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Weekend Artoscope – Predictions and Picks for Oct. 12-14

A Waxing Moon in Libra has us shifting our energies through a process of flow, clearing and grounding as we head into the second weekend of October. I know you’re feeling it with the pent up humidity, stubborn heat and the uncomfortable tension that comes from confronting sensitive topics like climate change, toxic masculinity and forensic audits. This is a perfect opportunity to look up at the stars, express yourself, and appreciate the historic and current ways that people make progress through protest, resistance and participation.

Friday, Oct. 12

“Against a Sea of Troubles: Slave Trade Suppression in the American Republic”Dr. Craig Hollander, professor of history at the College of New Jersey, discusses the reasons that citizens in the early Republic were in favor of efforts to halt buying and selling of human beings across international boundaries, and why this support faded to a small and unpopular minority in the decades before the War. Trent House, 15 Market St., Trenton (609)989-3027. Noon, $10, $8 members. williamtrenthouse.org

Star Observation SessionsA special nighttime star talk in the Planetarium, followed by a short drive to the Washington Crossing Park Simpson Observatory (weather permitting) for live viewing. If viewing conditions are poor, immediately following the sky talk guests will see a free Planetarium show. NJ State Museum, 205 W. State St., Trenton, 7pm (Also Runs Oct. 19) ,  (609) 292-6464, Recommended for ages 7+, $7 adult/$5 child. state.nj.us

Ink and DrinkThe Print Studio at Artworks is hosting a print night on the second Friday of every month, 7-9pm, with a studio instructor to assist you in a fun and easy activity using simple printmaking techniques to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. The Print Studio provides all materials. All you need is a bottle of your favorite bubbly or brew. This event is online registration only and limited to 20 participants. BYOB. Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton (609)394-9436, 7-9 pm, $20.  artworkstrenton.org

Sat. Oct. 13

Stephanie Plum’s Birthday Party!Come celebrate the birthday of the city’s most famous (fictional) detective Stephanie Plum! The lead character in Janet Evanovich’s Trenton-based crime series, Plum will be honored by The Friends of The Trenton Free Public Library with a book exchange in the Poetry Cafe. Trenton Free Public Library, 120 Academy St., Trenton (609)392-7188, 1-3pm, Free and Open to the Public. trentonlib.org

Trenton Divine Poetry Night Out –  Dedicated to urban expression through the arts so that citizens can express there talents, and network with other artists.This family friends event features wholesome entertainment and artistic expression with great poets, singers, a live band and dinner included in the entry fee. The Conservatory Mansion, 540 East State Street, Trenton (609) 858-2279. 7 p.m., $15 in advance, $20 at the door. theconservatorymansion.com

Sunday, Oct. 14

Garden Bros. Circus Protest RallyCo-Hosted by Senator Raymond Lesniak/The Lesniak Institute. Calling on all animal advocates, groups and concerned citizens!! Let’s all come together to BE THEIR VOICE! We will be rallying to support Nosey’s Law A1923, holding signs and handing out literature. Special guests, including representatives who support the bill, will be present as well. Cure Insurance Arena, 81 Hamilton Ave, Trenton (Protesters will stand on Hamilton Avenue, North Side, Next to County Building & parking lot 1)1:00pm – 2:30pm/3:30pm – 5:00pm/6:30pm – 8:00pm; Senator Lesniak will give remarks form 3-4pm (Organizer’s note: We will arrive at 12:00pm and stay for the duration until after the 6:30pm show begins.) Free and Open to the Public, facebook.com/circusprotest

Beautiful Broad St. Mural WorkshopHosted by Jersey Fresh Jam. The bright and colorful mural will depict the cityscape on Broad street from Broad St Discount Furniture to Mercer County Community College, Fashion and Design School. Inspired by the recently completed Trenton Makes mural at the West Ward Community Center, it celebrates the city’s architecture in a fresh and modern way. Created with support from the Old Trenton Arts + Community Program and funding by I Am Trenton Community Foundation and Isles, Inc. 117 North Broad Street, Trenton, 10 am-noon (Raindate, Oct. 21), Free and Open to the Public, All Invited to Participate. facebook.com/muralworkshop

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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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