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Switch from a night in with Netflix to an evening at the theatre! Literary classics One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, The Jungle Book, and The Great Gatsby come to life. Save the date for new art exhibits this February.
 
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BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL NEWSLETTER

Welcome to our Bridgeport Art Trail newsletter, providing a listing of arts and cultural events.

With the season's first major snowfall on the ground switch from a night in with Netflix to an evening at the theatre!

Literary classics One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, The Jungle Book (Children's Theatre), and The Great Gatsby come to life at Bridgeport's Bijou Theatre and The Downtown Cabaret Theatre respectively.

Turn your movie viewing into a thrilling discussion at the Bijou Theatre's "Reel Law Series" presentation of The Lincoln Lawyer staring Matthew McConaughey.

And save the date for new exhibits this February at both The Housatonic Museum of Art and City Lights Gallery.


This January, we're happy to feature artist Adger Cowans as our Artist of the Month!

This Bridgeport photographer has an extensive history. We're happy to share that his
work is included in the book Timeless, an anthology of photography by African American photographers of a collective called Kamoinge: black artists documenting events from the past 50 years. Adger's work will also be featured in an upcoming exhibit, “Never Done”:  Manifestations of the Beauty, Inspiration and Constant Strength of Black Women, at City Lights Gallery, opening Thursday, February 25, 2016.

Scroll down to learn more about his experience as an artist, view his iconic images that include Katherine Hepburn and Mick Jagger, and find out who he most wants to photograph today.

"I have always had an eye for art, even before I could articulate or define myself as an artist. I was drawn to pictures,"- Adger Cowans


Be sure to check out all the details below!
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LIVE THEATRE: The Jungle Book – Children’s Theatre
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
January 9th-February 14th

EVENT DESCRIPTION: It’s a rock and roll party in the middle of the jungle with all your favorite party animals! A young orphan named Mowgli has been raised by animals his whole life, but the jungle is no longer safe for him and it is time for him to make his way back to his village. With the help of some unconventional friends Mowgli soon learns the true meaning of home and family.

Our Children’s Theatre shows approximately run 75-80 minutes with a 10 minute intermission.
 

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LIVE THEATRE: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Bijou Theatre
January 29th-February 7th
 
It’s a rock and roll party in the middle
Winner! 2001 Tony® Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play
Winner! Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play

Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce artinet. Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the world series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. For one offense, the head nurse has him submit to shock treatment. The party is too horrid for her and she forces him to submit to a final correction a frontal lobotomy. Winner of the 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival.

“Cuckoo is captivating.” – N.Y. Post.  “Scarifying and powerful.” – N.Y. Times.  “Funny, touching, and exciting.” – N.Y. Daily News.  “Brilliant. The stuff of great theatre.” – WQR Radio “Transforms the audience into one wild cheering section.” – WNYC Radio. “One of the finest, most meaningful and most moving play of recent times.” – WPIX TV.

Doors open one hour prior to show.
Theatre seats: $23, Table seats: $28. Student seats: $18

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is directed by Tanya Feduik-Smith, starring:
Dale Harding- John R Smith Jnr
Billy Bibbit- Jhulenty Delossantos
Scanlon- Christopher Cooney
Cheswick- Daniel J Mulvihill
Martini- Tom Torpey
Ruckley- Ian C Smith
Randall P McMurphy- Geoffrey Gilbert
Aide Warren- Nick Kaye
Aide Williams- Ainsley Andrade
Dr. Spivey- Bryn Berg
Nurse Ratched- Avery Eady
Nurse Flinn/Sandra- Nicole Yates
Aide Turkle- Brian J. Alvarado
Candy Starr- Betzabeth Castro

Dates
Fri 1/29 8:00pm , Sat 1/30 8:00pm , Fri 2/5 8:00pm ,
Sat 2/6 2:00pm & 8:00pm , Sun 2/7 5:00pm
 

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FILM: Real Law Series – Lincoln Lawyer
Bijou Theatre
Thursday, February 12th
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION: Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a charismatic defense attorney who does business out of his Lincoln Continental sedan. Mick spends most of his time defending petty crooks and other bottom-feeders, so it comes as quite a surprise when he lands the case of a lifetime: defending a Beverly Hills playboy (Ryan Phillippe) who is accused of attempted murder. However, what Mick initially thinks is an open-and-shut case with a big monetary reward develops into something more sinister.
 
*Stay after the movie for a discussion of the legal themes addressed in the film
 
Running time – 135 minutes; Rated R
All seats: $12
Doors open at 6:00pm, Film starts at 7:00pm
 

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LIVE THEATRE: The Great Gatsby
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
February 12th-February 21st
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION:
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s
The Great Gatsby
Adapted for the stage by: Simon Levy
 
Director: Julie Bell Petrak
 
Based on the 1925 novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, THE GREAT GATSBY follows a cast of characters living in Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald's masterpiece, THE GREAT GATSBY creates a portrait of the Roaring Twenties and one man's pursuit of the American Dream.
 

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VISUAL ART: Mary Giehl: Rice is Life / Kim Waale: Simulacratopia (again), 2015
Housatonic Museum of Art – Burt Chernow Galleries
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 11th, 6-7:30pm
On View: February 12 - March 18, 2016
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION: Opening reception Thursday, February 11 from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm with an informal gallery talk by the artists from 5:30 until 6:00 pm. This event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

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VISUAL ART:
"NEVER DONE" Manifestations of the Beauty, Inspiration and Constant Strength of Black Women.

City Lights Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 27th at 5:30pm
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION: "NEVER DONE" Manifestations of the Beauty, Inspiration and Constant Strength of Black Women. The saying reminds us that "Women's work is never done" The work to love, fight for social justice, actualize spiritual building and leadership, to nurture our families and create joy is never done.
This exhibit features the work of Bridgeport artists manifesting the 'work’, spirit and unending potential of Black women through painting and photography by Adger Cowans, Alicia Cobb, Janelle Gordon, Jefferine Jean-Jacques, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Olivier Kpognon, Shanna Melton,. Also featured is the fabric art by Bridgeport’s Gees Bend quilters.

Thank you to Shanna Melton for assistance with curation on this exhibit.
 

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 FEATURED ARTIST: JANUARY 2016
 ADGER COWANS
Adger Cowans - Photo by Mark Lee Blackshear 2015
I have always had an eye for art, even before I could articulate or define myself as an artist. I was drawn to pictures, I grew up looking at LIFE, LOOK and other magazines that sparked my creativity for photography. My Mother and my Uncle Wilbur were amateur photographers and this allowed me to learn much of the process through observation. By the age of 15, I was committed to “Image Making” and my path was set.
 
In 1954 I went to Ohio University and saw for the first time, my first real hand-painted photograph by Edward Weston. The beauty of his work inspired me to delve deeper. I immersed myself in research studying the works of W. Eugene Smith, Gordon Parks, Roy Decarava, Ansel Adams. I became obsessed with the darkroom, the process of the stop baths and fixers and watching what I created materialize before my very eyes. I honed my eye for detail, and trusted my creative vision and learned the craft and discipline to construct really beautiful prints.
 
I came to New York City in the summer of 1958 and I worked with Gordon Parks at “LIFE” magazine that fall. That same year I also began my service in the U.S. Navy: when I returned to New York in 1960, I began my career as a professional photographer.
 
Everything I see translates into an artistic creation in my mind. I practice and train my eyes, like a musician practices scales and plays beautiful music.
 
I want my work to inspire, jump start imaginative thinking, and provide color for people who only see black, white and gray.
 
SUN & TREES - 1960
 
KATHARINE HEPBURN -1981
 
"I became obsessed with the darkroom, the process of the stop baths and fixers and watching what I created materialize before my very eyes." -Adger Cowans
 
  1. How would you describe your artwork/style?
  1. I am a fine art photographer.
 
  1. What medium do you work in?
  1. Photography, painting, and music.
 
  1. What is your process like? 
  1. I read, reflect, study, and experiment with new materials.
 
  1. What inspires you?
  1. Jazz music and nature.
 
  1. How do you think you’ve changed or developed as an artist?
  1. I am always learning and trying to stay open to new things.
LEATHER LOUNGE ( CHICAGO) - 2000
MICK JAGGER  ( BRASIL) - 1968
 
Your photography is included in the book Timeless, an anthology of photography by African American photographers of a collective called Kamoinge: black artists documenting events from the past 50 years.
  1. That’s quite the accomplishment! Can you share what it means to you to be included in this publication?                                                                                 It is an honor to be in this book. We worked for 10 years putting it together.
 
  1. What does being part of the Kamoinge photo collective mean to you?
  1. I am Vice President and one of the original founding members of Kamoinge.
 
  1. What future individuals, events, or movements do you think are important to document?
  1. I think the art of all Americans is important to document.
"Everything I see translates into an artistic creation in my mind. I practice and train my eyes, like a musician practices scales and plays beautiful music." -Adger Cowans
FOOTSTEPS (HARLEM) - 1960
 
 
  1. If you can photograph any individual, location, or event, past or present, what would it be?
  1. I would like to photograph President Obama
 
  1. Any other upcoming news, events, or anything else you'd like to share? Glitterati Co. will publish a book of my photography in Fall 2016.
LACE - 1980'S
 

Adger Cowans will be a featured artist in an upcoming exhibit at City Lights, opening Thursday, February 25, 2016.

“Never Done”:  Manifestations of the Beauty, Inspiration and Constant Strength of Black Women.

The saying reminds us that "Women's work is never done" The work to love, fight for social justice, actualize spiritual building and leadership, to nurture our families and create joy is never done.

This exhibit features the work of Bridgeport artists manifesting the 'work’, spirit and unending potential of Black women through painting and  photography by Adger Cowans, Alicia Cobb, Janelle Gordon, Jefferine Jean-Jacques, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Shanna Melton, Olivier Kpognon,  Shanna Melton and others. Also featured is the fabric art by Bridgeport’s Gees Bend quilters.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Visit Adger Cowan's Website at: adgercowans.me

Purchase the book Timeless: Photographs by Kamoinge online here.
 
*All event descriptions and artist interviews are presented as provided.
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