There are a lot of great local activities happening this weekend, Nov. 8-10, to help you get out of the house and have some fun.

West African Kora Musical Performance

MONROE – Hear musical selections on this ancient West African 21-stringed harp at the library on Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. 4 Municipal Plaza.

Friday Film: Yesterday

OLD BRIDGE – The library will show the movie “Yesterday” on Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m. After a freak accident during a worldwide blackout, struggling musician Jack Malik wakes to discover that he is the only person in the world to remember The Beatles. Using this newfound benefit to his advantage, Jack begins plagiarising the work of the legendary band to launch his career to superstardom. 1 Old Bridge Plaza.

How the South saw the Civil War

PLAINSBORO – Historian Martin Mosho will discuss The Lost Cause a movement created by the South to justify their guilt in starting the war and to establish themselves as victims of Northern aggression at the library on Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. 9 Van Doren St.

MCC Theatre Performance: Company by Sondheim

EDISON – Middlesex County College theater presents Company by Sondheim on for three shows on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9. Tickets. 2600 Woodbridge Ave. 

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

NEW BRUNSWICK – State Theatre New Jersey will have four showings of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” from Nov. 8 to Nov. 10, with two performances on Nov. 9. The award-winning Broadway musical is based on the life of Carole King. Tickets. 15 Livingston Ave. 

Intersection Point: A Conversation on Religion and Race

EAST BRUNSWICK – Join The Daniel Pearl Education Center at Temple B’nai Shalom for "Intersection Point: A Conversation on Religion and Race with Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum,” on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. Berenbaum of Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, Massachusetts has a front seat at the intersection of race, racism and religion, giving her valuable insights into how different groups of people see the world and refining her powers of empathy. 15 Fern Road.

Guys and Dolls

DEAL – The Axelrod Performing Arts Center presents “Guys and Dolls,” Nov. 8-10. Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy whose brassy immortals score includes exuberant dance numbers, comic turns and ballads that have become standards for generations: “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat,” “I’ll Know,” “If I Were a Bell” and “Adelaide’s Lament.” Tickets. 100 Grant Ave. 

Jack Livingstone: Bringing Jazz to the Library

MANALAPAN – Beginning in 1973, then Library Director Jack Livingstone brought jazz musicians to the library to play for the Monmouth County community – at no cost – to all people. He returns to the library on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. to take attendees on a journey through some of the stories of music and the photos of his Jazz at the Library’s walk down memory lane. Entrance doors open at 12:30 pm. Seats are available on a first come, first-serve basis. 125 Symmes Drive.

Second Saturday Concert: Navesink Brass Quintet

OLD BRIDGE – Don’t miss this spirited performance featuring a selection of patriotic songs, popular pieces from West Side Story and Dixieland and armed forces medleys on Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable, unexpired donation for the Old Bridge Food Bank to this free concert. 1 Old Bridge Plaza.

Fall Craft Show

TINTON FALLS – Shop for gifts and other holiday items at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Craft Fair on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be more than 50 vendors participating. 2566 Guam Lane.

Orchestra Concert

MONROE – The Princeton Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Nell Flanders will perform selections from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Johann Strauss Jr., and Ennio Morricone at the Richard P. Marasco Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. Tickets. 1629 Perrineville Road. 

International Food Festival

SOUTH BRUNSWICK – The St. Barnabas Episcopal Church international food festival will feature African, American, Asian, Caribbean, European and Latino food stations for attendees at the senior center on Nov. 9 from 5:30-8 p.m. There will also be entertainment, a 50/50 raffle and a tricky tray. Cost is $30 for adults, $15 for ages 8-17, or free for 7-year-olds and younger. Purchase tickets at the venue of by calling 732-297-4607. 540 Ridge Road.

Dave Schlossberg in concert

SOUTH BRUNSWICK – The Friends of the Library’s concert series presents Dave Schlossberg’s “Around the World in Music,” on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. He will perform his inspired and sophisticated renditions of famous international songs. He will also showcase songs from his solo CD, "A Place Beyond Words." 110 Kingston Lane.

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