Celebrating Art & Culture in Roxbury
After nearly a decade of being rooted in Dudley, Haley House Bakery Café has become a hub for our vibrant Roxbury community. Little by little, artist by artist, our events calendar has expanded to reflect the talents and interests of the community. You never know what you might find when you enter 12 Dade Street: maybe an art exhibit or musical performance will catch your imagination, perhaps you will be drawn to a movie screening, history discussion or night of beautiful slam poetry. Whatever your interest, we take pride in being a place of possibility for diverse voices to be shared and appreciated. Nearly all of our arts and cultural programming is free and open to the public (there is an admission price for our Dinner & A Movie Series).
Year-round. With a focus on local, underexposed artists, the Gallery at HHBC features 5-6 exhibits per year, challenging conventions while celebrating Roxbury’s rich cultural history. To check out our past exhibitions, please click here. To learn about exhibiting your work at the Gallery, please click here.
Thursday Night Arts
Thursdays, 7:00 pm. Thanks to our fruitful partnerships with our neighbors, Haley House Bakery Café is proud to offer a rotating selection of arts programs. Thursday evenings at the Café are filled with music, poetry, storytelling, film screenings, open mic time, and more. The events kick off at 7, but be sure to come early to grab a delicious dinner and save the best seats! Here’s our great lineup:
Jazz By Any Means Necessary (1st Thursday of every month)
We kick off each month with the musical stylings of the Fulani Haynes Jazz Collaborative. The group plays classic jazz standards as well as original compositions, providing a night filled with music, creative intelligence, open minds, and delicious food.
Curated by Outside the Box Agency, Lifted Boston was born in 2006 to provide an performance outlet for Boston’s emerging talent. Lifted has hosted over 50 events within the community, and we will continue to strive to keep Boston LIFTED. Lifted has featured musicians, poets, storytellers, film screenings, and more.
For more info, visit Lifted Boston on Facebook.
Art Is Life Itself! (3rd Thursday of every month)
Hosted by Nina LaNegra, Art Is Life Itself! offers evenings filled with music, readings, film screenings, and open-mic time. Bring your friends and come early for a delicious dinner and the best seats!
Head to AiLi’s Facebook page for information about upcoming events.
Lyricist’s Lounge (4th Thursday of every month)
Our friends at Boston Day and Evening Academy host the monthly Lyricist’s Lounge poetry slam! This all-ages slam gives students a chance to showcase their poetry – poets from all local high schools are invited to join in! Evenings start with an open mic and a featured performer before finishing up with a slam.
For more, visit BDEA on Facebook.
Stories Celebrating Life (5th Thursday of the month – March & June 2016)
Storytellers Sumner and Linda McClain share stories about everyday experiences that celebrate life. The McClains also feature both a youth and senior storyteller to explore stories that bridge generational gaps. The audience is also invited to share their short stories. Stories Celebrating Life provides a fun night for all ages.
Check out storiescelebratinglife.com for more.
The House Slam
2nd and 4th Fridays, Doors open at 6:30 pm. Each House Slam event offers an eclectic open-mic, a polished featured poet, and a competitive poetry slam. The Slam offers a safe space for poets seeking to express themselves. And the poets aren’t just good – they’re national champions! The House Slam team went out to Oakland, CA for the 2015 National Poetry Slam and brought the title back to Roxbury. This article features photos and videos of the championship-winning poets. And be sure to check out The House Slam’s own website for the current schedule.
Roxbury History Nights
Monthly. Presented in partnership with the Roxbury Historical Society, History Nights showcase local historians relating stories of Roxbury’s rich heritage. Past seasonal themes have included the history of jazz in Roxbury, the history of immigration, and the commercial history of Dudley Square.
Dinner & A Movie
Quarterly. In partnership with the Color of Film Collaborative, we screen powerful documentaries and narrative films approximately four times per year, with a special screening event during the Roxbury International Film Festival. Guests enjoy a meal together and engage in thoughtful dialogue following each screening.