Heading into the first weekend of July, the mere hint of a waxing moon provides an inky backdrop for holiday fireworks and other illuminations. In the light of day, we are reminded that that the Declaration of Independence is a cornerstone of Trenton’s living history, being the first place it was read to the public on July 8, 1776 at 10 am. At the site of the former (then Hunterdon Co.) Courthouse on Warren St., there is a mural depicting that reading, which pans out in a trompe l’œil style, pulling contemporary characters and real-time viewers into the historic scene. There is an urban myth that when the moon, sun and stars align, it becomes a portal to a parallel universe where the spirit of revolution continues to challenge broken systems and inspire solutions instead of one that asks little more than to observe from the sidelines as our history fades like paint in the sun.
Thursday, July 4
Trenton Thunder vs Hartford Yard Goats: Celebrate Independence Day and Postgame Fireworks. 1 Thunder Rd, Trenton, 7pm, $12-15, $11 children 4-12, seniors 60+. milb.com/trenton
Friday July 5
First FridayFirst Friday – Various Locations throughout Trenton; Exhibits are Free and Open to the Public
609 Worldwide: Summertime in the 609 – Artwork by Chris Portlock, Liz Amaral, Lank and Chris Marinari. An Amazing DJ Set By The Incredible: DJ Flea Market (Kelvin Smith), Live set by KC Slater. Hosted By The Man In The Streets And In Your Face: Unc Elroy, Drinks Being Slung By The Amazing: MondayNight OpenMic, Delicious Free Vodka Rig Prepared By The Illustrious: The Mill Hill Saloon. Mill Hill Saloon, 300 South Broad St., Trenton, 6pm facebook.com/FirstFridaysMillHillSaloon/
Trent-towne: Photographs by Edwin J. Torres: Trent-towne is a documentary project that seeks to tell the present day story of Trenton and its people. Edwin J. Torres spent over a year photographing a series of portraits, conducting interviews, and revisiting iconic and lesser known locations in Trenton in an effort to answer the question of what’s really going on. This work celebrates the beauty of everyday life, but also calls to question issues of poverty, crime, and immigration. Trent-towne is also a catalyst for the creation of Document Trenton. Document Trenton is a community-based social media presence intended for local photographers, residents, artists, and community leaders to visually document everyday life in Trenton. #DocumentTrenton. Roebling Gallery, 71 Clark St., Trenton, 6-9pm. facebook.com/events, roeblinggallery.org,
First Fridays on Front Street: Hosted by the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County, this month’s celebration features Old School Jams w DJ Master Books Vendors, Raffles, Food and Drink Specials. Corner of Warren and West Front St. 5-10 pm
Mel Leipzig: Opening Reception with Artist in honor of Trenton Social’s 100th First Friday, we’re proud to present The Centennial Show, featuring one of Trenton’s most prominent artists, Mel Leipzig. and will showcase a collection of Mel’s work entitled “Homage to Trenton: The Trenton Graffiti Artist Series.” The Trenton resident was born in Brooklyn in 1935, and was a Professor at Mercer County Community College where he taught Painting and Art History until his retirement from teaching in 2013. He has had over 40 one-man shows, including shows at museums, art centers and university galleries in New York City, New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas. His works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Academy Museum, The Cooper-Hewitt Museum inNew York City and New Jersey State Museum, and many others. Leipzig received a Fulbright Grant to Paris (1958-59), a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (1959-60), and four grants for painting from the New Jersey Council on the Arts (1982, 1986, 1992, 2002). In 1980 he was the first recipient of the Mercer County Community College Distinguished Teacher Award, Gold Medal and in 1996 was one of the last individual artists to receive a grant in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts. Trenton Social, 449 South Broad St, Trenton, 7 pm, facebook.com/events
#WhyILikeTrenton Photo Contest!: Base Camp Trenton is excited to partner with Trenton Health Team, Inc. to exhibit selections from their #WhyILikeTrenton Photo Contest. This exhibit will include see contest winners and other entries that continue the conversation about the things we like to see in our Capital City. Base Camp Trenton, 247 East Front St., Trenton, 5-8 pm, facebook.com/events
Saturday July 6
Kitab Series Jewels of Islamic Calligraphy Opening Reception: Rajput’s ‘Kitab Series’ was created in the ways of the old masters, using a compass and a ruler to set the foreground for paintings rich in details and design. The Kitab Series features conceptual paintings inspired by Islamic Manuscripts and an era of Persian Illumination dating back to the 13th and 14th century in the Middle East. Each painting has been meticulously planned, hand sketched and drenched in 24k Gold, Walnut ink and gouache. Rajput’s inspiration is derived from Islamic Texts and Persian poetry to convey a message of understanding and cultural inclusiveness. Her artwork will feature inspirations from celebrated poets such as Rumi and Khalil Gibran, hand painted in Persian calligraphy. Rajput is a Graduate of Stockton University with a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis with a Minor In Clinical Psychology. In recognition of her positive influence on her community and philanthropic efforts, Rajput was recently awarded the Women’s Empowerment Award from WomanUP! in Philadelphia in 2018. BSB Gallery, 143 E. State St., Trenton, 5-8 pm. bsbgallery.com
Social Ride: In honor of Mel Leipzig’s Graffiti Artists of Trenton Show at the Trenton Social let’s tour the town and talk with featured artists and visit some locations along the way. Trenton Social, 449 S. Broad St., Trenton, 5-8pm, $13 includes dinner and a drink. facebook.com/events
Sunday July 7
Mickey J Meyer World Tour: A film composer, music producer, songwriter, musician and mixing engineer who predominantly works for the South Indian movie industry also known as Tollywood, Mickey J Meyer is known for producing music that is soulful, classy, long lasting and full of inspirational values, Mickey has come a long way to be one of the most sought-after music composers in the Indian music industry. Mickey’s work is notable for having a harmonious blend of Western and Eastern music influences mixed with a unmatched quality of modern and vintage sounds. His music has been widely appreciated by multiple age group listeners for the quality and goodness in the song and lyrics that are created and produced by him. Patriot’s Theater at Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Way, Trenton, 6:30 pm, $65-$175, facebook.com/events
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Photo/Artist Credit: Mel Leipzig’s ‘The Artist Painting the Graffiti Artist Who Painted Him’ – an exhibit of the artists paintings of “Graffiti Artists of Trenton” is on view at Trenton Social with an Opening Reception Friday, July 5.