A witch, a magic book and a HUGE pot of pasta! It's Strega Nona the Musical at Patriot's Theater in Trenton. Based on the beloved children's books by author Tomie DePaola. Ticket info.
Kids write them and adults act them. Actors from The Passage Theater Company in Trenton reenact plays written by 4th graders from Stokes Elementary School as part of the State Street Project. Come be part of the fun this Saturday at 3 or 7. Tickets are free.
Why get rid of old, outgrown or outplayed toys when you can swap them for new ones! Bring your giveaways to The Great West Essex Toy Swap on Saturday and then swap on Sunday. Click here for details.
The famed Andrew Lloyd Weber rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar plays the State Theatre (www.statetheatrenj.org) for one night only this Saturday. Golden Globe winner Ted Neeley (he played Jesus in the film version) also stars in this production.
It is Local Artists Weekend at the Sickles Market (www.sicklesmarket.com) in Little Silver. They are showcasing Fair Haven jewelry artist Laurie Olefson (www.olefsondesign.com) who uses recycled optometrist’s lenses to create Jersey-centric pendants.
Push the boundaries of painting with the cool Black Out exhibit from artist Paul Henry Ramirez at the Newark Museum (www.newarkmuseum.org) part of the museum’s centennial celebration.
It’s all about hair at the Jersey City Museum (www.jerseycitymuseum.org) as more than two dozen artists use human hair to create visual works of art. Hair Tactics will be on display thru August
Take the famous House Tour on Friday; five houses, three different towns, to benefit Rumson’s Holy Cross School (www.holycrossrumson.org). The $50 tour spotlights what organizers call “The Fabulous Five” –some of the most intriguing homes in the area, and includes lunch. Call 732-530-0910 for more information.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Caesar’s on Saturday (www.caesarsac.com) with lion and dragon dancers, the Asian market, and a parade on the Boardwalk.
The Great West Essex Toy Swap is on Sunday at Temple Shalom of West Essex (toyswap.wordpress.com). You can drop off the old toys on Saturday and the kids will pick from recycled toys on Sunday.
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This is a reprint of the 2/18/10 Weekend Picks edition on NJMyWay.com (with some new additions)