Bridgeport Art Trail Newsletter 

August 2022 PART 1

Full Calendar of Events



Reception/Artists' Talk Sat 8/13/22, 4-7 pm

Exhibiting artists: Carlos Biernnay, Darron Copeland, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Ruben Marroquin, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Ellen Schinderman, Scott Schuldt, Rita Valley, Joan Wheeler

Read more here.

The Annual

Greater Bridgeport Pride in Review 



JULY 23, 2022

Above, Pride March Grand Marshall David Correa, Entertainment Director of New York City Pride and Bridgeport Native with Gotham Cheer at Greater Bridgeport Pride on July 23, 2022.

Thank you to producers of the Bridgeport Pride Cabaret Night Variety Show, Ricky Mestre, Marvin Pittman, and special guest David Maiocco as "Liberace"

Thank you to our sponsors and partners, the City of Bridgeport, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Leonard + Lutz Foundation, Healthccare Advocates International, TD Bank, Circle Care Center, Aquarion, Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport Film Festival

OUTwork  runs to Sept 10 at City Lights Gallery, exhibiting artists: 

Erik Anderson, Mario Baez, Melisa Benedek, Angel Bloom, Carlos B Biernnay, Darron Copeland, Jon Couto, Sue Czark, Leaf De Moura, Guido Garaycochea, Andrew Graham, Adair Heitman, Marina Hernandez, M. C. Hewlett, Christina Jones, Rafiq Kathwari, Conor Kovatch, Mia Lipstick, Julia-Rose Liptak, Finn Lockwood, David Marciniszyn, Ricky Mestre, Casey Moran, Marshall Moyer, Katelyn Owens, Victor Pigoretti, Adrian Pulido, Valerie Ruby Omen, Richard Stillson, Carl Straw, Richard Taddei, David Townsend, Danielle Walker, Patrick Webb, Joan Wheeler

Art & Soul Cookout

Arcade Mall | 1001 Main St

Sat Aug 20 | 12:00 - 4:00 PM

Watch for details on Sankofacafect Facebook page here

What else is happening in Bpt Art Scene? Read on... or...

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Bridgeport Art Trail "In The Community Programs" 

FIELD TRIPS: 50 Bridgeport Youth and Chaperones see the Lion King and STOMP in New York City.

Through a partnership with the Ralphola Taylor Community Center/YMCA, 50 Bridgeport youth and chaperones saw the Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre. A summer program is being designed with a culminating program to bring youth to see STOMP in August at the Orpheum Theatre.

Bridgeport Film Fest

2022, was another success!

Big Thanks To Everyone Who Supported Near and Far!

With over 500 attendees in-person and virtual, 88 films screened from a dozen different countries, 22 vendors, 14 panel discussions, 5 screenplay readings 3 workshops, 2 different red carpets and a Pride Celebration, the 2022 film fest was a huge success!

We are so thankful for everyone who attended, donated, gave a talk back, volunteered, presented in a workshop, shared a script, performed in a stage reading,  or just sent along great vibes for us. Check out two CT Post Articles about opening night and a video wrap up of the weekend below!  

CT Post Article #1

CT Post Article/Pics #2

Social Media Video of the 2022 Bridgeport Film Fest

lionheArt Studios


The lionheART Gallery Open Call for Artists

if you or someone you know would like to be part of a lionheART Bridgeport group show in 2022, please send a link to your website, social media account or

5-7 images of recent work to 

City Lights Vintage

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City Lights Vintage

Create your own style, find that unique gift.

265 Golden Hill St, Bridgeport CT (by the painted stairs)

Shop hrs: Th-Sat 12-5 pm, or by appointment

Contact City Lights Vintage here 

Shop online on Etsy

Follow @citylightsvintage on Facebook/Instagram

Downtown Cabaret Theater

Forever Motown 

263 Golden Hill St

Sat, Aug 13th

Various Times |Tickets $48; Cabaret Members $36

Sing, dance & celebrate the music of your life to songs like “My Girl”, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, “Reach Out”, “Shop Around”, “Dancin’ In The Street”, “Stop, In The Name Of Love”, “Ain’t Nothin’ Like The Real Thing”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” & “Uptight” – nearly 30 non-stop hits in all!

More info


275 Fairfield Ave

Live Music & Film: In-Person & Streaming

The Klein Auditorium

910 Fairfield Ave.

Shrek the Musical

Students of Klein Theatre Arts 

Fri, Aug 26 - Sat, Aug 27 | 6:00 PM 

Tickets $0 - $5, Ticket fee waived for cash sales, donations appreciated 

Face masks encouraged, those sick or experiencing Covid-19 symptoms are asked to stay home.   More Info

Park City Music Hall

2926 Fairfield Ave

Beyond The Wall 

Pink Floyd Tribute

Fri Aug 12 |9:00 PM

Tickets $16-19

Ages 21+

Honeydew with Jukebox

Sun Aug 13 |7 PM

Tickets $10 - $12

Ages 21 +

Park City's First Brunch

Sun Aug 14 |11 AM - 4 PM

Tim Palmieri performs his famous "Beatles Brunch" 

at 1-4 PM 

No cover charge

Ages 21 +

The Stress Factory

167 State St

The Stress Factory Bridgeport

Masks are required at all times in the club,

except when seated at your table.

Zarna Garg 

Standup Comedy

Thurs Aug 11 - Sat Aug 13 

Various Times|$20 Tickets

Ages 16+

Aries Spears

Standup Comedy

Thurs, Aug 18 - Sat Aug  20

Various Times| Tickets $25

Ages 16+

New Talent Showcase

Standup Comedy

Weds through Sept 7th

7:30 PM|Tickets $5

Ages 16+


'Boys II Men' Live

Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater 

Sunday, August 28 | 7:30 PM

The American vocal harmony group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. They are currently a trio composed of baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman.

Tickets Available here


Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater 

Check it out!

Young Audiences Entertainment

Beardsley Zoo, Peacock Pavilion

Through Fri Aug 12th

1875 Noble Ave       

Chris Rowlands LIVE

Various Times , Free with paid admission to the Zoo 

Chris Rowlands is famous for getting everyone involved through singing and dancing—even bringing kids up on stage with him! Chris brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets, and colorful props.Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along on stage as he shares his self-penned songs about animals and their environment. Shows at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 PM Contact email

Unless you are a Zoo member, Zoo admission tickets must be purchased online prior to your visit.  FREE SUMMER admission program for children 18 and under with one accompanying Connecticut resident parent with a Connecticut ID.

More info

Beardsley Zoo

Sky Hunters in Flight Stars 

Sat & Sun Through Sept 4th

11:00 am & 2:00 PM

As part of their 100th year celebration Master Falconer Brian Bradley displays owls, hawks, and falcons from around the world. 

Free with Zoo admission.  

Unless you are a Zoo member, Zoo admission tickets must be purchased online prior to your visit.

FREE SUMMER admission program for children 18 and under with one accompanying Connecticut resident parent with a Connecticut ID.

Contact email

Beardsley Zoo Evening Lecture Series (Virtual)


Wed, Aug 17th, 7pm – 8pm on Zoom

Tickets $10

Obtaining crucial data on wild species can be extremely challenging, and a variety of problems may prevent finding cryptic animals in diverse environments. The unparalleled abilities of canine olfaction offers a way to increase proficiency in non-invasively collecting information on endangered, rare and hard to find species and detect and remove threats to wildlife.

At the forefront of the conservation dog field, Working Dogs for Conservation (WDC) has been selecting, training and deploying dogs that ‘live to work’ for projects More info

Black Rock Summer Concert Series



Bridgeport Art Trail

Storytelling Exchange

 Thursday, Sept 1st at 7 PM

To recognize the art of storytelling, City Lights Gallery sponsors a monthly story gathering for adults on Zoom.

The emphasis is personal stories to share the human experience. Participants with fictional or historical stories are welcome too! We encourage professional tellers, amateurs, and listeners to join us. During the exchange, participants share a story, a part of a story, a story idea, or attend just to listen. 

Test out a piece, receive help developing it if you wish, and listen to the stories of others. Discover what makes a story compelling.

Zoom Registration Link here.

For more information, about the Storytelling Exchange please contact City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail

Downtown Market

Every Thursday, Downtown Bridgeport

We are so excited for the 2022 Farmers Market season! Join us July 7th from 10:30am to 2:00pm for our first Downtown Market at McLevy, and then every Thursday until October 27th.

The market will feature live music each week in addition to a range of fresh veggies and delectable lunch options. #colorfulbridgeport

Figure Drawing

the First 2 Tuesdays of the Month

at the NEST Arts Factory

1720 Fairfield Ave Bpt, CT


Figure Drawing

Open Sketch

at the NEST Arts Factory

On the 1st and 2nd Tuesday of the month. Bring your own drawing materials. $15 model fee.

Please RSVP to

This is an open sketch studio workshop moderated by Ellie Mesa, sponsored by City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail.

The Writer's Group with Shanna T Melton

First two Saturdays of the month,

Online zoom workshop | 2:00pm

Writers Group Facebook Link

Stratford Arts Alliance

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Creative Writing: Screenwriting Fundamentals Masterclass

Taught by Brian Hogan, Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University’s Graduate Film/TV & Screenwriting Program.

Saturday, August 13, 2022, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Arts Alliance of Stratford members: $30

Non members: $40

Register at:

Beginner to advanced writers welcome.

TV Shows and Films engage us. They make us forget time, tie our stomach in knots, cause involuntary tears or laughter, and sometimes they even help us transcend our limits and look at our struggles in a new way.

Screen stories inspire us.

What makes good drama? What is the invisible structure that makes a story either nail-bitingly suspenseful or fall flat so we are reaching for the remote? How do we learn to craft our own life stories into actual dramatic scenes that people will want to listen to, and if they get made, watch them over and over again?

These essential questions will be answered in this Screenwriting Fundamentals Masterclass.

More Info Here

Figure Drawing on Zoom Featuring Hillary

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

6:15 – 9:00 PM


Arts Alliance of Stratford members: $7.00

Non-members: $12.00

Register here:

Our model will be Hillary who will be posing from Columbia.

The first 20-minute block begins with the model taking 1- to 2-minute poses to get everyone warmed up. After the first break, we will move to 5- & 10-minute poses the remainder of the session will be 20-minute poses. Artists may suggest poses to the model to ensure variety.

18 years of age or older. No instruction provided.

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