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YOUR WEEKEND: From Funny Please to Finest Kind…

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IPO in blubber

FRIDAY, AUG. 11 – Before Silicon Valley there was…New Bedford, Massachusetts! A one-day symposium, “Economics of Whaling: The Whaling Industry as the First Venture Capital Business Model in the United States” takes place all day today (9:00am-5:00pm) at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. “The Whaling Economics Symposium will convene professors, historians and businessmen to discuss the success of this 19th century American global enterprise and the application of this unique business to modern finance,” they write. RSVP and tickets required; do it here.

Summer Sounds/Yoga

FRIDAY, Aug. 11 – Two recurring favorites tonight: The Summer Sounds Series hosts Whiskey Affair beginning at 6:00pm on State Pier, New Bedford and Yoga in the Park happens in the Rotch Duff Jones House garden, also at 6:00pm. Decide which you need more!

Gluten-Free Brazilians

SATURDAY, AUG. 12 – Here’s something new: Seabra Supermarket at 41 Rockdale Avenue, NB hosts a Gluten-Free tasting hosted by Brazilian Crepe from 1:00-3:00pm. In case that doesn’t register, they write, “Gluten-Free / Lactose-Free / Sugar-Free / No Preservatives / Nut-Free / Soy-Free / Peanut-Free / Sodium-Free / Vegan / Paleo.” So there!


SATURDAY, Aug. 12 – Cuttyhunk Ferry Company and CARE, Southcoast team up for “Sail with CARE” – a fundraising cruise to benefit the animal rescue shelter. Pull away from the dock at 66 State Pier, NB at 5:45pm and expect raffles, a cash bar, the sunset and music by Carlin Tripp (a treat!). Get $35.00 tickets here.

Funny Please at the Moose

SATURDAY, AUG. 12 – The performance art and comedy troupe, Funny Please celebrates their first anniversary with a show tonight at the Moose Lodge 914, 119 Rockdale Avenue, NB from 9:00-11:00pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Get a Funny Please preview at their website.

Finest Kind: The New Bedford Fishing Industry

SUNDAY, AUG. 13 – Here’s a big event that invites us all to show some pride in #newbedfordseafood: The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center presents the world premiere of “Finest Kind: The New Bedford Fishing Industry” tonight at 7:00pm. The screening will be held at Greasy Luck Brewery located at 791 Purchase Street, NB. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to purchase a meal before the screening. The film will begin at 7:00pm followed by a facilitated discussion with some of those featured in the film and director Kevin Kertscher. The screening is presented free of charge. Free parking is available on the street. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

A year in the making, this original documentary was produced by the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center itself. Written and directed by Kevin Kertscher of Big Ocean Media, the film interweaves interviews, historic and contemporary footage, and photographs to provide a sense of the rich history and culture of the New Bedford/Fairhaven fishing industry. The expression “Finest Kind” was commonly used in New England fishing communities to mean “the best”. We agree!

Steven Froias