Weekly Highlights: Lisa Fischer, Fishbone, Nina Simone Celebration, Youth Led Activism and More!

Spring is coming, spring is coming! Monday marks the official first day of spring which means it’s time for you to thaw off and head out to some of these great events. Don’t forget to tell ’em where you go the info! #bostonfab #thefabempire.

DSC_00781-780x439Monday, March 20

Rev. Liz Walker and panelists will speak on the work of Civil Rights leader Fred Shuttlesworth in an event about Civil Rights, and School Choices at the Omni Parker House (60 School St) 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Tickets can be reserved here.

Tonight, welcome he cast of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower: A Concert Performance from  7:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m. at Bethel AME Church (38 Walk Hill St, Jamaica Plain). This event features performances by Todd McNeel, Jr.; Danza Organica, U-Meleni Mhlaba Adebo,Castle of Our Skins, and The House of Nahdra. There will be a meet and greet reception with the cast of Parable of the Sower and refreshments will follow the performances. This event is free and open to the public.


trivia_nightTuesday, March 21

Time for the monthly Trivia Night with Pops & Dre at Dudley Cafe (15 Warren St, Roxbury) 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. The full cafe menu will be available with beer and wine. Get your teams ready!

josejames_011Wednesday, March 22

See Fishbone at the Sinclair (52 Church St, Cambridge) at 8:00 p.m. This is an 18+ show. Tickets are $25.00, and you can get yours here.

Jose James performs at Brighton Music Hall (158 Brighton Avenue, Brighton) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22.25. Get yours here.

nina_simoneThursday, March 23

The 7th African Professionals Speaker Series event takes place from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at The NonProfit Center (89 South St) focused on homeownership opportunities in Massachusetts, featuring Chrystal Kornegay, Undersecretary for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) of Massachusetts. There will be resource people at this event to talk about home ownership opportunities in Massachusetts, and answer your questions on home buying. Tickets start at $10.00. Get yours here.

Learn basic techniques for gardening in raised-bed gardens and other small spaces with The Food Project at the Dudley Greenhouse (9 Brook Ave, Roxbury) 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Participants will create a garden map, use the square-foot method, and learn from demonstrations of planting techniques. Register here. Free to attend.

Valerie Stevens headlines a group of women collaborating to celebrate the music of Nina Simone at Northeastern Crossing (1175 Tremont St, Roxbury) 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Please register here.

ArtsEmerson proudly announces a limited engagement of the special concert performance of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower starting tonight March 23 through 26 at Emerson/Paramount Center’s Robert J. Orchard Stage (559 Washington Street, Theatre District) Tonight’s performance is at 7:30 p.m.Written by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Reagon Johnson and directed by Eric Ting, this musical event of rare power and beauty, fusing science fiction with 200 years of Black music, will be performed by a large ensemble of singers and musicians. Tickets range from $10 to $60 and may be purchased online here.

The Youth Underground troop performs Circle Up! at Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley St, Roxbury) 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The performances will allow high school students to share in their own voices their reflections about the effects of opportunity gaps on their everyday lives. It investigates the issues of equity and injustice that have created the “achievement gap” and the barriers that maintain it. Tickets start at $5.00 and can be purchased here.

The House of Blues (15 Lansdowne St, Fenway) is hosting a Ladies First night full of lady emcees with Ms. Sheek gracing the mic. Show starts at 9:00 p.m.

Black Business WomenFriday, March 24

5th Annual Women-Owned Business Networking Breakfast takes place at the Bruce C. Boiling Building (2300 Washington St, Roxbury) 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Speakers include Dr. Lesa Dennis-Mahamed, O.D. – Gallery EyeCare, LLC; Faithlyn Scarlett – Faith’s Naturals and Ana Maria Timas Fidalgo – Nos Casa Cafe / Davey’s Market Tickets are free and open to the public.

Learn about an exploration of social justice through live painting at the Need I Paint More? event at THE SPACE (128 Brookeside Avenue, Jamaica Plain) 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. $20.00 entry includes food & beverage. Get your tickets here.

Stop-Domestic-ViolenceSaturday, March 25

Join in on the Community Town Hall for the Mattapan/Hyde Park Community on violence at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library (1350 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan) 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Their have been at least 24 Shootings in Mattapan and 3 in Hyde Park between 2016-2017. 7 have been homicides. Get involved in becoming the solution.

The Boston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta invites you to Stop Domestic Violence at a fundraising brunch taking place at the Thelma Burns Building (575 Warren St, Roxbury) 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 100% of all the proceeds will go to Boston area domestic violence shelters. Tickets are $25.00 and the event is open to the public.

NSBE Boston & BOSSquad invites you to their March 2017 STEM Day event at Orchard Gardens (25 Ambrose St, Roxbury) 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be youth appropriate (grades 3 – 12) fun activities and games that focus on Plant Science.This event is free but registration is required. Register here.

Queens Co. is proud to host “Women & Wealth: A Financial Empowerment Workshop” at 594 Columbia Rd, Dorchester from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Janai Brown, Banking and Finance Professional with the U.S. Department of Treasury and founder of Finance 360, will be leading this interactive workshop that will feature games, quizzes and worksheets that you can incorporate into your everyday finances. This event is currently sold out, but you never know! Learn more here.

DASunday, March 26

From 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. go to Savvor (180 Lincoln St) for the AFRO KARIB Beatz & Eatzday day party powered by music, food, fashion, art. A special brunch buffet is served at $25.00 per person. No pre-admission, but get more details and reserve a ticket here.

The First Church of Roxbury (10 Putnam St, Roxbury) invites you A Women’s Tea, a  space for Black women to discuss the issues plaguing them and their community. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. This event is free to attend.

Enjoy some art and craft beer at the Dorchester Brewing Company (1250 Massachusetts Ave, Dorchester) Enjoy a Paint Nite and some crafted brew from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $45.00, but you can get Get 35% off with special discount code “BREWING”! Get your tickets here.

Lisa Fischer performs at The Wilbur Boston (246 Tremont St) 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $27.00. Get yours here.