BTG's FREE No Boundaries In Art

Reading Series is Back!

Visiting Mr. Green by Jeff Baron
directed by Dan Dwyer
at  the Garage (located in The Colonial Theatre lobby)

Saturday, February 3 at 2pm
Tickets: FREE!

To reserve your FREE ticket in advance, please call the Box Office at 413-997-4444.
Limited to 4 tickets per transaction.

Join us for a staged reading of Visiting Mr. Green as part of the FREE reading series, No Boundaries in Art. Visiting Mr. Green, which first premiered at Berkshire Theatre Festival in 1996, was hailed as, "a cannily crafted comedy-drama about friendship, family, and forgiveness. Baron's play runs like a well-oiled express," by NY Newsday.

Come early and enjoy a beverage! A talkback with the cast and BTG's Artistic Director/CEO, Kate Maguire, will follow the 2pm reading.

$5 Comedy Garage: Richie Redding

at the Garage (in the Colonial Lobby)

Thursday, February 8 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $5

**Please note, to avoid a $6 order fee, please call the Box Office at 413-997-4444

Comedian and writer Richie Redding has performed at New York City’s top clubs, as well as the Barclay’s Center and Madison Square Garden. In 2013, Richie beat out 32 comics from all over the world to win the Bermuda International Comedy Competition. The next year, Richie was hand picked by celebrated comedian Katt Williams to be the official host of the Growth Spurt Tour, and the HBO special Priceless.

We suggest early arrival for this event. It is general admission, first come, first served.

Happimess at the Colonial

Saturday, February 10 at 10am

Best for ages 3-8 years old

Each child is $10, parents are free.

Includes complimentary coffee for parents.

Sibling discount and scholarship available based on need.

**Pre-registration suggested: email or call 413-822-7902**

A reading of “The Giving Tree,” by Shel Silverstein, followed by creating a Valentine's themed craft: a beautiful tree with heart leaves.

Rev Tor's 7th Annual Dead of Winter Jam

Celebrating The Music of The Grateful Dead

at the Garage (in the Colonial Lobby)

Thursday, February 15 at 8pm

Tickets: $12 advance ticket and $15 at the door

Hosted by Rev Tor's Steal Your Peach Band, special Guest performances include by The Picky Bastards (Rob Sansone and Chris Merenda), Gina Coleman, Melissa Brinton, Tom Corrigan, Matt Mervis, Mike McCmann, Mike Wood and more!

There will be a food drive held at this event for The Moments House Food Pantry. Patrons are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items.

WORLD MUSIC/CRASHarts presents

the Boston debut of CARLA BRUNI

Thursday, February 15, 7:30pm, Berklee Performance Center, Boston

World Music/CRASHarts presents the Boston debut of Carla Bruni on Thursday, February 15, 7:30pm at Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Tickets are $79, $58, $48, and $37, reserved seating. For tickets and information call World Music/CRASHarts at (617) 876-4275 or buy online at

With a beautiful and alluring voice, Italian-born French supermodel Carla Bruni has seduced the world with her intimate love songs. She is touring in support of her new album, French Touch, a collection of adaptations of well-known songs by Depeche Mode, AC/DC, Willie Nelson, The Clash, and more.

In addition to being the wife of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Carla Bruni has been a pop star in France for 20 years. On French Touch, singing in English, she brings her trademark smoky, breathy vocals to an impeccable range of covers from well-worn standards ("Moon River," "Stand By Your Man") to personal favorites (Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence"). Bruni brings a hint of mischief to Mick Jagger's "Miss You" and a sultry, playful take on AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

Carla Bruni hasn't just been making music throughout her colorful and singular life; she's also been a fan. The singer-songwriter has assembled a trove of all-time sentimental favorites-pop songs forever associated with a person or place or moment in time, the sort of records that she says, borrowing the French term for love at first sight, "have been a coup de foudre."

Bruni, for her part, imagines the record being played "in the car when you go somewhere with someone you like, or a quiet evening, or maybe on a Sunday morning. It's made for being in a warm, cozy place with someone sweet, some sweet moments. That's my dream, you know? That people would listen to my music when they're relaxing and in love."

Carla Bruni has been performing music since 1997, with her first album, Quelqu'un m'a dit (Someone Told Me), being released in 2002. Since then she has had three more critically acclaimed releases, selling over 3 million albums worldwide, including 2007's, No Promises, which set English poems to music, 2008's Comme si de rien n'etait (As If Nothing Happened), and 2013's Little French Songs.

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Toys for Elephants: Designing and Building Enrichment Objects for Elephants, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, noon-1pm in the Varis Lecture Hall at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton. Speakers: Professor Rick Brown, MFA, MA and Laura Brown, MFA., Co-Founders of Handshouse Studio and faculty at Massachusetts College of Art.  Part of the spring 2018 Animal Matters Seminars:  The Intersection of Art and Animals Series presented by Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy. Members of the public are invited to this seminar at no charge. Join online or on campus. Contact for more information:, web site:

Animals, Africa, and Art, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, noon-1pm in the Varis Lecture Hall at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton. Speaker: Ellen Rogers, DVM, MFA, Ellen Rogers is an artist and sculptor; her studio research and artwork are direct results of her fieldwork in Africa as a wildlife veterinarian. Part of the spring 2018 Animal Matters Seminars:  The Intersection of Art and Animals Series presented by Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy. Members of the public are invited to this seminar at no charge. Join online or on campus. Contact for more information:, web site:

Summer Short Course: Animals and Society, June 25-29, 2018 at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton. Gain a deeper understanding of human-animal relationships, how they are changing, and explore some of the hottest current controversies in how we treat animals with experts from Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Email:, web site

CRASHfest 2018 A Global Music Festival



Saturday, February 24, 5:30pm  - House of Blues Boston

featuring: Rubblebucket, Vieux Farka Toure, Mokoomba, Zeshan B, Flor de Toloache, Tal National, Innov Gnawa, Newpoli, So Sol, Kotoko Brass  and more

World Music/CRASHarts and Crossroads Presents present CRASHfest, an indoor music festival, on Saturday, February 24, 5:30pm at the House of Blues, 15 Landsdowne St., Boston. Tickets are $48.

For tickets and information:

World Music/CRASHarts (617) 876-4275

 Crossroads Presents (800) 745-3000

CRASHfest transforms the House of Blues into an indoor music festival with a kaleidoscope of sounds and cultures that brings an eclectic and worldly spin to the Boston music scene. This year's festival features Rubblebucket, Vieux Farka Toure, Mokoomba, Zeshan B, Flor de Toloache, Tal National, Innov Gnawa, Newpoli, So Sol, Kotoko Brass, and more, including performances by SambaViva, belly dancer Soumaya MaRose, tap dancers Subject:Matter, and Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band. The House of Blues features an expansive dance floor and seated balcony overlooking the main stage, the luxurious and exotic Foundation Room, and a smaller stage in the restaurant. New this year, global street food will be for sale from 8 of Boston's best food trucks.


An American indie-funk band from Brooklyn, New York, Rubblebucket has a dance-pop sound with a penchant for Afropunk and ska-infused arrangements. Rolling Stone, reporting from Bonnaroo, wrote "Rubblebucket revved up like an indie-rock Miami Sound Machine, dancers, horns and all." With electronica flourishes slithering around organic grooves, massive horns, and surprising arrangements, Rubblebucket is one of the most innovative - and fun - dance bands to emerge in the last decade. Front woman Kalmia Traver and bandleader Alex Toth, who met at University of Vermont and cut their teeth in the reggae group John Brown's Body, lead the charge. The party follows. The band's most recent recording If U C My Enemies, was released in January 2017 on their own label, So Sensation Records.

Vieux Farka Toure crafts Malian blues in the rich Songhai tradition of his late father, famed guitarist Ali Farka Toure. Often referred to as "The Hendrix of the Sahara," Vieux draws on haunting Saharan blues and traditional Malian melodies and infuses them with his own global influences to create an irresistible Afropop sound all his own. Known for his high-energy performances, he masterfully strings together dance-friendly desert rock with reggae and electric funk. His latest album Samba was released in April 2017 by Six Degrees.

From Zimbabwe, Mokoomba brings an exuberant energy to pan-African music with a unique mix of funk, soukous, and Afro-Cuban music. Pulling in influences from South Africa, Congo, Mali, and Jamaican dancehall, the band plays a driving, soaring set of electric numbers. Their latest album, Luyando, was released in March 2017 on Outhere Records

A Chicago soul-singer with Indo-Pakistani roots, Zeshan B blends hard-driving rhythms and horn-heavy soul with early Indo-Pakistani film/folk music full of blaring tanpura and harmonium. Zeshan pours his heart out in English, Urdu, and Punjabi as he narrates through the prism of his family's immigrant experience, tales of instability, ambiguity, injustice, unrequited love, urban despair, and youthful ecstasy. His Lester Snell-produced debut album, Vetted, was released in April 2017 to rave reviews. 

Latin-Grammy nominees Flor de Toloache infuse the classic mariachi sound with bursts of hip-hop, soul, jazz, and salsa. NPR Music claims, "There should be fireworks named after this band, for all the intensity and color and life that bursts forth from Flor de Toloache." Named for the magical toloache (pronounced to-lo-AH-cheh) flower used to make a legendary love potion, the all-female band members come from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy, and the United States. As New York City's first and only all-women mariachi group, Flor de Toloache are transcending culture and gender while forging new paths for mariachi music. Their most recent recording, Las Caras Lindas, was released in May 2017.

The most popular live act in the West African nation of Niger, Tal National is beloved for its epic live performances. With a large, rotating lineup of vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, the incredibly tight band features lightning-fast rhythms, shredding electric guitars, and percussion-driven grooves. "The guitar tone is sharp and stinging, but the rhythms and melodies are rooted in local traditions; this really is African rock," says Banning Eyre, NPR Music.

Innov Gnawa brings its own contemporary spin to Morocco's raw, hypnotic gnawa music by adding African and Latin percussion with the pulse and attitude of New York City. Formed in the summer of 2014 by Moroccan expat Samir LanGus, Innov Gnawa draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, a Maâlem or master gnawa musician, originally from Fes, Morocco. "This group is hot right now... Thunderous fun. This music is obviously as adrenalizing to play as it is to be part of on the dance floor," writes New York Music Daily.

Highlighting that "local is also global," CRASHfest features three local bands including, Newpoli, an eight-piece high-energy ensemble that crosses through time, culture, and musical styles while performing modernized, old-world traditional music from the South of Italy and surrounding Mediterranean countries.  So Sol performs musica Brasileira with an Americana twist, and Kotoko Brass fuses the lively drum music of West Africa with the celebratory brass band sound of New Orleans.


46th Annual National Convention

Mark Your Calendars!

The 46th Annual National Convention will convene in Baltimore, Maryland at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor, from October 10-13, 2018. Overlooking the world-famous Baltimore Inner Harbor, the hotel offers wonderful accommodations, and participants can explore a truly authentic American city at this year's convention, including renowned museums and attractions, award-winning restaurants, a locally loved music scene, and historic neighborhoods.

Last year's convention was a major success and our largest one to date, with over 600 researchers, physicians, nurses, social workers, and individuals living with SCD & SCT in attendance! The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. looks forward to reuniting with you at the 46th Annual National Convention, and we hope you're excited too! 

Save the Date

April 11 – April 13, 2018

Springfield, MA

The Conference Coalition is excited to announce the dates for the 2018 Fair Housing + Civil Rights Conference, taking place April 11 – 13, 2018 at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel in Springfield, MA.

Call for Workshop Proposals!

We are now accepting workshop proposals for the 2018 Conference! Presenting at #2018FHCRC is a fantastic opportunity to share new ideas and program developments with 500+ multidisciplinary professionals who are working every day to improve and protect the rights of all people in America. Presentation topics are encouraged to include housing, employment, professional development, education, healthcare, poverty, the justice system, and more.

Visit the 2018 Fair Housing + Civil Rights Conference website to learn more:

About the Conference: The Fair Housing + Civil Rights Conference is a free two-day symposium featuring workshops, panel discussions, networking and career development opportunities, all led by distinguished civil rights activists, government officials, world-class trainers, and non-profit organizations.

Jazz Clubs Around New England


Acton Jazz Cafe, 452 Great Road, 978 263-6161


Glory, 19 Essex Street, 978 475-4811


Stone's Public House, 179 Main Street, 508 881-1778


J.P. O'Hanlon's, 9 Main Street, 978 772-9282


Barnstable Tavern Sunday Brunch, 3176 Main Street
508 362-2355


Black Moon Music Lounge, 37 State Street, 413 323-0013


Savinos Grill, 449 Common St., 617 484-3499


Bella Notte Ristorante, 71 Northfield Road, 866 640-2796


Chianti Jazz Lounge, 285 Cabot Street, 978 921-2233


House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne Street, 888 693-2583

Les Zygomates Wine Bar, 129 South Street, 617 542-5108

Lucky's Lounge, 355 Congress Street, 617 357-LUCK

Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, 617 562-4111

Café 939, 939 Boylston Street, 617 747-6040

L'Espalier, 774 Boylston Street, 617 262-3023

Ticos, 222 Berkley Street, 617 351-0400

Tiki Hideaway, Howard Johnson Hotel, 1271 Boylston Street
617 267-8300

Top of the Hub Restaurant & Skywalk, Prudential Tower, 52nd Floor, 617 536-1775

Beehive, 541 Tremont Street, 617 423-0069

Club Café, 209 Columbus Avenue, 617 536-0966

Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, 604 Columbus Avenue
617 536-1100

Encore Lounge, 275 Tremont Street, 617 728-2162

Petit Robert Bistro, 480 Columbus Avenue, 617 596-6614

Wally's, 427 Massachusetts Avenue, 617 424-1408


Fireplace, 1634 Beacon Street, 617 975.1900

Matt Murphy's, 14 Harvard Street, 617 232-0188

Vernissage, 1627 Beacon Street, 617 566-3340


Atwood's Tavern, 877 Cambridge Street, 617-864-2792

Café Luna, 403 Mass Ave, 617 576-3400

Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Avenue, 617 354-2685

Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge Street, 617 876-606

Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Avenue, 617 547-0759

Outpost 186, 186 Hampshire Street, Inman Sq.

Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, 617 576-0032

Regattabar at Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street, 617 395-7757

Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire Street, 617 876-9330

Upstairs at the Square, 19 Winthrop Street, 617 864-4625

Western Front, 343 Western Avenue, 617 492-7772


Upstairs at Christians, 443 Main Street, 508 945-3362

Wequassett Resort, Pleasant Bay, 800 225-7125


Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, 978 369-9200


Michael Patrick's Publick House, 435 Main St, 508 398-1620

Ocean House, Depot Street, 508 394-0700

East Falmouth

Oyster's Too, 876 Route 28, 508 548 9191

East Sandwich

Amari's Restaurant, 674 Rt. 6A, 508 375-0011


Liam Maguire's Pub, 273 Main Street, 508 548-0285

Nimrod Restaurant & Jazz Lounge, 100 Dillingham Avenue
508 540-4132


Elliot's at the Blackburn, 2 Main Street, 978 282-1919

Great Barrington

Castle Street Café, 10 Castle Street, 413 528-5244

Club Helsinki, 284 Main Street, 413 528-3394

Mahaiwe Theatre, 14 Castle Street, 413 528-0100

Napa Wine Bar & Restaurant, 293 Main Street, 413 528-4311


Carmelina's at the Common, Hadley, 413 584-8000


Chit Chat Lounge, 103 Washington St, 978 374-9710


Delaney House, 3 Country Club Rd, Rt. 5, 413 532-1800


Chloe American bistro, 23 Main Street, 978 568-1500


Alberto's Restaurant, 360 Main street, 508 778-1770

Black Cat Restaurant, 165 Ocean Street, 508 778-1233

Grand Cru (at the Cape Codder Resort), 1225 Iyanough Road (Rt 132), 508 771 3000

Harry's Blues Bar, 700 Main Street, 508 778-4188

Island Merchant, 302 Main Street, 508 771-1337

Pain D'Avignon Café- Boulangerie, 15 Hinckley Road
508 778-8588

Roadhouse, 488 South Street, 508 775-2386

Jamaica Plain

Alchemist Lounge, 435-439 South Huntington Ave
617 477-5741


Morgan House Inn, 33 Main Street, 413 243-3661


Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Avenue
781 674-2400


Athenian Corner Restaurant & Lounge, 207 Market Street
978 458-7052

Back Page Jazz & Comedy Club, 15 Kearney Square
978 455-4418

LaBoniche, 143 Merrimack Street, 978 458-9473

Village Smoke House, 98 Middle Street, 978 441-2278


Café Italia, 10 School Street, 781 631-5700


Allora Restaurant, 139 Lakeside Avenue Route 20
508 485-4300


Bleu Restaurant, 10 Market Street Mashpee Commons
508 539-7907


Sahara Club, 34 Bates Street, 978 683-9200


88 Wharf Riverfront Grill, 88 Wharf Street, 857 598-4826


Chicken Box, 6 Dave Street, 508 228-9717

North Chatham

Campari's Bistro, 323 Orleans Road, 508 945-9123


Iron Horse, 20 Center Street, 413 586-8686


Mission Bar and Tapas, 438 North Street

The Lantern Bar & Grill, 455 North Street, 413 448-2717


Firefly’s, 516 Adams Street, 617 471-0011

My House Lounge, 609 Washington St, 3A, 617-302-4285


Gulu-Gulu Café, Essex Street, 978 740-8882247

In a Pig's Eye, 148 Derby Street, 978 741-4436

Rockafellas of Salem, 231 Essex Street, 978 745-2411


Belfri Inn, 8 Jarves Street, 508 888 8550

Shelburne Falls

Blue Rock Restaurant & Bar, 10 Bridge Street
413 625-8133


Sherborn Inn, 33 North Main Street, 800 552-9742


Bull Run Restaurant, Rt. 2A, 978 425-4311


Johnny D's, 17 Holland Street, 617 776-2004

South Yarmouth

Riverway Lobster House, 1338 Route 28, 508 398-2172


Bulfinch's, 730 Boston Post Road, 978 443-4094


Blue Heron Restaurant, 112 North Main Street, 413 665-2102


Mad Raven, 841 Main Street, 781 894-8188


Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main Street, 617 924-9475


Chan's, 276 Main Street, 401 765-1900


Union Blues, Union Station, 508 767-2587

Yarmouth Port

Anthony's Cummaquid Inn, 2 Rt. 6A, 508-362-4501

Howes Cottage Restaurant, 134 Rt. 6A, 508 362-9866

Oliver's & Planck's Tavern, 6 Bray Farm Road, 508.362.6062


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