Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, June 26-29

This is the final weekend of the Princeton Festival. The festival ends Sunday with a final performance of the musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Photo courtesy of Pia Ruggles.
This is the final weekend of the Princeton Festival. The festival ends Sunday with a final performance of the musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Photo courtesy of Pia Ruggles.


Friday, June 26

Due to visa issues, the Fei-Fei Dong All-Chopin Recital sponsored by the Princeton Festival has been cancelled for this evening.

Foodtruck Friday at the Hopewell Train Station –  First Hopewell Foodtruck Friday of the summer includes 8 food trucks offering everything from gourmet lobster rolls to fried cheese curds.  Nomad Pizza, Four Daughters Franks, The Cow and the Curd, The Tot Cart, Oink and Moo BBQ, Surf and Turf Truck, Cupcake Carnivale, and Nina’s Waffles and Ice Cream. No alcohol permitted on the grounds of the train station. The Jumpers will play their unique mix of Louisiana Country and Funk Rock. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dancing Under the Stars – Dancing and instruction by members of Central Jersey Dance. Hinds Plaza. Indoors if it rains. 7 p.m. Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. Free.

Princeton Summer Theater presents Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman – Princeton Summer Theater presents Mary Zimmerman’s Tony-Award nominated play , which brings Ovid’s classic tales to life through a mixture of contemporary and ancient styles, the use of musical accompaniment, and a shifting world of fabrics. An exploration of change, rebirth, and the persistence of the human spirit, Metamorphoses takes classic stories and makes them achingly relevant to modern audiences. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2p.m. Hamilton Murray Dodge Theater at Princeton University. Admission $22-$27.50.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Princeton Festival – An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime in this comedic musical! 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Princeton University, Matthews Acting Studio, Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street. Admission $45.

Opera: Le nozze di Figaro, The Princeton Festival – The Marriage of Figaro has something for everyone: screwball comedy, touching love story, madcap bedroom farce, snarky social satire, heartfelt longing, slapstick humor, and uplifting moral sentiment. 7:30 pm. McCarter Theatre, 91 University Place, Princeton , NJ 08542. Tickets $30 and up.

Saturday, June 27

Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Monthly Community Forum – Topics for discussion include affordable housing, Communiversity, and the future of Witherspooon Street. 9:30 a.m. Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, Witherspoon & Quarry Streets.

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. 9am until 1pm at the Village Shopper Shopping Center.

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.

First Baptist Church of Princeton Fish Fry – Benefit for the youth council. $12 for dinner; $7 for sandwich. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. John Street and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton.

Historical Society of Princeton Vintage Baseball Game – Starting at noon, the Historical Society of Princeton’s annual Vintage Baseball event will be held at Princeton High School junior varsity baseball field, 25 Valley Road, Princeton. The event is free and open to the public. Part game, part show, part history lesson and ALL fun, the Flemington Neshanock and the Bog Iron Boys will play a competitive match of bare-handed baseball, wearing period uniforms and using rules from 1864.

Insight Meditation Open House, Princeton Center for Yoga & Health –  Sitting and walking meditation and mindfulness with James Pritchett and Martha Elliot. 1:30 p.m. Orchard Hill Center, 88 Orchard Road, Skillman. Free.

Screening of “Big Hero Six” – When a criminal plot threatens the hi-tech metropolis of San Fransokyo, brilliant young robotics whiz Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter) leaps into action with his tech-savvy friends and his robot companion Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit) in Disney Animation’s adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics series. 3 p.m. Princeton Public Library Community Room. Free.

Freedom Festival – Food, games, car show, fireworks, bands, and more. Free admission. 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Mercer County Park in West Windsor. Free.

Choral Concert, the Princeton Festival – Dr. Jan Harrington and conductors from the Choral Conducting Master Class conduct an evening of chorus and instruments. 4 p.m.  Unitarian Universalist Church of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton. Admission $20.

And the Beat Goes On Music Series – Minos Trio presents Brazilian jazz featuring ballads, folk, Bossa Nova, Sambas, and instrumental jazz improvisation. Bring chairs, blankets, picnics.  Nassau Park Pavilion between Target and Panera Bread, West Windsor. 7 p.m. Free concert sponsored by the West Windsor Arts Council.

Indian Music and Dance Performance, the Princeton Festival – Fast-paced footwork, dizzying spins, and dynamic drumming come together in an accessible and engaging performance by Kathak dance and music ensemble Pradhanica. 8 p.m. McCarter Theatre. Tickets $15-$45.

Sunday, June 26

Annual Princeton Cyclovia –  Walk, skate, run, bike, use wheelchairs, walkers, rollerblade, dance, or push strollers on Quaker Road. Leashed dogs are also welcome to walk or run. The road will be closed to automobile traffic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Park in the Friends School parking lot. Dance demonstrations, fitness activities. Free.

The Blue Jersey Band Performs – The band performs an eclectic mix of swing, gypsy jazz, bluegrass, blues and Irish fiddle tunes. Members are Frank Ruck on mandolin, guitar, banjo and vocals, Ellen Ruck on guitar and vocals, and Mike Sutton on bass guitar. Part of the Summer Listen Local series. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or Princeton Public Library Community Room. 3 p.m. Free.

Terhune Orchards Firefly Festival – Fireflies are an electrifying part of summer. To celebrate this exciting event, enjoy an evening of nature, music, wagon rides, and outdoor fun. Food tent, live music, circus demonstrations, craft activities for kids. Free admission. $5 fee for craft activities. 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Terhune Orchards. 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, 08540.