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7/1, 7/28 + 7/30 Bridgeside Cypher hosted by Cambridge Hip Hop! @Lynch Family Skatepark, Magazine Beach + Starlight Square 8PM-10PM All Ages Free

7/5 IBOOKTHINGS Presents Fracture Type, Blame It On Whitman, SHID, Vivra Vera @Silhouette Lounge 8PM 21+ $10

7/6 IBOOKTHINGS Presents The Calendars, Harmony's Cuddle Party, The Alaskas @Notch Brewing Brighton 7PM 21+ FREE

7/6 The Summer School Tour ft. Najee Janey, Mindflex, DJ Whysham and more! Visuals by Ramon Cruz @EXIT Galleries 6:30PM All Ages $15-20

7/7 Thrill Presents Honey: An All Femme Experience a sensational event filled with captivating activities and an electrifying atmosphere. This night is all about celebrating the power and beauty of women ft. DJ sounds of DJ Rayvino, Brandi Chanel, and Utaselesshoes. Photobooth ft. photographers Gutta + Kris. @Nubian Square Open Studio for the Arts (NOSA) 9PM 21+ $15-20

7/7 Wildcat Slim, The Shirts and Shoes, Andorra, The Imposers @The Jungle 7PM 21+ $10

7/7 Erykah Badu and Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) at the Garden as part of the Unfollow Me Tour @TD Garden 7:30PM All Ages Starting at $40

7/7 Home is Where, Smidley, Dreamwell @Crystal Ballroom 7PM All Ages $15 adv/$17 day of

7/7 Rockport Chamber Music Festival: Third Coast Percussion ft. pieces by Philip Glass, Missy Mazzoli, David Skidmore and more. @Shalin Liu Performance Center 7:30PM All Ages $36-42

7/7 Eliza Edens, Dead Gowns, Tuxis Giant @FACES Brewery 8PM All Ages $15

7/8 Beats By Girlz Fest this women and gender minority forward festival includes an amazing lineup of DJs, producers, and performers, as well as beautifully crafted items sold by the Boston Women's Market, not to mention a curated selection of food trucks! Don't miss out on all the summer fun! @City Hall Plaza 12PM-6PM All Ages FREE

7/9 The Ed Melikian Ensemble + Armadi Tsayn oud + vocal music of the near and middle east @The White Room 6PM All Ages $20

7/9 The American Symphony of Soul, Sinnet, Juno Dunes @The Jungle 5PM 21+ $uggested Donation

7/9 Dyr Faser, E, Bitter Wish @O’Briens Pub 8PM 21+ $12

7/11 Divergent Series Presents Live Score II ft. Michael Reisinger, Anda Volley + Samuel Correa, Cryptwarblr, Chris Strunk @Video Underground 7PM All Ages $uggested Donation

7/11 Point01Percent ft. free music groups Electric Blankets & Chicken + Luke Ravinksy Trio @Lilypad 7:30PM All Ages $10

7/12 Fully Celebrated Orchestra with Andy California @Midway Cafe 8PM-11PM 21+ $5

7/12 IBOOKTHINGS Presents Why Try?, Jesus Camp, Superdragon, Regal Seagull @Silhouette Lounge 8PM 21+ $10

7/13 Ezra Furman rare solo performance @The Rockwell 7PM 18+ $20

7/13 Layzi, Flamingos in the Tree, Silver Cup @Brighton Music Hall 7PM All Ages $36

7/14 Garden of Hearts! a music show/event hosted by rapper Michael the Star Seed @Hibernian Hall 7PM All Ages $15 Early, $20 Regular, $25 at door

7/15 FEARDOTCOM, Tiefling, ILYKU @The Jungle 4PM 21+ $10

7/16 GetToTheGigBoston Presents Mal Blum, VIAL, John Allison Weiss @Deep Cuts Deli 7PM-11PM All Ages $18 adv/$22 day of

7/18 GetToTheGigBoston Presents Yes Yes A Thousand Times Yes, Tiffy, Cats on Film, Robo Pumpkin @Deep Cuts Deli 7PM All Ages $13 adv/$15 day of

7/19 GetToTheGigBoston Presents Clout Chaser, Vitamin Sun, Mochitskui @Deep Cuts Deli 7PM All Ages $13 adv/$15 day of

7/20 Akiva Jacobs, Francisco Mela, Miranda Agnew, Charlie Kohlhase live jazz! @Lilypad 10:30PM All Ages $ome Cost

7/20 - 7/23 Nice, a fest: local art + music gathering ft. Guerilla Toss, Ovlov, Horse Jumper of Love, Bent Knee, Bedroom Eyes, LavaGxrl, Cape Crush, Paper Lady, Chelita, Aumi Luxe and many more! 4 days of music + a vendor market! @Crystal Ballroom + The Rockwell 7PM-12AM All Ages $27-90

7/21 The Frank White Experience: Live Band Tribute to Biggie Smalls @Brighton Music Hall 7PM All Ages $16

7/22 Boston Modular + Synth Meetup Bring your gear, share your sounds, twist some knobs. Arrive early if you want to perform. All electronic music gear and musical genres welcome. @Synthcube 2PM-7PM All Ages FREE

7/22 Children of the Flaming Wheel, The Saint Vandals, Clamb, Lipsmear, Rougaru @Midway Cafe 8PM $10 21+

7/22 An Evening of Improvised Music ft. Dylan Jack, Tor Snyde + Eric Zinman @Lilypad 4:30PM All Ages $ome Cost

7/25 Shady Bug, Ski Club, Pet Fox, Holiday Music @O’Briens Pub 8PM 18+ $12

7/26 IBOOKTHINGS Presents Bad Idea USA, Himelfarb, Shmegegge, Qu33r Bait @Silhouette Lounge 8PM 21+ $10

7/27 Cake Factory Boston TECHNO & DANCE MUSIC is dedicated to providing harassment-free events for everyone. KEEP IT SAFER, CF FOREVER! @O’Briens Pub 8PM 21+ $ome Cost

7/27 Melcocha Trío ft. Anita Quinto, Manolo Mairena + Wilson Vera @The Square Root Cafe 8PM

7/29 Boynton Yards Block Party & Outdoor Concert ft. Barrence Whitfield, Jill McCracken, The Womps, Field Day and Casey Neill. Plenty of beer, games, vendor market, crafts, food trucks & fun for all! @Boynton Yards 4PM-10PM All Ages FREE

7/29 Violet Nox with Noell Dorsey, Singer Mali, Bob Familiar, Jbagist, Square Root of Negative Two, Don Nothing, Totorobyn, Edith Snugglenut and Karen Zanes. Visuals by Vidumami + Tom Perry @First Church JP 5:45PM All Ages $10

7/31 Sadurn, Muffin Research Society (Frank Zappa Tribute), David Wright, Miles Wilder @Midway Cafe 7:30PM 21+ $15

HEROES 80s New Wave/Electro/Post-Punk/Dance Night with DJ Chris Ewen. Every Saturday! @ManRay 9PM 19+ $12

CAMPUS LGBTQ+ Dance Night, dress to impress! Every Thursday! @ManRay 9PM 19+ $13


7/1-7/9 Head to Watertown for Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking early ‘80s play on AIDS, The Normal Heart. Tix at @New Repertory Theater All Ages $30 general/$15 students

7/1-7/16 Three actors take us through three generations of brothers navigating capitalism in flux from the 1840s to the 2000s in The Lehman Trilogy. Tix at @The Huntington Theatre 8PM All Ages $20+

7/6 Standup in the Square live comedy! @The Square Root Cafe 8PM All Ages

7/6 Duck Duck Goofs live comedy every Thursday! @Cantab Lounge 7:30PM 21+ $10-30

7/7 Beginnings: The Inaugural Performance of the Asian American Ballet Project Prepare to be captivated as the very first Asian American ballet company breathes new life into the classic christening scene from Sleeping Beauty. Transport yourself to ancient Mongolia with "Suho and the White Horse," a compelling ballet that unveils the dramatic origin story of the horse-head fiddle. Two show times! @Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center 4PM + 7PM All Ages $15-60

7/14-8/12 Idris Goodwin’s new play, The Boy Who Kisses the Sky, is an inspiring coming-of-age story, premiering @Strand Theatre All Ages $ome Cost

7/19-8/6 Pack a picnic for Boston’s best summer tradition with Shakespeare on the Common, transforming the park at sunset into Macbeth this year. @Boston Common Parkman Bandstand 8PM All Ages FREE

7/24 Magic Dyke Prom Night ft. a sexy, stacked cast of some of most handsome fellas from Boston, Providence, Salem and beyond! But who will be PROM KING?? @Crystal Ballroom 8PM 18+ $20-30


7/1-8/13 Japan’s beloved director Yasujiro Ozu’s entire career hits the Harvard Film Archive screens this summer at Ozu 120. This month’s must-sees include his charming comedy Good Morning, Equinox Flower, Late Autumn, Tokyo Twilight and Early Summer @Harvard Film Archive 7PM-10PM All Ages FREE

7/5 Akira Kurosawa’s rarely seen Kagemusha screens as part of Coolidge’s Samurai Summer @Coolidge Corner Theater 7PM $16.25 All Ages

7/6-7/16 The Boston French Film Festival is worth a look and offers a huge range of films from 2022. Ticket includes museum admission. @MFA All Ages $15

7/7-7/8 Lynch’s sexy metal masterpiece Wild at Hear @Brattle Theater All Ages $14 @brattletheatre

7/7-7/10 Explore director David Lynch’s obsession with the land of Oz in the documentary Lynch/Oz @Brattle Theater All Ages $14

7/9 Bowie is back in Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars @Kendall Square Cinema 1PM All Ages $20

7/9 The Samurai Trilogy starring Toshiro Mifune @Coolidge Corner Theater 11AM All Ages $16.25

7/17 20 Days in Mariupol is a sobering documentary on the eve of Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine @Coolidge Corner Theater 7:30PM All Ages $16.25

7/18 Fleabag, the one-woman live show that started the series hits the screen @Coolidge Corner Theater 7PM All Ages $16.25

7/18 The ‘80s comedy classic Ghostbusters @Kendall Square Cinema 7PM All Ages $7

7/20-7/27 Cillian Murphy takes the lead in Christopher Nolan’s much anticipated Oppenheimer in 70mm @Somerville Theatre All Ages $ome Cost

7/28 Night Light Presents 'Escape From New York' @Cinema Salem 10PM All Ages $ome Cost

7/31 Christopher Guest’s ensemble of comedy makes Waiting For Guffman required viewing @Coolidge Corner Theater 7PM $16.25 All Ages


7/1-7/30 Project Room No. 5: Szu-Chieh Yun In a new body of work called Rage & Ecstasy, painter and installation artist Szu-Chieh Yun, explores and complicates our perception of the complex character of Karen. @BCA Mills Gallery 1PM-6PM

7/1-7/30 May Stevens: My Mothers Paintings by May Stevens featuring the artist's birth mother and "spiritual" mother that explore the relationship between the personal and political. @ MAAM 12PM-5PM

7/1-7/29 Then and Now: UVAs 10 Year Retrospective includes art by Unbound Visual Arts members from the inception of the organization through the present. This exhibition is an historical catalog showing not only the history of UVA but also the growth of its members and the engagement and impact of the community it has fostered. The exhibit traces the artists' works from earlier members to newer members as visitors move through the exhibit. Curated by Emelia Misail and Jennifer Turpin. @Arthaus

7/1-10/31 Open Air Gallery Central + Charles A public art walk and Open Air museum experience. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, this public art walk is transformed by the nestled murals of Central Square and booming artwork residing in East Cambridge neighborhoods, along the Charles River, and all the way to MIT. More info and map at FREE

7/4-7/30 Archipels Again and Again | Iwalani Kaluhiokalani "a panoramic installation through which I seek to create a multidisciplinary immersive experience of complexities inhabiting Paradise. I have referenced my Polynesian and Native Hawaiian Kanaka Maoli background to create sculptural dioramas set in the midst of a large-scale layered painting..." Opening Reception 7/6 5PM-8PM @Kingston Gallery

7/5-7/30 Looking in + Looking Out | Jennifer Liston Munson "Found photographs of unnamed relatives from my unknown past are buried in resin, holding them in time and space, allowing them to look at out as we look in." Opening Reception 7/6 5PM-8PM @ Kingston Gallery

7/8 Basics of Gelli Plate Printing with Tammi Jean Fedestin. This workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of this exciting printmaking technique. Gelli printing is a versatile and accessible form of mono-printing that allows artists of all levels to create stunning and unique works of art using a gelatin-based printing plate. Supplies included! Space is limited! RSVP on Eventbrite by searching 'Gelli Plate Printing' @The Green Room 1:30PM-3PM $45-70

7/15-8/26 20 Years on the Edge celebrating the 20th Year Anniversary of Atlantic Works Gallery. Not only will current and past artists members be showing their work but they will also be officially opening their brand new ground floor gallery. Opening Reception 7/20 6PM-9PM @Atlantic Works Gallery

7/30 The Slim Experience A gallery viewing of the heart’s photo book. Preview Images & Poems from the book SLIM accompanied by paintings by Arrielle D and other local artists. Drinks, food, music, and most of all great vibes. Limited copies of the book will be available for purchase. @Nubian Square Open Studio for the Arts (NOSA) 1PM-5PM All Ages $15-20


7/1 + 7/15 Caribbean Street Market music, food, art, desserts, apparel and more! Every 1st + 3rd Saturday! @715 River Street, Boston 11AM-5PM All Ages FREE

7/1-7/3 102nd Annual Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow returns and features special events, contests, food, vendors, drumming and dancing will be held on the Pawâw Grounds. Vendor applications are now available. Contact Amber Tubbs at (508) 477-0208 ext 134 for additional information. @Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center 10AM All Ages FREE

7/5 Arts and Culture Microlearning Pod The Boston Ujima Project is holding its monthly series with Saskia VannJames holding sessions on how to make and distribute Black radical zines; meetings are held on Zoom 6PM-8:30PM All Ages Free

7/6 Warm Up Boston Reading Session first in a series of readings to strengthen our understanding of one of capitalism's most blatant shortcomings. It is important for any group serving the needs of the unhoused to understand the context of where their aid falls among the forces that produce this situation. In "Neutralizing Homelessness", Peter Marcuse provides an excellent overview on the subject. RSVP now on IG @lucyparsonscenter with a DM. Space limited but online viewing available. @Lucy Parsons Center 6PM All Ages FREE

7/7 Materia's Level Up Party! Come celebrate the opening of a bigger video game store + arcade! Bring your own games to play! Food + drink provided. @Materia Arcade 5PM-8PM All Ages FREE

7/7-9/1 Strange Page: Experimental Writing Workshop 8 week writing workshop open to all writing styles, (poetry, fiction, CNF, experimental, etc!) but it must be kept under one page! Working with a new prompt each week, class time will be divided evenly to critique and discuss everyone’s writing. This generative writing workshop is open to adults and mature teens with any level of writing experience. Limited to 12 students. Happens once a week, every Tuesday in Western MA. @Looky Here 6PM-8PM All Ages $200

7/9 Skate Jam + live music! ft. Nic Adam Quartetm Fae Feral, Superhead, Androhead. Best tricks for prizes + 1 minute in the bowl. Come at the beginning for a gear swap! @Lynch Family Skatepark 2PM-9PM All Ages FREE

7/9 Walk for Music is ZUMIX’s biggest fundraiser – not to mention a great day of community, joy, celebration and, of course, music! @Zumix 3PM-6PM All Ages $6

7/12 + 7/19 + 7/26 Intro to Video Art Register at @Cambridge Community Television 6PM-8PM Free for members, $50 for nonmembers

7/12 Writing In Plain Language Workshop Come learn and practice: Writing clear, effective communication that is easy to understand which can be a powerful tool for inclusion and building trust. Offered in English, interpretation (including ASL) available upon request. Automatic live transcription is available, human captioners available upon request. This is a virtual class. Register at 6:30PM FREE

7/15 Boston Little Saigon NIGHT MARKET - Chợ Đêm 2023 Night markets are outdoor street festivals that include food vendors, artisan/merchandise vendors, games, entertainment, and photo opportunities. Special attractions include a diverse line-up of entertainment, games and activities for all ages, a beer garden, Instagram worthy photo opportunities, and street food including chicken wings, skewers, crawfish, and more! @Dorchester Avenue between Park Street and Adams Street including Town Field Park in Dorchester. 4PM-9PM All Ages FREE

7/16 MIT Swapfest electronics and ham radio flea will take place on the third Sunday of each month this summer, April through October. @Albany + Main St, Cambridge 9AM-2PM All Ages $6

7/22 Boston While Black Family Reunion '23 a day-long celebration of Black experiences, community and culture. Come down for line-dancing to epic Double Dutch showdowns and intense Spades tournaments to face painting fun for all ages. Live music and local vendors and artists! @The Lawn On D 12PM-8PM All Ages FREE

7/22 Black Portals II The Boston Ujima Project is hosting its annual summer party! @Black Market Nubian 7PM All Ages $20

7/27 Brighton Bazaar Night Market ft. art, vinyl, and vintage vendors! @Charles River Speedway 5PM-9:30PM All Ages Free

7/27 + 8/3 Online Class: Personal Documentary Storytelling Register at @Cambridge Community Television 6PM-8PM Free for members, $50 for nonmembers

8/11-8/13 Queer Scouts Camp 2023: Register now! Queer Scouts Boston will have its second annual camp this August in southern Vermont on a queer farm owned by two lovely gay bears. There are cabins and places to pitch a tent, a hot tub, a cooling pool, a barn, a fire pit, a kitchen, outdoor showers, hikes and places to swim nearby. Camp is a sober space for LGBTQ+ adults, age 18+. @Queer Scouts Boston $15-80

Recess: Circle Squared, a creative community organization based in Cambridge and Somerville, will be hosting its weekly health and wellness circles every Thursday @Cambridge Community Center 6PM-10PM All Ages Free

Boston Alternative Tango Every Friday experience the new and expanded concept of Queer Tango Boston. Their goal is to incorporate the growing Feminist Tango movement with the pre-existing Queer Tango movement in a safe Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) inspired open-role practice space to address the growing toxicity, elitism and ableism in the tango community. @Democracy Center 3PM-9PM All Ages FREE

Egleston Farmers Market is back every Saturday until late October! @Community Servings 10AM-2PM

Harvard Square Open Market Every Sunday from June through October, come explore the eclectic and carefully curated selection of over 50 artists, makers, and vintage dealers. @Harvard Square 11AM-5PM All Ages FREE


Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance offers opportunities and coaching for organizations, groups and individuals to assess anti-oppression within their community. Sign up now for programming ending in August and get in early for their Fall programming. Check out all the programs at

SUBMIT NOW! Beats on the Beach Contest Create a beat using samples from Revere Beach and submit it for a chance to win cash and prizes! Head to their site for more info and sample files. Apply by 7/31.

APPLY NOW! New England States Touring (NEST) Grant funds performances, readings, and screenings of work by regional, national, and international artists presented by New England-based nonprofit organizations with awards ranging from $500-$10,000. Applicants are highly encouraged to contact NEFA staff to confirm that their project fits the program guidelines. Application deadline 8/1.

APPLY NOW! Cultural Equity Learning Community: Summer 2023 Cohort a two-unit, 12 session, asynchronous anti-racism course with wrap-around supports open to arts and culture leaders committed to building intersectional racial equity. The 1st unit includes two tracks: one for BIPOC arts leaders: Compassionate Transformation, and one for white arts leaders: Whiteness + Me. Participation in both tracks is possible. Register by 7/19. Learn more at

Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #159 July 2023


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