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Ready for its close-up

SATURDAY, JULY 8 – The Strand Theatre at 1157 Acushnet Avenue, NB is both historic and infamous. Historic as one the city’s fabled theaters of old that’s still intact with stage, proscenium, balcony and sculpted ceiling – though all are in need of restoration. Infamous in that, renamed the Center, it was a porn cinema for many years. Into the future, it’s putting the past to rest as the Cape Verdean Cultural Center. Today, you’re invited to come and inside and photograph the history, however, during the Strand Theater Photography Workshop hosted by the Cape Verdean Association and Vanishing New England. $25 is the ticket; three hours is your shooting time (11:30am – 2:30pm) and Photographers Bryan Buckley and Brooks Angelini will be on site to answer questions and help with photography.

NB Folk Festival

SATURDAY, JULY 8 & SUNDAY, JULY 9 – You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that the weekend after the 4th of July sees the amazing New Bedford Folk Festival blowin’ in the wind downtown NB.  See the entire line-up of venues and musicians on their website.

Brush up your Shakespeare

SATURDAY, JULY 8 – Thespians wanted – for a first-ever performance of Shakespeare in the Park – Buttonwood Park! The Glass Horse Theater Project is holding auditions today from 3:00-8:00pm at GalleryX (169 William Street, NB) for Romeo & Juliet If you feel you have what it takes, here’s what you need to do: prepare two dramatic monologues (no more than two minutes each; they do not need to be memorized), one contemporary and one in Shakespearean verse. Monologues from the show ARE allowed.Callbacks will be AS NEEDED and will be held SAME NIGHT, from 6pm to 8pm. The play will be performed Sept. 16 in Buttonwood Park at 3:00pm. Questions? Send them to

How sweet it is

SUNDAY, JULY 9 – It’s Dorothy Cox Free Chocolate Night at the New Bedford Baysox game at Paul Walsh Field. Do we really need to write anything else but Free Chocolate…? (Maybe the following: game-time starts at 6:30pm. Tickets are only $5; 16 and under $3) The field is at 328 Parker Street, NB) See the entire Baysox baseball schedule here.

Provincetown under the lens

TUESDAY, JULY 11 – Al Kaplan’s Provincetown, an exhibit of photographs documenting the town at the tip of the Cape, opens tonight at the New Bedford Free Public Library, main branch downtown at 613 Pleasant Street. Kaplan caught the seaside Bohemia in all its glory when activists, artists, and the LGBTQ community made it their own during the turbulent 1960s. At 7:00pm tonight, Brett Sokol — a Miami-based arts journalist, contributing writer for the New York Times, and the editor of a book collecting Kaplan’s Provincetown photos, There Was Always a Place to Crash — will give a gallery talk spotlighting Kaplan’s work.

Preservation Road Trip

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 – The South Coast region meeting of Preservation Massachusetts’ Cruising the Commonwealth Tour is being held in the New Bedford Free Public Library, main branch downtown, in the 3rd Floor Meeting Room today from 10:00am-12noon. Cruising the Commonwealth is a series of 8-9 meetings across the state, hearing directly from local partners, organizations and individuals about issues, needs, thoughts, challenges, wishes, successes and ideas for the future related to historic preservation. Your input is wanted! See more here.

Steven Froias