After a week of gray rainy days get outdoors and fill-up your social calendar with the many great arts events happening in Bridgeport this May.
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Welcome to our Bridgeport Art Trail newsletter, providing a listing of arts and cultural events.

After a week of gray rainy days get outdoors and fill-up your social calendar with the many great arts events happening in Bridgeport this May.

In live theater the Downtown Cabaret Theatre closes it's production of "American Idiot" this weekend and The Bijou Theatre opens their show "Take Me Out".

Music-buffs, don't miss "The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry" presented by the WPKN Music on Film Series. Fans of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra can see their Spring Concert at The Klein. And artist/poet Shanna T. Melton will be hosting a book release celebration and artist talk for her book "Unraveling my Thoughts" at City Lights Gallery.

In visual arts, the Housatonic Museum of Art's Annual Student Show is on view through the end of the month! And City Light's Gallery's current exhibit Davila & Davila closes the 13th. Later this month VINTAGE opens at City Lights in time to welcome in the late spring antiquing and art fair season.

City Lights is also 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.

Plus, learn about monthly workshops at the Bridgeport Public Library and concerts/performances at Webster Bank Arena!

Details below!

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

May 13th-May 22nd
The Bijou Theatre

The Bijou Theatre is proud to announce the cast of the final show of the 2015-2016 main stage season:

Darren Lemming — Ainsley Andrade
“Kippy” Sunderstrum — Christopher Finch
Skipper — Tom Torpey
Davey Battle — Brian Alvarado
Toddy Koovitz — Tim Brandt
Jason Chenier — Qesar Veliu
Mason Marzac — Geoffrey Gilbert
Martinez — Juan Ayala
Rodriguez — Enrique Rivera
Shane Mungitt — TBA
Kawabata — TBA

Darren Lemming, the star center fielder of the world champion New York Empires, is young, rich, famous, talented, handsome and so convinced of his popularity that when he casually announces he’s gay, he assumes the news will be readily accepted by everyone. It isn’t. Friends, fans and teammates react with ambivalence, and when the slipping Empires call up the young phenom Shane Mungitt to close their games, the ambivalence turns to violence. Angry, lonely, guilt-ridden and confused, Darren finds some unlikely solace in the form of friendship with his new business manager, Mason Marzac—a brilliant but repressed guy, who, as everyone around him copes with disenchantment, blooms in the ecstatic discovery of baseball.

Winner of the 2003 Tony Award. “…what an enchanting and enchanted take on baseball Mr. Greenberg has created…passionately personal and lyrically analytical. It’s a sensibility that is so smart, raw and sincere all at once that you may find tears in your eyes…an unconditional, all-American epiphany…to cherish.” —NY Times. “…a heady, heartfelt and enormously appealing romance…Perhaps never in my theatergoing experience have I experienced such an overwhelming—and spontaneous—surge of affection sent across the footlights.” —Variety.

Doors open one hour prior to show.
Theatre seats: $23, Table seats: $28, Student seats: $18
Click on the date below to purchase your ticket:

Fri 5/13 8:00pm , Sat 5/14 8:00pm , Fri 5/20 8:00pm ,
Sat 5/21 2:00pm & 8:00pm , Sun 5/22 5:00pm

LIVE THEATRE: American Idiot
Show Runs: April 29 - May 15
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
Green Day’s American Idiot
Book and Lyrics by  Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by  Michael Mayer
Director: Lance Gray
Musical Director: Eli Newsom
Choreographer: Emily Frangipane
Event Description: A critical smash on Broadway and in London, the two-time Tony Award winning hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season. Based on Green Day’s GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum album, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. Featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track.
Run time: approx 95 minutes with no intermission
This production contains LOUD rock music, strobe lighting, and explosion sound effects.
Complimentary ear plugs will be provided upon request!
Mature subject matter including references to drug use, sexual content and profanity; parental guidance is suggested.

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PERFORMING ARTS:  Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra Spring Concert
Sunday, May 15th at 3PM
The Klein
The Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, founded in 1961, offers one of the finest opportunities for young musicians in Connecticut. The GBYO program is developmentally progressive, with five orchestras and a Jazz Band, giving ensemble members the opportunity to play at the highest level both individually and collectively.

GBYO members in grades 5-12 are selected by audition in June, August, and throughout the year and come from nearly 30 communities in Fairfield and New Haven counties. Rehearsals are held on weekends in Fairfield and at least three concerts per year are performed at the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport. Special concerts and trips offer student musicians additional playing opportunities. In December 2013, the Principal Orchestra was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, and in June 2014, GBYO traveled and performed in China. A trip to Italy is planned for 2016.

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 3:00PM
Venue: The Klein
Address: 910 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06605
Tickets: (203) 293-8447
Notes: Tickets are not available at The Klein until the day of the show beginning one hour prior to performance. If you have any questions on how to purchase tickets through GBYO please call (203) 293-8447

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FILM: The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry
WPKN Music on Film Series
Wednesday, May 18th, 7PM
The Bijou Theatre
The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry is a documentary film about the Grammy Award-winning Jamaican music icon and record producer Lee “Scratch” Perry. The film is narrated by Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro and directed by American Filmmakers Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala Lough. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2008 and had its theatrical release in March 2011, going on to screen at more than 80 theatres worldwide.
All films are accompanied by music and Q&A with WPKN disc jockeys.
Doors open at 6:00pm; Film starts at 7:00pm
All seats: $15
Students: $10


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SPECIAL EVENT: Unraveling my Thoughts: Book Release Celebration and Signing
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 2-5pm
City Lights Gallery
Come out for an afternoon of poetry and conversation as I celebrate the release of my poetry collection titled "Unraveling My Thoughts"! Buddha LuvJonz will host and interview me so it is sure to be an entertaining conversation!
If you have not yet purchased your copy of "Unraveling My Thoughts" you can do so by visiting my website,, or by going on There will also be copies available for purchase at the celebration. I would love to speak with you and sign your copy of this project that years of love and creativity is invested into.
Thank you in advance for your support! We can't wait to see you all!
Shanna Tanika Melton
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and visit where you can read my latest blogs, view paintings & photography, hear my poetry, check up on the latest events, and contact me for readings and events at your venues.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
$Free (Book Purchase and Gallery Donation Encouraged)

Unraveling My Thoughts is $15.00 when purchased directly from Shanna Melton.

City Lights Gallery
855 Main St.
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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Opening Reception: June 9th, 5-8:30pm
City Lights Gallery
855 Main Street
Downtown Bridgeport, CT 06604
EXHIBIT DESCRIPTION:  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 Fulardi, fabric art by Karen Loprete. 

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 

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Visual Arts: The Annual Student Art Show
Housatonic Museum of Art
On View: May 2nd –May 31st

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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: 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 April 7th to May 13th
City Lights Gallery

855 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604


Art and place complimenting and contrasting...

Enjoy the counterpoint of subject matter and materials in the 2 person exhibit of husband and wife artists. A master’s eye and touch are evident in the individual works of Jane and Carlos Davila.

Carlos Davila distills elements of ancient forms and motifs into technically precise colorful shapes punctuated with black. His clean yet complex constructions take us on a visual exploration of form, and a quiet journey through time and space. His works are included in the Yale University Art Collection.

Jane Davila incorporates printmaking and quilting in her fiber and mixed media art. A focus on fish, birds and insects as subject matter reflects her fascination and respect for nature. Her prints can be found in many private and corporate collections around the world, including the Lila Acheson Wallace Collection.

The exhibit “Davila & Davila” was an exhibit curator/executive director Suzanne Kachmar has wanted to do for some time. She decided to rearrange her calendar of events and take advantage of the current site because it is designed with a wall of windows facing an impressive edifice that is the epicenter of downtown business. The landmark designed by Richard Meier for People's United Bank enters the viewer's field of vision providing a provocative juxtaposition of scale, architectural elements and simple forms in pastel colors. Part of the idea is to encourage viewers to keep looking at art, design when they leave the gallery space and continue to be aware of it in their daily lives.

The title Davila & Davila is meant to sound like a business firm of lawyers, accountants etc. reminding the greater community that artists are business people, deserving to be treated and compensated as professionals.

More information on Carlos Davila:!sculpture/ctzx    
More information on Jane Davila:!Voices/zoom/c1jsh/i3ehi

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