November 26, 2018 - December 2, 2018

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Tuesday, November 27th

A Parisian Instant with Nicholle Kobi: Black Women’s Art Series | South Boston | $$$

Nicholle Kobi's Parisian Instant exhibition is a unique art affair moment! Experience a day of rejoicing in the Black Women Art Series Collection while travelling to Paris and witnessing a story of love of Black Sisterhood, Black Women and Black Families as Nicholle Kobi whisks you into an artistic journey filled of illustrations with an exquisite touch of storytelling. Headline Artist Kobi will be showcasing her much sought-after artwork on this special occasion so join us for a Parisian Instant, an incredible moment of art, drinks, networking and more. You will also be able to meet and chat with Nicholle Kobi, purchase her art collection (prints, T-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, makeup bags, greeting cards, and more).

Black Panther: Free Screening | Cambridge | Free

Special Free Screening! Film Comment Presents in association with Art House Convergence

Live streamed Q&A with Director Ryan Coogler! This is a free screening. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-sat basis at the door.

Visiting Artist: Alexandria Smith | Fenway | Free

Hosted by the graduate programs in Painting and Sculpture at Boston University, the Tuesday Night MFA Lecture series brings practicing artists to campus to present their work. All lectures are free and open to the public. Alexandria Smith is a mixed media visual artist and co-organizer of the collective, Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter. In Smith’s large-scale, mixed media works, humor and a dark probing of social issues are filtered through her personal mythology. Interweaving memory, autobiography and history, her work utilizes painting, collage and installation to explore transformative girlhood experiences as they intersect with the complexities of Black identity. Through amorphous, hybrid characters, Smith obsessively deconstructs images of the female body: legs, hands and pigtails become characters and landscapes—a topography of the psyche. This lecture is co-hosted with the Boston University Art Galleries. "Alexandria Smith: A Litany for Survival" will be on view in the Stone Gallery at Boston University November 8, 2018–January 27, 2019.

Wednesday, November 28th

Boston Poetry Slam ft. Janae Johnson | Cambridge | $

Janae Johnson will be the featured poet at the Boston Poetry Slam on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Janae Johnson (she/her) is a Black Queer poet, Curator and Teaching Artist. She is the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Champion as well as the 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. Janae is also the co-Founder of The Root Slam poetry venue in Oakland, Calif., and The House Slam at The Haley House Bakery Cafe in Boston, Mass. Her poetry has appeared in outlets such as ESPN, Button Poetry, and PBS Newshour. Janae currently resides in Berkeley, Calif. and she works as the Associate Director of Programs at Youth Speaks. Holla at Janae if you wish to discuss Stevie Wonder, MasterChef episodes, or Black musicals.

Thursday, November 29th

Boston’s Throwback Thursday at Slade’s | Roxbury | Free

If you are looking for a spot where the DJ keeps the music popping from beginning to the end this is the night for you. We have all the old school R&B, Reggae, Hip-Hop and slow jams you could want! Join us as one of Boston's premiere DJ Moe Dee plays all of your favorite roller skating song back in the day.

Spark Social: Jamaica Plain | Jamaica Plain | Free

Join us for our first Neighborhood Social of 2018-2019 SPARK Boston Council! Bring your friends, family, colleagues, and anyone else for a drink at the Frogmore. If you're interested in getting more involved in JP, want to meet more people who are civically engaged, and/or want to learn about the new Latin Quarter Cultural District, join us for drinks and apps!

2018 Annual Boston Common Tree Lighting | Downtown | Free

Happy Holidays! Join us for the Annual Boston Common Tree Lighting Bonanza on Thursday the 29th with Mayor Marty Walsh lighting the traditional Nova Scotia tree alongside the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Lights go on a little before 8 PM followed by fireworks! Let's plan to meet at 6 PM by the Park Street T station to wander through food vendors and other festivities before finding a good viewpoint for the lighting.

Bilal ft. Jake Sherman |  | $$$

RISE Music Series presents: noted for his wide vocal range, his work across multiple genres, and his fervent live performances, R&B artist Bilal creates seductive, polyhedric, and chameleonic music. Opening Act by Jake Sherman and pre-show act: L'Duke, formerly known as DJ Leah V.

Friday, November 30th

From Content to Coins: Millennials of Color Monetizing Media | Fenway | $

LiteWork Events and Driven Society present "From Content to Coins: Millennials of Color Monetizing Digital Media". Technology and social media is transforming and elevating the way in which African-Americans use their mobile devices. -- 2016 Nielson Report. With such an increase in the way we consume digital content, there's been a wave of millennials of color innovating, curating and monetizing creative outlets -- from media mavens to social influencers and brand ambassadors. Through an interactive dialogue, "From Content to Coins" explores how millennials of color are killing the game and making social impact with their unique digital footprint, while generating profit and building sustainable brands. Panelists include Rob Eugene (MA Key Account Manager, Hennessy), Jonathan Jackson (Co-Founder of Blavity and Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellow in Journalism Innovation, Harvard University), Genese Jamilah (Founder, I DON’T DO CLUBS), Christian Neil (Brand Consultant, Neil Creative) and Alex Wolf (Writer). We look forward to a rich discussion, followed by networking with the panelists!

Fifth Friday Celebration in Central Square | Cambridge | Free

Join us for a Fifth Friday on November 30th from 5 PM to  8 PM as we celebrate the beginning of the Holiday season in #CentralSQ! Events will take place on City Hall Lawn and throughout Central Square, including a petting zoo and ugly sweater contest on the City Hall lawn, wine and cheese at Dance Complex's Studio 7, holiday card making at the Community Room at Eastern Bank, a beer garden at Workbar, hot cocoa with a cop provided at the new Cambridge Police Department Reporting Substation, a gift drop at The Salvation Army (Cambridge), children’s story time at the Cambridge Public Library (Central Square Branch), hot toddies and winter drinks at participating bars, the Lighting Ceremony and unveiling of new Holiday Lights on Massachusetts Avenue and much, much more! We hope to see you there!

Boston AIR Final Celebration | Financial District | Free

For the past year, seven artists have dedicated themselves to the exploration of City of Boston policies, processes, and practices through a lens of resilience and racial equity. As members of the Boston AIR cohort, artists developed multidisciplinary projects addressing civic concerns, such as environmental racism in climate change response, community activism led by older Bostonians, and gaps in historic narratives in City archives and memorials. Some have worked alongside City subject matter experts and co-designed a program, while others have worked with community centers and other partners to understand municipal policy impact on a personal level. Through Boston AIR, the City of Boston is providing support and structure for artists as engaged citizens, leading thinkers, and change-makers in our community with the belief and trust that artists can and do influence and shape our city. Refreshments will be served, and the event is free to the public. All ages are welcome!

Light Up Seaport | Seaport District | Free

Please join us in celebrating the most magical season of the year at our third annual tree lighting, Light Up Seaport. Enjoy live holiday tunes, treats from Seaport restaurants, and giveaways! Warm up inside District Hall and Gather with a cash bar, kids activities, and explore our photo gallery exhibit showcasing a year in Seaport. This exhibit is made up of a year long photography project by local Fort Point resident, George Vasquez. Explore through 365 days of development and the changing faces and views around the district. 

Community Over Consumption | South End | Free

Community Over Consumption intends to create an inclusive celebration that redefines what it means to be in this country during the holiday season. We will share our diverse array of experiences through food, music, community warmth and gratitude on this evening with new and old friends. There will be an open mic followed by featured performers, Anais Azul and Ava Sophia!

Marvel & DC Comics Art Event | Back Bay | Free

Free Marvel, DC Comics, Star Wars, Harry Potter, & Disney event featuring nationally recognized artist Christopher Clark at Hilton Boston Back Bay. Three days only: Friday Nov 30th: 6 PM to 10 PM & Sat & Sunday: Noon to 7 PM. Free admission & attendees will receive a Free 9"x11" print (max 1 per party of 2) of your choice: Marvel, Star Wars, or Harry Potter. Artist will sign & add paint highlights/embellishments to purchased artwork making each piece unique & one of a kind. There will be a huge exhibit of Marvel, DC Comics, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Disney, Lord of the Rings & Game of Thrones artwork on display & available to purchase at affordable prices including Show Specials. Original oil on canvas paintings will also be available for purchase. Event is Kid Friendly. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite Superhero attire.

Art Night at the Cafe | Roxbury | $$$

Join Local artist Frandy Suero for a night of creativity. Learn to make stunning collage art using an exacto knife, glue, recycled comic books and other materials. Each ticket includes complimentary drinks, and food will be sold till 8:30 PM. Tunes will be played throughout the night to set the mood While you mingle create your masterpiece. Free parking is available on Warren Street. Public transportation will get you to our door.

Black Cotton Club Jam Session: 2 Year Anniversary | Roxbury | Free - $

It’s been an amazing two years and this would not have happened without you! These two years have been an amazing journey and we are grateful to spend this day with you. We are going where we first started at Frugal Books Roxbury. Our last show for the year! There will be some surprises...hope you are able to come through! To celebrate, we are ending the year with our two year anniversary of having Jam Sessions that celebrate our culture, music and our being. Bring an instrument, your fav song, family or your squad.

Saturday, December 1st

You Gave Me What? | Roxbury | Free

You Gave Me What? is an annual theatrical production of Ms. Julia Tripp of Tripp Consulting/ Epiphany Theater Troupe that centers the voices of people experiencing living with HIV/AIDS. Through monologues we are a witness to their evolving stories of coming to terms with HIV in the midst of their hopes and dreams and as a means to engage and educate community. Join Ms. Julia Tripp of Epiphany Theater Troupe and cast members for food, music, community resources, HIV/STI Testing, prizes and HIV doodles by Farah Jeune. World AIDS Day Panel includes Abigail Batchelder PhD MPH, Shibani Mukerjee, MD PhD, and Bisola Ojikutu, MD MPH. Please RSVP.

My Comeback Game is Strong | Dorchester | $$$

Join me and guests for my first BÈL Talk on how to heal through a bad breakup in "My Comeback Game Is Strong." This is an impromptu, laid back workshop and high energy healing experience that will give you expert backed tools to begin the process of moving on in a healthy way. This isn't to "motivate" you, this is to force you to act, and get up and fight! A breakup should not leave us bitter and hopeless; if you give purpose to your pain - this breakup will empower you. I'm going to show you how.

Sisterhood Empowerment Circle | South End | Free

Has the aftermath of the Kavanaugh hearing left you triggered? Exhausted? Angry? Sad? Re-traumatized? In total despair? Let us come together for a conversation about how we can take care of each other and ourselves, eat nourishing food and build community. Guests facilitators include Dr. Yvonne Gomez-Carrion, Trina Jackson, Anya Thomas, Miya X and BARCC.

Christmas Bazaar | Dorchester | Free

Start or complete your holiday shopping with us at our Christmas Bazaar while supporting Morning Star Baptist Church and local entrepreneurs! Join us for a day of fun, baked goods, fellowship, some surprises, and lots of shopping!

Dorchester Stringfest | Dorchester | Free

Castle of our Skins performs works of Black composers for the Dorchester Stringfest with the Conservatory Lab Charter School at the Kroc Center, Dorchester.

Must Love Beards | Cambridge | $$$

Created in January 2015 by I DON’T DO CLUBS founder Genese Jamilah, MUST LOVE BEARDS is a national day party series for men who rock beards and women who can’t get enough of them. Women’s tickets are sold in advance to ensure the event is gender balanced. Men are allowed into the event for free, beard or not. This event is free for men with RSVP (mlbbosfall18.splashthat.com).

Harlem Renaissance Gala: A Fundraiser for Sisters Unchained | Roxbury | $$$

Join us for our 1st Annual Harlem Renaissance Gala - A Fundraiser for Sisters Unchained, on Saturday, December 1st from 7 PM to 11 PM. We welcome you to join us for an evening of culture and entertainment. Try your hand at the Blackjack or Poker table. Dance to Jazz music or enjoy an exquisite hor d’oeuvres. You will have an amazing night! This is a 21+ and semi formal attire is required.

1st Saturdays with The Red Velvet Steppers | Brockton | Free

Electric Soul Entertainment & Skeeter's proudly presents First Saturdays with The Red Velvet Steppers. If you haven't experienced this unique and classy style of dancing, you can't miss this. DJ Harmony brings you the best in Smooth Jazz & R&B. Get ready to dance the night away and enjoy great food and fun!

Anime Boston Day | West End | $$$

Join us as the Museum hosts a one-of-a-kind event celebrating anime, the popular style of Japanese animation that includes Pokémon and many other shows, films, and comics. In collaboration with Anime Boston, the Museum will offer family-friendly activities, presentations, and more exploring the the art and pageantry of anime. You can even come in costume as your favorite character for a cosplay fashion show!

Sunday, December 2nd

Product Swap and Donation Drive for Textured Hair Products | Cambridge | Free

Come connect, chat, eat and have some fun with other Boston Naturals for a worthy cause. Bring a brand new, unopened product for textured hair to donate to The Home For Little Wanderers and Teens Learning Choices. And remember that product you bought and never used, or used once but it wasn't for your hair type? Bring it to swap for another product that may work better for you. Come be part of our natural hair community, meet other naturals and support a worthy cause. Refreshments will be served. The event is free. RSVP required as space is limited.

Rhythm & Brunch | West End | Free

What a year it has been! As 2018 has come and gone, we’ve seen a significant growth in #RnBrunchBOS and NYA.Boston as a whole. You’ve supported us venturing down to Washington D.C. for an amazing brunch event during Broccoli City Fest. You’ve packed the old Fenway Park with an amazing vibe for Afropolis. You’ve sang your heart out at new events like Rock The Mic and Brown Sugar. But the consistent appreciation you’ve had for Rhythm & Brunch is clear. These events have always been about the people attending and we’re extremely proud to have the dopest crowd in the city enjoying a Sunday with us each month. We want to personally invite you all to help us trial a new space for brunch. On Sunday December 2nd, please join us at 2Twenty2 on 222 Friend Street in Boston. Come and witness the return of guest DJ RealP, who always keeps it rocking. Ryu & KNSZWRTH will be bringing their usual vibe to the new potential home. Come check it out and let us know what you think!

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).

Henny & Hotwings Podcast Live | Quincy | $$

Join Henny & Hotwings Live for our conversation around “The table: Who are you inviting and what are you bringing to it? Dynamics of the modern relationship!”  Hosted by HotSauce and Jill Badu, music by: DJ Why Sham and complimentary chicken provided by Wing Gawdz!

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.

Finding the Love of Your Life | Canton | Free

There will be two sessions with Pastor Gregory Toussaint. The first session will be Finding the Love of Your Life from 6 PM-9 PM and the second session will be Healing and Deliverance from 9 PM-11 PM. Don't forget to click the link below to register!

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.

Comedian Rodney Perry One Night Only | Seaport District | $$$

Comedian Rodney Perry performs in Boston for the first time ever on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at Laugh Boston. Rodney Perry was a featured actor in Tyler Perry's Media's Family Reunion, has appeared on BET's Comic View, Who's Got Jokes, and Bounce TV.