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TOMBOY Drops Album & Drops Elbows 5/4

If you’re searching for the perfect soundtrack for stuffing boys in lockers, your prayers have been answered. Tomboy’s unique flavor of pissed-off bubblegum shall suit your needs. Tomboy is a long-running Boston lady punk institution who have yet to release a definitive document . . . until now. Tomboy’s debut 12”—entitled  “Sweetie”—is out now on Ride the Snake Records. Monday 5/4 at 7pm @ Middle East Upstairs will be the RRRAGING record release show with Alice (NYC), and locals Ursula and Phantom Rides. All ages! Order the LP at ridethesnakerecords.comChris Strunk

First, You’sdays – Katie McShane Takes The Reigns

Women’s music is wonderful music. First Tuesday of every month, 8pm @ Midway in JP, Katie McShane showcases composers, improvisers, songwriters & bandleaders who are making Boston sound better. Vital underground sounds and a huge range of way-out experiments where some of the best folks in town are in charge. This month, the first T is crossed on 5/5 and features Cassandra, Listening Woman, Phurnne, Leah Raczynski, and me too. “I went last month and it was rad” —Angela Sawyer  “I went last month and it was rad” —Sam P

Femmechanics present GRRREASE TIME @ Bikes Not Bombs 5/11

The mercury is rising and the snow has cleared, which means it’s time to get those two-wheelers back in gear. If you’re a femme/trans/woman cyclist who is looking for some tips and tools to keep your wheels turning smoothly, Femmechanics offers GRRREASE TIME, a free monthly workshop every second Monday from 7 to 9pm @ Bikes Not Bombs in JP. Don’t let a flat tire slow you down this spring. Save your money, get some exercise, and avoid the MBTA by riding a bike! —CEEK

Pro Arts Seeks Student Artists! Turn “The Wheel”

When we think of wheels, ideas such as progress, revolution, energy, and modernity spring to mind. Boston’s art community embodies these qualities, absorbing the current condition of art, music, performance, writing, and design, and spinning them on a new axis. “The Wheel,” a new online gallery, aims to showcase the innovative efforts of these students. If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student working in the creative arts, The Wheel wants to know what you’re doing. Help spread the word about fresh talent in our schools to the Greater Boston Area and beyond. Submit your work at: —Melanie Bernier

Boston Represents As Socialism Converges In Chicago on 7/2-7/5

“Socialism 2015” is a four-day conference put on by the International Socialist Organization that brings together over 1,500 socialists and radical activists from around the country to take part in discussions about Marxism, working-class history, debates, and strategies for organizing today. Every year, the conference aims to be a place where activists can share lessons from their struggles—with topics ranging from the boycott, divestment, and sanction campaign for Palestine, to the fight for LGBT liberation, the Fight for $15, the struggle to stop the destruction of the planet, the fight against racism, and more. With well over 100 meetings, the weekend will feature left-wing authors and thinkers discussing the critical debates of today, as well as meetings on the hidden history of working-class and socialist struggles. The Boston Branch of the ISO will be mobilizing people to Chicago, so if you’re interested in coming, please email [email protected]. For more information, go to —Keegan O’Brien

Downtown Boys Unleash Full Communism

This month PVD’s Downtown Boys are set to bring their new album/way of life “Full Communism” to a city near you! Catch the boisterous band’s record release show on 5/8 at 8pm @ Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket, RI with Fleabite, Secret Lover, and Lovesick ($8). Can’t make it to Rhode Island? Catch them in Boston 5/9 @ Make Shift Boston at the Break the Chains all ages/all gender dance party with Bad Boys, Bell’s Roar, BlackOUT!, Evan Greer and friends, and SO many more. Later this month on 5/30 the band will be playing at Flywheel in WMass with local darlings Laika’s Orbit and Potty Mouth. Can’t wait to get your hands on a record? Head over to Don Giovanni Records and order yourself a copy. Don’t snooze, or you might miss the revolution. —Ali Donohue

Sister Sister Releases New Chapbook Anthology with Exhibit 5/21

Esther White, founder of Sister Sister Books & Fugitive Arts Project, has been busy assembling her new knockout multimedia collage exhibition “Piecework” @ Mill Arts Project in Easthampton—including a new chapbook anthology of “remnant and scrap-based poetry” with guest editor Halie Theoharides. The installation is a collaboration with painter/sculptor Cathe Janke and musician/multi-media artist Meghan Minior evolving throughout the run from 5/5 to 5/30. Make the trip on 5/9 from 5-8pm for the opening or on Saturday, 5/21 from 5-8pm for the chapbook release party. —CEEK

MassArt Features Future Fashion Royalty @The Castle 5/9

Another year, another treasure trove of talent coming out of MassArt’s fashion department. From Erin Robertson’s hand-made, graphic textiles to Gloria Im’s clean but conceptual unisex designs, we promise you’ll be impressed. This year’s show “Vision” is @The Castle at Park Plaza on Saturday 5/9 at 7pm. $40 advance tickets are available at —CEEK

Youth Pride Festival 5/16

The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Youth (BAGLY) is making 5/16 a daylong celebration of youth pride. BAGLY provides a huge range of support for queer youth, including “everything from social support to radical activism to free health services,” says development director Kurtlan Massarsky. Join in a day-long pride festival @ City Hall Plaza starting at 11am, including a march at noon and BAGLY prom at 7pm. If you’re looking for a way to get into queer activism, check it out. More at –Josie Grove

Remembering Lilly Kate Christopher

Last month the Hassle family lost our friend and fellow volunteer, Lilly Christopher. A sophomore journalism student at Emerson College and a volunteer with The Hassle for the past two years, Lilly came to weekly meetings, documented shows and contributed killer flyers. Not only did she make great art, she brought a positive energy and enthusiasm that is truly rare, even in a large collective such as ours. Lilly really got it. She was very passionate about our culture and was a very active member of it. She will be deeply missed by her friends and fellow volunteers, and remembered as a radical artist and lover of the counter culture. Thanks for everything, Lilly <3 –Sam Potrykus


– Film Section Manager

This position entails managing and curating film content and listings, as well as the writers creating each, in the Compass newspaper and on the Hassle website.

Join our non-profit arts organization and create a dynamic, entertaining, and thoughtful portal for the broad spectrum of the film of the world, all while contextualizing Boston and New England’s film community as part of this world of moving images.

– BRAIN Arts Org Marketing and Promotions Manager

This position entails working with our shows and events team, and the BRAIN Arts Org’s managerial team in promoting and creating public understanding of our non-profit’s projects and functions within Boston and New England’s art and music communities.

Press releases, community relations, and press and promotional relationship building are all part of the functions of this position.

– Hassle Website Content Curator

This position entails fostering, foraging for, and creating a place on the web for interesting, weird, and awesome videos (short films, docs, sketch comedy, “video podcasts”, interviews, performance, web series), animation, photography, podcasts, streaming radio programs, and other forms of web based creativity.
Various forms of the written word; from journalistic adventures on through creative and experimental writing, and short stories are included among the breadth of content that the Boston Hassle website so craves.

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