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BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL NEWSLETTER

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

Keep your calendar full with exciting August events as we enter the dog days of summer!

Thursday remains an active day in downtown Bridgeport.


Downtown Thursdays have released their full line-up with Latin, Funk/Soul,R&B, Alt Rock, Jazz/Fusion, and Old School Hip Hop nights! Concerts are free every Thursday evening at McLevy Green. This week don't miss Pocket Hotties, The Nate Barnes Sound, and What Up Funk!

The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District’s (DSSD) Downtown Farmers Market  also continues on McLevy Green this and every Thursday from noon-4pm until October 27th.

In addition to live music at each market, new this year is the addition of a weekly demonstration and feature of a local artist in collaboration with The Bridgeport Art Trail. This week's featured artist is Flotsam & Whimsy, who will provide a jewelry making demo.

Bridgeport theaters are a great place to stay cool and cultural this month.
The Bijou Theatre's production of "Bring it On" The Musical closes this weekend.


The Downtown Cabaret Theatre presents tribute concert "Satisfaction: The international Rolling Stones Show" and "Forever Motown".

The New Paradigm Theatre presents "Oliver Reinvented" at the Fairfield Theatre Company.
OLIVER "Reinvented" combines The New Paradigm Theatre's professional Broadway/Film/TV performers and directors with local non profits- Bridgeport Council, KEYS, City Lights, and other partners for a PRODUCTION, MENTORING, COMMUNITY INVOLVED happening! Doors will open one hour prior to the show with our “Prologue Bazaar” (local artists, singers, performers, à la Times Square.

Did you miss City Lights Gallery's 6th Annual SAMESEX exhibit reception and BRIDGEPORT PRIDE MARCH? It's still on view at City Lights Gallery!


CALL FOR IMAGES: Bridgeport Art Trail 2016!

All artists living or working in Bridgeport are invited to submit images to help promote themselves and the upcoming Bridgeport Art Trail. Selected images may be used (with attribution to the artist) for the Bridgeport Art Trail brochure, for publicity in the press and on social media, and/or on invitations and promotional material.

Learn more about these and other great events below!

Visit the full calendar of Bridgeport Art listings at the Bridgeport Art Trail Website.

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LIVE THEATER: Bring It On The Musical
July 28th – August 6th
The Bijou Theatre
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION:
From the creators behind hit Broadway musicals HAMILTON, HANDS ON A HARD BODY and IN THE HEIGHTS comes this fantastic, Tony nominated musical, presented by our Summer Stock Theatre Troupe!

Bitingly relevant, sprinkled with sass, and inspired by the hit film, Bring It On The Musical takes audiences on a high-flying journey filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal, and forgiveness. Uniting some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, Bring It On features an original story by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights, Hamilton), music by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next To Normal), lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity) and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Campbell is cheer-royalty at Truman High School and her senior year should prove the most cheertastic – she’s been named captain of the squad! But an unexpected redistricting has forced her to spend her final year of high school at the neighboring, hard knock Jackson High School. Despite having the deck stacked against her, Campbell befriends the dance crew girls and, along with their headstrong and hardworking leader Danielle, manages to form a powerhouse squad for the ultimate competition – the National Championships.

Table Seats $23; Theatre seats $18; Student seats $15
 
TICKETS ON SALE NOW !!!!
Thu 7/28 7:30pm , Fri 7/29 7:30pm , Sat 7/30 7:30pm ,
Thu 8/4 7:30pm , Fri 8/5 7:30pm , Sat 8/6 7:30pm
 

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SPECIAL EVENT: 2016 Downtown Farmers Market
Thursdays, 12-4pm
McLevy Green
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION:

KICK-OFF OF 2016 DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET SEASON

 
The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District’s (DSSD) Downtown Farmers Market will be open every Thursday from 12-4pm until October 27th.
 
VENDORS
In addition to returning farms Smith Acres and Killam & Bassette Farmstead, DSSD will welcome many new vendors, including:
 

  • Whisk+Brush’s Dixie Donuts
  • Leisha’s Bakeria,
  • Elegantly Casual Cuisine
  • Riverside Banking Company
  • Hot Chicks Eggs
  • Organic Girls Cosmetics

 
LIVE MUSIC AND ART
In addition to live music at each market, new this year is the addition of a weekly demonstration and feature of a local artist in collaboration with The Bridgeport Art Trail.

Guest artist this week, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo will work on a community art project that will be part of an upcoming event at the Klein in October. Help create a leaf for the Tree of Peace.

BRIDGEPORT BUCKS PROGRAM
In an effort to help Bridgeport residents and employees eat healthy and stay fit, DSSD has partnered with the Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative to offer the BridgeportBucks Program. BridgeportBucks is a coupon that can be used to purchase fruit and vegetables at any one of the seven Bridgeport farmers markets. Businesses, community-based organizations and non-profit organizations may purchase BridgeportBucks as incentives or rewards to provide to clients, employees, or community groups. For more information or to purchase BridgeportBucks contact: moore.dssd@infobridgeport.com.

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LIVE MUSIC: DOWNTOWN THURSDAYS
Thursday, July 21st to August 18th, 5:30-9pm
McLevy Green
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Downtown Thursdays is BACK! Thanks to the team at I Luv BPT, the free concert series is back for a 7th season. We are starting off with a Hot Latin lineup featuring 2 of the hottest bands in Connecticut. Bring your lawn chairs, wind down, and relax. Downtown Thursdays is the premier FREE Concerts series serving the City of Bridgeport and all our neighboring friends. #WeareBridgeport #iluvbpt #DowntownThursdsays

LINE-UP

July 21st Latin w/ Vinny & Ray and Orquwsta Afinke

July 28th Funk, Soul and R&B w Pocket Hotties, The Nate Barnes Sound, and What Up Funk.

August 4th Alt. Rock w/ Total Hacks, Symphonic Bodega, and Remember September.

Aug. 11th Jazz/Fusion w Outfunked, The Greg Pacjham Group and Sez Zion.

and the Finale Aug 18th Old School Hip Hop with Keith Jackson!

check out our FB page for more details or stop by our website www.downtownthursdays.com for more info

 

LIVE MUSIC: Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show*
Saturday, August 13th, 5pm/8:15pm
The Downtown Cabaret Theatre
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION: “Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show” is the international touring tribute show to the World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band. This Billboard & Pollstar listed show is now celebrating their 15th Anniversary in production with over 2500 performances listed to its credit. This highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast & costuming of its kind. The likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and cast bring a colorful performance to 50 years of classic hits. The show has been featured in Rolling Stone, Showbiz Magazine, Las Vegas Today, CBS Sunday Morning news and hundreds of national newspapers, magazines, television & radio as the world’s greatest show honoring the Rolling Stones and their legacy.

Their latest project debuted in 2014 entitled “Gimme Abbey”. It is a Broadway-style production complete with multimedia featuring The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in concert together in 1969.
Please visit www.rollingstoneshow.com for more information.
 

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LIVE THEATER: Oliver Reinvented
Saturday, August 20th, 1pm
New Paradigm Theatre/Fairfield Theatre Company
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION:

Can't get tickets to Hamilton? Be a part of a Musical Theatre Movement right here in Fairfield! OLIVER "Reinvented" combines The New Paradigm Theatre's professional Broadway/Film/TV performers and directors with local non profits- Bridgeport Council, KEYS, City Lights, and other partners for a PRODUCTION, MENTORING, COMMUNITY INVOLVED happening!

Multi-ethnic, Multi-gendered and Multi-generation - we feature youth and local adults alongside our Broadway pros! Paul Bogaev - Grammy and Oscar Winning musical director and arranger (also playing the part of "Fagin") from the movie Chicago, Dreamgirls, Across the Universe. Scott Bryce - Emmy Nominated TV, Film and Broadway performer as director. From the popular TV show "Orange is the New Black" Gina Naomi Baez as "Nancy".

This “Oliver” production highlights the social justice issues of hunger, poverty, violence in the script. The classic story of Oliver, with the faces of today.

Doors will open one hour prior to the show with our “Prologue Bazaar” (local artists, singers, performers, à la Times Square). Be sure to arrive early to walk around and become a "part of the show"! Special request: Please bring a healthy non-perishable food item as part of your admission fee. That donation will go to the pantry in Bridgeport connected with the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport!

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ARTS WORKSHOP: Bring the Junk from your Trunk
A Made in Bridgeport Jewelry Making Workshop

Thursday, August 18th, 6-8pm

 

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LIVE MUSIC: Forever Motown
Saturday, August 20th, 5pm/8:15pm
The Downtown Cabaret Theatre
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION: Sing, dance & celebrate the music of your life to songs like “My Girl”, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, “Reach Out”, “Shop Around”, “Dancin’ In The Street”, “Stop, In The Name Of Love”, “Ain’t Nothin’ Like The Real Thing”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” & “Uptight” – nearly 30 non-stop hits in all!  Each song captured visually, vocally and choreographically down to the slightest unique nuanced Motown detail.

Performed by a cast of veteran entertainers, including former members of The Jones, Main Ingredient, The Temptations, The Spinners & The Marvelettes, peppered with Broadway savvy performers who had leading roles in “Dream Girls”, ” Your Arms Too Short to Box With God”, “Porgy & Bess” and “Showboat”, Forever Motown resumes its successful theater tour that broke box office records in 2011.
 

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CALL FOR IMAGES: Bridgeport Art Trail 2016!

All artists living or working in Bridgeport are invited to submit images to help promote themselves and the upcoming Bridgeport Art Trail. Selected images may be used (with attribution to the artist) for the Bridgeport Art Trail brochure, for publicity in the press and on social media, and/or on invitations and promotional material.

Submissions will be accepted until October 31, but images submitted early will have a better chance of being published. Images submitted before August 27, 2016 will be considered for inclusion in the BAT directory.
Suggestions for images: finished artwork, the artist posed in his/her studio, visitors at a venue, the artist at work on a piece of art or during a performance, a glimpse into the artist’s process, images from previous Art Trails.
 
 

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 ON VIEW

VISUAL ART/SPECIAL EVENT: 6th Annual SAMESEX Art Exhibit
On View
City Lights Gallery
855 Main St. Downtown Bridgeport, CT.

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
 
Sponsored by "Triangle Community Center and David Ivanko & John Brannelly”

City Lights will hosted the 6th annual Same Sex exhibit reception and Pride March on Thursday July 21, 2016. This annual SameSex exhibit explores LGBTQ themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2016. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate. The prospectus is designed to be open to interpretation, encouraging artists to respond to the current events and zeitgeist of the year. This year we decided to extend the submission deadline a few weeks to support artists who would like to express their solidarity, condolence, pride, outrage in response to the most recent tragedy in Orlando Fla.

Admission is free and open to the public. View this year’s provocative art exhibit.

City Lights is a nonprofit arts organization located in downtown Bridgeport CT. that serves the community through art, 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: clgallerybpt@gmail.com our website: www.citylightsgallery.org City Lights Gallery, 855 Main St, Bridgeport, CT. 06604 (203) 334-7748 Regular gallery hours are W-F 11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday 12-4. Thursday we are open until 7p.m.


Exhibiting artists include: Wayne Banks, Patrice Barrett, Sue Czark, Michael Corey, Emily Derr, Allan Dudek, Jeanine Esposito, Thomas Evans, Ken Hopkins, Angelina Kendra, David Kent, Phyllis Lee, Cassandra Mendoza, Ricky Mestre, Maia Mneimne, Stefan Novotny, Hilary Opperman, Valerie Riveras Rhodes, Ellen Schindermann, Richard Taddei.

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 CONCERTS AND EVENTS AT WEBSTER BANK ARENA

LIVE MUSIC: KISS – Freedom to Rock Tour
September 7th
Tickets on Sale Now
Webster Bank Arena
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION: KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time. They remain one of America's top gold-record champions and have recorded 37 albums over 40 years, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide.
 

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