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Photo of: Ted Marcoux, foreground, and Christopher Innvar

“The Bells,” set in the waning years of the Alaskan Gold Rush

McCarter Theatre presents world premiere

McCarter Theatre will present the world premiere March 22 of “The Bells,” a new drama by Theresa Rebeck, a writer and producer of the Emmy Award-winning TV series “NYPD Blue” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” The play, directed by McCarter Artistic Director Emily Mann, will run through April 10.

Set in the waning years of the Alaskan Gold Rush, it tracks the intertwined fates of a gregarious innkeeper, Mathias (Ted Marcoux, foreground), his rebellious daughter, a stranger (Christopher Innvar, background) and the misfits of a boomtown gone bust. For ticket information, call 258-2787 or visit <www.mccarter.org>.

Post writers share views on Putin

Two former Moscow bureau chiefs for the Washington Post will discuss “Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin and the Russian Counter-Revolution” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Susan Glasser and Peter Baker served as the Post’s Moscow bureau chiefs until late 2004, covering Russia and 14 former Soviet republics. Their nearly four-year tour dovetailed with Putin’s rise and put them at the center of several political, economic and terrorist world news events, including the revival of the Russian economy, the rollback of Russian democracy and terrorist acts in the Moscow theater and Beslan school. Their book, “Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin and the Russian Counter-Revolution,” is due out this fall.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is part of the series, “Journalists Writing the World,” moderated by Professor Gary Bass.

Filmmaker screens ‘devotional cinema’

Filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky will screen five of his works during a series of presentations on “Devotional Cinema” Tuesday and Thursday, March 22 and 24.

A short-term visiting fellow this spring in the Humanities Council, Dorsky has been making films for 40 years. They often are short meditations on transitory natural phenomena and have been referred to as “lyrical epiphanies of sudden uncanny beauty.”

The showings in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St., will be followed by discussions with Dorsky. Here is the schedule:

• 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22: “The Visitation,” “Alaya” and “Threnody.”

• 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24: “Love’s Refrain” and “Arbor Vitae.”

The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion, Humanities Council, Department of Religion, Film Studies Committee and Program in Visual Arts.

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“Massive Green-Glazed Horse”

Art Museum exhibition

“Massive Green-Glazed Horse,” a piece of red earthenware from between A.D. 25 and A.D. 220, is part of the exhibition, “Recarving China’s Past: Art, Archaeology and Architecture of the ‘Wu Family Shrines’” that runs through June 26 at the University Art Museum.

The show re-examines one of ancient China’s great archaeological sites in an effort to reconsider some of the most fundamental assertions about the country’s cultural, archaeological and artistic past.

For more information, visit <www.princetonartmuseum.org/>.

Hodder Fellows to read from work

This year’s Hodder Fellows in the Humanities Council will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Poets Daisy Fried and Adam Kirsch were selected for this fellowship as “humanists of exceptional promise” and have been spending the year in Princeton pursuing independent projects.

Fried won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for “She Didn’t Mean to Do It.” She reviews poetry for Newsday and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Kirsch received the New Criterion Poetry Prize for “The Thousand Wells: Poems.” His reviews and essays appear in The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times Book Review and many other publications.

The event is part of the Creative Writing Program’s Althea Ward Clark Reading Series.

Leader of Iraq reconstruction efforts speaks

The man who managed $18.4 billion in U.S. funds to support reconstruction efforts in Iraq will discuss “Building Under Fire” on campus Wednesday, March 23.

Retired Rear Adm. David Nash, former director of the Program Management Office for the Coalition Provisional Authority for the Department of Defense, will speak at 4:30 p.m. in 16 Robertson Hall.

Nash, who has nearly four decades of building, design and program management experience with the U.S. Navy and the private sector, went to Iraq in 2003 to head the PMO. In June 2004, he was named director of both the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office and the Project and Contracting Office, the successor to the PMO. This past September, he joined Alabama-based BE&K, a top U.S. engineering and construction contractor, as president of its government group.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Connection between music and technology is topic for /@rts talk

Music professor Paul Lansky will discuss the evolving relation between music and computer technology in his work at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in 102 Woolworth Hall.

Titled “The Evolution of an Idea,” his lecture will include a discussion of how technology has influenced our perceptions of what music is and can be.

Lansky, the William Shubael Conant Professor of Music, earned a Ph.D. in composition from Princeton and has been a faculty member here since 1969. His music focuses on the use of the computer and musical synthesis. He is fascinated with the sounds of the human voice and uses the computer as what he calls an “aural microscope” to explore this world and to recreate it in his music.

Lansky’s talk is part of the /@rts (pronounced “slash arts”) lecture series, which explores interrelations of new media, technology and traditional forms and practices of arts and humanities. It is co-sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Office of Information Technology, the Council for the Humanities, the Program in Visual Arts, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Music and the University Art Museum.

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“The Space Between,” by Emily Thornton

On display in the Lucas Gallery

“The Space Between,” a painting by Emily Thornton, will be among the works on display in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St., from March 22 through April 3. Thornton and Rachel Lyon will be exhibiting their art in the gallery as part of their senior theses. An opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 22. Hours for the gallery are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Series set on justice system

The Princeton Justice Project is sponsoring a series of lectures in March and April called “An Unjust Sentence?” focusing on the U.S. criminal justice system. The lecture subjects and dates are:

• Ethan Nadelmann, director of the Drug Policy Alliance, and Angelyn Frazer, state organizing director of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, will examine problems with drug sentencing and mandatory minimums at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26, in 1 Robertson Hall.

• Princeton faculty members Cornel West, Bruce Western and Devah Pager and Georgetown University law professor David Cole will discuss racial discrimination in criminal sentencing, incarceration and societal re-entry at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, in McCosh 46.

• Chris Kosseff, director of mental health for New Jersey state prisons, and Nancy Wolff, director of the Center for Mental Health Services and Criminal Justice Research, and a panel of lawyers and psychologists will speak on problems of mental health in the criminal justice system at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, in 6 Friend Center.

• A panel discussion on alternatives to prison, mental health and drug courts will conclude the series at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in 1 Robertson Hall. Panelists will include Drew Smith, founder of Restorative Solutions; Jean Ross, a mental health advocate and lawyer; and John Monahan, director of Greater Trenton Behavioral Health Services.

For more information, contact the conference coordinators, Spencer Compton at <ecompton@princeton.edu> or Krista Brune at <kbrune@princeton.edu>.