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.


James Montgomery.
7:30 p.m., Saturday June 26

Watch the sun set over the bay at Kilburn Mill while Grammy-nominated blues singer and harpist James Montgomery performs with his band and special guests. The show marks the band's 50th anniversary.

Members of New Bedford Symphony Orchestra play violins outdoors.
4 p.m. Saturday, June 26

Sonata Saturdays at The Drawing Room

NBSO musicians will perform on the front porch of the North Water Street art shop The Drawing Room on the fourth Saturday of the month through September. First up: Emma Lee Holmes-Hicks, violin, and Peter Zay, cello and guitar. Each event will include wine tastings. Organizers say chairs will be set up around the block, but you may bring your own to secure a seat.


June 24-Oct. 31

A Wild Note of Longing: Albert Pinkham Ryder and a Century of American Art

"Flying Dutchman," Albert Pinkham Ryder.
“The Flying Dutchman,” Albert Pinkham Ryder, 1887.
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New Bedford-born Albert Pinkham Ryder attained cult status among artists during his lifetime (1847-1917). He was hailed as a visionary by the likes of Jackson Pollock and was revered late in his life by avant-garde artists seeking a more spiritual approach to painting amid Gilded Age materialism, say curators. But he's not well-known by the general public, and this exhibition, including some of his most iconic paintings, will be the first major showing of his work in 30 years.

On Friday, June 25, join artists and curators for a discussion on Ryder's influence and get an exclusive early viewing of the exhibition.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 26

More Than a Job: Work and Community in New Bedford’s Fishing Industry

New Bedford harbor.
Photo by David W. Oliveira

The Fishing Heritage Center celebrates a new exhibit, and its fifth anniversary, with a free event featuring family-friendly activities, industry demonstrations, and live music by the Rum Soaked Crooks.

The new exhibit combines tactile experience — there's a working deck complete with scallop dredge, galley table and bunks — with digital storytelling, immersing visitors in the sights and sounds of a fishing vessel at sea. More than 60 audio clips form a kind of oral history capturing voices from the industry.

“To be standing all day makes you tired,” says Lillian Riveira, a fish cutter, in one of the clips. “But sometimes when you are working, cleaning fish, you start thinking of your father or sometimes your mother and you think ‘I'll send my check this week' … you are always thinking about your people. … we all have the same purpose to earn money to be able to send to our families.”


The Laramie Project poster.
7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, June 25 & 26

The Laramie Project

“The Laramie Project” explores the public reaction to the 1998 murder of gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws in various states. The show will be performed at the Zeiterion by area high school students as part of the Festival Theatre's Summer Academy program.


Scene from "Valentina."
7 p.m. Tuesday, June 22

Beyond Binary Film Series: ‘Valentina'

In this Brazilian coming-of-age tale, Valentina wishes the only complications in her life were crushes on cute boys and fake IDs to go clubbing. But as a transgender teen, she faces significant social stigma and bureaucratic barriers. YouTuber Thiessa Woinbackk stars in this story about a high school student who must change schools when her trans identity becomes known. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

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