Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, May 13-15

Abigail Jorgensen as Cinderella. The new ballet debuts this weekend. Photo: Justus Henry
Abigail Jorgensen as Cinderella. The new Princeton Youth Ballet production debuts this weekend. Photo: Justus Henry

Friday, May 13

An Air or Spring with the Hopewell Valley Chorus- Heather Mitchell will direct a program that includes Italian art songs paired with English songs of love and loss, and three powerful American spirituals. Guest soloist Melissa Hicks, of New York City, will perform with the chorus in “City Called Heaven” and “Wade in the Water.” 7:30 p.m., 115 E. Delaware Avenue, Pennington. $10 – $15. More information

Opening Reception for Wild Designs: Animal Constructions Exhibition – Wild Designs: Animal Constructions is on view at the D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, through June 17. Artwork by Harry Bower, Linda Gebhard, Susan Hoenig, Gyuri Hollósy, Joy Kreves, Eva Mantell, Donna Payton, Kathleen Preziosi, Libby Ramage and Richard Sanders explores the ingenuity of animal construction and design in nature. Reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free. More information

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto -Grammy winner Augustin Hadelich performs with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, in Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. Program that also includes Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 and Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. 8 p.m. Tickets $20 and up., More information

Alan Cumming Visits McCarter Theatre – There are still some seats left for the evening of Sappy Songs with the TV and cabaret superstar. Selections range from songs of Noel Coward and Rufus Wainwright to Sondheim, Annie Lenox, and—yes—even Miley Cyrus. (“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, have a hankie ready”, Cummings advises). 8 p.m. 91 University Place, Princeton Tickets $75.

Saturday, May 14

West Windsor Community Farmers Market – Local vendors sell produce, flowers, cheeses, breakfast and more. Live music. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2 Vaughn Drive next to the Princeton Junction train station. West Windsor.

Princeton Youth Ballet Debuts New Production of Cinderella – The Princeton Youth Ballet presents Cinderella at the Princeton High School Performing Arts Center, 151 Moore Street, Princeton, on Saturday May 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday May 15 at 4 p.m. Artistic director and choreographer Risa Kaplowitz has created a new production based on the beloved fairytale of the pure-hearted Cinderella. Original projection artwork. Tickets $20. More information

The Super Run 5K – The Super Run is a national series of 5K running events. The series partners with non-profit organizations to put on superhero-themed events to help raise funds and awareness for their cause. The Super Run is here to save your day! 8 a.m. to  11 a.m., The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing. $25 – $45. More information

Master Gardeners of Mercer County Spring Plant Sale – The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County will hold its annual Spring Plant Expo and Garden Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mercer Educational Gardens, 431A Federal City Road, in Hopewell Township, adjacent to the Mercer County Equestrian Center. The event will be held rain or shine. Mercer Educational Gardens, 431A Federal City Road, Pennington. More information

Re-Imagine Day: Family Fun with the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Preschool –  The second Annual Re-Imagine Day includes free entertainment. Enjoy Music Together, a magic show, and a bluegrass band. Buy Vegetable Starter plants for your garden. Cooking and Gardening workshops. Childcare available. Family fitness demonstration. Lunch and snacks on sale. Special activity rooms. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, 2688 Main Street, Lawrenceville. More information

Kidgits Princess Party at the Quaker Bridge Mall – Singing, dancing and crafts with your favorite storybook characters in the center court at the Quaker Bridge Mall. Meet the glass slipper princess and her handsome prince, the magic carpet princess and the frog princess. Parents be sure to bring a camera to capture the magic! Royal dress is encouraged.. 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Quaker Bridge Mall, 150 Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrence Township. Free. More information

Behind the Music of Sarah Kirkland Snider – The Princeton Symphony Orchestra presents Behind the Music of Sarah Kirkland Snider, a discussion on the creative process behind the composition of Snider’s Hiraeth. Hosted by PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov with composer Sarah Kirkland Snider at the Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center, 102 Witherspoon St, Princeton. 4p.m. Free. More information

Princeton Bluegrass Jam – Traditional acoustic bluegrass jam. All welcome. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Small World Coffee, 11 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. Free. More information

All the Days – World premiere of a comedy about a family, loss, love, and forgiveness, directed by Emily Mann. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, Princeton. Tickets $25 and up.

Sunday, May 15

Princeton 5K –  6th annual race begins at 8:30 a.m. This fast, flat course that runs through the heart of town. Awards given to fastest combined top three finishers. Starts at Walnut and Guyot Streets, between Princeton High School and John Witherspoon Middle Schoo. Register on site for $35 $25 for high scho0l students). More information

Nassau Film Festival – The Nassau Film Festival will screen several films from around the world, including a film from Iraq with a rarely seen insider’s portrait of the effects of the ISIS insurgency, films from Russia, France and England that have sparked protests, as well as the film “The Ground Is Breathing” from Iran, which was initially banned. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street, Princeton. Free. More information

Monthly Shape-Note Singing with Sacred Harp of Central NJ – Join an informal group that gathers for the joy of singing traditional American shape-note music from two songbooks, the Sacred Harp and the Shenandoah Harmony. No experience or musical training necessary. The group is eager to help newcomers and has songbooks available to borrow or purchase.. 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., The Lawrenceville School, Edith Memorial Chapel, 2500 Main St. (Route 206), Lawrenceville. Free. More information

Lecture: The Forgotten Village at Skillman Park – Lectures, plus optional semi-guided tour of the former Village from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Keynote speaker and panel discussions to be held at Blawenburg Reformed Church, Memorial Hall, 424 Rt. 518, Blawenburg (Montgomery), NJ 08504. After the talks, weather permitting, those interested may join the tour. Free. More information

Post 218 Mercer County American Legion Baseball Tryouts – Baseball players. It’s that time of year again. Post 218 American Legion Baseball will hold registration and tryouts on Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. at Smoyer Park in Princeton. If you are interested and cannot attend, contact Tommy Parker via e-mail at or (609) 575-4428 or Coach Paul Sumners at or (609)203-7384. 500 Snowden Lane, Princeton. More information

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra Presents ‘Passion and Affection’ – The Princeton Symphony Orchestra presents its “Passion and Affection” concert performed in honor of Arnold H. Snider, III and featuring Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Hiraeth, a multi-media work co-commissioned by the PSO with the North Carolina Symphony. 4 p.m.Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University, Alexander Hall, Princeton University, Princeton. More information

The Refugee Crisis: Local Responses to an International Problem – This Princeton Community Democratic Organization forum will look at the international refugee crisis and local responses, including Gov. Christie’s recent refusal to provide state administrative or financial assistance for the refugee resettlement program. 7:30 p.m.,  Suzanne Patterson Center, 1 Monument Drive, Princeton. More information