February is already upon us – see below for some of the best events going down!
Wednesday, February 1
Black Poets Speak Out: Boston
Hosted by the Roxbury Cultural Network, this poetry night event held at Haley House in Roxbury will consist of a short open mic and featured poets.
Thursday, February 2
Resistance Culture: An Art Show for Revolutionaries
“Resistance Culture” is an art show for the masses, the proletariat, who, living under a racist, heteronormative, patriarchial, imperialist corporatocracy, we seek to express our feelings about our personal context and our vision for a better world.
Friday, February 3
Harvard Music Conference – Black Lives Matter: Music, Race & Justice
This two day event by the Department of Music at Harvard University is free and open to the public. This interdisciplinary conference serves the purpose of creating dialogue around the place of music, musicians, and sound in light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the crises to which it responds. Friday evening will feature the keynote/performance by Imani Uzuri and Saturday morning is the keynote lecture with Dr. Matthew Morrison.
MLK Celebration: Mobilize, Educate, Elevate w/ India.Aria
Berklee’s fourth annual MLK Celebration Series will engage the Berklee community and the public in celebration and discussion of furthering the work of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This event aims to embolden activists and demonstrate what it means to mobilize, educate, and elevate the work suggested by the life and legacy of Dr. King. Featured guest artist India.Arie, known for her abilities to heal and empower communities, will perform a short set of her incredible music. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot—Berklee trustee, Harvard professor, and prolific activist—will deliver the keynote address and share the stage with Bill Pierce, chair of Berklee’s Woodwinds Department, who will also perform.
MFA First Friday
Join the Museum of Fine Arts for an evening of fine art, music, signature cocktails and delicious snacks available for purchase.
First Fridays: Ice Ice Baby
All right stop, collaborate, and listen. Warm up this February at the ICA with 90s live music, a jumping dance party, a cozy cocktail, and, as always, some killer contemporary art.
How She Did It! Steps to Success for Women Entrepreneurs
Learn, network and get inspired at BostonSpeaks monthly panel breakfast series for women entrepreneurs. This month’s panelists include self-taught fashion designer, Kelly Dempsey, former contestant on Season 14 of Project Runway where she was runner-up.
Saturday, February 4
Valentine’s Day Author Workshop
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, join author, educator, artist and confidence coach Dr. Alana Da Graca as she leads a confidence building workshop for women. This is free and open to the public and don’t forget to wear red to receive your free gift!
YPN Urban League Of Eastern Massachusetts Annual Ski Trip
Join YPN-ULEM members for their annual ski trip to New Hampshire. Ticket prices include transportation, equipment rental and snow tubing. Must RSVP by FEBRUARY 1st!
Violence in Boston: Town Hall
Join the Local Organizing Community and Monica Cannon in the first of six town hall style meetings in the community for the purpose of addressing the increase in violence in our neighborhoods.
Sunday, February 5
NSBE Annual Super Bowl Viewing Party
If you’re looking for a party to crash this year’s Super Bowl game, well, consider yourself invited to this one! Join the National Society of Black Engineers at Kings Boston for this year’s edition.
Chicken Wing Throwdown
Pre-game for the Patriots big day with a Chicken Wing Cookoff at Dorchester Brewing Company. Some of the best restaurants in Dorchester will bring you a tasting of the best wings around and it’s FREE to attend and sample the wings! Yes y’all free chicken wings! Come out and vote on your favorites!
Monday, February 6
Join Chris Davis of Capital Front Booking and Melissa from Jamn 94.5 at the Hard Rock Cafe for a live music showcase and opportunity to network with music industry professionals. Make sure to purchase a ticket!
Tuesday, February 7
National Black HIV/AIDs Awareness Day Luncheon
Join the Codman Square Health Center on National Black HIV/Aids Awareness Day as they seek to eliminate stigma and raise further awareness around treatment, testing and risks related to HIV. Lunch will be provided.
HUD 101: Federal Housing Policy & the New Administration
Join City Mission as they explore the role HUD has in tackling the issues of affordable housing and homelessness in the face of changes the new Trump Administration will likely make. Advocates and experts from the government and nonprofit sectors will provide perspectives on the impact of federal policy on work currently being done in Massachusetts. HUD 101 will include a brief overview of the role that the department plays in providing affordable housing to Massachusetts families, how that role has developed and might continue to change with the coming administration, and opportunities to get more involved.
Soup’ed Up Poetry Slam!
Stop by for the February installment of the Soup’ed poetry slam! There is no feature or open mic for this event, just a slam! Contact the organizer if you want to be put on the list.
Wednesday, February 8
This self love and self care meet up provides a space for women of color to check in, debrief and get personal. Come prepared for small group discussions, guided meditation and story telling as part of the evening. Dori’s Essentials will also be on hand to facilitate a spa party small refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so please RSVP!
Sister 2 Sister Presents Next Level Relationships
Free and open to the public, this event will focus on helping you take your relationship with yourself and/or your partner to the next level. A panel discussion will touch upon love letter writing and healthy communication and poets Matt Parker and Ashley Rose will also be sharing some of their pieces. There will also be free HIV/STI testing available. Dinner will be served.
Thursday, February 9
“Rewriting Your Story” Practical Faith Workshop
‘Rewriting Your Story’ is an interactive, faith-based workshop focused on self-love and exploring how your past experiences influence your current mindset. Through storytelling, applied resources, biblical references, and facilitated dialogue, you’ll learn how to identify how your “old story” impacts your daily emotions, behaviors, decisions and relationships. Most importantly, you will learn practical strategies to implement Christian principles (e.g. self worth, forgiveness) to enhance the spiritual process of renewing your mind and ‘rewriting’ your narrative to reflect God’s love for YOU!
Community Conversation on Race – Celebrating 50 Years of Wellesley Metco
In honor of 50 years of Wellesely Metco, Boston and Wellesley families are invited to participate in small table conversations about race and celebrating 50 years of Metco in Wellesley. The goal of the evening is to bring about stronger relationships and fostering understanding in the community. A keynote address will be given by Rev. Dr. Pashingon Obeng, Professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College.
Valentine’s Day Card Making Party
Join Taylor Kloss, owner of Creative TK Consulting, and others for a fun & free networking event at Workbar Arlington. Show love to your clients and co-workers by making Valentine’s Day cards for those who have supported you in your career/business!
Friday, February 10
Valentine’s Day Weekend Affair: Ti-Lunet Live
Calling all Haitians and Haitian lovers – this evening affair is for you! Come out for this classy, upscale event for the singles, the couples and all those who want to celebrate in the name of love. Tickets are available for purchase at Jeano’s Restaurant (769 Main Street, Brockton) or the New Computer Multi- enter (1063 North Main Street, Randolph). This event is the first of many events to come catering specifically to the Haitian diaspora in Boston is on track to become one of the more sought out events! For more info, call (339) 237-1347.
Saturday, February 11
Hub on the Run is a weekly group run/running tour of Boston. Join them for a relaxed 45 to 60 minute run around beautiful Boston. These tours are loosely structured and designed for participants to enjoy a fun run while seeing some of the great sights of Boston. The tours are free, and lockers and showers are available for all participants.
Progressive African Network (PAN) is a Boston based non-profit focused on the advancement of all Africans across the Diaspora. One of the purpose of Progressive African Network is to engage in entrepreneurship, personal and business development for both local entrepreneurs and aspiring ones in Africa and in the African Diaspora world. Please join them, in partnership with Microsoft community space to engage in Tech Entrepreneurship, Social Media Entrepreneurship and Cultural Entrepreneurship.
Valentine’s Cookie Decorating Class
Ms. Jennifer Lee will be teaching you how to outline and flood valentine sugar cookies. All cookies and icing will be free of all 8 major allergens. Everyone will go home with a small box of cookies and a recipe for the frosting. Children of all ages are welcome with a supervising adult.
Doll Making Workshop
Join the National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture on Saturday afternoon from 2pm-4pm for a hands-on fun-filled doll making workshops. Create an African wrap doll and take your piece home or register to go beyond the basic. Create a 15-inch wire sculptured doll. This four-week course will run concurrently with the wrap doll workshop through February.
For the grown and sexy – join Chef Chris Faison as he leads an intimate, hands-on Valentine’s Day themed cooking class. Bring the wine and they will take care of the rest! Class size is limited to 8 to 12 people, it includes a two course meal in addition to the chef’s complimentary appetizers and best of all, no dishes to do afterwards! On the menu for the evening are oysters two ways (with prosecco chocolate mint granita and tomato confit chocolate basil), cocoa-crusted beef tenderloin with crispy kale, brown butter heirloom carrots with a berry reduction sauce and for dessert an ice cream sandwich made with cocoa nibs cookies, rosemary ice cream and honey rhubarb compote! Tell me this menu is not on point?! Make sure to register and please note, there are additional dates available.
Our Story is a compilation of poetry, dance, music and scenes from historical and current events significant to African and African American history! Produced and directed by OrigNation’s Founding Executive & Artistic Director, Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga and Taalib Robinson, Sr., these performances will feature Boston’s most talented children and adults, as well as, OrigNation’s professional youth dance companies. This event is open to ages 10 and up.
Sunday, February 12
Rhythm & Brunch – S2Ep5
Join NYA Boston for a special Valentine’s Day edition of their monthly R&B themed brunch party infused with 90s vibes. This is guaranteed to be live, so make sure to RSVP soon!
Souper Bowl IX
Join Haley House Bakery Café in Roxbury’s Dudley Square and more than a dozen chefs as they serve soups made from locally sourced ingredients as a fundraiser for Haley House’s Soup Kitchen in the South End. Included in the cost of admission is a handcrafted ceramic bowl courtesy of MassArt’s Clay for Change student group. With these bowls, attendees will make their way from station to station, sampling delicus soups! Mmmm! Get your tickets in advanced as this event tends to sell out.