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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

artist hangouts.

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

Cafe Ole , 126 South Warren Street, 609-396-2233. The

coffeehouse

hosts the first reading produced by the Trenton Writes Project, a

literary group publishing on paper and on the Web, beginning at 8

p.m.

Checkers Bar , 14 South Warren Street, 609-394-3895.

After-work

Happy Hour with drink specials and free munchies.

Columbus Pizza , 8 South Warren Street, 609-393-5707.

Sustenance

between bar stops.

Delight of India , 29 South Warren Street, 609-394-8444.

Indian fusion food, including Indian-French, Indian-Thai, and

Indian-Italian

Dishes. Dinner until 9 p.m.

La Cocina Criolla , 13 East Front Street, 609-392-4033.

Authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, open for dinner until 7:30.

Maxine’s , 120 South Warren Street, 609-392-0022.

Networking

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."

Rhinehart-Fischer Gallery, 46 West Lafayette Street,

609-695-0061.

Preview the Trenton Artsfest. Open to 9 p.m.

Utopia , 11 West Front Street, 609-394-1991. Trendy new

bistro open for cocktails, dinner, and dessert. Open to 10 p.m.

On South Broad Street

Trenton Makes, 439 South Broad, 609-656-1199. Trenton Makes

and its next-door neighbor Urban Word Cafe also host an inaugural

First Friday event with many of its 26 resident artists —

painters,

sculptors, photographers, and musicians — opening their studios

to visitors.

"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

interaction."

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

open late.

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.

Body

artist Chris Stumpf, fiber artist Ayala Shimelman, and clothing

designer

Ricardo Negron are also tenants, as are musicians David Asher Moonan

and Eric Hastings.

Conduit, 439 South Broad, 609-656-1188, hosts its own First

Friday reception with music by singer-songwriter duo, Duende,

beginning

at 8:30 p.m. Friday night’s headliner is Johnnie Johnson.


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