December 3, 2018 - December 9, 2018

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Monday, December 3

Intersectionality Workshop with Ericka Hart | Back Bay | $$

The Boston Women’s Fund is pleased to present a crash course led by renowned educator Ericka Hart, M. Ed. In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn what the term coined by Dr, Kimberle W. Crenshaw means and how they can apply this critical framework to their professional and personal lives.

Story Party Boston | Financial District | $$$

At Story Party you will hear true dating stories that will make you feel better because it could be worse. Story Party has toured over 50 countries because the dating struggle is real, worldwide. You'll hear stories about ghosting, unwanted pictures, splitting the bill, cat-fishing, heart-break, and "I can't believe these are true stories" from our professional storytellers.

Tuesday, December 4

Black Queerstory: Rafiki Film Screening | South End | Free

Joins us for this free screening of the film Rafiki at Fenway Health followed by a panel discussion with Queer & Black community organizers.

Race, Political Solidarity & the Future of America | Roxbury | Free

Over the last decade, the feeling among Americans is that race relations have progressively worsened. From riots following the killing of unarmed black men to white nationalists marching to protest the growing racial diversity in the United States, the majority of Americans fear the nation is reaching a tipping point. Either we address the race question head on or we risk the collapse of our democracy. In this talk, Dr. Theodore R. Johnson proposes that the most effective approach to overcoming the effects of racism is the establishment of a national solidarity among the American people. This solidarity is centered on notions of civil religion and is the means to ensure our liberal democracy endures. Moreover, Johnson argues that the model for national solidarity is the political solidarity found within black America.

Wednesday, December 5

Free Salary Negotiation Workshop | Roxbury | Free

In Boston, women working full time, on average, take home $0.76 to a man's $1.00 - a gender pay gap of 24 cents. It's worse for women of color. AAUW Work Smart in Boston is an initiative of AAUW and the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement to empower women with the tools and skills they need to advocate for themselves in the workplace. This program is one part of the City of Boston's first-in-the-nation pay equity model. Visit boston.gov/women to learn more. Attendees can expect to learn about the gender wage gap, including its personal consequences, how to quantify the market value of their education, skills, and experience, how to conduct objective market research and determine a fair target salary and how to create a strategic pitch and respond to salary offers.

Maxwell: 50 Intimate Nights Live | Downtown | $$$

See Maxwell and Marsha Ambrosius live in Boston.

Reading: City of Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges | Back Bay | Free

In one of her last appearances as the City of Boston’s Poet Laureate (2015-2019), Danielle Legros Georges will read from her work, accompanied by special guests on December 5th from 6-8 PM in the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library. The event is free to the public.

Everyday Boston - Curiosity & Connection Workshop | Dorchester | Free

Join us on December 5, 2018 6 PM at Fairmount Innovation Lab for an intimate learning experience! Have you ever wanted to connect more deeply with the people around you? This interactive workshop is designed to strengthen listening and communication skills through the activity of interviewing to learn someone else’s life story.

Breath & Imagination: The Story of Roland Hayes | Back Bay | $$$

Before Marian Anderson sang a note or Paul Robeson picked up Shakespeare, another African-American classical artist was wowing everyone from commoners to kings: the lyric tenor Roland Hayes. Now the musical Breath & Imagination chronicles this creative pioneer's amazing journey -- from growing up the son of a slave on a Georgia plantation to singing before the crowned heads of Europe as a cultural sensation in the early 20th century. Telling his story through both spirituals and classical music, Breath & Imagination is a compelling musical about one man's determination to become an artist despite seemingly insurmountable odds. Award-winning actor, singer, writer and thought leader Daniel Beaty penned this inspiring bio play, now coming to the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.

Holiday Party & Toy Drive | West End | Free

'Tis the season to be jolly! Break out your ugliest holiday sweater and kick off the holiday season in festive fashion with NSBE Boston Professionals! We will be meeting for holiday fun, games, food, drinks, networking, fellowship ... basically, all of the things that embody the spirit of the season. We will also be hosting an ugly sweater contest so come dressed noy to impress! Moreover, this is the season of charitable giving. What better way is there to celebrate than to give toys to the youth in our community. STEM-related toys will be collected during this event and they will be redistributed during on December 14th at Charles H Taylor in Mattapan, MA. For each toy you bring, you will receive a raffle ticket and be entered into a drawing to win prizes! If you would like to help distribute the toys, please contact our PCI Chair at pci@nsbeboston.org.

Thursday, December 6

The Massachusetts Conference for Women | Seaport District | $$$

The Massachusetts Conference for Women provides one full day of connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building for thousands of women each year. Since the first Conference in 2005, this annual event has grown to a sold-out crowd of more than 10,000 attendees and impacts thousands of lives. Dozens of expert speakers lead workshops and seminars on the issues that matter most to women, including personal finance, business and entrepreneurship, health, work/life balance and more. The Conference offers incredible opportunities for business networking, professional development and personal growth.

Jazz By Any Means Necessary | Roxbury | Free

Unwind to the sounds of live jazz as you enjoy a delicious meal at Haley House Bakery Cafe. No cover, live musicians, free parking and great food and drinks. All ages welcome.

Friday, December 7

Dinner & Live Music ft. The Christmas Collective | Roxbury | $

The Christman Collective is a talented group of musicians and singers performing an array of pop, soul, top 40, and contemporary R&B music. Come hear them live! $5 entertainment fee. Reservations encouraged.

First Fridays: How the Grinch Stole Christmas | Seaport District | $$$

Welcome to Whoville! The ICA gets festive with DJ Knife, drinks, dancing and incredible contemporary art. Don your most festive ugly holiday sweater for a chance to win prizes. Show off your look in our Mount Crumpit photo booth and sip your Lord Hobo beer in a Whoville sleigh.

Unto This House: The King of Kings is Born | Roxbury | $$-$$$

Witherspoon Institute (WIN) and Hibernian Hall presents a holiday musical with original script and songs by Alda Witherspoon. Directed by Trinidad Ramkissoon, Unto This House: The King of Kings is Born, is a dramatic expression of the first Christmas. From African dance to ballet and Gospel music to poetry, puppetry and mime... we invite you to join this magical journey as heaven and Earth miraculously move to shepherd in the birth of the newborn King.

Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity | Downtown | Free

Langston Hughes' Black Nativity -- a joyous account of the nativity told through scripture, verse, music and dance -- is a true Christmastime tradition, and National Center of Afro-American Artists' captivating production is the longest-running performance of the Harlem Renaissance poet's song-play in the world. First performed in 1961, Black Nativity is a retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, and mixes text from the Gospel of Saint Luke with black vernacular. A cast of children and adults brings this timeless story to life with music and dancing in this uplifting production for the whole family. Experience this Boston tradition at Paramount Center.

Soweto Gospel Choir, Songs of the Free | South End | $$$

The spectacular and vibrant two-time Grammy®-award winning Soweto Gospel Choir returns to the Boston with Songs of the Free, a very special program celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. Songs of the Free will include South African classics as well as freedom songs and gospel music much loved by Mandela, in front of whom the choir had the privilege of performing multiple times. A favorite of Celebrity Series audiences, Soweto Gospel Choir has performed to sell-out crowds at concert halls around the world and alongside superstars including Bono, Queen, Celine Dion, John Legend, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder. Be uplifted!

Suffolk University’s Black Student Union African Diaspora | Roxbury | Free

Come embrace Black Excellence and enjoy some amazing talent at Suffolk University BSU's Annual African Diaspora! Located at Roxbury Community College's Reggie Lewis Media Arts Center! Doors open at 6:30 PM! The show will start at 7 PM with a variety of different acts. Followed with an Afro-Hour with food, music, and local vendors with various products to buy.

Boston Music Awards Pre-Party | Fenway | Free

Join the Boston Music Awards and Bud Light as we count down to 12/12! The official pre-party features live music from BMA nominees Ed Balloon and VQnC. Plus DJ set from L'duke. BMA Nominees and Nomination Committee members can also collect their tickets for the House of Blues Boston event (12/1This event is open to the public and all ages are welcome. Valid Photo ID will be required for guests 21+ who want to drink alcohol.

Saturday, December 8

Dudley Art Fair | Roxbury | Free

Our 3rd Annual Holiday Art Fair is here! Join us & our featured artists to appreciate & support their work. We will be serving free cookies & hot chocolate (until they last) on December 8 from 11-2 pm. This event is open & free for all! What's more? Live music by Anjimile, Fazenda's free coffee sampling & enter our raffle for a chance to win some goodies! The featured artists are Jourdan Christopher, Frandy Suero, Kimberly Barzola, Franklin Marval and Alvin Colon.

Art on the Ave Pop Up Market | Mattapan | Free

We are early entrepreneurs who are passionate about art, culture and creating together. Join us at Ideal Mixer for our #ArtOnTheAve Pop-Up Market! In our studio, you can find a range of creative gifts like floral & succulent arrangements, custom artwork, organic family skincare products & candles, food & dessert and more! We also offer art activities, services from a licensed esthetician, event planners or consultants. Bring a friend or few, to shop and support local small businesses!

Gouyad Session: Day Party | Quincy | $$

The next edition of the #GouyadSession Day Party starts at 4 PM. Music by Superduke x Myoutt x Twin.

Esperanza Spaulding Live in Boston | Back Bay | $$$

Esperanza Spalding is typically referred to as a bassist, vocalist, and composer. However, like most organisms growing in response to their environments, Spalding is emerging into something she does not yet understand, nor can she clarify through reference or language. Nonetheless, some of the primary cells directing this emergent artistic organism can be named: poetry, magic, staging, theater, opera, sound spells, improvisation, movement, dance, biogeometry, reiki, nothing, bad art, fake art, listening, smells, dream talk, dialogue, demonic therapy, and cat tongue.

Sip & Paint a Bag | Roxbury | $$$

Sip & Paint a Bag is similar to Paint Night where you paint a painting on a canvas. At Sip & Paint a Clutch you will paint on a clutch bag that you will take home with you! Boston local artist Ayana Mack will guide us and provide instructions on the painting to create your bold headwrap on the the clutch! This clutch is going to be a conversation starter and a unique piece to accessorize your outfits.

Soul Cafe | Dorchester | Free

Come join the Refuge Young Adult ministry of Morning Star Baptist Church at Soul Café! The theme is The Gift! If you are between the ages of 18-35 this is an event you do not want to miss! We’ll have an amazing night of artists sharing their musical gifts, poetry, dance, etc. Featured artists include Axellboy, Shanell Alyssa and more! Light refreshments will be provided. This is a free event but you must register in advance!

Sunday, December 9

Father Daughter Dance | Dorchester | $

Food fun and entertainment! For more info call 774-250-2118.

Tennis for All | Roxbury | Free

Free tennis lessons for kids and adults - no equipment needed. Just wear sneakers. Location is DCR's Melnea Cass Arena (120 Martin Luther King Blvd, Roxbury, MA 02119).

Brunch So Hard | Financial District | Free

Boston's # 1 brunch is now located in the Financial District! Come #BrunchSoHard with us each & every Sunday at Society on High. Enjoy great music, great food, and great people. Dress code trendy & fashionable. Brunch will never be the same.

Lizard Lounge Poetry Night | Cambridge | $

Every Sunday for more than 20 years! Doors at 7:30 PM with a poetry slam, featured poet and an open mic with the Jeff Robinson Trio.

Soul & Sangria | West End | Free - $

Welcome in the holiday season with The Social Butterflies! Enjoy Alibi's lounge with us & a glass (or a few) of our signature Sangria! Merry & bright #SoulfulSounds by Chosen performed at 6 PM! Full food & drink menu options available. There will be a live band & DJ throughout the night. The dress code is ‘Casual Neat” and tickets are available for purchase at the door.