SAVE THE DATE: Bridgeport Art Trail - November 12th-15th.

Just because summer is coming to a close doesn't mean it's time to hibernate. This September Bridgeport is full of arts and cultural events!
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Welcome to our Bridgeport Art Trail newsletter, providing a listing of arts and cultural events.

SAVE THE DATE: Bridgeport Art Trail - November 12th-15th.

Just because summer is coming to a close doesn't mean it's time to hibernate!
This September Bridgeport is full of arts and cultural events!

Tomorrow, Thursday September 8th, The Housatonic Museum of Art celebrates their extensive collection with their "50 objects/Fifty Years" exhibit. 

An opening reception will be held September 10, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. and the public is cordially invited to attend. The exhibit will be on view from September 10 through October 16, 2015 in the Burt Chernow Galleries.

SUPPORT CITY LIGHTS, THE LEAD ORGANIZATION OF THE BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL and have some FUN at their annual fundraiser on Thursday, September 17th at Captain's Cove! A Multi-media Celebration featuring Drink, Music, Art, Fun & Art Demos.

The Bijou Theatre is active in September with their "Reel Law Series" presenting Kramer vs Kramer and a live theater event later in the month of "Tick Tick Boom", the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitizer Prize and TONY Award-winning composer of Rent.

And fans of theater can also check out "MEMPHIS" at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre opening September 25th!  Plus, Actors, don't miss your chance to audition for "Fiddler on the Roof".

Storytelling series Heart of the City returns with its fourth installment on September 14th to share tales of embarrassment and growth in their September theme "Mortified: Letters, Diary Entries, and Stories from the Awkward Years".

Don't be surprised... we are letting you know now... The Bridgeport Art Trail is scheduled for Nov. 12-15, 2015. Don't miss our CALL FOR ARTISTS for the BPT Art Trail Sampler and Artists' Party at the Read's Ground Floor Gallery, downtown Bridgeport CT!

This September, we're happy to feature artist Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli as our Artist of the Month!

This Bridgeport photographer heavily integrates her Mexican heritage into her work and will be curating the exhibit LATINISSIMA at City Lights Gallery for Hispanic Heritage month.

Be sure to check out all the details below!
Visit the full calendar of Bridgeport Art listings at the Bridgeport Art Trail Website.


VISUAL ART: 50 Objects/Fifty Years: Highlights from the Collection
Housatonic Museum of Arts, Burt Chernow Galleries
Opening Reception Thursday, September 10th, 5:30-7 p.m.
On View, September 10th-October 16th 2015

Event Description: 

The 50 Objects/Fifty Years: Highlights from the Collection exhibit represents the start of a year- long program of special events, lectures, and exhibits celebrating 50 years since Housatonic Community College was founded. It will involve alumni, students, community, faculty and staff, and supporters of the college.

The Housatonic Museum of Art is the fitting host of the opening as the art collection is a cornerstone of the history, growth and development as well as the cultural outreach of the college.

The exhibit will be on view from September 10 through October 16, 2015 in the Burt Chernow Galleries. An opening reception will be held September 10, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. and the public is cordially invited to attend. The Burt Chernow Galleries are free and open seven days a week. Visit the website, for gallery hours.

50 Objects/50 Years features works from the collection that span across time from ancient to contemporary and include examples of Greek, Roman and Pre-Columbian earthenware to Native American artifacts. Also on view are photographers such as Ansel Adams, Cartier-Bresson and Cindy Sherman alongside such recognized masters as Warhol, Picasso, Rodin, Cassatt, Durer, De Kooning and Alex Katz, to name a few.

Founded in 1966, the
Housatonic Community College soon became home to a world-class art collection when Burt Chernow joined the faculty of the art department. Dedicating his life to teaching art and building an important collection, Burt worked tirelessly to acquire work from contemporary artists, many of them at the start of their careers. After retiring from the college in 1983, Burt began a second career as an art appraiser often encouraging his clients to contribute to the still growing collection that now began to include works from Bali, China, Indonesia, Russia and Peru.

Burt Chernow envisioned the Housatonic Museum of Art as a kind of visual library, or endless labyrinth, with each work of art providing each individual a unique opportunity to travel through the world of art and ideas.

The Housatonic Museum of Art’s collection contains over 5000 works of art spanning ancient through modern times and is one of the largest permanent collections of any two-year college in the Northeast. Exhibitions and programs are funded in part by the Werth Family Foundation, Lumpkin Family Foundation, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Downtown Special Services District and individual donors.

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Weaving workshop at City Lights during fabric art exhibit called "COMMON THREADS,"among works on view, quilts from Gee's Bend.

SAVE THE DATE!: City Lights Gallery Annual Fundraising Event
Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Captain’s Cove.
1 Bostwick Avenue, Bridgeport, CT
Thursday, September 17, 2015
5:30-9 pm


and have some FUN at our annual fundraiser on Thursday, 9/17 at Captain's Cove!
We are currently organizing the 7th annual city-wide open studio event. City Lights outreach programs continue to grow.  This summer we had the pleasure to work with staff and youth of Ralphola Taylor Center. Youth participated in programs that connected art and natural science. We finished up the program with a nature walk and boat ride to Sheffield Island and a visit to the Norwalk Aquarium.

Thank you for your continued support.
Executive Director
Suzanne Kachmar

City Lights is a nonprofit arts organization located in downtown Bridgeport that serves the community through art.

Please make a donation:

Thursday September 17, 2015, 5:30-9 p.m.
A fun way to support public art in Bridgeport, CT.

City-wide open studios and art weekend, November 12-15, 2015.

Weaving and spinning wool with youth at Ralphola Taylor Center Bridgeport, CT.
Join us for City Light’s One Fundraising Event of the Year…

A Multi-media Celebration featuring Drink, Music, Art, Fun & Art Demos at Captain's Cove Seaport, 1 Bostwick Ave. Bridgeport CT 06605, (203)335-1433
Special Thanks to board member Bruce Williams and his family for hosting this event.

$75 single admission/$125 per 2

City Lights Patron Member and Fundraiser Special Deal:
$100 single admission plus 1 year membership
$125 admission for 2 plus 1 year membership

Please make checks payable to City Lights & Company or use our
secured server at
(Donations will also be accepted at the door.)


ABOUT: City Lights is a nonprofit, community based art organization located in downtown Bridgeport CT., easily accessible by Metro-North, Port Jeff Ferry, I-95 and the Merrit Parkway via the Route 25 Connector.

For more info please email us at:
Visit Our Website:

Help support our 11+ year mission to serve the Community through Art and ensure that our outreach programs for area Youth and Adults will continue.

City Lights programs include:
The Bridgeport Arts Trail each November, Painting and Weaving Workshops with Alpha Community Services YMCA, Integrating Art & Natural Science with local Elementary, Jr. High, and High School students, Chess workshops for youth, Bridgeport Mental Health Art Therapy Workshops… as well as providing opportunities for area artists of all levels, backgrounds, and abilities to present, sell, and experience Art!

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City Lights Outreach: Boat ride, nature walk at Sheffiled Island and visit to the Flutter Zone at Norwalk Aquarium, to reinforce Butterfly work shop with youth from th Ralphola Taylor Center.

FILM: Reel Law Series – Kramer vs Kramer
Thursday, September 10th, 7pm
The Bijou Theatre

Event Description:
In this film, Joanna Kramer walks out on her advertising-art-director husband Michael. Also left behind is the Kramers’ 6-year-old son Billy. At first, both father and son resent each other’s company but soon form a strong bond. Suddenly, Joanna reenters his life, announcing that she wants full custody of Billy.
Running time: 1 hr., 45 min.; Rated: PG
Doors open: 6:00pm, Film begins: 7:00pm.  Film followed by Q&A with counsel from Koskoff, Koskoff & Beider. Light refreshments provided.

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LIVE THEATER: Tick Tick Boom
The Bijou Theatre
September 11th - September 20th

Event Description:
An aspiring composer questions his life choices on the eve of his thirtieth birthday in Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical.
Before Rent, there was Tick, Tick…Boom!. This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize- and TONY Award-winning composer of Rent, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices he made to achieve his big break in theatre. Containing fourteen songs, ten characters, three actors, and a band, Tick, Tick…Boom! takes you on the playwright/composer’s journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster.
His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city, his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue, and yet Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical. Set in 1990, this compelling story of personal discovery is presented as a rock musical filled with instantly appealing melodies and a unique blend of musical theatre styles.
Everyone will love this youthful, endearing, and thoughtful piece, and will surely embrace the universal ideal of holding onto your dreams through life’s most difficult challenges. Tick, Tick…Boom! features a three-person cast showcasing strong pop/rock singers and allowing performers to make creative character choices.
Doors open one hour prior to show.
Theatre seats: $23, Table seats: $28, Student seats: $18
Dates Below:
Fri 9/11 8:00pm , Sat 9/12 8:00pm , Sun 9/13 3:00pm ,
Thu 9/17 7:00pm , Fri 9/18 8:00pm , Sun 9/20 5:00pm

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SPECIAL EVENT:  Heart of the City Storytelling Series
Theme: Mortified: Letters, Diary Entries, + Stories from the Awkward Years
Monday, September 14th, 6:45-8:00pm
The Bananaland, 162 Elm Street, Floor 3, Bridgeport CT

Event Description:
Changing the Bridgeport narrative one story at a time.
Storytelling events the first Monday of every month with local speakers, live music, food + fun!

They always said, "One day you'll look back on this and laugh..."
Well, that time has come!

Join us for our 4th Heart of the City storytelling event as we empathize along with a new set of speakers... those brave souls willing to share some of life's most embarrassing moments.

As usual, live music, light food + drinks, and a whole lot of good vibes.

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The Downtown Cabaret
September 25th - October 11th

Event Description:
Book & Lyrics: Joe DiPietro
Music & Lyrics: David Bryan
Based on a concept by: George W. George
Director: Christy McIntosh-Newsom
Musical Director: Eli Newsom
Choreographer: Jessica Rahrig

ABOUT THE SHOW: Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, MEMPHIS follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, MEMPHIS will leave you feeling exhilarated by its explosive blend of electrifying music, soaring emotion and roof-raising energy.


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Image: American Fabrics Building, Bridgeport Art Trail 2014
Don't be surprised... we are letting you know now... The Bridgeport Art trail is scheduled for Nov. 12-15, 2015. 
CALL FOR ARTISTS for the BPT Art Trail Sampler and Artists' Party at the Read's Ground Floor Gallery, downtown Bridgeport CT.
CALL FOR ARTISTS; Bridgeport Art Trail Small Works Sampler

Show you work and party with fellow artists and the Bridgeport creative community at the BPT Art Trail Artists’ Party, Thursday November 12, 2015. This annual Kick-Off Party is a popular art trail event.  The Bridgeport Art Trail mantra is View art. Talk art. Buy art. … Eat & Drink too, while enjoying party tunes provided by WPKN 89.5 fm radio. 

City Lights is extending a call to Bridgeport artists to submit small works under 20” for the annual Bridgeport Art Trail Sampler and Artists’ Party Kick-off for 7th annual city-wide open studios event. Please submit jpegs for consideration by October 15, 2015. Artists will be notified by October 23, 2015.  For more info email us:

Submission deadline: October 15, 2015.
Artists notified: October 23, 2015.
Drop Off of Art: November 5, 6, 7. Times T.B.A.
Pick up TBA

The exhibit and reception are sponsored by City Lights Gallery, the City of Bridgeport and the Downtown Special Services District. It will take place at the Ground Floor Gallery of the Read’s Art Space at 1042 Broad St. Downtown Bridgeport CT.  The Bridgeport Art Trail is a city-wide art celebration where visitors can tour artists’ studios, gallery spaces, and enjoy music, performance, film poetry and artists’ demos.

City Lights is a nonprofit, organization located in downtown Bridgeport CT that serves the community through art. It is easily accessible by Metro-North, Port Jeff Ferry, I-95 and the Merit Parkway via the Route 25 Connector.
SEND SUBMISSIONS IN JPEG FORMAT,(no more than 8 images), 72 DPI, DUE BY OCTOBER 15th, TO:

Brief artists statement, itemized list of art submitted should include:  title, size, medium, price of work, Works not for sale should include a value rather than a price. Also include artist's contact info: name, email, phone (evening and daytime numbers), mailing address and website if available. 
For more info please email us at: our website:
City Lights Gallery, 37 Markle Court, Bridgeport, CT. 06604 (203) 334-7748

AUDITIONS: Downtown Cabaret Main Stage Theatre - Fiddler on the Roof
Tuesday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 9th

University of Bridgeport Arts & Humanities Building
84 Iranistan Ave Bridgeport CT 06604 (free parking lot)

Downtown Cabaret Main Stage Theatre (Eli Newsom, Producing Artistic Director; Hugh Hallinan Executive Producer) is holding an open call audition for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF on September 8 & 9; Director: Joel Fenster; Musical Director: Clay Zambo; Choreographer: Lindsay Johnson.
The show runs Dec 4-20 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre 263 Golden Hill St in Bridgeport, CT.
Please note that the auditions will take place at University of Bridgeport, 84 Iranistan Ave Bridgeport CT 06604 (free parking lot).  

We are seeking a large cast of approximately 35 performers ages 8-80 for this classic family musical. There are principal roles available as well as numerous featured supporting roles, and a featured dancing ensemble. Please note the role of Tevye is cast. Non-Equity, no pay.

Visit to access the audition sign-up form.


Two open-call auditions will take place,
Tuesday September 8 & Wednesday September 9:

CHILDREN ONLY (ages 15 and under) from 5:45pm-7pm (sign-in begins at 5:15pm, please don’t arrive before 5pm)

ADULTS ONLY (ages 16+) from 7pm-9:30pm (sign-in begins at 6pm, sign-in ends at 8:30pm)

Actors will be seen in order of arrival, with the exception of the actors who have secured appointments (scroll down below for info on how to reserve a timeslot). For those unable to attend auditions, in some cases the director may consider video submissions. Please email for info.

What to prepare:
All actors should bring a current headshot (or recent photo) and 1 page acting resume or list of theater/performing experience.

Please prepare a short selection (no longer than 1 minute) of a song in the style of the show. Singing from the show is ok. Bring sheet music in the correct key---a capella singing is highly discouraged.

Callbacks will take place on Thurs Sep 10 beginning at 5pm for children and 6:30pm for adults. There will also be a movement/dance call at callbacks. Only some roles require dancing, we are seeking performers of all types. Not all roles require callbacks, so not receiving a callback is not an indication of whether or not you have been cast.

For convenience we are offering limited appointment time slots . Appointments are not necessary, however they are recommended. We will not be doing appointment timeslots for child actors. Visit to access the audition sign-up form. Please make a note of your appointment time and date as you may not receive a reminder. Audition slots are limited, first-come, first-served. Actors without appointments will be seen as time allows between appointment slots. Those without appointments should allow for 1-2 hours of wait time.


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VISUAL ART: Annual Member’s Exhibit
City Lights Gallery
Regular gallery hours: W-F 11:30-5, Thurs open until 7, Sat 12-4 pm.
Event Description:

Every year City Lights hosts one unjuried exhibit designed to build community. It is always an interesting experiment featuring a spectrum of styles and skills.

A recurring theme focusses on contemporary manipulations of well-known masterpieces including works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Hieronymus Bosch and Van Gogh.

Exhibiting Members Include:
Patrice Barrett, Tom Brenner, Aaron Brenner, Patte Cocoran, Bryant Davis, Steve Gerber, Scott Davis, Mina de Hass, Allan Dudek, Danielle Julius, Beth Lazar, Phil Levine, Karen Loprete, Janice Mauro, Shanna Melton, Jon Oldham, Andy Pinto, Collen Reilly Rees, David Rosenberg, Eileen Fitz Smith, Ken Staffey,  Gustavo Torres, FranCesca Winfield

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The Women Photographic Series are geographical interior maps of experiences and feelings. Through these images I try to deconstruct the women-the path she has traveled and through memory I try to unfold the stratas of a distant past that becomes more elusive as the present takes over.
Yo Y Frida - Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli
Q. How would you describe your artwork/style?
A. Contemporary Mexican

Q. What medium do you work in?
A. Photography-based and any reproductive mediums like printmaking and Photoshop.

Q. What is your process like?    
A. I photograph every day and ideas are always there to follow. I have many projects at the same time.

Q. What inspires you?
A. Every day, nature, light, my culture, and traveling.
Luna Clara - Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli
Q. How do you think you’ve changed or developed as an artist?
A. It’s been a continuous and natural process. I’ve been an artist at a very early age and I come from a family of artists.  My aunt was an actress in Mexico City, and my uncle was an opera singer.
Peace - Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli
Q. Can you tell me about the exhibit for Hispanic Heritage month you’re curating: LATINISSIMA?

A. Latinissima is term that I created. It refers to people from Latin America, Spanish speaking, and bringing contemporary artists from various Latin countries to Bridgeport.

The exhibition includes artist from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. It includes artist I’ve known and admired their works. The show is very diverse within the Latin and Caribbean community.
Blue Moon - Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli
Orgullo de Mestiza - Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli
Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli

*All event descriptions and artist interviews are presented as provided.
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