YOUR WEEKEND

Paint Night!

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 – The Lofts at Wamsutta Place, the former textile mill turning into residential lofts,  launches a Paint Night tonight in the building from 6:00-9:00 p.m. They note that there’s no experience necessary and they’ll provide all the paint supplies and food. Tickets are $20, and residents can pick up tickets at the leasing office and bring a friend. Space is limited.

Earth Day Cleanup

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 – The Earth Day Cleanup that was the subject of a full blog post (HERE) happens today beginning at 8:30 a.m. Register here, and then meet right off Acushnet Avenue behind Cotali Mar restaurant to start the Big Sweep!

Record Store Day

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 – Go vinyl today as the nation celebrates Record Store Day. Locally, that happens at Purchase Street Records at 767 Purchase Street beginning at 10:00 a.m. What do they have in store for you? “Early Bird Specials! Storewide discounts! Exclusive Record Store Day Releases! Giveaways courtesy of Paul & AL & 94 WHJY!” You know they will do it up right – all the way until 7:00 p.m. tonight!

Drag Bingo!

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 – The Queens of the Southcoast take it over to the Fairhaven VFW Post 2892 tonight for a night of DRAG BINGO. Join them for a an evening full of bingo games, performances and lots of laughs, they promise. Tickets are $25 in advance/$30 at the door. Contact Kristin via call/text at 508-560-3135 to get some or for group inquiries.

Let’s Dance!

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 – Performance artist Andy Anello of The Ropeworks in the city’s north end branches out from his quarterly Lunar Teeth happenings to host a NEW MOON DANCE party downtown tonight. Come to Yoga on Union, 1 Johnny Cake Hill, NB to groove to “House Music + Soul, Electro, Boogie, and Disco.” $5 door charge; and Andy wants you to know: This party is radically inclusive and open to all.” It happens from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.

Remembering Leonard Cohen

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 – New Bedford’s First Unitarian Church at the corner of Union and Eighth Streets remembers the legacy of troubadour Leonard Cohen during their annual Folk Music Mass this morning at 11:00 a.m. They write, “Experience the life and times of a musical icon through his music, then help the party continue by hanging out with the performers for an informal music jam, while indulging in luscious baked goods to benefit the musical projects and programs of the church. The concert itself is by freewill donation, so what’s not to like?” Hallelujah, we say.

Songs in the key of YOUR WEEKEND

Fizz Friday

FRIDAY, APRIL 13 – The ever-inventive Shelley Cardoos always has something new and different on tap at Hippo, the artisan gift boutique at 741 Purchase Street – and tonight is no exception. Head on over for Fizz Friday – “Come to the shop for our first Seltzer Tasting Night! We’ll be offering up tastings of some seltzers chosen by our resident Fizz Queen Shelley Cardoos,” they write. “We’re also working on some snack pairings, so bring some friends, or come alone and meet some new peeps, and be a part of the fizz fun.” This event is free, although they’ll be putting out a donation jar if you’re feeling generous to help cover the cost of drinks and snacks.

Adrift & In Stillness

FRIDAY, APRIL 13 – S & G Project Gallery at 88 Hatch Street (Hatch Street Studios) opens their new season with “Adrift & In Stillness,” botanical expressions by Deb Ehrens. The opening reception for her work takes place from 7:00-10:00 p.m. tonight at the gallery, in Room 308. S & G writes, “Deb Ehrens uses her camera to create contemplative and painterly imagery. Deb lives in Dartmouth, MA and is a Juried Artist Member of the Cape Cod Art Center and Exhibiting Member of the Providence Center for Photographic Arts.”

Open House at Butch’s

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 – Head back to Hatch Street Studios – this time in the side building at 90 Hatch Street – for Butch McCarthy’s Open Art Studio day. The artist will be present from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and is looking forward to showing you where the magic happens!

X-Rated @ The X

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 – Before you get too excited, we’re talking comedy not peep shows tonight at Gallery X, 169 William Street, NB! Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.; $8 admission. Your host for the bawdy laughs will be Nick Anthony, who we are assured has hand-picked some hilarious comedians from around New England to give you some excellent entertainment. Here’s the line-up: HEADLINER: Alan Fitzgerald (Marshfield, MA) with: Chris; Thomas (Cleveland, OH/Boston, MA); Nicole Auclair (Providence, RI); Aaron Collins (Attleboro, MA); Alex Medeiros (New Bedford, MA); and Adrian Morse (Raynham, MA).

Welcome to Steveland

SUNDAY, APRIL 15 – Head to the groovy Doug’s House of Harmony at 818 Kempton Street, NB and be welcomed to Steveland: A tribute to Stevie Wonder tonight from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Here’s the deal: presented by Paul “Newby” Grace, Steveland consists of a seven piece live band and includes four vocalists, Paul Newby Grace, Joe Medina, Chris Waters and Ray Wills; Ed Oliver on bass, guitarist Marc Leishman and drummer, Dan Raposa.Newby is an avid Stevie Wonder fan and states, “Stevie Wonder has been a great inspiration to me all throughout my musical career. I’m passionate about his music and it’s always been a dream of mine to form a tribute band in his honor.” Tickets are $15.00 at door. Advance tickets are $10.00 and available at Doug’s House of Harmony, or Symphony Music Shop, 94 State Rd. North Dartmouth.

Financial Planning 101

BONUS PICK: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 – If you’ve recovered from doing your taxes, then you’re invited to Groundwork!, at 1213 Purchase Street, NB, today to prepare yourself for next year! In this lunch time workshop (noon – 1:00 p.m.), Nick Briguglio, Business Mentor and Independent Financial Consultant, will break down the key components of a healthy financial strategy, including healthcare, budgeting, and saving for retirement. There will also be plenty of opportunity for Q+A. You are welcome to bring your own lunch! The event is free for Groundwork! Members, and only $5 (+ Eventbrite fee) for non-members. Get tickets here.

YOUR WEEKEND: Vintage women, quahog bling and more…

Vintage Women

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 – The artisan gift shop, HIPPO at 741 Purchase Streets hosts artist Amanda Laurel Atkins tonight from 7:00-9:00 p.m. for a special painting workshop. They explain, “Join Massachusetts artist Amanda Laurel Atkins for a night of painting vintage-inspired women! Based on Amanda’s style of portraiture, this workshop will walk you through creating your own canvas portrait of a fictional woman (or yourself, or a loved one) in a retro 1950s fashion.” $35 per person; all supplies included with light refreshments provided. No refunds, no walk-ins. Space is limited so attendees should reserve and pay for a spot in advance. Tickets available here.

Hip-Hop meets strings

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 – “Black Violins” returns to the Zeiterion Theatre stage tonight at 8:00 p.m. The group describes themselves as, “Hip hop meets strings in a groundbreaking collaboration between Wil Baptiste and Kevin ‘Kev Marcus’ Sylvester, known together as Black Violin.” The classically-trained duo return to The Z with their  band and “signature blend of hip-hop, rock, R&B, classical, and bluegrass music that has struck a chord with audiences around the world.” Tickets can be purchased here.

Wellness Walk returns to Buttonwood!

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 – The New Bedford Wellness Initiative’s popular Buttonwood Park walk returns for the season – and their fourth year today at 9:00 a.m. Meet and walk with them from the zoo entrance – and prepare yourself for a special treat this morning; the Southcoast Brass Band will be on hand to kick off the season! Dogs are welcome on the walk, too. No word about cats. Or bears.

Their Finest Hour

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 – Finest Hour Athletics celebrates their one year anniversary downtown at 763 Purchase Street today beginning at 10:00 a.m. with new gear, special edition products, raffles and more. The fitness apparel store joined a community on the block which also includes Purchase Street Records, the classic Your Father’s Mustache, and the artisan gift shop, Hippo. (There is even a witch store, too.) It’s good company to be in! Come visit them all today.

Jonathan Perry

Quahog Bling

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 – Come meet and check out the work of New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center’s artist-in-residence, Jonathan Perry today at noon as he demonstrates traditional quahog jewelry making. A member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe, Jonathan is a traditional singer, dancer, speaker, and carver. He draws his designs from the raw materials and uses the materials and knowledge handed down from his ancestors to express his understanding of the natural world as well as the changes over time since Creation. The center can be found at 38 Bethel Street, downtown NB.

YOUR WEEKEND bound and fried

Good Friday Fish Fry

FRIDAY, MARCH 30 – It’s the last Friday of Lent – so, if you’re feeling especially Catholic (no matter your religion or lack thereof)  go old school New Bedford and jump into a large plate of Fish & Chips! Dillon’s on County Street, the Dogg House on Coggeshall, Angelo’s Orchid Diner on Rockdale Avenue, Yor Dogg Mil on Kempton Street and Horta’s on Cove are all great, inexpensive places to find the fry and fries.

Tomfoolery!

Beginning FRIDAY, MARCH 30 – The Collective NB returns to the Gallery X stage – for a night of “Tomfoolery!” The night of laughs features live theatre, music, art and the comic styling of the one and only Funny Please. Doors at 7:30; performance begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15. Make reservations at TheCollectiveNB@gmail.com. Gallery X is found at 169 William Street, NB. The show runs Friday and Saturday, March 31.

Stoneburning bookbinding pop-up

SATURDAY, MARCH 31 – The artisan gift boutique, HIPPO at 741 Purchase Street always has interesting inventory – and frequently hosts special events like today’s bookbinding pop-up that equally reflect its creativity. Ignore the dig on Union Street and head over from noon-4:00 p.m. for a pre-Easter pop-up with Lacy Stoneburner of Stoneburner Bookbinding. Stoneburner Bookbinding, based in Milton, Massachusetts, offers handmade journals, photograph albums, custom books and book-inspired jewelry. Owner Lacy Stoneburner will be at Hippo to help you turn the pages – and debut some of her Spring designs.

The impact of Rt. 18 on New Bedford

SATURDAY, MARCH 31 – As a final engagement of David Higgins’ artist residency with the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, he’ll be set up to demonstrate the results of his three-month research into the transformation of a New Bedford neighborhood into present day Route 18. Drop in any time during the window of 2-4pm and learn some history through objects with the artist. We’ve heard good things about this – and look forward to checking it out today! Come on down to 33 William Street, NB and join us.

A different kind of movie night…

SATURDAY, MARCH 31 – What would  Star Wars be without the stirring music we associate with its opening screen scroll? Tonight at the Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Yaniv Dinur, returns to the stage with the orchestra to perform familiar theme songs from these popular films: James Bond, Cinema Paradiso, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future, Superman, Schindler’s List, Psycho, Vertigo, La La Land, The Godfather, and Star Wars. Showtime is 7:30 P.M. check www.nbsymphony.org for details.

Easter

SUNDAY, APRIL 1 – Happy Easter! It’s the most pagan of religious holidays, so eat ham, search for candy or simply walk barefoot through the park to celebrate Spring! But watch out for bunnies; they’re shifty characters.

UMass Transportation Forum

BONUS PICK: Thursday, April 5 – Interested in a discussion about how public transportation can and should be improved throughout Southeastern Massachusetts? We knew you would be! Then get yourself to the MASSPIRG Transportation Forum today at 4:00 p.m. on the UMass Dartmouth campus (in the lIberal Arts building, Room 208). You can RSVP and get more info from Matt Casale at mcasale@masspirg.org. Oh – and take the SRTA No. 9 Fall River to teh campus if you really want to get into the spirit of the discussion!

YOUR WEEKEND begins in Fiji…

 

Birthday Soli & Fiji fundraiser

FRIDAY, MARCH 23 – One of our terrific members, Carissa Wills-DeMello, has come up with a meaningful way to celebrate her birthday. Tonight at Groundwork! (1213 Purchase Street, NB) from 6:00-9:00 p.m., she’s a hosting a birthday “soli.” Carissa explains, “There are no words for what Fiji has meant, and will always mean, to me. So, in the spirit of thanking those who make each year in life possible and beautiful, I’m having a 27th birthday celebration turned fundraiser, for the village that I call home in Fiji: Nabasovi.

“Two years after devastating Cyclone Winston made its way through Fiji, the Nabasovi District School library has officially re-opened it’s doors. All that’s missing are FULL bookshelves!

“Stop by Groundwork! co-working space for a SOLI (fijian for community fundraising event) to benefit the littlest of my friends and family on Koro Island. Bring a school worthy iVola (book) in good condition and a suggested $2 shipping donation.

We’ll have some kakana (snacks), bilo ni Yaqona (bowls of Fijian Kava), yaloyalo (photos) & levu na isere (and plenty of music)! Whether you stop by for a minute or the night, I hope to see you there.”

Strand Theatre Photography Workshop

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 – Vanishing New England and Cape Verdean Association in New Bedford invite you to come photograph the historic Strand Theatre on Acushnet Avenue today. They will host two workshop sessions. The first will be from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. and the second from 11:00 – 1:30 p.m. The cost ($25 at door) will go toward restoration of the Theatre. During the three hours, you will be able to explore the theatre at your own pace. Photographer Bryan Buckley will be on site to answer questions and help with photography. Bring a flashlight, as some sections do not have power. Email: bryanabuckley@gmail.com to reserve your place. The Theater opened in 1905 and has changed hands many times since then. Last month, W.H.A.L.E. announced that is was partnering with the theater for a complete renovation.

Lunar teeth: Let’s Try Again edition

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 – The quarterly performance art showcase, LUNAR TEETH happens tonight at The Ropeworks, 123 Sawyer Street, NB from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Hosted by Andy Anello, it is a quarterly performance art forum held on or around the equinoxes and solstices. “It is a place to try out new ideas that challenge traditional genres,” he writes.  Tonight’s performers are: Carl Simmons; id m theft able; Meyer Brown; Novikova ; and Stratosphere Giant (Improvisational Performance Experiment). BYOB and plan to hang out after!

The Winter LGBTQ Winter Film Series

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 – The third film in the four part LGBTQ Winter Film Series, “Two Spirit” is a documentary that explores two spirit identities within First Nations’ cultures. It also discusses the tragic murder of one such two spirit person, a nádleehí, named Freddie “FC” Martinez. Screening is at 2:00 p.m. today in the NB Whaling National Historic Park theater at 33 William Street and it is free to attend. A performance by local Narragansett youth, Sherente Williams, who is also two spirit, follows the film.

Birdman Live!

SUNDAY, MARCH 25 – Big show at the Zeiterion Theatre tonight: Experience the celebrated movie Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) with a live soundtrack from composer and renowned drummer Antonio Sanchez! He performs his GRAMMY® Award-winning score live on The Z stage while the 2015 Oscar® winner for Best Picture unfolds on screen. It happens from 8:00-11:00 p.m. and you can get tickets here.

YOUR WEEKEND up in the air

Aerial Yoga in a hammock! Only at Carabiner’s. See below.

Rope to Trope

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 – The latest exhibition in the Groundwork! Gallery opens with a reception tonight from 6:00-9:00 p.m. “Rope to Trope” features the works of artist Alex Buchanan – and you can read all about it here.

A Fish Story

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 – The Dock-u-mentaries series at Whaling National Park Theater screens the third Friday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Which means tonight you can catch “A Fish Story” at 33 William Street – the story of two women took the lead to fight for their fishing communities in Gloucester and Chatham, MA. A discussion follows the free screening.

St. Patrick’s Day at Wonder Bowl

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 – Some Groundworkers hit the lanes at Wonder Bowl (66 Hathaway Boulevard) last Saturday night – and very well may be back this Saturday for St. Patrick’s Day. To celebrate, the bowling alley is hosting musical group Morrissey Boulevard from 7:00-10:00 p.m. The show is free – whether you’re Irish or not. 

Yoga in the air

SUNDAY, MARCH 18 – Yoga Nidra or Yogic sleep is a method of inducing complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. At Carabiner’s Climbing & Fitness, Tracy Clarke will lead you into this state – while you’re experiencing weightlessness in an aerial hammock! “You will be guided into your Yoga Nidra experience with light restorative aerial postures from your cocoon and emerge rejuvenated and revitalized,” they write. Feel uplifted from 5:30-7:30 p.m., $15 for members, $25 for non-members. Oh – floor spots are available, if you prefer a connection with the ground. Stop by the Carabiner’s front desk at 328 Parker Street, NB, or call 508-984-0808 to reserve your spot.

Business Buzz

BONUS PICK: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 – This month’s notworking BUSINESS BUZZ heads to Acushnet Avenue tonight. Come hang out at TOP SHELF BAR & GRILL (1825 Acushnet Avenue) from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for cocktails and snacks with friends and coworkers.

YOUR WEEKEND: We’re not in Kansas anymore…

Reggae in the Tavern

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 – DJ Ranking Z got us all grooving all summer long as DJ during four Reggae on West Beach happenings in New Bedford. He heads indoors to the Pour Farm Tavern (780 Purchase Street, NB) tonight beginning from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. to do the same.

Pedal Pushers

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 – SoCo Cycle rolls into New Bedford today with a grand opening beginning at 1:00 p.m. Located at 468 North Street, NB, SoCo Cycle is an indoor cycling facility boasting a state-of-the-art lighting system, Schwinn bikes and more. Welcome to New Bedford on behalf of all Groundwork! members and friends! Classes begin Sunday, March 11. Their mission statement is as follows: SoCo Cycle is here to push you, high-five you, make you sweat, inspire you & encourage you like never before.”

Over the Rainbow…

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 – Dorothy comes to the new Oz when the classic film, “The Wizard of Oz” screens for free this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at New Bedford’s Zeiterion Theatre. It’s part of Mayor Mitchell’s Classic Film Series; maybe he does have a heart after all! :-) No RSVP or tickets required – but you may want to bang your ruby slippers together to ensure yourself a seat.

Material Girls

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 – She may be pushing 60, but Madonna is still the queen of pop to many. Tonight, New Bedford’s only LGBTQ nighclub, LePlace bows down before royalty with Maddonarama – a Madge-inspired drag show featuring Imperial Crown Prince Douglas J. Sylvia and Empress XXVGingah Rale. A $5 cover gets you in the door at 8:00 p.m. Make like a virgin ‘til 11. LePlace is located at 20 Kenyon Street, NB.

Roots of Creation

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 – If you began your weekend with reggae, why not go out the way you came in – just across the street. Greasy Luck Brewpub hosts Roots of Creation Live in the Vault tonight at 9:00 p.m. Roots of Creation consists of Grateful Dub, a reggae rock tribute to Jerry Garcia & The Grateful Dead. “Combining their longtime love for reggae-dub style music and the Grateful Dead, RoC reworked some of the worlds favorite Dead tunes into a new studio album,” the event page states. Most Dangerous Men Alive open at 7:30. Tickets are $15 here or $20 at the door.

YOUR WEEKEND gets a tattoo

Groundwork! In the Raw

RAWFRIDAY, MARCH 2 – Join us here tonight at Groundwork from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for the official unveiling of the new mural art in our phone booths. You won’t find Ma Bell in them, but the work of graphic designer and artist Chelsea Arruda. Chelsea will also be bringing and selling select work and apparel from her design collection. And about those phone booths – you won’t find phones in them, either. Just the one you bring yourself. The Groundwork! Phone Booths are the private spaces members enter when they have to be on that critical conference call. Or, get in touch with their bookies quickly. Now, they get to do it with art looking over their shoulders.

A Mid-Winter’s 3rd EyE

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 – You don’t have to wait an entire year for a taste of 3rd EyE Unlimited. The hip-hop art, music, and dance jam that got down in downtown New Bedford last summer is holding a special 3rd EyE Winter Jam on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

The venue moves indoors for this special mix. The Winter Jam takes place from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Dennison Memorial Community Center, 755 First Street, New Bedford, MA. But, all the elements that made 3rd EyE groove downtown will be happening all day long.

That means basketball, art, music, dance, doodles, food, games, and fun for the entire family. It’s all hosted by 3rd EyE’s JunnYahh Rodriguez and it’s all free to attend.

Get Well

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 – The 3rd Annual Wellness Expo takes place at the Wamsutta Club (427 County Street) today from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The $3 admission is a donation to a good cause: The Lighthouse Animal Shelter, which concerns itself with the wellness of our furry friends. Services at the expos (some at an additional charge) include reiki, Angel card readings and more. Also, expect lots of homemade crafts and pastries.

Tattoo X

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 – North Atlantic Tattoo hosts a tattoo-inspired art and music show and happening tonight at Gallery X (169 William Street) from 6:00-11:00 p.m. They write that there will be tons of different works of art for sale  plus punk and hardcore jams. Find out more about North Atlantic Tattoo here.

YOUR WEEKEND goes to the dogs…

Dérive and Psychogeography Walk: Dog Days

SATURDAY, FEB. 24 – We love the innovative events dreamed up by The Center for Undisciplined Research at UMass Dartmouth. If you haven’t heard about the Center, no worries. There’s no formal degree you can get from them – but perhaps there should be. Rather, it’s a collective group organized by artist-in-residence Roz Crews which is doing creative things like today’s Dérive and Psychogeography Walk: Dog Days. Yes – it involves actual dogs. And humans, too! Maybe even you. Here’s the deal:

What’s a Dérive?

Dérive: a mode of experimental behavior linked to the conditions of urban society: a technique of transient passage through varied ambiances. Also used to designate a specific period of continuous deriving.

What the heck is Psychogeography?

Psychogeography: the study of the specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals.

What is “Dérive and Psychogeography Walk: Dog Days”?

A walk with dogs – on leashes – with Roz and crew and two professional dog walkers beginning at 12 noon from the New Bedford Art Museum.

They note that, while there will be two dog professionals present, this event is not free dog training or walking. Also, if your dog or pup doesn’t play well with others, you may want to sit this one out.

But, if Fido’s tail is wagging and you want to explore downtown New Bedford in a pack, do come! It’s free and open to the public.

Old Time Fiddle turns 1

SATURDAY, FEB. 25 – If going to the dogs isn’t your thing, then maybe line dancing is. We’re sure you’ll find it across the bridge at BRICK Fairhaven (213 Huddleston Avenue) today from 4:30-6:30 p.m. when Old Time Fiddle Sessions meets to celebrate their 1st anniversary. Groundwork! had the pleasure of hosting them back in December, but their regular, free and open to the public monthly gigs at BRICK are becoming legendary. They write, “You can bring your grandma or your punk rock neighbor, your sweetheart, or your four year old. And hell yes, you can and should bring your guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass, or banjo. Come cut some tunes with us, lend an ear, or just meet up with a friend in a mighty fun spot.”

Cedric Josey at Tryworks

SUNDAY, FEB. 25 – Friends of the New Bedford Free Public Library and Whaling City Sound host singer/songwriter Cedric Josey as part of this year’s Winter Warmings series today. Cheers to that; we’re big fans of Josey and his music! They are, too (of course) and write, “Cedric Josey has been singing songs of love, life and inspiration in the New Bedford area for over 10 years.” And they also note, “He is deeply involved in youth outreach and education on various issues.” Aww – what a guy, indeed! The Winter Warmings concert with Cedric takes place at the First Unitarian Church at Union and Eighth Streets, NB at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Friends members, $15 non-members.

Southwest of Salem

SUNDAY, FEB. 25 – The LGBTQ Winter Film Series continues this afternoon at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park at 2:00 p.m. Screening this last Sunday of the month is the film, “Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four.” It excavates the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez – four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two little girls in San Antonio, Texas. The film explores their narratives and their search for exculpatory evidence to help their losing criminal trials. The film series is free and open to the public, and a discussion follows the film. At 33 William Street, NB.

YOUR (holiday) WEEKEND…

It’s a quick 1,2,3 and we’re out YOUR WEEKEND – because it’s a holiday weekend! Enjoy the day off and see you on the other side of Monday….

Grab some Fish & Chips

FRIDAY, FEB. 16 – It’s Lent – and even though the city isn’t as overwhelmingly Catholic as it once was, it’s still fun to follow some of the old ways. Like Fat Friday. What’s Fat Friday, you ask? It’s New Bedford’s version of New Orleans’ Fat Tuesday. But instead of gumbo, everybody consumes fish & chips. And, it can happen every Fat Friday until Easter – if your arteries hold out. We recommend getting a plateful of cod and potatoes at Dillon’s, located right up the street from Groundwork!, at 583 County Street. It’s an old-fashioned greasy spoon, in the best sense of the word. And the $7.50 price tag for a large order will leave you plenty of change to spare for the collection basket…Pictured above, the Dillon’s crew show off their tats.

They’re baaack!

SATURDAY, FEB. 17 – The Collective NB kicks off their 3rd season with another one of their famous 24 hour shows. What – you don’t know what a 24 hour show is?! Where have you been for the last two years?! Not at Gallery X (169 William Street) where again tonight at 6:30 p.m. – and then again at 8:30 p.m. – the theatrical troupe performs a play that’s written, rehearsed and performed within 24 hours. We love The Collective NB – so are happy it’s a Valentine-themed show. $10 at the door gets you in.

Wolf in sheep’s clothing

SATURDAY, FEB. 17 – Artist Will Wolf – who we were happy to host once upon a time right here in the Groundwork! Gallery – debuts his solo show, Organic Decay at Colo Colo Gallery this afternoon with an opening reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The gallery, located in Kilburn Mills Studios at 127 W. Rodney French Boulevard, writes, “In his recent body of work Wolf explores abstraction and personal narrative through his use of materials and exploration of new technologies in painting.”