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By : Kevin Dacey and Mike Achille

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**We strongly encourage all to take careful precautions 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!**


9/1 Flywheel Arts Collective Presents: The Fawns, Landowner and Advertisement @Forbes Library Lawn (Northampton) 5:30pm All Ages FREE

9/1 The ShangHai Lo's, Rockin Bob Punk Band, Hall Monitor @Notch Brewing 7PM All Ages FREE **collecting nonperishable food items at the door!**

9/3 Deep Vibe Show ft. Thalia Zedek, Motel Black, Gretchen Shae & The Middle 8, Grow Follow @Midway Cafe 8PM 21+ $10

9/3 Boiler Room Boston! featuring Dee Diggs, Eugenia, Jasmine Infinity, and many many more @Underground at Ink Block 1PM 18+ $34

9/3 PCP & the Knives, Illiterates, Little Angels, Boiling Point @O’Briens 8PM 21+ $12

9/4 Boudoir Presents An Afterparty: a queer underground dance party @Union Tavern 9PM-1AM 21+ Adv $10-15, Door $20

9/5 Dutch Tulips, Tatooine Punk Scene, I Wish I Could Skateboard @Charlie’s Kitchen 8PM 21+ $5

9/6 Best Bear, Linnea’s Garden, Daphne Blue Underworld, Ghost GRL @O’Briens 8PM 21+ $10/12

9/6 Bars Over Bars Hip Hop Showcase featuring local artists! Every first Tuesday of the month @Midway Cafe 7:30PM 21+ $10

9/7 Kids Like You & Me Presents: Leopardo, Noah Britton, G. Gordon Gritty @O’Briens 8PM 21+ $10

9/7 Songwriters in the Round. Four songwriters, trading songs and swapping stories. @Arts at the Armory 7PM All Ages $10 **every first and third Wednesday**

9/8 Zip-Tie Handcuffs, Talk Chalk, Going222Jail @O’Brien’s 8PM 21+ $10/12

9/8 Happy Just To See You, Depressors, The Furniture @Notch Brewing Brighton 7PM FREE

9/9 Somer Fest 2022 ft. Destiny Claymore, Grace Givertz, The Le Project, Grand Choice Records, DJ Eliotness. Hosted by Sur5ill @Seven Hills Park, Somerville 7PM All Ages FREE

9/10 Space Cadet, American Ethos, Sold @Faces Brewing Co, Malden 8PM $12

9/10 OUTCHEA! Summer Music Series Presents Live Jazz @Exit Gallery, Allston 6PM All Ages $13/15

9/10 10th Annual JP Music Fest! 21 local bands, food trucks, vendors, activities for the whole family @Pinebank Baseball Field 12PM All Ages FREE

9/10 Boston Got Next Presents Finally Reloaded Fest ft. Red Shaydez, DJ WhySham, Maye Star, Brandie Blaze, Cakeswagg, SeeFour, Naomi Westwater, Jill McCracken and so many more! Come for local art, clothes, record, food vendors as well! Bring a chair! @ONCE at Boynton Yards 12PM All Ages $30 (Kids: FREE)

9/11 Tuxis Giant, Big Girl, Oysterboy, Bad Larrys @O’Briens 8PM 21+ $10/12

9/11 Mega Mass Presents: Artist Showcase! Every second Sunday of the month! Sign up to perform! @The Jungle 9PM-12AM All Ages FREE

9/11 Eliot Schoolyard Concert Series Presents: John Williams Jam Band (movie music with a funky twist) @24 Eliot Street, JP 4PM All Ages $uggested Donation Bring your own chair!

9/12 Nice Guys, Bradford Barker and the Unwavering Beacon of Righteousness, G Gordon Gritty @The Silhouette Lounge 7:30PM 21+ $10

9/12 Get To The Gig Presents: Sounds & Scenarios, Jared Knapik, Perfect Saturday @Charlie’s Kitchen 8PM 21+ $5

9/14 Fully Celebrated Orchestra, The Blues Dream Box, SIEGE @Midway Cafe 7:30PM 21+ $5

9/14 Banny Grove, Orange Peel Mystic, Double Libra, Donny From the Poster @Deep Thoughts 8PM All Ages $10

9/15 Darsombra, Jarva Land, Blackwolfgoat, This Bliss @O’Briens 8PM 21+ $13/15

9/15 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

9/15 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

9/17 Soulful Bliss Arts & Music Festival on Spectacle Island ft. DJ Motivate Merren, Frederick Woodard III, SharlaFabulous, Caleb McCoy, ItsLitBoston, Trillfit @Long Wharf North, Boston 2:30PM-6:30PM $35 @afrodesiacity

9/17 OUTCHEA! Summer Music Series Presents Malik Elijah @Exit Gallery, Allston 6PM All Ages $13/15

9/17 Ska Prom at What the Fluff? Festival ft. The Pomps, The Sklutts, Threat Level Burgundy, Thirsty Guys and more! @ONCE at Boynton Yards 12PM-10PM All Ages $18 (Kids: FREE)

9/17 Al Bilali Soudan West African modern desert blues from a Taureg griot family of master musicians @The Lilypad 8PM All Ages $10

9/17 Worlds Worst, Black Beach, Nice Guys @The Lilypad 10PM All Ages $10

9/18 Eliot Schoolyard Concert Series Presents: Shavonne Brown (classic soul vocals) @24 Eliot Street, JP 4PM All Ages $uggested Donation Bring your own chair!

9/19 Square Loop, Mood Swings, Sweetie, Erik Wormwood @The Silhouette Lounge 7:30PM $10 21+

9/20 Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica plays a mix of jazz and chamber music to adaptations of mid-century exotica and pop art @The Lilypad 8PM All Ages $20/25

9/22 Thalia Zedek Band, Andy California, Daughter of the Vine @Notch Brewing Brighton 7PM FREE

9/23 Soulside, Verbal Assault, Bedmaker, Wrong War @Arts at the Armory 6PM All Ages $20

9/24 Speedy Ortiz, Hasaan Barclay, Mallcops, Sorry Ma, Paper Lady, Clifford and more @ONCE at Boynton Yards 12PM All Ages $18 (Kids: FREE)

9/24 Boston UJIMA Project presents Black Portals: Visual projections dance party, collaborative fundraiser and digital art exhibition @Nubian Gallery 7PM All Ages $20

9/25 Eliot Schoolyard Concert Series Presents: Stan Strickland Trio (jazz & soul) @24 Eliot Street, JP 4PM All Ages $uggested Donation Bring your own chair!

9/26 Mall Cops, going222jail, Seltzers & Cape Crush @ The Silhouette Lounge 7:30PM 21+ $10

9/27 Grace Givertz, Izzy Oram Brown, Sweet Petunia, Soph @The Lilypad 10PM All Ages $10-15

9/27 Get to the Gig Boston Presents: Wednesday, Truth Club, Dino Gala @Crystal Ballroom, Somerville 7PM All Ages $ome Cost

9/29 TIFFY, Teenage Tom Petties, Tassh Rabbit, Headband @O’Briens 8PM 21+ $12/15

9/30 Open Mic presented by Fort Point Arts Community Last Friday of every month! @Assemblage Art Space 70a Sleeper St. Boston 5PM-9PM All Ages @fortpointarts

Queeraoke: Join EVERY Thursday and break into song with supa dupa karaoke tracks and bursts of ferocious dance sets by our own DJ Summer's Eve & DJ Moxie. @Midway Cafe 8PM 21+ $8

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


Weird Local Film Fest #14 celebrates 5 years of local filmmakers with yet another screening/warehouse party! Come for a marathon of short short films of all kinds! @Warehouse XI, Somerville 7PM All Ages $5 @weirdlocalfilmfestival

Wenham Street Cinema is a free theater in a JP garage. They aim to build community through film and informal gatherings. Donations very optional! Showtimes at @wenhamstreetcinema

AGX Film Collective is part of a global community of artist-run film collectives and laboratories who share resources, equipment, knowledge and a physical space focused on the creation and appreciation of photochemical filmmaking. Collaborating with an array of artists, students and organizations, AgX supports a diverse community of filmmakers, photographers and interdisciplinary artists—both novice and experienced. At their space in Waltham, members can engage in shooting film, processing, contact printing, optical printing, animation, analogue and digital editing, and recording optical soundtracks, as well as a variety of screenings, workshops, skill shares and discussions.


9/2 “Art Therapy” Opening Reception of an exhibition featuring works by Meclina and Amy Ford will focus on the important theme of art as therapy, for both the artist and the audience, through their unique figurative styles. Their colorful works illustrate the explorative role that art can play in our lives, while also providing a sense of shared emotional connection with the viewer. On view 9/2 - 10/30 with opening reception on 9/2 6PM-8PM @Beacon Gallery, Boston

9/8 Life Drawing a monthly drawing session, which features a live nude model and a fun & welcoming environment for people of all skill levels to hone their craft. Artists must provide their own materials. Proof of vaccine is required. @Jameson & Thompson Picture Framers, JP 6:45PM $15

9/11 Opening Reception for “Little Windows” exhibition featuring Marta Abbott, Brett Angell, Ana Jelenkovic, and Kevin Umana @Praise Shadows Art Gallery. On view 9/7-9/30

M'Kenzy Cannon: PLEASE LET ME IN is a multimedia installation of video, photo, and object work that crystallizes as an interactive experience, urging gallery-goers to excavate and co-create the exhibition’s narrative. Curated by Maya Rubio. On view until 9/10 @Boston Center for the Arts Wed-Sat 1PM-6PM

EXPOSURE 2022 features a wide range of traditional, contemporary, and cutting edge photographic genres and methods. From almost 200 submissions, 14 photographers hailing from New England and around the United States have been selected for this much anticipated annual exhibition. On view until 9/15 @Fort Point Arts Thurs-Sat 12pm-6pm

Earth Anthem: A Eulogy Five artists who focus on Eco-Art will share their hopes and visions for our threatened planet. On view until 9/17 @PEG Center for Art & Activism, Newburyport Tues-Thurs 12PM-5PM, Fri-Sat 12PM-4PM

Exquisite Entanglement - an exhibition featuring new work by Yuko Oda and Allison Maria Rodriguez @13Forrest Gallery on view through 9/23

Beauty From Ashes is a collection of artwork and Cosmic Smash Books containing healing themes, and uplifting messages by Isabella Rose. @Cutter Gallery, Arlington. On view until 9/25

Shared Habitat Earth is an art exhibit and a call for action, and it is returning to Boston’s Waterfront! SHE suggests cross species respect, intercultural solidarity, and a shared sense of responsibility. It celebrates the beauty of nature and exposes the dramatic impact of human activity on the environment. On view 9/17-12/10 @The Gallery at Atlantic Wharf Sun-Sat 7AM-10PM

Three new exhibitions opening at Kingston Gallery - Ilona Anderson: The Union of the Sun and the Moon; Meagan Hepp: Play Date: Companions Club; Joan Baldwin: Sights Unseen. On view until 10/2 @Kingston Gallery

10b is not a 'gallery' in a traditional sense. There is no selling of work here, or any commodification of work as revenue. The value in this space is in providing opportunity for experimentation with community witness and participation. 10b is establishing space for conversation, non-traditional exhibitions, and performances where 'artists' can experiment, play, fail, and connect. @10b Brookley Rd, JP Open Sun 12PM-5PM by appt.

CALL TO ARTISTS “Destination:Nature 2022” invites all Massachusetts visual artists inspired by nature to participate in this show centered on protected lands in Harvard, Massachusetts. Cash and future gallery exhibition awards. Submissions open: 9/1 Deadline: 9/30 Apply at


9/2-9/10 Head to Chelsea Theatre Works for the Cors-I-Can Players show, Appetite for Glory, a play about the attempted colonization of Egypt in 1798. Tix $15+

9/7 Open Armory is an open mic for all performance practices. Sign up at 7PM. Every first Wednesday of the month @Arts at the Armory 7PM-10PM All Ages Free

9/9-10/8 Heroes of the Fourth Turning by SpeakEasy Stage Company @BCA. Tix at $25+

9/13 Pajama Party: A Story Telling Show Some of New England's best comics get vulnerable and tell stories never before heard on stage. Wear your PJs! Hosted by Angela Sawyer and Josh Pick @Midway Cafe 10:30PM 21+ FREE

9/16 Subcontinental Drift Boston (SubDrift) Open Mic Through regular open mics on the Third Friday of each month and other programming, we create space for powerful artistic expression and collaboration. SubDrift is part of a national movement building creative community amongst local South Asians. All are welcome! Please fill out the form at if you're interested in performing. @subdriftboston @Democracy Center 7PM-11PM

Thru 9/23 Get tix NOW for the American Repertory’s show with NYC’s Signature Theatre, “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” re-examines America’s cycle of police brutality. Tix at $25+

9/23-10/3 Boston Lyric Opera brings Puccini’s masterpiece, the iconic opera La Bohème, to the Emerson Colonial Theatre. Tix at

Comedy At The Jungle Peter Lio hosts a comedy open mic with a lineup of great Boston comedians every Tuesday @The Jungle 9:30PM 21+ $ome Cost

Duck Duck Goofs Presents Night School $4 Drinks. The funniest comedians. A true late night show. Enter through the hidden door on the side of the building, and walk into an abandoned classroom that we've transformed into a speakeasy. Every Saturday night! @Cambridge Community Center 8PM + 10PM 21+ $15

Duck Duck Goofs Presents Goofs Underground: Comedy Under the Cantab Every Thursday enjoy local comedians, live music openers, and drink specials @Cantab Lounge Basement 8PM 21+ $10

BCA Playwright Residency is now open! It is designed to support rising playwrights by providing office space, rehearsal and performance space, marketing support, professional mentorship, access to community partnerships and workshops, and a platform for creating and producing innovative work. Application deadline 9/11. More info at

Summer Movement Series put on by VLA Dance. Join these FREE classes Mondays to learn tricking and breaking and Thursdays to learn advanced contemporary dance. Sign up at @Hibernian Hall, Roxbury

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+


An Empty Zine is a collection of art, photography, poetry, and prose, inspired by a specific theme with the intention to explore and experiment with the ways that texts and images can interact and intersect with each other, (re)produce meaning share, spread ideas, democratize art, deconstruct the idea of a "publication" and, most importantly, get the work of incredibly talented artists, poets, and writers out there in the universe. The fourth edition “Cosmic Compost” will explore the way that decay feeds life creatively.

Visual Magazine provides a platform for creative spirits to tell stories through visuals. As growing proof that people want substantive artistic media in their hands, the quarterly platform is proving again and again that people want to lift the veil on uncomfortable and fascinating topics with art as the hand. Purchase their latest issues at and connect with @visualmag_

LONER Magazine is a publication that strives to showcase the raw, unfiltered and saturated life we experience on a daily basis. This publication aims to be a creative safe space for Artists, POC, LGBTQ and those who have a desire to change the world with their work. Read at and follow @loner.magazine

Stay Kind! publishes and distributes creative works including zines and buttons. A portion of all sales are donated to initiatives supporting positive change in our communities. Shop multitudes of zines at and connect with @staykinddistro

Wisteria Magazine beautiful digital local art and music zine published weekly with love! Peek now at @wisteria.mag

“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

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 hiring a Sexual Justice Coordinator! Search “Pleasure Pie” on for the description and app! Pleasure Pie is a grassroots sex-positive organization in Boston, MA. They make zines, illustrations, publications, events, and conversations on sexual empowerment and consent.


9/2 Fight Supremacy Reloaded! Protest supremacy in all forms @Boston Police HQ 4PM Water, masks and first aid will be available on site. To contact the organizers, please email:

9/3 Reclaim Rock City Free Community Fair Join your neighbors to make connections, enjoy free music, games, sports, poetry, freebies, and collaborative art! @Ringer Park, Allston 12PM-6PM All Ages. For more info, contact

9/10 NOVA's 10th Annual Trung Thu Festival & Night Market In honor of Tết Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Moon Festival), everyone is invited to enjoy a selection of food vendors, activities, and live entertainment from local performers! From relay races to lantern making, you and your family won't want to miss out on this amazing event! Bring a chair or picnic blanket! @Town Field Park, Dorchester 4PM-9PM

9/11 Deedee’s Cry 1st Annual I’m Still Here: A Walk of Celebration for Suicide Attempt Survivors @Franklin Park 12PM-3PM to register @deedeescry

9/17-18 1st Annual Veterans Pow Wow by the North American Indian Center of Boston Drummers, dancers, storytellers, vendors, native foods and more! Hosted by George Thomas @Prowse Farm, Canton, MA 10AM-5PM All Ages $5 adults, $3 elders, $2 kids, FREE for members

9/18 Bartlett Square Makers Market is a summer/fall monthly market featuring local creatives, artisans, and craftspeople. The goal is to bring together the local artisans of JP in a safe, accessible space where people can meet, share their skills and materials, and learn from one another. @18 Bartlett Square, JP. Every 3rd Sunday 11AM to 3PM from May to November

Original Markets Presents Fenway Flea every Sunday in September vintage clothing, vinyl, jewelry, sneakers, live DJs and games! @Check Instagram for location @fenwayflee

The Somerville Flea happens every Saturday Vintage, artisan, fresh produce and live music smack dab in the middle of Davis Square Somerville. @56 Holland St, Somerville 10AM-4PM

Greenway Artisan Market happens every Sunday A vibrant open-air market featuring talented area artists, makers, and independent designers. @Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston 11AM-5PM

Popportunity Pop-up Shops every weekend, shop local and get to know Central's newest small businesses. All operated by local entrepreneurs and artists. Open Sat + Sun 12PM-5PM, weather permitting. @Starlight Square, Cambridge

Egleston Farmers Market is back every Saturday 10AM-2PM at the Community Servings parking lot in JP! The market is expanding to include a bunch of low waste living resources like textile recycling, DIY workshops, bicycle repair, live tailors and lots more! @eglestonfarmersmarket

Central Square Farmer’s Market open every Monday 12PM-6PM from until 11/21. Their footprint, like last year, includes Norfolk Street and Starlight to increase space for vendors and distancing for shoppers.

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!

Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Individuals are unrestricted $5,000 grants to creatives and gig workers to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and set a path for growth. Opens: 8/15 Info sessions: 8/23 + 10/6 App deadline: 11/1

Apply at

Lucy Parsons Center, your favorite radical bookstore and community space, is moving back to the South End (Into MakeShift’s former spot). They need your help fundraising to make the transition smooth and help keep this Boston staple going! To donate visit or check their social media @lucyparsonscenter

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!

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


9/4 Mass Struggle Worker-Tenant Forum is a collective of union militants, tenant organizers and activists working to link otherwise isolated workplace and housing struggles with broader movements for social change. The September forum comes on the heels of a rally they’re organizing against the landlord of a crisis pregnancy center in downtown Boston, who they’re calling on to serve the people by evicting the CPC. @Democracy Center 2PM-5PM

BDS Boston recognizes that Israel has been involved in the oppression of not only Palestinians, but people in the Caribbean, Central, South, and North America, Africa, and Asia. Israel and the US have been jointly responsible for developing the infrastructure of surveillance and repression of people of color and immigrants. We are committed to building alliances with other groups to fight this oppression. Help build the BDS movement in Boston with this devoted group of activists @bdsboston

Community Care in Reach is a free medical mobile clinic providing STI testing, pap smears, check-ups, HIV testing, wound care, and vaccines to Boston youths under 24. This program was created by the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program who drives this service TO YOU on Tuesdays 3PM-7PM and Thursdays 5PM-8PM. Reach out to them by dming their Instagram @harmreductionists or text/call us at 617-645-7649

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

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

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!

Families For Justice As Healing has converted one side of their Roxbury office into a community pantry and fridge to meet people's basic needs like diapers, hygiene products, and food staples. You can contribute to stocking the pantry here: @100R Warren St., Roxbury

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

Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #150 September 2022

Check out all the art and columns of September's Boston Compass at



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