Sights and sounds, 11/4/11

The final, last-minute deadline for listings is noon, Nov. 15 for the Nov. 18 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

JP Grazing Spree, support JP’s restaurants, bakeries and cafes. Pick up a Taste of JP Passport and collect stamps for a raffle & $10 off Taste of JP admission. Through Thurs., Nov. 17. 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:

“First Fridays” Youth Open Mic, featuring Ritmo en Accion youth dance troupe of Hyde Square Task Force and the Inner Strength Gospel Choir of Boston University.  Fri., Nov. 4th, 6-8:30pm, food and drink, $5-10 suggested for those 25+.  Info: [email protected]/524-8992.

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

Fall Bazaar, Ukrainian foods, bake sale, white elephant, clothing, jewelry, toys, raffles. Sat. Nov. 5, 10am-3pm, Sun., Nov. 6, 12-2pm. St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 24 Orchardhill Rd. Info:

Boylston Congregational Church fair, clown, face painting, popcorn, balloons. Sat., Nov. 5, 10am-2pm, kids’ corner 11am-12:30pm. 207 Amory St.

JP Rocks and Rolls Fair, records, clothing, food, crafts, arts, jewelry. Sun., Nov. 6, noon-4pm. Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info:

Our Lady of the Cedars Bazaar, country store, white elephant, raffles, face painter, more. Fri., Nov. 11 & Sat., Nov. 12, 10am-9pm, Sun., Nov. 13., 10am-3pm. 61 Rockwood St.

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, Dec. 1: 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., Nov. 5, a concert to benefit the capital campaign, with featured performers Mark Richardson, violin and James Staples, piano.St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Avenue, $10, 4pm. Info:

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.


“Streetscape Moments: Photographs of Jamaica Plain,” photographs by Robin Radin. Opening reception Sat., Nov. 12 6-8pm, on view Thurs., Nov. 10 through Sun., Dec. 11., UForge Gallery, 767 Centre St. Info:

Color prints by Jannine Fonte, through Mon., Dec. 5. James’s Gate, 5 McBride St. Info: 683-1760.

Connolly Branch Library: Mon., Nov. 21, 6:30pm: “Art to inspire people to vote” paintings by  Janet Cormier. 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Female x Female, local female artists focusing on the female figure. Through Sun., Nov. 27, 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.

Photographs by Mark Saperstein, highlighting one youth, alum, or person who makes Hyde Square Task Force amazing. The exhibit invites the community to learn more about the impact we make on the lives of youth. Sun., Nov. 6 through Sat. Dec. 31. Bella Luna, 284 Amory St.


Milky Way Lounge and Bella Luna, 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:


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.

Connolly Branch Library: Mon., Nov. 28, 7pm: “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese. 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.


Egleston Square’s Community Dinner, hosted by Egleston Square Main Streets. $10, Thurs., Nov. 10, 6-8pm, Greater Egleston Community High School, 3134 Washington St. Info: [email protected].

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:


Connolly Branch Library: Mon., Nov. 21, 6:30pm: Bilingual family storytime for Thanksgiving. Tuesdays through Nov. 15, 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: Wed., Nov. 9, 3:30pm: wordjam, creative writing for school-aged kids. 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.

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

Botany of Thanksgiving, Professor Pamela Diggle will lecture on the plant anatomy and physiology of the fruits, vegetables and tubers that become the traditional meal. Wed., Nov. 16, 7-8:30pm, Weld Hill Research Building, 1300 Centre St. Info:

Walking tours of Forest Hills Cemetery, Nov. 19, 2:30pm: African American Notables. $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.

Community Hu, sing Hu, a love song to God. Sun., Nov. 20, 6-6:30pm, 45 Danforth St. Info: 781-330-4402/[email protected].


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 St., Info: Carol Gallagher, 913-8951.

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

Collaborative collage class, with Lynn Waskelis, Emma Rhodes & Laura Balzell. Work together making collage from used texts. For sophisticated artists as well as beginners. Sun., Nov. 13, 1-4pm, $65, register/info:

Intro to Photography class, taught by Ali Farhoodi. Sat., Nov. 5 & 12 & Dec. 3, noon-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:

Seeking artists’ proposals for workshops, a collaboration between the Eliot School and UForge Gallery, which will complement the gallery’s monthly themes. Deadline Fri., Nov. 18. Info: [email protected].

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