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6/3 Cape Crush, Me in Capris, Shiver, Sonder @O'Briens Pub 8PM 21+ $10   

6/3 Moral Law, Memento, xNomadx, Balmora, Cold Kiss @The Hoff (Holyoke, MA) 6PM All Ages $15   

6/3 KLYAM presents Juan Wauters with Andy California @Lilypad 10PM All Ages $17-20

6/3 Hate Still Burns, Heavy Weight, No Allegiance, Gumskab, Born Cursed, Cold Case @Sammy's Patio 7PM All Ages $15   

6/4 BIPOQ Pride Presents Trina Rockstar with Kidd Kenn and Cookiee Kawaii @Big Night Live 8PM 21+ $40   

6/6 grein, Victoria Cheah, Lautaro Mantilla, Sheer Anxiety @O'Briens Pub 9PM 21+ $10   

6/7 Non Event Presents Sawt Out & Suzueri with Bonnie Jones duo @Goethe-Institut Boston 8PM All Ages $10-15  

6/7 Abandoncy, New Forms, Rong, The Cost Ov Living @O'Briens Pub 9PM 21+ $12-15   

6/9 Pop Punk Pizza Night: DJ Coach spinning recs + house made za! @Deep Cuts Deli 7PM All Ages $5-10   

6/9 Dischordia (OK), The Last of Lucy (CA), Pathogenic, Brain Famine @Ralphs Rock Diner 8PM 21+ $15   

6/9 Baabes, Airport, The Lights Out, Fox Canadian @The Jungle 7:30PM 21+ $10   

6/10-11 eXpozedTV Presents The Grind Jam Session Music Business Conference offering networking opportunities, music business education, and live performances to empower creative minds and business-oriented individuals in the music industry. This two-day event provides attendees with the chance to expand their knowledge, create meaningful connections, and stay on track towards a successful career path. One + two day tickets available. 12PM-8PM $150-250

6/10 Puppy Problems, American Poetry Club, Long Neck, Trust Fund Partial benefit for Stop Cop City @Democracy Center 7PM All Ages $10-15   

6/10 Death Valley Girls, Abraxas @Deep Cuts Deli 7PM All Ages $13-15   

6/11 Jason Kaminski, Tuxis Giant, The Michael Character, Mairead Band @O'Briens Pub 9PM 21+ $10-12   

6/11 American Nightmare, Mouth Washington, Gumskab @SPACE Gallery (Portland, ME) 4:30PM-9PM All Ages $25   

6/11 Schoolyard Summer Concert Series ft Cocktail Hour (R&B, Neo-soul). Bring your own seats! No animals, please. @Eliot School for the Arts 5PM-7PM All Ages FREE 

6/14 Fully Celebrated Orchestra w/ Ben Shaw + Michael Bravata @Midway Cafe 8PM 21+ $5   

6/15 Get 2 The Gig Presents Hotel Fiction @Deep Cuts Deli 8PM All Ages $15adv/18dayof  

6/15 AfroDesiaCity Presents GroundBeat a pre-Juneteenth celebration ft. DJ TROY Frost, VLA Dance, + Danny Rivera. @HATCH Memorial Shell 6:30PM All Ages FREE

6/15 Cat Piss, Big Mess, Fat Randy, Bad at Drawing @O'Briens Pub 9PM 21+ $10-12   

6/16 Dunamis + Meraki Productions Present House Sessions Open Mic @Sam Adams Boston Brewery, JP 7PM All Ages FREE 

6/17 Mochitsuki, Gaud, Lahnah, Opposable Partial benefit for Material Aid + Advocacy Program @Democracy Center 7PM All Ages $10-15 

6/18 Schoolyard Summer Concert Series ft Rhombus (Collective improvisation). Bring your own seats! No animals, please. @Eliot School for the Arts 5PM-7PM All Ages FREE  @eliotschoolcraft 

6/20 Get to the Gig Presents: Stuck + Landowner @O'Briens Pub 9PM 18+ $13-15   

6/22-24 Boston Art & Music Soul Festival (BAMS) Get your tickets now to one of the best annual fests Boston has to give! Featuring performances by Tim Hall, Nate Nics, Tori Tori, Notebook P., Cake$wagg, Kei and more!! Plus tons of activities for the whole family including vendors, food, drink, live art + graffiti exhibition. Many ticket options available from FREE to paid VIP seats! @Franklin Park, Playstead Field 10AM All Ages FREE-$300 

6/23 Dig Boston Fundraiser featuring Baabes, Esh & the Isolations, Ruffian Dick, Goon Platoon, and Turn Heel @O'Briens Pub 9PM 21+ $10   

6/23 Anthropophagous, Corrode, Yambag, Wormface @The Nook (Westfield, MA) 8PM All Ages $10   

6/23 Sneakylinq @House of Blues, Foundation Room 10 PM - 2 AM. 21+ $20 Early Bird, $25 Presale $30 Door

6/24 Neptune, RONG, Hive Mind Brass Quintet, Andrea Pensado @Midway Cafe 8PM 21+ $10   

6/24 Three Knee Deep, Buried Dreams, Street Power, Opposition, Papercut @Sons of Italy (Hingham) 6PM All Ages $20   

6/29 Bad Idea USA, Pink Slip, The Jacklights, Blame It On Whitman @Deep Cuts Deli 7PM All Ages $15-17 

6/30 AfroDesiaCity Presents Black Music Month Celebration Concert Inspired by the "Breathe Life Together" mural by Robert "ProBlak" Gibbs as an ode to Boston and Hip Hop.  Hosted by Akrobatik. Performances by SharlaFabulous + DJ ILL Neil. @Dewey Square on the Greenway 5PM All Ages FREE 


6/2-6/4 African Fashion Week Boston Every year some of Boston's best cultural fashion designers, activists and artists weave together an experience that manifests the rich African tapestry of New England. After much anticipation, African Fashion Week Boston happens this June with a cultural experience that will resurrect the diaspora in you. Ft. panel discussions, fashion shows, cultural dance, marketplace and more! Learn more at @The Guild Works 7PM

6/2-6/18 Developed from interviews with Ukrainian refugees, the Arlekin Players' new show, The Gaaga, puts Putin on the trial he deserves. Tix at @Beat Brew Hall 8PM All Ages $25 Virtual/$34+ In-person  

6/2-6/25 As You Like It turned gender norms on their head back in 1599, Actors Shakespeare Project and the Theatre Offensive brings the Bard's beloved comedy to Tufts @ Balch Arena Theater 8PM All Ages $25+  

6/3 ECO : ANIMAL : KIN featuring featuring Melissa Buckheit, Andy Taylor-Blenis, Karen Klein, Ken Kan an interdisciplinary modern dance theatre project that uses recorded sound & text-scape, poetry, collaborative film, live dance, and dance film to create an immersive narrative and visual movement performance which seeks to ask questions and explore realities and histories about our unique relationship as fellow human animals with nature and the environment, other living creatures, history & oppression, energy, place, the past/future, social mores and the living earth. @The Dance Complex 8PM All Ages $10-30   

6/13 - 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+


6/2-6/6 Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game is a searing critique of the bourgeois  and considered one of the greatest films ever made. @Brattle Theater 4:30PM All Ages $14

6/5 My Cousin Vinny is the '90s courtroom comedy you didn't know you needed   @Coolidge Corner Theater 7PM All Ages $16.25  

6/9-8/13 This Summer experience the entire oeuvre of Japan's master of cinema Yasujiro Ozu Our picks this month include Late Spring on 6/9 + 6/11, Tokyo Story on 6/10 + 6/18, and The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice on 6/23. @ Harvard Film Archive 7PM All Ages FREE  

6/11 GRCB BEATS Video Premiere and Name Reveal Party Doors open at 2PM, BEATS videos created by the amazing youth from Gardner Pilot Academy premiere at 2:30PM. At 3:15 stay tuned for the BIG reveal of the NEW NAME for GRCB! Stay until 5PM to enjoy tunes from DJ Sit N Spin, dancing, art projects using the new name and logo, treats, raffle prizes, and new name merch! @Zone 3 2PM-5PM All Ages Free   

6/16-20 Parker Posey shines as the '90s NYC fashion and comedy icon she is in Party Girl   @Brattle Theater 8PM All Ages $14  

6/17 Celebrate Father's Day with the ironically fitting Kubrick masterpiece The Shining  @Brattle Theater 1:30PM All Ages $14  

6/17 The Ramones rule the halls of a fanatic teen's heart in Rock n’ Roll High School with an epic Prom-themed dance party upstairs at Crystal Ballroom afterwards. Part of their new series Off the Reel…And Onto the Dance Floor. @Somerville Theatre 7:30PM-10PM $14

6/22 Jawbreaker is the '90s response to Heathers with peak fashion and killer comedy @Coolidge Corner Theater 7PM All Ages $16.25 

6/23-24 Musical masters David Bowie and Ryuichi Sakamoto show their acting chops with the latter providing his most iconic score in Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence @Brattle Theater 8PM All Ages $14  

6/23 Ridley Scott's futuristic fantasy Blade Runner: The Final Cut screens A $7 Tuesday deal! @Kendall Square Cinema 7PM All Ages $7   

6/26 Try to follow the twists and turns in this international comedy thriller, Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn @Brattle Theater 7PM All Ages $16.25  

6/29 Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is an intimate portrait of the musician's return to music following a cancer diagnosis @Brattle Theater 5PM All Ages $14  



6/10 Elevated Thought Presents RWRK Showcase: Utopia a multimedia gallery with performances by students who were tasked with designing an outfit that represented their ideal utopian state. They were instructed to use repurposed materials such as old curtains, blankets, and clothing to create their designs, in a world where mass production no longer exists.  @Elevated Thought 4PM All Ages FREE 

Until 6/25 Holding Space: Meditations on Queer Experience This show will allow queer artists a platform to display work that showcases the intimate details of their experience of their own identity. This work is by queer creators and centers a queer audience. Curated by Theodora Earthwurms @Assemblage Art Space

Until 6/29 BAD MATH: Brooke Stewart constructs a love letter to the artists and makers of Boston who, much like the medium of woodblock printing, continuously carve and build their lives in service of their work. Curated by Liz Morlock. @BCA Mills Gallery

Until 6/30 Call and Response: Illustration in Uncertain Times features illustrations and graphic designs by seven local AAPI artists including Deborah Johnson and Payal Kumar who have used their craft to speak to this complicated moment. As with other kinds of labor, these artistic gestures offer critical support to the community by giving voice to different experiences and encouraging care. @PAO Arts Center       

Until 6/30 Workers Statues in Chinatown by Wen-ti Tsen pays tribute to the workers who have uplifted Boston Chinatown through their essential labor over the decades. The four sets of clay models Tsen has developed for the project represent four different workers from the Chinese immigrant community. @PAO Arts Center   

Until 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 

Until 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 


6/10 Original Markets Presents Found vintage + upcycled clothing and goods pop up market! Many vendors! @Cambridge Community Center 12PM-5PM All Ages FREE

6/10 + 6/24 The People Clinic: Herbal First Aid Basics Workshop  (RSVP Required) @Democracy Center 10AM All Ages FREE   

6/14-6/16 Embrace Ideas Festival Presents 'Here/Present': the art of reclaiming space and time a 3 day Juneteenth celebration that includes keynotes and panel discussions, arts, food, and music -- there will be something for everyone to enjoy as we shine a light on how we can interrupt our zero sum game thinking when it comes to racial justice, and realizing a better Boston for all. Find all the event details at Multiple locations! All Ages FREE to $25+ 

6/16 Lucy Parsons Center Presents Commoning in Cities A game that enables equitable participation and converts community experiences and memory into knowledge that can support the local community action and enable the exchange of experiences between community initiatives in Medellín (Colombia), Boston (USA) and Thessaloniki (Greece). RSVP Required. @Democracy Center 3PM-7PM All Ages FREE 

6/18 Worcester Punk Rock Flea Market @Ralphs Rock Diner 12PM-8PM All Ages Free   

6/25 Black Owned Boston Outdoor Market returns to the Seaport neighborhood for its fourth year with over 60 vendors. Its eclectic collection and innovative ways to support local businesses owned by traditionally underrepresented groups make it a unique market that stands out from the rest. @Seaport Common 12PM-6PM All Ages FREE   

Queer Women In Music Boston is a labor of love via The History Project which documents Boston’s LGBTQ history. QWIMB seeks to document, archive, promote, love, cherish, and support queer women and the gender expansive community in Boston’s music scene…past and present. Find out how to support and get involved at + follow @queerwomeninmusicboston


CALL FOR ART! Art & Mind: I Know Who I Am! Journeys of Women of Color and Femme-Expressing Creatives virtual event occurring on October 5th, 2023 showcasing artists finding solace and healing in art. This event is created by Sista Creatives Rising (SCR), a project founded by Black, invisibly disabled mother-daughter duo Claire Jones and Amaranthia Sepia. Five artists, national and international, will be chosen for their narrative videos and artworks discussing their experiences around race, gender, disability, sexuality and more. All five artists selected will be compensated a total of $200 each. Any medium is accepted. We especially encourage disabled and/or queer BIWOC and femmes of color to apply. More info at

CALL FOR PERFORMERS! Are you a local musician, poet, dancer or band? Apply to perform at an upcoming summer AfroDesiaCity event at   Deadline to apply is 6/10

APPLY NOW TO 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 #158 June 2023


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