FINAL “THANGZ-2-DO!!” OF THE YEAR (December 2013)

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“THANGZ-2-DO!!” (December 2013)

Welcome to the final “Thangz-2-Do!!” of the year-end. This monthly e-newsletter provides 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,

will present its final night for the year as we brings you Chicago’s own poet Amanda Torres

to the mic on December 11th.

 

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 holiday!!

 

 

Peace,

VCR

 

 

R.I.P.

– JOHN PIGHT (junior high/high school friend of VCR)

– RENISHA McBRIDE (murdered victim inDetroit)

 

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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

Lizard King/Queen Slam: December 1st

The Jeff Robinson Trio: December 29th

For info visit www.poetryjam.org

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Every Thursday Night

ART IS LIFE ITSELF!

@ The Haley House Bakery & Café

12 Dade St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(offWashington St.- next to Tropical Foods)

7:00pm – 10:00pm / No cover charge

Hosted by Nina LaNegra & Fulani Haynes

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

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Every Friday Night

GRAB THE MIC

New Night / New Location

@ The Patio

80 Broadway St.,MaldenMA

7:00pm – 11:00pm

Open mic sign-up at 6:45pm

Free admission / free parking / 21+ event

Music by DJ Nomadik

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Wednesday, December 4th 2013

RIMAS N’ RHYMES

A Spanglish Open Mic

@ ZuZu Bar

474 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge/Central Sq.

10:00pm start / $5.00 admission / 21+ event

Featuring Live Tribe

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Wednesday, December 11th 2013

VerBaLizAtiOn

Boston’s longest-running open mic gathering rteturns 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

Amanda Torres: December 11th

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

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Sunday, December 1st 2013

TAKE THE TEST BOSTON: WORLD AIDS DAY CELEBRATION

Join s for networkng and community building as we show appreciation

and give awards to Take The Test Boston 2013 volunteers. We are also

looking to recruit NEW volunteers for Take The Test Boston 2014 and

Safer Is SEXY (Sophisticated Empowered Xtraordinary You) campaign on site.

@ United South End Settlements

566 Coumbus Ave.,Boston

3:00pm – 6:00pm / Free and open to the public

Refreshments provided

For more information email takethetestboston@gmail.com

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Thursday, December 5th 2013

BOSTON ZULU NATION CHAPTER & BOSTON HIP-HOP ALLIANCE RE-LAUNCH

Celebate the re-launch of two organizations for the new year which

features guest speakers, special guests and performances

@ Bella Luna Restaurant & MilkyWay Lounge

284Amory St.,JamaicaPlain

9:30pm start / $5.00 admission

Hosted by DJ Nomadik (State leader of Boston Zulu Nation/Soulkore Productions

& Darcie Nicole (R&B artist/BHHA co-founder & executive director)

With special guest Dinco D. (of the legendary group Leaders of theNewSchool)

Also features:

DJ Diamond (of the X-Men/Xecutioners)

Corey “Mr. Wizard” Pace (of ZuluNation-NewEngland Coordinator)

MC Spice (Zulu NationBoston- Minister of Information)

And featured Hip-Hop artists:

Rugged-N-Raw (Boston/NY), Dramatik (of W.O.L.V.E.S.), Da’Rayia, DL, Zaid Tabani

and more Zulu Nation representatives from New England & New York

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Friday, December 6th 2013

The John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute celebrates

KWANZAA: CELEBRATION & FEAST

@Amilcar Cabral Center – Northeastern University

40 Leon St., Boston

5:00pm start / Free and open to the public

African marketplace 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Purchase an array of holiday gifts from vendors including:

Greeting Cards, Jewelry, African Arts, Oils & Soaps, Kuba

& Kente Cloth and books from Frugal Bookstore

For more information please call 617-373-4911

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THEATRE

Mondays, December 2nd & Monday, December 16th 2013

THE EMANCIPATED CENTURY

A staged reading series in AugustWilson’s Ten-Play Cycle

Two plays in December:

“King Hedley II”: Mon., Dec. 2nd

@ Hibernian Hall – 184 Dudley   St., Roxbury (7:00pm)

“Radio Golf”: Mon., Dec. 16th

@ UMass Boston/McCormick Theatre (7:00pm)

Thursday, December19th

Re-Visioning Tomorrow: Emancipation In A New Century

“Politics, Property and Ancestral Roots” public forum

@ Trinity Church/Ferris Library:206   Clarendon St.,Boston(6:00pm)

All staged reading at free admission

For more info visit www.theemancipatedcentury.com

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Friday, December 13th – Sunday, December 22nd 2013

The National Center of Afro-American Artists presents

BLACK NATIVITY

The 43rd Season of Langston Hughes’ Greatest Gospel Play

@ Blackman Auditorium – Northeastern University

342 Huntington Ave.,Boston

Saturday & Sundays at 3:30pm (Dec. 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd)

Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm (Dec. 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st)

For tickets call 1-800-514-3849 or visit www.blacknativity.org

For group tickets (20+) and info call 617-585-6366

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Thursday December 19th – Saturday, December 21st 2013

Origination Cultural Arts Center presents

TAFUTA!

A Young Boy Search for the True Meaning of Kwanzaa!

@Roxbury Community College – Mainstage Theatre

1234 Columbus Ave., Roxbury

(across from MBTA Roxbury Crossings)

Thurs., Dec. 19th – 10:00am school matinee (grades K1-3)

Fri., Dec. 20th – 10:00am school matinee (grades 4-6)

Sat., Dec. 21st- 7:00pm evening performance

For tickets & more visit www.shapepwithshaumba.com

 

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EDUCATIONAL/HEALTH

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 toAfrica

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

Sunday, December 1st 2013

BILL COSBY

@ The Wilbur Theater

246 Tremont St., Boston

5:00pm & 8:00pm showtime / $49.50 – $97.00

For tix and more info visit www.thewilburtheatre.com

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Friday, December 13th 2013

MO’NIQUE

@ The Wilbur Theater

246 Tremont St., Boston

7:30pm & 10:00pm showtime / $39.00 – $55.00

For tix and more info visit www.thewilburtheatre.com

 

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PARTIES/SOCIAL NETWORKING/DANCE

Every Saturday Night

SOULKORE SATURDAYS

@ The Patio

80 Broadway St., MaldenMA

9:00pm – 11:00pm / Free admission / 21+ event

$2.00 draft – $4.00 mix drinks

Plenty of free parking

Music by DJ Nomadik (spinning old school classics & new joints ’til closing)

* “SoulKore Saturdays” is for a limited time

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Sunday, December 1st 2013

ImOnDaList & The Z-Spot presents

SWEAT!

Like You Never Have Before

@ Villa Victoria Center for the Arts

85 W. Newton St., Boston/South End

3:00pm – 5:00pm

$15.00 early bird / $20.00 regular price

Zumba masterclass with guest Zumba instructors:

Ama Edzie, Lele Ramirez, Tyisha Fernandes and Carl Alleyne

Hosted by the Z-Spot’s Lena Andrade

For more information & tickets contact the following

lelerzumba@gmail.com / zumbasweat.eventbrite.com / www.thezspotboston.com

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Monday, December 9th 2013

The Word Boston & Mystique Entertainment presents

AFTERWORK NETWORK’S 1ST ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY

Join Pat Williams and Harold Austin for cocktails, conversation and holiday cheers

@ Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen

604 Columbus Ave., Boston/South End

6:00pm – 9:30pm / $10.00 admission

Featuring complimentary appetzers, givaways, raffles and special guest speakers

To purchase tickets visit afterworknetworkholidayparty.eventbrite.com

* A portion of the proceeds to benefit Franklin Park Tennis Association

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Friday, December 13th 2013

2ND FRIDAY

@ Naga at Moksa

450 Masachusetts Ave.,   Cambridge/CentralSq.

10:00pm – 2:00am

Proper dress only!

For more info call 617-270-5753

* “2nd Fridays” is of course every 2nd Friday of the month

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Friday, December 13th 2013

NABA Boston (in association with The United Minority Professionals) cordially invite you to

THE 26TH EBONY WINTER GALA

@ The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel

425 Summer St., Boston

8:00pm – 2:00am

$60.00 in advance / $80.00 at the door

Semi-formal attire dress code will be strictly enforced!

Light fare & desserts / cash bar / vendors / raffles

Multiple rooms of entertainment & music

– Rm. 1: DJ Kevin Lawyer (spinning Top 40, R&B, Old School, Hip-Hop and House)

– Rm. 2: DJ Rob Da Hitman (spinningCaribbeansounds)

– Rm. 1: Live muisc by Le’Mixx Band

For ticket info please call one of the UMP partners below:

1. National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. -BostonChapter

Deborah Banks (617-320-8449), George Greer (617-445-8897), Craig Simpson (781-700-7340)

2. Consorthum of Info & Telecommunications Executives NE

Richard Cummings (508-930-7429), Tia Daly (617-694-9090), Brenda Mutcherson (774-279-1458)

3. Eta Phi Chapter / Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

Ed Roberts (508-942-1385), Mike Munn (617-857-8259)

4. National Society of Black EngineersBoston

Michael Burt (978-238-9928), Chederah Okoye (617-819-5053)

5. Blacks In Government

Warren Howard (857-472-1307), Palmer Doiley (617-445-0073)

6. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.BostonAlumnae Chapter

Evelyn Norman (617-314-3296), Rena Wright (617-548-3642), Kristan Murray (617-548-3642)

7. Black Educators’AllianceofMassachusetts

Karen King (617-480-9338), Johnny McInnis (617-510-2281)

8. YMCA of GreaterBoston

Wendy Zinn (857-205-5615), Francois Fils-Aime (617-212-1850)

9. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Marcus Daly (617-694-9089), Ronald Tull (617-438-7470), Frank Larmond (617-438-9377)

10. National Black MBA Association,BostonChapter

George Best (617-661-4335), Sabriya Stewart (617-970-5264), Sharhea Wade (617-459-1822)

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Saturday, December 14th 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 DJ Bruno and DJ Savuth

* Utopia is every second Saturday of the month

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Saturday, December 14th 2013

DJ VAL BEATZ BIRTHDAY BASH 2013

You are invited to join us for an evening of celebation and elegance.

Last year was a perfect beginning to an annual tradition of great music,

food, atmosphere and of course free giveaways

@ Courtyard Marriot

777 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

9:00pm – 2:00am

$25.00 general admission

(include free parking & hot hors d’oeuvres)

Limited VIP tickets only $60.00

(includes free parking, hot hors d’oeuvres open premium bar all night,

access to private VIP lounge & exclusive gift bags)

Please dress accordingly for this is a classy event!

Featuring music by DJ Ill Neil, Deejay Jinx, DJ Pain (aka Dr. Rockyafaceoff),

DJ Que (aka Mr. “I Got Fans”) and the B-Day boy himself DJ Val Beatz

ALL tickets are sold in advance at:

– Distinguished Cuts (221 Dudley St., Roxbury)

– Singh’s Roti (692 Columbia Rd.,Dorchester)

www.eventbrite.com/e/val-beatz-annual-birthday-bash-tickets-9523548189

Also listen to the Good Life Morning Show onBigCity101.3FM to win!

For more info contact Val Beatz at 617-212-8106

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Tuesday, December 31st 2013

Class Act Entertainment presents

2014 NEW YEAR’S EVE

@ Moseley’s On The Charles

50 Bridge St., DedhamMA

9:00pm – 2:00am

$35.00 in advance / $40.00 at the door / $60.00 per couple

Discounted tables at $350.00

$50.00 VIP includes hot buffet in the VIP room

Proper dress a must (no Timberland boots, sneakers or athletic wear)

Featuring music by DJ Mystique

Tickets available at these locations:

– A Nubian Notions Inc. (DudleySq.)

– Skippy White’s Records (Eglestonn Sq.)

– Mattapan’s Finest Barbers (Grove Hall)

For tickets call Class Act Entertainment at 339-234-9201

Or go online at www.classactentertainment.net/events.html

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CULTURAL PERFORMANCES/MAJOR CONCERTS

Every Monday Night

MOTIVATED MONDAY

@ Church Boston

69 Kilmarnock St., Boston/Fenway

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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Sunday, December 1st 2013

SOUL FOOD SUNDAY

Music That Sticks To Your Ribs!

@ Church Boston

69 Kilmarnock St., Boston/Fenway

8:00pm – 1:00am / $10.00 admission / 21+ event

Hosted by Mark Merren

Music by DJ Bobby Bangers

(spinningan eclectic mix of Classic Soul, Neo-Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop)

Featuring a performance by Joy Daniels

Also performances by Tavonna Miller, Tizy and Mike Wyche

Drink special and soul food bar menu

Free parking in rear of building

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Tuesday, December 3rd 2013

K. MICHELLE

@ The Wilbur Theater

246 Tremont St., Boston

Showtime at 7:30pm / $25.00 – $35.00

For tix and more info visit www.thewilburtheatre.com

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Tuesday, December 3rd 2013

JAM’N 94.5 presents

LUPE FIASCO: TETSUO & YOUTH PREVIEW TOUR

@ House of Blues

15 Lansdowne St., Boston

Showtime at 8:00pm – doors at 7:00pm

$35.00 admission

For tix and more info visit www.houseofblues.com

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Thursday, December 5th 2013

ELAN TROTMAN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

@ Scullers Jazz Club

Doubletree Suites

400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston/Cambridge

8:00pm showtime

$25.00 show / $65.00 dinner & show

With special guests Gerald Veasley, Myanna and Athene Wilson

For more info visit www.scullersjazz.com

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Thursday, December 5th 2013

Playmakers Entertainment & Stae Tru presents

BOSTON TALENT SHOWCASE:

@ 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: TBA

Hosted by Dee Loopz and Kool Key

After party w/DJ TBA

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

* BTS is every first Thursday of each month

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Friday, December 6th 2013

LEGENDS OF THE FALL

Featuring “The World’s Greatest Entertainer” Doug E. Fresh

Also performing legendary Hip-Hop group Brand Nubian

@ Wonderland Ballroom

1290 N. Shore Rd.,RevereMA

Doors open at 8:30pm – showtime at 10:30pm SHARP!

$25.00 advanced general admission / $45.00 VIP admission

This is a 21+ event

Dress code: FRESH! (no sneakers or sportswear)

Hosted by Bay Holla

Music by DJ Ill Neil & Ladie Luck

Tickets can be purchased at these locations:

-Princess Hair Palace (1876 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester)

– Namels (555-A Washington St., Dorchester)

– Wonderland Ballroom Box Office (every day after 7:00pm)

www.ticketmaster.com

For more info call 617-329-1773 or 781-289-3080

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Friday, December 13th & Saturday, December 14th 2013

Origination Cultural Arts Center presents

ORIGINATION’S ANNUAL KWANZAA CONCERT

An Evening of Dance, Spoken Word and Music

@Roxbury Community College- Mainstage Theatre

1234 Columbus Ave., Roxbury

(across from MBTA Roxbury Crossings)

Fri., Dec. 13th – 7:00pm / Sat., Dec. 14th – 3:00pm

$18.00 advanced tickets – $20.00 at the door

With performances by The Performing Arts Program students,

NIA Dance Troupe, Girlz of IMANI, IMANI Jr., Aleye Boyz

and Spoken Word artist Omekongo

For tickets & more info visit www.originationinc.org

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Friday, December 20th 2013

BEYONCE: THE MRS. CARTER SHOW

@ TD Garden

100 Legends Way., Boston

8:00pm showtime

Tickets $47.50, $92.50, $152.50 & $252.50

For more info visit www.tdgarden.com

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Tuesday, December 3rd 2013

House of Blues (in association with Ingeous Concepts) presents

COMMON

@ House of Blues

15 Lansdowne St., Boston

Showtime at 8:00pm – doors at 7:00pm

$36.00 admission

For tix and more info visit www.houseofblues.com

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Sunday, December 29th & Tuesday, December 31st 2013

PIECES OF A DREAM

@ Scullers Jazz Club

Doubletree Suites

400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston/Cambridge

Dec. 29th – 4:00pm & 7:00pm showtimes

$30.00 show / $70.00 dinner & show

Dec. 31st – New Year’s Eve show featuring Wannetta Jackson

8:00pm: $100.00 show / $309.00 dinner & show (both shows per couple)

11:00pm: $130.00 show / $379.00 dinner & show (both shows per couple)

For more info visit www.scullersjazz.com

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Vernon C. Robinson is aka VCR

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