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New Bedford Fishing

FRIDAY, DEC. 16 – Many of us have a romanticized notion of the fishing industry here in New Bedford. It’s part of our collective DNA as well as a prominent feature of the local seascape. Get the real scoop on fishing by figuratively hopping aboard the New Bedford dragger, the F/V Bay State.  The boat was captained by Alfred St. Croix and was the subject of a 1968 promotional film entitled “41 N by 67 West” produced by the Massachusetts Seafood Council/Mass Division of Marine Fisheries and others. It’s being screened tonight as part of the Dock-U-Mentaries series presented by the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center at the New Bedford Whaling National Park. “The 28-minute film includes footage of shipboard life including setting out and hauling back the gear; picking, sorting and icing the fish; at sea communications; cooking and eating in the galley, and selling the catch at the Boston Seafood Auction,” press materials state. You’ll never looked at cod the same way again, we bet. Films about the commercial fishing industry and other aspects of the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Park’s Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.

Rose Alley Roller Derby

SATURDAY, DEC. 17 –  Come eat and drink with Mass Attack Roller Derby at Rose Alley Ale House and help them celebrate the end to what they are calling an amazing 2016 for the skaters.  They and officials of MARD will be at Rose Alley all day to hang out and mingle with you. Be nice not naughty or you may get thrown on your ass! A portion of the proceeds from the day’s sales goes directly to MARD to help support the league. And what a Mission Statement they have: We seek to empower women through athleticism, discipline, sportswomanship, and teamwork, playing with integrity and respect for all our derby sisters. We place character before appearance, and aim to bring together a group of strong and diverse women committed to the pursuit of excellence, both on and off the track.” Read more about Mass Attack here. Rose Alley is located at 94 Front Street, NB.

Feeling Feline?

SATURDAY, DEC. 17 – The Village Woof is hosting a cat and kitten adoption day today from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Keep good cats from going bad on the mean streets of New Bedford! To be pre-approved for adoption, email The Village Woof is located at 193 Popes Island, NB. Get details here.

Lunar Teeth

SATURDAY, DEC. 17 – One of our fave people, Andy Anello is hosting another edition of his Lunar Teeth performance art showcases tonight. Lunar Teeth is a quarterly performance art forum held in New Bedford on (or around) the equinoxes and solstices. It is a place to try out new ideas that challenge traditional genres. The Free Fall Edition happens once again at The Ropeworks, 123 Sawyer Street and starts at 7:00 p.m. Performers include Meyer Brown and Vinny Martin. And hey – if the name Andy Anello seems familiar, it’s because he’s organizing the New Bedford Feminist Reading Group – the subject of this previous blog post. It’s first meeting will take place right here at Groundwork on Sat. Jan. 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.!

Holiday Drag

SATURDAY, DEC. 17  – Every now and then, you come across an event that reinforces the idea that New Bedford is one unique, fun and funky city. This is one of them. Tonight at the Panthers Athletic & Social Club (43 Madeira Ave, New Bedford) the Queens of the South Coast perform. Yes – it’s a drag show! Hosted by Jaihla Rhodes and Crystal Diamonds and featuring special guests BadGyal Rocky and “a legend to the SouthCoast area, THE Diana Prince.” Hey – that’s Wonder Woman! Tickets are $15; doors open at 9:00 p.m. and the show starts at 10. Come “put a little sass in your holiday season,” the Queens write. Find out more here.

Steven Froias