Boston Come Through: April 24-30

April 24

Boston Men’s Dinner Group at the YMCA
Boston
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. We invite you to the YMCA Greater Boston, 316 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA. 02115 on the 24th day of April, 2017, 5:30 pm– 9:00 pm.

Boston Civic Engagement Workshop
Boston
Pot holes. The gender pay gap. Political representation. Universal pre-kindergarten. Protected bike lanes. STEAM curriculum. Affordable housing. Worker co-ops. Green infrastructure. The Boston Civic Engagement Workshop is a partnership between SPARK Boston and Generation Citizen to teach civics in Boston. Using Generation Citizen’s action-based civics framework, this workshop will teach millennials that they can (and should!) have an active dialogue with their civic groups & elected officials. Imagine Boston 2030, Boston Bikes & more will share stories of successful civic engagement. Let’s change Boston for the better – together.

April 25

Bread and Soup
Roxbury
What is BREAD & SOUP? BREAD & SOUP is a dinner celebrating creative projects and initiatives in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan where people meet and vote to make local community-based projects and ideas a reality. How it works – Attendees make a donation of $10 and learn about four projects that benefit the Rox/Dot/Mattapan community. Over dinner, attendees vote on which project they think benefits the community the most. The winner goes home with all of the money raised at the door to carry out their project. No questions asked! Boston residents and supporters connect, share ideas, and community resources. Also, each dinner features a local artist!

Build BPS Conversation w/NBC’s Frank Holland & Supt. Tommy Chang
Dorchester
Join celebrity moderator Frank Holland from NBC Boston and BPS Superintendent Dr. Tommy Chang for a conversation about Build BPS and the future of our schools. Free food, beverages and music by DJ Steph Supreme provided.

Fashion vs. Function – After work Mixer at Kit & Ace
Back Bay
An exciting mix of fashion, food, art, music and ping pong. Join us for an afterwork mixer and ping pong tournament hosted at the beautiful Kit & Ace store on Newbury street.

Sips & Strokes
Lower Roxbury
Join Sanaa with Friends for a multicultural paint experience, Sips & Strokes, at Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen. We are recreating: Pearls. From 5pm to 6pm Darryl’s provides 1/2 off appetizers and a signature cocktail for $10. Doors open at 6:30 and painting begins at 7pm.

Society of Urban Poetry: SOUP Write Night
Roxbury
SOUP is hanging out at the Dudley Cafe for a nite of prompts and workshop style poetry learning. This event is informal and all love. Kitchen closes at 8:30p but beer and wine available. We will be sharing lots of news and special announcements. Free for the community, but we always accept donation for our awesome facilitators. Come and hang out with us!

April 26

The Vital Healing Project
Roxbury
Our special guests for the month of April are Paola Pedrelli, Ph.D, Maren Nyer, Ph.D, and Keyona Aviles, LMHC. Our April dialogue will be based on the following topics: Mental Health Diagnosis and Alternative Treatments for Depression; Addressing Culturally Incompetent Therapies. As always, we will kick off our session with 50-minutes of topic-related dialogue, followed by meditation intermission led by Keyona, founder at Inspired Release, and representatives at The Hands to Heart Center. We will have some fliers on mental wellness and community resources available for attendees to take home. Our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable space at each session. Therefore, being respectful, compassionate, and considerate of one another fosters this atmosphere. Please visit our website: www.vitalhealingproject.org for more information, and we hope to see you on the 26th. Together, we will continue to replace stigma with hope.

The City Talks: Refuge/Refugee
Boston
How is Boston responding to the current global refugee crisis? Join Boston-area thinkers, institutions, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials, and artists at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for a free public forum on issues related to themes in “Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross,” on view through July 30. Join the panel for a free reception following the event.

April 27

Community Release ‘State of the Dream 2017: Mourning in America’
Quincy
Join us as we honor the legacy of Coretta Scott King (on what would’ve been her 90th birthday) & hold a popular-education style Community Release of our new report, ‘State of the Dream 2017: Mourning in America’. This is a free event including poetry, music, and activities for all people. Refreshments, beer and wine provided. Spanish Interpretation available.

Smarter in the City Pitch & Demo Night
Roxbury
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 $20,000+ in prizes. You help decide the winner! It’s a great opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders. Vote for your favorite business in the people’s choice!

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Downtown
On March 30, 1958, Alvin Ailey led a group of young African-American modern dancers in a now-fabled performance at the 92nd Street Y in New York City that forever changed the perception of American dance. And in 1968, Celebrity Series of Boston first presented the Ailey company in what has become an annual tradition and celebration.

Birth of Boston
Copley
Pi Art Society is a platform that helps Artists, Musicians, Poets, Fashion Designers, and Make-up Artists network and grow as a community. Pi Art Society was founded by artists and for artists. So please come out for a show featuring 15 amazing musical artists, a spoken word portion and a gallery viewing.

The Power of One Annual Fundraiser
Financial District
In 2016, Chica Project officially expanded their school based chapters into KIPP Academy Lynn and Lawrence High School in addition to Catherdal High School In Boston! Our UWander program embarked on their second service trip to Dominican Republic, engaging over 350 community members over the course of their one week stay. These are just a few of our many accomplishments. Please join us for our annual fundraiser as we celebrate our sixth year of empowering and successful programming. To learn more about becoming an event sponsor please email info@chicaproject.org.

The Fishbowl Hangout & Creative Think Tank
Dorchester
Come to the Fishbowl and chill with awesome, motivated people in a super laid-back and relaxed environment. Make genuine connections with people in all fields, network, and share ideas. Refreshments will be served!

April 28

2nd Annual Cambridge Design Art & Talk Exhibit
Everett
The folks at Capitol Front Booking present visual (Gardens of Brick, Joey Bean, Kate Sweeney) and performance art (Kyle Bent, Sinnea Brown, Joseph James) at Paris Street Galleries. The event is from 7 to 11 PM and takes place at the Paris Street Gallery.

Public/Outdoor Walkout Fashion Show
Dorchester
You are invited to join us Friday, April 28th at 5pm in Uphams Corner for a fun mini Outdoor Fashon Show, FREE of charge. We will be walking out from Couples Therapy Boutique and walking down Dudley Street to Columbia Road at the Uphams Corner major intersection. Please come out and rejoice in celebrating freedom of artitic expression with a message of strengthening our community and supporting one another throughout our daily stuggles. Let out voices be heard accross our city that women and girls everywhere have the right to artistically express theirselves without ridicule and shaming. We hope to see you there to support our movement.

Erykah Badu in Concert
Boston
Self explanatory!

April 29

25th Annual Boston Youth Peace Conference: Break the Binds
Boston
Join us for an evening full of exciting, refreshing, and fulfilling acts at TEEN EMPOWERMENT’S 25th Annual Peace Conference on Saturday April 29th, 2016 at 6:15pm @The Paramount Theater. Come see some of Boston’s greatest young talent act in an entirely youth cast, as well as hear spoken word performances, musical performances, and speeches! And see dance too! We hope to see as many people there as possible! Let’s continue to build a movement here in our city!

Boston Neighborhood Bike Forum
Roxbury
This gathering is meant to bring together Boston residents to connect, share, learn and envision what biking could be in our neighborhoods. Topics will include a space for youth, staying safe on unsafe roads, bike culture and identity, the business of biking, neighborhood biking groups, and championing change. We welcome broad interest in the topic “what biking can be in our neighborhoods”, including from residents, bicyclists, planners, bicycling advocates, city officials, and more. Due to limited capacity in the venue, we will give first preference to bicyclists and other interested residents of neighborhoods where Let’s Get Healthy, Boston! has focused active transportation efforts.This is event is free of charge. Pre-registration is required. Lunch and childcare will be provided.

HipStory House Party
Jamaica Plain
Join us for a special artist Q & A and performance! Performers [TBA] will share the stories behind their musical creations making for an ‘intimate conversation’ concert. Questions from the audience are encouraged. Exact location of the White Haus will be disclosed via email after registering for the event. About HipStory House Party: The HipStory House Party [HSHP] is an extension of our mission statement which highlights our belief in the redefining of the future-history of Hip-Hop. HSHP aims to bring back the live performance element of Hip-Hop, which gave birth to it’s distinct value of lyricism and showmanship in ciphers in the 80s.The Artist we invite to be apart of HSHP, may not be a rapper or beat maker, but we believe that Hip-Hop is one of the most diverse genres of music incepted, and it would not be what it is, if not for its many diverse and unique influences. At HsHP we invite our featured artists to highlight and share the ‘Stories’ behind their musical creations.

A Celebration of Visionaries
Roxbury
Regi James Productions will be launching the 1st annual “A Celebration of Visionaries” Awards Reception honoring impactful women in the City of Boston. These women have made significant strides, empowering others and subsequently created immeasurable positive influences in various arenas ranging from fashion to community relations. This year’s recipients include Anna Maven, Lakenya Rivers, Vanessa Lundy and Laila McCain. Congrats ladies!

Sowa Open Market Kick Off Weekend
South End
Boston’s biggest outdoor market is back, now on Saturdays and Sundays!! Join us in supporting hundreds of small businesses and celebrating local makers as we kick off SoWa’s 14th season. We’ll be featuring 100+ artisans, 50+ local farmers and foodmakers, over a dozen iconic food trucks, craft beers, live music, and good vibes every weekend! From fresh fruits and ice cream sandwiches, to watercolor prints and gemstone jewelry, these amazing vendors have you covered.

April 30

Black Lives Matter in their Own Words
Boston
Come hear activists Karlene Griffiths Sekou and Martin Henson from Black Lives Matter Boston speak on the struggle! This talk will go deeper than the first one (on 2/12), but is still suitable for newbies! Everyone welcome! Come hear how individuals and faith communities can make a difference. BLM organizers will speak and lead discussion 3-5PM, with a casual reception to follow from 5-6PM.

Japan Festival Boston
Downtown Boston
Come experience Japan right here in Boston! Live music, stage performances, authentic Japanese food, raffles, cosplay, and lots of fun! Free Admission!

#QueensTea
Via Instagram Live
Join @Queens.company for an important conversation on an issue that affects most women of color – being one of the only minorities in the workplace. This Instagram live event will feature a panel of women from various professions sharing their tips and tricks on how they keep their peace and stay sane in these spaces.

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