#WhereToBe: 2.19.16 to 2.25.16

Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Boston! Have something coming up that you’d like to see here? Tweet us Epicenter Community @epicentercom #WhereToBe

Friday, 2.19.16

Tickets are almost sold out & no longer available online, but can be purchased at the door.

BAMS Collective Presents PRELUDE w/ Valerie Stephens + Smoove Impact

The Boston Art and Music Soul Collective presents PRELUDE is a traveling live arts and music series across Greater Boston that edutains, engages and helps audiences of color redefine how they experience and relate to forms of artistic expression in spaces and places that are known, unknown or underutilized. Audience members are encouraged to help us determine the venues we should return to by voting at each event.

Performances by Valerie Stephens + Vibe Collective + Smoove Impact with Special Guests!

Visual Stimulation by Ayana Mack + Carla Veiga + Derrick Trottman + Daniel Callahan

When: TONIGHT, 7–11pm

Where: Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building | 2300 Washington St. Roxbury

Complimentary light refreshments

Sponsored by Sky Lab Boston & New England Event Services

Catered by Haley House Bakery Cafe & Dudley Dough

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Saturday, 2.20.16

ANANSI’S TRADING POST

A collective pop up shop featuring the eclectic artwork, wares, oddities, and magical creations of Boston’s most entrepreneurial creatives of color.

When: 12 PM — 7 PM

Where: Make Shift Boston | 549 Columbus Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02118

We’re excited to feature the following creatives:

EmVision Productions — a story-driven media production company
Ankana — Handmade crochet items and prints of original artwork. 
Diaspora Africa — Clothing for the family made with African textiles
FlyGirl Couture — Tulle skirts, african print skirts and crop tops, jewelry and accessories 
Propaganda — Handmade jewelry and accessories
All Seasons at Tiffanys — scarves, hats and miscellaneous accessories
Q Made It — Up cycled vinyl record home goods and crafts and baking services
950design — Framed art prints, posters, note cards, magnets, and hand screen-printed t shirts
Flauxy — Designer hand-made jewelry
QUUEENN — Unique hand-made accessories
Z’s Fashion Accents — Hats, Handbags, and Leather accessories
Intelligent Mischief — Tshirts, Zines, Stickers
Pop Art — Comics and wearable art
Pampi thirdeyefell — Tarot and more!
Diaspora Neckwear — bowties and jabots!

Space is limited to 20 vendors but this will be a recurring event.

Do you want to support creatives of color of Boston? Come on down to shop or browse on January 23rd. All shoppers welcome.

Sunday, 2.21.16

Yoga & Tension Release Exercises w/ Yoga Diversity Initiative & TRE Los Angeles

TRE® is a simple set of exercises that turns on your body’s natural rebalancing process — providing an immediate experience of relaxation. By releasing everything from everyday stress to deeply held physical tension and trauma, TRE® frees you up to meet life’s challenges with greater skill and ease. Best of all, your body does the work; you get relief without needing to process or retell your story.

When: 6pm — 8:30pm

Where: The Community Art Center | 119 Windsor St, Cambridge 02139

With this workshop, you’ll learn combine TRE® with yoga to let go of stress and old patterning. The Yoga Diversity Initiative’s mission is to make the practice of yoga more accessible to People of Color. All are welcome: The exercises work for all body types and are easily adaptable for any fitness level or mobility challenge. Once you’ve learned TRE®, you can practice it independently, at your convenience. This powerful healing tool addresses the root of our health conditions and community challenges; Join us and empower your body to heal itself, and open up to a greater sense of joy and wholeness.

People in more than 100 countries use TRE®. Join them to experience documented benefits, including:

* Release of chronic tension and emotional or physical trauma
* Increased energy and stamina
* Relief from body aches, including back pain, headaches, and TMJ
* Improved sleep
* Better mood
* Greater mobilityLess anxiety
* Enhanced ability to stay focused and connected

Sliding scale tickets: $10–40/person; no one turned away for lack of funds.

To register: http://bit.ly/YogaTRE

Please bring a yoga mat or towel, and 1–2 blankets.

In consideration of all participants, this class series is fragrance-free. Please do not wear scented personal care products, including “natural” products.

Monday, 2.22.16

Snow Moon Gathering — Hosted by Paridaez

Join us for tea + Taza chocolate, a brief guided meditation, followed by wine. “Totem” by Wolftits will be on view, and Paridaez wares available for purchase.

When: 6 PM — 8 PM

Where: LOT F GALLERY | 145 Pearl St, Boston 02110

Tuesday, 2.23.16

AVMS Annual Meeting and Art Show!

Please join Allston Village Main Street & Mayor Walsh as they celebrate AVMS’s 20 Year Anniversary and say thank you and goodbye to Alana Olsen, who served as our Executive Director for the past 5 years.

When: 6:30 PM — 10 PM

Where: POP Allston | 89 Brighton Ave, Allston, Massachusetts 02134

The event will include an art gallery featuring local artists, food from local restaurants, beer & wine, and music from DJ Lotusound.

$20.16 suggested donation.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/avms-annual-meeting-and-art-show-tickets-21454089760

Donate to AVMS anytime at www.allstonvillage.com

Wednesday, 2.24.16

Roxbury’s Jazzy Way of Life

Northeastern Crossing kicks-off its BRIDGE Experience with Roxbury’s Jazz Way of Life: Roxbury Women, Music & History on Thursday, February 24, 2016 at Northeastern Crossing, 1175 Tremont Street; 6:30–8:00pm.

This event is free and open to the public. Jazz-inspired attire is highly encouraged.

When: 6:30 PM — 8 PM

Where: Northeastern Crossing | 1175 Tremont St, Roxbury 02120

Northeastern Crossing will feature the extraordinary talents of award-winning journalist Nina LaNegra, Roxbury historian Stacy Sutherland-Hill and the incomparable Fulani Haynes and her jazz collaborative.

To RSVP or for more event information, contact Marisa Luse at 617–373–8012 or marisa@northeasterncrossing.org.

Space is limited.

AND….

Black History is American History

Be sure to check out this continued running mix media art series to spotlight local talent and performers here in Boston.

When: 8 PM — 12 AM

Where: Wonder Bar | 186 Harvard Ave, Allston, Massachusetts 02134

Host: Rico

Featured Artists: Frank duran | Timothy lassiter | Willie Rodriguez
Ashley Cooper | Soraia Mellicio | Sasha serwecki | Ana aparicio
Emili Erre | Lukie Spitta | Dante Miller | Julia Phillips | Saoire Duffy

Poets: Noemei paz | Andy Alverez | Chris Watkins | Ashley Cooper
Tathianna Debrito

Performers: Aguste | reason | SWAM | Gustavo | Noemi paz | Chris Watkins

Official photos of the event by Aware Studios!

Thursday, 2.25.16

Coloring Night at Trident — Sponsored by Cove

Our friends at cove workspace want to help get your creative juices going, so they’re sponsoring one of our coloring nights! Your ticket to this coloring book event will come with a $5 off coupon for food or drink during the event. So stop in to Trident, grab a drink and something to eat while you color away. We’ll provide the supplies, you provide the creativity!

When: 6:00p — 8:00p

Where: Trident Booksellers and Cafe | 338 Newbury St. 
Boston, MA 02115

Admission: $10

Click here to purchase tickets:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coloring-night-at-trident-sponsored-by-cove-tickets-21635658838

About cove: No one likes to work, but everyone likes to be productive. cove provides a place in your neighborhood to get things done, alongside others doing just the same. If you’re studying for a major test or looking for an alternative to working out of your living room, noisy coffee shop, or office, cove is for you.

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