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Princeton Weekend Guide

Looking for things to do this weekend? Here's our roundup of fun and interesting events.

Friday

Princeton Environmental Film Festival presents:

  • “Waking the Green Tiger." Seen through the eyes of activists, farmers and journalists, the documentary follows a campaign to stop a huge dam project on the Upper Yangtze River in southwestern China, 1 p.m. 
  • "Chasing Ice." The film follows environmental photographer James Balog as he and a band of young adventurers begin deploying time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers, 7 p.m. 

Saturday

Princeton Environmental Film Festival presents:

  • “The Animal House”  Some of the most amazing, creative, and innovative structures on earth are not man-made, but built by animals in the natural world. Guided by instinct, animal architects gain shelter and protection from a remarkable variety of elaborate dwellings they build with simple supplies, 11 a.m. 
  • “My Life as a Turkey.” After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed. Hutto, with a background in the natural sciences and an interest in imprinting young animals, incubated the eggs and waited for them to hatch. As the chicks emerged from their shells, they locked eyes with an unusual but dedicated mother. This film traces Hutto’s remarkable experiences during the year he raised the hatchlings to adulthood, 1 p.m.
  • “Sanctuary: The Last Stand for Sharks.” This film portrays the underwater world of sharks and the global threats they face. It highlights the steps needed to protect sharks in the Federated States of Micronesia and the growing movement to save them from extinction, 2:30 p.m. 
  • “Scars of Freedom.” Imperiled by human negligence when she becomes entangled in a fishing net, a humpback whale is saved by human compassion when an underwater film crew comes to her rescue, 2:30 p.m. 
  • “Carbon for Water.” In Kenya’s Western Province, scarce safe drinking water and expensive wood fuel used for purification make waterborne illness a daily, life-threatening reality. This film introduces a solution to this worsening problem, the distribution and maintenance of water filters, funded entirely by carbon credits, 2 p.m. 
  • "Chasing Ice." The film follows environmental photographer James Balog as he and a band of young adventurers begin deploying time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers, 7 p.m. 

This week, discover Japanese art in the Museum's collections and make a scroll to take home. 

Stop by Grounds For Sculpture’s 8th annual Groundhog Day celebration, featuring tours of the park, groundhog-inspired workshops, interactive storytelling, and a musical performance finale. All activities are suitable for ages 6 - 10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Come dressed in your favorite princess dress or Halloween costume. Enjoy dancing, storytelling and princess treats. Ages 2-10 and a caregiver must accompany all children. Please register. 3 p.m. 

Nassau Presbyterian Church presents "Sing With Us for CASA" concert to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates, a non-profit advocating for 650+ children in Mercer County who have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect and placed in foster care, 7 p.m. 

 

Sunday

Princeton Environmental Film Festival presents:

  • “Nagaland: The Last of the Headhunters.” An exploration of the Nagaland Region, which extends from northeast India into northern Myanmar, this film both documents the ancient rituals that preserve the proud traditions of the 16 Naga tribes still living in these remote forests and examines how Naga society has adapted to survive in contemporary times, 11 a.m.
  • “Felt, Feelings And Dreams.” Princeton filmmaker Andrea Odezynska follows a small group of women in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan who pull themselves from poverty by reviving ancient traditions of making crafts and art from felt, 1 p.m. 
  • “Irish Folk Furniture.” This short documentary uses live action and animation to tell a tale about the cultural and social history of handmade Irish farmhouse furniture, 2:30 p.m. 
  • “Living Tiny.” A new vision of home is explored in this look at three generations of Californians who seek an alternative to traditional construction, 2:45 p.m. 
  • “The Queen of Versailles.” The innate virtues and flaws of the American dream are revealed in this character-driven documentary about a billionaire family confronting financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis, 3 p.m. 

Blue Point Grill's Annual Oyster Bowl features contestants trying eat as many oysters as possible in two minutes. The contest benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central & South Jersey, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

YWCA Princeton's Flea Market to benefit the YWCA, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   

Princeton Girlchoir presents its annual winter concert, "United in Song," at Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 3 p.m. 

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