THANGZ-2-DO!! (August 2013)

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“THANGZ-2-DO!!” (August 2013)

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Welcome to “Thangz-2-Do!!”, the monthly e-newsletter providing information of

cultural arts (poetry, theatre, comedy, etc.), as well as several other info to keep

people in the loop that includes a link for daily Black History facts. (http://www.yenoba.com)

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

 

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

VerBaLizAtiOn is still on a summer break. We will return in September

with a new line-up of artists…stay tuned. On another note, I will be

performing at the Lizard Lounge on August 11th for the 10-year anniversary of

my CD that was released back in 2003.

 

Lastly, the youth showcase “Young, Gifted & Black” returns for the 13th time at

Hibernian Hall on August 18th. Please check below for more info on all events.

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.

WILLIE REED (key witness in Emmett Till murder trial)

GEORGE “BOOMER” SCOTT (first baseman/slugger, Boston Red Sox)

 

BELATED R.I.P.

JIM KELLY (martial artist/actor – “Enter The Dragon”)

 

 

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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

2013 Lizard Lounge Slam Team: August 4th

(Janae Johnson, Rudy Rudacious, NeielIsrael, Harlym & Porsha-O)

VCR’S 10-Year Anniversary CD Re-Released Show: August 11th

For info visit www.poetryjam.org

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Every Thursday Night

SoulKore Productions presents

GRAB THE MIC THURSDAYS

@ Pearl St. Station Restaurant

53 Summer St.,MaldenMA

(2 minute walk from MBTA Malden Center Station – Orange Line)

7:30pm – 10:30pm / $5.00 cover

All ages, plus raffles and more!

Come early for open mic sign-up

All forms of talent welcomed

Sign up early – space limited (5 minutes per artist)

Free parking / food & drink specials

Hosted by DJ Nomadik & Essex

For more info contact info@soulkore.com

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Sunday, August 11th 2013

VCR’S 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CD RE-RELEASED SHOW

The 10-year celebration of the 2003 CD “Poetic Insanity”

Starring featured poet VCR (Vernon C. Robinson)

@ The Lizard Lounge

1667   Massachusetts Ave.,Cambridge(between Harvard Sq. & Porter Sq.)

Doors at 7:30pm – $5.00 cover

21+ w/ID required

Sunday night poetry jam w/The Jeff Robinson Trio

With guest artists Art Collins, Eli “Lady Enchantress” Pabon and Mwalim

For info visit www.poetryjam.org

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Monday, August 12th – Saturday, August 17th 2013

2013 NATIONAL POETRY SLAM

After the unprecedented success of the locally-hosted 2011 National Poetry Slam,

the popularweek-long festival returns toCambridge,BostonandSomerville. The event

will welcome 72 teams of poets from all over theU.S.andCanada

Monday, August 12th: Gala Opening Show

@ Cambridge YMCA Theater -820 Massachusetts Ave.,Cambridge

8:00pm – 10:00pm

Tuesday, August 13th – Thursday, August 15th: Preliminary Competition

Friday, August 16th: Semi-Finals (3 venues)

  • CambridgeCollege-1000 Massachusetts Ave.,Cambridge
  • Cambridge YMCA Theater -820 Massachusetts Ave.,Cambridge
  • Middle EastRock Club – 476 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge/Central Sq.

8:00pm start (doors at 7:30pm)

Also a variety of daytime showcase events including youth-dedicated workshops

& shows and a series of rowdy late-night poetry parties

Saturday, August 17th: National Poetry Slam Finals

@BerkleePerformanceCenter–136 Massachusetts Ave.,Boston

7:00pm – 10:00pm / $30.00 general admission

For festival passes, tickets and more info visit http://nps2013.poetryslam.com

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Saturday, August 3rd 2013

Pharoah On Top Enterprise & SolEssence Enterprise presents

IT’S BIGGER THAN HIP-HOP COOKOUT

Home Presentation: Volume 4

Featuring A.M.B.

@ Mama A.M.B.’s House/Fountain Hill Condos

45BCircuit St., Roxbury

2:00pm – 7:00pm / $5.00 admission & tickets

“All you can eat” and vendors available

With performances by D.Ruff, Zacari The Poet, Sublime Luv, Jo’Re,

Big Khar, Tha God Mizzeba, Rey Royale, Hot Mizz and more!

Hosted by Selectah Daz One

Tickets must be presented before entrance

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Saturday, August 3rd 2013

R.O.Y. (RECLAIMING OUR YOUTH)

Celebrating Health, Wellness, Fitness and Fun!

Join us as we reclaim the days of fun in the sun with

other adults and members of our local communities.

Bring the kids too; we’ll have lots of activities for the

entire family

@ Ellicott Dale atFranklin Park

(near theShattuckHospitalarea)

12:00pm – 6:00pm / $5.00 donation

Featuring kickball, tug-of-war, face-painting,

cookout, ultimate Frisbee, obstacle courses and more.

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Saturday, August 17th 2013

BOSTONNAACP YOUTHSUMMIT

It’s time for the next generation to take control of our

situation and our culture. We start today!

@ Mass Parks

Melena A. Cass Recreation Complex,Boston

(near Malcolm X Park)

10:00am – 3:00pm

Issues that are impacting youth:

  • – no jobs
  • – violence
  • – drugs
  • – teen pregnancy
  • – education
  • – crime

Featuring spoken word, live performances, giveaways,

youth speakers and celebrities

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Saturday, August 24th 2013

BOSTONCARIBBEANCARNIVAL 2013 (J’OUVERT/PARADE)

The Boston Caribbean Carnival is a Trinidad-style carnival and one of the most fun

events inBostonof the year. At this annual carnival/festival,Bostonvisitors and residents

don a costume and dance to intoxicating sounds of Soca, Calypso and steel bands on the

streets ofBoston. Come and savor culinary treasures prepared by some of theCaribbean’s

finest, and spend the entire day soaking upCaribbeanculture at this spectacular Street Art Festival.

  • 1. J’ouvert is a large street party celebrated inTrinidad and Tobagoand many of the

otherCaribbeanislands. It starts well before dawn and usually peaks a few hours

after sunrise.

Begins at the corner of Blue Hill Ave. & Morton St, Mattapan

Early 6:00am start

  • 2.The Parade moves alongBlue Hill   Avenueand culminates in front of Franklin Park

Zoo a distance of about 1.5 miles. Masqueraders gather about three hours prior to

start of the parade. The food court is located in front of the Zoo, which features many

different Caribbean & American cuisines. Arts & crafts, music & video CDs and other

items are also available.

1:00pm start

For further info visit www.bostoncarnival.org

 

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THEATRE

Thursday, August 1st – Saturday, August 17th 2013

Company One presents

“HOW WE GOT ON”

A Theatrical Mix-Tape of Fresh Rhymes and Dope Beats”

Written by Idris Goodwin / directed by Summer L. Williams

It’s 1988. Hank, Julian and Luann have each finally found the beats and dubs

that make the suburbs bearable but they need each other more than they know.

Rap battles and poetry in parking lots lead to dreams of something more, as a

DJ takes us to the flipside, loops us into the remix and breaks it down. Spoken

word poet and Hip-Hop playwright Goodwin emcee’s a theatrical coming-of-age

mix tape about how we become the people we’re meant to be, flowing and

rhyming our way to adulthood.

@BostonCenterfor the Arts – Plaza Theatre

539 Tremont St.,Boston/South End

Starring Kadahj Bennett, Jared Brown, Cloteal Horne and Miranda Craigwell

For tickets and more info visit www.companyone.org

 

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EDUCATIONAL/HEALTH

Every Saturday Morning

Operation B-Fit (in collaboration w/The Franklin Park Coalition) presents

ORGANIZED CHAOS

A conditioning program that is guaranteed to improve stamina,

endurance and strength. This is not your average boot camp! Muscles and

cardio confusion is the main focus. Continuous change guarantee results.

@ Franklin Park

Williams St. entrance, Boston

9:00am session / Free to the public

For more info contact Michelle Cook at 857-264-1893

Or email her at operationbfit@gmail.com

Or visit www.operationbfit.com

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Saturday, August 10th & Saturday, August 17th 2013

Facing Love, The Boston Society of Vulcans

and members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. presents

“KNOW THYSELF”

A 6-week educational detoxification process for Black high

school boys age 14-18). This is a SOCIETAL and CULTURAL

course. Religion is not a major focus. “Education is the Key”

must be taken out of the realm of self-appeasing cliché and

activated into a potential and relevant program specifically

designed to edify the Black student. Knowing what kind of

education one is receiving, as well as its origin and objective,

is as important as receiving ANY education at all.

@ShelburneCommunity Center

2730 Washington   St., Roxbury

10:30am start

The program will be taking a maximum of 20 boys

To register and for more info contact info@facinglove.com

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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

@AcademyofKemeticEducation

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

Saturday, August 17th & Sunday, August 18th 2013

KATT WILLIAMS

@ TheWilbur Theater

246 Tremont St.,Boston

Both nights 7:00pm & 9:45pm

For tix and more info visit www.thewilburtheatre.com

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PARTIES/SOCIAL NETWORKING/DANCE

Every Friday & Saturday Night

Upper Echelon Events & DowntimeBoston.Com presents

HANG SUITE

The Nightclub Alternative

Some ofBoston’s hottest DJ’s spinning the best in

classic R&B, Hip-Hop and Soul grooves

@ Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen

604 Columbus Ave., Boston/South End

11:00pm – 2:00am / $10.00 cover / 21+ event

For more info contact sekoud@gmail.com or dariusm@downtimeboston.com

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CULTURAL PERFORMANCES/MAJOR CONCERTS

Every Monday Night

MOTIVATED MONDAY

@ ChurchBoston

69 Kilmarnock   St.,Boston

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

$5.00 ladies – $10.00 fellas / 21+ with ID required

Hosted by Mark Merren

Free parking in rear

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Every Wednesday Night (except the last of the month)

THE AUTHENTIC LOUNGE

An Evening of Live Soul, Reggae & Hip-Hop

Live band / featured performers / DJ’s

@ Midway Cafe

3496Washington St.,JamaicaPlain

8:30pm – 2:00am / $5.00 cover / 21+ event

Ladies FREE before 11:00pm

Cash bar only / no dress code

9:00pm – 11:00pm Live music w/Carl Eisman & Friends

11:00pm – 2:00am AfterParty w/special guest DJs

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Thursday, August 1st 2013

Playmakers Entertainment & Stae Tru presents

BOSTONTALENT SHOWCASE: SOUNDZ FROM THE CITY

@ Slade’s Bar & Grill

958 Tremont St.,Boston

Doors at 8:00pm – showtime’s at 9:15pm

$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 L.U.C.C.I., Zayne Starx, SincereBoston,

Lizanna, Jazmin Yvonne, Efficial Dudley and more

Hosted by Dee Loopz and Kool Key

After party w/DJ Dru Nyce

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

* BTS is every first Thursday of each month

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Sunday, August 4th 2013

GOSPELFEST

Featuring Fred Hammond

@BostonCityHallPlaza

One City Hall Sq.,Boston

5:00pm – 8:00pm / Free & open to the public

Also featuring Berklee College of Music Gospel & Roots Choir,

Refined 313, Anointed Biblical Scriptures, E2VG and more

For more info visit www.cityofboston.gov/arts or call 617-635-3911

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Sunday, August 4th 2013

JAZZ AT THE FORT

@ Marcella Park

260 Highland   St., Roxbury

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

Featuring Diane Richardson & Friends

Rain location:RoxburyCommunity College

MediaArtsCenter- Mainstage Theatre

For more info call 617-747-8786

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Sunday, August 11th 2013

GOT JAZZ?

A benefit concert for the film “Escapement

@ NAGA Lounge

450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge/Central Sq.

5:00pm – 8:00pm / $20.00 admission

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Saturday, August 17th 2013

Pharoah On Top Enterprise, Kulturez Dynasty

& Lawanda Monique presents

IT’S BIGGER THAN HIP-HOP TAKEOVER 4

10-Year Anniversary of A.M.B. (African Man Born)

“The M.C. 2 (Rhythm & Poetry)” Album Release Party

@ Kulturez – The Garage

36 JFK St.2nd floor, Cambridge/Harvard Sq.

4:00pm – 9:00pm / Free event

Hosted by David Wylen

Music by DJ Bobby Bangerz

With performances by O.F.A.T.S., Rey Royale, Iyadonna, Aztech,

Dezi Leon, Mark Merren, Genius and Latrell James

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Saturday, August 17th 2013

NDN SOUL FESTIVAL

The Soul Music of NativeAmerica

@Cape CodCommunityMediaCenter

17 Shad Hole Rd., Dennis Port MA

7:00pm start (doors open at 6:30pm)

Featuring Raphael Deas – 2013 NAMA winner

Phillip Aaron – 2010 NEUMA nominee

The Groovalottos – internationally celebrated NDN Soul/Funk band

For more info call 508-394-2388

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Sunday, August 18th 2013

YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK: THE 13TH REVOLUTION

A youth explosion showcasing cultural artistry that include

poetry, rhyme, song, dance, etc.

@ Hibernian Hall

184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(next to fire dept. & barber shop)

4:00pm – 7:00pm (doors at 3:30pm)

$5.00 admission – FREE for children 12yrs & under

Featuring Larisa Osorio, SankofaAcademyof Wellness (P.A.C.E.),

Aminata Keita, D’Wreckin’ Crew, Ketchup, Catch Wreck, RiP,

AlleyWay, #ScopeEast and more!

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

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Friday, August 23rd & Saturday, August 24th 2013

OLETAADAMS

@ Scullers Jazz Club

Doubletree Suites

400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston/Cambridge

8:00pm & 10:00pm showtimes

$40.00 show / $80.00 dinner & show

For more info visit www.scullersjazz.com

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Wednesday, August 28th 2013

ROBERTA FLACK

@BostonCityHallPlaza

One City Hall   Square,Boston

7:00pm showtime / Free to the public

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Thursday, August 29th 2013

DAMIEN “JR. GONG” MARLEY & STEPHEN “RAGGA” MARLEY

@ House of Blues

15 Lansdowne   St.,Boston

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

$35.00 tickets

For more info visit www.houseofblues.com

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Vernon C. Robinson is aka VCR

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