New Bedford High School Drama Club presents The Match Girl’s Gift: A Christmas Story

By Jamie Roballo, Senior Drama Club Member

“Without our dreams, we are without hope.” No matter how dark the world may seem, there will always be light in the darkness, warmth in the bleakness, and hope in times of despair. Our world may change, but one thing will always stay the same– every single one of us has hope and light inside of us, and as long as we continue hoping, there will never be true darkness. In their reimagined staging of The Match Girl’s Gift: A Christmas Story, a play by Laurie Brooks, the New Bedford High School Drama Club strives to prove exactly that.

The play, a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale ‘The Little Match Girl’, centers on Lizzie, a young girl selling matchsticks on a snowy Christmas Eve in turn-of-the-century New York City. As she watches the world around her, shivering in the cold, she uses the light of her matches to dream of a better life, assisted by her grandmother’s voice and a chorus of other children. We watch as she lives out the dreams she builds, shares her kindness with others, and reminds us all that there is always hope to be found, if we continue dreaming.

The students of New Bedford High School, along with guidance from a brilliant team of educators and directors, have been able to adapt this script into a radio play format, which will be recorded and available for streaming as a performance. Not only will there be acting talent, but also special features for the drama club’s skilled crew– radio plays require Foley artists, or members of the crew who create real-time sound effects to accompany an audio performance, making it seem as though actors are really moving and interacting with an unseen space. As rules and regulations for safety change, performance and art change too, and NBHS is switching up the way they perform to create an entirely new experience for cast, crew, and audience alike.

Says Sarah Cadieux Pacheco, the show’s co-director and one of the drama teachers at NBHS, “I feel like this story of love and giving is more poignant this year than ever, so I was thrilled when we received permission to adapt our performance to achieve social-distancing requirements and perform it as a radio play.” She continues, “Students auditioned remotely, submitted self-recorded audition tapes. Once cast, students had the option of attending rehearsal in person, in a socially distanced space, or they could participate virtually from home. For the recording, the auditorium at NBHS was transformed into a socially distant recording studio, with students placed as far apart as possible with their own dedicated microphone and materials. Putting on this show was a creative challenge and we’re so excited to finally share it with our audience.” Cadieux Pacheco is joined by Co-Director Stephanie Donnelly, who is making her NBHS directorial debut as the newest theatre teacher at the school. They are joined by Assistant Director, Ricardo Aguiar, and Technical Director, Teressa L’Heureux.

The New Bedford High School Drama Club is performing The Match Girl’s Gift: A Christmas Story by Laurie Brooks for one night only, on December 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. streamed directly to you in the comfort of your own home! The performance is being presented as an old-fashioned radio play.

Tickets are $5 per streaming device and can be purchased online here. Each ticket purchase generates a unique link to be used the night of the show.

The performance is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, IL.

Bristol Community College Theatre Program hosts FREE, virtual conversation with Tony Award-winning actor André De Shields

Bristol Community College’s Theatre program invites everyone to join a free virtual conversation with Tony Award-winning actor André De Shields, on Wednesday, December 16, from 1 – 2 p.m., by Zoom. Broadway legend André De Shields will discuss the important role of the artist in matters of social justice. The engaging event is free and open to the public by registering below.

Register here:

Throughout his career, spanning 50 years, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director and educator. De Shields recently won the 2019 Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical category, for his performance in “Hadestown.” He is also best known for his performances in Broadway productions “The Wiz, “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, “Play On!” and “The Full Monty.” De Shields can currently be seen on Netflix on “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch” and on “Katy Keene.” For more information about André De Shields, please visit

Bristol’s Theatre program is an Associate in Arts in liberal arts & sciences that provides hands-on training and experience, allowing students to learn and refine their craft as they perform. Students can smoothly transfer to a four-year institution or seek work in the performing arts. In addition to teaching history, literature and art, studying theatre also provides interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills.

Wellbeing in Time of COVID with Dr. Laurie Santos: Live on New Bedford Guide on Dec. 3

COVID-19 has changed how we live but it doesn’t have to affect our happiness. Take that from Dr. Laurie Santos, New Bedford High School graduate (Class of ’93) and Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University.

Even before COVID-19, many people were not living their happiest life. Perhaps they were not taking care of themselves physically. Or they got caught up in comparing themselves to other people. Or they ran on a hedonic treadmill that would never satisfy them.

Throw in a pandemic and things only get more complicated. Socially distanced, we work from home when we can and we wear masks in public. It’s the socially responsible thing to do, but that does not mean it’s always easy. At times, this “new normal” can make us feel helpless and even lonely.

Thankfully, Dr. Santos created Yale’s most popular course, Psychology and the Good Life, to teach her students how psychology-based principles can guide them to choices that will help them live happier and more fulfilling lives. Even in a pandemic! A version of the course was made available free to the public on Coursera and made headlines worldwide. She now shares life tips on her popular podcast, The Happiness Lab, which has over 20 million downloads.

In these times of COVID-19, it is more important than ever that we focus on our well-being. That means staying socially connected and being grateful for the things we have. We are fortunate to have Dr. Santos join the New Bedford Guide, The New Bedford Wellness Initiative, The COVID-19 Action Coalition, and other community groups on Facebook Live on Thursday, December 3 from 6:30 to 8:00pm. In her talk, she’ll discuss 10 ways to find happiness and support our well-being in these trying times. This will be followed by an open Q&A session. Join us and build on your happiness today.


Dr. Laurie Santos is an expert on human cognition and the cognitive biases that impede better choices. As Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University, she developed a course, Psychology and the Good Life, that has been featured in numerous news outlets including the New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, GQ Magazine, Slate and O! Magazine. A winner of numerous awards both for her science and teaching, she was recently voted as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” young minds, and was named in Time Magazine as a “Leading Campus Celebrity.”

UMass Dartmouth, AHA!, and the City of New Bedford to host outdoor holiday event downtown

On Saturday, December 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., UMass Dartmouth, AHA!, and the City of New Bedford will SPARKLE. This outdoor festival allows the community to engage in the spirit of the holidays while staying safe through social distancing.

SPARKLE will focus on the UMass Dartmouth College of Visual & Performing Arts (CVPA) Star Store and connect other downtown organizations and businesses to create a fun atmosphere while supporting downtown stores and restaurants. SPARKLE will officially begin with AHA! Night on Thursday, December 10, 5-8 p.m. This virtual event will celebrate the arts and culture of New Bedford with music, art exhibits, and discussions with local artists.

Saturday’s events will be staged on Purchase Street, where the block between Spring Street and Union Street will be closed, and in front of the Star Store. Programming is designed to enhance social distancing and will be conducted per all regulations governing outside activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

December 12 events include:

• A diverse program of entertainment will be staged in the performance tent and the Swain Gallery in the Star Store at the corner of Union St. and Purchase St. and rechristened the City Stage. Performances in the Star Store will be visible through the gallery’s windows and the sound broadcast through speakers on the sidewalks outside.
• The Star Store windows will be decorated for the holidays and will offer greetings from the UMassD colleges and schools to the community.
• CVPA students and downtown businesses will offer window decorations as part of downtown New Bedford’s “Deck the Windows” projects.
• A variety of performing artists and organizations, including the Department of Music at CVPA, the New Bedford Symphony, Festival Ballet of Providence, the Zeiterion, Your Theatre, Seaglass Musical Theatre, 3rd EyE, The Groovalottos, and UNCG alumna and fado singer Candida Rose will perform.
• Santa Claus, in an antique fire truck, will ride through downtown New Bedford to wave to children.
• Two special North Pole mailboxes will be in front of the Star Store from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the National Park Visitors •Center until 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 12 to allow children to drop off letters to Santa. Santa’s elves, with the help of Bishop Stang’s senior class, will make sure every letter with a return address is answered.

For more information, visit Please note, the schedule of events is subject to change without notice.

City of Salem to discourage Halloween visits by tripling fines, closing business, and banning music stages and street performances

In order to protect the health and well-being of residents, employees, and visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Salem is implementing additional public safety protocols for the weekends of October 23rd to October 25th and October 30th to November 1st. In addition to all Salem Haunted Happenings events being cancelled, which was announced in August, businesses are being asked to close early on October 23rd and October 24th. A Board of Health and Executive Order requiring early closures of businesses is anticipated for October 30th and October 31st. Visitors who are planning to come to Salem that weekend should postpone their visit to Salem.

“While we have seen around half the visitors to Salem this October than we’ve had in previous years, we still have had large numbers of people here throughout the month,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “Ordinarily, there is no better place to celebrate Halloween than Salem. Our first priority from the outset of this pandemic has been keeping residents, employees, and visitors healthy and safe. To help ensure we can meet that goal, we are taking action to limit the number of people who will be in Salem on Halloween and the day prior.”

MBTA Train Service

The City has worked with the MBTA to curtail trains to Salem over the final two weekends of October. MBTA commuter rail trains outbound from Boston will not stop at Salem station on October 23rd and October 30th between 7:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. or October 24th, October 25th, and October 31st between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Visit complete details and commuters should plan their travel accordingly.

Parking Restrictions

All City parking garages and lots will close to entering traffic at 2:00 p.m. on October 23rd and at noon on October 24th, October 25th, October 30th, October 31st, and November 1st. Salem residents with reserved parking spaces or who live downtown and any downtown business employee with proof of employment may enter and park in both City garages at any time at the regular parking rate and subject to available spaces. Exiting traffic will still be allowed. All privately operated parking lots are ordered to close to entering vehicles at these times, as well. The City’s “Universal Steel” parking lot at 297 Bridge Street will be closed to all parking Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the next two weekends.

The MBTA garage will have restricted access for local parking from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on October 23rd and October 30th, noon to 8:00 p.m. on October 24th, noon to 6:00 p.m. on October 25th and November 1st, and noon to 11:00 p.m. on October 31st. During these times only commuter/transit users will be allowed to park in the garage.

The City is temporarily expanding resident parking areas to additional streets during the final two weekends of October and will be ticketing and towing illegally parked vehicles. See the attached map for the expanded resident parking streets. Hang tags and stickers will not be issued for the expanded resident parking areas. License plates will be run by police prior to towing in order to check the registered address of any vehicle.

Business Closures

The City of Salem is asking all downtown businesses to utilize reservations and to close or curtail activity by 8:00 p.m. on October 23rd and 24th to help mitigate the evening crowds that are anticipated for this traditionally busy weekend. No lines or waiting will be permitted on the public way after 8:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, October 23rd and 24th. This includes retail, museums, attractions, walking tours, restaurants, and other businesses that are in the area designated on the attached map.

The City will order mandatory 8:00 p.m. closures of all downtown businesses for the weekend of October 30th and October 31st of retail, museums, attractions, walking tours, restaurants, and other businesses that are in the area designated on the map below. Further, the City anticipates that it may be necessary to close or restrict access to sections of the downtown, as necessary, throughout the day.

Traffic Control Points

The Salem Police Department will implement a Traffic Control Plan in approximately 15 locations throughout the City to assist non-residents in exiting the area. Traffic Control Points will be established October 24th, October 30th, and October 31st between noon and 8:00 p.m., or as circumstances may require. Police personnel will staff Traffic Control Points at each location to redirect vehicles and physical barricades will be in place to define closure at each location. Traffic Control Points will also have significant parking enforcement efforts, to further deter non-residents from parking in residential areas. These areas will be clearly marked. The Traffic Control Plan is subject to change based on actual traffic flow and congestion.

Liquor Sales

State law provides that restaurants with liquor licenses may serve alcohol between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Local licensing boards may grant extended closing hours between 11:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. In Salem, hours are extended to 1:00 a.m. In light of the pandemic, large crowds expected in our downtown in the coming weekends, and the resulting concern by local health officials of a potential increase in cases as a result, the Salem Licensing Board this week shall discuss and vote on rolling back the sale of alcohol at restaurants in the downtown Central Business District (B5) and Business Neighborhood (B1) zones to 11:00 p.m., the limit of the Licensing Board’s authority on closure time, for October 24th, October 30th, and October 31st. A map of the zones can be found on the City’s website at

Essex Street Pedestrian Mall

Salem Police will restrict pedestrian access to the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall should crowds reach a level that is considered unsafe pursuant to public health guidelines. Police may close the pedestrian mall entirely for periods of time to de-densify crowds, as deemed necessary.

Triple Fines

Salem will again this year triple all City fines for the period of October 30th through November 1st, including fines for noise violations, resident parking violations, and public intoxication.

Halloween Night

All the customary Halloween night events in Salem have been cancelled, as was announced on August 4th. This includes all outdoor music stages and performances, beer gardens, and other activities, including the usual Halloween fireworks. There will be no events on Halloween night in Salem. Downtown businesses should close by 8:00 p.m. on Halloween night at the latest. Salem Police will close roads to through-traffic and pedestrians as circumstances warrant.


Trick-or-treating is not a City event. The decision to trick-or-treat is one that individual families should make on their own. Those who choose to engage in trick-or-treating should comply with the public health guidance issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: If trick-or-treating, families should not congregate with other family groups, should keep a face covering on at all times, and should stay six feet away from others. Anyone choosing to trick-or-treat should be out no later than 8:00 p.m. Those giving out candy should leave it outside for trick-or-treaters to take and only in individual, not communal, receptacles. Residents who do not wish to give out candy can indicate that by keeping their outside light off for the evening. Residents of other communities should not trick-or-treat in Salem.

House Parties

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, residents, including Salem State University students, should avoid gathering for Halloween parties. Salem has previously suspended its reopening and remains in Phase III, Step 1, within which indoor gatherings are limited to 25% of the maximum permitted occupancy and no more than 25 persons in all. Violations of the gathering order may result in substantial fines and penalties.

These announcements all follow the City’s previous measures undertaken over the past several months to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the community:

• Postponed the shift to Phase III, Step 2 reopening;
• Limited table capacities to six despite state allowances for up to 10;
• Canceled all Haunted Happenings parades, balls, festivals, and large events in August;
• Suspended all Haunted Happenings marketing earlier this year;
• Prohibited street performers in the central downtown area;
• Canceled the usual outdoor retail merchant activity on and along the pedestrian mall;
• Instituted a mandatory mask zone downtown and inside businesses;
• Published a crowd meter at to reflect downtown crowd levels on October weekends;
• Required those staying overnight in Salem to complete the local traveler form at;
• Established free COVID-19 testing in downtown Salem on weekdays; and
• Restricted access along the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall

New Bedford’s Zeiterion “Drive-In” presents a Sunday afternoon of live Salsa, Cha Cha and Merengue on the waterfront

“The best dance band. So fun and so sassy!” -Grupo Sazón fan.

Put on your dancing shoes for Grupo Sazón, a seven-piece orchestra led by master percussionist, founder and musical director Jesús Andújar. A mid-day matinee of Salsa, Cha Cha & Merengue music in the Whale’s Tale Parking Lot by the waterfront!

Andújar was born into a family of musicians in Samaná, Dominican Republic. At a young age he developed his rhythm, timing, and ear for music while working on the farms. He now leads a group of incredibly talented musicians performing authentic music from the Spanish Caribbean with an expansive repertoire of Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha Cha, Calypso and Latin Jazz.

Featuring Aníbal Cruz on piano, Wilson Vera on bass, Miguel Martínez and Anthony Carrillo on percussion, Doug Olsen on trumpet, and José Humberto on vocals.

Sunday, October 25th at 3:00pm in the Whale’s Tale parking lot. Each car gets two spots! Feel free to use the empty spot on the driver’s side for dancing or a picnic set-up. For everyone’s safety, masks are required when you’re outside the vehicle.

New Bedford’s Buzzards Bay Coalition returns with new adventures for every age and interest

In-person programs resume with measures to promote social distancing.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition has resumed its Bay Adventure activity series with more than a half-dozen free programs scheduled through the end of October. The programs aim to connect people to the resources of Buzzards Bay and the watershed, inspiring a sense of ownership of the local environment and a desire to explore further.

The upcoming Bay Adventures offerings are designed to appeal to a broad range of people—children to adults—covering a range of outdoor activities from art and astronomy to fishing and trail running, set in locations from Westport and Fall River to Bourne. Each program also will incorporate social distancing measures recommended by public health officials and required by state regulations.

Registration for all scheduled Bay Adventures is free, but registration is required as space is limited. The upcoming programs include:

Women on the Water—Shove off from the Onset Pier for a women’s fishing adventure on the Maureen Ann with Captain Kevin. Novice and experienced fisherwomen are welcome! We will provide life jackets if you need them. Thursday, Oct. 22 at 9 a.m.

Forage Foray—Mycologist Lawrence Millman will lead a mushroom walk in Myles Standish State Forest, focusing on ecology and identifying specimens rather than on edibility and medicinality. Saturday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m.

Plein Air Landscape Painting—A painting class for all levels, whether a beginner or a seasoned artist. All equipment, supplies, and tools needed for outdoor acrylic painting will be included. The class will be held at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford. Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m.

Mindfulness: Awake in Nature
—Enjoy the peace and beauty of nature with yoga instructor Jessica Webb and the Buzzards Bay Coalition during this mindfulness walk at Little Buttermilk Bay Woods in Bourne. Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 9 a.m.

Spooky Stargazing
—We will be taking a journey from The Bogs in Mattapoisett through our solar system. Our craft will be a Celestron 8-inch SCT telescope with attached camera and monitor, making this a safe and socially distanced exploration. Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

Watershed Runners—Join us at Copicut Woods in Fall River for a trail run through hardwood forests and serene nature. We’ll ramble from 3 to 5 miles, depending upon the interests of the group. Thursday, Oct. 29 at 4:30 p.m.

Costume Photoshoot and Harvest Hunt—A Halloween parade in the wilds of The Sawmill in Acushnet, along with a costume contest and harvest hunt. Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.

Given current health concerns, the Coalition’s outdoor programs will be restricted to small groups, typically no more than 12 individuals or a limited number of immediate families. Guests should bring and be prepared to wear masks for those times when participants are not able to maintain at least three feet apart outdoors. When equipment and supplies are required, there will be no sharing among participants. Additional safeguards may be put in place as appropriate.

Come learn a new skill, pursue a previously established interest or activity, connect with people who have similar interests, explore a conservation area, and participate in a fun outdoor activity.”

New Bedford announces early voting schedule for 2020 general election

The New Bedford Election Commission has announced that Early Voting for the 2020 general election will be held for two weeks at the New Bedford Main Library, 613 Pleasant Street, from Saturday, October 17 through Friday, October 30.

Any voter who wishes to cast their ballot in person prior to Election Day, November 3, may do so at the Main Library during the following hours:

• Saturday, October 17: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
• Sunday, October 18: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

• Monday, October 19: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Tuesday, October 20: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, October 21: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Thursday, October 22: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Friday, October 23: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

• Saturday, October 24: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
• Sunday, October 25: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

• Monday, October 26: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Tuesday, October 27: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, October 28: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Thursday, October 29: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Friday, October 30: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Voters may cast their ballot for: President; Senator in Congress; Representative in Congress; Senator in General Court; Representatives in General Court for the Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Bristol District; County Treasurer; County Commissioner; Governor’s Councillor; and Register of Probate; and on the statewide ballot questions.

As usual, on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, polls will be open in the City of New Bedford from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional safety requirements including the use of masks/face coverings and the observance of social distancing will be in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Any New Bedford resident who is uncertain about their voting status, designated polling location, or who has changed their address since the last election, or any other question should contact the Election Commission office at 508-979-1420.

New Bedford Guide’s 2020 guide to the South Coast’s haunted attractions

While COVID-19 stole our spring and summer, the boos and ghouls want to be able to vent out their frustrations and be scared of something else: the many monsters, creatures, and surprises that lurk in the hallways of the SouthCoast’s many haunted attractions.

After four and a half months up being pent up at home, quarantined, and have our entire way of life disrupted many people need some fun for a change! We all want a way to vent some of the pent up steam, take our minds off of this new “normal,” and just have a good, fun scare or poke some fun at our friends who nearly pee their pants in fright.

This is even more so the case than it has been in past years considering many communities have canceled trick or treating this year to be safe. Instead, energy and money has been spent on decorating yards and visiting haunted attractions. At least a family can have their kids enjoy dressing up in costume and traveling the neighborhood in their cars or walking with family to enjoy the hard work people put into their yard decorations.

But what is Halloween with a having the daylights, wits, and bejesus scared out of you at one or five of the popular haunted attractions? It is a tradition in many households and these venues employ a large number of people who often rely on the extra income to make ends meet.

Of course, social distancing guidelines are to be followed along with the wearing of a…um…mask, if you aren’t already wearing one.

Here is a list of the known haunted attractions on the SouthCoast with the dates they will be opening their doors and allowing patrons. Unfortunately, some attractions will not be opening this season. We’ve listed those places so you can make the decision to visit a different one.

Be sure to visit this article as we will be frequently updating it.



• 09/18: Barrett’s Haunted Mansion in Abington offering haunted drive-in movies.
• TBA: DementedFX in Holyoke.
• TBA: Factory of Terror in Fall River.
CLOSED: Fear Town Haunted House in Seekonk.
• TBA: Haunted Fairhaven in Fairhaven.
• 10/09: Monster Mash Haunted Hayride in South Hadley at McCray’s Farm.
• 10/02: Witch’s Woods in Westford offering a haunted walking trail.
• Stonewall Manor on Stonewall Avenue in Dartmouth is not an attraction per se but is one of the town’s largest private Halloween displays. Drive by at night and appreciate the work they have put in!


• 10/01: 13th World in Cumberland offering a haunted walking trail.
• 09/25: Haunted Labyrinth in Cranston offering an indoor venue.
• 10/02: Seven Cedars Farm in Smithfield offering a haunted hayride.
• 09/18: Scary Acres in Cranston offering a haunted hayride.


Do you own or manage a Halloween haunted attraction or know of one that wasn’t listed? Email us at and we’ll add you to the list.

New Bedford’s Zeiterion Theatre announces fall line-up

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center revs up for the return of the Zeiterion Drive-In featuring concerts and movies beginning September 24 until October 31. The drive-in, located in the Seastreak Ferry “Whale’s Tooth” Parking Lot, features a new line-up of live musical acts and newer theatrical releases, with more to be added at a later date. Tickets will be sold per vehicle, $25 for movies and $50 for concerts, available in advance of the event at

To ensure safety, the Zeiterion has implemented policies for all attendees, including the use of a face covering while outside the vehicle. Vehicles will be directed to every other space, so attendees may sit or stand in the empty space while maintaining social distancing. Restrooms will be available, and they will be monitored for safety, but congregating anywhere on the premises is not permitted. The complete list of information and policies is available on

The Zeiterion Drive-In currently includes eight concerts and four movies, and more events will be added at a later date. The schedule is as follows:

Rebecca Correia and Friends
Thursday, September 24, 7:00 p.m.

Splitting her time and musical career between Nashville and the Southcoast, Rochester native Rebecca Correia meets a lot of talented artists – and she’s invited three of them to perform with her on stage at The Zeiterion Drive-In. She’ll be joined by Keb Hutchings on guitar, Ben Cardoza on bass, and Joaquin Santos on drums. This self-described “Sheryl Crow meets Gavin Degraw” performer has been lauded as “one of the best singer-songwriters in America” and recently, co-wrote the song ‘So Long Goodbye’ with three-time Grammy-winner Keb’ Mo.’

American Graffiti (1973)
Saturday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.

This Academy Award-nominated classic, voted one of the American Film Institute’s top 100 Films Of All Time, features the coming of age of four teenagers on their last summer night before college. Rediscover drag racing, Inspiration Point and drive-ins all over again in this nostalgic look back at the early ’60s. The incredible soundtrack brings you the most memorable rock ‘n’ roll hits of the era. Directed by George Lucas and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, this classic stars Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack and Mackenzie Phillips. Rating: PG

The Saskia Laroo Band: Jazz Meets Hip-Hop
Friday, October 2, 7:00 p.m.

Coined in America as “Lady Miles Davis of Europe,” Saskia Laroo is a current feature on the face of 21st century trumpet artistry. Born in Amsterdam, she travels the world playing a combination of jazz, pop, world and dance with her band, often an international bunch well-versed in many styles. Their performance will feature Saskia on trumpet, vocals, and alto sax, Warren Byrd on keyboard and vocals, PremeAlom on rap vocals and vocals, Tang Sauce on rap vocals, Douglas ‘Basszilla’ Long on electric bass, and Dexter Pettaway on drums. Audiences all ages and backgrounds welcome!

Craig DeMelo & Friends
Friday, October 3, 7:00 p.m.

Known as The Whiskey Poet, Craig DeMelo creates a versatile blend of jam, folk, blues, rock, soul, and hip hop. A high school English teacher by day, DeMelo can be found singing at bars, clubs, and restaurants wowing crowds at night. His talents earned him a John Lennon Songwriting Award Pop Honorable Mention for “So Be It” in 2009. He’ll bring his band with him to The Z Drive-In for a night of live music we’ve all missed!

Get On Up (2014)
Thursday, October 8, 7:30 p.m.

Chadwick Boseman electrifies as James Brown in this exhilarating biopic! Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, Get On Up gives a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of James Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Chadwick Boseman stars as Brown, and is joined by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Jill Scott, Craig Robinson, and Dan Aykroyd in the Tate Taylor-directed drama. Rating: PG-13

Adam Ezra Group
Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.

Talk to any Adam Ezra Group fan around the country and they’ll tell you that each of their performances is a one-of-a-kind, community-driven experience, propelled by the spirit of the people in front of the stage. For both fans and band members alike, an AEG concert is a rally to live life with intensity and soak in the moments we share with one another. Adam Ezra Group is Adam on guitar and vocals, Corinna on fiddle, accordion, and vocals, and Poche on bass, and vocals.

Livingston Taylor
Friday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.

Livingston Taylor’s 50-year musical legacy has been described as “equal parts Mark Twain, college professor, and musical icon.” A natural performer, his Taylor-esque sound and a unique mix of music, anecdotes and ineffable warmth have fans exclaiming, “His storytelling made me anticipate every word. Taylor connects with his audience like nobody else.” A prolific songwriter with 22 albums, Livingston hasn’t stopped performing since his early coffeehouse days and has shared the stage with major artists such as Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Buffett, and Jethro Tull. Come hear this airplane-flying, motorcycle-riding, singing storyteller at this unique waterfront stage.

Festival Ballet Providence & New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, October 18, 3:00 p.m.

An afternoon of dance and music presented by Festival Ballet Providence and New Bedford Symphony Orchestra! Rhode Island’s resident ballet company will perform to live music by NBSO. Join us as these two world-class organizations in the Southcoast unite to for a unique and truly moving experience.

Susan Werner
Thursday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.

Susan Werner composes skillful songs that effortlessly slide between folk, jazz, and pop, all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm. Throughout her expansive career, boundless versatility has emerged as a hallmark of Werner’s talent, and has proven to be a quintessential ingredient of her engrossing musical persona.

Grupo Sazón
Sunday, October 25, 3:00 p.m.

Grupo Sazón is a seven-piece orchestra playing Salsa, Cha Cha, Merengue and Latin Jazz lead by master percussionist, founder and musical director Jesús Andújar. Andújar was born into a family of musicians in Samaná, Dominican Republic. At a young age he developed his rhythm, timing, and ear for music while working on the farms. He now leads a group of incredibly talented musicians who play throughout the New England area, performing authentic music from the Spanish Carribbean and has an expansive repertoire of Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha Cha, Calypso and Latin Jazz!

Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Friday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.

Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. One special weekend, Dracula (Adam Sandler) has invited all his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday. For Dracula catering to these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy (Andy Samberg) stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. Rating: PG

The Addams Family (2019)
Saturday, October 31, 7:30 p.m.

They’re creepy, they’re kooky, and they’re moving somewhere spooky – New Jersey! The Addams Family is back in their first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, The Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbor. Featuring the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Snoop Dogg and more. Rating: PG

The Zeiterion Drive-In is sponsored by Big Ocean Media, The Black Whale, Bristol County Savings Bank, the City of New Bedford, Joe’s Original Kitchen + Bar, New Bedford Credit Union, New Bedford Port Authority, Seastreak, and The Whale’s Tail.


The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) 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 or by calling 508-994-2900. Temporary Zeiterion Box Office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

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