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Eight Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week


NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – This week brings the beginning of March, mild temperatures, and a bit of rain. But there are plenty of indoor activities and events to do in New Brunswick, so the rain’s no excuse not to get out and enjoy the town.

Monday, Feb. 26

  • Come enjoy a film with family and friends, for free, at the New Brunswick Public Library. They will be showing the 2016 biographical drama “Loving.” This film tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court Decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. This event is open to the public of all ages appropriate to the movie rating (PG-13). It will be shown at the library (60 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, Feb. 27

  • Parents can take their kids to see their toys come to life at “Shopkins Live! Shop it Up!” at the State Theatre. The popular Shopkins toys will be brought to the stage to perform song & dance numbers sure to get the kids out of their seats. The show will run from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost from $25-$100 and are available at the State Theatre website. The theatre is located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick.

Wednesday, Feb. 28

  • If you or a friend or family member have a juvenile or criminal record there are ways to fight it in court. Learn from local attorneys at a free “How to Expunge Your Criminal Record” workshop. You can find out about changes in expungement laws, who is eligible for expungement, and how to file an expungement. The workshop will be held at the New Brunswick Library (60 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 29 through Sunday, Mar. 4

  • The Cabaret Theatre presents the 2001 Neil LaBute play “The Shape of Things.” This drama explores what we give up for love, what we risk for art, and how similar these two things can be. Centered around a young student, his dynamic relationship with a captivating graduate art student, and his best friend’s turbulent engagement, this play is a curious study into modern-day relationships and all the beauty and ugliness that comes with them. The play will be shown March 1st at 9:00 p.m., March 2nd at 8:00 p.m., March 3rd at 8:00 p.m., and March 4th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for Rutgers students, staff, and senior citizens (60+) are $8.00 and tickets for the general public are $12. They can be bought at the door or online. The show runs for 1 hour and 40 minutes. The Cabaret Theatre is located at 7 Suydam Street, New Brunswick.

Saturday, Mar. 3

  • Enjoy a night at the symphony as Kynan Johns, conducts the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra in an exciting program including: Mazzoli's River Rouge Transformation, Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto, and Holst's infamous "The Planets". Tickets are $5 for Rutgers students, $10 for senior citizens (60+), Rutgers alumni, and Rutgers staff, and $15 for the general public. They can only be purchased through the Mason Gross box office. The concert runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center (85 George Street, New Brunswick). This concert is presented by Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with the Leprechaun Bar Crawl. Drink at all of the bars on Easton Ave and have a night you (most likely) won’t remember. The crawl starts at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 2:00 a.m. Follow the event page for details to come.

Sunday, Mar. 4

  • Children with various disabilities are invited to the Cook Recreation Center for a day of celebration and fun at the 24th annual Special Friends Day. There will be a number of activities as Rutgers student volunteers transform the Cook Gym into a stimulating environment fit for all ages. This event runs from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The Cook Rec center is located at 50 Biel Road, New Brunswick.

  • Every Sunday the Scarlet Pub hosts a diverse lineup of local bands. This week, rock out to johnnycola, DRYE, and Major Player. The concert is 21+ with a $5.00 cover. Performances are from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m. All groups appear courtesy of Embrace DIY Productions. The Scarlet Pub is at 131 Easton Ave, New Brunswick.

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