The second annual Bridgeport Arts Fest has evolved, as evidenced by the latest roster. This Saturday, McLevy Green will see 60 local artists, craftmakers and performers.
The Bridgeport Community Land Trust’s “Beer Garden” will support community gardens. Maltose Express, of Monroe, is hosting a local Homebrewers’ Beer Tasting. The city library, City Lights Gallery, Gallery 305K, The Center for Public Art & Design, World Artists Network, Neighborhood Studios and Read’s ArtSpace are all participating.
The McLevy Stage lineup includes musical performances from Chris Cavaliere, The Backyard Committee, Talking to Walls and Nardy Boy as well as preview theatrical performances by Connecticut Free Shakespeare and the Bridgeport International Academy.
“It’s so gratifying to see the Fest triple in size from 2010 to 2011” Don Eversley, the City’s Director of Planning & Economic Development and Bridgeport Arts Fest founder, said in a press release. “Bridgeport continues to amaze as a cauldron of creative minds!”
Here’s the aforementioned roster:
– The Arts Fest Bike Ride (10am-Noon) Kick off your Arts Fest with a leisurely morning ride led by local bicycle activist John Wilkins. The Ride departs from McLevy Green at 10AM, and takes riders past the Ballpark at Harbor Yard to the Seaside Park bike trail, Captain’s Cove and back to McLevy Green and the Arts Fest via the Railroad Avenue bike route.
– The Downtown Tour of Living (1pm & 3pm), led by Bridgeport Architectural Historian Charles Brilvitch, showcases downtown’s emerging residential community of new and renovated living spaces. On the Tour of Living, you will visit the City Trust, Arcade, 323 Fairfield and 333 State buildings, as well as the historic Bijou Theatre.
– Ground Floor Gallery Bloom Show (3-7pm) at Read’s ArtSpace is this year’s annual spring/summer exhibit, featuring work from nearly 40 resident Artists and their invited guests. BLOOM features works of diverse subject matter and style and speaks to the idea that art is a product of constant change, influence, and growth. The Ground Floor Gallery, a community arts space located in Read’s ArtSpace Lofts, 1042 Broad St, will have open gallery hours and guided tours of the BLOOM exhibit and common areas.
– Sites.Camera.Action Shorts Film Festival (6-9pm) The curtains are open and the films are ready to roll again! Site Projects Inc. will host an encore presentation of Sites.Camera.Action! A Film Shorts Festival at the newly renovated Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave. A reception (6-7pm) will be followed by the screening and awards from 7-8:30pm. A wrap party where you can interact and network with the filmmakers will end the evening. As with all other Arts Fest events admission is free.
– The Urban Beautification & Murals Project/Graffiti Block Party (11am – 8pm) is at the corner of Gold & Main St. The City of Bridgeport is working to transform this site into an attractive and active pocket park, welcome to all. During the Arts Fest local and regional artists will be installing a P.T. Barnum-inspired graffiti mural. The Block Party celebrates these improvements and gives you a chance to interact with the artists as they work. Entertainment includes DJ’s, local musical performances and B-Boy battles. Rampage Skateparks is setting up a temporary skate park for the event.
– Lightsaber Battle (9pm) The Arts Fest will begin to clear out of McLevy Green at 6PM, but the fun doesn’t stop there! Around the corner at Baldwin Plaza, the largest Lightsaber Battle this side of Tatooine will commence. The Battle will travel from Baldwin Plaza, to McLevy Green and up Main St. to the Block Party. Look for your own lightsaber at various retail locations downtown!
– Arts Fest After-Party Show (6-11PM) Saving some of the best for last, the After-Party Show at McLevy Green is a concert that features some of the most creative and electric musical artists around. Starting at 7pm, this lineup includes Bridgeport’s own psychedelic soul trio, The Stepkids; New Haven’s “dirty soul” foursome, Fake Babies; Milford’s experimental garage goodness, Electric Bucket and Bridgeport DJ Humble Dinosaur. BYO friends and let the good times roll!
The Arts Fest is sponsored, in part, by the following:
– Downtown Special Services District
– United Staging & Rigging
– Drinx Unlimited
– Gallery 305K
– Maltose Express
– NURevealed Photography
– Paradox Ink
– Deadly Grounds Coffee