Bridgeport | Uncategorized | Visual Arts

Looking In, Looking Out

Project Onward’s “Smile With Your Mind” at Bridgeport Art Center

ELIJAH ALVARADO

ELIJAH ALVARADO


When I first met Blake Lenoir, he was hesitant to speak to me. After I introduced myself, he looked at me for a long time before tersely telling me his own name, age, and background. Our initial conversation was marked by long pauses and short answers. Continue reading

Bridgeport | Interviews

South Side Stories

An interview with Andrew Marikis

ISABEL OCHOA GOLD

ISABEL OCHOA GOLD

Story Club, a nonfiction read-aloud, began in a Wrigleyville bar as a way to combine disparate forms: the freshness of the amateur and the consistency of the professional, the personal prose of the stand-up and the eloquent emotion of the slam poet. Continue reading

Bridgeport

Ain’t No Fish in the Percolator

Maria's serves some damn good coffee

Paul Durica congratulates the winner of the “Twin Peaks” costume contest. BEA MALSKY.

Paul Durica congratulates the winner of the “Twin Peaks” costume contest. BEA MALSKY.

This weekend, Maria’s was overcome with nineties nostalgia as the Bridgeport community bar hosted a crowd of clairvoyant detectives, agoraphobic orchid growers, Hawaiian-shirted shrinks, and log-cradling ladies. Continue reading

Bridgeport | Features | Stage & Screen

Making a Scene

Bridgeport Film Club gets outside the box

 

Director Eugene Park, cinematographer Tracy Pitts, and lead actor Wanda Jin in production for “Self-Deportation: The Untold Tale of a Marginal Woman.” Courtesy Conner Keeffe.

Director Eugene Park, cinematographer Tracy Pitts, and lead actor Wanda Jin in production for “Self-Deportation: The Untold Tale of a Marginal Woman.” Courtesy Conner Keeffe.

Scripts which open with a character waking up will be rejected,” instructs the call for script submissions on the website of the Bridgeport Film Club. Among the other guidelines: “No special effects or choreographed action.”  Continue reading

Bridgeport | Visual Arts

Expat Unity

"Bindu" at the Bridgeport Art Center

PAULA GARRETT-ELLIS

PAULA GARRETT-ELLIS

A seemingly simple dot, the Bindu is in fact a powerful Indian symbol that represents the point at which creation begins and may become unity. In a collaborative exhibition at the Bridgeport Art Center named after the Bindu, artists Paula Garrett-Ellis, Mareev Vaid, and Stacey Sirow explore the symbol’s deeper meaning in a collection of works that spans folk art, contemporary printmaking, sculpture, and photography. Within these pieces, the artists search for unity in a clash of cultures and customs—between India and America, past and future, tradition and modernity. Continue reading

Bridgeport | Stage & Screen

The Chicago Picasso

Public art on 16mm at the Co-Prosperity Sphere

MIKE WARHOT

MIKE WARHOT

The Co-Prosperity Sphere is pretty bare. About thirty attendees sit on benches and chairs before the screen. The topic is public art in Chicago in general, and the Chicago Picasso in particular: a fifty-foot untitled sculpture in the Loop, dedicated to the city in 1967. Continue reading

Bridgeport | Visual Arts

An Admirable Assault on the Senses

Steve Sherrell's "Mixed Bag" at 33 Contemporary

"Pin the Tail" by Steve Sherrell

“Pin the Tail” by Steve Sherrell

Steve Sherrell’s “Mixed Bag” is less jumbled than the title lets on. The new exhibition, hosted by 33 Contemporary at the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport, puts bold outlining and a canvas’s meticulous, geometric subdivision into correspondence with canvases removed from their stretchers, literally slit apart and stitched together again. Insistently, distinct shapes and broad fields of color contrast with canvases that are dismounted and distressed, minimal and morbid. But Sherrell’s digitally rendered “Mashups” anchor the exhibition by proposing a compromise—looking less consciously contrived, but remaining unscarred, intensely intricate, and exuberantly colorful. Continue reading

Bridgeport | Features | Lit

Literary Picture Show

An interview with Bridgeport writer John Hospodka

STEPHANIE KOCH

STEPHANIE KOCH

story of stories, John Hospodka’s “South Side Trilogy” is the narrative of a neighborhood that is at once real and out of this world. Told through art, video, poetry, prose, voice recordings, and song, the multimedia work follows the lives of a few residents of Hardscrabble, Chicago, a fictional neighborhood based on Bridgeport. Continue reading