Arts and Entertainment
Boston thrives under the CDC’s Covid-19 stay-at-home policy, a public defense against the coronavirus threat but, the shows must go on!
Theater companies and museums have stepped up with virtual shows and transmedia playbacks for computer screens and mobile devices. The selection in Boston has been fullfilling although nothing is as good as the live performance venue. Here we are listing a few local things to do (virtually).
We’ll update this page from time to time. Thanks for coming on to it.
- Museum of African American History exhibition:
JAZZ SCENE IN BOSTON: TELLING THE LOCAL STORY
- Updates: The Black Boston Coalition response to Covid-19
- ART Gallery Shows and Museum Exhibitions Online – link
virtual museum exhibitions from around the world.
- Arts Emerson’s Together Apart series. MAY 11–24 link
virtual performance theater
- Boston teens curated an exhibition of African American artists at the Museum of Fine Arts on Huntington. mfa link.
- The Museum of Fine Arts (mfa.org) announces $500,000 Diversity Initiative response to an incident when the Helen Y Davis Leadership Academy of Roxbury took students to visit and racism reared its ugly head.
The Lawyers for Civil Rights and the NAACP Boston branch were influential in this. The museum is closed for live public programs and internal special events through August 31 due to the coronavirus.
Calendar of Boston Urban events
Black Art Gallery tour highlights in Brooklyn NY
Back Bay to Black Boston Sprinter Tour
Tour the making of modern Black Boston and visit Nubian Square.
- covers Roxbury Day Zero
- inside Black Boston zip codes 02118 and 02119
- visit Harriet Tubman Park, historic South End cobblestones, Worcester Street stories, and black-owned shops.
The Black Heritage Trail at Beacon Hill covers 17th Century Black Boston in 14 stops.
no sign-up required
This free tour guided, narrated tour is provided by the National Park Service Rangers. It begins at the corner of Park Street and Beacon opposite the Massachusetts State House. You meet the tour guide at the Robert Gould Show 54th Regiment Monument 15 minutes before tours. Tours start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m when weather permits. The tour takes about 2.0 hours to walk the Black Heritage Trail.
recent events coverage
Boston Lyric Opera with soprano Lauren Michelle
PAGLIACCI, performance music replaced with a sync track
Newport Jazz Festival Aug 2-4th
CORRINE BAILEY RAE
Micheal Che of SNL. Live highlights from Boston Calling 2019
A clip from the visitbarbados.com Welcome to Boston reception on the Seaport with DCI-Platinum Vines at the Benjamin Residence Tower
#Barbados hooks into Boston with Platinum Vines coordinating presence and concierge.— Black Boston tweets (@blackboston) May 31, 2019
The History of Boston, especially #BLACKBOSTON is infinitely connected. https://t.co/IezTb2zU8q pic.twitter.com/DaArnsSUGG
A Freedom Trail tour site list
- Boston Common
- Massachusetts State House
- Park Street Church
- Granary Burying Ground
- King’s Chapel
- King’s Chapel Burying Ground
- Benjamin Franklin Statue & Boston Latin School
- Old Corner Bookstore
- Old South Meeting House
- Old State House
- Site of Boston Massacre
- Faneuil Hall
- Paul Revere House
- Old North Church
- Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
- Bunker Hill Monument
- USS Constitution
From Boston Calling 2019 coverage
Lil Nas X performs Old “Town Road”
When YELP selected the Top 100 Places to Eat in America in 2019, #3 on the list is Ciao! Pizza and Pasta, Chelsa, MA – the only restaurant in Massachusetts to make the list.
The BLACK VIOLIN April 7th show at Berklee Performance Center was awesome. We’ll treat you to a segment from the performance here.
Black Violin is lead by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin), and joined onstage by DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. Their most recent album release, Stereotypes, hit #1 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover chart and #4 on Billboard’s R&B Charts.
What do you know about Richard Potter?
About Richard Potter | Biography.
On Route 4 between the Concord and Connecticut Highway 11 is Potter Place. The Amtrak train stop is in he area. Richard and his wife’s gravestones can still be seen at Potter Place.
Black-owned restaurants and night club spots
Its customers say BRED is the best black-owned take-out sandwich shop in Boston. The shop is located on Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester Lower Mills near Ashmont MBTA station.
MIDA RESTAURANT – The black-owned new kid of the block. Mida Restaurant is the first Black-owned Italian cuisine full liquor bar-restaurant in Boston. Formulated by downtown restaurant investors and the influence of ACCELERATE BOSTON Incubator, MIDA is located in the South End.
Boston’s Wally’s Jazz Cafe / CLUB on Massachusetts Avenue (casual) http://www.wallyscafe.com/index.html
For the New York Coltranish, Sonny Fortune, Grover Washington loving jazz stylists. Wallys attracts Berklee College of Music players who in turn attract masters who come teach them, live, in front of you–the audience.. and there may be a cover charge when it goes down because you will not know they are coming when they come. Wally’s Jazz Cafe is a small space, there is a small number of tables. Live performers mount the stage. It’s not crowded until nightfall. Serving Guinness Beer and drinks.
Slades Bar and Grill, South End / CLUB a great hang out place for all things soul and R&B. Full bar with sports TV, Wednesday Night Black Comedy Explosion, Saturday night parties, club scene.
SAVVOY R&B Lounge on Lincoln Street in downtown Boston where you chill out downtown in style but never leave that soul vibe and food far behind.
Dorchester Fish Market in Codman Square for families is a working class stop offering lunch-sized sandwich meals and as much bulk fresh fish you may ever want to buy. The market was started by a school teacher.
Nu Soul Food Cafe is a restaurant that received rave reviews for Boston soul food.
Coast Cafe in Cambridge’s Cambridgeport area off Memorial Drive near Harvard Business School was the 2018 TravelNoire web site Best Soul Food Restaurant in Massachusetts pick. web site www.coastsoulcafe.com
Cooper Gallery http://www.coopergalleryhc.org/about/
features contemporary and historical exhibitions and installations of African and African American art organized by the gallery and will often feature guest curators, faculty, artists, students, and distinguished visiting scholars. It hosts a wide range of dynamic workshops, artist talks, symposia, lectures and performances that engage audiences with diverse art archives and cultural traditions from all over the world.
National Center for Afro-American Artists www.ncaa.org
Roxbury Cultural District
The new ROXBURY CULTURAL DISTRICT is a brand new earned arena for the part of Black Boston named Roxbury, where Dudley Square and Malcolm X have a heart. Go to the site and click links to see businesses, associations and arts and cultural programmers associated with buildup of the Roxbury Cultural District.
Black Market and pop-up shops the community spaces
Black Market on Dudley Square, Roxbury offers its space to makers and vendors offering middle-class and family priced products, crafts, Black-made items in Massachusetts vendors, a cultural scene, a shopping mall with music and entertainment, all the goods, the popcorns, bean pies and more. Its Black Faneuil Hall in the heart of the hood.
THE SOUTH END
Our Back Bay to Black Boston walking Sprinter Tour is a Walk or Ride tour from the vestigages of Back Bay to the colorful rich urban culture of the Roxbury Cultural District and Dudley Nubian Square. It is bicycle and scooter friendly when weather is good. You should really get our tour brochure for this one. Here are some of the highlights
Phyllis Wheatley Stature Park -THE FIRST LADY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE is memorialized in Boston’s South End near the Simon Mall exit street and Charlies Sandwich Shop, a famous watering hole for breakfast and political talk. Her papers are at the Massachusetts History Society. The Harriet Tubman Memorial Par and Monument Park is there is the South End near Charlies. You’ll learn about Roxbury Day Zero. You’ll visit the heart of African American culture and history of Boston and New England.
National Center for Afro-American Artists www.ncaa.org
The National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) is a private, not-for-profit institution founded in 1968 by Dr. Elma Lewis who remained its Artistic Director until her passing.
Edmund Barry Gaither serves as NCAA’s Director and Curator of its Museum division. The museum remains the largest independent black cultural arts institution in New England. It has forged an unbroken record of public service in the celebration of the world heritage of black people since 1968. Commitment to excellence in the arts and wholesome cultural development remains its hallmark.
www.maah.org — Museum of African American History, a National Parks Service site on Beacon Hill in Boston has exhibits plus The African American Meeting House. The Abiel Smith School and is on the Black Heritage Trail – an 18-point destination walking tour of famous people, places and things in ancient and modern Black Boston.
Museum of Fine Art www.mfa.org
The Museum of Fine Arts is located on South Huntington Avenue between North Eastern University and the Harvard Medical School Campus. The MFA has African American art and cultural exhibitions and items from ancient Africa.
Massachusetts Historical Society ( slave collections )
The National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture – Mansfield, MA
Boston Black Radio and Church
The Basic Black TV series on GBH2-
Basic Black is the longest-running African American issues and affairs program on television. You can view all episodes over the Internet or from its Facebook page. Basic Black is produced in Cambridge at the WGBH Public network studios. URL www.wgbh.org
Black Boston Churches
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Boston Praise Radio and TV is a Black-owned on-air broadcast station owned by the church and founded by Pastor Bruce Wall. The radio station offers Christian content and non-religious material. Its 7AM to 10 AM morning call-in shows are great: Listeners dial in to discuss Black Boston politics, community issues, business issues and more. They are on air 24/7. Programming can be accessed over the Internet, Facebook, Roku TV, a telephone call and more. www.bostonpraiseradio.tv
ZOO and Golf Course Plaza
Zoo – the Franklin Park Children’s Zoo and Golf Course is in Black Boston, Roxbury. The site and complex have White Stadium for Performing Arts and music concerts outdoors, picnic areas in the heart of Black Boston, flower gardens, the Olstead Emerald Necklace, rolling hills and open space, the Franklin Park Golf Course Club House, Children’s Zoo, ponds, walking trails, putting green and more.
Franklin Park is located in Black Boston zip codes near Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Dorchester, Roxbury and faces the Kennedy Library area via Columbia Road.