COVID-19 WARNING: While we continue to list New Bedford’s array of cultural offerings, readers are advised to heed the latest public health recommendations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in public in areas of higher transmission, including Bristol County.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28
BUY BLACK NB
Support Black-owned businesses and indulge in some self-care
Justina Perry started Buy Black NB last year amid the turmoil of the pandemic and the nation’s racial reckoning. Her mission was to offer some relief amid all that pain, to “uplift the Black community and improve visibility of Black-owned businesses.” Buy Black’s online directory now boasts some 150 local businesses, some of which will be at Saturday’s popup outdoor market at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House. Many specialize in self-care goodies: handcrafted teas, therapeutic bath salts and scented soaps, luxe cosmetics, custom gift baskets and chocolate-dipped sweets. Cabo Vegan will be there — the catering service delivers animal-free versions of Cape Verdean delicacies, such as rissois and pastels, djagacida, and a cardamon cake paired with candied papaya. While you’re shopping, you could commission a caricature from artist Quinn Harris or find out more about a budding documentary on New Bedford’s “pandemic renaissance.” There will be live music by Manny Escobar and DJ Fresco, art activities, and back-to-school supply giveaways. Perry, a lifelong New Bedford resident and doctor of physical therapy who recently became a mom, says more vendor markets are on the horizon along with Buy Black’s ongoing “HERstory” series celebrating women entrepreneurs. Follow Buy Black NB on Facebook for updates and vendor spotlights.
Partial list of vendors
- Kinks Hair Care
- For Our God Only
- Insightful Tees
- Anika Tyshia Skincare
- Rose and Fontes
- Moya Beauty
- Unplugged Essentials
- Quinn Harris Illustrations
- Mindful Melodies
- Cards by Cecelia
- The Communal Space
- Maternal Nurturing Collective
- The Black Leaf Tea and Culture Shop
- Pandemic Renaissance – Iva Brito & a’Ali DeSousa
- Baskets of Grace
- Cabo Vegan
- E Sweets
6 p.m., Thursday Aug. 26
Songs of love and longing by the sea
When Mass. Design Art & Technology Institute (DATMA) announced its “Water 2021” art installation, Patrice Tiedemann of Seaglass Theater says, she was immediately inspired to pitch a companion concert.“We wanted to present music, specifically opera, that examines daily life in a seaside community.” Tiedemann and Seaglass music director Matthew Larson got to work researching classical and operatic music with maritime themes and came across “Marina,” “a gorgeous Spanish zarzuela [operetta] all about a love triangle in a coastal fishing village in Spain” and “The Pearl Fishers.” The latter, a French opera by Georges Bizet of “Carmen” fame, “is also about a love triangle,” Tiedemann says, “but this one takes place in Sri Lanka. Two very different locales with a constant theme of the ocean.” They built the concert around those two works, adding in songs from Mexico, Spain, Russia, and Austria. Tiedemann calls the concert’s setting, the Seamen’s Bethel, “a perfect marriage of location and repertoire.” Masks are required; a virtual version will be released this weekend.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27
NIGHTSTAGE PERFORMANCE CENTER
Steve Sweeney and Friends at the Mill
Dubbed “the king of Boston comedy,” Sweeney — known for his character voices and dialects — is among a cadre of comics (think Jay Leno, Lenny Clarke, Denis Leary) who came up at the Ding-Ho Comedy Club in Cambridge in the 1970s. He’s appeared in numerous films including “Celtic Pride” and “There’s Something About Mary” and played a Sox star turned bar owner in “Park Street Under,” a sitcom set in a Boston subterranean saloon that preceded “Cheers.”
7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24
Trivia night hosted by Tom Stewart
What kind of bird lays the largest eggs? Which member of the Beatles is the oldest? If you answered ostrich and Ringo Starr, you might have what it takes to win a $25 gift card at the Ashley Boulevard pub, where every other Tuesday comedian Stewart hosts trivia night. The vibe “is definitely on having a good time and not just who the smartest person in the room is,” say organizers. After three rounds of play, the top three scorers win prizes.
3-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29
REGGAE ON WEST BEACH
The summer series featuring live bands and DJs expanded from reggae to other genres this year but returns to its roots for Sunday’s season finale featuring Rhode Island’s Natural Element Band and Boston’s Mighty Mystic.
4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26
CUSTOM HOUSE SQUARE
Summer Sound Series: Rebecca Correia
Rochester native Correia describes herself as “Sheryl Crow meets Gavin Degraw.” The singer, who accompanies herself on guitar, piano and mandolin, recently co-wrote the song “So Long Goodbye” with Keb’ Mo’. Show up at 2 and catch New Bedford Poet Laureate Elect Sarah Mulvey.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28
NIGHTSTAGE PERFORMANCE CENTER
Studio Two Beatles Tribute
This Beatles cover band from New Hampshire performs songs from the Fab Four’s pre-Sgt. Pepper era with acute attention to detail on everything from clothing to equipment to dialogue to the setlist.
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