Boston Come Through: February 13-28, 2017

Here we go! The second installment of February’s Boston Come Through is here!!!

Monday, February 13

Exclusive Tasting with Master Chef Manny FD
South End
YPN-ULEM and Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen have partnered with New England Audio Rental to host an exclusive tasting with MasterChef Season 7 contestant.

 Tuesday, February 14

Chefology Catering Presents Valentine’s Day Edition Cooking Class
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 in advance!

Wednesday, February 15

Good Work God Work Networking Event
Join SALT’s Good Work God Work ministry, for “Networking”, the 3rd session of their FIND series. You will 1) Learn how to effectively network with people in and out of your field, while keeping God’s vision for your career in mind, and 2) Get materials, demonstrations, and actual networking time will be provided, to build your skills so that you can walk boldly and confidently into God’s plan for your work. Refreshments will be provided.

Small Business Development Workshop – Legal Aspects
For all my entreprenuers – if you’re already running a small business or thinking of starting one, this event is for you! Pathways Adult Education & Training hosts their monthly workshops for entrepreneurs with this month’s installment focusing on the legal aspects of small business ownership.

KickBack Boston
“Vibe. Sip. Kick it.” The Kickback gathers trill millennials in an unpretentious space to eat, socialize and have a few Henny straights while vibin’ to a curated live DJ. Tickets must be purchased online for admission.

Thursday, February 16

Passing the Torch
Nutter Speakers Series for Diversity & Inclusion Committee has selected New England Law | Boston’s Black Law Student Association (BLSA) & Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA) to host a panel event that promotes opportunities to create dialogue and understanding of issues related to diversity and inclusion throughout the Boston legal community. Honorable Barbara Dortch-Okara will be the panel’s moderator. The elite panelists include former Chief Justice Roderick Ireland, Honorable Cesar A. Archilla, Attorney Walter Prince of Prince Lobel Tye LLP and Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. This panel event is intended to embrace, share and celebrate each panelist’s journey throughout their legal career. Speakers will share their experiences including successes, failures, and obstacles. As well as offering advice for future and current attorneys, judges, politicians and lobbyists. Passing the Torch. Beverages and light hors d’oeuvres will be served from 5:00-6:00pm.

The Icebreaker with NSBE Professionals
Join Boston’s urban young professionals in “breaking the ice” this Winter at Emerald Lounge! #LiteWorkAfterWork returns with the Icebreaker Winter Networking Series. Enjoy specially priced appetizers until 8:30 PM while you mix and mingle! This month, they’re excited to “meet and greet” with the Boston Professionals Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE Boston Professionals)!

“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!

Neon Nights Glow Party
Come Through to Chez Vous’s Glow Party! Neon colors are encouraged!

Friday, February 17

Society of Urban Poets for Black History Month Celebration
South End
The Society of Urban Poetry, or S.O.U.P Boston, strives to unite literary poets and spoken word artists from a variety of backgrounds across our city. Celebrating the uniqueness of each of these creative individuals, these artists draw inspiration from personal experience and to shed light on important topics such as gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, faith, ability, and age. We’ve partnered with this inspiring organization so they can help members of our Youth Program better develop their own voice; and together, they will present their poetry during this show in honor of Black History Month at our Villa Victoria Center for the Arts. This gripping performance celebrates diversity and encourages the young people of our community to discover alternate forms of expression. Don’t miss the opportunity to support our Youth and the mission of SOUP Boston – “…to foster an inclusive network that embraces all forms of diversity and aims to bridge divisions that still exist within the poetic community.”

Friday, February 17-Saturday, February 25

The Beyoncé Experience
Using cutting-edge technology, The Beyoncé Experience redefines nightlife in Boston by fusing the sounds of one of today’s most popular artists with stunning and inventive visuals under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome. Developed as a part of SubSpace Project, the experimental playground for new work at the Museum of Science, this musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry, and imagination set to a pulsating soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons. The future of the music experience has arrived, only at the Museum of Science!

Friday, February 17-Sunday, February 26

Wrestling with Freedom
Three powerful one-act plays written and directed by Jacqui Parker, Wrestling with Freedom, connects African-American history to the country’s present predicament. In play one, the audience is transported to the 18th century and meets Phillis Wheatley and her friend Obour Tanner. Play two is set in the 19th century with Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and John Brown, just before the raid on Harper’s Ferry. And in play three, set three years in the future in 2020, a modern-day civil war is looming. Hit the link to purchase tickets!

Saturday, February 18

Black History Love
Black History Love, an appreciation of melanin and Eros. This arts event on the cusp of Valentine’s Day and Black History Month was created to stimulate both your visual and audio senses. The feature poets and artists will all be expressing their passion for love and culture. Candle lit tables and wine filled glasses will make this the perfect atmosphere. Bring your heart, eyes and ears for a night you wouldn’t want to miss. Spots are limited, so RSVP is required to attend!

Breakthrough Boston Annual Zouk & Kizomba Fundraising
Join Moves & Vibes Dance Company as they dance night away for a good cause! Participate in a Zouk and Kizomba dance workshop while DJ Jem plays your favorite Zouk and Kizomba tunes. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Breakthrough Boston, a nonprofit that helps low income children with educational opportunities to get into college.

Beyond the Vision Board: Building Systems for Success
You’ve made your vision board. You’ve got dope pics to symbolize your squad goals, bod goals, and job goals. You’ve got inspirational quotes from your faves and foremothers. Now what? In this workshop we’ll talk about systems and strategies to get you from visualization to actualization. Topics to be discussed include planning walls – what they are, why you need one, and how your vision board fits, in-depth discussion of organizational rituals, criteria for identifying actionable goals, tips for how to prioritize when you’re juggling multiple projects, and key phrases for figuring out first steps. Per usual, there will be time for refreshments and mingling. A pre-work guide will be sent to registered participants one week before the workshop. While this workshop is tailor made for POC creatives, white allies are welcome in this space.

The Rihanna & Friends Brunch
Beacon Hill
Calling all Bad Gals and Rude Boys! As a follow up to their Beyonce Brunch series, 6B Lounge and DJ T Rex present the Rihanna and Friends Brunch. T Rex will be playing all of your favorite RihRih hits, and also including hits by her frequent collaborators. Doors open at 11am and seating is limited so call ahead for a table! If you can’t get a reservation don’t be discouraged, there’s plenty of bar seating and tables turn quickly so come down and see us, grab a Rihanna themed cocktail, and join in on the fun. DISCLAIMER: As always, Rihanna and her friends will not be present at this event!

Fancifully Fit Vision Board Workshop
Figure out your why for losing weight and then manifest it on a vision board! The goal of this workshop is to get you to look deeper at your weight loss goals and inspire yourself to achieve those goals. Supplies and board will be provided.

Keke Wyatt Performing Live
NorthernSmoke Entertainment presents Valentine’s Day Lovers Edition Show featuring Keke Wyatt! Music by Chief Rocka Moe Dee, doors open at 9 and proper dress is expected!

Africa Night 2017:  Imani
South End
Northeastern African Student Organization presents their biggest event of the year, Imani!! Join NASO on February 18th as they host their annual Africa Night celebration. The night will showcase the beautiful culture of Africa through traditional and modern fashion from around the globe, music, dancing, poetry and a surprise guest you do not want to miss! Come out to experience an African cultural show you will never forget!

Sunday, February 19

Cambridge Jazz Festival Celebrates Black History Month
The Cambridge Jazz Festival Celebrates Black History Month with a concert featuring renowned vocalist Gabrielle Goodman with acclaimed saxophonist Walter Beasley paying tribute to Johnny Hodges, a Cambridge Native famously known for his work as a solo saxophonist as part of Duke Ellington’s Big Band. Tickets are $40. Proceeds from this event will help keep the Cambridge Jazz Festival free and also support the Johnny Hodges Fund to provide scholarships for young jazz musicians.

Monday, February 20- Thursday, February 23

One Dollar Workshops Presented by DanceWorks Boston
Stop by the Boston Athletic Club for their $1 dance workshops including Hip-Hip, Jazz and contemporary. Attendees can sign up for as multiple workshops as they want!

Tuesday, February 21

Sanaa with Friends @ Darryl’s
Join Sanaa for a paint night at Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen to recreate ‘Hearts’. Enjoy 1/2 price appetizers, $10 signature drinks & gift certificate giveaways. 5pm social hour, doors open at 6:30 and painting begins at 7pm.

Hunter’s Space
Back Bay
The Hunters’ Space is an exclusive social networking club created to unite entrepreneurs, visionaries, and creatives of urban demographics. Their prominent mission is to cultivate a new culture and empowering movement centered around entrepreneurship, creative innovation, and passion projects. The Hunters’ Space provides the platform and connections for individuals to build successful brands, elevate their businesses, and ignite their new ideas. Fueled by the deep desire to build a new ecosystem that benefits and serves communities of minority backgrounds. You are invited to come and experience their networking series!

Hella Black Trivia at Dudley Cafe
Stop by Dudley Café’s monthly trivia night!

Wednesday, February 22

West Side Story
Berklee’s Musical Theater Club presents West Side Story, one of the most identifiable love stories of all time. Reflecting the musical and lyrical genius of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, the story revolves around two rival gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, and a budding romance caught in the crossfire. Featuring many famous musical numbers including “Maria,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Tonight,” this presentation of West Side Story incorporates a contemporary setting, bringing a classic American story into today’s society in all its pertinence to issues of class, race, immigration, and love.

Thursday, February 23

Smarter in the City Pitch & Demo Night
Passionate about Entrepreneurship? Startups? Want to hear about the latest innovations? Thinking of pursuing your own idea? Come out to the Smarter in the City Pitch & Demo Night and see local innovative startups demo and pitch their business for the opportunity to win $10,000+ in prizes. You help decide the winner! It’s a great opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders.

Black History Month 2017: Acclaimed Novelist Bernice L. McFadden
The Office of Mayor E. Denise Simmons in collaboration with the Cambridge Public Library and the City of Cambridge Employee’s Committee on Diversity will be hosting acclaimed author Bernice L. McFadden for a book reading and signing of her latest novel, “The Book of Harlan,” in celebration of Black History Month.

Ms. Lauryn Hill – The MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling! Concert Series
Ms. Lauryn Hill LIVE! Need I say more!

Multi-Cultural Business Forum & Business After Hours
You are cordially invited to join the Metro South Chamber of Commerce and The Perfect Place for a business after hours networking event. Join them for a night of networking, featuring a multi-cultural business forum. Enjoy delicious food from The Perfect Place, a cash bar, and the opportunity to win prizes. Be sure to bring your business cards!

Saturday, February 25

Made Organics Presents Wellness Weekend Pop-Up Event
Made Organics presents The Wellness Weekend Pop-up event intends to merge various elements of the wellness community and create a real time in person collaborative pop-up event, catering to like-minded individuals. The Wellness Weekend is a fun-filled one-stop shop for handmade and local goods plus food, beverages, beauty products and more. All classes, workshops, and events will focus on healthy living, clean eating, fitness, and fashion for the whole family. Join a self-care DIY Class…grab a cold-pressed fresh juice or smoothie (and desserts!) plus there will be of non-toxic, cruelty-free personal care products and apparel to try. And don’t forget to move your body. We will be offering the latest trends in workouts, too!

Phantom Gourmet Wine & Food Phest
South End
The Phantom Gourmet Wine & Food Phest is back! With the cost of your ticket, you’ll get to sample 30 wines from all over the world, 10 of Phantom’s favorite foods, and have lots of fun. Tickets are limited – $40 in advance and $50 at the door.

2017 Cambridge NAACP MLK Brunch
Join the NAACP for an afternoon of food, music and networking during their 2017 Cambridge MLK Brunch! Congressman Joe Kennedy III is the guest speaker. The cost of the ticket includes a year membership to the NAACP!

Sankofa – Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts
Join the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts as they celebrate past and present achievements in black history!

OvaEZ: 17th Serving Day Party
The 17th serving of the OvaEZ Day Party is in effect at the Goodlife! Complimentary chicken and waffles served in limited quantities by the Chicken Gawds. Presale tickets are $10 and $15 at the door.

The Boston Unplugged Live Music Series Benefit
The Boston Unplugged Live Music Series Benefit provides a platform to Boston’s emerging talent with a goal to engage our community to support our all-star charities/organizations, while sponsoring creative media campaigns to drive awareness to Boston Philanthropy.Hosted by Tim Hall of HipStory, music score by DJ Master Millions and featuring live music by Amandi Music (headliner), J. Allen and introducing to the Boston market, Dye Hard (Detroit). All ticket proceeds will benefit BAMS prelude programming (

Monday, February 27

Black History Month – Black Men’s Dinner Group
South End
Boston Men’s Dinner Group (BMDG) celebrates Black History Month. For over 10 years, The Boston Men’s Dinner Group has convened men of color to exchange information and ideas in informal settings. BMDG was formed after a small group of men of color got together over dinner to discuss the topics of the day, establish new relationships and reconnect with old friends. Through this social forum, BMDG has connected hundreds of men in the Greater Boston area and helped build lasting friendships and business partnerships in the men of color community. Special guests include Mo Cowan, former United States Senator and Tito Jackson, Boston City Councilor.

HipStory Films Premiers Vitilago & The Art of Being Haunted
Help close out Black History Month with the debut of two important films expanding on trauma, related to racism and how it can affect mental health of people of color. This is the first public screening of the “Vitiligo” short film along with “The Art of Being Haunted.” The film-makers hope, with these films, they can engage in trauma-informed conversations about, not only racism, but its many counterparts. Come enjoy the work of up and coming black film-makers, Hakim Hill & Cliff Notez at the Rockwell Theatre, and help them push these discussions to a place that is often forgotten.

Tuesday, February 28

February Café Night at Roxbury Innovation Center
The monthly Café Nights @ RIC are energetic and dynamic events where innovators and entrepreneurs can find one another and collaborate to bring their dreams to reality. These regular gatherings provide a space for conversations and scheduled programs to inspire a wide range of attendees from different backgrounds and industries to connect, share ideas, and grow their ventures. The Café is open to all members of the innovation community.

Tuesday, February 28 – Sunday, March 19

The Lion King
Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s THE LION KING, making its triumphant return to the Providence Performing Arts Center! More than 80 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, THE LION KING brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award®-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.


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