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New Bedford Feminist Reading Group

SATURDAY, FEB. 11: The New Bedford Feminist Reading Group meets at 3:00 p.m. today right here at Groundwork! It is organized by performance artist Andy Anello and run by members – which can include you! All are welcome to attend. Today, the group will be discussing “Persepolis.” Also, the next month’s reading choice will be announced.

24-Hour Plays

SATURDAY, FEB. 11: The Collective NB kicks off their second theatrical season tonight with one of their signature 24-Hour Projects. “You’ll get to see four brand new shows that have been written, cast, and rehearsed in all under 24 hours,” they explain. There are two chances to see the show. A normal run at 7:00pm and then a “stumble through” at 9:00 pm – “…and we never know what’s going to happen at a stumble through,” they tease. Performances take place at Gallery X (169 William Street, NB). $10 suggested donation, BYOB. Email the Collective NB your name and number of guests, and which show (the 7:00 or 9:00) you’d like to attend at to reserve your seats.

Queen(s) of Heart

SATURDAY, FEB. 11 – The Queens of the SouthCoast return to the Panthers Club just in time for Valentine’s Day tonight with a new drag show, “EX’s & HO’s – A Valentine’s Extravaganza!” Hosted by Crystal Diamonds and Jaihla Rhodes and featuring BadGal Rocky, Ivanna Riggie and a surprise guest. “As humans, we all have that special someone we love to adore, love to hate or maybe, just love to date! Either way… everybody say LOVE!” the Queens write. Doors open at 8:00pm; show time is 9:00pm; admission is $15 at the door. The Panthers Social and Athletic Club is located at 43 Madeira Avenue in the city’s north end.

An Amazing Man

SUNDAY, FEB. 12: He’s “an example of somebody who’s doing an amazing job and is being recognized more and more.” Okay – enough of that. The 17th Annual Frederick Douglass Community Read-a-thon begins today at 2:00pm. As in years past this event takes place at the First Unitarian Church in New Bedford. Abolitionist and freedom-seeker Douglass found a home and welcoming community here in the city – back in 1838. Today, members of the NB Historical Society and community members will read the Narrative of Frederick Douglass. It’s going to be huge! Maybe the best reading ever. Find out more here.

Groundwork! Flicks

BONUS: Join us here at Groundwork! for movie night this WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15 as we screen “Sustaining Sea Scallops,” by UnderCurrent Productions. The filmmakers, Elise Hugus and Daniel Cojanu, will be on hand afterwards for a Q & A. Showtime is 6:30pm; free and open to the public. Read more about Groundwork! Flicks here.

Steven Froias