YOUR WEEKEND: 3rd Eye Open; E.T., pancakes and more…

Phone Home

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 – The Friends of Buttonwood Park bring that lovable little alien, “E.T.” to the lawn tonight. Let’s hope Trump’s ICE officers are looking the other way! Pictures in the Park starts at 7:30pm and the screening is free – but donations are always welcome. (UPDATE – At post time, the Friends decided to RESCHEDULE the screening due to impending rain. We’ll bring you the new date when it happens.)

Clean Sweep

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 – The Veterans Transition House at the corner of Purchase and Willis Streets (a few blocks north of Groundwork!) is the starting point for Operation Clean Sweep this morning at 8:30am. Come prepared to pick up some trash and help keep New Bedford clean; pre-register here. (You get a free t-shirt if you do!) You’ll be provided with gloves and tools – and if you stick around until noon you can expect some free pizza from Domino’s, too.

Write Club

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 – GNB Writers Block hosts Write Club today from noon – 3:00pm at Dream Out Loud Center, 1 Johnny Cake Hill (an inspiring location for writers!). Here’s what scribes should expect: The first hour and a half will consist of silent writing. The second hour will consist of pairing with a partner, and the two of you will offer helpful edits/edit suggestions, inspiration, and constructive criticism; the first half hour of that second hour will belong to you and your work, the next will belong to your partner. The last half hour of Write Club will involve each participant stating what they’ve accomplished during this session and what they intend to accomplish in the month preceding the next meeting.”

3rd Eye Open

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 – New Bedford’s hip-hop festival returns to the city this year after a hiatus. You’ll find it throughout downtown, and it’s a packed schedule. Here’s what to expect:

Schedule of Events:
/// Live graffiti and murals, throughout the day in Wing’s Court & Custom House Park
/// Cypher in the Street, popping up throughout the day
-///No Problemo & Solstice Skateboarding host a Skate Jam in the New Bedford YMCA parking lot, time TBD
/// Live screen printing in Wing’s Court, time TBD – Buy a tshirt for $20 or BYOPrintable and have it screened for $10
/// 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, hosted by A’s before J’s Program, sponsored by Christian Fellowship Center and Carter’s Clothing & Footwear, 9am start time in Carter’s parking lot
/// Custom House Kids Carnival presented by Doodles Creative Session, 10am-2pm in Custom House Park. Activities include: Mass Attack Roller Derby demos; Kindness Rock Garden; Facepainting; Dance Party with Still ILL Productions; 3rd EyE Open Scavenger Hunt with Creative Oasis: Destination Painting & Mobile Art Sessions; Lawn Games with LIFE FUNdamentals; Mini-Golf with New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches; Cooper Demo & the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 1850s Ladies ; Interactive Art Installation with New Bedford Art Museum; Play Dough Party with Children’s Art Lab; Giant STEM Games & Troll Ball with Mastermind Adventures & more!
/// Soap Scrimshaw on the New Bedford Whaling Museum plaza, 10am-noon
/// New Bedford YMCA Mermaid Swim, 11am-noon
/// Books Come To LIfe: 4 fun events at the New Bedford Free Public Library, 11am-4pm
/// Dance Jam: Battles, Cyphers & Team Exhibitions, noon-7pm in Wing’s Court
/// Activism & Resistance Doc Watch presented by Friends of the New Bedford Free Public Library, watch “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” noon-2pm in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park theater
/// Hip Hop Yoga at 1pm & Reggae Yoga at 2pm, presented by Erin Poyant Yoga in Custom House Park
/// EforAll South Coast Pitch Contest, 2-4pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park visitor center
/// Live music stage, 3-7:30pm in Custom House Park
/// Open Up Your 3rd EyE Sunset Guided Meditation with Clarity Wellness, meet in Custom House Park at 7:30pm

More event info, volunteer sign-up and donation opportunities at www.3rdEyEUnlimited.org

Hotcakes

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 – Mercy Meals holds a pancake breakfast fundraiser late this morning at Pilgrim United Church (635 Purchase Street). Mercy Meals does good work – and a stack of hotcakes may be just what the doctor ordered after a full day of hip-hop-ing! The griddle sizzles from 11:30am until 2:00pm – ticket/donation is $10.

YOUR WEEKEND: From Funny Please to Finest Kind…

Scroll below for world premiere screening info.

IPO in blubber

FRIDAY, AUG. 11 – Before Silicon Valley there was…New Bedford, Massachusetts! A one-day symposium, “Economics of Whaling: The Whaling Industry as the First Venture Capital Business Model in the United States” takes place all day today (9:00am-5:00pm) at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. “The Whaling Economics Symposium will convene professors, historians and businessmen to discuss the success of this 19th century American global enterprise and the application of this unique business to modern finance,” they write. RSVP and tickets required; do it here.

Summer Sounds/Yoga

FRIDAY, Aug. 11 – Two recurring favorites tonight: The Summer Sounds Series hosts Whiskey Affair beginning at 6:00pm on State Pier, New Bedford and Yoga in the Park happens in the Rotch Duff Jones House garden, also at 6:00pm. Decide which you need more!

Gluten-Free Brazilians

SATURDAY, AUG. 12 – Here’s something new: Seabra Supermarket at 41 Rockdale Avenue, NB hosts a Gluten-Free tasting hosted by Brazilian Crepe from 1:00-3:00pm. In case that doesn’t register, they write, “Gluten-Free / Lactose-Free / Sugar-Free / No Preservatives / Nut-Free / Soy-Free / Peanut-Free / Sodium-Free / Vegan / Paleo.” So there!

SAIL with CARE

SATURDAY, Aug. 12 – Cuttyhunk Ferry Company and CARE, Southcoast team up for “Sail with CARE” – a fundraising cruise to benefit the animal rescue shelter. Pull away from the dock at 66 State Pier, NB at 5:45pm and expect raffles, a cash bar, the sunset and music by Carlin Tripp (a treat!). Get $35.00 tickets here.

Funny Please at the Moose

SATURDAY, AUG. 12 – The performance art and comedy troupe, Funny Please celebrates their first anniversary with a show tonight at the Moose Lodge 914, 119 Rockdale Avenue, NB from 9:00-11:00pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Get a Funny Please preview at their website.

Finest Kind: The New Bedford Fishing Industry

SUNDAY, AUG. 13 – Here’s a big event that invites us all to show some pride in #newbedfordseafood: The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center presents the world premiere of “Finest Kind: The New Bedford Fishing Industry” tonight at 7:00pm. The screening will be held at Greasy Luck Brewery located at 791 Purchase Street, NB. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to purchase a meal before the screening. The film will begin at 7:00pm followed by a facilitated discussion with some of those featured in the film and director Kevin Kertscher. The screening is presented free of charge. Free parking is available on the street. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

A year in the making, this original documentary was produced by the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center itself. Written and directed by Kevin Kertscher of Big Ocean Media, the film interweaves interviews, historic and contemporary footage, and photographs to provide a sense of the rich history and culture of the New Bedford/Fairhaven fishing industry. The expression “Finest Kind” was commonly used in New England fishing communities to mean “the best”. We agree!

YOUR WEEKEND…Groundwork! at the Feast!

Groundwork! at the Feast!

BEGINNING THURSDAY, AUG. 3 – I sometimes use “world famous” as a bit of an inside joke and statement of aspiration – but not in this case. The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament is indeed “world famous” – the largest Portuguese feast in the world! Right here in New Bedford.

You don’t really need my help to check out the Feast. It’s pretty straightforward. Beginning Thursday, Aug. 3 and concluding on Sunday, Aug. 6, it takes place a few blocks east of Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford’s north end at the Madeiran feast grounds. You can find everything you need to know about the Feast on their website.

The only thing I will draw your attention to is the fact that Groundworkers will be marching in the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament Parade on Sunday, Aug. 6 with fellow members from E for All Southcoast. So be sure to check us all out in our Groundwork! T-shirts as we beat it down The Ave before finding an open flame at the pit for some BBQing. The Parade begins at 2:00pm and travels one mile down Acushnet Avenue from Brooklawn Park to the Feast grounds.

With the weekend being dominated by the – world famous! – Portuguese Feast, other events are sparse. But here’s a few things to keep on your radar…

Wellness Walk

SATURDAY, AUG. 5 – The fantastic New Bedford Wellness Initiative holds another of their fun – and beneficial – Wellness Walks this morning from 10:00am – 12noon around Buttonwood Park. Fire up your Fitbitss and meet in the parking area in front of the zoo.

Downtown Ceili

SATURDAY, AUG. 5 – The First Unitarian Church at Union and County Streets, NB holds another Downtown Ceili tonight from 7:00-10:00pm. “Play us some songs (originals or covers, traditional or not!), sing us something, read a poem, tell a story, pretty much anything goes! Don’t feel like being the center of attention? Just come and hang out and listen!,” they write. Okay.

Sunday Morning Stroll

SUNDAY, AUG. 6 – Get outside and take a Sunday Stroll with the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Southcoast Health at the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust – DNRT‘s Parsons Reserve. During these mid-morning walks, held one Sunday each month, you’ll get some fresh air and exercise while learning how to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and explore the outdoors.

America’s Autoclinik at Hazelwood Park

SUNDAY, AUG. 6 – Here’s a good story: A group of mechanics are raising funds in New Bedford to open an Auto Repair Shop that functions as a co-op and which will serve members of the community who hail from Central, South as well as North America. Today at Hazelwood Park in the south end of NB, they are holding a fundraising Beach BBQ (Hazelwood is across from West Beach, where the popular Reggae on the Beach afternoons take place) from 11:00am to 3:00pm. They write, “We are nearly halfway to our fundraising goal to purchase a building for our shop, thanks to donations and loans from our community! Come celebrate with us and help us reach the finish line! Bring the kids for biking and swimming – and donations for food and to help buy a building for Americas Autoclinik! If you can’t attend, but would like to donate, visit our donation page.”

YOUR WEEKEND: Wrestling, Reggae and more….

Reggae on West Beach returns this Sunday, July 30…

Summer Sounds on the Pier

FRIDAY, JULY 28 – Louie Leeman and Cheap Sneakers perform from 6:00-8:00pm tonight as part of the Summer Sound Series. The outdoor, summer concerts take place on Fisherman’s Wharf, Port of New Bedford – free of charge. Bring a chair and enjoy “a band that can make a party come alive, with roots in Rock ‘n Roll, R&B, Folk and Blues,” according to Destination New Bedford. They’ll be performing classic songs by some of the best artists of the rock era: Van Morrison, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry and others.

Yoga & Picnic Pop-up

SATURDAY, JULY 29 – We’re taking you outside of New Bedford for this one, but it’s worth the trip thanks to the fabulous Jeff Costa. He’s the dude who brings Yoga and Meditation to the masses at Cushman Park and Custom Square House Park respectively. In fact, he’s all over South Coast and beyond spreading good vibes and better health. Today, Jeff is hosting a Yoga & Picnic Pop-up at How On Earth (62 Marion Road, Mattapoisett) from noon – 2:00pm. Here’s the 411: Yoga starts at noon and lunch will start at 1:00p.m. This event will be all inclusive for $20.00 with a yoga lesson, lunch afterward with a cocktail or mocktail to end your day well.” Namaste, Jeff adds, to which we reply, “Right back at ya’, baby!”

Slammasters

SATURDAY, JULY 29 – House of Bricks Pro Wrestling returns to Moose Lodge 914 (119 Rockdale Avenue, NB) tonight at 7:00pm. The tag team of HoB Pro Wrestling and the Moose Lodge come together to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as they present HoB SLAMMASTERS!  All tickets are just $10 with proceeds going to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – New England Office.

Ladies who brunch

SUNDAY, JULY 30 – Incognito, found at 1606-1610 Acushnet Avenue, NB holds another of their popular Drag Brunches today. The eye candy is as delicious as the food as their fab female impersonators strut their stuff – over eggs and French toast! “Join Jacqueline DiMera, LaDiva Jonz and Vi’let as they return with their brand of glitz, glam and humor,” Incognito writes. Make your reservations TODAY (they always sell-out) by calling (508) 993-3933. (Note: Please call after 4pm.) Show and chow time is 11:00am – 2:00pm. (Note: If you’re more of a Saturday night rather than Sunday morning person, get your drag on at Le Place when Queens of the South Coast present Beach Babes: Summer Bash beginning at 9:00pm at 20 Kenyon Street! 21+/$5 cover.)

Reggae on the Beach!

SUNDAY, July 30 – The last Sunday of a summer month means the return of Reggae on West Beach during 2017 – as in today from 3:00-7:00pm. Groundworkers caught the June edition and had a blast groovin’ on Clarks Cove in New Bedford’s south end. “Reggae On West Beach is a free community event that is inclusive, multi-generational, welcoming and family-friendly for all who attend, celebrating Jamaica’s gift to the world: reggae music.” And that certainly works for us! Hear the sounds right across from Hazelwood Park…

Creature Feature

SUNDAY, JULY 30 – Fresh off his famous annual BBQ on Saturday (co-hosted with wife, Sue), Chuck Hauck opens Creature Feature at The Vault gallery (169 Rockdale Avenue) this afternoon from 3:00-6:00pm. It’s a new art show – also featuring David Mello – with Chuck’s infamous creature sculptures and Mello’s ceramic wall sculpture. The artists will be present and light refreshments will be served…and Chuck’s work doesn’t bite despite appearances to the contrary.

YOUR WEEKEND: Mary Poppins, Libertarians, Roller Derby and more…

Full Length Collective

BEGINNING FRIDAY, JULY 21 – The Collective NB stages their first full-length play, “Boeing Boeing” beginning tonight at Gallery X (169 William Street, NB). Here’s the synopsis: Swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms.” Sounds like fun – kind of like a Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau film from the 1960s! Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 in advance with reservation. Make reservations by emailing The Collective NB at Thecollectivenb@gmail.com – and be sure to tell them which day you will be attending and the number of people in your party. Complete showtimes are: Friday and Saturday July 21. 22, 28, 29, with doors opening at 7pm and the curtain at 7:30.

Yoga & a Brew

SATURDAY, JULY 22 – If and when we feel the need to jet out of New Bedford, Buzzards Bay Brewery in Westport makes for a nice landing spot. Especially today at noon, the start of Yoga & Brew. $15 covers the class and, when the brewery opens at 1:00pm, a pint. “We do the class on the grass outside of the brewery overlooking the beautiful landscape.” Indeed it is – relaxing and family friendly, too. Get more info and directions here.

Mass Attack Finale

SATURDAY, JULY 22 – The final home game of the season for Mass Attack Roller Derby is a double header! Come check ‘em out across the bridge in Fairhaven at the Carousel Family Fun Center (4 David Drown Boulevard). Here’s the line-up: Mass Attack’s All Stars will be taking on the Jersey Shore Roller Girls first. The second game, MARD’s own Bloody Bordens will be taking 40 whacks at Cape Cod Roller Derby’s Salty Dolls.Doors will open to the public at 5:15pm. Make sure to bring a chair, as provided seating fills up quickly, MARD advises. There are raffles and merchandise to purchase, along with engaging activities for fans of all ages. Beer and other beverages are available for purchase by patrons providing proper ID at the Tipsy Carousel. The rink’s snack bar is always available for all who wish to curb their hunger and thirst. Get tickets ($10) here. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $12, with children 10 and under getting in for free.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

SATURDAY, JULY 22 – Three summers ago, Colleen Dawicki and her husband, Jeremy Dagnold launched “Pictures in the Park,” finally bringing outdoor movie screenings to Buttonwood Park. The plan was to set the idea in motion and then pass it on. Tonight, the Friends of Buttonwood Park picks up the baton and screens “Mary Poppins” on the lawn under the stars starting at 7:35pm. Thanks to support from Metro PCS and the generous use of equipment from the United Way of Greater New Bedford, this series continues to be free, too!

Cancer is a Drag!

SUNDAY, JULY 23 – Expect the fierce and fabulous when a passel of drag stars takes over the Slainte Irish Pub stage this afternoon from 2:00-6:00pm. They’ll be performing to raise funds for the Dana Farber Institute and write, “These queens will give you glitz, glamour, gags, and guffaws! It will be an afternoon not to forget, I assure you! Slainte has a full bar and full menu so you can nosh and nibble to your heart’s content. Let’s make cancer run for the hills, honey. With your help, we can make that happen!” $10 donation at the door goes to the cause. And maybe a few sequins… Slainte is at 34 Union Street, NB.

Give us Liberty or Give us beer

SUNDAY, JULY 23 – The South Coast Libertarians meet today at Quahog Republic Whaler’s Tavern at 24 N. Water Street, downtown NB, from 3:00-5:00pm. “Meet local Libertarians, members of the Libertarian Party of MA, and other liberty minded people to discuss libertarianism and activism opportunities,” they write. And, to enjoy Whaler’s awesome Lobster Roll.

YOUR WEEKEND: Make it legendary

Rotch Duff Yoga

FRIDAY, JULY 14 – It’s a busy Friday – so stretching yourself to accommodate everything on your schedule may require…some stretching. As in YOGA in the GARDEN, happening from 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Rotch Duff Jones House, 396 County Street, NB. Find out more here.

Maps & Legends = ART

FRIDAY, JULY 14 – It’s a big night for art in New Bedford. Groundwork! member – and your blogger – Steven Froias (me!) is debuting “Maps & Legends Two: If by sea…” at Haskell Public Gardens, 787 Shawmut Avenue, NB from 5:00-800pm. It’s the second edition of what’s becoming an annual tradition at the park. This time around, the focus is on two artists of distinction: Sculptor Kelly Zelen and Cartographer/Printmaker Zachary M. White. Their work will fill three historic greenhouses on this Trustees property. For the opening, New Bedford residents have been invited to share their very own New Bedford Legends during a storytelling hour moderated by Shelley Cardoos beginning at 6:00pm. Come hear and see under the open skies at this free opening event. And, if you have a story to share, come prepared to speak! (NOTE: Given this crazy New England weather, should it rain events associated with the opening will simply move to Thurs. Aug. 17 – the date AHA! New Bedford, The Trustees and the Community Foundation hold a community picnic fun-raiser at the park from 6:00-8:00pm. Details at ahanewbedford.org.)

Meanwhile, two miles across town, the newly-opened S & G Project Gallery at 88 Hatch Street – the Hatch Street Studios building – holds an opening reception for “Fluctuations in the Electric Fluid,” New Developments in the Electrostatic Series by Kim Gatesman, also from 5:00-8:00pm. “Gatesman’s current body of work explores the fundamental forces of electricity and magnetism,” S & G writes. “Through experimentation and the use of both traditional and digital printmaking techniques, she makes these unseen physical forces visible and discovers a vocabulary of marks that are produced when these forces are manipulated.” The gallery is located in Rm 306a.

Food Trucks Galore

SATURDAY, JULY 15 – The inaugural New Bedford Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival happens today down at scenic Fort Taber from noon-5:00pm. It features “some of New England’s most popular food trucks, dishing out fan favorites, and dozens of regional and national craft breweries,” according to PR material. Look for an artisan market and expect lawn games, too. This is a ticketed event and the cost varies according to whether you want food or food and beer. More info here.

Downtown Cieli

SATURDAY, JULY 15 – The First Unitarian Church hosts another of their groovy Downtown Cielis tonight from 7:00-10:00pm  – this time in the church garden located at the corner of Union and County Streets. “Play us some songs (originals or covers, traditional or not!), sing us something, read a poem, tell a story, pretty much anything goes! Don’t feel like being the center of attention? Just come and hang out and listen!” they write. Yeah – that’s the vibe.

New Bedford’s Gay Cheers!

SATURDAY, JULY 15 – Le Place has been a fixture serving New Bedford’s LGBTQ community for 35 years – and tonight they celebrate that anniversary with a party that begins at 4:00pm and last until the wee hours. Located at 20 Kenyon Street, Le Place has been a community gathering point and place of entertainment in the city and is currently the longest-operating ‘gay bar’ on the SouthCoast. In fact, it’s New Bedford’s gay Cheers! – and here’s to another 35 years in the city!

YOUR WEEKEND includes free chocolate…

Ready for its close-up

SATURDAY, JULY 8 – The Strand Theatre at 1157 Acushnet Avenue, NB is both historic and infamous. Historic as one the city’s fabled theaters of old that’s still intact with stage, proscenium, balcony and sculpted ceiling – though all are in need of restoration. Infamous in that, renamed the Center, it was a porn cinema for many years. Into the future, it’s putting the past to rest as the Cape Verdean Cultural Center. Today, you’re invited to come and inside and photograph the history, however, during the Strand Theater Photography Workshop hosted by the Cape Verdean Association and Vanishing New England. $25 is the ticket; three hours is your shooting time (11:30am – 2:30pm) and Photographers Bryan Buckley and Brooks Angelini will be on site to answer questions and help with photography.

NB Folk Festival

SATURDAY, JULY 8 & SUNDAY, JULY 9 – You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that the weekend after the 4th of July sees the amazing New Bedford Folk Festival blowin’ in the wind downtown NB.  See the entire line-up of venues and musicians on their website.

Brush up your Shakespeare

SATURDAY, JULY 8 – Thespians wanted – for a first-ever performance of Shakespeare in the Park – Buttonwood Park! The Glass Horse Theater Project is holding auditions today from 3:00-8:00pm at GalleryX (169 William Street, NB) for Romeo & Juliet If you feel you have what it takes, here’s what you need to do: prepare two dramatic monologues (no more than two minutes each; they do not need to be memorized), one contemporary and one in Shakespearean verse. Monologues from the show ARE allowed.Callbacks will be AS NEEDED and will be held SAME NIGHT, from 6pm to 8pm. The play will be performed Sept. 16 in Buttonwood Park at 3:00pm. Questions? Send them to theglasshorseproject@gmail.com.

How sweet it is

SUNDAY, JULY 9 – It’s Dorothy Cox Free Chocolate Night at the New Bedford Baysox game at Paul Walsh Field. Do we really need to write anything else but Free Chocolate…? (Maybe the following: game-time starts at 6:30pm. Tickets are only $5; 16 and under $3) The field is at 328 Parker Street, NB) See the entire Baysox baseball schedule here.

Provincetown under the lens

TUESDAY, JULY 11 – Al Kaplan’s Provincetown, an exhibit of photographs documenting the town at the tip of the Cape, opens tonight at the New Bedford Free Public Library, main branch downtown at 613 Pleasant Street. Kaplan caught the seaside Bohemia in all its glory when activists, artists, and the LGBTQ community made it their own during the turbulent 1960s. At 7:00pm tonight, Brett Sokol — a Miami-based arts journalist, contributing writer for the New York Times, and the editor of a book collecting Kaplan’s Provincetown photos, There Was Always a Place to Crash — will give a gallery talk spotlighting Kaplan’s work.

Preservation Road Trip

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 – The South Coast region meeting of Preservation Massachusetts’ Cruising the Commonwealth Tour is being held in the New Bedford Free Public Library, main branch downtown, in the 3rd Floor Meeting Room today from 10:00am-12noon. Cruising the Commonwealth is a series of 8-9 meetings across the state, hearing directly from local partners, organizations and individuals about issues, needs, thoughts, challenges, wishes, successes and ideas for the future related to historic preservation. Your input is wanted! See more here.

The Big Bang weekend and week

London Calling

FRIDAY, JUNE 30 – The United Kingdom descends on New Bedford tonight from 7:30 – 10:00pm when The Choir of King’s College performs at St. Lawrence Martyr Church (565 County Street). This unique cultural event came about like this: Past Sine Nomine director, Joseph Fort brings The Choir of King’s College London to the USA for the first time since 2009, making a stop in New Bedford to reconnect with old friends. The programme for this concert includes British choral favorites by Tallis, Byrd, Tomkins, Parry and Vaughan Williams. Please join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening of fine music performed by one of the UK’s finest university choirs.” Admission at the door $24 / $15 seniors & students Save $4 when you purchase tickets in advance here.

45th Annual Cape Verdean Recognition Parade

SATURDAY, JULY 1 – The Cape Verdean Recognition Parade through New Bedford is a mighty sight to behold. It begins at Rockdale Avenue/Buttonwood Park at 11:00am and makes its way East on Union Street, then south onto County Street, turning east onto Spring Street, south onto Acushnet Avenue, west onto Grinnell Street, then turning north onto Purchase Street where it will end at the Cape Verdean American Veteran’s Memorial Hall. Now, that’s a parade! Look for Groundwork! members E for All Southcoast marching.

Moveable Art

SATURDAY, JULY 1 – Kinesis – Art in Movement opens tonight at Gallery X (169 William Street) at 5:00pm. “We are looking for artists to exhibit artwork that moves or gives the illusion of movement,” the Gallery wrote when announcing the show. So come prepared to shimmy and shake.

The Gospel of Jazz

SUNDAY, JULY 2 – The First Unitarian Church in New Bedford at Union and County Streets holds their annual jazz service today from 11:00am – 2:00pm. In addition to the big JC, Miles Davis and Chet Baker get resurrected, too! Musicians include: John Harrison – Piano; Dino Govoni – Tenor Sax; Geoffrey Whyte – Drums; Ron Mahdi -Bass; Dori Rubbicco – Vocals; Danny Schwartz – Percussion; and Doug Olsen – Trumpet. Join them for refreshments in the Parish House after the service.

Happy Birthday, America!

TUESDAY, JULY 4 – New Bedford celebrates the birth of the nation by shooting off fireworks in every neighborhood. But, only the fireworks over the harbor are legal – so beat it down to quayside at the State Pier to enjoy the kabooms legally. There are two ways to celebrate this year: we’ve either Made America Great Again!, or, survived the first 6 months of the Resistance…depending on your point of view. Either way, expect a big bang.

Frederick Douglass is doing great

THURSDAY, JULY 6 – Everett Hoagland will lead volunteers in a community reading of the 1852 speech, “What to the Slave is the fourth of July?” by Frederick Douglass tonight from 7:00 – 8:30pm in historic Seamen’s Bethel (15 Johnny Cake Hill, NB). If you’re interested in participating in “Reading Douglass in the Age of Trump,” contact the New Bedford Historical Society at 508-979-8828. They will send a copy of the speech and assign you a passage to read during this free, family-friendly event.

Art, Reggae, Yoga and more…YOUR WEEKEND

Judith Klein Art by the Cove

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 – Judith Klein Art Gallery occupies a sweet perch in Kilburn Mills Studio overlooking Clarks Cove – and the new Cove Walk. If you’ve never been, today’s the day to swing by from 5:00 – 8:00pm for the opening reception of their Summer Exhibition. Every year, it’s an eclectic and refreshing show featuring some of the most interesting artists in the region working in Painting, Photography, Mixed Media, Fiber Art, Printmaking and Sculpture. You’ll find the gallery around the back of the building at 127 W. Rodney French Boulevard; hang a right from the New Bedford Antiques Center parking lot and look for the signs to lead you to door 31.

24 Hour People

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 – The Collective NB holds one of their fab 24 Hour Projects this evening from 7:00 – 10:00pm at Gallery X, 169 William Street, NB. They explain how it works here: All the shows we put up on that night will be written, rehearsed, produced and performed in 24hrs. We will have a special musical guest – Rob Velocity will be entertaining with his Musical Talents! Plus a raffle where you can win things from local artists,businesses and restaurants.The first show will be at 7:00pm and the second show (The infamous Stumble Through) at 9:00pm the same night. Admission is a suggested donation of $10. Make reservations by sending an email with the amount of tickets you need and what time you will be attending to Thecollectivenb@gmail.com.

Sea Shanty Sunday

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street, NB) kicks off their first anniversary celebration at 11:00am this morning – with a special sea shanty chorus! Following in rapid succession are: 11:45 – Unveiling of Founders plaque; 12:15 – Cake by Ellen’s Creations & ice cream from the Ox Cart; 12:45 – Performance by storyteller Jackson Gillman. Plus children’s activities and Ox Cart food truck! Free admission to all events today.

Reggae on West Beach!

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 – Reggae on West Beach – the beautiful brainchild of Brooke Baptiste – returns to New Bedford today from 3:00 – 7:00pm! And this year, it’s for the entire summer! Good to Know Productions, in conjunction with the City of New Bedford Parks, Recreation, and Beaches, will host the 2017 Reggae on West Beach Summer Series June 25, July 30, Aug. 27, and Sept. 24, from 3:00pm-7:00pm, at the West Beach Pavilion located at 237 W. Rodney French Blvd. across from Hazelwood Park. Reggae On West Beach is a free community event that is inclusive, multi-generational, welcoming and family-friendly for all who attend, celebrating Jamaica’s gift to the world: reggae music. It’s a reinvention of the “sound system” parties that have been a staple of Jamaica since the 1950s. Patrons are encouraged to bring beach chairs, pack a picnic, and groove to the vibes. Food trucks will offer a variety of delicious local offerings. Food trucks include Two Sisters, Alice’s Food Truck, and Dorothy Cox selling ice cream and Del’s Lemonade. We could write more – but just take our word for it and just go!

Yoga at the Fort

MONDAY, JUNE 26 – REMINDER: Yoga at the Fort – Fort Tabor/Rodman – continues tonight and every Monday and Thursday through the summer, weather permitting. Class drop-in charge is only $5. Class incorporates movement, meditation, balance and strength. This is open to all levels, newbies to advanced. Bring a mat/towel and water at 6:30pm. More info here

America Divided

TUESDAY, JUNE 27 – Southcoast Fair Housing and Civic Support come to Groundwork! tonight at 6:00pm to co-host a film screening of “America Divided.” The film explores the housing divide in New York City, confronting stark images of inequality. The filmmakers speak with tenants, realtors, homeless people, housing activists, landlords and city officials — investigating the Big Apple’s affordability crisis, hedge fund speculation on residential housing, and a legacy of discrimination that still persists today. Discussion to follow. Refreshments provided. Kid-friendly and free admission in Groundwork’s co-working space at 1213 Purchase Street (use Maxfield Street entrance.)

YOUR WEEKEND and the week ahead

Ride ‘em cowboy

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 – Ashley Ford, a New Bedford institution, holds their 13th annual SVT Cobra, Mustang and all Ford car show today from 9:00am – 3:00pm. “When was the last time you’ve seen a Shelby Cobra GT 500, Mach 1, ‘early’ ’65, 1985 GT with original sticker, and dozens of other classic and rare Mustangs all in one place?” they ask on the Facebook event page. And answer –  “It’s a sight that is seldom seen, and it always delights fans of the car that created the pony class.” And add, “Of course the Mustangs are enough entertainment in themselves, and yet there is music by ‘Johnny Angel’, give-aways, free refreshments and the first 50 entrants will receive a free dash plaque! It’s a great day if you love Mustangs. It’s a great day if you love cars. Heck, it’s just a great day!” Steer yourself to 395 Mt. Pleasant Street to appreciate some car culture this Saturday in New Bedford.

New Life Cup + Block Party

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 – Paul Walsh Field off Parker Street, NB, hosts a huge community-wide event today from noon – 4:00pm. New Life Cup + Block Party is a soccer tournament; live musical performances; kids events; and open to everyone. Swing by and check it out.

Juneteenth Celebration

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 – The Rotch Jones Duff House also gets into the community celebration groove today from 1:00-4:00pm when it hosts the New Bedford Historical Society’s Juneteenth Celebration. Gather in the garden for a day of music, arts and crafts to commemorate the anniversary of Juneteenth, the end of enslavement for millions of African Americans across the U.S. in 1865. Performers include Tammy Denease, storyteller, who will share the story of Mum Bett, who sued Massachusetts for her freedom. Music by El Caribe, a steel drum band and Ponta do So, a traditional Cabo Verdean band. Free admission.

Learn to Quahog

SUNDAY, JUNE 18 – Buzzards Bay Coalition and the New Bedford Parks Recreation & Beaches Department invite you to Fort Taber Park to Learn to Quahog this morning from 9:00-10:30am. Coalition educators will teach you the basics of local quahogging – what you need, how to do it, and where to go. They will also provide rakes, peck baskets, and some waders for you to use. But, if you have your own equipment, feel free to bring it. And remember, “We suggest you wear clothing and shoes that can get wet and sandy, as we will be wading into the water up to our waists. This is a catch-and-release event unless you have a shellfish permit for the city of New Bedford.”  To RSVP to this free, family-friendly event, visit their website here.

Fitness in the Park

TUESDAY, JUNE 20 – It’s across the river in Fairhaven, but we love FITNESS in the PARK, The area’s “longest running and most popular summer fitness classes”! The free classes in Cushman Park take place 8:30-9:30am June 20 – Aug 24. Tuesdays, Yoga in the Park w/ Kripalu Certified Yoga Instructor & Personal Trainer, Jeff Costa (pictured above). Thursdays, Summer Boot Camp w/ Certified Functional Trainer, Wayne Goulart. Get fit at 164 Green Street, Fairhaven.

Business Buzz on the High Seas

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 – Here’s the scoop: The June Business Buzz, a co-production by Civic Support and Groundwork! Will be “truly one of a kind as all #NOTworking enthusiasts are invited to attend ‘Mr. Pickles Wacky Sailing Race and BBQ’! Check it out – there will be BBQ food, and beer from Buzzards Bay Brewing, as well as the opportunity to check out the cove from the water thanks to the Community Boating Center. Suggested donation is $5 and all proceeds go to the Charles A.R. Pickles Memorial fund, which helps local kids get sailing lessons, scholarships and opportunities to become teachers and future leaders. For any business interested in becoming a boat sponsor in the sailing race, you can purchase tickets for $150. For more information, look elsewhere on this very website.