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 

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Festa, Fiesta, Fete: Celebrating NB Cultures
Thursday September 11, 5-9pm
Sponsored by Bank 5 & the New Bedford Local Cultural Council

Join us on AHA! Night when Art, History & Architecture come alive in New Bedford! On September 11th we celebrate the rich diversity of NB Cultures through the art, food, stories and spaces of the many groups who help create the fabric of New Bedford and make it the authentic city that it is.

Welcome Back Umass!
This year the UMass Dining Pass has been expanded to include Café Arpeggio (800 Purchase Street), Tia Maria’s European Café (42 North Water Street) and Destination Soups (149 Union Street). Plus, The Loop shuttle has been extended to 10pm on AHA! nights!

Catch a ride on the NB Line (the National Park's shuttle). The Line takes a break from driving to Fort Taber & the Buttonwood Park Zoo to give AHA!ers a lift around the downtown. Hop on any time between 5 & 9pm.


Pilgrim UCC (634 Purchase Street) presents it’s annual Polish Exhibition sponsored by the Polish Women’s Business and Professional Club. Egg decorating, food tasting and folk music with Barry DeRossi on the accordion.

Guest Venue! The Latino Cultural Center presents a Guatemalan musical group from Fairhaven. More info to come!

New Bedford Whaling Museum (18 Johnny Cake Hill) hosts Culture*Park in the Theater.

The Culture of Fishing
NBAM/Artworks! and The Working Waterfront Festival
team up to present a panel discussion Design and Innovation in Fisheries Science. 6pm at NBAM/Artworks! (608 Pleasant Street). Presented in conjunction with the Ocean Synergy exhibit (see below).

The Culture of Tea
Tea Tasting at Gatlin's Framing and Subtext Books
(209 Union Street), featuring favorites from last time and a new tea to try.


Café Arpeggio (800 Purchase Street) presents an Open Mic 10 Year Anniversary Celebration featuring the folks who have been running the show for the last decade: "DANCING EYEBROWS" (Denn Santoro & Helen Granger) and ART TEBBETTS. Featured Performers from 6-7pm and Weekly Open Mic from 7-10pm. All are welcome, either as performers or audience members. It's a great way to spend an evening, & the quality of the music is top notch.

UMD CVPA Star Store Gallery (715 Purchase Street) hosts the jacob epstein-royal hartigan quartet featuring wes brown on bass and anfy jaffe on piano. 6-8pm in the Crapo Gallery.

Last concert of the season! Sax Therapy Sessions On Centre Street presented by Whaling City Sound and Fiber Optic Center, Inc. The series finishes up with the Greg Abate Quartet: Greg Abate, alto and other saxophones; Ben Cook, piano; Paul Delnero, bass; and multi-Grammy winner Mark Walker on drums. In the Kaller Beef Building parking lot on Centre Street. Sets at 5:30 & 7:15pm. Rain location: BayCoast Bank (corner of William & Purchase Street).  


Join the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum for an architectural stroll through the West of County Street neighborhoods, 6-7pm. View homes from both the whaling and textile eras on this autumn evening with local historian, Bruce Barnes. ?These homes  are representative of the enormous growth in manufacturing, transportation and commerce in New Bedford from the mid-19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. Wear comfortable shoes.  Meet at the RJD (396 County Street).

Take a Sacred Spaces Tour with WHALE (Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE) , 6-8pm. To promote WHALE and the Inter-Church Council's involvement with saving architecturally significant religious properties through the Partner for Sacred Places Program, WHALE has organized the Sacred Spaces Tour. Learn about the history and architecture of: 1st Baptist Church (149 William Street), Bethel AME (532 County Street), Grace Episcopal Church (Corner of County and School Streets), New Bedford Friends Meeting House (83 Spring Street), Pilgrim United Church (635 Purchase Street), and the First Unitarian Church NB (71 Eighth Street, open 4-7pm).

The New Bedford Preservation Society presents it’s 40th Annual Meeting plus Annual Plaque and Elm Awards. 7pm in the 3rd floor Meeting Room of the Downtown Library (613 Pleasant Street). The Plaque and Elm Awards recognize historic properties in the city and those individuals or organizations who have done an outstanding job in either the ongoing maintenance, preservation, restoration or adaptive reuse of their historic property.


The New Bedford Friends Meeting House (83 Spring Street) will have a book signing for Once an Islander: a memoir by Zack Souza, 7pm. Hosted by the New Bedford Historical Society.

Stop by the Buzzards Bay Coalition (114 Front Street) to decorate your own seashell from the beaches of New Bedford! 5-8pm

Play in the Park! New Bedford Parks, Recreation and Beaches hosts kids activities in Custom House Park (Willam Street & Acushnet Ave).

The Downtown NB Farmer's Market Continues! Shop local outside the library, 4pm-dusk.


New Show! Judith Klein Art Studio (127 Rodney French Blvd. Door #31) presents All About Fruits: An Artists Couple Exhibit. Meet the Artists: Anthony and Kathy Miraglia, Lori Bradley and Mark Millstein, Don and Elizabeth Wilkenson, John and Patricia Thornton, Denn Santoro and Helen Granger, Marc and Nicole St Pierre. AHA! In the Gallery! Mary Monteiro will demonstrate  her work with hand  painted silk scarves plus new work by ceramist David Kruemer.
Veterans and Victims: 9/11 Ceremony at the Fort Taber Community Center.


2 New Shows at Gallery X (169 William Street)
- Art of the Classic Nude, curated by Fitzcarmel LaMarre
- “Eyes of the Sea”: oil paintings by Leo Allen
in the Frederick Douglass Gallery

New Show at UGLY Gallery (246 Union Street)! Air, Land, and Sea: photography by Rick
Gormley and Anj Kepinski. 5-9pm plus the After 9 Cypher.

Art by Shelley Cardoos & Erin Murphy at the Green Bean (740 Purchase Street).

Once again, it's time to AHA! New BEARDford! TL6 the gallery (100 William Street) hosts James F. Reilly Photography's photo essay about the Beards of New Bedford and beyond. Come catch a glimpse of Jim Reilly's latest work and meet some of the beards who inspired the photos.

Gallery 65 (65 William Street) hosts the Opening Reception for "WORKING WATERFRONT", gouaches by Bob Lavoie. Plus! Trunk Show featuring scarves and table runners designed by Marge Puryear and handmade in Guatemala.

The New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (608 Pleasant Street) presents
2 New Shows & 3 Continuing Shows
- New! Eklektikos: Digital Art by Ray Genereux in the Regions Gallery. Meet the artist, 5-8pm.
- Celebrate the 19th year of ArtMobile in our museum classrooms from 5–7pm. See the summer ArtMobile exhibit, while enjoying refreshments and snacks!
- Synergy: Ocean Stories is an exciting group exhibit that explores the collaboration between artists and marine research scientists. Take the Our Stories tour from 6-7pm.
- The Vault Series presents Jam ll: a group show of contemporary minimalist painters.
- Oil paintings and charcoal studies of Clifford Ashley’s Sunbeam Series based on his six weeks aboard the New Bedford bark Sunbeam.

Last chance to see!
Summer Exhibition at UMD CVPA Star Store Gallery
(715 Purchase Street)  "Holding the Line" is an invitational alumni exhibition representing the recent work from ten alumni of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in Fibers; these artists represent a vibrant community of makers, all of whom continue to produce masterful studio work in an exciting range of media. Artists include: Miyuki Akai (MFA 2006), Kristina Goransson (MFA 2008), Dawne Hoeg (MFA 2001), Elaine McBride (MFA 1998), Arlene McGonagle (MFA 1998), Paula Erenberg Medeiros (MFA 2012), Linda Senechal (MFA 1998), Myra Serrins (MFA 2002), Jodi Stevens (MFA 2010), and Emily Wolf-Walker (MFA 2009). The exhibition is timed to coincide with Convergence, the biennial conference of the Handweavers Guild of America , July 14-19 in Providence, RI. The curator, Charlotte Hamlin, selected the artists and their work with a specific theme in mind: “Holding the Line certainly refers to the linear qualities of most textile materials such as thread and yarn but also expands beyond the customary associations of textile objects – clothing, domestic linens, women’s work. Artistic work in the realm of fibers puts forth the maker’s point of view, often taking a stance whether the principle be cultural, psychological, environmental, or political. This work merges the refinement of technique with the individual voices of these nationally-recognized artists.”

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 Calendar of dates and themes!

May 8, 2014 City View
June 12, 2014 Portraits of a Port
July 10, 2014 Kids Rule
August 14, 2014 A Midsummers Night Eve
September 11, 2014 Festa, Fiesta, Fete: Celebrate NB Cultures
October 9, 2014 Reap What You Sow
November 13, 2014 Homecomings
December 11, 2014 Made in NB

AHA! • The Sundial Building • 63 Union St., 2nd Fl • 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