April is arguably the official start of the outdoors season. Even if an icy breath from the west makes its presence known, we’ve all been so stubborn up to this point in the year, so fed up with building our social calendars about what to do in our homes. Maybe, that we’re more inclined to say “whatever” and step outside anyway because we know it’s going to be hot. So watch the festivals and bring the poetry to life and unleash your inner comic enthusiast, language artist and crate digger.
Or just get a cocktail. Because, you can.
Thursday to Sunday, 5:00 PM to 1:00 PM
With the passage of the 21st Amendment and all, modern species don’t have to speak as easily as they really do. This obligation (or lack thereof) was taken into account by Raphael Scalzi and Mivan Spencer, Next Door’s proprietors (and owners of Pazza on Porter’s) when opening the aptly named cocktail bar next to their first institution. They maintain the outright fun that comes with trying to gain access to the space, while aiming to do away with the kitsch that defines modern bars of equal aspiration. There is food here, in raw bar form, but don’t mistake it for a restaurant. One look at the cocktail menu is all it takes to realize that this is a place all about crafts, damn it; And that, yes, is a time and place where blowing smoke is not only desirable, but absolutely necessary.
alondra bobadilla poetry reading
Wednesday, April 6th, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Boston Public Library, Central Library at Copley Square
You may have seen it coming from a mile away, but the Boston Public Library is kicking off National Poetry Month with an appointment with Boston’s first Young Poet Laureate, Alondra Bobadilla. UMass Boston student will head to the Central Library to read from “With Clipped Wings”, His 2021 book of poetry.
Volunteer: Fresh Truck Mobile Market
Wednesday, April 6, 13, 20 and 27
Shift is from 9:45 am to 1:00 pm
There are many problems with food deserts. Chief among them is the fact that there is often stuff available that is technically food and technically nutritious. But not all calories are created equal, and in these instances, most of the fresh ingredients are already out there, if they even exist in the first place. The Fresh Truck Mobile Market is a project that seeks to change that by bringing freshness to the communities that often leave Big Grocery behind. Volunteers are needed to keep operations running smoothly, but the limit is limited to two shifts per week, so don’t be late here on this internet.
Wednesday, April 13 at 7 pm
$20 advance, $25 days
Science Museum, Boston
Science Fact: April is National Poetry Month, a perfect time to break free from the shackles that bind you to syntactic tradition and obscure language, look at you mighty and frustrating. Or, you can head out to the Science Museum for a Parnassian event featuring composers Mary Bichner and Christina Goh as they present the musical settings of poems by respected lyrical prize winners including Yves Bonnefoy, Emily Dickinson and Phyllis Wheatley.
Record Store Day on the Vinyl Index
Saturday, April 23, 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
Bow Market, Somerville
Technically, you can celebrate the 15th edition of Record Store Day at any independently owned joint by Slinging Capital that is serving up hot wax in its most limited editions. But if you manage to reach Somerville’s Bow Street Market, you can pop into the vinyl index — which, for the record, is a joint venture by producers and partners including DJ 7L (7L and Esoteric and Czarface’s) — Limited edition takeovers for a day, crate digging, themed food and live sets from Sowlelujah DJs.
Boston Comics at Color Festival
Saturday, April 23, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, Roxbury Crossing
free, response required
A few years ago, Ta-Nehi Coates sat in a panel discussion at the French Consulate General House on New York’s Upper East Side. The conversation shifted to illustration and comics. Coates made a major point: no one dislikes comics; Instead he found the story not presented in a format that resonated with him. You could argue that the Boston Comics in Color Festival aims to push more and more resonant stories. The main objective of the event is to showcase the stories and content created by the creators of color. This edition of the festival will feature art demos, writing workshops and space for independent creators to sell their work.
useful plants among us
Sunday, April 24 at 1:30 pm
If you’re (like me) trying to step up your plant identification game, join author Pam Kristen at Franklin Park Valley Gates for a nature walk with the Emerald Necklace, where you can learn about the most useful of botanicals. Learn in: Identifying edible plants and their purposes, and how to actually use them. And a note from the registration: This is not a foraging tour. You won’t eat anything. It’s here to learn, which is perfectly fine.
Adopt and Customize
Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m.
Longie School of Music at Bard’s College, Cambridge
Tickets: $20 general admission, $10 for seniors, $10 for students
As far as the organizers of the New Gallery Concert Series are concerned, music and visual arts are meant to be experienced together. In his first performance since the start of the pandemic, Newgle invites you to hang out in the new installations at the Longie School of Music. Adopt and Adapt chooses to adopt its subject, and invites the art-hungry mind on a journey of emotion to evoke feelings of “resilience, belonging and empathy”. The installation features local artists including musicians Maria Finkelmeier and Jonathan Bailey Holden and visual artist Sharon Burke.