Art, Music at Flat Black Coffee, July 8

Grete Langrind After stocking up at the Ashmont Farmer's Market, stop in at Flat Black Coffee (1906 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester Massachusetts 02124) at 5:00 p.m. for an artists' reception featuring the works of Grete Langrind, with music by talented singer/guitarist Bethel Steele. Refreshments will be served. Event is free. Read on for Grete and Bethel's bio. Both artists are sure to wow audiences as their amazing talents revealed themselves at an early age and have since continued to develop.    >> Read More

13th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival, Jul. 28 through 31

PopcornHave the interest in movies? Don't miss this awesome event and become part of the community! The Roxbury International Film Festival (RIFF) introduces New England’s largest film festival dedicated to celebrating people of color which begins Thursday, July 28th and runs through Sunday, July 31st. RIFF will screen more than 50 films including features, shorts, documentaries and youth-produced works over the course of four days. For more information, contact Colette Greenstein at 617.216.0636 or

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Mayor Menino's Art/Craft Workshops, Jul. 5 through Aug. 9

Join ParkARTs for Mayor Menino's free Artist in Residence craft workshops! Sponsored by Comcast, this series of arts and crafts workshops is perfect for budding artists. Rosalita's Puppets will perform a variety of vignettes at selected sites. Materials provided. On Tuesdays July 5 through August 9, the arts and crafts workshops will take place at Dorchester Town Field from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. On Fridays, July 8 through August 12 the workshops will take place at Dorchester Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Rosalita's Puppets will perform at Dorchester Park on July 22.

Call 617-961-3051 for more information or visit Event information provided by City of Boston. (Image Credit: John Lloyd)

Affairs of the Art Exhibition, Jun. 23

Museum Of ScienceArtmaking happens all year long at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and this summer the SMFA is pleased to present “Affairs of the Art,” the fifth annual Continuing Education Exhibition. It features 52 works—from drawing, metals and photography to animation, painting, sculpture and more. Admission is free.

An opening reception will take place June 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 230 The Fenway. The exhibit will be open Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and will be closed weekends. For more info, call 617-369-3644 or visit


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Have dreams of breaking into the music industry? It takes more than just dreaming about it. Find out from local  musicians in this free series of workshops that will teach the basics and then some of performing, recording, marketing and songwriting. The grand finale of this six week series is a talent showcase in which one musician will be chosen to perform in a concert at Berklee this fall!

Whether you prefer to take the stage as a songwriter and performer, or would rather do behind the scenes work like recording and marketing, Musicology will provide helpful information for anyone with an interest in any aspect of the music business. Receive tips and feedback, meet other teen musicians, take a field trip to the Berklee College of Music, and have fun!

Workshops run from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, starting July 14 and ending July 18. Spots are limited, so act fast and sign-up online here. You can also contact Cheryl Brickey ( or call 617-740-2231) for more information!

Live Jazz "Blueprint" at Dot 2 Dot Café, Jun. 17

Dot 2 Dot CaféDot 2 Dot Café invites you to enjoy dinner and live jazz on Friday, June 17 from the Berklee band "Blueprint." These four-piece ensemble (trumpet, bass, drums and keyboard) knows how to put the swing in swing-eighths! Bring yourselves and any desired beverages, hear music and eat great food. Restaurant open from 6 p.m., and the music begins at 7. All are welcome. Contact Karen Henry-Garrett with questions; call the cafe at 617-436-2368 to make reservations. Location and additional info after the break.

6/7 p.m. on June 17 at Dot 2 Dot Café, 1739 Dorchester Avenue Dorchester, MA 02124. 617-436-2368 (phone) 617-436-2369 (fax)

Children's Artists in Residency Workshops

ArtistsThe Artists in Residence Program, run by the Bank of America-sponsored ParkARTS initiative, allows children ages three to 10 to enjoy crafts like painting, mask and jewelry making, and treasure bottle creations at workshops hosted by local artists from 9 a.m. to noon at parks across the city. Participation and materials are free and young children must be accompanied by an adult. Local workshops will take place on Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19, and 26, and on August 2 and 9 at Town Field and at the Hunt/Almont Playground in Mattapan. There will also be workshops offered on Fridays, July 8, 15, 22, and 29, and on August 5 and 12 at Dorchester Park. >> Read More

"Girl's Night Out" at Heiress Boutique, Jul. 22

Heiress Boutique, a garment merchant and exhibitor tucked away just seconds from Dorchester’s Adams Village, is announcing two upcoming Summer Mixers. These fun, fashionable evenings of socialization will unite aficionados of style, adept models and veteran designers while bringing Boston’s nightlife a taste of high-class inner city design. "Girl’s Night Out," an evening open to the public, will take place on July 2 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. A "Media Mixer" will follow on August 12 and runs during the same times. Both events are free of charge.

Heiress Boutique is located at 671 Adams Street, Dorchester, MA. For more information, call the store at (617) 297-5166, visit or read on! >> Read More

Steppin' Owt Of Line, Jul. 23

Steppin' Owt of LineThe Strand Theatre (543 Columbia Road) is hosting Iota Phi Theta's National Stepshow, "Steppin' Owt of Line," on July 23. The doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the show begins at 2:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: Orchestra $25, Balcony $35. Purchase tickets at For more information go to; or call Myron Covington at 201-783-7364, Akiem Palmer at 347-248-0612 or Tammy-Fee Meneide at 908-227-6893.

"Empathy and The Other," DAC Breakfast, Jun. 24

DACThe next Dorchester Arts Collaborative takes place on June 24! At this DAC Breakfast, writer Aaron Devine will lead an exploration of "Empathy and the Other." Where does empathy come from? Can it be developed? How do artists truly represent what lies outside their own background or culture? Come to 11 Pearl Street, Dorchester, MA from 8 to 9:30 a.m. to find out. A continental breakfast will be served.

In this workshop, participants will fuel a discussion of empathy and The Other using examples from photography, painting, and literature. Participants are welcome and encouraged to bring in their own examples - from any medium - that resonate with this topic. The group will also follow a writing prompt that exercises their ability to empathize. For more information, contact the workshop leader, Aaron, at >> Read More

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