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The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Ding!, a new musical experience conceived and directed by senior certificate student Emily Whitaker. Ding! is an upbeat, joyful musical experience in which audience members, who very quickly become active participants, are led by an ensemble through a musical/theatrical “composition” that everyone in the room creates together. The experience makes use of toys, games, and other childhood objects as non-traditional instruments for collaborative music making. No musical background is required for participation. The event will be held in the Berlind Rehearsal Room at McCarter Theatre Center on Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3 at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 4 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. Ding! is free and open to the public, however seating is limited and advance reservations are encouraged.

Producer and President of the Disney Theatrical Group Thomas Schumacher will hold a conversation with Grammy and Emmy Award-winning musical director, arranger, conductor and composer Paul Bogaev on Tuesday, April 7. The event is part of Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf’s spring course, “Isn’t It Romantic? The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim.” The conversation will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street and is free and open to the public to observe.

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, in collaboration with the English Department, the Muslim Life Program in the Office of Religious Life, the Program in Theater, and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, will present a panel on the dramaturgy of political violence and Muslims on U.S. stages on April 6 in the Friend Center Convocation Room (113) on the corner of William and Olden Streets. The panel will begin at 6:00 p.m. and feature Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, actor/writer Aasif Mandvi, playwright/producer Jamil Khoury, theater historian Neilesh Bose, and theater scholar Fawzia Afzal-Khan. The panel is organized by Afzal-Khan and Jill Dolan, Professor of Theater, Annan Professor in English, and Director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton. The event is free and open to the public.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will present Black Balance, an exhibition of large photographic prints by senior Amber Stewart. The project examines the Black experience through images by the artist captured in the U.S., Guyana, and Australia. The work will be on view March 30 through April 3 in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street. A reception will be held on Wednesday, April 1 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, in partnership with Princeton’s Council on the Humanities, the Committee for Film Studies, and Princeton Garden Theater, present an evening of film and conversation with award-winning director Abderrahmane Sissako, part of the John Sacret Young ’69 Lecture Series. The evening will include a screening of the award-winning feature film, Timbuktu about jihadists arriving in northern Mali in 2012, shattering the peaceful lives of the local inhabitants, followed by a Q&A with the director and a reception. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street.

Fiction writer Darcey Steinke and four seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work on Friday, March 27 at Labyrinth Books. The reading is part of the Emerging Writers Reading Series, which showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing with established writers as special guests. Featuring student writers Tom Markham, Shannon McGue, Jane Pritchard, and David White, the reading begins at 6:00 p.m. at the bookstore at 122 Nassau Street and is free and open to the public.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present Dance Performance Lab, performances showcasing new choreography created by five Princeton students, on Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio. Each performance will be followed by a talkback. The event is free and open to the public.

Theater manager and advocate, former director of the American Theater Wing, and director of the new Arts Integrity Initiative at the New School for Drama Howard Sherman will give a talk on “Inclusiveness in the American Musical…Or Not” on Tuesday, March 24. The talk is part of Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf’s spring course, “Isn’t It Romantic? The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim” and will begin at 3:00 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street followed by a question and answer session. The event is free and open to the public.

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At a recent gathering that included the Adam family and Lewis Center faculty and staff, three Princeton University seniors shared stories and glimpses of the ambitious creative projects they undertook last summer with support from the Alex Adam '07 Award.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will present “Surface Area,” a collaborative exhibition of artwork by seniors Nicolas Schmidt and Gerardo Veltri, from March 9 through 13 in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street. A reception will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present a screening of Ze’eva Cohen: Creating A Life In Dance, a documentary directed and edited by Sharon Kaufman, which received its world premiere at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center in February. The screening of the 32-minute film on dancer, choreographer, Professor of Dance Emerita, and founder of the Program in Dance Ze’eva Cohen will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 in the James M. Stewart ‘32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The evening will also include a screening of the short film Passing It On: Four Princeton Alumni Look Back. Following the screenings, Princeton Professor of Dance Judith Hamera will moderate a panel discussion on dance in higher education with Cohen, Professor of Dance at Swarthmore College Sharon Friedler, and Professor of Dance at Montclair State University Elizabeth McPherson. This event is free and open to the public.

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Internationally renowned singer/songwriter Paul Simon visited Princeton University yesterday, talking about his career and his most recent work in a discussion facilitated by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Princeton Professor Paul Muldoon. The Grammy Award-winning artist also offered an impromptu performance to a capacity audience of over 800, made up of mostly students joined by faculty and staff at Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton campus. The event was presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Performance Central.

Grammy and Emmy Award-winning musical director, arranger, conductor and composer Paul Bogaev will give a master class followed by an interview for Princeton students on Tuesday, March 10 as part of Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf’s spring course, “Isn’t It Romantic? The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim.” The course explores the Broadway musical with a focus on gender and sexuality. It examines the musical’s unique conventions of aesthetics and form, and its status as popular entertainment that shapes and is shaped by its historical and cultural context. Bogaev’s master class will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street and is free and open to the public to observe.

On Wednesday, March 11, fiction writer Akhil Sharma and poet and translator A.E. Stallings will read from their works as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts. The reading, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center, is free and open to the public.

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