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On Wednesday, September 20, the Visual Arts Program of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and Princeton Garden Theatre will present a screening of Spike Lee's Passing Strange: The Movie, a film version of the award-winning rock musical‚ at the Garden Theatre. Starting at 7:30 p.m.‚ the film will be followed with a Q&A with Stew‚ the star and co-writer of the hit Broadway show.

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Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and Department of Music will celebrate the opening of the new Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts complex with a multi-day Festival of the Arts October 5 through 8 on the Princeton campus. The Festival, which is open to the public, will feature over 100 concerts, plays, readings, dance performances, art exhibitions, multidisciplinary presentations, film screenings, community workshops, and site-specific events at venues across the campus, most of which will be free.

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Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music will celebrate the opening of the new Lewis Arts complex with a multi-day Festival of the Arts on October 5 through 8 on the Princeton campus. The Festival, which is open to the public, will feature dozens of concerts, plays, readings, dance performances, art exhibitions, multidisciplinary presentations, community workshops and site-specific events at venues across the campus, most of which will be free.

The Lewis Center for the Arts announces over $100,000 in awards intended to support the summer projects and research of 53 Princeton students, chosen from 126 applicants. For many recipients the funding provides the resources to conduct research, undertake training, and pursue other opportunities critical to achieving their senior thesis project goals.

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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.

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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.

On April 11 at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, Broadway producer David Stone will discuss his career and work on Wicked and other hit musicals, and Broadway performer Arielle Jacobs will lead a master class and discuss her international performing career in musicals such as In the Heights, Aladdin, and Wicked. Both guests are being hosted by Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf and her students as part of the spring course “Race and the American Musical Theater, from Minstrelsy to Hamilton.” Stone’s discussion is open to the public and will take place at 1:30 p.m. (rescheduled from March 14) and Jacobs’s master class, which is open to the public to observe, will follow at 3:00 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center’s Program in Music Theater and co-sponsored by Princeton’s Program in American Studies, these events are free.

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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.

Thumbnail for Screening and discussion of militarized use of sound media and acoustical weaponry and Harun Farocki’s video installation <em>Serious Games</em>

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 April 4 “Serious Games: Sound, Torture, and Acoustemologies of Violence” will feature presentation of works by Harun Farocki and discussion with musicologists Suzanne G. Cusick and William Cheng at the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street.

Princeton University will present Words for Music, Perhaps, a day-long symposium on Irish lyric and song featuring renowned scholars, writers, and musicians on Friday, March 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The symposium is organized by Princeton Professor of English and Chair of the Fund for Irish Studies Clair Wills and cosponsored by Princeton’s Fund for Irish Studies, Lewis Center for the Arts, Humanities Council, Department of Music, and Department of English. All events are free and open to the public; no pre-registration is required.

Thumbnail for Broadway producer of <em>Wicked, Next to Normal, War Paint</em> and other musicals David Stone at Princeton University

Broadway producer David Stone will discuss his career and work on Wicked and other hit musicals in a conversation with Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf and her students as part of her spring course “Race and the American Musical Theater, from Minstrelsy to Hamilton.” The discussion will take place on Tuesday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center’s Program in Music Theater and co-sponsored by Princeton’s Program in American Studies, the event is free and open to the public.

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Tony Award-winning director John Doyle will discuss his extensive experience directing Stephen Sondheim’s musicals in a conversation with Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf on Monday, March 13 at 2 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews '53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center’s Program in Music Theater, the event is free and open to the public.

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The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Hairspray, the hit Broadway musical based on the 1988 John Waters film, directed by senior AJ Jones and featuring Alex Daniels as Tracy Turnblad, on March 10, 11, 12, 14, and 16 at 8:00 p.m. Performances will take place in the Marie and Edward Matthews '53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street in Princeton. Talkback discussions with the audience will follow the March 12 and 14 performances.

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