Planet Weekend Picks, Jan. 4-6


Friday, January 4

Benefit Concert for Westminster Conservatory Scholarship Fund – Program features work by Schumann, Brahms, Schubert, Grieg, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven. 5 p.m. in Bristol Chapel on Rider University’s Princeton campus on Walnut Lane. Free admission, donations accepted.

Princeton Men’s Hockey vs. Harvard – The Tigers take on Harvard at Baker Rink at 7 p.m. Tickets $10.

Saturday, January 5

Science on Saturday at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory – The Large Hadron Collider: Big Science for Big Questions, presented by James Olsen, a professor in the physics department at Princeton University. Open to the public (students, teachers, area residents). Register on site beginning at 8:15 a.m. Photo ID required. Program starts at 9:30 a.m. at the lab, which is located at the Forrestal Campus, just off route 1 North in Plainsboro. Free.

Ten Things to Know About Your New Android Tablet – In this session, technology expert John LeMasney will walk you through the basics of your Android tablet. He’ll show you how to navigate, share his favorite applications, talk about some differences between Android and Apple, and offer tips for everyday use and efficiency. Princeton Public Library tech center, 10:30 a.m. Free.

Living in the Cloud with Google Chromebook – Google simplified the laptop to run only a browser, making it incredibly quick, secure, and always backed up. In this session, John LeMasney will describe the many situations in which the Chromebook is everything that you’ll need (including design, photo, writing and other tools), some considerations for when you might be limited by a browser-only experience (such as video editing and advanced web development), and how to make the best use of apps and add-ons to make your cloud computing experience as smooth as possible. Princeton Public Library tech center, 1 p.m.. Free.

Central Jersey Chess Tournament – Chess competition for all levels, open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Hosted at All Saints Church, 16 All Saints Road in Princeton. Runs from 2 to 6 p.m., on site registration $40.

Learn About the Battle of Princeton with the Historical Society of Princeton – Stop the Bainbridge House at 158 Nassau Street in downtown Princeton, check out military artifacts and take a walk to the Battle Monument. Starts at 2 p.m. Register online at, tickets $5.

Princeton Men’s Hockey vs. Dartmouth – The Tigers take on Dartmouth at Baker Rink at 4 p.m., tickets $10.

Drum Circle at the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health – Group drumming led by Mark Wood from 8 to 10 p.m. No experience necessary. Drums provided or you can bring your own. Cost is $15. PCYH is located at the  Orchard Hill Center, 88 Orchard Road in Skillman.

Sunday, January 6

Art Exhibit Opening Reception at Stuart Country Day School –  Reception for Emerging Forms, a shared show of mixed media works by Joy Barth and Eva Ries, 1 to 3 p.m., free. School is located at 1200 Stuart Road in Princeton.

The George Quinntet – Composer and bassist George Quinn leads an ensemble featuring members of Princeton High School’s top jazz groups. Part of the Crescendo series, featuring young and emerging musicians. Princeton Public Library Community Room, 3 p.m., free.

Celebrate Guiseppe Verdi’s 200th Birthday – Program in honor of Verdi’s 200th birthday presented by Sandy Steiglitz host of the “Sunday Morning Opera” program on WPRB, the radio station of Princeton University, will highlight his life and music, 5 p.m. at Dorthea’s House, which is located at 120 John Street in downtown Princeton. Free (bring a refreshment to share).