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. 

FILM

8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13
ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

‘Jaws’ at the ‘Z’

Steven Spielberg’s 1974 thriller about a killer great white stalking the coast of Martha’s Vineyard remains one of the highest grossing films ever. If you want to experience the quintessential summer blockbuster on the big screen for free this week at the “Z,” organizers recommend you pick up a ticket early as seating is limited. Riffing on the famous line from the movie, organizers joke, “we’re gonna need a bigger theater!” Note that masks are required for this event.

AHA! NIGHT

Via Facebook
7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12-Saturday, Aug. 14; Thursday, Aug. 19-Saturday, Aug. 21
ROTCH-JONES-DUFF HOUSE & GARDEN MUSEUM

Shakespeare in NB presents ‘As You Like It’

In April, the community theater group The Glass Horse Project challenged its Facebook followers to guess which Shakespeare play it was taking on next. “Hint: The play features characters with unique relationships to gender roles,” they teased, adding, “some would even say, ‘wrestling’ with them.” The group debuts its performance of the comedy about mistaken identities and love at first sight during AHA! Night. The covered patio in the Rotch-Jones-Duff garden will stand in for the Forest of Arden for the show’s two-weekend run through Saturday, Aug. 21.


4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12
CUSTOM HOUSE SQUARE

Summer Sound Series: Kim Trusty

The Providence-based singer/songwriter and guitarist who has worked with the likes of Paula Cole, Richie Havens and Rick Danko will play jazz, R&B, blues and more. Beer garden opens at 2, music starts at 4.

Photo by Erin X. Smithers

“Distant Voyage,” © Alison Wells
5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12
ALISON WELLS GALLERY

Shop local art while you’re ‘In the Neighborhood’

Trinidad native Alison Wells has developed a fascination with the New Bedford waterfront during her 16 years living here. She even has a favorite spot. At the end of Pier 3, two large fishing boats flank the structure, framing a vista Wells calls an ever-changing “portal.” That vantage inspired “Distant Voyage,” one of the mixed media collage paintings from her “In the Neighborhood” series on view at The Whaling Museum. Wells says this series meshes her Caribbean cultural background with her love for her “home away from home.” In vivid colors and intricate layers that reward closer looks, the paintings celebrate New Bedford’s distinctive architecture and its history as melting pot and hub for fishing and the Underground Railroad. See the exhibition at The Whaling Museum and stop by Wells’ gallery where she has new prints and note cards of the paintings for sale.


See David A in action Thursday at AHA! Night.
3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12
NEW BEDFORD WHALING NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK GARDEN

The 5 Pillars of Hip-Hop series 

David A, Maia and Kyra G will be demonstrating their painting skills as the monthly 3rd EyE Unlimited series exploring the key elements of hip-hop turns its focus to graffiti. The other “pillars” of the culture are knowledge, b-boy/girl, MCing and DJing.


7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12
NEW BEDFORD WHALING NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK GARDEN

She Makes Waves with Sarah Donner

The local singer/songwriter, whose music has been featured on Conan O’Brien’s blog, NPR and CBS, among others, will perform original songs inspired by historic women of SouthCoast.


5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12
CVPA STAR STORE

Reception for ‘Black & White’

A reception honoring the late UMass Professor Marc St. Pierre will take place in the University Art Gallery, where the posthumous exhibition of his work, “Black & White,” is on view. While you’re there, don’t miss the Fashion Design student pop-up or the sculptures representing Professor emeritus Eric Lintala’s decades of research into prehistoric rock art. 


More highlights from Thursday’s festivities…

4-8 p.m.: Dear Malcolm Postcard Project at the Art Museum
5:30 & 7:15 p.m.: Jim Robitaille Trio plays at the Jazz Wall
5:30 & 7:30 p.m.: Saxophonist Manny Escobar and singer Candida Rose perform jazz, soul and contemporary classics outside Alison Wells Gallery
7 p.m.: Women in the seafood industry give a talk at the Fishing Heritage Center

Visit AHA! for the full lineup


MUSIC

3-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15
WEST BEACH PAVILION

The Cool and Deadly


7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13
NIGHTSTAGE PERFORMING CENTER

Big Boom Daddies

6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14
WINGS COURT

Keegan Marshall-House Trio


8-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14
THE VAULT

Yngwie Malmsteen 


ART CLASSES

9:30 a.m.-noon Monday, Aug. 9
ROTCH-JONES-DUFF HOUSE & GARDEN MUSEUM

Plein Air Painting in the Garden with Devin McLaughlin


2-5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9; Wednesday, Aug. 11, Friday, Aug. 13
RICKETSON NATURE CENTER

Arts Alive! Nature Sketching & Painting for Kids


10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10-Friday, Aug. 13
NEW BEDFORD ART MUSEUM

artMOBILE


5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10
CO-CREATIVE CENTER

Drawing the Beauty Around Us with Kat Knutsen


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