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Princeton Weekend Guide: Jan. 25-27

Looking for things to do in and around Princeton this weekend? There's tons planned, including the annual Princeton Environmental Film Festival.

 

Friday

Princeton Environmental Film Festival presents “An Original DUCKumentary.” The film follows a wood duck family as a male and female create a bond, migrate together across thousands of miles, nurture and protect a brood of chicks, then head to their wintering grounds, 4 p.m. 

Princeton Environmental Film Festival presents “Detropia.” Told through the eyes of people struggling to stay in the city of Detroit despite its decline, this documentary features artistic and haunting images of a once grand city on the brink of dissolution, 7 p.m. 

NJ Symphony Orchestra presents its Winter Festival Concert. One of the most famous thunderstorms in symphonic music lies among the idyllic scenes Beethoven portrays in his great Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral." Actors from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey join forces with the NJSO to create a tempestuous collage of music and drama in Sibelius' "The Tempest." Pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m., concert begins at 8 p.m., Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. 

, $5, 7 p.m. 

Sing Along With the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies in Theater To Go’s Interactive Presentation of the Film “Grease!” at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre. Audience members are invited to dress ’50s style and participate in games, a costume contest and trivia contests before the move begins, 8 p.m.

 

Saturday

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory presents 'Disastrous Equations: The Role of Mathematics in Understanding Tsunami' presented by J. Douglas Wright, professor of mathematics, Drexel University. Register on site beginning at 8:15 a.m., talk begins at 9:30 a.m. Free, but photo ID required. 

Wallaby Tales—Traveling Zoo Show at Princeton Public Library. Wildlife educator Travis Gale uses humor and live animals from all over the world in a presentation for the whole family, 11 a.m. 

Chinese New Year Celebration at Grounds For Sculpture, Enjoy a paper cutting demonstration, a colorful installation by Ming Fay, and Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presenting a combination of Asian art forms with American modern dance, Noon. 

9th Annual Chili Cook-Off at Whole Foods Princeton. Store team members whip up unique chili recipes, you taste them and select a winner. Free, noon.

Princeton Environmental Film Festival presents “Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle.” When energy entrepreneur Jim Gordon first proposed putting 130 wind turbines in fabled Nantucket Sound, he had no idea that a firestorm would erupt, 1 p.m. 

Wild Vegetable Fermentation Workshop at Princeton Yoga Center. This workshop will offer hands on experience, and empower you to make your own healthy fermented foods at home without the use of electricity or refrigeration. Foods you will learn to make include sauerkraut, pickles, and kimchee. 1 p.m. registration required by calling 609-924-7294 or emailing princetonyoga@mindspring.com to register, 1 p.m. 

Princeton Environmental Film Festival Presents “Passive Passion.” A documentary on the Passive House design method – an approach that combines heavy insulation, airtightness, and heat-recovery ventilation to achieve reductions of up to 90 percent in the energy required for heating and cooling, 4 p.m. 

Princeton Environmental Film Festival presents “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a 6-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood, 7 p.m. 

, $5, 7 p.m. 

. $2, 7 p.m. 

The Dryden Ensemble presents “Mozart's Birthday.” The program opens with an 18th-century arrangement of the 1782 wind serenade known as the "Gran Partita” for oboe, strings and fortepiano, and concludes with the Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major (K. 493) of 1786, written just a month after Mozart completed The Marriage of Figaro. Fortepianist Dongsok Shin will perform on a reproduction of an instrument Mozart purchased in the early 1780s, now preserved in the Mozarthaus in Salzburg, Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, 7:30 p.m. 

Sing Along With the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies in Theater To Go’s Interactive Presentation of the Film “Grease!” at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre. Audience members are invited to dress ’50s style and participate in games, a costume contest and trivia contests before the move begins, 8 p.m.

 

Sunday

Princeton Environmental Film Festival presents “The Rhythm of Rutledge." "Rutledge, Mo., is a town of 100 residents, one general store, zero stoplights and thousands of acres of corn and soy. This rural landscape is also home to three ‘intentional communities’ that seek healthier ways of treating the land and one another, 11 a.m.

The Central New Jersey Slow Food “Eat Slow” Winter Farmers Market. Enjoy an array of locally grown and produced foods including cheeses, breads, baked goods, fresh produce, jams, wine, mushrooms and more. $2 suggested donation, 11 a.m. 

Princeton Environmental Film Festival presents “I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful.” Carolyn Parker was the last to leave her neighborhood as Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans in the summer of 2005. She was also the first to return to her flood-devastated community with what many thought was the impossible dream of bringing her ruined home back to life, 1 p.m. 

Terhune Orchards will host "Wassailling the Apple Trees," with activities that include singing and dancing and playing of primitive instruments, toasts of hot cider and placing gifts of cider-soaked bread in the tree branches while chanting the lively words of praise and New Year. Warm yourself next to our bonfire and roast marshmallows. Farm wagon rides, weather permitting, and live music, 1-4 p.m. 

Princeton Symphony Orchestra presents "A Mozart Interlude." "Symphony No. 38 in D Major, 'Prague'"; Mozart: "The Marriage of Figaro, Act II." Pre-concert lecture at 3 p.m., concert begins at 4 p.m. Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University.

Panel Discussion: “Hurricane Sandy, Climate Change and the Future of Our Coastline.” The discussion will focus on how climate change will factor into development of coastal communities, 4 p.m. 

Sing Along With the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies in Theater To Go’s Interactive Presentation of the Film “Grease!” at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre. Audience members are invited to dress ’50s style and participate in games, a costume contest and trivia contests before the move begins, 2 p.m.

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