THANGZ-2-DO!! (October 2013)

“THANGZ-2-DO!!” (October 2013)

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),

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

 

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

brings you spoken word artist/formerCambridgepoet populist Toni Bee on October 9th and Funk

band The Groovalottos will perform on October 23rd.

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

R.I.P.

– KEN NORTON SR. (professional boxer, former Heavyweight champion/actor)

– L.C. GREENWOOD (former Steelers defensive end/member of the 70’s Steel Curtain)

 

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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

Toni Bee: October 20th

For info visit www.poetryjam.org

Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday

VerBaLizAtiOn

Boston’s longest-running open mic gathering returns from a summer

break with a blend of poetry/spoken word, rhyme, song, good vibes, etc.

@ Hibernian Hall

184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(next to fire dept. & barber shop)

6:30pm start (doors open at 6:00pm) / Free 2 The Public

Hosted by VCR

Toni Bee: October 9th

The Groovalottos: October 23rd

4 more info contact VCR at 617-480-7663 or bloodskinland@yahoo.com

Every Thursday Night

ART IS LIFE ITSELF

@ The Haley House Bakery & Café

12 Dade St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(off Washington St.- next to Tropical Foods)

7:00pm – 10:00pm / No cover charge

Hosted by Nina LaNegra & Fulani Haynes

Oct. 10th: A.M.B.

For more info call 617-445-0900 or visit www.haleyhouse.org/cafe

Every Friday Night

GRAB THE MIC

New Night / New Location

@ The Patio

80 Broadway St., MaldenMA

9:00pm – 1:00am

Open mic sign-up at 8:45pm

Free admission / free parking / 21+ event

Music by DJ Nomadik

Tuesday, October 1st 2013

TEEN OPEN MIC

Chill, Engage & Express Yourself!

@ Arts at the Amory

191 Highland Ave. – Suite1A, SomervilleMA

6:00pm – 8:00pm / Free to the public

Food & drinks available

(please arrive by 6:30pm to receive raff;e tickets for monthly prize)

Hosted by Books of Hope, Groundwork Somerville & Teen Empowerment

Featuring today’s rising spoken word poets and musical artists

Also looking for youth who wants to be featured

Sunday, October 6th 2013

Poetic Innovation presents

MASS POETRY AWARDS

An award show dedicated solely to the art of poetry and spoken word

@ Oberon

Two Arrow St., Cambridge

6:00pm start (doors open at 5:00pm) / 18+ event

Tickets: $20.00 seatings – $10.00 standing

(audience members under 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent)

Light food will be served w/a full bar

Live performances throughout the night

For tickets purchase online at www.cluboberon.com

Monday, October 14th 2013

POETRY LUVS JAZZ

An Engagement of Poetry & Jazz

@ Darryl’s Corner Bar

634 Columbus Ave., Boston/South End

8:00pm – 11:00pm / Free admission

Hosted by Phat

Thursday, October 24th 2013

C.R.A.K. Poetry presents

C.R.A.K. POETRY 4-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

An open mic celebration

@Dudley Branch Library

65 Warren St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

2:30pm – 7:00pm / Free to the public

Poetry, music, food & drink and free t-shirt giveaways

Featuring poet ASiATiC

For more info log onto www.facebook.com/crak.poetry

Or check out www.youtube.com/crakpoetry

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Friday, October 4th – Sunday, October 6th 2013

THE 15TH ANNUAL ROXBURY OPEN STUDIOS

A time for Roxbury’s visual artists to welcome the public to view and purchase

paintings, drawings, sculptures, textiles, jewelry and other studio crafts. New

this year are a wealth of interactive events and experiences, including art-

making activities, literary workshops and an archeology dig. Bring the whole

family for a weekend of art and discovery.

October 4th: Opening Reception (6:00pm – 8:00pm)

@ Museum of theNationalCenterof Afro-American Artists

300 Walnut Ave., Roxbury

Refreshments provided by Haley House Bakery Cafe

Artists throughout the event include Gloretta Baynes, L’Merchie Frazier, Shea Justice,

Susan Thompson, Kofi Kayiga, Derek Lumpkins, Monicka Hasan, Cagen Luse,

Ekua Holmes, Janeen St. Louis, Lisa Lee and many more!

For info on various locations, schedules and more visit www.roxburyopenstudios.org

Saturday, October 5th 2013

PASSING THE BATON

Art for community development & social justice from one generation to the next

@ The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry

10 Putnam St., Roxbury

6:30pm – 8:30pm / Free to the public

Featuring AfriCOBRA Artists, Napoleon Jones Henderson and Nelson Stevens

Also local Boston artists Destiny Palmer and Paul Goodnight

Saturday, October 5th 2013

YOUR MERKABA COLLECTION

A Fashion Nspired by the House of Nahdra

@ Spontaneous Celebrations

45 Danforth St., JamaicaPlain

6:00pm – 9:00pm / $10.00 cover charge

With live performances by Pelaiah Auset, Jahriffe and Nuevero

Sounds by DJ Bruno

Thursday, October 10th 2013

Hibernian Hall cordially invites you to

SPARKS FOR ARTS

10 Decades of Life in the Ballroom

@ Hibernian Hall

184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(next to fire dept. & barber shop)

6:00pm reception (hosted byNext Streeton 2nd floor)

Music by the Coaches Quartet of the Boston CityWide String Orchestra

7:00pm – 10:00pm gala (3rd floor ballroom)

Recipients of the Community Catalyst Award will be honored:

Johnetta Tinker, Fred Woodard, Quita Sullivan, Marilyn Andry and Milton Wright

Special posthumous award to Larry Reynolds

To RSVP call 617-849-6335

Thursday, October 10th 2013

ROXBURY COMMUNITY COLLEGE 40TH GALA

Celebrating 40 Years of Commitment to the Community

and welcoming President Valerie R. Roberson

@ Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center

1350 Tremont St., Roxbury

7:00pm – 11:00pm

With keynote speaker Dr. Augustus A. White III

For more info contact Ms. Carol Bless-Furr at 617-541-5394

Or email cbliss@rcc.mass.edu

Saturday, October 12th 2013
Three Little Birds LLC presents

CURLS GONE WILD

Natural Hair & Health Expo

@ Hibernian Hall

184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(next to fire dept. & barber shop)

12:00pm – 6:00pm

Featuring natural hair show, natural hair expert panel, live hair demonstrations,

live music, “Curls Gone Wild” swag bags, games, prizes, raffles and giveaways.

For vendor info contact info@curlsgonewildexpo.com

For more info visit www.curlsgonewildexpo.com

Wednesday, October 23rd 2013
617 Live & Get On Down presents

HIP-HOP TRIVIA

Boston’s only night dedicated to Hip-Hop and brain cells, the legend

of Hip-Hop Trivia returns to the Good Life!

@ Good Life

28 Kingston St., DowntownBoston

Sign-up at 7:30pm – trivia at 8:30pm

21+ event / no cover / no dress code

Hosted by DJ On&On and Hilary Clare

Featruing physical challenges, Name That Tune, stupid fresh dance moves

and grown folks arguing over Chubb Rock. This night is not for the wary.

With special guest judges OVM (spuer group), Apathy and Quest (of UGHH.Com)

Saturday, October 26th 2013

The Peace Collaborative presents

100 SLICES

The Upscale Bake Sale

@ Bayside Expo Center Complex

150 Mount Vernon St.-Suite 300, Dorchester

1:00pm start / $20.00 tickets

This event will feature:

– Cupcake Peace Contest (you be the judge)

– Dessert Tasting & Afternoon Tea

– Introduction of the Peace Collaborative

– Sweets for Peace BakeSale

Special invited guest Ayanna Pressley (Boston City Councilor At-Large)

Music provided by The Urban Jazz Suites

Performances by The Boston Tap Company

and comedian Jimmy Tingle (Humor for Humanity)

To purchase tickets or for more info contact peaceboston@gmail.com

Full table tickets are also available for groups

* Proceeds to benefit the 2014 Got Peace Basketball Tournament

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THEATRE

Monday, October 7th & Monday, October 21st 2013

THE EMANCIPATED CENTURY

A staged reading series in August Wilson’s Ten-Play Cycle

Two plays in October: “Seven Guitars” & “Fences

@ Central Square Theater: 450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge MA

All staged reading start at 7:00pm / Free admission

For more info visit www.theemancipatedcentury.com

Friday, October 18th – Saturday, November 16th 2013

Company One presents

“SPLENDOR”

A world premiere play by local OBIE Award-winning playwright Kirsten Greenidge

On Thanksgiving Eve in a town just north ofBoston, Fran is determined to

make a nice turkey dinner for her chain-smoking klepto mother and her

couch-surfing older brother. If only it were that simple. A vivid collage of local

stories exposes a community where generations of families collide over far more

than pumpkin pie and stuffing

Starring Alexandria King

@Boston Center for the Arts – Plaza Theatre

539 Tremont St.,Boston/South End

$20.00 – $38.00 tickets

Sundays, Oct. 20th & 27th: “Pay-What-You-Can” performances ($6.00 min.)

For more info visit www.companyone.org

Thursday, October 24th – Sunday, October 27th 2013

Hibernian Hall presents

“RAISING DAVID WALKER”

A play by Peter Snoad – directed by Vincent Ernest Siders

Was he assassinated? Searching for the truth about the death of an

unsung abolitionist, a young woman discovers herself.

@ Hibernian Hall

184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(next to fire dept. & barber shop)

October 24th & 25th – 7:30pm / October 26th & 27th – 4:30pm

$20.00 -general admission – $10.00 seniors/students

Starring Shanae Burch, Ricardo Engermann and Kami Rushnell Smith

For tickets and more info visit www.hibernianhall.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

Every Sunday Morning

KaAbBa: BUILDING THE LIGHTED TEMPLE/TREE OF LIFE KEYS

Awakening Consciousness 1st Degree Educational Model

Advanced education for all in fields of service (counselors, educators, human service providers,

practitioners and those who like to deepen their cultural competency)

Orientation for Fall program

@Academy of Kemetic Education

53 Cedar St., Mattapan

10:30am

Presented by Dr. Nteri Nelson

(Academy co-founder/educator/clinician/metaphycian/African Studies professor – UMass Boston)

– Psychological, Stages of Consciousness, Character, Human Development

– History of Ancient Africa/Egypt/Kemet and the Diaspora

– Self-Knowledge, Healing, Health and Cultural Competency

– Learn Tree of Life, Afrikan Science of Mind, Body & Soul

– Anatomy of the Soul and its Journey

– Practice Afrikan Wisdom in Modern Daily Living

– Behavioral/Mental Health/Social Worker (2011 approved for 64 CEC’s)

– Summer Travel to Africa

To register please visit www.rrrk.net or www.akew.org

Or call Dr. Nteri Nelson 617-296-7797

 

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LECTURE

N/A

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COMEDY

Every Tuesday night
Standing Room Only presents

YOU GOT JOKES

A Brand New Tuesday Comedy Night

@ Dublin House

7 Stoughton St., Dorchester/Uphams Corner

Doors at 8:00pm / $10.00 entry

Featuring live comedians!

Open mic night will be on the 1st Tuesday of every month

(local talent welcome)

Music by Dru Nyce, DJ Dex, “Chief Rocker” Moe Dee and more

For tickets, VIP arrangements and more info contact quietstormuno@gmail.com

Or call 617-799-9423

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PARTIES/SOCIAL NETWORKING/DANCE

Saturday, October 12th 2013

DJ Bruno Productions & UtopiaBostonRadio.Com presents

UTOPIA

@ Machine Nightclub

1256 Boylston St.,Boston

8:00pm – 2:00am

$10.00 admission / $5.00 Utopia Boston members

(sign-up to receive a membership card at the club)

Featuring music by Louie Lou Gorbea, DJ Bruno and DJ Savuth

* Utopia is every second Saturday of the month

Sunday, October 13th 2013

V-Roc Enterprize, Uncle JG & TOUCH 106.1FM presents

LIBRA BALL 2013: PROM NIGHT

Come help celebrate the B-Days of Vanessa & Uncle JG and all Libras!

@ Moseley’s On The Charles

50 Bridge St.,DedhamMA

8:00pm – 1:00am / $10.00 tickets

Free buffet, free wine & free champagne (from 8:00pm to 10:00pm ONLY)

Formal to semi-formal attire: Cash prize for “Best Dress-Up”

Hosted by Dave Tolliver (1/2 of R&B duo Men At Large)

Comedy by Detroit’s own Shanie “Dee”

Music by some of Boston’s hottest DJs:

DJ Wade, DJ Tee Lawson, DJ Dex, DJ Nyce and DJ Philly Black

Libra register at libraparty2013@aol.com

For tickets, tables reservation and info visit www.jgates.org

Contact Jonathon at 617-590-8334 / jgates1963@aol.com

Or Vanessa at 857-200-2923 / info@vrocvacations.com

Sunday, October 13th 2013

Boston Elite presents

KEY II THE CITY: THE EPIC EDITION

Columbus Day Weekend

@ Patron’s

130 Brighton Ave., Brighton/Alston MA

10:00pm – 2:00am / 21+ with proper attire required

Music by celebrity guest DJ Funkmaster Flex

& local superstar DJ Dex

Advanced tickets available at Vaughn’s (1 Erie St.,Dorchester)

Also online at funkmasterflex.eventbrite.com

For VIP tables and more info call 857-200-4444 or bostonzelite@gmail.com

Saturday, October 19th 2013

Twins & Friends presents

STARS OVER BOSTON

Benefiting Future Athletes Rising

@ Underbar

275 Tremont St.,Boston

Doors open at 9:00pm / $20.00 admission

Saturday, October 26th 2013

Asphalt Assassins Motocycle Company presents

HALLOWWEN BASH 2013

@ Russell Auditorium

70 Talbot Ave.,Dorchester

(across from Franklin Field)

9:00pm – 2:00pm

$15.00 in advance / $20.00 at the door

21+ event

(no smoking material allowed)

Featuring music by two of Boston’s top DJs:

Junior Rodigan (Dancehall/Reggae) & DJ Dex (Hip-Hop/R&B)

Prize for Best Costume – Male & Female

Advance tickets available at Sheer Inc.: 1332 Blue Hill Ave.

(contact Left Laneat 617-288-6308)

Hotel discountpackages at Hotel Hyatt (BraintreeMA)

Code: ASPHALT ASSASSINS

Thursday, October 31st 2013

GENTLEMEN’S CLUB II: HALLOWEEN EDITION

This event was created to focus more on the men who seem to always get alienated

at nightclubs, private events, etc. An event that will cater to the men – for one night!

@ Slade’s Bar & Grill

958 Tremont St., Boston

8:00pm – 2:00am (doors open at 7:00pm) / 21+ event

Men FREE before 11:00pm – $5.00 after

Ladies $5.00 all night

(no entry after 1:00am or after capacity is reached)

Dress code: costumes encouraged

Hosted by Ms. Stefany & Lawanda Monique

Featuring some very talented ladies to entertain the men

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CULTURAL PERFORMANCES/MAJOR CONCERTS

Every Monday Night

MOTIVATED MONDAY

@ Church Boston

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

October 7th:

SCOPE 3-YEAR

& Feed The Hood Fundraiser

Performances by Elle Gomes, Retrospek, Golden Brown Sound, Catch Wreck,

Mark Merren, Pause, ReyLeon, Krash, TV Remi and more special guest

Hosted by Jamarhl Crawford aka UNO The Prophet

October 14th:

WAZIR GRAY: BALANCING ACT 2

Tape Release Celebration

Featuring performances by Tavonna Miller, Bakari JB, Paranom, Tech Mic,

Catch Wreck and Greatness

Poetry by VCR, Arafat, Matt Ganem, D.Ruff and OA

Wednesday, October 2nd 2013

ATHENE WILSON

@ Scullers Jazz Club

Doubletree Suites

400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston/Cambridge

8:00pm showtime

$22.00 show / $62.00 dinner & show

For more info visit www.scullersjazz.com

Thursday, October 3rd 2013

Playmakers Entertainment & Stae Tru presents

BOSTON TALENT SHOWCASE: SOULED OUT

1st Ever All R&B Line-Up

@ Slade’s Bar & Grill

958 Tremont St.,Boston

Doors at 8:00pm – showtime at 9:30pm

$10.00 at the door / 21+ event

Relaxed dress code: no Tims, hoodies or athletic gear!

(sneakers OK – bouncer has right to deny entry)

With performances by: Rey Royale, Bre Redbonesoul, Traiyce De,

Cecily Harrell, Tori Tori, Mykel, Genius, G.Brunot, Rayvon Bent,

Lizanna and Efficial Dudley

Hosted by Dee Loopz and Kool Key

After party w/DJ Real P.

(playing today’s hottest in R&B, Hip-Hop, Reggae and more)

* BTS is every first Thursday of each month

Friday, October 4th & Saturday, October 5th 2013

Origination Cultural Arts Center presents

TWIST & SHOUT

An Evening of Dance, Spoken Word and Music

@Roxbury Community College – Mainstage Theatre

1234 Columbus Ave., Roxbury

(across from MBTA Roxbury Crossings)

Fri., Oct. 4th:

$100.00 tickets – Reception & Performance/Award Ceremony

$50.00 – Performance/Award Ceremony

6:30pm all activities / 8:00pm performance

Sat., Oct. 5th:

Performance ONLY – 8:00pm

Tickets $15.00, $20.00 & $25.00

Honoring Renee Robinson

(former principal dancer – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater)

Also honoring Mamie Doirsey O’Neil & Seanice Martin

With special guest performers Omekongo and Jovanni Soto

For tickets & sponsorship info call 617-541-1875

Or email at muadi@originationinc.org or visit www.originationinc.org

Saturday, October 5th 2013

FESTIVAL OF ARTS & CULTURE

Celebrating the 38th Anniversary of the Art of Black Dance & Music Inc.

@ Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center

1350 Tremont St., Roxbury

1:00pm – 5:30pm

Workshops: Diaspora Dance, Tap Dance, African Drumming, Storytelling,

International Marketplace, Mix ‘N Mingle Reception

7:00pm Awards, Dinner and Dance

Honoring Music and Dance Pioneers

Performances include: Cornell Coley, Jorge Arca, Sean Fielder,

Benkadi Dance Company, Bamidele Dancers & Drummers,

Mamadou (World Famous Music) and De AmaBattle & ABDM

UMOJA – Unity Finale (all inclusive drum & dance circles)

There will also be a silent auction and raffles

To register online visit http://2013festivalofartsandculture.eventbrite.com

Or emial at mb@membassociates.com or call 617-899-2138

Sunday, October 6th 2013

BRANDED AUTHENTIC

Bostons Finest Hip-Hop Showcase Returns!

@ Church Boston

69 Kilmarnock St., Boston

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

$10.00 admission / 21+ event with ID required

Free parking in the rear

With performances by Bakari JB, Letia Larok, Dre Robinson,

Prano, Real P., Mark Merren and Viva La Hop

Tunes by DJ Dex (Big City 101.3FM)

Friday, October 11th 2013

GRACE KELLY

@ Scullers Jazz Club

Doubletree Suites

400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston/Cambridge

8:00pm & 10:00pm showtimes

$25.00 show / $65.00 dinner & show

For more info visit www.scullersjazz.com

Sunday, October 13th 2013

TAKE 6

@ Scullers Jazz Club

Doubletree Suites

400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston/Cambridge

4:00pm & 7:00pm showtimes

$40.00 show / $70.00 dinner & show

For more info visit www.scullersjazz.com

Tuesday, October 15th 2013

A NIGHT WITH LAQUANDRA SEYMORE

@ Scullers Jazz Club

Doubletree Suites

400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston/Cambridge

8:00pm showtime

$20.00 show / $60.00 dinner & show

For more info visit www.scullersjazz.com

Wednesday, October 16th 2013

GERALD ALBRIGHT

@ Scullers Jazz Club

Doubletree Suites

400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston/Cambridge

8:00pm & 10:00pm showtimes

$30.00 show / $70.00 dinner & show

For more info visit www.scullersjazz.com

Wednesday, October 16th 2013
JANELLE MONAE

@ House of Blues

15 Lansdowne St., Boston

8:00pm showtime (doors open at 7:00pm)

$25.00 tickets / All ages

For more info visit www.houseofblues.com

Wednesday, October 23rd 2013

MARIO

@ The Wilbur Theater

246 Tremont St.,Boston

Showtime at 8:00pm / $30.00 – $45.00

For tix and more info visit www.thewilburtheatre.com

Thursday, October 24th 2013

Ms. Stefany Entertainment presents

THE ELEKTRIK VARIETY SHOW: ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Celebrating one year of live entertainment

@ Slade’s Bar & Grill

958 Tremont St., Boston

7:30pm showtime / no cover / no dress code

With performances by some of Boston’s amazing artists:

Hosted by Troy “Elektrik Kidd” Durden

After party w/DJ Philly Black

Wednesday, October 30th 2013

PAT BRAXTON

@ Scullers Jazz Club

Doubletree Suites

400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston/Cambridge

8:00pm showtime

$25.00 show / $65.00 dinner & show

For more info visit www.scullersjazz.com

Thursday, October 31st 2013

VIVIAN MALE

@ Scullers Jazz Club

Doubletree Suites

400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston/Cambridge

8:00pm & 10:00pm showtimes

$30.00 show / $70.00 dinner & show

For more info visit www.scullersjazz.com

About The Author

Vernon C. Robinson is aka VCR

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