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Eight Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - George Street is slippery with ice and the decorations at Monument Square will soon be taken down. But with tons going on in the city, there'll be surely something to warm you up. 

Tuesday, January 2

The Zimmerli Art Museum is holding its annual after hours event from 5 to 9 p.m. The evening will feature tours of two exhibits: “Absence and Trace: The Dematerialized Imagine in Contemporary Art” and “Stanley Twardowicz: Color Field Paintings, 1962-1990.” Live music will also be available throughout the evening. Admission is free and refreshments will be available for attendees. The museum is at 71 Hamilton Street.

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With frigid temperatures expected to continue on until next week, Code Blue will be in effect and warming centers across the city will be open. Those centers are in need of volunteers to help run the shelters in the overnight hours, either during the 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. or 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. shifts. Volunteers can sign up online.

Wednesday, January 3

While not in New Brunswick, the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders are having their reorganizational meeting and swear-in ceremony, 6 p.m. at the performing arts center of Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison.  Kevin Hoagland will be sworn in as the county surrogate and Charles Tomaro, Leslie Koppel and Shanti Narra will be sworn in as freeholders.  Gov-Elect Phil Murphy and Assembly Speaker-Designate Craig Coughlin will also drop by to say a few words.

At 6:30 p.m., the New Brunswick City Council will have its own swearing-in ceremony and reorganizational meeting. Get an idea of what’s coming up next year. The meeting will be at the council chambers on the second floor of the New Brunswick City Hall, 78 Bayard Street.

Thursday, January 4

Take a break from the cold and come down to the College Avenue Student Center for Paint Nite, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Red Lion Lounge. Featuring light refreshments and canvas painting. Open for students registered in the Winter 2018 semester. The center is located at 126 College Avenue.

As part of the New Brunswick Jazz Project, the Brian Charette Quartet will be performing from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick at 2 Albany Street. Featuring Melanie Scholtz, Jordan Young, and Matt Chertkoff.

Sunday, January 7

If “The Last Jedi” wasn’t enough to fulfill your science fiction cravings, then stop by the State Theatre this weekend for “Sci-Fi Spectacular: Music from Star Wars, Star Trek and Beyond.” The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will play musical hits from Star Trek, Star Wars, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and more.

Featuring host Marina Sirtis, who played counselor Deanna Troi in the TV-series “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Showtime is at 3 p.m. Tickets are between $20 and $88 and can be bought online. The State Theatre is located at 15 Livingston Avenue.

Stop by the Zimmerli Art Museum for its monthly “Art Together” sessions, where parents, children, grandparents and guardians work side-by-side on arts and crafts projects. Sessions include a tour through one of the galleries, followed by interactive art workshops. The program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free and you can drop in any time. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street.

Editor Daniel J. Munoz, dmunoz@tapinto.nettwitter.com/DanielMunoz100

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