Bridgeport Art Trail Newsletter 

March 2022 Part 1

Arts Calendar

Park City Music Hall

2926 Fairfield Ave

Mad Cats

Fri, March 11 | 9pm

Tickets $10

More information:

Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result within 72 hours, or a rapid test from the day of show. We comply with all local, state and federal ordinances and mandates when applicable.

Bridgeport Storytellers in the News


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Congratulations to Bridgeport PechaKucha presenters who shared personal stories on “Love and Optimism” as a part of the International PechaKucha Day twenty four hour marathon! To watch their visual stories please visit click here

PechaKucha is a form of visual storytelling where each teller presents

their story to set of timed images. PechaKucha translates to “chit chat” in Japanese. It was established by Klein Dytham Architecture in Tokyo. PechaKucha Nights are held in 1275 cities around the world and BRIDGEPORT is one of them! Bridgeport PechaKucha is organized by the Barnum Museum, Downtown Special Services and City Lights Gallery.

For more information on PechaKucha Bridgeport please visit

Congratulations to Bridgeport Artists,

CT Office of the Arts Awardees!

Carlos Bautista Biernnay, Sindy Folgar,

Yolanda Vasquez-Petrocelli

March is Women's Month

Read about Bridgeport artist,

Rev. Ina Anderson in CT Post.

Bridgeport's first Black female

firefighter is now a Reiki healer,

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CRIMEA RIVER, A meditation on the Russian incursion on the people of the Ukraine by contributing artist, Dan Makara.

He explains, "How many centuries of lessons do we need to learn what is so obvious? Doing any kind of art is a release. If it can lead to a solution of learning to live and treat one another fairly is the goal. In this video of my recent work, I use Rachmaninoff's Opus 42. Color and texture in painting being visual "sound." The sound of music being the most abstract by nature. To see the courage of the Ukranian people is not an abstraction. It is an inspiration." Watch here.

"Absorption and Reflection" Exhibit

Open till March 17 at City Lights Gallery

265 Golden Hill St Bridgeport CT 06604

Read CT Post article.

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"We are that which we reflect and absorb" Larry Morse

Figure painting, abstract painting, photography. 

Larry Morse painter/guest curator with Adger Cowans and Iyaba Ibo Mandingo.

Read more about the art and artists.

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lionheART Gallery's

"Sunday Morning on the Road" Exhibit

Opens Sunday, March 13

Contact lionheART

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The Klein Memorial Auditorium

910 Fairfield Ave

Randy Kaye - Voice Over Artist and Radio Announcer

Master Class Workshop

Tues, March 15th 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Free Admission

The Klein Memorial Auditorium

Learn about the career path of Randye Kaye followed by a demonstration and an interactive session. No registration is necessary. In-person and livestream options available. More Information:

Face masks are required for all attending in-person.

Read's ArtSpace

"Persistence of Presence: Hope and Healing Through the Power of Art" Exhibit

Opening Reception: Friday, March 24

5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The ground floor gallery will honor Women's History Month with an exhibit of eleven women artists from the Read's Artspace Community curated by JodiAnn Strmiska. It celebrates the power of art to generate hope and healing during times of crisis and uncertainty. 

Gallery Hours: Saturday 12-5pm and by appointment

More info on Facebook


Live Music: In-Person & Virtual


Park City Music Hall

2926 Fairfield Ave

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Park City Music Hall

2926 Fairfield Ave

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band w. Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-Chas

Sun, March 13 | 8pm

Tickets $33

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Keith Harkin: A St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Thurs, March 17 | 7:30pm

Tickets $35

More information:

Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result within 72 hours, or a rapid test from the day of show. We comply with all local, state and federal ordinances and mandates when applicable.

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.

Francis Ellis : Standup Comedy

Fri, March 11 & Sat, March 12

Various Times | $20 Tickets

The Stress Factory

Francis Ellis is a comedian and writer/personality for Barstool Sports. At Barstool, he hosts the hit Sirius XM morning radio show "Barstool Breakfast" alongside Willie Colon. Francis frequently stars in sketches alongside famous athletes and celebrities, stealing the spotlight from them with his jawline, on-screen charisma, and shockingly red hair. If you're wondering where he went to college, he'll happily tell you–Harvard. He performs most nights in New York City and has also performed in China, Australia, Sweden, British Columbia, and across the United States. 

Casey Frey: Standup Comedy

Sun, March 13

Various Times | $25 Tickets

The Stress Factory

Casey Frey is an American dancer and comedian notable for his videos on social media, particularly Vine.


Andre Kim: Standup Comedy

Thurs, March 17

Various Times | $20 Tickets

The Stress Factory

Andre Kim is a Stand Up Comedian from Queens, New York. The Korean-American performer has also served as an opening act for Godfrey, Dave Attell, and Artie Lange. He currently co-hosts the popular podcast In Godfrey We Trust. Come enjoy a night of laughs!

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Anthony Rodia: Standup Comedy

Fri, March 18 & Sat, March 19

Various Times | $35 Tickets

The Stress Factory

Anthony is a 1st generation Italian Comedian born and raised in Westchester NY. He has always had a way of turning any situation into comedy!

Using Social Media as his platform, Anthony has exploded onto the Comedy scene out of nowhere, making quite a name for himself and building a large fan base.

He is known for his hilarious skits, song parodies, And his weekly "Road Rage Wednesday" using his popular character "Uncle Vinny".

"Rapunzel" Live

The Downtown Cabaret

Through Sun, Mar 20 | Various Times

Tickets: $26

A new “twist” on the classic tale about the girl with the long golden hair. When the young Rapunzel has been locked in a tower by a wicked enchantress, it takes a handsome young hero to help her escape, and that’s just the beginning of the story! More info

Audience members 12 years old and older must present proof of being fully vaccinated OR show a negative COVID test result 48 hours prior. Everyone must wear a mask.


March Book Club

Sun, March 27, 2022

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Reader's Block Book Store

2420 Main Street,Stratford

Bridgeport-based author, T. Ashley's latest novel, "Capturing Celeste" is discussed during the March Book Club.


About "Capturing Celeste":

A romance is about a confident, plus-sized Black woman navigating the corporate world while trying to figure out love and friendships all while staying true to who she is.More info

Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result within 72 hours, or a rapid test from the day of event. We comply with all local, state and federal ordinances and mandates when applicable.

Bridgeport Art Trail

Storytelling Exchange

 Thursday, April 7, 7 PM.

Meets the 1st Thurs of the month

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 [email protected]


Figure Drawing for April

the First 2 Tuesdays of the Month

at the NEST Arts Factory

1720 Fairfield Ave Bpt, CT

Read more

Figure Drawing Open Sketch

begins in March 2022 at the NEST Arts Factory

Figure drawing resumes at the NEST on the 1st and 2nd Tuesday of the month, starting March 1, 2022. Bring your own drawing materials. $15 model fee.

Please RSVP to [email protected]

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 | 2:00pm

Link through Facebook

Bridgeport Film Fest: Call for Submissions

Seeking short films, docs, music videos,

short screenplays, web series, and more!

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We are excited to announce that our submissions for the 2nd Annual Bridgeport Film Fest are now open until April 8, 2022!

We return in July 2022 with even more films, special events, workshops, and panels!

Contact us


The lionheART Gallery Open Call for Artists

Open Call for Artists 

If you or someone you know would like to be part of a lionheART Bridgeport group show in 2022, please email [email protected] a link to your website, social media account, or images or 5-7 recent works.


Free Paint /

Open Gallery

Sundays 2-6pm

Come view the current show and/or make your own small painting.

All materials provided!

City Lights & Company is a nonprofit organization

that serves the community through art.

Please click here to support free arts enrichment programs for youth and the community.

City Lights Vintage

Create your own style, find that unique gift.

265 Golden Hill St, Bridgeport CT

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

[email protected] Check us out on Facebook

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