Award-winning writer and Princeton alumna Jenny Xie and six seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27 at Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street. The reading is part of the C.K. Williams Reading Series, named in honor of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet who served on Princeton’s creative writing faculty for 20 years.
Acclaimed Irish historian and scholar Alvin Jackson will conclude the spring 2018 Fund for Irish Studies lecture series by giving a lecture, entitled “John Redmond and Edward Carson: Bloodshed, Borders and the Union State,” on Friday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m. in East Pyne Room 010 on the Princeton University campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Three artists associated with the Lewis Center for the Art at Princeton University were recently awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships. Poet, Princeton alumnus, and Lecturer in Creative Writing Monica Youn; dance artist and frequent Lecturer in Dance John Heginbotham; and choreographer and 2014-2015 Hodder Fellow Nora Chipaumire were among 173 Fellows named on April 4 by the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s 94th competition.
Critically acclaimed actor, producer, and Princeton University alumnus Mark Feuerstein, Class of 1993, will speak about his life and career on stage and screen in a conversation with Lewis Center for the Arts Chair Michael Cadden. The conversation will take place on Monday, April 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Wallace Theater in the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, is cosponsored by Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life-Princeton Hillel and will be preceded by a reception at 6:45 p.m.
On Wednesday, April 18, critically acclaimed poet and Princeton alumnus Jane Hirshfield will read with award-winning novelist and activist Walter Mosley as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. The reading, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex, is free and open to the public.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the re-appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2018-2019. In her second term, Smith will continue the outreach efforts begun in her first term to engage rural communities and small towns across America with poetry. Smith will report on her outreach activities and introduce expanded plans for her second term on April 19th at the Library of Congress at an event entitled “Staying Human: Poetry in the Age of Technology.” In the Coolidge Auditorium, Smith will read poems and participate in a discussion with Ron Charles, editor of the Washington Post’s Book World and host of the Library of Congress’ “Life of a Poet” series.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will host the Latinx Theatre Commons’ María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium on April 14 from 9:00 a.m. through the evening at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. The symposium is an intergenerational “community gathering” of artists, academics, students, and others for a day of vigorous, Fornés-inspired creativity, conversation, and conviviality focused on one of the most influential yet perhaps least widely known playwrights. Most of the day’s activities are free and open to the public with a few sessions requiring registration. The events on April 14 are part of a larger scope of activities in Princeton and New York City April 12 through 22 related to the playwright, who is a nine-time Obie award winner, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and teacher to some of theater’s most exciting contemporary voices, including Migdalia Cruz, Paula Vogel and Nilo Cruz.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present I Am in Fifth Grade, You Are in Kindergarten, an evening of two short plays with music in honor of playwright María Irene Fornés. The evening includes FNU LNU by Mac Wellman, a fellow avant garde playwright of Fornés, and the world premiere of The Book of Miaou-Wow-Wow: Don’t Drink Everything Your Mother Pours You by Migdalia Cruz, a longtime friend and student of Fornés. Both plays are directed by faculty member Elena Araoz. Performances will be presented April 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center with the audience seated on stage.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present María Irene Fornés landmark play Fefu and Her Friends, featuring seniors Alex Vogelsang and Lydia Watt and directed by faculty member R.N. Sandberg. The play is being presented in conjunction with the Latinx Theatre Commons’ María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium, a national convening hosted at Princeton. Performances will be held at 8:00 p.m. on April 12 and 13 and at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on April 14 and 15 in the Maclean House on the Princeton University campus. The show is free and open to the public but seating for this site-specific production is limited and advance reservations are encouraged.
Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins will screen and discuss his feature film, Song of Granite, a portrayal of the life of sean nós singer Joe Heaney and his music, on Friday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m. at the Princeton Garden Theater, 160 Nassau Street. An audience discussion with the filmmaker will follow the screening. The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Fund for Irish Studies at Princeton University. Guests should note that this event is earlier in the day than usual for Fund for Irish Studies Series events.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will present a panel discussion on April 3 at 5:00 p.m. in the Forum at the Lewis Arts complex featuring Big Chief Demond Melancon of the Young Seminole Hunters and Big Chief Darryl Montana of the Yellow Pocahontas Hunters. The discussion will focus on the tradition of creating the elaborate ceremonial suits and aprons on display in the exhibition Big Chief Wears a Golden Crown: Art of the New Orleans Black Masking Indians. The work in the exhibition, created by the two chiefs and other artists, are a traditional aspect of Mardi Gras celebrations. The panel, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by Princeton Associate Professor of History and African American Studies Joshua Guild and preceded by an artist reception at 4:30 p.m.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Theater and Music Theater at Princeton University will present Turning Inward, a song cycle that is an intimate portrayal of the self as mediator between the world outside and the world within, through new songs based in the folk traditions of America and the Old World. Princeton senior Evan Gedrich conceived and wrote the music and lyrics for this song cycle, which will be directed by alumnus Ryan Gedrich, Princeton Class of 2016, and performed by a cast of student actor-musicians. All 12 songs focus on introspection and extroversion with each falling along the spectrum of these personalities. Performances will be held in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 30 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 31 at 3:00 and 7:30 p.m.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will present Big Chief Wears a Golden Crown: Art of the New Orleans Black Masking Indians, an exhibition of ceremonial suits and aprons made by Chiefs of New Orleans Black Masking Indian Tribes that are a traditional aspect of Mardi Gras celebrations. The work will be on view March 25 through April 7 in the CoLab at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. A panel discussion on the garments and their traditional role in the Black Masking Indians community will be presented on April 3 at 5:00 p.m. in the Forum at the Lewis Arts complex and will feature two chiefs and creators of the work, Demond Melancon and Darryl Montana; the panel will be moderated by Professor Joshua Guild and preceded by an artist reception at 4:30 p.m. The exhibit, organized by Professor of Visual Arts Jeff Whetstone, is free and open to the public daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Wednesday, March 28, Osama Alomar, a Syrian-born poet and fiction writer and Luc Sante, Whiting Award-winning author, will read from their work as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. The reading, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald G. Drapkin Studio at the Lewis Arts complex, is free and open to the public. PLEASE NOTE the different time and location than previous readings in this series. This reading was originally scheduled for March 7 but was rescheduled due to severe weather.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University will present Interrobang‽, a collaborative senior dance thesis concert showcasing new choreography by five seniors in the program, as well as the performance of repertory and new works by guest choreographers, on Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The four performances will take place in the Hearst Dance Theater, located on the Forum level of the Wallace Dance Building at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus (122 Alexander Street). A prelude to the concert will begin 15 minutes prior to show times on the Plaza at the arts complex and the first piece will start in the Forum and move into the theater. The students will perform existing repertory and new works by acclaimed choreographers Raja Feather Kelly, Zvi Gotheiner, Ohad Naharin, and Christopher Ralph, as well as perform new works by seniors Maia Ezratty, Jacqueline Kopra, Natalie Plonk, India Rogers-Shepp, and a collaboration between senior Selah Hampton and alumnus Ogemdi Ude.