Boston Come Through: May 15-21

May 16

Cuba, An African Odyssey: Film, Food & Fundraiser
“Cuba: An African Odyssey” is a documentary about the Cuban Revolution’s role in giving support and solidarity to African independence struggles in Angola, South Africa and elsewhere. During a time when Africans were fighting to end colonial domination of their land by the U.S. and Europe, Cuba stood on the side of African people. There will be delicious vegan and vegetarian food for all guests to enjoy! Tickets are $10. This event is a fundraiser for KUNDE SPEAKS, a national speaking tour to win justice and reparations for the families of Dominique Battle, Laniya Miller, and Ashaunti Butler, 3 teenage black girls murdered by Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department.

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary
The life and work of legendary jazz musician John Coltrane, including commentary from Denzel Washington, Carlos Santana, Common, Cornell West, Bill Clinton and others.

May 17

Bread Presents Startup Classroom feat. Janel Martinez
Janel Martinez is an entrepreneur and multimedia journalist. She has written columns and features for various media outlets and companies such as Univision Communications Inc.’s Flama, Latina, NBC Latino, Remezcla, Vivala and, among others. Martinez is the co-founder and Chief Content Officer at 2020Shift, an education startup focused on teaching diverse professionals the skills needed to find a career they love in technology. She is the founder of an award-winning website, Ain’t I Latina? (, which highlights and celebrates Afro-Latinas.

Boston Vegan Ice Cream Social
I scream, you scream, we all scream for vegan ice cream! Join us at Nathan Tufts Park aka Powder House Park in Powder House Square for an epic ice cream social. Sample all types of vegan ice cream from your local community members. Please register here so we know how much ice cream to bring! Bring your own vegan ice cream or you can help with the cost of the event by donating $5. Please bring a bowl and utensils although we will have some if you forget!

New Kids on the Block vs. New Edition Event
Jesse Mermell and Ayanna Pressley’s friendship has been plagued by a disagreement over which 90’s Boston boy band is better, and they’re resolving things in the only way possible: a community event supporting Boston and Science Club for Girls. Dig your old band t-shirts out of storage and practice your old school dance moves, because you won’t want to miss Ayanna, Jesse, and a DJ with a long New Edition / New Kids on the Block playlist settling this score. Hosted in partnership with Dudley Cafe. Proceeds benefit The Boston Debate League and Science Club for Girls. All ages welcome.

90s Prom Adult Night
Dust off your Doc Martens and flannel shirts for this year’s Bringing Back the 90’s Adult Night Prom! Fans voted for the winning theme from seven choices including Under the Sea, Sports, Black & White, Hollywood Glam, 50’s Back to the Future, Awkward High School Picture and 90’s. Activities include the crowning of the Prom King & Queen, a costume contest, 90’s photo booth and build challenge. Guests will also be able to enjoy the two rides, Ninjago Training Camp, watch one of the 4D movies and explore MINILAND®, a mini-version of Boston landmarks all made out of LEGO® bricks. Attendees can bring in a canned good or donate to Merlin’s Magic Wand, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston’s charity that benefits children in need, and receive a special raffle ticket for an exclusive LEGO® prize.

MAY 18

Open Runway 2017
Downtown Crossing
Using the same premise as an open mic night for singers or comedians, OPEN RUNWAY will provide an opportunity for local fashion designers to show their creations directly to the public. Fashion designers at every stage of their careers (that includes student fashion designers) are invited to participate in this open air fashion show in Downtown Crossing. There is no fee to participate. There is no fee to attend.

Pack Light (A Brand New Night Life)
Jamaica Plain
Good music and good vibes. No stress, no drama, just come have fun with Boston’s best renowned DJs playing the greatest vibes. A place where grown, sexy, connected people can be themselves and enjoy the finest things in life. Live resident DJ Tone every month.

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train
Join Praxis Stage Productions for 12 performances of “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train”. Playing at the Dorchester Art Project, this five- character play centers on Angel Cruz’s decent into a harsh and hopeless criminal justice system as he awaits trial for his rash act of shooting a religious cult leader in his rear end.

Jammin’ For Justice
Join us at Jammin’ for Justice to award local leaders in environmental justice, enjoy dinner and drinks, and celebrate our community while supporting effective EJ organizing in our city and beyond. Awardees include: Mel King, Rafael Mares, Veronica Eady, and the Conservation Law Foundation & Keep It 100.

May 19

Boston Write-In
Join us for Boston’s first Write-in! Much like sit-ins, where people take up public space to protest and make the case for change, the Boston Write-In will bring together people of all backgrounds for an afternoon of writing and storytelling in support of recent immigrants and refugees. Sharing stories is a uniquely powerful way to see and feel from different perspectives, to build empathy and connection – and stories from those who have been marginalized and who are under attack are crucially important to ensure safety and dignity for all people.

Paint Night at Dudley Café
This is perfect for a date or a night out with the Girls! We will be recreating a Frandy Suero Art original painting – ”The African Mask.” The canvas will be prepared with the outline of the image.

Voyaje: Experience a Taste of Haiti
Our event will take you on a voyage through Haiti’s gastronomy, art and history to present times featuring renowned Haiti base Chef Stephan Berrouet-Durand of Culinary By Design and the Haitian Culinary Alliance. Chef Stephan will have you experience the flavors of Haiti. The purpose of the event is to bring good people together to celebrate, and to help us sustain and expand the work that we are doing. This summer we will be working with a Hurricane Matthew affected community in Southern Haiti on a sustainable egg laying hen poultry farm project. You will get to see how we work to positively change the narrative of the Haitian people from need-seekers to capable, productive and enterprising people and you will also get to join in this effort. There will also be an exciting selection of Haitian products that you will be able to shop! We look forward to welcoming you!

Party at the Franklin Park Zoo
Come celebrate a private evening after the zoo closes in the tropical rain Forrest building with gorillas, monkeys, Pygmy hippos. Animal encounters, food, drinks and silent auction. All proceeds go to support the education and conservation efforts of Zoo New England. Tickets are also tax deductible.

May 20

Haitian Arts Exposition II
You are cordially invited to the Haitian Arts Exposition at the Parlin Memorial Library on Saturday, May 20th from 9:00AM-5:00PM. Hope to see you there. This is a free event, please bring your friends and families.

GoFundYourself: Prevent Begging From Being Part of Your Legacy
Are you prepared for the future? Do you have life insurance? Do you have a Living Will? Want to create a Trust for your children but don’t know how? Don’t fall for alternative facts! GoFundMe is not the new life insurance. JoinYoung Professionals Network of the ULEM and Tayla Andre of Thumbprint Realty as we help you prepare for your golden years.

A Dream Imagined: Race, Ethnicity & the Struggle for Boston’s Future
UMass Boston’s CANALA Institutes invite you to a day-long conference of leaders and advocates from Greater Boston’s diverse communities of color. We will explore ways for communities and organizations to enhance their individual and collective capacities through collaboration. There will be panels, breakout sessions, networking, and chances to reflect on current data about Boston’s evolving sociodemographic landscape and on plans to move forward.

Brunch, Don’t Kill My Vibe
Couldn’t snag tickets for Kendrick’s tour? We have you covered! We’re excited to announce the next brunch in our party brunch series, The Kendrick and Friends Tribute Brunch! Come listen to DJ T Rex play all of your favorite hits from Kendrick Lamar and his frequent collaborators and contemporaries. As always the music will be paired with a themed menu and specialty cocktails.

The Asia Fest
Welcome to Asia Fest Boston, the premier Asian music and art culture event in Allston, MA. Socialize and make friends during the ice-breaking event. Asian infused artists will perform live music and dance. We invite you to share your own culture as well, Asian or not. Join us to indulge yourself in a taste of Asia and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Moroccan Cultural Day
This is a free big outdoor celebration where we make you travel to the most wonderful place in the world through food, music and arts. Yes, we bring Morocco to you in a friendly fun environment without leaving your hometown. The 2017 Moroccan Cultural Day is organized by the Moroccan American community of Revere.

One Drop Strictly Reggae Party
It’s going to be a special vibe inside Suya Joint on May 20th – come early. Enjoy some great African cuisine and party with us from then on all the way until 2am.

May 21

Influence Night
It’s the last Influence Night until the fall and we are ending it with BAPTISMS! Join us as we close out this amazing year with a service that will top all of our services!! With an amazing year behind us and dozens taking the plunge we cannot wait to celebrate all that God is doing!

Haitian Day Parade

WorldFest 2017
WorldFest is returning to Woburn on Sunday, May 21 from 1-5 pm at Library Field, 63 Harrison Ave., Woburn! WorldFest is an annual multicultural festival, celebrating ethnic diversity and cultural traditions from around the world. Visitors can enjoy a variety of performances, craft vendors, children’s activities and food from countries across the globe. We invite all ethnicities and cultures to come together to celebrate the diverse heritages that make up our communities! Please note that this is a FREE family event but food and craft vendors will charge for purchases.

Henny and Hotwings Live Podcast Taping
Henny and Hotwings will serve its 2nd LIVE recording of the show on May 21, 2017 at Maggy’s Lounge. We invite you to come join us for Chicken, Swag, and Liquor while we discuss “Gender Roles: Playing your position” with a mature adult crowd.


One thought on “Boston Come Through: May 15-21

  1. Wow! This sounds like it’s going to be epic! I wish I was around to attend. Really looking forward to your blog about this event!


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