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Planet Princeton weekend picks, March 17-19

The A&B longbeard contest is one highlight of the bar’s annual St. Patrick’s Day party. File photo.

The Alchemist and Barrister in downtown Princeton will celebrate St Patrick’s Day Friday with Irish music, corned beef sandwiches, the annual longbeard contest for charity, and beer of course. The Irish band Langaroo will be performing. The A&B has more than 76 beers on tap — $5 gets you a mystery beer and all proceeds go to the Princeton Fire Department. The A&B celebration runs all day until the bar closes at 2 a.m. 28 Witherspoon Street, Princeton.

You can also head to the Bucks County Playhouse Friday and Saturday for the Irish Music Festival. Quench your thirst at the inflatable Irish Pub in the courtyard (wear warm layers). Tickets start at $20, and two-day passes are available. More details and a full schedule on the Playhouse website.

Friday, March 17

Screening of Jackie” – Starring Natalie Portman, the film follows first lady Jackie Kennedy through her days in the White House and after the assassination of her husband. 6:30 p.m., Princeton Public Library Community Room. Free.

“Celebrate the Green” at D&R Greenway VOICES fundraiser – “Celebrate the Green” with a St. Patrick’s Day Party and “fun”draiser on Friday, March 17.  The event tales place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Music Together, 225 Hopewell-Pennington Road, Hopewell. Wear green and bring your dancing shoes. Enjoy wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres, a green silent auction and performances by VOICES, Rince O’ Chroi School of Irish Dance, Amy Zakar and Teamwork Dance. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Music Together, 225 Hopewell-Pennington Road, Hopewell. $65.00 More information

Robeson Center Live Presents Singer-Songwriter Leila Adu – Join the Arts Council of Princeton for a Robeson Center Live! performance by Leila Adu. This young New Zealander of Ghanaian descent treats genre distinctions in much the same way that Godzilla treated those little cities made out of cardboard.  7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. More information

Theater to Go: To Kill a Mockingbird – Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of the Harper Lee novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be presented by Theater To Go at Kelsey Theatre. This partially autobiographical story is told through the eyes of Scout Finch. 8 p.m., Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. More information

Saturday, March 18

Mercer Green Fest – The 11th annual green expo will take place at the recreation center at Rider University this year. The expo will feature sustainable local businesses, community organizations, demos, speakers, children’s activities and a farmers’ market.  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrence. Free.

West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South Food Truck Festival – Chow down on food truck delights while supporting the high school’s post-prom party. 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 346 Clarksville Road, West Windsor. $2 admission.

The Atlantic City Ballet – Two ballets equal one fantastic night of dance. First a comedic ballet created to  celebrate Atlantic City Ballet’s 30th Anniversary and then a tribute to Frank Sinatra.  Caught Up In The Swing is set in a hotel during the glamorous heyday of 1920’s Atlantic City. 7 p.m., Richard P. Marasco Center for the Performing Arts​, 1629 Perrineville Road,​ Monroe. More information

A Joyful Noise, the Princeton Pro Musica in Concert – The Princeton Pro Musica, led by Ryan James Brandau, will be joined by the percussion ensemble of the College of New Jersey. The highlight of the program is “Chichester Psalms” by Leonard Bernstein. The concert also includes Britten’s “Festival Te Deum,” Casals’s “Nigra Sum,” and motets by Mendelssohn and Bruckner. 8 p.m., Princeton University Chapel, Princeton More information

Solo and Chamber Music Concert Series: Music of Beethoven and Muszkowski – The Solo and Chamber Music Concert Series brings another memorable performance to the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing. Three acclaimed soloists will perform music of Beethoven and Muszkowski. 8 p.m., 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing, 101 Scotch Road, Ewing. Admission $20 More information

Sunday March 19

Music in March at Terhune Orchards – Spring music series in the new wine barn. Enjoy local musicians each week, a wine tasting and glass of wine. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton. More information

The West Windsor Arts Council presents “The Natural Muse” – Opening reception for the arts council’s annual member exhibit. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., West Windsor Arts Center, 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor. Free. More information

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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