BPT Art Trail News – July 2019 – Part 1


Bridgeport is heating up! 

Signature events this July include: 
Bridgeport Pride, An Artful Celebration and Pride Walk, 
Downtown Thursdays Concert Series, Bridgeport Arts Fest!

Check out event details and our arts and culture calendar below. 
Look for a special feature on these programs in our next issue. 

Bridgeport Pride, An Artful Celebration
Opens Thursday, July 18, 2019, 5:30-8pm

Exhibit runs July 18-August 30
Lead sponsors Triangle Community Center, John Brannelly and Dave Ivanko

Join for the opening of the 9th Annual SAMESEX Exhibit at City Lights Gallery. View the exhibit and mingle at the indoor/outdoor patio reception featuring a DJ and light refreshments. 5th Annual Pride Walk steps off at 7:30 followed by the BPT Pride Variety Show! 

Downtown Thursdays Concert Series 

Bridgeport Arts Fest 2019
Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 12 PM – 10 PM
McLevy Green

The Bridgeport Arts Festival
Arts. Food. Culture. Music

Saturday July 27th 2019
Downtown Bridgeport @ McLevy Green

Stay tuned for further updates on vendors, performers, sponsorship and more.
More Information: bptartscouncil@gmail.com

The Bridgeport Arts Fest is a community celebration of local and original art, artists, makers and performers that happen on McLevy Green this summer July 27th 2019. The Bridgeport Arts Fest features local and original fine art, crafts, jewelry, clothes, live music, theater and dance performances.

We’re looking to feature a few performers on our day stage singers, dancers, bands, performers are encouraged to apply. Galleries and community organizations are also welcome to reserve an area to promote their cause or show their talents.

To participate please send us an email with any footage of your performance along with contact information. 

Contact: bptartscouncil@gmail.com



9th Annual SAMESEX Exhibit
July 18-August 30

Opening Reception, July 18,2019
5:30-8:00 PM
Hosted by City Lights Gallery and Bridgeport Pride


Downtown Market at McLevy
Opening Day

Thursday, July 11, 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
McLevy Green

Downtown Market at McLevy
Opening Day
Thursday, July 11, 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
McLevy Green

Our 2019 season opening day is this Thursday! We will be on McLevy Green from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Thursday through October 10th.

In addition to fresh veggies and delicious lunch options, local phenom ALEECYA will be sharing her amazing musical talents this week. Under the art tent, Robin Gilmore from Made in Bridgeport will teach you how to make your own colorful collage and mixed media magnet art. Chess is back with Chess Master Gerald Moore. We will also have corn hole, jenga, and more! Not the gamer type? Then you might enjoy Chef Raquel Rivera-Pablo’s live cooking demonstration at noon. Come on out and join us!


Launch Party
Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM
The Discovery Museum and Planetarium
4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604

Enjoy an evening of stars, rockets, and Apollo 11 celebration at Discovery Museum’s Launch Party!

Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing while enjoying small bites and cocktails. Play a round of space-themed mini golf in the Museum, and participate in the Great Rocket Challenge. Moon viewing and stargazing will complete your night.

Tickets are $40 per person and $75 per couple.

Catering will be provided by Fortuna’s Catering Co. Beer will be provided by Two Roads Brewing Company. Popcorn will be provided by Urban Synergy Popcorn.

Your ticket purchase and donation allow the Discovery Museum to bring hands-on science to more kids in our region. Support the astronauts and engineers of tomorrow!


Giant Leap Day
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM
The Discovery Museum and Planetarium
4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604

The Discovery Museum is THE place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing! Admission will be FREE, thanks to our sponsors NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium and Pitney Bowes.

We will have special activities throughout the day, including:

– Moon rock sample viewing
– Great rocket challenge
– Pop fizz rockets
– Planetarium shows
– Bounce house
– Historical video of Apollo 11 landing
– Live streaming of NASA celebrations across the country
– Space-themed mini golf course installed throughout the museum from July 18 to July 28 (Note: there will be an additional charge for mini golf — $5 for adults and $3 for children)

Local food vendors, including Goodfellas Pizzeria, PopCentric Gourmet Ice Pops, and Urban Synergy Popcorn



Downtown Thursdays featuring Anthem Band
Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 9 PM
McLevy Green

A truly original sound that is creating a big wave throughout the USA, Anthem provides musical enchantment and diversity for lovers of allreggae, from roots to dancehall.

Anthem is a diverse family that wants everyone to have as much fun listening to the music as they do playing it.
The live shows provide entertainment for your ears and your eyes, and raise the vibe to levels unlike any you have previously experienced. Come vibe with Anthem to experience the harmonious sounds of the new millennium!

Check them out at www.anthemband.com


Downtown Thursdays featuring Tiffany T’Zelle
Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 9 PM
McLevy Green

We welcome Tiffany T’Zelle and the Greg Glover Band. Tiffany ’T’zelle’ Wilson is a triple threat (singer/songwriter/actress), born & raised in the Bronx, New York. Her parents were lovers of many of the late R&B, Gospel and Jazz crooners so T’zelle’s household was filled with love and music. Being a preacher’s granddaughter, T’zelle spent many of her young years in a small baptist church with no other musical instrumentation but the congregation’s voices, hand claps and foot stomps, T’zelle learned to appreciate the sound of raw vocals and developed an ear for beautiful harmonies.


Downtown Thursdays featuring Jake Kulak
Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 9 PM
McLevy Green

Jake Kulak and the LowDown brings their blend of modern and traditional guitar-driven blues and blues-rock to music lovers everywhere. Formed in 2013, these talented young artists have represented CT for the past 4 years at the International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase in Memphis, TN. They have also been nominated for a New England Music Award in the “Best New Act of the Year” category and were one of 6 Boston-area bands to win the the House of Blues emerging artist competition. Bassist Anthony Dailey, from Longmeadow, MA is a crowd favorite with his quiet swagger and tasteful grooves. Drummer, Jeremy Peck, from Manchester, Connecticut is a formally trained, multi-instrumentalist whose killer, high-energy beats anchor the band.

Check them out at www.jakekulak.com


Sea & Sun Productions
The Music of Sade – No Ordinary Band

Bijou Theatre
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Doors: 7 PM / Show: 8 PM

Celebrate the music of Sade! Performed by CTs finest musicians, featuring vocals by Marisol Datiz.


Decades in Concert: The Sounds of the Seventies – Preview
August 09 – August 11
Downtown Cabaret Theatre

The Downtown Cabaret is thrilled to be launching its very own original concert revue series: Decades in Concert. This inaugural production transports audiences back to the 1970s to revisit the sights and sounds of the AM Gold radio era. Using music from Elton John, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, The Bee Gees and many many more, Decades in Concert tells the story of the history and culture of America’s bicentennial years.

This live concert with a talented cast and music just the way you remembered it will immerse you in nostalgic multimedia and transport you back to a decade when the living was easy!


Performing Arts

Bridgeport PechaKucha, Volume 5
Presenters Info Session

Saturday, August 10th from 2:00-3:30 PM
Barnum Museum

Bridgeport PechaKucha, Volume 5
Not your Mama’s Pechakucha

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM
B-HIVE Coworking space

Bridgeport PechaKucha, Volume 5, will be at the B-HIVE Coworking space on Thursday, Sept. 12th. Attend to hear great personal stories each told in 400 seconds with 20 images!!!! The theme will be NOT YOUR MAMA’S PECHAKUCHA! (Some content will be edgy and “adult!”).

WE’RE LOOKING FOR MORE Artists, Veterans, Writers, Dancers, Musicians, History Buffs, Cooks, Librarians, Barbers, Unicyclists, Botanists, Body Builders, Foodies, Teachers, (pretty much anyone with a passion about something) to share personal stories at this Bridgeport PECHAKUCHA – VOL 5.

To help potential speakers with the process of understanding what a Pechakucha is and how to create the slides and presentation there will be one workshop at the Barnum Museum on Saturday, August 10th from 2:00-3:30.