Sights and Sounds, 9/9

September 9, 2011
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Special Events

Revolutionary War re-enactment day, experience the Revolutionary War with Gardner’s Regiment and His Majesty’s 10th Regiment of Foot encamped on the grounds. See and learn about 18th century life in Boston, the Battle of Bunker Hill, soldiers and their equipment and more. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., Sat., Sept. 17, 10am-4pm. Info: estanley@loring-greenough.org

Jamaica Plain Open Studios, annual celebration of the arts in Jamaica Plain featuring over 220 artists in 50 locations all over JP. Sat.-Sun.,Sept. 24-25. Info: jpopenstudios.com. Kick-off breakfast, 9:30-11am, hosted by Hyde Square Task Force. Cheverus Building, behind Blessed Sacrament Church, 365 Centre Street. Suggested Donation: $10, $5 for kids under 10, rain or shine.

Soldiers Monument Rededications, Mayor Thomas Menino and the Jamaica Pond Association host a ceremony to rededicate the newly refurbished Civil War Soldier’s Monument, Sat., Sept. 17, 12:30-1:30pm, Monument Sq.

Play Your Part, Community Music Center of Boston’s fund-raiser to teach music to more than 6,000 students each week. Sun. Sept. 25, 3-5pm, Boylston Congregational Church, 207 Amory St. Info: cmcb.org.

Extreme Esteem Awards, to benefit Self Esteem Boston. Wed. Oct. 12, 6:15pm reception, 7:15pm event. Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. Info: 872-2850.

9th Annual Artist Ball to benefit JP Centre/South Main Streets, featuring music, a silent art auction and live auction and fancy costumes. Sat., Oct. 15, 8pm-Midnight, $15. The ball will be chaired by board members, Richard Downey and Mary Hannon. Info: www.jpcentresouth.org.

OctoberFest Fiesta to benefit the JPNDC. JP food, Sam Adams beer. Wed. Oct. 26, 6-9pm, at the Brewery Complex, 284 Amory St. Info: sswenson@jpndc.org.

24th Annual Steppin’ Out for Dimock Gala, back tie benefit to support programs & services of the Dimock Center, with food, dancing, music. Sat. Oct. 29, 8pm, Westin Copley Plaza Hotel. Info: steppinoutfordimock.org.

Culinary

Cupcake Club fund-raiser, to benefit the Footlight Club. Cupcake competitions in taste, presentation and alternative (allergen-free, savory, etc.). Sat. Sept. 10, 1-3pm, Eliot Hall, 7a Eliot St. Info/registration: cupcakeclub@footlight.org.

Brew at the Zoo, beer tasting featuring Berkshire Brewing Company, Blue Hills Brewery, Clown Shoes Beer, John Harvard’s Brew House, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Long Trail Brewing Company, Narragansett, Peak Organic Brewing Company, Samuel Adams and Watch City Brewing Co., with food by John Harvard’s. Proceeds will support Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd. Sat. Oct. 1, 5-9pm, 21+. $50. Info: 989-2012/ franklinparkzoo.org.

Music

JP Concerts: Nadin Kulberg and Ivan Tan, performing Franz Schubert’s song cycle “Die schöne Müllerin.” Sat. Sept. 10. All performances $10, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave.

Mark Mandeville & Old Constitution, with The Morgan Shaker Family Band and Sway, Aviary, 48 South St. Sat. Sept. 17, 8pm. Info: info@aviarygallery.com.

The Dream-Singers, Sat. Sept. 17, 8pm, doors 7:30pm. Hope Central Church, 85 Seaverns Ave. Info: 524-2547.

Chris North, with Prairy Fire. The Haven, 2 Perkins St., Thurs., Sept. 29, 10pm, 21+ free. Info: thehavenjp.com.

Exhibits

UFORGE: “Chanel vs. Harajuku,” exploring the different fashion styles of Coco Chanel and Harajuku. Reception Sat. Sept., 10, 6-8pm.  Promethean Dreams, photography by Matt McKee. On view through Sept. 11. Uforge Gallery, 767 Centre St. Info: 553-4480.

James Mustin III’s “Chromatics,” color etchings at The Hallway Gallery, 66a South St. Opening reception On exhibit through Sept. 25. Info: thehallwayjp.com.

“Turning the Page: Dewey to Digital” reception at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, Thurs., Oct. 6, 6-8pm. 12 Sedgwick St. Info: 524-2053.

Dance

Milky Way Lounge & Bella Luna, Mondays, 8pm: game night with stump trivia. Tuesdays, 7pm: Dirty Water Saloon, country-western & line dancing. Saturdays: Mango’s Latin Dance Night, 10pm, $10. 21+. At the Brewery Complex, 284 Amory St. Info: milkywayjp.com.

Gender-Free/English Country Dance, beginners welcome and encouraged. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays (5th Tuesdays: experienced) of the month, 7:30-11:30pm, First Church of JP, Unitarian Universalist, Centre and Eliot Streets. Info: www.lcfd.org/bgfe//512-5554.

Literary

Connolly Library: Book sale, sponsored by Friends of the Connolly Library. Sat. Sept. 10, 10am-4pm. Rain date Sat. Sept. 17. Book discussion, “Clara and Mr. Tiffany,” by Susan Vreeland. Mon. Sept. 26, 7pm. Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Chapter and Verse reading series. Featuring Sandra Kohler, Jonathan Russell Clark and Jim Lafond-Lewis. Suggested $5, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., Fri. Oct. 7, 7:30pm. Info: jamaicapondpoets.com/325-8388.

Theater

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” at the Footlight Club. Sept. 16- Oct. 1, 8pm. Tickets $16-$21, Info: footlight.org.

Hypothesis: Gravity and Levity, cabaret performance, featuring slam poet Porsha O., tunes from Meff n jojo’s Tiny Instrument Revue as well as performances from Prof. Honor and Dr. Blazes. Tues. Sept. 20, 8pm, $10, The Midway, 3496 Washington St. 18+. Info: HypothesisShow.wordpress.com.

Youth/Families

Connolly Branch Library: Mon. Sept. 26, 6:30pm: family pajama storytime. Wednesdays, 10:30am: Children’s Films. Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm: homework assistance. 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Egleston Sq. Library: Tuesdays, 10:30am: preschool storytime, featuring puppets, songs games and fingerplays. Wednesdays, 5pm: Game night. Thursdays, noon: Throw Back Thursdays, showing films from the 50s through the early 80s. 2044 Columbus Ave. Info: 445-4340.

Nehar Shalom family learning circle, monthly program for children ages 4-6 and their parents; celebrate Jewish values through stories, music, and art. Sun. Sept 11, 10-11:30am, 43 Lochstead Ave. Info: neharshalom.org.

Swim League, Boston Center For Youth & Families seeks youth participants ages 6-17 for a competitive swim league. Experience not necessary, but participants must be able to swim one length of the swimming pool, Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath Street. Info: Bladimil Pujols, 635-5198/Bladimil.Pujols@cityofboston.gov.

Art, Woodworking and Sewing, Bookbinding and more at the Eliot School, classes start throughout the year. Days, evenings, weekends. The Eliot School of fine and Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St. info/course listings: www.eliotschool.org.

Learn to stiltwalk with Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Sundays, noon-2pm, $5. Info: 857-498-2438.

Toddler Drum Circle, a weekly gathering of toddlers 1-5 and parents to play, dance and drum, coordinated by Cornell “Sugarfoot” Coley, Saturdays, 9:30am-10:30am, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St., $5 fee. Info: 617/298-1790/afrolatin@onebox.com.

After-School Teen Welding and Teen Jewelry Workshops now available from 3-5pm on Mondays and Wednesdays at Stonybrook Fine Arts. Info: stonybrookfinearts.com.

The Peace Drum Project, offering teens 14-19 after-school arts programming and leadership training. Teens must be enrolled in a Boston Public high school to apply. Participants receive a stipend at the end of the project and are eligible for additional leadership awards. Info: Susan Porter at 524-6378/ tribal-rhythms.org/teen_application.html.

Tours and Talks

Walking tours of historic Jamaica Plain, tours last approximately one hour, except Jamaica Pond tour, which lasts 90 minutes. Walks start at 11am and are cancelled in case of rain. Sept. 10: Green St. Leaves from Southern JP Health Center, 640 Centre St. Sept. 17: Woodbourne. Leaves from Bethel AME, corner of Walk Hill & Wachusett streets. Sept. 24: Jamaica Pond. Leaves from the bandstand, Pond St. & Jamaicaway. Info: jphs.org.

Arnold Arboretum guided walking tours continue through November 13: Saturdays, 10:30; Sundays, 1:00; Wednesdays, 12:15. Meet at the Hunnewell Building. Info: 384-5209/arbweb@arnarb.harvard.edu.

Meet-Ups

Knitting Group, Thursdays, 6-8pm, JP Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. Info: 524-2053.

Classes

ParkARTS Landscape watercolor painting workshop, includes instruction, all materials, and discount coupons provided by Blick Art Materials. Sat. Sept. 10, noon-2pm, Jamaica Pond Boathouse. Info: 961-3051.

Children’s Theater Project offers year-round theater classes for children ages 5–7. Tuesday afternoons, 4–5pm for fifteen weeks during Fall and Winter/ Spring terms. 7a Eliot Street, Info: Carol Gallagher, 913-8951.

Call to Artists

UFORGE Gallery and Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, in celebration of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library’s 100th Birthday, invite artists to portray the library’s history. The theme for this exhibit is: Turning the Page: Dewey to Digital. Submissions should be no larger than 24 x 36 inches. All submissions will be part of a live auction event during the Gala Celebration on Sat., Oct. 22. Info: info@uforgegallery.com with “Call to Artists: TURNING THE PAGE: Dewey to Digital” in the subject line.

Urban Nutcracker 2011 youth cast auditions, seeking experienced young dancers ages 8-16. Advanced ballet students, ages 16-18, with strong technique required should attend the adult audition at 11 a.m. Sept. 11. Ages 8-11, 1:30pm; ages 12-16, 3pm. Tony Williams Dance Center, The Brewery, 1st Floor, 284 Amory St. Info: 524-3066/balletrox.org.