This final weekend in February finds us with a waning moon in Pisces, the final sign of the astrological year. A mutable water sign ruled by Neptune, its symbol is two fish swimming in opposite directions connected through their hearts by the thread of life. Fueled by a persistent sense of separation and a desire for wholeness, Pisces’ are selfless to the point of martyrdom and forgiving to a fault. (Someone has to do the tough work of looking on the bright side and pretending it’s all going to be O.K.) This is actually harder than it looks because it demands letting go of the ego, embracing a fantasy, and risking devastation when reality sets in. But the even harder work is staying clear-eyed and vigilant against the deluge of unrealistic ideals that threaten to drown us. Know that as you find your flow.
Friday February 22
Oscar Nominated Shorts: The Trenton Film Society will screen all of this year’s Oscar-nominated documentary shorts, with a 15-minute intermission and refreshments. Black Sheep – Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn, UK, 27 min/End Game – Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, USA, 40 min/Lifeboat – Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser, USA, 40 min/A Night at the Garden – Marshall Curry, USA, 7 min/PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE. – Rayka Zahtabchi and Melissa Berton, India, 26 min. Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 E. Front. St., Trenton, 7pm, $20, Screenings Continue Saturday, Feb. 23 with Live Action Shorts at 12:15p.m., 4:30 p.m., and Animated Shorts 2:30, $10; Double Feature and Reception,6:45, $25. For more information, to view the full schedule and purchase tickets: trentonfilmsociety.org
Saturday February 23
Mark Twain and the Gilded Age: In conjunction with “Twain and Trenton’s Gilded Age: Ephemera and Artifacts related to Mark Twain and to the years 1870 – 1900 in Trenton” urban historian and raconteur David Bosted. 150 years ago, on February 23, 1869, a young Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name “Mark Twain,” came to Trenton. He drew a crowd to the Taylor Opera House on South Broad Street where he gave a speech on the topic of his then-recent trip to Europe and the Holy Land. The Museum’s commemoration of Twain’s visit spotlights the early career of Mark Twain and the transformation of Trenton that was underway at the time of his visit. The Museum has located a copy of the speech that the satirist gave on his Feb 23, 1869 visit to Trenton. The Museum also has located a copy of a second talk given by the humorist on a return visit to Trenton at the end of 1869. Programming continues on Sunday Feb. 24 with David Bosted’s “The Unknown Early Mark Twain”. Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, Trenton, 2 p.m., Pay as you Wish. ellarslie.org
“America… We Served!”- Four Centuries of African American Soldiers: Come hear about the brave African American soldiers that helped shape our nation’s history! Learn about the integral role they played in our military, from the earlydays of our nation’s infancy all the way up to World War II. Meet the dedicated re-enactors and living historians who will be exhibiting throughout the day, sharing their knowledge and passion about African American military history with our visitors. Represented regiments will include The Harlem Hellfighters of WWI, the 6th Regiment USCT of the Civil War, the 369th Regiment portrayed by Ebony Doughboys, and others. Programming continues Sunday Feb. 24. Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barracks St., Trenton, 10 a.m.-5p.m., $10 adults, $8 students, $8 seniors (62+), $5 Trenton residents, Free for Old Barracks Museum Members, Active Duty Military Personnel, Children 5 and under. barracks.org
Sunday February 24
Celebrating Great African-American Composers with Samuel Thompson, Violin: In 2009, Vicki and Darrell Gatwood were preparing to renovate an abandoned house in downstate Illinois. Vandals had ransacked the house, a fallen tree had torn a hole in the roof, and the structure was in generally poor condition. However, in a part of the house that was still dry, the Gatwoods discovered piles of books, personal papers, and musical manuscripts – one of which was the First Violin Concerto by Florence Price, who had died in 1953. This dilapidated house had once been her summer home and this and other works that were thought to be lost were now found. There is no record that this concerto, written in 1939, was ever performed, and in the 10 years since its discovery, it has only once been performed live–in Arkansas. Thanks to Maestro’s diligent research to obtain this rare unpublished manuscript, the Capital Philharmonic will give the East Coast Premiere of this beautiful concerto. Soloist will be Samuel Thompson. The recipient of two Artistic Assistance Awards from Alternate ROOTS and a prizewinner at the 2011 Padova International Music Competition, Samuel has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and has performed internationally in Canada, the Bahamas, Italy, Guadeloupe and Cameroon. Surrounding the concerto is the rousing and apropos Celebration by Adolphus Hailstork and the rarely played Fourth Symphony by the “Dean of African-American Composers” William Grant Still. This is more than a concert – this will be an historic event. Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton; 4 p.m., $30-$65, Tickets: ticketphiladelphia.org
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