BPT Art Trail News- October 2019 – Part 1

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Bridgeport Art Trail 2019
November 7-10th
Bridgeport Art Trail 2019 
Call for music video submissions. The Bridgeport Art Trail is looking for local artists to submit their music videos for consideration, to be presented at the Bijou Theatre on Friday 11/8/19 during the Bridgeport Art Trail weekend.

Please send links to clgallerybpt@gmail.com. Provide Contact person’s name, phone. email, website, instagram info if available and name of performers in the video.  Deadline for submission: October 18, 2019,
A Pop of Color Art Installation Project
About A Pop of Color
A Pop of Color is a multi-venue pop-up art exhibit in Downtown Bridgeport vacant storefronts, open to all artists living and/or working Bridgeport, CT.

A Pop of Color will create opportunity for city artists to make and display their work, for city musicians to perform at reception events, for the owners of the vacant storefronts to show the attractiveness and viability of their spaces to prospective tenants, and for the resident and visiting public to view and explore Bridgeport as an active hub of the arts. Review detailed information in the complete Call for Artists here.

Eligibility: This opportunity is open to visual artists living or working in Bridgeport, CT. Individual artists or teams of artists may apply.

Proposal Deadline: Friday, October 11, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. via web form on the Colorful Bridgeport website. There is no application fee.

Key Dates:
* 10/5/19, 2 p.m. – Application Info Session. RSVP here.
* 10/11/19, 11:59 p.m. – Application Deadline
* 11/2/19, 4 p.m. – Opening Reception
* 1/23/20, 5 p.m. – Closing Reception
More Information
Bridgeport PechaKucha 

Workshop: Saturday, October 5th at 2:00 PM

Event: Creativity and Leadership in the Arts  
Bridgeport Art Trail Finale! 

Sunday, November 10, 2019
Event Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m. 
Bijou Theatre 
Since this PechaKucha celebrates the last day of the Bridgeport Art Trail, the theme for this event will be CREATIVITY AND LEADERSHIP IN THE ARTS. You will be sure to hear authentic, possibly unexpected personal stories — interesting experiences that may make YOU laugh, cry and/or spark new ideas!

PechaKucha translates to “Chit-Chat” in Japanese, but that’s somewhat misleading.   It’s a group of people each presenting for six minutes and forty seconds with 20 compelling photos or visuals shown 20 seconds each. This makes each story succinct, interesting, inspiring, fun and/or funky.  A PechaKucha is a tasty storytelling feast! This Sunday evening gathering, which also serves as a unique closing party of the BAT weekend, celebrates creativity and leadership in the arts.

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

Bijou Doors open at 6 pm.  $1 contribution goes to the international PechaKucha.org.  Food and drink will be available to purchase!
If you would like to present, please fill out a proposal here: http://bit.ly/PK6-ArtTrail

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, Oct. 5th at 2:00. Register here: http://bit.ly/pkworkshopvol6
More Information
Art Exhibit: Peter Rembetsy 
Opening Reception Saturday, October 5th
Event Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Framemakers Picture Framing & Art Gallery
Local sculptor, photographer and teacher will be showing his welded steel sculptures and photography at Framemakers Picture Framing & Art Gallery. 

A reception will be held on October 5th, Saturday, from 2 to 4 pm
Come to enjoy the art along with wine and hors d’oeuvres!

The show will be open from Oct. 5th to the 31st. Gallery Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8:30 to 5:00.
The Art of Cris Dam at Gala of Lights
The Discovery Museum 
Saturday, October 5th
Event Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The art of Cris Dam lights up the walls at the Discovery Museum as they host their annual Gala and showcase their brand new Digistar planetarium. City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail and the Discovery Museum have initiated a partnership to feature local artists in their second floor gallery space.  Join us at the Discovery Museum for an evening of celestial celebration with festive cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, raw bar, and a fabulous live and silent auction!

“Cris Dam co-founded Dam Stuhltrager in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 1998 and was an early gallerist who helped propel the neighborhood into an international art mecca.” Cris now maintains his working studio in the Arcade Mall in downtown Bridgeport. His work will be on view in the community exhibit space on the second floor until late December.  His unique choice of materials projects a sense of idiosyncratic personality and locomotion to the common lightbulb, by incorporating the illuminated spheres into his compositions. (He actually paints his paintings while the lightbulbs in the compositions are on.) He has created site specific work for the exhibit.

His works echo the quality of illumination of moons and stars in the night sky, thus creating companion pieces that echo the installation of the Discovery museum’s recently installed, state-of-the-art, high-resolution, full-dome Digistar planetarium system.

The lightbulb motif also relates to the mission of the Discovery museum of science and innovation and the vision of the current executive director Bill Finch, who commissioned a sculpture for downtown Bridgeport of the inventor Lewis Latimer, who lived in the South End of Bridgeport, and perfected the filament that was used in the patent for the Thomas Edison lightbulb.
Latinisimo – Art Exhibit
Artist Talk

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 2-4:30 PM
City Lights Gallery
Among the City Lights programs that we look forward to producing regularly is the Biennial exhibit Latinisimo, which recognizes Hispanic heritage month and is curated by the passionate and talented artist, Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli. This year she has renamed the exhibit NEO-Latinisiiimo to reflect the richly diverse stories and Latinx people who migrate and live their lives in the United States.  She describes Neo-Latinisiimo as “an exhibit beyond geographies, color and identities, featuring Latin American artists living in USA.”
Exhibiting Artists 
Santa Barraza-Mexico, Carlos Bautista Biernnay-Chile, Ann Chamberlain-Mexico, Adiel Dominguez-Mexico, Ivan Gaete-Chile, Sergio Garcia-Cuba, Gabriela Galarza-Block-Argetina, Carlos Hernandez Chavez-Mexico, Julia Justo-Argentina,  Maria Lino-Cuba, Luis Lopez-Uruguay, Miguel Angel Melchor-Mexico, Aisha Nailah Perez-Costa Rica, Yolanda Petrocelli-Mexico, Valerie Rhodes-Puerto Rico, Ana Ruiz-Castillo-Spain, Liliana Wilson- Chile.
Save the Date
Closing Festivities 
El Dia De Los Muertos

Saturday, 11/2/19 
Along with the community memorial altar composed by Laura Maranon on view during the exhibit, as a tradition to honor passed loved, the closing event celebrates “El Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead,” a post Halloween tradition. The evening begins with a reception and face painting at City Lights gallery. As a group, attendees, some with the costumery macabre skeleton-garb, walk to Bijou theatre for a performance of folkloric dance and yes… Mariachi music! We look forward to seeing you at this community-based event. More info TBA.
More Information
Close to the Line
September 5 – October 12, 2019
Housatonic Museum of Art
The Housatonic Museum is pleased to present Close to the Line: Mari Rantanen and Kirsten Reynolds, an investigation of geometric abstraction through a performative lens. Curated by Barbara O’Brien, the exhibition will be on view in the Burt Chernow Galleries at the Housatonic Museum Art September 5 – October 12, 2019
Second Saturday Workshop
Floorcloth Stenciling with Loren Rubino

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
Event Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative (MDAC)
1042 Broad St., Bridgeport (Entrance on John Street)
The Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative (MDAC) is pleased to announce the return of the Second Saturday’s community arts workshops! Adult artists of all abilities are welcome to learn about the art/craft of stenciling and will design and paint a small floor cloth on canvas.

The finished products will be coated with polyurethane and made available for pick-up the following week. Loren Rubino is an artist from Westport, Connecticut.  She grew up with uniquely painted walls, hand-painted floors and canvas floorcloths underfoot and, because of this, she looks at a walls and floors as giant canvases, just waiting to be painted.
Art Bra 2019
Friday, October 18, 2019 
Event Time: 5 PM – 8 PM
City Lights Gallery
In recognition of national breast cancer awareness month, City Lights is featuring our Board Secretary, Dr. Camelia Lawrence, a breast surgeon affiliated with Hartford HealthCare and City Lights’ Art Instructors Robin Gilmore and Suzanne Kachmar in ART BRA 2019.  

This special program is limited to 12 women who are ready to turn bras into ART from 5 PM to 6:30 PM! This is an opportunity for personal stories of breast cancer patients, their caregivers and healthcare providers to be shared through ART. 
Once completed, these special Art Bras will be exhibited during a Wine and Cheese Reception from 6:30 PM to 8 PM with a Q&A Session with Dr. Lawrence that is open to the public.  

To register for the art portion of the program from 5 to 6:30 PM, please email sdcharger135@gmail.com. No RSVP necessary for the Wine & Cheese Reception.  

Hosted in conjunction with 50+ WCCCS
Drink & Draw – Artists of 305 Knowlton 
Thursday, October 24, 2019 
Event Time: 7 PM
305 Knowlton Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06608
The Drink and Draw is Back! Uncover your hidden talent of drawing. Creating art relieves stress and encourages creative thinking. Join us on October 24th for a night of art which will ultimately change the way you think and feel. 

Entry includes art supplies and professional model for up to 2 hours 
One complimentary glass of wine for the 21 and over. Must be 18 years of age and over to attend.

$20.00 pp or two for $30.00 so bring a friend. Show your student ID to get a $5.00 discount at the door. Light food and refreshments will be provided.  Seats are limited so RSVP TODAY. BYOB encouraged. 
Downtown Market at McLevy
Thursdays, 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
McLevy Green
The Bridgeport Downtown Farmers Market 2019 season is in full swing! On Thursdays from July 10th through October 10th, the DSSD will host the Downtown Farmers Market from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m in McLevy Green (102 Bank Street). 
Live at the NEST Fundraising Concert
Friday, October 11, 2019 
Event Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Nest Arts Factory
Join us on Friday, October 11, for a festive and gala evening of music, food, and art! Featuring performances by Rick Reyes, and John Torres and Scott Packham of Colorfields. Visit the studios of the artists of the NEST Arts Factory, view and purchase artwork in the gallery, enjoy great food and wine, take a chance on one of our drawings for great prizes, and cap it off with a one-of-a-kind concert by some of the talented artists of the NEST, all while supporting the Save the NEST fund to keep the NEST community together and in Bridgeport.
Restore & More: A Fundraiser for The Klein at Redline
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Event Time: 6:30PM

Redline Restorations
2475 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport CT 06605
Support The Klein Memorial Auditorium at the fabulous showroom of Redline Restorations, the world-class automotive restoration facility in Black Rock as we raise funds to bring more entertainment and events to the historic and one-of-a-kind theater.

Enjoy music by jazz trio Open Field Runner featuring Brian Torff, open bar, and delicious hors d’oeuvres.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute – Sons of Skynyrd
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Doors: 7 PM / Show: 8 PM
The “truest” sounding Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band in the Northeast! FORMED BY SCOUTING OUT AND BRINGING TOGETHER THE TOP PLAYERS FROM DIFFERENT SKYNYRD TRIBUTES from PA, NJ, NY & Long Island into one All-Star band; giving their audience the experience of being back at a concert of the original Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup.
Pocket Full of Soul – Halloween Party
Saturday, October 26, 2019 
Doors: 7 PM / Show: 8 PM
JOIN US FOR A WICKED RETRO HALLOWEEN PARTY! Retro 60s-70s costumes encouraged! Opening act, Paul Venier “the one man comedy tornado”. Pocket Full of Soul is a horn driven band built on a 70’s musical influence. We play music by such great bands as Tower of Power, James Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, Average White Band, Kool & the Gang, KC & the Sunshine Band, Blues Bros., Sam & Dave, Santana, Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Rick James, Barry White, Sly & The family Stone and so many more!
The Klein Cinema Series & FilmFest52 present 
Film screening of Amazing Grace

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Doors: 6:30 PM, Show: 7:00 PM
This newly released film features Aretha Franklin recording the most successful gospel album of all time, Amazing Grace. The film is crafted from never before seen footage originally captured in 1972. The film was not released on schedule in 1972 because of difficulties syncing the film with the audio. It was put aside for years, but new digital technology granted the capability to fix the audio so audiences everywhere can experience this masterpiece.
The Klein is the first venue in the area to show this highly anticipated documentary. To be shown on our new 30ft wide screen!
Monty Python’s Life of Brian 
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Doors: 6 PM / Show: 7 PM
Returning to cinemas for its 40th Anniversary, in glorious standard definition and mono-sound, Monty Python delivers a scathing, anarchic satire of Hollywood’s depiction of all things biblical with their 1979 feature film, Life of Brian.

Highly controversial upon its original release and banned in several countries, the film is now frequently ranked as the greatest comedy feature of all time by magazines and media outlets around the world. As Monty Python member Terry Gilliam says, “It rips bare and makes you laugh at the world we’ve created for ourselves.”
Mamma Mia
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
September 20 – October 20
ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.
Sherlock Holmes and the Haunted Cabaret 
Children’s Theatre

October 05 – November 03
Downtown Cabatret Theatre
It’s a choose-your-own mystery! Sherlock Holmes and his faithful sidekick, Watson, need your help to solve the mystery of the haunted cabaret. Put on your detective hats because this fun and innovative new whodunit asks the audience to decide what Sherlock and company need to do to crack the case.
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