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Your Weekend: Illuminati, Rt. 18 a speakeasy and more…

Rt. 18 has a sound

FRIDAY, OCT. 20 – Bruce Springsteen can have Rt. 9 – we’ve got Rt. 18! Tonight, Rt. 18 the band play Knuckle Heads (85 MacArthur Dr., NB).  “We will be playing your favorite ‘80s, ‘90s, Pop Rock, Alternative, Dance and Country at Knuckle Heads Bar & Grill on Friday, October 20th starting at 9pm! We’ll see you there,” they write. Yeah – they’re sprung from cages, too…

The Illuminati want you

SATURDAY, OCT. 21 – Freemason Lodges across Massachusetts throw open their doors today for tours and possible membership –  including New Bedford’s own Masonic Lodge at County and Unions Streets. It ain’t easy to enter – this being a super-secret millennium-or-so-old group. Register for a chance to tour area Lodges (Fairhaven’s rocks) at this link – and learn (a bit) more about Freemasonry while you’re there.

Thou Shalt Knot

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 – Only in New Bedford at the world-famous Whaling Museum would you find something like this – a day-long symposium on the art of tying knots! Thou Shalt Knot: A Symposium on Knotting Matters will tie you up from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. – but it will as much fun as you’ll ever have with rope – without a brass bed in the room. Join experts from the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT), and the Melville Society Cultural Project (MSCP) for “Thou Shalt Knot: A Symposium on Knotting Matters.” The symposium at the Whaling Museum coincides with the Museum’s exhibition “Thou Shalt Knot: Clifford W. Ashley” and explores the practical, cultural and literary aspects of knots. Cost to attend the “Thou Shalt Knot” symposium is $25 for Whaling Museum members and $35 for non-members. To register call 508-997-0046 ext.100 or visit

24 Hour Halloween Project

SATURDAY, OCT. 21 – The Collective NB holds a Halloween version of their popular 24-hour projects this evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Halloween 24 Hour Project – with Costume Contest – invites you to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve by getting scary with the theatrical troupe. Tickets are $10, first show is at 7:00 and the ever-slurry stumble through will be at 9:00. Doors at 6:30 and 8:30 respectively. All plays will be written, produced, and performed within 24 hrs. Come in costume to either show and have the chance to win a prize. All costumes will be judged by the cast and crew so put on your best one and head on down to Gallery X located at 169 William Street, NB. Make a reservation at “Tell us what show you’d like to attend and how many people are in your party and get two free raffle tickets,” Collective writes.


SATURDAY, OCT. 21 – NB-AGLY (New Bedford Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Youth) hosts a Halloween Dance tonight at the First Unitarian Church (71 8th Street, NB) from 7:00-10:00 p.m. It’s for young adults aged 14-24 only – with free pizza and snacks!

Break out the cowboy boots…

SUNDAY, OCT. 22 – Who doesn’t need more Country Line Dancing in their life? VFW Poirier Post at 281 Appleton Street provides today with the 5th Annual Country Line Dancing Hoedown from 1:00-5:00 p.m. It’s not only fun – but a benefit for the terrific group, Mercy Meals and More. Tickets are $10, and the hoedown features the local award winning country band, South County Line and Caroline Burns from Adam Levine’s Team on NBC’s, The Voice, Season 10.

Sunday Speakeasy

SUNDAY, OCT. 22 – It’s back to Gallery X for another special event: Sunday Speakeasy. The Moldy Suitcases and The Hot Club Cheese Roll will perform music inspired by the sounds of the first half of the 20th century. Doors open at 3; music starts at 3:30. $5 suggested donation and bonus merch from either/both bands for donations above and beyond, they let us know. Get a taste of Hot Club Cheese Roll below, performing the jazz standard, “Confessin.”

Steven Froias