Weekend Highlights: Bay State Banner Turns 50, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Steppin’ Out, Our Family Dinner and More!

This week is so packed with events that we’re spilling over to the following as we couldn’t forget to include Walter Mosley’s Residence, The Bay State Banner turning 50 or the Isango Ensemble coming back from South Africa to Boston. There are plenty of ways to “Find Your Fab!” As always, don’t forget to tell ’em where you found the info, and check back for updates!

-1Wednesday, November 4th

The Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) will hold its 9th Annual “Artists Under the Dome” in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is free but please RSVP for the event online.In addition to providing networking opportunities for artist leaders in all disciplines, individual artists will meet with their legislators to address areas of concern. Let your voice be heard!

Freeze Frame: Black Boston 2015, A Case For Inclusion. invites you to a community meeting to secure the Black community has a fair share of the economic pie. The discussion will take place at Prince Hall Grand Lodge (24 Washington St, Grove Hall, Dorchester) 6:00-9:00pm. This event is open to the public. Please RSVP so that they know you are coming.

Tonight, Joe Budden performs at The Middle East (472 Massachusetts Ave) at 8:00pm. Tickets for the show are $20.00, VIP reception is $100 (if you purchase those tickets your are cray!) Get your tickets here!

nina_simone-2Thursday, November 5th

Hey fellas! in collaboration with B/SPOKE Studios, Frank & Oak Boston i(220 Newbury St) is hosting a styling event starting at 6:00pm.  You’ll enjoy the sounds of DJ Frank White along with a few featured cocktails. Hounds Barbershop & Co. will also be on hand for haircuts and grooming essentials. This event is FREE!

Rogerson Communities, Olivia & BQ have invited you to the opening reception of FRAME of MIND, a video exhibit profiling Boston women known for their style, character and wisdom at the Center Court at Copley Place (100 Huntington Ave.) 6:00pm – 8:00pm. An RSVP is required for entry.

See the film What Happened Miss Simone? at UMASS Boston (100 Morrissey Blvd) at 6:45pm. The film is a documentary about the life of legendary Nina Simone. The event is FREE and open to the public. No RSVP is required!

After two sold out shows, HITPmusic.com‘s #ThePlug  returns for its third installment at Lilypad (1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge) at 9:00pm. The line up features Khary (Providence, MA), G.O (Boston, MA), Haasan Barclay (Boston, MA), and Latrell James (Boston, MA). Lightfoot will handle the music and Lindsey Gamble and Jonathan Howell will co-host. Entrance fee is $7.00 in advanced – you can get yours here! $10.00 at the door.

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The Word Boston in association with ArtsEmerson presents a film screening based on Walter Mosley’s novel Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned. at The Paramount (555 Washington St) 7:00pm.  The film will be followed by a conversation with Walter Mosley led by Donna Latson Gittens. Tickets are currently SOLD OUT, but if you come about an hour in advanced, you still may be able to receive tickets.

Put on your best suit or gown and celebrate the world-wide release of the latest Bond Film Spectre at the W Hotel Boston (100 Stuart St) 7:00pm – 9:00pm. You’ll have Belvedere cocktails, shellfish raw bar, casino games, passed hors d’ oeuvres by Chef Derek Barragan and FREE admission to Bijou afterwards. Also a portion of the ticket sales will benefit Suit Up, an organization dedicated to helping young men build the self-confidence necessary to succeed academically, civically, and professionally. Their motto is “A Suit is a Starting Place”. If you have a gently worn suit to donate, bring it to the event. Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased here! This is a black-tie event!

A Crack in the Blue Wall is back by popular demand at Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley St) 8:00pm. The play focuses on Trey, a young black peace worker killed by a white police officer while jogging through the Boston Common. We see the play through the eyes of those connected to the tragedy — including relatives in Trey’s family and law enforcement. Tickets start at $15.00 and can be purchased here!

Our Family DinnerSaturday, November 7th

The Citibank Performing Arts Center is having their first Youth Arts for Change event, and you’re invited! The teen led event will host workshops and artistic collaborations at the Dudley Library (65 Warren Street, Roxbury) 10:00am – 4:00pm. An RSVP is suggest, though not required. This event is FREE and open to teens!

Listen to Your Body presents a Fashion Trunk Benefit at The Paris St Gallery (101 Paris St. Everett) 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Enjoy designs and performances! Admission is $10.00 at the door.

Our Family Dinner is coming to Rosa Mexicano (155 Seaport Blvd, Seaport) 3:00pm – 6:00pm. This national event is a family-style dinner that brings together young Black professionals in the area. Make new friends, or connect with new ones over a great meal. Tickets start at $35.00 and can be purchased here

As a part of Walter Mosley’s Residence at ARTS Emerson they are having a FREE screening of Devil in a Blue Dress One of his most read novels turned adapted into a hit feature film starring Denzel Washington at the Brighton Screening Room at The Paramount (555 Washington St) 7:00pm. Get your tickets here!

Gladys Knight and The O’Jays perform at the Citi Wang Theatre (270 Tremont St, Theater District) 8:00pm. Tickets start at $55.00, and you can get yours here!

The 28th Annual Steppin’ Out for The Dimock Center Gala is tonight at the Sheraton Boston Hotel (39 Dalton St) 8:30pm. This event features 10x Grammy winning headliner Chaka Khan and after-party performer DJ Spinderella.General Admission tickets are SOLD OUT, but you can get corporate tables here!

3ac.IMG_8357Sunday, November 8th

Today there’s another addition of Rhythm and Brunch at Causeway Restaurant (65 Causeway St.) 11am – 5:00pm. Enjoy brunch specials with some solid tunesNeo-Soul mix by DJ Slick Vick. RSVP here! *Note: Last seating is at 3:30pm.

Help raise funds for Haley House’s (12 Dade St, Roxbury) Transitional Employment Program at their A Sweeter Life, a dessert tasting fundraiser which supports individuals transitioning from incarceration. Some of Boston’s finest dessert artists – including chefs from Flour Bakery + Café, Blackbird Doughnuts, Toscanini’s, and more – will showcase their signature treats.Tickets for this event cost $50.00. From 2-3 pm, the pastry and dessert chefs will host a special meet & greet reception – an early-admission ticket of $100 is required for this pre-event. Tickets are available online here!


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Celebrate the Award Winning performers of the Isango Ensemble at a FREE Welcome to Boston event at Roxbury Community College (1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury) 7:00pm – 9:00pm. There will be performances by Black Nativity, Maria Finkelmeier, AlBe and more! After the performance there will be a reception at Haley House (12 Dade St, Roxbury). This event is family-friendly. RSVP here!

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Get your high school and middle school students access to resources for college at the Straight Outta High School event at Roxbury Community College (1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury) 4:00pm – 8:00pm. There will be college information tables and giveaways of bags and notebooks! The event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP here!

Attention College Students! Tonight is College Night at the Institute of Contemporary Art – ICA (100 Northern Ave, Seaport) 6:00pm  – 10:00pm. Most colleges are members, but if not you can get a student membership for $40.00 for the year! There will be DJ’s exhibits, photo booth and more! Get more information here!

The Bay State Banner, the premier African-American newspaper in New England is turning 50! Join in their celebration at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute (210 William T. Morrissey Blvd, Dorchester) 6:00pm. Tickets start at $100.00 and you can purchase yours here!

The Isango Ensemble is back at ARTSEmerson with a performance of UCarmen/A Mid Summer Nights Dream November 10th – 22nd. Tonight’s performance of U-Carmen takes place at the Cutler Majestic Theater (219 Tremont St) 7:30pm. Tickets start at $10.00 and you can get yours here!