Thursday, December 12
A concert that’s guaranteed to get your feet tapping – musician So Percussion’s Jason Treuting at Princeton. So Percussion is a Brooklyn, NY based group that experiments with sounds from found objects, creating fascinating rhythms and compositions using whatever crosses their paths. Join Treuting & his band as he performs with students from his fall class at Princeton. The musicians will perform original compositions in the free performance, which will be followed by a meet & greet. FREE, 7:30pm. www.princeton.edu/arts
The outdoor market season has passed, but the Princeton Farmer’s Market rolls on, with monthly indoor markets held at the Princeton Public Library. Visit the library Community Room between 11am-5pm to shop produce, cheese, baked goods, gifts and more from local vendors. Do your holiday gift shopping and stock your pantry, all in one stop! FREE, 11am-5pm. www.princetonfarmersmarket.com
Friday, December 13
Get into the holiday spirit with local musicians at the Arts Council of Princeton’s Sound Bites. This edition of Sound Bites will feature holiday-themed music, with Princeton’s beloved singer/songwriter Sarah Donner along with friends Jeannette Lynne, John Anealio and Sheltered Turtle. PS – Make it a date night: Bring your ticket to Mediterra after the show for a free tapas. $10, 8:00pm. www.artscouncilofprinceton.org
Wednesday, December 11 ONLY at Whole Foods Market Princeton
Saturday, December 14
It’s the 10th anniversary of a collaboration that’s become a Princeton tradition: The Princeton High School Choir hits the stage with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra for Holiday POPS! at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium. Conductor Rossen Milanov leads the performance with a program of marches, dances and even a sing-along. Tickets start at $25, 4:00pm. www.princetonsymphony.org
Bundle up for a Day at the Farm at Terhune Orchards! Wagon rides, pony rides, and hot mulled wine spell out a day of seasonal fun for everyone. Don’t forget to visit the barnyard animals and buy a few sweet treats to take home. For the grown ups: enjoy a free wine tasting from Terhune’s own winery. FREE, 9am-5pm. www.terhuneorchards.com
Sunday, December 15
Illustrator Charles Santore visits JaZams on Palmer Square for a children’s book signing. You’ll recognize his handiwork from classics such as ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘The Classic Tale of Peter Rabbit,’ and ‘The Night Before Christmas.’ (And that list just scratches the surface…) He’ll be signing copies of the books – what a sweet Christmas gift that would make! FREE, 12-2pm. www.jazams.com
PrincetonScoop is thrilled to break the news that local company Jammin Crepes will be opening their first brick-and-mortar location at 20 Nassau Street in Princeton. The restaurant is slated to open early Spring 2014 and, will be the first official home for the company’s acclaimed farm-fresh crêpes, micro-batch jams, soups and pickles. You might recognize the name or remember the deliciousness from the farmers markets both in Princeton and West Windsor.
Jammin’ Crêpes is a celebration of Regional farms wrapped in a crêpe — a local twist on what a Crêpe can be. With an ever-changing seasonal menu highlighting local ingredients at their peak of freshness, many of the restaurant’s crêpes will feature homemade micro-batch jams, pickles and condiments, crafted from regional orchard fruit, berries and herbs. In addition to crêpes, Jammin’ Crêpes will also offer a daily selection of seasonal soups and salads and a variety of house-baked delicacies. There will also be an assortment of regional, all-natural juices and drinks, as well as specialty coffee and tea drinks.
The restaurant will offer casual eat-in and take away food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The crêperie will have communal seating for approximately 35 customers and will offer free Wi-Fi. It looks to become a wonderful gathering place for quality, regional food, drink and conversation for all who live in or visit Princeton.
Co-founder Kim Rizk, commented, “After three years of serving our Sweet & Savory Crêpes at local Farm Markets, we’re thrilled to finally have a home base and, to be able to share our farm fresh flavors with everyone year-round!”
P.S. Worry not locavore friends…they still plan to be at both farmers markets come Spring.
Also: check out this article in the New York Times about them: http://nyti.ms/19yZuv4
Area animal rescue organizations are celebrating the holidays with a festive way to find homes for the animals in their care. On Saturday, December 14, 2013, seven local animal rescue groups are teaming up for Pup-Up, a one-day super adoption event.
“Statistically, more families bring pets home during these gift-giving holidays than at any other time of the year,” said Michele Armstrong, founder of Lulu’s Rescue of Bucks County, Pa., who originated the event. “We organized Pup-Up to encourage those considering a pet to adopt from a local rescue organization rather than purchasing from backyard breeders, pet stores, puppy mills or other sources.”
Organizations participating in the daylong event include Lulu’s Rescue, S.A.V.E. of Princeton, L.A.W., C.C.A.S., Kitty Junction, New Jersey Aid for the Animals, and Brookhaven. Armstrong anticipates there will be anywhere from 50 to 100 dogs and cats at the event. Each rescue will have a designated area for visitors to meet and greet animals available for adoption from their organization. There will be an adoption counseling area where rescue volunteers will speak with potential adopters to help match each family with its ideal pet, and an adoption processing section where the adoption will be completed.
Pup-Up will also feature a “Happy Beginnings” booth where each adopted pet will be photographed with its new family, celebrations for each completed adoption, and refreshments throughout the day.
Pup-Up will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 33 Witherspoon Street in Princeton (entrance for location is on 1 Spring Street). Gateway Funding’s Principal Branch Manager Kevin Kenyon graciously donated the space for use during the event.
“We want to educate the public about the importance of choosing pet adoption and show them how they can save a life by providing a forever home for a homeless animal this holiday season,” Armstrong said. “It is a true gift of love.”
And once you have that new puppy you might look into our favorite dog trainer Stephanie Kowalewski at Heavenly Hounds in Lawrenceville who runs everything from puppy socialization classes to private in-home dog training and so much else. Email her at email@example.com and get off on the right foot with a well-behaved, happy pup!
Cool art in our backyards! Have you heard about it or seen it? It’s title is ironically, “Untitled” and the artist is Cuban-born American Felix Gonzalez-Torres.
The billboard is a vernacular format that the Cuban-born American
artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957–1996) repurposed in an effort to
engage diverse audiences and expand the public function of art.
“I need the public to complete the work,” he stated, “to become part
of my work, to join in.” This fall, the Museum has installed one of
Gonzalez-Torres’s billboards in twelve locations around the greater
Princeton area, including the plaza just outside its front door.
Created at the height of the AIDS crisis, the billboards feature a
haunting image of an unmade bed, empty but for the indentations left
by two absent bodies. The meaning is dependent upon the viewer’s
own memories or expectations of happiness and frustration, loss and
desire. Any and all possibilities are conceivable. By using an advertising
convention—the billboard—to encourage a viewer’s public reckoning
with his or her own private experience, the artist seeks to disrupt the
already precarious boundaries between the public and private realms.
Here is a map of where the billboards are located:
Hurry, the installations come down on December 16th.
Felix Gonzalez-Torres: “Untitled” has been made possible by generous support from Christopher E. Olofson, Class of 1992, and the Bagley Wright, Class of 1946, Contemporary Art Fund. Further support has been provided by the Partners and Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum.
The Princeton Singers is a small, professional, independent chamber choir. In recent years, it has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s preeminent chamber choirs. Founded in 1983 by John Bertalot, then choir-master organist at Trinity Church in Princeton, New Jersey, the ensemble was soon hailed by critics for its clarity of tone, elegance of execution, and purity of tuning. Since being appointed Artistic Director in 1998, composer-conductor Steven Sametz has expanded the group’s repertoire to range from medieval to modern, including gospel, jazz, and popular song. Today, The Princeton Singers is a vital force in the creation of new choral works. Both through a strong commissioning program and participation in workshops for aspiring composers, The Princeton Singers is strongly committed to the creation of new choral repertoire.
On Friday, December 13th, The Princeton Singers return for their popular holiday concert, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” at Trinity Church in Princeton. This crowd-pleasing presentation features music complementing Dylan Thomas’s classic Christmas story of misrule and mayhem in the life of a country boy at Christmas. Music will include traditional holiday favorites and carols. Special Guest Narrator Actor Christopher Coucill will narrate this lively, nostalgic story. This program is recommended for children ages 10 and up.
Tickets: $25, $15 for students. Shows at 6 pm and 8 pm. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the website at: www.princetonsingers.org or by phone: 1-866-846-7464.