NEW BEDFORD – On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society will be hosting the second annual “Tails & TAPS” with a new twist – small bite food samples from 3 to 6 p.m. at Buttonwood Park Zoo. This event will feature tastings by local breweries, wineries and cider houses as well as small bite tastings from some of the best local restaurants. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at bpzoo.org/taps or at the North Woods Gift Store located at the Zoo. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event. Stroll through the Zoo on an autumn afternoon, take a look at our new red pandas, Emily and Ruth say “hi” to the beloved Asian elephants, Emily and Ruth, and watch the Fennec fox show off his high speeds inside the Wildlife Education Center. Other activities will include carnival style games and music by The Concept. Proceeds from Tails & TAPS – and Tastings, directly support the Zoo’s passionate commitment to global wildlife conservation, environmental education, community impact, and the highest quality of animal care.

FALL RIVER — Check out acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier at the Narrows Center for the Arts on Sept. 27 touring in support of her most important work to date, "Rifles & Rosary Beads" (Thirty Tigers). The songs featured on "Rifles & Rosary Beads" were all co-written as part of SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a non-profit program that facilitates retreats bringing professional songwriters together with wounded veterans and active duty military. Participants have shared that the experience of songwriting was life changing for them, some even said life saving. No stranger to pain or demons herself, Gauthier has used songwriting to work through addiction and childhood abandonment as an orphan, but this is the first album where she has focused solely on experiences other than her own. For tickets and more information, visit www.narrowscenter.org. The Narrows Center for the Arts is located at 16 Anawan St.

NEW BEDFORD – Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, a concert performer, music composer and world class singer, will open the Music at St. Anthony’s 2019-20 Concert and Recital series at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Sunday, Sept. 29. Performing on the historic 107-year old Casavant pipe organ, the concert will feature works by Bach, Rheinberger, Vierne and Demmesieux. The series is an ongoing fundraising and cultural effort to continue restoration of the magnificent instrument that was designed for the French Canadian parish church. The concert will be held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 29, at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford. A suggested donation of $10 will be accepted at the door for the pipe organ fund. All are welcome to attend.

 

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The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward is performing at the Narrows Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The concert will feature Hayward playing hits and deep cuts from The Moody Blues catalog and songs from Hayward’s solo career. Michael Dawes, who is also in Hayward’s band, will open the show. Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the Moody Blues, his is an enduring talent that has helped to define the times in which he worked. Over the last 45 years the band has sold 55 million albums and received numerous awards. Commercial success has gone hand in hand with critical acclaim, The Moody Blues are renowned the world over as innovators and trail blazers who have influenced any number of fellow artists. Hayward is honored with the Moody Blues on the Rock Walk Hall of Fame on Sunset Boulevard and the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year. Get tickets at www.narrowscenter.org.

 

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On Sept. 28 and 29, the South Coast Chamber Series opens its 2019-2020 season with “Wind City” in Marion and South Dartmouth. This season, musicians from the NBSO will perform in all of the chamber concerts, bringing their unique artistry and energy to this popular series. The opening concert spotlights the remarkable repertoire for wind quintet, featuring Carl Nielsen’s epic Quintet, Paquito D’Rivera’s sultry, seductive Aires Tropicales, and the clever gem Kleine Kammermusik by Paul Hindemith. The piano joins the fun in a brilliant Sextet for Piano and Winds by Francis Poulenc. Chamber musicians for the season opener are Timothy Macri, flute; Laura Shamu, oboe; Matthew Gellar, clarinet; Daniel Beilman, bassoon; David Rufino, horn; Janice Weber, piano. On Saturday, Sept. 28, the concert will take place at 4 p.m. in St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 124 Front Street, Marion. On Sunday, Sept. 29, the concert will take place at 4 p.m. in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 351 Elm Street, South Dartmouth. Concert tickets are $20 at the door. Season subscriptions to all five 2019-2020 chamber series concerts are $80 and will be available through Sept. 29 online or by calling the NBSO at 508-999-6276. For more information, visit the NBSO website at www.nbsymphony.org.