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The People's Jam - Blues on Sundays When Johnny D's Uptown closed, there was a big hole that needed to be filled. For decades, blues musicians jammed on that stage on Sundays. Some big names grew up on that stage and everyone supported everyone else. That is the spirit that the Porch fosters with this jam. Just come on in, add your name to the signup sheet. Each group of jammers plays 3 songs and no one repeats until all the players have had a turn. @ The Porch 1pm

El Bad Guy Show Dj Epps & D'shon El Villano, the Spanglish rapper hailing from Miami, has boldly stepped into the scene to shatter the mold with his bilingual mixtape masterpiece: NUEVO DOOM. This Spanglish show about hip hop culture, lifestyle, and events hosted by @villanomuzik and @diRagga_musicfresh airs on WKMT-DB DAGR8FM Sundays 7-9pm

11/1 Portrayal of Guilt, Lathe of Heaven @ Deep Cuts Deli 7pm All Ages $18

11/1 Non-Event for Kids @ A special kid-friendly noise program ft. Jesse Kenas Collins @ Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library 11am-12pm All Ages FREE @noneventseries

11/2 Amanda Shea with Zakiyyah, Axestrumentals, Yac Marvelous @ Rockwood Music Hall 7pm $20 @amandasheaallday @baxelani

11/3 Gumskab, Hard Target, Cold Case, Search Warrant, Iron Gate, Sophisticated Adult, Heavyweight @ Waltham American Legion 6:30pm All Ages $14

11/3 Nothing But Enemies, Neighborhood Shit, Grasp, Klaxon, Throw @ Hardcore Stadium (Cambridge) 6-11pm All Ages $13

11/4 Torn in Half, Gumskab, Offside, Psych-War @ Hardcore Stadium (Cambridge) 6pm All Ages $13

11/4 Day JaVu Saturdays Join Boston Lesbigay Urban Events every 1st Saturday of the month at Crave Allston for a night of dancing, drinking, and eating !!! 10pm-2am. Celebrating a Birthday that month get in for FREE before 11:30pm @ Crave Allston 10pm-2am

11/5 Laveda, Paper Lady, Kass Richards, Robo Pumpkin @ O'Briens Pub 9pm 21+ $15 @paprlady

11/8 IBOOKTHINGS presents: A Day Without Love, Justin Arena, Sweet Petunia @ The Silhouette Lounge 8pm 21+ $12 @sweetpetuniaband

11/8 Fully Celebrated Orchestra, Stevie Subrizi, Michael Boezi @ Midway Cafe 8pm 21+ $5

11/9 Jeffrey Lewis, The Burning Hell, Only Child NYC antifolk cult songwriter and comic artist Jeffrey Lewis is teaming up with longtime friends and frequent tourmates The Burning Hell for a tour of the Northeast USA this fall. @ FACES Brewing 8pm All Ages $15

11/11 Magik Markers (Drag City), Wet Tuna, Daughter of the Vine @ Lilypad 7:30pm-10pm $12

11/11 Languid, Kontaminate, Lifeless Dark, Innocent, Cartridge @ Glue Factory (Somerville) 7pm All Ages $10

11/11 Rama Lama Ding Dong 2023 featuring Johnnie and the Foodmasters, Balaclava (NY), Gossip Collar, Nurse Joy, Orange Whip (first show! mbrs of Funeral Cone and Ancient Filth) @ O’Briens Pub 8pm 21+ $12-$15

11/12 Brian Friedland 'The Schoolyard Sessions' album release and fundraiser Eliot Schoolyard Concert Series founder Brian Friedland celebrates the release of his new album “the Schoolyard Sessions” with 15 musicians @ Avenue at Instrumental Yoga 3pm-6pm All Ages

11/14 Boston Typewriter Orchestra performance @ Medford Public Library 7pm All Ages FREE

11/14 Keep, Bedroom Eyes, Slow Quit @ Deep Cuts Deli 7pm 11pm ALl Ages $10-$15

11/16 Cake Factory Presents: Crutch, A. Campbell Payne, Dynamo, Hardy & Hughes @ O'Briens Pub 9pm 21+ $10 adv/$15 doors @cakefactorybos

11/17 Honey Cassette, Acrylic Killers, Alfred Be Loud @ Jeanie Johnston 9:30pm 21+ FREE

11/18 Good Harbor Album Release With elements of indie rock, folk, soul, and jazz, Good Harbor's second record is about slowness, perseverance, and small moments of wonder. @ Lilypad 7:30-10pm All Ages $10

11/19 Authenticity: An R&B Lovers Dream Every Third Sunday The Good Music Showcase Series presents a new R&B showcase curated by DJ Alcide and Devon Austrie, hosted by Karim. Free before 7pm with RSVP @ La Fabrica 5pm 21+ $10 @goodmusicshowcaseseries

11/24 Yamba Market and Spark FM Online Presents: The Crunkfest Tour ft. the King of Crunk Duke Deuce, Kei, Shaybandz, Brandie Blaze, Why Try, Yuce. Hosted by DJ Whysham Live for 1 Night Only! @ The Middle East 8pm 21+ $40 @brandieblaze,@whysham617 @sparkfmonline

12/3 Winter Concert Series ft. Naomi Westwater Join Naomi Westwater and their folk band for a winter celebration of Yule. Naomi will play traditional songs, modern holiday songs, and original songs to celebrate the season. @ Watertown Free Public Library 2pm-3pm All Ages FREE @naomiwestwater


11/1 Films from l'Etna AgX is pleased to present a program of films from the Paris-based experimental cinema workshop, l'Etna. This program features eight works spanning most of the organization's more than quarter century of existence, and is presented by current l'Etna member, Malo Sutra Fish, who will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A. @ 144 Moody St 7:30pm-9pm All Ages $5-$15 @agxfilm

11/1 - 11/15 Boston Jewish Film Festival Boston Jewish Film celebrates the richness of the Jewish experience through film and media. @ Boston Jewish Film All Ages


David Fincher films featured @Coolidge After Midnight this month with a wide range including Alien 3 (11/3), Se7en (11/4), Fight Club (11/10), and Panic Room (11/17) @Coolidge Corner Theater 11:59pm $15.50


Check out the Boston Jewish Film Festival and some art at the MFA. Our picks: Shorts: Moral Courage (11/5, 2:30pm) and the My Architect (11/12, 11am) @MFA Boston $18 (museum admission included)


One of the '80s most underrated comedies, The 'Burbs, with Bruce Dern steals the show @Kendall Square Cinema $5


Noirvember returns to the Coolidge with debut feature films by all-time great filmmakers, including Michael Mann's Thief (11/7), John Huston's Maltese Falcon (11/15), Charles Laughton's striking masterpiece Night of the Hunter (11/27), the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple (11/29) @Coolidge $15.50

11/10 - 11/20 Wicked Queer: Documentary Festival Back for a second year, WQ: Docs celebrates the rich and vibrant true stories of the LGBTQ+ community and the ever-evolving art of the documentary. Taking place at the Brattle and the MFA. All Ages


Catch this campy, classic thriller (and one of John Waters' favorite films), The Bad Seed screens @Brattle 4:45pm $14.50


Kurosawa's engrossing thriller, High and Low, is profound and full of twists. Part of Noirvember @Coolidge 2pm $15.50


A unique and fascinating classic French horror film, Eyes Without a Face, deserves formal viewing @MFA Boston, 2:30 $15 (museum admission included)


Experience the greatest female performance on film: Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence @ Coolidge 7pm $15.50


Tupac and Janet Jackson flex their acting chops in John Singleton's deep and challenging Poetic Justice @The Brattle 8:30pm $14.50


The Brattle takes Noirvember and crosses it with technology. Their series includes amazing double features like Blade Runner: The Final Cut paired with Godard's Alphaville (11/23 + 11/24), and then The Anderson Tapes with The Conversation (11/26). Check out the whole schedule @Brattle Theater $18 Double Features


Get lost in the weird and wonderful world of PeeWee's Big Adventure @Somerville Theater 5pm



ArtsEmerson hosts DNAWORKS' The Real James Bond… was Dominican which tells the origin story of the dapper icon's whitewashing @Paramount Theater. Tix at $25+

Thru 11/26

Let's do the time warp again in Cambridge at the Rocky Horror Picture Show @Central Square Theater. Tix at $25+


Thru 12/10 Vexoa: We Know (Nos sabemos) This show will give audiences an opportunity to witness the work of Indigenous educator and curator Naine Terena. @ Tufts University Art Galleries 11am-5pm

Thru 12/16 Water Stories: River Goddesses, Ancestral Rites, and Climate Crisis Highlighting works by Indigenous communities in the Global South—which has historically been shaped by Western imperial powers and, in recent years, devastated by natural disasters—“Water Stories” aims to humanize the effects of climate change through visual storytelling. @ Harvard Radcliffe Institute 12pm-4:30pm

11/4 Talk on Oaxacan Woodcarving & Carving Demonstration This November help us celebrate 15 years of presentations on the art & craft of Oaxacan wood carving. Join Norberto Fabian, son of the late master carver Ventura Fabian, as he creates his hand-carved, hand-painted "alebrijes". @ Brookline Village Public Library 2-3pm

11/9 - 12/14 Marlon Forrester: Let There Be Flight Opening Reception 11/9 from 5:30-7:30pm @ Nesto Gallery at Milton Academy

11/18 - 11/19 Brickbottom and Joy Street Open Studios Come meet the amazing artists and affiliates of these two studio spaces in Somerville. @ Brickbottom Studios 12pm-5pm

11/21 Visibility Studies: A Virtual Artist Talk by Joanna Tam Show runs thru 12/2 @ Regis College Fine Arts Center 5-6pm All Ages FREE @joanna_tam

12/1 Opening Reception of The Store of Sturtevant's The Store of Claes Oldenburg Solo exhibition by Reniel Del Rosario. Show runs 12/1 - 1/7 @ Praise Shadows Gallery 6-8pm All Ages FREE

12/2 Comics in Color proudly presents: Drink and Draw Get ready for an evening filled with artistic expression, delicious hors d'oeuvres and a glass of wine to enhance your creative spirits. @ Frugal Bookstore 6-8pm 21+ $40


11/2 - 11/30 ImprovBoston Jam A weekly night of comedy hosted by leaders of ImprovBoston. All students, performers, and friends are welcome. Each week will focus on a different Improv skill or form. Come play every Thursday! @ ImprovBoston 6-7pm FREE

11/3 - 11/4 Abilities Dance Boston Presents: The Banned Ballet ​This hybrid event is family friendly and inspired by the sweeping book bans across the country eliminating diverse identities from schools, public libraries, and more. Original story, choreography, and music by Ellice Patterson and Andrew Choe. No one turned away for lack of funds! @ Strand Theatre 8pm All Ages $35 @_andrewchoe_ @abilitiesdanceboston

11/14 First Light Flash Back A highly engaging and powerfully informative immersive experience in which Annawon Weeden takes on characters of different time periods throughout colonization to help audiences see the impacts that resulted in the evolution of the Native American community as people today. @LabCentral 4:30pm-7pm All Ages FREE

11/30 Urban Waggle A live storytelling event in support of the mission and programs at the Urban Bee Lab, a nonprofit with a mission to improve bee health. @ Arts at the Armory 6:30pm-10pm 18+ $40


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

DS4SI Design Gym Fall Courses Scope the Design Studio for Social Innovation's fall courses in their Design Gym, the first ever drop-in gym for design that engages people in world building that begins at the scale of their neighborhood. Drop in every Tuesday from 3-8pm, or for Maker Thursdays from 4-6pm. All Ages

11/4 Communicating with Plants Workshop with Lauren Almquist Join the stewards at the Old West Church Food Forest for a workshop on connecting with plants in our environment. We’ll discuss our connection to the plants around us and explore techniques to expand our ability to learn from plants. We’ll learn tips for practicing and embodying these simple techniques at home and in your food forest. @ Old West Church Food Forest 10am-12pm All Ages FREE

11/5 Food and Harm Reduction Distro Mutual Aid at Mass & Cass, organized by the Chrysalis Collective 4-8pm @chrysaliscollective_

11/8 Disrupt the Narrative Workshop Series A conversation with Circle Squared, facilitated by Catherine Nakato @ Black Market Nubian 7pm-8:30pm

11/10 The Black Alliance for Peace presents: Malcolm X Symposium Join organizers within the Black Liberation Movements for an enlightening and transformative Malcolm X Symposium: Honoring 60 Years of the Message to the Grassroots speech that delves deep into Malcolm X's political philosophy and enduring legacy. @ Walker Memorial 1-3pm All Ages FREE

11/15 RNRC Panel Discussion: University of Orange and Restoration Urbanism Join us for a transformative 3-part conversation series that aims to stimulate our imaginations and creativity around what our neighborhoods and cities could be, as well as how we can collectively contribute to the shaping of our shared places. Join Mindy and Molly to discuss how their transformative approach at the University of Orange harnesses existing neighborhood resources and collective learning to craft a just and equitable urban landscape. @ Design Studio for Social Innovation (DS4SI) 6-8pm FREE

11/16 Intergenerational Organizers Meet Up and Potluck Dinner Organized by Michael Jacoby Brown. RSVP to 5:30pm-8pm

11/16 Decolonizing Wellness: A Celebration of QTBIPOC Bodies & Wellness The Museum of Science welcomes musician, writer, community collaborator, and wellness and mindset mentor Genie Santiago and Dalia Kinsey, registered dietitian, inclusive wellness specialist, and author for an evening of conversation, performance, and community. @ Museum of Science

Sex Salon! Join us for a night of very short, very fun presentations about sex, bodies, consent, and much more! Our goal is to bring together all different kinds of sex-positive people in one room—kinky folks, vanilla folks, monogamous folks, nonmonogamous folks, LGTBQIA+ folks, straight folks, cisgender folks, sexual health care professionals, sex educators, sex workers, sexual rights advocates, sexuality scholars, sex toy slingers, sex-positive artists, sexual justice activists, etc. etc.! 7pm-9:30pm $15 @pleasurepie

11/18 Carcass Art Sale provided by MASSArt Students for the general public @ Evans Way Park 12pm-8pm All Ages FREE

11/24 Herbstalk presents: Wintergreen Market This lively marketplace features handmade herbal products and botanical goods created by New England crafters. The event will also host an array of free educational talks related to herbalism and holistic well-being, as well as BIPOC led classes and art exhibitions. Join our gathering of plant-loving people who celebrate the joy of community! @ Arts at the Armory 10am-4pm All Ages


Sign the Letter: Artists Against Apartheid All artists and cultural workers are welcomed to sign this letter to stand in solidarity with those resisting occupation and fighting for their right to self-determination.

11/4 Liberation Soup Launch Party Trying to connect to radical organizations in your community? Looking to join the struggle for liberation but don't know where to start? We invite you to attend a community lunch and kicks launch party of a new radical organizing guide - Liberation Soup! Curated by Lucy Parsons Center in collaboration with other amazing groups. @ Cambridge Community Center 12pm-3pm All Ages FREE @lucyparsonscenter

11/4 Free Palestine National March on Washington Boston Party for Socialism and Liberation is organizing a bus from Boston to Washington D.C. for the march, leaving late on 11/3. Check link for details $70

11/8 Boston Foundation presents: Exclusionary by Design A Webinar Investigation of Zoning’s Use as a Tool of Race, Class, and Family Exclusion in Boston’s Suburbs, 1920 to Today 10am-11am All Ages FREE

11/23 2023 National Day of Mourning An annual tradition since 1970, this is a solemn, spiritual and highly political day where Native Americans from all over the country come together to mourn the genocide of their peoples and the theft of their lands, and speak about their history and the struggles that are taking place throughout the Americas. Non-Native supporters are welcomed to join and march in solidarity. This year's NDOM will be livestreamed from Plymouth. @ Cole's Hill 12pm-3:30pm All Ages @mahtowin1


The Downtime Review The mission of the Downtime Review is to publish works of impressive creative expression from folks who don’t have the time to make creative work their day-to-day. Their first issue is now live on their site!

11/7 Cadwell Turnbull: We Are the Crisis The long-awaited sequel to No Gods, No Monsters from award-winning author Cadwell Turnbull, We Are the Crisis sees humans and monsters clash as civil rights collide with preternatural forces. @ Brookline Booksmith 7pm All Ages

11/11 & 11/12

Browse the underground art book/zine scene and take a DIY workshop at the annual Boston Anarchist Book Fair @Cambridge Community Center 10am-5pm

11/11 - 11/12 Boston Art Book Fair BCA and Bodega team up to present the fifth Boston Art Book Fair, a free, all-ages weekend celebrating art, text, print and the myriad ways artists find expression through—and push the definition of!—these forms. This much anticipated annual event invites active engagement, engages all the senses, and has the goal of connecting art with community as broadly as possible. Preview Event 11/10! @ Boston Center for the Arts 11am All Ages FREE @boscenterforarts

11/11 Boston Anarchist Bookfair A dynamic gathering that embraces the principles of anarchism @ Democracy Center All Ages FREE


Public Shop & gallery Seeking Teachers and Facilitators Submit a proposal to teach a course or facilitate a workshop series! No teaching experience necessary. @publicnotprivate

Make and Mend Secondhand art & craft supplies based in Somerville. Shop online or in person at their shop in Union Square!

11/5 Oaxacan Wood Carving Workshop & Sale Learn how to make hand-carved, hand-painted "alebrijes" with Norberto Fabian, son of the late master carver Ventura Fabian from Oaxaca, Mexico. Workshop 9-5pm, sale 5-6pm. @ Eliot School for the Arts 9am-6pm 13+ $285

Live Arts Boston Info Session LAB will support a diverse cohort of 30 artists and creators at different points in their professional life cycles—emerging, midcareer, or seasoned—with individual grants of $30,000 to nurture their creative practice and artistry, or to present new and/or existing work.

11/14 @ The Record Co 5:30-7:30pm All Ages FREE

11/30 @ The Sound Lab 6pm-8pm All Ages FREE

Noir Call for Submissions Spark*, Northeastern University’s student-led contemporary art collective, is looking for submissions for our latest exhibition, Noir! Check out the post on their instagram @sparkneu for more information. Deadline to apply is 11/6

Apply for the CETO Award with Orbis Editions Now accepting proposals from artists and writers based in the greater Boston and Providence area for publications. This award will provide one writer or artist with the resources to publish and distribute their work through Orbis and Snake Hair. The recipient will be awarded with resources valued at $4K to create their publication. Deadline to apply is 11/26

Boston Media Arts Empowerment Award The Loop Lab has partnered with the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture to deliver media services to local artists living and working in the city of Boston. This award will uplift emerging artists from underestimated backgrounds by providing $1K in free film and/or audio services needed for greater exposure within the Boston arts community. Deadline to apply is 12/8

Cultural Facilities Fund Grants to support the acquisition, design, repair, rehabilitation, renovation, expansion, or construction of nonprofit cultural facilities. Nonprofit cultural organizations, municipalities, and colleges or universities that own or lease cultural facilities are eligible to apply. Grants range from $7K to $200K. Deadline to apply is 12/14 @masscultural

George B. Henderson Foundation Mini-Grants​​ ​This program will provide grants of up to $7,500 for immediate implementation of community and neighborhood-based public outdoor space and public art projects. Deadline to apply is 12/30

Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #163 November 2023


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