275 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport CT
Executive Director: Gary Peterson
The Bijou Theatre is a fully renovated multi-functional venue for live performances and film as well as business and social events. True to its heritage, over 100 years later it is one of the oldest buildings used as a movie house in the country. Join us for a full weekend of events!
EVENT: Shakira & Enrique Iglesias Tribute
Friday, November 12; Starts 8PM
A high-energy act performing the hits of the King and Queen of Latin Pop, Shakira and Enrique Iglesias! live instruments and incredible vocals. Get ready to experience the biggest Latin party around! Brought to you by LTL Entertainment. Tickets are $27 to $42 at eventbrite.com/e/shakira-enrique-iglesias-tribute-tickets-156562652107
EVENT: Chicago Tribute – Connecticut Transit Authority
Saturday, November 13; Starts 8PM
Winners of CTNow’s Best Tribute Band for 2018 and 2019, Connecticut Transit Authority faithfully recreates the music of one of the greatest American bands ever, Chicago. They focus on the early years of Chicago, better known as the “Terry Kath Era” when the band was raw with emotion, heart, and soul. Songs from Chicago’s 1969 debut album Chicago Transit Authority through 1977’s Chicago XI are covered here with attention to detail and respect for the originators of these timeless classics. The setlist contains hits like Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is, Make Me Smile, Beginnings, Just You ‘n Me, Dialogue, Old Days, and many more. Tickets are $24 to $39 at eventbrite.com/e/chicago-tribute-ct-transit-authority-tickets-94268047267
EVENT: Play Reading Inheriting The Well by Lisa McCree, Directed by Jan Mason
Sunday, November 14; Starts 12 PM sharp
The old saying holds true for the Jackson family, “Everyone who drinks from the same well, shares the same sickness.” Mid-summer, 1970: Sophia, a colored woman, has just returned home from the funeral of her lover Mattie, a white woman from Carrollton, Mississippi. Expecting her guests to arrive any minute, a knock on the door changes everything… inside and out. Masks required.
EVENT: PechaKucha Night Bridgeport
Sunday, November 14; 6 pm – 8 pm (doors open at 5p)
The art of conversation and community connection is celebrated through the sharing of personal stories at PechaKucha Night Bridgeport. Attend in-person or virtually for the final event and closing party of the 2021 Bridgeport Art Trail. PechaKucha Night Bridgeport brings people together from diverse backgrounds. Bridgeport Art Trail artists will be among those presenting. The Nov 14th PechaKucha Night Bridgeport cast is posted at pechakucha.com/cities/bridgeport PechaKucha means “chit-chat” in Japanese. Speakers present their stories accompanied by 20 slides, shown for 20 seconds each, resulting in a total time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This licensed format keeps presentations focused and fast-paced. PechaKucha Night Bridgeport is intended for adult audiences. Food by Raquel Rivera of A Pinch of Salt is available for purchase. The event is free. Contributions are used to defray operating costs. One dollar of each contribution goes to support the international PechaKucha organization. PechaKucha Night Bridgeport is organized by The Barnum Museum, City Lights Gallery, the Downtown Special Services District, and Nina Lesiga. In-person free ticket (masks required): eventbrite.com/e/170224968463 Virtual free ticket: eventbrite.com/e/170235154931
EVENT: Ken Butler’s astonishing musical performance on instruments made from found objects.
Sunday, November 14; 8:30 PM
“..a crazy instrument builder who can get virtuoso riffs from anything.” The Village Voice Ken Butler’s musical performance closes out the BAT weekend on a high note, truly reflecting the theme of the 2021 BAT, Discovery and Re-invention. His creations are on view at Ursa Gallery #20D in the exhibit that addresses global warming and economic and social justice issues related to it. Ken Butler builds and performs with instruments made of found objects. You know the saying one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Ken creates these unique string instruments using all sorts of found/ discarded objects from a vintage ax, tennis racket, a rifle gun stock, even a tailor’s female mannequin. His playable constructions resemble guitars to cellos. He calls his work “Bricloleuthiery”. This is the combination of bricolage- creating something from whatever is available and leuthierythe artisanal practice of constructing and repairing string instruments. Butler will discuss and present various instruments and then play them! Critics describe his music as “mesmerizing world textures and driving melodic grooves with passion and purpose on an amazing arsenal of amplified hybrid string instruments made from household objects and tools. Duchampian Dada meets Hybrid Hindu Hendrix as function and form collide in an environment of hyperactive hardware. Butler blends aspects of Mid-Eastern, Indian, Flamenco, and Roma modes with jazz, rock, funk, and blues, all held together by an open, edgy “downtown” improv aesthetic. Virtually indescribable and unclassifiable, Butler mixes high and low technology and audio-visual antics to create an ancient/future music that forms a provoking cultural portrait of human / machine adaptation and transformation