City Lights Gallery: SAMESEX 2017

When:
July 20, 2017 @ 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Where:
City Lights
265 Golden Hill St
Bridgeport, CT 06604
USA
Cost:
$10-25
Contact:

City Lights and its sponsors the Triangle Community Center, Dave Ivanko & John Brannelly host the 7th Annual SAMESEX exhibit at the City Lights new gallery space
265 Golden Hill St. Downtown Bridgeport CT 06604
Thursday July 20, 2017 5:30-8:30 pm

Bridgeport Pride March Steps Off at 7:45 pm

A FABULOUS variety show follows at 8:30 pm to benefit City Lights and the New England Ballet Company at the Downton Cabaret Theatre
$25 contribution covers all above activities, conveniently located within short walking distance, includes DJ, food, drink in a festival atmosphere, complete with a Drag contest for Queens and Kings.
and a Sassie Saltimboca Drag Sale

Varirty Show Benefit:
Enjoy complimentary wine along with comedy, dance, music. Among the featured performances are a sampling of the all male comedy of Ballet Eloelle, and a dazzling high energy Liberace tribute by Dave Maiocco along with dance by Luis Antonio, drag performances, live painting by Ricky Mestre and others.
PARTY ON AFTER THE SHOW AT TITO AND OLIVER’S Lounge and Mexican Restaurant at 1086 Broad St.

This annual popular event features provocative art about personal freedom, identity and the concept that ‘love is love.’ This year City Lights and community partners are collaborating to produce an even richer evening starting with the 2017 SAMESEX ART EXHIBIT reception at the gallery space, ( at their new location at 265 Golden Hill St.)

THE EXHIBIT:
SameSex explores LGBT themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2017. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate.
View painting, photography, fiber art, pottery by exhibiting artists: Christopher Augerson , Patrice Barret, Darron Copeland, Daniel Eugene, Steve Gerber, Herm Freeman, Kenn Hopkins, Rickie Mestre, Andrew Graham, Jay’d Hagberg, Mia Lipstick, Allison Margo, Nancy Moore, Prime, Jon Puozzoli, Rahvision, Ellen Schindermann, Richard Taddei
$10 cover, includes reception food and drink, DJ. and Drag contest for Queens and Kings in an outdoor fair-like atmosphere, rain or shine.
Admission to the Variety show is $20,
$25 ticket for both the reception and performance. (THANK YOU!)
The exhibit will be open and free to the public for the duing regukar gallery hours.

PARTY-ON AT TITO & OLIVER’S MARGARITA BAR AND RESTAURANT at 1086 Broad St.

READ MORE:
ALL MALE COMEDY BALLET AND LIBERACE FEATURED IN POST-RECEPTION VARIETY SHOW
Victor Trevino presents a sampling of his world renowned Ballet Eloelle, all male comedy ballet troupe. Victor is the former director and founder of Les Ballets Grandiva and featured dancer of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.
The piano playing skills and costumes of Dave Maiocco dazzle the audience with excerpts from his “Evening with Liberace.” http://www.davidmaiocco.com/media
The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District has committed a contribution to tune the Grand Piano for the post-party variety show… Liberace without a Grand Piano? Impossible!

The SameSex exhibit and Variety show features 20 regional and national artists presenting art regarding LGBTQ issues. Inclusion, respect, solidarity and growing community have always been the intentions of this event. Every year one theme organically emerges as predominate. From the review of submissions and planning for this year’s event, the predominate theme is the necessity to grow community. It is evident through the number of featured artists who have exhibited in past years and the growing level of collaboration from our partners.

City Lights realized to grow capacity we needed to reach out for increased support, collaboration and outreach. Community partners enthusiastically committed to work with us in word and action . Along with a financial contribution, our lead sponsor, the Triangle Community Center welcomed City Lights to promote our Bridgeport Pride event at their annual Pride In The Park celebration that takes place annually in June in Norwalk.
Thank you to all partners, supporters and participants.

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