Planet Weekend Picks, Aug. 23-25

Morven yoga

Friday, August 23

Staged Reading: Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka – Separated from his family by war, a young refugee calling himself “Anon” encounters a wild series of people — some kind, some dangerous — as he searches for a new home in the U.S. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing contemporary production by award winning California playwright Naomi Iizuka, inspired by The Odyssey. The performance is the culminating event of a weeklong workshop conducted at the library by director and playwright Brandon Monokian and actress Kaitlin Overton. The play will feature local teens that have spent the week studying The Odyssey and preparing to perform this play. 2 p.m., 6 p.m., Princeton Public Library Community Room, free.

The Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band – “Tramps Like Us” tribute concert at the Mercer County Park Marina, 6 to 8 p.m., free.

Saturday, August 24

Area Farmers’ Markets – Montgomery Friends of Open Space, Village Shopping Center, 1340 Route 206 South, Skillman, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market, Vaughn Drive Parking Lot, Princeton Junction Train Station, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pennington Farmers Market, Rosedale Mills, 101 Route 31 North, Pennington, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Yoga in the Garden – Do yoga in Morven’s beautiful and peaceful gardens for the last class of their summer series, “Yoga in the Garden,” with Gemma Farrell of Gratitude Yoga in Princeton. Gemma is a long-time yoga practitioner, and one of Princeton’s most popular yoga instructors. Noon to 1:30 p.m., free. Bring your yoga mat, a towel, and a bottle of water to 55 Stockton Street in Princeton.

Back-to-School Celebration at the Quakerbridge Mall –  The free event will include interactive activities for children and special offers and coupons. The event will feature Wondergy, an interactive science teacher from Philadelphia who promises to “Bring Science Education and Fun Together.” From lighting water balloons aflame and playing with liquid nitrogen to creating the freshest, homemade ice cream with liquid nitrogen for an indulgent summer treat, Quaker Bridge Mall’s Back-To-School event will explore different ways to stay cool during the last of the summer weeks before the new school year. Starts at 1 p.m. in the center court.

Palmer Square Summer Concert Series -Big Funk performs on the green. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. 2-4 p.m., free.

Screening of the Film “Holes” – Walt Disney Pictures released this adaptation of Louis Sachar’s novel in 2003. The adventure-filled comedy drama tells the story of a wrongfully convicted boy who is sent to a mysterious detention camp where he joins other inmates digging holes for an unknown reason. Princeton Public Library Community Room, 3 p.m., free.

Rolling Stones Tribute Show – Satisfaction, the international touring tribute show dedicated to the Rolling Stones, will close out the Summer Concert Series at the marina at Mercer County Park. 6 to 8 p.m., free.

Cafe Improv – Music, stand up comedy, poetry and more at the Arts Council from 7 to 10 p.m., admission $2.

Sunday, August 25

D&R Canal Path Walk – Naturalist Steve Hiltner will lead a walk along the DR Canal towpath beginning at Washington Rd. and walking towards South Harrison Street. Native wildflowers are at their late summer peak along the nature trail loop near Harrison St.–one of the perks of finding yourself in Princeton in late August. If time allows, we’ll head up to the university stream restoration, which is packed with cardinal flowers right now. You can park on the West Windsor (south) side of the canal, in the lot next to the canal on Washington Rd. Starts at 10 a.m., free.

Jazz Sunday at Hopewell Valley Vineyards – Al Oliver performs. Wine by the glass or bottle and cheese platters. 2 to 5 p.m., 46 Yard Road, Pennington, free.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Catch the musical at the Washington Crossing Open Air Theater at 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road in Titusville, 7:30 p.m., admission $15.