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As January comes to a close, beat the winter blues with visual art, theater, and special programming.

Fall in love with art this February with three exhibition openings, learn new skills at creative workshops, and visit City Lights Gallery now at two locations!  

Plus a "Call for Art" and we feature our January 2017 Organization of the Month: The Schelfhaudt Gallery.

To learn more about an event click the accompanying image. 
 
-The BPT Art Trail Team 

ORGANIZATION OF THE MONTH

THE SCHELFHAUDT GALLERY

This month Gallery Director Peter Konsterlie shared about the Schelfhaudt Gallery, their upcoming exhibition "Selfie",and talks with artists about their panel discussion during the 2016 Bridgeport Art Trail.

Visit the Bridgeport Art Trail Website to Read More

LET'S GET SOCIAL

Announcing the Bridgeport Art Trail Facebook Submission form. This form allows Bridgeport artists, arts organizations, event attendees, and those involved in related programming to share content to be considered for our Facebook page. Some examples include information on upcoming events, news, photos of projects you're currently working on, photos of you at arts events, related articles and advice, etc.

SUBMIT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

FEBRUARY EVENTS

DEADLINE: January 31st

The Schelfhaudt Gallery has a special opportunity for artists to express themselves…literally! We are assembling a show of self-portraits.

During her lifetime, Frida Kahlo created some 200 paintings, 55 of which are self-portraits. When asked why she painted so many self-portraits, Frida replied:"Because I am so often alone...because I am the subject I know best."

SUBMISSION DETAILS: http://www.schelfhaudtgallery.com/press-release-open-call-to-artists/


VISUAL ART: Exhibit How we See You at City Lights Gallery
Iyaba Ibo Mandingo and Olivier Kpognon depict their perception of Black women through their art. 
On View: January 25th- February 25, 2017 
Artists' Talk and Reception Friday, February 10, 2017, 5:30-8:30 pm.
How We See You: the perception of Black women through the art of Black Men. Features the art of Olivier Kpognon photographer, and Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, painter, sculptor, performance artist.

THEATRE: Amadeus at The Downtown Cabaret Theatre
DATES:: February 3-19th

It’s an epic battle of the composers as the famed musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart squares off against the well-connected but less-than-genius composer Antonio Salieri. Salieri, who was jealous of Mozart’s genius and aware of his own mediocrity, vows to do anything it takes to destroy his rival. What follows is a secret war of deception and intrigue that plays out on the Downtown Cabaret Theatre stage. Peter Shaffer’s AMADEUS won five Tony Awards including Best Play, and the 1984 film adaptation won eight Academy Awards including Best Picture.

By: Peter Shaffer

Director: Lance Gray

VISUAL ART: Liz Squillace Solo Exhibitoin 
DATES: Opening Reception Friday, February 3rd, 6-9pm 
ON VIEW: February 3rd - March 31st, 2017

Solo exhibition featuring artwork by Bridgeport artist Liz Squillace. Works on paper, wood, canvas & fabric. Live music by Christopher Cavaliere. Live screenprinting on opening night.

CONCERT: Fairfield County Children's Choir annual Broadway concert Wickedly Beautiful Broadway! at The Klein
DATE: Saturday, February 4th
Popular tunes from the smash Broadway hits Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical and Hello Dolly will highlight the Fairfield County Children's Choir annual Broadway concert, Wickedly Beautiful Broadway!

A concert that draws crowds every year, the Broadway concert will feature numerous children signing solos of beloved toe-tapping songs. The evening will also include the choir's annual Silent Auction taking place in the theater lobby before the concert beginning at 5:30PM and during intermission. Enjoy complimentary light bites and drinks before the show!

The Fairfield County Children's Choir (FCCC) is a community-based choral program made up of 300 children in grades 4 through 12 from communities in and around Fairfield County.
ART WORKSHOPS:  Workshops at The Nest Arts Factory 
DATE: Winter and Spring 2017 
Full calendar available here
CONCERT: On the Serious Side - Tower of Power Tribute Band w/ Sacred Fire - Santana Tribute Band at The Bijou Theatre
DATE: Friday, February 24th
On the Serious Side is New England's Premier Tower of Power Tribute band.  Covering the best of Tower of Power 47 years of music.  Covering such great hits as---What is Hip-Still a Young man--Don't Change Horses--I like your Style--Diggi'n on James Brown--Only so Much oil--Squib cakes and many more.

Sacred Fire will also be performing on this night.  Comprised of seasoned experienced musicians and singers.  Sacred Fire is a solid six-piece Latin Rock Santana Tribute band.
CONCERT:  
Bennie and the Jets – Elton John* (Tribute show) 
DATE: Saturday, February 25th

Bennie and the Jets is the Premier Elton John Tribute Band. Bennie and the Jets is led by Greg Ransom whose vocals are exactly like Elton John’s and whose piano playing is right on the money! Greg has the ability to make you believe that you’re at an Elton John concert. If you were to attend an Elton John concert today, you would miss seeing the plumage and costumes of yesteryear. With a Bennie and the Jets show, you get both — SUPERB MUSICIANSHIP and an AMAZING THEATRICAL EVENT.

 BAND OPENER: Bridgeport Local, Elle Sera
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: WPKN 89.5 FM radio celebrates Black History Month
 

The non-profit WPKN 89.5 FM radio celebrates Black History Month throughout February 2017 with a broad and in-depth program including music, poetry, interviews, authors, and film. This unprecedented one-month recognition of Black history intends to develop a deeper understanding of the history of Blacks in America and celebrate their inestimable contribution to all aspects of American culture.
 
Throughout the month programmers will present interviews with African-American musicians, noted Africa-American authors, poetry, with pre-recorded speeches and discussions featuring Martin Luther King, Cornel West, author James Baldwin and the famous appearance of Paul Robeson before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956.
 
In addition, WPKN’s popular Music On Film Series at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Bridgeport will feature films about Nina Simone,Tupac Shakur and others.

SPECIAL NEWS: CITY LIGHTS GALLERY HOSTS PROGRAMS AT TWO LOCATIONS

In 2017 more is more…
City Lights hosts art programs in 2 downtown locations. 
855 Main St. and 1103 Main, the HSW buildings.

AT CITY LIGHTS GALLERY

EVENTS AT CITY LIGHTS

"How We See You”
The perception of Black women through the art of Black Men
Features the art of Olivier Kpognon photographer, and Iyaba Ibo Mandingo,
painter, sculptor, performance artist

ARTISTS TALK AND RECEPTION
Friday February 10, 2017
5:30-9 p.m. at City Lights
Reception is free and open to the public

WORKSHOPS AT CITY LIGHTS


SATURDAY POETRY WORKSHOPS
Saturdays February 4 &11, 2-4 pm at City Lights Gallery

UPCYCLED JEWELRY-MAKING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, February 8 & 22 6-8:30 p.m., with Robin Jopp

SPECIAL EVENTS AT HSW
1103 Main St. Bridgeport , CT

SCREENINGS/DISCUSSIONS
Downtown Bridgeport CT 06604 

Movie TBA Friday February 17, 2017
"13th" Friday February 24, 2017
6:30 Mingle, 7:00 screening begins

FASHION SHOW...' N TELL
Designers discuss their work
Featuring: Iyabarts & Kultjah Designs
Saturday February 25, 2017
7:00- 9:30 pm

"AFRIKA 360"
PERFORMANCE & DISCUSSION

created and performed by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
Friday March 3, 2017 6:30 - 9:00 pm

VISIT THE BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

ON VIEW

VISUAL ART: Exhibit Steve McCurry: India at Houstatonic Museum of Art
On View: January 12th- February 10, 2017 
Best known for his iconic ‘Afghan Girl’ image that graced the cover of National Geographic over 30 years ago, McCurry stands as one of the most important voices in contemporary photography. With scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name, McCurry recently turned to India for inspiration

Steve McCurry: India features forty-four incredible photographs that capture the vibrant color and chaos of this ancient country, providing a stunning backdrop for the ordinary people who live and work in an extraordinary place.
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