BPT Art Trail News – December 2017 – Part 1



A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the 2017 Bridgeport Art Trail!

We had tremendous participation from artists, venues, and attendees who activated the City of Bridgeport into a cultural hub this November.

Please stay tuned next week for our year-end feature Bridgeport Art Trail Revisited.
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Email us at bptartnews@gmail.com and it might be featured!

As 2017 comes to a close, Bridgeport is feeling festive with special holiday programming including film, artisan shopping, live performances, and more. Plus, this December we feature the New England Ballet and the classic Nutcracker performance as part of our  Artist of the Month series.


  • December 7th & 8th
  • City Lights Vintage Holiday Sip & Shop
  • Now through December 10th
  • “Phantom” at Downtown Cabaret Theatre
  • Now through December 28th
  •  “The Christmas Elf” at Downtown Cabaret Theatre
  • December 7th
  • Pious Bird: 4th Annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar
  • December 8th
  • You’re Invited to Read’s Artspace’s Artist’s Holiday Potluck
  • December 8th
  • A Celebration of Holiday Jazz & Storytelling – Bijou Theatre
  • December 10th
  • Children’s Holiday Double Feature – Bijou Theatre
  • December 12th
  • “Cirque Musica Holiday presents BELIEVE” with Greater Bridgeport Symphony
  • December 15th
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life, a live radio play” – Bijou Theatre
  • December 31st
  • “A Neil Diamond New Year’s Eve and DJ Dance Party” – Downtown Cabaret Theatre

Link to additional information on any event by clicking the accompanying image.

-The BPT Art Trail Team


This month we celebrate Kenneth Hopkins and the New England Ballet Company as part of our Artist of the Month Series.


When we first featured Kenneth Hopkins and the New England Ballet (NEBCO) company in 2015, they had just moved to their downtown Bridgeport location at 130 Elm Street. Since then, the New England Ballet Company has grown as a presence in the City of Bridgeport as well as Fairfield County.

For our December Artist of the Month feature we revisited the NEBC to highlight their iconic Nutcracker live performance this holiday season.

About New England Ballet Company
NEBCO current goals are continuing the growth & increase in dance students for our downtown Bridgeport studio located at 130 Elm Street. Also the continuance of area outreach dance programming. Such as our ballet program at Curiele School & the Adaptive Nutcracker

How do you think you’ve changed/grown as an artist?
Artistically a long time dream was achieved with the collaboration of Peter & the Wolf between New England Ballet Company & the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra performed at the University of Bridgeport.

What can attendees expect from the Nutcracker performance?
Nutcracker is a Holiday Tradition that for many kicks off their season of celebrating.  New England Ballet Company’s production is one that follows the classical traditions of the ballet while incorporating the rich color pallet often associated with the Christmas Holidays!

What news or projects are you excited for coming up?
NEBCO current goals are continuing the growth & increase in dance students for our downtown Bridgeport studio located at 130 Elm Street.  Also the continuance of area outreach dance programming such as our ballet program at Curiele School & the Adaptive Nutcracker

New England Ballet Company presents
The 26th Annual 2017 Nutcracker
Saturday, December 9th, 1pm
Sunday, December 10th, 1pmThe Klein Memorial Auditorium
910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport

New England Ballet Company presents Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. The composer, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, premiered his work 126 years ago during the holiday season, beginning a family tradition that has continued through the generations.

The ballet tells the story of a Christmas party, the gift of a nutcracker doll to Clara from her toymaker godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, and the young Clara’s dreams, all set to the beautiful melodies of the now famous score. The moment the lights dim, the audience is transported to a magic place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a villainous Rat King and mischievous mice. Enter the Land of Sweets through a dreamy on-stage snowstorm led by the elegant Snow Queen and Prince, with little angels to light the way.

Choreographer and Artistic Director Victor Trevino creates a Nutcracker for New England Ballet Company that is a magical holiday gift perfect for all ages!



Holiday Sip & Shop at City Lights Vintage
Thursday, December 7th 5-7 PM
Friday, December 8th 2-5 PMCity Lights Vintage
855 Main St., Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604

Find at unique gift for a special person or yourself at City Lights Vintage this holiday season before we begin to relocate from 855 Main St to 263 Golden Hill St. downtown Bridgeport, CT
Enjoy stepping back in time, treat yourself to a to a nostalgic shopping experience inspiring holiday memories past, and the news ones yet to come.

Enjoy a holiday treat and drink while you shop.

LIVE THEATRE: Downtown Cabaret Theatre December Programming

Pious Bird: 4th Annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar
Thursday, December 7th 5-9 PMPious Bird
3142 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06605

We are so excited to be hosting the 4th Annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar! Featuring Connecticut made, women artisan handmade goods. Find all the gifts on your holiday shopping list with wallet-friendly prices and the quality of handmade.

On site artisans will include:
Bespoke Macremé
Divine Offerings – Connecticut Anjali Gifts
Kate Stephen Jewelry
OM Pajamas
Studio Strata
Re: Collection Shop
Laurie Lynne’s Jewelry
Tarot Readings by Sally Russo

Snacks and yummies:
Doughnuts by Whisk + Brush
Source Coffeebus (brought to you by Source Coffeehouse)

Including goods from:
Stonehill Design
Rayne Home Decor
Open Heart Apothecary
Payne & Comfort
The BURNT SHOP Glastonbury, Ct.
Treefort Naturals

Read’s Artspace – Artist’s Holiday Potluck
Friday, December 8th, 6-9 PM
1042 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Celebrate the season with members of the Read’s ArtSpace artist’s community on December 8th! View the current exhibition, handmade shopping, and bring your favorite drink or dish to this festive networking event.

A Celebration of Holiday Jazz & Storytelling
Sat · December 9, 2017
Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 4:30 pmBijou Theatre
275 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT, 06605

Not just another Holiday concert! This is a show featuring traditional and contemporary music, while weaving a holiday story by Hans Christian Anderson through the performance. Hear wonderful lyrics and song by renowned Stephanie Harrison and highlighted by original musical arrangements by Jens Wendelboe and A Nordic Sound Jazz Orchestra! A holiday tradition at its best and fun for the whole family!

LIVE with Greater Bridgeport SymphonyTuesday, December 12th
Webster Bank Arena

CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY presents BELIEVE, an all-new concert experience, is a fun-filled family holiday event featuring the cast of Cirque Musica together with all-time favorite holiday songs performed by the Greater Bridgeport Symphony.  Cirque Musica is a concert and visual experience where audiences journey into a world of high-flying adventure with amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer, too! The show blends the spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of the greatest holiday music of all time.

CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY presents BELIEVE is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to experience great holiday music LIVE while enjoying an edge of your seat circus experience.

Tickets are available for purchase via ticketmaster.com and in person at the Webster Bank Arena Click It or Ticket Box Office.  You can also purchase /tickets by phone at 800.745.3000.

City of Bridgeport Holiday Pop-Up Market
Wednesday, December 13th, 10-3 PMMargaret Morton Government Center
999 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Discover and support small, minority, local businesses & nonprofits
Music by DJ KingsleyCALL FOR VENDORS: The City of Bridgeport, CT – Government will be hosting it’s first Holiday Pop Up Market on December 13th! This is an ideal opportunity and showcase for local, small businesses, non-profits, and artists to feature and sell their products. Please share with your friends, family, community.

Registration information: http://bridgeportct.gov/filestorage/341650/341652/343102/holiday_pop_up_market_registration_PDF_11.17.17.pdf

Vagabond Theatre Company of Greater Bridgeport presents
It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live radio Show
Fri · December 15, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmBijou Theatre
275 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT, 06605

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live radio Show!
Playwright Q & A following performanceThis unique take on the beloved, heartwarming story of George Bailey and the granting of his bleak and desperate Christmas wish by his guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody, shifts the action from the silver screen to the WBFR radio studios on Christmas Eve 1946. Here a handful of actors are at their mics, broadcasting in front of a studio audience, performing as dozens of characters, all while accompanied on stage by a live sound effects artist. The play premiered in 1996, and has since been produced around the country.

A Neil Diamond New Year’s Eve and DJ Dance Party
December 31stDowntown Cabaret Theatre
263 Golden Hill Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Tom Sadge returns to ring in the New Year! No stranger to the Cabaret Stage, the professional impersonator has been a favorite of Neil Diamond fans with his “as real as it gets” stage presence.  A high moment for the artist’s career was during a performance back in 2002 where Diamond himself pointed out to the crowd that Sadge “sounded just like him.” Sadge even has his own fan base, the “Diamondheads.”

$85 includes the concert, dance party, parking, service fees, party favors, concessions, noise makers, balloon drop, and coffee & danish. As part of the Cabaret tradition, you are allowed to BYOB and Picnic