Well, apparently it’s still winter. No reason to let it get us down, though. Whether your taste runs to classical music or classic Broadway, we’ve got the scoop on where to find it. Blues and beer more your style? Got that, too. If dancing’s your thing, we show you the steps to take. We know where the talent is, whether you want to take part in it, or just take it in. Find inspiration in a film that celebrates Black History Month with a local story of equality and harmony, or put the fun in fundraising with a walk that brings together people with and without disabilities. Read on for all the ways to wake up your weekend…
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24th
Need a midday break from the busy-ness of your day? How about the soothing sounds of classical music to go with your sandwich? From 12:30 to 1 pm, you can enjoy a lunch break concert at the Princeton University Chapel. A little more to de-stress your day? It’s free!
On a carousel
NYC may be a long drive for a weeknight, but how about a classic Broadway musical right here in your own neck of the woods? The Princeton University Players present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘Carousel’ at 8 pm in the Frist Film and Performance Theatre. Best of all? At $12, it won’t break your budget.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25th
Get the blues
“The one to whom we all owed our existence,” said Robert Plant of Robert Johnson, the man who inspired Dylan, Clapton and other greats. Blues at the Crossroads: The Robert Johnson Centennial Concert starts at 8 pm at the McCarter Theatre Center. The concert features Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Rory Block, Hubert Sumlin, and the duo of Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’. Tickets are $44 and $48.
Stout in Stockton
We had you at ‘Guinness,’ right? At 7 pm at The Stockton Inn, beer blogger Giuseppe Fusco and the executive chef at The Stockton Inn assemble a tasting of nine different stouts in three different styles, plus hors d’oeuvres for each style to create a fusion of mind, palate, and the wonderful world of stout. Tickets are $30 and reservations are required.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26th
Do ya wanna dance?
Want to dance like the stars, but you’ve got two left feet? Join the Central Jersey Dance Society at the Universalist Congregation of Princeton starting at 6:45 pm with a raw beginners’ lesson. Ready for more? At 7:30 pm, you can move up to the main lesson event: a one-hour beginner/intermediate class for country two-step that’ll get you ready for the dance party from 8:30 – 11:30 pm with DJ Ken Arditi. No partner needed. Cost of a night of dancing? $12. The fun you’ll have? Priceless.
Here’s your chance to discover local talent… or even unleash your own inner diva. The Cafe Improv happens tonight at 7pm at the Arts Council of Princeton. Music, poetry, and comedy, emceed by Tom Florek. Want to join in? Register to perform for a mere $2.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27th
They had a dream
What better way to celebrate Black History Month than with an inspiring story of racial equality and harmony? A screening of the film ‘Glen Acres, A Story in Black and White’ happens from 3 – 5 pm at the West Windsor Arts Council. Written and directed by Diane Ciccone, a local resident, the film chronicles the dream and reality of an integrated neighborhood at a time when few believed it could exist. Refreshments and discussion follow the film. View a trailer of the film at http://vimeo.com/17342583. A $5 donation is suggested.
Walk ‘n roll
Make the most of a Sunday stroll, and join Enable, Inc. from 1 – 4 pm at the PEAC Health & Fitness for an indoor walk that brings people with and without disabilities together. Enjoy music, entertainment, and prizes for the top fundraisers. Register for the event at www.enablenj.org.