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YOUR WEEKEND: The Big Lebowski; Ben-Hur; and more…


Release Your Inner Big Lebowski

SATURDAY, APRIL 1 – Sports fans! Want to experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat? Then head to the Bay State Open bowling championships at the famed Wonder Bowl at 66 Hathaway Road, NB today beginning at 1:00pm! It’s the first time the Bay State Open has brought this USBC-sanctioned event to New Bedford. And, they are looking for one qualifying squad. Release your inner Big Lebowski and go for the gold. Details at

Stand Up for Women

SATURDAY, APRIL 1 – Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts hosts a “Stand Up for Women” comedy night in nearby Fairhaven at the Seaport Inn & Marina tonight from 7-10:00pm. The event, a fundraiser, features nationally recognized comedians Kerri Louise and Carolyn Plummer. Kerri, a finalist on Last Comic Standing and the star of her own reality show on the Women’s Entertainment Network “can entertain any audience with her warmth and razor-edge wit,” they write. “While Carolyn, putting a nail through the hearts of whiners, self loathers and the self sorry of the world, makes the average seem hilarious and larger than life.” See their Facebook event page for ticket info.

The infamous “Latin Lover” comes to Acushnet Ave.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 – The iconic St. Anthony of Padua church that looms like a medieval cathedral over Acushnet Avenue in the city’s north end becomes a movie palace for a day. The silent epic, Ben-Hur will be screened at 4:30pm for $15 – with live, musical accompaniment! Completing the 1920s vibe is Peter Krasinski on the church’s famed pipe organ. Ben-Hur, A Tale of the Christ, has a Hollywood Gothic history. It stars Ramon Novarro, one of the silent movie era’s great stars. Novarro was Mexican-American and known as the Latin Lover – second only to Rudolph Valentino in heartthrob popularity. But his personal life was tumultuous. Conflicted between devout Roman Catholicism and his homosexuality, he turned to the bottle. Finally, long past his prime in 1968, he was murdered by two rent boys in his Laurel Canyon home. Yikes! Ben-Hur was considered steamy in its day – as the poster above seems to indicate. Will St. Anthony’s ever be the same…?

Maura Healey in New Bedford

BONUS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 – MA Attorney General Maura Healey holds a Town Hall meeting at the First Unitarian Church (71 Eighth St., NB) tonight from 7:00-8:30pm. From the Facebook event page, where you can reserve a seat: So much is at stake and we need to act to build on and protect the progress we’ve made in our communities, throughout Massachusetts and across the nation. Come hear what the Attorney General intends to do and how you can get involved.”

Steven Froias