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Hot Tickets: Boston

November 17, 2011 9:20 AM
Every Thursday at noon, EST, Brown Paper Tickets posts upcoming events happening in the Boston area. Here are hot tickets for events coming up. Check back for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

Tonight through Saturday, November 19 I Fierce Love: Stories from Black Gay Life: Roxbury native and Pomo Afro Homos co-founder Brian Freeman returns to his hometown to direct and act in this "remixed" version of "Fierce Love." The production has been adapted from the original 1991 version to include updated cultural references and a hip-hop musical number, while still maintaining the piece's core focus on the struggles of Black gay men in America. The Theater Offensive's ongoing Shout it OUT! collaboration with Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC Boston) will open Fierce Love's Saturday matinee. Shout it OUT! will be a staged reading of original coming out stories from LGBT people of color. This work was developed in two workshop series with The Theater Offensive staff and Brian Freeman, in which community members learned to stage their writings for a broader audience.

Friday, November 18 I Tato Torres & Yerbabuena: Join Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción as they proudly present the Boston premiere of the new Puerto Rican music ensemble Yerbabuena, led by singer and composer Tato Torres. Founded in 1999 in the Bronx, Tato Torres & Yerbabuena bring us Bomba, Plena and Jíbaro music, exploring cultural identity through the perspective of a new generation of Puerto Ricans. One-show-only!!

Saturday, November 19 I Annual SAVING THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY International Gospel Benefit Concert:  On Saturday, Whittier Street Health Center will host its Annual SAVING THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY International Gospel Benefit Concert featuring the regions best gospel performers. The evening is hosted by Dr. Bobby Jones who will select three groups to appear on his BET Network show "Bobby Jones Gospel!".

Sunday, November 20 I Boston Music Awards 2011: The 24th Boston Music Awards will be held at the Liberty Hotel in Boston, MA with performances by many of this year's nominees to be announced shortly. Who is eligible for a Boston Music Award? A musician or producer who has strong ties to New England. We define strong ties as someone who is a New England native or has lived here for a substantial period of time who has actively worked or is actively working here. (John Mayer who went to Berklee for one year does not qualify). What is the Mission of the Boston Music Awards? To bring together the music community of New England to honor its best and brightest performers while raising money for music charities to ensure Boston's stages and studios are filled with talent for years to come. The event is the one time of year that the entire community can come together and celebrate their own.

Tuesday, November 22 I JIMMY RYAN AND HAYRIDE! with special guest DIETRICH STRAUSE: Jimmy Ryan, mandolin ace and hillbilly rock'n'roller returns to the Lizard Lounge this month with his band Hayride! featuring guitar zen master Duke Levine and the kick ass rhythm section of Andrew Mazzone and Billy Beard. Special guest Dietrich Strause and his band open. Jimmy Ryan is a longtime pillar of Beantown's roots music community, with close ties to the Twinemen, and a resume that includes his seminal work in the Blood Oranges in the 1980s, and with Morphine frontman Mark Sandman in Treat Her Orange in the '90s.

Know of any other events happening in the Boston area this week? Post them in the comments section.

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