Bridgeport Art Trail Newsletter

JULY 2023

City Lights Gallery/Bridgeport Art Trail

Mailing: 130 Elm St Bridgeport CT 06604 [email protected]

Support the local Bridgeport arts scene and programs that enrich the learning experience for youth. Please donate here. Thank you!


SATURDAY, JULY 8, 2023 | 4:00-8:00PM

More info here

Join us at the grand opening of the Skateport Shop this Saturday, July 8th from 4-8pm — now featuring roller skates for rent!

Sizes range from youth size 12 to men’s size 14. Protective gear will also be available.


Skater admission: $10

Admission with rental skates: $16

Spectators: FREE

OUTwork Exhibit at City Lights

LGBTQIA+ Exhibit Opens July 29

at City Lights Gallery

20+ exhibiting artists are announced on July 8, 2023

Over 20 exhibiting artists will be announced next week. A special VIP patio reception to support Greater Bridgeport Pride programs is schedule for Sat July 29, 5:30-7:45 pm, admission $10. Patio Party is sponsored by Healthcare Advocates International.

PechaKucha Night Storytelling

Personal Stories of "Unearthing"

Available for Viewing Online 

L to R: Presenters Silent Quill, Alicia Cobb, Peter Moran, Host

Erika Lesser-Eng, Director of the Discovery Museum and Planetarium, Presenters Nina LesigaMitzy SkyBill Derry and MIA Lipstick celebrating a successful event!Not pictured, Patricia Gaffney-Kindig.

On Sunday, June 25th Volume 15 of Bridgeport PechaKucha Night was held at the Discovery Museum Planetarium, hosted Erica Lesser-Eng. Each teller shared a story with twenty images projected for twenty seconds each.

PechaKucha Night is an exciting, fun night of listening to personal stories from people across disciplines to spark conversation, new ideas, and collaborations.

(Listed in order of presentations!)

NINA LESIGA: The Love of Fowl

SILENT QUILL: Life is Too Short for Plain Socks

MIA LIPSTICK: Sticks and Stones: Unearthed Treasures

PETER MORAN: A Reusable Story



BILL DERRY: Mephitis Major: Astral Aroma Therapy

ALICIA COBB: A Masterpiece in the Making

Bridgeport PechaKucha is produced by the Barnum Museum,Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District, City Lights Gallery and Nina Lesiga

The next Bridgeport PechaKucha Night is scheduled for the annual Bridgeport Art Trail weekend in November.

More Information



Opening Thursday, July 13 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Exhibition Dates: 7/13- 9/1/2023

More info:

[email protected]




JULY 29 & 30, 2023

To volunteer, rsvp to march, support, go to

We are thrilled to announce the incredible Sawyer Fredericks, winner of The Voice, as the headliner for the Greater Bridgeport Pride "Unity in the Park" celebration!

Get ready for an unforgettable performance on July 29 as we gather in the heart of Bridgeport to celebrate love, acceptance, and unity.

Sawyer Fredericks, with his soulful voice and undeniable talent, captured our hearts on The Voice and continues to inspire us with his music. We are honored to have him join our stage and make our Pride celebration even more extraordinary!

Free event register here! RSVP to march with us!

See Full Calendar of Events!

Thank you to Greater Bridgeport Pride sponsors and partners, City of Bridgeport, Fairfield County Community Foundation, City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail, Circle Care Center, Colorful Bridgeport, Healthcare Advocates Intenational, CT Humanities, M & T Bank, CT Office on the Arts, Bridgeport Generation Now, Optimus Healthcare, Hi Ho Petroleum.

Purchase Full Weekend

VIP Experience Tickets Here


Brunch and Live Show

Sunday, July 30th| 2pm Brunch | 4pm Show

Get Tickets Here

On the heels of their previously sold out A “not so” Happy Valentine's performance, the Crabby Cabaret returns with their 3rd installment of their iconic show, this time lending their stage and voices to celebrate one of the most important events of the year - PRIDE! This show will feature both queer and ally community members with their unique takes on some classic LGBTQ+ anthems as well as some of their favorites from queer artists. If you've seen a Crabby production before, you know it is jam-packed with angsty, whimsical fancy as only the Crabby Cabaret can provide. However, this time around the Crabby Cab will be slightly shedding its salty moniker to include songs of rejoice, inspiration, and a nod to the more uplifting aspects of our great LGBTQ+ community. 

Hosted by Bridgeport native, former 2022 Pride Grand Marshall and iconic "pop culture professional", David A. Correa, and accompanied by the first ever Crabby Cabaret live band, this truly will be an event you will be remiss to miss!  

Read about full Bpt Pride event schedule here.

Housatonic Museum of Art

Weekdays through Saturday, Aug 4th

Exhibit & The Summer Family Book Nook

Free and Open to the Public

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Inspired by Tupac Shakur's poem, "The Rose that Grew from Concrete," this exhibition examines the power of art to transform young lives. Artwork by local student artists and their mentors, Robert Stone and Tyese Williams. Over the course of six months, the students met regularly with their mentors and artists including Alicia Cobb and Kristy Paz to develop their artistic voices.

Learn about the Family Book Nook!

The Family Book Nook is a summer-themed exhibition that gives you the chance to cool off in an inspiring art-filled space. We're also offering story time for small groups with advance notice upon request (email [email protected]). Sponsored by the Housatonic Museum of Art and the Friends of the Bridgeport Public Library.

Housatonic Museum of Art MA is free and open to the public Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 7pm. Parking in the Housatonic Community College CC lot (870 Lafayette Blvd). Call 203-332-5052 or visit us at


More Info Here

The Downtown Market at McLevy Green and will be open every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. until October 26, 2023. Opening day will include a live cooking demonstration by Chef Raquel Rivera of A Pinch of Salt, live music from local talent, and delicious and hand crafted offerings from our local vendors. The market will feature live music each week and periodic cooking demonstrations, in addition to a range of fresh veggies and delectable lunch options.


Moon Cruise Bike Adventure

Monday, August 1 | 7:15 PM

BPT Creates

1001 Main st ste 14 Bridgeport, Ct.

Use 1042 Broad to access our side of the building.

It's that time again for the return of our 2023 monthly bicycle ride to enjoy the many phases of the full moon in the city of Bridgeport. First up is the Super Strawberry Moon on Saturday June 3rd 5:30pm/

We'll meet at BPT Creates first, then head to our destination for optimal viewing and enjoyment. Bring your bike our borrow one of ours.

Photographers, get your camera's ready for some night photography.

Feel free to bring along some snacks and beverages.

For more info on moon phases and other cool stuff:

Why do the full moons have names:


910 Fairfield Ave

Fairfield Performing Arts Studio Summer Camp

Saturday, July 15, 2023

2 Shows - 4pm & 7pm

Tickets $ 15 - $ 20

More info


Live Music & Film: In-Person & Streaming

"The Piano Lesson" Play at the Bijou Theatre

Saturday + Sunday, July 22 + 23 | Various Times


Set in 1936 Pittsburgh during the aftermath of the Great Depression, The Piano Lesson follows the lives of the Charles family in the Doaker Charles household and an heirloom, the family piano, which is decorated with designs carved by an enslaved ancestor. The play focuses on the arguments between a brother and a sister who have different ideas on what to do with the piano. The brother, Boy Willie, is a sharecropper who wants to sell the piano to buy the land (Sutter's land) where his ancestors toiled as slaves. The sister, Berniece, remains emphatic about keeping the piano, which shows the carved faces of their great-grandfather's wife and son during the days of their enslavement.

Ticket Info Here


Early-Bird Tickets on sale Friday, July 21

Downtown Cabaret Theatre

263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport

9 to 5

Final Performances

Friday, July 7- Saturday, July 8 | Various Times

Tickets $37 plus fees

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Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company.

The Beach Bums

Saturday, July 22 | Various Times

Tickets $49 + fees

“The Ultimate Tribute to The Beach Boys” is The Beach Bums.who dress and act like The Beach Boys and with precision singing perform over 30 Beach Boys original hits.

Park City Music Hall

2926 Fairfield Ave

Thursday, July 6 | 8:00 PM

Tickets:$10-13 |Ages 21+

Friday, July 7| 9:00 PM

Tickets $16-$21|Ages 21+

Saturday, July 8| 7:00 PM

Tickets $33-$123|Ages 21

CT Beardsley Zoo

Sky Hunters in Flight

Saturdas & Sundays

Thru Aug 27 | 11 AM & 2 PM

Free with Zoo Admission Ticket

Master Falconer Brian Bradley,among the nation’s premiere wildlife presenters, demonstrates the special powers of fowls, hawks, and falcons from around the world. Learn how these beautiful birds play an important role in our environment at the top of the food chain. Discover their amazing adaptations for survival in the wild and hear about the ancient sport of falconry.

More at the Beardsley Zoo

"Hooked on Killifish" Lecture Series

​July 17 | 7 PM (Hybrid)

Killifish are a group of small, colorful freshwater fish that are native to various regions around the world. These fish have several interesting characteristics that make them unique in the animal world, but also very vulnerable to changes to their habitat, with several species being critically endangered or already extinct in the wild. Join us in learning more about this amazing fish group. Tickets are $10

From July 1 to September 4, Connecticut children age 18 and under plus one accompanying Connecticut resident adult can visit participating museums free of charge through the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program. Before you visit, check the zoo website.

Connecticut Summer at the Museum is made possible through an investment from the federal COVID-19 recovery funding Connecticut is receiving from the American Rescue Plan Act. The program is administered by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts in partnership with Connecticut Humanities.

9th Annual Community Festival

What else is happening in the Bridgeport Art Scene?

Go to BAT calendar.

Stress Factory: Stand-Up Comedy

167 State Street

Ages 16+

Ian Lara

Thurs July 6-

Sat July 8

Various Times

Tickets $20

Hannibal Buress Sun July 9-

Mon July 10

Various Times

Tickets $40

Des Bishop

Wed July 12

Various Times

Tickets $25




for more info!


Thursday, July 6th

Thursday, July 13th

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Newfield Branch Library – Teen Room

Do you love to write? Join us on Thursdays at 2pm in the Teen room for creative writing. The only thing you need to bring is your creativity. For teens, ages 13-18 years old.

More info here!

Programs and Workshops

Sponsored by the Bridgeport Art Trail

Figure Drawing

First 2 Tuesdays of the Month

at the NEST Arts Factory

1720 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport

RSVP [email protected]

July Figure Drawing Schedule, July 11 + 18, 2023,

changed due to the Tues July 4 holiday.

In August we resume our usual 1st & 2nd Tues schedule.

On the 1st and 2nd Tuesday of the month. $15 model fee.

Easels, tables and chairs available, please bring drawing and painting materials. The Nest Arts Factory invites artists and students to join their working artists community to draw and paint from life in the rustic community room. This workshop is sponsored by City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail.

Please RSVP to [email protected]

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

The Writers' Group

with Shanna Melton,


Meets online, the first 2 Saturdays of the month, 2 pm

The Writer's Group is a space for people who love words to gather and create new work.

The mission is to use prompts and other creative tools to motivate the creative process. It also creates a space for us to share and get a reaction from other writers who can advise one another on how to enhance the poems and or stories we create. This is not an open mic or performance space. It is a place to create.

Zoom Link: 

Meeting ID: 743 8438 8746 Password: SHANNA 

"The BAT"

The Bridgeport Art Trail Storytelling Exchange

Thursday, July 6 | 7 PM - 9 PM

on Zoom | Free |Registration Link

The BAT monthly storytelling exchange is a night of immersing into the art of storytelling. It’s a place to try out a story idea, present a draft story or rehearse a story - true or fictional. If the teller wishes, the group provides constructive feedback.

Any experience level of storyteller is welcome as are those who just want to enjoy a night of stories. The Zoom registration page here. Meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 7PM - 9 PM..

Hosted by Nina Lesiga. Sponsored by City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail


Stratford Arts Alliance

In Person Figure Drawing

Tuesday, July 18th | Tuesday, July 25th



Sterling House Community Center

2283 Main St.

Stratford, CT 06615


Members: $15.00 (online registrations only)

Non-members: $20.00 (online registrations only)

Walk-in fee: $25.00 (cash only)

(online registration strongly encouraged)

The format (long or short poses) will be set by the moderator. Artists may suggest poses to the model to ensure variety.

Register Here!

Stratford Arts Alliance

Writers' Group

Tuesday, August 1st| 11:45am-12:45pm

Meets the first Tuesday of each month 11:45 AM-12:45 PM.

Alliance member, Brian Hogan is heading up this event. Brian Hogan is a Public Speaker as well as a Creativity and Clarity Life Coach specializing in helping artists and creatives from all walks of life find clarity and move past blocks as they discover and honor their own artistic processes. Brian also speaks on alignment, the nature of existence, and how to find the messages and order within the seeming chaos of our fast-paced everyday reality. He used to operate a compassionate care cannabis delivery service in West Hollywood CA for seven years before returning to Connecticut to pursue his MFA in storytelling which he earned in 2019 at Sacred Heart University.

In addition to his monthly creative writing workshops with the Stratford Arts Alliance Brian currently serves as an Artist-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University’s Graduate Film & Television Program where he teaches Screenwriting. He is also pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He has released multiple award-winning short films and a TV pilot. He is currently working on a web series that he wrote, directed, and will star in, arriving in 2024. You can find out more about Brian at his website

Registration for Zoom attendance may continue right up until the meeting time

Register Here!

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