Weekend Highlights: Juneteenth, Roxbury International Film Festival, Donna Summer Roller Derby Tribute and More!

Another great weekend of “fab” events is on the horizon especially Juneteenth events and the Roxbury International Film Festival to name a few. If you see me, be sure to say hey and don’t forget to tell ’em BostonFab sent you!

RoxburyWednesday, June 17th

For the third year in a row, Future Boston and the MFA (465 Huntington Ave) have come together to create a night of live art and performance in honor and celebration of Juneteenth. You’ll enjoy local visuals, fashion, dance, performances, and musical artists. 6:00pm – 9:00pm. This event is FREE and open to the public and family-friendly.

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at creative writing, whether a novel, a short story, a personal essay or a memoir, but aren’t sure where to get started? You may want to come to Discover Roxbury (183 Roxbury St) 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Through a series of fun directed exercises, they will explore the terrain of fiction and nonfiction: mining for material, constructing characters and settings, shaping vivid dialogue, understanding point of view, and finding your voice. Tickets are available here!

As a bonus to Juneteenth today also marks the opening night film is An American Ascent This film is having its New England Premiere with directors George Potter and Andy Adkins. The film begins at 7:00pm – Tickets are $15.00 for non-members of the MFA and $12.00 for members. You can get yours in advanced here! After the screening of the film, keep the conversations going at the after party at The Revere Hotel Roof Deck (200 Stuart St) Tickets are $25.00, and they are limited! Get yours here! The festival runs through Sunday, June 28th. See my top picks here!

Relax with Door 2 the Outdoors with an evening under the stars. At 7pm meet them at Eastern Standard (528 Commonwealth Ave) for drinks and then at 8:30pm they will walk to the Coit Observatory at Boston University (725 Commonwealth Ave) to look at the stars through telescopes and binoculars. This event is currently SOLD OUT, but you never know!

Son of ManThursday, June 18th

Join in on the celebration of the newest graduates of Haley House’s Transitional Employment Program (TEP) o at Haley House Bakery Café (12 Dade St) 6:00pm – 8:00pm. All are welcome!

ArtsEmerson presents the film Son of Man at Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley St) 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Son of Man is an artfully operatic interpretation of the Gospels of the New Testament performed by the Isango Ensemble. This event is FREE and open to the public, but you have to RSVP here!

celebration-of-summer-2015Friday, June 19th

Elements of Design, an EcoFashion Show that features four designers that represent the four elements: Air, Water, Fire and Earth will be shown on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway tonight, 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Featuring designers Daughters of Ra by Maryanne Meservey as Air, Style Your Curves by Ty-Juana Flores and Savers Thrift Store stylist as Water, Sparklle T by Sparklle Thames as Fire and Shubrah by Shubhra Bhattacharya Chandra as Earth.  Each designer will use upcyled materials. As an added bonus, there will be a performance by Jo-Mé Dance Company and Seekers of Knowledge dance troupe. This event is FREE and open to the public.

The second annual Celebration of Summer to honor Boston native Donna Summer is back at City Hall Plaza 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. with a roller disco! See what we thought of last year’s event! Bring your skates or rent them (the line get SUPER long) this event is FREE and family friendly!

Take “bae” out for an classic movie evening at the The Boston Harbor Hotel (70 Rhowes Wharf ) starting at dusk. Tonight’s film is Groundhog Day. The movie nights will take place every Friday evening until September 4th.  This is FREE and rated for mature teens and adults.

The Roxbury International Film Festival presents,  An Unexpected History: The Story of Hennessy and African Americans by local director Llew Smith. The film begins at 6:00pm at the MFA’s Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium(Auditorium 161). Tickets are $9.00 for members and $11.00 for non-members. Get your tickets here! Following the screening will be a Hennessy Reception at the Shirley Eustis House (33 Shirley Street, Roxbury) 7:00pm
you can get tickets for the movie and the reception for $15.00 here!

Juneteenth 3Saturday, June 20th

It’s cookout season, and one of the highlights is the Roxbury Homecoming Juneteenth Celebration which as roots back to 1996 where families and friends can come together in a gigantic family reunion! This even is FREE, but you’ll need to bring your own cook out gear and such. Food usually is not for sale. See highlights from last year here!

The Phantom Gourmet Hot Dog Safari event takes place down Lansdowne St, in the North End 12:00pm – 4:00pm. The event is indoors and out and yes, there will be more than hot dogs sold.  Some of the vendors will include: Boston Burger, Chocolate Truffle, Dunkin Donuts, Fudruckers, Kayem, Nantucket Nectars, Not Your Average Joe’s, Pearl Kountry Klub, Richardson’s Ice Cream, and Wacky Candy Shack.Tickets, including food and activities, are $15 in advance, $20 at the event. Kids 10 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online here! All the ticket sales will  to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Joey Fund.