October 29, 2018 - November 4, 2018

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Monday, October 29th

What a Difference a DA Makes | Downtown | Free

What a Difference a DA Makes is a first-of-its-kind public education campaign in Massachusetts. Powered by a network of partner organizations, this campaign seeks to highlight the key role that the Commonwealth’s district attorneys play in determining the effectiveness and fairness of the criminal legal system – and to inform and educate Massachusetts residents so they are more aware and engaged in their local district attorney elections. Our speaker for the event will be Rahsaan D. Hall, Esq., Director, Racial Justice Program, ACLU Massachusetts. This event is open to the public.

Tuesday, October 30th

Gun Violence Prevention Panel | Downtown | Free

Join Boston activists, and Parkland students for a panel on gun violence prevention and how you can get involved in the movement.

R&B Pajama Jam | Dorchester | $

It’s a throwback R&B Pajama Jam! Four live R&B performances with live band by Ballad, Jae, Treva Holmes and Uni!

Celebrating Women Owned Business Month in Boston | East Boston | Free

An evening of networking, fun and celebrating women entrepreneurs from across the City of Boston! Join City Councilor At-Large (and small business owner), Annissa Essaibi George for the third event in a series of events focusing on empowering women-owned small businesses in Boston! For this event we are inviting all women small business owners operating and/or living in Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston, North End, Mission Hill & Fenway to join us but the event is also open to all neighborhoods in Boston.

Wednesday, October 31st

None...so you might as well listen to or watch our show live at 9 PM on Boston Free Radio or on the Boston Come Through Facebook page!

Thursday, November 1st

Back to Reality: Student Loans & Credit | Roxbury | $$$

Are you overwhelmed by your student loans? Do you wish you had better understanding about the student loan terms and how your credit is impacted? Are you struggling with knowing where to start paying off your debt? This is the workshop for you! Collectively, one of the biggest regrets of Americans today is having student loan debt. Americans owe $1.5 trillion in student loans and women hold two thirds of the national debt. To say this is a crisis would be an understatement. In this workshop the goal is to reduce the shame and stress that we have towards our student loans, educate on how to navigate this space using credit, and begin the conversation of becoming student debt free! Join us!

The Gentrification Game | Dorchester | Free

Don't get mad, get creative. The Gentrification Game is my commentary on the current housing crisis in Boston, MA. Set on a life-sized game board you'll see if you have what it takes to survive while navigating the ups and downs that come with living in a "transitioning" neighborhood. You in? This event is absolutely free. Think of it as less of an event and more of an art installation. It'll be open from 4pm-7pm but the actual time to complete the game will be in 10 min intervals.

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.

Sankofa Circle (an Emotional Emancipation Circle) | Roslindale | Free

The EE Circles℠ process is one of many strategies devised by CHN to build the movement for freedom from the lies of white superiority and Black inferiority, and other emotional legacies of enslavement and racism. EE Circles℠ are inspired by the self-help movement and grounded in the principles of Ma’at, the ancient Egyptian understanding of the fundamental order of the universe. This is the first full session of a seven-week journey into healing internalized racial wounds, community-building and activism. Participants will be given the opportunity to share, connect and reflect in a safe, affirming space. Dates are listed.

Equity Agenda Tour: Criminal Justice Reform | Roxbury | Free

On Thursday, November 1st at 6:30 p.m., we invite you to attend our 2nd Equity Agenda Forum focused on reforming our criminal justice system. The forum will include a panel of bold community leaders, activists, and educators. Our goal is to center this event on those who have lived and worked within the justice system and to elevate the voices, concerns, and solutions of those most affected.

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 during Jazz By Any Means Necessary, happening November 1, 2018! Time is 7 PM to 10:30 PM and there is no cover charge. Live musicians, free parking and great food and drink. All ages are welcome.

Friday, November 2nd

Make Bread Presents Zen for the Lit & Hustling ft. Tracy G | Allston | Free

Come through to the latest edition of Bread Boston’s Start Up Classroom featuring Tracy G. Tracy G. is a nice Scorpio who loves earfuls of affirmations, thick conversations about the pursuit of inner/outer wellness, amazing concealers, amazing cocktails, human behavior and the state of Kanye West's soul. She's bundled all of this up into She's Beauty And The Beast, an emotional empowerment brand for millennial women with a focus on what she calls audio vision boards-- a modern day remix to affirmations. Tracy is also an on-air personality for SiriusXM's Sway In The Morning show and was named a 2018 Millennial Love Leader by ESSENCE Magazine.

Get Your Mix On | Back bay | $-$$$

As we celebrate our one year anniversary, we invite you to come out and get your "mix" on with Pretty Mixy and friends! Come enjoy a night filled with music, networking, and so much more.

The Gentrification Game | Dorchester | Free

Don't get mad, get creative. The Gentrification Game is my commentary on the current housing crisis in Boston, MA. Set on a life-sized game board you'll see if you have what it takes to survive while navigating the ups and downs that come with living in a "transitioning" neighborhood. You in? This event is absolutely free. Think of it as less of an event and more of an art installation. It'll be open from 4pm-7pm but the actual time to complete the game will be in 10 min intervals.

MFA First Friday: Coloring Autumn | Fenway | $$$

Explore the colorful scenes in our exhibition "French Pastels: Treasures from the Vault" and create your own watercolor postcard inspired by the fall season! Sip on November's signature Cranberry Harvest cocktail and enjoy music by DJ Daniel DiMarë of Music Management. Open to visitors 21+. Valid ID with proof of age required for entry. Free for members and free with Museum admission! Order your tickets now to secure your spot at our monthly weekend kickoff. Advance tickets are strongly suggested as the event can sell out.

Illuminus 2018 | Downtown | Free

Illuminis is a contemporary arts festival that features original installations, video projections and performances by artists who work in the medium of light and sound to create immersive experiences that turn city streets into an installation gallery. This festival is created by and for the Boston community.

Tax Planning for Artists & Freelancers with Hannah Cole | Dorchester | Free

Assets for Artists and Fairmount Innovation Lab are pleased to present a free tax workshop for artists and creative entrepreneurs on Friday, November 2, 2018 12 PM to 2 PM. No pre-registration required; interested artists are invited to just show up! Hannah Cole is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. A long-time working artist with a high-level exhibition history, Hannah has a unique vantage point for understanding the financial challenges of freelancers and small creative businesses. Hannah Cole is the founder of Sunlight Tax and an Enrolled Agent with the IRS. In this workshop she will discuss the basic tax equation and tax issues specifically relevant to artists, followed by a Q&A period. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 3rd

Mindful Woman: “Roots to Blossoms” Garden Party (Self Care Series Pt. I) | Dorchester | $$$

Summer is Over, Fall is Here, and so is the Rejuvenation of Self! Why not get grounded in a unique experience and share space with an intimate group of like minded women. Enjoy poetry that will enlighten your harvest, meditation that will replenish your essence, savory and sweet delights that will nourish your soul, and conversation that will sparkle your spirit. Included in the event is a three course meal, meditation & journal session, journal & pen, Mindful Goddess “Goodie” bag filled with luscious items from Faith's Naturals, The Téspa, Pharaoh Essentials and Trupeace.wellness. Please bring a blanket or scarf and your favorite mug. Come spend a Saturday midday afternoon filling your cup and rejuvenating your wellness journey. You will learn how you can take the next step in your self care while having fun and connecting with other amazing women. We will take a holistic look at how knowing yourself can help you grow. We will explore how to be courageous and how we change the essence of our language from doubt to inspire.

Living Your Best Life: A Forum for Men’s Health & Wholeness | Dorchester | Free

This is a FREE event! Breakfast will be served! This is an opportunity for men to get together and talk about their health and how they have found it navigating through the health care system in Boston and beyond. The idea is to talk about the disparities that exist for men of all ages in communities of color and how different conditions may be treated differently than those who are not. Please RSVP no later than October 31, 2018.

Financial Literacy Workshop | Roxbury | Free

Attend a free financial literacy course taught by Nicholas Josey, a Northeastern University alum and Executive Director of the Vincita Institute. During the three-part series, he will share 20+ years of financial planning and advising experience that will help participants set financial goals and follow through plans for economic achievements.

Town Hall: Cannabis Conversations | Dorchester | Free

We've heard from lots of residents, particularly in Dorchester and Mattapan, with questions on when and where cannabis businesses will open in our neighborhoods, and what the regulations will be. The goal of this town hall is to bring people together across Councilor Campbell's district (though all are welcome) to get answers to your questions. Join us on Saturday, Nov. 3rd for an informative conversation on how the cannabis industry will roll out in Boston, including development and zoning processes; host agreements; licensing; ensuring equity in licensing; and more! Panelists will include representatives from the Cannabis Control Commission, the City of Boston Planning and Development Agency, Boston City Council Counsel, and Towerwall (a data security and compliance company).

Illuminus 2018 | Downtown | Free

Illuminus is a contemporary arts festival that features original installations, video projections and performances by artists who work in the medium of light and sound to create immersive experiences that turn city streets into an installation gallery. This festival is created by and for the Boston community.

Team Natural Hair & Wellness Tour - Boston | Randolph | $$$

Sis, lost when it comes to your wash day routine? Come and get a personalized healthy hair care regimen matched with the right products for your hair! Length check! If you're frustrated with slow hair growth or what seems like no hair growth come and learn how to retain your length to meet your #HairGoals. There's nothing better than seeing exactly how to create a style. We've got demos that will take your natural hairstyling techniques to the next level. What’s Happening at the Event? Interactive workshops providing personalized healthy hair care regimens, product education, hair growth tips and techniques, live styling demos, vendors and more!

Heather Headley, Broadway My Way | Downtown | $$$

The Tony®-winning star of Aida, Heather Headley brings her first run of headline performances to Boston with an evening of beloved Broadway songs, as well as several personal selections arranged specifically for her unmatched vocal prowess and beauty.

2nd Empowerment Fashion Show for Domestic Violence Awareness | Hingham | $$$

On Saturday November 3rd, we're hosting The 2nd Annual Empowerment Fashion Show for Domestic Violence Awareness, all led by Sylvia's by the Sea to benefit our October #savetosupport cause Love Life Now Foundation, Inc. This show will be special, because each of the models are survivors of domestic violence taking to the runway to show that they are not victims anymore; they are not just survivors; they are over comers and they are beautiful. Last year we said if the show was successful we would make it an annual event. Successful would be a very mild way to describe it. The amount of positivity exploding in that room as our models came out on the runway loudly and proudly showing the world they could Love their Life Now was simply awe inspiring. We hope you can join us for this awareness event.

Reign Fashion Show | Dorchester | $$$

This event showcases a combination of classic and new designs by Nika Jones Hollingsworth all in black white - we pay homage to Kate Spade with this showcase. We also will donate a portion of after cost proceeds to Rosie's Place Homeless Shelter. Wear something hot pink to show your support! Music by DJ Fredo, Hosted by Authenic Quis Tucker, Performance by Amelia Ali and more! Prizes, Vendors and Giveaways -- We also have complimentary food and candy bar (courtesy of Donyell Creations). Nilanjo! Fashion Entertainment is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Your support is appreciated!

The Slave Narrative of Willie Mae by Ife Franklin | Medford | Free

Interdisciplinary artist Ifé Franklin will read from her powerful new book written in the voice of her great-grandmother, Willie Mae McCain, who was born in Virginia on the threshold of emancipation. The narrative brings to life Willie Mae's journey from enslavement to freedom. Please note that this narrative includes graphic historic content, and is not recommended for children under 12.

Sunday, November 4th

HAMA 2nd Annual Social & Networking Event | Somerville | $-$$$

Thank you for your interest in our 2nd Annual Social and Networking Event. HAMA is a nonprofit organization based out of Boston with a mission to provide culturally specific health education to Haitian American communities to improve health literacy & achieve optimal health outcomes. As an organization we love and know the importance of community! For this reason, during the last quarter of each year we create a space where we invite you (our community) to be informed of our organizational happenings, while setting the atmosphere for good vibes, great laughs, amazing food, and purposeful connections! Admission is as follows: $20 without donation and $10 with donation of one of the following toiletries: deodorant (male/female), toothpaste, toothbrush, bar of soap). All donations will be forwarded to the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF – haitianhealthfoundation.org) as part of our annual HAMA reaches Haiti project. We look forward to seeing you on 11/4!

Soul & Sangria | West End | $

Back for more?! The Social Butterflies present an evening of smooth R&B & even more delicious cocktails! #SoulfulSounds performed by Black Owned. Enjoy Alibi's lounge with us & our signature exquisite Sangria!

Print Ain’t Dead| Dorchester | Free

Print Ain’t Dead is a pop up bookstore featuring works written by people of color. All of our books are priced between $2-$5. Proceeds made from book sales go to our performer of the night! Get a book and put money in a writer of color's pocket! This particular pop up features Chloe Wong and will take place at Pierce AIR Space in Upham's Center.