Concerts at Narrows Center, Fall River block party

“What do you want to do?”

If you need an answer to this age-old planning question, we have the solution for you.

In Things To Do we take a look at what there is to do each week in the Greater Fall River area and around the South Coast.

From weekdays to weekends, there is always plenty to do.

And we’re not just looking at what’s happening this week, we’re also giving you an alert for events happening soon.

This week we have some special concerts at the Narrows Center for the Arts. Additionally, we have historical lectures, Greater Fall River RE-CREATION’s Community Block Party, Taunton’s Downtown Art Jam, and choral and classical music.

So when someone asks you what you want to do, you have your plans ready.

Here are things to do this week around Fall River, the South Coast and beyond:

Folk blues artist Chris Smither at the Narrows

Folk blues artist Chris Smither will perform at the Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St., Fall River, on Friday, May 17, at 8 p.m.

Special guest Peter Mulvey opens the show.

Smither’s latest album, “All About The Bones,” was released on May 3 via Signature Sounds.

The doors open at 7:00 PM

Tickets cost $43 in advance and $45 on the day of the show.

Tickets can be found online at https://tinyurl.com/brm7t7n5.

Greater Fall River RE-CREATION Community Block Party

Greater Fall River RE-CREATION will hold its third annual Community Block Party on Saturday, May 18 from noon to 3 p.m. at 45 Rock St., Fall River.

This event, which is free to the entire community, is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Health’s Gun Violence Prevention Program.

Planned features include a rock wall, face painting, temporary tattoos, spray paint art, caricatures and resource tables.

In addition, there is free food, drinks and a DJ.

Rock Street is closed to ensure the safety of those in attendance.

Author’s lecture ‘The Birds of Dog’ at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

Science journalist and author Ann Parson will give an illustrated lecture on her new book, “The Birds of Dog: An Historical Novel Based on Mostly True Events,” at The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, 396 County St., New Bedford .

This event will take place on Wednesday, May 15, starting at 5:30 PM, with Parsons giving a presentation on the sagas and milestones in her book, a story of love and science.

The evening starts with a reception on the tent terrace, after which the lecture starts at 6 p.m

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

To make a reservation, contact Hilary Fortin at [email protected], call 508-997-1401 or visit rjdmuseum.org.

Shemekia Copeland performs at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Award-winning blues and soul artist Shemekia Copeland returns to the Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St., Fall River, on Thursday, May 16 from 8-10 p.m.

The doors open at 7:00 PM

Tickets cost $43 in advance and $45 on the day of the show.

Tickets can be found online at https://tinyurl.com/5fm4s6ba.

Black Heritage Society scholars on the political identity of African heritage in Newport

Theresa Guzmán Stokes and Keith Stokes, scholars of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, will give a presentation on how people in Newport’s African heritage community helped lay the foundation for abolition, emancipation and the civil rights movement.

“Am I Not a Man and a Woman: The Rise of African Heritage Political Identity in Gilded Age Rhode Island” will be presented on Thursday, May 16, at 6 p.m. at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport. This presentation will also be available via Zoom.

The lecture is the second of three presented this spring by The Preservation Society of Newport County in collaboration with the RIBHS, a partnership that also produced the current exhibition at Rosecliff, “Gilded Age Newport in Color.”

For more information and registration, visit https://tinyurl.com/5n8je2hm.

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New Bedford Symphony Orchestra presents ‘The Way of Passion’

On Saturday, May 18, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will present “The Way of Passion” at 7:30 PM in the Bronspiegel Auditorium at New Bedford High School, 230 Hathaway Blvd.

Under the direction of music director Yaniv Dinur, the orchestra plays works by Sergei Prokofiev and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

For this concert, Armenian-American pianist Sergei Babayan will be attending the NBSO for the first time.

There will be no pre-concert speech for this event, but the plan is to arrive early for special activities.

Tickets cost $20, $50 and $65, with $10 student tickets (only available at the box office with a student ID).

Purchase tickets by calling 508-994-2900 or online at nbsymphony.org.

There is free parking in the parking lots near the entrance to the auditorium.

There will be a free, open rehearsal in the hall on May 18 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Seating is general admission, without RSVP or tickets. This is a working rehearsal and pieces may not be played in their entirety. There is usually a 20-minute break between 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM

Fourth Annual Downtown Art Jam in Taunton

The Downtown Taunton Foundation and Trescott Street Gallery, along with their partners at Real Art Studios and Abi-Saad Print & Design, will present the fourth annual Downtown Art Jam in Taunton.

It will be held in Taunton town center on Saturday May 18 from 12pm to 4pm. The rain date is Sunday, May 19.

This event is free and open to the public.

There will be live music, dancing, painting, drawing, artist exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, food, a wine and beer tent, a short film show, sidewalk chalk and more.

The Downtown Taunton Foundation’s programs are supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Taunton Cultural Council, and by members and sponsorships.

For a full list of attractions and information on free parking, visit www.artjamtaunton.org.

South Coast Community Chorale Spring Concerts

The South Coast Community Chorale presents their spring concerts, “Memories Through Music and Photos” on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19.

Saturday’s concert will be presented at St. Thomas More Church, 386 Luther Ave., Somerset, at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday’s concert is at First Baptist Church of Fall River, 228 N. Main St., at 3 p.m.

SCCC will feature Schubert’s “Mass in A-Flat,” Broadway favorites from Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” as well as the musical “Camelot” and a musical medley of “Grease.”

They will also honor the military by singing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and highlight each branch of the military by singing “Salute to the Armed Forces.”

Tickets cost 18 euros in advance and 20 euros at the door. Seniors and students receive $3 off both prices. Veterans can participate for free.

For more information and to find tickets, visit sccchorale.com.

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