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Happenings September 2021

September 4, 2021

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9/1 Black Beach, Nice Guys, Moon Room, Pink Lid @O’Briens 8pm 18+ $10

9/4 Experimental Sounds from DAP! Live Stream featuring id m theft able, +DOG+

Lean, Angelsbreath, Viliji. Watch online at

9/6 Big Laugh, Hotline TNT, Subliminal Excess, Crescent Ridge, Burning Lord @The Banshee Den (Everett, MA) 7:00pm All Ages $10

9/9 Noah Britton, Old Table, Warren and 1 more TBA @O'Brien's 8pm 21+ $10

9/10 Finally Live, Reloaded! Celebrate the return of live music brought to you by DJ Whysham and Boston Got Next featuring too many dope artists to count including Brandie Blaze, Cake Swagg, Red Shaydez, Treva Holmes, Marcela Cruz, Porsha Olayiwola, Monavelli, Seefour, Kasia Lavon and more!! Local vendors and food TBA! @ONCE Somerville at Boynton Yards 6pm 18+ (under 18 with guardian) $15 Advance / $20 Day of Show

9/10-9/11 Boston Fuzzstival 2021! featuring Sweeping Promises, Landowner, Really From, Honeycut, Editrix, The Kominas, Strange Passage, Beeef, Seed, Lane and more TBA! @Charles River Speedway Garage B All Ages $20-30

ONCE at Boynton Yards brings you even more live music this month!

9/11 Post Rock Apocalypse featuring The Stampede, Radio Compass, Verdegree. 12pm All Ages $15 Advance / $20 Day of Show

9/11 R.A.P. Ferreira w/ Pink Navel + Lavagxrl 6pm All Ages $20 Advance / $25 Day of Show

9/17 Speedy Ortiz w/ Billy Dean Thomas + Squitch 6pm All Ages $20 Advance / $25 Day of Show

9/17 Fiddlehead, Ekulu, Blair, Move @Hardcore Stadium 6pm All Ages $15

9/18 Outdoors: Boston's JMDE Quartet featuring Eric Dahlman (trumpet, overtone and throat singing, electronics), Michael Knoblach (multiple percussion), David Welans (flutes), Jimmy Zhao, (Chinese instruments, Viola, etc). Intricate new music of unrehearsed improvisations @Mystic River Path Assembly Row 4pm All Ages FREE

9/19 Good Music Showcase Series organized by @djalcide is back with live music featuring Lord Ju~ vendors-vibes-drinks @Dorchester Art Project 8pm $10 21+

9/19 Verbal Assault, Restraining Order, Gel, Holy Hands, Bulletproof Backpack @Hardcore Stadium 4pm All Ages $20

The Jungle Somerville has many shows on the books including open mics every Wednesday 7pm-11pm. Here are some other highlights:

9/5 Sarah Infini Takagi Jazz Quartet followed by an open jazz jam session! Bring your instrument, sign up at 9pm, jam at 10pm. Music starts 9pm FREE 21+

9/18 Safiya Presents: Travel Through Music - Southern Africa featuring Naledi (South Africa), Niu Raza (Madagascar), Albino Mbie (Mozambique). 5pm $10 21+

10/2 Ramallah, Sick Minds, Chaos Cross, Last Sight @Brockton VFW 7pm All Ages $ome Cost

Wenham St Cinema Outdoor Concert Series (Jamaica Plain) Free neighborhood theater that seeks to build community through film, food, and discussion. All showings are free and open to the public!

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! September Show drops on 9/16 featuring Kasia Lavon! 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

ItsLitBoston Podcast Boston’s #1 urban podcast here to connect you with the local hip hop community and entertain you at the same time. @itslitboston Also on Youtube and Sound Cloud

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:

LFOD Life A radio show, event promoter, artist uplifter, blog, video series. LFOD does it all! They go live Tuesdays @ 10PM on 91.5FM in Boston. @lfodlife

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

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


TheMUSEUM TV "Bringing The Creative Community Together In Our Own Fashion!". That’s for sure! Check out their website for local art and hiphop news and so many dope exclusive artist interviews. Subscribe on Youtube for endless video content!

No Price Tag Productions is dedicated to bringing artistry to life by highlighting creatives through film production and events. They have a dope artist interview series on their Youtube Channel No Price Tags Productions! @nopricetagsproductions

Farenheight TV A monthly variety show that celebrates peoples greatness through exclusive interviews, performances & more. Check out their latest collab with BAMS Fest interviewing artists from their current performance series Amplify the Soul. @farenheighttv

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: 9/3 Jodorowsky's SANTA SANGRE co-presenting with The Satanic Temple Salem. More showtimes TBA. Check

The Brattle Theater goes virtual with The Brattlite: Following the Brattle formula of mixing together old favorites, new discoveries, and deep dives into cinema’s forgotten treasures, THE BRATTLITE will delight and inspire movie-lovers with an ongoing array of great films. Discounted Ticket Packs are available and provide access to both Brattle Selects and Virtual Screening Room titles.

Weird Local Film Festival is back in person!! Submit your films to by 9/9/21 to be considered for their 13th film fest @Weird Local Productions Youtube Channel 9/23 8PM FREE @weirdlocalfilmfestival

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


Praise Shadows Art Gallery presents INTERNAL NAVIGATION: a solo exhibition by Yu-Wen Wu. In this new show Wu is both artist and geographer, translating her movement through the world and within her environment into richly detailed drawings and installations. Her story is filtered through a variety of different media, yet in all her work, she seeks to determine the position of her course, the lengths she’s come, and the distance yet to travel. Opening reception 9/12 4-6pm. On view 9/9 - 10/10

EXIT Galleries is a Boston-based pop-up art gallery. EXIT transforms underutilized spaces into site-specific art installations and environments. Now popping up in Lower Allston this fall at 99 Franklin St. @exitgalleries

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 Pop-Up @444 Commercial Street Provincetown, MA

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 has three new exhibitions opening on 9/1! Reception held on 9/10 from 5-8pm Mira Cantor: Woven | Louise Farrell: Fate | Erica Licea-Kane: Embedded Parts


9/2 + 9/16 Standup In The Square The silly folks at Roslindale Comedy are back at The Square Root to entertain the heck out of you with hosts Owen Liners and Angela Sawyer. @The Square Root 8pm $5

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

The Comedy Studio: one of Boston’s best standup comedy venues is back with in-person events. So far there are shows lined up for September 2nd, 3rd and 4th @Vera’s 8PM and 10PM start times $20 21+

Laughing Liberally Srilatha and Angela Sawyer host progressive political comedy along with a guest speaker from local activism. @Armory Cafe 8PM $10

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


10/2 WFPL Zine Fest: the Watertown Free Public Library will host the first-annual WFPL Zine Fest. Zines are small-batch, DIY publications that provide a powerful platform of expression for underrepresented perspectives and voices. We believe they belong in the Library. Join us in celebrating and learning about all things zine! @WFPL 10AM-2PM Zine Marketplace, 10AM-4PM Programs FREE All Ages

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

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 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for VOLUME III IS HERE! Send them your art & writing inspired by your dreams & nightmares! Looking forward to what will be the most absurdist & surreal issue yet. Deadline November 19th. For more info and to purchase volume 1 & 2 visit

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


9/4 Nubiana: Homecoming Edition! ft. Open Air Gallery, Black Owned Marketplace, Live Dee Jays, Beer and Wine Garden, Mural Auction. @Black Market 1-6pm All Ages Free @blackmarketnubian

9/18 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!

9/18 9th Annual Trung Thu Festival or Mid Autumn Moon Festival will bring families and friends back to Town Field Park to celebrate There will be relay races, lantern making, performances, tea and mooncake, and other activities for the young to old. @Town Field Park, Dorchester 4PM - 9PM FREE All Ages

9/19 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!

9/23 The ARTery 25 a celebration of 25 emerging artists of color shaping the creative and cultural landscape in Boston, selected by WBUR's arts and culture team. @WBUR City Space 7pm All Ages Free @wburartery

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! How We Imagine on 9/18 & 9/25, led by @truartspeaks. Creative fun for the whole family!

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.


West Of Washington Coalition A neighborhood group of Dorchester seeking to make our community a safer, friendlier, and more vibrant place to live. @wowcoalition and on Facebook to stay up to date with their community events and actions

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!

*Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #139 September 2021


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


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