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Trenton’s Open Late on `First Fridays’
Trenton business and arts organizations are out to prove
that the capital city doesn’t roll up the sidewalks at 5 p.m., the
time when many state workers head for Route 1. City boosters team
up this week to launch Downtown Trenton’s first monthly "First
Friday" event, designed to introduce the public to the city’s
growing constellation of attractive restaurants, bars, clubs, and
South Warren Street merchants extend their October 5 First Friday
welcome from 4 to 10 p.m., rain or shine, with artists and antique
dealers, restaurants, coffeehouses, and bars. First Friday parking
is offered in the Trenton Commons Lot, and Trenton’s nimble bike cops
will also be on hand.
On South Warren Street
hosts the first reading produced by the Trenton Writes Project, a
literary group publishing on paper and on the Web, beginning at 8
Happy Hour with drink specials and free munchies.
between bar stops.
Indian fusion food, including Indian-French, Indian-Thai, and
Dishes. Dinner until 9 p.m.
Authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, open for dinner until 7:30.
Happy Hour starts at 4 p.m., with free appetizers and drink specials.
This downtown landmark is also open for dinner and live jazz late
featuring trumpeter Duane Eubanks and his Quartet playing tunes from
his latest CD, "My Shining Hour."
Preview the Trenton Artsfest. Open to 9 p.m.
bistro open for cocktails, dinner, and dessert. Open to 10 p.m.
On South Broad Street
and its next-door neighbor Urban Word Cafe also host an inaugural
First Friday event with many of its 26 resident artists —
sculptors, photographers, and musicians — opening their studios
"It’s a big laboratory of creativity to me," says tenant Mark
Rosal of Gomarky.com, a company that works in interactive and print
design. "You have these turbines of creative energy pumping life
through the building and it comes alive. The beauty of First Friday
is that you get immediate feedback. The whole building is alive with
The Trenton Makes buildings, constructed in the 1800s, house the arts
community, along with some retail shops, offices, and the new Conduit
music club. Artists’ studios will open from 5 to 9 p.m. At street
level the Mind and Soul bookstore and Dream Lab Records will stay
Trenton Makes artist tenants include Philip A. Adams, Ernest Banks,
John Diamond, Kieran and Christian Giannelli, Doug Hunter, Mark Paris
Jankowski, Kenneth Jones, Hari Hawkins, Laurel Love, Micheal Madigan,
Rick Plumeri, Heather Pool, Don Proffit, Deidre Prosen, Joseph Purvis.
artist Chris Stumpf, fiber artist Ayala Shimelman, and clothing
Ricardo Negron are also tenants, as are musicians David Asher Moonan
and Eric Hastings.
Friday reception with music by singer-songwriter duo, Duende,
at 8:30 p.m. Friday night’s headliner is Johnnie Johnson.
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