Boston Come Through: March 15-31, 2017

March 15

Sanaa with Friends Presents Paint Party at Dudley Dough
Roxbury
Sanaa with Friends will be at Darryl’s recreating ‘Rose’. No prior experience necessary. Doors open at 5:30pm and Instruction begins promptly at 6pm. Arrive on time to get your smock, paint and select your seat! If you desire more time to unwind, grab a glass of wine and some pizza, visit with friends & breathe before we get started, we recommend you to arrive up to an hour prior to instruction time.

March 16

#LiteWorkAfterWork: The Icebreaker
Boston
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 and a special rum taking from 7-8 PM sponsored by Stolen Rum! This month, we’re excited to “meet and greet” with the New England Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC).

Poems & Pizza Writing Workshop & Open Mic
Dorchester
If you are not a writer, you will be a writer for the night! This workshop is for beginners, those that are interested in creative writing for the first time, poets, spoken word artists, poetry lovers, writers, lyricists, and of course fans of written and vocal artistic expressions of freedom. All are welcome to learn, to build, and to give feedback to one another. This is simply a meet up for fun, poetry, and collaborative efforts. We will be rocking out with DJ Jesse Bland! who will be spinning the tunes all night.

Selma Film Screening
Mansfield
Join the Black Doll Museum to see the award winning film “Selma” at their watch party — and help build the community of resistance that will carry us forward in the next four years.

March 17-18

Lakou Ayiti
Boston
Lakou Ayiti is an interdisciplinary production that meditates on the “lakou” and its loss in the Haitian imagination in a way that also speaks to a universal condition. In Haitian Kreyol, the word “lakou” carries multiple meanings. It can mean either home or the idea of home, the place that calls us back to a sense of belonging, without which we are not whole. Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat has guided the creation of the production soundscape that knits together stories of Haitians living in Boston, including Jean Appolon’s own immigration story. Our dancers will be performing to an original score created by musician Val Jeanty, incorporating traditional Haitian music and the words of American immigrants telling their stories.

March 18-19

iSlay: Strong Women Conference
Dorchester
WOMEN get ready, get ready! Save the dates March 18-19. We are going to be inspired, uplifted, empowered and strengthened. Ladies, this is our year to be STRONG!

March 18

Pre-Father Care: Prenatal Care for Fathers Book Signing
Roxbury
Pre-Father Care establishes a safe environment where fathers and father figures can receive support (in the comfort of their own homes or in a group setting) in exploring their past hurt. Through a series of reflection exercises and powerful messages, fathers / father figures will reconnect with their strengths and learn to accept the scars from their past in a nonjudgmental way.

Beauty, Brains & Hustle: A Conversation
Roxbury
Over the last seven years Black women have risen to the most educated group in the United States. According to the 2011 census bureau, Black women now account for 60% to 70% of associate’s, Bachelors and master’s degrees. With women of color also being the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs, Code Eclectic aims to provide a space for all women, especially women of color to network, ask questions and share experiences of those who have blazed the trail before them. The Beauty, Brains & Hustle panel will consist of two group breakout sessions, where guests will have the opportunity to interact directly with one another. A panel discussion with five local female entrepreneurs. As well as a Q&A session with our guests. Come network, support and share stories with other ambitious female entrepreneurs.

Warrior Collection Fashion Show
Roxbury
Join Tania Anderson of Couples Therapy Boutique for her dinner, dance and fashion show!

Glow! Fashion & Flair Event
Somerville
Nilanjo! Fashion Entertainment presents their first fashion event of the year! They will showcase designs by Nika Nilanjo Hollingsworth, with music provided by DJ Fredo and the night will be hosted by Authenic Quis! Giveaways, prizes, vendors and more! They’ll have henna art, chair massages, and the opportunity to get your face beat by Beastly Beauty Bar! Paparazzi Jewelry …get your sweet tooth on with StephCakes and enjoy some Trini Style Cuisine (rice and peas, mixed veggies, jerk chicken and Curry chicken, etc.)…all for purchase at convenient prices!

Artists Against Racism: A Fundraiser for the Anti-Racism Collaborative
Cambridge
Anti-Racism Collaborative is engaged in an expansion to meet the increased demand for Anti-Racism Education. As a small grassroots organization our work is ever changing and evolving with the community, this year we have been grateful to grow offering two courses a week and are adding two workshops a month. We could not be more excited to invite you to our first fundraising event. Our goal is to raise funds to support our slim annual operation budget, pay for the fees needed to establish ourselves legally, and purchase much needed supplies for our trainings. This event will host several amazing poets and musicians in the Greater-Boston area, an awesome raffle, great food and beverages. Please join us! The recommended ticket price, $10-$50 will go to making the event possible and additional donations will go to our fundraising purposes!

March 19

Rhythm & Brunch
Boston
Hung over this cold ass weather? We have a couple of things to look forward to in the next few weeks: spring cleaning, above 40 degree weather and this season’s episode 6 of #RnBrunchBOS.  This month they’re are inviting the #RihNavy to a Rihanna appreciation themed brunch.  Joining RYU is DJ Sisko and the fellas will bring all the energy for a blessed Sunday of vibes. EARLY arrival is strongly suggested.

Brunch So Hard
Boston
The curators of Daydream Day Party and Brunch, Bubbles & Beasts present #BrunchSoHard each and every Sunday.

Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam
Cambridge
Jam and Slam with Jeff Robinson Trio every Sunday.

March 20

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights, and School Choices
Boston
In the aftermath of a contentious electoral season, highlighted by debates about the nature of our democracy and equality of educational opportunity, Pioneer Institute is hosting a forum that celebrates the birthday and legacy of the late Birmingham, Alabama civil rights leader Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. The event will feature his widow, award-winning historians, and civil rights and school leaders discussing how best to make the promise of civil rights a reality through school choice options for underserved families. The panel will be moderated by Rev. Liz Walker.

Henny and Hotwings LIVE
Quincy
Henny and Hotwings is an exciting, exuberant, and sometimes x-rated personal lifestyle podcast. Through spirited conversations HotSauce and weekly guests discuss life’s most controversial and debatable topics over Cognac and chicken. Due to popular demand Henny and Hotwings will serve it’s first LIVE recording of the show at Maggy’s Lounge. You’re invited out to come join while the cast discusses “Dating: Rules of Engagement” with a mature adult crowd.

March 21

Neighborhood Matters: Creative Placemaking in El Barrio
Egleston Square
Luis Edgardo Cotto will speak about the ways in which art and creativity have been a tool for economic & community development in Egleston Square, a changing Spanish speaking neighborhood of Boston.

Networking Mixer
Roxbury
Join the Good Life Morning Show (Koffee In The Moring) and the Young Professionals Network of the ULEM for an after work mixer!

March 23-26

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of a Sower: A Concert Performance
Boston
In this genre-defying work of concert performance featuring 20 artists on stage, Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower brings together 30 powerful songs drawn from 200 years of African-American song traditions to give musical life to Butler’s acclaimed science fiction novel of the same name. Written by Toshi Reagon, who Vibe Magazine called “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride,” in collaboration with her mother, Bernice Johnson Reagon, the iconic singer, scholar and activist, Parable of the Sower becomes a mesmerizing theatrical work of rare power and beauty that reveals deep insights on gender, race and the future of human civilization.

March 23

Four Women A Tribute to Nina Simone
Roxbury
Nina Simone’s heritage stands as one of the richest contributions to the history of American music. Her music transcends category and time.  From her birthplace in North Carolina to her final home in the south of France, Dr. Nina refused to waiver from the truth, shook our souls with her music and brought her universal adoration. Her role in the cultural and commitment to political history of the time has been broadly explored and yet her genius cannot be categorized. This collaborative concert is a reverent celebration of her artistry, her genius, her commitment to the reflection of the times and strength of art to create change. We are vocalists and musicians who have been transformed by Nina Simone.  We offer this concert as a testimony of our gratitude.

Neon Nights: Ultralightbeam
Mattapan
It’s… about… to GLOW… DOWN! Lace up your skates, and roll with Savaje Ent. as they present “NEON NIGHTS” a Glow Party taking place at Chez-Vous Roller Rink!

March 24

Need I Paint More?
Jamaica Plain
With “Need I Paint More? An Exploration of Social Justice Through Live Painting” we hope to fill that void of the connection with audiences and artists. During this event, audience members will have the opportunity to watch artists create live paintings based on a social justice prompt, by which they can write one question on a index card to ask each artist. After the paintings are completed, a panel discussion will begin where selected questions will be pulled from a shoebox and asked to the artists.

Bilingual Story Slam – Immigrant Stories of Work & Labor
Jamaica Plain
Join local storytellers in an open mic event sharing stories in Spanish, English, and Haitian Kreyol, of work and labor. This program is bilingual and participatory, welcoming stories from all guests. The event is hosted by One Square World in celebration of Suzanne Skees’ book My Job: Real People at Work Around the World. All author royalties support job creation programs worldwide.

The Medicine
Boston
“The Medicine” is half performance, half open forum for artists of all mediums to create, freestyle, and vibe off of one another’s art in live time. Art supplies will be provided, however you’re still encouraged to bring your own if you have some. There will be live music. There will be a DJ spinning tunes all night. There will opportunity to share your passion all night long. Bring your freestyles, because there will be a cypher at the end of the night! Opening and closing performances will features some of Boston’s most talented, rising artists. Come ready to inspire and be inspired, to love and be loved – spread the medicine.

March 25

Salem State University Civil Rights Work Shop
Salem
Led by Professor Brad Austin and other Salem State University faculty, this interactive workshop will cover key milestones in the history of the movement, explore important questions about its leadership and strategies, and provide critical skills to teach this history. The workshop will also touch on the legacy of the movement and the unfinished work of expanding the American democracy to people of all races, sexual orientations and religions. The guest speaker is Professor Emmett Price and he will present his talk, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”. Professor Price is a renowned expert on African-American Music, culture, and religion. A musician himself, his talk will link contemporary African-American music, Hip Hop, and spirituality to the legacy of the civil rights movement. Professor Price appears regularly on local and national radio and TV shows. He is an ordained minister, currently teaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Minority Business Expo
Roxbury
The Minority Business Expo is created to increase opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs. It is also an opportunity to capture prospective clients and customers in a well facilitated environment. We provide the support and resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs, by being a platform for learning opportunities to stabilize and advance their success. The expo will have an array of businesses from the community and business support companies. Guests will attend from all over the city and will range from professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs, event specialists, community organizations, local personalities, special guest honorees, friends, family, and many more.

Nice People Screening
Newton
In this real-life Cool Runnings the predominantly white community of the rural Swedish town of Borlänge (whose town slogan is “Nice People”) is confronted by the influx of Somalis who have fled war and come to live in Sweden. Integrating has proven difficult, so entrepreneur Patrik Andersson decides that all the Swedes and Somalis need is something in common to bring them together, and so he encourages them to learn bandy (a cross between ice hockey and soccer) with the goal of becoming the first ever bandy team to represent Somalia at the Bandy World Championships in Irkutsk, Russia, even though they have never skated in their lives!

2nd Annual Empowerment High Tea
Roxbury
An afternoon of women and girls coming together and sharing. Listening to words, wisdom, and music that spans the times. Sipping tea and enjoying lite refreshments, tantalizing the pallets. Empowerment, Enrichment and Enhancement of each other is what this afternoon tea is focused on. All ages of women coming together to have an afternoon of discussion around how we as women can make change in what happens in our lives.

Caribbean Student Network Fashion Show
Boston
Suffolk University Caribbean Student Network presents UNLEASHED! This is their 28th annual fashion show. Join CSN for a night of fashion, food, music and dancing! You don’t want to miss their biggest event of the year!
Doors open at 6:00 pm.

20th Annual “Do It Your Damn Self” National Youth Film Festival
Cambridge
“Do It Your Damn Self!!” (DIYDS!!) National Youth Film Festival is the longest running youth-produced festival in the country, drawing over 800 youth and adults to public screenings every year. Founded in 1996 by six Cambridge teens who felt misrepresented in the media and wanted to do something about it, the festival is a champion of social-justice and issue- focused youth filmmakers who want to see change and make it happen. Join The Community Art Center and the Crew as we celebrate twenty years of raising up youth voices! Event features a screening of the 2017 reel followed by a 90’s throwback afterparty with live music and appetizers. Attention parents & youth workers: this year’s reel features films on the topics of sexuality and police brutality and may not be appropriate for younger viewers.

March 26

A Women’s Tea
Roxbury
A space for Black Women to discuss the issues plaguing them and their community. A safe space to grow, organize, and mobilize to create a better future for Black Women.

Afro Karib Beatz & Eatz Brunch
Boston
The Hangover: AFRO KARIB Beatz & Eatz is power by music, food, fashion, art and a dope group of people. AFRO KARIB is set to a soundtrack of Kompa, Afro Beats, Dance Hall, Kizomba, Trap and much more. Hosted by VH Style Lab and J&S ENT. Music by DJ Wes Poze W & DJ Republik. Day Party kicks off at 2PM- 8PM. Brunch service will be from 2PM – 5PM. “Bar Bites” will be available at 5PM. Brunch Buffet – $25 p/p. If you plan on having brunch you are kindly invited to RSVP with Courtney at courtney@savvorbostonlounge.com.

Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam
Cambridge
Jam and slam with Jeff Robinson Trio every Sunday.

March 28

Café Night at Roxbury Innovation Center
Roxbury
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—stop by to try it out.

Sips & Strokes Paint Night
Roxbury
Show off your inner Picasso during our “Sips & Strokes” paint night. Join Sanaa with Friends for a fun evening of spirits and creativity.

March 30

Emotional Emancipation Circle
Mattapan
Emotional Emancipation (EE) CirclesSM are self-help support groups in which we, Black people, work together to overcome, heal from, and overturn the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority: the root causes of the devaluing of Black lives.

The 3rd Annual Grudge Match Poetry Slam
Cambridge
IT’S A THREE-YEAR GRUDGE! Come watch greater Boston’s finest and freshest slam venues face off against each other in a head-to-head poetry battle for big-city bragging rights. Captain Porsha Olayiwola (House Slam) and Captain Simone Beaubien (Boston Poetry Slam) will lead their teams into a seven-round slamstravaganza, wherein all poets will present new work written EXCLUSIVELY FOR THIS SLAM on topics selected by the Captains.

March 31

#ReVive2017 featuring Pastor Jamal Bryant
Boston
Join Hyssop Ministry as they present their Revive 2017 Holy Ghost party featuring worshiper Joahny Barreto and guest speaker Pastor Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, MD.

Topdog/Underdog Performance & After Party
Boston
Join Litework Event at the Huntington Theatre Company for Topdog/Underdog-  Suzan-Lori Parks thrilling and darkly comic fable of brotherly love and sibling rivalry. It’s the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and is directed by Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots and The Colored Museum). After the show, stick around for a carnival-themed 35 Below After Party, complete with a caricature artist, cornhole, ring toss, card games, and cotton candy. Mingle with members of the cast and creative team, enjoy free refreshments, and meet other young theatre lovers in Boston!

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