Handpicked events for July 21-24, 2011

It’s that time of year. The dead middle of summer. Heat, humidity, and haze abound. We know it’s tempting to stay in and lay right in front of the air conditioning all day but we say PHOOEY!  Get out there and play because soon enough we’ll have 2 feet of snow and you’ll be sorry. Plus: more than half of our picks for the weekend are inside….you’ll only have to suffer while the car cools off.

Thursday 

Student Film Festival
This Wednesday and Thursday the Princeton Public Library hosts its 8th annual student film festival. The festival is free for all but the films are intended for a teen and adult audience. Thursday’s showing starts at 7 pm and features 12 films from high school and college students. The films are all under 20 minutes so it’s easy to stop by and watch a few and support these creative teens. Filmmakers will also be on hand to discuss their work. More information HERE.

Friday

The Adventures of Captain Davy: The Boy Pirate
Princeton Summer Theatre continues an excellent summer of family programming this week with its new show. Their last family show, The Three Little Pigs, was a lot of fun with singing and dancing, and at just an hour long, these shows can hold the attention of kids of almost any age. At the Hamilton Murray Theatre on Princeton University Campus. 11 am. $9. More information and tickets HERE.

Doggy Ice Cream Social
All 4 the Dogs Rescue is an organization dedicated to saving the lives of any and all dogs in need. They are based in Roosevelt NJ but have foster homes all over the state. This Friday they are having their first ever Doggy Ice Cream Social Fundraiser at Bruster’s Ice Cream/Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs from 6-9pm at the Shoppes at Hamilton on Rte. 130 North. The event promises food, fun and lots of furry friends. You can come see some dogs looking for loving homes or bring your own dog and enjoy some ice cream. More information about All 4 the Dogs and the event HERE.

Saturday

Barber of Seville at McCarter
This is the last chance to see Opera New Jersey’s production of the Barber of Seville at Princeton’s own McCarter Theater. Rossini’s classic opera is bassed on the first of Beaumarchais’ Figaro trilogy (Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is based on the second) and features Figaro’s legendary aria. Sung in Italian with subtitles. 8pm. Tickets and more information HERE .

Play Ball!
For the second year, the Historical Society of Princeton presents a historical reenactment of 19th century baseball. Two teams- the Flemington Neshanock and the Elkton Eclipse- will suit up in era-appropriate uniforms and play the old-fashioned way at Princeton High School’s junior varsity baseball field. The event will also include a short lesson on the history of the game and a dramatic reading of the classic poem “Casey at the Bat.” And of course no day at the ball park would be complete without hot dogs and ice cream! Free at 11 am. For more information call 609-921-6748 ext. 100.

Butterfly Tea Party
It’s the stuff of little girls’ dreams: a butterfly tea party but with a science twist. Naturalists at the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed will teach kids about how butterflies enjoy the sweet “tea” from flowers and then help kids catch the butterflies with nets to get a closer look. Then enjoy iced tea, lemonade, and butterfly shaped cookies on the lawn. 10:30 am-12. $8 for members and $12 for non-members. More information HERE.

Sunday

Beyond Therapy
If you’re looking for some theatre that’s slightly more grown up than Captain Davy, check out Princeton Summer Theater’s third mainstage production Beyond Therapy. The comedy set in 1970’s New York shows the perils of blind dates in a time before The Bachelor and Match.com. PST would ask that you leave the kids at home for this one. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Sunday matinee at 2 pm. $25 general admission, $20 for students. More information HERE.

New Jersey State Planetarium
The Planetarium at the New Jersey State Museum has an amazing summer schedule running through September 4th. First at 1 pm, the show “One World, One Sky” teaches kids ages 3-6 about the wonders of the night sky and traditions around the world with Sesame Street characters. Then at 2 pm, Passport to the Universe is a journey from Earth to the edge of the universe featuring state of the art images of the cosmos. Then at 3 pm, Dawn of the Space Age relives the excitement of the early days of space exploration. $5 each. More information HERE.