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Spring Awakening, Open Studios, Selfies and more! 
This March fill your calendar with exciting exhibitions, live theater, creative workshops, and concerts right here in Bridgeport.

Plus, don't miss the Bridgeport Artist Networking Party Friday, March 10th at the NEST Arts Factory. Open to all artists and creatives living/working in the Bridgeport area, network and exchange ideas at this evening of art, music, and collaboration!

Learn more about this event and organizer Jane Davilla in our next newsletter!

Link to additional information on any event by clicking the accompanying image. 
-The BPT Art Trail Team 
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SPECIAL EVENT: Bridgeport Artists Networking Party
Friday, March 10th from 6-9pm
Artist2Artist Lecture, 5-6pm: Using Social Media to Promote and Sell Art
The Nest Arts Factory
The artists of the NEST Arts Factory cordially invite you to an Artists Networking Party on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 6-9 pm.

We love the Bridgeport Art Trail each November but have always wished that we could visit all of the other venues, and especially the other artists, but have always been so busy welcoming the public that we don’t get a chance. We started this series of networking get-togethers for the artists of Bridgeport and we welcome the other arts venues to host future meetings so we all get a chance to visit each other and to strengthen our community. How fun would it be to visit all of the arts venues in the city, one after another? We can all learn about each others’ programs and missions, and meet all of the other arts professionals on their “home turf”.

There is a $5 suggested donation to help cover the cost of food and drinks. Our studios will be open for visiting, music will be playing, we’ll have a new show in our gallery, and we’d love to hang out with all of you! There are new artists at the NEST, new spaces to explore, and new opportunities for collaboration, you won’t want to miss it!

This year we’re adding a free lecture/discussion immediately before the party from 5-6 pm. This lecture/discussion series, called Artist2Artist, is by Bridgeport artists, for Bridgeport artists, all on topics for professional development. The topic of this 1st in the series is Using Social Media to Promote and Sell Art (including Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, and more).


SPECIAL EVENT: Nest Arts Factory Open Studios and Exhibit Receptions
Saturday, March 11th
Exhibits: Alternative Facts/ Photography by Easton Arts Council
The Nest Arts Factory
Saturday, March 11, 2017
2-5 pm      Open Studios
Visit the artists of the NEST, explore the studios, learn about new techniques and processes. NEW - Join the NEST as an Associate Member!
2-5 pm      Opening Reception: Alternative Facts
An exhibition exploring the definitions of two very topical words and the atmosphere of distrust that has pervaded our culture and media recently.
2-5 pm      Opening Reception: Photography by Easton Arts Council
Members of the Easton Arts Council are back at the NEST, this time displaying a exhibit of stunning photography.
7 pm      Puerto Rican Songbook: Boleros en Boriquen
The Greater Bridgeport Latino Network and NEST artist Rick Reyes present a musical performance and workshop featuring the love songs of Puerto Rico.
WORKSHOP: The Writer's group
Saturday, March 11th
LIVE THEATRE/CONCERTS: The Downtown Cabaret Theatre
Little Red Riding Hoods
February 25 - April 02
What could be better than one Little Red Riding Hood? Two Little Reds! It’s a case of mistaken identity in this brand new comedy of errors adaptation of the classic tale.  Come along as we travel through the woods to grandmother’s house where we discover fun, excitement and more than a few surprises along the way.
Our Children’s Theatre shows approximately run 75-80 minutes with a 10-minute intermission.

Spring Awakening
March 10 - April 02
The winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable, through “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade” (Entertainment Weekly). The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.
PERFORMANCE: Lee and Friends:
An Evening with Liberace and Special Guest
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8 PM
The Bijou Theatre
David Maiocco's 88 Keys Presents
Lee and Friends: An Evening with Liberace and Special Guests

WRITTEN BY David Maiocco 

Liberace lived a life of flamboyance, sparkle, and lavish costumes. In this funny and touching tribute, the virtuoso musician gets one last chance to glitter and shine as he tickles the ivories through his favorite songs. 2017 Bistro Award Winner and Connecticut native, David Maiocco will reprise his iconic performance as the man who defined four decades of music and pop culture.
PERFORMANCE: Bernstein at 99!
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 8 PM
The Klein
Greater Bridgeport Symphony celebrates Bernstein's 99th birthday with the West Side Story Dance Suite and Chichester Psalms. The Chichester Psalms will feature the Connecticut Chamber Choir and the Fairfield County Children's Choir. The concert will also feature soloist Deborah Wong with Ravel's Tzigane.
TICKETS: $15 - $59
A Nordic Sound Jazz Club at the Bijou Movie Night
Presents: Lady Sings the Blues
Thu, March 23, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Bijou Theatre
A Nordic Sound is a Big Band Jazz Orchestra including musicians frequently in Broadway orchestras. Directed by Jens Wendelboe, an internationally acclaimed composer, arranger and trombonist who has performed or collaborated with music icons such as Donna Summer, Blood Sweat and Tears, to jazz greats Phil Woods and Bill Watrous.

​Every other Monday and Thursday night at the Bijou Theatre, A Nordic Sound will be hosting a jazz event to benefit their non-profit association.

Proceeds from the Jazz events will go towards their Talent Inspiring Talent program. Talent Inspiring Talent is to encourage talented young musicians to reach for higher performance levels by providing them with opportunities to experience top musicianship.


Read's Ground Floor Gallery


VISUAL ART:  Prints That Work: printmaking in the service of a bigger picture
On View February 23rd - March 25th
Housatonic Museum of Art

PRINTS THAT WORK: printmaking in the service of a bigger picture features the work of four artists offering unique perspectives on printmaking. Roxanne Faber-Savage, Kelsey Miller, John O’Donnell and Neil Daigle-Orians mine a range of subjects including wildlife trafficking and conservation, sexuality, religion, gender and the illusion of domestic bliss.

The exhibition, which will remain on view through March 25, is curated by Leslie Giuliani. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, February 23 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm; all are encouraged to attend.

A panel discussion featuring the artists will take place on Thursday, March 23 at 6 PM. The Housatonic Museum of Art is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, CT.
For directions and gallery hours please visit


VISUAL ART: Exhibit "Selfie" 
The Schelfhaudt Gallery

“Selfie” an exhibition of self-portraits is a celebration of self-portraits from around the country. They come from as far as Portland, OR, Tucson AZ, New York City, and Bridgeport, CT.
Curated by Peter Konsterlie and Dominick Lombardi, the exhibition has a terrific sense of diversity and range of materials such as oil on canvas, watercolors, acrylic paint, broken glass, steel, and bronze.

The exhibition runs through March 18th.
Schelfhaudt Gallery Arnold Bernhard Center
University of Bridgeport 84 Iranistan Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604
GALLERY HOURS: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m.

Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) on the University of Bridgeport campus is located in the Arnold Bernhard Center (ABC), 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Off street parking is available.

VISUAL ART: Liz Squillace Solo Exhibition

Liz Squillace's Solo Exhibition at chaBridgeport, 305 Fairfield Ave., has gallery visiting hours of 1-4pm on Wednesday & 1-5pm on Thursday & Friday. These hours will run until March 31st. Can't get to the gallery but want to take a look? Liz has selected items from the boutique listed on her Paradox Ink Etsy page.

ART WORKSHOPS:  Workshops at The Nest Arts Factory 
DATE: Winter and Spring 2017 
Full calendar available here


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