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YOUR WEEKEND: Feminists, Moby-Dick & More


Birding New Bedford Harbor

SATURDAY, JAN. 7 – If you’re up at 9:00 a.m. (and have registered by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6), then join the birders of the Lloyd Center along New Bedford Harbor. Meet at the Fort Taber parking lot and then carpool with the gang to the Hurricane Barrier and take advantage of the Palmers Island area and Harbor Walk. Members: $9 Non-members: $12; see here for more information.

The Moby-Dick Marathon

SATURDAY, JAN. 7 – I usually try to avoid the obvious in my weekend picks but let’s face it, the Moby-Dick reading marathon at the New Bedford Whaling Museum is one cool event. The 21st annual Moby-Dick Marathon begins today at noon and continues overnight before wrapping up mid-day tomorrow, Sunday, Jan. 8. You can get the complete schedule here. And be on the look-out for several Groundwork! members reading – including our co-founder, Sarah Athanas. As an added incentive, The Pour Farm Tavern and Buzzards Bay Brewing will be releasing their Father Mapple – Double IPA at the museum at 8:00 p.m. Bring your own hardtack.

The New Bedford Feminist Reading Group

SATURDAY, JAN. 7 – If you didn’t read it here, then be aware now: Groundwork! is pleased and happy to host the inaugural meeting of The New Bedford Feminist Reading Group this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. It’s the brainchild of performance artist Andy Anello and yours truly will be on hand today to welcome guests to 1213 Purchase Street. Yes – it’s all-gender and all are welcome.

Chamber music for the masses

SUNDAY, JAN. 8 – Maybe it’s because I just discovered “Mozart in the Jungle” on Amazon Prime, but I’m digging classical music these days. Who knew it was so sexy? The First Unitarian Church’s winter concert today at 3:00 p.m. may lack Gael García Bernal, but I’m sure there will be plenty of passion. “The Greater New Bedford Choral Society, Gerald P. Dyck, Director, and Dwight Thomas, accompanist, will present its winter choral concert (it) will include a seldom-heard work Gloria In Excelsis by Guiseppe Carcani with a chamber orchestra and guest soloists Gabriel Alfieri and Brendan Buckley. Also included are shorter works by Mendelssohn, Rutter, Paulus, Lauridsen, Copland and others.” Tickets are $15 at the door – children 12 and under admitted free. Get tickets here.

Steven Froias