THANGZ-2-DO!! (September 2013)

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VCR blackstonian“THANGZ-2-DO!!” (September 2013)

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 this past month.

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

VerBaLizAtiOn is back from a summer break. We start off fresh on September 11th

as we welcome spoken word artist Sublime Luv. And the duo of Wazir & Bakari JB

will be featured on September 25th.

Lastly, an event entitled “Angels of Birmingham” will be held on Sunday, September 15th.

It’s a 50-year anniversary commemoration of the16th St.Baptist Church bombing in

BirminghamAlabamathat killed four little girls. The location of the event will be

Hibernian Hall. 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

R.I.P.

– GEORGE DUKE (Jazz/R&B composer, musician, producer)

– LEE THOMPSON YOUNG (actor, “The Famous Jett Jackson”, “Rizzoli & Isles”)

– AHMIR LEE (friend, son of Patricia Lee/nephew of Clemencia Lee)

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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

Janae Johnson: September 25th

(this month is “Theme Month” each week)

For info visit www.poetryjam.org

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Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday

VerBaLizAtiOn

Boston’s longest-running open mic gathering returns from a summer

break with a blend of poetry/spoken word, rhyme, song, good vibes, etc.

@ Hibernian Hall

184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(next to fire dept. & barber shop)

6:30pm start (doors open at 6:00pm) / Free 2 The Public

Hosted by VCR

Sublime Luv: September 11th

Wazir & Bakari JB: September 25th

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

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Every Thursday Night

ART IS LIFE ITSELF

@ The Haley House Bakery & Café

12 Dade St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(offWashington St.- next to Tropical Foods)

7:00pm – 10:00pm / No cover charge

Hosted by Nina LaNegra & Fulani Haynes

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

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Wednesday, September 4th 2013

LIFTED OPEN MIC SERIES

@ Good Life

28 Kingston St., DowntownBoston

Open mic starts at 9:30pm / $5.00 cover

Hosted by Poetic M

Music score featuring Selectah Snipa

With performances by Lexx Black, Elijah Starr, Matt Parker,

Mas D. (Israel/Brazil), P-Goods and many more

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Saturday, September 7th 2013

Lightspeed Ent. & Pearl For The World Publishing presents

POETRY LUVS JAZZ

An Engagement of Poetry & Jazz

@ Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen

604 Columbus Ave., Boston/South End

8:00pm – 11:00pm / Free event

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Monday, September 2nd 2013

THE SUPREME TEAM LABOR DAY COOKOUT

A Free Family-Friendly Gathering

@ Harambe Playground

940 Blue Hill Ave.,Dorchester

2:00pm – 8:00pm / Free and open to the public

Music by DJ Nyce, DJ Wade, DJ Kevin Lawyer,

DJ Steve Gousby & DJ Philly Black

Kids and family activities including a bounce houses

Also cash prize & trophy for the hottest bike competition

For more info check out supremeteamryderz on Facebook

Co-sponsored by Twins & Friends and Liz/DstLifestyle Group

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Sunday, September 8th 2013

CAMBRIDGE CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL 2013

The Cambridge Carnival is a colorful and festive celebration rooted in African traditions.

This free festival, embarking on its 21st year, is considered a Cambridge Institution and

is the largest festival inCambridge, with thousands of attendees. The highlight of the

festival is a grand costume parade accompanied by rich rhythmic musicality promoting

all types of cultures. Participants can be seen as revelers masquerading through the

streets in dazzling handmade costumes, dancing to the beat of the Carnival. The festival

is also an opportunity to celebrateCambridge’s diversity, enjoy international foods and

purchase multicultural crafts from around the world.

BetweenCentral Square&Kendal Square(MBTA Red Line)

CambridgeMA

12:30pm – 6:00pm / Free and open to the public

For more info visit www.cambridgecarnival.org

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Tuesday, September 10th 2013

For The Community By The Community presents

THE FIRST FORUM FOR CANDIDATES OF COLOR

Featuring mayoral candidates John Barros, Charlotte Golar-Richie,

Felix Arroyo, Charles Yancey, Charles Clemons and David Wyatt

@ Freedom House

5 Crawford St.,Dorchester

5:00pm – 7:00pm / Free & open to the public

There will be time for open discussion with the candidates

in the form of Q&A

For more info contact Maggie Brown at 617-669-1763

Or Jocelyn Choate at 617-266-1207

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Tuesday, September 10th 2013

BOSTON MAYORAL FORUM

Come hear all 12 candidates address issues of concern to communities of color

@ The Salvation Army

Ray &JoanKrocCorpsCommunity Center

650 Dudley St.,Dorchester

6:30pm – 8:30pm / free with RSVP

To RSVP please go to http://cocfforum2013.eventbrite.com

For more info contact Roxanne Fernandes (Urban League) at 617-442-4519

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Saturday, September 14th 2013

Score 4 More Inc. presents

BACK 2 SCHOOL TOURNAMENT

Free School Supply Give-A-Way To Kids

3 Divisions: Middle School – under 21 boys & High School Girls

@MadisonParkCommunity Center

75 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury

10:00am start

For more info & registration contact Roger at 617-407-5189

Or e-mail at score4more617@gmail.com

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Sunday, September 15th 2013

BloodSkinLand Productions (in association w/Hibernian Hall) presents

ANGELS OF BIRMINGHAM

An “Afro-Cinema” special event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the

16th St.Baptist Church bombing that occurred in 1963 inBirminghamAlabama

that killed four young Black girls (Sept. 15th 1963 – Sept. 15th 2013)

@ Hibernian Hall

184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(next to fire dept. & barber shop)

2:00pm – 5:30pm / Free To The Public

Hosted by Anjela Childs & Stephanie Johnson

(United Sisters of Color)

We will be showing the documentary “4 Litle Girls“, as well as a discussion

about the film and of racism inAmerica

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

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Saturday, September 28th 2013

BOSTON BRANCH NAACP ANNUAL FREEDOM FUND DINNER

At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality:

Celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation (1863)

and the March onWashington(1963)

@ TheWestin Copley Place

10 Huntington Ave.,Boston

General reception & silent auction 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Dinner & Award program 7:00pm – 10:00pm

After party 10:00pm – 2:00am

$150.00 general admission ($125.00 current NAACP members)

$35.00 after party ONLY

Black tie optional

With keynote speaker Bishop Dennis V. Proctor

(Bishop of the Alabama-Florida District of the African Methodist

EpiscopalZionChurch)

Tickets available online at www.bostonfreedomfund2013.eventbrite.com

For more info call 617-427-9494 (ext. 2)

Or send an email to events@bostonnaacp.org

Or visit www.bostonnaacp.org

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THEATRE

Monday, September 23rd 2013

The Dept. of Performing Arts & The Trotter Institute of UMass-Boston presents

THE PIANO LESSON

A staged reading of AugustWilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning

play set in the 1930’s about a family battling their surroundings

and each other over a shared legacy – an antique piano.

@ Hibernian Hall

184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(next to fire dept. & barber shop)

7:00pm – 8:00pm / Free to the public

For more info visit www.hibernianhall.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 changes 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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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/metaphysician/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

Every Tuesday night (NEW)
Standing Room Only presents

YOU GOT JOKES

A Brand New Tuesday Comedy Night

@ Dublin House

7 Stoughton St., Dorchester/Uphams Corner

Doors at 8:00pm / $10.00 entry

Featuring live comedians!

Open mic night will be on the 1st Tuesday of every month

(local talent welcome)

Music by Dru Nyce, DJ Dex, “Chief Rocker” Moe Dee and more

For tickets, VIP arrangements and more info contact quietstormuno@gmail.com

Or call 617-799-9423

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Friday, September 13th 2013

MIKE EPPS

@ TheWilburTheater

246 Tremont St.,Boston

Showtimes 7:30pm & 10:00pm

For tix and more info visit www.thewilburtheatre.com

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Friday, September 27th 2013

Daneja (of 9Alarms Entertainment) presents

LAUGH NOW, DANCE LATER

Featuring the incredible funny comedian/actor Pierre

@ Generations

81 Memorial Drive,AvonMA

Doors open at 8:00pm – show starts at 9:30pm

$30.00 advance tickets / $50.00 VIP (group discounts are available)

Guest tables available

This is a ticketed event – ealy bird discounts for firefighters

and those in civil & public service!

Catered to the mature audience…we reserve the right to deny entry

Also featuring comic/author/prodigal son Richard Jeanty

Hosted by “Mr. Superdopecomedyshow” Reedo Brown

Music by DJ On&On and DJ Warlock (sound by DJ Philly Black)

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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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Monday, September 2nd 2013

IB-III Entertainment presents

THE 1ST EVER BUS/BOAT BASH

Labor Day 2013

With a purchased ticket, you automatically have access to

– 50-passenger party bus

– 2+ hour party boat cruise

– after party

@WaterclubMarinaBay

319 Victory Rd.,QuincyMA

7:00pm – 1:00am (bus leaves at 7:30pm)

Tickets $60.00 / $30.00 to reserve a seat

21+ event / proper dress required

With special DJ appearances

(playing Top 40, Dancehall, Soca, Calypso, Zouk and R&B)

After party held at Shipyard Bar & Grill

132 East Howard St.,QuincyMA

To reserve seat(s) contact ibiii@live.com

Or call the following:

– Rox at 857-492-2516

– Life at 857-251-3297

– C-Roc at 857-209-4533

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Saturday, September 7th 2013

Twins & Friends presents

HARLEM NIGHTS III

The 3rd annual upscale event that’s inspired by the film of the same name.

@ Moseley’s On The Charles (aka Ray’s Place)

50 Bridge St.,DedhamMA

8:00pm start

Featuring live band, great entertainment and gaming tables

Music by DJ Mike & DJ Pleasure

With a performance by The Wonder Twins & April Stanford

Tickets available at these locations:

– A Nubian Notions (Roxbury/Dudley Sq.)

– Studio 24 Graphix (Mattapan)

– Excella Graphics (30 Main St.,Malden)

For more info contact the following:

– Daniella at 617-592-8775

– Domonique at 617-510-7334

– Freedom at 617-464-9399

Or visit www.twinsandfriends.com

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Thursday, September 12th 2013

NAACP Young Adult Committee presents

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL MIXER

@ RedFez

1112 Washington St., Boston/South End

6:00pm – 10:00pm

With special guest speakers:

Cheryl Crawford (Executive Director, MassVOTE)

Malia Lazu (Executive Director, FutureBostonAlliance)

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Friday, September 13th 2013

Fatboy Nation & Ortiz Entertainemnt presents

“I’M A 80’S BABY” WEAR AFFAIR

“Thriller” Edition DJ Dex B-Day Bash

Also celebrating Sterl Da Pearl, DJ Jeff 2x and Dallas Green

@ ChinaPearlLounge

237 Quincy Ave.,QuincyMA

Doors open at 9:00pm / $15.00 advance tickets / 21+ event

Musically entertained by DJ C.Scott, Star Tym, DJ Skillz,

DJ Jeff 2x and DJ Dallas Green

Tickets available at these locations:

– Mattapan’s Finest Barbers (Grove Hall)

– Vaughn’s Fish & Chips (Dorchester)

– Rona Gee at 617-905-5054

– Newlink Wireless at 617-708-0764

TO RSVP call 617-212-4319

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Saturday, September 14th 2013

DJ Bruno Productions & UtopisBostonRadio.Com proudly presents

THE RETURN OF UTOPIA

@ Machine Nightclub

1258 Boylston St.,Boston

8:00pm – 2:00am

$5.00 Utopia Boston members / $10.00 non-members

(sign-up to receive a membership card at the club)

Featruing Louie Lou Gorbea, DJ Bruno and DJ Savuth

* The Return of Utopia is every second Saturday of the month

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Sunday, September 15th 2013

A Touch of Jenn presents

LOSE CONTROL DAY PARTY

@ Slade’s Bar & Grill

958 Tremont St.,Boston

3:00pm – 8:00pm

Admission $10.00 before 5:00pm – $15.00 after

Music by DJ Slayer, DJ Idren, DJ TopShotta and a special guest DJ

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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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Sunday, September 1st 2013

SOULFUL SUNDAYS

@ Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen

604 Columbus Ave., Boston/South End

7:00pm – 10:00pm

With performances by Shea Rose, Samuel Jones

and Simply Soul

Hosted by Al Copeland

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Thursday, September 5th 2013

Playmakers Entertainment & Stae Tru presents

BTS ANNIVERSARY SHOWCASE

Celebrating four years of a great night in live entertainment

@ Slade’s Bar & Grill

958 Tremont St.,Boston

Doors at 8:00pm – showtime 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: VCR, Jha D, D.Ruff, Left Hook,

Still Ill, Mitchy Boy, David Wylen and many more

Hosted by Dee-Loopz & Kool Key

After party w/DJ Dru Nyce

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

* Boston Talent Showcase is every first Thursday of each month

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Saturday, September 7th 2013

The Benson Ensemble Company presents

REMEMBERING THE LEGENDS

Celebrating the Icons of the Past

Directed by Diana Lee Benson / assembled by Benson and Cornell McCollin

@ Hibernian Hall

184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(next to fire dept. & barber shop)

Reception at 7:00pm / showtime at 8:15pm

Tickets $20.00 in advance – $25.00 at the door

Cash bar, food and dancing

Featuring The Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Legends performances:

Diana Benson (Moms Mabley)

Teresa McNeal (Dorothy Dandridge)

Vernell Baker (Dr. Charles Drew)

AJ (David Ruffin)

K’Loni Sky (Donna Summer)

The Ensemble (James Brown, Michael Jackson)

John Wooden (Luther Vandross)

Alicia Williams of Mattapan’s Finest (Olivia Lee Benson)

For more info visit www.hibernianhall.org

For further info call 617-840-9107 and ask for Diana

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Friday, September 20th & Saturday, September 21st 2013

WALTER BEASLEY

@ Scullers Jazz Club

Doubletree Suites

400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston/Cambridge

8:00pm & 10:00pm showtimes

$35.00 show / $75.00 dinner & show

For more info visit www.scullersjazz.com

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Saturday, September 21st 2013

ROXBURY WOODSTOCK – PEACE, LOVE & NAPPINESS

Free outdoor concert, celebrating the International Day of peace!

@BartlettYard

2565 Washington St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(near the new police department)

12:00pm – 7:00pm / a family event for all ages

Food truck on site

Music provided by DJ Anastasie, Bob Diesel, DJ Bobby BanGers,

DJ C. Scott, Selectah Daz-One, DJ Def Stef, DJ Ill Neil, DJ Nes,

DJ Nestle Quick and DJ Val Beatz

With performances by Aisling Peartree, April Stanford, Mr. Harvey,

City Slickers Crew, Damilleo S., Donn Lennon, Famous Nobodies,

Pictures In Concrete, Twice Thou and more

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Sunday, September 22nd 2013

RHYTHM & STEEL

Local and international steel bands, exotic carnival costumes and

delicious cuisine will be on display at this event celebrating

Caribbeanculture.

@ Hibernian Hall

184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(next to fire dept. & barber shop)

6:00pm – 12:00am / $20.00 general admission

Performances by Tempo International Rhythm Section,

Five Star Rhythm Section and others

For more info visit www.hibernianhall.org

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Wednesday, September 25th 2013

JIMMY CLIFF MANY RIVERS CROSS TOUR

@ House of Blues

15 Lansdowne St.,Boston

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

$26.00 tickets / All ages

For more info visit www.houseofblues.com

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Saturday. September 28th 2013

2013 BERKLEE BEANTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL

Jazz: The Next Generation

Three stages of live music, arts, crafts, vendors and much more

including an instrument petting zoo.

On Columbus Ave., Boston/South End

(betweenMassachusetts Ave.&Burke St.)

12:00pm – 6:00pm / Free and open to the public

Highlighted performances include:

Meshell Ndegeocello

Will Calhoun Trio

(led by Grammy Award-winning alumnus & drummer of Living Colour)
Robin McKelle & The Flytones

For schedules and more info visit www.beantownjazz.org

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Sunday, September 29th 2013

WON FOR ALL

A Show of Art, Unity & Diversity

@DudleyCommons, Roxbury

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Hosted by Lightspeed Entertainment

Featuring a poetry slam

Live performances by Melissa Green, David Wylen and more

Fashion show by The House of Nahdra

Live band and more

PSA addressed by Jamarhl Crawford

Won For All” is a collaborative of the StreetLight Artist Expose, Afrodesiacity,

If You Can Feel It You Can Speak It, The House of Nahdra and Ashley Rose

About The Author

Vernon C. Robinson is aka VCR

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