First Fridays is an open mic that happens every first Friday of the month from 7-10pm. First Fridays is a collaborative project of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain and the JP Church (Christian Scientist).
It is a safe space for youth (covering a broad age-range) to share their talents and perspectives, and experiment with various forms of artistic expression. First Fridays is a public venue where people of all faiths and identities are welcome to be themselves and to be accepted for who they are. It is also a place of intercultural and interracial conversation and relationship-building, where youth and adults can process their struggles in life, share their faith, dreams, and ideals, and learn more about issues of social, economic, and environmental justice. With all that, it is simply somewhere for youth and people of all ages to come on a Friday night to have a good time. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.
Operating as usual
First Fridays Open Mic starts NOW! It's not too late to sign up to perform. Our first performers will kick off tonight's lineup soon, join us! http://bit.ly/FF-Oct
TONIGHT!!! We're just a few hours away 🎉🎉🎉 There's still time to sign up and RSVP >> http://bit.ly/FF-Oct 🌈
Who will we be seeing tomorrow night?!?! We have an AMAZING spotlight, some exciting news, and the best community (obv) 💜💜💜 RSVP and sign up to perform at www.bit.ly/FF-Oct (or the link in our bio) 🎉🎉🎉
Our next virtual open mic is TOMORROW NIGHT at 7pm ET! Join us on Zoom for a night of performances and community, even when we still can't physically be together. Sign up in advance to get on the mic: http://bit.ly/FF-OpenMic-Signup
Can you believe it?! Our next First Fridays Open Mic Night is already approaching. Join us on Zoom THIS FRIDAY at 7pm ET. RSVP on Facebook for details and to sign up! http://bit.ly/FF-Oct
First Fridays Youth Open Mic's cover photo
It's not too late to join us at this month's First Fridays Open Mic! http://bit.ly/FF-Sept
We're LIVE ON ZOOM!!! Join us! http://bit.ly/FF-Sept
TOMORROW NIGHT ON ZOOM! It's our *sixth* virtual open mic night! 🎉 Sign up to perform and RSVP at http://bit.ly/FF-Sept
One week from tomorrow!!! RSVP: www.bit.ly/FF-Sept 🎉🎙
First Fridays Youth Open Mic's cover photo
Our featured organization this month is The Jericho Movement in honor of #BlackAugust. Donate to their efforts here: https://www.thejerichomovement.com/donate
Learn more about their "In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela" campaign here: https://jerichony.org/internationaljurists.html
Our featured performer (and STAPLE at First Fridays) Noah is ON DECK!! Join us now to catch his set! https://bit.ly/FF-Aug
Virtual doors open in LESS THAN AN HOUR! It's not too late to RSVP >> https://bit.ly/FF-Aug
TONIGHT! We can't believe we're already hosting our FIFTH virtual open mic! 🎤🎉 It's so bittersweet. We miss being with you all in-person, but we are also so glad we get to connect with so many new people from all over the country (and sometimes the world!) on this virtual platform. ❤️🌎 Please join us tonight at 7pm ET for a night of poetry, music, art, and community. RSVP here for the sign-up link and streaming information: https://bit.ly/FF-Aug 🌈
We are so excited to have so many incredibly talented friends and newcomers signing up to perform already for tomorrow's open mic!! Head over to the Facebook event to RSVP and sign up for the mic 🎉🌈🎤 https://facebook.com/events/s/virtual-first-fridays-open-mic/201516104627742/?ti=cl
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Ilyus is going to be doing a series of workshops every Friday from 7pm - 9pm (EST) starting this Friday, August 7th!! The workshops are on a "pay what you can" sliding scale. You definitely don't want to miss the opportunity to work with this incredible writer and educator.
We also highly recommend you pick up a copy of their debut book, Heavier Than Wait, before the workshop!
First Fridays Youth Open Mic's cover photo
Tonight on Zoom, 7PM EST! Do you have an arts or political event coming up? Send us a message with the link and we’re happy to share!
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We are heartbroken to hear the news that another local poetry and music venue will not be able to reopen. The Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab is one of the oldest poetry venues in the greater Boston area, and it will be dearly missed. To everyone who called Cantab home, you will always be welcome in our home as well, and we can’t wait to see what you all will keep creating wherever your new home may be.
bostonpoetryslam.com our home venue, the beloved and oft-fondly-maligned Cantab Lounge, will not reopen
We're about to get started!! Come join us and sign up to perform!
TONIGHT! 7PM! 📢📢📢 RSVP on Facebook for the call info!
HEY LOVELY COMMUNITY!!
We are in desperate need of about 2-3 more people to drive for our Saturday meal/grocery delivery. If you are available for this please contact Pastor Jana at [email protected] sometime this evening/tonight!!
bpl.bibliocommons.com Celebrate Pride Month with a virtual story time with local drag performers Just JP and Nüqueer Power! This story time will feature picture books affirming diverse families and queer identities. The stories will be best enjoyed by kids ages 3-5, but all families are welcome to attend. Please registe...
allstonpudding.com Where would the Boston music scene—hell, the WORLD—be without our Black LGBTQ+ artists? It's time to lift up some of our city's most talented voices.
17 ways to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend in Boston! https://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/2020/06/17/juneteenth-events-boston/?fbclid=IwAR36fID9nQq9oMjqyV65GX7ZtxhyqgEEwWH-oXEz6XuSF0XtNhh9222E-fw
bostonmagazine.com Tune into a Zoom webinar or take to the streets.
We are devastated to hear this news about Bella Luna & Milky Way, home to the beloved 'if you can Feel it, you can Speak it' Open Mic Movement💔
Dear Bella Luna & Milky Way Friends-
After several months of considering all options, we have concluded that we cannot reopen Bella Luna & The Milky Way. We are heartbroken to announce that we will remain closed permanently.
The mission of our business is to gather people together in groups, to foster social closeness --the opposite of social distancing. Gathering in groups is not going to be a safe activity until there is a widely-available vaccine or treatment. We are not comfortable putting our team members and guests at risk of contracting the virus while working and dining in our space. Also, the public health hazards of Covid-19 will exist for over a year; and without being able to operate at full capacity, our business is not financially sustainable.
We are tremendously grateful for our 27 ½ years in this beautiful neighborhood of Jamaica Plain and the wonderful City of Boston. Thank you for dining, dancing, bowling, celebrating and gathering with us! Many of you have been visiting Bella Luna for all of our 27+ years, and we have been blessed to serve many of your families through several generations. Thank you for making Bella Luna & The Milky Way your second home, for becoming friends with us and our team, for celebrating life’s most precious moments with us. It has been our honor to serve you all.
We are proud of having created a vibrant and safe space for all, founded in the values of generosity, inclusivity, creativity and respect. We are proud of our team members, past and present, who worked with tremendous dedication and commitment to carry out our special brand of hospitality with a purpose. We are proud of our wonderful promoting partners and the countless talented performers who expressed themselves through music, dance, art, spoken word, opera, crafts, comedy, story-telling & fashion, and to all who came to witness and celebrate that talent. Thank you all for having fun and creating community in our space. We are proud of having used our business to support so many amazing non-profit organizations and individuals working to build a better Boston; thank you for giving us the opportunity to help.
We would like to add a special thank you to our landlord, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation. When we were facing displacement and possible closure in 2008 due to a substantial rent increase, Bella Luna & The Milky Way was able to find a new home at The Brewery Small Business Complex with a landlord that shares our values and community mission. The JPNDC understands and supports small businesses and we are eternally grateful for their commitment to a more inclusive and equitable Boston. They welcomed us with open arms and have supported us through this especially challenging chapter.
We are all finding new ways to gather, celebrate and express ourselves during this pandemic. We are hopeful that out of this time of tremendous change new opportunities will arise and the Bella Luna/Milky Way legacy will expand and deepen in unexpected ways. To quote our own Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, “Joy is Resistance.” Wishing us all peace, good health, togetherness and joy.
With Much Love and Gratitude,
Kathie, Megan, Carol, Charlie and Pierre
bostonspiritmagazine.com NewsTransgender Transgender Emergency Fund to hold vigil and march on Saturday, June 13 By Rob Phelps - June 10, 2020 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter At the Trans March on DC 2019. Photo Transgender Emergency Fund of Massachusetts The Transgender Emergency Fund of Massachusetts is holding a Trans...
Activism and donation opportunities shared at the mic tonight:
An international community bringing together poets, storytellers, and musicians. We organize online gathering for spoken words and music.
For sign up and details email at [email protected]
Virtual doors open in just a few minutes! Head to the Facebook event to join us and sign up for the mic! http://bit.ly/FF-June
TONIGHT!!! First Fridays virtual open mic continues. Join us at 7pm EST. We know this has been a particularly intense couple of weeks, so if you want or need to be in community with other folks in the fight, we invite you to join us either as an audience member or a performer. RSVP and sign up to perform here: https://bit.ly/FF-June
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Alright, let’s keep it going, friends! Let’s get used to the marathon of continuing to demand justice and support the families of black people who have been murdered by police. There’s a link in my bio to several actions we can all take to make today all about #justiceforbreonnataylor
Thanks so much to @battymamzelle for organizing materials for this campaign! And also to
@ArielSinhaha -Ariel Sinha
@Gauchos4Transparency -Izzy Mitchell
@AylaSydney -Ayla Syndey
@_afrodiziak -Jane Cartwright, and
@nemesomi -Imosemen Omiunu for contributing art for the cause. .
#whenwefightwewin #justiceforbreonnataylor #defundthepolice #abolishpolice #abolishice #birthdayforbreonna
SAY THEIR NAMES: Tony McDade, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, David McAtee, Bo Ramsey White, Usaamah Rahim, Terrence Coleman, Denis Reynoso...
Normally in the first week of June, we'd be celebrating the beginning of Pride month. We'd honor queer and trans revolutionaries that came before us with celebrations in the street and the resolve to continue to fight for justice. This year, that resolve comes from a different place: rage, grief, frustration, mourning.
The Stonewall Riots were a working class rebellion, a revolt against police brutality led by trans women of color and those fighting homelessness. We must never lose sight of this fact. The fight for racial justice and queer and trans liberation are strongest when they fight hand-in-hand. When we fight together, we win.
We stand proudly with those protesting on the ground and performing virtual acts of solidarity as we navigate liberation in the COVID-19 era. This month, our featured organization that we'll be raising funds for is the Massachusetts Bail Fund, so we can help ensure no one fighting against the racist police state is held captive, especially now when COVID-19 infection rates in jails and prisons are so astronomically high.
If you need a few hours of community, we invite you to join us at the mic on Friday. Share art, stories, poetry, or music with us. You can get on the mic just to talk about what you are feeling, or tune in just to listen to others. We'll laugh together, cry together, get mad together. But most importantly we will hold space for this community to simply be together in this time.
We hope to see you on Friday, but if you'll be in the streets or simply need a night off, we've got your back. We'll see you next month.
Black Lives Matter! Justice for George Floyd!
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*photo is from a protest in Franklin Park in Boston
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