COVID-19 UPDATE: While we continue to celebrate 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.
MELVILLE AT 202
1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1
NEW BEDFORD WHALING NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
San Francisco Opera’s ‘Moby-Dick’
On Herman Melville’s 202nd birthday, you can watch a free screening of the San Francisco Opera’s production of “Moby-Dick” in the area of the city where key scenes of the novel took place. The Whaling National Historical Park is screening the acclaimed opera in its theater, followed by a celebration hosted by the park’s “1850s Ladies, Ruth and Abby,” historical interpreters based on women in New Bedford during the whaling era. It’s free but reservations are required due to limited seating.
3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1
‘The Moby Show’ closing reception
Maybe you’ve just watched the “Moby-Dick” opera at the Whaling National Historical Park, hit the Whaling Museum, and Moby Dick Brewing, but you’re still feeling the spirit of Herman Melville on his birthday. Walk up William Street to Gallery X’s closing reception for “The Moby Show,” featuring local artists’ take on the famous novel in paintings, sketches, photos, ceramics, carvings, and more. Scenes and characters adorn everything from canvases to scrimshaw to ditty boxes. As part of the show, sculptures also are on view outside the Melville House, 100 Madison St., the former home of Melville’s sister.
While you’re at Gallery X, don’t miss the exhibition in the Frederick Douglass Gallery showcasing the photos of brothers James and Bill Correia.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29
NIGHTSTAGE PERFORMANCE CENTER
Christine Hurley at the Mill
Comedy nights are back at Kilburn Mill with stand-up comedian Christine Hurley. You may have caught the South Shore native, known for her material riffing on motherhood and marriage, on “America’s Funniest Mom,” where she was a finalist, or “America’s Got Talent.” She recently performed at the TD Boston Garden with Denis Leary, Jimmy Fallon, Ray Romano, Steven Wright and Steve Sweeney for the Cam Neely Foundations “Comics Come Home 21.”
7 p.m. Tuesday, July 27
ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
‘Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story’
As a sci-fi obsessed woman living near isolation, Beverly Glenn-Copeland wrote and self-released “Keyboard Fantasies” back in 1986. Recorded in an Atari-powered home studio, the cassette featured seven tracks of a curious folk-electronica hybrid, a sound realized far before its time. Three decades on, the musician — now Glenn Copeland — began to receive emails from people across the world who recently discovered the album. Half aural-visual history, half DIY tour-video, the film is an intimate coming-of-age story spinning the suffering of prejudice into rhythm, hope and joy.
2 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 31 & Sunday, Aug. 1
ROTCH-JONES-DUFF HOUSE & GARDEN MUSEUM
Two plays portray family matters and a fabulist bash
What is a liar’s club party? Find out at the Rotch-Jones-Duff garden where Your Theatre is staging two short plays this weekend. “My Mother Is,” written by local playwright Brienne Riccio, mines the complex connections between mothers and daughters. In “Abstinence,” the drama takes place in the front hall of a chic Manhattan apartment, where the hostess is throwing a party for one of her pet charities, Liars Anonymous.
2 p.m. Saturday, July 31
8 p.m. Tuesday, July 27
CORK WINE AND TAPAS
4 p.m. Thursday, July 29
CUSTOM HOUSE SQUARE
8 p.m. Friday, July 30
MOBY DICK BREWING
Noon Wednesday, July 28
Sign up for free
Our free newsletter will drop into your inbox weekday mornings, giving you all the highlights of our in-depth news stories and community arts and culture coverage.
SUPPORT OUR WORK TODAY
As an independent, nonprofit news outlet we are reliant on reader support to help fund the kind of in-depth journalism that keeps the public informed and holds the powerful accountable. Thank you for your support.
New Bedford Light is an IRS-determined 501(c)(3) Public Charity; all gifts are tax-deductible. Our EIN number is 86-2407296.
Thank you to our sponsors
Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Mary and Jim Ottaway
- Follow The New Bedford Light for the latest updates on political races in the South Coast
- New Bedford-area teachers frustrated by state’s decision to raise MCAS standards
- DA hopeful McMahon favors treatment for addiction, while getting tough on drug dealers
- DA Quinn: Targeting weapons and drug traffickers makes streets safer in South Coast
- Incumbent Quinn and challenger McMahon swing away in testy Bristol DA’s race
- The Light on Radio: Jack Spillane talks monkeypox, heat islands, rising sewer bills, shell fishing and more