BPT Art Trail News- September 2019 – Part 2

Arts organization leaders are hard at work planning unique programming for the 11th annual Bridgeport Art Trail!
Bridgeport Art Trail 2019
November 7-10th
“Having the event at the Bijou theatre is outrageous because of the movie screen. This November’s PechaKucha  going to be an opportunity to hear more in-depth stories about the artists that are in the Bridgeport Art Trail and greater community”.
-Nina Lesiga, PechaKucha Bridgeport

“The whole beauty of the PechaKucha is that it networks people in different ways.Everybody can do a PechaKucha. That’s what I love about it “.
-Bill Derry, PechaKucha Bridgeport
“We have some new artists as well as current artists, they’re all excited about activating different ideas. I’ve seen a shift over the years beyond a local audience. We find now that we consistently get people from NYC, lower Fairfield County, and Westchester. We’ve seen it expand and the reputation grows every year, it gets bigger and bigger. We’re drawing more people and enhancing the cultural reputation of Bridgeport”. 
-Jane Davila, NEST Arts Factory
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“There will be a vaudeville show at the Bijou Theatre Sunday featuring multiple drag queens, live musicians, we mix it up! I think the Bridgeport Art Trail is phenomenal in the way that our city comes together and opens the doors to highlight the Bridgeport art scene and bring visibility to this community”  .  
-Kenn Hopinks – Bridgeport Pride 
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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,
Aim Higher Together Bridgeport Youth Mural Unveiling
Saturday, September 28, 2019 
Event Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Blends Gallery
On Saturday Sept, 28, 2019 from 2-4 pm join the  Aim Higher Together- Bridgeport community partners at BLENDS Gallery for the unveiling festivities of the first mural project designed and implemented by youth, under the direction of UnLoad artists, Jahmane West and Darcy Hicks.

Aim Higher Together-Bridgeport Initiative is a public art campaign designed to bring the 
community together to work against gun violence.

Thank you to sponsors and partners: UnLoad Foundation, CT Against Gun Violence, Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail, Colorful Bridgeport, Amy & Adiel Dominguez, BPT generation Now, Source Coffeehouse, Trumbull Roatry and Bridgeport Rotary.
Jahmane West works with youth in preparation of the mural painting to be done Saturday, Sept. 14 & 21. Saturday 9/28, from 3-5 pm, join us for the unveiling of the final mural to be installed on the exterior wall of BLENDS gallery at 1163 Main St, downtown Main St. Bridgeport CT.
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.
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
BARNUM: An American Life
Book Talk and Signing with the Author, Robert Wilson

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Event Time: 2:00 PM
The Barnum Museum
Barnum’s legacy is still relevant in today’s era when the lines between politics and show biz grow hazier, and when the public is consumed by the beguiling nature of “scams” and con artists. While Barnum’s trickery is more light-hearted than some we’ve seen recently, BARNUM: An American Life captures the relevance of this vibrant character in today’s zeitgeist.

As seen on CBS This Morning Saturday: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/inside-the-life-of-master-showman-p-t-barnum/

About the author:
Robert Wilson is the author of Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation and The Explorer King, a biography of Clarence King. He is the editor of The American Scholar, a former editor of Preservation, and the founding literary editor of Civilization (all three of which won National Magazine Awards during his tenure), a former book editor and columnist for USA Today, and a former editor at The Washington Post Book World.
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.

     Schedule of Events
      Open Studios 6-8 pm
      Gallery exhibit 6-8 pm
      Wine and food 6-8 pm
      Live concert 8-10 pm
Little Secret – Tribute to Melissa Etheridge
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Doors: 7 PM / Show: 8 PM
“Little Secret brings together the talent and chemistry of the four members of Connecticut’s powerhouse rock and roll cover band, Highfield, as a force majeure tribute to one of the most powerful singer/songwriter artists of our time: Melissa Etheridge.

Etheridge’s career started with a slingshot debut album, going double platinum and earning her first Grammy. She continued to deliver her music to the world, while countless hits and awards illuminated the path of this icon as she cemented her place among the greatest music legends of our generation. Little Secret is proud to honor that legacy with all the passion and power, groove and energy, soul and dynamics that earned Melissa her legion of fans around the world.

In addition to some of the most beloved Etheridge songs, Little Secret also pays tribute to those that influenced and helped her forge her own style. Janis Joplin, Heart, Led Zeppelin, Pat Benetar and others have helped shape the sound and feel of her music, just as they do a Little Secret performance.”
Greater Bridgeport Symphony
Season Premiere: Look To The East 

Saturday, September 21, 2019
Show: 8:00 PM
GBS opens its 2019-20 season on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at The Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, as Eric Jacobsen welcomes members of the Silkroad Ensemble for “Look to the East” – a concert combining an iconic Russian masterpiece (Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto) with Persian music from a modern master (Kayhan Kahlor’s Blue as the Turquoise Night of Neyshabur).  “In times like these,” says conductor Jacobsen, “when political tensions are running high, Kayhan’s music is a bridge to one of the most ancient cultures on the planet.  Through music, we can discover that differences between people are not monolithic.”  Indeed, Kalhor’s piece brings together the exotic sounds of the East with sumptuous orchestration. 
Doors Tribute – Riders on the Storm
Friday, September 27, 2019
Doors: 7 PM / Show: 8 PM

The eerie organ tones, the primal jazz drumming, the other-worldly guitar, the “Brass and Leather” voice of Jim Morrison is still alive!

Riders On The Storm have performed thousands of concerts, in dozens of countries, to countless numbers of The Doors’ Fans World Wide! From the eerie organ tones to the primal jazz drumming to the powerful, other-worldly guitar, the music is brought to life. The “Brass and Leather” voice of Jim Morrison is alive and well. On stage, Riders On The Storm create a séance-like mood. A mood of resurrection, of eroticism, obsession, ritual, horror and of Celebration! The show is true theater and larger than life. It is an experience that must be seen to be believed and felt.

The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience – Joby Rogers
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Doors: 7 PM / Show: 8 PM
The Ultimate Michael Experience” starring Joby Rogers is the essential Michael Jackson Tribute Show. “UMX” celebrates the music and dancing of the legendary ‘King of Pop’! This multimedia theatrical experience takes audiences on an amazing journey through the life and music of one the greatest and inspirational entertainers of all time. “UMX” is a high energy production dedicated to the Music, Dancing and Spirit of the iconic Michael Jackson. As the mirror image of MJ, Joby Rogers has entertained sold out audiences worldwide for over a decade. Joby is the only Tribute Artist with the recognition of being personally chosen by Michael Jackson in a signed statement as an “Official Substitute” & is the only Tribute Artist to ever appear credited on the Cover of “Rolling Stone Magazine”.
WPKN’s Music on Film Series 
Buena Vista Social Club

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Doors: 6 PM / Show: 7 PM
Follow renowned guitarist Ry Cooder and his son, Joachim, as they travel to Cuba and assemble a group of the country’s finest musicians.
The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2000. It won as best documentary in the European Film Awards as well as many others.

This documentary by lauded German filmmaker Wim Wenders follows renowned guitarist Ry Cooder and his son, Joachim, as they travel to Cuba and assemble a group of the country’s finest musicians to record an album. Among the artists included in the project are singer Ibrahim Ferrer and pianist Rubén González, who are both interviewed and featured in studio footage. Eventually the ensemble travels to the United States to perform.
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. In the performance, Aretha is accompanied by the Southern California Community Choir under the direction of Alexander Hamilton at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
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!
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.