Weekend Highlights: Boston Caribbean Fashion Week, Picnic, Rhythm and Brunch

There are some great festivals going on this week including Boston Caribbean Fashion Week (Aug 13 – 15th) and the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival (Aug 10 – 15th), so stop in or even do a day trip – you know you want to party with the Obama’s. But, if none of these are your style, don’t worry – we got you! Check back for updates and be sure to tell ’em where you found the info! BostonFab! ūüôā

Marthas-Vineyard-African-American-Film-Festival-2015Wednesday, August 12th

The Run & Shoot Filmworks Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival is celebrating its 13th year on Martha’s Vineyard.¬†This 5 day event is comprised of receptions, film screenings, panel discussions and parties. Get the complete list of films and events when you click here! *Fab Gal Tiip!* The island is pretty much booked as far as housing so a day trip is the best option.

Learn the Art of the Cocktail with Dr. Foodie at the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts (539 Tremont Street, South End) 6:00pm Р10:00pm. Tired of serving these same gin drinks during the warmer months? Come learn more about the different types of this aromatic spirit (and how to use them to create your own cocktails) with Sahil Mehta, bartender at Estragon Tapas. Tickets are $25.00 in advanced and $30.00 at the door. Get tickets here!

Boston Caribbean Fashion Week invites you out for Paint Nite at The Paint Bar on Newbury Street (248 Newbury St) 6:30pm Р10:00pm. There will be Caribbean delights and surprises before you start your Caribbean theme painting. The cost is $35.00. You must sign up in advanced here!

The W Boston (100 Stuart St) presents Mix Squared live music series each Wednesday. This Wednesday, you can enjoy the sounds of Cynton Oliver Cox starting at 7:00pm. This event is FREE to attend, though you may want to purchase a drink from Stella Artois as they are sponsoring the artist.

PicnicThursday, August 13th

Bring a favorite dish to share to the Art Rox Hub (22 Warren St, Dudley Square) for Potlucks and Politics conversation with Future Boston Alliance 6:00pm Р9:00pm. This conversation will be Restoration, Restaurants and Race and will be an open dialogue on restaurant incubation and liquor licensing. Featured panelists are Luther Pinckney, General Manager of Dudley Dough; Jessica Taubner, Chief Aid for Councillor Ayanna Pressley; Max Gruner, Executive Director of East Boston Main Streets. This event is FREE.

Join Press Pass TV at Judge Gourdin Park in Dudley Square Plaza for a Free Community Cookout and Movie starting at 6:00pm. They will showing The Wiz and community cookout will also have voter registration, community resources, pop up newsroom and more. All of the family is welcome. This event is FREE and family-friendly.

brand-new classic presents PICNIC by William Inge directed by Obehi Janice at The Space (128 Brookside Avenue, Jamaica Plain) 7:00pm.  The classic play will be played by an all black cast. Show your support with a suggested donation of $15.00 Рand you can BYOB!

Block Party PeaceSaturday, August 15th

Bring the youth in your life to the 6th Annual Back to School Block Party for Peace on Walnut Ave. in Roxbury 1:00pm – 6:00pm.¬†Passport to Peace is an educational and engaging youth violence prevention initiative that intends to take a proactive approach to youth violence prevention. The first 250 youth (ages 16-24) to complete their “passport” will receive a FREE backpack full of school supplies!¬†The event will conclude with a call to action for youth attendees and a written report detailing youth recommendations that will be presented to Mayor Martin Walsh. This event is FREE!

Fair Chance Youth presents a College Workshop at Project Hope (550 Dudley St, Roxbury) 12:00pm – 3:00pm. The soon-to-be students will get college prep information, information from guest speakers, panels, raffles and more! This event is FREE and open to high school students.

The sixth-annual Brew at the Zoo beer-tasting event, featuring stations hosted by local breweries and restaurants at the Franklin Park Zoo (1 Franklin Park Rd) today 3:30pm Р7:00pm. The entire Zoo will be open for this event, with the exception of the seasonal Butterfly Landing exhibit. Sip some delicious brews and visit with western lowland gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, ocelots, pygmy hippos, and other species in the Zoo’s Tropical Forest Pavilion, as well as giraffes, zebras, kangaroos and many other animals. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit Aussie Aviary, a seasonal free-flight exhibit featuring brightly-colored budgies. Tickets are $55.00 in advanced and $65.00 at the door. Pick your tickets up here!

Comedian Lavell Crawford is at The Wilbur (246 Tremont St, Theatre District) at 9:45pm. Tickets are $22.00 – $30.00. Get your tickets here!

Rhythm and BrunchSunday, August 16th

Join the ‘new kids’ crew¬†Not Your Average Boston (NYA) for their¬†1st Edition of ¬†Rhythm &¬†Brunch at Causeway Restaurant (65 Causeway St) 11:00am – 4:00pm.¬†There will be a¬†prix-fixed 3 course menu as well as the regular brunch menu available. The R&B¬†music will be provided by DJ Ryu and DJ Big Bear. There is NO COVER for this event. They hope for it to become a monthly thing so…show up and tip big! ūüôā #RnBRUNCH

There’s a secret party going on today from 6:00pm – 9:00pm called Breakdown Live. It will feature Fab Award-Hall of Famer Dutch Rebelle, Akrobatik, Latrell James, Fran P hosted by the prolific journalist Dart Adams and musically curated by Fab Award Winning DJ Papadon. There will also be¬†a screening of the new music video of Fran P featuring Moe Pope, Reks and Spnda.¬†You know you wanna go.¬†To find out the location, send an e-mail here!