Sights and Sounds, 10/7/11

The final, last-minute deadline for listings is noon, Oct. 18 for the Oct. 21 issue. Send arts and entertainment listings to [email protected]. Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

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

9th Annual Artists’ Ball to benefit JP Centre/South Main Streets, featuring music, a silent art auction and live auction. Sat., Oct. 15, 8pm-midnight, $20 in advance, 2 for $35. The ball will be chaired by board members, Richard Downey and Mary Hannon. Costumes/masks encouraged. Info:

Room 68 grand opening, with Trillium Brewery, Olmstead Wines, Pretty Things Beer, 3 Little Figs, Monumental Cupcakes and many more. Many of the featured designers will be at the store. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 15-16, 10am-10pm., 68 South St. Info: 942-7425.

Birthday Bash for the JP Library, all-day event for kids and adults to celebrate the library’s centennial, with an art auction and birthday cake. Sat. Oct. 22, 7-9:30pm, $25 ahead, $35+ at the door. Proceeds to benefit the library’s programming. 12 Sedgwick St. Info:

Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade, music by Opposite People, John and Leroy’s fresh pressed hot apple cider, empanadas by Joshua, and Fiore’s Bakery sweets. Sat. and Sun., Oct. 22-23, 6pm. Rain date  Oct. 29. Info:

OctoberFest Fiesta to benefit the JPNDC. JP food, Sam Adams beer. Wed. Oct. 26, 6-9pm, at the Brewery Complex, 284 Amory St. Info: [email protected].

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

Halloween Bike Ride, costume your bicycles and yourselves and ride at a slow pace through 18 miles of Boston, Brookline, and Cambridge. Starts and ends at Green Street T station. Mon. Oct. 31, 8pm. Info:

November First Thursday, 35 art openings on Centre and South Street. Craft show at the Loring Greenough House. Thurs., Nov. 1. Info:

December First Thursday, start your holiday shopping early with 35 art openings on Centre and South Street. Craft show at the Loring Greenough House. JP Centre/ South Main Streets will receive an award from Walk Boston at the Uforge Gallery. Thurs., Dec. 1, ceremony at 7pm, reception to follow. Info:


Dalton Letorney, 12 years old, will perform a mix of original tunes, classic rock songs, and modern day hits. Sat. Oct. 8, 2pm, Goddard House, 201 S. Huntington Ave. Info: 676-6404.

“The Art of Brass” by Wenham Street Brass, fundraising launch for multimedia project. Music, food, discussion. Thurs., Oct. 20, 48 South St. Info:

A Far Cry series: Sat. Oct. 8: “Memories,” Lully, Beethoven, Respighi and Dvorak. March 31: “Echoes”, Schmelzer, Berg, Mozart, Schoenberg. 4pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Revere Street and Roanoke Ave.

Greenough House Parlor Concert Series, Oct. 16, 3pm: jazz trio Boston Impromptu. Afternoon tea following. Nov. 6, 3pm: Pioneer Consort, playing world chamber music. $15, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: 524-3158.

notloB concert series: Oct. 20, 8pm: Flynn Cohen and the Deadstring Ensemble. Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. $15 suggested. Info: 413-658-4585/[email protected].

Union Pulse, alternative country band, at Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St., Mon., Oct. 10. Info: 524-9038.


Edges of America, paintings of Alaska and Cape Cod by Ginny Zanger. Through Oct. 9, UFORGE Gallery, 767 Centre St. Info:

“Paperclip” by Dan Golden, paintings of reconstructed paperclips, on exhibit through Oct. 30. The hallway gallery, 66A South St. Info:


Concert/dance party to benefit Earth Action’s mission of bringing science literacy and community action to Boston’s children and teens. Featuring Honky-Tonk sounds of The Mighty Silverbacks. Sun. Oct. 16, 8pm, $10. The Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St. Info: 242-4700.

Milky Way Lounge and Bella Luna, Sun. Oct 30, 5:30pm,Vento Chiaro woodwind quintet.  Cocktails and classical music. Mondays, 8pm: game night with stump trivia. Tuesdays, 7pm: Dirty Water Saloon, country-western and line dancing. Saturdays: Mango’s Latin Dance Night, 10pm, $10. 21+. At the Brewery Complex, 284 Amory St. Info:

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:


“One City One Story” selection, Richard Russo’s “The Whore’s Child” booklets, now available at branch libraries. Info:

Connolly Library: book discussion of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

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

Author Catherine Willis talks about the history of the Boston Public Library, co-sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. JP Library, 12 Sedgwick St., Thurs., Oct. 13, 6:30pm. Info: 524-2053.

“The Haunting of Hill House,” play reading at Taylor House, includes a reception with complimentary wine and beer from local brewery, Notch Session. Fri. Oct. 21, Sat. Oct 22, 8pm. $12, 50 Burroughs St. Info:


 Franklin Park Zoo, Farm Day: zookeeper encounters, make a scarecrow, special exhibitions. Sun., Oct. 16, 10:30am-3pm.  Zoo Howl : trick-or-treat among the animals. Other haunted happenings offered throughout the day include: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, howling costume contests and a haunted maze. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 29-30, 11am-3pm. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd. Info:

Connolly Branch Library: Mon. Oct. 17, 6pm: Hispanic Heritage Celebration, storytime in English and Spanish. 6:30pm: live Latin music by El grupo Chevere. Mon., Oct. 31: Happy Halloween party and parade. 3:30pm: activities and treats. 4pm: parade around Hyde Sq. 5:30pm: Halloween family movies. Tuesdays, 10:30am: reading readiness fall story time. Wednesdays, 10:30am: Children’s Films. Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm: homework assistance, Mondays, 4-6pm: homework assistance. 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

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

Jamaica Plain Library: Tuesdays, 10:30am, preschool storytime. Wednesdays, 10:30am, baby and books. 4pm, kids club, history treasure hunt. Mondays-Fridays, 3:30-5:30pm: homework assistance. 12 Sedgwick St., Info: 524-2053.

Lantern Making Workshops, for Jamaica Pond Parade. $5, Fridays 4-7pm, Sundays 11am-1pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Wednesdays 4-6:30pm, Sundays 2-4:30pm, Jamaica Pond Boathouse. Info:

Swim League, Boston Center For Youth and 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/[email protected].

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:

Learn to stiltwalk with Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Sundays, 11am-1pm, $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/[email protected].

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

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/

Tours and Talks

Walking tours of Forest Hills Cemetery, Oct. 9: Neighbors. Oct. 16: A visit with E.E. Cummings. Oct. 23: Women of Forest Hills. Oct. 30: Victorian Spiritualism. All walks at 2pm, $9. Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave. Info:

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/[email protected].


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


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.

Intro to screenwriting class, with Deborah Shariff. Tues. Oct. 11, 18, Nov. 1, 8, 6-8pm. $100-$150, Boston Neighborhood Network, 3025 Washington St. Info:

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: [email protected] with “Call to Artists: TURNING THE PAGE: Dewey to Digital” in the subject line.

Freedom Trail on Trial, a public art project and work opportunity for Boston-area public high school students. Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-6:30pm, Oct. 12-Dec. 7. Info:

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