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Black History Month events in Boston
The entrance to the Africa Meeting House on the cobblestone sidewalk.
Special discussions after some of the films will be led by the Museum of African American History’s historians. | Photo by @kimccouch
Black History Month is in full swing and we have a few suggestions to get involved this month.

First up, catch a flick during the Black History Month Film Series that will feature five inspirational films selected by the Museum of African American History and and Showcase Cinemas. Participating Greater Boston theaters include Dedham’s Showcase Cinema de Lux at Legacy Place + the Showcase Cinema de Lux Randolph.
  • “Harriet” | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 7 p.m.
  • “Malcolm X” | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 4 p.m.
  • “Loving” | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 7 p.m.
  • “Selma” | Sunday, Feb. 18 | 4 p.m.
  • “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” | Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 7 p.m.
Then around the City of Boston, city officials announced programming to celebrate this year’s theme: “African Americans and the Arts.”

Black History Month Celebration and Flag Raising Program | Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 12-2 p.m. | Boston City Hall, Third Floor Mezzanine | Free | Head to city hall for remarks and a flag raising ceremony.

Sankofa: Selections from Songs of Free Men | Friday, Feb. 9 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Black Market, 2136 Washington St., Roxbury | Free | This celebration of the Black Diaspora will feature music in honor of James Baldwin.

The Melanin Roll | Saturday, Feb.17 | 12-3 p.m. | Chez Vous Skating Rink, 11 Rhoades St., Dorchester | Free | Register for a 90s night around the roller skating rink.

Black Veterans Appreciation Brunch | Saturday, Feb. 24 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Prince Hall Lodge, 24 Washington St., Dorchester | Free | The City will honor deserving veterans with Community and Outstanding Service awards.

Finally, the Boston Public Library has booked up the rest of the month with free events. Check out the “Black is…” book list with 75 titles commemorating the achievements, complexities, struggles, and culture of the Black experience. Plus, a few author appearances and discussions.
Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • Baby Coachella with NEMPAC | Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 10-10:45 a.m. | Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston | Free | Enjoy live music with your littles at this interactive session at the downtown market.
  • John O’Connor with Jon Wilk: “The Secret History of Bigfoot” | Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 6-7 p.m. | Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline | $0-$37 | Celebrate the release of “The Secret History of Bigfoot” with author John O’Connor, in conversation with Jon Wilk.
  • Boston Bruins vs. Calgary Flames | Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 7 p.m. | TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston | Prices vary | The season is just heating up — cheer on the B’s at this weekday match.
Wednesday, Feb. 7
  • Hike Boston: Allandale | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 10-11 a.m. | Allandale Woods, 19 VFW Parkway, Boston | Free | This afternoon hike will meet near the daycare.
  • Pottery Class: Palentine’s Day Edition | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | The Broadway Bar + Restaurant, 726 E Broadway, Boston | $75-$105 | Register for the two-hour pottery lesson where you walk away with up to two new creations.
Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Galentine’s Wine & Chocolate Tour | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 5-8 p.m. | J.P. Licks, 659 Centre St., Boston | $20 | Attendees will receive a red feather boa and map for a self-guided tour to some of JPs finest shops.
Friday, Feb. 9
  • Be Our Guest: The Disney DJ Night | Friday, Feb. 9 | 8 p.m. | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston | $18-$25 | Dance the night away to Disney classics like “Under The Sea” and “Zero to Hero.”
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🏈 Super essentials for game day
A rotating gif of Super Bowl game day essentials, including tees that support Taylor and a slow cooker buffet.
It’s Super Bowl LVIII: Taylor’s Version. | Photos via Amazon
Ready for Super Bowl Sunday? Gear up for hosting, snacking, and cheering on Taylor’s boyfriend your favorite team with game day essentials.
News Notes
  • Foxborough will play host to the 2026 World Cup and the dates have been shared for the 48-team event. Gillette Stadium will see seven matches: five group stage games on June 13, 16, 19, 23 + 26, a second-round game on June 29, and a quarterfinal match on July 9. (Boston Globe)
  • The City of Boston has received $47+ million from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which will be distributed to 18 nonprofit organizations supporting individuals experiencing homelessness. This award is the city’s largest ever Continuum of Care award — a grant program coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Housing.
  • After postponing the bookings due to technical issues — the Steamship Authority announced the new opening dates for summer reservations from May 15 to Oct. 20. Reservations to Nantucket open on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 8 a.m. + trips to Martha’s Vineyard open on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 8 a.m.
  • Harvard Book Store has canceled its plans to expand to the former Barnes & Noble location in the Pru. This would have been the second location for the Cambridge shop. The team will invest in improvements at the current location that dates back 90+ years. (Boston Business Journal)
  • 1,480. That’s how many miles the Red Sox truck traveled yesterday to get to Fort Myers. “Truck Day” is the unofficial start of spring training and the 53-ft truck was packed with 20,400 baseballs, 1,100 bats, 200 gloves, 20 cases of bubble gum, and 60 cases of sunflower seeds. (WBZ)
  • Another Belichick bites the dust. Steve Belichick, son of former head coach Bill Belichick, is leaving his position with the Patriots after 12 seasons. The outside linebackers coach is heading west to the University of Washington to be the new defensive coordinator. (WCVB 5)
  • Ben is back with another Dunkin’ commercial. Affleck’s latest ad includes New England native + TikTok influencer Charli D’Amelio, a donut chain, and plenty of iced coffee. Watch the clip, which ends with “to be continued” to see where the story goes next weekend. (Boston Globe)
  • If you’ve been dreaming of a “one-card wallet,” it’s time to wake up and get your hands on this credit card. Not only does it offer 0% APR into 2025, but cardholders can also earn up to 5% cash back — with no annual fee to boot.*
Place your paczki orders at DJ’s Market
A box of paczki from DJ's Market
How many paczki is too many? The limit doesn’t exist. | Photo by @lexkuhne
Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday are right around the corner on Thursday, Feb. 8 and Tuesday, Feb. 13, respectively. If you’re on the hunt for paczki, then you know you need to pay a visit to the Polish market in Dorchester. DJ’s Market is Boston’s oldest family owned Polish market and deli and they have been serving up traditional Polish fare for over 30 years.

If you don’t know — paczkis are Polish donuts, which are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing, or a glaze. Depending who you talk to, there are also many ways to pronounce “paczki.”

The sweet yeast dough is filled with popular flavors (think: raspberry, plum, lemon, rose, or plain with no filling) and start at $3 each.

You can find these sweet treats all year long but the bakery will only make these to order. Get your order in sooner than later.
The Buy
This set of six colored wine glasses, which remind us of Estelle stemware, only more affordable. The multicolor stemware set is perfect for parties, Galentine’s Day, or girls’ night in.
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Did you catch Dorchester’s own Ayo’s debut on Saturday Night Live? She started her monologue paying tribute to Boston saying “I was born and raised in Boston, which makes me the first Black woman to ever admit that.” If you missed it — “Hop on to it now” and catch up here.
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