Like the anxious lion guarding a sandalwood forest, the third weekend in November finds us longing for peace in the midst of vast responsibility. Persistently guarding as the deer nibble away the edges, the dogs dig up the new growth and the wild boar embed themselves in the brush. But that vigilance erodes our capacity to rest, recharge and realign our thinking. Without that sacred sleep, our ability for forgiveness, clairvoyance and healing touch becomes harder to access and makes it impossible to have a sense of humor about all the robo-calls. And perhaps the balance is seek is actually found with more connection, inclusion and understanding, albeit on a level befitting the treasures we protect.
Ways to Look at the Moon Film Screening: Join cast, crew and supporters at a pre-screening reception and launch of the new short film Ways to Look at the Moon, written and directed by Katherine Clark and produced by Amy Frear and Adrian Colón. The screening will begin at 7:30 featuring the trailer and the short film. A post-show discussion will follow. Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, (609)394-9436, 7-9:30, suggested donation $10-$20 with 1/2 of proceeds donated to Artworks, artworkstrenton.org
East Trenton Skate Jams: Every Saturday we takeover the basketball courts at Sonny Vereen Park and turn it into Sonny Vereen Skate Park. The goal of these events is to expose the East Trenton community to nontraditional sports. Yes, we are mainly focused on skateboarding. But, we often have BMXers and bike polo demonstrations. If you don’t have a board, don’t worry — we have loaner boards you can use. Sonny Vereen Park Fillmore St., Trenton, Every Saturday, 10am-Noon, Free and Open to the Public, facebook.com/events
Fight For Life – Trenton Opioid Outreach Concert: In partnership with Heroin Kills NJ and Mixtape Nation. An emergency outreach in response to the opioid epidemic plaguing Trenton, New Jersey, and our communities. Not just a concert, there will be a signup for Narcan certs, speakers sharing their stories of loss and hope, information on how to help those suffering, and much more. Featuring MeekoBrando/Pissed!/Cheeky/Ray Strife &Ill Omega, Millhill Basement, 300 S. Broad St., Trenton, 8-midnight, www.facebook.com/events
Cool Women Poets Benefit for the Trenton Museum Society: A Central Jersey-based, nine-member poetry critique and performance group, Cool Women Poets have been meeting for 24 years. The members are widely published individually and as a group. Their performances are theme based improvisations and the result is a poetic jazz performance. In celebration of the Garden State Water Color Society exhibition currently on view at Ellarslie, the theme for this reading is Lost and Found Edges which is a watercolor technique used to create and suggest movement. Ellarslie, The Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, Trenton, (609) 989-3632, 4 pm, Free Will Donation, ellarslie.org