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Weekend Artoscope: Predictions and Picks for Nov. 2-4

As the calendar shifts into the first weekend of November, it is buoyed by a powerful, initializing wind that gives way to fire-borne clarity and good spiritual guidance. In between that breath of life and the gift of vision, there is a bridge. Guarded from negative energies, it crosses the river that divides the ancient city, transforming over time from wood to stone to steel. It has hardened with a grace that both serves the masses and transports dreamers between the ancestral knowledge and the future wisdom. I heard it might even be a stop on the Art All Day Bike tour, or if you are open to revelation, you may meditate on the idea that Art All Day actually is the bridge.

Nov. 2

Theatre For Young Audiences: The Real Life Adventures Of Jimmy De Las Rosas by Ricardo Gamboa, directed by José Avilés: A staged reading – with puppets! Thirteen-year-old Jimmy longs to use his secret telekinetic powers. He just didn’t want his mother’s life to be in danger. As disappearances haunt his neighborhood, Jimmy joins forces with two other super-powered kids to save his mother and unmask a criminal hiding in plain sight. Passage Theater, 205 E. Front St., Trenton,(609)392-0766, 3pm, $10 adult, $5 children, Additional Performances Nov 1 – Nov 3, Passagetheatre.org

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

C.a. Shofed+ The Collaborators: A 2-year creative project designed and curated by C.a. Shofed, who worked with thirteen artists from various backgrounds on this multidisciplinary exhibit to push his art form through collaboration. The collaborators: Will Kasso, Tamara Torres, Laura Beard, Jessica Klein, Alia Bensliman, Phillip McConnell, Addison Vincent, Antoinette Marchfelder, Brigitte Aflalo-Calderon, Meredith Remz, Erica Rachel, Vinita Mathur and Jennifer Hill. Broad Street Bank Gallery, 143 E. State St., Trenton, 4-7pm, BSBGallery.com

Art All Day Group Show: Artists Include: Beth Fischer, Erin Arlington, Indhu Venkat, Juliet Klesitz, Live Life Unframed, Lucretia E McGuff Silverman, Megan Rose Tests, Shyam Peddada, Vincent Bush. Base Camp Trenton, 247 E Front St, Trenton, (609) 392-0203, 5-7:30 pm, basecamptrenton.com

Mill Hill First Friday: Artwork by Stampy Goblyn, Mike Portlock, Jeff Stewart, Buck Malvo, Lank. Food and drink specials. Mill Hill Saloon, 300 South Broad St., Trenton, (609) 815-1343, facebook.com

Under Violet Water: Work by Jill Cortright. Known for her abstract UV reactant paintings and wire sculptures, Jill has been creating art in various mediums for over 25 years. She’s realized that creating was more of a therapeutic and meditative experience and very much looks forward to sharing them with us for the month of November. 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

Big City State of Mind – Bola “Primo” Okoya: Photographs taken by Okoya on his travels to different cities in the US and around the world. “I always felt like an outsider,” explains Okoya, adding that he initially chafed at the limitations of a small city like Trenton. “I promised myself that the first chance I had to escape back to New York where I originated, I would do so. As time went on, so did my desire to escape.” The show explores this sense of constraint – and Okoya’s realization that, with Trenton as a home base, a world of possibilities was in fact accessible to him. “Although Trenton was my ‘home’ now, I kept my ‘Big City’ mindset,” he says. “Anything is possible, and everything can be accomplished.” Roebling Gallery, 71 Clark St., Trenton, roeblinggallery.org

Mind Stroll Exhibition: Work by Alia BenslimaneContemporary art drawings that reflect the artist’s view of life and her sentiments about the current state of our society, socio political issues, taboos, religion, relationships, health, and human rights. It is a depiction of past experiences and influences, personal experiences and important milestones in the artist’s life. “I grew up in Tunisia, North Africa. Tunisia is at a crossroad of eastern and ancient art and cultures on one hand and western more contemporary art on the other. My art reflects a fusion of east and west with a penchant for North African and Berber art.” Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton (609)394-9436, 7-9 pm, $20.  artworkstrenton.org

Nov. 3

Art All DayArtist Open Studios, Pop-Up Exhibits and Arts Programming throughout Downtown Trenton. Various Locations w/ Trolly Service, Noon-6pm, For Details and Printable Map: artworkstrenton.org/artallday

Art All Day Bike Tours:  Get the off-the-grid, under-the-radar, through-the-alley insider’s tour of all the Art All Day sites, public art, and more, led by Wills Kins, resident expert on the city of Trenton’s art and cycling scenes. BYOBike and helmet, and meet at the Artworks parking lot. Tour Art All Day art sites as long as you wish, then return to Artworks. Late arrivals will be personally escorted by bike to the tour in progress. Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, noon, Free and Open to the Public, facebook.com/events

Artburst in Autumn: An idea, a place, and a community of Artists where creativity has no boundaries. The idea is to use creativity to enrich communities and have a viral effect within Trenton and its surroundings including the Greater Philadelphia areas. Some Artists have gained recognition posthumously, whereas, others still struggle to be appreciated, understood, or even rewarded in some way. The Conservatory Mansion, 540 East State Street, Trenton (609) 858-2279. artburstinautumn.com

Nov. 4

TAWA@Ellarslie: The Early Years Panel Discussion: The Trenton Museum Society presents a special panel discussion and gallery walk celebrating the early, formative relationship between Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum, and TAWA (the Trenton Artists Workshop Association.) The panel features photographer Aubrey Kaufman, and artists Mel Leipzig, and Mary Yess, moderated by Tricia Fagan. Leipzig was one of the early founders of TAWA in 1979, and was instrumental in sustaining the growth and visibility of the organization. Yess, Kaufman, and Fagan each served as President of TAWA and in other leadership positions with the group during the 1980s, 90s and early 2000s when TAWA was most active at Ellarslie. Immediately following the panel conversation, exhibiting artists (each a past or current TAWA members) will present a Gallery Talk about their work on display. Ellarslie, The Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, Trenton, (609) 989-3632, 1:30 pm, Pay What You Wish, ellarslie.org 

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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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