NEW BRUNSWICK – We’re going to be seeing some nice spring temperatures this week. With a nice mix of indoor and outdoor events there’s something for everyone to do in New Brunswick.
Monday, April 9 to Friday, April 13
- Come out for a fun-filled week of activities during Islam Awareness Week. It’s a week of introducing students on campus to learning about the religion and refuting any misconceptions they may hold about Muslims. Everyone is invited to come learn about Islamic beliefs, ask questions, and open up dialogues between people of all faiths and beliefs. There will also be free food, games, raffles, henna, Islamic calligraphy, a hijab/kufi table, open mic, and nightly talks. All activities will be in a tent next to Brower Commons (145 College Ave., New Brunswick). They will generally take place from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day and everything is free and open to the public. Hosted by the Rutgers Muslim Student Association.
Monday, April 9
- Enjoy a free showing of the Marvel blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok on the New Brunswick Library’s big screen. This movie is open to all ages appropriate with the rating: PG-13. The screening is from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and the library is located at 60 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick.
Wednesday, April 11
- Join the Zimmerli Art Museum for a lecture from their 2018-19 Senior Scholar Dr. Ilene Fort. Beginning with the Zimmerli's own Lundeberg painting, "Self Portrait" of 1944, Dr. Fort demonstrates how Helen Lundeberg envisioned herself within the cosmos and how she continued painting outer space even after she abandoned Surrealism for hard-edge painting. The talk is from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The art museum is located at 71 Hamilton St, New Brunswick. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities.
Thursday, April 12
- Learn Salsa dancing at The Yard. Dance instructor Danny Joshua will teach Salsa to dancers of all skill levels to the live sounds of Swing Sabroso. Free lessons will be given from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Yard is located at 40 College Ave, New Brunswick. Lessons are open to the public.
Thursday, April 12 to Sunday, April 15
- Come out and watch Livingston Theatre Company’s last main stage production of their 20th season, Legally Blonde: The Musical!
- Legally Blonde: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach, tells the hysterical story of UCLA sorority girl Elle Woods attempting to win back her ex-boyfriend by getting a Harvard law degree! She discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others, and successfully defends exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial. Throughout the show, no one has faith in Elle Woods, but she manages to surprise them when she defies expectations while staying true to herself. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. They will be held in the Livingston Student Center (84 Joyce Kilmer Ave, Piscataway). Tickets for Rutgers students, staff, and senior citizens are $5. Tickets for the general public are $12. They are on sale online or at the door. LTC will be collecting donations of used paperback books for the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. They will be offering $2 off a ticket to anyone who donates a book.
Friday, April 13 & Saturday, April 14
- The New Brunswick Public Library is having their annual book sale. There will be a wide selection of items for sale at incredibly low prices. Items include thousands of books as well as DVDs, CDs, and more. Only cash or checks will be accepted. The book sale will be from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. (60 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick)
Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15
- SHEM Productions is putting a comedy twist on a famous Sherlock Holmes story. Baskerville will have Watson and Sherlock tackle one of England's greatest mysteries with their extremely quantitative cast of characters in this classic comedic retelling of the Baskerville story by the fabulous playwright Ken Ludwig. Performances are Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Hillel House (70 College Ave, New Brunswick). Tickets are $5 for Rutgers students and staff and $10 for the general public. They can be bought online or at the door.
Saturday, April 14
- Women can learn the important skill of self-defense at a seminar hosted by Vince Joseph’s Self Protection Systems. An instructor will teach potentially life-saving skills such as awareness techniques, avoidance and de-escalation tactics, escaping violent encounters, ending physical altercations quickly, and the basic principles of physical retaliation. The seminar entrance fee is a $5 donation to Women Aware of New Brunswick. It will be held at Suydam Street Reformed Church (74 Drift Street, New Brunswick) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 15
- Come see Jason Alexander with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra live at the State Theatre. Before becoming known as George Costanza on Seinfeld, Jason Alexander was a Tony Award-winning Broadway performer. His concert with the NJSO brings a hilarious re-telling of his journey to and on the Broadway stage and features a program of great music from the theater along with comedy and audience interaction. The show is at 3:00 p.m. but get there an hour early to see a pre-show performance from Casual Harmony, Rutgers’ award-winning male a-cappella group. Tickets start at $20 and they can be bought on the State Theatre website. The Theatre is located at 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
- The premiere college gaming event on the east coast returns! The Scarlet Classic IV will feature tournaments in major e-sports titles such as League of Legends, Overwatch, Dota 2, CS: GO, and many more. The event is free for everyone to attend, spectators are welcome. Various partners will be tabling at the event, along with an Artist Alley showcase. There will also be a BYOC area where people can bring whatever they want to play any game they want or even run their own tournaments. If you want to play, please bring any equipment you need like computers, controllers, key boards, and mice as gaming supplies at the venue will be limited. This event is from 12:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the College Ave Student Center (126 College Ave, New Brunswick). It is open to the public, not just Rutgers students.
- Celebrate Halloween in April with a screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show. There will be a live performance from Friday Nite Specials along with the movie, as well as a pre-show dance party and more. The movie will be shown at the Rutgers Cinema on the Livingston Campus (105 Joyce Kilmer Ave, Piscataway) at 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and the general public and they come with a free prop bag. Audience participation during the movie isn’t just encouraged it’s antici…..pated!