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Check Out These 'Third Friday' Happenings in Bridgeport

By Casey Cora | January 16, 2015 5:46am
 The neighborhood's art scene comes alive on the third Friday of every month.
The neighborhood's art scene comes alive on the third Friday of every month.
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BRIDGEPORT — Beat the winter doldrums by checking out some local art. 

Three local galleries are hosting special events as part of their "Third Friday" parties, each with its own distinct exhibitions. 

The Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., is welcoming visitors to check out its displays, including "Feeling is Liberty," a series of paintings created the DaHuang and ShanZuo Zhou, the latest work in the Bridgeport brothers' storied art career. 

Also on display is "IAMerican," a project curated by artist Sergio Gomez that aims to explore the concepts of immigration and the American identity. 

"Using a variety of styles, visual forms, symbols and metaphors, each work provides a wide angle view into the bi-cultural experience," Gomez says on the project's website. 

In addition, all of the artist studios at the center will be open for exploring.

The festivities also include a "live art interpretation" of "Sirens," a music album from electronic duo Gorgon City, and "Poems While You Wait," a collective of Chicago poets who will be creating instant poetry on their vintage typewriters for a $5 donation. 

Food is available at the "Eat Art" pavilions on the center's first and second floors. Admission is free. The event runs from 7-10 p.m. Read more about the event here.

Over at the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St., the Third Friday lineup includes open studios and galleries on all five floors of the enormous warehouse. 

The Elder Tree, a venue for "experiential learning," is throwing a party at its fourth floor digs. DJs, art work and artisanal coffee are all part of the experience. 

Friday also serves as the opening night party for the Bridgeport Art Gallery's "Obsession: Once is Not Enough," a mixed-media show featuring painters and sculptors who "share a determined focus on the fabrication of compulsive surfaces and on a practice of disciplined seriality," organizers said. 

Admission is free and parking is available just north of the building. The event runs from 6-10 p.m.

While considerably smaller than the Zhou B and Bridgeport Art Centers, Crome Gallery, 3118 S. Morgan St., is also getting in on the Third Friday fun with a special exhibit titled "Lumi-Neon," a collection of neon art created by Al Ribskis. 

Admission is free and the event is BYOB. It runs from 6-10 p.m. 

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