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APRIL NEWS

We're happy to start this Spring season with some exciting news for the Bridgeport Art Trail! 

City Lights Gallery celebrates it's 13th anniversary with a ribbon cutting of it's new home on 265 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT. Joining fellow community-based arts organizations, The Downtown Cabaret Theatre and New England Ballet Company, we hope to contribute to the creative energy building a downtown arts hub!

JOIN US! : City Lights Gallery Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, April 6th at 5:30 pm 
Ribbon will be cut at 5:45
265 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604


In addition to the new location, Bridgeport continues to be an active city in in bloom with arts and cultural programming! Don't miss the CALL FOR ART as part of Earthfest 2017, a downtown celebration of arts & ecology with a Bridgeport-themed exhibit. Plus, new shows at both the Downtown Cabaret and Bijou Theatres. 

We're also happy to feature our April Artist of the Month Iyaba Ibo Mandingo. Iyaba most recently participated in the "How We See You" exhibit at City Light's Gallery and "Obsidian Colored Glasses" at Read's Ground Floor Gallery. His show, unFramed, makes it's off-Broadway debut today! 

Link to additional information on any event by clicking the accompanying image. 
 
-The BPT Art Trail Team 
Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

APRIL ARTIST OF THE MONTH
IYABA IBO MANDINGO

I am a multi-disciplined Artist from the Griot tradition, my objective is to use the material be it paint, ink, “garbage” found objects, words, acting, singing to tell the story of us…
"I began writing unFRAMED 15 years ago. As a multi-disciplined artist , I use paint, poetry, song and acting to tell the journey of my life as a boy in the Caribbean to a manhood in America." - Iyaba Ibo Mandingo

VIEW IYABA'S FULL PROFILE HERE

APRIL EVENTS

SAVE THE DATE: City Lights Gallery Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, April 6th at 5:30 pm 
265 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604
MORE INFO
CITY LIGHTS RIBBON CUTTING
THURSDAY APRIL 6, 2017, 5:30-7:30 P.M.
AT 265 GOLDEN HILL ST, DOWNTOWN BRIDGEPORT, CT 06604
Ribbon will be cut at 5:45!


CITY LIGHTS CELEBRATES ITS 13th ANNIVERSARY 
with a ribbon cutting at our new home! We join fellow community-based arts organizations, the Downtown Cabaret Theatre and New England Ballet Company... establishing the location as a DOWNTOWN ARTS ANCHOR!!!

ART ON VIEW:
Executive Director presents a sampling of works she calls "My Favorite Things'" a combination of works from the City Lights permanent collection and her own personal collection.


This event is free and open to the public.


Thank you to CT POST for covering the move! Read more...

 
The Downtown community has come together to present: Earthfest 2017 ! This celebration of the Arts & Ecology will be held on Earth Day, Thursday, April 20th. The Kennedy Center's art studio: MDAC, will host a variety of workshops and exhibits throughout the day at their John Street location. In the evening, Read's Ground Floor Gallery will be open from 5 to 10 pm for a group exhibit titled: My Park City. The artworks in the show may range in subjects and beauty, but all the art is themed to highlight the natural beauty found within the parks of the City of Bridgeport.
 
Read's Artspace Artist MIA Lipstick decided to team up with Will Iannuzzi from Artist & Craftsman Supply to offer a $50, $75., $100. gift certificate for the top three "Best In Show." The "Call For Art" is open to every inspired person and the: My Park City art show is soliciting all types of visual mediums, such as drawings, paintings, photography and sculpture. Many community artists have already signed-up to be on display, such as those from Read's Artspace, the NEST and 305 Knowlton. The hope is that everyone who has artistically captured an moment of nature within the city will be motivated to participate. E-mail submission images to: Earthfest2017@gmail.com
SPECIAL EVENT: Barnum Festival Comedy Night
Thursday, April 6th at 7PM
Bijou Theatre
2017 Barnum Festival Comedy Night
Included in ticket on free wine or beer.

Tickets:  $30

Tickets Can be purchased thru the Barnum Festival or at The Cardinal Shehan Center.
VISUAL ART/SPOKEN WORD: Open Studios and Poetry Reading
Saturday, April 8th, 2-6pm
NEST Arts Factory

Open Studios and a Poetry reading this Saturday, April 8, from 2-6 pm at the NEST Arts Factory.

Don't miss seeing the Alternative Facts exhibit in the gallery (and adding your own Alternative Fact to the collaborative list).

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Iyaba Ibo Mandingo and Shanna Melton at a Spoken Word performance starting at 5. Free admission and open to the public.

Artwork by Phyllis Lee

LIVE PERFORMANCE: STARS in Concert – Bette Midler*, Michael Jackson*, Whitney Houston*, Elvis* and Tina Turner*
April 7th and April 8th
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
“Stars in Concert”, the “vision of a perfect deception”, is an homage to the world’s legendary stars of yesterday and today. To the accompaniment of a top-class band and sensational dancers, the artists recreate the stars with astonishing authenticity. In this spectacular homage to music industry greats from the last 60 years, the world’s best celebrity impersonators succeed in dazzling audiences and creating the perfect illusion of being stars like Bette Midler, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elvis and Tina Turner. Stars in Concert has been honored in Las Vegas for Best Producer 6 times in the past 20 years.
LIVE THEATRE: The Downtown Cabaret Theatre
Cinderella
April 15 - May 21
A poor maid, a handsome prince, an evil stepmother, and a very special glass slipper.  These are the makings of this timeless fairy tale. When Cinderella’s stepmother forbids her from attending the Prince’s party, she enlists the magic of some unlikely visitors to help her meet her Prince Charming.  Join us as we celebrate this classic story and see what happens when the clock strikes midnight and the magic disappears.
 
Our Children’s Theatre shows approximately run 75-80 minutes with a 10-minute intermission.

In The Heights
April 28 - May 21
From the creators of the Broadway phenomenon HAMILTON, the multi-Tony Award-winning IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. IN THE HEIGHTS, the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations is great for the whole family.
FILM: "Movies at the Bijou" film series
April 27th: The Goonies
Bijou Theatre
http://www.bijoutheatre.org/
SAVE THE DATE!  FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017
Open House/Fundraiser at City Lights Downtown Arts Center
265 Golden Hill St. Bridgeport CT
View a retrospective of City Lights 13 years of exhibits and programs. Mingle with other City Lights patrons and Bridgeport Art Trail artists while sampling fine reception faire from 5:30- 7pm. The celebration continues with our downstairs neighbors, the Downtown Cabaret Theatre and their performance of "In the Heights."
Tickets start at $75. More info to follow.

THANK YOU!!
TO THE GREATER BRIDGEPORT LATINO NETOWRK FOR THE MUSIC!

ON VIEW

VISUAL ART: Exhibits: Alternative Facts/ Photography by Easton Arts Council
The Nest Arts Factory
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.

Photography by Easton Arts Council
Members of the Easton Arts Council are back at the NEST, this time displaying a exhibit of stunning photography.
VISUAL ART: Liz Squillace Solo Exhibition
chaBridgeport

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. https://www.etsy.com/shop/paradoxink?ref=pr_shop_more.

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

LET'S GET SOCIAL

Announcing the Bridgeport Art Trail Facebook Submission form. This form allows Bridgeport artists, arts organizations, event attendees, and those involved in related programming to share content to be considered for our Facebook page. Some examples include information on upcoming events, news, photos of projects you're currently working on, photos of you at arts events, related articles and advice, etc.

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