THANGZ-2-DO!! (February 2017)

Welcome to “Thangz-2-Do!!” – the 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), R.I.P. for those that passed away and a B-Day shout-out to those born in February.

 

Boston’s longest-running open mic gathering commonly known as VerBaLizAtiOn returns in 2017 at a brand new location and on a new night. Starting February 15th, VerB will be happening every third Wednesday of each month. The very first featured artist of the year will be poetess Dexter.

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.

SHIRLEY McPHERSON (mother of Lisa Hendricks/neighbor and elder of VCR)

JIMMY “SUPERFLY” SNUKA (legendary WWF professional wrestler)

 

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FEBRUARY B-DAY WISHES:

Anaiis Azur, Boston City Council Ayanna Pressley, Bakari JB, Corey Manning, Curtis King, Brotha R.A., Iroupa, Janeen St. Louis, Zahara, Marie Firmin, Marlene Boyette, Michelle Evans, Naheem Garcia, Paula Coar, Sadiki Kambon, Sofia Snow, Spizz Nice, Tanayi Seabrook, Lovely Hoffman and Tu Phan

 

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POETRY/OPEN MIC EVENTS

Every Sunday Night (except indicated)

LIZARD LOUNGE SUNDAY NIGHT POETRY JAM

w/The Jeff Robinson Trio

@ The Lizard Lounge: 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (between Harvard Sq. & Porter Sq.)

Doors open at 7:30pm | $7.00 cover charge | 21+ w/ID required

Wallace Coar – February 12th

* Lizard Lounge 20-Year Anniversary Jam I – February 18th (Saturday)

Featuring Iyeoka Okoawo & Foundation Movement

Lizard Lounge 20-Year Anniversary Jam II – February 19th

Featuring Patricia Smith

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Wednesday, February 1st 2017

H.O.P.E. Inc. presents

H.O.P.E. OPEN MIC

@ Dudley Cafe: 15 Warren St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

7:00pm | Free to the public | Chop bar

Hosted by Amanda Schaefer

With guest featured artist Oompa

* H.O.P.E. Inc’s Open Mic is every 1st Wednesday of each month

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Thursday, February 2nd 2017

SoulKore and Boston Hip Hop Fellowship presents

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

The 2nd Annual Traffic Light Party

@ Milky Way Lounge: 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain

9:00pm start | $7.00 admission | 21+ event (early sign-up

Open mic – Love theme

Suggested dress code:

– RED = Taken

– YELLOW = Maybe (Ask Me)

– GREEN = Single (Go For It)

Featuring the soulful sound of Allyssa Jones

Hosted by Essex & DJ Nomadik

Music by DJ Nomadik (playing love songs & smooth grooves until close)

For more information email info@soulkore.com

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Tuesday, February 7th 2017

OPEN  MIC AT ESTER

Poetry  & Comedy

@ Ester: 2261 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester/Lower Mills

7:00pm | $5.00 asmission

Hosted by Essex.

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Tuesday, February 7th 2017

The Society Of Urban Poetry (S.O.U.P.) presents

SOUP’ED UP POETRY SLAM

@ Dudley Cafe: 15 Warren St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

6:30pm – 9:00pm | $8.00 at the door (cash only)

Hosted by S.O.U.P.

10 Poets | Three rounds | 17+ event

Grand prize $100.00

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Wednesday, February 15th 2017

THE NEW VerBaLizAtiOn

Boston’s longest-running open mic gathering returns at a new night and new location!

@ Dudley Cafe: 15 Warren St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

7:00pm – 9:30pm (doors at 6:30pm) | Free will donation

Hosted by VCR and Friends

With the first featured poet of the year Dexter

For more info contact VCR at 617.480.7663 or bloodskinland@yahoo.com

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Thursday, February 16th 2017

ART IS LIFE ITSELF

@ Haley House Bakery & Cafe: 12 Dade St., Roxbury

Doors open at 7:30pm | Free to the public (donation welcomed)

Hosted by Nina LaNegra

* Art Is Life Itself is now every 3rd Thursday of each month

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COMMUNITY EVENTS/BUSINESSES/FILMS

Every Saturday

COMMUNITY TABLE
@ Haley House Bakery & Cafe: 12 Dade St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

Doors open at 5:00pm | meal is served at 5:30pm

Hosted by Fulani Haynes

For more info call 617.236.8132 or email info@haleyhouse.org

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Saturday, February 4th 2017

VANGUARD MOVIE NIGHT
@ Muhammad’s Mosque #11: 10 Washington St., Dorchester/Grove Hall

6:30pm – 9:30pm | $10.00 donation ($13.00 with movie and snack)

Featured film: “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till”

*proceeds to benefit the sisters of the Mosque

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Saturday, February 4th 2017

Origin Nile Playhouse presents

NEW RENAISSANCE NOW!
Celebrate Origin Nile’s awakening of the art Renaissance. The Cotton Club reopens and you’re invited. Every guest interacts in character as tunes are rekindled and spirits breathe.

@ Hibernian Hall: 184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq,

7:00pm start

Event and entry includes:

– Origin Nile Publishing’s collaboration with world renowned painter Paul Goodnight in UNVEILED

– Boston’s brightest child authors

– Chef Donnell dinner

– Fulani’s Kitchen super-salad

For more information call 857.249.3040

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Friday, February 24th 2017

The Brotherhood of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. presents

THE 5TH ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO BLACK WOMEN & SAPPHIRE AWARDS

This dedicated event has become the premier Black History Month event in Boston to honor of African Diaspora. Three women have been selected to receive the coveted Sapphire Award, the chapter’s highest honor given to a non-member who has shown to have dedicated their lives to uplift of others in their communities.

@ Northeastern University – John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute: 40 Leon St., Boston

Reception at 5:00pm – program at 6:00pm

2017 Sapphire Honorees:

– Kim Janey (activist/2017 Boston City Council District 7 candidate)

– Gloria Fox (legendary former Massachusetts State Representative)

– Anna Foster (Founder/Chief Executive Officer, A Maven’s World Lifestyle Brand)

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Saturday, February 25th 2017

BloodSkinLand Productions presents

AFRO-CINEMA

An afternoon of important films (documentary or motion picture) being shown, followed by a discussion about the film.

@ Dudley Branch Library: 65 Warren St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

1:30pm – 4:30pm (doors open at 1:00pm) | Free and open to the public

Featured film: The Birth of a Nation

Set against the antebellum South, “The Birth of a Nation” follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate enslaved Black man and preacher, whose financially strained owner Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly enslaved Blacks. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow brothers and sisters – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

For more info contact VCR at 617.480.7663 or bloodskinland@yahoo.com

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THEATRE/MUSICALS

Friday, February 10th & Saturday, February 11th 2017

OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center presents

OURSTORY

A Celebration of the African and African-American Experience Through Spoken Word, Music & Dance

Produced & directed by Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga & Taalib Robinson Sr.

@ Massachusetts College of Art & Design – Tower Audiroum: 621 Huntington Ave., Boston

Feb. 10th – School Matinee, 10:00am (reservations required)

Feb. 10th & 11th – Evening Shows, 7:00pm

Tickets: $20.00 in advance – $25.00 at the door

(use promo code OCAC2017 for $5.00 off each ticket – purchased online only)

For more information of to book your school for a matinee call 617.522.3900 or email info@originationinc.org

Group rate available at www.originationinc.org

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Friday, February 10th – Sunday, February 26th 2017

Our Place Theatre Project & Hibernian Hall presents

WRESTLING WITH FREEDOM

Three powerful one-act plays written and directed by Jacqui Parker

“Wrestling With Freedom” connects African-American history to the country’s present predicament. In play one, the audience is transported to the 18th century and meets Phillis Wheatley and her friend Obour Tanner. Play two is set in the 19th century with harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and John Brown – just before the raid on harper’s Ferry. In play three, set three years in the future in 2020, a modern-day civil war is looming.

@ Hibernian Hall: 184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq,

7:30pm shows on Fridays & Saturdays | 4:00pm shows on Sundays

Tickets: $25.00 general admission – $15.00 Seniors/Students / $35.00 VIP

(VIP status includes entrance 30 minutes before showtime for special table seating with appetizers and beverages prepared by Ethnica Catering in Hibernian Hall’s kitchen. Purchased VIP tickets at least five days in advance of show date to secure a reservation and ensure sufficient quantities.

For more information visit www.madison-park.org

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EDUCATIONAL/HEALTH/WORKOUT/WORKSHOP

Every Wednesday Night

MEDU NETER

12 Week Introductory Course In Afrikan Language (Level 1)

The oldest of African languages and the most sacred of languages
@ Academy of Kemetic Education & Wellness: 53 Cedar St., Mattapan

7:00pm – 9:00pm (sign-in at 6:30pm)

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 and more
To register please visit www.rrrk.net or www.akew.org or call Dr. Nteri Nelson at 617.296.7797

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Every Thursday Night (starting February 2nd)

TRACING OUR ROOTS

Want to learn more about your ancestors but not sure how to start? Please join us in this FREE workshop to discover your family history during Black History Month.

@ Dudley Branch Library: 65 Warren St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

5:30pm – 7:30pm | free admission

Limited space (4-week course)

To register please email info@reidren.com or call 617.296.7797

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Every Thursday Night (starting February 9th)

MEDITATION

KaAbBa MerKaBa Kemetic Tree of Life

@ Academy of Kemetic Education & Wellness: 53 Cedar St., Mattapan (side entrance)

6:00pm – 7:30pm | Sliding scale $25.00 – $50.00 per week (insurance accepted)

Instructor: Dr. Nteri Nelson, PhD.E/LISCW, MSW, MSEP

– Obtain Mental Alertness, Physical Relaxation, Energy

– Relieve Stress, Anxiety, Self-Soothe, regulate Emotions

– Soul Alignment

– Gain Self-Knowledge & Self-Master

– Practice Ancient Wisdom in “Modern” Daily Living

To register please visit www.rrrk.net or call Dr. Nteri Nelson at 617.296.7797

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Every Friday Night

OPERATION B-FIT

Meditation With Michelle!

@ The Sustainability Guild International: 260 Washington St., Dorchester

6:30pm – 7:00pm | Free to the public

Bring your own mat or one can be provided for you.

Men and women encouraged to participate

 

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Every Saturday Night (February 11th – 25th)

RELATIONSHIP SEMINARS FOR COUPLES

Finding one another, working together, staying together and creating harmony in your relationship & marriage

@ Academy of Kemetic Education & Wellness: 53 Cedar St., Mattapan (side entrance)

6:30pm – 8:00pm (seating at 6:00pm) | $40.00 per couple (insurance accepted)

Instructor: Dr. Nteri Nelson & Lester Nelson (30 years serving couples, marriages, relationships, families, individuals)

Learning: Communication Skills

To pre-register and pre-pay please visit www.rrrk.net or call Dr. Nteri Nelson at 617.296.7797

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LECTURES/DISCUSSIONS/BOOK SIGNING

Friday, February 24th 2017

Lena Park Youth Council & The Re-Bearth of Wrk2Do presents

TRIPLE LIGHT TOUR

Know Thyself, Birth Rights & Nationality

@ Lena Park Community Center: 150 American Legion Highway, Dorchester

6:00pm – 10:00pm | $25.00 entry price (can be paid at the door)

With guest speaker: Dr. Sabir Bey, Taj Tarik Bey & Abdulah Bey

Speaking on Law, Truth, Civics, Etymology, Ourstory & Hip Hop

For more info call Reggie B. at 617.784.4700

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COMEDY

Every Wednesday Night

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Comedy Show & After Party

Flirt…laugh…eat…drink…dance!
@ Slade’s Bar & Grill: 958 Tremont St., Boston/South End
Doors at 7:00pm – Showtime at 9:00pm | $15.00 admission

Bringing you comedians from:

– BET’s “Comic View”

– HBO Comedy

– Comedy Central

– Martin Lawrence’s “1st Amendment”

– Def Comedy Jam

Hosted by Jonathon Gates

For more information and table reservations call 617.590.8334

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Every Friday Night

LIVE STAND-UP COMEDY

@ Maggy’s Lounge: 600 Washington St., Quincy MA
Doors at 6:00pm – Showtime at 7:00pm | $10.00 iwith reservation (and at the door before 6:30pm)

Hosted by Corey Manning

For more info and reservations visit www.funroomcomedy.com or call 617.804.1665

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Saturday, February 25th 2017

ADELE GIVENS

@ Wilbur Theater: 246 Tremont St., Boston
7:00pm showtime | $25.00 tickets

For more info visit www.thewilbur.com

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PARTIES/SOCIAL NETWORKING/FASHION SHOW/GALA

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Big Time, Big Hurst & YimeanThaBean Entertainment presents

EVERY SECOND SATURDAY – CITY NIGHT OUT

First ever party of the year!

Calling every department and every community center. All employers and employees…it’s alright to work a 9 to 5. Let’s celebrate.

(MBTA, Boston Water & Sewer, Eversource, Boston School Department, Postal Service)

@ William E. Reed Auditorium: 24 Washington St., Dorchester/Grove Hall

9:00pm – 1:30am | $15.00 tickets in advance – $20.00 at the door | 25+ event

Proper dress required (no athletic wear)

Music by DJ Wade, Team Jerk, “The Chief Rocker” Moe Dee and DJ Nyce

For tickets call 774.244.7015

* Second Saturday is (of course) every second Saturday of the month
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Thursday, February 16th 2017

THROWBACK THURSDAY

@ Slade’s Bar & Grill: 958 Tremont St., Boston

7:30pm – 1:00am | No cover

Music by “Chief Rocka” Moe Dee (playing your favorite “back-in-da-days” music)

For more info call Jonathon Gates at 617.590.8334

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CULTURAL PERFORMANCES/CONCERTS

Every Friday Night

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAYS

@ Sonny Walker’s: 380 Warren St., Roxbury
9:00pm start | $5.00 cover

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Thursday, February 2nd 2017

JAZZ…BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!

Come and enjoy Jazz standards dating back to the early 30’s where Jazz was the order of the day. Come write poetry on site and collaborate with live musicians for a new type of improvisation

@ Haley House Bakery & Cafe: 12 Dade St., Roxbury

7:00pm & 10:00pm | Free admission

Featuring The Fulani Haynes Jazz Collaborative

Jazz By Any Means Necessary is every first Thursday of each month

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Friday, February 10th & Saturday, February 11th 2017

GERALD ALBRIGHT

@ Scullers Jazz Club – Doubletree Suites by Hilton: 400 Soldier Field Rd., Cambridge

8:00pm & 10:00pm showtime | $38.00 show – $88.00 dinner & show

For tickets and more info visit www.scullersjazz.com

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Saturday, February 11th & Friday, February 24th 2017

THE GROOVALOTTOS

Sat. Feb. 11th:

@ Gilda’s Stone Rooster: 27 Wareham Rd., Marion MA

9:00pm showtime

Fri. Feb. 24th:

@ The Parrot Bar & Grill: 1356 MA-28A, Bourne MA

8:00pm showtime

For more info visit www.thegroovalottos.com

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Saturday, February 11th 2017

HOWARD HEWETT

A Pre-Valentine’s Day Benefit Concert featuring silky smooth R&B balladeer Howard Hewett

(lead singer of Shalamar – “I’m For Real”, “Second Time Around”, “Show Me”, “This Is For The Lover In You”)

@ Moseley’s on the Charles: 50 Bridge St., Dedham MA

Doors open at 7:00pm – event starts at 8:00pm

$40.00 regular admission – $50.00 per ticket at the door

$85.00 for VIP & meet-n-greet Mr. Hewett with hot buffet (Special VIP seating)

Special guest performance by Gospel recording artist Tanisha Cooper 

(singing her smash singkle “Power Of His Might”)

Hosted by Pastor Demetric Cooper Sr.

Music by WRBB 104.9FM’s own DJ Hollis

Tickets available at these locations:

– Mattapan Finest: 653 Warren St., Dorchester/Grove Hall (617.904.1101)

– Muffen’s Beauty Salon: 52 Porter St., Stoughton (781.341.4300)

– EventBrite link: www.eventbrite.com (Keyword: HOWARD HEWETT)

For VIP, vendor’s table, souvenir booklet or dicounted group tickets call 781.654.6302

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Saturday, February 18th 2017

Northern Smoke Entertainment presents

KEKE WYATT & FRIENDS

A Valentine’s Day Lovers Edition Show

Featuring R&B singer Keke Wyatt

@ William E. Reed Auditorium: 24 Washington St., Dorchester/Grove Hall

Doors open at 7:00pm – showtime begins at 8:00pm | 21+ event | Proper dress required

Featuring a trunk show with the best designers around town

Music by “The Chief Rocker” Moe Dee

Tickets available at www.eventbrite.com (Keyword: KEKE WYATT)

Also contact Tyrus Pope at 617.719.0962 or Kenji Henderson at 857.236.7243

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Thursday, February 23rd 2017

THE ELEKTRIK VARIETY SHOW

@ Slade’s Bar & Grill: 958 Tremont St., Boston

7:30pm | No cover | No dress code

Hosted by Troy Durden

Brought to you by Ms. Stefany

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Thursday, February 23rd 2017

LAURYN HILL

@ Boch Center: 270 Tremont St., Boston

8:00pm – 11:00pm

For tickets visit www.cwm.io

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Saturday, February 25th 2017

GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC

The Mardi Gras Madness Tour

@ House of Blues Boston: 15 Lansdowne St., Boston

7:00pm showtime | $29.50 – $39.50

For tickets visit www.houseofblues.com/boston

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SPORTS

BOSTON CELTICS

The Green Team continues their NBA season into the new year!

@ TD Garden: 100 Legends Way, Boston

Wednesday, February 1st: Toronto Raptors (7:30pm)

Friday, February 3rd: Los Angeles Lakers (8:00pm)

Sunday, February 5th: Los Angeles Clippers (2:00pm)

Wednesday, February 15th: Philadelphia 76ers (7:30pm)

Monday, February 27th: Atlanta Hawks (7:30pm)

For tickets and more info visit www.tdgarden.com

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Sunday, February 5th 2017

STEFANY & JOANA HOST SUPER BOWL LI

80s Themed Super Bowl Day Party & Viewing Event

@ Slade’s Bar & Grill: 958 Tremont St., Boston/South End

3:00pm – until | 21= event | no cover charge | no dress code

(favorite NFL team attire encouraged)

Music by DJ Nyce

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Sunday, February 5th 2017

SUPER BOWL DAY & NIGHT PARTY

@ Revel Lounge: 79 parking Way, Quincy MA

4:00pm – 11:00pm | $15.00 early bird limited – $20.00 advance including appetizers/after party

Event includes:

– 50/50 cash raffle

– 42″ flat screen raffle

– view game on 5 big screen TVs & one 80″ wide screen

Ticket outlet at Princey’s Hair Salon (501 Washington St., Dorchester)

Or online at www.eventbrite.com: Superbowl Day Party

For more info contact Queen at 857.212.1199 or Diva at 857.212.8626

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Sunday, February 5th 2017

SONNY WALKER’S SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

@ Sonny Walker’s: 380 Warren St., Roxbury

6:00pm start | No cover

Event includes food, raffles, 50/50 prizes, squares and 5 screen

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About The Author

Vernon C. Robinson is aka VCR

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