Planet Weekend Picks, Nov. 4-6


"Stephanie Roth Haberle as Phaedra and Julio Monge as Minotaur, Phaedra’s half-brother in Phaedra Backwards. Photo credit: T. Charles Erickson.

Friday, Nov. 4

Lecture on the Battle of Princeton, Princeton Public Library – “Bringing the Battle Alive”, presented by Wade Catts, includes archaeological evidence of the original accounts of the American and British soldiers who fought the battle and why it was the turning point of the American Revolution. Catts, a professional archaeologist, is a principal of John Milner Associates. Free, 7 p.m.

Phaedra Backwards, McCarter Theatre – World premiere of Marina Carr’s new adaptation of the classic myth. Directed by Emily Mann. Tickets $20 and up. Matthews Theatre, 8 p.m. (Performances also offered Saturday and Sunday).

Saturday, Nov. 5

Family Fest, McCarter Theatre –   Creative drama workshops for children, holiday craft projects, face painting, bounce houses, photo ops with Scrooge and Tiny Tim, and behind the scenes look at “A Christmas Carol.” 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

10th Annual House Tour, Historical Society of Princeton –  Starts at Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street. Houses include 4750 Province Line Road, 75 Chambers Street, 31 Hawthorne Avenue, 56 Edgerstoune Road, 70 Leigh Avenue. Registration is $45. On the day of the event, tickets may be purchased at Bainbridge House or at any of the five homes on the tour.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra at the Princeton Public Library –  Presenting “Bravo Bass”, a family program with brass instruments, 2 p.m.

Westminster Choir at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium – “Spiritual Journey” features works by Mozart, Holmes, Ginsberg, and DeCormier. Solos feature works by Gluck, Poulenc, and Williams. Conducted by Amanda Quist. Free, 7:30 p.m.

Capitol Steps, A Princeton Senior Resource Center Benefit – Washington, D.C.’s top political comedy troupe returns to Princeton. At Princeton Day School, the Great Road. Reception follows performance,  7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 6

Carillon Concert, Princeton University – Concert on the fifth largest carillon in the country, 88 College Road West. Free. 1 p.m.

The Great Meadows Cow Parade, Cherry Grove Farm – Food from Jammin’ Crepes, Charley’s Organic Toffee, Jersey’s Own Pickle Company, the Purple Cow, and Jersey Jams & Jellies. Music by Patty and Brent with blues and jazz, and John Vadnais on acoustic fiddle. Hayrides, face painting, a goat cart, and a cow parade. Free. Farm is at 3200 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville. Starts at noon.

Princeton Reads Lecture, Princeton Public Library – “Remembrance: An Intergenerational Perspective on the Holocaust” presented by Leo Lowy, who was imprisoned in Terezin and Buchenwald during World War II. As one of about a dozen teen survivors of Terezin, his story is told in the book and choral work ‘I Never Saw Another Butterfly.’ He and his son, Jon, talk about how Leo told his story to his family and how it will be passed to future generations. In conjunction with the community-wide book discussion of “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss. Free, 2 p.m.

Jobs Forum, Coalition for Peace Action – “Rebuild the Dream: Where are the Jobs?” with panel featuring Paul Krugman, Nobel Laureate and Princeton economist. Note the venue has been changed to Nassau Presbyterian Church. Runs from 2-4 p.m.