This June offers plenty of opportunities to explore the art outdoors with special events by The Barnum Festival, classic motorcars on view at the opening reception of Vintage at City Lights Gallery, and the 40th anniversary of Black Rock Day!
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Welcome to our Bridgeport Art Trail newsletter, providing a listing of arts and cultural events.

This June offers plenty of opportunities to explore the art outdoors with special events by The Barnum Festival, classic motorcars on view at the opening reception of Vintage at City Lights Gallery, and the 40th anniversary of Black Rock Day!

Plus, live music by Jen Durkin & The Business and playwright Terrence McNally at The Bijou Theatre
Webster Bank Arena is heating up with Cirque DuSoleil and Hall & Oates
And don't miss the exhibit "Flora & Fauna" at The Nest Arts Factory.

City Lights is also extending a call to all artists for our 6th annual Same Sex exhibit, scheduled for July 2016. DEADLINE JUNE 18th. SameSex explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2016. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate.Details below!

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


Opening Reception: June 9th, 5-8:30pm
City Lights Gallery
855 Main Street
Downtown Bridgeport, CT 06604



VINTAGE: Furniture, Clothing, Collectibles, Art Made from Vintage items



SPECIAL THANKS TO DRAGONE CLASSIC MOTORCARS for lending us 2 vintage motorcars to set the party mood on downtown Main St. Bridgeport, CT.



Walter Duda keyboard, George Kachmar guitar and vocals, Kenny Owens percussion while viewing and purchasing vintage items, clothing, furniture, accessories and and collectibles and art inspired by vintage objects.


VINTAGE opens at City Lights on May 26, 2016 in time to welcome in the late spring antiquing and art fair season. Featured art includes creations and select pieces, clothing and accessories from the Made In Bridgeport collection, collectible and restored Mid-century Modern furniture from Orbitz studio, vintage postcard art by Steve Gerber, steam punk lamps by Dave Rosenberg, still-lifes by Maralyn Adlin, photography by Jay Misencik, furniture assemblage by Vince Filardi, fabric art by Karen Loprete,intage radios collected by George Dragone.

Meet the artists who work with vintage items and subject matter at a shop & sip reception on Thursday June 9, 5:00-8:30 p.m. Enjoy light refreshment and jazz standards performed by George Kachmar on guitar and Waler Duda on keyboard.

Admission is free and open to the public.


City Lights 855 Main St. Downtown Bridgeport CT 06604 (203)334-7748

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City Lights 2012 Car Show, Downtown Main St Bridgeport, CT

SPECIAL EVENT: Barnum Sails the Sound
Saturday, June 11th, 5pm
Bridgeport Port Jefferson Ferry

Barnum Sails the Sound has easily become one of the favored Festival fundraising events! Grab your family and friends and join us for a spectacular evening sailing the sound!

Enjoy a delicious dockside dinner, then come aboard and dance the night away to live music from the WHATUP Funk Band. Bring your dancing shoes! Ticket price includes, picnic dinner on the dock, two free drinks onboard the ferryboat, and two (2) free, round-trip, walk-on ferry tickets good through 12.31.2016. See you onboard!

TICKETS $50 per person.

Dockside dining 5pm. Ferry sails at 7:15pm. We’ll see you onboard!

Sponsored by The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company


SPECIAL EVENT: Black Rock Day 2016

Sunday, June 12th 2016
EVENT DESCRIPTION:  Join us for Black Rock Day 2016! The day kicks off with the Run for the Rock at 9am, then the Bed Race at 11:30, the Parade steps off at noon and the Festival at Ellsworth Park is from 1-6pm. Music by Relative Souls. Visit for all the information. Want to volunteer? Click on this link to sign up

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SPECIAL EVENT: An Evening with Terrence McNally

Monday, June 13th, 7:00pm

The Bijou Theatre


EVENT DESCRIPTION: Join us for a very special evening as Broadway comes to the Bijou!  Terrence McNally will join us for conversation and a book signing.  He will also be in the audience for the reading of our two finalists in our first annual short play festival, offering comments and awarding the top prize.  It will be a one of a kind night in Bridgeport aimed at supporting our 2016 Capital Campaign.


Doors open at 6:00pm, Events starts at 7:00pm


The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT  06604

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LIVE MUSIC: Jen Durkin and The Business
with The Greg Sherrod Band and School of Rock All Stars

Saturday, June 18th, 8pm
The Bijou Theatre


Jen Durkin and The Business
Jen Durkin got her name “Pipes” as vocalist touring with Deep Banana Blackout a band known for blending jam rock with funk. Jen went on to sharing the stage with such legendary artists as Funkadelic Bernie Worrell, The Rhythm Devils, Mickey Hart Band, Steve Kimock and George Porter Jr. Jen has also performed with The Bomb Squad live on the American Music Awards Broadcast as winners of the 2003 New Music Award. Making her home in Arizona she has enjoyed sitting in with the Motet, Soulive and various Supergroups with her band mates through out the years.

The Greg Sherrod Band
A lifelong Bluesnsoulnrocknroll singer who has performed live on national television, Greg Sherrod has shared the stage with some of the world’s biggest musical acts, including Tower of Power, George Porter, Jr., Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead, Booker T. Jones, and Johnny Winter.

School of Rock All Stars
The School of Rock All Stars program is one of the best ways for a serious young musician to get a taste for what a professional career in music is like. The most talented kids selected from each local School of Rock are submitted to a national panel of judges and are some are selected to represent us as the School of Rock All Stars. The School of Rock All Stars are not only highly-skilled musicians, they are leaders in their schools and communities and strive for the best all around.
Doors open at 7:00pm, Show starts at 8:00pm
Theatre seats – $20, Table seats – $25

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: ”SameSex 2016” at City Lights
DEADLINE: June 18th, 2016

City Lights is extending a call to all artists for our 6th annual Same Sex exhibit, scheduled for July 2016. SameSex explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2016. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate.

All artists are invited to submit jpegs of their work for consideration by June 18, 2016 .Artists will be notified by June 30, 2016.  For more info email:                                             
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. There is no size limit to the dimension of art submitted, however larger works, over 60" will be subject to space limitations.

SEND SUBMISSIONS IN JPEG FORMAT,(no more than 8 images), 72 DPI, DUE BY June 18, 2016 to:

NECESSARY INFO TO INCLUDE WITH SUBMISSION:  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, 855 Main St, Bridgeport, CT. 06604 (203) 334-7748

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SPECIAL EVENT: Barnumpalooza at Seaside Park
June 25, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
June 26, 11 a.m – 6 p.m.
Seaside Park

Food Trucks! Beer Garden! Live Music! Fun rides for the kids!
Pack up the family, bring your lawn chairs and your appetite for the first ever Barnumpalooza at Seaside. Enjoy the Park as P.T. intended when he, along with other residents, donated the land in 1864. Sure to be a delicious event!

Food Trucks Scheduled to Appear
Baskin Robbins • Bradley Taffy • Chompers
Christiano’s • Deb’s Café • Donut Crazy
Four Flowers • Melt Mobile • Poutine Gourmet
Happy Ray’s Ice Cream • The Tasty Yolk • The Ultimate BBQ
Other cool non-food vendors, interactive entertainment and fun activities too!
(Truck schedule subject to change on Saturday and Sunday. Please check our Facebook page for updates.)

DJ Dan Moran, The Dan and Jay Band, Elle Sera, Tracy Jo & The Toads, Mystic Bowie.

$5 General admission (children under 12 are free)

VIP Access
$25 for 12 noon – 5 p.m. special seating up front near the bands, special access to beer garden.
$40 for 12 noon – 5 p.m. and continuing for the evening Pops Concert – with special access to beer garden.

$5 General Admission, VIP seating available for $25 (11 am to 5 pm) or $40 (11 am to 10 pm), includes up front seats for musical performances, and special access to the beer garden. Food and beverages can be purchased.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 488

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SPECIAL EVENT: Cirque DuSoleil - OVO
June 8-12th
Tickets on Sale Now
Webster Bank Arena
Event Description: Cirque du Soleil returns to Bridgeport in June 2016 with OVO, its newest touring show in arenas. As part of a global tour in arenas around North America, the production will be presented at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport from June 8 to June 12, 2016 for 7 performances. The show is presented by Visa Signature®.
Thrilling more than 4.5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in Montreal in 2009 as a Big Top show, OVO will embark on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, but now in arenas, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town.

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LIVE MUSIC: Daryl Hall & John Oates
Thursday, June 16th
Tickets on Sale Now
Webster Bank Arena
Event Description: Multi-platinum selling music artists and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES announced today that they will make their Webster Bank Arena debut in Bridgeport, CT on Thursday, June 16. Mayer Hawthorne is the supporting act for this show, and tickets are on sale now at 
“Webster Bank Arena is honored to host and welcome one of the greatest music acts of all time, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall & John Oates to the city of Bridgeport and Fairfield County,” said Webster Bank Arena President Michael Picker. Picker continued, “This show is the perfect way to kick off the summer season, an evening with the legendary #1 selling duo in music history, whose iconic sounds appeal to fans of all ages, then, now and forever.”

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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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ON VIEW - VISUAL ART: Flora & Fauna

May 14 - June 11, 2016

The Nest Arts Factory


Event Description:


Invitational Art Exhibition


Mary Bailey

Amy Bock

Leah Caroline

Cynthia MacCollum

Mary C Manning

Gina Piccirilli-Hayden

Rick Shaefer

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