NAAC BOSTON MEMBER EVENTS

The Network for Arts Administrators of Color (or NAAC Boston) was established to enhance the visibility of professionals of color in Greater Boston’s arts and culture sector, as well as widen the leadership pipeline and highlight opportunities for professional and personal growth in the field.

Below is a calendar of events promoting the work of NAAC Boston members and events affiliated with NAAC Boston members’ organizations.

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Topdog/Underdog

04-09-2017

Presented by Huntington Theatre Company at Boston University Theatre, Mainstage, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 01 @ 2:00 pm + 10 more dates and times

Sat, Apr 01 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 02 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Apr 04 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Apr 05 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Apr 05 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 06 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 07 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 08 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Apr 08 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 09 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Lincoln and Booth are brothers, best friends, and bitter rivals. Lincoln, a former three-card Monte hustler, works as a Lincoln impersonator in a shooting gallery; Booth is an aspiring grifter. He tempts his brother to get back in the game, but... [more+]
Lincoln and Booth are brothers, best friends, and bitter rivals. Lincoln, a former three-card Monte hustler, works as a Lincoln impersonator in a shooting gallery; Booth is an aspiring grifter. He tempts his brother to get back in the game, but the consequences could be deadly. Suzan-Lori Parks made history as the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama with this thrilling and darkly comic fable of brotherly love and sibling rivalry. This production is directed by Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, The Colored Museum at the Huntington). “Topdog/Underdog vibrates with the clamor of big ideas, audaciously and exuberantly expressed. Like Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison's landmark novel of 1952, Topdog/Underdog considers nothing less than the existential traps of being African American and male in the United States, the masks that wear the men as well as vice versa.” — The New York Times [less-]
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Project STEP Benefit Concert

04-02-2017

Presented by Project STEP at All Saints' Church - Ashmont, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 02 @ 3:00 pm
This moving performance is in memory of the life and legacy of Judith Sandler, a long-time friend of Triple Helix. All proceeds from the concert will be put towards the Judith Sandler Fund, a scholarship initiated by Triple Helix for the students... [more+]
This moving performance is in memory of the life and legacy of Judith Sandler, a long-time friend of Triple Helix. All proceeds from the concert will be put towards the Judith Sandler Fund, a scholarship initiated by Triple Helix for the students of Project STEP. [less-]
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vocalist/musician CASSANDRA WILSON

04-05-2017

Presented by Learning from Performers program (Harvard Office for the Arts) at Leverett House Library Theatre, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Apr 05 @ 4:00 pm
A singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field” (Gary Giddins), Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi who incorporates blues,... [more+]
A singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field” (Gary Giddins), Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi who incorporates blues, country and folk music into her work. Designated a Jazz Master in Residence at Harvard, she will discuss her career and creative process during a conversation moderated by Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African and African American Music. Wilson will also appear in concert with the Harvard Jazz Bands on Saturday, April 8 at 8 pm, Sanders Theatre (ticket information TBA). [less-]
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“Women in Jazz: Celebrating Cassandra Wilson"

04-08-2017

Presented by Office for the Arts at Harvard at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 08 @ 8:00 pm
Cassandra Wilson began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-‘70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early ‘80s, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve... [more+]
Cassandra Wilson began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-‘70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early ‘80s, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the M-Base Collective. At the completion of her stint with M-Base, Cassandra sought a more acoustic context for her vocal expression. She signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album titled “Blue Light ‘Til Dawn,” which would pave the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenged the supremacy of the American Standard songbook. Wilson has continued interpreting in fresh and creative ways jazz, vintage blues, country and folk music up until the present day. Her awards include: two Grammys, the Django D’Or, The Edison Music Award, and a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis’ “Blood on the Fields,” the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize. In 2015, Cassandra Wilson joined forces with the prestigious label Legacy, a subsidiary of Sony Music. Her latest project, “Coming Forth By Day,” was released on the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth—April 7, 2015.   [less-]
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Afro-Cuban Musical Traditions: Lukumí Bàtá Concert

04-15-2017

Presented by Office for the Arts at Harvard at Harvard Ed Portal, Allston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 15 @ 6:00 pm
Join the Harvard Ed Portal for an incredible evening with some of today’s greatest players and singers in the Afro-Cuban bàtá tradition! Afro-Cuban bàtá masters from across the country join Harvard\'s own Director of Jazz Bands Yosvany... [more+]
Join the Harvard Ed Portal for an incredible evening with some of today’s greatest players and singers in the Afro-Cuban bàtá tradition! Afro-Cuban bàtá masters from across the country join Harvard\'s own Director of Jazz Bands Yosvany Terry in a concert and celebration of Cuban tradition. You won\'t be able to keep from dancing to this percussive, dynamic music! This concert is co-sponsored by the Cuba Studies Program, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; the Harvard University Center for African Studies; the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center; the Observatorio Cervantes at Harvard University; and the Instituto Cervantes. Acompañe a Harvard Ed Portal en una noche increíble con algunos de los mejores músicos y cantantes de la tradición Bàtá afro-cubana. Maestros de Bàtá afro-cubanos de todas partes de Estados Unidos se unirán al Director de Bandas de Jazz de Harvard, Yosvany Terry, en un concierto y celebración de la tradicion cubana. No podrá resistirse de bailar al son de esta música dinámica y percutiva. Este concierto está patrocinado por el Cuba Studies Program, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; el Afro-Latin American Research Institute en el Hutchins Center; el Center for African Studies; el Observatorio de Cervantes at Harvard University; y el Instituto Cervantes. [less-]
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Black Artists Speak: Opportunity, Activism, and Community

04-19-2017

Presented by BU Arts Initiative at Boston University Photonics Center, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm
The BU Arts Initiative, The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, and the Boston Black Artists Alliance are pleased to welcome artists Heather Hart and Jina Valentine to Boston University for several events including Black Lunch Table... [more+]
The BU Arts Initiative, The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, and the Boston Black Artists Alliance are pleased to welcome artists Heather Hart and Jina Valentine to Boston University for several events including Black Lunch Table sessions, Wiki edit-a-thons, and a panel discussion entitled Black Artists Speak: Opportunity, Activism, and Community with playwright Kirsten Greenidge and musician Danny Mekonnen, and moderated by Victoria George from ArtsBoston. The Black Lunch Table (BLT) primary aim is the production of discursive sites, wherein cultural producers of color engage in critical dialogue with one another on topics directly affecting the Black community. Two BLT sessions will be held, one of which is open to anyone interested. The Wiki Edit-a-thons are part of “Radical archiving” in order to shift the rhetoric around contemporary art history and contribute to the authoring of (art)history. Open to all. [less-]
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Daniel Bernard Roumain Masterclass at Project STEP

04-22-2017

Presented by Project STEP at Higginson Hall, Symphony Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm
The Project STEP Honors Quartet has been preparing Daniel Bernard Roumain's Rosa Parks String Quartet all year, and at this masterclass they will have the chance to perform and be coached on the piece by DBR himself! This event is free and open... [more+]
The Project STEP Honors Quartet has been preparing Daniel Bernard Roumain's Rosa Parks String Quartet all year, and at this masterclass they will have the chance to perform and be coached on the piece by DBR himself! This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to info@projectstep.org. The Honors Quartet will also be performing this piece the next day at an Ashmont Hill Chamber Music concert featuring Daniel Bernard Roumain (click here for details). [less-]
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MassQuerade Ball 2017: Convergence

04-29-2017

Presented by MassQBall at Villa Victoria Center for The Arts, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 29 @ 6:30 pm
Imagine an art event where instead of looking at objects on walls we look at each other; where instead of going to see art, we become it; where people can convene, converge and celebrate what makes us both unique and unified. This is the... [more+]
Imagine an art event where instead of looking at objects on walls we look at each other; where instead of going to see art, we become it; where people can convene, converge and celebrate what makes us both unique and unified. This is the inspiration behind MassQuerade Ball 2017: Convergence, an inter-generational, cross-cultural exhibition of the arts. Join us in honoring the diverse artistic expressions of Boston’s communities of color in a shared appreciation for arts, culture, and our collective humanity.   Artists include: Daniel Callahan, transmedia artist Castle of our Skins, Black Classical muisic U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, Zimbabwe poet and spoken word artist Odaiko New England, Japanese Taiko drumming Kréyol, Haitian haute couture fashion Hyde Square Task force, youth Latin dance ensemble Sinha Capoeria Boston, Afro-Brazilian Capoeria  
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE BALL:
  • An inter-generational, cross-cultural exhibition of the arts taking place April 29, 2017, from 6:30-10pm.
  • Schedule includes live MassQing at 6:30pm with performances beginning at 8:00pm. Doors open at 6:15pm.
  • PLUS ethnic food, cash bar and a DJ dance party.
[less-]
Tags:  NAAC Boston

Topdog/Underdog

04-09-2017

Presented by Huntington Theatre Company at Boston University Theatre, Mainstage, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 01 @ 2:00 pm + 10 more dates and times

Sat, Apr 01 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 02 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Apr 04 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Apr 05 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Apr 05 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 06 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 07 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 08 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Apr 08 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 09 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Lincoln and Booth are brothers, best friends, and bitter rivals. Lincoln, a former three-card Monte hustler, works as a Lincoln impersonator in a shooting gallery; Booth is an aspiring grifter. He tempts his brother to get back in the game, but... [more+]
Lincoln and Booth are brothers, best friends, and bitter rivals. Lincoln, a former three-card Monte hustler, works as a Lincoln impersonator in a shooting gallery; Booth is an aspiring grifter. He tempts his brother to get back in the game, but the consequences could be deadly. Suzan-Lori Parks made history as the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama with this thrilling and darkly comic fable of brotherly love and sibling rivalry. This production is directed by Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, The Colored Museum at the Huntington). “Topdog/Underdog vibrates with the clamor of big ideas, audaciously and exuberantly expressed. Like Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison's landmark novel of 1952, Topdog/Underdog considers nothing less than the existential traps of being African American and male in the United States, the masks that wear the men as well as vice versa.” — The New York Times [less-]
Tags:  NAAC Boston

Project STEP Benefit Concert

04-02-2017

Presented by Project STEP at All Saints' Church - Ashmont, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 02 @ 3:00 pm
This moving performance is in memory of the life and legacy of Judith Sandler, a long-time friend of Triple Helix. All proceeds from the concert will be put towards the Judith Sandler Fund, a scholarship initiated by Triple Helix for the students... [more+]
This moving performance is in memory of the life and legacy of Judith Sandler, a long-time friend of Triple Helix. All proceeds from the concert will be put towards the Judith Sandler Fund, a scholarship initiated by Triple Helix for the students of Project STEP. [less-]
Tags:  NAAC Boston

vocalist/musician CASSANDRA WILSON

04-05-2017

Presented by Learning from Performers program (Harvard Office for the Arts) at Leverett House Library Theatre, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Apr 05 @ 4:00 pm
A singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field” (Gary Giddins), Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi who incorporates blues,... [more+]
A singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field” (Gary Giddins), Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi who incorporates blues, country and folk music into her work. Designated a Jazz Master in Residence at Harvard, she will discuss her career and creative process during a conversation moderated by Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African and African American Music. Wilson will also appear in concert with the Harvard Jazz Bands on Saturday, April 8 at 8 pm, Sanders Theatre (ticket information TBA). [less-]
Tags:  NAAC Boston

“Women in Jazz: Celebrating Cassandra Wilson"

04-08-2017

Presented by Office for the Arts at Harvard at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 08 @ 8:00 pm
Cassandra Wilson began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-‘70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early ‘80s, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve... [more+]
Cassandra Wilson began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-‘70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early ‘80s, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the M-Base Collective. At the completion of her stint with M-Base, Cassandra sought a more acoustic context for her vocal expression. She signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album titled “Blue Light ‘Til Dawn,” which would pave the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenged the supremacy of the American Standard songbook. Wilson has continued interpreting in fresh and creative ways jazz, vintage blues, country and folk music up until the present day. Her awards include: two Grammys, the Django D’Or, The Edison Music Award, and a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis’ “Blood on the Fields,” the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize. In 2015, Cassandra Wilson joined forces with the prestigious label Legacy, a subsidiary of Sony Music. Her latest project, “Coming Forth By Day,” was released on the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth—April 7, 2015.   [less-]
Tags:  NAAC Boston

Afro-Cuban Musical Traditions: Lukumí Bàtá Concert

04-15-2017

Presented by Office for the Arts at Harvard at Harvard Ed Portal, Allston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 15 @ 6:00 pm
Join the Harvard Ed Portal for an incredible evening with some of today’s greatest players and singers in the Afro-Cuban bàtá tradition! Afro-Cuban bàtá masters from across the country join Harvard\'s own Director of Jazz Bands Yosvany... [more+]
Join the Harvard Ed Portal for an incredible evening with some of today’s greatest players and singers in the Afro-Cuban bàtá tradition! Afro-Cuban bàtá masters from across the country join Harvard\'s own Director of Jazz Bands Yosvany Terry in a concert and celebration of Cuban tradition. You won\'t be able to keep from dancing to this percussive, dynamic music! This concert is co-sponsored by the Cuba Studies Program, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; the Harvard University Center for African Studies; the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center; the Observatorio Cervantes at Harvard University; and the Instituto Cervantes. Acompañe a Harvard Ed Portal en una noche increíble con algunos de los mejores músicos y cantantes de la tradición Bàtá afro-cubana. Maestros de Bàtá afro-cubanos de todas partes de Estados Unidos se unirán al Director de Bandas de Jazz de Harvard, Yosvany Terry, en un concierto y celebración de la tradicion cubana. No podrá resistirse de bailar al son de esta música dinámica y percutiva. Este concierto está patrocinado por el Cuba Studies Program, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; el Afro-Latin American Research Institute en el Hutchins Center; el Center for African Studies; el Observatorio de Cervantes at Harvard University; y el Instituto Cervantes. [less-]
Tags:  NAAC Boston

Black Artists Speak: Opportunity, Activism, and Community

04-19-2017

Presented by BU Arts Initiative at Boston University Photonics Center, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm
The BU Arts Initiative, The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, and the Boston Black Artists Alliance are pleased to welcome artists Heather Hart and Jina Valentine to Boston University for several events including Black Lunch Table... [more+]
The BU Arts Initiative, The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, and the Boston Black Artists Alliance are pleased to welcome artists Heather Hart and Jina Valentine to Boston University for several events including Black Lunch Table sessions, Wiki edit-a-thons, and a panel discussion entitled Black Artists Speak: Opportunity, Activism, and Community with playwright Kirsten Greenidge and musician Danny Mekonnen, and moderated by Victoria George from ArtsBoston. The Black Lunch Table (BLT) primary aim is the production of discursive sites, wherein cultural producers of color engage in critical dialogue with one another on topics directly affecting the Black community. Two BLT sessions will be held, one of which is open to anyone interested. The Wiki Edit-a-thons are part of “Radical archiving” in order to shift the rhetoric around contemporary art history and contribute to the authoring of (art)history. Open to all. [less-]
Tags:  NAAC Boston

Daniel Bernard Roumain Masterclass at Project STEP

04-22-2017

Presented by Project STEP at Higginson Hall, Symphony Hall, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm
The Project STEP Honors Quartet has been preparing Daniel Bernard Roumain's Rosa Parks String Quartet all year, and at this masterclass they will have the chance to perform and be coached on the piece by DBR himself! This event is free and open... [more+]
The Project STEP Honors Quartet has been preparing Daniel Bernard Roumain's Rosa Parks String Quartet all year, and at this masterclass they will have the chance to perform and be coached on the piece by DBR himself! This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to info@projectstep.org. The Honors Quartet will also be performing this piece the next day at an Ashmont Hill Chamber Music concert featuring Daniel Bernard Roumain (click here for details). [less-]
Tags:  NAAC Boston

MassQuerade Ball 2017: Convergence

04-29-2017

Presented by MassQBall at Villa Victoria Center for The Arts, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 29 @ 6:30 pm
Imagine an art event where instead of looking at objects on walls we look at each other; where instead of going to see art, we become it; where people can convene, converge and celebrate what makes us both unique and unified. This is the... [more+]
Imagine an art event where instead of looking at objects on walls we look at each other; where instead of going to see art, we become it; where people can convene, converge and celebrate what makes us both unique and unified. This is the inspiration behind MassQuerade Ball 2017: Convergence, an inter-generational, cross-cultural exhibition of the arts. Join us in honoring the diverse artistic expressions of Boston’s communities of color in a shared appreciation for arts, culture, and our collective humanity.   Artists include: Daniel Callahan, transmedia artist Castle of our Skins, Black Classical muisic U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, Zimbabwe poet and spoken word artist Odaiko New England, Japanese Taiko drumming Kréyol, Haitian haute couture fashion Hyde Square Task force, youth Latin dance ensemble Sinha Capoeria Boston, Afro-Brazilian Capoeria  
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE BALL:
  • An inter-generational, cross-cultural exhibition of the arts taking place April 29, 2017, from 6:30-10pm.
  • Schedule includes live MassQing at 6:30pm with performances beginning at 8:00pm. Doors open at 6:15pm.
  • PLUS ethnic food, cash bar and a DJ dance party.
[less-]
Tags:  NAAC Boston

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