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Weekend Artoscope: Predictions and Picks for Oct. 5-7

Clifford Zink speaks on the Roebling Legacy at Roebling Gallery, Trenton, First Friday, Oct. 5

Between Venus entering retrograde and the official beginning of Pumpkin Spice season, a bracing mix of passion, competition and innovation ushers us into the glorious month of October. Artsologically, it is a perfect time to nurture and indulge your creative demons as you mold them into metaphors that shift our collective consciousness. Looking for inspiration? First Friday exhibit openings are ripe for unexpected revelations. I predict a chance of door prizes, cubed cheese and drink specials for those whom fortune favors.

Friday, Oct. 5

NJ Disability Pride Parade – Hundreds of people and organizations representing a wide variety of disabilities will march and roll from the NJ State House Annex to the celebration site at West Lafayette Street. The event will feature a number of disabled artists and entertainers, including Black Cat Habitat, an indie pop-rock band, and Signs of Praise Ministry, a gospel group that sings through the use of sign language. Fan favorites, including recording artist Lachi, folk singer Johnny Crescendo, motivational speaker and radio personality Mark Farrell and singer and pianist Andrew Bainbridge will be returning. NJ State House Annex, 131 W. State St to West Lafayette St, 9 am, (732) 738-4388, adacil.org

First Friday – Various Locations throughout Trenton; Exhibits are Free and Open to the Public

Trenton Art Puzzle – Artists Talk Opening Reception: A Community created public art exhibition project designed to foster recognition of the unique shape of the City of Trenton. Broad Street Bank Gallery, 143 E. State St., Trenton, 4-7pm, BSBGallery.com

Happy Hallow-Days Exhibit Opening: Prepare to be spooked, surprised and delighted by the works of Christy O’Connor Art, Tim Lucas Art & Cecilia Martinez of Phoenix Gallery. Base Camp Trenton, 247 E Front St, Trenton, (609) 392-0203, 5-7:30 pm, basecamptrenton.com

Halloween Edition: Featuring art work from Will Kasso Condry, Jonathan Conner (LANK), Jennalea Polascak and Jessica MF Stanley. Food and drink specials . Dj captin crunch on the 1s and 2s. Mill Hill Saloon, 300 South Broad St., Trenton, (609) 815-1343, www.facebook.com

Creatures Great and Small – Opening Reception: Animal Portraits by Laura Beard in recognition of “World Animal Day”. 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

Roebling and Trenton Ephemera: An exhibit marking the 100th Anniversary of Charles Roebling’s Death. Noted author and historian Clifford Zink exhibits from his collection and will speak about Charles’ contribution to the Roebling legacy at his 1917 Rope Shop that is now Roebling Lofts. Roebling Gallery, 71 Clark St., Trenton, roeblinggallery.org

Saturday Oct. 6

Trenton People’s Book FairA Community event, free food, family friendly, workshops, music, skill shares, meet local authors, and vendors! We hope to be a catalyst for the exchange of utopian and practical ideas rooted in a vision of society based on equality, sustainability, and fun. Through community engagement, we strive to support residents of the City of Trenton to promote community-based revitalization without the displacement of any current residents. Orchid House, 134 East Hanover Street, Trenton, 12-6pm,  Free and Open to the Public, trentonpeoplesbookfair.org

Philly Pops: Music of Elton John with guest artist Michael Cavanaugh!: Cavanaugh and his energetic band will rock Elton John’s greatest hits, including “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Your Song,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Crocodile Rock,” and, of course, “Philadelphia Freedom”. Patriot’s Theater at the War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton, (215) 893-1999, $35-$90, phillypops.org

Sunday Oct. 7

Analog Trenton – Day 2: Our first open recording session for Analog Trenton! We are moving a full recording studio to Champs for the weekend. Stop by and see an album being made. True Will: 12:30pm/Groomers: 2:00pm/Bern & the Bastards:3:30pm/Black Collar Biz: 5:00pm/Molly Rhythm: 6:30pm. (Day 1: Saturday, Oct. 6, 4:30-11pm) Championship Bar, 931 Chambers St, Trenton, No Cover, All Ages. (609) 396-5457, 12:30-6:30 pm, analogtrenton.com

Discover India – A Broadway Experience in Central NJ: Stories through dance, theater, martial arts, and live music. Also featuring regional dances and folklore by local groups. Patriot’s Theater at the War Memorial,  1 Memorial Dr., Trenton, 11am-5pm, $15-$35, events.sulekha.com/discover-india

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TrentonCharmSchool

Amy Brummer is an operations professional who has followed a non-linear career path in the visual and culinary arts for more than 25 years. A tenured Trenton tax-payer, concerned citizen and political observer whose personal and professional interactions span the course of four administrations, she is tapped into the city's cycle of fortune and failure. Ms. Brummer is the founder of the Berenson Fund for Photography at the Arts Council of Princeton and hosts an annual new citizen's swearing-in ceremony in Trenton's City Council Chambers. She currently serves as COO of PTPVentures, Inc, an interventional business consulting agency based in Trenton.

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