Winding down from a week that started with a Super Blood Wolf Lunar Eclipse, the third weekend in January finds us with a waning moon in Sagittarius as we prepare to shake off the dark chill of winter. The season for blooming is just within our grasp, building tension with a common desire to burst forth, yet inhibited by the slow, steady build of the Sun’s orbit and the chill of Polar vortices. The barren foliage and frozen crust of salty ice expose and deepen the cracks that belie an even rougher terrain. But underground, the seeds are buzzing with life, carefully climbing each step to the platform, where they will burst forward into the light, like a trapeze artist tumbling upward into an open sky.
Friday, Jan. 25
Trenton Circus Squad – Community Circus Night: Young adults and families are welcome to join us to try out circus skills and meet our staff. Trenton Circus Squad inspires young people to take big leaps in life. Squad members learn how to cooperate, push themselves and serve their community – all through the astonishing practice of circus arts. Circus Squad members learn physical techniques, life skills and build trust with teens from other neighborhoods. They lead community engagement through workshops and performances with younger children and families. It’s an often-breathtaking experience filled with exercise, learning and joyful laughter for kids of all ages. Roebling Wire Works, 675 S. Clinton Ave., Trenton, (609) 984-8599, Free and Open to the Public; Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 7 must be closely supervised at all times. www.trentoncircussquad
Saturday, Jan. 26
Artworks Opening Receptions: Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton (609)394-9436, 7-9pm, Free and Open to the Public, artworkstrenton.org
Beyond Mark Making – Star Wheel Printers: Star Wheel printmakers use intuitive mark making to tell stories and share personal insights that relate aspects of the human condition. With intense investigation and manipulation of materials we create a range of imagery with diverse marks, color, and compositions. Whether connecting to the physical world or displaying the abstract, each artist exhibits unique and exciting uses for print media. Star Wheel Printers is a collective of professional printmakers who aim to support, promote and share printmaking with other artists and communities in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York city areas. SWP acknowledges the region’s printmakers and presents a means to share our passion for relief, intaglio, planographic, serigraphic printing and the like with each other and with the public. They foster and encourage an appreciation of printmaking by further educating each other and the community about this art form.
People in Geometry: Trenton architect John Clarke captures the relationship between people and their unique geometric surrounds. The black and white images emphasize the relationship between the geometry of the setting and the people, looking to evoke a sense of mystery and emotion.
Common Threads 7 – Sanctuary: Sanctuary tells a story of American artists who were not born in America, but instead chose to become American citizens. Common Threads 7 is a celebration of the rich tapestry of immigration and the American story.
Sunday, Jan. 27
I Am Trenton Friendraiser: Since 2010, The I Am Trenton Foundation has given out over $80,000 to 100+ community-driven projects in Trenton from our General Fund, and partnered with others to give out and administer over $80,000 in neighborhood-specific grants in the West Ward and North Clinton Ave areas. Our grantees have turned overgrown lots into community hubs, taught robotics, collected stories, made films, danced, done yoga, gotten kids into college, and installed bike pumps around the city. They embody the community spirit that makes Trenton better every day. Join the fun! Enjoy drinks, appetizers and meet neighbors working to make our city even better with support from I Am Trenton. Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton (609) 394-9436, 3-5pm, $25 suggested donation; Open to the Public, www.iamtrenton.org
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