Exuberant and confident, the Fixed Fire of Leo claims the Zodiac this final weekend in July, reflecting the very essence of summer with a fun-loving and playful spirit. As the waning crescent gives way to a new moon this week, it is a perfect time to align with Leo’s dramatic, creative nature and show-off your talents with unbridled enthusiasm and pride. And perhaps one day we will find ourselves saying – “Well there was this time when a lion rode a unicycle down S. Warren St., its wild mane flowing like flames, crooning a song of history, destiny, culture and independent bookshops. Then it perched on top of the abandoned hotel and roared until the decrepit structure was reduced to pile of remediation-ready gravel. No one expected it to go down like that, but it in retrospect, it was probably the only way to get a clean-up crew down here and make space for a fresh start.”
Friday July 26
Trenton Circus Squad Free Friday Summer Performances: Trenton Circus Squad uses circus arts to build successful habits within our participants. The talent, energy, and dedication Trenton Circus Squad puts into creating these performances are inspiring! Come experience the vibe, it’ll be the most joyous thing you’ve done in a long time! We look forward to “seeing you down the road,” as we say in the circus. Roebling Wire Works, 675 S. Clinton Ave, Trenton, 12:30 pm, Free and Open to the Public. facebook.com/events
Saturday, July 27
The Androgynous God and the Art of North India: The Androgynous God, Ardhanarishvara, is prominently featured throughout Mithila Art. Ardhanarishvara means the Lord who is half woman. Lecturer Peter Zirnis of The Ethnic Arts Foundation, will discuss in detail, the importance of Ardhanarishvara throughout Mithila Art, its symbolism and ties to feminism. It refers to the God Shiva and his wife the goddess Parvati in the form where he is the right side of the body and she the left. Shiva is one of the three main gods in the Hindu pantheon of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. Parvati is one of the most important female gods not because she is the wife of Shiva but because she is also most powerful in her own right as one of the principal aspects of Shakti, the Female force in the Universe. In general Hinduism can be divided into those who follow Shiva, those who follow Vishnu (especially in his avatar Krishna), and the followers of Shakti, the female force, in its aspect as a female goddess. The Ethnic Arts Foundation (EAF), is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) all volunteer organization founded in 1980 with the mission to encourage and support Mithila art – a centuries old women’s art form in the Mithila region of India bordering Nepal. BSB Gallery, 149 E. State St., Trenton, 1-3 pm, Free and Open to the Public, facebook.com/events
Sunday July 28
Bookshop on Lafayette Book Signing and Reading: “Bookshop on Lafayette” is a collection of stories and poems about a bookshop–with Pulitzer-Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa, Dodge poet Doc Long, Trentonian writer Jeff Edelstein, Eric Maywar, Ilene Dube, David White, Nancy Scott, Barry Gross, Jackie Reinstedler, Tom Webster, John Gummere and Leon Rainbow. Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, 299 Parkside Ave., Cadwalader Park, Trenton, 4-7pm, Free and Open to the Public. facebook.com/events
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Photo/Artist Credit: Ardhanarishvara, the Androgynous Deity of North India is the subject of a lecture by Peter Zirnis of the Ethnic Arts Foundation at the BSB Gallery on Saturday, July 27 at 1pm.