The BAT Weekend Flow and Highlights,
For more info follow the #s in the full program guide. Click here.  

Thursday Night Kick-Off, the BAT pARTy!

Meander and mingle! The BAT party epicenter is the Ground Floor Gallery at the Read’s ArtSpace #11 and the adjoining Arcade Mall #19.

Feast your eyes and ears! View seven separate downtown exhibits at Ursa Gallery #19b, Bridgeport Art Trail Small Works Sampler #19a, Orphan Girl Studios #19c. Other nearby venues are City Lights #20, City Lights Vintage #20a Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative #11a. Enjoy light bites and beverages too.

Music and Art at the Arcade #19
A collision of visual art and Reggae vibes bombards the senses and energizes the Arcade Mall. Stretching out her hand to greet you, visitors are stunned by a 15 ft sculpture, created by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo #6, installed in the Arcade atrium for the Bridgeport Art Trail weekend. Tour the 2 floors of studio spaces, storefronts and galleries.
Iyaba Ibo Mandingo  “Ankhient Future” Aljam Reggaelution five piece band brings their “Reggae on the beach in Jamaica flava” to energize the Arcade Mall, with dance music and songs of Bob Marley & The Wailers, Berris Hammond, Gregory Isaacs, and UB40, to name a few, along with a taste of Reggaelution’s original tracks.

KEYS #40 Music Teachers and Students Play Jazz and R & B at Reads ArtSpace #11
KEYS instructor Matthew DeTroy, music and other instructors Joe Basile, Clayton Elles, Joe Jefferys, and Eli Uttley-Rosado, along with the young musicians of the Bassick High School Jazz Band set the party atmosphere. 

“Ankhient Future” by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
to be installed in the Arcade for the Bridgeport Art Trail


See the Friday schedule to check out downtown sites open throughout the day.
Happy Hour Downtown Public Art Crawl #12a starts at Colorful Bridgeport Headquarters
Music and Stand Up Comedy at Park City Music Hall #32, Bijou Theatre #14, and the Stress Factory #13, plus the Elements Exhibit at Stratford Arts Alliance #41 Sterling House

 Urban Bijke Tour Bridgeport Art TrailSaturday
Saturday Open Studios City Wide
Tour art studios and exhibits, enjoy music American Fabrics #1, Metro Art Studios #4, the Knowlton #26, Read’s ArtSpace #11, and the Nest Arts Factory #29.
The Nest #29 offers a full calendar of hands-on family fun activities, Bridgeport Film Fest #28 screenings and a happy hour artists’ party.
ARTcade: City Lights Gallery #20, City Lights Vintage #20a, Ursa Gallery #19b, Oddities Bazaar #19h
“Fist in My Face” fully staged production at the Bijou Theatre #14 original play by Bridgeport artist Lisa McCree 

Ukraine We Stand, the Name Droppers, fundraiser at the Bijou Theatre CTUkraine We Stand Fundraiser, Rock & Soul performed with the legendary Name Droppers at the Bijou #14

Punk Rock and Art Exhibit Reception at Ursa Minor #23

Greater Bridgeport Symphony #27 Conductor and pianist Benjamin Hochman will conduct Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 and a special piece:  the second movement of African-American composer Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s Sarabande:  Generations   at the Klein #27

Absolute Queen at the Downtown Cabaret #21

Tour Studios and exhibits city-wide American Fabrics #1, Metro Art Studios #4, the Knowlton #26, Read’s ArtSpace #11, the Nest Arts Factory #29, and City Lights Gallery #20
Mimosa, Music and Mingle, artists’ walk and talk at the NEST #29

cARTie Mobile Art Museum #39 at American Fabrics #1

The Alternate Routes perform at Metro Art Studios #4

Online Poetry Open Mic with Shanna Melton and Guests #20

Bridgeport Film Fest Screening #28 at the Bijou #14

Pechakucha #14a Storytelling Party and Crabby Cabaret #14b closes out the art weekend at the Bijou Theatre #14 

   Diptych by LookethaLooketha, Marcell Kurowski- Cavaliere, Ditych