THANGZ-2-DO!! (July 2013)

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“THANGZ-2-DO!!” (July 2013)

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Welcome to “Thangz-2-Do!!”, the monthly e-newsletter providing information of

cultural arts (poetry, theatre, comedy, etc.), as well as several other info to keep

people in the loop that includes a link for daily Black History facts. (http://www.yenoba.com/),

R.I.P. for those that passed away.

Also, Boston’s longest-running open mic gathering commonly known as

VerBaLizAtiOn is going to take a summer hiatus like every year. We will

return in September with a new line-up of artists. Stay tuned.

 

Please mention my name to the promoter of any of these events listed below if

and when you do attend one or more.

 

Enjoy the list and have a blessed day!!

 

Peace,

VCR

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R.I.P.

– BOBBY “BLUE” BLAND (Blues legend)

 

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POETRY/OPEN MIC EVENTS:

Every Sunday Night

LIZARD LOUNGE SUNDAY NIGHT POETRY JAM

w/The Jeff Robinson Trio

@ The Lizard Lounge

1667   Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (between Harvard Sq. & Porter Sq.)

Doors at 7:30pm – $5.00 cover

21+ w/ID required

  • Mahogany Browne: July 21st

For info visit www.poetryjam.org

 

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Every Thursday Night

SoulKore Productions presents

GRAB THE MIC THURSDAYS

@ Pearl St. Station Restaurant

53 Summer St.,MaldenMA

(2 minute walk from MBTA Malden Center Station – Orange Line)

7:30pm – 10:30pm / $5.00 cover

All ages, plus raffles and more!

Come early for open mic sign-up

All forms of talent welcomed

Sign up early – space limited (5 minutes per artist)

Free parking / food & drink specials

Hosted by DJ Nomadik & Essex

For more info contact info@soulkore.com

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Thursday, July 11th 2013

OPEN MIC NIGHT

Poetry, Spoken Word, Rap and Dance

@BCYF Tobin Community   Center

1481 Tremont   St., Boston/Mission Hill

6:00pm – 8:00pm / Free to the public

Hosted by “All Eyez On Me PoetBrian Williams

& Mission Hill poet Tonya Jordan

All talent welcomed!!

To register please call Brian at 617-981-2678

Or Tonya at 857-251-7446

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Thursday, July 18th 2013

New Urban Theatre Laboratory presents

THE EXPERIMENT

(your) Stories From Real Life

@ MokSa/NAGA Restaurant & Lounge

450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge/Central Sq.

7:00pm – 10:00pm

$15.00 at the door

Or purchase advanced tickets online at

www.nutl.wordpress.com/boxoffice

* “The Experiment” is every 3rd Thursday of each month

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Saturday, July 6th 2013

27TH ANNUAL CHARLES YANCEY BOOK FAIR

@ Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center

1350 Tremont   St., Roxbury

(across from RCC & mosque)

12:00pm – 3:00pm / FREE books & entertainment

For more info call 617-635-3131

Or visit charlesyanceybookfair2013.eventbrite.com

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Saturday, July 6th 2013

THE 4TH ANNUAL AFRICAN FESTIVAL OFBOSTON

Every year this event hosts vendors from all over Africain an effort

to unite, promote, educate and provide a legacy of diverse and

authentic African traditions here in Boston. Come join for African foods,

clothing, jewelry, music and much more!

@Boston City Hall Plaza

Boston MA

12:00pm – 6:00pm / Free and open to the public

Live performances by Shakalewa, Afrika Rainbow, D’Hamu Manero,

K’Mistry, TZ Hustler, Paa Seck Diery, RumbaAfrica, Saga AP,

Peter G., SGA Trio, Star Boiz, Sukiyaki, Bolade and more

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Sunday, July 7th 2013

Barber Boyz Club presents

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY

“Chillin’ & Grillin” with The World Famous “Everything Is Real!” Barbershop/Salon

@ Franklin Park

American Legion side,Dorchester

12:00pm start / Free and open to the public

Food includes:

  • Beef Ribs
  • Grilled Chickens
  • Hot Dogs
  • Hamburgers
  • Potato Salad
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Fruit Salad
  • Watermelons
  • all kinds of fruits and more! (no pork)

Games include:

  • 3-Legged Race
  • Horse Shoes
  • Potato Sack Race
  • Water Balloons
  • Tug-Of-War
  • Face Painting and much more!

For more info call 617-524-2887

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Saturday, July 13th 2013

THE 18TH ANNUAL N.Y.O. BOSTON SUMMER BASH

The Nigerian Youth Organization (N.Y.O.) brings you its

18th annual cookout full of live entertainment, activities,

music and FREE food

@ Franklin Park – School Master Hill

One Circuit Drive, Boston (by park locals)

12:00pm – 8:00pm / Free and open to the public

N.Y.O. activities include: open soccer tournament and flag football

With performances by The Lost & Found Band, Suki Yaki, Mark Stel,

Alberta Akundaye, NASO Dancers, Patrick Ssozi, 102 South Entertainment,

Stylezz NYC and special performance by G’Bori Wa

Hosted by Olasco Boston & Prince Kalu

Music by DJ Emteezy and special guest DJs

(playing Hawtt Naija jams, Afro-Hiphop, Reggae, R&B and House)

For more info contact Olasco Boston at 857-544-1275

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Sunday, July 14th 2013

Score4More Inc. presents

THE 4TH ANNUAL “SILENCE THE VIOLENCE” COMMUNITY PEACE DAY

Save R Streets

@RoxburyHeritagePark

183 Roxbury St., Roxbury/John Eliot Sq.

(next to theTimiltyMiddle School)

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Features: complimentary community cookout, family & children activities,

music & entertainment, speakers & awards, raffles and give-a-ways

Save R Streets” basketball tournament: July 13th & 14th

JeepJonesPark(next door) / 10:00am – 7:00pm

For more info & to support, contact score4more617@gmail.com

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Wednesday, July 17th 2013

617 Live & Get On Down Productions presents

HIP-HOP TRIVIA

Physical challenges, Jeopardy-style questions and prizes

@ Good Life Bar

28 Kingston St., Downtown Boston

Trivia at 8:30pm (sign-up at 7:30pm) / No cover

21+ event w/no dress code

Minimum of 4 players per team – maximum is 6

With special guest judges

Hosted by DJ On & On and Hilary Clare

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Sunday, July 21st 2013

Enquilinos Boricuas En Accion presents

GREASE POLE/PALO ENSEBAO’

Participate in this year’s annual grease pole/palo ensebao’ competition!

@ O’Day Park

85 West Newton St., Boston/South End

1:00pm start / free to the public

A minimum of 6 people per team

There will be a cash prize of $600.00 for the winning team

To sign-up or for more info call 617-927-1722

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Sunday, July 21st 2013

Ambe’s Glory presents

ROOTS & GLORY

Join us for a day of family fun and learning as we unearth the roots of our glory

Featuring live music, poets, artists, arts & crafts and food

@Boston Nature Center

Walk Hill Ave St., Mattapan

12:00pm – 4:00pm / $10.00 adults – kids for FREE

With special live performance by

Reindrop, Big Brotha Sadi and more!

Food provided by Sister Act 3

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THEATRE

Friday, July 12th – Sunday, July 14th 2013

“TO HELL WITH THIS VILLAGE!”

When Three Generations Come Under One Roof to Plan a Family Reunion, SparksFly!

A play written by Sean Travis Taylor / directed by Vincent Ernest Siders

To Hell With This Village!” examines the dynamics that occur when a buppy

African-American family is faced with shocking revelations made by family

members that test the strength of their unit.

@ Hibernian Hall

184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(next to fire dept. & barber shop)

Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm / Sunday at 3:00pm

$20.00 general admission – $10.00 seniors & students

For tickets and more info contact www.hibernianhall.org

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Friday, July 19th – Saturday, August 17th 2013

Company One presents

“HOW WE GOT ON”

A Theatrical Mix-Tape of Fresh Rhymes and Dope Beats

Written by Idris Goodwin / directed by Summer L. Williams

It’s 1988. Hank, Julian and Luann have each finally found the beats and dubs

that make the suburbs bearable but they need each other more than they know.

Rap battles and poetry in parking lots lead to dreams of something more, as a

DJ takes us to the flipside, loops us into the remix and breaks it down. Spoken

word poet and Hip-Hop playwright Goodwin emcee’s a theatrical coming-of-age

mix tape about how we become the people we’re meant to be, flowing and

rhyming our way to adulthood.

@BostonCenterfor the Arts – Plaza Theatre

539 Tremont St.,Boston/South End

Starring Kadahj Bennett, Jared Brown, Cloteal Horne and Miranda Craigwell

For tickets and more info visit www.companyone.org

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EDUCATIONAL/HEALTH

Every Saturday Morning

Operation B-Fit (in collaboration w/The Franklin Park Coalition) presents

ORGANIZED CHAOS

A conditioning program that is guaranteed to improve stamina,

endurance and strength. This is not your average boot camp! Muscles and

cardio confusion is the main focus. Continuous change guarantee results.

@ Franklin Park

Williams St.entrance,Boston

9:00am session / Free to the public

For more info contact Michelle Cook at 857-264-1893 or email her at operationbfit@gmail.com

Or visit www.operationbfit.com

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Every Saturday Afternoon

BOYS OF TODAY…MEN OF TOMORROW

@Perkins Community Center

155 Talbot Ave., Dorchester

12:00pm – 2:00pm / $25.00 for 8 sessions

Ages 11-17yrs.

Featuring:

  • Etiquette
  • Grooming
  • Health & Hygiene
  • Easy Physical Fitness
  • Proper Dress for Every Occasion
  • Money Management
  • Leadership
  • Definition of a Man
  • and Communication 101

For more info contact nancy.rousseau@cityofboston.gov

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Every Sunday Afternoon

MEDU NETER CLASSES (later called Hieroglyphics by the Greeks)

The oldest of African languages and most sacred of languages

Reconnect with the Wisdom of our Ancestors…learn to read the writing on the wall

  • Scribe/write
  • Transliteration/read/translate
  • Speak
  • History/Culture
  • Sentence Structure/Grammar
  • Museum Field Trips & more

@53 Cedar St., Mattapan

11:30 –1:00pm (sign in at 11:00am)

To register call Dr. Nteri Nelson 617-296-7797

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Saturday, July 6th – Saturday, August 17th 2013

(every Saturday except Aug. 3rd)

Facing Love, TheBostonSociety of Vulcans and members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. presents

“KNOW THYSELF”

A 6-week educational detoxification process for Black high

school boys age 14-18). This is a SOCIETAL and CULTURAL

course. Religion is not a major focus. “Education is the Key”

must be taken out of the realm of self-appeasing cliché and

activated into a potential and relevant program specifically

designed to edify the Black student. Knowing what kind of

education one is receiving, as well as its origin and objective,

is as important as receiving ANY education at all.

@ShelburneCommunity Center

2730 Washington   St., Roxbury

10:30am start

The program will be taking a maximum of 20 boys

To register and for more info contact info@facinglove.com

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LECTURE

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COMEDY

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PARTIES/SOCIAL NETWORKING/DANCE

Every Tuesday Night

Soulkore Production proudly presents

DECADES

Old School Dance Party

@ NAGA/MOKSA

450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge/Central Sq.

10:00pm – 1:00am / Free admission

Music by DJ Nomadik

(spinning tunes from the 70’s, 80’s 90”s & dip into the 2000’s)

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Every Friday & Saturday Night

Upper Echelon Events & DowntimeBoston.Com presents

HANG SUITE

The Nightclub Alternative

Some of Boston’s hottest DJ’s spinning the best in

classic R&B, Hip-Hop and Soul grooves

@ Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen

604 Columbus Ave., Boston/South End

11:00pm – 2:00am / $10.00 cover / 21+ event

Upcoming summer dates:

  • The Wrong Songs” – Fri., July 5th
  • The Hang Suite” – Sat., July 6th
  • Ladies’ Night Part II” – Fri., July 12th
  • Total Request Live” – Sat., July 13th

For more info contact sekoud@gmail.com or dariusm@downtimeboston.com

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Friday, July 12th 2013

Fam IV Life (in association w/Dana Dodson 3’s All Day) presents

MY ADIDAS: PART 3

The 80’s & 90’s Old School Summer Block Party

@ ChinaPearlLounge

237 Quincy Ave.,QuincyMA

9:00pm – 1:00am / $10.00 tickets / 21+ event

80’s & 90’s attire recommended but not required

Music by DJ Dex, DJ Al Gee and DJ Mr. Biggs

Sounds & lighting by Philly Black

Tickets available at these locations

  • Metro PCS (1656   Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan Sq.)
  • Vaughn Fish & Chips (1 Erie St.,Dorchester)
  • Lawson’s Beauty Supply (1979 Columbus Ave., Egleston Sq.)
  • Silver Slipper Restaurant (2387 Washington St.,DudleySq.)
  • Mattapan’s Finest Barbers (663 Warren St., Grove Hall)

For RSVP & VIP section or more info contact 617-326-7199

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Saturday, July 13th 2013

617 Live & L&T Backyard Barb-Q presents

WE’RE GETTING LIVE TONIGHT!

Night-Time Bar & Cookout Party

@ Sammy’s Patio

63 Revere Beach   Blvd.,RevereMA

8:00pm start

Casual dress – catered to a mature audience

(we reserve the right to deny entry)

Featuring live music, food, dance, drink, games & more!

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Saturday, July 20th 2013

THE ORIGINAL 30+ PARTY: THE BEST OF FRIENDS

An All-Black or All-White Party

When is the last time you had a chance to get all of your

best friends together? Maybe you haven’t seen one another

in a while. Everyone gets busy with work, family, relationships,

etc. and time goes by so fast and before you know it, many

months or years have passed! For this month’s event, we

figured we would have a “Best of Friends” party.

Step it up as we mix, mingle and party withNew England’s

most progressive mature 30+ urban elite! Come see why

this long-running monthly 30+ is the premier event. It attracts

a diverse group fromMassachusetts,Rhode Island, New

Hampshire andConnecticutwho seek to socialize with like-

minded professionals in eclectic, trendy and upscale non-club

environments. What you would typically find inNew York City,

ChicagoorSan Franciscoin terms of trendy upscale ambience,

you will find at this location for this upcoming 30+ event!

Don’t be left on the outside!!

@ GEM Restaurant & Lounge
42 Province St., DowntownBoston

9:30pm – 2:00am (no early entry)

$20.00 in advance / more at the door
Sexy & sophisticated attire – all black or all white!
Gentlemen: collared shirts, slacks, blazers/suits and shoes
Women: Diva Chic!!!
Dress code enforced – reserve the right to turn away

Featuring 3 great DJs (playing deep House, classic R&B and the best in Mashups)

Parking at Pi Alley parking area at275 Washington St.

For information on VIP, B-Day parties, tables and vendor tables call 617-270-5753

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Wednesday, July 24th 2013

Soulkore Productions present

PRINCE/JACKSON PARTY

Two of Soulkore’s most popular parties unite, enjoying the

music of Prince & Michael Jackson – and related artists!

(The Time, Janet Jackson, Sheila E., Jackson Five, etc.)

@ Milky Way Lounge

284Amory St.,JamaicaPlain

9:30pm – midnight / $5.00 admission / 21+ event

DJ Nomadik & guests playing music

Free parking available

For more info contact info@soulkore.com

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CULTURAL PERFORMANCES/MAJOR CONCERTS

Every Monday Night

MOTIVATED MONDAY

@ ChurchBoston

69 Kilmarnock   St.,Boston

Doors open at 8:00pm – showtime at 9:00pm

$5.00 ladies – $10.00 fellas / 21+ with ID required

Hosted by Mark Merren

Free parking in rear

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Every Wednesday Night (except the last of the month)

THE AUTHENTIC LOUNGE

An Evening of Live Soul, Reggae & Hip-Hop

Live band / featured performers / DJ’s

@ Midway Cafe

3496Washington St.,JamaicaPlain

8:30pm – 2:00am / $5.00 cover / 21+ event

Ladies FREE before 11:00pm

Cash bar only / no dress code

9:00pm – 11:00pm Live music w/Carl Eisman & Friends

11:00pm – 2:00am AfterParty w/special guest DJs

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Saturday, July 6th 2013

THE 3RD ANNUAL SUGAR SHACK REUNION

Fourth of July Weekend Event

Starring live in concert Rose Royce

(“Car Wash”, “Wishing On A Star”, “I’m Going Down”)

Featuring Mike Young (formerly of New Birth)

@ William E. Reed Auditorium

24 Washington   St., Dorchester/Grove Hall

8:30pm – 2:00am

Tickets $40.00 in advance – $45.00 at the door

$50.00 VIP

Proper dress required (no sneakers or jeans)

Also performing will beBoston’s own The Midnight Crew

Music by DJ Auther B. and Jeff Dixon

(spinning R&B and Old School)

With special guest MC of the evening

Free hors d’oeuvres in VIP area ONLY!

Tickets available at these locations:

– A Nubian Notions (Roxbury/Dudley Sq.)

– Kay’s Hair Salon (Mattapan)

For tix and more info call Theresa Kelley at 857-753-5974

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Sunday, July 7th 2013

Hibernian Hall presents

FENDIKA

A Free Outdoor Concert – Dance & Song from Addis Ababa

w/guest artist Kaethe Hostetter (of Debo Band)

@BartlettYard

2565 Washington   St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(rain location at Hibernian Hall:184 Dudley St., Roxbury)

4:00pm – 6:00pm / free to the public

For more info contact www.hibernianhall.org

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Monday, July 15th 2013

Dreamstar Studios & Motivate Mondays presents

LADIES FIRST

All-Star Female Showcase

@ ChurchBoston

69 Kilmarnock   St.,Boston

Doors open at 8:00pm – showtime at 9:30pm

$5.00 ladies – $10.00 fellas / 21+ with ID required

With performances by I-Rose, Letia Larok, Rayel, Ms. Purp.,

Tavonna Miller, Mel Monae, J’Evans, Roudne, Yaya Gabana,

Tizzy, Aisling Peartree and Fancy Baby

Tunes by Leah V.

Free parking in rear

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Thursday, July 18th 2013

DJ PREMIER VS PETE ROCK: BATTLE OF CHAMPIONS

The ultimate deejay battle between DJ Premier (1/2 of Gang Starr, producer)

and Pete Rock (1/2 of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, producer)

@ Middle East Club – Downstairs

472 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge/Central Sq.

8:00pm showtime / $25.00 – $30.00 admission

18+ event w/valid ID required

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Saturday, July 20th 2013

IT’S BIGGER THAN HIP-HOP TAKEOVER 3

The MC2” Listening Party

Hip-Hop lyricist A.M.B. will be playing the some of the tracks of the upcoming

album. Food and beverages will be available.

@ Kulturez

36 JFK St.,Cambridge/Harvard Sq.

(The Garage Mall – 2nd floor)

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Hosted by The God Mizzeba

Performances by Kiki Breevlife, O.F.A.T.S., Ace Da Truth,

Catch Wreck, Bakari JB and more!

And special performance by A.M.B.

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Tuesday, July 23rd 2013

BEYONCE

@ TD Garden

100 Legends Way, Boston

8:00pm showtime

For tix and more info log onto www.tdgarden.com

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Wednesday, July 24th 2013

THE STYLISTICS

@BostonCityHallPlaza

One City Hall   Square,Boston

7:00pm showtime / Free to the public

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About The Author

Vernon C. Robinson is aka VCR

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