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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 substantial or high transmission, including Bristol County.

 

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Re/Framing the View: Nineteenth-century American Landscapes

New Bedford Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA

The SouthCoast of Massachusetts is home to an array of stunning private collections with demonstrated strengths in nineteenth-century American landscape painting. This exhibition draws together gems from private collections with masterpieces from the New Bedford Whaling Museum collection and selects loans that enrich particular groupings. Artists in the exhibition include William Bradford, John F. Kensett, […]

Comfort and Displacement Exhibit at NBAM

New Bedford Art Museum 608 Pleasant St., New Bedford, MA

Thursday, Dec. 8, is the opening reception for the exhibition Comfort and Displacement: The Art of Richard Neal. The exhibition will feature recent abstract paintings and wall-hanging sculptures by Richard Neal organized by independent guest curator Don Wilkinson.⁠ The exhibit will run from Dec. 8–Feb. 26.

Fiber Art Exhibit at NBAM

New Bedford Art Museum 608 Pleasant St., New Bedford, MA

The upcoming fiber arts exhibition: Yarn/Rope/String! The Fiber Art Now Yarn/Rope/String was designed to encourage the innovative use of fibers⁠ that artists incorporate into new and exciting works of art. The opening reception is on Thursday, Dec. 8, and the exhibit will run from Dec.8–March 12.

Polar Bears (Ursus Maritimus) and the Arctic Imaginary

New Bedford Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA

The New Bedford Whaling Museum holds a deep collection of hundreds of original artworks, photographs, carvings, and material culture depicting or made from polar bears. In this exhibition, British, German, Dutch, and American prints join Iñupiat carvings, baleen baskets, historical photographs; decorated dinner plates; paintings, and more. POLAR BEARS (Ursus Maritimus) and the Arctic Imaginary […]

City Hall Exhibit Showcases Women’s Role in Commercial Fishing

New Bedford City Hall 133 William St., New Bedford, MA

“The Women’s Work: At Sea, On Shore, At Home, In the Community,” an exhibit by the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, is now on display at New Bedford City Hall. The exhibit shines a light on the many roles that women play in commercial fishing communities. It features the photography of Markham Starr, and Phil Mello, and […]

Moby Dick in Days of Pestilence and Chaos Exhibit

New Bedford Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA

Moby Dick in Days of Pestilence and Chaos will be on view from Dec. 22, 2022–Feb. 26, 2023, in the Whaling Museum’s Observation Deck Gallery. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and working through the 2020 lockdown, Boston-based artist Aileen Callahan (b. 1941) created seventy watercolors that explore themes of contagion and the fear of […]

Call for Art: Gallery X Remembers

Gallery X 169 William St., New Bedford, MA

Over the past few years, several Gallery X friends and former members have passed away. The gallery has decided to organize a sizeable memorial exhibit to remember them. Gallery X is asking friends, members, and families to submit work from their collections to honor artists that are no longer living. This exhibition will be hung […]

Call for Art: A Roomful of Blue

Gallery X 169 William St., New Bedford, MA

A Roomful of Blue is the first Gallery X exhibition of 2023. What does blue mean to you? The color? The music? The emotion? Something else? Gallery X has left that up to the artist to decide, This exhibition is open to all artists working in any medium. Art may be submitted during Gallery hours […]

Creative Classroom: Modern African Dance

In this 5-week course, students will learn Acogny: the only recognized contemporary dance technique created in Africa. Acogny is based on traditional African dances from Senegal and Benin and Western dance techniques like classical ballet, release, and Graham technique. Acogny asks us to place ourselves inside the community and nature and encourages us to become […]

$5 – $20

Make Your Own Drink Caddy

New Bedford Arts & Cultural Emporium 127 West Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA

In this workshop, learn the process of making a useful beer caddy.  To save time, energy and mess, the wood and dowels will be precut. Students will measure, sand, assemble, glue, hammer, and stain the finished piece. The $75 fee includes all materials.

$75

Modelmaking Demonstration: Captain Bruce Gifford

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center 38 Bethel St., New Bedford, MA

Lobsterman and tugboat Captain Bruce Gifford is coming to answer model boat questions. A native of Westport, Gifford builds models of boats he grew up around. He is also a featured artist in our current gallery exhibit, "Fishboats: Art of the Industry."

Proclivities at Your Theatre

Your Theatre 136 Rivet Street, New Bedford, MA

A play by Kirsten Greenidge, directed by Eric R. Paradis. One pleasant evening, Doug and Shonda invite their friend Bing for dinner and drinks. As they ply Bing with wine, the conversation's civility begins to crumble, and we witness each of the trio's run-ins with characters on the edge of their suburban existence. An entertaining […]

$16 – $20

NBSO The Magic of Disney: 100 Years of Wonder

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company, this season’s “movie night” concert will feature music from The Little Mermaid, Fantasia, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King, Toy Story, Frozen, Coco, and many other unforgettable tunes that have touched the hearts of millions around the world.

$10 – $65

Proclivities at Your Theatre

Your Theatre 136 Rivet Street, New Bedford, MA

A play by Kirsten Greenidge, directed by Eric R. Paradis. One pleasant evening, Doug and Shonda invite their friend Bing for dinner and drinks. As they ply Bing with wine, the conversation's civility begins to crumble, and we witness each of the trio's run-ins with characters on the edge of their suburban existence. An entertaining […]

$16 – $20

Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish at Narrows

Narrows Center for the Arts 16 Anawan St., Fall River, MA

Formed in 1991, Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish has evolved through many incarnations, three Tone Cool and two self-produced CDs, trips around the world as far as South Africa, and mostly the joys of playing a lot of music on Martha's Vineyard where most of them live. Johnny and company are purveyors of the American […]

$25 – $28

Back in Black w/ BAND, Inc. at The Vault

The Vault Music Hall at Greasy Luck Pub 791 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA

The AC/DC tribute band Back in Black will perform live with local rockers BAND, Inc.

$15 – $25

Monsta Country Rock at Knuckle Heads

Knuckle Heads 85 MacArthur Dr., New Bedford, MA

Monsta Country Rock returns to Knuckle Heads with a dance-floor packing mix of today’s country rock and classic rock hits

Proclivities at Your Theatre

Your Theatre 136 Rivet Street, New Bedford, MA

A play by Kirsten Greenidge, directed by Eric R. Paradis. One pleasant evening, Doug and Shonda invite their friend Bing for dinner and drinks. As they ply Bing with wine, the conversation's civility begins to crumble, and we witness each of the trio's run-ins with characters on the edge of their suburban existence. An entertaining […]

$16 – $20

Llama Llama Live!

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 684 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA

Llama Llama is a new musical inspired by the bestselling Llama, Llama Red Pajama series of picture books by Anna Dewdney.

$10 – $18

Your Theatre, Picasso at the Lapin Agile: Auditions

Your Theatre 136 Rivet Street, New Bedford, MA

Your Theatre, Inc. is holding auditions Tuesday, Jan. 31, and Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. for all roles in the production of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” by Steve Martin. The performances run May 12–21. The play answers the age-old question: "What would happen if Einstein and Picasso met at a bar before becoming […]

Creative Classroom: Beginner Ukulele

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 684 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA

This 7-week program focuses on the fundamentals of playing the ukulele. No prior musical experience is necessary. All ages are welcome. Need a ukulele? Call the New Bedford Public Library to rent a uke free from their Funbrary using your library card, or call The Symphony Music Shop to purchase one. Choose $20, $10, or […]

$5 – $20

Motion State Dance Film Series

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 684 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA

Playing Favorites is a unique cinematic event showcasing an eclectic collection of dance films pulled from the first four exciting seasons of the Motion State Dance Film Series. Motion State Dance Film Series is the only short film festival in New England devoted to showcasing the diversity of contemporary creative voices exploring the medium of […]