Well, it’s January — time to make good on all those resolutions for the new year. From diet and fitness to de-cluttering your closet, we’ve got what you need to turn those new year promises into reality. Looking for a little drama? How about an award-winning play starring an award-winning actress? Speaking of award-winning, how about sipping some local award-winning wine while listening to live jazz? And if it’s music you want, we’ve got the bases covered from Mozart to folk. Add in a couple of art and photography exhibits, and we’ve got a complete round-up of cultural offerings in our area. Get ready to start the new year the right way …
THURSDAY, JANUARY 6th
Scale Back: Live More, Weigh Less
Wait… did someone say “weigh less?” Just like we promised in our new years’ resolutions? Join health counselor Jennifer Collins tonight at 7pm at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch Library to learn everything you need to know about living a more energized, healthy life. Discover food and lifestyle choices that make sense for you, your life, and your goals. Better news? It’s FREE, but don’t forget to register!
Clean Up Your Act
Hooray… a new year’s resolution that doesn’t involve diet or exercise! The South Brunswick Public Library De-Clutter Club shares organizing tips, tricks, and solutions. Make and share goals for clutter-free living, find plausible, practical solutions, and discover techniques customized to work uniquely for you. It gets better: the group meets once a month to support and applaud your efforts.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 7th
The How and The Why – Sarah Treem’s award-winning, thought-provoking new play – opens tonight at 8 pm at McCarter Theatre. Starring Tony and Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl and Bess Rous, the play is set on the eve of a prestigious conference, and centers on an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestling for the truth with an established leader in the field.
Still in the holiday mood? Join the artists of Lambertville Artists Gallery from 11 am – 6 pm to celebrate and honor the spirit of home in the 18- member Home for the Holidays group show. The gallery is located at 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville NJ 08530 (609.397.4588).
A Touch of Tuscany
Spend a happy hour… or two… or three with great local wine and music from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. You’ll feel like you’re in the heart of Tuscany at the Hopewell Valley Vineyards as you enjoy award-winning wines produced by Sergio Neri, a third generation grape grower and winemaker.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 8th
Free Yoga Week!
Breathe, stretch and strengthen! Now’s your chance to fulfill that new years’ resolution to get healthy with a FREE week of yoga at the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health. From January 8th through the 14th, you’re welcome to sample classes to learn about which programs best suit your needs. If you’re a current PCYH student, bring someone new with you to class – and you get the class free, too! Namaste.
Isles, Inc. is happy to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a benefit concert tonight from 8 – 10 pm, featuring Dar Williams at the Nassau Presbyterian Church. Isles, Inc. is an award-winning, non-profit community development and environmental organization. Since 1981, they’ve worked to foster self-reliant families in healthy, sustainable communities. Dar Williams has toured with artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ani DiFranco, and Joan Baez. Tickets are $45 for general admission, and $25 for students and seniors.
A Little Night Mozart
Princeton University Opera Theater presents scenes from favorite Mozart operas – Cosi fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Magic Flute at 8 pm tonight. Sung by students, played by members of the Princeton University Orchestra, and directect by Edward Berkeley, head of undergraduate opera at Julliard and Director of the Aspen Opera Center, A Night of Mozart promises to be a treat for newbies and opera buffs alike. Tickets are $10 general admission, and free for students… now that’s something to sing about.
Move It and Lose It
An After Holidays Walk-Off is your chance to honor to that new years’ resolution to get more exercise and lose a few of those extra holiday pounds. Join the D & R Canal State Park historian and naturalist for a 5-mile walk on the historic D & R Canal towpath. Note that inclement weather will cancel the event. It’s free, and participants are asked to meet at Washington Crossing Park at 1 pm. Don’t forget to register!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 9th
Two exciting new photography exhibits open today at Gallery 14 in Hopewell. Not only do you get to view the beautiful and original exhibits – ‘Monks of Burma and Laos’ by Michael Paxton, and ‘Voids & Vanitas’ by Ania Gozdz – but if you get there between 1 and 3pm, you also get to meet the photographers. Gallery hours are noon – 5 pm.
If cats are your thing, you won’t want to miss the final day of the Central Jersey Cat Fanciers Cat Show. This three-day regional show features nearly 250 cats in 20 rings, from household pets to pedigrees including Bengals, Sphynxes, Maine Coons, Siamese, Orientals, Ragdolls, and Persians. Cat lovers will find cat-related supplies and gifts, and homeless pets for adoption. From 9 am – 4 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, and children under 4 are free.
Events Compiled for PrincetonScoop by Cary Sullivan