AHA! (Art • History • Architecture) Night is a FREE arts & culture event which
takes place the 2nd Thursday of every month in Downtown New Bedford.
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Our AHA! Partners have something for everybody on your list. 
- boutique shops 
- museum memberships
- galleries galore
- tickets to a show
- gift cards to eclectic eateries 

Click here for AHA! Partner info.


Check In, Catch Up, & Chill Out


A Portrait of Purchase Street: NB Beautiful, UMD CVPA, Spinner Publications and AHA! team up to create an historic photo installation in the Bristol Building.

The Culture of Tea Tasting continues at Gatlin's Framing and Subtext Books (209 Union Street). Featuring favorites from last time and a new tea to try---Cape Cod Cranberry (no caffeine), just in time for Thanksgiving!

Tia Maria’s European Café (42 North Water Street) hosts a book signing for Cooking with Fire: From Roasting on a Spit to Baking in a Tannur, Rediscovered Techniques and Recipes That Capture the Flavors of Wood-Fired Cooking by Paula Marcoux. From the Boston GLOBE: After almost 30 years studying pre-industrial and ancient cooking methods, Marcoux, 53, a former Plimoth Plantation historic interpreter, has just published her first cookbook, “Cooking With Fire: From Roasting on a Spit to Baking in a Tannur, Rediscovered Techniques and Recipes That Capture the Flavors of Wood-Fired Cooking.” The various outdoor cooking options on her land are both practical and part of her extensive research. The book, as much a summary of traditional cooking methods as a compilation of recipes, takes novices through making a fire, exploring age-old techniques and tools, and leading the more ambitious (with 12 pages of instructions and photos) through building a wood-fired mud oven. “Wood-fired ovens are for taking outdoor cooking to the next level or for fanatical bakers,” she says. She considers herself one of the fanatics.


Celebrate the “Stone Fleet” with Ruth and Abby, the National Parks 1850s Ladies. The 1850s Ladies have been watching the preparation of the “Stone Fleet.” Watch out, Mr. Lee, the whalers are coming! The fleet will leave promptly at 6:30pm. Be there to cheer them on from the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center (33 William Street).

Feathery fun with the Lloyd Center for the Environment at the New Bedford Free Public Library (613 Pleasant Street). Come meet your neighbor!  Although Eastern screech owls live in & near New Bedford, these tiny hunting birds are rarely seen.  Stop by the library at 6:30pm to meet Koko, the Lloyd Center's resident owl.  An encounter with this pint-sized raptor is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not to be missed!

Stop by the Buzzards Bay Coalition (114 Front Street) to make your own seashell turkey! There will be paint, feathers, sparkles, and plenty of shells to decorate. 5-8pm

Join New Bedford Parks Recreation & Beaches for kids activities in Custom House Park (William Street & Acushnet Avenue).


The New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (608 Pleasant Street) presents 2 new shows and a last chance viewing:
- New Bedford Open Studios presents a series of exhibits, Artist Under Glass, in The Vault Gallery. This month features the in-process installation by fiber artist Jodi Stevens.
- Meeting the Shadow: the paintings of Andrew Fish is in the Regions Gallery.
- Last chance to see Collectors 3: Discerning Eyes, curated by Robert P. Stack & Vanphouthon Souvannasane and featuring a collection of artwork discovered by ordinary people with extraordinary tastes.
- The Library Beastiary, curated by Janice Hodson, continues in the City Gallery.  

Alison Wells Fine Art Studio & Gallery (106 William Street) presents paintings from Alison Wells series "Home is Memory, Memory is Now" previously exhibited in Boston and NYC and now in New Bedford. Plus! Sister Laura from WUMD 89.3 FM Roots Radical Connection will be spinning some smooth reggae music for a little extra Caribbean flair starting at 7pm.

Swing by the South End!
Judith Klein Art Studio
(127 Rodney French Blvd. Door #31) presents
the New Show
"6th Anniversary Exhibit ". Stop by for Artists Reception & Demos. Artists in the show include: Beth Barry, Lori Bradley, Michael Brisson, Mark Delisle, Stephen Denton, Alison Horvitz, Donna Huse, Judith Klein, Liliya Krys, Christy LaGue, Henry McMahon, Anthony Miraglia, Sheila Oliveira, James Soares, Valorie Sheehan, Adrian Tio, Carol Scavotto, John Landry and Laurie Carlson Steger. Plus! New silver jewelry by Jocelyn. 

New Show at UGLY Gallery (246 Union Street)! The Return of D205: The Teacher & The Student 5-9pm plus the After 9 Cypher.

Opening Reception for Ripple Geometry, an exhibit of photographs by Deborah Ehrens, at Gallery 65
(65 William Street). Plus a Special Event! Trunk Show featuring Swing Lane Jewelry by Donna Manness. 5-9pm

The Wall at Travessia Urban Winery (760 Purchase Street) presents local artist Tim Ellis Cole of Partner Projects with his exhibition "The Scratch Paper Project". Check out this illustrative print series on hand-made paper using recycled cotton, paper and foraged natural fibers from beaches and woods of Monument Beach. Meet the artist, view his pieces, and taste Travessia's sustainably-produced local wines, and Shy Brothers Farm cheeses from 5-8pm. Plus! Music by Jim Decatur.

New Show at Gallery X (169 William Street)!
West Unto The East features the work of three artists whose current paintings share an oriental inspiration:
- 12 painting installation by Lori Bradley inspired by Japanese screens
- paintings and poems by Steve Fraga exploring parallels between eastern and western religions
- Tarot Paintings by Nik Ukleja features miniature oil paintings depicting minor arcana tarot

New Show at Umass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store (715 Purchase Street)
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew: An Indian from India
Opening Reception, 6-9pm
Artist Talk, 7pm.
Plus the continuing show 'E' is for Elephants: The Etchings of Edward Gorey. Check out the exhibition of the work of the American author and illustrator organized in collaboration with the Edward Gorey House.  

Café Arpeggio (800 Purchase Street) presents a Thanks-Giving Celebration with Featured Performers The Harper and The Minstrel (Jay and Abby Michaels). Featured Performer from 6-7pm and Weekly Open Mic from 7-10pm, hosted by Art Tebbetts & Denn Santoro. “Health issues have recently brought home the need for thanks-giving to Abby & Jay, and all their friends, and make this an especially profound opportunity to share love and gratitude. The two have long been Café favorites, as their music is beautiful, with delightful vocals blended with a wide range of instrumentsnfrom Celtic harps, to guitars, flutes. bowed psaltrys, penny whistles, recorders, and dulcimers. They not only write their own music, but they have a large collection of songs from others from Medieval music to Rock & Roll. They love it all & play it all equally brilliantly. They are a very special act, and not to be missed.”
The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra presents a Mindfulness and Musical Performance Workshop: A Meditative Approach to Making Music. 7-8pm, in the Zeiterion Penler Space (corner of Spring and Purchase Street). Please plan to stay for the entire performance. NBSO Concertmaster Jesse Holstein will  talk on the ways mindfulness meditation can be a part of how one practices and performs music. Jesse has been exploring the connections between mindfulness and music for several years and will share how mindfulness has deepened his approach to practicing and performing music.

All activities are FREE and open to the public.Year-round programming is funded in part by the Mass Cultural Council's John and Abigail Adams Arts Program, The Island Foundation, The City of New Bedford, the AHA! partners, individual supporters and in-kind marketing support from the Standard-Times and WBSM. For more information call 508-996-8253 x205

First time visitors
may want to start AHA! Night at the National Park Visitor Center (33 William Street). Complete program flyers with maps are also available at all AHA! venues starting the Tuesday prior to each event.

Directions: From I-195 E or W. Take Exit 15 (Rte. 18). Follow Rte 18 to 2nd traffic signal; take a right onto Union St. At the first traffic signal take a right onto Second Street and take your first left for parking in Custom House Square or continue on two blocks to the Elm Street garage. On-street parking also available for free after 6 pm.

Our 2014-2015 Calendar of dates and themes!

November 13, 2014 Homecomings
December 11, 2014 Made in NB
December 31, 2014 City Celebrates! New Years Eve
February 12, 2015 Tall Tales
March 12, 2015 Hand To Hand
April 9, 2015 Sustainable SouthCoast
May 14, 2015 We Art NB
June 11, 2015 Latitude & Longitude
July 9, 2015 Kids Rule
August 13, 2015 Dancing In The Streets
September 10, 2015 Festa, Fiesta, Fete: Celebrate NB Cultures
October 8, 2015 Down On The Farm
November 12, 2015 No Place Like Home
December 10, 2015 Made In NB

AHA! • 30 Cornell Street • New Bedford, MA 02740

AHA! (Art • History • Architecture) Night is a FREE arts & culture event which
takes place the 2nd Thursday of every month in Downtown New Bedford.

artisans & exhibits / lectures & films / museums & galleries / performance art
live music / working waterfront / eclectic eateries / family activities / walking tours
boutique shops