2015 TEDx New Bedford Conference: unbound
(New Bedford, MA) – The national phenomenon of TED Talks comes to New Bedford for a day-long conference on Friday, November 6 from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. Nationally, TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or less. Locally, independently run TEDx events help harness the power of ideas to change lives within communities. This inaugural TEDx conference will feature 14 regional and national speakers who will share their inspirational stories around the theme of “unbound” to demonstrate what can happen when a person dares to explore beyond limiting beliefs. Tickets for 2015 TEDx New Bedford Conference: uNBound start at $22.50 and are available online at www.zeiterion.org, by calling The Z Box Office at (508) 994-2900.
TEDx New Bedford: uNBound brings together thinkers, innovators, artists, health professionals and entertainers representing such diverse fields as technology, education, health, community engagement, education, finances and human potential to share their stories of transformation. “TEDx New Bedford is as much about the attendees as it is the speakers. It’s our sincere hope people will take the ideas presented and use them as a catalyst for change in their communities,” says TEDx New Bedford organizer Dolores Hirschmann.
Conference speakers include Joshua Encarnacion, a Springfield native who overcame a host of obstacles to become one of UMass Dartmouth’s finest students. As a Student Trustee and Class President, he raised $25,000 to endow a UMD scholarship and was named “Governor’s 29 Who Shine.” After his 2014 graduation, he accepted a prestigious position at Google.
Other speakers include Fabienne Fredrickson who runs one of INC. Magazine’s fastest growing private companies where she mentors thousands of clients to implement a no-excuse approach to growing and playing a bigger game. She is joined by Cape Cod climate activist Jay O’Hara who has received national attention for his bold action stopping the burning of fossil fuels; Dr. Michael Rocha a cardiologist with Hawthorn Medical Associates, LLC and Director of Heart Failure Services at New Bedford’s St. Luke’s Hospital where he is working to change to the perception from Heart Failure to Heart Wellness; Eric Jackson, Chief Innovation Officer for Gap International; and Mona Patel, CEO & Founder of Motivate Design, who wrote “Reframe: Shift the Way you Work, Innovate and Think,” about eight‐step creative process that helps companies innovate and design simple, beautiful experiences.
For a full list of speakers please visit www.tedxnewbedford.com.
TED was founded in 1984; the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. The annual TED conference brings together some of the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created a program called TEDx where x = independently organized.
Tickets to the 2015 TEDx New Bedford: uNBound Conference on Friday, November 6 from 1:00p.m. to 8:00pm start at $22/50 and are available by phone at 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday- Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.
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About TEDx New Bedford http://tedxnewbedford.com/
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self- organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self- organized. TEDxNewBedford is operated under license from TED.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman. TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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“HOME: Samantha Johnson in Concert!”
(New Bedford) – Experience the voice that has the nation buzzing when The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center proudly welcomes Samantha Johnson back to New Bedford with a fully-staged production of “HOME: Samantha Johnson in Concert!” on Friday, October 30 at 8PM! She will perform her hit songs from NBC’s America’s Got Talent, personal favorites and original music along with a stellar eight-piece band. Join her as she shares her musical journey, which began in New Bedford, took her around the globe and landed her on national television. Tickets from $9 to $35 go on sale to the public Friday, October 2 at 10AM will be available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. Tickets for a post-show meet and greet are sold separately.
“We are thrilled to present Samantha in concert at The Zeiterion,” says Rosemary Gill, Executive Director. She continued, “Samantha is a gifted performer who embraces her New Bedford roots. When we approached her with the idea for a show, she embraced the concept wholeheartedly. She’s a natural producer! Samantha is creating a show that will bring together an amazingly talented group of musicians and singers to create a concert that celebrates her music, her family and her hometown.”
Samantha Johnson fell in love with music at the age of four, singing along with her favorite movies and picking up her mother’s flute for the first time. She studied the flute classically and went on to place among the top flautists in the state and country. At the age of 16 she played her first leading role as Dorothy in New Bedford High School’s “Wizard of Oz.” Since then she has appeared in productions with Fall River Little Theatre, BCC Theatre Co., Reagal Music Theatre, Palace Theatre and the New Bedford Festival Theatre. Samantha was the Normandin Middle School Drama Club Director from 2007-2010.
In 2011, she was cast in the West End Production of “Thriller Live” and toured from the UK to Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Australia.
This year, Samantha 26, placed as a semi-finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. She gave four performances over several episodes, and they all received standing ovations from the judges. Neil Patrick Harris called her “Hypnotic!” while Howie Mandel and Mel B lauded her as “a superstar.”
Samantha is currently writing and recording her Debut EP which will be released early 2016.
Tickets to “HOME: Samantha Johnson in Concert” range from $9-$35 and are available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.
Samantha Johnson’s appearance at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is part of the 2015/16 “Stories Untold” season. From September through May, this collection of 50 theater, music, comedy and dance performances will present tales told in many ways – from nationally syndicated NPR radio storytelling hour, “The Moth,” to classic tales told through dance with The Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Cinderella” and Arlo Guthrie’s fantastically woven yarn that led to the classic song and album, “Alice’s Restaurant.”
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Piaf! Le Spectacle – Celebrating the music of Edith Piaf for her 100th birthday
(New Bedford, MA) – The legendary singer Edith Piaf was France’s ultimate diva, whose music constitutes a sacred part of French musical heritage. Her life and iconic songs are celebrated when the world-tour of “Piaf! Le Spectacle,” starring the incomparable Anne Carrere, comes to The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 25 at 2PM. Along with four musicians (pianist, accordionist, percussionist and contrabassist), Carrere takes audiences on a journey through the streets of Montmatre during the time of “La Vie en Rose,” sharing the amazing story of the life and career of Edith Piaf through hit songs like “Je Ne Regrette Rien” and “Padam, Padam.” Tickets for “Piaf! Le Spectacle” are from $39 to $49 and available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.
Edith Piaf, also known as “The Little Sparrow,” had one of the most distinctive singing voices in history – and vocalist Anne Carrere embodies that signature sound. This young French vocalist faithfully recreates the power and passion of Edith at her height of fame. Times Square Chronicles says,” Ms. Carrere singing is as close as you can get to Piaf. Once every few years an international star steps on the American Stage and becomes a sensation such as Charles Aznavour, Julio Iglesias and hope soon it will be Anne Carrere.”
In addition to both authentic voice and music, “Piaf! Le Spectacle” goes beyond stage décor to recreate the feeling of Paris in the 1940s. The experience is enriched with images of Edith Piaf, and the English translations of her melodic story telling. Previously unreleased, these candid shots are projected onto the background, invoking the feel of the French capital of the Edith Piaf era.
Edith Piaf became an icon of France during World War II. She was born in Paris in 1915, and rose to international stardom in the 1940s as a symbol of French passion and tenacity. Of her many ballads, “La Vie en Rose” is remembered as her signature song. Her music was often autobiographical, and her specialties were chansons and ballads particularly of love, loss and sorrow. Among her most well-known songs are “La Vie En Rose” (1946), “Hymne a L’Amour” (1949), “l’Accordéoniste” (1955. She died in France in 1963.
Tickets to “Piaf! Le Spectacle” are $39-49 and available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.
“Piaf! Le Spectacle” at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is part of the 2015/16 “Stories Untold” season. From September through May, this collection of 50 theater, music, comedy and dance performances will present tales told in many ways – from nationally syndicated NPR radio storytelling hour, “The Moth,” to classic tales told through dance with The Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Cinderella” and Arlo Guthrie’s fantastically woven yarn that led to the classic song and album, “Alice’s Restaurant.”
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COLIN QUINN LIVE: Based on the Hit Off-Broadway Show ‘The New York Story’
Written and performed by Colin Quinn; Directed by Jerry Seinfeld
(New Bedford, MA) – Wise-cracking comedian Colin Quinn brings his critically acclaimed off-Broadway show “The New York Story” to The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 10 at 8:00pm, between two sold-out runs at New York’s The Cherry Hill Theater. Directed by Jerry Seinfeld, this is one-man production stars comedian Colin Quinn waxing nostalgic about his hometown, from its modest beginnings as Dutch outpost to the hipsters of modern Williamsburg – all mixed with his signature stand-up comedy. “COLIN QUINN LIVE: Based on the Hit Off-Broadway Show ‘The New York Story’” is one night only on Saturday, October 10 at The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Tickets from $29 to $45 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.
A native of Brooklyn, Quinn began his stand-up career in New York as a regular on the comedy club circuit where his affable perspective and everyman appeal won him a devoted following. He made his television debut as co-host of MTV’s popular game show Remote Control. In 1995, Quinn landed a spot on the legendary late-night show Saturday Night Live, where he entertained audiences for five seasons with his writing and unforgettable characters before stepping in as anchor for SNL’s popular Weekend Update segment.
After SNL, Quinn tackled societal issues on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, in which he served as the show’s host, creator and executive producer. He’s performed in comedic films, including A Night at the Roxbury, Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups and most recently as Amy Schumer’s father in the 2015 hit comedy Trainwreck.
In addition to television and film, Colin has conquered the New York stage. He starred in the hit Broadway show “Colin Quinn Long Story Short” at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Directed by Jerry Seinfeld, the show was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and was nominated for an Emmy as a HBO special in 2011. His fifth one-man show, The New York Story, also directed by Seinfeld, played to sold-out houses this summer and will return for a second run later this fall.
Comedy Central named Quinn one of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all-time. NY1 praised this articulate comic as “infused with plenty of witty insights…even wisdom,” while the New York Times declared Quinn has a “knack for reducing the world’s intractable macro problems to matters of micro-egoism and macho one-upmanship.”
Tickets to “Colin Quinn Live: Based on the Hit Off-Broadway Show ‘The New York Story’” are $29-45 and available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.
Quinn’s appearance at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is part of the 2015/16 “Stories Untold” season. From September through May, this collection of 50 theater, music, comedy and dance performances will present tales told in many ways – from nationally syndicated NPR radio storytelling hour, “The Moth,” to classic tales told through dance with The Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Cinderella” and Arlo Guthrie’s fantastically woven yarn that led to the classic song and album, “Alice’s Restaurant.”
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“Critics Pick! Full of Nostalgia from gritty old New York.” The New York Times
“Critics Pick! Four Stars!” Time Out New York
“New York Witty. ‘New York Story’ is his best work yet!” New York Post
“Totally Hilarious!” No one is spared from Quinn’s dexterous mixture of mockery and admiration.” Theatermania
“Comic Genius!” Huffington Post
The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 2015/16 Season Opens with
FAREWELL SOLO WORLD TOUR with special guest Melissa Ferrick
(New Bedford, MA) – The legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist Joan Armatrading arrives at The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Friday, September 25, 8PM on the second leg of her first solo and last major world tour. The British Grammy-winner, best known for global hits like “Love and Affection” and “Me Myself I,” performs a two hour concert that shares the highlights of her extensive career. The set also includes an intimate photo montage, narrated by Armatrading herself, which beautifully captures her career in pictures. Tickets start at $35 and are available online at www.zeiterion.org, by calling The Zeiterion Box Office at (508) 994-2900.
One of the world’s most prolific songwriters and musicians, Joan Armatrading has released over 20 acclaimed albums and received three Grammy nominations. She sees the occasion of her extended final world tour as an opportunity to connect with her passionate, fiercely loyal international fan base in an intimate and personal manner. Joan says, “I will never retire but this will be the last major tour that I will undertake. I have absolutely enjoyed the last 42 years of performances but now, with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience.”
Armatrading promises that the performances will feature material encompassing her entire storied career, which spans more than four decades. Her body of work has established Armatrading as one of the world’s most respected and influential singer-songwriters, possessing a distinctly expressive voice as well as a rare gift for merging resonant lyrical insight with sublime melodic craft.
This world tour is a historic event for Armatrading in more ways than one. In addition to being her farewell to the touring circuit, these concerts will mark the first time that she has toured as a solo performer, accompanying herself on guitar and piano without the aid of other musicians.
“I want it to be a special one-to-one experience,” Armatrading states. “So for the first time, these concerts will be me solo on stage playing and singing. These will be lively interactive concerts, because I will be asking the audience to put their questions to me on the night.”
Opening for Joan is Melissa Ferrick, alternative-folk singer songwriter from Ipswich who combines the emotional honesty of her lyrics, the force of her vocal delivery and the disciplined fury of her musicianship for a moving concert experience.
Tickets to see Joan Armatrading on Friday, September 25, 8pm are available by phone at 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance. For more information and a complete listing of shows, visit www.zeiterion.org.
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Reviews of Joan Armatrading’s World Wide Solo Tour
“The veteran performer didn’t just take to the stage, she owned it!” The Argus (Brighton, England)
“The adulation was beyond amazing. She is a woman of substance…” California’s Monterey Herald
“…gentle and forceful, thoughtful and soaring. She knows how to softly and deftly strike a song’s emotional core.” New York City’s Village Voice
The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center Presents
“STORIES UNTOLD: 2015-16 SEASON”
(New Bedford, MA) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center announces Stories Untold: The 2015-16 Season. This collection of 50 theater, music, comedy, and dance performances presents tales told in many ways – from nationally syndicated NPR radio story-telling hour, The Moth, to classic tales told through dance with The Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Cinderella” and Arlo Guthrie’s fantastically woven yarn that led to the classic song and album, “Alice’s Restaurant.” Tickets to all shows are on-sale to the general public Friday, August 21 at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at The Z Box Office, 659 Purchase Street, New Bedford.
The 2015-16 season begins September 25 with award-winning U.K. singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading. This performance is part of her world tour – her first as a solo performer, as well as her last major tour. Also appearing this fall, wise cracking comedian, Saturday Night Live alum and star of Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck,” Colin Quinn, Grammy-award winning guitarist Peter Frampton, the first New Bedford Ted Talks Tedx Conference, the national tour of “Flashdance The Musical” and Broadway royalty Alan Cumming in “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.”
The season continues with the first area performance by the renowned Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, New Orleans virtuoso Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Jasmin Guy in the story of Harlem’s renaissance “Raisin’ Cane,” Los Angeles dance company Body Traffic, “A Night with Janis Joplin” starring the original Broadway performer Mary Bridget Davies, comedian Joy Behar and so much more.
“Many stories you’ll hear this season are told on-stage by these exceptional performing artists, but we believe that the best stories come from the audience,” explains Rosemary Gill, Executive Director. “This season celebrates stories, and throughout the year, we’ll collect and share compelling narratives like love blossoming on a first date or of rediscovering ethnic heritage and pride at a Fado performance.” Do you have a story to share about you and The Z? Everyone is invited to tell their stories at email@example.com.
Tickets for shows in the Stories Untold: The 2015-16 Season are available by phone at 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.
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THE ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 2015-16 SEASON LINE-UP
|ERIN RUBICO & MATT BAN – Stage Door Live||THU||9/24/2016|
|REBECCA CORREIA – Stage Door Live!||THU||10/15/2015|
|PIAF! LE SPECTACLE||SUN||10/25/2015|
|CAFÉ SOCIETY: PIAF POST-PARTY!*||SUN||10/25/2015|
|HALLOWEEN MOVIE SPOOKATHON||SAT||10/31/2015|
|NOSFERATU – SILENT MOVIE||SAT||10/31/2015|
|ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW||SAT||10/31/2015|
|TEDx NEW BEDFORD||FRI||11/6/2015|
|THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE!||SAT||11/7/2015|
|KAT EDMONSON – Stage Door Live!||THU||11/12/2015|
|WIZARD OF OZ SING-A-LONG Movie||SUN||11/15/2015|
|FLASHDANCE The Musical||FRI||11/27/2015|
|FANCY NANCY SPLENDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS||SAT||11/28/2015|
|TANIA DASILVA – Stage Door Live!||THU||12/10/2015|
|CHRISTMAS CAROL – Matinee||SAT||12/12/2015|
|A CHRISTMAS CELTIC SOJOURN||THU||12/17/2015|
|NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH at the Whaling Museum||THU||12/31/2016|
|SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER The Musical||SUN||1/17/2016|
|RAISIN’ CANE starring JASMINE GUY||FRI||2/5/2016|
|THE MOTH MAINSTAGE||TUE||2/9/2016|
|A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN||FRI||2/26/2016|
|BOSTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS||SUN||3/6/2016|
|OUT OF BOUNDS||WED||3/9/2016|
|BOHEMIAN QUARTET – Stage Door Live!||THU||3/10/2016|
|A ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELTIC SOJOURN||FRI||3/18/2016|
|THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES||SUN||3/20/2016|
|ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN||TUE||4/5/2016|
|20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA||SUN||4/10/2016|
|DOO WOP 12||SAT||4/16/2016|
|KENNY BARRON – Stage Door Live!||THU||4/28/2016|
|WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE||FRI||4/29/2016|
|WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE||SAT||4/30/2016|
|WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE||SAT||4/30/2016|
|U.S. COAST GUARD BAND – Free||SUN||5/1/2016|
|PAUL RISHELL & ANNIE RAINES – Stage Door Live!||THU||5/5/2016|
|MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET – Cinderella||FRI||5/6/2016|
|THE GLASS CASTLE||THU||5/19/2016|
|MARIACHI SOL DE MEXICO||SAT||5/21/2016|
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