Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, June 5-7

The Tribunes are one of two groups that will perform Saturday night as part of the Princeton Festival.
The Tribunes are one of two a cappella groups that will perform Saturday night as part of the Princeton Festival.


Friday, June 5

The Barncats Perform at the Princeton Public Library – Americana, pop, zydeco, country, gospel, and more. 6:30 p.m. Free.

 “Frozen” Outdoor Screening – Spread out a blanket or bring your favorite outdoor chair for the Princeton Shopping Center’s Friday night Summer Courtyard Movie Series. 8:30 p.m. Free.

Princeton Special Needs Dance and Pool BBQ – Princeton Special Sports and the Princeton Recreation Department co-sponsor monthly dances for friends with special needs ages 13 and up. Enjoy the last dance of the 2014-15 season with dancing, swimming, and a BBQ at the beautiful Princeton Community Pool.6:30 pm – 9 pm.
Admission $12.

Saturday, June 6

Cory’s Ride – 17th annual charity ride in memory of Cory Golis, a Hopewell teen who died on the Anchor House Ride for Runaways. All proceeds support college scholarships for teens in need. Choose from 10, 20 and 50 mile scenic routes. Picnic after the ride. Tall Cedars Picnic Grove, Sawmill Road, Hamilton, NJ. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

Day of Smiles – Stop by Palmer Square and make a donation to Operation Smile. Princeton resident Barbara Majeski is seeking to raise $1 million in a day for the non-profit that helps children with facial deformities.

Montgomery Farmers’ Market – Montgomery’s Farmers’ Market, an outreach of the Montgomery Friends of Open Space (Friends), features locally grown, conventional and certified organic produce, meats, eggs and other farm products. It will be held Saturdays from 9am until 1pm at the Village Shopper shopping center through October 24th.

Pennington Farmers Market – Produce, breads, meat, soaps, crafts, prepared foods and more. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rosedale Mills, 101 Route 31 North in Hopewell Township.

West Windsor Farmers’ Market – Produce, meat, flowers baked goods, soap, entertainment and more. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vaughn Drive Parking Lot, Princeton Junction Train Station.

Learn-to-Row Day – The Carnegie Lake Rowing Association is hosting its annual Learn-to-Row Day at 1 p.m. The free, introductory meeting will take place at the Princeton University Boathouse, located at the corner of Washington and Facility roads in Princeton, and will last approximately two hours. Adults of any age, as well as high school students, are eligible to attend. Experienced rowers are also welcome. No pre-registration is necessary.

Indian Dance Demonstration & Workshop – Indian Dance group Pradhanica will conduct a free demonstration and workshop as part of the Princeton Festival. If you’re new to Indian dance, this will provide you the vocabulary with which to appreciate Pradhanica’s June 27th performance. If you’re already a student of the art form, this workshop will give you a chance to study its nuances from a professional dancer. Starts at 4 pm. The Lawrenceville School, 2500 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrence , NJ 08648. Free.

Updike Farmstead’s Community Day – Art and music for the whole family. Observe members of the Trenton Community A-TEAM “plein-air” painting on the beautiful six acre farmstead, and enjoy a variety of music, from folk to funk, performed by the FunkTASKtiks. In addition, supplies will be available for those inspired to create their own masterpieces. 12-4 pm. 354 Quaker Road, Princeton. All programs are included with $4 museum admission. $2 with a donation of art supplies or non-perishable food items for TASK.

Hog Weighing at the Howell Living History Farm – The Howell Farm hogs will wade out of their wallows, shuffle down a chute and step onto the scales.  The weigh-in is open to the public, which is invited to join farmers as they wash and weigh hogs, slop hogs, and of course, call hogs.  Kids can help farmers with pig chores:  mixing feed and filling wallows.  Hog weighing will take placeduring the day.  Prizes will be offered to visitors who come closest to guessing the pigs’ weights. 11 am to 3 pm. 101 Hunter Road, Titusville, New Jersey 08560. Free.

Author Oran Hesterman Visits Labyrinth Books – Hesterman, the author of ‘Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable, Food System for All’ and CEO of Fair Food Network, in conversation with Michael H. Shuman, author of nine books including “The Local Economy Solution.”  3 p.m., Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street, Princeton. Free.

The French Revolution: An Example of the Emotional Plague – Presentation by Alberto Foglia, M.D. & Virginia Whitener, Ph.D. 4 p.m. Paul Robeson Center for the Arts. 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton NJ. Free.

Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra Spring Concert – Program includes music by Brahms, Chopin, Holst, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Tchaikovsky. Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E Minor performed by Louis Petitjean, the concerto competition winner. 7 pm. Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University. Admission $30.

“Piano Men” Perform at Mercer County Park Festival Grounds – Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel starring Broadway’s Craig A. Meyer and Donnie Kehr, will play the Mercer County Park Festival Grounds on Saturday, June 6, with a rain date of Sunday, June 7. Craig A. Meyer and Donnie Kehr are seasoned Broadway performers, musicians and television/film actors. 7:30 p.m. Admission $10 and up.

La Fiocco Princeton Debut Baroque Concert “Love, Passion, & Magic” – La Fiocco baroque ensemble presents “Love, Passion, & Magic,” featuring virtuoso soprano Laura Heimes, with music played on period instruments, in concerts on June 6 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street in Princeton. La Fiocco, based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is gaining national attention for its performances of music of the late Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical eras on period instruments.$25, $10 students.

A Cappella Vocal Jazz Concert, The Princeton Festival  – Following the immensely popular debut of a cappella jazz in the Festival’s 2013 lineup, the Princeton Festival presents two groups performing a varied program of vocal jazz arrangements from the 1950’s to the 1990’s and beyond. Princeton University, Taplin Auditorium, 8 p.m. $30, $15 for students.

Princeton Resident Eric Jacob Performs at the George Street Playhouse – A Night of Comedy at George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. Eric Jacob headlines an evening of standup comedy, June 6, beginning at 8 p.m. Eric Jacob will be  joined by three other comics. George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ. Tickets $20.

Drum and Dance Fire Circle, Princeton Center for Yoga & Health – Group drumming led by Mark Wood. No experience necessary. Drums provided or bring your own. 8 p.m. Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, Orchard Hill Center, 88 Orchard Road, Skillman. Admission $15.

Sunday, June 7

Art In The Park Plein Air Festival At Stonebridge – For artists and observers – come spend the day: walk the beautiful Stonebridge trails and enjoy the outdoors while observing local artists capture the scenery from 1-4pm. Enjoy wine and cheese in the lovely main lobby of Stonebridge from 4-5pm and participate in an art critique and silent auction. Well known local artists Chuck and Lucy McVicker will be available all day for commentary on the art works created during the afternoon. 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Stonebridge, 100 Hollinshead Spring Road, Skillman, NJ 08558. Free.

Cloud Nine (Princeton High School) A Cappella Concert – Cloud Nine (Princeton High School’s non-choir-affiliated, all-female a cappella group) will be holding a free concert at the Arts Council of Princeton Pop-Up Studio at the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Street! Ample seating, free parking, and beautiful voices! The Arts Council of Princeton’s Pop-Up Studio is located across from Ten Thousand Villages, next to Princeton Mattress, and is in the site of the former Ace Housewares. 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. 301 N. Harrison St, Princeton, NJ 08540. Free.

Housing Initiatives of Princeton’s 7th Annual Wine Tasting – Housing Initiatives of Princeton invites you to its 7th Annual Wine Tasting benefit, “Tastes of Sonoma”.  Enjoy six expertly-selected wines from vineyards in Sonoma County, CA, each perfectly paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres.  It will be a memorable wine and culinary experience!  Proceeds will help our low-income working neighbors avoid homelessness. 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The Engshuber’s Garden, Brookstone Neighborhood, Princeton, NJ 08540. $90 per person.

Beatles Go Brass – The Princeton Brass Band presents Beatles songs in new arrangements. 2 p.m. Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University. Tickets $10 and $25.

Montgomery Benefit Rodeo at the Daube Farm – Bronc riding, bareback horse riding, and barrel racing. Vendors, food, and games. 2:30 p.m. (also Saturday at 7 p.m.) 361 Sunset Road, Skillman. Admission $15, parking $5.

Anchor House Fundraiser Variety Show – Help raise funds for the “at risk” youth and families of Central NJ who receive services from Anchor House. Come see singers, dancers, bagpiper, poetry reading and “Poobah the Clown” perform. Get a balloon animal. Snacks for purchase too! Fun for all ages.  Robbinsville Senior Center is located at the intersection of Rt. US- 130 and Robbinsville Allentown Road, behind Dunkin Donuts, next to Robbinsville Library. Park in back parking lot. Enter using side door).  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Robbinsville Senior Center, 42 Robbinsville Allentown Rd, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 United States. Admission $5, all proceeds go to Anchor House.

Jazz: Falkner Evans Piano Quintet, The Princeton Festival – Falkner Evans, a New York-based pianist and composer, is an artist “who makes you listen carefully to discover the complexities he has configured beneath his music’s attractive but subdued surface.” 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, the Lawrenceville School, 2500 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrence , NJ 08648. Tickets $50.

Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra “A Concerto Extravaganza !” – This Season Finale concert features the Winners of Bravura’s 2015 Young Artists Concerto Competition.  Flutist Jodie Chiou, age 16, will perform the Chaminade Concertino.  Pianist Iris Kwak, age 15, will play the Grieg Piano Concerto No. 1 in A minor. Violinist Sarah Ma, age 12, will perform the Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.  Cellist Dylan Shih-Wu, age 11, will play the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations.  The Orchestra will perform the Mozart Overture to the Magic Flute.  7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Princeton Alliance Church, 20 Schalks Crossing Road, Corner of Schalks Crossing and Scudders Mill Road, Plainsboro, NJ 08536. Admission $15-$30.