Weekly Highlights: Vote Early, John Coltrane, Halloween Bashes, Bowl for Books, Boston for Haiti and More!

We have some great event that you should be “falling” for. From where to don a costume, or go without. Check the events out below and don’t forget to tell ’em where you got the info!


famu4Thursday, October 27

In an effort to help homeless men and women in our community, United Sisters of Color are collecting  “Blessing Bags” donated by the community at the Dudley Library (65 Warren Street, Roxbury) 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.These bags are filled with daily essentials (and snacks) that we take for granted. The bags will be distributed with love to the men and women of our community who are often overlooked. You can help by filling a GALLON size plastic bag with NEW, UNUSED, NOT EXPIRED, NON-ALCOHOL items (only include non alcohol hand sanitizer or non alcohol mouth wash) then dropping the bags off. Suggested bag ingredientsSocks, Lip balm,Package of tissues, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb or afropic, Hotel size body wash,Hotel size shampoos, trail mix, granola bars, crackers, pack of gum, BandAids, hand wipes, razor, shaving cream, tampons, sanitary napkins, feminine, wipes, $5 in coins to make a phone call or purchase food. If you’re unable to bring a bag you can help toward the creation of a bag by donating here.

The Massachusetts Chapter FAMU National Alumni Association is hosting a “Bowling for Books” drive at Lucky Strike Jillians (145 Ipswich, Fenway) 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.The proceeds will go towards a competitive book scholarship for students in need. Tickets are $20 in advanced and  $25 at the lane. If paying by check, please make payable to: Massachusetts Chapter FAMU National Alumni. Get your tickets here.

Learn how to become a fellow with NLC Fellowship at Lir (903 Boylston St) 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Are progressive values and causes important in your life? Do you want to learn skills and grow your network in Boston? Then the New Leaders Council Fellowship maybe right for you! NLC Boston cultivates emerging progressive leaders by connecting them to skills, opportunities, and each other. Each year 20 fellows are selected for NLC Institute – a skills and leadership training enabling them to make an impact in Boston and beyond. Free apps will be provided. Applications can be received here.

All Good goes gouling with their Halloween Edition of their monthly party at The Good Life (28 Kingston St) Doors open at 10:00 p.m. There will be a photo booth ready to capture you in your costume. Arrive early. No dress code. No coat check. No cover.

Kush Groove Grand Opening 6Friday, October 28

The Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC) invites you to celebrate 50 years with them  Gala Celebration on October 28 at Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley St, Roxbury). With music, video, and community leader awards and a dance party, the Gala in the culminating event that celebrates MPDC’s achievements, honors community supporters, and looks to the future with a sanguine eye. Tickets start at $25.00 to purchase tickets or become a sponsor, click here

Tonight is the Kush Groove Shop in store Halloween Costume Party at 1536 Tremont St. from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.The Best Costume of the day wins a $50 Kush Groove gift card! There will be munchies, goodies, refreshments and more with special performances by Reeko, Blanco, Nappy Jones and Terod Belle. DJ’s Stix and Vpyer will be on the 1’s and 2’s. This is a 21+ event.

Enjoy art, wine and pizza at the Dudley Dough (2302 Washington St) in the heart of Roxbury hosted by Ayana Mack and Sanaa with Friends. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and instruction begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. Come early and get ready to unleash your creativity! They’ll be painting Lady Sings the Blues. Please purchase your tickets in advance. Events with 5 or less pre-paid participants may be subject to cancellation. Tickets are $25.00 per person and can be purchased here.

tricky01Saturday, October 29

Get involved by showing up for the Boston Public Schools (2300 Washington St) open house at from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (This event will repeat on Sunday). You will see how BPS is building a more accountable public school system for the 21st century. They are tackling areas of academics, operations, facilities, finance, and communications for sustainable improvement. Through an interactive exhibition hosted by staff and teachers, BPS will clarify how its projects and initiatives are working to solve persistent issues in school system and seek input on its vision for education in Boston. RSVP here.

Be a kid again at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA – 25 Harbor Shore Drive) 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. You’ll discover contemporary art in the galleries, then transform yourself into a “contemporary kid” in the Bank of America Art Lab. Don’t miss the chance to see local youth and professional dancers from the Triveni School of Dance in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater—and maybe even take the stage yourself! Admission is free.

Nine early voting locations will be open today and registered voters can cast their vote at any available early voting location, and SparkBoston will be at the Mildred Ave Community Center (5 Mildred Ave, Mattapan). They invite you to vote with them 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. with a mini block party celebrating community and democracy with lawn games, food, drink, music and of course, voting. Find more details here.

The Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert (fJCMC) invite you to the 39th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, entitled “An Evening of Ballads & Blues.” at Northeastern University’s Blackman Auditorium (360 Huntington Ave, Roxbury) Tickets are $30.00 general admission, $25.00 students/seniors, $40.00 VIP. Get your tickets here!

Tricky performs at the Sinclair (52 Church St, Cambridge) Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased here.

haitian-flagSunday, October 30

SOWA is ending their seasonal market with their biggest event yet! A live graffiti art gallery HAUNTED #OFFTHEWALL. 13 local and internationally recognized graffiti artists will be painting Halloween themed murals live at the market. Plus in keeping with tradition, they’lll be hosting their 13th Annual Halloween Costume Contest. This years contest will offer three categories:
Pet costume contest (starting at 12:30 p.m.), Vendor costume contest (starting at 1:30 p.m.), Customer costume contest (starting at 2:00 p.m.) In addition to the live graffiti art and contests, there will be a live DJ, pumpkin painting and over 100 artists, designers, vintage dealers and food trucks. This event is free and open to the public. 

Rhythm & Brunch is back at Causeway (65 Causeway St). Today’s installment will  have Frank White and RYU set the vibes. Food is available for purchase. Costumes welcomed. Be sure to RSVP here so that they know to expect you.

Give to Haiti at the Boston For Haiti Relief Fundraiser at St. Gregorys Catholic School Auditorium (2223 Dorchester Ave.,Dorchester). Donation drop off  of canned goods, medical supplies, First Aid kits, toiletries, and sanitary items from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m and the fundraising event will be from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. There will be performances and raffles throughout the night for your enjoyment. There will be food for sale at $5.00 a plate as well as Raffle tickets for $1, $5, 3 for $10 based on the level of the prize. Music by DJ Alcide. General admission is $5.00. Get your tickets here.