YOUR WEEKEND: Women on the march…

“I coulda been a contender!”

FRIDAY, JAN. 19 – Classic film screenings are – sadly – rare in New Bedford. So don’t miss the chance to catch one at New Bedford Whaling National Park (33 William Street) tonight at 7:00 p.m. Marlon Brando stars in Elia Kazan’s “On The Waterfront” in an Oscar-winning role. The film has been dubbed a “masterpiece of urban poetry” – and we certainly agree with that assessment. Shown as part of the DockUMentaries free film series with the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.

Women’s March New Bedford

SATURDAY, JAN. 20 – On the first anniversary of the legendary Women’s March, New Bedford marks the occasion with a march beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Custom House Square Park. A full line-up of participating supporters, groups and organizations can be found on the Facebook event page here, where organizers write: In all areas, ATMA (Action Together Massachusetts) and all March affiliates stand for equal rights, religious tolerance, freedom of the press, science, inclusivity, social justice, economic freedom, and fundamental human decency.”

New New Bedford Watercolor Drawings

SATURDAY, JAN. 20 – The first show of 2018 in the Groundwork! Gallery opens tonight with a reception from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Works by Carl Simmons are featured – and he was featured in this previous blog post.

Brady BBQ

SUNDAY, JAN. 21 – No Joke Smoke BBQ sets up a pop-up shop in New Bedford today at Mary’s Steamed Hamburgers, 288 Union Street. No Joke hails from Swansea, and is known for their special BBQ sauce, Made with “seasonal ingredients from local farmers and, of course, lots of love.” They’ll be offering a special bill of fare perfect for game day, including party packs, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Get Buzzed

BONUS PICK: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24 – The monthly NOT working event, Business Buzz visits a new spot tonight that’s getting a lot of buzz of its own. Come join Groundworkers, Civic Support and Southcoast Chamber members at Pub 6T5 at 736 Ashley Boulevard from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. for some fun, food, cocktails and casual networking. Pub 6T5 is where the former 6th Bristol Club was located – but its blazing a delicious new culinary trail of its own in New Bedford’s North End and earning rave reviews. Come get a taste this evening!

The Blues, brunch and more…YOUR WEEKEND

The Romanovs Return (?)

ONGOING through Sunday, Jan. 21 – Russia ruling family was murdered by the Bolsheviks a hundred years ago this year – or were they? Years later, a woman turned up in a Berlin asylum claiming to be Anastasia – the daughter of Czar Nicholas II who had escaped the execution. And – an international mystery and legend were born. Plus, a great movie and play! The play “Anastasia” is Your Theatre, Inc.’s latest offering, opening on Thurs. Jan. 11 and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 21. Check out their website for all performances and to get tickets.

Rt. 18 at the lanes

FRIDAY, JAN. 12 – Strikers Bar & Grill in Wonder Ball (66 Hathaway Road, NB) is a hopping place with league play on the lanes and awesome bands in the bar throughout the winter. Tonight, local favorites Rt. 18 make some noise starting at 9:00 p.m. playing your favorite ‘80s, ‘90s Top 40, Dance, Alternative and Country music.

Author talk

SATURDAY, JAN. 13 – It’s a painful chapter in the city’s history – but evil sometimes must be confronted if not exposed. Author Maureen Boyle does just that in her book, Shallow Graves: The Hunt for the New Bedford Highway Serial Killer. That killer stalked vulnerable women in the city back in the 1980s, when Boyle was a reporter for The Standard-Times. This afternoon from 3:00-4:00 p.m., she’ll discuss her book and that time at an Author Talk presented by the New Bedford Free Public Library downtown at 618 Pleasant Street.

The Blues

SATURDAY, JAN. 14 – Doug’s House of Harmony at 818 Kempton Street, about a block east of Rockdale Avenue, is a newish addition to the city’s nightclub scene that is hosting some interesting acts. Tonight, come check out “The Blues with Professor Harp” from 9:00-midnight and discover this nice, neighborhood pub with a great sound.

Ladies who brunch

SUNDAY, JAN. 14 – Incognito club and eatery (1606-10 Acushnet Avenue, NB) puts some sizzle into Sunday with another one of their popular Drag Brunches today from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On the menu are fierce femmes and eggs. Performing for you will be the queens of Providence: Jacqueline DiMera, La Diva Jonz and Vi’let. Tix for brunch and show are $20 per person. Call 508-993-3933 for reservations.

Beyond Selfies…

BONUS PICK: Downtown New Bedford Inc. (dNB Inc.) comes to Groundwork! Tonight from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for a special presentation to help you get your digital groove going in 2018. The Instagram for Business Workshop “is designed to help you leverage Instagram to grow your business and brand,” they write. They’ll be working with The Insta Edit for the workshop, and you can find out more about them here. As for dNB inc., look at downtownnb.org. Tickets to The Instagram for Business Workshop are as follows: FREE for dNB Inc & Groundwork members (admit one, per member or business); $25 for non-members and extra tickets. Get them here.

YOUR WEEKEND: Plan your escape…

 

#mdm22: The Moby-Dick Marathon

Beginning FRIDAY, JAN. 5 – When you live with something, you can begin to take it for granted. That’s how some of us may feel from time to time about New Bedford’s connection to the American literary classic, Moby-Dick. But that connection and the celebration surrounding it is a meaningful one – and a distinguishing characteristic of the city.

This weekend’s annual Moby-Dick Marathon, Friday through Sunday at the New Bedford Whaling Museum has, in recent years, been often copied but never quite duplicated. This place and this city is the only appropriate spot on the map for a cover-to-cover, live Moby-Dick reading. That’s why hundreds attend the event every year.

This year, Melville maniacs get their proper due on opening night with a screening of “Call us Ishmael” – a documentary dedicated to followers of the book and writer. (Preview below.)

And then the rest of the weekend concerns itself with the business at hand as it gets down to business with the reading of this amazing novel as only New Bedford can do it – with authenticity, diversity and passion.

Find the full schedule of events for the 22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon here – and grab some carpet for an overnight stay with fellow travelers this weekend at the truly world-famous New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Holiday Hangover

SATURDAY, JAN. 6 – Multi-dimensional Shelley Cardoos is at it again. The entrepreneur extraordinaire, downtown business owner, artist, wrestling aficionado…and musician dons that hat tonight to perform some songs right here at Groundwork! It’s the Holiday Hangover Show – and features Shelley along with NXNES and Sarah Donner for an intimate evening of live music. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; $5 cover.

SLAUGHTERHOUSE VIGIL

SUNDAY, JAN. 7 – Sure – it’s easy to romanticize the slaughter of mammals a hundred + years after the fact, but let’s face it: Whaling was a savage business. So – what’s savage in our own day and age? Boston Animal Save thinks a slaughterhouse is savage – and they invite like-minded people to join them every Sunday from noon-2:00 p.m. as they hold a vigil at the construction site of the new Westport slaughterhouse, the Livestock Institute of Southern New England. Address is 275 State Road, Westport MA. The site is next to Mid City Steel (make sure it is the main Mid City Steel building and not the annex!). Parking is available at a defunct business across the road.

They write on the Facebook event page: This is a 100% peaceful vigil. We stand on public property in front of the sign announcing the USDA approved slaughterhouse. We have some signs available but you are encouraged to bring your own.

“We will be here every Sunday until construction stops or the slaughterhouse is shut down. All animals feel pain and fear – and since humans can live long, healthy lives without animal products, killing animals for meat is unnecessary cruelty. Meat is the #1 cause of global warming and is a main cause of water pollution. Animal proteins are directly related to the biggest killers of Americans: obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. To create another slaughterhouse and expand upon the animal agriculture industry is not only cruel; it is simply irresponsible.

“Westport has already received public attention for recent animal cruelty cases. Let us stop animal cruelty from occurring in this town. Let’s raise objection and awareness in this community to the slaughterhouse construction project. Let’s shut this slaughterhouse down.”

Miracle or Monster?

TUESDAY, JAN. 9 – BONUS PICK: The New Bedford Science Cafe moves to Greasy Luck Brewpub this month with “Synthetic Biology; Miracle or Monster?” tonight from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The once-a-month cafes are “monthly gatherings at a downtown pub with one or two scientists who share insights on a topic; informal discussion follows. Open to everyone. Café-goers range from scientists and students to those who are simply curious about the evening’s topic.” Dr. James Griffith, former chair of UMass-D’s medical laboratory science, will lend insights into: “Redesigning micro-organisms into life forms that produce rice, rubber, vanillin (used in vanilla extract) and more” this evening. It’s free – except for the ale!

YOUR WEEKEND…with Jingle, Mingle and more

 

A Very Dipper Christmas

FRIDAY, DEC. 15 – The world-famous DIPPER CAFE, right down the street from Groundwork at 1367 Purchase Street, holds their Christmas party tonight from 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Swing by and enjoy special holiday shots, the Eggnog and Jack Frost. They also plan a buffet and some music for your dancing feet. The Dipper is the neighborhood pub you need in your life, whether you know it or not!

Jingle Mingle – on skates!

SATURDAY, DEC. 16 – Mass Attack Roller Derby holds their third annual Jingle Mingle today at Rose Alley Ale House (94 Front Street, NB). The holiday event will feature Kegs and Eggs (9-11am), an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest (6pm-8pm), and is “a great time to meet and greet with the women of Mass Attack Roller Derby,” they write. “League members will be present all day to answer questions and spread some holiday cheer! Come enjoy the day with us, from breakfast to last call, and help support our 2018 season.” Want to know more about MARD? Click here!

MVP, Scrimshaw & TL6

SATURDAY, DEC. 16 – Here’s another annual event that’s much anticipated: TL6 the Gallery (at 100 William Street, downtown NB) hosts two of their artists for ART in ACTION today from noon – 6:00 p.m. Come see MVB Printmaker and Scrimshaw Pottery demonstrate their trades. “Witness the creation of hand stitched leather bound books by Michael Vincent Bushy. Watch as Ben Gaboury draws detailed scrimshaw inspired images on his pottery,” TL6 entices us with…

Steven & Beth do Cocoa at the Common

SATURDAY, DEC. 16 – Catch the Clasky Common Park Holiday Light Display this evening – and grab a cup of free cocoa from yours truly and partner-in-chocolate, Bethany Santos-Fauteux. We’ll be manning Destination Soup’s Cocoa at the Common concession from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Read more about Cocoa at the Common here.) Myself and Beth, who works at DSoups, are all in with #NBW3 – The Ward 3 Project. But don’t mind crossing the border into Ward 4 for a good cause and a good time! Come play with us!

God bless us, every one

SUNDAY, DEC. 17 – The Glass Horse Theatre Project gets into the spirit of the season this afternoon at 3:00pm and then again at 7:00 p.m. That’s when they’ll be holding staged readings of “A Christmas Carol” at Gallery X (169 William Street, NB) It’s a new adaptation by local Southcoast playwright, Jess Wilson of the Dickens classic. And, it’s a benefit for their upcoming season – so don’t be a Scrooge. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Small Works, Bookfest, Holiday Houses…and a brass band!

It’s a special (early) edition of YOUR WEEKEND this week – since Groundwork! is all over it! The coworking facility goes overtime beginning on Friday with a weekend full of special events.

On Friday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m., it’s a big opening reception for the Small Works show. That’s the one that was featured in a previous blog post, “Small Works=Big Idea.” It features over 150 works of small (12” x 12”) art from local, regional and national artists.

All the art is priced $200 or under and, since it’s the gift-buying season, is available to bring home right away after purchase. Literally, select a piece of original art you like – for yourself or as a gift – buy it and take it home.

During the Opening Reception, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. this Friday, a late edition to the festivities promises to put some jungle into the mingle. The Southcoast Brass Band trio contacted us out of the blue offering to play the opening! They’ll be playing holiday favorites from 6:00-8:00.

If you can’t make the opening, you don’t have to kiss our brass; you’re invited back on Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10 when we host the Children’s New Bedford Bookfest from noon-4:00 p.m. each day. And yes, the Small Works show (or what’s left of it after Friday night) will still be up and the art available for sale.

You’ll also find compelling books for children of all ages from local and regional authors and illustrators. The line up is as follows: Kathleen Souza, Michael Cifello, Maryellen Worrell, Elizabeth Larsen, Susan Nelson, Deb Arnold, Eric Sturtevant, Susan Drayton, Anne Soares, Stephanie Klimov, Jessie Nickerson Designs, Electrikk Clothing, and Subtext Books

We’re also pleased to host UMass Dartmouth’s Tagus Press, with their recent Children’s History of Portugal. And a children’s bookfest wouldn’t be complete without an appearance by ‘The Goat Lady’ – the beautiful book by artist Jane Bregoli.

Other goodies abound during the free, open to the public bookfest. Downtown New Bedford’s artisan gift store, Hippo will be offering select gifts for sale. As with previous bookfests, Destination Soups will be set up in the kitchen, offering their page-turning menu of grilled cheese, soup and more to guests.

Like the Small Works show, the Children’s Bookfest is designed to offer patrons affordable – and meaningful – gift-buying options. The Children’s History of Portugal, for instance, is a beautifully written and illustrated book that’s only $10.

But the introduction to reading – at any age – is priceless. So on Saturday, the bookfest is pleased to also host the New Bedford Free Public Library. They’ll be able to sign you or your kids up for a library card from right here at Groundwork! (Bring proof of residency!)

Many different elements of this weekend at Groundwork! – art, music, reading, food and just plain fun – meld together to collectively form a special New Bedford moment. It’s full of people who enrich our culture all year long. The skill of our writers, artists, merchants and musicians is a unique blend – and we’re happy to host so much talent under our roof this weekend.

In an even broader context, it’s also the weekend of the New Bedford Preservation Society’s Holiday House Tour – on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Details here.) And, Groundwork is located at 1213 Purchase Street, just  few blocks south of the historic Clasky Common Christmas Light Display.

Take it all in before or after visiting us for the Small Works show and the Children’s New Bedford Bookfest.

That sounds like a December to Remember.

It’s a wonderful YOUR WEEKEND…

Holiday Stroll

Beginning Friday, Dec. 1 – I wrote about the downtown New Bedford Holiday Shop & Stroll in an earlier post this week, but this huge, festive event deserves another shout-out. The schedule over two days (find it here) is filled with the type of eclectic events you’d expect from AHA! New Bedford – because they put it together! It also marks the official debut of Groundwork! as an AHA! partner; our Small Works show will be open tonight, Friday, Dec. 1 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. – begin or end your evening here! On Saturday, Dec. 2, run all over the downtown and put some jingle into your mingle.

A (Portuguese) Holiday Gathering

FRIDAY, DEC. 1 – The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture/ Tagus Press at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth along with the Department of Portuguese, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives, Azores Airlines and the Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford cordially invites you their Holiday Gathering tonight from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The free event is being catered by Inner Bay Café and Grille and a raffle offers the opportunity to win round-trip airfare to Portugal courtesy of Azores Airlines. Tagus Press has been well-represented at Groundwork!’s bookfests with some great titles; they’ll be here again on Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10 with their “Children’s History of Portugal.” Tonight, you can get a sneak peek during the Gathering, held at Portuguese Consulate, Camões Room, 628 Pleasant Street, 2nd floor.

Free Booze!

SATURDAY, DEC. 2 – Douglas Wine & Spirits in the Fieldstone Plaza at 550 Kings Highway invites you to join them for their “Grand Holiday Tasting” of wine, beer and spirits and refreshments today from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Yeah – this will get you into the holiday mood! But remembers to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the St. Mary’s Church of New Bedford and St. Vincent de Paul Society food drive. When you give, you receive.

It’s a Wonderful Life

SATURDAY, DEC. 2 – Who doesn’t like “It’s a Wonderful Life”? Bet your bottom Bailey dollar you’ll like it even more on the big screen – where it will be tonight at the Zeiterion Theatre. For free, no less – no reservations required. It screens at 7:00 p.m. – you can hit the downtown Christmas tree lighting after the Holiday Shop & Stroll at 5:00 p.m. then head into the warm and fuzzy indoors.

 Acoustic on the Ave

SATURDAY, DEC. 2 – Cotali Mar resturant at 1178 Acushnet Avenue is but one of the thriving eating establishments defining this faded commercial corridor’s future as a prime dining destination. Tonight, they add some music to their usual menu of fine Portuguese dining. Acoustic guitarist and songwriter, David Alves performs in the lounge from 8:00-11:00 p.m. The jazz standards, covers and original tunes come free with your dinner. Get a taste with the video below:

Clasky Common Holiday Lighting

SUNDAY, DEC. 3 – I also covered this in a previous blog post – but it’s too good not to share again. The beloved holiday light display at Clasky Common Park gets lit today at 5:00 p.m. – and there’s a new addition to the bright lights: Destination Soups launches their free, Cocoa at the Common concession today, too! Read the full story here.

Judith Klein turns Nine

SUNDAY, DEC. 3 – A beautiful spot in Kilburn Mills Studios, Judith Klein Gallery (tucked away in the back of the former mill at 127 W. Rodney French Blvd.) celebrates its ninth anniversary with what it does best – and Opening Reception for a new exhibit. In all, 14 artists will have work for sale in the show – and they all invite you to come check it out today from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

YOUR WEEKEND: Post-Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Whether you ate too much, traveled too far or fought over politics at the dinner table, Black Friday doesn’t have to be a day of consumer excess. It can be the start of a weekend of renewal and return to an enhanced (re: holiday season) reality. Here’s a few things to get you into the post giblet groove over the long weekend.

HIKE

SATURDAY, NOV. 25 – With forecast temps predicted to be a balmy 50 degrees, it’s a good chance to get outside before New England starts living up to its winter reputation. Today from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust provides the opportunity with a Post-Thanksgiving Day hike through Destruction Brook Woods at 205 Slades Corner Road in South Dartmouth. Free, no reservations required.

CRAFTS

Beginning SATURDAY, NOV. 25 – There’s lots of craft fairs happening from now until Christmas at city schools, churches and other organizations. One of the biggest takes place on Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day at the awesome Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School. (Whew – thank God we can just call it “Voke” from now on!) Voke goes all out for their annual craft fair, inviting over 150 vendors in for the weekend. Skip the big box stores and at all costs avoid the mall and head here for inspired Christmas gifts. (Pictured above – hats by Keeper in Stitches.) Oh – and you get to eat in the Voke cafeteria, too! This writer still fondly recalls the Creamed Turkey over Mashed Potatoes from his early High School daze…

SHOP

SATURDAY, NOV. 25 – It’s not consumer excess if you SHOP SMALL – as in Small Business Saturday. Two hour free parking in New Bedford means you get stroll stress-free through the historic downtown – and can even grab lunch at Destination Soups between purchases. The best way to chart your course over the cobblestones is the Groundwork! Gift Guide compiled by co-founder Sarah Athanas; find it here.

BINGE

ANYTIME – I would point out that Stranger Things 2 is now streaming on Netflix, but in my last binge-worthy round-up, Groundwork!’s Shelley Cardoos pointed out that comedy was nowhere to be found on my dark matters queue. Since a Louis C.K. marathon would bring us back to a bad place, here are some series selections with outstanding female comic performances…

AMAZON PRIME brings us back to the Mad Men era – but with a twist. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” charts the journey of housewife-turned-comic Midge Maisel. Slate magazine calls it a knock-out, and after seeing the pilot, this writer agrees. The finale on a Greenwich Village stage was a dangerous scream. Only the pilot is up now; full series arrives when your turkey leftovers run dry on Nov. 29. But whet your appetite this weekend. Feature photo above: Rachel Brosnahan as Maisel.

ACORNTV: British humor is in a class be itself – and has often been the genesis for many an American sitcom. “Cradle To Grave” – like “Shameless” – will probably get a States-side treatment soon. But you can catch the original if you have an ACORN TV subscription. Based on the memoirs of British comedian Danny Baker, it  stars Peter Kay as the lovable, loud-mouthed, and larcenous patriarch of an eccentric South London family in the 1970s – but mom Lucy Speed steals the show and gives the series its heart and funniest moments, in my opinion. Bonus – great period tunes, too.

YOUR WEEKEND: Remembering, giving thanks and butts out

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Beginning FRIDAY, NOV. 17 – A special screening of the acclaimed documentary, “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson'” at the New Bedford Whaling Historical Park’s visitor center tonight kicks off a weekend of transgender awareness downtown to coincide with Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20.  The national park will be offering the film in partnership with New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (NBAM) and The South Coast LGBTQ Network. The free, open to the public screening happens at 33 William Street and will start promptly at 6:00 p.m. “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson”  examines the 1992 murder of Marsha P. Johnson, who was a transgender rights pioneer known as “the Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement.” It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017. After the screening, viewers can ask questions of the film’s producer, L.A. Teodosio, who will be in attendance. (Teodosio is an award-winning independent film producer.) Lee Blake, of the New Bedford Historical Society, will speak on cultural appropriation and the concerns of whose voices are heard when history is interpreted. She will also address some of the controversy that has arisen as a result of Reina Gossett’s claims about the film’s portrayal of transgender issues. In addition to the Friday evening film, admission to the New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! will be free from Friday through Sunday, November 19th. “That weekend is the community’s last chance to check out Beyond the Box, a photo exhibition by LBGTQ artist Jeep Wheat,” says Jamie Uretsky, NBAM’s curator in a press release.  “People need to see Jeep’s show. It’s modest in scale, but the work puts LBGTQ bodies front and center. These sort of images, even in 2017, are often left out of museum exhibitions. As a curator, I see this kind of under-representation as a sort of erasure and NBAM doesn’t want to be a part of a system of oppression that erases particular groups of people by omission.”

Hatch Street Open Studios

Beginning FRIDAY, NOV. 17 – Hatch Street Studios, in New Bedford’s north end at 88 Hatch Street, holds their annual Open Studios and Holiday Sale all weekend long – beginning tonight at 5:00 p.m. (until 8:00 p.m.) and continuing on Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. “Visit the studios of more than 50 artists, working with materials as diverse as glass, ceramics, paint, wood, textiles, and ink,” they write. And add, “the festivities include food service, musical performances, and group exhibitions. Our building is handicapped accessible, with plenty of free parking.” Learn more about one of those 50 artists, Lori Bradley, at this link. And be sure to see Groundwork!’s Sandi Montour with her new book, This or That at S & G Project Gallery (Room 306a).

The Authenticity of Objects

SATURDAY, NOV. 18 – Gallery X holds an opening reception today from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  for what promises to be a fantastic show. The Authenticity of Objects: Still Lifes by Craig Coggeshall features that artist’s intricately detailed work in its Frederick Douglass Gallery. “With authentic observation, he elevates ordinary objects into an extraordinary realm of precision and composition,” – from the gallery statement. Also, check out Standard-Times’ art critic Don Wilkinson’s column on the man and his art for a deep dive. The exhibition is on view to the public during normal business hours through November 26 and during the November 9th AHA Night, as well as the opening reception. Oh – and the famous Gallery X raffle happens at 5:00 p.m. today, too!

You’re getting sleepy…

SUNDAY, NOV. 19 – November is host month of the Great American Smoke-Out – and while we love to riff off of a Mad Men-type culture, like sexism in the office, smoking is best left behind in the ‘60s. If you need a kick in the butt to butt out, the New Bedford Wellness Initiative is here to help. Today at 1:00 p.m., they will be hosting board-certified consulting hypnotist John Barboza at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater New Bedford (166 Jenney Street) to help you break the cycle of tobacco abuse. Like all Wellness programs, it’s free – and might save you more than the $10 a pack a day habit costs you.

Harvest of the Sea

SUNDAY, NOV. 19 – If you want to kick off Thanksgiving week by giving a little thanks, you can’t go wrong with the Seaman’s Bethel “Harvest of the Sea” service today at 3:00 p.m. Pastor Paul Wheeler will be giving the service at this annual event, which will also feature music by organist Frank Medeiros and a special performance by Caroline Blais. Seaman’s Bethel is located atop Johnny Cake Hill – you can’t miss it!

YOUR WEEKEND: DANNYx2; TEDx; and more…

Operation: Food Drop

FRIDAY, NOV. 10 – Here’s a good event – and a better cause. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. in Buttonwood Park and lasting until 2:00 p.m., you can drop off donations of canned goods to help United Way of Greater New Bedford stock area food pantries for the holidays. Your donation will benefit the Hunger Heroes Project, which makes baskets of food for families in need – just in time for Thanksgiving weekend. Formerly called “Cans Across The Park,” radio station 1420 AM WBSM is a sponsor and you can see just what items are needed most on their website here. Then, just drop them off at the park! They’ll take it from there.

Your Spike & Our Danny

FRIDAY, NOV. 10 – Your Theatre’s latest – “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” which opened on Thursday, Nov. 9 – continues through the weekend. Your Theatre once made their home in the very space where you’ll now find Groundwork! – so we have a special affinity with the theatrical troupe. You’ll find them down at 136 Rivet Street, in the St. Martin’s Church complex (parking is in the County Street lot). “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” – by Christopher Durang – is a wild comedy that won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2013. Patrons of downtown New Bedford’s Destination Soups will see a familiar face on stage: front end guy Danny Sallom! Maybe a soliloquy from Hamlet will be served with that next grilled cheese sandwich you order at DSoups…See YourTheatre.org for showtimes.

TEDx New Bedford

SATURDAY, NOV. 11 – Okay – this is so huge for New Bedford – and Groundwork! – that I wrote an entire blog post about it. You can read it or, if you’re lazy, just read…”Groundwork! co-founder, gallery curator and artist Dena Haden has been involved in setting the stage – literally – for TEDx at the Z since its move there. And – drum roll please! – Sarah Athanas – the other visionary co-founder of Groundwork! – will actually be speaking on the TEDx stage at this Saturday’s event…” You need to know more? See you there! Tickets here.

More play dates…

SATURDAY, NOV. 11 – The 15th annual CULTURE*PARK short play marathon happens all day and into the night in the New Bedford Whaling Museum theater. The marathon presents 25-30 staged reading of new works from 2:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. – and you can read them all here. You’ll see a familiar name once again; Danny Sallom’s “Paintings” will be staged between 3:30 – 5:30. This guy is all over live theatre this weekend!

LuLaRoe Pop-Up!

SUNDAY, NOV. 12 – Hippo – owned by Groundwork! member Shelley Cardoos – is determined to bring downtown to life on Sunday afternoons. They frequently schedule pop-up events featuring local artisans at the shop (741 Purchase Street at the corner of Union) – and today is no exception. From noon – 3:00 p.m., Alyssa Parent will be at Hippo with her collection of LuLaRoe clothing. “Come check out these awesome leggings, shirts and dresses! If you haven’t worn this line before you’ll be pleasantly surprised,” Shelley writes. And a spot of shopping and lunch downtown sounds just groovy to us…

YOUR WEEKEND is a Flight of Fire

Couple of cool events happening tonight, Thurs. Nov. 2 in downtown New Bedford, so YOUR WEEKEND begins early this week! And besides, with the switch back to EST looming this weekend, isn’t it a good thing to grab as much daylight as you can…?

Storias Di Nos Muzika

THURSDAY, NOV. 2 – The New Bedford Whaling Museum presents a free screening of the film, Storias Di Nos Muzika this evening at 5:00 p.m. It’s an original documentary on the origins of Cape Verdean music directed by Val Lopes. The synopsis: Cape Verdean music has nuances of Batuku, Funana, Morna, Koladera and even hip hop. This engaging Portuguese language documentary (presented with sub-titles) explores the various genres of Cape Verdean music in the words of the artists, composers, musicians and other professionals of the music industry in Cape Verde.” Again, it’s free – but you should RSVP here .

SOUNDSCAPE: The performance series

THURSDAY, NOV. 2 – One of favorite persons, grassroots renaissance man Carl Simmons performs tonight at the New Bedford Art Museum. Here’s the 411: During the run of their new exhibition SCAPES: Placemaking in the 21st Century, the museum will be exploring internal landscapes, housed in the individual and cultivated through live poetry and music, as well as performances and creative experiences. Those performances would be by by Seaspace Landscape, Eli Nixon and yes – Carl Simmons. It also features CVPA UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Undisciplined Research – a terrific group that is doing interesting things. SOUNDSCAPE is a free event and happens from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sponsored by Whaling City Sound  

Savage in Limbo

FRIDAY, NOV. 3 – The Collective NB premieres their next full-length, main-stage production tonight at Gallery X (169 William Street). It’s John Patrick Shanley’s “Savage in Limbo” – and it goes like this: The setting is a slightly seedy neighborhood bar on a Monday night, where a group of regulars seek relief from the disappointments and tedium of the outside world. All desire a change from the ruts that they find themselves in. But how can they get it? What are they going to do with it? Who’s it for…? Production dates are as follows: November 3rd, 4th, 10th & 11th. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20. Email TheCollectiveNB@gmail.com for your reservation. Write when you would like to attend and how many seats you need in the body of the email.

Flight of Fire

FRIDAY, NOV. 3 – Flight of Fire is an “all-girl band known for over the edge top stage antics and crowd pleasing songs.” Tonight, those antics will be on stage at Strikers Sports Bar & Grill in the Wonderbowl (66 Hathaway Road, NB). The music starts at 9:30 p.m. and continues until 1:00 a.m. Oh – and you can bowl, too! Find out more about the group here.

Coping with Political Twilight

SATURDAY, NOV. 4 – Colo Colo Gallery in Kilburn Mills Studios (now also known as Clark Cove Leasing and Storage), 127 W. Rodney French Boulevard, opens their latest show this evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. “Coping with Political Twilight” is an exhibit of paintings and collages by artist David Baggarly. You’re always guaranteed a thought-provoking exhibit at Colo Colo – and a good time in the fantastic former mill space turned art gallery.

Comedy X

SUNDAY, NOV. 5 – We’re back at Gallery X for Comedy X – the stand-up comedy showcase, happening tonight from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. Boston comics are on the bill – but as usual, New Bedford’s own, Christopher Swanson handles the hosting.