Boston Come Through: April 1-9

April 1

Haitian American Medical Association Launch Event
Cambridge
The launch event will be an interactive eight-member panel of Haitian American professionals that will motivate, and empower Haitian American youth and young adults. This event is geared towards pouring back into our communities; helping the future generation to understand that success and struggle are counter parts when aiming for success. Furthermore, this event will be the first of many to instill hope, build resilience, and encourage growth for our ever-growing Haitian American community.

We Hold These Truths Book Tour Stop
Roxbury
He’s back! After taking a few weeks away from traveling—word is he’s been working on the next novel—author David Mitchell will appear at Dudley Dough (Roxbury, 2302 Washington St.; 3:00pm – 6:00pm) to discuss his debut novel We Hold These Truths, examine the political and social ramifications of the first black US president, and share his views on the actionable Obama Era lessons liberals can apply going forward under president Trump and beyond.

NEXTonSCENE Magazine Spring Fashion Show
Downtown
Jackie from JZ Social Enterprises presents NEXTonScene Magazine’s Spring Fashion Show. This year’s event takes place at Venu Nightclub and starts off with a cocktail hour with complimentary food from Oh Jolie Catering, an opener performance with the fashion show to start immediately after. This year’s featured designers include Lalla Bee, Giblees Menswear, Timeless Bridal Creations & QueensKnow!

StepFest 2017
Boston
The Illustrious Iota Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated presents the 43rd Annual New England Stepfest Competition! Come watch members of the Divine Nine compete in the step competition of the year. In addition to performances by Greek lettered organizations, the show will present exhibitions by local Boston community groups and will feature a famous recording artist performance! Doors open at 4:00 pm and show starts at 4:30 pm. We hope to see you all there!

April 1-2

Christal Brown’s The Opulence of Integrity
Cambridge
The Dance Complex will host a week-long residency with Choreographer Christal Brown, bringing her dance company INSPIRIT to the Julie Ince Thompson Theatre for performances of “The Opulence of Integrity,” from March 31 – April 2. Inspired by the life and legend of Muhammad Ali, the performance incorporates elements of boxing, hip-hop, martial arts, and modern dance to an original sound score by Farai Malianga, and include artistic exploration with the Boston dance community. Students from Boston Arts Academy, Brookline High School and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School will showcase their work prior to each of the performances.

April 2

Walking in Your Truth Book Release Party
Hyde Park
Come mix and mingle to celebrate the launch of Walking In Your Truth and the kickoff to the Truth Tour! Learn more about the book and the author. Truth Swag will be on deck and you can get signed copies onsite. RSVP walkinginyourtruth@gmail.com.

Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam Semi-Finals
Cambridge
Eight great poets will compete to be on the 2017 Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam Team! This is our 20th Anniversary Slam Team. The top four scoring poets get in our finals on April 16.

April 4

In the Name of Maya Celebration
Roxbury
Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and Friends invites you to the 1st Annual, “In the Name of Maya” Celebration. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”- Maya Angelou. During these sometimes “cloudy” and incredibly uncertain times, let us come together to celebrate the life of someone who has been a rainbow to many of us, a literary genius, visionary, acadmeic, dancer, singer and survivor whose impact transends, race, time, space and generations.

April 5

HOPE Inc. Open Mic Night Featuring Shamoore & Howard
Roxbury
HOPE Inc. an acronym for ‘Hop On Proper Education’ presents to you a monthly feature. In honor of April being National Poetry Month, we are so excited to announce we have not one but TWO features! Howard DePass Jr. and Shamoore Simpson started Caretakers of Humanity (COH) in 2014 as a poem honoring a group of inspiring peers and has since developed into a community focused art collective. COH is a spoken word collective connecting with community leaders to build a network of communities where creative culture is highly valued. Whether it’s hosting community events or selling apparel to raise money for social justice issues, COH connects art to people to show the power of community.”

April 6

MakeSpeak: Youth Edition
Boston
Join the contemporary craft community for seven fast-paced presentations by a series of young people who work in the arts, craft and trade fields. This event is free. Seating is limited, please RSVP in advance to reserve your seat. Reception to follow.

April 7

4th Annual We Create Festival – Celebrating Women in the Arts
Roxbury
We Create has become a favorite in the Massachusetts arts community! The first week of April, Boston comes alive as a vibrant city committed to the support of self-identified women artists through this award-winning festival. Renowned and upcoming artists from Massachusetts share with you an unparalleled feast of music, dance, film, performance art, mixed media, and circus arts! In 2016, we were awarded a Festivals Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and in 2017 we were awarded a LAB Grant from the Boston Foundation.

First Fridays at the ICA
Seaport District
The curtains part. It’s First Fridays at the ICA. The cocktails are flowing, the dance floor is bumping, the art is magnificent. Featuring live performance by the BeanTown Lockers and DJ Frank White. Break a leg!

MFA First Friday
Boston
MFA First Fridays is on the first Friday of each month from 6:00–9:30 pm. Stop by for fine art, music, bars featuring signature cocktails, and delicious tapas available for purchase.

April 7-9

2nd Annual Swerve: A Boston Skate Situation
Dorchester
Join Chez-Vous for their second annual skate party weekend. Click the link for more details on specific events!

April 8

Kreyol Trunk Show Spring Fling Queen Tings
Dorchester
Join us for our first Kreyol Trunk Show of the season, where we will be celebrating with art, music, fashion and as always- good vibes. This spring we are featuring some dynamic women entrepreneurs: Ayana Mack of Ayana Mack Designs, Mavis Hicks of Beauty N Simplicity, and INTRODUCING the lovely Raspberry Beret Cornet of Kuronne, a NEW hat line that’s soon to be all the rave and many more! We are having this 1st show of 2017 at our new studio space and would love for you to come check it out and support some local talent with great products. MEN, don’t feel left out. There will be accessories, designs and skin care just for you as well.

Shea Moisture Presents Quintessential Naturals Tour
Back Bay
An industry filled panel of womenprenuers will discuss topics in the natural hair community, current events and so much more. Presenting brand Shea Moisture will have a presentation conducted by master stylist, Diane C. Bailey. Also Founder of GIRL+HAIR, Dr. Camille Howard-Verovic will be discussing her amazing product line. And let’s not forget the amazing swag bags for the 1st 200 attendees!

Women’s Empowerment Breakfast
Dorchester
To celebrate Women’s History Month, Mother’s for Justice and Equality would like to officially announce our Annual Women’s Empowerment Breakfast. This year our Breakfast discussion will focus on a conversation with women of color leading change in the city of Boston. We will be holding a panel moderated by Boston Globe’s Meghan Irons featuring invited panel speakers consisting of influential women leading change in Boston.

Second Women with Purpose Professional Development Seminar
Boston
Join us for our second seminar of the 3rd Season of Women With Purpose: Professional Development Seminars- Sponsored by the Moakley Center for Public Management at Suffolk University! Come meet, network and learn from some of Boston’s leading and established women as they share their insights, advice and tactics on how to overcome some of the more frustrating professional challenges facing women of color!

April 9

Queens Talk
Jamaica Plain
A self care, self preservation. sit and check in. RSVP is required!

Find Your Fierce Tour w/ Nicole Roberts Jones
Boston
Join Natascha Faye Saunders along with her coach Nicole Roberts Jones on her Boston leg of her four city “Find our FIERCE Tour” where she will show you how to build an empire from your expertise.

BU on Tap: Mass Rhythm Springs 2017
Boston
Tap into your rhythmic side and come to BU on Tap’s annual show, Mass Rhythms, featuring all of our student and professionally choreographed tap dance pieces! The show will also include guest performers from the Boston area.

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