Sights and Sounds, 10/21/11

The final, last-minute deadline for listings is noon, Nov. 1 for the Nov. 4 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.


Dog Parade and Fashion Show, organized by JP BAPA and JP Centre/South Main Streets. Parade starts at the First Baptist Church and finishes at the South Street Mall with a fashion show and judging. Sat., Oct. 29, noon to 2 p.m. Info:

Franklin Park 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:

Trick or Treat Halloween Stroll on Centre and South streets, stores will open their doors to give out candy. Look for the poster welcoming young trick-or-treaters. Mon., Oct. 31.

Halloween Party and Parade, including face painting, pumpkin decorating, and goody bags. A costume and trick-or-treating parade to 25 Hyde Square merchants will follow. After the parade, the library will screen family Halloween movies. Mon., Oct. 31, 3:30 p.m., Connolly Library, 433 Centre St.

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:

Special Events

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. Gala: Pinebank Manor Site at Jamaica Pond. Music by Afrika Gente. $100 donation. Sat., Oct. 22, 4-6pm. Info:

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:

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].

Radical Refuge: 70 Years of World Fellowship, learn about the history of an affordable, progressive oasis on 455 acres in New Hampshire with co-directors Andrew Davis and Andrea Walsh. A JP Forum event. Fri., Oct. 28, 7pm, First Church Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot St. Info:

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:

Birds Brew, featuring beer tasting, food tasting, trivia contests & bird demonstrations. Fri., Nov. 4, 7-10pm, Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St. $35 ahead, $40 at the door. Info:

Holiday Fair, rummage sale. Boylston Congregational Church, 207 Amory St., Sat., Nov. 5, 10am-2pm.

Poor Clare Christmas Bazaar, Sat., Nov. 12, 9am-3pm, Monastery of St Clare, 920 Centre St. Info: 524-1760.

Taste of Jamaica Plain, enjoy food from all over the world prepared by JP and Roslindale restaurants. Thurs., Nov. 17, 6:30pm, Cedar Hall, 61 Rockwood St. $35. Info:

First Thursdays, Thurs., Nov. 3.: 35 art openings on Centre and South Street. Craft show at the Loring Greenough House. Dec. 1: start your holiday shopping early. Craft show at the Loring Greenough House. JP Centre/South Main Streets will receive an award from Walk Boston at the Uforge Gallery. Ceremony at 7pm, reception to follow. Info:


JP Concerts: Sat., Oct. 22, Liszt Birthday bash, with soprano Megan Bisceglia accompanied by pianist Ivan Tans, and countertenor Yakov Zamir accompanied by pianist Yannick Rafalimanana. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Avenue, $10, 4pm. Info:

Jamaica Plain Library: Thurs., Nov 3, 7pm: A Musical Interlude with Miguel Cepeda. Guitarist Cepeda and sax player Joe Wang will present a program of Spanish and Portuguese songs. 12 Sedgwick St., Info: 524-2053.

Greenough House Parlor Concert Series, Nov. 6, 3pm: Pioneer Consort, playing world chamber music. $15, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: 524-3158.

Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Sat., Nov. 12, “sounds, echoes & wandering strains,” including Schubert’s B-flat Major String Trio, D. 471, Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26, the Sextet for Piano and Winds by Francis Poulenc, and Libby Larsen’s Corker for clarinet & percussion. 8pm, First Church, 66 Marlborough St. Info: 427-8200.

JP Harvest Concert, with The Whiskey Boys, Kristen Lamb, Anne’s Cordial and James Merenda. $8, Sat., Nov. 12, 8-11pm, Hope Central Church, 85 Seaverns Ave. Info:

J-Way string quartet, playing traditional Brazilian music, original pieces and other modern jazz selections. Sun., Nov. 20, 3pm. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: 524-3158.


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

Trees and Gardens, black and white photography of Boston area parks and natural areas by Joseph Flack Weiler. Reception, Sat., Nov. 5, 1-3pm. Through Dec. 18. Hunnewell Visitor Center, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway. Info:, 384-5209.

Twenty photographs, each highlighting youth, alums, parents, donors, volunteers, and neighbors who are Hyde Square Task Force, photographed and created by HSTF Board Member Mark Saperstein. Bella Luna, 284 Amory St., Nov. 6-Dec. 31.


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:


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

Jamaica Plain Library: Thurs., Nov 17, 6:30pm: “An American Radical: political prisoner in my own country” by Susan Rosenberg will be discussed.12 Sedgwick St., Info: 524-2053.


Bella Luna’s 18th birthday Bootleggers Prohibition Bash, with big band, The Mood Swings Orchestra, special 1920s dinner options and specially-themed cocktails. Fri., Nov. 11. Info:


Beyond the Myth screening, documentary about pitbulls’ bad reputation. Sat., Oct. 22, 3pm & 5:30pm. MSPCA-Angell, 350 South Huntington Ave., $10. Info: 617-522-7400.


Staged reading of “The Haunting of Hill House,” Fri., Oct. 21 & Sat., Oct. 22, 8pm. $12. Info:


Connolly Branch Library: 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 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: Thurs., Nov. 3, move it and groove it with Scott Kapnes. Songs and music to promote early literacy. Mondays, 10:30am: Preschool story craft hour. 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: Wednesdays, 10:30am, baby and books. 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:

Arboretum Family Hike, tour the late fall landscape and see how the trees and shrubs get ready for the long Boston winter. One Adult may accompany up to 4 children. Sat., Nov. 12, 1pm. Registration required. 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

Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Insect Monstrosities, Amy Stewart tackles the insects, worms, and spiders that have tormented humankind for centuries. Sat., Oct. 22, 2-3:15pm, Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Research Building, 1300 Centre St. $5-$15. Info:

Walking tours of Forest Hills Cemetery, Oct. 23, 2pm: Women of Forest Hills. Oct. 30, 2pm: Victorian Spiritualism. Nov. 19, 2:30pm: African American Notables. $9, Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave. Info:

Autumn Colors: A Mystery Revealed, lecture will explain some of the chemical processes, cellular communications, and fluid dynamics that take place within plants come fall. With David Lee, Tropical Botanist, Florida International University. Tues., Oct. 25, 7-8:30pm, Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Research Building, 1300 Centre St. $15. Info: 384-5277.

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. Nov. 1, 8, 6-8pm. $100-$150, Boston Neighborhood Network, 3025 Washington St. Info:

Intro to Photography class, taught by Ali Farhoodi. Sat., Oct. 29, Nov. 5 & 12 & Dec. 3, 12-3pm. $125-$250, Boston Neighborhood Network, 3025 Washington St. Info:

Buddhist meditation classes, Buddhist Nun, Kelsang Chokyi, will reveal how the power of our actions actually creates our experiences. Classes include talk & guided meditations. $10, Thursdays through Nov. 17, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7 Revere St. Info:

Call to Artists

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

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