If you’re in the thick of midwinter blues we’ve got a solution. While this week’s Preview section will liven up your days and nights through Friday, February 18, we thought we’d suggest a handful of events and activities that will take you right through the last day of winter.

If you want to raise more dust than a rodeo, put on your best country chic for the Young Audiences of New Jersey gala, “Dazzle: Wild West,” Saturday, March 5, at the Princeton Elks Lodge. Square dance til the cows come home. Serious BBQ is promised. www.yanj.org.

If you’re a Facebook or Twitter junkie, friend or follow the James A. Michener Museum. To promote its upcoming duo photography show on Elvis and Muhammad Ali, the museum is hosting an Elvis lookalike contest on Flickr, a trivia contest on Twitter with prizes of discounted admission, around town visits by Elvis and Ali, and a quiz about Ali on its Learn Blog. www.michenermuseum.org.

If you love the retro blues, “Yesterdays: An Evening with Billie Holiday” opens Thursday, February 17, at Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick, 732-545-8011. Want to laugh and cry at the same time? The Pulitzer Prize-winning Southern Gothic screwball comedy “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley goes into previews at McCarter on Tuesday, March 8, 609-258-2787.

Love indie music? Check out new talent at Indie Music Night at the Arts Council of Princeton, Saturdays, February 19 and March 19, 609-924-8777.

It is impossible not to feel your spirits lift at the spectacle and pounding rhythms of Celtic music and hundreds of dancing feet in Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Thursday, March 17, at Patriots Theater, 609-984-8400.

Celebrate the last day of winter, Sunday, March 20, with Quadrophenia performing music of the Who at Kelsey Theater, enjoy the hot Spanish guitarist Benise at Patriots Theater, or take yourself back to the ’50s with “Grease” at the State Theater. For more events visit www.princetoninfo.com and click on Events at the top of the home page to plan your get-through-winter strategy.

#b#To the Editor: Walk for the Arts#/b#

According to a study reported in the Road Engineering Journal, the average walking speed of pedestrians 65 years and older is 4.11 feet a second. At that speed, you would need a bit under two minutes to walk the 460 feet from where the Princeton Dinky station stands to where Princeton University proposes a new station.

If the location of the Dinky station is truly the deal breaker for the long debated “Arts and Transit Neighborhood,” then what’s the big deal? The members of the university community and the members of the surrounding communities would be immensely fortunate to have access to a superb new arts neighborhood in Princeton.

“All art,” said Leo Tolstoy, “has this characteristic: It unites people.” Let us hope so. And let us all unite behind art.

Richard Trenner, Province Line Road, Princeton

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