Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, March 10-12

A young Einstein contestant. File photo.

Pi Day returns to Princeton this weekend with a full schedule of activities, from a pie-eating contest to a birthday party for Albert Einstein to an Einstein look-a-like contest and more. Events begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and run all day both Saturday and Sunday. Events will also be held on Tuesday, March 14. Local businesses are offering special deals in honor of Pi Day, like the $3.14 “brainiac brew” at Small World Coffee. For a full list of deals, visit the Pi Day website.

Friday, March 10


A Senior Thesis Exhibition by Charlie Park, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts – Recent work by senior visual art student Charlie Park; opening reception from 6-7:30 p.m., Lewis Center for the Arts’ Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau Street, Princeton. Free More information

“Mothers” a Senior Thesis Exhibition by Zahava Presser, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts – An exhibition of paintings and prints exploring family narratives and the balance between family lore and fact; opening reception March 9 from 7:30-9 p.m., Room 301 at 185 Nassau Street, Princeton. Free More information

Mountain Lakes: A Lens on the Seasons – Opening reception for “Mountain Lakes: A Lens on the Seasons,” an exhibition of Frank Sauer’s color and black-and-white photographs of the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve, the heart of Princeton’s “Central Park.” The works show the Preserve’s beauty in all four seasons, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Arts Council of Princeton. Free. More information


Princeton University Orchestra Soloist Spotlight – The Princeton University Orchestra presents the three winners of the 2016-2017 Concerto Competition, in a program devoted to highlighting these three extraordinarily talented soloists. 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University, Princeton. $15 More information

A Dream Play by August Strindberg, adapted by Caryl Churchill, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater – Caryl Churchill’s darkly comedic adaptation of August Strindberg’s surrealist masterpiece follows Agnes, the daughter of the gods, as she journeys through human life in all its pain and beauty, searching for the hope of redemption. Directed by senior Catherine Andre with sound design by senior Stanley Mathabane. 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Pl, Princeton. $11 – $17 More information

Hairspray – Questions of identity and race are brought to the forefront in this take on Broadway’s hit musical “Hairspray,” based on the 1988 John Waters film. Directed by theater senior AJ Jones and featuring theater senior Alex Daniels as Tracy Turnblad. 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio, 185 Nassau Princeton $11 – $17 More information

Saturday, March 11

Free Hip & Knee Screenings at Capital Health – Have you been experiencing hip or knee pain? Wondering if you are a candidate for joint replacement? Meet one-on-one with an orthopedic surgeon who will conduct a free screening and recommend next steps. Please wear shorts or loose clothing.. 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell, One Capital Way Pennington. Free More information

All in the Family: Meet the Music with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center – Albert and Wolfgang The musicians of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and host Bruce Adolphe return on Pi Day Weekend with a program that honors Princeton’s own Albert Einstein. Einstein once said, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music is “so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe.” 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University, Princeton. $5 – $10 More information

American Sign Language Poetry – Join four poets from New York and Rhode Island as they share their poetry. In addition to signing original poems, guests will share the beauty of American Sign Language (ASL), and answer questions about their compositions. An ASL interpreter will be present for the benefit of hearing audience members. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton. Free More information

The Arts Council of Princeton presents Einstein!, a Pi Day Princeton Event – The Arts Council of Princeton presents Einstein!, a historic comedy about the young Albert Einstein by award-winning writer and performer Jack Fry. The play explores the battles and sacrifices of a younger, “pre-crazy haired” Albert Einstein. Fry will perform this one-man show at a matinée performance at 3pm and evening performance at 7:30pm. Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. $10 – $15 More information

Enable Presents ‘Winter Manmohini 2017’ – Enable, Inc. presents Winter Manmohini at the West Windsor Plainsboro High School South theater. Enable is devoted to helping children and adults with chronic disabilities and seniors live full and independent lives within the community and serves almost 600 people throughout New Jersey. The event, which includes Indian dances, is a fundraiser for Enable’s programs and services. 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, 346 Clarksville Road, Princeton Junction. $20 More information

Sunday, March 12

Music in March at Terhune Orchards – Join Terhune Orchards Sundays in March for a spring music series in the new Wine Barn. Enjoy local musicians each week, country, bluegrass and jazz from 1pm to 4pm. The winery is open 12 pm to 5pm.  Bring your friends and family to enjoy a wine tasting and glass of wine. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton. More information

Singers Welcome: Choral Reading of Vivaldi, Gloria and Fauré, Requiem – No auditions, no rehearsal, just the joy of song. Scores will be provided if you need one. Members and students sing for free. Guests are $10. Unitarian Universalist Church of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road Princeton. More information

Both Sides Now: Ara Dinkjian Plays the Oud – Ara Dinkjian, an important Armenian-American musician with Middle Eastern roots, is considered one of the best oud players in the world. He is the founder of the band Night Ark. His compositions have been recorded in thirteen different languages. 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall, Princeton University, 304 Washington Road, Princeton. More information

Second Weekend of the Month Walks with the D&R Greenway Land Trust – The D&R Greenway Land Trust invites families to participate in “Second Weekend Walks” with an American Woodcock breeding display at St. Michaels Farm Preserve, Aunt Molly Road, Hopewell. The walk will be led by D&R Greenway Land Protection Associate Emily Blackman, who is also manager of the native plant nursery. 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Free More information


  1. $3.14 for a cup of coffee? And that’s a special?

    I guess I just wasn’t made for these times.

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