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July 2021 Happenings

By Boston Compass Newspaper

July 8, 2021


Survey for Community Artists!! All U.S.-based community artists and arts administrators have more time to support a resource tool that will advocate for fairer practices in the field of community-based art. Contributing to this survey will lead to a publicly available series of infographics and visuals that will share testimonials, resources, and advice for how to advocate for our creative rights as community practitioners. 5 people who fill out the survey completely will be randomly selected to receive $200 each.

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 like social justice BBQs that they host.

Save The Harbor/Save The Bay is an incredible non-profit organization working to clean up Boston’s beaches and harbors and make them free and accessible to all. They are presenting some dope art programs this summer as part of their Better Beaches program so stay tuned! @savetheharbor and

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.

Follow Voices of Liberation for regular information and advocacy for housing equity in greater Boston. They host meetings, summits, and actions to engage the public in this important cause!

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 !


7/4-7/5 Revival Fest @ Dusk (PVD) featuring Baylies Band, Atlantic Thrills, Cosmic Factory, Shore City, and many more!

7/10 Bridgeside Cypher at the Skatepark! Ongoing series featuring freestyle circles, featured performances and videos @Lynch Family Skatepark 7:30pm All Ages

7/10 Sunburned Hand of the Man / Powers-Rolin Duo / Stella Kola finally back home and live again! Bring it in for these experimental music mainstays! @Lilypad 7pm $15 All Ages

7/11 GRCB Halloween ReBoot! Lineup TBA soon!! All proceeds benefit Girls Rock Camp Boston. @ONCE Somerville 2:30pm - 6pm All Ages

7/16 ONCE Somerville and Boynton Yards present Counterintuitive Records Outdoor Summer Party! Featuring Macseal, Born Without Bones, Jophus (first show!) @101 Summer Street, Somerville 7pm All Ages

7/16 Service, Miracle Blood, Dando Fever @Ralphs Rock Diner (Worcester) 8:30pm 21+

7/18 Playing Dead - Free Show @Herter Park Amphitheatre 3-6pm All Ages

7/24 NICE, a Fest featuring Really From, Mint Green, Pet Fox, Lady Pills, and many many more! @ONCE Somerville 1pm All Ages!!

7/31 Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys + guests (matinee) @ONCE Somerville 1-4pm All Ages

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! July’s episode features Notebook P. 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

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:

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

The OOZE New England's only party dedicated and catering to all the rad underground genres of electronic music and internet subculture. Check out @kerrydabrunette on IG for info and updates!

Did you know that Modern Party Art hosts Open Mic Night every Wednesday 6:30-9:30PM EST? From beginners to people who do this for a living-- the stage is yours! Reserve your seat by buying tickets in advance. There is a 20 person limit during Covid. Follow @modernpartyart for more!

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

Virtual First Fridays Open Mic: All ages and talents welcome! Sign up here!

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

Good Music Showcase Series Organized by @djalcide! Mass’s MOST Consistently Run Showcase Tour!!! Five Years And Running!!! Taking sign ups for June now. Signup Info:


Cinema Salem has been resurrected under new leadership! They aim to provide more cult classics and art haus obscurities to Massachusetts film buffs. Here’s the July and beyond lineup all start at 10PM and cost $11: July 9th: ERASERHEAD July 16th: HAUSU (HOUSE) July 23rd: FANTASTIC PLANET July 30th: DAISIES August 6th: MULTIPLE MANIACS

Grrl Haus Cinema Gimme Five film screening featuring “My Walk Home” by Lindsay Heatley (@lindsay_heatley). Gimme Five is an ongoing series of short film screenings featuring follow up interviews with the filmmakers. Find more info at

Weird Local Film Festival has been killing it this past year by providing you with regular virtual film fests by some of the most forward thinking makers around! Follow them @weirdlocalfilmfestival for archived festivals and live ones too!

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 1 out now featuring DJ Whysham!


7/8 - 8/8 “Eye Candy” exhibition opens @Praise Shadows Art Gallery. the first solo exhibition in Boston by the New York-based artist Jon Burgerman. Internationally recognized for his vibrant, intuitive style, Eye Candy embodies the world of Burgerman’s characters through works in various media from drawing, painting, to three-dimensional collectible items and books.

Plug in and Support Humphrey St Studios! An amazing maker space in Dorchester that is at risk of displacement. Join their #ArtWorksHere campaign at

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 Curated by BLAA (Boston LGBTQIA Artist Association), “some assembly required” brings together an intergenerational cohort of queer artists enmeshed in the Greater Boston arts ecosytem. On view June 7 → July 23

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. Thu 7/29, 6-8 pm: Meet the Artists - Reception. On view until 8/6

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Kingston Gallery. There are many opportunities to apply to get your work shown and to get involved! Check out

CALL FOR WORK: Aviary Gallery is currently seeking work for our weekly online exhibition features on a rolling basis. All mediums are accepted, so long as the work can be represented by high quality images. More info at


Studio 550 Fundraiser: This beloved dance and performance space in Central Square has officially been displaced and needs your help relocating. Donate now at

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


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

Check out the Papercut Zine Library virtual library! They are “a free, volunteer-run browsing library with a collection of 16,000+ zines & independent media”.


7/10 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!

7/18 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!

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

Black Umbrella Project is having an event Saturday June 5th 2PM-6PM at John F Kenndey Elementary school that will bring the community together with vendors, raffles and family friendly festivities! Come learn about the local BIPOC owned businesses in your neighborhood. I also hear they’ll be taking free headshots for your portfolio! Cool!

M.O.B. Melanin Owned Business Market! At Dorchester Art Project

Every Saturday in July from 12-5pm at 1490 Dorchester Ave come support an amazing selection of Black-owned Businesses curated by Shakenna Appleberry of 2 Fruits Wellness. Follow her at @2fruitswellness!

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.

WEEKLY MUTUAL AID (FFC) around Atkinson and Topeka Streets, Boston every Friday at 6 PM. Providing food, clothing, cold weather supplies. Donations are always welcome (funds and gloves, hand warmers, socks, hats, snacks/sandwiches). All volunteers are welcome. Love to cook? Bring a hot meal to serve.

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

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



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