This third weekend in February correlates with the image of Shichirigahama, a crescent shaped beach whose geography and beauty make it popular with artists and surfers as well as sword and knife makers drawn to its iron-rich sands. Less favored as a resort because its steep shelf isn’t accommodating to swimmers, the 27-mile stretch offers up pieces of its military history in the form of broken swords and bones, while its iconic view of Mt. Fuji grace the ukiyo-e paintings of both Hokusai and Hiroshige. It is also the homeland of the influential Bhuddist Nichinren, who was summoned there for death by the Shogunate, but spared and pardoned after the executioner was struck by lightening. A believer in the Lotus Sutra, which encourages cultivation of our divine manifestation on earth, Nichiren proposed the way to a peaceful and just society began with our efforts to actualize that vision.
Friday, February 15
Solo Flights: Bicycle Face: Set in Philadelphia and framed by a feminist theory class taught one hundred and fifty years in the future, Bicycle Face is a multidisciplinary, multimedia theatrical joyride through the feminist movement and its unlikely relationship with the bicycle. The show employs live music, projections, and puppetry as it navigates the ever-changing landscape of feminism, censorship, and cycling. This show contains adult language and themes. Written by Hannah Van Sciver, directed by David O’Connor, Featuring Hannah Van Sciver. Passage Theatre, Front St., Trenton, 7:30 p.m., Additional Shows: Feb 16, 7:30 p.m., Feb 17 3:30 p.m., $13-$27, passagetheatre.org
Saturday, February 16
Metropolis Live Screening: The Garden State Theatre Organ Society (GSTOS) is proud to announce a special one-night showing of Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent epic, METROPOLIS, with live theatre organ accompaniment by nationally recognized musician Brett Miller. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton, 7pm, $12 – Tickets: metropolis-trenton.eventbrite.com
Sunday, February 17
Where do you Stand? How being Black and an Artist confines or defines Artistic Expression in Trenton and Beyond. Panelists: Will “Kasso” Condry, Habiyb Shu’Aib and Autin Dean Wright. Moderator: Edwin J. Torres, Deputy Digital Director for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. STAND UP MEN celebrates Trenton’s African-American male artists and their use of canvas, photography, and sculpture to convey the pathos of what it means to exist as a man within the realm of Trenton’s Black culture and beyond. We invite you to explore the world within Trenton which is largely ignored or subsumed by perceptions of rampant violence and urban decay. “Stand Up Men” inhabits the world of the quiet, deliberate Trenton arts movement forged in love, life, and courage.Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, 299 Parkside Ave, Trenton, 1-3 pm, Free and Open to the Public, ellarslie.org/stand-up-men/
Bishop Richard Allen’s Hymnal Lecture & Concert: Jason Allen, former director of the museum at Mother Bethel AME Church, will present an illustrated lecture on AME church founder, Bishop Richard Allen, including his lifelong efforts as abolitionist and patriot that place him among our nation’s founding fathers. Philadelphia’s Craft Works Music group will perform music from Bishop Allen’s hymnal, which used shape notes to encourage congregational singing. This form of music notation was used widely in American singing schools and churches in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Free off street parking- Light refreshments. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 801 West State Street, Trenton, 3- 5pm, $15 Trent House Association Members; $20 Non- members, williamtrenthouse.org
Music of the Soul: This black history program is a showcase of community youth expounding on the theme of #MusicOfTheSoul. The program is presented by the Trenton Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Society, Inc. in partnership with Trenton Fortitude Corporation. Vendors will be on site. Proceeds of ticket sales benefit scholarship programs. War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton, $10, 3:00 pm (Doors, 2pm), Tickets: trentondst.com
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