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December 2011 THANGZ-2-DO!!

“THANGZ-2-DO!!” (December 2011)

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Welcome to the very last “Thangz-2-Do!!” of 2011.
This is monthly e-newsletter provides information on cultural arts (poetry, theatre, comedy, etc.), and much more info to keep people in the loop including:
– Black History facts (http://www.yenoba.com)
– R.I.P. for those that passed away
– B-Day shout-out to those born in December.

Also, Boston’s longest-running open mic gathering commonly known as VerBaLizAtiOn, goes on every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, bringing the community some more poetry and stuff. There will be no VerB on December 27th due to Kwanzaa celebrations. However, you are welcomed to come join us on December 13th. Details listed in the poetry section and community event section.

BloodSkinLand Productions
bring you a double-dose of AFRO-CINEMA in the month of December. The 10th will be the date for the first showing and the 27th will present our second screening.
Further details listed in the community event section.
Enjoy the list and have a blessed holiday!!

(legendary Heavyweight Champion)
(legendary Hip-Hop artist – Heavy D. & The Boyz)
(bass player of R&B/Funk group Kleeer)
(Boston-born stand-up comedian)

Zerahkyah Israel, Tekitha Wisdm, Mattie Deed, Jennifer Reed, Michael “Bam” Taylor,
Marlon “Inphynit” Carey, Magalie Neff, DJ Nomadik, Born Bi-Kim, Olasco Boston,
Mallory Barnett, Dawneca “#1 Sweetheart” Simpson, Adrian Peters, David Curtis,
Wallace Coar, Randy Haynes, Steven Kareem, Sheneal Parker, Dana “Daneja” Bradley,
Big Bossman Snizz, Larisa Osorio, Irvin “Bizznezz” Alcindor, Byron Hurt and Harold Austin

Every Sunday Night
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
December 4th – Lizard King/Queen Poetry Slam Finals
December 18th – Marlon “Inphynit” Carey
December 25th – The Jeff Robinson Trio
For info visit www.poetryjam.org

Sunday, December 11th 2011
Come and chill out for some live mellow music and inspirational poetry
to get you motivated for the next work week.
@ Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen
604 Columbus Ave., Boston
7:00pm – 11:00pm (open mic starts at 8:00pm)
$5.00 admission / Proper crowd only
Hosted by Iguehi and Herby F.

Tuesday, December 13th 2011
VerBaLizAtiOn’s FINAL OPEN MIC OF 2011
@ Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq. (next to fire department & barber shop)
7:00pm start (doors and open mic sign-up at 6:30pm)
Free 2 The Public / All ages are welcomed
Hosted by VCR
* No VerBaLizAtiOn on Nov. 27th due to Kwanzaa week
4 more info. contact VCR at 617-480-7663 or bloodskinland@yahoo.com

Every Thursday Night
@ 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
December 1st: Fulani Haynes & The Jazz Collaborative
with Michael Shea (on keyboards), Cyril Chapman (on sax & vocals)
December 8th: “And Still We Rise” Theatre Group
December 15th: TBD
December 22nd: Kwanzaa event
For more info call 617-445-0900 or visit www.haleyhouse.org/cafe

Thursday, December 1st 2011
@ Slade’s Bar & Grill
958 Tremont St., Roxbury/South End
Show starts at 9:00pm
$8.00 before 9:00pm / $10.00 after
Music by DJ Dex
Hosted by D-Loops & Kool Key
Featuring performances by April Stanford, Genius,
Danita P.G, Big D. Antoine, Dutch Rebelle, Dubb-Zero,
Antonio “Moscato” Miles, Sean Fielder and more!
* Boston Talent Showcase is every first Thursday of each month

Wednesday, December 7th 2011
New Life Entertainment Presents
@ The Greatest Bar
262 Friend St. – 4th floor, Boston (near TD Garden)
8:00pm – 12:00am / $5.00 all night
21+ event / casual dress code
Fellas – no hats or Timbs (jeans and sneakers OK with collared/Polo shirt or designer tee)
Ladies – classy as usual
Soundtrack provided by JaggaMovements Intl.
Hosted by Mr. Energy
Live Hip-Hop performances by The Knowbodies
Spoken Word by Mz. Lyrically Poetic, Vent, Mz. Enveed, Mocha Dee,
Marie Michaelle, Ms. Ayel G., D. Ruff and more!!
For more info call Relly Rell at 857-334-8875 or email newlifeent.intl@gmail.com
Twitter newlifeceo

Friday, December 2nd 2011
In the spirit of unity, self-determination, collective work & responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith…Northeastern University ask you to join us at our annual celebration.
@ John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute
Amical Cabral Center (Northeastern University)
40 Leon St., Boston
5:00pm start / Free to the public
For more info please call 617-373-4911
Saturday, December 10th & Tuesday, December 27th 2011
BloodSkinLand Productions presents
A double-dose afternoon of important films (movie or documentary) being shown on different dates in the month of December. Each film is followed by a discussion.
@ Mattapan Branch Library
1350 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan MA
Free admission / all age event
(parental discretion suggested for adult language)
both films 12/10, 12/27: 4:00pm SHARP!! (doors open at 3:30pm)
For more info contact VCR at 617-480-7663 or bloodskinland@yahoo.com

Saturday December 10th featured film: “THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON”
“The Murder Of Fred Hampton” began as a film portrait of Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party. But half way through the shoot, Hampton was murdered by Chicago policeman. In an infamous moment in Chicago history and politics, over a dozen policeman burst into Hampton’s apartment while its occupants were sleeping, killing Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark and brutalizing the other occupants. Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk arrived a few hours later to shoot film footage of the crime scene that was later used to contradict news reports and police testimony. Recently restored and reworked by Gray, “The Murder Of Fred Hampton” is a chilling slice of American history.
1:00pm SHARP! (doors open at 12:30pm)

Tuesday December 27th
featured film: “THE BLACK CANDLE” (in celebrating Kwanzaa)
“The Black Candle” is a landmark, vibrant documentary that uses Kwanzaa as a vehicle to celebrate the African-American experience. Narrated by renowned poet Maya Angelou and directed by award-winning author and filmmaker M.K. Asante, Jr., The Black Candle is an extraordinary, inspirational story about the struggle and triumph of African-American family, community, and culture. Filmed across the United States, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, “The Black Candle” is a timely illumination on why the seven principles of Kwanzaa are so important to African-Americans today. The first feature film on Kwanzaa, The Black Candle traces the holiday’s growth out of the Black Power Movement in the 1960’s to its present-day reality as a global, Pan-African holiday embraced by over 40 million celebrants. With vivid cinematography and an all star cast that features the best and brightest from the hip-hop and the civil rights generations, “The Black Candle” is more than a film about a holiday: it’s a celebration of a people!
Saturday, December 11th & Sunday, December 12th 2011
Shop local and buy in the ‘Bury at a unique gift show featuring artists
from Greater Roxbury and Greater Boston.
@ Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley St., Roxbury (next to fire department & barber shop)
11:00am – 6:00pm
Free and open to the public!
The St. Louis Collection (jewels) will be one of the vendors in attendance!!
Friday, December 16th – Sunday, December 18th 2011
A Festival of Native Arts and Culture
Cultural Survival is a global leader in the fight to protect Indigenous lands, languages and cultures around the world. In partnership with Indigenous peoples, we advocate for Native communities whose rights, cultures and dignity are under threat.
@ Prudential Center – Newbury Arcade
800 Boylston St., Boston
Friday & Saturday 10:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday 11:00am – 8:00pm
This Is the last event of the season for The St. Louis Collection. In support of the Cultural Survival,
40% of its proceeds will go to this wonderful organization!
A great way to give back at the same time shopping for unique handmade gifts!
Please contact Janeen St. Louis (The St. Louis Collection) at neene9@hotmail.com
For more info or to learn more of some of the participating artist:

Thursday, December 1st – Saturday, December 31st 2011
Enter ancient Persia, and be transformed by the power of storytelling. King Shahrayar, after being driven mad by his first wife’s infidelity, brands all women unfaithful. He takes a new bride every night until he meets Shahrazad, who enchants him with magical tales spanning the globe, winning his love and respect in the process. Based on One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of folk tales from the Middle East and Asia, Arabian Nights is rich with suspense, romance and hilarity – stories irresistible for all ages, At its heart is the power of the imagination to heal, inspire and transform.
Starring Ramona Lisa Alexander
@ Central Square Theater
450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge MA
Sun., Dec. 4th, 11th & 18th at 200pm
Wed., Dec. 28th at 3:00pm
Thursdays at 7:30pm (except Thurs., Dec. 29th – 3:00pm)
Fridays at 8:00pm (3:00pm show on Fri., Dec. 30th)
Saturdays at 3:00pm & 8:00pm (except Sat., Dec. 24th – 3:00pm only)
For tickets and more info visit www.centralsquaretheater.org

Thursday, December 1st – Saturday, December 17th 2011
Music by the late Thomas “Fats” Waller
The extraordinary comic and musical soul of 1930’s Harlem lives on in this rollicking swinging evening of rowdy, raunchy, and humorous songs including “Honeysuckle Rose”, “The Joint is Jumpin” and many others that capture the various moods of the era and reflect Waller’s view of life as a journey meant for pleasure and play.
Starring Lovely Hoffman, Robin Long, Lori Tishfield,
Calvin Braxton and Davron S. Monroe
@ The Lyric Stage
140 Clarendonn St., Boston/Copley Sq.
Sundays at 3:00pm
Wed., Dec 7th at 7:30pm / Wed., Dec. 14th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Thurs., Dec. 1st, 8th & 15th at 7:30pm
Fridays at 8:00pm
Saturdays at 3:00pm & 8:00pm
For tickets call 617-585-5678 or visit www.lyricstage.com

Thursday, December 1st – Saturday, December 3rd 2011
Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays are dangerous, modern-day stories of kinship, love, heartache and coming-of-age. McCraney speaks with authenticity about a world that is gritty and lyrical, urban and mythic. One of the most startling new American theatrical voices of the 21st century, McCraney is thrilling audiences internationally by pushing the boundaries of language, form, and sexuality in provocative and poetic ways.
@ Boston Center For The Arts – Plaza Theatre
539 Tremont St., Boston/ South End
Single Performance:
$38.00 Center / $33.00 Side
Students – $15.00 / Seniors – $30.00
Marathon (both) Performances:
Center – $69.00 ($34.50/performance) / Side – $59.00 ($29.50/performance)
Students – $30.00 / Seniors – $55.00
The trilogy will be presented in two parts
Produced on alternating nights, you can experience
Part 1: “IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER” (one night)
Oya can run faster than anyone, but not fast enough to escape her fate. When pressed to choose between her dying mother and her dreams of escape, she makes a life-changing decision. Her journey from the promise of youth to the complicated yearnings of womanhood is a joyous, raucous, brazenly theatrical experience.
Friday, December 2nd at 8pm
Am I my brother’s keeper? After a homecoming in the bayous of Louisiana, the Size brothers, Ogun and Oshoosi, try to start fresh. This haunting, funny, and heartbreaking tour de force probes sexuality, coming of age, and the bonds of family as the brothers struggle to discover identity and to unearth a new sense of freedom.
Sixteen year-old Marcus is having some startlingly “sweet” dreams that feel more like a bad omen. As the Louisiana air thickens, Marcus begins asking questions about the father he never met, and getting closer to a secret they both share. MARCUS, with its warmth, myth, humor, and Louisiana patois, is a magical coming-of-age story about the storms of sexuality and identity.
Thursday, December 1st at 7:30pm
Marathon performance date: Saturday Dec. 3rd
4pm (RBW) & 8pm (BS/M)
For tickets and info visit www.companyone.org

Thursday, December 8th – Saturday, December 10th 2011
The National Center of Afro-American Artists & Roxbury Community College presents
Black Nativity is the joyous account of an historic event that occurred 2,000 years ago. It’s a celebration that tells the original story of the Nativity in scripture, verse, music and dance. Based on the Gospel of St. Luke, combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes, this song-play touches a special chord in the hearts of all. This legendary Christmas event, the Black community’s Christmas gift to the world, is without a doubt a theatrical wonderment. A joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians delivers its powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. Boston’s captivating production is the longest running performance of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ song-play in the world.
@ Roxbury Community College – Media Arts Center
1234 Columbus Ave., Roxbury (across from MBTA Roxbury Crossings and Domino’s Pizza)
Thursday, December 8th & Friday, December 9th 8:00pm
Saturday, December 10 at 3:30pm & 8:00pm
Tickets $42.00, $37.00 & $20.00
For more info visit www.blacknativity.org
Thursday, December 1st 2011
Harvard’s Black Men Forum presents
This Wu-Tang Clan lyricist will be the featured guest lecturer. The lecture will center around
his time with the Wu, creative process and include a Q&A session.
@ Harvard University Science Center D
1 Oxford St., Cambridge/Harvard Yard
5:00pm – 6:30pm (doors open at 4:30pm)

Every Thursday Night
Finesse Entertainment (doin’ it with ‘FINESSE!’) presents
Live Entertainment Every Thursday
@ The Clubhouse
44 Mazzeo Drive, Randolph MA
Live entertainment 8:00pm – 10:00pm
DJ spinning “Old School” 10:00pm – 2:00am
Admission $5.00 before 10:00pm / $10.00 after
Hot buffet available for purchase
For more info call the FINESSE hotline at 617-839-3824

Every 2nd & 3rd Thursday
TNT Thursdays presents
BATTLE OF THE ERA’S: 1970-1989 VS. 1990-2011
Not Just A DJ Battle, But A Musical Experience!!
New nightlife for the 30+ crowd
@ Slade’s Bar & Grill
958 Tremont St., Boston/South End
8:00pm – 2:00am
$10.00 per person / 21+ with proper ID
Proper dress required: NO T’s, ball caps, sneakers or athletic gear
(Jeans & Timbs OK)
Hosted by Ms. Stefany
Featured DJs include: DJ Philly Black, DJ Dex, DJ Nyce,
DJ Smooth Bee, DJ Al Gee and DJ Moe Dee
What to expect:
Old school music, new school music, the “Original vs. Remake” hour,
Giveaways, in-house specials and more!!

Every Friday Night
Soul Cafe presents
Voted “Best Old School Night” in the city
@ The Blue Wave
343 Congress St., Boston/Theatre District
9:00pm – 2:00am
$5.00 before 11:00pm w/RSVP
Proper dress required (no tennis shoes or sports gear)
Each night with a different DJ each week
Live music w/celebrity band from 9:00pm to 11:00pm
For info and RSVP contact stephenanglin_firstfridays@msn.com

Every Friday & Saturday Night
We are excited to now offer enhanced entertainment for the discriminating
mature professional that seeks to shake off the worries of a long week.
We will now feature some of the areas best DJs and dancing weekly.
Bare Your Soul will be a compilation of music to make you move!
That may be R&B, Neo Soul, Funk, Latin, Carribean, Throwbacks & Deep Soulful House!!
@ Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen
604 Columbus Ave., Boston/South End (diagonally across from NY Pizza)
11:00pm – 2:00am
$10.00 admission / Proper dress required

Every Saturday Night
SoulKore Productions presents
@ Dockside Rivers Edge
270 Medford St., Malden MA
(corner of Commercial St. – across from Comcast)
9:00pm – 12:00am midnight / FREE admission
Early dinner served until 11:00pm
Music by DJ Nomadik (spinnning dance classics from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s)
For more info contact info@soulkore.com

Every Saturday Night
Boston’s Newest Upscale Social Saturday Event
@ Mantra Ultra Lounge
52 Temple Place, Downtown Boston
9:00pm – 2:00am
Free admission before 11:00pm on guest list
Reduced after with RSVP
Proper dress required:
Ladies – Cocktail dresses prefered
Gentlemen – collared shirts & hard shoes mandatory
Music by Boston hottest DJ’s
(rotating Top 40, Hip-Hop, Classics, Reggae & more!)
For RSVP e-mail to mantrasaturdays@gmail.com or call 617-564-3263

Friday, December 2nd 2011
First Fridays presents
Join Edo.G & Chip Greenidge for their annual classic birthday event!
@ Blue Wave
343 Congress St., Boston/Financial District
9:00pm – 2:00am
$10.00 w/RSVP ‘til 11:00pm – $15.00 at the door
Music by DJ Moe Dee “The Chief Rocka”
Hosted by Mark Merren
RSVP for reduced admission:
At edogboston@facebook/twitter or chipgreenidge@gmail.com

Friday, December 9th 2011
The evening will be packed with a wide variety of music and entertainment, various types of vendors and great prizes will be raffled. A light fare will be served at 8:00pm in the main ballroom
@ Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel
110 Huntington Ave., Boston/Copley Sq.
8:00pm – 2:00am
Semi-formal attire required
$55.00 advanced tickets
The evening also includes:
Three rooms of entertainment with a variety of music including:
• Party to the great sound of Soul Patrol Boston with R&B in the main ballroom
• Relax with our great Jazz band special live performances
• Kick up your heals to Reggae, Soca & Caribbean music
• Shop for unique gifts from some of New England’s finest
arts and craft vendors that will be in attendance with merchandise
(available for sale)
Parking is available onsite or at the garage at Back Bay Station
For ticket reservation and more info call Evelyn Norman at 617-314-3296
or Eugenia Nicholas at 617-244-2559

Friday, December 17th 2011
Come Celebrate with Friends & Bring Plenty of Holiday Cheer!
Step it up with us as we mix, mingle and party with New England’s most progressive mature 30+ professionals. Come see why this monthly 30+ event attracts a diverse and mature group of professionals from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut who seek to socialize and party with like minded professionals in an eclectic and mature environment.
@ Marriott Courtyard Cambridge
777 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA
9:30pm – 2:00am
Advance Admission $20.00 (Limited Ticket Special)
General Admission $25.00 / VIP $35.00
Proper Dress only!
Gentlemen: collared shirts, slacks, blazers/suits & shoes
Women: chic/festive
Dress code enforced – we reserve the right to turn away!!
The party includes:
– 2 Floors with great views of the Charles River!
– 2 Great DJs!
With resident DJ Reggie Beas in the main room
(playing Neo Soul, R&B, Classics and Reggae)
– VIP Room/Appetizers/Seating
– Free Valet Parking (tips expected)
For more info on Groups/Parties/Vendor Spots call 617-270-5753

Friday, December 23rd 2011
Sapphire Productions & Big Time Events presents
Bringing You Old School At Its Best!
@ Phillips Old Colony – Windsor Room
780 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester
9:00pm – 2:00am
Tickets $15.00 in advance / $20.00 at the door
30+ event – proper dress required
Free parking available
Hot hors d’oeuvres served all night / Door prizes for males and females
Music by DJ Justice
For more info contact Joyce Jenkins at 617-824-0194 or Big Time at 774-244-7015

Saturday, December 31 2011
9Alarms Entertainment, Big Time Events, New Life Productions,
Rhythm Nights Entertainment and The Supreme Team presents
You have been entertained by the above entities individually for years. Now enjoy this
epic celebration with them as a major collaboration. Be our guest in attendance to thee
collaborative dinner celebration to end 2011 with first dinner and dance, then a
champagne toast at midnight to continue the celebration to a new 2012!
@ Generations
81 Memorial Drive, Avon MA
9:00pm – 2:00am
Dinner 9:30pm – 10:30pm
Featuring a grand buffet-style dinner with choice foods such as:
Roast sliced sirloin, chicken cordon bleu, baked New England scrod and more!
Special dance segment immediately following dinner
Prices before Dec 15th: $90.00 couples / $50.00 in advance
Full table (seats 8) $450.00 / Half table (seats 4) $250.00
Prices after Dec. 15: $60.00
Full table (8) $500.00 / Half table (4) $300.00
Champagne toast at midnight (last call at 1:30am)
Guest DJs to include: DJ Nyce, DJ Stix and DJ Vixxx
(playing the best in Top 40, Old School, R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae and Jazz)
* This is a exclusive event with limited seating catering to our most exquisite guests. Contact us immediately for your invitation.
For more info visit www.9alarm.com

Saturday, December 31st 2011
Junior Rodigan & Big Up Media presents
@ Wonderland Ballroom (formerly Club Lido)
1290 North Shore Rd., Revere MA
(next to MBTA Wonderland Station – Blue Line)
9:00pm – 2:00am / $30.00 admission
Free champagne at midnight!
Featuring music by Boston’s best:
Junior Rodigan, DJ Chubby Chub, DJ Dex, Riddum Rider,
Sound Intl., Startym and Terroscape
(playing Dancehall, Reggae, Soca, R&B, Hip-Hop and Oldies)
Tickets available at TicketMaster.Com, Wonderland Box Office,
Irie Jamaican Restaurant, Flames and Taurus Records
For VIP & table reservations call 617-435-3402 ASAP!

Saturday, December 31st 2011
Class Act Entertainment presents
Bring in the New Year with “class”!!
@ Moseley’s On The Charles
50 Bridge St., Dedham MA
9:00pm – 2:00am
$30.00 in advance – $35.00 at the door
$50.00 couple / $45.00 VIP (include hot buffet in the Class Act VIP Room)
Music by the “Michael Jordan” of DJs – DJ Mystique
(spinning Old School, New School and Reggae all night)
– Meet Boston’s mature and upscale crowd
– Professional photographers to capture your best moments throughout the night and on the red carpet
– FREE champagne toast at midnight
– Premium bars with an exclusive VIP access for VIP ticket holders
– Countdown from Times Square (New York)
Tickets call Roy at 339-203-5069 or Class Act at 1-800-608-3291

Saturday, December 31st 2011
Sapphire Productions presents
Bringing In The New Year With Elegance, Grace and Prosperity!
@ Phillips Old Colony
780 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester
(next to Ramada Inn & Boston Bowl)
8:00pm – 2:00am
Buffet dinner served from 8:30pm to 10:00pm (dessert included)
Limited tickets – RSVP for tables
$45.00 per person (if purchased by Dec. 9th)
$50.00 per person (if purchased after Dec. 10th)
$90.00 per couple (if purchased before Dec. 15th)
$60.00 per person or $100.00 a couple at the door provided
(space available on December 31)
Music by DJ Kevin Dottin – spinning the best of old school to new R&B
All-inclusive ticket includes access to everything including:
– Buffet Dinner (salad, entrees, accompaniments & desserts)
– Fun hats and noise makers
– Festive New Year’s Eve D w/Cor
– Champagne toast at midnight
– Music videos
– Exclusive viewing of the ball drop in Times Square
There is a hotel block at the Comfort Inn w/free shuttle to and from the event
For discounted hotel rooms please call 617-287-9100 and mention “New Year’s Eve at Phillips”
For more info contact Joyce at 617-824-0194 or Kevin Dottin at 617-201-4683

Every Monday Night
SoulKore Productions presents
@ Dockside Restaurant
270 Medford St., Malden MA
6:30pm – 10:00pm / Free 2 enter
Come early for open mic sign-up
All forms of entertainment welcomed – open mic slots are limited (5 minutes each)
Music by DJ Nomadik
For more info contact info@soulkore.com

Saturday, December 10th 2011
MARLON & SHAWN WAYANS (“Scary Movie”, “White Chicks”, “Don’t Be A Menace…”)
@ The Wilbur Theater
246 Tremont St., Boston
Two shows – 7:30pm & 10:00pm showtime
Tickets available at Wilbur Box Office (noon – 6pm) or TicketMaster
Or by phone at 1-800-745-3000
For more information visit www.thewilbur.com
Saturday, December 3rd – Sunday, December 18th 2011
The classic Tchaikovsky with an inner-city edge; featuring the professional BalletRox Company and more than 100 local children. Choreographer and Wheelock Family Theatre hero Tony Williams presents this annual holiday spectacular!
@ Wheelock Family Theatre
200 The Riverway, Boston
Sundays (Dec. 4th, 11th & 18th) at 1:30pm / Sun., Dec.11th at 5:30pm
Thursday, December 15th at 7:30pm
Fridays (Dec. 9th & 16th) at 7:30pm
Saturdays (Dec. 3rd, 10th & 17th) at 1:30pm and 7:30pm
For tickets and info call the box office at 617-879-2300 or visit www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org

Saturday, December 3rd 2011
Reality TV series America’s Next Top Rapper Competition films on location at the Strand Theatre. Join nation-wide search kickoff at the Boston Auditions.
@ The Strand Theatre
543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester/Uphams Corner
10:00am start
Audience admission $15.00 – $50.00
With rapper judges Trina, Lil X (director) and Rockwilder
For more info call 617-302-7340
Think you can rap? Visit www.tnvent.info for contestant information and registration

Friday, December 16th & Saturday, December 17th 2011
Origination Inc. presents
@ Roxbury Community College – Media Arts Center
1234 Columbus Ave., Roxbury
(across from MBTA Roxbury Crossings and Domino’s Pizza)
Fri., Dec. 16th at 7:00pm / Sat., Dec. 17th at 3:00pm
Tickets $15.00 in advance – $18.00 at the door
Featuring performances by The Performing Arts Program students,
NIA Dance Troupe, Girlz of IMANI, IMANI Jr., Aleye Boyz Troupe
and Spoken Word artist Omekongo
For more info visit www.originationinc.org

Friday, December 16th & Saturday, December 17th 2011
Agit Arte is a non-profit organization dedicated to generating workshops and art projects in working class communities and communities of color engaged in the struggle for social justice. The show and fundraiser kicks off our 15-year anniversary of work with a presentation of our trajectory starting with our work with Spoken Word, Hip-Hop and street theater in Lynn to the recent cultural work in Puerto Rico supporting the struggles in defense of public education and the housing struggle of City Life activists against bank foreclosures. Join us for night or two of performance, dialogue and agitation.
@ Green Street Studio
185 Green St., Cambridge (Central Sq.)
Fri., Dec. 16th at 6:00pm / Sat., Dec. 17th at 8:00pm

Sunday, December 18th 2011
Fulani Haynes presents her annual holiday concert in a comfortable
bistro atmosphere.
@ Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq. (next to fire department & barber shop)
6:00pm start
Featuring special guests
For more info visit www.madison-park.org

Thursday, December 22nd 2011
Olasco Boston & Stevie Newbury presents
A Born Day Celebration & Annual Toy Drive
@ Felt Boston
533 Washington St., Boston
Doors open at 9:00pm – showtime at 10:00pm
Reduced entrance if you help donate unwrapped gifts
21+ mature crowd / fashionably trendy
Special guest performances by:
Famous Nobodies, April Stanford, Lisa Bello, Soul4YoSystem and many more!!
Sounds by DJ Real P.
Parking available at Lafayette Parking Garage
($10.00 flat fee after 5:00pm – weekends & holidays)
For more info contact 617-297-8179

Friday, December 9th 2011
@ The Wilbur Theater
246 Tremont St., Boston
7:30pm showtime
Tickets available at Wilbur Box Office (noon – 6pm) or TicketMaster
Or by phone at 1-800-745-3000
For more information visit www.thewilbur.com

Wednesday, December 28th 2011
@ The Wilbur Theater
246 Tremont St., Boston
8:00pm showtime
Tickets available at Wilbur Box Office (noon – 6pm) or TicketMaster
Or by phone at 1-800-745-3000
For more information visit www.thewilbur.com

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