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Twice a year, Lawnparties brings famous bands and some not-so-famous musical artists to Prospect Avenue. Whether they are up-and-coming, established, or washed-up artists, the selection of a Lawnparties act always causes a stir. This year, what are the stories of the artists playing at Lawnparties? Let Street be your guide –read about the acts coming to the eating clubs on Sunday, May 1 for Princeton University's biannual music festival.
Margherita pizza has a long and illustrious Italian history. According to popular tradition, it was named after Queen Margherita of Savoy in 1889. The primary toppings, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil, correspond to the red, white and green of the Italian flag. For the Food Issue, Street tried the Margherita pizzas at Teresa Caffe and D’Angelo Italian Market.
Princeton Chinese Theatre’s “Timeless Love” is a time-traveling love story that straddles the present and a world on the cusp of World War II. Before the show’s opening this weekend, Street spoke to PCT’s president Richard Hu ’16 and the show’s director Cadee Qiu ’18.
This weekend, the Princeton Program in Theater presents “Zoyka’s Apartment,” a play by Kiev-born Mikhail Bulgakov. Performed by Princeton students enrolled in THR 451: The Fall Show and directed by professional Alexandru Mihail, “Zoyka’s Apartment” takes place in a Soviet Russia trying to reconcile centuries of imperial tradition with the dawn of the New Economic Policy era.
Madness, betrayal and a quest for forgiveness are the main themes of “I’m Not Li Bai,” a Chinese language play written by Bo Bai, directed by Huiwen Chang GS and produced by Princeton Chinese Theatre with English subtitles. As the protagonist, Li Xiang (Richard Hu ’16),develops the psychosis that he initially feigns, he struggles to reconcile himself with the people in his life who have betrayed him.
EPS Corner is a small Chinese restaurant located at the intersection of Nassau Street and Chestnut. It displays its menu outside in front of a wide patio, where diners may enjoy their meals during the more temperate months of the year. On the inside, the dining area is partitioned with several small walls into separate blocks, which contributes to the cozy atmosphere of this establishment. Music plays softly in the background, just enough to be audible but never loud enough to take over the welcoming ambiance.
Professor Ronald Surtz has been teaching with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton since completing his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1973.
With a firm handshake and a welcoming smile, professor German Labrador Mendez brings comforting warmth to his classroom. A native of Vigo, Spain, Mendez earned a B.A. in Romance Philology and Hispanic Philology from the Universidad de Salamanca, as well as a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from a joint program between Salamanca and Paris’ Sorbonne.
What are the consequences when corruption runs so deeply in a society that it infiltrates even the purest of hearts and causes the downfall of even the brightest ideals? “Mr. Mule,” a play about a small village’s struggle with corruption during the regime of the Kuomintang in early 20thcentury China, explores just that. Written by Shen Zhou and Lu Liu and directed by Qin Xia ’16 and Eddie Chen ’16, “Mr. Mule” delivers a scathing satire on the lengths that people will take to justify their own corrupt decisions.
Easy Tiger House Band
Even before setting foot into Despaña, diners can see through the window shelves stacked almost up to the ceiling, filled with imported Spanish foods in jars, cans and boxes. This sets the atmosphere for the cozy Spanish restaurant, which can be very busy during peak dinner hours, so a reservation is highly recommended. Although I had a reservation, my guest and I had to wait for several minutes before the hostess showed us to our seats. After we were seated, service was slow to bring us menus and beverages. Fortunately, after we ordered our food, the service became much more prompt and reliable. My guest and I ordered buñuelos de bacalao — deep-fried cod fritters — and a platter of ibérico-style cured meats to start, as well as a paella. Despaña also provides complimentary fresh bread and olive oil for diners to munch on while waiting for dishes to arrive. The bread, while not especially remarkable, came to the table warm, and the waitress was attentive to refill the basket when it was empty.
The Princeton University Orchestra presents its final concert of the year on April 25 and April 26. The Daily Princetonian recently had an opportunity to interview conductor Michael Pratt about his work with the orchestra and his views on the upcoming concert.
Traditionally, the Twelfth Night of Christmas is a time for celebration and festivities. William Shakespeare wrote “Twelfth Night” solely as a comedy — unlike Shakespeare’s more serious plays, “Twelfth Night” simply wants its audience to have a good time. As director Malena de la Fuente ’16 noted, “the real value of ‘Twelfth Night’ is in its entertaining nature.” For their spring production, Princeton Shakespeare Company accomplishes this by putting on a thoroughly enjoyable show filled with practical jokes and merriment.
Theater: BAC Drama Presents ‘Tales We Weave’
“Venus in Fur” borrows from a classic literary trope, the frame narrative — presenting a play about a play — to relate the tale of director Thomas Novachek’s struggle to find an actress toperform the leading role in his sadomasochistic play until he meets Vanda Jordan, a brash but enthusiastic aspiring actress. “Venus in Fur,” written by David Ives and directed by Julia Hammer ’15, develops a darker perspective as it examines the relationship between Thomas and Vanda.
“Ruan Lingyu” is a play based on the true story of a Chinese silent film star of the same name who rocketed to fame, grew embroiled in scandal and committed suicide at the age of 24. Princeton Chinese Theatre presents this tragedy in the Class of 1970 Theatre in Whitman College, exploring themes of love, betrayal and the murky intersection between a celebrity’s private and public lives, to mixed success.
George is a linguist, fluent in nine languages, whose goal in life is to record as many dying languages as he can before their last speakers pass away. Mary is a housewife who gave up her passion for baking in order to marry George. Predictably, their marriage is an unhappy one, and matters come to a head when George expresses his confusion at Mary’s constant weeping, as well as the notes that she anonymously leaves around the house for him to find. Mary retorts that George does not weep enough and threatens to leave him. “The Language Archive,” a play by Julia Cho, explores George’s struggles as he searches for the right words in his exceptional vocabulary to convince her to stay.
William Shakespeare wrote “Henry V,” the last of four plays about the kings of England from Richard II to Henry V,during a time of tension between England and Spain as well as Ireland. As such, “Henry V” is one part historical documentary and one part contemporary propaganda, celebrating the king’s victory at the 1415 Battle of Agincourtduring the Hundred Years’ War. The Princeton Shakespeare Company presents a modern take on “Henry V” in the Class of 1970 Theatre in Whitman College, staying true to the original Shakespearean play, with a few modifications.