Boston Come Through: May 1-7

May 1

IFF Boston 2017: Gook with Director Justin Chon
Eli and Daniel are two Korean American brothers who own a struggling shoe store and have a unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family. Director (and star) Justin Chon will be in attendance!

ArtsEmerson 2017/2018 Season Preview Event
You’re invited to ArtsEmerson biggest party of the year! Stop by for the 2017/18 season preview event guaranteed to be intentionally different and entirely ArtsEmerson. This is free and open to the public. A reception is to follow.

Perfect Pitch
Perfect Pitch is an annual student-run project that gathers the college’s best performers, producers, and songwriters in the spotlight and celebrates Berklee’s unparalleled potential to impact the music industry. Top Berklee vocalists in various styles are selected by an audition process. Songwriters then pitch songs to each vocalist. Producers arrange the songs to perfectly fit the singers. The final product is a concert featuring the selected singers performing their top song, as written for them, with a full band. The concert is judged by a panel of industry experts and faculty from the Songwriting Department.

May 2

Reading With Words – Poetry of Spring & Resistance
A poetry reading featuring Gilmore Tammy, Eddy Toussaint Tontongi, Toni Bee, and Grace Talusan, to celebrate the spring and the spirit of resistance to exclusion, war, and human degradation.

Hunter’s Space Signature Event
Back Bay
“A space for visionaries to connect” – all entrepreneurs, visionaries, and creatives are invited to the Hunters Space series targeting urban entrepreneurs in the Boston area. The Hunters Space was designed to help bridge the gap between entrepreneurs, visionaries, and creatives by creating opportunities for making meaningful connections and to build a community of like-minded individuals. This event will be filled with creatives, visionaries, and business-minded people that can help take your vision to the next level. The renaissance of urban entrepreneurship is here!

HipStory Films & NU Crossing Present: Vitilago
Special for ArtWeek, filmmaker Cliff Notez will give a talk prior to the screening of “Vitiligo.” This debut is an important film expanding on trauma, related to racism and how it can affect the mental health of people of color. This is the first public screening of the “Vitiligo” short film. Our hope is that we 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, on May 2nd at Northeastern Crossing 5pm and help us push these discussions to a place that is often forgotten.

May 3

Explore Danza Organica’s New Work!
Jamaica Plain
Join Danza Orgánica as we build our new piece based on exploring the Puerto Rican/Caribbean identity as it pertains to Blackness, miscegenation, and gender perspectives in Puerto Rico and the Diaspora. Participants will be able to join our warm up, witness our creative process, and learn a section from our repertoire. Participants are encouraged to bring dance/movement clothes to train with the company. Anything comfortable, to move freely in will suffice.

HOPE Inc. Open Mic Night Ft. Dexter
This month’s feature is no stranger to the mic! We’re so excited to announce May’s feature is DEXTER!! Please come out and show her some support!! She also has a treat for us! She will be selling her book for only $10! We HOPE to see you all there!!

May 3-7

The Dash Women’s Conference: Blaze a Trail, Leave a Mark!
Meet our Social Media Socialites: Monica Cost, Taisha Crayton, LaTrelle Natosha, Nicole Peterkin & Alicia Greenaway! They are guests panelists for our “Real Talk Symposium” series and will share their success stories!

May 4

Bee Boy
Bee Boy is an artistic response to violence in our times. Inspired by the destruction of human lives by institutional injustice, murder, oppression, incarceration and the parallel destruction of the environment, the disappearance of bees (bee colony collapse disorder). Bee Boy is a meditation on struggle and change in a world of chaos. It reflects on the emotional toil it takes to turn hate to love. Join the creators of this original new work as they share the beginning stages of the project’s development – the unveiling of a new instrument prototype, soul songs about the end of our world, words and food, in conversation with greater Boston/Cambridge community activists and MIT researchers. Community participants include: Brandon G Green, Catherine T. Morris (BAMS Fest), DS4SI: Design Studio for Social InterventionMarsha Parrilla(Danza Orgánica), Ashley Rose, James Ramsey, Thabiti Brown (Codman Academy Charter Public School), Erin Kay Anderson, Nia Evans (Boston Ujima Project) and Cliff Notez (Hip Story). Bee Boy is free and open to the public.

Sanaa with Friends @ Suya Joint: Kenya
Join us for painting and good food! Doors open at 6:30pm and painting begins at 7pm. Tickets are $25

Cinco De Mayo at the Lawn On D
South Boston
Join us May 4-7 as we kick off the new Lawn On D season with a Cinco De Mayo celebration featuring live bands, Latin DJs, margaritas, and delicious food!

The Good Music Showcase Series
Live Q&A sessions, raffles and giveaways. All Performances are backed by a live band. Performances by – Smoogie, Rock Stack, Mr. Debonair, Bir Witness, Darius Heywood, Manny X, King Ambro, D Nota and Siahlaw.

Why I Stayed: A Journey Out of Domestic Violence
Join Boston GLOW and Lovern Gordon of Love Life Now ( for a workshop and discussion exploring healthy relationships, how easy it is to fall into an unhealthy relationship, and how to support others on the journey to healthy relationships. Participants will leave with resources of what to do if they or a loved one is in this situation, and how to advocate and support survivors.

Kenbe Fem: A Haitian Story of Survival
Set in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Kenbe Fem follows David Pierre-Louis in his search to find his mother after the tragedy. But even more – it’s a story of enduring love, strength, and resilience. As audiences witness this incredible story of hope, learn how this tragedy is transformed into a call for action – to work in concert with Haitian communities towards sustainable prosperity in the country’s economy. Join us for what will be a culturally engaging evening, filled with Haitian art, small bites and refreshments, community building, and inspiration. A donation of $25 is suggested to support Kay Tita. Donations are 100% tax-deductible and will go directly to support sustainable investments in Haiti that give every citizen the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and create a better future. Social impact leaders, friends of Haiti, members of the Diaspora, and all those interested in learning about how they can contribute to this growing cause are invited to participate in viewing Kenbe Fem, a story that serves as a profound reminder of the power that one person can have to make radical positive change.

May 4-7

Cinco de Mayo at the Lawn on D

South Boston

Join us May 4-7 as we kick off the new Lawn On D season with a Cinco De Mayo celebration featuring live bands, latin DJs, margaritas, and delicious food!

May 5

Youth Empowerment Gala
Join Mothers for Justice and Equality on May 5th, 2017 for our Annual Youth Empowerment Gala. All proceeds from this event will be used to support the Youth Programs at Mothers for Justice and Equality. Join us for food, drinks, entertainment and more. We look forward to seeing you there.

Black Cotton Club
Join us for this organized jam session with a live band, inviting artists to share the mic and be creative. This event is like no other, inviting artists to share the stage and create art based on vibes. Sign-ups begin at 7:30PM. The magic starts when you walk through the door!

MFA First Friday
MFA First Fridays is on the first Friday of each month from 6:00–9:30 pm. Join us for fine art, music, bars featuring signature cocktails, and delicious tapas available for purchase. Order your tickets now to secure your spot at our monthly weekend kickoff. Advance tickets are strongly suggested as the event can sell out.

First Fridays: ROFLMAO
Comedy night makes a comeback! Tickle your funny bone with hilarious hijinks and three sets from Improv Asylum! Plus, as always, killer contemporary art, a whimsical cocktail, and a hopping dance party with tunes by DJ Bobby BanGers.

Wine on Wheels 
Wining and skating to good vibes! What more could you want?!

May 5 – 7

Just Dance – Boston Kizombathon 2017
Boston KizombaThon: A weekend where you can Be Free – Be Yourself – Forget Everything Else & JUST DANCE! If you were there last year, then you already know this is an event not to be missed. Spread the word and let your friends know how much fun you had. The 2nd edition will be even better – 2 days, 3 nights, 25+ hours of dance workshops and dancing until you drop!

May 6

Louder Than a Bomb Massachusetts Youth Poetry Slam Festival Team Finals
Incredible performances from the final 4 teams who’ve advanced through this month long poetry slam competition where “the points are not the point, the point is the poetry!” Part of ArtWeek Boston, and sponsored by the Boston Cultural Commission, LTABMA Finals Showcase is a family friendly, engaging, dynamic presentation of incredible teen poets who are raising their collective voice in community with one another. Special performances, music and awards will also take place.

Boston Got Sole
New England’s Greatest Sneaker Convention is back! Boston Got Sole is May 6th from 12-5 PM at the Tobin Community Center! With special guests, live performances, raffles, giveaways, and more, so don’t miss out, and come be a part of history! #BostonGotSole

2nd Annual Cinema Somerville Outdoor Film Festival
The Somerville Arts Council and Somerville Media Center present an ArtsUnion and Cinema Somerville Film Fest during the Somerville Open Studios weekend on Saturday, May 6th from 7:30-9:30pm held in Union Square plaza or indoors at SCATV (in case of inclement weather).To celebrate the City of Somerville’s 175th Birthday, this year’s theme is “Somerville old and new.” The short films will be about Somerville or shot in Somerville (showcasing some wonderful neighborhood scenery!). Films range from fiction, satirical news and cartoons to documentary films celebrating Somerville music, food, politics, history and more! The selection committee plans to screen several short films mixing new submitted footage with vintage clips. The screening​ will total around 90 minutes.

The Spring Dance Concert
The UMass Boston dance minors take the stage in the University Hall Theatre. An evening of diverse dance styles, students and faculty choreographers, and guest artist Jean Appolon, create an evening of movement. Co-Artistic Directors Elizabeth Lapuh and Danny Swain.

Noyze: One Night. One City. All Hip-Hop
Boston! You asked, and so NOYZE is back bigger and better than before! Please join us on May 6th for a night of hip hop music and dance, featuring Deirdre Dagata from HOT 96.9 Boston! We’re so excited to bring the party back to Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub following our hugely successful event last fall. Hosted by Junior Radio15 from FUN 107, we will have some of the industry’s hottest choreographers joining us for round two of this epic event.

Outloud Runway Show
OUTLAYER and OUTLOUD (the closing runway show for the exhibition) are collaborative events featuring fashion design and fashion related artwork that is off-center, over the line, impractical, even (un)wearable. Artists Dawna Davis, Nathan Evans and Sara Kitaeff are curating a fashion experience that will introduce you to sophisticated, unusual and existential designs. Local designers, including but not limited to Anna Comella, Lisa Knox, Allana Taranto, Philip Sawyer, Karen McFeaters, Sara Tchen-Susman, Traeger DiPietro, Nikolay Cherny, Reginald Merome and the curators themselves use a combination of conventional and unconventional materials to create a one-of-a-kind show that will pique your interest and might even blow your mind.

Feel The Rhythm
Our team of teachers, professionals, and activist would like to invite you to Feel The Rhythm, a night of music and spoken word. The proceeds will help us fund our initiatives for young men and women and provide a space for our local talent to showcase their work. This will be our biggest event yet! The night features Alexi Paraschos fresh off his major SXSW debut performance and the dynamic Mind.Evolution. as MC and featured spoken word artist, plus much more. We will have local vendors on site and there will be food and prizes. Share if you can. I’ll see you there!

Jimmy Fund Fit Fest Presented by Reebok
Be a part of the Jimmy Fund Fit Fest presented by Reebok, an outdoor fitness festival supporting Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. Join in any number of the 5 classes taught by the city’s best trainers while also enjoying fun activities from our sponsors. Use code FACEBOOK for $5 off registration.

Wake Up the Earth – Egleston Parade
The Annual Wake Up The Earth Parade is here again! For the 5th year Egleston has a “stream” parade which leaves from the Egleston Y and winds down Washington –> Columbus –> Centre to meet up with the big stream at Lamartine and we all enter the Southwest Corridor Festival grounds together. The festival runs from noon – 6pm with 6 stages, Bands, Vendors, amazing food, a farmer’s market, non-profit row, children’s activities all over the place, dance classes and so much more.

Kentucky Derby en Caribe Day Party
Come join us for a Caribbean-inspired Derby Day Party with your freshest Kentucky Derby outfits: hats, sundresses, sportcoats and all! Enjoy your favorite tropical sounds of Afrobeats, Reggae, Kompa, Reggaeton and more as DJ Syna, DJ Gallis, and DJ Loomy of Trendstream and No Limits Sound Effects take turns on the turntables. Brunch at La Fábrica ends at 5pm.

Glitter Fashion Showcase
This a fashion show to generate awareness and support for Cradles to Crayons. Please come with a new hardcover children’s book or like-new baby clothing items (i.e. socks, onesies, blankets, sleepers, outfit, hats, etc). and you will be entered into a very special drawing. Your donation and a portion of our aftercost proceeds will be donated to the charity. Designs by Nika L A Hollingsworth for Nilanjo! Fasion Ent. This event features body painting artistry of Milly and Me Ent. Music by DJ Firestarta, hosted by K’Loni Sky, opening performance by Lindon and a special performance by Cookie Gamble! Enjoy vendors, cash bar and more!

Paris in Dudley
Fashion, food, fun and friends!

Kids Dance Battle
The Floor Lords Crew is hosting a dance battle for kids at the Boston Public Library. The aim is to bring the community together and motivate children & teenagers to be active through dance. Therefore this is a free event (no admission/cover).

May 6-7

Opening Weekend at the Greenway Open Market
Now in its 7th season, the Greenway Open Market is a vibrant arts market featuring talented area artists, crafters and independent designers. Held Saturdays and every 1st and 3rd Sunday, May through October along the Wharf District Parks of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Visitors will find exceptional art, locally produced products and much more! Explore the parks and stroll tree lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, eat at a food truck and shop local at the Greenway Open Market! It’s truly an original Boston experience!

May 7

MIT Museum’s Idea Hub – 3D Printing and Design
Celebrate ArtWeek at the MIT Museum! Join us in the Idea Hub – our creative technology space – for 3D Printing and Design. Learn how to design your own sculpture in three dimensions using Tinkercad and explore how 3D printers can turn digital models into reality. Free with Museum Admission. Details about admission and directions can be found at

Harvard Square MayFair 2017: Dance Stage
Deborah Mason, producer of the Dance Stage, invites you to enjoy the stellar line up of dance performances at this year’s MayFair! From 12pm to 6pm you can see over 30 dance companies representing the fantastic diversity of dance in our community. Last year’s MayFair featured over 150 artisans and merchants, over 40 food vendors, and thousands of happy people!

49th Walk for Hunger & 5K Run
The Walk for Hunger & 5K Run is an annual community movement of neighbors helping neighbors across the Commonwealth. This year, more than 300 local programs in more than 100 Massachusetts communities will be supported through money raised by Walkers, Runners, and Volunteers including: food pantries, meal programs, food rescue, urban agriculture, and critical child nutrition programs. Together, we can support the nearly 675,000 individuals in our state that can’t reliably predict where their next meal is coming from. Please note that you do not need to complete all 20 miles of the Walk Route to participate. There are complimentary shuttle buses at each checkpoint (approximately every 2 miles) to take you back to the Boston Common.


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