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By Anne Levin 

In a video that is part of a series on the New York City Ballet, dancers are asked to name their favorite foods.

“I want grease, and, like, salt,” says corps de ballet member Gretchen Smith, who munches on a chip. “I’ve gotta go with fried chicken, mac and cheese, and curry,” enthuses principal dancer Amar Ramasar. “Cookies, sugar, chocolate,” announces petite principal dancer Megan Fairchild. Retired dancer Jenifer Ringer, who documented her struggles with weight in her autobiography Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet, confesses in the video to her passion for ice cream with peanut butter. more

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By Bill Alden

Photography by Ed Hewitt

Katelin Snyder relished bike rides from her apartment in Kingston to the boathouse at Lake Carnegie in Princeton to get in some exercise and clear her head before assuming the duties of coxswain for the U.S. women’s eight and guiding it through grueling practice sessions as the rowers prepared for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Up in Boston, Gevvie Stone, a 2007 Princeton University alum, honed her sculling skills over the last several years, navigating through the tough conditions and the boat traffic on the Charles River as she pursued her dream of an Olympic medal while earning an M.D. from the Tufts University Medical School. more

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Perhaps nothing is more representative of  interior designers than their homes and studios.  

Photography by Andrew Wilkinson

In addition to being a personal haven, it acts as  a blank canvas for creativity. For our interior  designer photo series, Princeton Magazine got  the opportunity to peek inside the homes of some of the areas most respected interior designers. Here, they share their design aesthetic, personal mottos, career highlights, and more. more

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Rendered view from Philadelphia looking northeast onto Liberty Property Trust’s mixed-use urban development on the Camden waterfront. This masterplan scheme will include high-performance office buildings, a prominent flag hotel, residential units with an affordable housing component, pedestrian friendly streets, and newly envisioned open spaces. 

By Anne Levin 

Camden was still lively by the time my mother gave up her job in the early 1950’s. But the good times were not to last. By 1970, the city had begun its slow decline. The relocation to the suburbs of some industries and closing of others resulted in decades of crime, urban blight, and corruption. It all culminated in Camden earning the distinction, in 2012, of having the highest crime rate in the United States. more

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Photo Credit: Lehigh University

President Barnes of Princeton Theological Seminary will engage in a public conversation with former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins about his work, the nature of poetry, the task of writing, and connections between poetry and the life of faith. Collins will also read from his own work.  more

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By Ellen Gilbert 

“There is always a crisis.” – Andrew Delbanco in College: What It Was, Is, And Should Be

he cover story on a recent issue of Consumer Reports went straight to the point: “I kind of ruined my life by going to college,” it quoted a heavily indebted recent graduate. Her current balance due is $152,000, and she’s definitely not alone: according to recent reports some 42 million people owe $1.3 trillion in student debt. more

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Photo Credit: www.shakespeareglobe.com

Friday, September 30

9:45 a.m.: Job Seekers Session at Princeton Public Library presents “Money Saving Strategies during a Career Transition – Health Insurance, Taxes, Etc.” with Personal Financial Strategist Bill LaChance. Free.

Saturday, October 1

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: NAMI Harvest of Hope Annual Wellness Conference at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. Kevin Hines will deliver the keynote address entitled, “Cracked Not Broken.” Hines is a mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who tells audiences around the world about his unlikely survival after jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Register online at www.namimercer.org. For more information, call 609-799-8994, ext. 10. more

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These gorgeous books are full of style and substance.

 

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The on-demand fabric producer now offers DIY home décor products through Roostery.com

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

 “But I can see it in my head!”

It’s the line we use when that interior design project, outfit selection, or decorating effort doesn’t lead to the vision in mind. We can think up endless prints, colors, and patterns for our projects, but the problem occurs when we can’t find exactly what we imagine. Spoonflower understands that retail stores aren’t always as well stocked as our brains.  more

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Photography by Erica Cardenas

Beyond Words, the annual fall gala hosted by the Friends of the Princeton Public Library took place on Saturday, September 17. This year’s special guests were Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout and novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz who spoke at Nassau Presbyterian Church.  After the talk, guests gathered at Hinds Plaza for a book signing and cocktails followed by a silent auction and dinner. more

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Have your cake, and eat it too…

 

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Think: falling leaves, football games, and an arsenal of ankle boots to wear every single day.

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Throughout one of the hottest summers in history, a highly pregnant Jennifer Poe was hard at work in her Newtown, Pennsylvania interior design store, Rittenhouse Home Furniture and Décor. Merely weeks after giving birth to a baby boy, Poe is back at it, heading some of the most sought-after interior design projects in the Greater Philadelphia area.

This type of work ethic is nothing new for the recent mother of four. Since the age of 19, she has had a hand in the purchasing, gutting, and renovating of homes, quickly establishing her visionary talent. After graduating from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Poe founded Rittenhouse Home Furniture and Décor, a full-service boutique firm with cosmopolitan sensibilities. Her storefront may be located in Newtown, but her clientele spans from Philadelphia’s most discerning neighborhoods to Bergen County. more

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It’s fall, and with the changing colors and cooler temps comes a change in wardrobe! 

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Friday, September 9

5 to 9 p.m.: Food Truck Friday. Live music and food trucks at 2 Railroad Place, Hopewell (rain or shine).

Saturday, September 10

8 a.m.: 5 Mile Road Race at ETS, 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton. Hosted by Community Education and Outreach of Princeton Healthcare System and Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center. Learn more at www.princetonhcs.org.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Doylestown Arts Festival, celebrating 25 years of groundbreaking art in Doylestown, Pa. Includes more than 160 artisans, live music, and food courts (also on Sunday, September 11). more

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By Nancy Plum 

“I always believe once you get the people to come and listen to the music, the music will do its magic and will work its own way to reach people’s hearts.”

September 2016 marks the beginning of a new era in the history of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as internationally renowned Chinese-American conductor Xian Zhang takes the helm of the NJSO as the ensemble’s 14th Music Director.  In the coming season, Zhang will conduct seven NJSO subscription classical concerts, including three performances in Princeton.  more

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Painting: The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton January 3, 1777.

By Taylor Smith 

“Hamilton” has become something of a phenomenon.

The play won 11 Tony Awards, including best musical, as well as a Pulitzer Prize for drama and a Grammy Award for best musical theater album. Additional awards include the Kennedy Prize for Drama and a “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The musical’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has freestyled for President Obama and a national tour is set for 2017. more

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By Stuart Mitchner 

Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way: A Graphic Novel (Liveright/Norton $26.95) may be the most luxurious book of its kind. Picture a 224-page landmark amid a perfect storm of classic graphics that includes R. Crumb’s  Kafka, Jacques Fernandez’s illustrated edition of Camus’s The Stranger, a graphic Odyssey, a graphic Macbeth, but nothing comparable to Stéphane Huet’s daring adaptation of a complex work that could have been pitched with the old slogan, “They said it couldn’t be done!”  more

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#OrangeOut in Princeton University gear. 

Don’t forget – the famous Princeton vs. Harvard football game will take place at Princeton Stadium on Saturday, October 22. 

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Save up to 60% when you take an extra 20% off a great selection of sale and clearance items.  Total savings: 40-60%. Offer and selection may vary in store.

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