THURSDAY, JULY 6
Steel Wheels to play Narrows
What: Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels are familiar with the traditions of folk music and how a string band is supposed to sound. In fact, they’ve been drawing on those steadfast traditions for more than a decade. Yet, their name also evokes a sense of forward motion, which is clearly reflected in their latest album, "Wild As We Came Here." The Steel Wheels recorded their album in rural Maine, where producer Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter) owns a recording studio inside a renovated farmhouse from the 18th century. All four band members – Trent Wagler (guitar, banjo), Eric Brubaker (fiddle), Brian Dickel (upright bass) and Jay Lapp (mandolin) – hunkered down for a week and a half to create "Wild As We Came Here." The band’s name is a tip of the hat to steam-powered trains, industrial progress and the buggies of their Mennonite lineage. Their musical style weaves through Americana and bluegrass, folk and old-time music, and the acoustic poetry of the finest singersongwriters.
When: 8 p.m. show, 7 p.m. doors
Where: Narrows Center for the Performing Arts is located at 16 Anawan Street in Fall River.
Admission: $22 in advance, $25 day of show.
Information: Street parking available. Call the box office at 508-324-1926 for tickets, purchase in person from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, or visitnarrowscenter.ticketfly.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 8
Carter kicks off summer of art-works exhibitions
What: SouthCoast-based artist Catherine Carter will participate in a group show titled “Light Off the Water.” The exhibition, which runs through Aug. 5 in Tiverton, R.I., is curated by gallerist Marika Van Vessem and features artists from Hatch Street Studios in New Bedford. In addition to this event, Carter will display three pieces at the Judith Klein Art Gallery, 127 West Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, as part of AHA Nights on Thursdays, July 18 and Aug. 10, 5-8 p.m. Carter will offer art tours of Downtown New Bedford through the New Bedford Art Museum 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, July 22 and Aug. 12. Attendees will meet at the museum and visit local art venues on foot, all within a three-block radius. Carter has also curated a four-person exhibition titled “Show of Hands: Gestural Work on Paper” that can be viewed 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday until Aug. 1 at the Fort Point Arts Community Gallery, 300 Summer Street, Boston.
When: Opening reception for “Light Off the Water” is 5-8 p.m. Saturday, July 8. Show runs until Aug. 5.
Where: at the Van Vessem Gallery, 63 Muse Way in Tiverton, R.I.
Information: Visit CatherineCarterPainting.com.
Providence Waterfire exhibition
What: This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. WaterFire’s over eighty sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the firetenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. WaterFire has captured the imagination of over ten million visitors, bringing life to downtown, and revitalizing Rhode Island’s capital city.
When: 8:22 p.m.
Where: Waterplace Park, Memorial Blvd. and Exchange Street Providence, R.I.
Admission: Free. Guests are asked for a $5 donation at one of the Official WaterFire Providence Guest Stations located throughout the park. Each Guest Station is marked by a column of blue light. Donations of $3 or more receive a luminous blue Ribbon of Light.
Information: WaterFire Providence® is an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. For directions and parking, visit waterfire.org/visit/parking-and-directions/.
SATURDAY, JULY 8 & SUNDAY, JULY 9
New Bedford Folk Festival
What: The New Bedford Folk Festival and The Zeiterion Theatre present two full days of the best in contemporary, Americana, traditional, blues and Celtic folk music. More than 100 artists will perform. Premium Weekend Pass includes the following: Premium Pass laminate badge and lanyard; official festival t-shirt; access to the fully-air conditioned Premium Pass lounge with private restrooms; guaranteed priority seating at all mainstage performances at The Z; early-access seating at all performances at the Whaling Museum Theater; discounts at food vendors in food court outside The Z; full access to entire Whaling Museum throughout the Festival Weekend; discounts at participating area restaurants and businesses.
When: 11 a.m. to as late as 9 p.m., depending on stage.
Where: on nine stages throughout historic downtown New Bedford, ranging from the 1,200-seat Zeiterion to the intimate, Meet-The-Performer stage.
Admission: Single Day $30, Weekend $40, Premium Pass $140.
Information: The Zeiterion Theatre is located at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford. For a complete lineup or performers, visit www.newbedfordfolkfestival.com/2017-performers/; for a complete schedule of performances, visit www.newbedfordfolkfestival.com/schedule/.
SUNDAY, JULY 9
Westport Fair 5K, Kid’s Fun Run
What: Throughout the years, the Westport Fair has given back to the community by issuing scholarships to local high school students towards their continuing education. As we continue that tradition, we hope to continue to raise additional money for the scholarship fund through the “Run for the Fair 5K” and “Kid’s Fun Run.” Participants receive: t-shirt (while supplies last); admission for (1) to the Westport Fair (July 12-16); goodie bag. Race course starts at the Westport Fair Grounds (North Parking Lot), Pine Hill Road to Old Pine Hill Road and ends at the Fair Grounds (North Parking Lot).
When: Kids' Fun Run begins at 9 a.m., followed by the 5K Walk/Run at 10 a.m.
Where: Parking is on the Westport Fair Grounds north parking lot located at 200 Pine Hill Road.
Admission: $20 for 5k Run/Walk; $15 for Fun Run.
Information: To register online visit: www.runforthefair5K.racewire.com. Or find us on Facebook, WestportFairRunForTheFair5K; 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Westport Fair Scholarship. For more information, email race directors Jim and Jen Potter at: email@example.com.