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We know, we know: we’ve got some serious bonfiring to do this weekend, along with all of the raucous revelry that a bonfire requires.  But when you’re not celebrating around Cannon Green this weekend, there are a host of exciting arts events in store.  And hey, let’s be real: do any of your professors actually expect you to do legitimate work the weekend before Thanksgiving? (Note: lots of arts events are actually starting at 8:30pm on Saturday night instead of at 8pm to reflect the night’s festivities. Be sure to check online for updates or call ahead!)

First step: check out last week’s Arts Roundup for some great two-weekend events, including theater productions from Theatre Intime the Lewis Center for the Arts.  Next, check out this weekend’s newest offerings below:

  • Tickets are going like wildfire (or like bonfire, ammirite?) the Princeton Triangle Club‘s newest show, Tree’s Company: Forest’s a Crowd!, which runs this Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8:30pm, and Sunday at 2pm.  It’s in the Matthews Theater at McCarter (the big one at the top of the hill), and tickets sell out fast, so get on it!  Click here for more.  They sell out of tickets at the Frist Box office extremely fast–as of this afternoon, they didn’t have any more for Friday night’s show–so your best bet is buying tickets directly from McCarter’s box office. You can purchase them in person during business hours, or order them via phone at 609-258-2787; couldn’t be easier.
  • Princeton South Asian Theatrics always presents a hilarious night of theater, and this year’s original offering, The Masala Chai Candidate, is sure to be no different!  Runs Thursday at 8pm and Saturday at 9pm in the Frist Film and Performance Theater: tickets are $7 for students, events eligible.  Click here for more. 
  • Now in its third year, the Princeton Opera Company presents its first full-scale opera (they’ve previously produced some terrific concerts of arias and operatic scenes), Meanwhile, Back at Cinderella’s.  With a stacked cast of talented performers, it’s sure to be an entertaining–and beautifully sung–take on the classic fairy tale.  November 15th at 8pm, Nov. 16th at 8 pm, Nov. 17th at 2 pm in Whitman Class of 1970 Theater.  Click here for more.

 

With the insanity of New Jersey’s doomsday weather this week (first a tropical storm, then a blizzard…where are the locusts?) comes a slew of exciting arts opportunities this weekend!  These next couple of weekends before Thanksgiving have a multitude of great shows and concerts in store, nearly all of which you can attend for free with your Student Events Eligible pass (a.k.a. a simple swipe of your prox).  Don’t delay–these babies are sure to sell out fast!

  • Tonight, the Princeton Katzenjammers present a one-night-only musical extravaganza of co-ed a cappella.  If their great vocalizing isn’t enough to tempt you, the night’s also featuring a performance by former KJ Ben Taub ’14, fresh from his stint on NBC’s  The Voice.  11pm Thursday night, Theatre Intime.  Click here for more.
  • This weekend only, the Princeton University Players present Nine, a sexy musical directed by sophomore Eamon Foley ’15.  Song, dance, leggy ladies with great pipes: who could ask for more?  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau Street.  Click here for more.
  • You won’t want to miss eXpressions Dance Company‘s electrifying fall show, Uprising.  Tickets go fast for this one-weekend event, so get ‘em while you can!  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm in the Frist Film and Performance Theater.  Click here for more.
  • This weekend and next, Theatre Intime presents the hair-rasing comic thriller Wait Until Dark, directed by sophomore Mike Pinsky ’15.  8pm Thursday-Saturday for two weekends in Theatre Intime, with a 2pm matinee next Saturday (11/17).  Click here for more.
  • All-Nighter with David Drew, Princeton’s only live late-night talk show, presents its second episode at 11pm this Friday in Frist.  The first show was a huge hit, so it’s definitely worth a watch!  Featuring guests Bruce Easop ’13 (USG president), Professor Sam Wang (election predictor extraordinaire), and singer-Songwriter Mark Watter ’14.  Click here for more.
  • The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater collaborates with the Department of Music to present its fall show extravaganza, Der Bourgeois Bigwig.  Chock full of hilarious hijinks from a talented team of actors, music from the University Orchestra, and stunning costumes and set, it’s a must-see.  Friday and Saturday at 8pm; next Thursday-Saturday at 8pm (11/9-10 and 11/15-17). Berlind Theater and McCarter Theater Center (across from the Dinky).  Click here for more.
  • This Friday only, the Princeton Tigressions present a great night of female a cappella at Richardson Auditorium for their biannual Jam.  It also features guest performances from BAC Dance and the Princeton Footnotes (male a cappella).  A terrific night of music and dance in a beautiful venue!  Click here for more.
  • This weekend only, Princeton Chinese Theatre presents Rhinoceros in Love, directed by Jianfei Chen ’15 and Liukun Wu ’15.  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, with a 2pm Saturday matinee, in Whitman College’s Class of 1970 Theatre.  Click here for more.
  • As you plan your weekend’s viewing schedule, remember to snag tickets for the Princeton Triangle Club‘s newest show, Tree’s Company: Forest’s a Crowd!, which will run next Friday and Saturday at 8pm with a Sunday matinee (11/16-18).  It’s in the Matthews Theater at McCarter (the big one at the top of the hill), and tickets sell out fast, so get on it!  Click here for more. 

Tilghman bestows the Golden Broomstick to current seniors in days of yore. Ah, to be a freshman again! (Photo credit: Taylor Mallory, 2009).

Minutes after receiving President Tilghman’s email announcing her plans to retire as president, students took to Facebook and Twitter: “Say it ain’t so, Shirls!” wrote one. “But Shirley … NO!” And a contrary view: “This will be known in our history as the end of the Dark Ages, the conclusion of the War on Fun, and the beginning of the Frataissance.”

With her administration’s hard line on grade deflation, the freshman ban on rushing Greek organizations, and policies affecting the eating clubs, Tilghman made her share of controversial decisions. Through it all, her dedication to students, along with a college-friendly sense of humor — will anyone forget how she one-upped Steve Carell during Class Day in June with a “that’s what she said” joke? — have made her an indelible part of the Princeton experience.

Click here to read the full Press Club article about student responses to President Tilghman’s retirement in the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Here at Princeton, where our competitive streaks run deep,  job interviews are an art form, and application-only majors like Woody Woo (but no more!) have total cachet, it only makes sense that new artsy folks flock in droves to the school’s host of competitive student-run arts groups.  From dance to drama to a cappella to musical theater, the Great Classes of 2015 and 2016 have been keeping arts groups busy with a huge number of new auditionees this season.  Looks like a banner year of underclassmen interested in the arts!  What do you think about these staggering stats? Let us know in the comments.

Graph Credit: Ellen Shakespear

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Welcome, orange-lanyard-clad Prefrosh!  We’re thrilled you’re here–and the campus is abuzz for the next two weekends with exciting performing arts events that give you a useful glimpse of Princeton’s thriving arts scene.  Any of the following would make for a wonderful introduction to the artsy side of Old Nassau:
  • McCarter Theatre Center's Matthews Theater (known by members of the Princeton Triangle Club as "the house Triangle built") on the night of a Triangle show.

    McCarter Theatre Center's Matthews Theater (known by members of the Princeton Triangle Club as "the house Triangle built") on the opening night of a Triangle show.

    Looking for a night of pure hilarity, along with a glimpse at a Princeton arts institution?  The Princeton Triangle Club, which produces an annual musical that is completely conceived, written, produced and performed by Princeton undergraduates, is presenting its spring show, Are You There, Dod? It’s Me, Marquand (don’t worry, prefrosh; you’ll understand the title if you come here. And/or if you’re too young to remember Judy Blume, we are officially ashamed of you).  While their fall show is directed by professionals and goes on a national tour, the spring show is more casual: it’s where the writers try out new jokes, the Club hunts for new talent, and the audiences are in stitches.  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, tickets $7 in Frist or at the door; Class of 1970 Theater in Whitman College.

  • …speaking of high hilarity, the Princeton South Asian Theatrics’ play Bombay Confidential is sure to be a fun-filled night.  One weekend only in the Wilson Black Box, so get tickets before they’re gone! $7 at Frist or at the Door.
  • "Amulets," a senior thesis art show from Visual Arts Certificate student Ruthie Nachmany '12, opens this Thursday at the Lewis Center for the Arts. 185 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ

    "Amulets," a senior thesis art show from Visual Arts Certificate student Ruthie Nachmany '12, opens this Thursday at the Lewis Center for the Arts. 185 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ

    Still feel entirely wrapped up in the admissions process?  Admissions: An Original Musical, written by Dan Abromowitz ’13, Clayton Raithel ’12, & Nora Sullivan ’12, and directed by J.T. Glaze ’13, is a perfect fit: its depiction of the high-jinks and heartbreaks of senior year is completely irresistible.  It also represents a collaboration between artists from three major theater groups on campus: Dan, Clayton, and Nora have all been writers for the Princeton Triangle Club, and the play is co-produced by Theatre Intime, Princeton’s oldest entirely student-led theater group, and the Princeton University Players, the campus’s musical theater company.  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, this weekend and next; tickets $8, student events eligible.  Voucher accessible for pre-frosh; buy your tickets ahead of time in Frist!

  • Curious about getting a certificate in theater?  Pippin, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center, is a senior thesis production for senior Adam Hyndman, who plays Pippin and the Lead Player. It’s an incredible production, with top-notch performances and a professional director and designers. Thursday-Saturday at 8pm; tickets $10 for students, $15 for adults.  Tickets in Frist or at the Berlind Box Office.
  • "Pippin," a senior thesis project at the Berlind Theater.

    "Pippin," a senior thesis project at the Berlind Theater.

    Want to learn more about the arts on campus? The Lewis Center for the Arts, which houses the Programs in Creative Writing, Dance, and Theater, will be holding an open house for prefrosh from 12:30-1:30 on Thursday at 185 Nassau Street.  Learn from students about how they’ve integrated the arts into their undergrad careers!

  • Still around at 6pm on Saturday? Don’t miss an outdoor performance by They Might Be Giants in the courtyard by the Princeton Public Library–a great chance to see an even greater band for free!  For prospective students, it’s a great way to see how townies and undergrads join forces; for current students, it’s an unmissable study break.  Sponsored by the Princeton Record Exchange, the town’s out-of-this-world wonderful record store; with its walls and walls of dirt cheap used CDs, it’s a music nerd’s idea of heaven.
  • Speaking of those music nerds, there are two great events on the docket on Sunday.  First up is Driving Music, Kevin Laskey ’12′s senior thesis concert for the Department of Music.  Three student ensembles will perform Laskey’s original compositions, which run the gamut from classical to jazz: it’s a prime example of the exciting opportunities available at Princeton for talented up-and-coming artists.  Sunday at 1:30pm in the Rocky Common Room; free.
  • Next up is the Princeton University Glee Club’s spring concert on Sunday at 3pm, featuring performances of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis” and “Five Mystical Songs,” and Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem.  One day only; it’s sure to be a beautiful event.  Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall; tickets $5 for students, events eligible.
426094_3396618119042_1377398408_33321687_1880442258_nIt’s a chock-full weekend for arts events, with something for everyone!  Opportunities for procrastination abound (I mean, what? Who’s procrastinating?):
  • Naacho’s tenth-anniversary show, Yaadein, is sure to be a terrific watch, featuring everything from classical Indian dance to Bollywood and street dancing.  Tickets for the Saturday shows are already entirely sold out, so act fast!  Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 6pm and 9pm in the Frist Film and Performance Theatre (on the third floor).  Events eligible.
  • Princeton’s biannual ArtWalk offers a great chance to browse Princeton’s finest visual arts venues for free.  With exciting events, free food, and beautiful art, what do you have to lose?  You can stop by any of the ArtWalk’s ten venues between 5-8pm on Thursday night: click here for a handy venue map if you’re venturing off campus.
  • One of the most exciting ArtWalk events is right here on campus: the Princeton Opera Company will be presenting a night of arias and duets performed by undergrads at the University Art Museum from 5-8pm.  Stop by for a bit to wander through the galleries, enjoy the refreshments, and soak in the beautiful music!
  • For an exciting taste of the professional theater world, stop by the staged workshop of Class of ’99 alum Marlo Hunter’s new musical Island Song. The production features five Princeton undergraduates, who have been helping Hunter work on the play as she prepares for its upcoming professional run.  Presented by the Princeton University Players (PUP): Saturday at 1:30 and 4:30pm in the Whitman Theater.  All tickets $5, available at the door.
  • Hilarious slapstick comedy abounds in the Center for Jewish Life’s annual play, Larry Shue’s The Nerd, directed by Charlotte Weisberg ’13.  Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm in Wilson Black Box (take the elevator down to the basement from Wilcox lobby!).  Student tickets $8, $10 general admission.
  • 430040_1653987394178_1104488333_nIf you missed Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Theatre Intime last weekend, there are still four more chances to see it!  Definitely one of the best student-directed plays I’ve seen during my three years at Princeton.  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm in Theatre Intime, with a 2pm matinee on Saturday. Student tickets $8, in Frist or at the door; events eligible.
  • PUP has multiple tricks up its sleeve this weekend: opening today is Elizabeth Swanson ’12′s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. It’s a fascinating play, and one that is currently enjoying a Manhattan run as part of New York City Center’s Encores! Series–take advantage of the chance to see it performed closer to home!  Its terrific cast and seasoned director sound like they’ll make for an excellent combination.  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm in Whitman Theatre; student tickets $8, in Frist or at the door.
407418_10150613199034082_816824081_8859574_347333466_nWelcome back to our Weekend Arts Roundup!  Without further ado, the weekend’s most exciting offerings in the world of the performing arts:
  • If it’s theater you’re craving this weekend, nothing beats Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone, directed by Dan Rattner ’13.  Part mystery, part love story, part surreal voyage through the underworld (you’ve got to see it to believe it), Dead Man has it all, and more–not to mention a bravura lead performance by Sarah Paton ’13. 8pm Thursday-Saturday in Theatre Intime; tickets $8 in Frist or at Intime, student events eligible.  To watch the trailer, click here.
  • Watch great performing arts groups while supporting a great cause by stopping in on This is Princeton, a revue with performances from Chaos Theory, Princeton Opera Company, Umqombothi (African Music Ensemble), eXpressions and Wildcats, BAC: Dance, Highsteppers, and many more. Friday at 8pm in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Tickets $5, available in Frist or at the door; all sales go to Healing in Nagasaki, a charity that supports the Japanese Earthquake Relief effort.
  • Need a caffeine-buzz-filled study break tonight?  The Nassau Literary Review is hosting a launch party for its Spring 2012 issue, featuring live music, poetry readings–and free Small World coffee and sweets for the first 200 guests! Free with PUID; Thursday at Small World Coffee in Witherspoon St., 10:30pm.
  • Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts opens its 2012 Spring Dance Festival on Friday night in McCarter’s Berlind Theater.  Featuring over 50 students performing works by internationally renowned choreographers, along with four dance premieres, it’s sure to be an unmissable event.  Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm and 8pm; Sunday at 1pm.  Tickets $10 for students and faculty, $15 for general admission; student events eligible.
  • Nothing helps with overcoming the third-week academic slump quite like a Quipfire! show: Thursday-Saturday at 11pm in Intime, tickets $5.
  • Love Hamlet? Want to score some coolness points in your Shakespeare II precept amidst all the theater snobs?  Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, directed by Patrick Morton ’13, is exactly what the doctor ordered.  Thursday-Saturday in Whitman Theater: Thursday at 8pm, Friday at midnight, and Saturday at 3pm and 8pm. Student tickets $8 at the door or at Frist.
A great 60s-tastic shot of Nassau Hall. (photo from www.princeton.edu)

A great 60s-tastic shot of Nassau Hall. (photo from www.princeton.edu)

As of this afternoon, Princeton has offered 726 students spots in the Class of 2016 from a 3,443-person applicant pool, the University announced at 3pm today.  It’s the first time Princeton has offered students the option of applying Early Action–meaning that admitted students are not contractually obligated to attend, and may apply to other schools for Regular Decision if they so choose–since 2006, when Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Virginia all simultaneously eliminated their Early Decision programs.  Harvard took 772 students for the Class of 2016 out of 4,245 applicants, with an acceptance rate of 18.2%, while Yale had an 18% dip in Early Action applications this year, due in part to Princeton and Harvard’s reinstated programs.

Jury’s still out on how many admitted students will matriculate, though Dean Janet Rapeleye has said that the accepted Early Action students should represent about a third of the year’s total admits.

To read more about Princeton’s Early Action pool for 2016, including a demographic breakdown for admitted students, click here.

Katherine Ortmeyer, Uchechi Kalu and Matt Spencer Seely in Craig Wright's "The Pavilion" at Theatre Intime. (Photo by Taylor Mallory)

Katherine Ortmeyer, Uchechi Kalu and Matt Spencer Seely in Craig Wright's "The Pavilion" at Theatre Intime. (Photo by Taylor Mallory)

We’ve got a great weekend of campus arts events–perfect procrastination techniques to employ before the end-of-semester push (and, let’s be honest, holiday shopping) takes over our brains.

  • There’s theater galore this weekend, starting tonight with Craig Wright’s The Pavilion, a high-school-reunion story unlike any you’ve seen before, directed by Emma Watt ’13 at Theatre Intime. Thurs-Saturday at 8pm, this weekend and next. Also, the show clocks in at just under 90 minutes–a perfectly-sized study break. Tickets $8 at Theatre Intime.  To see the trailer (artistic design for this show is through the roof), click here.
  • Also up tonight is Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, directed by Molly O’Neill ’14 with the Princeton Shakespeare Company in the Wilson Blackbox. Thurs-Saturday at 8pm, this weekend and next. Tickets $8 at Frist; events eligible.
  • Starting tomorrow, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a senior thesis project directed by Julia Keimach ’12 with the Program in Theater, is sure to be a terrific bet: a great cast, beautiful costumes, and a fresh new take on a classic text (not to mention that our own UPC co-prez SKG makes his Princeton theater debut as Polonius!). December 2-3 at 8:15 PM, December 4 at 2 PM, December 7 – 9 at 8 PM, and December 10 at 1 PM. Free and open to the public; Berlind Rehearsal Room at McCarter Theater Center.
  • A light moment with the cast of "Hamlet" (those drama queens...)

    A light moment with the cast of "Hamlet" (those drama queens...)

    No matter how stressed-out you are by classes, nothing peps you up for the holiday season quite like beautiful Christmas music: the University Glee Club and Chamber Choir’s concert of Readings and Carols this Friday is sure to hit the spot. 8pm Friday in Richardson Auditorium, $5 students, events eligible.

  • Big-band jazz reinterpretations of Radiohead, you say? Just one of the many draws at the University Concert Jazz Ensemble’s collaboration concert with the jazz programs from Columbia University this Saturday: 8pm December 3 in Richardson Auditorium, student tickets $5. Events eligible.
315642_2144702616931_1227210983_33271968_581668594_nAnother week, another arts roundup!  As we mentioned in last week’s column, we’ve been faced with an embarrassment of riches on campus between now and Thanksgiving break. Follow our advice…and see it all!

  • Thursday, November 17, 8pm:Fuente Ovejuna: A Disloyal Adaptation, produced by the Department of Theater at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre, takes the classic Lope de Vega play and stages it within the context of the La Baracca Theatre Troupe in 1930s Spain; it’s a beautiful production full of great performances. Friday-Saturday Nov. 10-11, Thursday-Saturday November 17-19, 8pm; student tickets $10, events eligible. For a terrific concert, check out alt-folk legend Crooked Still’s one-night-only show at Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall, part of the Music Department’s Making Tunes concert series. 8pm; click here for ticket information.
  • Friday, November 18, 8pmThe Footnotes Jam,A Gentleman’s Game, is sure to be a great night of a cappella: 8pm Friday in Richardson Auditorium, student tickets $8, events eligible.
  • Saturday, November 19 matinee, 2pm: This weekend’s your last chance to see Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll at Theatre Intime. A play that combines Czech Communism, British rock music, ancient Greek poetry, and epic love stories…how can you resist? Thursday-Saturday at 8pm with a 2pm matinee on Saturday; student tickets $8, events eligible.  The November 18th 8pm performance will include a talk-back after the show with the Music Department’s Simon Morrison, who has an extensive background in Slavic history and music (and who’s basically the coolest thing since sliced bread).
  • Saturday, November 19, 8pm: The Triangle Club’s 2011 show, Doomsdays of Our Lives, centers on the apocalypse…and with a Ke$ha-inspired cockroach number, a killer drag kickline (the teaser: Mayan virgins about to be sacrificed), and more high hilarity, it’s not to be missed. Tickets always sell out, so buy yours now! Friday-Saturday at 8pm; student tickets $10, events eligible.
  • Sunday, November 20, 3pm: The University Chamber Choir, an offshoot of Glee Club, will present “The Unspoken Word,” a concert of Catholic music written in secret under 17th-century Protestant regimes in England and the Netherlands.  Fascinating liturgical music, gorgeous voices–and free!

382044_2269905390733_1341540238_32222342_340565205_nThis weekend and next always have the year’s largest number of arts events on campus…and here at The Ink, we want to help you to enjoy every bit of it! We’ve made a fancy-pants version of how to see it all between now and Thanksgiving break:

  • Thursday, November 10: I might be slightly biased in this play’s favor (full disclosure: I’m the director), but Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll at Theatre Intime is shaping up to be a wonderful show. Spanning 20 years of the underground rock movement in Communist Czechoslovakia, from the 1968 Prague Spring to the 1989 Velvet Revolution, it’s a fascinating play–and the cast is top-notch.  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm this weekend and next, with a talkback on November 18th with Simon Morrison, the Music Department’s preeminent Slavic music scholar.  Student tickets $8, events eligible.
  • Friday, November 11: The Princeton Glee Club’s Yale vs. Princeton Football Concert is always a great annual event chock full of beautiful music: Friday at 8pm in Richardson Auditorium, $5 student tickets, events eligible.374633_10150357682173661_653008660_8286638_2073660683_n
  • Saturday matinee, November 12: Shaved heads, Baptist revivals, gore galore, bestiality…hooked yet? The Princeton University Players’ Bat Boy at Matthews Acting Studio, a dark musical comedy directed by Claire Greene ’13, has all that and more.  This weekend only, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm with a 2pm Saturday matinee. Tickets $8, events eligible.
  • Saturday night, November 12: We’ve got two great a cappella options for Saturday night: first, The Nassoons’ Annual Yale Jam with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, is always a blast (8pm Saturday in Richardson Auditorium, student tickets $8). If gorgeous female voices are more your thing (and you’re looking for a great concert that’s also kind on your wallet), the Tigressions Thirtieth Reunion Concert is also a great bet: it’s free at Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall at 7:30pm on Saturday.

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194706_2156284110133_1337370346_32164878_1349783074_oTime to venture forth from your midterms-induced insanity and hit the campus’s best arts events tonight! We’ve got music and theater aplenty–prime distractions from paper-writing and other assorted craziness.

  • Think on the bright side: your paper might be hellish, but at least your sociopathic wife isn’t making you kill your boss in cold blood! No one does schadenfreude better than Shakespeare, and Allie Kollaski ’13′s production of Macbeth has been getting wonderful word-of-mouth feedback over the past couple of days (just be sure to call it “The Scottish Play” if you decide to go…midterms week definitely isn’t time to tempt the Fates).  Today’s the last day: 2pm and 8pm performances in Whitman Theater, tickets $8, student events eligible.
  • Nothing soothes a stressed soul like classical music–and nothing energizes said stressed soul like a crazy marimba concerto, as Kevin Laskey ’12 will exemplify tonight at the Princeton University Orchestra’s first concert of the season.  Featuring the music of Sibelius and Verdi, along with the afore-mentioned Rosauro Marimba Concerto, it’s a great night of music–and, at under 2 hours total, it clocks in as a perfectly-sized study break.  8pm Saturday at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall; $8 for students, but free with Passport to the Arts (it uses one of the random arts passes that don’t work for ANY other student events except for those in Richardson, so it’s definitely worth it).
  • If you’re an a cappella lover, tonight’s Co-Ed A Cappella Jam is just what the doctor ordered for midterms jitters. Featuring music from the Katzenjammers, Shere Khan, and Roaring 20, it’s bound to be a very fun event–and all of the proceeds go to Education Through Music, a terrific arts non-profit that serves students in New York and the San Francisco Bay area.  10pm Saturday in Theatre Intime; tickets $7 for students, $10 general.

Keep calm and carry on, everyone!