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The next installation of our regular roaming BLACK MARKET flea market with Ignore Rock’n’Roll Heroes is heading to Cambridgeport (sandwiched b/t Lower Allston and Central Square). Take a walk down Western Ave. on Sunday 4/26 to the Cambridge Community Center (5 Callender Street) for a bevy of budget-friendly local finds—from astrology readings to zines, vintage to vinyl, and all things handmade. Get psyched on the new spacious spot and expect 75+ vendors, artists, record labels, small businesses, and deadbeats to tempt you from their tables. Got something to sell? Sign up to be a vendor right now and be there. —CEEK

New OLD WAVE, Good. Buy CD 5/3

You know people who say “I like all music except rap and country”? Well, those people suck. But I still want to welcome them into the light whenever possible. And one worthy glow shines from right here in JP—OLD WAVE. This crew is by far the best band to aid the masterful songwriting of Pancho The Kid, and they’re dropping their first official Compact Disc on us next month, 5/3 @ Deep Thoughts, in all its funky, country-rock songsmithery and Grateful Dead and Neil Young–channeling glory. A rare breed in this day and age indeed. Appreciate country. Appreciate Old Wave. Playing the Boston Hassle–booked Wake Up The Earth Fest afterparty @ Spontaneous Celebrations on 5/2 too. —Sam Potrykus


Really good techno music is like really good science fiction, because it helps you to imagine possible futures and can foster a more human relationship with technology by overcoming the alienating effects of mechanization on our modern consciousness. DISCWOMAN is an NYC-based platform showcasing and representing the wealth of female-identified DJ talent in the electronic music community. They’re going to be in town on April 25, first doing a li’l panel at the Vibrary at the Democracy Center in Harvard Square from 4–6pm, and then they’re bringing DJ UMFANG to Pink Noise at the Milky Way in JP.  $7, 9pm–1am. Afterparty in a basement? Yes.  —XOXO DAYGLOW

Protect Ya Neck: Free Women’s Self Defense Class Every Saturday

If you’re a lady who likes to loiter when it’s dark out, or loiter just whenever you damn please, get the skills to take care of yourself out there! Take the trek out to Charlestown any Saturday from 10–11am to get trained in Krav Maga Yashir, an Israeli self-defense program that teaches women to predict, prevent, and protect themselves from oncoming violence. Don’t allow yourself to be physically overpowered due to something as trivial as size. These classes are FREE for all female MA residents and are located under the Tobin Bridge at the Charlestown Maritime Center. Empower yourself to be the guardian of your own safety. —CEEK

Get Weird in the Red Lounge at King’s Bowling Alley

Every Wednesday night at 9pm (or sometimes 10), you can find me, Angela Sawyer, hosting an open mic at King’s Bowling Alley. All types of weirdness are encouraged, so you’ll see comedy, poetry, music, unmusic, strange rants, awkward fun, and much more. Come to watch the parade of humanity while you eat tasty treats or have a cold one from the bar. And if you’re feeling a little brave, put your name in the bucket and get five minutes to empty your very own skull onto the stage. 50 Dalton Street near Hynes T. —Angela Sawyer


Since Day One of the Film Flam, we’ve dreamt of hosting our own screenings. Who would have guessed that one would drop into our laps from heaven? Or rather, from Italy. Luca Dipierro is an illustrator and animator worth his weight in gold. Paper Circus is his collection of animated shorts featuring sorrowful puppets cut out from old book cloth and paper, ghosts, a woman giving birth to a fish, etc., etc. Dipierro teams up with fellow countrymen, dear friends of the Hassle, total sweethearts but also rather unnerving experimental noise band Father Murphy to perform a live soundtrack to the screening! @ Out of the Blue Too Gallery on 4/21. —Ari Shvartsman


Our woman/manpower is maxed out, and we’re looking for a fresh face to help turn Art Blast online from a girl into a woman. Art Blast aims to make Boston art more visible and visited by the public with a focus on the FREE and educational, while serving as a platform of opportunities and resources for the local art community to reach a worldly audience. What does this editorial role require? Developing and managing featured art content (daily events, past event coverage, videos, interviews, profiles, etc.). Managing and working with volunteer writers, copy editors, and social-media team weekly. Working with our growing A/V crew to create more original content (interviews, studio visits, demos, event coverage) and anything else you want to bring to the table. This is a great opportunity for someone with a genuine drive and interest in local and worldly art to gain experience as a managing editor for a website. Wanna know more? Reach out and touch somebody at [email protected] —CEEK

Pull Focus on the Future of Film Flam: Seeking Website Managing Editor

The Film Flam has been a treasure to behold as I’ve sat at its helm for the last two years. Now I need YOU (a dedicated, motivated, and devoted cinema enthusiast or professional) to help steer us toward bigger and better things by running our corner of the website. Responsibilities include developing original content for the site, organizing online writers, maintaining the only comprehensive film calendar in the city, and working closely with me to infuse our local scene with energy. This management position can help bring YOUR cinematic dreams to life. Let’s make it happen! Send inquiries to [email protected]. —Ari Shvartsman

Take the Highway to the Ranger Zone

Most comedy hosts don’t actually act like hosts in the truest sense of the word. Thankfully, there is Aimee Rose Ranger! Her welcoming style + fan-fucking-tastic, imaginative storytelling + stand-up that immerses you into her world + wonderful variety of Boston’s best stand-ups + other dope storytellers and poets thrown in for good measure = one of the best and most engaging nights that’s popped up in some time. You’re always in for a surprise: Rob Crean pretending to be a snowplow, Aimee Rose dismembering a teddy bear, whathaveyou. Also, how could the Kenny Loggins reference in the show’s name just not completely win our hearts and minds? See ya there, every 1st and 3rd Sunday, 4/5 & 4/19 this month, 10pm @ ZuZu. FREE. —Katie McCarthy


Last month I cruised north to Portland with my #1 QT to celebrate her 27th and lay out a contingency plan were she to be the next rockstarheartthrob inducted into a club of immortal contemporaries. At STRANGE MAINE I snagged a copy of RIVER COURT, a charming piece of print stylistically similar to MOTHERS NEWS with the sardonic introverted air of our own TARDY EAGLE page, including full-page prints and my favorite: lists. One highlighted feature: “Objects Most Likely To Be Stared At This Year When Zoning Out As You Hear They Don’t Love You Anymore.” Hitting a total wall finding the folks involved with this mystery rag. If you can help or wish to request a birthday date, text 508.410.8286  —Anthony Richards

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