About Last Night (in New Bedford)

Too often, we wake up to headlines detailing the assorted foolishness of the night before that is the unfortunate result of the human condition. You know, what knucklehead crashed their car or got themselves into a scrape with the law, or worse.

So, here’s what happened last night and yesterday in New Bedford that are the real headlines this morning:


A visit by President Barack Obama’s White House photographer, Pete Souza to the New Bedford Art Museum, where a selection of his images officially opens during AHA! New Bedford on Thursday, April 11.

Photo courtesy Mayor Jon Mitchell:A pleasure to welcome @petesouza back to #NewBedford for his exhibit of photos from the Obama White House at the New Bedford Art Museum. (Pete was born in New Bedford and grew up in Dartmouth.) Check out the terrific exhibit of historic photos, which opens next Thursday.”

X marks YOU

A multi-artist Opening Reception for “It’s All About Me” at Gallery X on William Street. The self-portrait exhibit drew artists from throughout the region to this city.

Photo by Beatriz Oliveira, Beatriz & Company, at Gallery X: “Love when my worlds collide in magical ways. Art, family, rewarding work, neighborhood awesomeness, good food, laughter, love.”

All Sorts in the South End

A solo opening for Mark “Maki” Carvalho in the south end at Winston Gallery at Kilburn Mill Studios that was a smash. (Maki is a New Bedford original, so it was nice to overhear Providence’s AS220 co-founder, Umberto Crenca walk in and exclaim, “This guy’s work is incredible!”)

Photo by New Bedford Now, at Kilburn Mill Studios: “ This guy’s work is incredible!” – AS220 co-founder Umberto Crenca

W. Kamau Bell On Stage at the Z

Back downtown, the New Bedford Lyceum welcomed W. Kamau Bell to the Zeiterion stage for its annual lecture and discussion. It was fun and provocative – just the sort of Saturday night you hope to enjoy! And, the result of a lot of dedicated effort by fine folks to create a memorable evening for all.

Photo courtesy John Vasconcellos, President Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, at the New Bedford Lyceum: “Great partners in the New Bedford Lyceum. W. Kamau Bell was great. Provocative, humorous, thoughtful, compassionate and deeply honest.”

No doubt many of you either attended one or more of these events. Or found other means of entertainment for yourselves.

Because that’s what city life is all about – and there’s no question New Bedford is seizing the mantle of preeminent urbanity in the region. 

It’s making headlines!