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YOUR BRIDGEPORT ARTS & CULTURE GUIDE

October 26th, 2016

The 2016 Bridgeport Art Trail is right around the corner!
SAVE THE DATE: November 10th-13th

In the next three weeks we'll be providing "sneak peaks" into  BPT Art Trail highlighted events, special programming, and venues. 

This week we showcase our Downtown Kickoff & Artists Party on November 10th!  Plus, exhibits and events happening in downtown Bridgeport throughout the day.

Don't miss this  city-wide art celebration is a month away. 
 
VIEW ART. TALK ART. BUT ART.
 

 
VISIT THE BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL WEBSITE

Bridgeport At Trail 2016 - Downtown Kickoff & Artists Party

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH, 5:30-10PM
READ'S ARTSPACE

City Lights Gallery presents a FREE celebration featuring local art, music, food, drink.

Party with the artists and creative community of Bridgeport in the repurposed Read’s Department Store, now an artist live/work space.

View artwork by Bridgeport Art Trail artists Enjoy music by the Park City All-Stars, curated by John Torres of Oh Cassius!

Listen to eclectic tunes by WPKN’s programmer/deejay Doug Hovey between sets.

Reception fare by Asylum Distillery, Meatball Heaven, Harborview Market, Tea-RRific Ice Cream, and RedBee Honey.
Downtown Bridgeport Exhibits & Events
Thursday, November 10th
 ON EXHIBIT
 
A CHUCK CLOSE PRINT FOR TURNAROUND ARTS: at the renovated Mechanics and Farmers building, downtown on Main Street. Architectural firm Fletcher Thompson will open its lobby for limited hours on Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday early afternoon for public viewing of a small print of President Barack Obama by world-renowned American artist, Chuck Close. Mr. Close donated this piece to be auctioned to raise funds for Bridgeport Public School’s Turnaround Arts program, an initiative by the President’s Committee of Arts and Humanity. 

Barnum Publick House
Peace=n=Love Photography & Art by MIA Lipstick. This exhibit features candid photos taken over the last decade of the Annual Woodstock Reunion held every August in Bethel, NY.

BPT Creates
Special Reserve, 3.0, a mixed media show comprised of regional artists featuring works of photography, sculpture, graffiti, street art, and pop art.

City Lights Gallery
On exhibit, The Fibers of Her Being, the Fabric Art of Karen Loprete.

The Kennedy Center’s Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative (MDAC)
Exhibit: Threshold, explores doors, door mats, windows, and mirrors as passageways to new places, perspectives, and potentials.

Read’s ArtSpace
The Artists Choose Artists exhibit curated by David Green of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. This exhibit features new artwork from Read’s artists invited peers.

Schelfhaudt Gallery At the University of Bridgeport
Exhibit: Reality of Abstraction, paintings, and sculptures looking through the lenses of nonobjective imagery. Curated by Peter Konsterlie.

ARCADE MALL ARTIST STUDIOS

Paradox Ink
Bring your own tee-shirt for a custom print of Liz Squillace’s latest designs.

Ruben Marroquin Weaving Workshop
Fiber Art Open Studio and Yarn Sale.

dertbag Atelier
A retail and studio space for the brand dertbag, created by artist and muscian Philip Post. Celebrate new dertbag collection releases, only available in store.
 
OCTOBER EVENTS AND EXHIBITS
Wicked Bridgeport Tours at The Barnum Museum
Supreme Reflections - The Music of Motown
On view at The Nest Arts Factory: "Haven" invitational art exhibit
"Body & Soul" exhibit on view at the Housatonic Museum of Art
Live music & artists at the Downtown Farmer's Market 
Final Thursday of the season
BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL HIGHLIGHTS!
 Thursday, November 10, 2016

DOWNTOWN KICK-OFF AND ARTISTS’ PARTY: Mingle with the creative community from 5:30-9 pm. View a sampling of
 Bridgeport Art Trail small artworks while enjoying the Park City All-Stars exclusive debut performance! John Torres of Oh, Cassius! has curated a line-up of popular Bridgeport musicians especially for the Bridgeport Art Trail Artists’ Party. Between sets, WPKN radio programmer Douge Hovey keeps the party vibe going by spinning discs. 

PLEASE YOUR PALATE WITH BRIDGEPORT-MADE ARTISANAL FOOD & DRINK: The Downtown Kick-off and Artists’ Party
 from 5:30-9 pm features fine samplings and local fare fromTea-rrific Ice Cream, Meatball Heaven, Asylum Distillery,
 Harborview Market, and Red Bee Honey. It’s Tea-rrific, baby! Sample a vodka float with a little Asylum Vodka and Tea-rrific Ice Cream. 

DOWNTOWN BRIDGEPORT RENOVATION: The Bridgeport Art Trail Downtown Kick-Off and Artists’ Party takes place from 5:309 pm at City Lights Annex in The Harral Building, 1103 Main Street,
 located between Fairfield Avenue and Elm Street on a block where 3 buildings are being renovated simultaneously. During the party take a tour of apartments and commercial spaces for lease so you can become a part of the vibrant downtown Bridgeport art scene as well!

A CHUCK CLOSE PRINT FOR TURNAROUND ARTS: at the renovated Mechanics and Farmers building, downtown on Main Street. Architectural firm Fletcher Thompson will open its lobby for limited hours on Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday early afternoon for public viewing of a small print of President Barack Obama by world-renowned American artist, Chuck Close. Mr. Close donated this piece to be auctioned to raise funds for Bridgeport Public School’s Turnaround Arts program, an initiative by the President’s Committee of Arts and Humanity. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

DINNER AND A SHOW: at Trattoria ‘A Vucchella
, 274 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport. You never know what will happen when ‘A Vucchella and the New England Ballet collaborate! Company dancers perform ballet excerpts while you dine at one of
 Bridgeport’s new “in spots”.

BRIDGEPORT BAROQUE CONCERT: at the NEST Arts Factory from 7:00-8:00 pm featuring world-renowned harpsichordist J. Owen Burdick, flutist Richard Wyton, Nina Stern playing the recorder, and guest cellist Arthur Fiacco. The quartet will be playing
 baroque music from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries in a free concert with limited seating. This event is not to be missed!

OTHER FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS: Black Rock Art Guild’s annual art auction. Science fiction illustrations by Norm Siegel at the
 Discovery Museum. City Librarian Michael Bielawa’s walking tour Military Legends and Mysteries, and AFRIKA360, a one-man
 performance by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, debuting at the City Lights Annex in the Harral Building. See full listings for more details.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

TOUR OPEN STUDIOS CITY-WIDE
: Discover art, music, poetry, performance, and more at Bridgeport’s arts communities of American Fabrics Arts Building, NEST Arts Factory, Artists of 305 Knowlton Street, Bridgeport Innovation Center, the Historic Arcade, and Read’s ArtScape. View work by over 125 artists on display at these venues and throughout the city. See listings for full details.

BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL BIKE TOUR: Meet at 9:00 am at City Lights Gallery, 855 Main Street for coffee and a bagel before pedaling off to explore Bridgeport’s hidden treasures and booming art culture with Bob Halstead. This free Bike Tour visits artists’ open studio spaces and other Bridgeport landmarks.

GREATER  BRIDGEPORT  SYMPHONY: Enjoy a musical tour of Hollywood as the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Goes to the Movies, including music from the Godfather, Raging Bull, Fantasia, and more. Begins at 8 pm at the Klein Auditorium. Special Rates for Families and Students (under 21) available by calling GBS at (203)576-0263. Ask about the availability of the family of 5 package for $55!!! (Restrictions apply.)

OTHER SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS: demonstrations and an art exhibit at Black Rock Galleries, an opening of the Threshold exhibit at the Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative, Park City Paint at B:Hive Bridgeport, and the Bridgeport Portrait Project by Misencik
 Photography at the Harral Building. See listings for full details.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

TOUR OPEN STUDIOS CITY-WIDE: Discover art, music, poetry, performance, and more at Bridgeport’s arts communities of American Fabrics Arts Building, NEST Arts Factory, Artists of 305 Knowlton Street, Bridgeport Innovation Center, the Historic
 Arcade, and Read’s ArtScape. View work by over 125 artists on display at these venues and throughout the city. See listings for full details.

ARTISTS’ BRUNCH: A fabulous way to start the day on Sunday – art and food! Go to a French-Indonesian themed Artist Brunch and hang out with the artists of the NEST Arts Factory from 11:00-1:00 pm. Discuss art, life, creativity, and more while sampling tasty treats in a classic art salon style gathering. .

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN: All it takes is some snow, some clever children, and a magic hat to bring Frosty the Snowman to life in this brand new Children’s Cabaret Theatre original at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre beginning at noon

TWO-ROADS BREWERY TASTING: Come to the American Fabrics Arts Building at 1:00 pm for a Two Roads Brewery Tasting with art, a vintage vinyl sale, and Two Roads Beer. It’s the perfect combination! See #1 for more info. OTHER SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS: an opening of pointillist Karin Lydia Brey’s work at the Pious Bird of Good Omen, rehearsals of the Nutcracker Suite at New England Ballet, and the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra at the Klein Memorial Auditorium. 
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