THANGZ-2-DO!! (May 2014)

“THANGZ-2-DO!!” (May 2014)

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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.

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 blackstonian

VCR

 

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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

For info visit www.poetryjam.org

 

 

Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday

VerBaLizAtiOn

Boston’s longest-running open mic gathering returns to Tuesdays providing the community 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) / $5.00 suggested donation

Hosted by VCR

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

 

 

Every Thursday Night

The Roxbury Media Institute & Nina LeNegra presents

ART IS LIFE ITSELF!

@ The Haley House Bakery & Café

12 Dade St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(off Washington   St.- next to Urban Gardener & 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

Or visit www.facebook.com/AiLiRox

 

 

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

“WORK TO DO” OPEN MIC

@ Gallery RF63

26 Palmer St. #204a, Roxbury

5:00pm – 8:00pm / $5.00 cover charge

Hosted by Reggie B.

Featuring Big Brotha Sadi

For more info call Reggie at 617-784-4700

 

 

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

TEEN OPEN MIC

Chill, Engage & Express Yourself!

@ Arts at the Amory

191 Highland Ave. – Suite 1A, Somerville MA

6:00pm – 8:00pm / Free to the public

Food & drinks available

(please arrive by 6:30pm to receive raffle tickets for monthly prize)

Hosted by Books of Hope, Groundwork Somerville & Teen Empowerment

Featuring today’s rising spoken word poets and musical artists

Also looking for youth who wants to be featured

* Teen Open Mic is every first Tuesday of the month

 

 

Monday, May 12th 2014

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM OUR YOUTH

Open mic gathering presented by “Work To Do”

@ Dudley Branch Library

65 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

5:00pm – 7:45pm / free admission

Performance & teaching by A.M.B.

Class session includes: Hip-Hop Studies, Wu-Nuwaup, community updates & future events

 

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COMMUNITY EVENTS 

Friday, May 2nd 2014

ConsciouslyExposed.Com presents

HOPELESSNESS IN THE CITY: BULLYING, TEEN GANG AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Reclaiming Our Teens! All Teens On Board!

@ Grove Hall Community Center

51 Geneva Ave., Dorchester/Grove Hall

4:30pm – 7:00pm / free admission

Hosted by Leonard Tshitenge (founder of ConsciouslyExposed Café)

With guest speaker Dr. Ulric Johnson

(Mental Health Counselor, director of Teens Against Gang Violence & co-founder of the Peaceable Schools and Community Groups)

 

 

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

The Peace Collaborative presents

GOT PEACE? BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

@Madison Park Community Center

55 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury

Event starts at 11:00am

$5.00 Adults / $3.00 Youth under 21

Halftime show presented by The R.A.W. Program

(an all-girls self-esteem empowerment program)

Who got the best game?

– Antoine’s Keepers vs Daddy Dunkers

– Destiny Youth Ministries vs Faith Based Ballers

– F@mou$ Brigade vs Recording Artists For Peace

– Lady Bengals vs She Got Game

– Royalty vs DJs For Peace

– Year Up vs Peace Is Politics

– YMCA vs Radio DJs For Peace

 

 

Saturday, May 17th 2014

The Black Community Information Center presents

THE 27TH ANNUAL MALCOLM X MEMORIAL & AWARD BREAKFAST

@Roxbury Community Center– Student Center Dining Complex (2nd floor)

1234 Columbus Ave., Roxbury

8:00am start / $45.00 tickets

(tax deductible donation in advance or at the door)

Theme: “Afrikan People Strong

Featuring guest speaker Minister Akbar Muhammad

(International Representative for Min. Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam)

Tickets can be purchased at these outlets:

– A Nubian Notion Inc. (DudleySq.)

– Respect For Life (Grove Hall)

For more info visit www.blackinfonow.org or call 617-427-2522

 

 

Friday, May 16th & Sunday, May 18th 2014

HAITIAN HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION

The annual celebration of Haitian culture & tradition inBoston

1. 19th Annual Haitian Flag Raising Ceremony

@Boston City Hall Plaza

One City Hall Sq., Boston

12:00pm – 2:00pm / Free to the public

2. 14th Annual Haitian-American Unity Parade

Starting from Mattapan Square to Franklin Field/Harambe Park

(marching towards Blue Hill Ave.)

1:00pm start / Free and open to the public

For more info visit www.hauinc.org

 

 

Sunday, May 18th 2014

United Nuwaupians Worldwide (Boston) presents

CELEBRATION OF OUR MOTHERS

All Eyes On Egipt Bookstore Fundraiser

@ Black Indian Inn

38 Bicknell St., Dorchester

2:00pm – 7:00pm

Featuring open mic, Nuwaup Jeopardy, chanting, music, featured performances, food, vending and tribal style dancing

Food: $8.00 full plate / $5.00 small plate

Drinks: $1.00 water, juice / $2.00 special drinks

Books: $10.00 Mehyetaat / $5.00 Paa Taraq

T-Shirts: $20.00 – $25.00

 

 

Saturday, May 24th 2014

TITO’S TURKEY FRY

Please join Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson for his annual Turkey Fry

@37 Schuyler St.(Block Party), Dorchester/Grove Hall

1:00pm – 7:00pm / Free admission

Lots of food including fried turkey, BBQ and vegetarian options

Great beats byBoston’s best DJs

Please RSVP to Michelle at mread@sage-systems.com to ensure enough turkey for everyone!

* Paid for by the Tito Jackson Community Fund, LLC

 

 

Saturday, May 24th 2014

Zeta Kappa Sigma Chapter presents

2014 LOBSTER FEST

@ Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center

1350 Tremont St., Roxbury

2:00pm – 8:00pm / $75.00 per person

Includes boiled Maine lobsters, BBQ ribs, fried seafood, BBQ chicken, Jerk/fried wings, macaroni & cheese, potato salad, cole slaw, watermelon, Ceasar salad, corn on the cob, dessert cakes and more!

Featuring live entertainment

For more info contact 617-224-6005 or 617-875-6416

 

 

Saturday, May 31st 2014

TEENS INVENTOR PROJECT: TRIPPING INTO INNOVATION

@ Microsoft Store Boston Shops at Prudential

800 Boylston St., Boston (inside Prudential Mall)

1:00pm – 3:00pm / free admission

Space is limited to 15 youth ages 8-18

Hosted by Leonard Tshitenge (founder of ConsciouslyExposed Café)

Featuring poetry, mini-documentary, Cre8ative Arts workshop presented by Microsoft Store Boston

To RSVP email at mistyblues_2000@yahoo.com or call 617-388-5659

 

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THEATRE

Friday, May 2nd & Saturday, May 3rd 2014

LIVE BIRD

A One-Man Play About Charlie “Bird” Parker

Written, directed and performed by Jeff Robinson

@ The Multicultural Arts Center

41 Second St., Cambridge

Showtime at 8:00pm

$18.00 in advance – $20.00 at the door

For more info call 617-577-1400 or visit www.multiculturalartscenter.org

 

 

Friday, May 16th – Saturday, May 31st 2014

GUIDED TOUR

Directed by Heidi Grumelot

Joe Bell has spent 14 years in jail for burning down the Gilded Age mansion in Rhode   Islandwhere he once worked as a tour guide. Determined to prove him innocent, Susanna Hatch, a young law student, visits Joe in a prison psychiatric unit and learns some lessons about the irrational power of love. “Guided Tour” is the second of four plays by Peter Snoad (visiting playwright for 2013 – 2014) being produced at Hibernian Hall. Snoad won two national awards for “Guided Tour”: The Stanley Drama Award and the Arthur W. Stone New Play Award.

Starring Vincent Ernest Siders as Joe Bell, Melissa Jesser (Susanna Hatch), Elisabeth Rodgers (Lindsay Pettigrew) and Luis Negron (Martin Rivera)

@ Hibernian Hall

184   Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.

(next to fire dept. & barber shop)

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm

Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets $25.00 general admission – $15.00 seniors/students

 

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EDUCATIONAL/HEALTH

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

@ Academy of Kemetic Education

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 to Africa

To register please visit www.rrrk.net or www.akew.org

Or call Dr. Nteri Nelson 617-296-7797

 

 

Sunday, May 18th 2014

The Academy of Kemetic Education & Wellness Inc. presents

KEMETIC CULTURE SCHOOL

Learning & Practicing the Wisdom of our African Ancestors for Children and Families

@Academy of Kemetic Education

53 Cedar St., Mattapan

2:00pm – 5:00pm (sign-in at 1:30pm)

$35.00 parent/child or any combination of 2/3

(add $10.00 for each additional child or adult)

Lessons include:

Greatness of African Civilization,CharacterBuilding, African Language Practice, Laws of MAAT Living in Balance, Art Activities, African Music, Opportunityto Sign-Up for Summer Classes and more!

Pre-registration required: call 617-296-7797 or visit www.rrrk.net

 

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LECTURE

Saturday, May 17th 2014

The Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts presents

BROWN VS BOARD OF EDUCATION: 60 YEARS LATER

Retrospective, Inspective, Prospective

Part 1: Wheelock College –HawesBuilding

43 Hawes St., BrooklineMA

8:00am registration / 8:30am welcome & hot buffet breakfast

Part 2: Museum of African-American History

$25.00 general admission / $10.00 parents of K-12 students

$10.00 with college ID / FREE for high school students

8:00am – 12:00pm register at beaminfo.org by May 11th

With guest keynote speaker Dr. Umar Johnson

 

 

Saturday, May 17th 2014

THE BLACK GOD

Of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and African Traditional Religion

Reclaiming Our Black Divine

The Psychological Effect of White Supremacy on the Black Psyche

@ The Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center

1350 Tremont St., Roxbury

Doors open at 5:00pm

$15.00 in advance – $20.00 at the door

Featuring Dr. Wesley Muhammad and Dr. Umar Johnson

For tickets visit www.farrakhanspeaks.com

 

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COMEDY

Friday, May 2nd 2014

Grace Jones Entertainment presents

LATE NIGHT LAUGHS

Laugh & Lounge With Boston’s Best!

@ Milky Way Lounge

284 Amory St., JamaicaPlain

Doors open at 9:30pm / showtime at 10:00pm / dance ‘til 1:00am

$7.00 in advance – $10.00 at the door

Comedy by Mike Mulloy, Wes Hazard and Sam Jay

Hosted by Gloria Fernandez

Music by DJ D.Wiz

For more info visit www.gracejonesent.com

 

 

Friday, May 30th 2014

BRUCE BRUCE

@Wilbur Theatre

246 Tremont St., Boston.

9:45pm showtime

Tickets $22.50 – $30.00

For more info visit www.thewilbur.com or call 617-248-9700

 

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PARTIES/SOCIAL NETWORKING/DANCE

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

Fam IV Life Entertainment presents

THE 6TH ANNUAL ROLLS REUNION

@ Russell Auditorium

70   Talbot Ave., Dorchester

(across from Franklin Field)

9:30pm – 2:00am

$20.00 advanced tickets

Casual attire (no hoodies, sweats or hats)

Featuring music by some ofBoston’s best DJs:

“Chief Rocker” MoeDee, “The Ladies Choice” DJ Wade, DJ Brother-O, Selector Jr. Rodigan and DJ Dex

(spinning the best in Old School, R&B, Reggae and Hip-Hop)

Tickets available at these locations:

– Metro PCS (1656 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan Sq.)

– Vaughn’s Fish & Chips (1 Erie St., Dorchester/Uphams Corner)

Mattapan’s Finest Barbers (653 Warren St., Dorchester/Grove Hall)

 

 

Thursday, May 8th 2014

COLLAB THURSDAYS

Experience two hot radio stations inBoston:

Big City 101.3FM & Philly Urban Radio (P.U.R.) 89.1FM

@ Slade’s Bar & Grill

958 Tremont St., Boston/South End

Live band at 7:00pm – 10:30pm

10:30pm head-to-head music by DJ Philly Black and DJ Dex

(spinning the hottest in old and new school R&B, New Jack Swing classics and Hip-Hop)

$10.00 per person

Dress code: NO t-shirts, baseball caps or sweatsuits

Kitchen will be open until 11:30pm

 

 

Saturday, May 10th 2014

Boston Elite presents

GREEN & WHITE “BOSTON STRONG” DAY PARTY

@ Phillips Old Colony

780 Morrissey Blvd.,Dorchester

Doors open at 5:00pm

Green or white requested / photo shoot fresh required

Featuring music by DJ Chubby Chub and DJ Philly Black

Advanced tickets available at Vaughn’s Fish & Chips (1 Erie St., Dorchester/Uphams Corner)

Also visit www.eventbrite.com

For tables or more info call 857-200-4444

* Partial proceeds donated to the Peace Organization

 

 

Saturday, May 17th 2014

NAHDRA’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Come celebrate the birthday of one ofBoston’s best fashion designer

@ Paris St. Gallery

101 Paris St., Everett MA

8:00pm – 10:00pm / $5.00 cover / 18+ event

Including free hors d’oeuvres

Music by DJ Bruno

For more info call 857-333-2899

 

 

Saturday, May 17th 2014

WWMI Events and Boston Naturals presents

AFTER THE SHOW IS THE AFTER PARTY

After Party & Hair Fashion Show for Natural Hair Day

@ Savvor Restaurant & Lounge

180   Lincoln St.,Boston

9:00pm – 2:00am

$25.00 general admission

(include gift bags and limited passed hors d’oeuvres))

VIP $75.00

(include complimentary wine bottle, VIP gift bag, photo ops w/celeb guest & passed hors d’oeuvres)

With special celebrity guests:

Karen Tappin (CEO of Karen’s Body Beautiful)

Vicky Jeudy (from the hit series “Orange Is The New Black”)

Brandee Younger (musician/harpist)

Demetria L. Lucas (from Bravo’s “Blood Sweat & Heels”)

Carolyn Malachi (Grammy nominated artist)

And more!

Tickets available at Eventbrite

For more info call 617-840-4322 or wwmievents@gmail.com

 

 

Sunday, May 18th 2014

Team Val & Jai presents

THE ANNUAL LUPUS AWARNESS MYX & MINGLE FUNDRAISER

@ Slade’s Bar & Grill

958 Tremont St., Boston/South End

4:00pm – 8:00pm

$10.00 in advance / $15.00 at the door

Music by DJ Dex

For tickets contact Monique at 617-839-0524 or Raynise at 617-224-3607

 

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CULTURAL PERFORMANCES/MAJOR CONCERTS

Every Monday Night

MOTIVATE MONDAY

@ Church Boston

69 Kilmarnock St., Boston/Fenway

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

 

 

Every Tuesday Night

BOSTON SOUL TUESDAYS

@ Darryl’s Corner Bar

604 Columbus Ave.,Boston

7:00pm – 10:00pm / no cover

Featuring Aisling Peartree

 

 

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

The Ignatius Foundation & The Men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. presents

“BATTLE OF THE TITANS” STEP SHOW

@UMass-Boston –Clark Athletic Center

Doors open at 1:00pm – show starts at 1:30pm

$15.00 in advance / $20.00 at the door

$4,000 in cash prizes!

Special performance by Boston’s R&B sensational group Ahmir

Tickets can be purchased at bostonsigmas100.eventbrite.com

For more information contact 617-652-0155 or email bostonsigmas1914@gmail.com

 

 

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

A BLACK NDN (INDIAN) THANG!

An Evening of NDN Jazz, Soul & Funk

@ The Black Indian Inn

38 Bicknell St., Dorchester

7:00pm – 10:00pm

Featuring America’s premiere Native Soul band The Groovalottos

With special guest DJ Robert Peters

Celebrating the release of the album “Awakened By A Noon Day Sun

By Mwalim DaPhunkeeProfessor

To RSVP contact soul@thegroovalottos.com

 

 

Monday, May 5th 2014

M.I.A.

With special guest A$AP Ferg

@ House of Blues

15   Lansdowne St., Boston
8:00pm showtime (doors at 7:00pm)

$35.00 – $45.00 / all ages

 

 

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE (Phonte & Nicolay w/live band)

@ The Middle East Downstairs

480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge/Central Sq.

Doors at 8:00pm / $20.00 in advance – $25.00 day of show / 18+ event

 

 

Wednesday, May 7th 2014

HOT 96.9 THROWBACK HOUSE PARTY

Featuring Ja’Rule and Treach & Kay Gee (formerly of Naughty By Nature)

@ House of Blues

15   Lansdowne St., Boston
8:00pm showtime (doors at 7:00pm)

$25.00 – $35.00 / all ages

 

 

Saturday, May 10th 2014

Finesse Entertainment (“Doin’ It With FINESSE!”) presents

JAZZ NIGHT OUT

@ Moseley’s On The Charles

50 Bridge St., Dedham MA

Doors open at 8:00pm – 1:00am

Mix and mingle w/complete hot buffet 8:00pm – 9:00pm

(catered by Down Home Deliveries)

Showtime at 9:00pm

$50.00 advanced tickets – $60.00 at the door

A semi-formal black tie event

Featuring performances by Walter Beasley, Amadee Castenell and Bruce Bears

And special guest appearance by Blues legend Toni Lynn Washington

Music by DJ Rudy Dottin (sound by Whistle & Bell)

Tickets available at these outlets:

– A Nubian Notion Inc., Roxbury/Dudley Sq. (617-442-2622)

– Skippy White’s Records, Roxbury/Egleston Sq. (617-524-4500)

– FINESSE Hotline (617-839-3824) or www.finesse-ent.com

 

 

Thursday, May 15th 2014

YASIIN BEY aka MOS DEF

@ Wilbur Theatre

246 Tremont St., Boston.

9:00pm showtime

Tickets $35.00 – $45.00

For more info visit www.thewilbur.com or call 617-248-9700

 

 

Thursday, May 15th 2014

FUTURISTIC SOUL
@ Milky Way Lounge

284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain
Doors open at 9:00pm / $10.00 admission / 21+ event
Hosted by April Stanford & Melissa Green

With special guest Sirae Richardson

Featuring sounds by DJ Owt Law & Unique Sound

* Futuristic Soul is every third Thursday of the month

 

 

Sunday, May 18th 2014

BOYZ II MEN

@ Wilbur Theatre

246 Tremont St., Boston.

7:30pm showtime

Tickets $39.50 – $47.50

For more info visit www.thewilbur.com or call 617-248-9700

 

 

Thursday, May 22nd 2014

SoulKore Productions presents

BOSTON ZULU NATION CHAPTER EVENT

With special guest Dinco D. (of Leaders of the New School– L.O.N.S.)

@ Bella Luna Restaurant/Milky Way Lounge

284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain

9:30pm – 1:00am (doors open at 9:00pm)

$7.00 in advance – $10.00 at the door

 

 

Thursday, May 29th 2014

TAMAR BRAXTON: LOVE & WAR TOUR

@ Paradise Rock Club

967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston

7:00pm showtime / $25.00 tickets / Open to all ages

For more info call 617-562-8800

 

 

Saturday, May 31st 2014

RSC Entertainment presents

THE WHISPERS

A Classic R&B Concert For One Night Only!

@Berklee Performance Center

136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston

Doors open at 7:30pm – showtime at 8:00pm

Featuring Bernard Fallon Jr. (the voice of the Blue Notes) & Prymal Funk

Performing a tribute to late great Teddy Pendergrass

Hosted by WILD 1090AM’s own Rick Anderson

For ticket info: Berklee box office at 617-747-2261 or visit www.berklee.edu/bpc

Or contact Renee at 781-254-8453 or visit www.rscentertainment.com

Or call Ossie at 508-584-7855

 

 

Saturday, May 31st 2014

SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS

@ House of Blues

15   Lansdowne St., Boston
7:00pm showtime (doors at 6:00pm)

$25.00 – $45.00 / 21+ event

 

 

Saturday, May 31st 2014

REGGAE MASH UP

With Dis-N-Dat Band

@ The Black Lobster at Stromberg’s Cove

2   Bridge St., SalemMA
8:00pm – 11:00pm

With special guest Jah Rico

For more info visit www.disndatband.com

 

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About The Author

Vernon C. Robinson is aka VCR

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