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By : Kevin Dacey and Mike Achille

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3/2 Say Something! Open Mic Night Kenn and August are picking up the mic and inviting you to the stage on 3/2 at The Rockwell. Bring a guitar or a book of poetry, we just want you to feel free to Say Something. @The Rockwell 8PM-10PM All Ages $10

3/3 Colin of Arabia, Tossed Aside, Street Power, T.F.R @Concord Grange Hall (Concord, NH) 6:30PM-10:00PM All Ages FREE

3/4 IBOOKTHINGS Presents Groan Man, NKLS, First Passionate Frisbee Club @Fields West 8PM-11PM 21+ $10

3/4 Spirit Ghost (Album Release) with Puppy Problems and Reggie Pearl @O'Briens Pub 8PM 21+ $12-15

3/8 Fully Celebrated Orchestra with Glencoe + Alton Place @Midway Cafe 8PM 21+ $5

3/10 Clock Out, Bed of Razors, Prowl, Reaching Out, Burning Lord, Death Strider, Jackal @PNI Club (Worcester) 6PM-10PM All Ages $15

3/10 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-12AM 21+ $ome Cost

3/11 Red Baraat Festival of Colors Celebrate Holi with Brooklyn musical group Red Baraat, whose music fuses North Indian bhangra with jazz and hip hop. @Crystal Ballroom 8PM-10PM $30 / $38 at door

3/11 TRIPPIN.FM: Vol. 1 Psychedelic Pop-Up Party ft Rilla Force, Baby Indiglo, SC-One plus vendors, themed rooms + animations. @230 Friend St Warehouse 9PM-2AM 21+ $15

3/16 Mobius Live! Series: Performance a new monthly series of curated experimental performances. @Lilypad 8PM-9:30PM All Ages $15 (No one turned away for lack of funds)

3/18 IBOOKTHINGS Presents Early Exit, Grace Givertz + Madison Duffy, Marquis Lavoie, Conor Ryan Hennessy @Fields West 8PM-11PM 21+ $10

3/18 Bleep / Blorp Festival of Synthesis and Electronic Music is a festival of synthesis and electronic music. It will include live performances, interactive installations, and paper sessions/presentations. Performers, artists, and scholars may submit in one, two, or three categories, but each individual should fill out this form once, as it contains all three categories. Preference may be given to New England based individuals. @Durgin Hall (UMASS Lowell) 10:30AM-12:30AM All Ages $ome Cost

3/18 Hard in the Head featuring: The F.U.'s, Cuidado, Duck & Cover, Black Helicopter @Gerry No.5 VFA (Marblehead) 7PM 18+ $10

3/19 Bars Over Bars Presents: Ardent & Lov333craft’s Birthday Show @American Legion (Pawtucket, RI) 7PM-10PM All Ages $10

3/19 Choke Out, American Ethos, Saint James @Hutghi's (Westfield, MA) 6PM-10PM All Ages $10

3/20 American Ethos, Stereo Vulture, The Great War @Charlie's Kitchen 8PM 21+ $5

3/25 IBOOKTHINGS Presents Adam Demir Jian, Ezra Cohen, Husbands, Cape Crush @Fields West 8PM-11PM 21+ $10

3/24 Maniac, Kidnapped, Last Wishes, Hate Still Burns @Rat Trap (Holyoke) 7PM All Ages $15

3/25 Minibeast, Picniclunch, Germ House 3 far out acts converge on the Paradise Mcfee gallery for a nite of jagged guitars, insane drumming and thought provoking sounds. @Paradise McFee Gallery (New Bedford) 8PM All Ages $5-10

3/25 Sentient Horror (NJ) , Vivisect (NJ) , Ancient Death, Burt Bacharach & Funeral Thirst @Ralphs Rock Diner 8:30PM 21+ $15

3/25 Creative Music Series Presents Kelly Bray, Anna Abondolo, Lucy Little free-jazz show @Arts at the Armory 8PM-10PM All Ages $10

3/26 Non-Event Presents the Glasgow and South London-based trio Still House Plants along with NxCx from Central and Western Mass. @First Church JP 8PM-10PM All Ages $10-15

3/26, Sunami, Escuela Grind, Last Wishes, Hate Still Burns, Opposition @Sons of Italy (Hingham) 6PM All Ages $25

3/26 Kaki King presents Everybody Loves You: 20th Anniversary @Crystal Ballroom 7:30PM-9:30PM $28 GA / $40 Reserved

3/26 Spirit! with musiConnects Don’t miss the world premiere of Joi Harper’s Aspirations and Sorrows; a work for soprano, piano, and strings inspired by and showcasing student poetry influenced by the work of Langston Hughes. @St. John's Episcopal Church 4PM-7PM All Ages FREE

3/27 Get2theGig Presents: Emperor X, Pink Navel, Mercet @O'Briens Pub 9PM 21+ $13-15

3/31 Trans Day of Visibility featuring Evan Greer, Trap Beat, Candice, Tranny, Persuasian, Levi Cain Visibility is not enough! Benefit for Harbor Camps, a camp for trans and gender nonconforming kids. @The Rockwell 9PM-11PM All Ages $15-30

3/29 Mall Cops, Stateside, Montclair, Jockey @O'Briens Pub 8PM 18+ $12

3/31 Come Mierda, Exitum, Strictly Hip-Hop, Vilanvs, Industrial Grade Chemical Cleaner @Ralphs Rock Diner 8PM 21+ $15

4/1 IBOOKTHINGS Presents Children Of The Flaming Wheel, OOF, Germ House @Fields West 8PM-11PM 21+ $10

4/1 Content Brakes Presents: Buck Gooter @O'Briens Pub 8PM 21+ $12-15

4/2 High Vis @Hardcore Stadium (Cambridge) 7PM-11PM All Ages $20

4/3 Jivebomb, Gumm, Anklebiter, Climb @O'Briens Pub 8PM 18+ $15

4/6 Seed of Pain, Burning Lord @Sons of Italy (Hingham) 6PM-10PM All Ages $ome Cost

4/6 Sink, Faim, Broken Record, Corrode @Ralphs Rock Diner 8PM 21+ $10

4/6 Glitterer, Truth Cult, Gil Sayfan @Hardcore Stadium (Cambridge) 7PM-11PM All Ages $15

4/7 Catharsis, Faim, Broken Record, The Promised End, New Forms @Peabody VFW 7PM-11PM All Ages $15

4/8 IBOOKTHINGS Presents Winkler, Walk Me Home, Donna Revving @Fields West 8PM-11PM 21+ $10

4/8 Thighs, Owen Manure, Brothers Gay @Hotel Vernon (Worcester) 8PM All Ages $ome Cost

4/9 Combo Chimbita @Crystal Ballroom 7:30PM-9:30PM $22 / $28 at door

4/12 Fully Celebrated Orchestra w/ Cloud Factory + Tyler and The Names @Midway Cafe 8PM 21+ $5

4/13 Mobius Live! Series: Bodies that Matter a night of live art curated and created by queer artists. @Lilypad 8PM-9:30PM All Ages $15 (No one turned away for lack of funds)

4/16 Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba @Crystal Ballroom 7:30PM-9:30PM $40 GA, $52, $44 limited reserved table seating

4/18 Noise Prince, FRKSE, Greylock, Hexxhead, Signal Chain @Midway Cafe 8:30PM 21+ $10

4/18 DJUNAH, Rid of Me, Leopard Print Taser @O'Briens Pub 10PM 21+ $13-15

4/22 Copyright Chaos (CT), The Ruffians (Canada), Unwanted Noise (Canada), Menudo Death Squad (FL), Dogshit (FL), Who Killed Spikey Jacket, Moose Knuckle @Sammy's Patio 7PM 21+ $20

4/22 Sona Jobarteh Band @Crystal Ballroom 8PM-10PM $40

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.

Knowhere Studios Presents Artist Development Special Working on a budget? Can't find production that fits your music? Join Melks + Andre X in sessions that include custom beats, song writing, recording and mixing. DM @knowherestudios_ on Instagram to book a session in Methuen, MA!

Video + Film

3/3 Get a taste of the Paris jazz scene in the '50s at this rare screening of Around Midnight starring Dexter Gordon with music by Herbie Hancock @Brattle Theater 7PM-9PM $14

3/3-3/4 Coolidge after Midnight keeps us guessing with back-to-back mystery Michelle Yeoh martial arts movies screening in 35mm @Coolidge Corner Theater $16.25

3/7-3/22 Get familiar with fearless and poetic French filmmaker Claire Denis, featured all month at the Coolidge including Chocolat (1988) on 3/7, her rarely screened No Fear, No Die on 3/8, Beau Travail on 3/14, Trouble Every Day on 3/15, 35 Shots of Rum on 3/21, and White Material on 3/22 @Coolidge Corner Theater $16.25

3/7 A rare chance to see the "greatest film ever" on the big screen. Citizen Kane @Kendall Square Cinema 7PM-9PM

3/11 An underrated ‘80s cult classic Death Becomes Her plays after midnight @Coolidge Corner Theater

3/13 Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night in Bette Davis’ comeback film, All About Eve @Coolidge Corner Theater 7PM-9PM $16.25

3/18 A cult classic '90s horror with stellar fashion: The Craft plays after midnight @Somerville Theatre

3/23 Hoop Dreams is one of the realest depictions of American life caught on film. Don't miss it! @Coolidge Corner Theater 7PM-9PM $16.25

3/30 Sam Shepherd's story of familial estrangement, directed by Wim Wenders and starring Harry Dean Stanton. Paris, Texas is required viewing @Coolidge Corner Theater 7PM-9PM $16.25

3/31 The endlessly quotable ‘90s comedic gem, Drop Dead Gorgeous plays after midnight @Coolidge Corner Theater

Performance Art

3/3 The Spoons: A Live Comedy Special with Tiny @Midway Cafe 10PM 21+ $10

Thru 3/18 Zadie Smith adapts part of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales in The Wife of Willesden. Don't miss! @Loeb Drama Center All Ages $30+

Thru 3/11 SpeakEasy Stage brings the surprisingly funny and powerful 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner, Fairview to the South End @Boston Center for the Arts All Ages $75/$25 if under 25

Thru 3/26 Benjamin Benne’s new play, Alma examines how the American Dream translates through generations @Central Square Theater All Ages $25+

3/8-3/10 Big brother is watching in Cointel Show: A Patriot Act, an interactive, virtual play from New Orleans’ Mondo Bizarro. Online via Arts Emerson. All Ages Pay-what-you-can

3/9-3/10 Shift Spaces Presents Can You Relate? Comedy Festival two days ft. over 30 super funny people and none of them are cis men. BYOB + drinks available. 420 only on second day! @420 Loft 8PM-11PM 21+ $22.50 More info @shift_spaces

3/18 Good Luck Comedy Presents Riley Lassin Music by Top Notch High Power. Plus Special Guests. 420 friendly. @420 Loft 8:30PM-10:30PM 21+ $20

3/19 The Poet's Cauldron spoken word open mic with special guests + musical performances. Hors d'oeuvres + drinks served! Also happening in April. @The White Room 6PM-9PM $5-20 Donation

3/23 Arrow of Time Zoe Dance and Violet Nox join their mind-expanding creative forces to choreograph a unique audio-visual experience for museum spectators, blending evocative dance-theater with an original music score crafted specifically for the Planetarium. @Museum of Science 7:30PM-10PM All Ages $15

3/24 Out Loud: A Very Queer Open Mic Get dressed up and come show off. Dance, sing, read poetry, tell a story, or share your stand up. Masks mandatory. @Arts at the Armory 7PM-10PM All Ages $10 Suggested Donation

3/28-4/25 Mobius Artist Event: Inhabiting Time Online Performance Art Workshop Run by Marilyn Arsem. At the heart of this course is the question of how to continue making live art in a world that is more often pre-recorded, edited and virtual. Happens every Tuesday 6PM-8PM. Enrollment deadline 3/23. @ 6PM-8PM $187

3/30 Standup in the Square local comedians unite! @The Square Root Cafe 8PM-11PM All Ages

3/30-4/2 Arts Emerson brings the highly anticipated Shadows Cast to Boston, a visual feast from French contortionist and aerialist Raphaëlle Boitel @Emerson Paramount Center All Ages $25+

4/1 Suitcase Stories® features foreign and US-born residents sharing powerful and inspiring stories of refugee and immigrant life. Storytellers are all local to New England.  @Somerville Theatre 8PM-10PM $28

4/6 The Magic Lab: Open Mic Magic Show where local magicians test out their newest material! Vax + mask required @Rozzie Square Theater 7:30PM-10PM All Ages $10

4/15 Good Luck Comedy Presents Sureni Weerasekera Music by Dj Black Biff. Plus Special Guests. 420 friendly. @420 Loft 8:30PM-10:30PM 21+ $20

4/18 First And Last Word Poetry Third Tuesday of every month, with different featured poets each time, and a chance to read your own work during the open-mic section at the end. @Arts at the Armory 7PM-9:30PM All Ages $4

Visual Art

3/9 UNEXPECTED… Opening Reception and Artists Talk at FPAC Featuring the work of Michael Bourque, Madeleine Lord, Derrick Te Paske & Nathan Bourque @Fort Point Arts Community 5PM-8PM

Until 3/12 Fresh Faces 2023: an exhibition that introduces new artwork by the Northeast’s most talented student artists copy featuring a variety of styles and media. @ Abigail Ogilvy Gallery

3/18 Ruggles Corridor Artist Talk: Jenny Sabin The City commissioned Jenny to create long-term public artworks to complement the Ruggles Street Corridor improvement project in Roxbury. She is interested in collecting feedback on her preliminary design and will gather stories and visual input from local residents through a workshop to be integrated into wayfinding signage, special materials, and seating areas. Event also livestreamed on IG @artsinboston @Dewitt Center 12PM-2PM All Ages FREE

3/23 Art's Core Presents Twisted Paint Night A sip and paint where you will have the choice to pick between the lovely art of Briyana or Kyia with local vendors @ Dorchester Brewing Company 7PM-9PM 21+ $30

Until 3/31 Drifting Clouds ft Melanie Bernier (BCN Veteran!) + Paola de la Calle investigates the power and potential of fiber as a medium for storytelling, reflection, meditation and activism. Together, the artworks create an opportunity to consider the way that two seemingly divergent issues are becoming more and more entwined over time. Matters concerning environmental collapse and sustainability are inextricably linked with patterns of migration and memory. @ Trustman Gallery 10AM-4:30PM @melsmoviemagic

Until 4/22 Spontaneous: An abstract art showcase featuring Domingo Barreres, Heather Buechler, Melissa Richard, Susan Leskin and more. @The Gallery At Atlantic Wharf @fortpointarts

Until 4/2 Nayana Lafond: Missing & Murdered Indigenous People Project Monochromatic paintings honor those lost to violence as well as portraits of activists struggling to stem the tide of loss and erasure in indigenous communities across the United States. @ Beacon Gallery 12PM-12PM

Until 4/2 UNEXPECTED... Art Exhibition Featuring work by Michael Bourque, Madeleine Lord, Derrick Te Paske & Nathan Bourque @ Fort Point Arts Community 12PM-4PM

4/13 Artists For Humanity Presents ARTOPIA Guests will enjoy hands-on experiences curated from each of their studios and an expansive sale of teen art and design. With unique culinary creations from local celebrity chefs, eclectic music, craft cocktails, and two floors of artwork, ARTOPIA guarantees an inspired evening like no other! @Artists For Humanity 6:30PM-9:30PM 21+ $ome Cost

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 12PM-5PM


3/16 Mass Art Education Association Presents Dimensional Needle Felting 1 Learn the basic tools, materials and techniques to introduce the traditional fiber art of needle felting with wool into your curriculum or to add to your personal hobbies. Virtual workshop led by Margaurita Spear. 6PM-8PM All Ages $12-20

3/18 A Poetic Night: Words, Wings and Wine Edition Art Show/Spoken Word Performances ft. Akilah Divine/Open Mic/Vendor Showcase/Art Auction/Art Raffle @Modern Party Art 6PM-10PM $50-65

3/18 Mass Art Education Association Presents Dimensional Needle Felting 2 Learn the basic tools, materials and techniques to introduce the traditional fiber art of needle felting with wool into your curriculum or to add to your personal hobbies. Virtual workshop. 9AM-11AM All Ages $12-20

3/24 Atmospheres of Violence book talk: Structuring Antagonism + the Trans/Queer Ungovernable by theorist and organizer Eric A. Stanley with special guest Ianna Hawkins Owen. @Lucy Parsons Center 7PM-9PM All Ages FREE

4/29 Boston Comics In Color Festival is a family-friendly event for all ages focusing on creators of color and stories by and about people of color. Artists, cosplay, panels, vendors + more! @Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center 11AM-6PM All Ages FREE

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.

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

Slán Abhaile / Safe Home Sign up to be a part of a public artwork in Fields Corner! Krystle Brown is inviting the Fields Corner community to come together and share how the housing crisis has impacted them. Whether you have been a long-time resident or recently moved to the area, everyone is invited to come together to share their story. This project will culminate into creating a community-driven memory-driven bench at Doherty-Gibson Playground. Sign up to share your story at or follow Krystle on IG @krystlebrown_art

Take-A-Zine, Leave-A-Zine has a new location! Check out this incredible community resource where you can trade your coolest zines for even cooler ones! They just setup a new street box at Gallery 263 in Cambridge that you can access 24/7. They even have a discord if you wanna get involved or learn more! More info on their IG @takeazine


Girl Magic Meets is a space where womxn empower each other through collaboration, photography, and sisterhood. This platform is for womxn to use to explore and express their true selves with the support of like-minded individuals through themed photo shoot meetups and events centered around building community. Stay up to date at and follow @girlmagicmeets

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

South End Tech Center 25th Year Fundraiser Give if you can to this organization that Melvin King started and has provided an onramp to the information highway and brings opportunities in computer technology for Greater Boston’s underserved communities of color. They need $10,000 to keep their programs thriving. Visit to donate now or visit


Better Beaches Grant! Save the Harbor and the Department of Conservation and Recreation will be granting more than $300,000 to groups and creatives with fun, unique ideas to bring free public events to our region’s beaches this summer. Deadline to apply is 3/13

Call for artist-in-residence! Gallery 263 invites artists of all media and experience levels to apply for this opportunity, which will take place this summer. The residency is a non-live-in opportunity and will be awarded to one artist who will have sole use of our 700-square-foot space and amenities. The residency, which includes a $250 stipend, will culminate in a one-week solo showcase. Deadline to apply 5/21. More info at

Artist residency, apply now! Mudflat Studio year-long clay artist residency This highly competitive program provides a private studio space at no cost with access to Mudflat’s facility, a monthly materials stipend, a monthly housing stipend, and opportunities to teach and sell work. Applications due 4/16. More info at

Call for Submissions! Spark* is excited to introduce its new exhibition, Rhythms. From sound, movement, cycles in our daily routines to the flow of waves and the patterns found in nature, rhythms can be universal yet deeply personal. By examining this duality, they hope to create an exhibition that engages visitors on multiple levels. Spark* will accept a wide range of mediums, from painting and sculpture to video and sound (not only for Northeastern students). Applications due 3/23. Apply here

3/18+3/25 Decolonizing Creative Practice: Defensiveness Virtual Retreat with Haus of Glitter 2-part workshop open to MA artists. Online 9AM-1PM

3/28 An Introduction to Cooperatives in the Arts Workshop with Daniel Park. Presented by MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists program. Online @www.assetsforartists.or 2PM-5PM FREE

3/30 The Ultimate Guide to Artist Publicity: Free Workshop Learn how to generate press and land publicity! In this workshop, participants will identify the basic materials needed for a solid press kit and ways to set themselves apart, including generating a succinct press pitch, graphics, and brand. Online 2PM-4PM All Ages FREE

Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #155 March 2023


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