The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Dance and Visual Arts at Princeton University will present Excess, a multimedia, interactive performance work conceived by senior Alex Quetell that builds and deconstructs a party to reveal the dissonances propagated in the human pursuit of technology and progress. Performances will be held April 27 and 28 at 8:30 p.m. and April 29 at 8:00 and 10:30 p.m. at the Patricia and Ward Hagan’48 Dance Studio at 185 Nassau Street. The performances are free and open to the public, however participation at each performance is limited and reservations are recommended at arts.princeton.edu/excess.
Students in the spring 2017 course “How to Write a Song,” offered by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing and the Department of Music at Princeton University, will present original songs at a concert on May 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the Frist Campus Center Theater on the Princeton campus. The 25 students will perform selected new work completed over the past semester. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater offers a workshop presentation of a new play, Spring on Fire: A Guatemalan Story, written by senior Edwin Rosales and directed by faculty member Suzanne Agins, on April 28, 29 and May 3, 4 and 5 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. The new work follows a Maya family living in the highlands of Guatemala, the soldiers who occupy their village, and the spirits that guide and haunt them all during the most violent moment from the Guatemalan civil war. Audience talkbacks follow the April 29 and May 3 shows. The performances are free and open to the public.
The Visual Arts Program at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University will present “Privacy Settings” by Princeton senior Emily Madrigal. Sculpturally and photographically, this exhibition reflects on the artist’s childhood and her critique of social media. The work will be on view April 24th through April 28th in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street with an opening reception on April 27th at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Poet Saeed Jones and six seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work on Friday, April 28 at Labyrinth Books. The reading is part of the C. K. Williams Reading Series, which showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing alongside established writers as special guests. Featuring student writers Rebecca Bedell, Lizzie Buehler, Will Lathrop, Shannon Osaka, Emily Redfield, and Julia Wang, the reading begins at 6:00 p.m. at Labyrinth Books, located at 122 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public.
Author Kevin Barry will read from his novel Beatlebone on Friday, April 28 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. The reading, which is free and open to the public, concludes the 2016-2017 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University.
Novelist and translator Jenny McPhee will be reading from her recent translation of Natalia Ginzburg’s Lessico Famigliare (A Family Lexicon), on Thursday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 219 in Aaron Burr Hall on the Princeton University campus. Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing, the Department of Comparative Literature, and the Humanities Council, this event is free and open to the public.
Five current Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts’ faculty members have received 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships. The awardees are fiction writer Phil Klay, a 2015–16 Princeton Hodder Fellow and current Lecturer in Creative Writing; theater artist Aaron Landsman, a 2014-16 Princeton Arts Fellow, current Visiting Associate Professor, and recent Belknap Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council; fiction writer Fiona Maazel, Lecturer in Creative Writing; poet Claudia Rankine, Princeton’s 2017 Holmes National Poetry Prize awardee and Visiting Professor of Creative Writing; and theater scholar Stacy Wolf, Professor of Theater, Director of the Program in Music Theater, and Director of Princeton Arts Fellowships.
Audiences are invited to join Princeton University students to screen recent independent films and videos and meet filmmakers, musicians and scholars as part of a semester-long series focusing on sound in film, Sonic Cinema: Sounding Resistance. The series is presented by the Visual Arts Program of the Lewis Center for the Arts and is in conjunction with the spring course “Sonic Cinema: Music, Noise, and the Moving Image” taught by Visiting Associate Professor Amy Herzog, who curated the series. Films and videos will be screened on select Tuesdays through the end of April. Filmmakers, musicians and scholars associated with the work will be on hand to discuss the work and answer questions from the audience.
On Wednesday, April 19, poet John Ashbery and screenwriter and director Jim Jarmusch will read from their work as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University. The reading, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in McCosh Hall, Room 50, on the Princeton campus, is free and open to the public. Ashbery will be appearing via Skype. (Note: this reading is not being held in the usual venue at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center.)
The Visual Arts Program of the Lewis Center for the Arts will present an exhibition of recent work in a wide range of media by juniors in the Program opening April 19 and running through May 5 in the James S. Hall ’34 Memorial Gallery in Butler College on the Princeton University campus. The gallery is open to the public weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. An opening reception will take place on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. A screening of short films by two juniors in the Program will be presented on May 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ‘32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The exhibition, reception, and screening are free and open to the public.
Five Lewis Center faculty members have received 2017 Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: Lecturer in Creative Writing Phil Klay for Fiction; Visiting Associate Professor and Belknap Visiting Fellow Aaron Landsman for Drama and Performance Art; Lecturer in Creative Writing Fiona Maazel for Fiction; Visiting Professor of Creative Writing Claudia Rankine for Poetry; and Director of the Program in Music Theater and Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf in the category of Theatre Arts for her forthcoming book, "Beyond Broadway: Four Seasons of Amateur Musical Theatre in the U.S."
The Visual Arts Program in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and the Princeton Garden Theatre will present a special screening of Princeton alumni Todd and Jedd Wider’s documentary God Knows Where I Am as a part of the new collaborative film series Cinema Today. Followed by an in-person discussion with the filmmakers and actor Lori Singer, the screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 at the Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street. Tickets are available to the public through the Garden Theatre online or at the box office; Princeton University students, faculty and staff may reserve a free ticket with ID at the Garden Theatre box office.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Theater and Music Theater at Princeton University will present Into the Woods, one of the most beloved musicals by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, on April 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. The production celebrates the launch of Princeton’s Program in Music Theater and is directed by faculty member Ethan Heard with music direction by Music Department alumna Emily Whitaker and a featured performance by senior Emily Libresco.
The Visual Arts Program at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University will present “Knot Knot,” an exhibition visually exploring family roots and oral histories of farming, slavery, and rural ghettos by Princeton senior Alexis Foster, and “IЯIƧ,” an exhibition of paintings examining technology, cognition, and the digital aesthetic through pop art and optical illusion by Princeton senior Crystal Qian. Foster’s work will be on view April 10 through April 14 in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street with an opening reception on April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery. Qian’s work will be exhibited on the second floor of the Frist Campus Center on the Princeton University campus April 10 through 21with an opening reception on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center. The exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.