Join Longwood Gardens for the first theater performance presented in their Meadow Garden. Created by the award-winning Pearl Damour (Katie Pearl and Lisa D’Amour) along with Mimi Lien, Lost in the Meadow  follows an eclectic group of pilgrims as they make their way through the expanse of the Meadow Garden, each looking for a place where they belong. Headphones allow the audience to hear the travelers’ conversations, even though they are hundreds of feet away.  more

By Linda Arntzenius

After a four-year ban that prevented him from all international travel and kept him from visiting Princeton in 2012, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has had his passport returned to him.

Last week, Mr. Ai posted a photo of himself on Instagram holding the document, which had been confiscated by Chinese authorities following the artist’s outspoken remarks on number of national scandals, including collapse of badly-constructed schools during a 2008 earthquake.  more

By Linda Arntzenius

Images courtesy of Rare Finds Travel

Travel designer Melanie Tucker has the antidote for the time-pressed traveler. With a lifetime of adventurous, off-the-beaten track trips behind her, the former Princeton resident has a wealth of knowledge of three-day breaks that can deliver the feel of a much longer vacation. 

She will share her know-how in a 40-minute slideshow, “Short Sojourns: Rejuvenating Travel in Just Three Days,” Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Princeton Public Librarymore

Weekly home and design picks from our Editor, Lynn Adams Smith

Lighting by Jamie Young Co. 

In May of 1997 Jamie Young Jeter and David Jeter, both artists with a passion for travel, took a day trip to Mexico, where they filled their car with interesting gardening pots they discovered in a roadside shop. more

From Hemingway and his wife to Small World and Viburnum, Nick Hilton shares the things he cherishes most.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Around Princeton, Nick Hilton is the go-to guy for fashion. Born into the men’s clothing business, Hilton is now the eponymous owner of one of the finest men and women’s clothing shops in New Jersey. Alongside his fashion-forward wife, Jennifer and daughter, Catherine, Nick Hilton provides his customers a personalized shopping experience complete with style advice, custom-tailored clothing, and a welcoming environment. And while Nick Hilton might be known for his well-dressed exterior, it’s his thoughtfulness that truly set him apart. This is perfectly displayed in his list of 10 favorite things. Though one might expect his list to include designer suits or cufflinks, Hilton brings us through the qualities inherent in the things he loves. From the simplicity of Hemingway’s prose to the virtuosity of Canali clothing, Nick Hilton shares some of his most treasured things with Princeton Magazine. more

Princeton Garden Theatre presents a screening of Vincent van Gogh (2015), part of their Exhibition on Screen series on Monday, July 27 at 7 p.m. Made in collaboration with Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, this film marks a major re-showing of the gallery’s collection on the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death. Experience Van Gogh’s masterpieces on the big screen, in high definition, while world-renowned curators and art historians offer their interpretations and explanations of his work. more

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Chef Sarah Gresko brings southern favorites to Hopewell, NJ at her restaurant, SweetGrass. Always trying to source ingredients from local farms, SweetGrass currently holds a CSA with Rolling Hills Farm out of Lambertville and works with Blue Moon Acres, Sansone’s Farm, and Kerr’s Kornstand. Not only do SweetGrass’s farming neighbors provide them with delicious sweet corn and juicy tomatoes, but also friendships. The close-knit community that supports SweetGrass, paired with their fresh southern menu, makes patrons feel like they’re in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina. more

Brian Harris, the manager of Pacers Princeton, tells you what local running trails to try this weekend

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Brian Harris, the manager of Pacers Princeton, knows running. Racing competitively since high school, Harris took his speed to the University of Virginia’s track and cross-country team before qualifying for a year of running eligibility at Kutztown University. After graduating in 1998, Harris had a brief stint as a teacher before realizing he was still addicted to those exercise-induced endorphins. He returned to the running scene, but this time, as the manager for Princeton Running Company. Although impressed by the Running Company’s success, Harris desired to open up a Princeton running shop that maintained its small town feel and put the locals first. more

Princeton WeekenderFriday, July 24

8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Meet the Mayor at Princeton Public Library. Mayor Liz Lempert will be on hand to answer constituent questions.

8:45 p.m.: Free, outdoor screening of Horton Hears a Who at Palmer Square Green in downtown Princeton.

Saturday, July 25

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: West Windsor Community Farmers Market, located in the Vaughn Drive Parking Lot at Princeton Junction Train Station.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Pennington Farmers Market at the lawn at Rosedale Mills, 101 Route 31 North in Hopewell Township. more

PlusUltraNW4During the Age of Exploration, the motto “Plus Ultra” reflected the belief that there was “more beyond” the known realm. The phrase was also used as a personal motto by Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930), the mastermind behind the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Mercer, who founded the Arts and Crafts style pottery in 1898, was a man of great and varied expertise in history, archaeology and craft. First produced in 1912, his epic relief tile cycle of the New World originally consisted of 29 tiles, though he continued to add to the series over the years, expanding to more than 70 tiles.

The exhibition, “Moravian Tiles of the New World” will be on view at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pa. through August 16, 2015. The exhibition features 25 of the original tile designs of the New World series which were commissioned for a gracious home in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, where they remained for nearly seventy years. This exhibition marks the first reinstallation of these tiles, which will be displayed in continuous frieze as they were originally intended. more

Community Options’ President and CEO Robert Stack will be the keynote speaker at the University of Oxford Childhood Education and Issues Program on July 22. Mr. Stack will speak on the subject of “Inclusion for students with disabilities into the workplace.” more

Discover the possibilities of indigo dyeing, an expressive and ancient art form, in this one-day Arts Council of Princeton workshop at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street in Princeton. Participants will get the pails and hose out at Morven’s Carriage House to learn all the steps that go into this unusual art. The class will be led by instructor Lian Sawires. Soy wax batik will also be taught in conjuction with indigo, giving students a range of skills to create traditional, ethnic batiks, as well as modern designs.  more

Image by Jeff Whetstone

The Program in Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University is pleased to announce that Deana Lawson and Jeff Whetstone will join the photography faculty. Both appointments will commence September 1, 2015. more

By Taylor Smith

The wonderful thing about following your favorite writers on Twitter is that they suddenly become relatable. They are people with opinions, a sense of humor, and a life outside of their writing duties. more

In honor of the passing of IAS Professor Patricia Crone, Princeton Magazine reprises the following article which appears unchanged from the time of its original publication in the Town Topics Newspaper on December 24, 2014. 

To read Patricia Crone’s obituary, click here

By Linda Arntzenius

Until recently, Patricia Crone was a familiar sight around Princeton, riding her bicycle (without a helmet) to and from the Institute for Advanced Study where she is professor emerita of Islamic history. At times, as I passed her in my car, I had to stifle the urge to call out to her about that. I worried about that lovely blond-bobbed head and the brilliant brain within. more

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet to head 75-year-old, unique undergraduate program

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts named Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith as the new director of the University’s Program in Creative Writing. Smith, a Professor of Creative Writing on the Princeton faculty since 2005, succeeds National Book Award finalist and poet Susan Wheeler, who has led the program since 2011. more

McDermott 2Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll was condemned in its time for its tale of commercial and erotic vengeance. Now, a new adaptation of Williams’ 1956 film masterpiece makes its American premiere at McCarter Theatre Center on September 11 through October 11, 2015.

The cast includes Patricia Conolly (Aunt Rose Comfort), Susannah Hoffman (Baby Doll), Robert Joy (Archie Lee), Brian McCann (Sheriff), and Dylan McDermott (Silva Vacarro).

French theatre writer, adaptor, and director Pierre Laville wrote a new adaptation of Baby Doll which premiered to critical praise in Paris at the Théâtre de l’Atelier in 2009. Laville, having worked as a translator of Emily Mann’s work on numerous occasions, suggested she adapt the piece for an American audience. Mann, having directed a number of other major Tennessee Williams’ productions in the past, began the process of shaping Baby Doll anew by streamlining the story and pacing. A reading of the Laville/Mann adaptation was featured as part of McCarter’s Lab Series in January of 2015.

About the production, Director/co-Adaptor Emily Mann said: “Tennessee (Williams) is one of our greats. I’ve directed many of his plays, including The Glass MenagerieA Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin RoofBaby Doll is another glorious Williams creation. Funny, erotic and dangerous – it’s a love story, but it’s also about the awakening of a young woman – both in terms of her sexuality and her own agency.” more

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D&R Greenway presents a spring-inspired poetry reading at the Johnson Education Center in Princeton on Wednesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a light reception. Carolyn Foote Edelmann, Vida Chu, Sharon Olson, Betty Lies, and Linda Arntzenius will read poetry featured in the April 2015 edition of Princeton Magazine.  more

By Anne Levin 

Attention, ballet fans: On Saturday, July 18 at 3 p.m., Intensio, a group of stellar dancers from American Ballet Theatre, will hold an invitation-only working rehearsal at McCarter Theatre. Intensio is the project of Daniil Simkin, a soloist with ABT. more