (U.S. 1 cover story, February 16). This week we have more good news about Bongiovi and his young jazz musicians. The Princeton Studio Band won first place in its division at the national band competition at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. The band’s next public event? Sometime in May. We will try to make room for it in our listings.