Discover Black History with Discover Roxbury!

To commemorate Black History Month, our friends at Discover Roxbury have some fun and informative events lined up. On February 11, Roxbury's Black History Trolley Tour will be taking off from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Take an informative trolley tour through three centuries of Boston's historic Black neighborhoods! Follow the progression of the Black churches of Boston, the importance of the arts, the struggles during the civil rights movement, and become more familiar with the movers, shakers, and strivers in Roxbury's Black history! The trolley departs at:

12:30 p.m. from Roxbury Heritage State Park / DCR, 183 Roxbury St., in Roxbury.
12:50 p.m. from Hotel 140, 140 Clarendon Street, Back Bay.

Tickets are $25! To reserve a space, please click here.

50th Anniversary of the White House Tour Feb. 15

On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, the John F. Kennedy Library will be hosting a forum in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the White House Tour with Jacqueline Kennedy. Join the JFK Library for a screening and discussion of Mrs. Kennedy's famous televised tour of the White House with current White House curator William Allman. This forum is happening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Stephen Smith Hall at the JFK Library, Dorchester. All forums are free and open to the public. To make reservations and for further information, visit the JFK Library web site or call (617) 514-1643.

Black History Month @ Grove Hall Branch

In celebration of Black History Month, the Grove Hall Branch will host a series of lectures, screenings, and discussions: 

Saturday, February 11: Funlayo Wood, PhD student in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and initiated priestess in the Yoruba Ifá-Òrìsà tradition, will discuss African and African-derived religious practices in the talk “‘Other’ Spaces of Black Spirituality” at 12 p.m.

Saturday, February 11: Annie Kountz, graduate student at Harvard University, will present on incarceration and the impact it has on the African American community. This presentation is part of the Grove Hall Branch Library’s Harvard Scholarship in the Community presentation series for Black History Month. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 16: Lisanne Norman, PhD student at Harvard University, explores how Marcus Garvey’s contributions to the early 20th-century African American struggle for freedom and equality movement is often overlooked due to his scandalous exit from America in the talk “Marcus Garvey: A Light in the Darkness?” at 6 p.m.

Saturday, February 18: Giovanna Micconi, PhD student of African American Literature at Harvard University, will discuss William Demby’s life in the talk “William Demby and African American Expatriates in Italy” at 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, February 23: Oludamini Ogunnaike will present on Sufism, the mystical dimension of Islam, and its powerful presence in Senegal at 6 p.m.

Grove Hall Branch is located at 41 Geneva Ave, Dorchester, MA.  For more information please call: 617.427.3337.

'Voices of History' at Adams Street Branch Library Jan. 30

Members of the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston will be at the Adams Street Branch Library on January 30, 2012! Starting at 6:30 p.m., a quartet of singers will be performing music from different periods of an entire millenium, from 1100 to 1994 with the motifs of classical, folk, and multi-cultural genres. The concert is sure to be original and entertaining... don't miss it! The Adams Street Branch Library is located at 690 Adams St. in Dorchester. Contact the branch for more information at 617.436.6900

First Open Mic of 2012 at Dot2Dot! Jan. 27

Dot2Dot will be hosting their first open mic of 2012! Dinner will be held at 6:00 p.m. and the open mic will be held at 7:00 p.m. More information about the event will be released as we near the date. Check out dot2dot's website for more information! Dot2Dot is located at 1739 Dorchester Avenue, in Dorchester, MA 02124. Contact Dot2Dot at 617.436.2368 or by emailing dot2dotmanager [at]

C.R.A.K. Poetry Youth Speaks Open Mic!

On Thursday, January 19, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. C.R.A.K. (Creativity Revolutionized Around Knowledge) "Youth Speaks" will be hosting an open mic! This open mic is open aimed for youth ages 3 - 20, but everyone is welcome to support and be a part of the audience! The event is to be held at the Fields Corner Branch Library, located at 1520 Dorchester Ave. For more info, check out C.R.A.K.'s facebook page at

Dinner On The Corner Feb. 3

Celebrate the New Year with Viet-AID at the Vietnamese American Community Association! On February 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Vietnamese American Community Center will be hosting food, drinks, and cultural performances! To RSVP, please do so by email or call 617.822.3717x10. VietAID is located at 42 Charles St. in Dorchester, 02122.

Duo Diavolo at First Parish Church in Dorchester Jan. 21

Duo Diavolo (Devilish Duo) Jan. 21 performance at First Parish Church had to be cancelled due to the weather - look for a new date in March or April to be announced. Duo Diavolo consists of Dorchester resident and Boston Conservatory classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan & flutist & Venezuelan cuatro player, Orlando Cela. Together they bring an original mix of Latin, Eastern & Spanish music to Dorchester! This event is entirely free. The event is at Meeting House Hill, 10 First Parish Church is located at 10 Parish Street in Dorchester.

A Song In My Heart Vocal Showcase Feb. 12

A Song in My Heart: Vocal Showcase Special Celebrations will be taking place at the William E. Reed Auditorium (24 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02121) on Sunday, February 12, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available at Skippy White Records (1971 Columbus Ave, Roxbury, MA) or by contacting Robin by email or phone at 617.519.9747, or Leon by email or phone at 617.413.4703. The event will showcase the musical talents of Tashawn King, Denise Lamb, Athene Wilson and more! Food will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.

NEFA's Public Art Discussion Series: Strategies in Community Engagement

What does it take for public artists to engage with a community in a meaningful and successful way? New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) is actively involved in supporting Public Art and New England's Creative Economy and is presenting a session on January 23d that will bring together artists, creative economy practitioners, and community participants. The result will be a discussion on strategies in community engagement at the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street in Roxbury, MA 02119. Hear from a panel of public artists as they speak about community engagement, there will be plenty of time for networking. The event is from 6 - 9 p.m. Check out the event's website here.

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