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8/2/2011, 1:16 p.m.
The Week That Was… From the National Urban League conference to Get Konnected!, from Jill Scott to...
The Week That Was… From the National Urban League conference to Get Konnected!, from Jill Scott to the Roxbury International Film Festival, Lavell Crawford and more, Boston was ablaze in events!

And let’s not forget Dougie Fresh getting the crowd hyped and dancing all night, especially when he showed the crowd how to really “Do the Dougie” and DJ Jazzy Jeff spun classic hip hop and RandB. This is the Boston I remember from attending all the concerts at Harborlights back in the day.

The 13th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival

The festival kicked off with the opening night reception at Hibernian Hall. It was a glorious night of food, drink and music with Pebbles from JAM’N 94.5 as emcee and a rockin’ performance by special guest Noel Gourdin.

And then it was on to the (sold-out) opening night film of “The Athlete” at the Museum of Fine Arts. First-time actor/director Rasselas Lakew was in the house for a post-screening QandA and received much love from the Ethiopian community.

After that, our next stop was Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen, where the celebration continued for a few more hours with more food and fun.

The fest featured some really good films, shorts and youth-produced works from talented filmmakers from around the world, including the United States, Spain, Brazil, the West Indies and the UK. Plus, we had some really good selections from our own backyard like Rudy Hypolite’s “PUSH:  Madison versus Madison” and the basketball flick “The Last Shot” from Noah Christofer and his crew over at Beyond Measure Productions.

Overall, it was wonderful to see folks coming out to support the fest and the local films and filmmakers.  Can’t wait until next year!

Lavell Crawford at The Wilbur Theatre

After attending the numerous events all week, I stepped out of the film festival a bit to get my laugh on with Lavell Crawford. If you’ve seen him on Shaq’s Comedy All-Stars, you know how truly funny he is.

His stories focus a lot on his weight and eating fast food (not a bad thing). One of his bits that made me crack up was when he said — and I’m paraphrasing now “Everyone in LA is in shape. People say to me, ‘aren’t you afraid to die fat?’  No, that’s my pallbearers’ worry.”

So simple, yet so funny.

Coming up …

Tonight RandB singer Musiq Soulchild performs at Showcase Live at 8 p.m.

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) presents DJs on the Harbor beginning this Friday, Aug. 5 for a night of art, music and dancing, with this Friday’s theme of the Classic DJ Throwdown. The scratching, mixing and DJ battles all start at 7:30 p.m.

Also, this Friday is First Friday Boston at The North Star over by the Garden with DJ Reggie Beas spinning his original blends of old school, new school, house and top 40.

Every Thursday, Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge presents Latin Caribbean Night featuring a beginner/advanced beginner salsa class from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Following the class, stay for the free Latin Caribbean Dance Party from 9:30 p.m.-1a.m. featuring the area’s best DJs, spinning a great mix of Latin and Caribbean music.

Berklee College of Music and the ParkARTS program present the free concert Jazz at the Fort with Roxbury native and Saturday Night Live band member Tuffus Zimbabwe this Sunday, Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. at Roxbury’s historic Highland Park.   

If you would like me to cover or write about your event, e-mail me at inthemixwithcolette@gmail.com.