On any given Thursday evening, you might have a book club meeting or it might be food shopping night or you might just want to belly up to a bar and say, “Thank God it’s almost Friday.” But on Thursday, March 1, you’ll have another choice.

The second Princeton ArtWalk, a free, self-guided evening of drop-in visual arts-related events and activities, as well as music, entertainment, and refreshments in downtown Princeton, takes place on March 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.

During the ArtWalk, 11 visual arts institutions, anchored by the Princeton University Art Museum (art-related activities, refreshments, and “A Sampling of Classic Duets and Arias,” performed by the newly founded Princeton Opera Company), and the Arts Council of Princeton (opening reception for “Drawing Beyond”), will be open to the public free of charge.

Additional venues include the Bernstein Gallery of the Woodrow Wilson School, Cranbury Station Gallery on Palmer Square, Firestone Library (John Burkhalter will play airs from Robert Taylor’s rare copy of “The Tunes to the Songs in The Beggar’s Opera: Transpos’d for the Flute,” 5 to 5:30 p.m.), and the Historical Society of Princeton (“Einstein at Home” exhibit).

Also, Labyrinth Books (Sustainable Jazz Ensemble plays at 6 p.m.), Lewis Center for the Arts (opening reception for “Inhabited,” a senior art show by Genevieve Irwin), Morven Museum (now exhibiting “Puzzles of the Brain: An Artist’s Journey Through Amnesia”), Princeton Public Library (view the permanent public art or visit the second floor Reference Gallery, which features works by painter Phyllis E. Wright and photographer Peter Cook), and Small World Coffee (live music by guitarist Ryan Sarno and the art exhibit “The Love Show”).

In November, 2011, the first ArtWalk brought together 10 organizations on and off campus and all within easy walking distance of one another. Hundreds of visitors participated. “We were delighted to have such a strong response, and look forward to the ArtWalk now becoming a regular highlight of the regional cultural calendar,” says James Steward, director of the Princeton University Art Museum.

Parking in downtown Princeton is available in parking garages located on Spring, Chambers, and Hulfish streets. For more information visit www.facebook.com/princetonartwalk.

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