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NEXT MONTH!   
Bridgeport Art Trail Nov. 8-11, 2018!


Celebrate a decade of arts and culture in this city.
Stay tuned for announcements on events and developments as we start our countdown to the main event.
Newbies can check out 2017 BAT highlights here. 
BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL
SNEAK PEEK IN OUR NEXT ISSUE! 

The Bridgeport Art Trail offers a robust calendar of events across the city!

Next week we’ll be highlighting some of our special programming at landmark arts locations including:

American Fabrics Building and AmFab2

The Bijou Theatre
New England Ballet Company at the NEST Brunch
PechaKucha Bridgeport
Special programming by Made in Bridgeport at the Bridgeport Innovation Center,
and more!

PLEASE SUPPORT THE BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL

MONGERS MARKET FEATURED IN CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE

Mongers Market Aims to Salvage People’s Love for ‘All Things Old’

READ THE ARTICLE HERE
1155 Railroad Avenue
Bridgeport, Connecticut
ART-TO-GO BILLBOARD PROJECT
ARTIST: RICK SHAEFER
CALL FOR BRIDGEPORT ART:
"ART TO-GO" Billboard on I-95

ART TO-GO, on I-95 Digital Billboard is a collaboration with the city of Bridgeport to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Bridgeport Art Trail by monthly showcasing a local artist.

Executive Director Suzanne Kachmar thanks the city for this partnership and says, "“ The arts and culture are a natural resource of humanity that needs to be protected, just as we protect forests, air and water supplies. Artists and cultural traditions demonstrate how resilience can be transformed into beauty, solve problems, pass down heritage and build community. Bridgeport artists epitomize this. They are a cultural resource from diverse backgrounds, specializing in a variety of artforms. This billboard project reflects the creativity and potential that is rejuvenating Bridgeport.

ART TO-GO billboard graphic design is contributed by Hatch 130. City Lights is a grateful recipient of the Hatch Initiative.
CALL FOR BRIDGEPORT ART - "ART-TO-GO" BILLBOARD PROJECT
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS FOR PECHAKUCHA BRIDGEPORT
NOVEMBER 11TH
BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL 
PECHAKUCHA-CALL for artists, storytellers, anyone… with a story or project they would like to share with the public in a fun, comfortable atmosphere.

Registration required, deadline October 10, 2018, presentation workshop Saturday, October 6 at the Barnum Museum,  820 Main St. Downtown Bridgeport, CT. 06604.

Bridgeport Art Trail artists will be among the presenters at this Sunday Nov. 11, 2018 evening gathering serving also as an interactive  closing party of the Bridgeport Art Trail, celebrating the art of conversation and community.

PechaKucha nights are organized by local community members and described as “live events with real people telling real stories.” Talks are uploaded to an international website including 1000 participating cities.   
If you would like to present, please fill out a proposal here: http://bit.ly/BPT-PKN-proposal3

To help potential speakers with the process of understanding what a Pechakucha is and how to create the slides and presentation there will be one workshop at the Barnum Museum on Saturday, Oct. 6th at 2:00. You can find the registration on our FaceBook page: http://bit.ly/FB-Pechakucha-Bridgeport . If you have any questions email PKBridgeport@gmail.com or call City Lights Gallery (203) 334-7748.

Pecha Kucha Night Bridgeport brings people together from diverse backgrounds to listen to great personal stories and learn from each other in a casual and authentic atmosphere. PechaKucha means “chit-chat” in Japanese. Speakers present their stories accompanied by 20 slides, shown for 20 seconds each, resulting a total time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This licensed format keeps presentations focused and fast-paced. 

Bijou Doors open at 6 pm.  $1 contribution goes to the international PechaKucha.org 

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MANY THANKS TO THE AMAZING PechaKucha PRESENTERS at the Bridgeport PechaKucha - VOL #2 tonight: Lady Beth Lazar, Jeff Becker, Mike Roer, Ellen Hardy, Jeanette Harris, Rae Anne Locke, Dean Schuster, Katie Settel, and Nina Lesiga. Each story was unique with 20 images that lasted 20 seconds each! We took this picture of the ENTIRE WONDERFUL GROUP (presenters and the audience) all with clown noses for at least two reasons: THE FUN OF IT, and WE WERE AT THE BARNUM MUSEUM.

Special thanks AS WELL to Raquel Rivera-Pablo of A PINCH OF SALT who made delicious healthy food available to attendees!

Bridgeport PechaKucha is planned and implemented, through licensing from the PechaKucha Global Foundation in Tokyo, as a community building project by the Barnum Museum, City Lights Gallery, the Downtown Special Services District and Nina Lesiga Productions! The next PechaKucha will be on Nov. 11th - a Sunday night - at the Bijou Theater. To propose a presentation, please complete an online proposal: http://bit.ly/BPT-PKN-proposal3

CURRENT EVENTS
VISUAL ART - NEW EVENTS & EXHIBIT OPENINGS 
Migrant's Alphabet Exhibit
Opening Reception: Oct. 4, 5:30-8:30pm
City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport
On View: 10/4/18 - 10/18/18
Curated and produced by Jane Davila
Sponsored by City Lights
 
Inspired by a book from 1846 (The Anti-Slavery Alphabet), leading mixed media artists and activists from all over the US started a project, called the Migrant’s Alphabet, to bring awareness, education, and conversation to the current crisis of immigration in the United States and around the world. The Migrant’s Alphabet exhibit of 26 mixed media artworks will debut at City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport CT, opening October 4, running to Oct. 26 the and then travel to a variety of venues across the nation.
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Drawing/Painting from Life
Tuesday, October 9th & 30th, 6-9 PM
City Lights Gallery
Free Demo: The A to Z of Acrylics by Golden Artist Colors
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2-4 PM
Artists & Craftsman Bridgeport
1001 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06604
FREE Educational lecture from Golden Artist Colors: The A-to-Z of Acrylics.

Come join author/artist Patti Mollica in a fun 2 hour informative lecture on acrylic Paints, Gels, Mediums and more!

Advanced registration required with a $5 refundable deposit to receive free paint and product samples.
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Night At The Museum: Bringing Art To Life
October 25, 2018, 7PM – 10PM
Burt Chernow Galleries
Housatonic Museum of Art
The collection at Housatonic Museum of Art will set the scene for a sophisticated and challenging scavenger hunt in the stunning and newly designed Housatonic Community College. Using your wits and keen tracking skills, pit yourself against other players for a unique and professionally crafted scavenger hunt.

While hunting, enjoy decadent desserts and smart cocktails at our Sips and Sweets Faire with fun activities, live music and a fabulous silent auction.

Advanced Tickets Available
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PETER KONSTERLIE:  A Retrospective Art Exhibition 
Opening Reception: November 10th, 2018, 3:00 - 6:00 PM


Panel Art Discussion:  Thursday, November 8th, 4:30 - 5:30 PM 
Johnas Ruta (curator), Joe Provey, and Cynthia Anderson

Exhibition: November 10th, 2018- January 5th, 2019
Curated by Johnes Ruta 

University of Bridgeport’s Schelfhaudt Gallery 
84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 
This exhibition celebrates the life and works of Peter Konsterlie, the Gallery Director of the Schelfhaudt Gallery for 5 years and a well-loved Professor of Art History at U.B. for the past 15 years. Peter passed away suddenly at age 55, on August 13, 2018. He received his BA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. As Director of the University's Schelfhaudt Gallery, he produced exemplary exhibitions for the school and broader community. His dedication and inspiration within the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at the University of Bridgeport will be deeply missed.
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Peter Konsterlie - A HOME IN THE WOODS acrylic on canvas on board 48w x 48h inches 2004  (Photo Credit: Johnes Ruta, 2018)
VISUAL ART - EXHIBITS ON VIEW 
Figurative & Landscape Art with Herm Freeman & Ben Casiano 
On View
Klein Mezzanine Gallery
The Klein
Figurative & Landscapes with Herm Freeman & Ben Casiano
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Afrika360
Exhibit on View 

Blends Gallery
1163 Main Street
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
"AFRIKA360: The Journey" is a collection of new work by painter, poet, performer Iyaba Ibo Mandingo. the exhibit will include paintings, sculptures and a live performance piece by Iyaba as he takes us along on his journey home to Afrika after 400 years.  READ MORE
The Discovery Museum 
Exhibits On View
Art Mezzanine: PLASTIC PRIMA VERA BY DANIEL LANZILOTTA

Daniel Lanzilotta’s artistic mission is to bring greater significance to the seemingly insignificant. Daniel calls himself a “plastician,” working with plastic waste, detritus, rubbish, fragments of litter, trash, flotsam, and jetsam. He works predominantly with plastic ocean debris.

Daniel uses his art to engage his viewers to ponder their consumer habits contributing to plastic debris affecting our shared environments. Daniel’s mission is to help people and communities to shift in baby steps to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Upper Level: SUNSET SCIENCE: PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL FLORIO

Connecticut native Michael Florio has a huge passion for photography, art, science, and technology. His love of these subjects has brought him through a rabbit hole of wonder and amazement. His desire to share the incredible aspects of our universe with others is captured through a dynamic study of sunsets and the fascinating reasons why we experience the glorious colors in a twilight sky.

Center Gallery, Main Level:LOST IN LEARNING: THE ART OF DISCOVERY BY EVA KOLEVA TIMOTHY

Eva Timothy has been fascinated by history for as long as she can remember. Growing up in Europe, she was continually surrounded by the stories of the great explorers, artists, and inventors.

Her own learning journey has taken her from the University of Utah where she received a B.A. in Communications – emphasis on film and photography to a certification program at The Oxford School of Photography and a Licentiateship Certification from the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain.

COMMUNITY EVENTS
Downtown Brideport Farmer's Market
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
McLevy Green
2nd Annual Wine at The Klein
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Doors open at 6:30pm for appetizers;
Wine tasting is from 7:00pm-8:30pm
The Klein Memorial Auditorium
Calling all wine lovers! Sample 30+ distinctive wines from local liquor distributors. Proceeds benefit future programs at The Klein & Klein Theatre Arts, our arts education program for Bridgeport youth. Light refreshments will be served and Klein Dance Company will make a special appearance!

The Klein is a 501c3 nonprofit organization - $25 of your contribution is tax deductible.
Organized by Super Saver Spirits in the Shelton Square shopping center

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2018 Harvest Hootenanny
Call for Vendors!


Saturday, October 27th, 1-5 PM
Black Rock Farmers Market
481 Brewster St, Bridgeport, CT 06605
Who's ready to hoot and holler?! The 2018 Harvest Hootenanny to benefit the Black Rock Farmers Market is back in action!

Vendors can apply here: http://blackrockfarmersmarket.com/hootenanny/

Get your tickets to cut the line: http://blackrockfarmersmarket.com/hootenanny/
HCC STEAMfest 
Wednesday, November 7 
Thursday, November 8

Housatonic Community College 
Beacon Hall Events Center 
YOU ARE INVITED! Join us at 'STEAMfest 2018' in the Beacon Hall Events Center, Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8, for career planning, employer panelists, student poster presentations, food and more! Mark your calendar today!  READ MORE
LIVE CONCERTS & FILM
WPKN Music on Film Series
Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music


The Bijou Theatre
Friday, October 19, 2018 
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm 
The three-day Woodstock music festival in 1969 was the pivotal event of the 1960s peace movement, and this landmark concert film is the definitive record of that milestone of rock & roll history. It's more than a chronicle of the hippie movement, however; this is a film of genuine historical and social importance, capturing the spirit of America in transition, when the Vietnam War was at its peak and antiwar protest was fully expressed through the liberating music of the time. 
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WPKN's Music on Film Series at the Bijou
Fall 2018 Schedule
Film Short - Ain't Playin Wit Ya
Bijou Theatre
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Official premiere of the short film “Ain’t Playin Wit Ya” and "The Great" EP listening party.

Film was written by recording artist Chaz-O and directed by Edwin Escobar
Music by DJ Ryda!
Appetizers served - Cash Bar - Free Raffle
Admission:  $5.00

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Frank Vignola’s Hot Jazz Guitar Trio
The Hot Club of Black Rock
Friday, October 5, 2018, Doors: 7:00 pm/Show: 8:00 pm
Bijou Theatre

Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal.

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Livingston Taylor
Rebecca Loebe
Thursday, October 18, 2018, Doors: 7:00 pm/Show: 8:00 pm 
Bijou Theatre

Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, which began a 50-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. Livingston recorded his first record at the age of 18 and has continued to create well crafted, introspective, and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide.

From top-40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” the last two recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated.

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Jonathan Edwards
Friday, October 26, 2018, Doors: 7:00 pm/Show: 8:00 pm 
Bijou Theatre

Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age
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David Bromberg Quintet
Sunday, October 28, 2018, Doors: 6:00 pm/Show: 7:00 pm 
Bijou Theatre

For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues.
His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon. In producing John Hartford’s hugely influential Aereo-Plain LP, Bromberg even co-invented a genre: Newgrass.

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THEATRE AND PERFORMING ARTS
Legally Blonde – The Musical
September 21 - October 14
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde follows the transformation of Elle Woods, as life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams in this action-packed show, exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances.  READ MORE
Children’s Theatre: Little Witches 
October 6 - October 28
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
Just in time for Halloween, this spellbinding new musical is sure to answer the question: are you a good witch or a bad witch? When three teenage witch sisters are ready to grow up and fly their own brooms, they learn that there is more to being a witch than spells, potions, and Halloween mischief.

Our Children’s Theatre shows approximately run 75-80 minutes with a 10-minute intermission.
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ARTS AND CULTURE NEWS
BRIDGEPORT ARTIST FEATURED IN CONNECTICUT POST
"Adger Cowans’ archive captures over 50 years of the famous and the natural world"
Adger Cowans is an artist of so many parts and such longevity that no brief description can do him justice.

“A fine-arts photographer and abstract expressionist painter” is how he introduces himself on his website, which e admits he hasn’t bothered to keep up to date.

“Yeah, tell me something I don’t know,” he says with a chuckle. “I don’t put everything up there. It would be too much.”

The long list of exhibits on the website begins in 1965 and stops in 2011. But that doesn’t mean Cowans, who turned 82 on Sept. 19, himself has stopped. His studio apartment in Bridgeport’s Read’s Artspace building erupts with creative chaos.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE
We are saddened by the loss of Bridgeport artist Peter Konsterlie. In addition to his independent work as an artist, Peter was the Gallery Director of the Schelfhaudt Gallery at University of Bridgeport and Professor at University of Bridgeport’s Shintaro Akatsu School of Design.

There will be a celebration of Peter's life and retrospective of his work at his beloved Schelfhaudt Gallery in the fall. To memorialize Peter there is a fundraiser to create an endowment in his name that will support the continued work of the gallery.

If you would like to contribute, the website is https://give.bridgeport.edu/
Under designation a dropdown bar select the Peter Konsterlie Memorial Fund.

 
Contribute to the Peter Konsterlie Memorial Fund
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