What follows are just a few of the events happening in New Bedford this week. For more events, visit our arts and culture calendar. And learn how to get your event listed here. We want to hear from you.

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. 


4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3

Filmmakers chronicle New Bedford’s ‘pandemic renaissance’

New Bedford poet Iva Brito and producer, writer and director a’Ali DeSousa are seeking city artists to spotlight in a documentary. “Pandemic Renaissance — The Art of Surviving C-19” will tell the story of how New Bedford’s multicultural arts community survived, and even thrived, in 2020. If you’d like to appear in the documentary, filmmakers invite you to bring art you’ve created during the pandemic to the Co-Creative Center on Friday or record a video describing how art has helped you cope through the time of COVID and share it on Facebook.


9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4

Break out your best white outfit

The North End bistro and lounge known for its monthly drag brunch and other themed events is marking Labor Day weekend with a white party. DJ Calderon will be spinning dance-floor favorites, and all-white attire is encouraged.


CC Biggs.
Donald Duck Campbell.
7-11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2

Local supergroup plays R&B classics

Catch Outta Control All Stars this week in the West End where they will be playing R&B tunes from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The lineup of local seasoned musicians includes bassist CC Biggs (who has played with The Energetics, Hypertensions, Star, and Ecstasy) and guitarist Corey Waldron, both of World Premier Band; funk veteran Donald Duck Campbell on the keys; saxophonist Pat Loomis; and on drums, Slam-G (Marvin Hammett), who has toured with the likes of Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys and written songs for Teddy Pendergrass.

4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2

Djim Job in Custom House Square (rescheduled)

Born on São Vicente and raised in the U.S., Job has performed and produced for over 25 years in over 30 countries. Show up at 2 to catch the opening act, New Bedford’s own Ian Legge, aka The Punk Cellist, a classically trained musician and punk drummer.


Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4

Open Studios

Open Studios at Kilburn takes place the first Saturday of the month with live music, demos, poetry and more. This month, Nashville recording artist Jillian Dawn will be performing. Featured art galleries include Bumble Art Studio by Hailey Dube, MaiatoFitz Art Gallery & Studio, Maypole Weavers, Judith Klein Art Gallery & Studio and more.


Chris Dimitrakopoulos, via Facebook.
7:30-10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2

Brad Mastrangelo, David Sinclair and Chris D

Tom Stewart hosts a stand-up comedy night every other Thursday at the North End pub.


1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31

Instagram primer

Elissa Paquette, president of dNB Inc. and owner of the downtown boutique Calico, will give a talk on Instagram basics as part of New Bedford Creative‘s peer-to-peer workshops.

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