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Music & Audio

9/3 Silk R&B Party DJ Real P, Baby Indiglo, and guest DJ Fab are back for another function! The days are long and the world is hard, but once a month there is our soft place to land: Silk, an R&B party, a celebration of us. All R&B, all love, all night. @ The Grand at Seaport 9:30pm 21+ $30 @djrealp

9/5 Dog Date, Black Beach, Pink Lids, At Stan's Bris @ O'Briens Pub 8pm 21+ $15

9/6 Theo Croker Live at City Winery City Winery Boston presents jazz trumpeter Theo Croker live in concert on Wednesday, September 6th at 7:30PM. Theo’s reach includes collaborations with a variety of popular musicians: vocalists Ari Lennox and Jill Scott, and rappers J. Cole and Wyclef Jean. Hear him perform his latest EP, BY THE WAY, and other singles and records in his brilliant discography. @ City Winery 7:30pm-10:30pm 21+

9/7 CONTAINER (UK), SEDIMENT CLUB (NY/MA), LOCULUS @ FKA Comics (90 King St, Northampton) 8pm All Ages $10

9/8 Public Circuit, Walk Me Home, Main Era, Jane Don't @ O'Briens Pub 9pm 21+ $15 @justmainera

9/9 Three drummers, a trilogy of creativity: Luther Gray, Miki Matsuki, Matt Crane @ Lilypad 8pm-10pm All Ages $15

9/8 Clear the Floor presents Dazegxd and Gum.Mp3 @ Union Tavern 9pm 21+ $10-$20 @clear.the.floor

9/9 H2O, Incendiary Device @ Bridge 9 Warehouse (Beverly) 6pm-10pm All Ages $20

9/9 JP Music Festival ft. live music, food trucks, and kids' activities! 7 hours of fun! @ Pinebank Field at Jamaica Pond @ 12pm-7pm All Ages FREE @phborderline,@thatevangreer

9/9 Live Wire Sessions 2 presents Dei Xhrist, Dr. Flow, Minibeast, Oxalis @ Cambridge Community Television 1pm-4pm All Ages

9/10 Electronica Night at State Park ft. J.Bagist, ExHyena, Violet Nox with Noell Dorsey Join us for an amazing evening of electronic music! Visuals by Pea.Cok and DJ Bob Diesel. @ State Park Bar 7:30pm 21+ FREE @violetnoxband

9/10 Paris Texas, live at the Middle East! Paris Texas, new indie-rap heroes based in Los Angeles, are on tour for their latest album (MID AIR), and bringing their show to the Middle East! @ Middle East Downstairs 7pm-10pm 18+ $20

9/10 Content Brakes presents Chain Cult (Athens, Greece), Burning Wind, Diabolus, B.E.A.S.T. @ Deep Cuts Deli 7pm 21+ $20 @content_brakes

9/10 Billy Wylder Boston Record Release Party w/ special guests Almost Olive @ Rockwood Music Hall 7:30pm-10:30pm $20

9/10 Soulful Bliss Arts & Music Festival featuring Olasco Boston, Smyly Sickwitit, DJ TROY Frost, DA BANGAZ. Wali Ali and Pharaoh Essentials Wellness with Lawanda Monique Join Boston Harbor Now and AfroDesiaCity for a relaxing evening at The Anchor in the Charlestown Navy Yard, curated by and for communities of color. Enjoy games, food & drinks, and live music! Tickets are free, but we ask you to pre-register! @The Anchor Beer Garden @ Charleston's Navy Yard 4pm-8pm All Ages FREE @djtroyfrost, @afrodesiacity

9/13 Knobs ft. 16bitspit, Simon Smthing, Phthalo Blue, Big Chef Dog A beat night @ State Park Bar 9pm 21+ FREE

9/12 Beam Splitter and Jake Meginsky @ Goethe-Institut Boston 7pm All Ages $ome Cost @noneventseries

9/11 Eli Winter, Thalia Zedek, Major Stars @ O'Briens Pub 9pm 21+ $15

9/16 Kids Like You And Me present SUPAPS w/ Headband, The Spatulas, ICK, Honey Cassette & KO Queen KLYAM presents... SUPAPS = Somerville Underground Pop Arts Performance Showcase @ Lincoln Park (Somerville) 1pm-5pm All Ages FREE

9/18 Taper's Choice with Owsley's Owls @ Deep Thoughts 8:30pm All Ages $10

9/15 - 9/16 Illegal Blind Presents Boston Fuzzstival 2023! Boston Fuzzstival returns with 22 bands over 2 days for a celebration of local and regional music! @ Arts at the Armory 6pm All Ages $22-$35 @cliffnotezz,@paprlady @illegallyblindpresents

9/14 Noise Nomads, Angela Sawyer & Arkm Foam, Shea Mowatt, Jonathan Hanson @ Mystery Train Records (Amherst) 5pm-10pm All Ages Free

9/16 Purple Produce 2.0 A Hip Hop & Wellness Experience ft. yoga, reiki, Dj sets, performances and live art and fashion! @ 1400 Boylston St, Fenway @ 12pm-6pm All Ages @djtroyfrost

9/21 Jacques, Cortina, Drolet & Cluett & Rawlings, Kelley @ First Church JP 8:30pm All Ages $10-15 @noneventseries

9/18 Mirrored Hell, Phagocyte, Cigarette Camp, The Flems @ The Silhouette Lounge 8pm 21+ $10

9/21 Sicaria, Hamdi, Rafeeki, Glass Arrowhead @ Sonia 9pm 18+ $35

9/23 Fall River Noise Fest featuring Trisomy 9, Anka Raczynska, Marie Carroll, Andrea Pensado, and many more! @ VFW Post 486 (Fall River) 2pm All Ages $10

9/23 The Chamber Ultimate Iron (ft. Big Sosa, TREVO tha Scholah, Najee Janey, Nate Nics, CalvinKleinCaterpillar, Tomo, Maye Star, and Sanye) The title of Grandmaster of the Chamber is on the line, as well as a $5000 cash prize! Which of the fated MCs will earn your cheer at the Chamber: Ultimate Iron? Come find out and decide! @ Hibernian Hall 7pm-11pm 18+ $20-$30 @masterofthechamber

9/23 Nightfeeder, Savage Mystic, The Massacred, Kuebiko @ The Vault (Lynn, MA) 7pm All Ages $15

9/23 Roslindale Porch Fest Roslindale Porch Fest is a free music festival featuring bands and musicians on porches and in yards across the neighborhood. @ 12pm-8pm All Ages FREE

9/27 Songs of Life from Shelter Music Boston Public Concert ft. the Julie Leven Artistic Project @ St. Cecilia's Parish 7pm-9pm All Ages

9/26 Mourning, Age of Apocalypse, Adrienne, Godskin Peeler, xNomadx @ The Hoff (Holyoke, MA) 6pm All Ages $15

9/29 Wet Specimens, Rabid Few, Target Scammers, Dimension @ Rat Trap (Holyoke) 7pm All Ages $10

9/28 Hologram LP release, Daunting Nightmare, Wanted, Rabid Few Local hardcore supports purely abrasive DC hardcore @ Canadian-American Club (Watertown) 7pm-10pm All Ages $10

Video & Film

9/13 WOLFF ON COMPOSITION Written and directed by Ernesto Livon-Grosman, the film will be followed by a post-screening discussion featuring Christian Wolff, Ernesto Livon-Grosman, Susanna Bolle, Katarina Miljkovic, and Steve Drury. @ NEC Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theater 8pm All Ages FREE @noneventseries

9/9 TAG TEAM: Experience the Culture of Working Class Artists curated by AOA Supply Collabs by Boston's Dopest ft. Collaborative Artwork, Live Body Painting, Blackbook Session, VR Graffiti, Drinks @ 1518 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan @ 7pm-10pm All Ages $15 @aoasupply

9/14 Artwork Sale at Curio on Canal This summer, art_works is excited to facilitate Art @ Curio, an exhibition exploring how a group of Boston-area artists approach the complexity of the environment that surrounds them. Presented in partnership with @workflow_interiors, Art @ Curio will also feature artworks generously donated by Boston-area artists and galleries to the writer’s fund at Boston Art Review. Proceeds of all sales from this exhibition will directly benefit BAR @ Curio on Canal 1pm-4pm All Ages @bostonartreview

Performance Art:

9/9 Decoding the Colonial ft. Joanna Tam and Lani Asuncion Responding to Lot Lab’s history and geography as a post-colonial military industrial shipyard that is adjacent to both the Boston Harbor waters and the Freedom Trail next to the USS Constitution Museum locally based interdisciplinary artists Lani Asuncion and Joanna Tam will be presenting site-specific performances and creative interventions in partnership with Now + There. @ The Lot Lab, 115 Constitution Road Charlestown. @ 5pm-7pm All Ages FREE @joanna_tam,@lani.asuncion


9/9 More Life Festival The team at More Life is radiating joy, love, and health to kickstart our fall! Come out to Harambee Park on September 9, 2023, to receive free high-quality healthcare, vibe to local artists, and connect with your community. @ Harambee Park 12pm-7:30pm All Ages Free

9/8 Liberation Open Mic feat. Porsha Olayiwola @ Boston Liberation Center 7pm-10pm All Ages FREE @porshaolayiwola

9/9 Back 2 Basics Clothing Swap All you need is a sheet and your old clothing that you want to swap! Free Yerba Mate! Meet at the Flagpole. @ Boston Public Garden 2pm-6pm All Ages FREE

9/17 Open Streets Boston Dorchester Open Streets Boston is a series of free, family-friendly events in different neighborhoods throughout the city. During these events, major thoroughfares will be closed to motor traffic, creating open spaces for pedestrians to enjoy. @ Dorchester Ave Between Ashmont St and Freeport St @ 10am-3:30pm All Ages FREE

9/10 Somerville Rock + Roll Yard Sale Locally sourced indie vendors selling a fun and eclectic mix of vinyl records, vintage and DIY handmade goods. @ Union Square Somerville. @ 12pm-5pm All Ages FREE

9/10 Make Boston Shitty Again It’s Robby Roadsteamer’s Birthday! Make Boston Shitty Again Do wah ah ah ah. Art show stickers, snacks, music , Comedy W/ Special guests like Mike Jimmy Coco @ O'Briens Pub 4pm 21+ $10

9/6 Writing to Repair our Tribe Join the Ujima Arts and Culture team for the next installment of their zine-based microlearning Pod series, "Writing to Repair our Tribe"! Led by Saskia VannJames, a policy-maker, reparatory justice practitioner, and cultural artist. @ Zoom 7:15pm-8:30pm All Ages Free @ujimaboston

9/30 El Grito de Lares and Puerto Rico in the Movements for Caribbean Liberation A Puerto Rican Cultural Event! @ Boston Liberation Center 12:30pm-5pm All Ages FREE

9/30 Youth Night Priority ages 12-19! @ Boston Liberation Center 6pm-9pm All Ages FREE

9/10 29th Cambridge Carnival International @ University Park Commons 11am-5pm All Ages FREE

9/28 Liberation Forum: The Struggle for Liberation in West Africa @ Boston Liberation Center 6:30pm-8:30pm All Ages FREE

10/5 Sista Creatives Rising present "I Know Who I Am"! Virtual Fundraiser and Film Event Journeys of Women of Color and Femme-Expressing Creatives, showcasing a collection of women of color and femme-expressing folks of color finding solace and healing in art. Our five chosen artists, through narrative videos totaling to a 20 minute documentary, will discuss their lived experience with subjects around race, gender, disability, mental health, immigration and more, and how art serves as a healing tool for them. @ 6:30pm-8:30pm All Ages FREE @sistacreativesrising

Book Release: Daughters of Latin America by Sandra Guzman A total of 140 women--ancestors and contemporary writers--in one volume. More than 40 nations and 24 languages--songs, chants, poetry, lyric essays, speeches, short stories, fragments of novels, opinions, letters.


Brookline Arts Center 2023 Public Art Program Call for Submissions This call is for a BIPOC artist or artist team to create a site-specific work of public art in collaboration with low-income Brookline teens. The BAC is seeking submissions of initial proposals, with two finalists selected to produce more detailed proposals. Deadline to apply is 9/16

Apply to the Iris Residency! The Studios at MASS MoCA and The Berkshire Immigrant Center started the Iris Residency to support artists in Western or Central Massachusetts who are foreign-born, or identify as first or second generation American. Deadline to apply is 9/8

Call for Boston-Based Queer Writers and Collaborators [Working Title] is an ongoing pop-up queer reading series hosted by L Scully. Events at rotating Boston-area venues featuring invited readers and open mic slots. Seeking performers, venues, sponsors, and media coverage. Deadline rolling!

Assets for Artists + Artists U Special 6-month Cohort A FREE 6-month professional development series based on the principles and strategies of Artists U's transformative book Making Your Life as an Artist. Deadline to apply is 9/15

Music Drives Us ​Music Drives Us strives to accomplish its mission to inspire New England’s musicians of tomorrow by supporting their music opportunities today by offering Instrument, Performance, and Organizational grants. Deadline is rolling.

2024 Hack.Diversity Software Engineering Fellowship ​We partner with the city’s fastest growing tech teams to identify, develop, and equip high-performing talent — who predominantly identify as Black or Latinx/e/a/o — to launch careers as software engineers, data analysts, and mechanical engineers within the innovation economy. Deadline to apply is 9/15

Submit to Wild New England: Captivating Expressions of Nature Nearby This Stove Factory Gallery aims to entice the viewer using the flora and fauna of New England in exciting, dynamic and unexpected forms. Deadline to apply is 9/28

Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #161 September 2023


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