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This July we've got plenty of ways to keep your summer cool and cultural!
Thursday, July 21st is an active day in downtown Bridgeport.
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BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL NEWSLETTER

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

This July we've got plenty of ways to keep your summer cool and cultural!

Thursday, July 21st is an active day in downtown Bridgeport.

The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District’s (DSSD) Downtown Farmers Market will kick-off the 2016 season on July 14th from noon-4pm. The market at McLevy Green will be open every Thursday 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.


City Lights Gallery will host the 6th Annual SAMESEX exhibit reception and BRIDGEPORT PRIDE MARCH on Thursday July 21, 2016 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 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. Included works address the recent bathroom rights for transgender persons and the tragedy in Orlando. 

BRIDGEPORT LOVES ORLANDO!
Show your support. Join in the pride march
that steps off at 7:30 pm from the gallery led by Lady Blaze, rainbow clad stilt walker. Collaborate and create banners and flags with other attendees while enjoying live music, drink and light refreshment. Don’t miss Vinny and Ray w/ Orquesta Afinke at the Downtown Thursday live music series at adjacent McLevy Green, adding to the night’s activities.

Admission is free and open to the public.

JULY EVENTS

Escape the heat with a movie at the Bijou Theatre with special film series Music on Film presenting the Grateful Dead documentary "Sunshine Daydream" and Reel Law showing "Legally Blonde". Your favorite movie comes the stage at the Bijou later this month with the production of "Bring it On The Musical"

The Klein hosts a special benefit for After School at the Klein (ASK) - Bridgeport’s only tuition free after school arts education program. Don't miss A Broadway Songbook Cabaret: 1940’s And More! They also will be putting on a production of Urinetown: The Musical. This comedy musical satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement and municipal politics. 

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

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VISUAL ART/SPECIAL EVENT:
6th Annual SAMESEX Art Exhibit Reception and Pride March

Thursday July 21st , 5:30-8:30 p.m.
City Lights Gallery
855 Main St. Downtown Bridgeport, CT.

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

City Lights will host the 6th annual Same Sex exhibit reception and Pride March on Thursday July 21, 2016 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 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.

Join us in the pride march that steps off at 7:30 pm from the gallery led by Lady Blaze, rainbow clad stilt walker. Collaborate and create banners and flags with other attendees while enjoying live music, drink and light refreshment. Don’t miss Vinny and Ray w/ Orquesta Afinke at the Downtown Thursday live music series at adjacent McLevy Green, adding to the night’s activities.  DJ Billy Lopez will keep the party going at City Lights. 

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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SPECIAL EVENT: 2016 Downtown Farmers Market
Thursday, July 14th, 12-4pm
The Bijou Theatre
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION:

KICK-OFF OF 2016 DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET SEASON

 
The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District’s (DSSD) Downtown Farmers Market will kick-off the 2016 season on July 14th from noon-4pm. The market at McLevy Green will be open every Thursday 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. The season kick off will include guitarist Glen Roth and visual artist and body painter Alicia Cobb.   
 
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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Body Painting by Alicia Cobb;  The Color of Life,  Kimetic2

FILM: “Reel Law Series”: Legally Blonde
Thursday, July 14th at 7pm
The Bijou Theatre
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION: Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) has it all. She wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But there is one thing stopping him (Matthew Davis) from proposing: She is too blond. Elle rallies all of her resources and gets into Harvard, determined to win him back.

*A discussion on the legal issues addressed will be held after the film.
 
Running time -97 minutes; Rated PG-13
 
All seats: $12
 
Doors open at 6:00pm, Film starts at 7:00pm
 

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SPECIAL EVENT: A Broadway Songbook Cabaret: 1940’s And More!
Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 6:30PM
The Klein

(Performance and awards to begin at 8:00PM, cocktails and conversation in the tent from 6:30 - 8:00PM)
 
Event Description: Join us for a benefit evening for After School at the Klein (ASK) - Bridgeport’s only tuition free after school arts education program. We will be honoring Mr. Robert D. Scinto with the Jacob Klein Leader of Distinction Award. The extraordinary cabaret performance will feature Bridgeport’s own Maureen Hamill, with Simone DePaolo, Robert Fallon, Kevin Miller, Mary Richard, Kerry Lambert and pianist, David Harris. The event will start in the tent with Conversation and Cocktails as well as ample hors d’oeuvres at 6:30PM and move into the auditorium at 8:00PM for the awards ceremony and cabaret performance.

Tickets are available online at theklein.org or by calling (800) 424-0160 x 4.  Patron and Corporate sponsorships are available. 

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FILM: WPKN presents “Music on Film Series”: Sunshine Daydream
Grateful Dead Documentary
Wednesday, July 20th at 7pm
The Bijou Theatre
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION:  Join WPKN at The Bijou Theatre for a special evening of music and film. This month features a SUNSHINE DAYDREAM, a documentary on the 1972 Grateful Dead concert. Join us at the Bijou Bar before the show for a drink, snacks and dinner from local restaurant, Cantiin.
 

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LIVE MUSIC: DOWNTOWN THURSDAYS- Vinny and Ray and Orquesta Afinke
Thursday, July 21st, 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

Thanks to our City Council Sponsorship! We will be kicking off the season with a hot night with the Latin dance combo of Vinny and Ray and Orquesta Afinke

Vinny and Ray Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz performs Salsa, Funk, timba and Latin Jazz. Vinny and Ray is one of the hottest latin band in Connecticut. Their CD is being sold throughout the US as well as Europe. They are highly known in New York and Connecticut. They have performed with Tito Puente, Jose Alberto, Ray Barretto and Grupo Fasinacion.
 

 

LIVE THEATER: In The Spotlight Presents: URINETOWN
Date/Time: 4 Showtimes!
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 8:00PM
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 3:00PM
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 8:00PM
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 4:30PM
 
The Klein, 910 Fairfield Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06605
 
Event Description: Urinetown: The Musical is a satirical comedy musical that premiered in 2001. It satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement and municipal politics.  “Urinetown will make audiences laugh and sing but it also explores real social issues. It will change the audience, and more importantly, the performers to think- Am I willing to do what is right? - For these reasons we think it is the right show to do our first year,” says Susan Wright, President of the Mighty Quinn Foundation as they are now the umbrella organization of In The Spotlight.
 
 

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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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 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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LOOK FOR OUR JULY 2016 ARTIST OF THE MONTH IN THE NEXT ISSUE
 
 ARTIST OF THE MONTH JUNE 2016
PHILIP POST
Philip Post is a 21 year old self taught artist from Norwalk, CT. He started his brand dertbag in 2007 at age 12. Post came up with the name after a flare up of his Crohn’s disease. His Crohn’s disease made it nearly impossible to school. Instead, Philip channeled his energy into his art, creating his own world with dertbag. Post has shown his work in Tokyo, Vienna, NYC, and LA. In 2013 Philip opened his ‘dertbag atelier’ at age 18. He sells his dertbag brand and his father’s brand Frank Foster Post here. He also works on his personal artwork and music at the atelier. 
Q. How would you describe your designs?
Out of my mind.
 
Q. Why were you attracted to be a street wear designer?
I like wearing things people don’t have.
 
What is your process like? 


My process for my collection is usually based around events I have gone through. I am now trying to make each collection more personal, and trying to create from within. I listen to music, go through old books, experience, experiment, and end the chapter of my life with my collection, which brings on a new chapter…
 
Q. What inspires you?
Life. Colors. Natural occurrences. Original people. Taking risks.
 
Q. How do you think you’ve changed or developed as a designer?  

I have developed and progressed as an artist, and matured as a designer. I am the 21 year old version of my 12 year old self.

Q. An article in the Connecticut Post quotes you saying "My whole life I haven't lived the normal kid route.” Can you describe how you feel your upbringing has influenced you as a designer?
Both of my parents and sisters are artists. I grew up in an art environment with creatives in every room. I didn’t really go to high school due to my Crohn’s disease, but instead I turned the negative into a positive and worked on my brand. Taught myself the adobe suite and final cut pro. Put my energy into something constructive and cool.

READ THE ARTICLE HERE
Q. Kanye West was recently photographed wearing one of your designs and then later you contributed to a Vogue article about your favorite CT hotspots. Can you tell me a bit about this experience your rise as a designer?
A. I’ve always been making clothing. Everything good in my life has come from me creating and being true to myself. It’s only natural to be where I am now. I just need to continue to impress myself.
 
READ ARTICLE "Dertbag's Rise From Connecticut to Kanye" (Complex)  HERE
READ ARTICLE "Kanye’s Favorite New Designer Shares 5 Must-Visit Connecticut Spots That Are Actually Cool"
(Vogue) HERE
 
Q. What do you think you bring to your designs that’s unique or different?
No one else can do what I can do the way I do it.
 
Q. What are your future plans for Dertbag?
Expansion. International pop ups. Full cut n sew collection. Higher quality goods. A better sense of myself.  
 
Where can people purchase your designs?

Shop.dertbag.us
1001 Main St. Bridgeport, CT 06604
http://dertbag.us/stores.html
 
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