AHA! Night in New Bedford, Thursday, October 14 features Art in Tune

Oct 6, 2021

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New Bedford, MA - For 20+ years AHA! has been producing FREE monthly events in downtown New Bedford, each featuring a different theme to showcase the range of creativity that abounds in this city by the sea.  October 14th is a tribute to New Bedford’s musical flair.   The talented artists and multicultural creative expression found within the New Bedford arts and culture scene enriches cultural life throughout the Southcoast.  The 2nd Thursday arts and culture celebrations provide artists, community organizers, educational institutions, museums, places of worship and small businesses a monthly platform to share their work and engage with a regional audience.

Live Performances!

First Unitarian Church, 71 Eighth Street,  Stage Artistry Studios, performances at 6:15pm and 6:45pm

The Best of Broadway – Halloween Edition. A live musical tour of Broadway songs with a Halloween performed by young talented theatre students who will dazzle you with their voices and knowledge of Broadway shows.

New Bedford Symphony Performs Live, 7:15pm Timothy Macri, flute and Joseph Bentley, bass.

New Bedford Whaling Museum, 5 - 7pm

Outdoor event on the Whaling Museum Plaza. Masks Required 18 Johnnycake Hill

Azorean Night!  New Bedford is home to a vibrant Azorean community. Celebrate some of its music, folklore, and maritime traditions during Azorean Night.

 New Bedford Art Museum, 4 - 8pm

608 Pleasant Street

AHA! Mini Concert:   Accomplished South Coast musicians into downtown New Bedford businesses and institutions for a short concert during AHA! Night. Previous performers have spanned folk, indie, jazz, hip-hop, and rock.

Exhibit:  Uncommon Threads: The Works of Ruth E. Carter

A solo exhibition celebrating Massachusetts-born Ruth E. Carter’s 30-year career as an Academy Award-winning costume designer.

Exhibit:  Eadweard Muybridge:  Animal Locomotion

Eadweard Muybridge: Animal Locomotion is the Library’s latest exhibition featuring historic photographic studies of animals in motion and early motion-picture projection.

Alison Wells Gallery, 5 – 8pm

106 Purchase Street

Catch island vibes with live steel pan music by El Caribe to celebrate the 7 Year Anniversary of the Alison Wells Gallery!

Local Art! New giclee prints and note cards from Alison’s “In the Neighborhood” series about New Bedford (currently on view at the New Bedford Whaling Museum). Plus, original artwork by select guest artists in stained glass, woodwork, ceramics & macrame.

Rotch-Jones-Duff Garden, 4 - 8pm in the Garden

396 County Street

Cool Banana Wig Performs at 6pm

Bring the kids to play homemade or unusual instruments and JAM with the band! 

 Great Pumpkin Parade

Visit the grounds to see a display of Jack-O-Lanterns, carved with care by community members. Inside the mansion, children can participate in a scavenger hunt with prizes.

Centre Street Sessions, 5:30pm & 7:15pm

23 Centre Street

Jazz Music under the Jazz Wall

Enjoy a live jazz/r&b performance by Joaqiun Santos (leader and drums), Dominic Davis (bass), Evan Cole (vocals), and Adonis Martin (keyboards).

Art, History, Architecture and Events for Kids!

 Star Store Campus, UMass Dartmouth Center for Visual and Creative Arts, 5 - 9pm

715 Purchase Street

We Are:  7 - 9pm

Artist Talk & Community Engagement Pop-Up Poster Installation and artist talk with visiting designer, activist and visual artist Rick Griffith.  Create your own artwork and personal message during AHA Night on pre-printed poster templates for this autoethnographic letterpress collaborative project between Rick Griffiths, CVPA students, and the community. On display in the Swain Studio windows (corner of Purchase and Union Streets).  Details at AHA.org

Exhibit:  Amanda Means:  Light Years - Opening Reception 6pm

Guggenheim award-winning photographer pushes the boundaries of the photographic medium.

Paint and Fabrics at The Drawing Room,5:00-7:00 pm, 36 North Water St.

Farrow & Ball Curated by Liberty

These two major English interior design brands have collaborated on a new edit of paint and complementary fabrics curated into timeless combinations for a new generation of homes. Industry experts will discuss the new collection throughout the evening, leaving plenty of time for your interior design questions. 

Gallery X, 2 New Exhibitions, 5 - 8pm

169 William St

Urban X-Ploration in the Main Gallery

An exhibition of works inspired by or depicting the urban landscape. Guest curated by photographer Frank Grace.

 The Art of Pat Kellogg and Michael Hecht in the Douglass Gallery

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 7pm via Zoom (link available at fishingheritage.org)

38 Bethel Street

Highlighting several projects that pay tribute to the important work of women in fishing communities.

Ginok Song, artist, recently created a mural depicting women in the fishing community of Petty Harbor, Newfoundland.

Angela Sanfilippo, President of Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association who created a quilt that chronicles the history of activism of the wives and were instrumental in developing a monument dedicated to the role of women in Gloucester's fishing community.

Swing By the South End, Kilburn Mill, 5 -8 pm

127 Rodney French Boulevard, Main Entrance, 2nd Floor

Open House - art receptions, art demos and tours of the mill.

Judith Klein Art Gallery - new works including acrylic and mixed media paintings and printmaking, plus handprinted textiles and new jewelry by Katy Jeffrey. Suite 2-87

New Bedford Main Library, 3 pm

613 Pleasant Street

Mini Pumpkin Decorating 

Pilgrim United Church of Christ/Mercy Meals, 5 – 8pm

635 Purchase St, 

Arts & Crafts, Booker T Washington Posterboards, and pumpkin decorating

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Event Date: 

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm