Event Highlights: ArtWeek, Jazz Week, Lit Week, Alvin Ailey, SoWa Opens and More!

As the semester is winding down The Arts events are revving up. ArtWeek is well underway with a variety of events to get into. Also Jazz Week and the Grub Street sponsored Lit Week  are also here through the weekend.  Here are some of the highlights we’ve picked out for this weekend and beyond. As always check back as we add events as we learn about them. “Find Your Fab!”

Sean PriceWednesday, April 30th

Celebrate National Poetry Month at The Grand Canal (57 Canal St) 9:30pm – 12:45am with poets like Michael “Warrior” Bonds (Atlanta, Georgia), Ariz Saleem, MzLyrically Poetic, Frankly Pina, Jha D. Williams and more! LIVE performances by Jay King (Brooklyn, New York), Miss Aliel, and I-Rose just to name a few. Hosted by Mark Merren. Music by DJ MidWid. Tickets are $10.00 at the door. For more information click here!

Rapper Sean Price has a show tonight at The Middle East Upstairs (472 Massachusetts Ave) starting at 8:00pm. Tickets are $15.00 in advanced. $20.00 day of the show. 18+ show.

Thursday, May 1st

Harvard University’s annual Arts First festival, one of the nation’s largest collegiate arts festivals, kicks off today on and around Harvard Yard.  Experience over 225 music, theater, dance, film and visual arts events – most free of charge today until Sunday. Plan out how you’ll spend the festivities here! This is a family friendly event.

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Boston City Councillor Tito Jackson invites you to d to attend a hearing of the Boston City Council Committee on Government Operations, entitled “Commission on Black Men and Boys.” to take place in Cardinal Hall at Madison Park High School (75 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury). The hearing will shine a spotlight on the challenges of black men and boys in Boston and the importance of this commission. Starts at 6:00pm.

The Celebrity Series of Boston once again brings Alvin Ailey Dance Company to the Citi-Wang Theatre (270 Tremont St) Showtime is 7:30pm tonight with performances through Sunday. Tickets start at $35.00, and you can purchase them here!

Slick Rick is at The Middle East Downstairs (472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge) 8:oopm. Featuring acts like MC Kabir, The Metro, The Antidote and more! Tickets are $22.00 in advanced. $25.00 day of the show. 18+. Get your tickets here!

Live BirdFriday, May 2nd

Live Bird, the one-man play about the life of Charlie “Bird” Parker kicks off it’s two night performance at the Multicultural Arts Center (41 Second Street, East Cambridge) Show begins at 8:00pm. The show is 21+. Tickets are $20.00 general seating. $15.00 for student/seniors. Purchase your tickets in advanced here!

Saturday, May 3rd

This Saturday the Young Black Women’s Society (YBWS) is bringing you a day of Women Empowerment at the Next Generation Women of Color Summit taking place at Simmons College Linda K. Paresky Conference Center (300 The Fenway) 8:00am – 5:00pm.  The all day summit that features speakers such as TheYBF.com creator Natasha Eubanks, Anchor at New England Cable News (NECN) Laytoia Edwards; and Care.com Co-Founder and VP of Operations, Donna Levin. Enjoy networking sessions, speed coaching, a Power Luncheon and more! Tickets are going fast for $65.00, which is already a deal, but you can win a pair for FREE here!

Got PeaceBring the whole family out for The Peace Collaborative Got Peace? Basketball Tournament is taking place at Madison Park Community Center (55 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury Crossing) starting at 11:00am. Who Got the BEST Game the youth or the adults?Admission: $5 for Adults; $3 for youth under 21. For more information click here! This is a family friendly event. 

Head over to the Jamaica Plain neighborhood for the family friendly Wake Up Earth Festival starting at the JP Monument on South Street and the corner of Washington & School Streets in Egleston Square.Parade starts at 11:ooam and the festivities continue until 6pm. 

Sneaker heads will be coming together at Wonderland (1290 Northshore Rd, Revere) 12:00pm – 8:00pm at the New England Sneaker Exchange hosted by DJ Clark Kent and Ronnie Fieg. Buy, sell, and/or trade your sneakers. Entry starts at $15.00. Get your tickets here!


aap-ferg-signs-solo-deal-with-polo-grounds-musicrca-records-0Sunday, May 4th

The SoWa (South Washington St.) Market in the South End opens up today featuring the work of artisans from all over New England. You’ll find original art of all mediums, gourmet food trucks, indie designer clothing and accessories, ceramics, glass, photography, jewelry, handbags, house wares, baked goods, local farmer’s produce and much more every Sunday until October 26th. It’s  also a great place to find a unique Mother’s Day gift.

Monday,  May 5th

A$AP Ferg and  M.I.A take over The House of Blues (15 Lansdowne St, Fenway) at 7:00pm. Tickets are $35.00 – $45.00 and you can get them here!

The DJ Café is back at Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen (605 Columbus Ave, South End) sign up to show off your skills at 7:00pm and people will begin spinning at 7:30pm. It’s Cinco de Mayo so there may be a bit of a Latin flair with DJ Daz-One, DJ Dex, DJ Dru Nyce, DJ Real P and DJ Sisko all being featured. If you’re not a DJ you can still come and enjoy the good vibes and good food. No cover! See our review of the event earlier this month.

the-foreign-exchange-2010-1Tuesday, May 6th

Our friends over at Killerboombox.com are bringing the dynamic duo The Foreign Exchange to The Middle East (472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge). Tickets are $20.00 in advanced and $25.00 the day of the show. Pick up yours here!

Don’t forget to tell ’em BostonFab sent you!