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Happenings August 2021

By Mike Achille, Kevin D, and Amyas Mcknight


Look at all these shows!!

8/1 Shirts + Skin, Owen Manure, Memory Lame, Sticker Shock @Ralph’s (Worcester) 7pm 21+ $7

8/4 Slashers (NYC), Substantial Abuse, TBA @O’Briens 8pm 21+ $10

8/5 ONCE Somerville x Boynton Yards Present: Leos Roaring, No Small Children, Thrust Club, Bad Larrys, Tiffy @151 South Street, Somerville 5pm All Ages $15-20

8/6 Final Gasp record release show with High Command, Sadist, C4, G.R.I.N. @Mid East Up 7pm All Ages $15

8/6 The Furniture, Today Junior, Children of the Flaming Wheel, and special guests Garden Party @O’Briens 8pm 21+ $10

8/6 Sunflower Series presents live music featuring Billy Dean Thomas, Genie Santiago, Shellz, Amanda Shea, Naomi Westwater plus a late night market and bar/food trucks @ONCE Somerville in partnership with Creatives of Color Boston 7pm $20 ADV, $25 Door

8/7 NICE GUYS, Zip-Tie Handcuffs, Boston Cream, Rick Rude @ONCE Somerville 6pm All Ages $15-18

8/7 Nubiana: Caribbean themed! ft. Open Air Gallery, Black Owned Marketplace, Live Dee Jays, Beer and Wine Garden, Mural Auction. @ Black Market 1-6pm All Ages Free

8/21 SOMERGLOOM: Body Void, Glacier, SEED, Sevan, Lunar Ark @ONCE Somerville 4pm 18+ $20

8/21 One Step Closer, Vantage Point, Chemical Fix, Pummel, Certain Shapes @Tribe Dream Arena (Brighton) 6:30pm All Ages $15

8/28 Light of Day Records presents Wenham St Cinema Outdoor Concert Series featuring Foundation Movement + DJ Al Watkins plus record shopping, raffles BYOB + BYOF! @23 Wenham St, JP 4-7pm All Ages $10 suggested donation @wenhamstreetcinema

8/28-29 JP Porchfest now presented by Dunamis featuring 2 days of live community arts + music with both virtual and in person options. Sign up now as a performer, performance porch or helping hand at

8/29 Cruel Hand, Payback, Bone Church, Ill Comm @Dracula (Holyoke) 6:30pm All Ages $12

8/31 The Residents! @Sinclair 7pm 18+ $35

8/31 Bridgeside Cypher @Starlight Square 5-9pm All Ages Free!

10/9 Anjimile goes on tour! @Sinclair 7pm All Ages $15 in advance, tickets on sale now! Be sure to check out other dates on this tour in Western MA, NH and Maine!

Amplify Soul by BAMS Fest! Every Friday at 8pm on Boston Art Music Soul Youtube, tune in for a digital concert experience for music lovers and everyday people. More info at

Tiny DAP Concert Series Our spin on the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Series! August Show drops on 8/19 featuring DJ Shellz! Visit for more info and subscribe to the Boston Compass Newspaper Youtube channel for video drops!

Eliot Schoolyard Summer Concert Series FREE Concerts on Sunday afternoons at 4pm at 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain thru 9/26. Bring Your Own Seat! RSVP at

New England Mic Check Radio is our region’s top dawg for uplifting urban music! Episode #58 out now on all streaming platforms with a special feature on local artist Tamera King! for podcasts, swag and further updates! @newenglandmiccheck

Check out WECB fm Boston! WECB is a student-run, creatively independent internet radio station at Emerson College in Boston. They host dozens of radio shows by hundreds of DJs and highlight new and exciting music both locally and beyond! Also check out their music review platform Milk Crate! To listen and for more info, visit:

Good Music Showcase Series Organized by @djalcide! Mass’s MOST Consistently Run Showcase Tour!!! Five Years And Running!!! Signup Info:

Sonorium. Ever check out the sick, recurring, Salem-based experimental music exposé known only as Sonorium?! You can see their past live performances online and stay informed on upcoming virtual performances, Youtube videos and more at

Boston Art Podcast dope new podcast creating meaningful discussions with Boston artists! New episodes every other Friday on Youtube and Spotify @bostonartpodcast

Spark FM at Night with DJ Stix: Every Tuesday/Thursday from 11-1AM plus many more programs! Check out

Feel it Speak it: Boston's only monthly open mic movement dedicated to voices & experiences of the LGBTQ+ communities of color every Thursday. Open mic sign up: @feelit_speakit

Did you know that Modern Party Art hosts Open Mic Night every Wednesday 8-11PM. From beginners to people who do this for a living-- the stage is yours! Reserve your seat by buying tickets in advance at @modernpartyart

Nonevent is a Boston-based concert series devoted to the presentation of experimental, abstract, improvised, and new music from New England and around the world. Visit

Subcentral is a unique space that spored from the subculture in the heart of Cambridge. They are dedicated to promoting and producing electronic music and performance arts, while nourishing creative minds through classes, workshops and art installations. and


Cinema Salem has been resurrected under new leadership! They aim to provide more cult classics and art haus obscurities to Massachusetts film buffs. All start at 10PM and cost $11: 8/6: THEY LIVE 8/13: MULTIPLE MANIACS 8/20: PERFECT BLUE 8/27: TETSUO: THE IRON MAN

Grrl Haus Cinema is now taking submissions for their September Short Film Festival in Berlin! Submit via FilmFreeway (filmfreeway/grrlhauscinema) Deadline is 8/18! Find more info at

Weird Local Film Festival is back in person!! Submit your films to by 9/9/21 to be considered for their 13th film fest @Warehouse XI, Somerville 9/23 7PM 18+ $5 suggested donation, masks required @weirdlocalfilmfestival

ShowPlace ICON is host to a redefined movie experience with cutting-edge digital and theatre technology. Check out their website for events. @showplaceiconboston

The DocYard is an award-winning film and discussion series at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge which also sponsors special screenings and co-presentations throughout the year.

Boston Compass Youtube Channel! Yes we are plugging ourselves because we are just so excited about our current and upcoming video endeavors! Check out our second video series Tiny Dap Concerts! Episode 2 out now featuring Notebook P!


Praise Shadows Art Gallery Mentorship Program presents Alchemized Dimensions, a group exhibition curated by two Boston area high school students, Sahara Curry and Liana Rice, focusing on “artists playing with perception and exaggeration, giving familiar ideas the chance to become unfamiliar once again”. On view 8/12-9/3 with an opening reception 8/12 5-8PM

Elsewhere Studios Artist Residency Call for Submissions! Apply at Deadline 8/15

Humphrey St Studios in Dorchester is producing an exhibition called Faces & Places of HSS, including portraits of the 40+ artists at Humphreys Street Studios. The focus is to meet the artists, learn about their art form/medium, and why working at HSS is vital to their work. The exhibition will be both online and onsite at HSS in August

Support the Nubian Square Public Art Initiative, a newly launched initiative spearheaded by Black Market Nubian to develop a series of public murals and installations as a catalyst for neighborhood economic empowerment by the community, for the community.

Distillery Gallery new exhibition WHEN DID WE ARRIVE? On view: August 14 - September 18, 2020

13FOREST Gallery is honored to present Essence: In Celebration of Juneteenth, an exhibition guest curated by Cedric “Vise1” Douglas. Essence brings together fifteen Boston-area artists working in diverse media to commemorate the first year in which Juneteenth will be recognized as a state holiday in Massachusetts. On view until 8/6

Aviary Gallery has rolled out its online exhibitions from a diverse cast of artists including BCN columnist Jenn Stanley. Check out all the beauty at

Kingston Gallery presents Whistling In the Dark on view until 8/29 with an opening reception on 8/6 5-8PM. This exhibition aims to amplify unheard voices by featuring artists such as Jaypix Belmer, Eileen Taylor, Jameel Radcliffe, Mia Fabirizio and many more.


8/10 Cambridge Love Letters from the stage of Starlight Square! This performance will feature letters past and present, drawn from the attics and basements and long-kept diaries of Cambridge residents. 7pm All Ages Free

Check out Artists’ Theater of Boston! They produce “thoughtful, evocative work that challenges systemic injustices facing our communities through the collaborative process of making theater”. Online opportunities and performances can found at

Midway or the Highway Open Mic!

On Zoom! Find us on Facebook for the address.

All are welcome when Angela Sawyer & Dave Robinson host some of the city's most talented comedians, musicians, and weirdos too! If you're feeling brave, put your name in the bucket and get a moment onstage under the lights. Every Monday night!

The Black Comedy Explosion: Wednesday nights at Slades Bar and Grill starting at 7pm. Join us as we bring you some of today's funniest comedians from BET Comic View, HBO DEF Comedy Jam, and more, with both national and local acts.

Starlight Square: Outdoor events happening all summer at Starlight Square in Central Square, Cambridge. Check the calendar at


Mass Love Distro is a Massachusetts-based distro focused on creating and distributing engaging, immersive multimedia artwork from local area artists, with an emphasis on zines, books, records, CDs, pins, patches, stickers, and other merch. Check them out online and follow them @masslovedistro

8/28-29 Mini-MICE Comics Expo! @Starlight Square (Cambridge) A smaller, open-air summer market with a very local focus. 12pm-4:30pm All Ages FREE!

Lucy Parsons Center is an independent, non-profit, radical bookstore and community space. They also do a Free Store for the People every 2nd Sunday of the month 12-2PM across the street.

Art & Letters Poetry Zine has two new special issues out now: “14 International Younger Poets” and “Mexico: Photographs”. Learn more and order now at

Superfroot Magazine submissions for issue #2 open July 15th and go to September 15th. Dedicated to uplifting underrepresented artists and writers, this zine focuses on a new theme each issue. The theme this time is NOSTALGIA. Learn more at

Fuck Your Dreams Zine tackles the unspoken topics of death, decay and destruction through art and writing. Issue #2 out now! Purchase at and look out for more submission calls!

Moral Crema Zine has released its third edition dedicated to the archiving and promotion of experimental artists who are primarily queer, POC, working class, and women. Find out more @moralcrema and purchase at

Pleasure Pie zines and illustrations about sexual empowerment and consent! @pleasurepie


8/12 Somerville Media Institute Showcase featuring work by Cambridge Community Television’s Youth Media Program @Starlight Square 6pm All Ages RSVP on Eventbrite.

8/14 Seek+Find Boston present JP Flea! @First Church JP 10-3pm All Ages

The JP Flea is a multicultural marketplace in Boston's beautiful Jamaica Plain neighborhood, featuring local artists, zine distros/publishers, vintage and antique dealers, small businesses, community non-profits, and artisans of all kinds!

8/14 Community Cookout presented by the Networking Organization of Vietnamese Americans @Doherty Playground, Dorchester 12-4PM

8/15 Bartlett Square Makers Market! @18 Bartlett Square JP 11-3pm All Ages

Support local makers working in a variety of media at this monthly market!

8/22 Eat Local Month - Tour of ReVision Urban Farm. Take the tour and learn more about the growing urban farm movement that can be used to feed the food insecure in and around Boston. @ReVision Urban Farm 4:30-5:30PM

8/24 Activating Artivism @Starlight Square 5-9PM All Ages Free. More details TBA soon!

Bipop music instrument & production lessons: An online music instruction platform tailored towards WOC & the non-gender conforming community taught by WOC and the non-gender conforming community of Boston. Become a student or a teacher! Learn more at @bipopbops

The BYTE Shop is a computer and electronics repair, resale, and recycling shop at 48 South St in Jamaica Plain. Available now by appointment! Home to one of the largest collections of historic home computers in New England.

The Brighton Farmers Market takes place on Wednesdays through Oct. 27th, 2:30-6:30PM. The market is located at Brighton Common, Chestnut Hill Avenue and Academy Hill Road adjacent to the Veronica Smith Senior Center, Brighton Center

Springboard for the Arts: Free Business Skills workshops for artists!

8/4 Work of Art+: e-Commerce Basics, 8/10 Work of Art: Funding, 8/17 Work of Art: Grant Writing, 8/18 Work of Art+: Going Beyond Grants for Artists of Color and Native Artists Panel, 8/24 Work of Art: Business Plan Essentials, 8/31 Work of Art: Engaging Customers & Selling Your Work

Apparel Brand, Music Label and Entertainment Company Scope Apparel has opened a storefront and HQ AT 484 B Center St, Jamaica Plain. Check it out! @scopeapparel and

The Lucky Jungle, a new Cambridge community space, has spawned from the depths of quarantine. Selling work of local artists and beautiful plants, providing specialized art classes, and soon putting on live performances, this space seems to offer everything we need after a year trapped in our rooms. @theluckyjungle and

Check out the Daily Table at 684 Mass. Ave in Central Square! They sell affordable, sustainable food for all. Check out their other locations in Dorchester and Roxbury! They are open from 9AM - 8PM on Monday - Friday, and 11AM - 7PM on Sundays.

Boston GLASS operates Drop-In Community Centers for LGBTQ+ youth of color between the ages of 13–25! GLASS provides a continuum of services to LGBTQ+ youth of color and their allies in the Greater Boston and Greater Framingham areas and also provides education and consultation to other providers and community organizations.

Women Explore Lecture and Discussion Forum: Women Explore provides lecture series within a feminist learning community for women, to connect with the sacred dimensions of their experience and to support and encourage each other in the world community.

Community Fridges! There’s a bunch of these popping up all around the city! They provide food for all and are totally volunteer-run! Check Out @bostoncommunityfridge @dotcommunityfridge @allstoncommunityfridge @matcommunityfridge @cambridgecommunityfridge @roslindalecommunityfridge

Some are relocating and need your help finding business and people to host them!

Boston LGBTQIA+ Artists Association is revamping with a new director and a new website! They just released a survey asking what LGBTQIA+ artists in Boston would like to see happen with this new organization. Find it at

ArtAssembled in Assembly Row! There is a new pop up art space in Assembly Row that you can rent for $5/hour. Art Assembled is a project of the Somerville Arts Council with support from Federal Reality/Assembly Row.


Blue Crime Blue Dime A community initiative working to have police pay for their own lawsuits and settlements instead of the state draining the wallets of taxpayers. Check out their IG @bluecrimebluedime and Twitter @dime_crime for community events

Sunrise Movement Boston works everyday to stop climate change and create jobs in the process. Find them at @sunrisemvmtboston to cue into all the rad actions and workshops they have going on.

Asian American Resource Workshop is a political home for pan-Asian communities in Greater Boston. They are a member-led organization committed to building grassroots power through political education, creative expression, and issue-based and neighborhood organizing. Join today! and

Mass Action Against Police Brutality A campaign to prosecute the police and jail those who are guilty, open all past cases of police brutality, and end the harassment of victims and witnesses. Visit for info on actions/protests in the Boston area.

FTP Boston is a community of Black & Brown organizers from the Boston area committed to Abolition. They do pop up community thrift stores and accept donations in addition to many other things ! @ftpboston

CityLife/VidaUrbana: Organizing for racial, economic, and gender justice since 1973. Building solidarity to put people before profits. Support their Homes For All Act at !

Check out all the art and columns of August's Boston Compass at


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