The BAT Weekend Flow and Highlights
Thursday Night Kick-Off, the BAT Party!
ART + MUSIC + MORE ART
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.
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
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 Vinatge #20a, Ursa Gallery #19b, Oddities Bazaar #19h
Play reading at the Bijou Theatre #14, “Fist in My Face”
Ukraine 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
Rachmaninoff and Schumann, Greater Bridgeport Symphony #27a at the Klein #27
Absolute Queen at the Downtown Cabaret #21
Art by Looketha
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