These articles were originally published in Boston Compass #59 (December ’14).


It’s been over a year since our very own radical historian Neil Horsky began his This Month in Boston Counter-Cultural History series in the Compass (pg. 3).  Now we’ve teamed up to produce an illustrated calendar for 2015 with all proceeds to benefit this, your cultural rag.  The calendar features 12 full-page artworks, each beautifully crafted by a different artist, interpreting stories from Boston’s rich counter-cultural past.  You can celebrate Boston’s creative activist legacy while supporting the current movement at the same time!  Look for your 2015 calendar later this month at Aviary, Deep Thoughts and other sympathetic retailers. – Sam Potrykus

Jamaica Plain’s radical, non-profit bookstore and community space is having an OPEN HOUSE PARTY on Tuesday, December 9th from 6-9pm.  If you’re unfamiliar, the LUCY PARSONS CENTER now @358A Centre St is chock-full o’ books, zines, newspapers and other publications that will get your wheels turnin’ towards progress. 12/9 is the ideal time to stop by and see what they’re all about in a relaxed setting.  They’ll be discussing (among other things) ways they can be more welcoming and relevant to the JP community. Spanish Interpretation will be available, along with some free refreshments LucyParsons.org – CEEK

Holiday shopping on a budget? Then hold off till our next BLACK MARKET with Ignore Rock*n*Heroes on Saturday 12/13 from 12-6pm over @the Cambridge Elks Lodge (55 Bishop Allen Drive) in Central Square. A buck gets you into 2 floors packed with 60+ vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry, zines, art, music, prints, vintage, secondhand, new & used, posters, baked goods, records, and whatever else you can think of.  Support the DIY community and get something cool for your crew. If you’re looking to be a vendor, now or in the future, more info is at BostonHassle.com/BlackMarketVendorApp – CEEK

At a loss for XMAS celebrations? Fret not, there’s plenty of films to catch this month if you’re lacking celebratory company (see the Film Flam page in the rag you’re holding now for a selection). Are you a miserly Scrooge? Have you bought your gifts yet? Grab a gift card from one of our many local movie houses such as the Brattle and Coolidge. Support these bastions of culture and get away with a simple gift. Already a movie lover? Stop by The Video Underground in JP and dive into their extensive collection for a gift that keeps giving. – Ari Shvartsman

The premier Damsel in Distress of the ‘70’s NYC No Wave scene will be arriving shortly. If you’re not there Friday night, I’d love to hear what you might have thought was more worthwhile being audience to? In true spirit, yes, I did intend that previous line to be confrontational. Let’s keep it direct and still be friends though. Behold, Lydia Lunch, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks’ siren! She will vocalize alluringly in the plentiful-waved Ocean State. Her latest piece: Horribly True Confessions is a text-based multi-media experience with Weasel Walter (The Flying Luttenbachers) keeping time on drums. Go there! The damsel, by nature, deserves rescue from an audience of kindred spirit. We’re obviously ALL in it for noisy, avant-garde, DIY proliferation. Full deets on the SHOWS page. – Iwalani Kaluhiokalani

“You’re Crazy” is an ongoing series of books featuring first-hand accounts of punk rockers who deal with mental health struggles, addiction and trauma. Volume One has 27 stories from around the world. Volume Two is currently in the works and stories are now being collected for Volume Three. Editor Craig Lewis is available to speak in the community about mental health recovery, his life in the punk scene and his struggles and successes in becoming happy, healthy and well. Please go to WWW dot PUNKS IN RECOVERY dot COM for info regarding contributions and to get copies of the books. Support Craig in this radical and impactful project!  – Sam Potrykus

Boston is full of more incredible underground radio than any city in the USA. Here’s one deep dip you might have missed: Music Under the Moon on Worcester’s WCUW. Every Tuesday from 9-midnight is a radio show that makes the wild stuff scurry out from the shadows. Old vinyl that is both very experimental and very scratchy, live performances, intensely obscure cassette projects from today or days of yore. Lots you never knew existed, sometimes collaged into things that will never exist again. Hear them at wcuw.org or 91.3FM – Angela Sawyer

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