This mid-October weekend carries us into the second Decan of Libra and concludes with the arrival of a Hunters Moon on Sunday evening. Cycling in a month after the Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s Moon is also known as the Blood Moon, the Beaver Moon, the Travel Moon, the Frosty Moon and the Dying Grass Moon — monikers that reflect a closing window of opportunity before winter sets in. Similarly to this moon of many names, the Goddess Diana is a lunar deity associated with the hunt, fertility, childbirth, families and the underworld, whose influence looms large within the realms of Greco-Roman mythology. She is referred to as a triple threat for her dominion over Heaven, Earth and Hades, achieving status as the only Pagan goddess to be mentioned in the New Testament. Her worshippers have built temples and statuary in her honor, spawned ancient cults and secret societies said to conjure late night processions of spirits that travel between houses, identifying the devoted and determining which are prepared to the receive prosperity and abundance. And to drive the point home, the non-believers and the unprepared were not simply passed by, but actively cursed, probably for generations. While this could probably serve as a metaphor for several of our municipal challenges, its just a friendly public service announcement that leaf collection starts in a couple of weeks and the City wants people to put leaves in plastic bags(!!) while also planning to enact more stringent enforcement of the garbage and recycling guidelines. Let the active cursing commence.
Friday October 11
“Sip N’ SFX”: Shake off the stress of your workweek and come join us for a relaxing night of “Ink & Drink!” This isn’t your usual “print & sip” folks! Blood, Bruises, and Burns! Learn the basics of gory special effects makeup in a fun hands-on atmosphere. Let professional makeup artist Meagan Impellizzeri show you how to use the tools of the trade. We will discuss and demonstrate the various materials and makeup used in the industry and students will have the opportunity to try materials and practice on one another and the model. Meagan is an experienced teacher and her classes are both fun and chock full of great information and tips! Come and get gross with us! The Print Studio provides all materials. All you need is a bottle of your favorite bubbly or brew. Remember, the more the merrier, so tell a friend! This event is online registration only and limited to 20 participants. Spots fill up quickly so make sure you register online. Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 7-9pm, $20. facebook.com/events
Dauphin Island: When Selwyn’s car breaks down in the middle of the Alabama woods, he is relieved to find Kendra’s home tucked away beneath the trees. Thrown together by circumstance and hiding from painful pasts, both Selwyn and Kendra learn what it means to find acceptance in a stranger. Passage Theatre, 205 E. Front St., Trenton, 7:30 pm, $13-$38, Performances Continue through Oct. 27. For More Information and to Purchase Tickets: passagetheatre.org/dauphin-island/
Saturday October 12
A Taste of History Sponsored by Trent House: A Celebration of the Trent House’s 300th Anniversary! Restaurateur, James Beard nominated Chef, Culinary Historian, Author, and Emmy Award winning TV Host of “A Taste of History”, Chef Walter Staib takes a look back in culinary history in his talk at 4 pm. Enjoy cocktails and dinner with colonial style fare starting at 6 pm. Come for both with a combination ticket at a special price. Trinity Episcopal Church, 801 W. State St., Trenton, 4-8pm, $125, williamtrenthouse.org
The Show – Starring Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick: Presented by Avenues Beyond Control. Also featuring Chubb Rock, DJ Red Alert, Roxanne Shanté, and Frantastic Noise. Tight security: no large bags or backpacks. Patriots Theater at the Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton. Doors 6:00 pm, show at 7:00 pm, $45 -$125, $200 VIP with meet & greet. eventbrite.com/e/the-show-tickets
Sunday October 13
Preserving the Pinelands: Albert Horner’s Portraits of a National Treasure: This newly opened exhibit features images that capture the quiet beauty and intimate landscapes of New Jersey’s Pinelands National Reserve by photographer Albert Horner, and artifacts from the NJ State Museum’s collections which tell just some of the stories of the land, animals, people and industries that make the Reserve a state and national treasure. Horner, a self-taught photographer from Medford Lakes, brings curiosity, reverence and a practiced eye to his craft, recording the forests, cedar swamps, meandering waterways and native wildflowers that make the Pinelands unique. In addition to being home to rare plant and animal species, the Reserve also contains archeological sites and a vibrant cultural history of craftspeople, industry and agriculture.The 40th anniversary of the Pinelands Preservation Act, considered by former Governor Brendan Byrne to be the most important accomplishment of his administration, and the issue most central to his legacy as governor, will be commemorated in 2019. NJ State Museum 215 W. State St., Trenton, 9am-4:45 pm, Pay what you Wish, state.nj.us/state/museum
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Photo/Artist Credit: “Mullica River Bend” by Albert Horner is featured in Preserving the Pinelands: Albert Horner’s Portraits of a National Treasure, on view at the NJ State Museum beginning October 12.