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By : BCN Team

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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 and masking instructions! Always double check the event online just in case they need to cancel!**


1/1 Savageheads, Public Acid, The Massacred, ICU @American Legion Post 76 (Jamaica Plain) 6PM All Ages $15

1/6 Clear The Floor Presents Futch Up America ft. Replicator, DJ Mad Dog, Chelita, Forget Basement, Fraxiom, Folie @Union Tavern 7PM 21+ $25-30

1/6 High Command (Record Release) night one w/ Fuming Mouth , Bygone, Burning Lord, Xard, & Sinister Wand @Ralphs Rock Diner 7PM 21+ $15

1/7 High Command (Record Release) night two w/ Fuming Mouth, Final Gasp, Innocent, & Burning Wind @Ralphs Rock Diner 8PM 21+ $15

1/7 Get2theGig Presents: Vile Creature, Ragana, Lusic Dead Limb @O'Briens Pub 8PM 21+ $13-15

1/7 Picniclunch, Northpoletapes, Frakkastogur, UUUE and Bob Gratis @Hotel Vernon (Worcester) 8PM All Ages $ome Cost

1/9 Get2theGig Presents: Tower Bros, Ruby Grove, BattleMode @Charlie's Kitchen 6PM 21+ $5

1/11 Fully Celebrated Orchestra w/ The Lonesome Land Trio + Yami and Élie Every 2nd Wednesday catch Fully Celebrated Orchestra w/ special guests! @Midway Cafe 8PM 21+ $5

1/12 Global Arts Live Presents: Son Rompe Pera + Meridian Brothers @Crystal Ballroom 7:30PM All Ages $28-35

1/13 Monthly Cypher every second Friday! Be witness to some dope local talent put on by Hustle Killer + Artists for Artists and hosted by Greatness Asf + Nico Hustle. Expect food + drink, networking, giveaways! @Hustle Killer HQ 8PM 21+ $ome Cost

1/13 Mall Cops, Talk Chalk, Ski Party Feeling S.A.D. and blue? We are too and we want to get mopey with you! Come air your angst with Mallcops and their pals, Talk Chalk and Ski Party. Cuz isn't it better to be morose in the company of other downers? Don't worry, we don't expect you to feel good, just to dance your ass off. @The Rockwell 7PM $18

1/13 Necralant, Brain Famine, Prayer Position, Troll Milk @O'Briens Pub 9PM 21+ $15

1/13 Wisdom & War, Kaonashi, Clock Out, Edict, Hard Target, No Allegiance @PNI Club (Worcester) 6PM All Ages $15

1/14 Hammered Saint, Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Stop Calling Me Frank, Hilken Mancini @Midway Cafe 3PM All Ages $10

1/14 Misery Whip, Cartridge, Done, Phagocyte @O'Briens Pub 9PM 21+ $12-15

1/16 IBookThings Presents Vivid Bloom, Husbands, Still Life Sounds, Sustinet @The Silhouette Lounge 7:30PM 21+ $10

1/17 Orange Peel Mystic, Battlemode, Sam Mulligan @The Jungle 6PM 21+ FREE

1/19 Infra Presents Trym + Junkfile @The Lower Level 10PM 21+ $25 @infraboston

1/20 Get2theGig Presents Marigold w/ Fernway @Cantab Lounge 7PM 21+ $13-15

1/21 Dancehall Lounge 100% Reggae, Soca, & Afrobeats spun all night! Come ready to dance! Every third Saturday. @Union Tavern 9PM 21+ $10 adv

1/21 Driff Winter Festivalette featuring Jorrit Dijkstra's PorchBone and the Duo Pandelis Karayorgis/Jeb Bishop Jorrit Dijkstra's PorchBone is an extension of The Porch Trio with a section of three trombonists. This project juxtaposes the abstract, improvised sounds of The Porch Trio against the velvety sound of a trombone section, inspired by the sound of the Duke Ellington and Sun Ra big bands. The group plays a mixture of compositions by Jorrit Dijkstra and free improvisations by all members. @ Lilypad 7:30PM All Ages $15

1/21 One Step Closer, Soul Blind, Life’s Question @Hardcore Stadium (Cambridge) 6PM All Ages $18

1/22 Rugged N’ Raw ft. Brandie Blaze, Anson Raps, Cyph GTTB, Vendetta. Hosted by Amanda Shea. Sounds by DJ GI Joe @The Jungle 5PM 21+ FREE

1/28 Shiny Beasts, Andy California, Daughter of The Vine, Lupo Citta @Midway Cafe 8PM 21+ $10

1/28 Subspace, Phagocyte, Secret Miracle, B.E.A.S.T., Black Dog @Canadian-American Club (Watertown) 7PM All Ages $15

1/29 Dari Bay, Pet Fox, Tuxis Giant, Dimitri @O'Briens Pub 9PM 21+ $12-15

AfroCity Afrobeats Brunch + Day Party every Sunday 1PM-7PM @W-Hotel Boston

Bad For The Community Podcast Full of hot takes, local hip hop, and deep culture! Come for the reckless entertainment, stay for the laughs! New episodes every week! Listen on Spotify + Youtube. Follow on IG @bftcpodcast

The Boston Art Podcast sets out to explore and document the varied perspectives, pathways, and lifestyles in the arts in Massachusetts. The podcast releases weekly, and focuses primarily on Boston and the surrounding area.

Master of the Chamber A Competitive Hip-Hop Event by THRILL Studios featuring the best local MCs around! If you miss them in person then check out each round on Youtube. Search "enjoythethrill" and look for THE CHAMBER. On IG @masterofthechamber

Wally's Jazz Cafe is finally back open! Head on down to Boston's oldest black owned jazz club to hear some of the best local musicians around. Students gather and cut your teeth on them standards!


1/4 Laugh Giraffe Comedy Showcase A new biweekly comedy show coming to Somerville!

Produced by: Tricia Thomson, Maddie Kelly, and Dan Bomba @Union Tavern 7:30 PM All Ages $5

1/5 The Magic Lab: Open Mic Magic Show where local magicians test out their newest material! Vax + mask required @Rozzie Square Theater 7:30PM All Ages $10

1/6 Boston Alternative Tango happens every Friday. A new and expanded concept of Queer Tango Boston which addresses the growing toxicity, elitism and ableism in the tango community. All welcome to practice in solidarity. @Democracy Center 3PM All Ages FREE

1/7 Drag Me To Candyland is a mouthwateringly sexy rendition of the classic board game! FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY local Drag stars take to the stage as they guide you through the map, hitting all of Candyland’s most iconic stops, from the Peppermint Forest to the Molasses Swamp! Each act of drag mixed with burlesque will surely satisfy any sweet tooth. @Crystal Ballroom 8:00PM 18+ $15-25

1/15 If You Can Feel It, You Can Speak It Open Mic the longest running monthly open mic that prioritizes the voices of LGBTQIA+ communities of color. All talents welcome: poets, musicians, dancers, comedians, activists, more! Hosted by Jha D + D. Ruff @The Jungle 4:30PM 21+ FREE

1/25 Full Spin: Visual Albums of Non-Stop Drag! hosted by Majenta with a J. Featuring Yung Onyx, Secret Queen, Severity Stone, Kimmy Moore, Shean King the Scene King and more! @ONCE Somerville 8PM 18+ $25-35

Until 1/29 Head to Harvard Sq for the Boston premiere of Life of Pi, a harrowing and inspiring epic new play based on the beloved book. @American Repertory Theatre $25+

Comedy At The Jungle Peter Liu hosts a comedy open mic with a lineup of great Boston comedians every Tuesday @The Jungle 9:30PM 21+ $ome Cost


1/6 Writer/director Sarah Polley's promising new film, Women Talking delves into questioning faith following violence within a Mennonite colony. @Coolidge Corner Theatre

1/6-1/31 The much hyped film Broker by Japanese writer/director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters) makes its US debut with a killer cast and fascinating story. @Coolidge Corner Theatre

1/7-1/28 '60s/'70s Italian horror fans unite for the return of January Giallo at the Coolidge After Midnite all month long including Torso on 1/7, A Lizard in a Woman's Skin on 1/14,The Editor on 1/20, What Have You Done to Solange? on 1/21, Demons on 1/27 and our pick if you only see one: Tenebrae by Dario Argento on 1/28. @Coolidge Corner Theatre

1/8 Scorsese's doc The Last Waltz covers The Band's farewell show in 1976, featuring heavy hitters Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters and many more. Multiple showtimes in one day. Check @Coolidge Corner Theater 12:00PM All Ages $12+

1/10 Boston Open Screen Get a grip on the local film scene with this an open mic night for filmmakers. @Coolidge Corner Theater 7:00PM All Ages $10

1/19 See this visually stunning piece of Taiwanese cinema on the big screen, as master filmmaker Edward Yang serves an intimate portrait of a family in his beloved film Yi Yi, playing one night only. @Coolidge Corner Theater 7:00PM $15.50

1/20 Tommy Wiseau's melodramatic wet dream, The Room, returns to Coolidge After Midnight. Unintentionally hilarious. Do yourself the favor. @Coolidge Corner Theater 12:00AM 18+ $15.50

1/23 Hitchcock's silent thriller that considers his first real film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog plays (with accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis) in a double feature with Downhill, another of Hitch's silents from the '20s. @Coolidge Corner Theater 7:00PM 18+ $13.50+

1/30 Chantal Akerman explores time and space in this hypnotic French drama detailing the everyday in Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles making a rare appearance on the Coolidge screen. @Coolidge Corner Theater 7:00PM $13.50+


1/6-1/29 Violence Transformed is a group show where artists share work that respond to Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On", a song of consciousness raising and protest. The exhibit will focus on socially active and engaged artists in Boston and beyond. Open reception 1/13 6PM-9PM @Piano Craft Art Gallery

1/21-2/17 Bien Brutal is a photography/installation experience showcasing Destiny Medina's perspective of Puerto Rico: its culture, beauty, and truth. Opening reception 1/21 5PM-8PM @Elevated Thought, Lawrence

Until 2/18 HIDE AND SEE is the latest in the BCA 1:1 Exhibition Series, a series of collaborative projects between one curator and one artist. Curated by Amanda Contrada, this is a solo exhibition of work by artist Mimi Bai. Born in Xi'an, China, Bai contemplates camouflage as a metaphor for assimilation, as a labor-intensive process, and as a methodology for survival and communication that selectively conceals and reveals. @Boston Center for the Arts

1/28 Auction: Plants of Our Past The Watertown PACC invites you to a silent auction of work by local artists; an evening of bidding, conversation, and community. RSVP required. More info at @Watertown Free Library 6PM All Ages FREE


Breaking The Chains Mag Vol. 7. No. 1 The Woman Worker out now! The expanded organizing of women workers has the potential to bring class struggle front and center to the women’s movement in ways that have been repressed and elided over the last several decades. What do these developments mean for women workers in the struggle for socialist liberation? How do we utilize our history, a vast history of women’s leadership and initiative in the labor movement, to inform our work in the current context? Snag your copy at

Flight Or Visibility Cookbook Unlike most cookbooks, this one has very few actual recipes. It is designed to empower readers to get creative in the kitchen! With illustration by Lavender Menace Press! Snag one at a show or hit them up for one on IG @flightorvisibility

Middle of Nowhere (Part One) This is the journey of two main characters; Andre and Tracey. The story is true to its title, as you are dropped in a random point of their lives. You literally navigate the timeline with them as their journeys intertwine. What seems like nothing, or nowhere, wherever you are... means something. Book created by Mechillwave. Grab a copy here and check out other cool wares! @chillwvy


1/5 Dudley Street Winter Market Thursdays from November 10th to February 2nd 1:30-5:30PM at the Dudley Greenhouse, 11 Brook Ave. Roxbury (They will be closed for the holidays Dec 24 and Jan 1st) @Dudley Greenhouse 1:30PM All Ages

1/7 Community First Aid Training & Harm Reduction Education Learn how to stop life-threatening bleeding 12PM-3PM (Needs registration). Get Narcan opioid overdose prevention training 4PM-5:30PM (Just show up). @Lucy Parsons Center FREE

1/21 Intermediate Friendship Workshop for 18-30 year olds The geniuses behind Sleepawake Camp are organizing a weekend workshop in Cambridge! This weekend we will dive deep into the ways we make and break connections and how to build relationships that are solid from the inside out. Scholarships available. @Industry Lab 1PM All Ages 200

All Dawgz A collection of purposeful creations by former graffiti artists, vandals, thieves, hustlers & addicts via photos, wearable goods & more. With every purchase they donate $5 to nonprofits and orgs that support mental health, addiction recovery, education & more.

Dorchester Bike Kitchen Learn how to fix your bike at this free drop-in in Fields Corner! 6-9PM on Mondays and Saturdays @1443 Dorchester Ave @dotbikekitchen

Melanin Owned Business Vendors Flea Market is back at a new location 1351 Hyde Park Ave every Saturday 12PM-5PM. Spoken Word open mics too! Contact 585-237-8487 for vending opportunities. Vendors of color please reach out! @m.o.b_vendors21 Jukebox is a participatory public art project that is stocked with community stories. There are 100 tracks that serve as an audio archive of community voices housed in a unique, artistically restored, vintage jukebox, created to celebrate the equally unique, rich perspectives, backgrounds and stories of folks in Cambridge. @The Foundry


1/9 + 1/23 Beyond the Bars In this series, guest speakers that have been impacted by incarceration will speak on their experiences and community partners will provide resources and advocacy support. This will be a safe space to share knowledge and experiences, as well as learn. Search Beyond the Bars on for more info and RSVP.

Cocoon Collective A weekly drop-in space for young women and girls affected by incarceration to receive academic support and mentorship as well as work on seasonal goals. Every Monday 4PM-5PM via Zoom. Email to join -

Feed The Hood: People's Resource Table Take what you need, leave what you can! FREE food, clothes, & essentials. Bring donations during store hours or leave at the resource table any time every Sunday. Organized by Voices of Liberation @Scope Apparel HQ, JP

North American Indian Center of Boston Their mission is to empower the Native American community with the goal of improving the quality of life of Indigenous peoples. They honor Indigenous people who may or may not be part of a federally recognized or state recognized tribe, as well as the peoples whose tribes have been split by the U.S.-Canada border and the U.S.-Mexico border. Lookout for all kinds of awesome community events and gatherings! @naicob91

Pan-Afrikan Liberation Program Working to amplify, unify, and provide for Black and Brown masses around the world. Youth led + Boston based. Stay in tune on Insta @plpboston Warm Up Boston A Mass Line material aid on occupied Massachusett and Wampanoag territory. They distribute food, amenities and supplies to encampments. You can help by volunteering or donating! Follow updates and support at


ATTENTION YOUNG FILMMAKERS! Learning how to make your own films? Submit your short films to be screened in an in-person event live on television! Work can be at any level, medium, or style. Contact with any questions or concerns.

The Black & Indigenous Resistance Fund’s Sabbatical Program for Black and Indigenous Executive Leaders in Massachusetts This program has been created for executive leaders who identify as Black and/or Indigenous and who lead social justice organizations rooted in BIPOC communities in Massachusetts. The Sabbatical Program offers these leaders the opportunity to take space and time for reflection, review, and renewal, absent the stress of financial concerns and operational demands. Questions? Email Jason Boyd at Apply by 1/15

CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS! Gallery 263 is taking pitches for their Spring 2023 art exhibition. Organize and present a well-curated exhibition of contemporary art from start to finish, with guidance and support from the staff. A successful proposal considers our unique, multi-functional space and engages our audience visually and conceptually. Open to New England artists of all media types and career levels. Deadline 1/8 Apply online at

CALL FOR WRITING SUBMISSIONS: What do you wish you knew about sex as a teenager? The Sex Letters Project is a collection of writings from people of all backgrounds who want to share their experiences with sexuality, romance and identity. Together we can use our voices to fight sexual shame and stigma and promote a culture of positivity and acceptance! Submit your letters to Presented by Pleasure Pie

Job Opportunity: BAMS Fest Community Partnerships & Programs Manager BAMS Fest seeks a resourceful, entrepreneurial and collaborative individual who can facilitate events, lead program(s) and manage good-hearted and talented people. @BAMSfest

SPACE PUSSY: Special Queer and Trans Erotica Edition. An Empty Zine #5 is coming and it's time to share what makes you wanna come;) This special edition is for artists and writers who identify as queer, trans, and/or non-binary to share their cosmos-inspired erotic art, poetry, and prose. SUBMISSIONS OPEN NOW! Deadline 1/31. More info on IG @decadentcosmos

Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #154 January 2023


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