Halloween…check. Voting…check. A little over 7 weeks until Christmas, less than a month til Hannukah and a mere 3 weeks until the Turkey meets his maker….really? No panic here…I like to think of this time of year as a bit of a lull. Pre holiday parties, pre family gatherings, pre race to buy the perfect gift/outfit for the craziness of December. It’s the first weekend of November people. Breathe a deep sigh of relief and gear up for what is coming atcha. This weekend our picks include a little bit of art, music, good food, some magic, a chance to de-clutter and BACON. Yep, we said bacon and if your mouth waters at that thought – read on my foodie friends. If bacon ain’t your thing we’re so sorry for you but know you will find something here just for you….
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 4TH
Gaugin a go-go
Today is the day to hit up the Princeton University Art Museum. If you have never been we’re pretty sure it is on your list and if you have you know you should visit more. Today at 4:30pm is a great reason to visit. Belinda Thomson, curator of ‘Gauguin: Maker of Myth’ (now on view at London’s Tate Modern and traveling to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. this winter) traces the artists’ unique approach to storytelling and the myth of Tahiti which was central to his creativity. Really? Works of art + someone who can really explain it to those of us who never took an art history class…it’s a DON’T MISS. Plus you’ll have something interesting to talk about at that next cocktail party. Princeton University Art Museum, McCormick 101, 609-258-3788
A slash, a pop, a gulp and a quack
Wanna party with the self-proclaimed “Bad Boys of Magic”? Tonight at 8 pm is your big chance. Known worldwide for their outrageous blend of comedy and magic, Penn & Teller’s provocative show has been a hit on Broadway, Las Vegas, and all around the country. Their show quite often involves knives, guns, a fire-eating showgirl, and a duck. Penn & Teller are said to often reveal the secrets to their tricks; they may show you how it´s done, but they will still manage to leave you startled. Big spenders can score great seats with backstage passes and a cocktail reception and regular seats are $35 to $75. State Theater, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469
Sad, Better, Best
SAD NEWS: Today is the very last day of the Princeton Farmers Market outside the Princeton Public Library on Hinds Plaza from 11-6 pm.
BETTER NEWS: Today’s market has all the regular goodies but will also be their Holiday market that includes crafters and artists and lots of great gift items.
BEST NEWS: The Farmers Market will be continuing throughout the winter on every 2nd Thursday of the month. These are the dates: Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, and April 14–in the community room at the Princeton Public Library. The hours will be 11 am to 4pm.
You and your Mini Wayne Gretzky
Every parent thinks their child is the next Michael Jordan, Pele or Derek Jeter. But do intense and highly competitive leagues really help your child to excel at sports later in life? Join Bob Bigelow, a former NBA player and one of the foremost authorities on youth sports in a highly charged and interactive lecture on how to stop other adults from ruining your child’s fun and success in youth sports. Answers to your burning questions such as: Do elite travel teams help children’s development — or burn them out? Is there a better way to organize youth sports? Is winning really the true measure of success?
Bob Bigelow played for the Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers, Kansas City Kings and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book Let the Kids Play: How to Stop Other Adults from Ruining Your Child’s Fun and Success in Youth Sports. Be there on Thursday, November 4th 2010, 7:30-9 pm @ Chapin School. It’s free – details HERE
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 5TH
JUST S-P-E-L-L IT
It’s Opening Night for the Kelsey Theater’s musical performance of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (inspired by the Scripps National Spelling Bee) at 7:30 pm. In this irreverent musical, six quirky young teens with all of the accompanying “angst” which that age brings compete in the Spelling Bee, run by three grown-ups who don’t act like grown-ups. But that’s part of the fun in this new musical play. The contestants learn that winning isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and losing doesn’t make you a loser. Not recommended for children under the age of 13. Tix $12-$16. Reception with the cast and crew follows the opening performance. Did we mention 4 lucky audience members join the show every night? Also showing Nov 6, 7,12 & 13. More HERE
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6TH
Spring cleaning, oh right, you missed that memo!? You look around and wonder how you acquired all the stuff you’ve got? You know, the FAX machine that is perpetually jammed, the microwave oven from 1987 that creates sparks when you press START, old cellular phones or even those kind that plug into the wall (remember those?) or how about that Betamax collecting dust in the basement? SEIZE THIS DAY neighbors: Saturday is Electronics Disposal Day via the Mercer County Improvement Authority. From 9 am – 2pm bring it on down to the Sun National Bank Center, 80 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton, 609-278-8100. Sorry but it’s for Mercer County residents only and it’s rain or shine. More HERE
Saturdays are for Bacon
First off, if you like (er…LOVE) bacon…even if you don’t admit it to close friends or vegans you have met, you need to watch this short clip from our favorite comedian Jim Gaffigan on YOU TUBE about bacon. If you proudly wave your bacon flag then this event is for you because Saturday is bacon, sausage & scrapple making day at Howell Living History Farm in Titusville. From 10-4 their farmers will be rendering lard, making pork products, and schooling visitors about the different cuts of pork. Cracklins and other delicacies will be free for the asking and there will be pork sandwiches for sale. It’s free to attend and a good lesson for the little ones about where their food really comes from.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7TH
Set it and forget it
Done and Done. Clocks turned back. Batteries on smoke dectectors have been changed. Duties complete and you need your very own time out…preferably with your People Magazine or the Sunday paper in your hands, in your bed, by yourself. We are SO with you. Thus our pick for Sunday…here you go: Sit! Still! Yep, that’s it, we said it. Stop the crazy rat race for one day. Sleep in, snuggle your kids or pets or pillow. Take a hike and look at the foliage. Bake some cookies or a roast a chicken. Squeeze some fresh juice. Take a bath or a nap. Make a fire in the fireplace and get cozy. We are declaring this day as…well, a Sunday. It is yours and we hope you take it and make it a well-deserved day of rest. Monday will come all too soon and you just might, for once, feel a bit more rested. Enjoy!