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September is here and with it a robust calendar of arts and culture! 

This month we have multiple art openings, live concerts, the start of the 2018-2019 Downtown Cabaret Theater season, WPKN's Music On Film Series and more. 

Save the date for the 10th Anniversary of the Bridgeport Art Trail, November 8th-11th. 

The Bridgeport Art Trail 10 year celebration is coming, Nov. 8-11, 2018. Thank you for recent contributions from the City of Bridgeport and the Fairfield County Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund.  
-The BPT Art Trail Team
City Lights is on the go, building momentum for its 10th annual Bridgeport Art Trail, city-wide arts celebration by initiating new public art program: “Art to Go”.

To recognize this anniversary Mayor Ganim and the City of Bridgeport have partnered with City Lights and the Bridgeport Art Trail to feature “Art to Go,” an initiative that will recognize Bridgeport art on the I-95 digital billboard, changing monthly throughout the year. September’s featured artist is Read's Artspace resident Yolanda Petroceli.

Billboard graphic design is an in-kind contribution from Hatch 130. City Lights & Company is a non-profit arts organization that serves the community through art and a grateful recipient of the Hatch 130 Initiative.
Artists of all artforms and art venues who want to be considered for the billboard project can visit


1155 Railroad Avenue
Bridgeport, Connecticut
A team of Mongers whose wares include vintage, industrial, architectural, salvaged and reclaimed objects. Including doors, windows, lumber, galvanized objects, furniture, lighting, etc. Over 75,000 square feet!

We are in the planning stages of the Bridgeport Art Trail weekend scheduled for November 8-11, 2018, the annual city-wide event marks our 10 years in 2018.

Artists, musicians, performers and arts organizations who would like to participate or submit their information for the 2018 program book and artists directory are welcome to submit info, the deadline for submission is: 9/5/18.   Please send info to

Attached please find directions regarding the format for submitting info for the 2018 Bridgeport Art Trail program guide/directory. You can review examples of 2018 listings at: 

The deadline for submission is September 5, 2018. . Please send any ideas or proposals for new program ideas to be considered to 

Venues and organizations provide a general listing followed by specific information for the November Art Trail weekend  along with pertinent November/December program info. Theatres, music venues, museums, arts venues are encouraged to create special programs for the city-wide arts celebration weekend or just submit info regarding programs that are part of the regular programs, already taking place November 8-11, 2018. 

The Thursday Kick-off party will take place November 8. with a Bridgeport Art Trail sampler exhibit and artists' party, including food, drink, the Park City All Stars, a lineup of Bridgeport musicians.. 
Find attached a general information about creating and submitting a B.A.T. listing 
Pop-Up Space Available for Bridgeport Art Trail
There are opportunities to exhibit on Connecticut Ave, Bridgeport during the Bpt Art Trail weekend, Nov. 10-11, 2018. 

Please send inquiries to
We will update info as we confirm the specifics
Exhibit Reception- Drawn to Color
Thursday, September 6th, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
City Lights Gallery
265 Golden Hill St, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
“Drawn to Color, Exhibit at City Lights 9/6-9/29/18 ” features paintings by 24 artists who work in the studio of Leona Frank. Each of the painters uses color in her/his own way. Some prefer highly intense color, while others enjoy the subtlety of understated color. Some artists seek to use naturalistic color, and others seek to be more experimental. Regardless of one’s approach, color is a powerfully evocative element in these paintings.    READ MORE
Past, Present, Future
Featuring Artworks by Clyde Theophilus McLaughlin
Opening Reception Saturday September 7th, 5-8pm
Blends Gallery
Recent Acquisitions and Highlights of the Permanent Collection
Thursday, September 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the
Housatonic Museum of Art
Atrium in front of the Burt Chernow Galleries
Drip-Drop, Tick-Tock, featuring work by Joe Fucigna, has been postponed due to damage to the gallery, the Housatonic Museum of Art believes that the SHOW MUST GO ON!!
The permanent collection has been reinstalled throughout the campus featuring over TEN thematic installations to include Collage, Photography, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings and Prints.
We have also included two works by Joe Fucigna and we will be celebrating in the atrium of our newly renovated facility!

Downtown Brideport Farmer's Market
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
McLevy Green
The Downtown Bridgeport Farmer's Market is held every Thursday on McLevy Green from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In addition to fresh veggies and delicious lunch options, join for live music and art demonstrations!
 PechaKucha Night Bridgeport
September 12th, 2018
The Barnum Museum

PechaKucha Bridgeport is designed to bring people together to listen to great personal stories. PechaKucha is Japanese for "chit-chat." It is a presentation style in which one speaker uses 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds resulting in a total time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This licensed format keeps presentations focused and fast-paced. 

Our first PechaKucha was on May 9th! We had 14 presenters and their stories can be viewed online at:

PechaKucha is FREE, and registration is not necessary. Arrival by 6:00 PM is a good idea to get a good seat and FOOD will be available to purchase through the community work of CHEF RAQUEL RIVERA PABLO (a PechaKucha presenter at our Vol.#1 event!).

 SavorCity Bridgeport: Ola Latin Kitchen
Wednesday, September 12th, 6-9pm
Ola Latin Kitchen
Explore the Food, Music, and Art of Bridgeport

SAVORCITY, a monthly tour of Bridgeport restaurants, food, art, and music, showcasing the culinary and cultural delights of Connecticut’s most diverse city, continues for our fifth visit - to Ola Latin Kitchen on 694 Brooklawn Ave, in Bridgeport’s Brooklawn/St. Vincent section. 

Presenting an artful blend of Latin styles and bold flavors, on a $30 prix fixe menu with vegetarian options, chef-owner René Lemus spins regional ingredients into beautifully balanced dishes, reflecting the cuisine of Latin America inflected with Portuguese and Spanish flavors. Our musician will be guitarist Victor Anthony Ramirez and the art on the walls will be the astonishing textile weavings by Ruben Marroquin. 

Bridgeport Arts and Culture Thematic Meeting
Hosted by Plan Bridgeport
Saturday, September 15 at 10 AM – 12 PM
University of Bridgeport, Tower Room 
Join us for a discussion on arts and culture in the City of Bridgeport. This meeting will dive deeper into the issues and potential solutions. We can't wait to hear your bold ideas for the future of Park City #PlanBridgeport
Your input and feedback will guide Bridgeport's Master Plan. 
Plan Bridgeport Survey and Additional Information
Workshop: Copyright Basics for Artists, Photographers
and Other Creative Types

A free SCORE Small Business Workshop co-sponsored by Milford Center for the Arts and Coastal Arts Guild of CT 
Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Without proper copyright protection, it is almost impossible for an artist, photographer or other creative type to build a unique and recognizable “brand” in the marketplace. Every creative professional needs to know the basics of U.S. and international copyright law.
The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience – Joby Rogers
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
The Ultimate Michael Experience” starring Joby Rogers is the essential Michael Jackson Tribute Show. “UMX” celebrates the music and dancing of the legendary ‘King of Pop’! This multimedia theatrical experience takes audiences on an amazing journey through the life and music of one the greatest and inspirational entertainers of all time.
Jimmy Buffett* by Changes in Latitudes
September 15th, Shows at 5:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Changes In Latitudes is the leading concert celebrating the iconic Jimmy Buffett. Grab a cocktail and hear your favorite hits as Steve Kareta portrays the Mayor of Margaritaville along with his nationally acclaimed band.
Changes In Latitudes will take you on a musical cruise around the sun-drenched tropical islands of the Caribbean. Bring your friends and your kids because It’s Five O’Clock at the Downtown Cabaret.

An Evening with Cher, Elton John, Bette Midler, & Streisand*:
Las Vegas’ The Edward Twins
Sunday, September 16th
Doors: 1:00 pm / Show: 2:00 pm
The Bijou Theatre
Remember all the wonderful Variety shows we all grew up on in the 70’s & 80’s? Now is your chance to see them live and re-created by Las Vegas’ number one impersonators of all time. All your favorite legendary Superstars come alive in An Evening with The Stars. USA TODAY and THE BOSTON GLOBE raves “A Must see show” Each Star sings their number 1 hits as well as of your favorite Songs…
“Extraordinary”-The NBC Today Show

WPKN's Music on Film Series at the Bijou
Fall 2018 Schedule
WPKN's Music on Film Series 
Film: Pirate Radio

Thursday, September 20th
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
Bijou Theatre
The Boat That Rocked (retitled Pirate Radio in North America, Good Morning England in France, Radio Rock Revolution in Germany, and I Love Radio Rock in Italy) is a 2009 British comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis, with pirate radio in the United Kingdom during the 1960s as its setting. The film has an ensemble cast featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, and Kenneth Branagh. 
With Love, Marilyn
Sunday, September 9th at 7:30pm
The Klein
Critically-acclaimed actress Erin Sullivan gives a tour-de-force performance as Marilyn Monroe in this one-woman show. It will transport you back in time with songs made famous by the iconic ingenue, such as "I Wanna Be Loved By You" and "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" while weaving in the love stories of the many men in Marilyn's life. 

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
Peter Konsterlie Memorial Fund – Schelfhaudt Gallery
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
Under designation a dropdown bar select the Peter Konsterlie Memorial Fund.

Contribute to the Peter Konsterlie Memorial Fund
Jenny Lind Scholar Swedish Soprano at Queens Museum “Wake and Unmoored” through September
The Barnum Museum participated in organizing an event with the Queens Museum –  Wake and Unmoored –  an event in partnership with Times Square Arts and No Longer Empty.

The Barnum Museum helped to bring the 2015 Jenny Lind Scholar, Swedish soprano Sara Swietlicki to celebrate the opening event in Times Square on Wednesday, July 11th.  “Sara came to the United States in 2015 and performed at the Barnum Museum.  Her magnificent voice is a tribute to the artistry and legacy of the acclaimed Jenny Lind.”

Artist Mel Chin has created a massive augmented-reality project that features an animatronic statue of Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind.  The exhibition will be the centerpiece of NY’s Time Square through September.

For more information:  and
Bridgeport Public Library History Center Awarded Grant to Exhibit the History of the Art Center and its Influence on Community
Bridgeport, CT – A $10,511.00 grant to the History Center of the Bridgeport Public Library has been awarded by Connecticut Humanities to fund an exhibition and public programming conceptualized and delivered by guest curator Michelle Black Smith on the rich history of the Art Center, a vibrant arts and culture organization that had a profound impact on the Bridgeport community during the 1970s and 1980s.

We Are Artists Every One: The Art Center in Action, 1970-1986 is an exhibition of photos, art work, photographs, artifacts, and oral histories that explores the Art Center, its influence on the city of Bridgeport, and the context of its role in the national Black Arts Movement. Public programming will include a lecture, panel discussion, documentary screening, and K-12 public school art instruction, and behind-the-scene tours. The exhibition opens on November 2, 2018 and closes April 30, 2019. All events are free.

“The Art Center was a creative, cultural, social and political space that flourished in the 1970s and early 1980s. Its impact was far greater than its stated mission to teach art, photography, and music,” said independent curator, Michelle Black Smith. “A casualty of shifting priorities in the mid-1980s, the Art Center lives on in the work created, the photographs that bear witness to shared experiences, and the trajectory of lives affected by both its existence and its demise. We are delighted that this grant from Connecticut Humanities will allow us to share this underrepresented history with the public, and create an archive for future research.”

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historical organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.

For more information about the exhibition, call (203) 545-9127 or visit
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