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THE ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMER DAVE MASON’S ALONE TOGETHER AGAIN TOUR, JULY 11, 8PM

(NEW BEDFORD, MA) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center‘s Summer Sizzle Series continues when Dave Mason, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary rock band Traffic, hits the stage with his Alone Together Again Tour on Tuesday, July 11, at 8:00 p.m. Along with his band, he performs his 1970 debut solo album, “Alone Together” in its entirety including hits like “Feelin’Alright,” “All Along the Watchtower” and “Dear Mr. Fantasy.” Tickets range from $29.50 to $45.50 and can be purchased by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or at the Zeiterion Box Office at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford. Group sales are available for 10 tickets or more, which can be purchased by calling 508-997-5664 x123.

This is a tour Dave has wanted to do for quite some time stating, “‘Alone Together’ was an important album for me and I still love those songs.”  Fans can expect to hear Dave and his band members Johnne Sambataro (guitar, vocals), Alvino Bennett (drums), and Tony Patler (keyboards), play the “Alone Together” classics along with a great selection of hits from his illustrious career. Photos and firsthand autobiographical commentary complement the music.

Mason founded Traffic with Steve Winwood in 1967 while both were still teenagers, and created music that would find its way into the hearts of generations of music lovers. In those early days, he penned the Traffic hit “Feelin’ Alright.” It became a global rock anthem and has been recorded by dozens of artists including Joe Cocker.

After extensive touring with Traffic throughout the UK and Europe, Mason headed for the U.S. to pursue a solo career and achieved gold-album status with his million-selling debut solo, “Alone Together.” It was known for its psychedelic marbleized vinyl and the hits “Only You Know and I Know,” “World in Changes” and “Shouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave.”

His album, “Let It Flow” (1977) sold millions of copies features the hit, “We Just Disagree” Mason’s guitar work can be heard on landmark albums and songs such as the Rolling Stones’ “Beggars Banquet,” George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass,” Paul McCartney’s “Listen to What the Man Said” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland.”  Hendrix’s rock standard, “All Along the Watchtower” features Dave playing the acoustic guitars before Hendrix’s soaring entrance onto the track.

Dave Mason’s work and career remain linked with rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Leon Russell, and Mama Cass Elliot, among others.

Dave Mason’s career spans several rock eras and encompasses his work as a producer, performer, songwriter and guitarist. In 2004, Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with Traffic.

Mason is also involved in the program he co-founded, Work Vessels for Veterans, an all-volunteer movement that provides veterans with the tools they need to transition to civilian work.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains. Tickets 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, Mass. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 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 PRESENTS

GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS AS PART OF THE U.S. “ROCK PARTY TOUR” TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 8PM

“George is still ‘Bad to the Bone’ and he’s never let go of the true spirit of rock ’n roll!” – L.A. Daily News

“Thorogood is a guitar-blazing revivalist whose enthusiasm and showmanship make the music fresh” – Baltimore Sun

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center gets ready to rock for the arrival of legendary musicians George Thorogood and the Destroyers on Tuesday, June 6, at 8:00 p.m. The band, known for classics such as “Bad to the Bone” and “Who Do You Love,” is currently traveling the country as part of their “Rock Party Tour.” Tickets range from $43.50 to $63.50 and can be purchased by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or at the Zeiterion Box Office at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford. Group sales are available for 10 tickets or more, which can be purchased by calling 508-997-5664 x123.

The “Rock Party Tour” promises to raise the bar, rock the house and tear off the roof like never before. Says George, “We play for a different audience every night, and that keeps it fresh.  There are people who’ve never seen us before, and we have to impress them. There are fans that keep coming back, and we want to surprise them.  This is my job,” he adds. “I’ve always loved it, and I love it now more than ever.”

With more than 40 years of touring and recording, 15 million albums sold, and 8,000 live shows, George and his longtime band – Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) – remain among the most relentless and relevant classic rock acts on tour today. The band has amassed a catalog of hits that includes “Who Do You Love,” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over,” “Get A Haircut,” and the anthemic, “Bad To The Bone.”  The band has released 16 studio albums – including six Gold and two Platinum discs on Rounder, EMI and Capitol – but it’s their powerhouse live performances that have made GT&D legendary.

The group is putting their talents to work by helping The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to help find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients, as they will be donating $1 from each ticket sale of their “Rock Party Tour” to LLS.

George is also working on a new solo album, which will be released on Rounder Records later this year.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains. Tickets 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, Mass. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 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 PRESENTS
AN EVENING WITH JACQUES PÉPIN, WITH WORLD-RENOWNED MASTER CHEF AND PBS PERSONALITY
SATURDAY, MAY 20, 8PM

“To say it was a joy to watch is a vast understatement.” – LA Weekly

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center welcomes distinguished French chef, television personality and prolific author Jacques Pépin to present his comprehensive culinary knowledge and insight on Saturday, May 20, at 8:00 p.m. The master chef, who won a Daytime Emmy® for his PBS series with Julia Child, will also offer a food demonstration with sous chef and daughter Claudine Pépin. Tickets range from $35 to $85 and can be purchased by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or at the Zeiterion Box Office at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford. Group sales are available for 10 tickets or more, which can be purchased by calling 508-997-5664 x123.

An Evening with Jacques Pépin will center on Mr. Pépin’s philosophy behind the perfect meal as he incorporates tales of his extensive career, perspectives on healthy eating, and preparing one’s table. Ms. Pépin will join her father on stage to help present his ideas, methods and skills in a live cooking demonstration featuring an eclectic ingredient list to reveal one of his most famous dishes. The evening will also include a Q & A session where Mr. Pépin will accept questions from the audience. Following the presentation, ticketholders who purchased the meet and greet will enjoy a post-performance reception with Mr. Pépin.

Mr. Pépin has published more than 25 cookbooks, hosted 14 highly acclaimed public television shows and taught millions of Americans – plus an entire generation of chefs – how to cook. His innovative approach to the kitchen begins with technique and ends with creation, believing that every meal should be a celebration. The success of his book, La Technique, prompted the launch of the acclaimed 1997 PBS series, The Complete Pépin, and it was followed by the Daytime Emmy® Award-winning Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home with Julia Child. Ms. Pépin has joined her father in three public television shows, including Jacques Pepin’s Kitchen: Cooking with Claudine, which have all received the notable James Beard Award.

Mr. Pépin was born in Bourg-en-Bresse, near Lyon, in France. His first exposure to cooking was as a child in his parents’ restaurant, Le Pelican. At age 13, he began his formal apprenticeship at the distinguished Grand Hotel de L’Europe in his hometown. He subsequently worked in Paris, training under Lucien Diat at the Plaza Athénée. From 1956 to 1958, Pépin was the personal chef to three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle. After moving to the U.S. in 1959, Mr. Pépin worked first at New York’s historic Le Pavillon restaurant, then served 10 years as director of research and new development for the Howard Johnson Company.

Mr. Pépin is the recipient of three of the French government’s highest honors: he is a Chevalier de L’Ordre National de la Legion d’ Honneur, Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1997) and a Chevalier de L’Ordre du Mérite Agricole (1992). The Dean of Special Programs at The French Culinary Institute (New York), he also is an adjunct faculty member at Boston University. He is a founder of The American Institute of Wine and Food, a member of the International Association of Cooking Professionals, and is on the board of trustees of James Beard Foundation. He and his wife Gloria live in Madison, Conn.

Claudine Pépin, Jacques daughter and co-star, has spent a great deal of time in the wine industry. She was the ’Brand Ambassador’ for Moet & Chandon and Dom Perignon Champagne in New York while also teaching food and wine pairing for both the French Culinary Institute and the Sommelier Society in New York. In 2002, Ms. Pépin was named “Woman of the Year” by the Academie Culinaire de France – Filiale des Etas Unis. She continues to appear with her father, and is the host of a series entitled The Zen of Taste that was filmed on location in Hong Kong.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains. Tickets 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, Mass. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 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 MAKES SUMMER SIZZLE WITH 7 HOT PERFORMANCES!

(New Bedford, Mass.) – Escape the summer heat with seven cool performances at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center June through August. From rock legends to folk favorites, this year’s “Summer Sizzle Series” includes: The B-52s on June 3, George Thorogood & The Destroyers on June 6, New Bedford Folk Festival on July 8 and 9, Dave Mason on July 11, New Bedford Festival Theatre’s My Fair Lady July 21 – 23 and July 27 – 30, Amos Lee on August 8, and The Magpie Salute on August 8. Tickets can be purchased by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or at the Zeiterion at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford. Group sales are available to select shows for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 508-997-5664 x123. More information is available at zeiterion.org.

Summer Sizzle Series 2017

 The B-52s
Saturday, June 3, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $47.50 / $57.50 / $67.50 / $77.50

Nearly 40 years and more than 20 million albums into their career, there’s no doubt as to why The B-52s remain one of rock music’s most beloved and enduring bands. From groundbreaking songs like “Rock Lobster” and “Private Idaho” to chart-topping hits like “Love Shack” and “Roam,” The B-52s’ unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time their music begins. As they take their party-music revolution into the 21st century, The B-52s show no signs of slowing down, serving up their own unique blend of music and showmanship to millions of fans around the world.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Tuesday, June 6, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $43.50 / $53.50 / $63.50

With more than 40 years of touring and recording, 15 million albums sold, and 8,000 live shows, George Thorogood and his longtime band remain among the most relentless classic rock acts on tour today. The band has amassed a catalog of hits that includes “Who Do You Love,” “I Drink Alone,” “Move It On Over,” “Get A Haircut,” and the anthemic, “Bad To The Bone.” They’ve released 16 studio albums – including six Gold and two Platinum discs – but it’s their powerhouse live performances that have made GT&D legendary. On their Rocky Party Tour 2017, they will be joined by special guest Moreland and Arbuckle, who were nominated for Blues Music Awards’ Rock Blues Album of the Year in 2017.

New Bedford Folk Festival
Saturday, July 8, & Sunday, July 9
Early Bird prices through June 23: Single Day $22.50 · Weekend $30 · Premium Pass $125 Prices starting June 24: Single Day $30 · Weekend $40 · Premium Pass $140

The New Bedford Folk Festival and The Z present two full days of the best in contemporary, Americana, traditional, blues and Celtic folk music. More than 50 artists will perform on seven stages throughout historic downtown New Bedford – ranging from the 1,200 seat Zeiterion Performing Arts Center to the intimacy of the “Meet the Performer” area. In addition to the musical performances, the festival offers activities that are free and open to the public, including: Family Fun Tent, Food Court & Bar and seven-block craft vendor marketplace.

Dave Mason
Tuesday, July 11, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50 / $37.50 / $45.50

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason returns to The Z to ignite audiences with his beloved rock masterpiece Alone Together, featuring fan favorites like “All Along the Watchtower” and “Feelin’ Alright.” His Alone Together Again Tour will include personal photos and stories to make one of rock n’ roll’s favorite albums come alive in a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Best known for his soulful voice and unsurpassed guitar playing, Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the group Traffic, and continues performing as a solo artist with sold-out shows all over the world. A quintessential rock star, Mason has collaborated with numerous members of music elite, including Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, and many more. He will be joined by special guests Don Dixon and Marti Jones on stage.

 New Bedford Festival Theatre’s My Fair Lady
July 21 – 23, July 27 – 30, various times
Tickets: $40 / $50 / $55

Broadway’s most honored musical, My Fair Lady was created by the celebrated musical team of Alan Jay Lerne and Frederick Loewe, directed by the legendary Moss Hart, and starred Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews. After a successful run on Broadway, the show and original stars, moved to London where they became the toast of two continents! Several years later Warner Brothers brought My Fair Lady to the screen starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn. The film won 10 Oscars, including Best Picture! Join Henry Higgins, Colonel Pickering and Eliza Doolittle for this beloved tale of love and transformation.

Amos Lee
Tuesday, August 1, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $39.50 / $49.50 / $59.50

Chart-topping folk-soul troubadour Amos Lee stops by The Z for a special one-night stand on his North American Summer tour. This Philadelphia-born former schoolteacher has toured with legendary artists like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, collaborated with Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, Alison Krauss, and Zac Brown Band. He’s just released his new single “Vaporize,” which indicates a distinct musical evolution for the critically acclaimed singer and songwriter. Driven by expansive production, elegant keys, and his unmistakable soulful delivery, the song immediately enchants and signals a bright new chapter for Lee.

The Magpie Salute
Tuesday, August 8, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $35 / $45 / $55

Rich Robinson, co-founding member of The Black Crowes, brings together two former Black Crowes bandmates – guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien – to create The Magpie Salute! The band instantly sold out its first performance at New York’s Gramercy Theatre in January 2017, and three subsequent dates were added and sold out within minutes. To create The Magpie Salute’s new sound, Rich and his ensemble have called upon their collective influences, from R&B, country and spirituals, to artists such as Sly Stone, Neil Young, and The Small Faces – a vast musical landscape which, at its core, is pure rock n’ roll. The band is comprised of writer/guitarist/vocalist Rich Robinson, guitarist Marc Ford, bassist Sven Pipien, drummer Joe Magistro, keyboardist Matt Slocum, and guitarist Nico Bereciartua. In addition, Rich has pulled together a fine cast of vocalists, including lead singer John Hogg (Hookah Brown, Moke), former Crowes singer Charity White, and background singers Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains. Tickets 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. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 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 PRESENTS ELECRIFYING CONTEMPORARY DANCE TROUPE

KEIGWIN + COMPANY

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 8PM

“Mr. Keigwin’s uninhibited embrace of the theatrical is itself a form of high art.” – The New York Times

(NEW BEDFORD, MA) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center welcomes Keigwin + Company, the refreshing dance troop known for its theatrical sensibility, wit and infusion of pop culture, on Saturday, May 13, at 8:00 p.m. Their performance, an amalgam of modern and ballet, will include an homage to Leonard Bernstein with two of his quintessential pieces. In addition, company founder and Artistic Director Larry Keigwin will offer a free community dance class called “Let’s Make a Dance” on May 13 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. RSVPs encouraged. Tickets for the evening dancer performance range from $27 to $47 and can be purchased by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or at the Zeiterion Box Office at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford. Group sales are available for 10 tickets or more, which can be purchased by calling 508-997-5664 x123.

Founded by Artistic Director Larry Keigwin, Keigwin + Company will honor what would be Bernstein’s 100th birthday with a dynamic program that showcases two of his most iconic works: “On the Waterfront” and “On the Town – Suite.” Originally commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra, Waterfront & Episodes combine the company’s virtuosity with Keigwin’s keen musicality.

The performance will also include audience favorite Love Songs (2006), a romantic and playful series of duets highlighting different aspects of love that unfolds to classics by Aretha Franklin, Roy Orbison, and Nina Simone. Keigwin + Company will round out their program with Portraits (2004), intimate solos that highlight Keigwin’s unique ability to showcase each dancer’s strengths and distinct personalities.

The free “Let’s Make a Dance” community workshop will be held on the morning of the performance, Saturday, May 13 at 9:30 a.m. Led the company’s Artistic Director, Larry Keigwin. participants will be guided through a choreographic process using games and improvisation. This workshop is open to dancers and non-dancers alike. Space is limited, so to reserve a  space participants are encouraged to  RSVP to acubellis@zeiterion.org, or on www.zeiterion.org.

Keigwin + Company was founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Larry Keigwin and premiered at Joyce Soho the same year. The company creates and presents Keigwin’s electrifying brand of contemporary dance that includes the acclaimed large-scale community project, Bolero, which has been commissioned in seven communities across the country, and Runaway (2008), a fashion-inspired choreographic ride, proclaimed “a thrilling coup d’theater” by James Wolcott of Vanity Fair.

Keigwin + Company celebrated their 10th Anniversary Season in 2013, which was generously supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Over the past decade, Keigwin + Company has presented performances throughout NYC and nationwide at venues including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Summerdance Santa Barbara, New York City Center, The Joyce Theater, the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival and many more.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains. Tickets 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, Mass. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 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 Presents the 22nd Annual New Bedford Folk Festival July 8-9, 2017

(New Bedford, MA) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents the 22nd Annual New Bedford Folk Festival on Saturday July 8 and Sunday July 9, 2017 with an impressive lineup of the best in contemporary, Americana, traditional, blues and Celtic folk music. Aoife O’Donovan, Patty Larkin, Susan Werner, Catie Curtis and a 2015 finalist on NBC-TVs the Voice, Joshua Davis are joined by Lucy Wainwright Roche, Ellis Paul, Bill Harley, Jim Kweskin, Vance Gilbert, The Nields and many more. The festival runs from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. both days and is located in the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center and throughout the 10 downtown city blocks that make up the Whaling National Historical Park in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Tickets ranging from day-passes to a full weekend VIP pass are $22.50-$140 and are available by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.newbedfordfolkfestival.org, or at the Zeiterion Box Office at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford.

The New Bedford Folk Festival presents 83 shows on 8 stages in and around the National Park that range from the 1200 seat Zeiterion Performing Arts Center to the intimacy of the “Meet the Performer” area.  Performers are presented in concerts and in the popular festival “workshops” which feature 3 or 4 performers or groups on stage at the same time in one-time, unique shows.  The festival also features a family performance and activity stage, an open mic stage and a high-quality crafts show with over eighty juried artisans. A food court features a variety of food vendors including the justifiably world famous New Bedford landed fish and scallops.

The New Bedford Folk Festival has been recognized as a “Critic’s Pick” and one of “New England’s Greatest Celebrations” by the Boston Globe. Yankee Magazine has selected the festival as an “Editor’s Choice.” Thousands of people from New England and across the nation attend the festival over the weekend, making it a major destination for this summer weekend. This year’s festival promises an exciting and memorable celebration which shows the city of New Bedford at its best.

The lineup of performers is: Anna and Elizabeth, Benoit Bourque and Antoine Pigeon-Bourque, Kevin Burke, Copley Street, J.P. Cormier, Catie Curtis, Jeff Davis, Joshua Davis, Yann Falquet and Pascal Gemme, David Francey, Vance Gilbert, Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes, Seth Glier, Jefferson Hamer, Ry Cavanaugh and Laura Cortese of Session Americana, Bill Harley, Winifred Horan, Joe Jencks, The Jeremiahs, David Jones, Pete and Maura Kennedy, Jim Kweskin, Patty Larkin,  New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus, The Nields, Aoife O’Donovan, Chris Pahud, Ellis Paul, Steven Pelland, Pete’s Posse, Dan Plews, Harvey Reid and Joyce Anderson, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen, Art Tebbetts, Hiroya Tsukamoto, and Susan Werner. All performers are subject to change.

Tickets range from $22.50 to $140 and are available at www.newbedfordfolkfestival.com, 508-994-2900, or in person at the Zeiterion Box Office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Monday-Wednesday and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Children under 12 are free.

New Bedford Folk Festival Community Partners include The City of New Bedford, the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The New Bedford Folk Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of New Bedford, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center unites with top Portuguese cultural organizations to create a weekend of Portuguese cultural celebration!

CONVIVER COM CARLOS DO CARMO
A FUNDRAISER WITH CARLOS DO CARMO
Friday, May 5, 7:30-10:00 p.m.

VIVA PORTUGAL! A DOWNTOWN FESTA at THE ZEITERION
Saturday, May 6, 1:00-7:45 p.m.

CARLOS DO CARMO IN CONCERT
Saturday, May 6, 8:00 p.m.

(New Bedford) –The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center and a coalition of Portuguese cultural organizations are proud to present a weekend of programming that will celebrate the art and culture of Portugal on May 6 and 7! It begins with a vibrant fundraiser “Conviver Com Carlos do Carmo” on Friday, May 5 from 7:30-10:00pm.  Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with Carlos do Carmo and enjoy Portuguese food and drinks. Tickets: $35. The celebration continues Saturday, May 6 with Viva Portugal, a downtown New Bedford “festa” or street fair, from 1:00-7:45 p.m. This free, family-friendly event will feature four city blocks, centered at the intersection of Purchase and Spring Streets, filled lively Portuguese culture and entertainment. As Viva Portugal winds down, audiences will transition inside the theater for a concert of Portuguese fado music by the Grammy-Lifetime Achievement award winning Fado performer, Carlos do Carmo at 8:00 p.m. Concert tickets: $35-$59. The Viva Portugal festa is free, and the tickets for the fado concert and fundraiser are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is located in New Bedford, the heart of the Southcoast’s Portuguese population. The area is also home to a host of Portuguese cultural organizations, all of whom produce events and programs that create a strong cultural identity for the area and its residents. 

“Last year, The Zeiterion united Portuguese cultural groups for the first time to create the tremendously successful inaugural Viva Portugal. This year, the group has grown even more robust! Along with The Zeiterion, these thirteen Viva Portugal partners are returning to continue this showcase of the best local and international Portuguese culture,” said Rosemary Gill. 

The festivities begin on Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. with a wine and cheese fundraiser “Conviver com Carlos do Carmo.” Guests will mingle with fado legend Carlos do Carmo, enjoy the music of Tres Primos, as well as a charming performance of a classic Carlos do Carmo songs by the students from The Discovery Language Academy. While there, guests can enter the raffle to win a trip to Portugal, courtesy of Azores Airlines and Sagres Vacations! Proceeds benefit the Discovery Language Academy and The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $35.

The next day, Saturday, May 6 from 1:00 to 7:45 p.m., Viva Portugal will return for a second year! This downtown New Bedford festa will showcase the food, performing arts and folkloric culture of Portugal. The streets around the Zeiterion will come alive with music, cooking demonstrations, art exhibits, roaming performers, parade floats, food vendors, café tables, whale boats, craft vendors, classic Portuguese decorations, and kid’s activities.

Viva Portugal highlights include:

  • Cooking demonstrations by Portuguese cooks including New Bedford Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro New Bedford Fire Chief Michael Gomes, and chef Kristen Davis.
  • Authentic music and dance of Portugal with Ilhas Brumas, Senza, Tres Primos and the Madeiran folkloric dance group Grupo Folclorico do Clube Madeirense S.S. Sacramento, among many others.
  • “The Best Sweetbread of the Southcoast Contest” where audiences will test samples and vote for their favorite bakery.
  • An exhibit and talk by award winning photographer Peter Pereira.
  • Classic Portuguese foods like caçoila and linguica sandwiches, malassadas, cod fish cakes, and favas provided by Portuguese food vendors Portu-galo, Tia Maria’s, Day of Portugal, Feast of the Blessed Sacrament and The Two Sisters.
  • A display of the Azorean whaleboat “Pico” by The Azorean Maritime Heritage Society.
  • Decorations and parade floats by Club Madeirense S.S. Sacremento, also known as “The Feast.”
  • A performance of excerpts from the book “Through a Portagee Gate” – an endearing tribute to a Portuguese immigrant cobbler, by actors from Bristol Community College and Culture Parkl

As the Viva Portugal festa concludes at 7:45 p.m., audiences will be ushered into The Zeiterion’s theater by a parade of folkloric dancers, to see the internationally-known fado legend Carlos do Carmo in concert at 8:00 p.m. With a 50-year career and millions of albums sold, this 77 year-old Fado performer was the first Portuguese artist to receive a Latin GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award. Tickets for the Carlos do Carmo concert start at $35.

The Viva Portugal partner groups include the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society, Club Madeirense S.S. Sacremento, Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford, House of the Azores of New England, New Bedford Day of Portugal, Portuguese United for Education, the Prince Henry Society of New Bedford, and Tagus Press, Center for Portuguese Studies, UMD, The Fishing Heritage Center, LuzoCentro of Bristol Community College, Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives at UMD. Additional partners include The City of New Bedford, and The New Bedford Whaling Museum.

“Viva Portugal,” a celebration of Portuguese art and culture, is a free event. Tickets for the “Conviver com Carlos do Carmo” fundraiser and “Carlos do Carmo in Concert” 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.

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 THE ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS TONY® AWARD-WINNING PRODUCTION OF PIPPIN, BROADWAY’S THRILLING MUSICAL, THURSDAY, MAY 4, 8PM

“Astonishing! A PIPPIN for the 21st Century” – The New York Times

“Everything you could dream of in a musical” – NY Daily News

(NEW BEDFORD, MA) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center has “magic to do, just for you” when the four-time Tony® Award-winning Pippin arrives on Thursday, May 4, at 8:00 p.m. Full of dazzling acrobatics, spectacular choreography and soaring songs, this revived musical about a young man’s journey to be extraordinary comes from the composer of Wicked and is directed by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. Tickets range from $47 to $57 and can be purchased by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or at the Zeiterion Box Office at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford. Group sales are available for 10 tickets or more, which can be purchased by calling 508-997-5664 x123.

The circus-inspired production won four 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, and was revered by both critics and audiences while on Broadway. It features an acrobatic troupe of performers who tell the story of Pippin, a young prince who longs to find passion and adventure in his life. As the son of King Charlemagne, he struggles to decide whether he should settle down and pursue a peaceful life or continue to make magic with the dazzling troupe of performers.

This captivating revival is directed by Tony-winner Diane Paulus (Hair and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), with music and lyrics from Stephen Schwartz (Wicked). It features choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts De La Main, also known as 7 Fingers.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains. Tickets 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, Mass. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 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 PRESENTS CENTER STAGE GALA SET AS A SWINGIN’ SINATRA SUPPER CLUB
SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 6PM
Third Annual Fundraising Event Introduces Paragon Award Honoring Deborah and Benjamin Baker

(New Bedford, Mass.) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center will transform into a swingin’ Sinatra Supper Club for its third annual fundraiser, the Center Stage Gala, on Saturday, April 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The glamorous evening will feature live entertainment from The Strictly Sinatra Band, dinner, dancing, open bar, silent auction, and the inaugural Paragon Award honoring first recipients Deborah and Benjamin Baker. Center Stage Gala tickets are $150 per person ($50 of each ticket is tax deductible) and benefits the non-profit Zeiterion Theatre. Tickets can be purchased by calling (508) 997-5664 x143, online, or at the Box Office at 684 Purchase Street. Space is limited, and sponsorship opportunities are available

The biggest fundraising event in the Zeiterion’s calendar, the third installment of the Center Stage Gala will transform the theatre into The Copa Room at The Sands Hotel. The stage will triple in size to transport patrons to a time when Sinatra and his Rat Pack pals reigned supreme on the Vegas circuit. The event raises critical funds that support The Z’s mission to entertain, educate, and inspire the community through the performing arts, while contributing to the cultural, social, and economic well-being of Greater New Bedford.

“The Z is a cultural cornerstone for New Bedford, and it’s important that the community have an opportunity to come together to celebrate and support it,” said Nicole Downing Merusi, Development Director, Zeiterion. “That’s what the annual gala is all about. Plus, it’s a really great party with lots of fun elements. Who doesn’t love a good excuse to get all dressed up and celebrate with friends?”

To acknowledge commitment to the Zeiterion and the community, the theatre will present the first-ever Paragon Award to Deborah and Benjamin Baker. Following the inaugural presentation, the award will henceforth be named in their honor to recognize The Bakers for dedicating their time, expertise, and resources to the Zeiterion for more than three decades.

“We are overjoyed to both name this Paragon Award for, and present it to, Deborah and Benjamin Baker,” said Rosemary Gill, Co-Executive Direction, Zeiterion. “They have been a pillar in the success of the Zeiterion. Their commitment, loyalty, and generosity embody the meaning of paragon. They are true models of excellence in our community.”

The success of the previous two Galas, which brought attendees to the opulent 1920s and exotic Havana, Cuba, has quickly established the Center Stage Gala as the “can’t-miss” event of the fundraising season. This year’s Sinatra Supper Club flashes back to the elegant yet raucous Rat Pack era, as the authentic Strictly Sinatra Band, led by Michael Dutra, will have guys and gals dancing the night away. Open bar will feature iconic cocktails, like the classic martini, and Russell Morin Catering will serve up generous hors d’oeuvres and a three-course dinner that will feature timeless favorites true to the evening’s theme.

The diverse silent auction will also be available online through BiddingForGood, a charitable e-commerce company. Patrons near and far will now be able to bid on a variety of items at various price points, including a pair of diamond earrings from Hannoush Jewelers, a Custom Martin Acoustic Guitar, and a Martha’s Vineyard getaway with Cape Air.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains. Tickets 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, Mass. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

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By SEAN McCARTHY for The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

Power. Passion. Percussion.

Che Malambo is a dance and musical spectacle – a performance that debuted in Paris in 2007 and has earned international acclaim for its precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song.

Uniquely inspired by the traditional culture of the 17th Century Argentinian cowboy, the “gaucho,” this performance will command the stage of the Zeiterion Theatre on Thursday, March 30’th for an 8 p.m. start. Tickets are $25, $35, $45 and $60. They can be purchased online at www.zeiterion.org, and the Zeiterion box office will have tickets available at 684 Purchase St. or by calling (508) 984-2900.

The Boston Globe says that this performance sees the dancers “build into a kind of ecstasy,” while the New York Times says that the show “sent the audience into uproarious applause.”

Che Malambo, “the dance of the cowboy,” is a thrilling performance that transcends the dance world and entertains audiences of many interests. It is a celebration of the inimitable melting pot culture of Argentina that produced this art form – a mix of traditions that created this distinct form of expression.

“Audience members will notice the outstanding dexterity and precision of the dancers,” says Matthew Bledsoe, Manager of Che Malambo. “They will also be impressed by the speed and energy of the dancers as well as the rhythms of the percussive footwork and the playing of the drums.”

Malambo began as competitive duels that challenged the skills of agility, strength and dexterity amongst the gauchos. It would come to be influenced by three major contributing cultures.

Beginning with the Portuguese slave trade in 1587, West Africans were brought to South America. Many were sold to ranchers who would have them working alongside of the gauchos. Eventually the dances and rhythms that were essential to the storytelling of the Africans caught favor with the cowboys and led to a blending of customs. The gauchos took on elements such as syncopated rhythms, asymmetrical use of arms and legs, and a wide vocabulary of movements that would serve as the basis of Malambo.

“Like many percussive dance forms, such as North American styles of tap and dance, there is an important intersection with West African dance,” Bledsoe says.

Another cultural influence that contributed to Malambo was Irish step dancing. The leg kicks and stiff torsos that are hallmarks of these dancers made their way to Argentina in the early 1800’s. The Irish who were working as laborers and sheep herders also comingled with the gauchos, and eventually many of their customs were incorporated into the Argentinian cultural identity.

A third major influence on the gaucho was Flamenco, which of itself is a melting pot. Flamenco was comprised of a mesh of Indian, Jewish, and Moorish traditions, and was rooted in what is now modern day Spain. After moving to Argentina to take refuge during the Inquisition of the 1400’s and 1500’s, their techniques of twisting hips, the movements of their arms, and the fast-paced footwork known as the zapateo, contributed to the development of Malambo. Zapateo is the fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses.

Another contribution to Malambo by the West African slaves was the use of drums known as bombos. They were originally used as communication tools but they were eventually incorporated into the celebrations of the Malambo.

Another unique element to Che Malambo is the use of the “boleadoras,” primitive hunting tools originally used by the gauchos while on horseback as they pursued the capture of animals. Boleadoras were throwing devices that would wrap around the appendages of the animals, functioning as lassos with stones at the end. During a Malambo performance they are used as whirling spectacles spun at break-neck speeds, rhythmically striking the floor while being accompanied by the percussive footwork of the dancers.

The chronicling of the Argentinian gaucho began in the 1970’s when French dancer and  choreographer  Gilles Brinas saw a short vignette of Malambo at a Parisian cabaret. He was inspired and attracted to the rhythms of the dance with the powerful presence of the dancers. He saw the unique potential for it and so in the early 2000’s he travelled to Buenos Aires to scout the dancers. Within a few months he had gathered a group of dancers and began creating the show that would become a world class performance.

Today the troupe is comprised of 14 male dancers, touring throughout North America and around the world.

“This is a show that appeals to all cultures,” Bledsoe says. “There’s a lot of machismo, it’s very powerful. It’s unlike any show you’ve ever seen.”


THE ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS A HARMONIOUS IRISH HOMAGE A ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELTIC SOJOURN FROM BRIAN O’DONOVAN AND WGBH ON FRIDAY, MARCH 17

(NEW BEDFORD, MA.) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center welcomes A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with producer/host Brian O’Donovan for a fresh line-up honoring the Irish holiday and heritage on Friday, March 17, at 8:00 p.m. The popular 89.7 WGBH radio program, A Celtic Sojourn, has delighted audiences with Irish music, song and dance for nearly 30 years, and its St. Paddy’s Day version is a festive and fun Celtic celebration for the whole family. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or at the Zeiterion Box Office at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford. Group sales are available for 10 tickets or more, which can be purchased by calling 508-997-5664 x123.

O’Donovan will be joined again by music director Keith Murphy, who has been with the series since 2012. The 2017 line-up features a robust group of talented performers, including the Karan Casey Band, featuring lead vocalist Karan Casey, founding member of Irish super-group Solas. Casey has been called “one of the most provocative and innovative voices” in Irish music. Casey and her band will be joined by world-renowned fiddler Liz Carroll and celebrated young harp and fiddle duo Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul.

The Miller siblings, Ruby May and Samuel from Smithfield, RI, will round out the cast as the show’s dancers. The Millers have been dancing and competing for more than a dozen years with the Goulding School of Irish Dance in Medford, MA, and Cranston, RI. They have represented their school in national and international contests, most recently in Glasgow at the 2016 World Irish Dancing Championships where Samuel captured 5th place earning his fourth world medal. They joined A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn last season sharing with audiences the toe-tapping rhythms of traditional dance.

“St. Patrick’s Day is a time to explore a culture that traces its origins back thousands of years. With A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn, we strive to bring audiences a show that is both modern and true to its ancestral roots,” O’Donovan shares. “We sing, we dance, we celebrate. Everyone is welcome to celebrate this day with us in true Irish style!”

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web. Television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX[REB3]  44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. Find more information at wgbh.org.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains. Tickets 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, Mass. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 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 PRESENTS
THE TEN TENORS
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF ELECTRIFYING VOCALS WITH “THE POWER OF TEN TOUR” SATURDAY, MARCH 11

(NEW BEDFORD, MA) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center welcomes Australia’s famous musical export, The TEN Tenors, on Saturday, March 11, at 8:00 p.m. for an exciting blend of pop hits, rock anthems and heart-melting arias. The world-renowned tenors return to the U.S. with “The Power of TEN Tour,” a celebration of 20 years as a beloved classical-crossover group. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or at the Zeiterion Box Office at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford. Group sales are available for 10 tickets or more, which can be purchased by calling 508-997-5664 x123.

The TEN Tenors make their Zeiterion debut in March, bringing their signature sound and colorful repertoire. These 10 charismatic vocalists, whose favorites range from David Bowie to Verdi, put their distinctive “tenorial” spin on rock and pop anthems in their new “The Power of TEN Tour” in celebration of their 20th anniversary. Following two decades of sold-out performances around the globe, they have cemented their place as one of the world’s most loved classical-based contemporary groups of all time.

Long-serving member of The TEN, Paul Gelsumini says, “The best part of being in this group is being able to sing whatever we want to sing from all music genres, be it classical, rock or even diva pop, and seeing the delight and surprise on audience members faces in that split moment when they realize what we are singing next; it’s such a buzz and so much fun when seemingly conservative audience members get up and dance in their seats.”

The group’s producer, D-J Wendt adds, “In the early days people only wanted to hear arias, nowadays people are screaming out for pop songs, arias and rock anthems. We promise to give you all of that and much more in our 20th anniversary year. This is a no holds barred show, right from the first song everyone will know that we plan to leave nothing in the tank by the end of the show.

Hailed by Broadway World as “the vocal wonder from down under,” The TEN Tenors’ are a magical experience for the whole family that will dazzle, delight and captivate audiences. Now celebrating their 20th anniversary, they look forward to releasing their new album, “Which You Were Here,” in 2017. Their previous album, in partnership with St. Jude Children’s Hospital, benefitted the organization with proceed going towards helping families concentrate on healing their children.

The TEN Tenors have appeared on Oprah’s Australian Adventure and ABC-TV’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, NBC’s The Today Show, FOX’s Hollywood Today Live and many more. With their sell-out shows and best-selling albums, The TEN Tenors capture audiences’ hearts with their unmistakable charm and vocal power in a musical blend of Rock, Pop and Opera. They have performed alongside a range of diverse artists including Lionel Richie, Rod Stewart, Andrea Boccelli, Alanis Morissette, Willie Nelson, and Christina Aguilera, among others. The TEN Tenors are undoubtedly one of Australia’s greatest entertainment success stories, with more than 90 million people worldwide witnessing their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power. Celebrating 19 years of sell-out performances around the world including more than 2,000 headlining concerts, the group has cemented their place as Australia’s premier classical-crossover group. For more information and the latest updates on The TEN Tenors, including a complete list of dates and locations of these not-to-be-missed performances, visit thetentenors.com.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains. Tickets 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, Mass. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 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 WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR KEVIN SPENCER FOR A WEEK-LONG RESIDENCY BEGINNING FEBRUARY 27

THE WEEK WILL INCLUDE TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND A MAGIC CAMP, CULMINATING WITH SPENCERS: THEATRE OF ILLUSION ON MARCH 4

 (New Bedford, MA) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center will host Kevin Spencer, an arts advocate and magician with extensive classroom and professional development experience, as an artist-in-residence beginning Monday, February 27. Under the Zeiterion’s ArtsBridge program, Spencer will lead two professional development workshops, a magic camp, workshops in area schools, as well as star in the sensory-friendly mainstage performance Spencers: Theatre of Illusion on March 4. Tickets can be purchased by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or at the Zeiterion at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford. Group sales are available for Spencers: Theatre of Illusion for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 508-997-5664 x123.

“We are thrilled to present Kevin Spencer as part of our educational programming this year,” said Rosemary Gill, Executive Director, Programming and Development, Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. “He has a unique way of connecting with children of all abilities to send the message that art can create confidence and enrich learning on all levels. Making connections through the arts is the goal of The Zeiterion’s ArtsBridge programs.”

One of the Zeiterion’s longest-running programs, ArtsBridge was created to enrich the education of young people and engage our community through diverse and inspiring productions each year. ArtsBridge makes connections – people to ideas, page to stage, audience to artist, theatre to the human spirit.

Kevin Spencer’s achievements as a magician, combined with his ability to translate magic into a learning medium for children with a broad spectrum of abilities, makes his work a perfect fit for ArtsBridge. He has become a national leader in the disability awareness movement and a notable advocate for arts-integrated teaching methods for individuals with different abilities. His week at The Z will feature several events:

Professional Development for Educators
Monday, February 27, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $35

Ideal for Special Education teachers and therapists working in a school setting, this workshop will feature Kevin Spencer as he demonstrates how magic and Phenomenon-Based learning encourages students to be curious, participate in the productive exchange of ideas, create, experiment and design.

Professional Development for Therapists
Tuesday, February 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $35

Kevin Spencer, a AOTA-approved provider and internationally recognized magician, has designed this workshop specifically for Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech/Language Pathologists and Recreation Therapists.

Magic Camp
Monday, February 27 – Friday, March 3, 4-6:00 p.m.
Suggested Ages: 8-12
Cost: $150 per student/week

The week long, after-school magic camp for kids stars International Magician of the Year, Kevin Spencer, who teaches campers how to perform some incredible tricks with everyday objects. This camp combines learning magic tricks with storytelling, music, theatre and creative movement. Through the art of magic, campers will explore their curiosity, develop their magical creativity, and discover new confidence. Spencer’s work is sensory-friendly and appropriate for students of all abilities.

Pre-Performance Book Club
Wednesday, March 1, 6:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public, this pre-show book club will discuss of Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Suskind. It’s a twisting, 20-year journey that follows the author’s son Owen that will change the way you see autism, old Disney movies, and the power of imagination to heal a shattered, upside-down world. This book inspired the documentary of the same name, which is currently nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature.

Spencers: Theatre of Illusion
Saturday, March 4, 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 / $20 / $25

Theatre of Illusion features Kevin Spencer, an extraordinary magician in a dazzling show that combines storytelling, grand illusion, stage magic and audience participation. Suitable for children ages 4 and older, the sensory-friendly performance is designed to create an experience that is welcoming to all families with children with autism or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities. Spencers’ magical, modern-day Houdini exhibition features many never-before-seen, mind-boggling illusions with modified lighting and sound for those with sensory integration issues.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains. Tickets 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. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.


NEW BEDFORD GROUPS BRINGS BACK CULTURE OF CIVIL DEBATE WITH REVIVAL OF NEW BEDFORD LYCEUM

New Bedford Lyceum will bring national speakers to city stage and cultivate a culture of respectful debate on issues polarizing our society.

(New Bedford, MA) – The City of New Bedford, Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford Whaling Museum, and partnering organizations announce the return of a city tradition that once brought the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass to New Bedford. The New Bedford Lyceum established a tradition of intellectual debate in the city, with a model for discussion that brought people together to get to the heart of social and political issues. The first New Bedford Lyceum event is a presentation of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. He will examine “The Age of the American Presidency” on Saturday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m. at The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford. Tickets are $25, $35, $45 and the $75 ticket includes a meet and greet with Mr. Woodward. Tickets are available by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or at the Zeiterion Box Office at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford.

The New Bedford Lyceum partners believe the need for the public’s access to thoughtful discussions that go beyond partisan sound bites and social media has never been greater as the 45th president of the United States begins his leadership in a divided America.

“For 75 years, the New Bedford Lyceum served not only to inform, educate and entertain ordinary citizens in New Bedford but to produce important social change by bringing in the greatest minds of the age, from Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass to Herman Melville and Charles Dickens,” said Bob Unger, principal of Unger LeBlanc Strategic Communications. “Poets, statesmen, philosophers and scientists all spoke here, and together they fostered a discussion that would change America.”

“We believe a similar conversation can and must begin again. We hope to help start that conversation through the revival of the Lyceum, again establishing New Bedford as an intellectual center and champion of citizen-led democracy.”

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell stated, “The reinstitution of the New Bedford Lyceum is a major step in New Bedford’s emergence as a city that cultivates, celebrates and spreads great ideas. Its mission is as relevant today as it was at the height of the whaling era, if not more so. I can’t thank Bob Unger and the partnership enough for their initiative in bringing this important institution back to life.”

The New Bedford Lyceum’s first act is to present Bob Woodward who will discuss “The Age of the American Presidency” just as the new administration wraps up its first 70 days in the White House. As a Washington Post veteran reporter, he has uncovered hidden stories from the secret world of presidents, the CIA, the Pentagon and the Supreme Court. Beginning with the coverage of Watergate with Carl Bernstein and their book and movie All the President’s Men, to his two bestselling books on Obama, he has an encyclopedic knowledge about presidential leadership, secret decision-making and the hard-nosed politics of Washington.

In his New Bedford Lyceum presentation of “The Age of the American Presidency,” Woodward will speak to critical questions such as: How did Trump get to the White House? What are his true intentions? What can be believed? What positions are real? What information can be trusted and what statements and tweets really reflect where he is going?

New Bedford Lyceum partnership is made up of the City of New Bedford, Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, Whaling Museum, Unger LeBlanc Strategic Communications, New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, SouthCoast Media Group, and Leadership SouthCoast.

In addition, the New Bedford Lyceum is presenting a free screening of the Academy Award winning movie “All the President’s Men” on Friday, March 24 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum theater. The movie, based on Woodward and Bernstein’s book of the same name, is a political thriller about their investigation into the Watergate scandal for the Washington Post. Starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein. A facilitated discussion led by Shannon Jenkins, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science at UMass Dartmouth, follows the film.

Tickets for New Bedford Lyceum presentation of Bob Woodward in “The Age of the American Presidency” at the The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 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, Mass. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.


THE ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS EYE-OPENING DRUG STORY THEATER FEATURING REAL-LIFE STORIES FROM TEENS STRUGGLING WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE

 INNOVATIVE PERFORMANCE FOR PARENTS AND TEENS BOLSTERED BY SCIENCE ON ADOLESCENT BRAINS

 (NEW BEDFORD, MA) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center invites parents, teens and the community for the must-see performance of Drug Story Theater: The Price You Pay on Thursday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m. This powerful, unique and innovative approach to prevention integrates teens in recovery, their parents and information about adolescent brain development to clarify the myths and realities of teen drug use. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or at the Zeiterion Box Office at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford. More information is available at zeiterion.org.

“As a leader in New Bedford’s Arts community, it is part of The Z’s mission to bring to light issues of concern for our city,” Rosemary Gill, Executive Director, Programming & Development. “Our goal is for this honest look at teen drug use to continue the conversation and spark action in our community. No family is immune, and we hope you will join us for this compelling and timely production.”

The work the teens do with Drug Story Theater aids in their progress and encourages them to lead productive, healthy lives as young adults. Sharing their personal stories about the seduction and addiction to substances also helps them sow seeds of prevention, especially among peers. “They are addicts, recovering ones, taking their stories onstage in the hope others will shun the path they chose,” says Drug Story Theater founder Dr. Joseph Shrand.

To help digest and cope with the information that may arise from the performance, clinicians and resources will be on-hand for audience members. There will also be a community art component to engage participation outside the theatre. This support is aided in partnership with Behavioral Health Innovators, Inc. as well as local service organizations, schools, churches and community leaders. The Drug Story Theater performance is possible in part from a grant from the NEA and The Carney Foundation.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains. Tickets 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, Mass. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 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 PRESENTS MOMIX’S OPUS CACTUS, A VISUALLY OPULENT ODE TO THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

 “Inspired by the flora, fauna, and simple magic of the American Southwest, Pendleton’s ingenuity, theatricality and cunning imagination are seen at full stretch in strange vignettes of the Sonoran desert.” Clive Barnes, New York Post

 (New Bedford, MA) – Internationally-renown MOMIX will perform their stunning new Opus Cactus, a unique look at the American Southwest infused with the troupe’s signature illusionistic style, at The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 11, 8:00 p.m. Opus Cactus demonstrates the epitome of circus art, dance, theatre and music in one enchanting presentation that The New York Times calls, “Two acts of fun and excitement.” Tickets start at $27 and can be purchased by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or at the Zeiterion at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 508-997-5664 x123. More information is available at zeiterion.org.

After a 10-year hiatus, Opus Cactus returns with a new look, fresh energy, and fun surprises. The landscape of the American Southwest comes alive to uncover the danger, sensuality and humor hidden in the desert. Vibrant images of cacti, slithering lizards and fire dancers fill the stage in this unique and modern experience created by Artistic Director Moses Pendleton, also co-founder of the groundbreaking Pilobolus Dance Theatre.

For 20 years, MOMIX has been celebrated for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body. In addition to stage performances worldwide, the company has frequently worked on special projects and in film and television. MOMIX has made five Italian television features broadcast to 55 countries and has performed on Antenne II in France. MOMIX was also featured in PBS’s Dance in America series. The company participated in the Homage a Picasso in Paris and was selected to represent the US at the European Cultural Center at Delphi.

The company appears with the Montreal Symphony in the film of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, winner of an International Emmy for Best Performing Arts Special. In 1992, Pendleton created Bat Habits to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco Giants’ new spring training park in Scottsdale, Arizona. MOMIX has been commissioned by corporations, performing at Fiat’s month long 100th Anniversary Celebration in Torino, Italy and Mercedes Benz’s International Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany. With nothing more than light, shadow, props, and the human body, MOMIX has astonished audiences on five continents for more than 35 years.

MOMIX has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Spain, Greece, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Denmark, England, Austria, Ireland, Holland, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Australia. The company is based in Washington, Conn.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains. Tickets 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. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 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 WARMS UP WINTER WITH SIX PERFORMANCES OF SONG AND STORY THIS FEBRUARY

 (New Bedford, MA) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center aims to beat the winter blues with six shows that focus on song and story this February, starting with the nearly sold-out The Moth Mainstage on Feb. 2. The roster of performances continues with Elvis Lives on Feb. 3, Drug Story Theater on Feb. 9, Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers on Feb. 10, MOMIX on Feb. 11 and NBSO’s Strings Attached on Feb. 18. Tickets can be purchased by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or at the Zeiterion at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford. Group sales are available to select shows for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 508-997-5664 x123. More information is available at zeiterion.org.

The Moth Mainstage
Thursday, February 2, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29 / $35 / $45

After a captivating debut last season, the acclaimed not-for-profit series returns to The Z with a new batch of stories. Since its inception, The Moth has presented more than 17,000 stories – told live, without notes – to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The simple, old-fashioned storytelling by five wildly divergent raconteurs develop and shape their stories with the assistance from The Moth’s directors. The stories unfold in unexpected ways, each distinctly different, that will reel in the audience and leave them wanting more.

Elvis Lives“The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event”
Friday, February 3, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $37 / $45 / $55

Elvis Lives is an unforgettable multi-media and live musical journey across Elvis’ life featuring winners from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ annual worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Each singer represents Elvis during different stages in his career. The Elvis tribute artists will be joined by a live band, back-up singers and dancers, along with an Ann-Margret tribute artist, as well as iconic imagery made available from the Graceland archives.

Drug Story Theater – “The Price You Pay”
Thursday, February 9, 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5

Drug Story Theater’s “The Price You Pay” delivers powerful, real-life stories direct from teens struggling with drug and alcohol abuse in a unique and innovative approach to prevention. The improvisational theater-style production integrates teens in recovery, their parents and information about adolescent brain development to inform and educate audiences. The work the teens do with Drug Story Theater aids in their progress and encourages them to lead productive, healthy lives as young adults. Sharing their stories about the seduction and addiction to substances also helps them sow seeds of prevention, especially among peers.

Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Friday, February 10, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $27 / $32 / $39 / $45

Walnut Street Theatre’s all-new production of Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers transports us to the 1960s when people were free to choose who to love. But in this world filled with “Mad Men” and “Mod Women,” was it easier to choose a mate? True comedy ensues when a man looks for something new and different, but ends up finding himself in the same situation, again and again. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, come fall in love with what the New York Post calls, “Delightfully hilarious and witty…filled with wisdom about human nature…uproariously funny…a genuinely brilliant play.”

MOMIX – Opus Cactus
Saturday, February 11, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $27 / $35 / $42 / $49

The unconventional MOMIX brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with their signature illusionistic style in Opus Cactus. The dynamic troupe journeys into the landscape of soaring cacti, slithering lizards and romping insects to uncover the danger, sensuality and humor hidden in the desert. The visually opulent MOMIX demonstrates the epitome of circus art, dance, theatre and music in one enchanting presentation The New York Times calls, “Two acts of fun and excitement.”

NBSO’s Strings Attached
Saturday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25 / $40 / $50 / $60

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra presents its fourth and final music director finalist in concert when Dirk Meyer conducts Strings Attached at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Meyer is currently Music Director of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota. The 2012 American Prize Winner in Orchestral Conducting, Meyer has guest conducted orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, South Africa, the Czech Republic, and Germany and has led many world and U.S. premieres. The NBSO concert program begins with Miguel del Aguila’s riveting The Giant Guitar. Next, award-winning pianist Sheng Cai joins the NBSO to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Completing the program is Rachmaninoff’s lush and mesmerizing Symphony No. 2, a highlight of the late Romantic repertoire.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains. Tickets 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. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.


THE ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS A FREE, ON-STAGE LECTURE ABOUT DANCE
Wednesday, January 25, 7:00pm

 LEADING TO DANCE PERFORMANCE BY MOMIX
Saturday, February 11, 8:00pm

(NEW BEDFORD, MA) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center invites performing art fans to ignite their passion for dance at an on-stage lecture series – Dance Barre at The Z – presenting “Magical Bodies: Art, Technology and Technique” on Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. Guest speaker Heidi Henderson, choreographer and faculty at Connecticut College, will discuss how dancers, visual artists and technical designers combine their talent to create amazing performances. Wine bar available. Admission is free and a RSVP is encouraged. Information is available by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or in person at the Zeiterion Box Office at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford.

Dance Barre at The Z is lecture series created to encourage appreciation for dance. Experts in the field – academics, choreographers, and advocates – are invited to create a dialogue about the creation process, history and interpretation of dance through video and conversation. At “Magical Bodies: Art, Technology and Technique” Heidi Henderson will lead dance fans on a fascinating exploration about how dancer’s bodies are transformed by the technical wonders of lighting and costume, and how artistic collaborators work with dancers to bring the ideas to life. She’ll discuss the history of collaboration between visual artists and choreographers starting with Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe, including Cunningham/Cage/Rauschenberg, and the upcoming performance by the internationally-touring dance company, Momix.

Momix will bring the landscape of the American Southwest to life in “Opus Cactus” on Saturday, February 11 at 8:00 p.m at The Zeiterion. Their dancers embody, quite literally, the concepts discussed at Dance Barre: Magical Bodies. In this performance, dancers are transformed to resemble soaring cacti, slithering lizards and romping insect through the magic of costume, choreography and lighting. Called “a feast for the eyes” and a “sprawling luscious fantasy” by The New York Times, this performance is a series of 19 vignettes connected by theme of a celebration of the desert and its denizens.

Dance Barre speaker Heidi Henderson is a choreographer on the faculty at Connecticut College, and a New York City dancer with the companies of Bebe Miller, Nina Wiener, Peter Schmitz, and more. A four-time recipient of the Choreography Fellowship from the RI State Council for the Arts, she is a frequent contributing editor and writer for Contact Quarterly.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains. Tickets 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, Mass. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.


THE ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS CENTER USHERS IN THE HOLIDAYS WITH FIVE FESTIVE PERFORMANCES AND SAMANTHA JOHNSON’S FAREWELL CONCERT
November 25 through New Year’s Eve

THE Z’S HOLIDAY BOX OFFICE OPEN AT NORTH DARTMOUTH MALL FROM BLACK FRIDAY TO NEW YEAR’S EVE

(New Bedford, MA) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center celebrates the holidays with a roster of seasonal favorites, family-friendly programming and show-stopping singers. The festivities begin with Samantha Johnson’s farewell performance the day after Thanksgiving, followed by the roll-out of seasonal shows: crooners Erin Rubico and Matt Ban: “Home for the Holidays” at Stage Door Live on Dec. 1, the beloved A Christmas Carol on Dec. 10, The 14th Annual A Christmas Celtic Sojourn on Dec. 15, NBSO’s Family Holiday Pops on Dec. 17, and capped by the New Year’s Eve Bash at the Whaling Museum on Dec. 31.

For added convenience, tickets can purchased at the Zeiterion holiday box office at the North Dartmouth Mall (near Macy’s) during mall hours for a limited time, Nov. 25 through Dec. 31. Regular box offices hours at the Zeiterion remain, and tickets can be purchased by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or at the Zeiterion at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford. Group sales are available to select shows for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 508-997-5664 x123. More information is available at zeiterion.org.

Samantha Johnson in Concert
Friday, November 25, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25 / $35 / $45 / $65*
*$65 tickets include a post-show meet and greet with Samantha Johnson. Limited quantity available.

America’s Got Talent Season 10 semi-finalist and New Bedford native Samantha Johnson departs her hometown after the holidays, and this performance is her good-bye to the city she loves. The concert will feature her debut solo project, 27UNDERGROUND, including the new single, “Jump High.” Join Samantha on a journey through the music of her deepest inspirations and influences that include both original songs and favorites that are sure to astound audiences once again.

Erin Rubico and Matt Ban “Home for the Holidays” at Stage Door Live!
Thursday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20

After two sold out engagements at the Zeiterion Stage Door Series, Erin Rubico and Matt Ban return for “Home for the Holidays.” The multi-talented duo will usher in the holiday spirit with classic favorites, brand new tunes, and, as always, a few surprises! Join us as we celebrate the season in style on The Z stage transformed into an intimate concert club. Remaining seats are general admission and a full bar is available.

A Christmas Carol
Saturday, December 10, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets: $19/ $27/ $37

The Southcoast Christmastime tradition continues when Nebraska Caravan Theatre returns to The Z with the treasured production of A Christmas Carol. This portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge captures the humorous and touching moments of Dickens’ classic story along with witty dialogue and festive musical numbers. What remains unchanged is the play’s original message that the holiday season should be a “kind, forgiving, charitable time.” Join us for a matinee or evening performance of the timeless tale enjoyed by generations of Zeiterion patrons year after year.

WGBH Presents the 14th Annual A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
Thursday, December 15, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25, $35, $48, $55

Brian O’Donovan’s A Celtic Sojourn has thrilled radio audiences for 28 years. For the last 14, the Christmas-time live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season. First launched in 2003, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly national radio program. With legends of music, song, and dance from the Celtic world and beyond poised to take the stage together, this year’s show again promises to build its reputation as one of the chestnuts of live holiday music in the region.

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra: Family Holiday Pops
David MacKenzie, Guest Conductor

Saturday, December 17, 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $13 / $20 / $27 / $34

Maestro MacKenzie returns to conduct the Family Holiday Pops Concerts, which feature all the holiday music you love, played by our great orchestra, as well as appearances by the New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestra and Showstoppers. The family-friendly atmosphere and choice of performance times make this the perfect family holiday outing. The children’s matinee performance at 3:30 features fun surprises for the young at heart, while the 7:00 concert features a bit more music. Both performances are approximately one-hour long, with no intermission. Share the joy of the season with friends and family in the festively decorated theater and take part in a South Coast holiday tradition.

New Year’s Eve Bash at the New Bedford Whaling Museum
Saturday, December 31, 7 – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $15 Child/$50 Adult

The Zeiterion and the New Bedford Whaling Museum invite revelers of all ages to end the year with a bang! Guests bid goodbye to 2016 with an exciting evening of live music, delicious food and children’s entertainment. This family-friendly event takes place at the Whaling Museum, home to a flawless view of the city’s spectacular fireworks. Tickets include ample hors d’oeuvres, complimentary champagne toast for adults, cash bar, and fun activities for kids.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains. Tickets 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. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 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 PRESENTS
FIVE-TIME GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING MICHAEL MCDONALD
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16

(New Bedford, MA) – The soulful and recognizable voice of Michael McDonald will fill The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, November 16, at 8 p.m. The American singer, songwriter, keyboardist, composer, and record producer has netted five GRAMMY Awards in the span of four decades, from ’70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What a Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Gotta Try.” Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased by calling 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or at the Zeiterion Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 508-997-5664 x123. More information is available at zeiterion.org.

McDonald has achieved massive success with influential bands Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers and also as a solo artist. He has collaborated with a “who’s who” roster of iconic singers, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill, Kenny Loggins, Van Halen and Grizzly Bear. He’s written a song for “South Park” and appeared on “30 Rock,” and he and cohorts Donald Fagen and Boz Scaggs and an 11-piece soul super group recently released their first live DVD.

Originally from St. Louis, McDonald moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. After sharpening his talent, he joined Steely Dan for four albums, from “Katy Lied” to “Gaucho.” He became a key part of the group’s sound, singing background vocals on songs such as “Black Friday” and “Peg.” In the mid-’70s, McDonald joined The Doobie Brothers as its singer, keyboardist and songwriter on such hits as “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Minute By Minute” and “What A Fool Believes.”

In 1982, McDonald released his first solo album, “If That’s What It Takes,” featuring a duet he recorded with his sisters, Kathy and Maureen, entitled “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near).” McDonald’s solo career saw success during the ‘80s and ’90s with hits such as “Sweet Freedom,” “On My Own,” a duet with Patti LaBelle, and the GRAMMY-winning duet with James Ingram “Yah Mo B There.” In 2008, McDonald released the acclaimed crossover album “Soul Speak,” which hit three different charts simultaneously.

Tickets for Michael McDonald 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. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 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 and TEDxNewBedford Present

TEDxNewBedford: VISION
Imagining, Designing & Building our Tomorrow TODAY
Friday, November 4, 1:00-8:00PM

 New Bedford, MA – The national phenomenon of TED Talks returns to New Bedford for TEDxNewBedford: VISION, Imagining, Designing & Building our Tomorrow TODAY. The day-long conference on Friday, November 4, from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. will feature 16 regional and national speakers to share their inspirational stories and offer their forecast of the future. Tickets are $28 through Oct. 18, $38 thereafter, and can be purchased by calling 508-994-2900, online at Zeiterion.org, or at the Zeiterion Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 508-997-5664 x123. More information is available at zeiterion.org.

Nationally, TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas 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 attitudes, lives within communities. TEDxNewBedford: VISION will feature an array of experts on various topics, each expounding their ideas of what waits ahead.

This year’s roster includes New Bedford native Dr. Timothy Crombleholme, Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Surgeon-in-Chief. The renown fetal surgeon will address his vision for frontier medicine. Former RISD president Roger Mandle will illustrate the convergence of art, design and technology in the fields of education and community. Also speaking will be La Toya René Robertson, a composer, motivational speaker and UMASS graduate who will share her experience combating poverty, being woman in male-dominated industries, pursuing goals, daring to stand out, overcoming adversity and finding happiness.

Additional speakers include:

Matt Baker, Vice President, DellEMC Strategy and Planning
Joseph Biron, Software engineer, architect, technology leader
Leonard D’Avolio, co-founder and CEO of Cyft
Kim Fuller, Author, photographer
Lisa Haisha, Spiritual life coach
Loretta LaRoche, Acclaimed speaker, author, International Stress Management & Humor Consultant
Keith Lovett, Director, Buttonwood Park Zoo
Lisa Luckett, Social visionary
Dorian Mintzer, Licensed psychologist, aging expert
Mark Parsons, Artist, designer, educator, technologist
Pamela Pavliscak, Digital anthropologist
Susan Riegler, Speaker, writer, consultant
Sally Simms, VP of Product, transportation tech start-up Buster

About TEDx, x = independently organized event 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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

 About TED TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at 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.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TEDTalks or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TED.

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The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center present Late Night Legend
JAY LENO
October 23, 2016

(New Bedford, MA) – Jay Leno has made a career out of making people laugh, and now he brings his clean, observational brand of humor to The Z. The Andover-native rose to stardom when he began “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and built a loyal fan base with his topical humor and hilarious delivery. Tickets for the Jay Leno performance range from $79 to $125 and are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

Leno is known as one of the busiest performers in comedy; for years he booked more than 300 appearances annually. He’s also famous for his cartoon-like facial features, which he made reference to in the title of his 1996 autobiography, Leading With My Chin. He displayed comic tendencies as a child, resulting in the fifth-grade report card comment, “if Jay spent as much time studying as he does trying to be a comedian, he’d be a big star,” which turned out to be prophetic.

Tapped to host “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” when Johnny Carson retired in 1992, Leno went on to dominate late night television for more than two decades, winning every consecutive quarter for 19 years. After resuming hosting the program following a brief interruption, he made it once again the consistent ratings leader for late night. His late night run earned him an Emmy for “Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series,” a viewer-elected TV Guide Award for “Favorite Late Night Show,” and induction into the Television Academy’s Broadcast Hall of Fame. Leno now produces and stars in “Jay Leno’s Garage” for NBC, available on Jaylenosgarage.com, which has gained an international following on the Web and an Emmy Award. Additional accomplishments include induction into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Broadcasting Hall of Fame, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Hasty Pudding Award at Harvard University, an honor also bestowed on Johnny Carson, and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater Emerson College. He has a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, asking that it be placed in front of the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum where he was arrested for vagrancy when he first arrived in Hollywood. He also has set several land speed records and became the first person to drive the pace car of all major NASCAR events.

This performance is part of The ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS CENTER’S 2016/17 SEASON LAUNCH WEEK
The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center introduces the You Are Here: 2016/17 Season with a week of red-carpet performances from October 19-23. The season launch begins with Washington D.C. political comedy troupe The Capitol Steps on October 19, tribute band The Australian Bee Gees on October 21, continues with returning international fado superstar Mariza on October 22, and culminates with Emmy Award-winning comedian Jay Leno on October 23. The stars are here at The Z, and you should be too.

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The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center Presents International Fado Star
MARIZA
October 22, 2016

(New Bedford, MA) – Mariza, whom Uncut calls “the greatest contemporary singer of fado,” has become the most successful performer in the genre since the late Amália Rodrigues. She returns for her fourth appearance at The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 22 at 8:00 p.m., in a performance that celebrates the release of her acclaimed new album, Mondo. Described by Songlines as “stunning, shimmering” and “simply breathtaking,” Mondo celebrates a more personal style for the artist and captures both the spirit of her emotional live performances and her impressive vocal range. Tickets for Mariza range from $39 to $69 and are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

Born in Mozambique and raised in Portugal, Mariza’s rise to become one of the biggest names in global pop and folk came quickly in the wake of her 2001 debut, Fado em Mim, and has been defined by a desire to bring traditional music to the present, and into the global mainstream.

In the 14 years since her debut album she has travelled the world performing at some of the most prestigious venues, performing with some of the biggest names, supported by some of the most well-known orchestras while her records have gone on to sell over one million copies worldwide attracting over 30 Platinum awards.

She has released her sixth studio recording and her first of entirely new material in five years. This new album called Mundo (World) aptly describes the world that fits inside it – a world that Mariza has in her voice, but also the world whose doors opened to her as she traveled around the globe. Mariza’s Fado is a different. It’s an adventurous Fado that expands beyond the Portuguese borders in search of a new cosmopolitan identity.

Many of the songs featured on Mundo were written specifically for Mariza’s voice. Among the exceptions are a cover version of a 1930 tango originally sung by Carlos Gardel; one Fado made famous by Amália Rodrigues and another created by the legendary Alfredo Marceneiro; and a Cape Verdian “morna”.

She’s been essential to fado’s internationalization, performing at the world’s hallowed Halls – Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall and Massey Hall – and biggest stages – the World Cup, the Olympics and Live 8, and collaborating with the likes of Gilberto Gil, Lenny Kravitz, Sting, Cesária Évora and many others, and achieved multi-platinum and chart-topping status for all of her albums.

She’s been named a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, is a winner and multiple nominee at BBC Radio 3’s Best World Music Artist, and most recently was named Best Artist of 2016 by Songlines Magazine, and one of the 20 most influential women of Portugal by Executiva Magazine.

“A lot of things have changed in my life and made me have a very different perspective. I just want to do good concerts, and not in big arenas,” she says. “I want to make my music approachable, as close as possible to the people.”

Tickets for Mariza start at $39 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. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

This performance is part of The ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS CENTER’S 2016/17 SEASON LAUNCH WEEK

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center introduces the You Are Here: 2016/17 Season with a week of red-carpet performances from October 19-23. The season launch begins with Washington D.C. political comedy troupe Capital Steps on October 19, tribute band The Australian Bee Gees on October 21, continues with returning international fado superstar Mariza on October 22, and culminates with Emmy Award-winning comedian, Jay Leno on October 23. The stars are here at The Z, and you should be too.

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THE AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES SHOW: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEE GEES
October 21, 2016

(New Bedford, MA) – The Australian Bee Gees Show: A Tribute to the Bee Gees is a multimedia theatrical concert experience that celebrates five decades of the music written by the Brothers Gibb. Together for more than 17 years, The Australian Bee Gees Show has mastered the look, sound and personality of the adored trio, while cementing their reputation as the world’s leading Bee Gees tribute show. They’ll showcase hits like, “Staying Alive,” “You Should Be Dancing,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” and “Jive Talkin'” on Friday, October 21 at The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $32, $39 and $45 and are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

It has been 40-years since The Bee Gees redefined pop music and culture forever with the phenomenal success with the most successful soundtrack of all time, The Saturday Night Fever album. The Australian Bee Gees Show captures this era with the art, sound, live camera images, and vivid graphics that have audiences all over the world dancing. The evening starts with an on-stage disco dance party and covers early hits (“Massachusetts,” “New York Mining Disaster 1941,” “To Love Somebody”) to later classics.

Called “The Fab Three” by the Chicago Sun Times, the performers authentic take on the trio’s clothes, style and moves showcase five decades of the Brothers Gibb’s success as rock and disco legends. The President of the Bee Gees Fan Club, USA has said, “In my opinion they are the best Bee Gees tribute in the world!” The Las Vegas Review Journal has named them Best Tribute Show for 2015.

Most recently, they received the Best of Las Vegas Award for Best Tribute Show on the Las Vegas Strip. “These guys capture the essence of the brothers Gibb like no one before! This multi-media concert spectacular excites and thrills our audiences nightly. It’s very exciting that they won this,” said Adam Steck, CEO of SPI Entertainment and co-producer of The Australian Bee Gees Show.

Tickets for The Australian Bee Gees Show: A Tribute to the Bee Gees start at $32 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. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

This performance is part of
The ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS CENTER’S 2016/17 SEASON LAUNCH WEEK
October 19-23, 2016

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center introduces the You Are Here: 2016/17 Season with a week of red-carpet performances from October 19-23. The season launch begins with Washington D.C. political comedy troupe Capital Steps on October 19, tribute band The Australian Bee Gees on October 21, continues with returning international fado superstar Mariza on October 22, and culminates with Emmy Award-winning comedian, Jay Leno on October 23. The stars are here at The Z, and you should be too. Tickets range from $29 to $125 and are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

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Nationally Acclaimed Political Satirists
THE CAPITOL STEPS
Wednesday, October 19, 7:30pm

(New Bedford, MA) –  Just when it seems the political season can’t get any more intense, Washington D.C. comedy troupe – The Capitol Steps – comes along to relieve our election-season fatigue with their witty, political commentary. They’ll come out swinging at The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30pm, with a unique blend of musical and political lampooning guaranteed to leave both sides of the political spectrum laughing.  Tickets range from $29 to $39 and are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

Over the past 30 years, The Capitol Steps have earned a reputation for non-stop laughs as group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Their comedy digs into the headlines of the day, and uses song parodies and skits which convey a special brand of satirical humor that is as popular in Peoria as it is on Pennsylvania Avenue. No matter who or what is in the headlines, The Capitol Steps tackle both sides of the spectrum and all things equally foolish.

The Capitol Steps have recorded 35 albums, including their latest, “What to Expect When You’re Electing.” They have appeared on “The Today Show,” “Nightline,” “CBS Evening News” and on National Public Radio’s “Politics Takes a Holiday” specials. Their show is constantly changing, strenuously bi-partisan, and includes songs about everything in the news, such as “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea,” “Ain’t No Pipeline, Now It’s Gone,” and “The iMpossible iWatch.”

Most cast members have worked on Capitol Hill; some for Democrats, some for Republicans, and others for politicians who firmly straddle the fence. No matter who holds office, there’s never a shortage of material. With the presidential primaries just around the corner, we need the comedic balm of The Capitol Steps more than ever!

Tickets for The Capital Steps start at $29 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. Zeiterion Box Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.


The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents
PLATINUM-SELLING AMERICANA BAND
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW
Thursday, September 15, 8PM

“The twentysomethings in Old Crow Medicine Show marry old-time string music and punk swagger.” Rolling Stone

(New Bedford) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents Grammy Award winning Americana band, Old Crow Medicine Show on Thursday, September 15, at 8 p.m. This platinum-selling roots band rose to fame through endless dedication to a unique country sound that appeals to both old-school country music fans and rock audiences alike. Called “impressive with raw energy and classy musicianship” (The Guardian), these six multi-instrumentalists were inducted into The Grand Ole Opry in 2013 and have played the world’s most renowned festivals and venues. Tickets for Old Crow Medicine Show are $31-49 and are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

Old Crow Medicine Show started busking on street corners in 1998, winning audiences with their boundless energy and spirit. They caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson, who launched their career by inviting them to play at his festival, MerleFest, an annual tribute to the music of Doc and Merle Watson. Shortly thereafter, the band was hired to entertain crowds between shows at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.

Since then, the band has won two Grammy Awards including “Best Folk Album” for Remedy (2014) and “Best Long Form Music Video” for Big Easy Express (2013). Additionally, their classic single, “Wagon Wheel,” received Platinum certification in 2013 for selling over one-million copies.

Old Crow Medicine Show has toured the world playing festivals and venues such as  Bonnaroo, Cambridge Folk Festival, Coachella, The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Summerstage in Central Park NYC, and the Newport Folk Festival.  Regular guests on the NPR show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” they were touted by host Garrison Keillor as “one of the greatest bands that A Prairie Home Companion has ever had the pleasure to host.” They’ve shared the stage with artists such as Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Avett Brothers and others.

Old Crow Medicine Show now have five studio albums to their name, three of which were released by Nettwerk Records – O.C.M.S (2004) and Big Iron World (2006), and Tennessee Pusher (2008). In 2012, ATO Records released, Carry Me Back, on which they continued to craft classic American roots music. The band’s latest album, Remedy (2014), released by ATO Records includes new Old Crow classics like “Sweet Amarillo,” “8 Dogs 8 Banjos,” and “Brushy Mountain Cojugal Trailer.”

Tickets to see Old Crow Medicine show live in concert on September 15 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.

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The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents
COUNTRY MUSIC STAR KELLIE PICKLER
Thursday, August 25, 8PM

(New Bedford) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents country music star Kellie Pickler on Thursday, August 25, at 8 p.m. Pickler has earned the admiration and affection of countless fans as a country music artist, beginning as a American Idol finalist. She has since released four studio albums, including the single “Best Days of Your Life,” co-written with Taylor Swift and her first Top 10 song. The multi-talented songbird also partnered with Derek Hough to win Dancing with the Stars in 2013. Tickets from $35 to $75 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. A post-show meet and greet with Pickler is included with the purchase of a $75 ticket.

“My life is a country song,” she has said on occasion, and no one who knows her or has watched her career evolve from her days as a breakout presence on American Idol would argue in the least.

Attributing her sound to the queens of country Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, Pickler is a down-to-earth fan of her genre who also happens to be one of its best interpreters. There is also an echo of her idols in her love of taking her music to fans, one show at a time. Her third album, 100 Proof, drew huge critical acclaim, earning No. 1 Country Album of The Year by Rolling Stone in 2012, saying it “may be the best traditionalist album of the year.”

With the release of her latest album, The Woman I Am, her first for new label home Black River Entertainment, Pickler takes yet another long step forward. The project reflects her continuing growth as an artist and as a person. It features the instrumental talents of many of Nashville’s best musicians and songs from some of the city’s most talented writers, as well as some she wrote herself. One of her co-writers is husband Kyle Jacobs, who stars alongside Pickler in the CMT hit reality show, I Love Kellie Pickler, now shooting its second season. “When I write a song,” she says, “I just write about who I am and where I’ve been, where I am and what I’m going through, or about people who have had an impact on me.” The results here include the title track, “The Woman I Am,” an honest look inside Pickler’s worldview, “Bonnie and Clyde,” a look at relationships with a sly nod to the well-known outlaw couple, and the truly remarkable “Selma Drye,” which Pickler wrote about her pistol-packing, snuff-chewing great-grandmother.

Her charm and candour have made for memorable appearances from The Ellen DeGeneres Show to GMA, from The Tonight Show to baseball’s All-Star Game. Her reputation as someone who has overcome adversity has made her a natural everywhere from USO tours to the Middle East (she is about to undertake her seventh) to charitable endeavours including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, American Cancer Society, Wounded Warrior Project and many others. Her heart-on-her-sleeve compassion was in evidence when she shaved her head in support of her friend Summer Miller, who was battling breast cancer, and to spread the message of early detection. Tickets to see Kellie Pickler Live in Concert on August 25 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.

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The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents the return of the
NEW BEDFORD WHALING BLUES FESTIVAL
Fort Taber, New Bedford
Saturday, August 13, 11:45am-7:45pm

(New Bedford) –The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center proudly joins with the New Bedford Whaling Blues Festival to bring back this beloved, outdoor music festival to scenic Fort Taber Park overlooking Buzzards Bay and the Elizabeth Islands on Saturday, August 13 from 11:45am-7:45pm. The 2016 New Bedford Whaling Blues Festival  features platinum selling axe-man Kenny Wayne Shephard, the “new Queen of the Blues” Shemekia Copeland, Grammy-winning New Orleans funk master Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, New Bedford’s blues-guitar wunderkind Quinn Sullivan and Martha’s Vineyard’s Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish.  Tickets are $25 (senior/student), $55 (general) and $125 (VIP) and are available at both www.zeiterion.org and www.nbwhalingbluesfest.com, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

The Whaling Blues Festival began in 1998 when a few friends decided they wanted present a day of high-quality music on the New Bedford waterfront.  Festival founder, Sean Moriarty muses on the festival’s origin, “We created the blues festival in the late 90s because we wanted to do something positive for New Bedford. Our humble beginning on Pier 3 was almost washed away by nine inches of rain, but we knew we were on to something when over 1,200 people braved the elements and showed up with smiles and rain gear ready to hear great music and have a good time.”

The Festival continued for the next eight years and grew to host over 3,000 thousand music fans at beautiful Fort Taber Park , and hosted great blues artists like Susan Tedeschi, Grace Potter, Shemekia Copeland, GE Smith, Dicky Betts, Roomful of Blues and many others.

Now, after a decade hiatus, the New Bedford Whaling Blues festival has partnered with The Zeiterion to bring the event back bigger and better than ever at Fort Taber Park with a stellar line up of blues greats, including:

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band: Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a Louisiana born guitarist and songsmith known for his genre-defining blues-infused rock n’ roll style, who has built an enviable resume as an accomplished recording artist and a riveting live performer.  He has sold millions of albums worldwide, received five GRAMMY® nominations, two Billboard Music Awards, the Blues Foundation’s ‘Keeping The Blues Alive’ award and two Blues Music awards. Shepherd had seven #1 blues albums and a string of #1 mainstream rock singles.

Shemekia Copeland is an eight-time Blues Music Award winner, 2016 Best Blues Album Nominee and the headliner at this year’s Chicago Blues Festival.  Her wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. The Chicago Sun Times declared, “Shemekia’s a ball-of-fire vocalist with a voice that’s part Memphis, part Chicago…devastatingly powerful.”

Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen were dubbed by Bonnie Raitt as the “9th wonder of the world.” Jon Cleary is a New Orleans funk master, tunesmith, keyboardist, guitarist, and vocalist. He does it all with his hard-driving, soulful brand of rock n’ roll and rhythm and blues. His latest album, GoGo Juice, won a 2016 GRAMMY® for Best Regional Roots Music Album, and bursts with the flavors of New Orleans’ rich music scene.

Quinn Sullivan is a New Bedford native and blues guitar prodigy who displayed such profound talent at an early age that he made his national debut on the Ellen DeGeneres show at the tender age of six. Two years later, he met his soon-to-be mentor Buddy Guy on-stage at The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Their “introduction” was a jam so magical that it has attracted over 5.5 million views on Youtube. After recording guitar tracks on Guy’s’ 2009 record Skin Deep, Quinn was rocketed into the stratosphere before his tenth birthday. He’s had the pleasure of jamming with legendary players like Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Los Lobos, and BB King at iconic venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, and Red Rocks.

Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish  are Martha’s Vineyard legends who played the first note at the inaugural New Bedford Whaling Blues Fest in 1998! Theirs is a fiery brand of roadhouse blues, rock and roll, zydeco, and a lot of New Orleans-steeped voodoo. Called “a deep sea spawn of Slim Harpo and Howlin’ Wolf” by the Washington Post, Johnny’s soaring vocals, soulful harp and a killer band have made them a New England institution.

In addition to the main stage artists, The Festival also dedicates a stage to local talent. This year’s artists include Shipyard Wreck, Neal McCarthy and Craig DeMelo.   “The idea of bringing back the Festival has been stoked over the years by many fans who expressed how much they missed the event,” says Moriarty. Rosemary Gill, Executive Director of The Z adds “It’s a natural fit to partner with Sean to produce the Blues Festival. We have expanded our programming beyond the 57 mainstage performances, school-time performances and Creative Classroom Series. This summer, I’m thrilled to say we’re bringing  programs outside our walls to produce three festivals, including Viva Portugal, The New Bedford Folk Festival, and the New Bedford Whaling Blues Festival.”

Moriarty concludes, “It’s going to be a very cool day of hot Blues overlooking Buzzards Bay and the Islands.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday in August.”   Tickets for the New Bedford Whaling Blues Festival range from $25-$125 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.

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The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents
GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER MELISSA ETHERIDGE
Wednesday, June 29, 8PM

(New Bedford) – Grammy Award-winner Melissa Etheridge returns to Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, June 29, at 8 p.m. with her M.E. Solo tour.  A limited run in an intimate setting, Melissa will play acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica and piano will perform songs from her latest album, This is M.E. The M.E. Solo tour will feature both new tunes and classics like “Come to My Window” and “I Want to Come Over,” all intertwined with personal anecdotes. Etheridge’s many accolades include two Grammy Awards and 17 nominations, an Academy Award (“I Need to Wake Up” from the Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Truth) and a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. Tickets from $55 to $75 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

“I haven’t been this excited about making music and creating in ages,” Etheridge says about her new album, This is M.E. She continued, “I enjoy doing a solo show, and diving into my catalogue of songs brings a new freshness to my older material. It is such an intimate experience with the audience, and it is truly one of my favorite ways to perform.” Of her solo tour, the New York Times raved, “Ms. Etheridge gave each big chorus the additional heft of her voice, still a raspy and incandescent howl.”

With this album, her 12th collection of new material, she is not alone as a songwriter. She teamed with Jerrod Bettis (Adele, One Republic), Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, Selena Gomez), Jerry Wonda (Grammy Award-winning producer of the Fugees, Mary J. Blige) and Roccstar (Usher, Chris Brown), among others. These collaborations were a new route for the artist, and recording the new album proved an inspiring, electrifying experience for her. The powerful lyrics and incomparable voice, the indelible melodies, the blazing guitars could be from no one else. “Who Are You Waiting For” closes the album on the most intimate, emotional, personal, lump-in-the-throat note of her entire career. It’s the song she wrote for and debuted at her wedding to Linda Wallem.

This is M.E. album marks the debut of her independent label and also ushers in a very active stretch for Etheridge. In addition to her steady touring, both with her band and as a solo act, she continued her noted activism speaking to the United Nations on LGBT rights as human rights, sang her own “Uprising of Love” and John Lennon’s “Imagine” as part of this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square and performed at the opening ceremonies of the WorldPride week in Toronto.

Tickets for Melissa Etheridge’s M.E. Solo Tour on June 29 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.

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The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents
STAND-UP COMEDIAN D.L. HUGHLEY
Sunday, June 26, 8PM

(New Bedford) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center welcomes comedian D.L. Hughley, known for his astute and politically savvy brand of comedy, on Sunday, June 26, at 8 p.m. Hughley has been entertaining audiences for over 25 years as one of the most popular and highly recognized stand-up comedians on the road, thanks largely to his key role in the documentary The Original Kings of Comedy. Tickets from $29.50 to $69.50 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. A post-show meet and greet with Hughley is included with the purchase of a $69.50 ticket.

Currently, Hughley can be seen in NBC’s new medical drama, Heartbeat, as head psychiatrist Dr. Hackett, and he can be heard as the host of his own nationally-syndicated radio program, “The D.L. Hughley Show.” He is also on the road with George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy as part of “The Comedy Get Down” tour.

“From the minute I first walked onstage and picked up a microphone,” Hughley says about the start of his career. “I knew that it was what I was meant to do.” In addition to comedy clubs, he has made a major splash in television, film and radio. His rise to fame included hosting BET’s stand-up comedy show ComicView, then he went on to star in his namesake television show, The Hughleys. He has many other appearances across the television landscape, including as an actor in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Scrubs, guest host of many talk shows such as The View and Live with Kelly and Michael, and even as a contestant in Dancing with the Stars. He also created and starred in the satirical documentary special for Comedy Central D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List, which was honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in the 72nd Annual Peabody Awards competition.

Tickets 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.


The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents
GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER CEELO GREEN
Wednesday, June 8, 8PM

(New Bedford) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents singer-songwriter-producer CeeLo Green on Wednesday, June 8, at 8 p.m. Known for the hit single “Crazy” with Gnarls Barkley and his solo smash “Forget You,” CeeLo’s The Love Train Tour Pt. 2 includes new music from solo album “Heart Blanche,” including the buzz-worthy song “Robin Williams.” Tickets from $29 to $49 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. VIP packages, which include a meet and greet and photo opportunity with the artist, range from $104 to $124.

CeeLo is well-known for the hit single “Forget You” that earned him five Grammy nominations and won for “Best Urban/Alternative Performance.” The single, from the 2010 album “The Lady Killer,” is certified Gold in the U.S. and Denmark, and it achieved platinum status in Canada, New Zealand and the UK, as well as multi-platinum status in Australia. It hit such mainstream status that even Gwyneth Paltrow covered “Forget You” on Glee (2011). CeeLo’s solo career came after his time with Gnarls Barkley, formed with deejay-producer Danger Mouse. Their 2006 hit “Crazy” reached #1 in various singles charts worldwide and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. Prior to his time with Gnarls Barkley, CeeLo saw success with the southern hip-hop group Goodie Mob.

In addition to his success as a recording artist, CeeLo completed four seasons as a coach on NBC’s hit show The Voice alongside Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. He has also made guest-appearances on NBC’s Parenthood (2011), FOX’s American Dad (2011), Nickelodeon’s How To Rock (2012), Anger Management (2013) and also hosted his own talk show CeeLo Green Talking to Strangers on FUSE TV. He has appeared on Saturday Night Live (2011) and Oprah (2011), presented at the Billboard Music Awards (2013), ESPYs (2011) and Kids’ Choice Awards (2012), and performed at the 2012 Super Bowl with Madonna, The Grammy Awards with the Muppets (2011), Brit Awards (2011), Billboard Music Awards (2011/2012), Soul Train Awards (2011) and BET Awards (2011).

Tickets 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.

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The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center unites the top Portuguese cultural organizations to create
VIVA PORTUGAL!
DOWNTOWN NEW BEDFORD’S FIRST FESTA
Saturday, May 7, 1:00-7:45PM

(New Bedford) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is proud present an entire day of programming dedicated to the arts and cultural of Portugal on Saturday, May 7! It begins with “Viva Portugal,” downtown New Bedford’s first “festa” or street fair, from 1:00-7:45PM. This free, family-friendly event features four city blocks, centered at the intersection of Purchase and Spring Streets, of lively Portuguese culture and entertainment, organized by The Z and eight leading Portuguese cultural organizations. After 7:45PM, as “Viva Portugal” winds down in the streets around The Z, audiences will transition inside the theater for a mainstage concert of Portuguese fado music by the “fresh faces of fado” Nathalie Pires and Marco Rodrigues at 8:00pm. Concert tickets: $35-$49. Following the concert, the final event of the day is a fundraiser supporting the non-profit Portuguese School and The Z. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with performers and enjoy Portuguese food and drinks. Tickets $35-40. The “Viva Portugal” festa is free, and the tickets for the evening fado concert and fundraiser are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is located in New Bedford, the heart of the Southcoast’s Portuguese population. The area is also home to a host of Portuguese cultural organizations, all of whom produce events and programs that create a strong cultural identity for the area and its residents.  When the Zeiterion decided to create a Portuguese festa to complement the evening fado performance, Executive Director Rosemary Gill thought it was an opportunity to do something unique – to invite all the Portuguese clubs, feasts, festivals and government groups to collaborate on the project.

“I have admired the work of these groups for a long time, and knew this was the perfect opportunity to bring them all together to showcase the best of Portuguese culture,” said Rosemary Gill. The partner groups she brought together to create “Viva Portugal” include the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society, Club Madeirense S.S. Sacremento, Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford, House of the Azores of New England, New Bedford Day of Portugal, Portuguese United for Education, the Prince Henry Society of New Bedford, and Tagas Press, Center for Portuguese Studies, UMD. Additional partners include The City of New Bedford, and The New Bedford Whaling Museum.

These partners have pooled their creative resources to produce “Viva Portugal,” a festa showcasing the food, performing arts and folkloric culture of Portugal. The streets around the Zeiterion will have a live music stage, a food demonstration tent, art exhibits, roaming performers, parade floats, food vendors, café tables, whale boat demonstration, craft vendors, classic Portuguese decorations, and kids activities.

“Viva Portugal” highlights include:

  • In the Portugalia Tent, renowned Portuguese chefs and cookbook authors Ana Ortins, Maria Lawton and Joe Rego will offer cooking demonstrations.
  • On the outdoor Viva Portugal stage, The Z will presents comedians The Portuguese Kids, Pianist Renato Diz, Raizes, and the Madeiran folkloric dance group Grupo Folclorico do Clube Madeirense S.S. Sacramento, among many others.
  • Portuguese food vendors will offer the classic selections of caçoila and linguica sandwiches, malassadas, cod fish cakes, favas, and tremoços – a signature Portuguese salty snack made from lupini beans.
  • The Azorean Maritime Heritage Society will showcase their authentic Azorean whaleboat “Pico” and present master boat builder, Joao Silveira Tavares from Pico, Azores. He will demonstrate the art of oar making.
  • Club Madeirense S.S. Sacremento, also known as “The Feast,” will set the visual tone of the event with decorations and parade floats that include, The S.S Brinquinho, a replica of Columbus Santa Maria ship; Madeira Wine Press Float, dedicated to the traditional wine making on the island of Madeira; and Madeira land Float, a replica of the Island of Madeira.

“Viva Portugal,” a celebration of Portuguese art and culture, is a free event. Tickets for the “Nathalie Pires & Marco Rodrigues” 8:00PM fado concert are $35-$49; and tickets for the post-show Portuguese School and Zeiterion Performing Arts Center fundraiser are $35-40. All tickets 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.

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THE NEW VOICES OF FADO
NATHALIE PIRES & MARCO RODRIGUES in concert
Saturday, May 7, 8:00 p.m.

“Pires has been rising in the ranks of fado’s new young guard.”  Boston Globe

(New Bedford) – Fado, which means “fate” or “destiny,” is arguably the world’s oldest urban folk music, having emerged from the bustling cafes of Lisbon in the early nineteenth century. While fado music has endured since then, it has been reinvigorated by contemporary artists along the way. The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, a leading presenter of world-renowned fado artists, is proud to bring forward two of these new voices when the “fresh faces of fado” Nathalie Pires and Marco Rodrigues, take the stage on Saturday, May 7, at 8:00p.m. They will perform both solo and together in their New Bedford debut! Tickets from $35 to $49 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

Nathalie Pires is one of today’s leading, young fado singers.  Born and raised in the Portuguese American community in New Jersey, she is a stunning new talent who is praised for her intense, expressive voice. Fado singing is often described as the soul of the Portuguese people, which makes the rise of this American born singer to international prominence all the more impressive. She has even gained acceptance in Lisbon’s fado clubs and taverns – a rare feat for an American fadista!

In 2007, when she was 21, Nathalie recorded her first album, Corre-me O Fado Nas Veias (Fado Runs in My Veins). The album was awarded the United Artists of America’s “Prémio Lusíada” for “Best Fado Album of 2007.” In 2011 she received her most personally meaningful recognition to date, when she was given the “Amália Rodrigues Medal of Merit” in recognition of her status an “ambassador of fado” and her efforts representing Amália, her idol, with dignity outside Portugal.  A performance from her second album, 2015’s Fado Alem, gained her recognition as “Fado Singer of the Year” by the International Portuguese Music Association.

Marco Rodrigues is from northern Portugal and as a teenager, placed second in the largest fado contest in Portugal the “Grande Noite do Fado.” That same year he was selected as Portugal’s representative at the International Music Festival in Italy. Later, after moving the fado capital of Lisbon, he again participated in the “Grande Noite do Fado” and won! His victory opened the opportunity to play some of Lisbon’s most important “Casas de Fado.”  Marco’s success caught the attention Mariza, the world’s most famous fado singer, and she invited him to play with her in Lisbon’s Oporto Rivoli, as well at the Royal Festival Hall in London.  He has since performed with other fado greats Ana Moura and Carlos do Carmo and received the 2007 Amália Rodrigues Foundation’s prize for the best “Newcomer Fado Singer.”

Tickets for “An Evening of Fado with Nathalie Pires and Marco Rodrigues” 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.

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21st Annual New Bedford Folk Festival 

Voted one of “New England’s Greatest Celebrations” Boston Globe

 (New Bedford, MA) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents the 21st Annual New Bedford Folk Festival Saturday July 9 through Sunday July 10 with an impressive lineup of the best in contemporary, Americana, traditional, blues and Celtic folk music. Livingston Taylor, Kate Taylor, Cheryl Wheeler and national blues treasure Rory Block are joined by over 50 performers and groups including The Stray Birds, John Gorka, Celtic super group RUNA, Grammy nominated fiddler Bruce Molsky, Ellis Paul, Irish guitar wizard John Doyle, Garnet Rogers, Prairie Home Companion regular Pat Donohue and many more. The festival runs from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm both days and is located in and around the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center and the Whaling National Historical Park in downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts. Special VIP Weekend Passes are $100; Single-Day and Weekend Admissions are $15 and $20 through June 30. Children under 12 are free. Tickets and information are available at www.zeiterion.org and www.newbedfordfolkfestival.com, 508-994-2900, and the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

The New Bedford Folk Festival present music on seven stages in and around the National Park that range from the 1,200 seat Zeiterion Performing Arts Center to the intimacy of the “Meet the Performer” area. Performers are presented in concerts and in the popular festival “workshops” which feature three or four performers or groups on stage at the same time in one-time, unique musical shows. The festival also fills the historic streets with over ninety juried, handmade-goods crafts vendors and global importers. Food will be available, including the justifiably world famous New Bedford landed fish and scallops.

The New Bedford Folk Festival has been recognized as a “Critic’s Pick” and one of “New England’s Greatest Celebrations” by the Boston Globe. Yankee Magazine selected the festival as an “Editor’s Choice” for the summer of 2014. Thousands of people from New England and across the nation attend the festival over the weekend making it a major destination for this summer weekend. This year’s festival promises an exciting and memorable celebration which shows the city of New Bedford at its best.

The lineup of performers is: Rory Block, Matt Borrello, Benoit Bourque and Antoine Bourque-Pigeon, Caroline Doctorow, Pat Donohue, John Doyle, Melissa Ferrick, John Gorka, Jefferson Hamer, Matt and Shannon Heaton, Anne Hills, Michael Johnson, Rev. Robert B. Jones Sr., Pete and Maura Kennedy, Mike Laureanno, Les Poules à Colin, Low Lily, Miss Rosie, Bruce Molsky, Moonshine Holler, Grace Morrison, the New Bedford Sea Chanty Chorus, No Fuss and Feathers, Chris Pahud, Ellis Paul, John Roberts, Garnet Rogers, RUNA, Spuyten Duyvil, The Stray Birds, Kate Taylor, Livingston Taylor, Art Tebbetts and Cheryl Wheeler. All performers are subject to change.

Tickets to 21st Annual New Bedford Folk Festival range from $15-$100 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.

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Community Partners with the New Bedford Folk Festival are The City of New Bedford, the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The New Bedford Folk Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of New Bedford, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

Havana Nights: 2016 Spring Gala

“Havana is a mistress of pleasure, the lush and opulent goddess of delights.” Cabaret Quarterly, 1956

(New Bedford) – The interior of the historic Zeiterion Performing Arts Center will be transformed into a vibrant 1950s Cuban Cabaret for the second annual gala and fundraiser, “Havana Nights” on Saturday, April 2 at 6:00 p.m. The stage will triple in size to become an exclusive Havana social club, complete with a nine-piece Latin band, three-course meal, salsa dance performances, and a silent auction that includes a vacation for two to Portugal. Tickets for The Havana Nights Spring Gala are $150 per person, and all proceeds benefit the mission of The Zeiterion. Tickets and information are available at www.zeiterion.og, 508-997-5664 x 143 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

Last year, a capacity crowd flocked to the 1920s inspired inaugural event. This year, attendees will experience the Havana high-life, and travel back to the island where time stood still. “We love a good theme here at The Z!” says the Zeiterion’s Development Director Nicole Merusi. “We want to be sure our guests aren’t coming to just another fundraiser. For us it’s a full theatrical production – complete with costumes, backdrops, and entertainment. We are a performing arts center, after all.”

Guests will be entertained by salsa dancers from Dancing the Dream Productions, as they demonstrate the classic steps of cha-cha and salsa-rueda styles. Inspired, attendees will have a chance to dance to the music of an outstanding nine-piece authentic Latin band, Grupo Sazon.  This high energy band with Latin and Cuban influences is led by master percussionist Jesus Andujar, a native of the Caribbean.

The “Havana Nights” three-course meal is inspired by the cuisine of Cuba and includes croquetas jamon (crispy serrano ham croquettes), papas rellanas (fried spicy beef stuffed potatoes) and Mini Tres Leches Cupcakes. The bar will feature signature drinks like the “Hemingway Daquiri” and “Presidente– a cocktail named in honor of Mario García Menocal, president of Cuba from 1912 to 1920, made of dark rum, curacao, white vermouth and a dash of grenadine.

The sights, sounds and flavors of Cuba will inspire tour globe trotters to explore the world, and “Havana Nights” silent auction items will get them there! Guests will have the opportunity to bid on a vacation for two to Portugal with round-trip airfare provided by Sata Airlines and accommodations provided Sagres Vacations; a weekend on Martha’s Vineyard, and a private sunset sail around Buzzard’s Bay.

All proceeds from this exotic evening will benefit The Z’s mission to entertain, educate, and inspire our community through the performing arts and contribute to the cultural, social, and economic vitality of the South Coast.

Tickets to the annual Zeiterion Performing Arts fundraiser “Havana Nights: 2016 Spring Gala” are available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-997-5664 x 143, 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.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents Innovative and Vibrant Dance Company
BODYTRAFFIC
Breaking the Boundaries of Traditional Dance

“super fast, super sexy, super expressive” Danceviewtimes.com

(New Bedford, MA) – Los Angeles-based BODYTRAFFIC, named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013, is an internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company known for commissioning repertory from the world’s most acclaimed contemporary choreographers. Praised for its “confident, hard-hitting” (LA Weekly) execution in a wide range of styles, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the dance world. Their New Bedford debut will feature works by Barak Marshall, Richard Siegal and Victor Quijada on Saturday, February 27 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $27-$47 and are available at www.zeiterion.org or by calling 508-994-2900. Tickets can also be purchased at The Zeiterion Box Office, 648 Purchase Street in New Bedford.

BODYTRAFFIC uniquely reflects LA’s diverse landscape – warm, innovative, and sexy. Known for their ability to communicate the sheer joy of dance, they have invigorated new audiences and experienced dance enthusiasts throughout the country. Their ever-growing repertory by today’s most distinctive choreographic voices is inspiring, accessible, and challenging. BODYTRAFFIC’s family of vibrant dancers drives the company’s commitment to art and entertainment.

BODYTRAFFIC will kick off its performance with Israeli-American choreographer Barak Marshall’s piece And at midnight the green bride floated through the village square… According to Marshall, the piece, inspired by a real Yemen family, “is a morality tale filled with dark humor.” Set to an eclectic score ranging from traditional Yiddish, Ladino and Judeo-Arabic sayings and songs, to the Barry Sisters’ Chiribim Chiribom, “And at midnight…” showcases Marshall’s innovative aesthetic, recognized for its intense gestural vocabulary and fusion of contemporary movement with physical theatre.

The second piece, Once again, before you go is by a choreographer Victor Quijada whose work applies a range of modern to hip-hop ideology, and examines humanity through a unique fusion of classical and street aesthetics. Quijada grew up dancing in the hip-hop culture of his native Los Angeles before moving on to some of North America’s most acclaimed ballet and contemporary dance companies. Bringing his wide-ranging influences into a singular style, Quijada’s piece deals with relationships and explores a number of different stories with an intimate cast of four male dancers and just one female. It was created to a newly commissioned score by Jasper Gahunia, a classically trained composer who regularly performs as a competitive DJ. His composition combines classical music with turntable techniques from hip hop and dance music.

The program concludes with the cheerful and exuberant o2Joy. Choreographed by Munich Dance Award Winner Richard Siegal, o2Joy pays adoring tribute to American jazz standards and features music by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller and The Oscar Peterson Trio. The work is ballet based, peppered with syncopated hip-hop, and drenched in light-hearted humor. As its title suggests, o2Joy is an expression of sheer joy through music and movement, promising to end BODYTRAFFIC’S New Bedford debut on a high note.

BODYTRAFFIC is helping establish Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance. Founded in 2007 by Co-Artistic Directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, the company is already internationally recognized for its high quality and vitality. BODYTRAFFIC has performed throughout the United States and in Canada. In June 2012, the company made its Joyce Theater (NYC) debut; in September 2013, BODYTRAFFIC made its Walt Disney Concert Hall debut at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Opening Night Gala performance; and this past summer marked BODYTRAFFIC’s Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival debut.

Tickets to BODYTRAFFIC are $27-$47 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.

BODYTRAFFIC’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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The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents
Broadway’s Critically Acclaimed Musical
A Night with Janis Joplin
Featuring Tony Award-Nominated Actress Mary Bridget Davies as Janis Joplin

“Keeps the house rocking…with a throbbing fervor.” – The New York Times

(New Bedford) – The 34-city tour of the Broadway production A Night With Janis Joplin comes to The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 26 at 8:00pm, starring Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies. The show is a musical journey celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, all of whom inspired her to become one of rock and roll’s greatest legends. Tickets from $47 to $67 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

Written and directed by Randy Johnson, the concert-style tribute stars Mary Bridget Davies as the iconic rocker, whose hits include “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby,” “Mercedes Benz” and “Me and Bobby McGee.” On stage, Davies will be joined by many of the production’s Broadway cast – a stellar, eight-piece rock band as well as her “Joplinaires” – incredible female singers who provide the iconic voices of the blues and soul singers who influenced Joplin’s music.

“I feel a responsibility to be as honest and authentic as possible,” says Davies, who has spent years singing Joplin songs in concert and onstage. “You can’t fake the funk. You can’t fake Janis.” Praising Davies’ uncanny evocation of Joplin’s vocals and stage persona, the Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks wrote, “It’s a portrait, more than anything else, of a romance: a singer in love with the cleansing embrace of the crowd.”

Cleveland native Davies won local acclaim for her work in various rock bands, was asked to sit in with Big Brother & The Holding Company (Joplin s original band, with whom she would later tour), as well as legendary blues guitarist Robert Lockwood. Davies received a Tony® nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical when A Night With Janis Joplin debuted on Broadway in 2013.

Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of rock and roll. Her distinctive, husky voice “filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort” is described by music historian Tom Moon as “devastatingly original.” And while we may not have the chance to see Janis live, The Los Angeles Times says “This electrifying concert musical resurrects the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

Tickets to A Night With Janis Joplin are $47-$67 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.

Davies’ appearance in  A Night With Janis Joplin 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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The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents
Jasmine Guy in
“Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey”

(New Bedford) The Zeiterion welcomes award-winning actress Jasmine Guy (“A Different World”) and the critically-acclaimed jazz ensemble the Avery Sharpe Trio in “Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey” on Friday, February 5 at 8:00pm. The production is inspired by the 1923 novel “Cane” by Jean Toomer and the works of the musicians, composers, poets, and actors of the Harlem Renaissance. Hear the words of Langston Hughes, the music of Duke Ellington and see the art of one of the biggest movements of cultural and artistic expression in American history. Tickets from $27 to $45 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio visit New Bedford. This production is a rare opportunity for the community to experience the power, passion and excellence of the Harlem Renaissance through these outstandingly talented performers,” said Rosemary Gill, Zeiterion Executive Director.

The Harlem Renaissance, 1918-37, is known as the most influential movement in African American literary and creative arts history — a blossoming of African American culture that embraced literary, musical, theatrical, and visual arts. In the years leading up to the Harlem Renaissance, there was a sense of building artistic expression. Up until then, outlets and avenues for its poets, musicians, novelists, artists, and actors were few. But in 1918, as the first great World War concluded and thousands of African-American soldiers returned home victorious, this mountain of artistic expression was ready to explode.

The words and thoughts of Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois and many others, became the voice of a new generation of African Americans, looking forward but still struggling with the past and present. These thoughts, songs, and images are woven into a panoramic experience that spans this extraordinary outpouring of artistic endeavor. “Raisin’ Cane” is a window on this critical point in history.

Starring the award winning actress, singer, and dancer Jasmine Guy and the acclaimed Avery Sharpe Trio, “Raisin’ Cane” celebrates and honors the legendary voices of the Harlem Renaissance through text, song, music, movement, and imagery.

Tickets to “Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey” on Friday, February 5 at 8:00pm range from $27-$45 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.

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Jasmine Guy has a regular presence on film, television, and stage. She was the star of the “The Cosby Show” spin-off “A Different World” for which she won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards. Television work includes “The Vampire Diaries,” “Melrose Place,” “NYPD Blue,” and “Dead Like Me.” A former dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, she has also appeared in a range of Broadway and national productions including “Chicago,” “Grease,” and “The Wiz.” On film, she starred in Spike Lee’s “School Daze,” as well as in “Harlem Nights,” and “Stompin’ at the Savoy.” She is not only recognized as an accomplished actress, singer, and comedienne, but also as a director, writer, and speaker.

Avery Sharpe is considered one of the greatest Jazz bassists of his generation. He has performed and toured with many of the world’s top jazz musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny and others. Sharpe’s extraordinary compositional skills are on display in “Raisin’ Cane.” His exceptional works have been performed in every musical configuration from orchestras to the Grammy Award Winning Jazz recordings of Michael Brecker and McCoy Tyner.


ALAN CUMMING IN “ALAN CUMMING SINGS SAPPY SONGS”

Taking command of the stage with the ease of a vaudevillian who has been treading the boards for decades, Cumming entertained with a capital E.” – New York Times

“Forget sexy. Tony Award winner Alan Cumming is bringing cabaret back. Yes, this irrepressible scamp has feelings. But he is first and foremost fabulous.” – Los Angeles Times

(New Bedford) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is proud to welcome four-time Emmy nominee and Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming, known for standout roles in television (The Good Wife, The L Word), film (Eyes Wide Shut, Titus), theatre (Hamlet, Cabaret, Macbeth) in the smash cabaret review “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs” on Saturday, December 5 at 8:00 p.m. Alan will share the stage with his longtime collaborator and Emmy-winning musical director, Lance Horne, and cellist Eleanor Norton in a show the New York Times calls an “emotional firestorm” with songs by artists as diverse as Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim, Rufus Wainwright and Miley Cyrus, “delivered passionately and with tremendous theatrical authority.” Tickets from $49 to $99 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. Tickets at the $99 level includes post-performance artist meet and greet with Mr. Cumming.

Direct from a sold-out residency at New York’s legendary Carlyle Hotel, Cumming will bring the house down with unique reinterpretations of pop and stage classics, born out of his post-show parties during the Broadway season of Cabaret, and honed to sharp-tongued perfection at The Carlyle. There’s no one else quite like Alan Cumming—and there’s certainly no other evening that comes close to the delicious mix of songs, salacious stories, and sly gossip as “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.” Thrill to yet another side of this incredible entertainer, lovingly described as “a bawdy countercultural sprite!” by The New York Times.

Alan is best known for his work on stage and screen as well as for writing a best-selling memoir “Not My Father’s Son.” He has been called “a bawdy countercultural sprite” and “one of the most fun people in show business.” His recent season of Sam Mendes’ Cabaret on Broadway saw him reprise his multi-award winning role as Emcee and he’s also currently on screen in the Emmy-award winning The Good Wife.

Tickets to “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.” range from $49-$99 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.

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(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.

ABOUT 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.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at

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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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http://www.piaf-lespectacle.com/eng/#/Home/


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

JOAN ARMATRADING

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

http://www.joanarmatrading.com/index.php


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 storiesuntold@zeiterion.org.

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
JOAN ARMATRADING FRI 9/25/2015
COLIN QUINN SAT 10/10/2015
PETER FRAMPTON TUE 10/13/2015
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
ARLO GUTHRIE FRI 11/13/2015
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
ALAN CUMMING SAT 12/5/2015
TANIA DASILVA – Stage Door Live! THU 12/10/2015
CHRISTMAS CAROL – Matinee SAT 12/12/2015
CHRISTMAS CAROL 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
TROMBONE SHORTY WED 2/3/2016
RAISIN’ CANE starring JASMINE GUY FRI 2/5/2016
MOBY DICK SUN 2/7/2016
THE MOTH MAINSTAGE TUE 2/9/2016
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN FRI 2/26/2016
BODY TRAFFIC SAT 2/27/2016
CANADIAN BRASS FRI 3/4/2016
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
PEKING ACROBATS SUN 4/17/2016
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
CRISTINA BRANCO SAT 5/7/2016
THE GLASS CASTLE THU 5/19/2016
JOY BEHAR FRI 5/20/2016
MARIACHI SOL DE MEXICO SAT 5/21/2016

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

New Bedford Folk Festival 1

New Bedford Folk Festival 2

New Bedford Folk Festival 3

JOSHUA DAVIS NBFF

VANCE GILBERT NBFF

JIM KWESKIN NBFF

AOIFE O'DONOVAN

SUSAN WERNER

CATIE CURTIS NBFF

THE MAGPIE SALUTE

DAVE MASON

AMOS LEE

BRIAN WILSON

TAPE FACE

DAVID SEDARIS