This mid-August weekend finds us with a waxing moon in the second Decan of Leo and the first hints that the seasonal heat is beginning to break. On the Mt. Fuji cycle, this period corresponds with the image of “Sazai Hall at the Temple of the Five Hundred Arhats (Rakan),” legendary disciples of Buddha. Loosely translated from the Sanskrit as “conqueror” or the Tibetan “destroyer of the foe of affliction”, the Arihant are spiritual warriors who have vanquished their desires in order to receive the gift of pure infinite knowledge. Neither miracle workers or deities, they are fully invested, true believers whose commitment to asceticism has delivered them to nirvana. Paradoxically, they were also seen by some as imperfect, fallible and subject to regression, selfish and impractical by others, all the while being generally recognized as impressive, and venerated for transcending our mundane earthly existence. Much of the same could be said of those who choose the artist’s path – souls compelled to sacrifice aspects of the self in order to fully transform practice into being.
Friday August 9:
Mini Monoprints: Amanda Chesney returns for August’s Ink & Drink for Mini Monoprints! Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has lines or images that can only be made once, unlike most printmaking, which allows for multiple originals. This means that you’re guaranteed to make a truly one-of-a-kind design! More experienced printers can layer and blend colors and create ghost images. The Print Studio provides all materials. All you need is a bottle of your favorite bubbly or brew. Remember, the more the merrier, so tell a friend! This event is online registration only and limited to 20 participants. Register online. Artworks, 15 Everett Alley, Trenton, 7-9 pm, $20, facebook.com/events/
Saturday August 10
African American History Bowl Pt. 2: An exciting academic competition focused on African and African American History between three teams, Trenton NAACP Act-So, Seed Male Mentoring Program and NSPDK Inc. Pi Chapter Xinos. Co-sponsored by the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County and National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc. Pi Chapter. Mercer County Community College, James Kearney Campus, 102 N. Broad St., Trenton, 12pm-1pm, Free and Open to the Public. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org , facebook.com/events
Warrior Women Opening Reception: Julie Harris, a New Jersey based multimedia artist exhibits her latest series “Warrior Women” and additional works at BSB Gallery. Harris’ large-scale series, “Warrior Women”, springs from her diagnosis of bi-lateral breast cancer. This series discusses the staggering statistic that one in eight women will develop breast cancer within her lifetime. This body of work is primarily comprised of photo-intaglio prints that are printed onto handmade paper and strives to educate the viewer while reflecting the resilience of the survivors of breast cancer. Light refreshments will be served. BSB Gallery 143 E. State St., 4-8pm, Free and Open to the Public. BSBGallery.com, facebook.com/events
Sunday August 11
13th Annual Bark in the Park!: Trenton Thunder vs. Harrisburg Senators – Bring your well behaved dog to see a Trenton Thunder game! Enter the K9 Cash Scramble for a chance to win $10,000 and enjoy freebies, fun, and festivities! Many manufacturers and organizations will be in attendance with lots of free stuff for you and your pooch! Stick around after the game, as children will have the chance to run the bases – Presented By Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Plus Penn Medicine. Arm and Hammer Park, 1 Thunder Rd., Trenton, 5-8pm, $11 Children 4-12, Seniors 60+, $12-15 Adults. facebook.com/events
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Photo/Artist Credit: Bob Karp – “Reba Rookie and Mickie”, Trenton Thunder’s Bat Dogs are part of a tradition and lineage that started in 2002 w/ Derby, continued w/ Chase and continues w/ Mickie and Rookie.