The second weekend in December arrives under the cover of a New Moon in Sagittarius, reminding us of the things that transpire, but cannot be seen. It makes us impatient for clarity and demands our attention, because we are determined to be victorious, and anxious for our glory to be revealed. To strengthen our resolve, we practice distraction, seek out beauty and take pride in our ability to smell the pine forest through the gunpowder. In the meantime, a chorus of civic discontent, holiday cheer and homegrown talent set the stage to renew our revolutionary destiny while stuntmen speed across the bridge with all the lights off.
Elementary Stunt Filming: Filming for season 7 of the CBS TV Series will close The Trenton Makes Bridge and Bridge Street at Delmorr Avenue in Morrisville for stunt driving by NYPD police cars. Trenton Makes Bridge, Trenton/Morrisville, 8pm-6am.
First Friday – Various Locations throughout Trenton; Exhibits are Free and Open to the Public
Revolutionary Resolve: In commemoration of Patriots week, Trenton’s celebration for its historic role in the Revolutionary War, BSB Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition displaying both modern interpretations and historic works of art discussing the revolutionary time period and American patriotism. Broad Street Bank Gallery, 143 E. State St., Trenton, 4-7pm, BSBGallery.com
Community Circus Night: Youth aged 6-18 from Trenton and surrounding suburbs can access Trenton Circus Squad programs free of charge. Young people aged 12+ have the opportunity to serve their community through teaching and performing. Younger students may join workshops at the Roebling Wire Works in Trenton.Join Trenton Circus Squad staff for an opportunity to try out circus skills. At the same time Freedom NJ will be offering a chance to try skateboarding. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Roebling Wire Works, 635 S. Clinton Ave, Trenton. 7-9pm, Free and Open to the Public, trentoncircussquad.org
Home For the Holidays: Give the gift of art this season, and support our amazing Trenton artist community. Base Camp has gathered 14 Trenton-area artists for our year end art show – Come for the cheese and good conversation, or both. Participating Artists: Ken Lewis/Beth Fisher/Tim Lucas/Susan Winter /Laura Beard/Beth Jarvie/Howard Michaels/Juliet Klesitz/Erin Armington/Cecilia Martinez /Christy E. O’Connor/Vincent Bush/Julianna & Christian Savino. Base Camp Trenton, 247 E Front St, Trenton, (609) 392-0203, 5-7:30 pm, basecamptrenton.com
Mill Hill Saloon First Friday: Artwork by Ras, Liz Amaral, C.a. Shofed, Leon Rainbow,Chris Marinari. Food and drink specials. Mill Hill Saloon, 300 South Broad St., Trenton, (609) 815-1343, facebook.com
Trenton Makes a Nation: Photographs by Barbara Moore. As a small child growing up near Morristown, was totally fascinated with Washington’s headquarters and begged her parents to take her to visit frequently. The photos in this exhibition were taken during the Battle of Trenton re-enactments of 2017. Cold with a light snow falling, the day had an authentic mood. Trenton Social, 449 South Broad St, Trenton, (609) 987-7777, 7-9 pm, trentonsocial.com
The Artist Freedom X: Through manipulation of reality and fantasy, Freedom X creates whimsical landscapes brimming with vibrant images of versatile Africana women. Studio B Bakery, 439 S Broad St, Trenton, 6-9 pm, (609) 503-5370, studioBtrenton.com
“LANK: Insert Clever Title Here”: An eclectic selection of pieces by artist Jonathan Conner (LANK) that display his many interests and influences, and juxtapose sharp stenciled edges with soft watercolor washes. The artist, designer and educator from Trenton, New Jersey is a graduate of the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. He currently works for Monmouth University and teaches drawing, two dimensional design, and digital media at Mercer County Community College. A founding member of the city beautification non-profit S.A.G.E. Coalition, he has been participating in public art and mural projects along the east coast since 2008. Roebling Gallery, 71 Clark St., Trenton, roeblinggallery.org
Just the Three of Us Holiday Concert: Sacred Hymns and Carols featuring Maise M. Daughter, Howard Crossland, and Conrad Purnell. Ellarslie, The Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, Trenton, 2pm, (609) 989-3632, ellarslie.org
It’s a Wonderful Life Live Radio Play: Passage Theater presents a Live Radio Play by Joe Landry, directed by C. Ryanne Domingues featuring June Ballinger, Kara Jönsson, Damion Parran, Danny Viola, and David Lee White, with special guest Sarah Dash of Labelle! Join us for an evening of entertainment, laughter, caroling, food, and great cheer as Passage’s past and present staff take to the stage for a live radio performance of this American holiday classic! Sample holiday cookies and cider at 5pm, with the show beginning at 5:30. Following the performance, Sarah Dash of Labelle will lead a holiday singalong. Then join us for a reception catered by 1911 Smoke House! Mill Hill Play House, 205 E. Front St, Trenton, 5:30 pm, $50, passagetheatre.org
The Red Dot 10×10 Fundraising Exhibition: The Red Dot shows support of Community Arts in Trenton. Come to the Artworks Red Dot Fundraiser and put your red dot on the art that you love. Over 100 Trenton area artists will create works of art on 10″ x 10″ canvas. The works should dynamic, diverse and all created especially for Artworks. Professional and novice artists can create works in oil, acrylic, mixed media, photography, pastel, watercolor and more. All artwork is priced at $100. Frames will be available for purchase as well, with the funds raised supporting Artworks and area artists. Artwork purchased at the 10×10 show can be taken home that night. Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton (609)394-9436, 6-9pm, Open to the Public, artworkstrenton.org
Joy to the World: A Christmas Suite: The Princeton Pro Musica chorus and orchestra returns to Trenton’s War Memorial for its third annual holiday concert of carols and seasonal tunes. A popular favorite of the past two PPM seasons, this year’s concert by PPM Maestro Ryan James Brandau features richly orchestrated choral favorites by Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederic Handel. Join the PPM and their special guests, the Trenton Children’s Chorus, for a festive event that will fill you and your family with the joy and warmth of the holiday season. Patriot’s Theater at the Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton, 4pm, $10-60, (609) 683-5122, princetonpromusica.org
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