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5/3 Violet Nox with Noell Dorsey, Singer Mali, Michael Bierylo DJ set by CoZy, Visuals by SAMCO @ Faro Cafe Cambridge @ 7pm-11pm All Ages $15 adv $20 doors 

5/3 The 4th Wall Presents: Puppy Angst, Dogs on Shady Lane, Main Era With Visuals by: Digital Awareness @ 4th Wall Boston 9pm 18+ $10

5/3 Iron Roses, Lowest of the Low @ Deep Cuts Deli 7pm All Ages $12-15 

5/4 Broken Vow, Hate Still Burns, Posthumous Obsession, Hollow Teeth, Clock Out @ Marsh House (Amherst) 6pm-10pm All Ages FREE 

5/4 Thou, Weak Teeth, Peace Test, Sliimo, Folk the Empire @ AS220 (PVD) 8pm-11pm All Ages $20 

5/8 Modern Life is War, Jaye Jayle, Ammo @ Arts at the Armory 7pm-11pm All Ages $ome Cost 

5/9 Today Junior, Blame Shifters, Cheer Camp @ Deep Cuts Deli 7pm All Ages $12-15


5/9 Domain, Risk, Burning Lord, Opposition, Exhibit @ Canadian-American Club (Watertown) 7pm-11pm All Ages $20 

5/10 The 4th Wall Presents: Trophy Wife, Raavi, Jobie With Visuals by: Digital Awareness @ 4th Wall Boston 9pm 18+ $10 

5/11 Hallelujah The Hills, Colleen Green, Mallcops @ Deep Cuts Deli 7pm All Ages $15-18 

5/12 Haishen, The Spiral Continuum, Raide, Autumn's Ashes Metal band on tour from Rochester, NY @ Sammy's Patio 7pm $15 

5/12 Non-Event Presents: Noeplace and Jones, Niyomkarn Duo @ Goethe-Institut Boston 8pm-11pm All Ages $15

5/16 The Soul Rebels This eight-member collective is set to bring their unique blend of funk, soul, hip hop, jazz, and rock to the stage with vibrant style. @ Arts at the Armory 7pm-10pm $35


5/17 Ringo Deathstarr, OVLOV, The Veldt Presented by Eye Design @ Deep Cuts Deli 7pm-11pm All Ages $20

5/18 Illegally Blind presents: Still Around 2024 A fundraiser for a peer support program for brain tumor survivors @ Arts at the Armory 7pm All Ages $20

5/19 Sexpill, Sadist, Intensive Care Unit, Rejekts @ O'Briens Pub 8pm 18+ $15

5/28 Thrust Club, Phantom Ocean, Honey Cassette @ Notch Brewing 7pm-10pm 21+ FREE

5/31 Zip-Tie Handcuffs, Idiot Genes Zip-Tie album release and Idiot Genes reunion and final show! @ Deep Cuts Deli 7pm-11pm 18+ $12-15 


5/1 thru 5/8 The Independent Film Festival Boston returns to the Brattle! Don't miss Massachusetts Playwright Annie Baker’s directorial debut with Janet Planet screening 5/4 Baker’s work is poignant, funny and always a joy to experience. @ The Brattle $16

5/16 thru 6/14 Hallyu Hits: Korean Films That Moved The World is an incredible chance to explore masterworks from Korean film including Bong Joon-ho’s the nearly perfect film Parasite playing 5/19 @ Museum of Fine Arts Boston 2:30pm $15 (includes museum admission)

5/17 Worldwide Cinema Frames Presents: Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston (GCFF) is committed to spotlighting films that make us care. GCFF 2024 will continue its mission to showcase unconventional styles that speak to the evolution of the narrative and documentary form. Through the visual language of film, we will explore sensitive stories captured by unflinching lenses held by filmmakers with the audacity to inform, inspire and visually transport audiences to places near and far. 5/17: "Radici" at 6pm, "We Will Not Fade Away" at 8:15pm. 5/18: "Planet B" at 11am, "Murkey Waters" at 12:30pm, "Grasshopper Republic" at 2:15pm @ Capitol Theatre All Ages $15  

5/20 One of Hitchcock’s most underrated mysteries, Suspicion screens in 35mm at the @ Somerville Theatre with Cary Grant as a Playboy whose marriage to a wealthy “Plain Jane” raised questions of motive. 7:15pm $16

5/21 Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp is making a rare appearance at the @ Coolidge Corner Theater as he hunts for Fortune but finds love in Gold Rush, with a live score by Jeff Rapsis. 7pm $23

5/25 Film Premier: The Seltzer Factory by Paloma Valenzuela A short documentary film that delves into the story of the filmmaker’s maternal family in Marghita, Hungary. In the film she explores her Jewish identity as a bi-racial Latina Jewish American, piecing together the events that shaped her family’s story. @ Location TBD! Visit @iamlapalomita for more info


5/27 Heathers, the original Mean Girls and 80s cult classic hits the @ Coolidge 7pm $15.50


Through 5/19 Apollinaire Theater Company’s new show Touching the Void is a harrowing epic that will leave you inspired and grateful. adapted from Joe Simpsons beloved memoir @ Chelsea Theatre Works Tix at $30 general/$15 students

Thru 5/25 Company One always brings it and this time it's Kristen Greenidge’s new play Morning, Noon & Night which explores the complications of a family coming together after COVID and some of the dangers of social media @ Boston Center for the Arts Tix at FREE / $Pay-what-you-can

5/23 thru 6/21 The American Repertory Theater is cooking up another direct-to-broadway musical, this time it's Gatsby. A fabulous, tragic tale of the American Dream in 1920s New York @Loeb Drama Center in Harvard Square $65-275! (Call 617.547.8300 to take advantage of their Take Five promotion. Tix are only $5!)

5/30 thru 6/23 The Arlekin Players are keeping Jewish stories alive and this time it's the ancient Yiddish folk tale, THE DYBBUK, about love, family and displacement @The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture in Beacon Hill. Tix at $29+


5/2 Fenway Cultural District Art Crawl Visit 9 locations in the Fenway Cultural District for FREE museum and gallery admission at historic locations throughout the neighborhood. Snacks, refreshments and great art! Visit for details 12pm-8pm All Ages FREE

5/6 Skin&Bone Fashion Photography Gallery Showing ft. models Arline Lora, Lastasia Corona, Mikaela Almeida, Natalia Nieto, Nicole Saliba, Veronika Rosado @ Yamba Market 6pm  FREE

5/11 Double Feature: A Cinematic Music Experience Live Music From: DJ Bookworm, Michale Savant, and Wubson with Visuals by V.Kash. @ Capitol Theatre 9pm 18+ 33

5/11 Back Against the Wall Live Mural Event We Love Graffiti! Ft. Sobek, Aeons, Now, Woke, Chan1 3, Swat, Propa, Toki, Tense, Problak, Zen @ 58 Geneva Ave (Alfredo Auto Body) Rain Date May 18 @ 12pm-6pm All Ages FREE

5/18 Dorchester Open Studios Visit the artists of Dorchester and buy art directly from artists on site! @ Humphreys Street Studios (HSS) 11am All Ages FREE

5/31 Fort Point Arts presents Jewel Box: Opening Reception This exhibition will honor the remarkable legacy of Boston’s Queer POC artists and Stormé DeLarverie @ Fort Point Arts Community 5pm-8pm @fortpointarts

Dog Cough Comics is a creator owned indie comic anthology aimed at bringing comic artists together. Organized by Boston-based cartoonists Caoin O’Durgy and Jackson Schleicher, Dog Cough publishes 3-4 mini-comics monthly through Patreon, which allows us to offer compensation for accepted submissions. With a $5 subscription, readers will be supporting indie cartoonists directly + will gain access to a variety of incredible comics to read! Submissions always open. Support always appreciated: 


5/4 VIVA Central Block Party Tacos, Drinks, and endless entertainment right in Cambridge! @ 19 State St @ 4pm-11pm


5/4 Hanoahan Laos Food Pop Up Experience the best of both worlds as this experimental Laos restaurant blends the vibrant flavors of Laos cuisine with a modern American twist! Pre-order at @hanoahanlaos Linktree! @ Solid Ground Cafe  @  6pm-9pm


5/4 Spontaneous Celebrations presents: Wake Up the Earth Festival Get ready for the 46th Annual Wake Up the Earth Festival! There will be circus arts, 150+ vendors, food, five stages, music and dance! @ Stony Brook Park T / Southwest Corridor Park 12pm-6pm All Ages FREE

5/4 Spontaneous Celebrations presents: Wake Up the Earth Festival Parades The Centre Street Parade will begin at 11am from Curtis Hall down Centre to Lamartine street (gather at 10:30am) and the Egleston Square Parade will launch at 11:30am from the corner of Atherton Street and Washington Streets, going down Atherton to Lamartine and connecting with the Centre Street Parade. All Ages FREE  

5/5 Back and Forth Flea A really cool market w/ 25+ small businesses that is free entry, free parking, free drinks. Vintage clothing, music, art, and more @ Warehouse XI in Somerville 12pm-5pm

5/5 Dorchester Open Streets Open Streets Boston is back for its third annual event, offering another chance to experience streets as public spaces. @ Ashmont St to Linden St @  10:30am-5pm All Ages FREE

5/5 NAICOB Veteran's Powwow Join the North American Indian Center of Boston for their Annual Veterans Pow Wow! Singing, Dancing, Storytelling, Vendors, Food. Emcee: Isiah Bliss, Arena Director: Michael Bliss, Head Dancers: Kabl Wilkerson and Autaquay Peters, Host Drum: Red Hawk Singers, Invited Drum: Pomham Singers. Gates Open at 10:00am w/ Grand Entry at 12:00pm. @ Prowse Farm 5 Blue Hill River Road Canton, MA. 12pm-6pm All Ages Adults $5, Elders $3, Children $2 FREE for NAICOB members, Veterans and VA staff with ID

5/18 Boston Art Review Issue 12 Launch Party Join BAR for their biggest event of the year! 6–8pm is the VIP Preview Party. Tickets start at $85 (Includes magazine + cocktail tickets + entry to the dance party). Featuring a magic performance by Jeanette Andrews and other surprises. Then Dance Party from 8pm on! Tickets for the dance party start at $35. @ 15 Channel Center St 6pm-11:30pm


5/22 Brighton Bazaar Night Market Art, Vinyl, Vintage & More! @ Charles River Speedway 5pm-10pm All Ages FREE

6/1 Herbstalk 2024 Gathering together people with plants since 2012! Herbstalk is your local marketplace of all things herbalist including vendors, lant walks, herbal classes, BIPOC-led spaces @ Arts at the Armory All Ages   

What's Happening Boston Follow for fun things to do in Boston! Use this resource to plan your week. Check their IG stories every day for unique events #bostonhapps #blackowned @whatshappening_boston


5/1 Mayor Michelle Wu’s Neighborhood Coffee Hours Locations in all of Boston’s neighborhoods starting at 9:30am. See the dates at Join Mayor Michelle Wu and City staff for coffee and conversation! 9:30am


5/12 ArtSpark Info Session Calling all BIPOC artists, cultural workers, youth and families ages 16+! Join Ava Sophia to discuss ArtSpark’s programs and brainstorm a better future for Boston’s arts and culture industries. Also show up to support the Democracy Center which is at risk of being closed down! @ Democracy Center 2pm-4pm FREE

Artspark is a community-powered event series based in the greater Boston area. Through dynamic live music events and community classes, Artspark creates a pipeline for artists and creative professionals to build success at all stages of their career. We aim to provide accessible music programming that takes the power and privilege out of the creative arts. Follow them at @artsparkboston


Planting With Spirit with Sabrina’s Garden Planting with Spirit Boston is a transformative 6-month program that offers a unique blend of experiential learning opportunities focusing on urban growing, Afro diaspora spiritual practices, and foundational herbal medicine knowledge, folklore, and history. This immersive program is designed to provide participants with a deep dive into ancestral practices in farming, explore the rich African American contribution to farming in America, delve into the captivating history of Hoodoo, and engage in hands-on urban farming volunteer experiences. Register for an info session on May 9th or May 16th at

Design Gym Classes with ds4si Reading Groups, Mapping Public Infrastructures, Intro to Sneaker Restoration and Customization, Taiko Drumming, Civic Design, Screenprinting, Sewing, Community Archiving. This semester, da4si is deepening their collective study of aesthetic justice. Communities of color have long been asked to live in other people’s spatial imaginaries. Now is the time to engage BIPOC communities as co-designers of new community infrastructures!

Call for Queer Boston artists! The Fort Point Arts Community invites you to submit artwork for “The Jewel Box." More details at @fortpointarts Linktree

Mobilize Power Fund The Mobilize Power Fund is a rapid response fund that resources gender justice organizations to adapt or pivot their work when met with unanticipated, time-sensitive opportunities or threats to their movement building work and organizing conditions. Apply by written application, video, or phone!

Sista Creatives Rising Microgrants for BIWOC & Femme Expressing POC The Sistas Uprising Fund will select eight visual artists based in the US or Canada to receive $200 micro grants. More details at @sistacreativesrising

Open Call: Prilla Smith Brackett Award 2024 The Davis Museum is thrilled to announce that the 2024 application for the Prilla Smith Brackett Award opens on May 1st! The Brackett Award honors an outstanding female-identifying visual artist based in the Greater Boston area. The $15,000 cash award will be given to the artist whose work demonstrates extraordinary artistic vision, talent, and skill. Artists at any career stage beyond the first five years of professional practice and of all ages, sexual orientations, and racial/ethnic/national/religious identities are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by 11:59pm on June 2, 2024. See the Davis website for more info. 

Dunamis Boston Resource Roundup A thorough list of grants, jobs, events, opportunities and workshops for artists and creatives in the Boston area. Check it out at

FutureBos Boston’s young people can apply now for great summer jobs at

National Endowment for the Arts - Grants for Arts Projects  provides expansive funding opportunities to strengthen the nation’s arts and culture ecosystem. Through project-based funding from $10K to $100K, the program supports opportunities for public engagement with the arts and arts education, for the integration of the arts with strategies promoting the health and well-being of people and communities, and for the improvement of overall capacity and capabilities within the arts sector. Visit for details and deadlines.

Open Call for Art for @massartists4palestine Submit your work to be considered for the MAFP benefit auction. All proceeds will go directly to the Anera Org emergency relief program, providing critical aid to those in occupied territories.


Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #169 May 2024


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