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By : Kevin Dacey and Mike Achille

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**We strongly encourage all to take careful precaution when going out to public events! Follow the venue’s requirements regarding vaccination/negative Covid tests! Always double check the event online just in case they need to cancel!**

Chosen Happenings curated by Creatives of Color Boston

5/3, 4, 5 Un Paso Alante: Canto y Maraca with Ivelisse Diaz @Online 7PM $22-55 Register at

5/6 Cliff Notez Presents The Sketchbook with Zola Simone @Atwood’s Tavern 9:30PM 21+ $18

5/7 Creatives of Color BOSTON presents our 2022 exhibition, “Blooming Truths”. This project asks the question, "What would the world look like if colonialism never existed, and BIPOC were given the chance to truly blossom?” @Old Salem Town Hall, Salem, MA 4PM-8PM 18+ FREE

5/14 Bridgeside Cypher @Lynch Family Skate Pa

rk 8PM-11PM All Ages FREE

5/30 Free Days at The MFA 10AM-5PM All Ages FREE


5/1 Music & Art: A Benefit for Ukraine feat. Julian Kytasty, Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh, & many more @Swendenborg Chapel (Cambridge) 7:30pm All Ages $ugg Donation of $20

5/2 Major Stars, Lupo Citta, Adult Learners @Charlie’s Kitchen 8pm 21+ $5

5/3 Bars Over Bars Hip Hop Showcase featuring local artists! Every first Tuesday of the month @Midway Cafe 7:30PM 21+ $10

5/4 Open Armory is an open mic for all performance practices. Sign up at 7PM. Happens first Wednesday of every month @Arts at the Armory 7PM-10PM All Ages Free

5/5 Jungle Vibes VI: Latin Night hosted by Greatness ASF ft. Cashu, Sol Maria, 3z3nxia, Ucmee, Leo2Times, RBN @The Jungle 8PM 21+ $10

5/6 Clamb, Professor Caffeine and the Insecurities, Docklebanger, Milque @The Jungle 7:30PM 21+ $10

5/6 Wet Specimens, School Drugs, Unknown Liberty, Wanted @Shanty Cimex (ask) 8pm All Ages $10

5/7 Rosewater Records presents Mei Semones Release Show w/ Drobakid (NY), The Nebulous Ensemble, Alexander @Lost Woods DIY 8PM All Ages $7-10 Mask and Vax required

5/7 Illegally Blind presents SPLLIT, New England Patriots, Baby;Baby:, Dirty Babies Club @O’Briens 8PM 21+ $12

5/8 Sonic Blume, Trash Rabbit, Strange Weekend @O’Briens 8PM 21+ $10/12

5/8 Sunday Brunch Show ft. Mirelia, Tiny the Bear, Charlie Jay, Grace Givertz @The Jungle 11AM All ages $5

5/8 ONCE Somerville Presents: Field Day, Landlady, Philip B. Price @The Rockwell 6pm 18+ $15

5/8 Mega Mass Presents: Artist Showcase! Every second Sunday of the month! Sign up to perform! @The Jungle 9PM-12AM All Ages FREE

5/10 Kina Zoré live every second Tuesday bringing two sets of Mozambican Funk! @Midway Cafe 8PM 21+ $10

5/11 Fully Celebrated Orchestra, Steve Fell, Blues Dream Box @Midway Cafe 8PM 21+ $5

5/11 The Still Point Record Release jazz show @The Lilypad 7:30PM All Ages $10

5/11 Get to the Gig Boston presents Fish House, Senseless Optimism, Frances Baker @O’Briens 8PM 21+ $13/15

5/13 Ignite, In Good Nature, Hard Target, Risk, Snubnosed, Fraud @Sons of Italy Lodge (Hingham) 6pm All Ages $20

5/14 KLYAM Presents ‘Blesses The Bay’ ft. Electric Street Queens, Baileys Band, G. Gorgon Gritty, Death Snail @Blesses of the Bay Boathouse, Somerville 1PM-5PM All Ages FREE

5/14 Lucy, Targus Targus, OrangePeelMystic, Robbie Dean Rhodes, Orlando Boom @Cantab Lounge 7PM 21+ $ome Cost

5/14 Bulletproof Backpack, Zipper, Catalyst, E, Amanita @Bella’s Basement (Middletown, RI) 7pm All Ages $10

5/14 Rosewater Records presents Sasha and the Valentines (on tour), Reggie Pearl, Kathy Snax @O’Briens 9PM 21+ $15/17

5/15 Rosewater Records Presents Shane Pi (Nashville), Izzy True (Chicago), ADDIE, Exit 18 @Tourist Trap 8PM All Ages $7-10 Mask and Vax required

5/15 ONCE Somerville and RTT Productions Present: Bad Cop Bad Cop, The Homeless Gospel @The Rockwell 6pm 18+ $ome Cost

5/15 Curtain Call: comedy, spoken word, poetry, music ft. Addison, Willow Feyth, Jon Sherfy, Mackenzie story, Po The Poet, Phree, She’s A Rebel, Ramses Rafael @The Jungle 4:30PM-8PM 21+ $10

5/15 Non-Event presents The “A” Trio (Lebanese free improv) + Mike Bullock @Geothe-Institut Boston 7:30PM All Ages FREE

5/16 Coffin Salesman, North Star the Wanderer, Bad Idea USA, Superdown @Charlie’s Kitchen 8pm 21+ $5

5/17 Seed, Rong, The Infinity Ring @The Rockwell 6PM All Ages $15

5/18 Once Somerville Presents Lady Pills, Lazy, Olivia Sissay @The Rockwell 6PM 21+ $15 Mask and Vax required

5/19 M.O.B Presents “3rd Thursdays” at Kay’s Oasis! Live Band, After work Jam and Entertainment @1125 Blue HIll Ave 5-10pm 21+ $10

5/19 One Step Closer, Pummel, Broken Vow, Climb, Anklebiter @Sons of Italy Lodge (Hingham) 6pm All Ages $15

5/19 FIND OUT Event series for musicians & artists to try out new ideas every 3rd Thursday of the month. Every show is a partial benefit for radical community orgs @First Church, JP 8PM All Ages $10 @f_i_n_d___o_u_t

5/20 Rosewater Records Presents Raavi (NY), Gollylagging, Elsa Bay, Trophy Wife @Tourist Trap 8PM All Ages $7-10 Mask and Vax required

5/20 Generación Suicida, Dark Thoughts, Marissa Paternoster @O’Brien’s Pub 8pm 21+ $14

5/20 The Creative Music Series Presents Togetherness! + Ellwood Epps free jazz show @The Lilypad 7PM All Ages $15

5/21 Show Some Love 2: All Female Showcase ft. Kemic, Nim K, Taki Yah, Solmaria, Shellz, Tiffany Drama, Soneta, Ms. Laura Michelle, Amanda Shea and more! @Sammys Patio, Revere 8PM-2AM 21+ $10/15

5/21 Safiya Presents: Travel Through Music A showcase of local and international talents from all over the world! Local Vendors too! Every 3rd Saturday @The Jungle 5PM 21+ $10

5/20-21 Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra an avant-garde community music ensemble of 16 electric, acoustic, classical and bass guitars performing music ranging from Handel to Stereolab @Northampton Center for the Arts 7:30PM All Ages $15-30 sliding scale

5/23 Linnea's Garden, The Lights Out, Unit One @Charlie’s Kitchen 8pm 21+ $5

5/24-25 A Danish Creative Jazz Connection: Kresten Osgood & New England Friends Forbes Graham, Jeb Bishop, Kit Demos and more @The Lilypad 7:15 All Ages $10/15

5/26 Non-Event for Kids presents Noell Dorsey a unique opportunity for kids to learn about experimental music, see a performance, and learn some vocal techniques from highly praised local vocal improviser @Codman Square BPL All Ages FREE

5/28 TVMP, OrangePeelMystic, Crown Shyness, special guest TBA! @O’Briens 8PM 21+ $ome Cost

5/29 Children of the Flaming Wheel, Bong Wish @State Park (Cambridge) 9pm All Ages $ome Cost

5/30 Pet Fox, Gentle Heat (CHI), Paper Lady @Charlie’s Kitchen 8pm 21+ $5

TheMUSEUM TV + The Soundlab present The Testing Lab a bi-weekly event where local musicians can perform their original music and get feedback from a panel of experts! Spots fill up fast so make sure to stay in tune @thesoundlabma or email

ItsLitBoston Podcast has a dope new Spotify playlist called “ItsLitBoston Presents: VIBES FROM THE STATE” updated weekly with local new music you need to check out!! I hear they take submissions too! @itslitboston Also on Youtube and SoundCloud

New England Mic Check Radio is our region’s top dawg for uplifting urban music! Local musician spotlights every Sunday with artists such as Monaveli and Nelly Protoolz. for podcasts, swag and further updates! @newenglandmiccheck


The DocYard is an award-winning film and discussion series. Catch a screening before it goes on hiatus in the Fall!

5/9 Lo que dejamos atrás (What We Leave Behind) @The Brattle Theater 7PM

5/16 Nuclear Family @The Brattle Theater 7PM

GRRL HAUS CINEMA is taking FILM SUBMISSIONS until 5/20 for their Spring/Summer showcasing and for their end of the “Best of” showcase at Brattle Theater

Farenheight TV has a monthly variety show that celebrates people's greatness through exclusive interviews, performances & more. Last season airing soon! @farenheighttv

OKAY2 rollerblading vid featuring shredders from around Boston and beyond is now available to watch for free online! With music by JuiseMoney. Scope and follow @okboston_


5/7-8 May Open Studios @Western Avenue Studios & Lofts 12-5pm Free

5/14-15 Allston Open Studios Come show support to the studios at 119 Braintree St, Allston. The 100+ artists in this building face displacement and it is likely that Allston Open Studios will be no more because there are very few artist spaces left in Allston! 11AM-6PM All Ages FREE

Right Along the Shore presented by Boston Center for the Arts This conceptual and collaborative exhibition examines the long-term effects of racially segregated swimming sites within the Northern and Southern United States. 4/2-5/28 1-6PM Gallery on view @BCA Mills Gallery

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. Support the cause and donate to their gofundme!


5/7 Good Luck Comedy hosted by J Smity & Sam Ike ft. Electra Telesford + Nora Yahkya with musical guest Sacklunch @The Rockwell 9PM 21+ $20 Vax and Mask required

5/8 Negativeland + Sue-C (audio and visual performance art) @Luna Theatre (Lowell) 6pm All Ages $25-30

Thru 5/8 Our Daughters, Like Pillars Local playwright Kirsten Greenidge’s long postponed production finally hits a BCA stage. Tix at $20 & up

5/7 & 5/14 A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare’s most loved comedy plays at the legendary Strand Theatre in Dorchester. Tix at $12-18

5/11-5/22 Sea Sick A Canadian science journalist hits ArtsEmerson’s black box theater with her edifying one-woman show on climate change. Tix at $15 & up

5/14 Arrowsmith Press Presents: Baumel, Hernandez, Okrent A series of poetry readings from three new books @The Lilypad 4:15PM All Ages FREE

5/15 Duck Duck Goofs presents Night School: Comedy and Beer @Cambridge Community Center 8PM-10PM 21+ $15

Thru 5/15 Don't Eat the Mangos is a funny and moving story of 3 sisters in Puerto Rico struggling with family and identity. Tix at $15-30

Thru 5/21 Black Super Hero Magic Mama The A.R.T., Company One Theatre and Boston Public Library join forces to present a play by Inda Craig-Galván examining how fantasy helps us cope with tragedy. Tix at $Pay-what-you-can$

5/31-7/3 The Orchard Needham’s Arlekin Players Theatre is taking digital theatre to a new level. Streaming live and in person from NYC with Mikhail Baryshnikov! Tix at $29

5/31 The Comedy Studio presents Fresh Faces a night of laughs and celebration with the newest talent on the Boston scene @The Rockwell 7PM 18+ $10 Vax and Mask required

Midway or the Highway Ever wondered what hilarious comedians from big fancy TV shows do the rest of the week? Sometimes they appear at your neighborhood bar! The funniest in New England and beyond can now be found in the wilds of JP on every single Sunday night at 9PM FOR FREE. Open mic at 10PM @Midway Cafe 21+


AUTOCOMMUNE ZINE Seeking art and writing SUBMISSIONS (under 500 words) on any topic from anyone living with chronic illness, disease, and/or disabilities by 5/15. The Zine will be printed in early summer 2022. DM submissions to @alexmiklowski on Instagram

Moral Crema is an art collective and quarterly magazine created by Luc Miglin that has what we’ve been missing: sensuous, grimy textures. Issue #7 out now! Check their Patreon to get really affordable subscriptions to their zine!

Gut Bust a weirdo comedy zine to keep laughing even in isolation! Issue #1 out now

“Can We Talk With Spirit Friends?” is a series of digital collage zines, compositions of images and text found in books from the 19th-Century to the present, sequenced to create surreal interpretive narratives. There are currently 24 zines in this ongoing series. Buy them online at

Gay Ghost stories seeks anything queer, spooky, and printable for a full color Halloween zine. Trans ghosts? Queer campfire tales? Haunted gay clubs? Anything spooky goes! Email submissions to

Penny Magazine was created as a means to discuss how different areas of the music industry have been affected and changed in lieu of the coronavirus pandemic. Read this beautifully colorful zine at and follow @pennythemag

Zinesters Club NEW TIME AND LOCATION All ages and experience levels are welcome every first Friday of the month 7PM to come down to Hatch Makerspace and make zines! Supplies provided!

Vicky Marcelino is a Dominicanx illustrator making beautiful works including fantastical and realist comics! She even publishes comics in Spanish! Follow at @magicalgrlbicky browse more at

The Negro Flowers Series An online zine of writings, poetry, art and photography by various local BIPOC authors compiled by BCN contributor Qadir Shabazz. ‘People & Places’ Issue #3 is now available! Read online at

Pleasure Pie is a grassroots sex-positive organization in Boston, MA. They make zines, illustrations, publications, events, and conversations on sexual empowerment and consent. They now distribute sex-positive zines by others outside their org! Check this link to SUBMIT YOUR ZINES!

Reflective Zines makes mental health, poetry and music zines! They cover trauma therapy, dissociation, DBT, identity, healing from abuse, queer love and much more. You can find them at the Paper Asylum in Beverly, MA and more info at @reflectivezines. Browse online at


5/7 Spontaneous Celebrations Wake Up the Earth Festival! Come celebrate your local community and the collective effort to protect our environment with this iconic event. Applications and info at

5/14 JP Vintage & Artisanal Market crafters, vintage dealers, food vendors, tarot readers, non-profits, just about anyone! @26 Eliot Street, JP 11:30AM-4PM All Ages

5/14 Witches for Women was conjured by a collective of like-minded Witches who wanted to work together for a greater cause. All proceeds from this event will raise money for Healing Abuse Working for Change, our local domestic violence agency. Food, drinks, music, Tarot readings and a silent auction! @Hawthorne Hotel, Salem 7PM-10PM $50 Tickets on Eventbrite

5/22 Dorchester Pop Up Shop apply to be a vendor! @Modern Party Art Dorchester 11AM-4PM All Ages

Melanin Owned Business Vendors Flea Market: Every Saturday at Kay’s Oasis 1125 Blue Hill Ave from 12-5pm. Open Mic 1st and 4th Saturdays. Contact 585-237-8487 for vending opportunities. Vendors of color please reach out!

Hatch Makerspace Workshops Tons of free with registration workshops all month long. From programming to sewing to making paper flowers, Hatch is a really cool community spot you have to check out!

Unbound Visual Arts is a unique Allston-Brighton based non-profit art organization. They serve the Greater Boston community with impactful educational programs and exhibits to encourage learning, engagement, and change with a special focus on racial justice. Exhibition and class info at and @unboundvisualarts

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

Community Fridges! There’s a bunch of these popping up all around the city and beyond! They provide food for all and are totally volunteer-run! @southbostoncommunityfridge needs help starting up! Email to find how to get involved. @dotcommunityfridge is not open but does regular food drives. The following are now open! @watertowncommunityfridge @bostoncommunityfridge @allstonbrightonfridges @matcommunityfridge @cambridgefridge @cambridgecitygrowers @roslindalecommunityfridge @somervillecommunityfridge @newtoncommunityfreedge @numutualaid @southendfridge @brooklinecommunityfridge


5/17 Franklin Park Action Plan Help kick off the last phase of this initiative! Join the Community Workshop for what changes/updates should be made in Franklin Park. Online at 12PM or 6:30PM

Sisters Unchained is a prison abolitionist non-profit organization dedicated to supporting young women and girls with incarcerated or formerly incarcerated parents. It is a refuge space where young women of color can focus on loving and improving themselves and their communities in the way they see fit. Summer programming open for application now! @sistersunchained

HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) strives to help abused women, children, men, and nonbinary people live free from violence and fear. As a leading domestic violence agency in Massachusetts, HAWC provides a domestic violence helpline, emergency shelter, legal services, advocacy and counseling services to more than 2,500 families in the North Shore area each year. @hawcnorthshore

Be Heard Initiative A racially diverse group of artists pushing the Boston community to start talking about racial inequities. With a host of local partners, dancers, poets and filmmakers from Mattapan to Chelsea have created a myriad of events across the city in June and July, 2022, to have conversations about racism.

Sista Creatives Rising helps marginalized women/femme creatives gain accessibility and visibility in the arts to facilitate personal healing @sistacreativesrising

Dunamis drops a weekly Resource Roundup for artists straight to your inbox! Stay up to date with all this locally curated list of artist opportunities. Go to their website now and sign up for the newsletter!

DeeDee’s Cry provides resources and education on the importance of mental health and wellness within communities of color. They collaborate with organizations and agencies to create events, programs, projects and activities within communities of color that are centered on family, mental health and wellness. Find out about upcoming events at

Building Audacity is a non-profit organization that seeks to support youth-led change-making and to provide resources for adults looking to create inclusive, youth-focused learning environments. They are running several programs right now that prioritize community needs during the pandemic, including a GOTVac campaign, hydroponic produce farm, and grocery delivery services. Learn more at and @buildingaudacity

Creatives of Color Boston is a collective dedicated to the creation of intersectional safe spaces for BIPOC artists to connect and create together, while also celebrating and uplifting the voices and work of BIPOC artists from around the Boston area. They plan three main events each year including concerts, workshops, and exhibitions. More at

Greater Boston Artist Collective strengthens our artist community with their many programs. From filming music videos to artist interviews…from monthly artist features to their yearly art event they strive to keep artists thriving! Check out their very active IG at @greaterbostonartistcollective and website

Rebel Cause, Inc. was founded in 2016 and has evolved to promote various forms of activism and advocacy. They focus on storytelling, mutual aid, and capacity and coalition building to promote equity and representation for marginalized communities throughout Boston and beyond. @rebelcauseinc

Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #146 May 2022


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