SAVE THE DATE: Bridgeport Art Trail - November 12th-15th.

Fall is here and with it full calendar of art and cultural events happening in Bridgeport! 
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SAVE THE DATE: Bridgeport Art Trail - November 12th-15th.

Fall is here and with it full calendar of art and cultural events happening in Bridgeport! 

Housatonic Community College hosts art talk "Sculpture and Form" on September 28th. And the comprehensive exhibition 
"50 objects/Fifty Years" is on view at The Housatonic Museum of Art through October 16th. 

October is filled with live theatre and dance at The Bijou Theatre, The Downtown Cabaret Theatre, and a call for auditions for a production of The Great Gatsby

Thursday, October 8th is a great evening for visual art in downtown Bridgeport with an opening reception of City Light Gallery's Latinissimo" curated by our September Feature Artist Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli. "

And Italian restaurant 
Trattoria 'A Vucchella hosts a special Happy Hour Opening Reception for the exhibit "Wine: About It" featuring wine themed ink & watercolor sketches. 

Lastly, step back in time at The Golden Age of Bridgeport Gala at The Boathouse, 305 Knowlton Street or rock out with Motley Crue's final tour at Webster Bank Arena.

This September, we're happy to feature artist Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli as our Artist of the Month!

This Bridgeport photographer heavily integrates her Mexican heritage into her work and will be curating the exhibit LATINISSIMA at City Lights Gallery for Hispanic Heritage month.

Be sure to check out all the details below!
Visit the full calendar of Bridgeport Art listings at the Bridgeport Art Trail Website.


VISUAL ARTS: Sculpture and Form
Monday, September 28th at 7:00pm
Beacon Hall Event Center (BH-214)

Housatonic Community College

Event Description: Join us for a talk by Marc Mellon. "Sculpture and Form" is open to the public free of charge. Sponsored by the Housatonic Community College Art Department.

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The Downtown Cabaret
September 25th - October 11th

Event Description:
Book & Lyrics: Joe DiPietro
Music & Lyrics: David Bryan
Based on a concept by: George W. George
Director: Christy McIntosh-Newsom
Musical Director: Eli Newsom
Choreographer: Jessica Rahrig

ABOUT THE SHOW: Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, MEMPHIS follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, MEMPHIS will leave you feeling exhilarated by its explosive blend of electrifying music, soaring emotion and roof-raising energy.


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Opening Reception: Thursday, October 8th, 5:30-8:30pm
City Lights Gallery

Exhibit Description:
LATINISSIMO opens Thursday October 8, 2015 at City Lights, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Curated by artist Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli

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VISUAL ART: “Wine: About It” Exhibition
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 8th, 5-8pm
Trattoria 'A Vucchella

Exhibit Description:
“Wine: About It” is an illustrative showcase dedicated to the aesthetic and interpretative beauty of wine. This set of twelve canvas artworks consist of ink and watercolor sketches with accompanying expressive quotes. Just like wine, this series is meant to encourage contemplation, conversation, and good company.

About The Event:
Good drinks. Good food. Good Company.
Happy Hour Drink and Appetizer Specials!

About the Artist:
Julia-Rose is a Read’s Artspace resident. She focuses in illustration and mixed media fiber art. Her favorite materials are paint, yarn, buttons, and watercolor paper. Her inspiration includes thunderstorms, jazz, bodies of water, tea, and wine.

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Friday Oct 9th, 8pm
The Bijou Theatre

Exhibit Description:

Shed! is a tap show revue that culminates tap dance infused with high energy contemporary music and is coming to The Bijou Theater for its premiere! Shed is an exploration of the solo body and the group — how tap dancers compose music alongside musicians in an expansive definition of styles. Tap Dancers hit, hoof, and jam with musicians in duos, trios, solos, and groups which keeps SHED! moving forward like a greatest-hits album: a spirited, new, and soulful piece of work who’s power remains in the hand of rhythm. The show is directed by Keith Leonhardt and features dancers Paige Lemek, Carly Bonnono, Krystal Bush, Brooke Cotter, Erin Stavens with drummers David Allan Rivera and Cassie Zito.

Keith is a choreographer, performer, tap educator and has made a mark on the Connecticut dance scene as a professional tap dancer. Keith’s work and artistry has taken him all over Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and abroad. A native of Suffield, CT, Leonhardt received much of his training through The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, The University of the Arts of Philadelphia, PA, and Jazz Tap Center’s Big Apple Tap Festival & Tradition in Tap of NYC both under scholarships. A student of Dianne Walker (Lady Di) and CT Tap great Clare O’Donnell (O’D), he remains the current dance captain of her company OD N TAP. As a tap soloist, his work has been seen recently at FOXWOODS Resort & Casino, Trashion Fashion 2015 at Hartford City Hall, The Make A Wish Foundation Fashion Show, The Ted Hershey Dance Marathon, The Invisible City Project of Hartford, and The WE CAN 2014 Fashion Show at The New County Mercedes Benz Motor Center of Hartford hosted by Project Runway’s Mondo Guerra to name a few. As an educator, Keith dedicates himself to preserving and spreading the American form of tap dance and questioning the idea rhythm as we look at it today. Keith is currently signed with DFX Entertainment and teaches, performs, and remains an active supporter in the national tap dance community.
Doors open at 7:00pm, Show at 8:00pm
Theater seats $20; Table Seats $25

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SPECIAL EVENT: The Golden Age of Bridgeport Gala
Saturday, October 10th, 7-11pm
The Boathouse
305 Knowlton Street, Bridgeport CT

Exhibit Description:
Celebrate the revival of the golden age with SPEAKEASY style libation, nosh and entertainment.
While together we honor Bridgeport’s glorious past, present and future.
Proudly Featuring
Take Home Chefs Catering
Bridgeport Lobster and Shellfish
Crafty Monk
Trattoria A’Vucchella
Source Coffeehouse
GVI’s Reservoir Community Farm
and more!


Decor Provided by

Keri McKay Interiors
Black Rock Galleries

Tunes Provided by


Graphics by

The Bananaland
Event to benefit The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport
Cocktail Attire Requested and Valet Parking will be provided


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LIVE MUSIC: Motley Crue the Final Tour, featuring special Guest Alice Cooper
Friday Oct 16th, 7pm
Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport

Exhibit Description:
Iconic rock band Mötley Crüe makes a FINAL CT appearance at Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena on Friday Oct 16th.
The 2014 leg of the Final Tour was one of last year’s top grossing tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million. “Mötley Crüe’s Final Tour has been a massive global success and a true testament to the popularity of this legendary rock band,” says Rick Franks, Live Nation’s Regional President of North American Concerts. “New Year’s Eve 2015 will mark the end of an era in rock history but there’s no doubt that Mötley Crüe’s music will influence generations of artists for years to come.”
Audiences can also expect a high-energy performance from very special guest Alice Cooper, who joined the band for the Final Tour in 2014.  He will be tearing up the stage for crowds across North America once again on most 2015 dates. The pairing has been roundly praised as a must-see by fans and media alike.
Tickets on sale now at,, the Webster Bank Arena box office - or charge by phone 800-745-3000.  Tickets are $129, $89, $69 and a very limited amount of tickets at $25

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Image: American Fabrics Building, Bridgeport Art Trail 2014
Don't be surprised... we are letting you know now... The Bridgeport Art trail is scheduled for Nov. 12-15, 2015. 
CALL FOR ARTISTS for the BPT Art Trail Sampler and Artists' Party at the Read's Ground Floor Gallery, downtown Bridgeport CT.
CALL FOR ARTISTS; Bridgeport Art Trail Small Works Sampler

Show you work and party with fellow artists and the Bridgeport creative community at the BPT Art Trail Artists’ Party, Thursday November 12, 2015. This annual Kick-Off Party is a popular art trail event.  The Bridgeport Art Trail mantra is View art. Talk art. Buy art. … Eat & Drink too, while enjoying party tunes provided by WPKN 89.5 fm radio. 

City Lights is extending a call to Bridgeport artists to submit small works under 20” for the annual Bridgeport Art Trail Sampler and Artists’ Party Kick-off for 7th annual city-wide open studios event. Please submit jpegs for consideration by October 15, 2015. Artists will be notified by October 23, 2015.  For more info email us:

Submission deadline: October 15, 2015.
Artists notified: October 23, 2015.
Drop Off of Art: November 5, 6, 7. Times T.B.A.
Pick up TBA

The exhibit and reception are sponsored by City Lights Gallery, the City of Bridgeport and the Downtown Special Services District. It will take place at the Ground Floor Gallery of the Read’s Art Space at 1042 Broad St. Downtown Bridgeport CT.  The Bridgeport Art Trail is a city-wide art celebration where visitors can tour artists’ studios, gallery spaces, and enjoy music, performance, film poetry and artists’ demos.

City Lights is a nonprofit, organization located in downtown Bridgeport CT that serves the community through art. It is easily accessible by Metro-North, Port Jeff Ferry, I-95 and the Merit Parkway via the Route 25 Connector.
SEND SUBMISSIONS IN JPEG FORMAT,(no more than 8 images), 72 DPI, DUE BY OCTOBER 15th, TO:

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, 37 Markle Court, Bridgeport, CT. 06604 (203) 334-7748

AUDITIONS: The Great Gatsby
Downtown Cabaret Theatre Main Stage Theatre
October 11th & 12th

Downtown Cabaret Main Stage Theatre (Eli Newsom, Producing Artistic Director; Hugh Hallinan Executive Producer) is holding an open call audition for THE GREAT GATSBY on October 11 & 12;
Director: Julie Bell Petrak.

The show runs Feb 12-21, 2016 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre 263 Golden Hill St in Bridgeport, CT. Please note the two audition locations for this production.

Seeking actors who read 18+ (actual age can be younger than 18). Unless otherwise indicated, principal characters should read in their early 20’s to early 30’s. There are character role and ensemble opportunities for actors of age ranges 18-70.

Two open-call auditions will take place,
Sunday October 11 from 12pm-3pm & Monday October 12 from 6:30pm-8pm
*Please note the two audition locations for this production

Actors will be seen in order of arrival, with the exception of the actors who have secured appointments. For those unable to attend auditions, in some cases the director may consider video submissions. Please email for info.

Sunday Oct 11: University of Bridgeport Arts & Humanities Building
84 Iranistan Ave. Bridgeport CT 06604 (free parking lot)

Monday Oct 12: Downtown Cabaret Theatre
263 Golden Hill St, Bridgeport CT 06604

What to prepare:
All actors should bring a current headshot (or recent photo) and 1 page acting resume or list of theater/performing experience.
For the audition, please be prepared to read from the script. The audition sides are available by clicking on the link below. The director may ask you to read for multiple roles.

Audition material:

The general rehearsal schedule for THE GREAT GATSBY is: Mon-Thurs from 6:30-9:30pm and Sunday evenings 5-9pm. Rehearsals begin on or around Sunday January 3, 2016.

The performance schedule for THE GREAT GATSBY is as follows:
Feb 12-21 (Fridays @ 7:30pm: Feb 12 & 19; two-performances on Saturdays, 5pm & 8:15pm: Feb 30 & 20; Sundays @ 5pm: Feb 14 & 21; Thursday preview Feb 11 @ 7:30pm)
Additionally, we ask the cast to hold Thurs & Fri Feb 18 & 19, 9am-noon, in case we are able to arrange school performances where local schools send field trips to the theater for a morning performance.

Appointments & Character Breakdown:
For convenience we are offering limited appointment time slots. Appointments are not necessary, however they are recommended. Visit to access the audition sign-up form as well as full character breakdown.


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VISUAL ART: 50 Objects/Fifty Years: Highlights from the Collection
Housatonic Museum of Arts, Burt Chernow Galleries
On View, September 10th-October 16th 2015

Event Description: 

The 50 Objects/Fifty Years: Highlights from the Collection exhibit represents the start of a year- long program of special events, lectures, and exhibits celebrating 50 years since Housatonic Community College was founded. It will involve alumni, students, community, faculty and staff, and supporters of the college.

The Housatonic Museum of Art is the fitting host of the opening as the art collection is a cornerstone of the history, growth and development as well as the cultural outreach of the college.

The exhibit will be on view from September 10 through October 16, 2015 in the Burt Chernow Galleries. The Burt Chernow Galleries are free and open seven days a week. Visit the website, for gallery hours.

50 Objects/50 Years features works from the collection that span across time from ancient to contemporary and include examples of Greek, Roman and Pre-Columbian earthenware to Native American artifacts. Also on view are photographers such as Ansel Adams, Cartier-Bresson and Cindy Sherman alongside such recognized masters as Warhol, Picasso, Rodin, Cassatt, Durer, De Kooning and Alex Katz, to name a few.

Founded in 1966, the
Housatonic Community College soon became home to a world-class art collection when Burt Chernow joined the faculty of the art department. Dedicating his life to teaching art and building an important collection, Burt worked tirelessly to acquire work from contemporary artists, many of them at the start of their careers. After retiring from the college in 1983, Burt began a second career as an art appraiser often encouraging his clients to contribute to the still growing collection that now began to include works from Bali, China, Indonesia, Russia and Peru.

Burt Chernow envisioned the Housatonic Museum of Art as a kind of visual library, or endless labyrinth, with each work of art providing each individual a unique opportunity to travel through the world of art and ideas.

The Housatonic Museum of Art’s collection contains over 5000 works of art spanning ancient through modern times and is one of the largest permanent collections of any two-year college in the Northeast. Exhibitions and programs are funded in part by the Werth Family Foundation, Lumpkin Family Foundation, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Downtown Special Services District and individual donors.

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VISUAL ART: Annual Member’s Exhibit
City Lights Gallery
Regular gallery hours: W-F 11:30-5, Thurs open until 7, Sat 12-4 pm.
Event Description:

Every year City Lights hosts one unjuried exhibit designed to build community. It is always an interesting experiment featuring a spectrum of styles and skills.

A recurring theme focusses on contemporary manipulations of well-known masterpieces including works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Hieronymus Bosch and Van Gogh.

Exhibiting Members Include:
Patrice Barrett, Tom Brenner, Aaron Brenner, Patte Cocoran, Bryant Davis, Steve Gerber, Scott Davis, Mina de Hass, Allan Dudek, Danielle Julius, Beth Lazar, Phil Levine, Karen Loprete, Janice Mauro, Shanna Melton, Jon Oldham, Andy Pinto, Collen Reilly Rees, David Rosenberg, Eileen Fitz Smith, Ken Staffey,  Gustavo Torres, FranCesca Winfield

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The Women Photographic Series are geographical interior maps of experiences and feelings. Through these images I try to deconstruct the women-the path she has traveled and through memory I try to unfold the stratas of a distant past that becomes more elusive as the present takes over.
Yo Y Frida - Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli
Q. How would you describe your artwork/style?
A. Contemporary Mexican

Q. What medium do you work in?
A. Photography-based and any reproductive mediums like printmaking and Photoshop.

Q. What is your process like?    
A. I photograph every day and ideas are always there to follow. I have many projects at the same time.

Q. What inspires you?
A. Every day, nature, light, my culture, and traveling.
Luna Clara - Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli
Q. How do you think you’ve changed or developed as an artist?
A. It’s been a continuous and natural process. I’ve been an artist at a very early age and I come from a family of artists.  My aunt was an actress in Mexico City, and my uncle was an opera singer.
Peace - Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli
Q. Can you tell me about the exhibit for Hispanic Heritage month you’re curating: LATINISSIMA?

A. Latinissima is term that I created. It refers to people from Latin America, Spanish speaking, and bringing contemporary artists from various Latin countries to Bridgeport.

The exhibition includes artist from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. It includes artist I’ve known and admired their works. The show is very diverse within the Latin and Caribbean community.
Blue Moon - Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli
Orgullo de Mestiza - Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli
Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli

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