What a difference a year makes…

File photo from the 2017 South Coast Pride – which returns to Buttonwood Park this Sat. June 2, 2018.

Last year at this time, I wrote a blog post entitled, “New Bedford gets its PRIDE back.” It was about the return of the city’s LGBTQ Pride Festival after taking a few years hiatus.

I wrote then, “While New Bedford is certainly home to a wonderful LGBTQ community, it hasn’t been a particularly visible or vibrant one – but that may finally be beginning to change for the better and to the city’s benefit.”

On the eve of tomorrow’s LGTBQ Pride Festival – Saturday, June 2, once again in Buttonwood Park – it’s fair to say those words no longer apply.

For, in the past year, the LGBTQ community has indeed been visible and is achieving a level of vibrancy it’s probably never enjoyed in New Bedford before.

During the past year, the organization South Coast LGBTQ Network has led the way under the amazing leadership of Traci Welch.

It launched a weekly Facebook Live show via New Bedford Guide that provides a great forum for discussion of issues pertaining to or affecting the gay community.

The group NB AGLY, which offers support to at-risk LGTBQ youth, launched a weekly Pride Cafe at its downtown headquarters, which supporters got to visit during an AHA! New Bedford open house evening.

And numerous other events have succeeded in creating an ongoing platform for the LGBTQ community – which includes just plain fun events, too. Like the monthly Drag Brunches at Incognito Bar & Grill on Acushnet Avenue. And, more happenings at LePlace, New Bedford’s LGBTQ bar in the Hicks-Logan gateway neighborhood.

That’s not only a good thing for the gay community, but for the city. It underscores the fact that New Bedford is a fully-functional city that embraces, values and empowers the diversity within it.

A Pride Festival showcases that – and Groundwork! is proud to be one of the sponsors of this year’s festival.

South Coast Pride begins at 9:30 a.m. in Buttonwood Park and continues until 4:00 p.m. On the day’s list of activities is Yoga in the Park with Jeff Costa – right at 9:30 – followed by a wellness walk and then entertainment (like Sister Funk), vendors, family friendly activities, food and more.

A pre-Pride party happens Friday night at Incognito (1606 Acushnet Avenue) and an after-Pride party happens at LePlace (20 Kenyon Street), both 21+

There’s certainly more to be done to ensure equality for everyone, regardless of sexual preference or gender, in New Bedford and society.

But on Saturday, we can all take pride in the knowledge that the city has come a long way recently in a short amount of time – mirroring the positive direction New Bedford is going in generally.

That’s no coincidence – it’s the rainbow after the rain.

The Last Weekend

Faithful readers! This is the final YOUR WEEKEND for awhile.

The world isn’t ending, North Korea (or the White House) hasn’t gone nuclear, and the streets are still unpaved in New Bedford. So no worries; Hell hasn’t frozen over.

It’s just that we’re switching up the format of the blog posts here at Groundwork over the summer. Instead of a weekly round-up of events, yours truly will be writing a New Bedford Now weekly status report featuring all sorts of goodies beginning next week.

For events, we recommend following the Coastin’ Facebook group, which you can join here.

So, until the mood strikes again, let’s enjoy our last YOUR WEEKEND together…

Duende

FRIDAY, MAY 18 – Duende – an exhibition by Tracy Barbosa, opens tonight right here at Groundwork! The artist writes, “Traditionally meant to describe dance and music, “Duende” describes an artful moment which cannot be recaptured. It is fleeting, searing, and poetic. Though glass is static, it is in constant flux with its location. Light and color play with glass all day. No moment is ever the same. Hence the namesake of her glass studio practice.” The multi-media show’s reception, free and open to the public tonight from 6:00-9:00 p.m., features work that “utilizes peripheral post-industrial landscapes along with an alphabet of personal archetypal imagery to create paintings on canvas and glass which stir the inner relationships between man, memory, and nature.”

Belly Dance

SATURDAY, MAY 19 – Carabiner’s Climbing & Fitness hosts “Fundamentals of Belly Dance” today from 1:00-3:00 p.m. “What is Belly Dance?” they ask. “During this two hour workshop, we will explore fundamental movements of Middle Eastern dance as well as the movement’s regional variation,” they reply. This workshop is beginner oriented, however all levels of experience are welcomed to join and create an encouraging environment. $15 for Carabiner’s members; $25 for non-members. Carabiner’s is at 328 Parker Street, NB.

World Fiddle Day

Warming up for World Fiddle Day at Hatch Street Studios

SUNDAY, MAY 20 – Old Time Fiddle Session will be hosting a multi-cultural, interactive, traditional music event called “World Fiddle Day” at Hatch Street Studios (88 Hatch Street, NB) today. The event runs from 12:30 to 5:30 pm and includes open playing opportunities for musicians, children’s activities, vendors, workshops, dancing, and a full schedule of performances by traditional fiddle music acts. In celebration of the world’s diverse fiddling traditions, featured performances include Old-Time American, Canadian, Cape Verdean, European, Gypsy, and Yiddish offerings. Cape Verdean fiddler John Miranda and Australian fiddler Mark Russel will be bringing the more distant traditions to New Bedford, while New England style caller Louisa Pugh will help reinforce native roots. It’s also the organizer, Jeff Angeley’s birthday today! So wish him well.

YOUR WEEKEND

God of Carnage

FRIDAY, MAY 11 – YOUR THEATRE’s production of “God of Carnage” is onstage at 136 Rivet Street tonight and on various dates through May 20. Press info goes like this: Often described as a farcical comedy of manners – without manners, God Of Carnage centers on a playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys which brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.” Oh, boy. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Get tickets and see the full schedule here.

Sen. Warren comes to town

SATURDAY, MAY 12 – U. S. Senator Elizabeth Warren holds a town hall meeting today from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School off Ashley Boulevard. Here’s the official PR: Elizabeth Warren will be hosting a town hall in New Bedford on Saturday, and you are invited! She’ll be talking and answering questions about how she’s holding the Trump Administration accountable and fighting for Massachusetts families in the Senate. 

“Doors open at 11:00 AM, and the event will begin at 12:00 Noon. Admission is first come, first served. We’re sorry, but signs/posters will not be permitted inside the event. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP here.”

SUPERFLAT @ Hatch

SATURDAY, MAY 12 – The mural arts super-group, SUPERFLAT visits Hatch Street Studios along with 3rd EyE Unlimited during the buildings first, Second Saturdays monthly Open Studios. Each month at 88 Hatch Street, expect a variety of open art studios, music, educational sessions, special events, and guest artists. Happens from noon – 5:00 p.m. and it is free to attend.

Mother’s Day

SUNDAY, MAY 13 – It’s Mother’s Day – and you already know what to do. BRUNCH!!! We’re big fans of mothers here at Groundwork! Every member has one or more. So, to all of them from all of us…HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

From Comics to Cryptocurrency: YOUR WEEKEND

New Bedford gets SUPERFLAT

FRIDAY, MAY 4 – The mural arts project, SUPERFLAT – hatched at Groundwork! – moves out and takes it to the streets tonight with a launch along the Acushnet Avenue fence in downtown New Bedford behind the BCC building. Come by from 5:00-9:00 p.m. tonight to catch some street artists at work – then bid on it at the newly opened Co-Creative Center around the corner at 137 Union Street. You can read more about in my State of the Arts column on Southcoast Today here.

Get stuffed at Viva Portugal!

SATURDAY, MAY 5 – Viva Portugal flew in under the radar a few years ago – a simple street festival downtown outside the Zeiterion Theater to celebrate Portuguese culture. Only in its third year, Viva Portugal has become a much-anticipated happening in early May that signifies the full flowering of spring – and a great day to stuff yourself on delicious Portuguese food. This writer is a fastidious eater – but Viva Portugal hits all the culinary buttons with fish, favas, cacoila, rice pudding, sweet bread and more in a relaxed city setting with terrific music on the street. Come hungry from 1:00-7:00 p.m. today!

BOOM! Free Comic Book Day

SATURDAY, MAY 5 – Almost as far north (in New Bedford) as the Fortress of Solitude, the city’s very own comic book store New England Comics can be found on Acushnet Avenue at what was once Lunds Corner. Today, they and comic books stores across North American celebrate FREE COMIC BOOK DAY – an industry event to help bring new readers into independent comics stores. It happens from 10:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. – and in New Bedford special guests Mike Lilly, DC/Marvel Artist and Bob Almond, Veteran Industry Inker, will be appearing from 11-6.

Taking it to the mat

SUNDAY, MAY 6 – The action is all ringside in New Bedford’s Ward 3 tonight when TRP (Top Rope Productions) Live Wrestling returns to the city at New Bedford Inns & Suites (500 Hathaway Road) from 5:00-9:00 p.m. This writer is heading out with the Fabulous Cardoos sisters (as in Shelley and Miriam) to check out the spandex and steroids. Get your own tickets here.

Let’s talk about cryptocurrency

BONUS PICK: Wednesday, May 9 – Join us right here at Groundwork! (1213 Purchase Street, NB) for the first in a series of “salon” evenings. These events will feature a facilitated discussion around a specific topic, led by subject matter experts. Enjoy beer, wine and snacks, learn something new, and meet people in a casual environment. Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 in advance. (FREE for Groundwork! members; get yourself a community membership for $30 a month and get into this and future member events for free, too!)

On the agenda tonight: Cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies are quickly disrupting many industries including the finance and technology sectors and beyond. Dig deep into the subject with hosts Nicole Pupillo and Nick Briguglio. Get tickets and learn more here.

YOUR WEEKEND: Kiss me as if it were the last time…

Five Boroughs of Hip Hop

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 – Start the weekend tonight from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. by taking a tour of the FIVE BOROUGHS of HIP HOP with DJ Jules Flava at Incognito (1606 Acushnet Avenue, NB; 21+/ Proper Dress). Memory Lane brings you the sounds of 94.5FM’s DJ Jules Flava tonight – and if it’s too late for you to jam, remember that the bar opens at 4:00 p.m. and Incognito serves dinner from 5-10:00 p.m.

Ropefest!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 – Few cities boast an event as unique as ROPEFEST – the annual celebration of…rope that takes place at R & W Rope company off Church Street, NB. From 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., enjoy 20-40% off store merchandise and the following:
· Marine rope and hardware for traditional, performance and cruising
· Rock climbing, arborist and safety gear
· Crafting, knot tying and bushcraft rope and cord
· Sporting and tactical supplies
· Exhibits, demonstrations and activities
· Rock Climbing wall
· LIVE MUSIC with Sharks Come Cruisin’
R & W Rope can be found at 39 Tarklin Place.

We’ll always have Paris…

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 – Mayor Mitchell’s Classic Movie Series brings the legendary CASABLANCA to the Zeiterion Theatre screen today at 2:00 p.m. This writer’s favorite movie – with Citizen Kane coming in a close second – CASABLANCA on the big screen is like letters of transit out of everyday life and into immortality. Come see it; it’s free, too!

LGBTQ Film Series wraps it up

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 – The LGBTQ Winter Film Series ends it runs at the Whaling National Historic Park today at 2:00 p.m. with a free screening of the documentary, “How to Survive a Plague.” It looks at the work of Act Up and their activism in bringing HIV and AIDS awareness into the mainstream during the early years of the health crisis. During the event, there will be a a Testing Van parked in Carter’s parking lot that will provide free on site HIV testing. The theater is located at 33 William Street, NB.

Ezekiel’s Wheels in concert

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 – The Tifereth Israel Congregation (139 Brownell Avenue, NB) hosts the internationally-acclaimed Ezekiel’s Wheels in concert this evening at 7:00 p.m. Ezekiel’s Wheels “improvise with the intimacy of chamber music and the intensity of a rowdy dance band. Their engaging contemporary interpretation of Jewish music is irresistible…” Tickets: $10 adults; $5 kids; $25 families, Register by calling: (508) 997-3171 or email: office@tinewbedford.org. And, give them a listen at the link below….

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.