This Week: Music, Acrobats and Whales — oh my!

Thursday, April 14th

Diana Ross

Diana Ross In The Name of Love Tour

Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybosset Street, Providence

7:30 PM

Be entertained by the iconic Diana Ross!  Considered one of the most influential female singers of all time and one of the most prominent women in popular music history and pop culture of the late 20th century, her famed and remarkable career spanning almost five decades has resulted with major awards and accolades and music history milestones.  Her international achievements were acknowledged by the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in December 2007 in Washington, D.C. The honor celebrated her career of excellence in music, film, television and theatre, as well as her cultural influences, humanitarian work, and her contributions to American culture.  The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Grammys™) celebrated her remarkable career in 2012 with their highest honor, The Life Time Achievement Award.  Tickets are available for purchase online, by phone at (401) 421-2787, or at the PPAC Box Office located  in downtown Providence.  $59 – $180.

Friday, April 15th


Women Artists: An Untold Story (1880 – 1940)

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth

5:00 PM

Don’t miss this fascinating art exhibit of “Women Artists: An Untold Story!” This is the project of the Art History Senior Seminar class, composed of fourteen upperclassmen majoring in art history. Students obtained valuable scholarship and professional skills by conducting extensive archival research, assist with writing and editing of an exhibition catalog and executed a museum quality exhibition. Women artists represented: Grace Arnold Albee, Allen Sisters (Frances and Mary), Blanche Ames, Anna Richard Brewster, Theodosia Chase, Eliza Draper Gardiner, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Ellen Day Hale, Lena Newcastle, Angela O’Leary, Helen Watson Phelps, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Alice Barber Stephens, Emma Swan, Sarah Wyman Whitman, and Mabel May Woodward.

Saturday, April 16th


James Gagne

The Inn on Shipyard Park
13 Water St., Mattapoisett, MA

8:30 PM

Rock to the music of James Gagne, lead singer, guitarist, and band manager of Shipwreck, who will be entertaining at this local inn and bar Saturday night!  The Inn offers traditional seaside New England fare with a fusion flare, mainstream beer selections as well as quality microbrews, wine, and craft-cocktails in a casual and welcoming atmosphere.

Sunday, April 17th


The Peking Acrobats

The Zeiterion Theater
684 Purchase St., New Bedford

7:00 PM

For the last 30 years, The Peking Acrobats have redefined their audience’s perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion and control. Accompanied by live musicians, traditional Chinese instruments incorporate with high-tech special effects and awe-inspiring feats to recreate the magic of a Chinese Carnival!  See them at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford. TICKETS: $27.50 / $32.50/ $37.50  

Monday, April 18th


Right Whale Day

New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford

Celebrate Right Whale Day on Monday, April 18th at the New Bedford Whaling Museum!  The Museum offers free family activities focusing on the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale starting at 10:00 a.m. under the massive right whale skeleton on permanent exhibit in the Jacobs Family Gallery. Visitors are invited to walk inside a life-sized inflatable right whale and stand next to a life-sized inflatable right whale calf for a photo. Kids are challenged with the coastal obstacle course as they attempt to survive the dangers right whales face in their migrations. Their observation skills were also tested by identifying individual whales based on their markings. Learn to draw a right whale with author Cheryl Lawton in the afternoon, and enjoy a slice of “right whale cake” at 1:35 p.m.!

Tuesday, April 19th


Used Book Sale

Wareham Free Library
59 Marion Rd., Wareham, MA

5:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Stock up on some great reading material at a bargain price (e.g., $.50 to $2.00)!  The proceeds of this book sale, which is hosted by The Friends of the Wareham Library, benefits the library. So treat yourself to some literary treasures and contribute to a great cause!

Wednesday, April 20th

RJD house

Nature as Parner: Journeys of Discovery with Nan Sinton

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
396 County Street, New Bedford

7:00 PM

Driving along a country road, what tells you where in the world you are?  Is it the topography, the plants, the architecture; and how are those elements reflected in gardens?  In this garden symposium lecture, Nan Sinton, landscape designer and garden traveler, will explore how nature and gardens become partners in the creation of memorable spaces. She will offers ways to identify relevant design ideas and concepts and incorporate them into our own landscape to make a coherent and special place. Fee: $18

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