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By : Kevin Dacey and Mike Achille

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**We strongly encourage all to take careful precautions when going out to public events! Follow the venue’s requirements regarding vaccination/negative Covid tests! Always double check the event online just in case they need to cancel!**


8/1 Perfectly Lethal, Dropbear, *Special Guest TBA* @Charlie’s Kitchen 9pm 21+ $5

8/2 Bars Over Bars Hip Hop Showcase featuring local artists! Every first Tuesday of the month @Midway Cafe 7:30PM 21+ $10

8/6 DJ Troy Frost Presents Purple Produce: A Heal Thy Self Art Jam ft. Lady Ice, DJ Troy Frost, Movelikezay, Mark Merren, Red Shaydez, Zyla Sol @Roxbury Branch of Boston Public Library 12PM-5PM

8/6 Viruette, Humbug, Why Try?, The Forest Room @The Jungle 8pm 21+ $10

8/6 Idle Pilot, Rong, Traders, No Nations @Midway Cafe 8pm 21+ $10

8/6 Magnitude, Envision, Almighty Watching, Adrienne, Wreckage @Sons of Italy Lodge (Hingham) 6pm All Ages $15

8/7 Eliot Schoolyard Concert Series Presents: Naomi Westwater (folk, jazz, soul) @24 Eliot Street, JP 4PM All Ages $uggested Donation Bring your own chair!

8/8 The Big Lonesome, Happy Just to See You, Hawk and Heron @Charlie’s Kitchen 9pm 21+ $5

8/10 Fully Celebrated Orchestra w/ AS3 and The B+ @Midway Cafe 8pm 21+ $5

8/10 Death Valley Girls & cumgirl8 @O’Briens 9pm 21+ $13-15

8/12 La Armada, Zeta, Neighborhood Shit, Born From Demise, Hard Target @Sammy’s Patio (Revere) 7pm All Ages $15

8/13 OUTCHEA! Summer Music Series Presents Connis + Gogo @Exit Gallery, Allston 6PM All Ages $13/15

8/13 Bugs and Rats 20th Anniversary Show w/special guests Bleeders(PA) @Lilypad 7pm All Ages $15

8/13 Miles Hewitt, Rachel Sumner, John Shakespear @Lilypad 10pm All Ages $ome Cost

8/13 The Bimbos, JudgexJudy, Wasp Mother, Half/Cross, Harm Assist @Democracy Center 7PM All Ages $10

8/14 Non-Event Presents Asha Sheshadri @Laconia Gallery, Boston 2PM All Ages $uggested Donation

8/14 Eliot Schoolyard Concert Series Presents: Miguel Landestoy Trio (jazz) @24 Eliot Street, JP 4PM All Ages $uggested Donation Bring your own chair!

8/14 Mega Mass Presents: Artist Showcase! Every second Sunday of the month! Sign up to perform! @The Jungle 9PM-12AM All Ages FREE

8/14 Holiday Music, Moon by Moon, Puppy Problems, First Passionate Frisbee Club @O’Briens 8pm 21+ $12-15

8/14 Murdoch, Men and Volts, Meaghan Casey and the Latchkey Boys, Tyler Bejoian @Midway Cafe 3pm All Ages $10

8/17 ylayali, Tuxis Giant, Puppy Problems, husbands @ O'Briens 8pm 21+ $10-12

8/18 M.O.B Presents “3rd Thursdays” at Kay’s Oasis! Live Band, After work Jam and Entertainment @1125 Blue HIll Ave 5-10PM 21+ $10

8/18 Park Slug Presents: Timelapse, Dwelley, Weatherless, Tatooine Punk Scene @O’Briens 8:30pm 21+ $10

8/18 FIND OUT Event series for musicians & artists to try out new ideas every 3rd Thursday of the month. Every show is a partial benefit for radical community orgs @First Church, JP 8PM All Ages $10 @f_i_n_d___o_u_t

8/21 Non-Event Presents Joseph Allred (guitar, vocals, harmonium) &

Joe Bastardo (Bastian Void - synth) @Fisher Hill Reservoir Park, Brookline 5PM FREE

8/21 Eliot Schoolyard Concert Series Presents: Phil Sargent & Brian Friedland (boundary-pushing jazz) @24 Eliot Street, JP 4PM All Ages $uggested Donation Bring your own chair!

8/26 Open Mic presented by Fort Point Arts Community Last Friday of every month! @Assemblage Art Space 70a Sleeper St. Boston 5PM-9PM All Ages @fortpointarts

8/27 ONCE Presents: Somergloom Festival! Featuring Junius, Glacier, SEA, Dreamwell, Consumer, Queen Elephantine, Ashen Veil, Crone Visions, Lesotho, Dysthymia, Heavy Hands, and visuals by The Dregs Liquid Light Show. Plus local vendors.12pm All Ages $8.50

8/28 Heavy Meditation provides a full body meditative experience by utilizing high volume and low frequency to provide the sensation of feeling sound. This allows our mind to tune out excess activity, like the daily worries that our anxious brain likes to engage in. @The Green Room, Somerville 2PM-3PM All Ages $5-10

8/28 Eliot Schoolyard Concert Series Presents: Trio Let’s Vamos (Brazilian forró) @24 Eliot Street, JP 4PM All Ages $uggested Donation Bring your own chair!

8/28 The Write Mind Wednesdays Podcast Presents: Hip Hop At The Jungle 2 with performances by J Faith, Mo' Flow, Nim K, Freddrick HalleluYAH!!!, L0ne, RedXLion, and Timmy 2X @The Jungle Community Music Club 5pm 21+ Free

8/30 Illegally Blind Presents Patti + Landowner @Lilypad 7PM All Ages $10

8/30 Park Slug Presents: The Pauses (FL) with Trophy Wife & Clifford @O’Briens 8:30pm 21+ $10

Queeraoke: Join us EVERY Thursday as we break into song with supa dupa karaoke tracks and bursts of ferocious dance sets by our own DJ Summer's Eve & DJ Moxie. @Midway Cafe 8PM 21+ $8

TheMUSEUM TV + The Soundlab present The Testing Lab a bi-weekly event where local musicians can perform their original music and get feedback from a panel of experts! Spots fill up fast so make sure to stay in tune @thesoundlabma or email

ItsLitBoston Podcast has a dope new Spotify playlist called “ItsLitBoston Presents: VIBES FROM THE STATE” updated weekly with local new music you need to check out!! I hear they take submissions too! @itslitboston Also on Youtube and SoundCloud

New England Mic Check Radio is our region’s top dawg for uplifting urban music! Local musician spotlights every Sunday with artists such as Monaveli and Nelly Protoolz. for podcasts, swag and further updates! @newenglandmiccheck


8/12 Screening of the film “A Place for Jazz” plus a live performance by the Kohlhase/Epps/Lockwood/Gray Quartet @ZuZu 8pm All Ages $10-15

8/18 AGX Film Collective Presents: The Short Films of Rajee Samarasinghe (in-person screening + Q&A with the filmmaker) @AGX Film Collective (Waltham)

Weird Local Film Fest #14 celebrates 5 years of local filmmakers! SUBMIT to their next screening! THE RULES: Submit a film of any genre 10 mins or less by September 1st to, 1 submission per filmmaker, submission is FREE, filmmaker must be in reasonable proximity to Somerville, MA and ideally can make the event on 9/15 @Warehouse XI, Somerville @weirdlocalfilmfestival

Wenham Street Cinema is a free theater in a JP garage. They aim to build community through film and informal gatherings. Donations very optional! Showtimes at @wenhamstreetcinema

The DocYard is an award-winning film and discussion series. Catch a screening before it goes on hiatus in the Fall!


8/11 Life Drawing a monthly drawing session, which features a live nude model and a fun & welcoming environment for people of all skill levels to hone their craft. Artists must provide their own materials. Proof of vaccine is required. @Jameson & Thompson Picture Framers, JP 6:45PM $15

Beauty From Ashes is a collection of artwork and Cosmic Smash Books containing healing themes, and uplifting messages by Isabella Rose. Opening reception 8/7 11AM-2PM @Cutter Gallery, Arlington. On view until 9/25

The Dinner Party is a dynamic site-specific installation featuring discarded materials from the artist’s home and surroundings, including furniture, plastic wraps, lights and sound equipment, among other items created by Martha Chason-Sokol. Studio and artist talk visit dates to be listed soon on @Beacon Gallery, Boston. On view until 8/28

Shape_shifting_support_systems is a group exhibition featuring seven contemporary artists working at the nexus of weaving, painting, and performance ft. Bhen Alan, Emily Auchincloss, Natiana Alexandra Fonseca, Jeffrey Nowlin, Loretta Park, Denise Treizman, Courtney Stock. @Praise Shadows Art Gallery. On view until 8/24

Wiild Wonderland is an in depth tangible dive into the complexities of Blackness using

art/gallery space and performance as its medium and connector. Specifically this show aims

to explore the importance of love, compassion and friendship through the use of Cliff Notez’ multidimensional lens. @Fort Point Arts, Boston until 8/12

10b is not a 'gallery' in a traditional sense. There is no selling of work here, or any commodification of work as revenue. The value in this space is in providing opportunity for experimentation with community witness and participation. 10b is establishing space for conversation, non-traditional exhibitions, and performances where 'artists' can experiment, play, fail, and connect. @10b Brookley Rd, JP Open Sun 12PM-5PM by appt.

Call to Artists “Destination:Nature 2022” invites all Massachusetts visual artists inspired by nature to participate in this show centered on protected lands in Harvard, Massachusetts. Cash and future gallery exhibition awards. Submissions open: 9/1 Deadline: 9/30 Apply at


8/3 Open Armory is an open mic for all performance practices. Sign up at 7PM. Every first Wednesday of the month @Arts at the Armory 7PM-10PM All Ages Free

Thru 8/7 Pack a picnic for the 25th annual Shakespeare on the Common, featuring the comedy Much Ado About Nothing. FREE tix

8/11-8/13 The Boston Lyric Opera brings Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet to life as an opera on the Common. FREE tix at

Thru 8/13 Company One brings Francisca Da Silveira’s new play "can I touch it?" to the legendary Strand Theatre in Dorchester. Tix at Pay-what-you-can or free

8/13 + 8/27 Duck Duck Goofs Presents Night School $4 Drinks. The funniest comedians. A true late night show. Enter through the hidden door on the side of the building, and walk into an abandoned classroom that we've transformed into a speakeasy. @Cambridge Community Center 8PM + 10PM 21+ $15

Duck Duck Goofs Presents Goofs Underground: Comedy Under the Cantab Every Thursday enjoy local comedians, live music openers, and drink specials @Cantab Lounge Basement 8PM 21+ $10

8/20 Roxbury Roots Join Hibernian Hall for a night of gathering and live storytelling around the campfire. Allow the night to take you through a great range of human experience filled with laughter, tears, and truth. Stick around for food, refreshments, and lots of prizes. @Hibernian Hall, Roxbury 6:30PM-8:30PM All Ages FREE

8/27 Union Improv Festival returns! Get ready for a longform improv marathon that features longform improv from the Boston area and beyond nonstop for 12 hours with no breaks between performances. Accepted groups will be assigned a specific 15-30 minute time slot for their performance. Submissions may be closed by the time this prints. @Crystal Ballroom, Somerville 12PM-12AM $ome Cost

8/28-9/23 Get tix NOW for the American Repertory’s show with NYC’s Signature Theatre, “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” re-examines America’s cycle of police brutality. Tix at $25+

Subcontinental Drift Boston (SubDrift) is part of a national open mic movement building a creative community amongst local South Asians. Performers of all types, backgrounds and experience levels are welcome! Please fill out the form at if you're interested in performing and we'll be in touch. You can also follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @subdriftboston to stay in the loop.

Summer Movement Series put on by VLA Dance. Join these FREE classes Mondays to learn tricking and breaking and Thursdays to learn advanced contemporary dance. Sign up at @Hibernian Hall, Roxbury

Midway or the Highway Ever wondered what hilarious comedians from big fancy TV shows do the rest of the week? Sometimes they appear at your neighborhood bar! The funniest in New England and beyond can now be found in the wilds of JP on every single Sunday night at 9PM FOR FREE. Open mic at 10PM @Midway Cafe 21+


Visual Magazine provides a platform for creative spirits to tell stories through visuals. As growing proof that people want substantive artistic media in their hands, the quarterly platform is proving again and again that people want to lift the veil on uncomfortable and fascinating topics with art as the hand. Purchase their latest issues at and connect with @visualmag_

LONER Magazine is a publication that strives to showcase the raw, unfiltered and saturated life we experience on a daily basis. This publication aims to be a creative safe space for Artists, POC, LGBTQ and those who have a desire to change the world with their work. Read at and follow @loner.magazine

Stay Kind! publishes and distributes creative works including zines and buttons. A portion of all sales are donated to initiatives supporting positive change in our communities. Shop multitudes of zines at and connect with @staykinddistro

Wisteria Magazine beautiful digital local art and music zine published weekly with love! Peek now at @wisteria.mag

“Can We Talk With Spirit Friends?” is a series of digital collage zines, compositions of images and text found in books from the 19th-Century to the present, sequenced to create surreal interpretive narratives. There are currently 24 zines in this ongoing series. Buy them online at

Gay Ghost stories seeks anything queer, spooky, and printable for a full color Halloween zine. Trans ghosts? Queer campfire tales? Haunted gay clubs? Anything spooky goes! Email submissions to

The Negro Flowers Series An online zine of writings, poetry, art and photography by various local BIPOC authors compiled by BCN contributor Qadir Shabazz. ‘People & Places’ Issue #3 is now available! Read online at

Pleasure Pie is hiring a Sexual Justice Coordinator! Search “Pleasure Pie” on for the description and app! Pleasure Pie is a grassroots sex-positive organization in Boston, MA. They make zines, illustrations, publications, events, and conversations on sexual empowerment and consent.


8/4 Workers Party South of Boston Local Meeting to discuss ongoing political work and perspectives on current events. The Workers Party of Massachusetts goals are to overthrow the capitalist system of exploitation and the many injustices it perpetuates, to establish working class political power, and to build a socialist economy that prioritizes the needs of people and the planet over the profit-driven interests of capital. @Tufts Library Meeting Room 232, 46 Broad St, Weymouth 7PM-8PM

8/6 JP Vintage & Artisanal Market A market of vendors ranging from vintage goods to homemade crafts and everything in between! @24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain 11AM-3:30PM

8/6 Reclaim Rock City Free Community Fair Join your neighbors to make connections, enjoy free music, games, sports, poetry, freebies, and collaborative art! @Ringer Park, Allston 12PM-6PM All Ages. For more info, contact

8/13 Yart Sale a citywide showcase of local art organized by Somerville Arts Council. Get out and snag artwork, jewelry, music, collectibles, and more from the comfort of your yard, driveway, or porch. @Somerville 12PM-6PM

8/13 Watertown Arts Market is an annual venue for artists and cultural organizations in Watertown, MA, to share their work. Attendees can enjoy, shop, and learn about the artistic and cultural offerings in Watertown. Boson Compass Newspaper will be there! Come hang, talk and learn more! @Arsenal Park, Watertown 12PM-5PM

8/17 Thrift Store Day at Boomerangs The JP and Cambridge stores will be having a 20% off sale on all merchandise to celebrate! Go support this rad store that supports BCN and fights HIV/AIDS!

8/20 The Salem Flea Vintage, art, clothes, hand-made goods @Derby Square, Salem, MA

8/21 Bartlett Square Makers Market is a summer/fall monthly market featuring local creatives, artisans, and craftspeople. The goal is to bring together the local artisans of JP in a safe, accessible space where people can meet, share their skills and materials, and learn from one another. @18 Bartlett Square, JP. Every 3rd Sunday 11AM to 3PM from May to November

The Somerville Flea happens every Saturday Vintage, artisan, fresh produce and live music smack dab in the middle of Davis Square Somerville. @56 Holland St, Somerville 10AM-4PM

Greenway Artisan Market happens every Sunday A vibrant open-air market featuring talented area artists, makers, and independent designers. @Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston 11AM-5PM

Popportunity Pop-up Shops every weekend, shop local and get to know Central's newest small businesses. All operated by local entrepreneurs and artists. Open Sat + Sun 12PM-5PM, weather permitting. @Starlight Square, Cambridge

Egleston Farmers Market is back every Saturday 10AM-2PM at the Community Servings parking lot in JP! The market is expanding to include a bunch of low waste living resources like textile recycling, DIY workshops, bicycle repair, live tailors and lots more! @eglestonfarmersmarket

Central Square Farmer’s Market open every Monday 12PM-6PM from until 11/21. Their footprint, like last year, includes Norfolk Street and Starlight to increase space for vendors and distancing for shoppers.

Melanin Owned Business Vendors Flea Market every Saturday at Kay’s Oasis 1125 Blue Hill Ave from 12-5pm. Open Mic 1st and 4th Saturdays. Contact 585-237-8487 for vending opportunities. Vendors of color please reach out!

Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Individuals are unrestricted $5,000 grants to creatives and gig workers to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and set a path for growth. Opens: 8/15 Info sessions: 8/23 + 10/6 App deadline: 11/1

Apply at

Lucy Parsons Center, your favorite radical bookstore and community space, is moving back to the South End (Into MakeShift’s former spot). They need your help fundraising to make the transition smooth and help keep this Boston staple going! To donate visit or check their social media @lucyparsonscenter

Hatch Makerspace Workshops Tons of free with registration workshops all month long. From programming to sewing to making paper flowers, Hatch is a really cool community spot you have to check out!

Community Fridges! There’s a bunch of these popping up all around the city and beyond! They provide food for all and are totally volunteer-run! @southbostoncommunityfridge needs help starting up! Email to find how to get involved. @dotcommunityfridge is not open but does regular food drives. The following are now open! @watertowncommunityfridge @bostoncommunityfridge @allstonbrightonfridges @matcommunityfridge @cambridgefridge @cambridgecitygrowers @roslindalecommunityfridge @somervillecommunityfridge @newtoncommunityfreedge @numutualaid @southendfridge @brooklinecommunityfridge


BDS Boston recognizes that Israel has been involved in the oppression of not only Palestinians, but people in the Caribbean, Central, South, and North America, Africa, and Asia. Israel and the US have been jointly responsible for developing the infrastructure of surveillance and repression of people of color and immigrants. We are committed to building alliances with other groups to fight this oppression. Help build the BDS movement in Boston with this devoted group of activists @bdsboston

Community Care in Reach is a free medical mobile clinic providing STI testing, pap smears, check-ups, HIV testing, wound care, and vaccines to Boston youths under 24. This program was created by the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program who drives this service TO YOU on Tuesdays 3PM-7PM and Thursdays 5PM-8PM. Reach out to them by dming their Instagram @harmreductionists or text/call us at 617-645-7649

Creatives of Color Boston is a collective dedicated to the creation of intersectional safe spaces for BIPOC artists to connect and create together, while also celebrating and uplifting the voices and work of BIPOC artists from around the Boston area. They plan three main events each year including concerts, workshops, and exhibitions. More at

DeeDee’s Cry provides resources and education on the importance of mental health and wellness within communities of color. They collaborate with organizations and agencies to create events, programs, projects and activities within communities of color that are centered on family, mental health and wellness. Find out about upcoming events at

Dunamis drops a weekly Resource Roundup for artists straight to your inbox! Stay up to date with all this locally curated list of artist opportunities. Go to their website now and sign up for the newsletter!

Families For Justice As Healing has converted one side of their Roxbury office into a community pantry and fridge to meet people's basic needs like diapers, hygiene products, and food staples. You can contribute to stocking the pantry here: @100R Warren St., Roxbury

HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) strives to help abused women, children, men, and nonbinary people live free from violence and fear. As a leading domestic violence agency in Massachusetts, HAWC provides a domestic violence helpline, emergency shelter, legal services, advocacy and counseling services to more than 2,500 families in the North Shore area each year. @hawcnorthshore

Sista Creatives Rising helps marginalized women/femme creatives gain accessibility and visibility in the arts to facilitate personal healing @sistacreativesrising

Sisters Unchained is a prison abolitionist non-profit organization dedicated to supporting young women and girls with incarcerated or formerly incarcerated parents. It is a refuge space where young women of color can focus on loving and improving themselves and their communities in the way they see fit. Summer programming open for application now! @sistersunchained

Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #149 August 2022


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