“THANGZ-2-DO!!” (May 2012)

“THANGZ-2-DO!!” (May 2012)

VCR blackstonian

by: VCR

Welcome to the 2012 “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 and a B-Day shout-out to those born in May. This time around, “Thangz-2-Do!!” has moved from Yahoo! to G-Mail. Hopefully this will help out a lot easier for folks to view the list of events.

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. Our featured poet on May 8th will be BIG BROTHER SADI and on April 22nd is Urban Music Award-winning poet TAQWA THE EDUTAINER. Details below.
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.

 

STEVE COKELY (researcher/public speaker)

MAY B-DAY WISHES:

 

Musau Dibinga, Pelaiah Auset, Alkia Powell, Kanasha Herbert,
Christopher Johnson, Fisiwe, Wanda Atkins, Tantra Zawadi,
Stephanie Marson-Lee, Sabrina Gilbert, Optimus, Kena Sage,
Barrington Edwards, Stephanie Johnson, Nyjah Wyche-Alexis,
Ghislaine Jean-Mahone, Marquita Niles, A.M.B., Lisa Hendricks,
Allyssa Jones, Iguehi Usobo, Crystal Smith and Hazael

 

 

 

 

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
May 20th – Obehi Janice
May 27th – Regie Gibson
(plus the Lizard Lounge Queen Slam: reigning champ Porsha-O vs. Janae Johnson)

For info visit www.poetryjam.org

Saturday, May 5th 2012THE 3RD ANNUAL CAMBRIDGE POETRY FESTIVALCelebrate poetry and the local poet community in recognition of National Poetry Month.The Cambridge Poetry Jam features local and national poets representing various poeticgenres including traditional poetry, multilingual poetry, spoken word, poetry/music mash-up

and free verse.

@ Cambridge Public Library – Lecture Hall

449 Broadway, Cambridge

10:00am – 5:00pm

Hosted by Cambridge poet/populistToni Bee

 

Sunday, May 27th 2012

THE POET’S CORNER
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 & Lounge

604 Columbus Ave., Boston/South End

7:00pm – 11:00pm (open mic starts at 8:00pm)
$5.00 admission / Proper crowd only

Hosted by Iguehi and Herby F.

Every Monday Night

SoulKore Productions presents

GRAB THE MIC MONDAYS

@ Bossa Nova

290 Main St., Malden MA

(near Malden Center Station and bus routes 104, 105, 106 & 99)

6:30pm – 10:00pm / Free 2 enter

Come early for open mic sign-up

All forms of talent welcomed

Sign up early – space limited (5 minutes each)

Free parking / buffet and full menu

Hosted by Essex

Music by DJ Nomadik

For more info contact info@soulkore.com or 857-205-2706

 

Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday

VerBaLizAtiOn

@ 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

May 8th – Big Brother Sadi

May 22nd – Taqwa The Edutainer

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

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

 

Thursday, May 17th 2012
Ellite Promotions presents
POETRY COVE
Live Spoken Word by Talented Poets & Musicians
@ Byblos Lounge & Restaurant
2 Washington Sq., Worcester/Union Station
8:00pm – 11:00pm
$10.00 cover charge / 18+ mature crowd
Dress code: business casual
Live music by Be Heard
Cash bar and $1.00 garage parking available
If you are a poet or musician and are intertested in performing,
register with efua at 508-615-1149 or e-mail at elliteartistpromotions@gmail.com
* Poetry Cove is every 3rd Thursday of the month

 

 

Saturday, May 5th 2012
Butterfly Cafe presents
STREETLIGHT
Live Talent & Art Showcase
@ Butterfly Cafe
1420 Tremont St., Roxbury
(inside MBTA Roxbury Crossings – Orange Line)
8:00pm – 11:00pm
Featuring various artists TBA
Saturday, May 12th 2012
VerBaLizAtiOn (BloodSkinLand Productions) presents
ULTIMATE POETRY FORUM II
On April 24th, VerBaLizAtiOn had a poetry forum in honor of National Poetry Month.There were discussions about the history of some open mic spots in our community15 years ago and the current happenings going on in 2012. By request, there will bea folow-up to further dialogue about what’s needed to improve or make stronger withinthe Boston poetry scene. We are calling ALL artists of various artforms (spoken word, Hip-Hop, song, etc.)

to please join us for an important discussion.
@ Mattapan Branch Library – Conference Room
1350 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan MA
12:30pm – 3:00pm (doors open at noon)
Free to the public!
For more info contact VCR at 617-480-7663 or bloodskinland@yahoo.com

 

 

COMMUNITY/CULTURAL EVENTS:

 

Saturday, May 5th 2012
Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts presents
THE 23RD ANNIVERSARY ANDREW J. DAVIS JR.
UNITY BREAKFAST”
“Mentoring Boys To Manhood”
@ Boston Marriott Cambridge
2 Cambridge Ctr., Cambridge/Kendall Sq.
10:00am – 1:00pm
Tickets & donations $40.00 in advance / $50.00 at the door
Presenting the 2012 Paul Robeson National Leadership Award recipient Toure
(award-winning novelist, essayist, music journalist, cultural critic)
Plus the Paul Robeson Awards for outstanding community service
and student achievements
For more info contact 617-541-8642 or log onto www.cbmm.net
Sunday, May 6th 2012
THE 7TH ANNUAL NEW ENGLAND URBAN MUSIC AWARDS
@ Hibernian Hall184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.(next to fire department & barber shop)Awards 6:30pm – 9:30pm (red carpet 5:00pm – 6:00pm)Hosted by Courtney Bostonof TOUCH 106.1FMTickets on sale at these locations:

– Skippy White’s Records: 1971 Columbus Ave. (Egleston Sq.)

– A Nubian Notion Inc.: 663 Warren St. (Grove Hall)

– Special Efx Hair Salon: 1454 Dorchester Ave. (Fields Corner)

– Mattapan Square Mobile (Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan)

For more info call 617-517-0987 or visit www.urbanmusicawards.org

Friday, May 18th & Sunday, May 20th 2012
HAITIAN HERITAGE MONTH 2012
May 18th: 17th Annual Flag Raising Ceremony
@ Boston City Hall Plaza
Downtown Boston
12:00pm – 2:00pm
May 20th: 12th Annual Haitian American Unity Parade
From Mattapan Square to Blue Hill Ave.
1:00pm – 3:00pm
For more info contact H.A.U. at 617-298-2976 or unity@hauinc.org
Or HAPHI at 617-298-8076 or AFAB at 617-287-0096

Sunday, May 19th 2012

25TH ANNUAL MALCOLM X MEMORIAL & AWARDS BREAKFAST

@ Roxbury Community College- Student Center Dining Complex

1234 Columbus Ave., Roxbury

8:00am start (doors open at 7:30am)

$40.00 donation

Special guest speaker TShango Mbilishaka

Born in Jamaica Plain, Brother T’Shango is dedicated to the mental liberation and

unification of African families throughout the world. He was awarded the Warrior Speaks

Community Award in 2005. Recognized for speaking on Black male mental health, he

received an award from the Massachusetts State Department in 2006. T’Shango was

awarded at M.I.T for “Solutions to Urban Genocide” in December 2007. He was also

featured in Essence Magazine as a “Do Right Man” in August 2006.

Tickets available at A Nubian Notion (Roxbury/Dudley Sq.) and at the door.

For more information, tickets, sponsorship and vendor opportunities call BCIC at617-427-2522

Saturday, May 19th 2012SPRING OPEN STUDIOS AT GALLERY GCelebrating the start of the spring visual art and performing arts season. Artists will be showing newand old work with paintings, jewelry, collage, photography and sculpture.@ Black Indian Inn

38 Bicknell St., Dorchester

1:00pm –8:00pm

Featuring visual artists Radiant Jasmin, Guadulesa,

Jameel Parker and Satiah Dancing Moon

6:00pm mixed-media performances by Radiant Jasmin, Guadulesa,

Terry Orlando Jones, Sonja Evans and other TBA

(the performance will combine dance, poetry, music and live body painting)

See our website for more info on the other programs at the Black Indian Inn:
www.blackindianinn.com

EDUCATIONAL

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

 

 

Saturday, May 12th 2012

LECTURE& BOOK SIGNING: GRAND OPENING

Dr Nteri Nelson’s new book release:

“KaAbBa -The Great Pyramid Is the Tree of Life: MerKaBa”

Introduction by invited guest Professor James Small (Black scholar)

@ 53 Cedar St., Mattapan

6:00pm -9:00pm (seating starts at 5:30pm)

Must RSVP to Dr Nteri Nelson at 617-296-7797 or www.imhotepinstitute.com

 

 

THEATRE

Tuesday, May 1st – Sunday, May 6th 2012

FELA!

A triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, FELA! is the true story of Kuti,

who created a type of music, Afro-beat and mixed these pounding eclectic rhythms

(a blend of Jazz, Funk and African rhythm and harmonies) with incendiary lyrics that

openly attacked the corrupt and oppressive military dictatorships that rule Nigeria and

much of Africa. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’s

visionary staging, FELA! reveals Kuti’s controversial life as an artist and political activist

and celebrates his pioneering music.

@ Cutler Majestic Theatre

219 Tremont St., Boston

To purchase tickets call 617-824-8400 or visit www.artsemerson.org

 

PARTIES/SOCIAL NETWORKING

Friday, May 4th 2012
Big Time Events & Betty Cohen presents
IT’S A PARTY OVER HERE!
@ Phillips Old Colony – Windsor Room
780 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester
9:00pm – 2:00am
$15.00 in advance / $20.00 at the door
Music by DJ Justice – Sounds by Evertone
Friday, May 11th 2012
MzLiz & DJ Chubby Chub present
THE FIX!
The Official Launch Party for StreetFixRadio.Com

WE all know that RADIO is incredibly important to the urban community and

now mobile phones and the internet are where it’s at for content creation.

Introducing…Boston’s newest and soon-to-be best online urban music experience.

@ Wonderland Ballroom
1290 N. Shore Rd., Revere MA
10:00pm – 1:00am
Music by DJ Chubby Chub, DJ Jack Frost, DJ Big, DJ Powa Serge,
“Big Chicago” DJ Reggie Beas, DJ Real P.
(playing the best in Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae and Mash-Up)
Plus special guest hosts and live performances
For more info log onto www.streetfixradio.com
Also contact dstination@gmail.com or 617-819-4DST
Every Saturday nightCalloway Entertainment presents30+ SATURDAYS – GRAND OPENINGGreat Food, Music & Dance!New nightlife for the 30+ crowd@ Slade’s Bar & Grill

958 Tremont St., Boston/South End

10:00pm – 2:00am

$10.00 admission / 30+ proper dress

(no athletic wear, hoodies or boots – collared shirts accepted)

DJ spinning old school – 80’s, 90’s & today’s hottest music

Log-in now and receive 2 for 1 admission w/pass before 11:00pm

www.facebook.com/30plussaturdays

For more info or parking call 1-888-538-3834
Saturday, May 12th 2012
Heavy Fire Productions & Running With The Bulls Committee presents
“RUNNING WITH THE BULLS” TAURUS/GEMINI BIRTHDAY BLAST
@ Boston-Dedham Holiday Inn Hotel
55 Ariadne Rd., Dedham MA
9:00pm – 2:00am (doors open at 8:00pm)
Advanced admission $25.00 / $35.00 at the door
Birthday special: $15.00 advanced tickets for all Taurus, Gemini & Aries
21+ event w/proper dress preferred
Featuring performances by comeidan Shang (BET “Comic View” & “Def Comdey Jam”)
and local R&B sensation Tashawn King
Music by DJ Nyce
Hotel rooms available at $104.00 at the Dedham Holiday Inn
(781-329-1000, with RES code: RWB)

Saturday, May 19th 2012

30+: THE EXTRAORDINARY AFFAIR
Looking for the extraordinary? Step it up as we mix, mingle and party with New England’s most

progressive mature 30+ urban elite! Come see why this long running monthly 30+ is the premier

event. 30+ attracts a diverse group from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and

Connecticut who seek to socialize with like-minded professionals in eclectic, trendy and upscale

non-club environments.
@ The Revere Hotel at the Boston Common
Gallery Ballroom
200 Stuart St.- 6th floor, Boston
9:30pm – 2:00am

$30.00 advance / $35.00 at the door
Proper dress ONLY: upscale cocktail attire
Gentlemen: collared shirts, slacks, blazers/suits and shoes
Women: Diva Chic!!!
Dress code enforced – reserve the right to turn away
(ABSOLUTELY NO JEANS)
Featuring a live band at 10:00pm
Resident DJ Reggie Beas at 11:00pm
Paid parking at the hotel
For information on VIP, B-Day parties, tables & vendor tables

and discounted hotel for this event, call 617-270-5753

Saturday, May 26th 2012
FamIVLife presents
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND “RED, WHITE & BLUE” BOAT CRUISE
2 Levels of Partying Aboard the Provincetown II Boat!
@ World Trade Center
200 Seaport Blvd., Boston
Boarding time – 8:00pm / Departing time – 9:00pm SHARP!
Returning at 12:00am
$30.00 advanced tickets
21+ event w/proper ID required
(mature crowd ONLY – no sweats)
Level I: DJ Junior Rodigan, Mikey Million & Shortman and Disciple Inc.
(playing the best of Reggae, Soca, International, etc.)
Level II: DJ Dex, DJ Moe Dee, DJ Al Gee and DJ Dru Nyce
(spinning R&B, Hip-Hop, Old Skool, etc.)

Tickets available at these locations:
– Mattapan’s Finest Barbers: 663 Warren St. (Grove Hall)
– Lawsons Beauty Supply: 1979 Columbus Ave. (Egleston Sq.)
– Silver Slipper Restaurant – 2387 Washington St. ( Dudley Sq.)

– Metro PCS: 1656 Blue Hill Ave. (Mattapan Sq.)
– Kung Fu Video & DVD: 356 Washington St. 2nd Fl

(above the Jewelry Exchange – Downtown Boston )

Tickets also available online at www.baystatecruisecompany.com

For more information call 617-888-8519

Or Facebook @ FamIVLife Entertainment or FamIVLifeBlogSpot.Com

 

 

 

 

COMEDY NIGHT

Every Sunday Night

Corey Manning presents

THE FUN ROOM COMEDY NIGHT

You Never Know What’s Gonna Happen or Who’s Gonna Come Through!

@ Biff’s Lounge

18 Washington St., Dorchester/Grove Hall

(downstairs from William E. Reed Auditorium/Prince Hall)

8:30pm start
Sun., May 27thLAUGH & LOUNGE COMEDY SERIES
A series of nationally headlining acts
Featuring comedian Chris Thomas

Winner of “BET’s Comedy Award” for Best Impersonations

Appearances on “The Jamie Foxx Show”, “The Bernie Mac Show”, “Comic View”,

“Def Comedy Jam”, “Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy”

and original host/VJ/“The Mayor” of BET’s “Rap City”
Hosted by The Dynamic Duo of Comedy Chris Tabb & Corey Manning
With comedians Wes Hazard and Badd Lad
Limited tickets only $15.00 in advance – more at the door

Tickets can be purchased at www.coreymanning.ticketleap.com/funroomcomedy

For more info contact 617-506-FUN1 or funroomcomedy@gmail.com

 

 

Friday, May 11th 2012

ARIES SPEARS

@ 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

Friday, May 25th 2012

LAFF MOBB

Featuring Red Grant, Rudy Rush, Roz G. and Mark Viera

@ 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

 

CULTURAL PERFORMANCES/MAJOR CONCERTS

Every Sunday Night

LIVE JAZZ AT THE POST

Jazz Music For Your Ears!

@ William E. Carter Post

American Legion Post #16

1531 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Small donation is always appreciated

For more info call Gary at 617-905-4662

 

Every Monday Night
MAIN EVENT MIC CLUB
@ Dublin House / Yaz’s Place
7 Stoughton St., Dorchester
(Uphams Corner – one block from the Strand Theatre)
Doors open at 8:00pm – show starts at 9:00pm
Free to the public
Hosted by DJ Daz One
A.M.B. will be featured on May 21st

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

SLAUGHTERHOUSE

Featuring Crooked-I, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9″ and Joe Budden

@ The Wilbur Theater

246 Tremont St., Boston

8:30pm 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

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

“YOU’RE AN NDN???”: A MEDICINE SHOW w/MUSIC

“You’re An NDN???” is an interactive performance piece with music by Mwalim:

The tales and adventures of a Black Indian experience from the perspective of a

Black Indian who grew up in a Jewish neighborhood.

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

5:45pm start

Mwalim will also have copies of his book “A Mixed Medicine Bag” as well as

copies of his CDs on hand

 

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

BOSTON TALENT SHOWCASE: SEASON 3 – VOL. #7

“Born To Do This”

@ Slade’s Bar & Grill

958 Tremont St., Boston/South End

8:00pm – 1:30pm / $10.00 all night – official after party until 1:30pm

No Tims, hoodies or athletic gear…sneakers OK

(bouncer has right to deny entry)

Offical after-party with DJ Dex until 1:30am

(playing today’s hottest in R&B, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Top 40)

Hosted by Dee-Loopz & Kool-Key

With performances by Arthur Collins, Famous Nobodies, Rey Royal,
Mykel, Troy “The Electrik Kidd” Durden, FN “Real P”,
Urban Nerdz, Dave Wylen and more!
With special performance by violinist Austin Lightfoot and guest
Special performance by sax player Carl C.

* Boston Talent Showcase is every first Thursday of each month

Every Thursday Night (except the first of the month)

BERKLEE UNPLUGGED

Slade’s New Musical Experience!!

Bands and entertainment from Berklee School of Music

@ Slade’s Bar & Grill

958 Tremont St., Boston/South End

8:00pm – 2:00am

No cover charge / no dress code!

Kitchen open for lunch & dinner

Hosted by Ms. Stefany

Music by various DJs

With special guest artist each night

Thursday, May 10th 2012

BRANDED AUTHENTIC HIP-HOP SHOWCASE
@ Church of Boston
69 Kilmarnock St., Boston (Fenway area)
$10.00 cover / 21+ event
Doors at 8pm – showtime at 9:30pm SHARP!
21+ event / no dress code
Hosted by Mark Merren
With performances by:
Mecca Cashier, Antagonist, J The S, Pat G,

Iyadonna, Lisette Love, Lee Boy, City Slickers,

The Knowbodies, Steis, Koma and Lucky Dice
Music by DJ Drew (EZ St. Productions)
Free parking in rear of building

Sunday, May 13th 2012
Widow Son presents
THE 27TH ANNUAL ALL-MALE MOTHER’S DAY FASHION SHOW
An Evening of Food, Fun & Fashion
@ William E. Reed Auditorium
24 Washington St., Dorchester/Grove Hall
$30.00 admission (must have ticket to enter)
Proper dress required
Hosted by Naheem
Featuring Soul group Tribute and comedian Jonathon Gates
Music by DJ D-Rock
(playing the best in Soul, Oldies, Contemporary, Jazz, Reggae & Calypso)
Tickets available at A Nubian Notion (Roxbury/Dudley Sq.)
For more info contact Ric Anderson at 617-270-1038
Saturday, May 26th 2012
James Dancy Productions presents
SPRING AFFAIR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
With live performance by singer Howard Hewett
(former lead vocalist of R&B group Shalamar)
@ Russell Auditorium
80 Talbot Ave., Dorchester
(across from Franklin Field)
Doors open at 9:00pm / $40.00 advanced admission
Also special guest live band performance by Elegance
Tickets available at these locations;
– A Nubian Notions: 146 Dudley St., Roxbury (617-442-4425)
– Skippy White’s Records: 1971 Columbus Ave., Egleston Sq. (617-524-4500)
– Mobile Gas Station: Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan
Or contact Jimmy at 617-224-2147
For online or telephone ticket purchase call 1-800-838-3006 (option 1)

 

“THANGZ-2-DO!!” (May 2012)

 

 

 

Welcome to the 2012 “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 and a B-Day shout-out to those born in May. This time around, “Thangz-2-Do!!” has moved from Yahoo! to G-Mail. Hopefully this will help out a lot easier for folks to view the list of events.

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. Our featured poet on May 8th will be BIG BROTHER SADI and on April 22nd is Urban Music Award-winning poet TAQWA THE EDUTAINER. Details below.
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.

 

STEVE COKELY (researcher/public speaker)

 

 

MAY B-DAY WISHES:

 

Musau Dibinga, Pelaiah Auset, Alkia Powell, Kanasha Herbert,
Christopher Johnson, Fisiwe, Wanda Atkins, Tantra Zawadi,
Stephanie Marson-Lee, Sabrina Gilbert, Optimus, Kena Sage,
Barrington Edwards, Stephanie Johnson, Nyjah Wyche-Alexis,
Ghislaine Jean-Mahone, Marquita Niles, A.M.B., Lisa Hendricks,
Allyssa Jones, Iguehi Usobo, Crystal Smith and Hazael

 

 

 

 

 

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
May 20th – Obehi Janice
May 27th – Regie Gibson
(plus the Lizard Lounge Queen Slam: reigning champ Porsha-O vs. Janae Johnson)

 

For info visit www.poetryjam.org

Saturday, May 5th 2012

 

THE 3RD ANNUAL CAMBRIDGE POETRY FESTIVAL

 

Celebrate poetry and the local poet community in recognition of National Poetry Month.

 

The Cambridge Poetry Jam features local and national poets representing various poetic

 

genres including traditional poetry, multilingual poetry, spoken word, poetry/music mash-up

 

and free verse.

 

@ Cambridge Public Library – Lecture Hall

 

449 Broadway, Cambridge

 

10:00am – 5:00pm

 

Hosted by Cambridge poet/populistToni Bee

 

 

Sunday, May 27th 2012

 

THE POET’S CORNER
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 & Lounge

 

604 Columbus Ave., Boston/South End

 

7:00pm – 11:00pm (open mic starts at 8:00pm)
$5.00 admission / Proper crowd only

 

Hosted by Iguehi and Herby F.

 

 

Every Monday Night

 

SoulKore Productions presents

 

GRAB THE MIC MONDAYS

 

@ Bossa Nova

 

290 Main St., Malden MA

 

(near Malden Center Station and bus routes 104, 105, 106 & 99)

 

6:30pm – 10:00pm / Free 2 enter

 

Come early for open mic sign-up

 

All forms of talent welcomed

 

Sign up early – space limited (5 minutes each)

 

Free parking / buffet and full menu

 

Hosted by Essex

 

Music by DJ Nomadik

 

For more info contact info@soulkore.com or 857-205-2706

 

 

 

Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday

 

VerBaLizAtiOn

 

@ 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

 

May 8th – Big Brother Sadi

 

May 22nd – Taqwa The Edutainer

 

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

 

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

 

Thursday, May 17th 2012
Ellite Promotions presents
POETRY COVE
Live Spoken Word by Talented Poets & Musicians
@ Byblos Lounge & Restaurant
2 Washington Sq., Worcester/Union Station
8:00pm – 11:00pm
$10.00 cover charge / 18+ mature crowd
Dress code: business casual
Live music by Be Heard
Cash bar and $1.00 garage parking available
If you are a poet or musician and are intertested in performing,
register with efua at 508-615-1149 or e-mail at elliteartistpromotions@gmail.com
Also log on at www.ellitepromotions.net
* Poetry Cove is every 3rd Thursday of the month

 

 

Saturday, May 5th 2012
Butterfly Cafe presents
STREETLIGHT
Live Talent & Art Showcase
@ Butterfly Cafe
1420 Tremont St., Roxbury
(inside MBTA Roxbury Crossings – Orange Line)
8:00pm – 11:00pm
Featuring various artists TBA

Saturday, May 12th 2012
VerBaLizAtiOn (BloodSkinLand Productions) presents
ULTIMATE POETRY FORUM II
On April 24th, VerBaLizAtiOn had a poetry forum in honor of National Poetry Month.

There were discussions about the history of some open mic spots in our community

15 years ago and the current happenings going on in 2012. By request, there will be

a folow-up to further dialogue about what’s needed to improve or make stronger within

the Boston poetry scene. We are calling ALL artists of various artforms (spoken word, Hip-Hop, song, etc.)

to please join us for an important discussion.
@ Mattapan Branch Library – Conference Room
1350 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan MA
12:30pm – 3:00pm (doors open at noon)
Free to the public!
For more info contact VCR at 617-480-7663 or bloodskinland@yahoo.com

 

 

 

COMMUNITY/CULTURAL EVENTS:

 

Saturday, May 5th 2012
Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts presents
THE 23RD ANNIVERSARY ANDREW J. DAVIS JR.
UNITY BREAKFAST”
“Mentoring Boys To Manhood”
@ Boston Marriott Cambridge
2 Cambridge Ctr., Cambridge/Kendall Sq.
10:00am – 1:00pm
Tickets & donations $40.00 in advance / $50.00 at the door
Presenting the 2012 Paul Robeson National Leadership Award recipient Toure
(award-winning novelist, essayist, music journalist, cultural critic)
Plus the Paul Robeson Awards for outstanding community service
and student achievements
For more info contact 617-541-8642 or log onto www.cbmm.net
Sunday, May 6th 2012
THE 7TH ANNUAL NEW ENGLAND URBAN MUSIC AWARDS
@ Hibernian Hall

184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

 

(next to fire department & barber shop)

Awards 6:30pm – 9:30pm (red carpet 5:00pm – 6:00pm)

Hosted by Courtney Boston of TOUCH 106.1FM

Tickets on sale at these locations:

 

– Skippy White’s Records: 1971 Columbus Ave. (Egleston Sq.)

– A Nubian Notion Inc.: 663 Warren St. (Grove Hall)

– Special Efx Hair Salon: 1454 Dorchester Ave. (Fields Corner)

– Mattapan Square Mobile (Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan)

 

For more info call 617-517-0987 or visit www.urbanmusicawards.org

Friday, May 18th & Sunday, May 20th 2012
HAITIAN HERITAGE MONTH 2012
May 18th: 17th Annual Flag Raising Ceremony
@ Boston City Hall Plaza
Downtown Boston
12:00pm – 2:00pm
May 20th: 12th Annual Haitian American Unity Parade
From Mattapan Square to Blue Hill Ave.
1:00pm – 3:00pm
For more info contact H.A.U. at 617-298-2976 or unity@hauinc.org
Or HAPHI at 617-298-8076 or AFAB at 617-287-0096

Sunday, May 19th 2012

25TH ANNUAL MALCOLM X MEMORIAL & AWARDS BREAKFAST

@ Roxbury Community College- Student Center Dining Complex

1234 Columbus Ave., Roxbury

8:00am start (doors open at 7:30am)

$40.00 donation

Special guest speaker TShango Mbilishaka

Born in Jamaica Plain, Brother T’Shango is dedicated to the mental liberation and

unification of African families throughout the world. He was awarded the Warrior Speaks

Community Award in 2005. Recognized for speaking on Black male mental health, he

received an award from the Massachusetts State Department in 2006. T’Shango was

awarded at M.I.T for “Solutions to Urban Genocide” in December 2007. He was also

featured in Essence Magazine as a “Do Right Man” in August 2006.

Tickets available at A Nubian Notion (Roxbury/Dudley Sq.) and at the door.

For more information, tickets, sponsorship and vendor opportunities call BCIC at617-427-2522

Saturday, May 19th 2012

SPRING OPEN STUDIOS AT GALLERY G

Celebrating the start of the spring visual art and performing arts season. Artists will be showing new

and old work with paintings, jewelry, collage, photography and sculpture.

@ Black Indian Inn

38 Bicknell St., Dorchester

1:00pm –8:00pm

Featuring visual artists Radiant Jasmin, Guadulesa,

 

Jameel Parker and Satiah Dancing Moon

6:00pm mixed-media performances by Radiant Jasmin, Guadulesa,

 

Terry Orlando Jones, Sonja Evans and other TBA

(the performance will combine dance, poetry, music and live body painting)

See our website for more info on the other programs at the Black Indian Inn:
www.blackindianinn.com

 

EDUCATIONAL

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

 

Saturday, May 12th 2012

LECTURE& BOOK SIGNING: GRAND OPENING

Dr Nteri Nelson’s new book release:

“KaAbBa -The Great Pyramid Is the Tree of Life: MerKaBa”

Introduction by invited guest Professor James Small (Black scholar)

@ 53 Cedar St., Mattapan

6:00pm -9:00pm (seating starts at 5:30pm)

Must RSVP to Dr Nteri Nelson at 617-296-7797 or www.imhotepinstitute.com

 

 

 

THEATRE

Tuesday, May 1st – Sunday, May 6th 2012

FELA!

 

A triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, FELA! is the true story of Kuti,

who created a type of music, Afro-beat and mixed these pounding eclectic rhythms

(a blend of Jazz, Funk and African rhythm and harmonies) with incendiary lyrics that

openly attacked the corrupt and oppressive military dictatorships that rule Nigeria and

much of Africa. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’s

visionary staging, FELA! reveals Kuti’s controversial life as an artist and political activist

and celebrates his pioneering music.

 

@ Cutler Majestic Theatre

 

219 Tremont St., Boston

 

To purchase tickets call 617-824-8400 or visit www.artsemerson.org

 

 

 

 

PARTIES/SOCIAL NETWORKING

Friday, May 4th 2012
Big Time Events & Betty Cohen presents
IT’S A PARTY OVER HERE!
@ Phillips Old Colony – Windsor Room
780 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester
9:00pm – 2:00am
$15.00 in advance / $20.00 at the door
Music by DJ Justice – Sounds by Evertone
Friday, May 11th 2012
MzLiz & DJ Chubby Chub present
THE FIX!
The Official Launch Party for StreetFixRadio.Com

WE all know that RADIO is incredibly important to the urban community and

now mobile phones and the internet are where it’s at for content creation.

Introducing…Boston’s newest and soon-to-be best online urban music experience.

 

@ Wonderland Ballroom
1290 N. Shore Rd., Revere MA
10:00pm – 1:00am
Music by DJ Chubby Chub, DJ Jack Frost, DJ Big, DJ Powa Serge,
“Big Chicago” DJ Reggie Beas, DJ Real P.
(playing the best in Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae and Mash-Up)
Plus special guest hosts and live performances
For more info log onto www.streetfixradio.com
Also contact dstination@gmail.com or 617-819-4DST
Every Saturday night

Calloway Entertainment presents

 

30+ SATURDAYS – GRAND OPENING

 

Great Food, Music & Dance!

 

New nightlife for the 30+ crowd

 

@ Slade’s Bar & Grill

 

958 Tremont St., Boston/South End

 

10:00pm – 2:00am

 

$10.00 admission / 30+ proper dress

 

(no athletic wear, hoodies or boots – collared shirts accepted)

 

DJ spinning old school – 80’s, 90’s & today’s hottest music

 

Log-in now and receive 2 for 1 admission w/pass before 11:00pm

 

www.facebook.com/30plussaturdays

 

For more info or parking call 1-888-538-3834
Saturday, May 12th 2012
Heavy Fire Productions & Running With The Bulls Committee presents
“RUNNING WITH THE BULLS” TAURUS/GEMINI BIRTHDAY BLAST
@ Boston-Dedham Holiday Inn Hotel
55 Ariadne Rd., Dedham MA
9:00pm – 2:00am (doors open at 8:00pm)
Advanced admission $25.00 / $35.00 at the door
Birthday special: $15.00 advanced tickets for all Taurus, Gemini & Aries
21+ event w/proper dress preferred
Featuring performances by comeidan Shang (BET “Comic View” & “Def Comdey Jam”)
and local R&B sensation Tashawn King
Music by DJ Nyce
Hotel rooms available at $104.00 at the Dedham Holiday Inn
(781-329-1000, with RES code: RWB)

Saturday, May 19th 2012

30+: THE EXTRAORDINARY AFFAIR
Looking for the extraordinary? Step it up as we mix, mingle and party with New England’s most

progressive mature 30+ urban elite! Come see why this long running monthly 30+ is the premier

event. 30+ attracts a diverse group from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and

Connecticut who seek to socialize with like-minded professionals in eclectic, trendy and upscale

non-club environments.
@ The Revere Hotel at the Boston Common
Gallery Ballroom
200 Stuart St.- 6th floor, Boston
9:30pm – 2:00am

$30.00 advance / $35.00 at the door
Proper dress ONLY: upscale cocktail attire
Gentlemen: collared shirts, slacks, blazers/suits and shoes
Women: Diva Chic!!!
Dress code enforced – reserve the right to turn away
(ABSOLUTELY NO JEANS)
Featuring a live band at 10:00pm
Resident DJ Reggie Beas at 11:00pm
Paid parking at the hotel
For information on VIP, B-Day parties, tables & vendor tables

and discounted hotel for this event, call 617-270-5753

Saturday, May 26th 2012
FamIVLife presents
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND “RED, WHITE & BLUE” BOAT CRUISE
2 Levels of Partying Aboard the Provincetown II Boat!
@ World Trade Center
200 Seaport Blvd., Boston
Boarding time – 8:00pm / Departing time – 9:00pm SHARP!
Returning at 12:00am
$30.00 advanced tickets
21+ event w/proper ID required
(mature crowd ONLY – no sweats)
Level I: DJ Junior Rodigan, Mikey Million & Shortman and Disciple Inc.
(playing the best of Reggae, Soca, International, etc.)
Level II: DJ Dex, DJ Moe Dee, DJ Al Gee and DJ Dru Nyce
(spinning R&B, Hip-Hop, Old Skool, etc.)

Tickets available at these locations:
– Mattapan’s Finest Barbers: 663 Warren St. (Grove Hall)
– Lawsons Beauty Supply: 1979 Columbus Ave. (Egleston Sq.)
– Silver Slipper Restaurant – 2387 Washington St. ( Dudley Sq.)

– Metro PCS: 1656 Blue Hill Ave. (Mattapan Sq.)
– Kung Fu Video & DVD: 356 Washington St. 2nd Fl

(above the Jewelry Exchange – Downtown Boston )

Tickets also available online at www.baystatecruisecompany.com

For more information call 617-888-8519

Or Facebook @ FamIVLife Entertainment or FamIVLifeBlogSpot.Com

COMEDY NIGHT

Every Sunday Night

Corey Manning presents

THE FUN ROOM COMEDY NIGHT

You Never Know What’s Gonna Happen or Who’s Gonna Come Through!

@ Biff’s Lounge

18 Washington St., Dorchester/Grove Hall

(downstairs from William E. Reed Auditorium/Prince Hall)

8:30pm start
Sun., May 27thLAUGH & LOUNGE COMEDY SERIES
A series of nationally headlining acts
Featuring comedian Chris Thomas

Winner of “BET’s Comedy Award” for Best Impersonations

Appearances on “The Jamie Foxx Show”, “The Bernie Mac Show”, “Comic View”,

“Def Comedy Jam”, “Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy”

and original host/VJ/“The Mayor” of BET’s “Rap City”
Hosted by The Dynamic Duo of Comedy Chris Tabb & Corey Manning
With comedians Wes Hazard and Badd Lad
Limited tickets only $15.00 in advance – more at the door

Tickets can be purchased at www.coreymanning.ticketleap.com/funroomcomedy

For more info contact 617-506-FUN1 or funroomcomedy@gmail.com

Friday, May 11th 2012

ARIES SPEARS

@ 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

Friday, May 25th 2012

LAFF MOBB

Featuring Red Grant, Rudy Rush, Roz G. and Mark Viera

@ 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

CULTURAL PERFORMANCES/MAJOR CONCERTS

Every Sunday Night

LIVE JAZZ AT THE POST

Jazz Music For Your Ears!

@ William E. Carter Post

American Legion Post #16

1531 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Small donation is always appreciated

For more info call Gary at 617-905-4662

Every Monday Night
MAIN EVENT MIC CLUB
@ Dublin House / Yaz’s Place
7 Stoughton St., Dorchester
(Uphams Corner – one block from the Strand Theatre)
Doors open at 8:00pm – show starts at 9:00pm
Free to the public
Hosted by DJ Daz One
A.M.B. will be featured on May 21st

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

SLAUGHTERHOUSE

Featuring Crooked-I, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9″ and Joe Budden

@ The Wilbur Theater

246 Tremont St., Boston

8:30pm 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

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

“YOU’RE AN NDN???”: A MEDICINE SHOW w/MUSIC

“You’re An NDN???” is an interactive performance piece with music by Mwalim:

The tales and adventures of a Black Indian experience from the perspective of a

Black Indian who grew up in a Jewish neighborhood.

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

5:45pm start

Mwalim will also have copies of his book “A Mixed Medicine Bag” as well as

copies of his CDs on hand

 

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

BOSTON TALENT SHOWCASE: SEASON 3 – VOL. #7

“Born To Do This”

@ Slade’s Bar & Grill

958 Tremont St., Boston/South End

8:00pm – 1:30pm / $10.00 all night – official after party until 1:30pm

No Tims, hoodies or athletic gear…sneakers OK

(bouncer has right to deny entry)

Offical after-party with DJ Dex until 1:30am

(playing today’s hottest in R&B, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Top 40)

Hosted by Dee-Loopz & Kool-Key

With performances by Arthur Collins, Famous Nobodies, Rey Royal,
Mykel, Troy “The Electrik Kidd” Durden, FN “Real P”,
Urban Nerdz, Dave Wylen and more!
With special performance by violinist Austin Lightfoot and guest
Special performance by sax player Carl C.

* Boston Talent Showcase is every first Thursday of each month

Every Thursday Night (except the first of the month)

BERKLEE UNPLUGGED

Slade’s New Musical Experience!!

Bands and entertainment from Berklee School of Music

@ Slade’s Bar & Grill

958 Tremont St., Boston/South End

8:00pm – 2:00am

No cover charge / no dress code!

Kitchen open for lunch & dinner

Hosted by Ms. Stefany

Music by various DJs

With special guest artist each night

Thursday, May 10th 2012

BRANDED AUTHENTIC HIP-HOP SHOWCASE
@ Church of Boston
69 Kilmarnock St., Boston (Fenway area)
$10.00 cover / 21+ event
Doors at 8pm – showtime at 9:30pm SHARP!
21+ event / no dress code
Hosted by Mark Merren
With performances by:
Mecca Cashier, Antagonist, J The S, Pat G,

 

Iyadonna, Lisette Love, Lee Boy, City Slickers,

 

The Knowbodies, Steis, Koma and Lucky Dice
Music by DJ Drew (EZ St. Productions)
Free parking in rear of building

Sunday, May 13th 2012
Widow Son presents
THE 27TH ANNUAL ALL-MALE MOTHER’S DAY FASHION SHOW
An Evening of Food, Fun & Fashion
@ William E. Reed Auditorium
24 Washington St., Dorchester/Grove Hall
$30.00 admission (must have ticket to enter)
Proper dress required
Hosted by Naheem
Featuring Soul group Tribute and comedian Jonathon Gates
Music by DJ D-Rock
(playing the best in Soul, Oldies, Contemporary, Jazz, Reggae & Calypso)
Tickets available at A Nubian Notion (Roxbury/Dudley Sq.)
For more info contact Ric Anderson at 617-270-1038
Saturday, May 26th 2012
James Dancy Productions presents
SPRING AFFAIR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
With live performance by singer Howard Hewett
(former lead vocalist of R&B group Shalamar)
@ Russell Auditorium
80 Talbot Ave., Dorchester
(across from Franklin Field)
Doors open at 9:00pm / $40.00 advanced admission
Also special guest live band performance by Elegance
Tickets available at these locations;
– A Nubian Notions: 146 Dudley St., Roxbury (617-442-4425)
– Skippy White’s Records: 1971 Columbus Ave., Egleston Sq. (617-524-4500)
– Mobile Gas Station: Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan
Or contact Jimmy at 617-224-2147
For online or telephone ticket purchase call 1-800-838-3006 (option 1)

About The Author

Vernon C. Robinson is aka VCR

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