Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
102 Witherspoon St., Princeton, NJ 08542xxxxP:609-924-8777xxF:609-921-0008




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of Princeton.

All listings take place at the Paul Robeson Center unless otherwise indicated. Doors open half an hour before show time and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise indicated. LIKE the Arts Council on FACEBOOK and FOLLOW us on TWITTER!

Thursday, APr 17 | 5-7 pm | Free
Tombola Preview and Reception
Join us in the Taplin Gallery to preview the Tombola artworks that will be featured at Pinot to Picasso ~ Vintage 2014.

Friday, Apr 18 | 8 pm | $10/$8 ACP members, students & Seniors
Susan Clynes featuring opening act Mr. & Mr. Smith...................................................... flyer
Singer and pianist, Susan Clynes will be performing in her US debut in a special solo concert presented by the Arts Council and MoonJune Records.  Susan will be playing songs from her international debut, Live (Childhood Dreams) released on MoonJune Records.  Opening act features the return of the dark and quirky Mr. & Mr. Smith.  Tickets are available the night of the performance starting at 7:00.

Saturday, Apr 19 | 7 pm | $2/$1 ACP members, students & Seniors
Cafe Improv
Music, poetry, and comedy. For a list of performers, to register, or for more information visit Café Improv's website

Friday, APR 25 | 6:30-10:30 pm | 330 Carter Road, Princeton
Pinot to Picasso ~ Vintage 2014
The Arts Councilís signature spring arts and wine fundraiser, Pinot to Picasso, will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014. Approximately 500 guests are expected to attend the festivities, which include a salon style exhibition, gourmet tastings, wines from around the world, local beers, and dancing. One of the highlights of the evening is the Tombola, a drawing of art works contributed by a select group of local artists. Revenue raised from Pinot to Picasso contributes to the Arts Councilís Anne Reeves Fund, which supports Community Arts initiatives and the Artist-in-Residence Program.

Saturday, APR 26 | 3-5 pm | Free
Liberation: New Paintings by A.R.T. Artists – Opening Reception
Come in to view this two days only installation of new work by A.R.T. artists. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will also be on display in the Robeson Center during Communiversity, Festival of the Arts. For more information about the A.R.T. program, please visit

Sunday, APR 27 | 1-6 pm  | downtown Princeton | free

Communiversity Festival of the Arts
For over four decades, the Arts Council of Princeton has produced a spectacular celebration of the arts that attracts 40,000 visitors of all ages to the streets of downtown Princeton. On one day each spring, musicians and dancers, artists and crafters, foodies and fun seekers share their talents and appreciation with one and other. Vendor applications are due March 1 and are available online.

Sunday, APR 27 | 12:30-5:30 pm  | downtown Princeton | free

Paint Out Princeton at Communiversity Festival of the Arts
Artists are invited to set-up an easel from 12:30-5:30pm in the midst of Communiversity Festival of the Arts to capture the moment, the mood, and the magic. Pre-Registration is required, and more information is available here.

Friday, MAY 2 | 7-10 pm  | free

Teen Open Mic Night
TThe ACP's Open Mic Night is exclusively for High School Students! No parents/adults other than staff will be admitted, and the event is free. Want to be involved? The application form can be found here.

Saturday, MAY 3 | 3-5 pm  | free

MASS assembly – Opening Reception
Come in to celebrate our newest exhibition in the Taplin Gallery, an exciting and eclectic compilation of works by the artists Willie Cole, Andy Epstein, Donna Payton, and Valerie Young. This event is free and open to the public. MASS assembly will be on display until June 7. 


Sunday, May 4 | 10:30-3:30 pm  | Morven Museum & Garden | free

Paint Out Princeton at Morven
Artists are invited to set-up an easel from 10:30am-3:30pm on the grounds of Morven Museum & Garden during the popular Morven in May celebration. Capture the excitement and energy on canvas—Join us in celebration en plein air! Pre-Registration is required, and more information is available here.

Sunday, May 10 | 3-5 pm  | free

Paint Out Princeton -- Closing Reception
Join the ACP and Morven in celebrating the artists who participated in the Paint Out at Communiversity Festival of the Arts and the Paint Out at Morven Museum & Garden. Artists who would like to exhibit their painting must bring their work ready to hang to the Paul Robeson Center by 4:30pm on Sunday, May 4. More information about participating in the Closing Reception is available here.

Friday, May 16 | free workshop 6:30-7:30 | Concert 8 pm $10/$8 ACP Member

Sound Bites Concert featuring The Juke Joint Jonny Trio
Juke Joint Jonny is a blues man, band leader, singer, songwriter and historian. With a unique acoustic fingerpicking technique, Jonny incorporates various styles of “old school” blues in his songwriting. Playing 6 and 12 string guitars and a vintage National steel slide guitar, Juke Joint Jonny takes you on a journey through the Delta, Piedmont, Chicago and Swing Styles of the Blues with a “lived it” approach.  The blues is alive and well when Juke Joint Jonny is in the house. Join the Juke Joint Jonny Trio for a pre-concert workshop that covers the techniques and origins of traditional blues.  This hands-on experience introduces several guitars and percussive instruments that are native to the blues while demonstrating the fundamental structure of a blues composition.  Musicians are highly encouraged to bring their instruments to participate in a group performance at the end of the workshop.  All participants of the workshop will receive member prices to the concert.  Registration is encouraged by emailing or calling (609) 924-8777.

SATURDAY, MAY 17 | 7:30 PM  | $15/$12 ACP members, students, and seniors

OnStage: "Live with That!"
OnStage presents a new show "Live with That!" about the decisions we make, big and small that have shaped our lives--everything from starting college at age 40, to moving a parent into a nursing home, to dealing with a daughter’s less-than-ideal date. The show is comprised of original monologues and scenes drawn from interviews with area residents. For more about ONSTAGE, visit Last year's show sold out, so don't delay. Purchase tickets below. (Tickets can be picked up 30 minutes before show time; tickets are not mailed to you.)
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Saturday, May 24 | 7 pm | $2/$1 ACP members, students & Seniors

Cafe Improv
Music, poetry, and comedy. For a list of performers, to register, or for more information visit Café Improv's website

Saturday, Jun 3 | 5:30-6:30 PM & 7:30-8:30 pm | Free
aMuse Reading & Reception
Join us in celebrating the talented young writers and artists who were published in this year's edition of aMuse, the ACP's literary magazine for K-12th grade students in the Princeton area. Readings and certificate presentations will be held from 5-30-6:30 for grades K-5; 7:30-8:30 for grades 6-12.

thursday, jun 26 | 6-8 PM | FREE | Princeton shopping center
Summer Courtyard Series featuring Vicki Genfan ..................................................... flyer
Vicki Genfan, virtuoso guitarist, singer and composer is redefining the ‘singer/songwriter culture’ drawing from folk, jazz, pop, soul and world music. With a mastery of the acoustic guitar that borders on pure alchemy, audiences are mesmerized by the waves of sound Vicki creates with just two hands and her voice. Using 34 alternate tunings and the percussive technique she calls 'slap-tap', you'll find the addition of her pure, expressive vocals that dig deep and stir the heart to be the perfect accompaniment on many of her songs. Vicki Genfan was named Guitar Player Magazine “2008 Guitar Superstar”, the only woman to hold that title.

Saturday, Jun 28 | 7 pm | $2/$1 ACP members, students & Seniors
Cafe Improv
Music, poetry, and comedy. For a list of performers, to register, or for more information visit Café Improv's website

thursday, july 3 | 6-8 PM | FREE | Princeton shopping center
Summer Courtyard Series featuring The Blawenburg Band ....................................... flyer
Join us for a special evening showcasing the golden age of concert band music featuring American patriotic music the evening before Independence Day. The Blawenburg Band is one of the oldest community bands in the state, founded in 1890 in Blawenburg, NJ. The members of the Band range in age from their teens to their nineties, and include teachers and students, research scientists, lawyers, computer specialists, homemakers and active retirees. Some players have years of training and professional experience, others learned to play as children and are dedicated amateurs. 

thursday, july 10 | 6-8 PM | FREE | Princeton shopping center
Summer Courtyard Series featuring Dirk Quinn Quartet ........................................... flyer
Dirk Quinn Quartet is a high energy funk/jazz band with great melodic sensibilities, rhythmic experimentation and an accessible modern edge. Featuring an infectious energy and musical interplay, they routinely attract listeners that are admittedly more accustomed to lyric-based music. Utilizing over a decade of steady performing throughout the US and Canada, the Dirk Quinn Quartet has developed a unique and progressive style - one that appeals to a wide variety of music listeners with fans ranging from the jam band hippies to the jazz snobs.

thursday, july 17 | 6-8 PM | FREE | Princeton shopping center
Summer Courtyard Series featuring Amazin’ Grace and the Grace Little Band ............ flyer
"Amazin' Grace" Little, from Trenton, NJ, has wowed audiences with her powerful R&B and gospel vocals since she won the adult category of the famous Apollo Theater talent competition—at the age of 12! After that she joined the national touring companies of Dreamgirls, Oh Calcutta, and The Wiz.  The Grace Little Band brings high energy to the classic hits and performs their own arrangements offering entertainment for all!

thursday, july 24 | 6-8 PM | FREE | Princeton shopping center
Summer Courtyard Series: “Remembering Pete Seeger”, a tribute featuring the Spook Handy Quartet .............................................................................................................................. flyer
Spook Handy is a nationally touring folk musician and New Jersey native who has had the fortune of performing over 50 concerts and festivals with Pete Seeger. With Pete as his mentor, Spook learned many of his songs and the stories behind them. Spook is joined by Paul Prestopino who backed up Peter Paul and Mary on tour and in the studio for 14 years, Bob Harris who toured and recorded with bluegrass legend Vassar Clements and Ron Greenstein who plays bass for the Chad Mitchell Trio. Spook was named "Best Folk Artist" by Upstage Magazine, Gannett New Jersey, The Courier News, The Home News and "Remembering Pete Seeger" is a tribute to one of America's most exemplary citizens and historical figures and who is recognized as one of America's greatest folk artists. 

thursday, july 31 | 6-8 PM | FREE | Princeton shopping center
Summer Courtyard Series featuring Princeton School of Rock ...................................... flyer
School of Rock is a performance-based music school inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life.  From the lesson room to the stage, School of Rock has been developing confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels.  For more than a decade School of Rock has been teaching in an interactive environment to bring out the classics from Zeppelin and the Stones to modern hits from the Black Keys and White Stripes.

thursday, august 7 | 6-8 PM | FREE | Princeton shopping center
Summer Courtyard Series featuring Swingadelic ............................................................ flyer
Swingadelic is powerhouse of a “little big band” plays a rich amalgam of jazz, blues and New Orleans styles and presents it in a vocal/instrumental “pops” format. The band maintains a weekly residency at the dinner/dance nightclub Swing 46 in NYC and has performed from Maine to Atlanta, including Lincoln Center and NJPAC.

thursday, august 14 | 6-8 PM | FREE | Princeton shopping center
Summer Courtyard Series featuring Celtic Crossroad ..................................................... flyer
Celtic Crossroad brings the music of Ireland, Scotland, and England to life through tight harmonies and powerful, intricate instrumentation on guitar, fiddle, banjo, whistle, mandolin, and bodhran. The band performs a variety of songs, from early 20th century Irish classics to seldom-heard gems that quickly become new audience favorites. Charismatic songs, a capella numbers, instrumentals, and occasional stories create a show that appeals to a wide variety of audiences.

thursday, august 21 | 6-8 PM | FREE | Princeton shopping center
Summer Courtyard Series featuring Swift Technique ..................................................... flyer
Swift Technique, Philly's fiery funksters are a band with a dynamic and captivating sound. This horn infused, high energy, soulful band will certainly get you up off your lawn chair. The band has recently debuted in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New Orleans, Nashville and Savannah. With the release of the EP, "you boys be aight", the future continues to look very bright for this Philadelphia Funk Force. 

thursday, august 28 | 6-8 PM | FREE | Princeton shopping center
Summer Courtyard Series featuring Swing Sabroso ..................................................... flyer
Ray Rodriguez and Swing Sabroso, back by popular demand! The group's distinctive Salsa Dura style is the result of the unique and extensive musical backgrounds of the band's individual members, who have performed and recorded with some of the most recognizable names in Latin Music before joining together to integrate Swing Sabroso. Latin poly-rhythms, fresh sounds, dancing, and entertainment are promised to all!