Sights and sounds, 11/18/11

(Courtesy Photo) J-Way, a string quartet with members who are all Jamaica Plain residents, will perform Brazilian music, modern jazz and original pieces by member Tomoko Iwamoto on Nov. 20 at the Loring-Greenough House.

The final, last-minute deadline for listings is noon, Nov. 29 for the Dec. 2 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

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 DIY Craft Fair, local, creative, upcycled, eco-friendly crafts. Sun., Dec. 11, 12-4pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info:


Music and Art at Taylor House, Fri., Nov.  18, 7:30pm:  Tre Corda,  Jazz. 50 Burroughs St. Info: [email protected]

JP Concerts: Sat., Nov. 19, 4pm, Gut Reaction with Byron Schenkman, harpsichord; Jason Fisher, viola; Jesse Irons, violin; Michael Unterman, cello; and Sarah Darling, violin & viola. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Avenue, $10, 4pm. 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.

2nd Annual Charity for Youth Concert, with The Macrotones, Kina Zoré and Uhuru Africa, fundraising for Roxbury Youthworks and Sociedad Latina. Fri., Dec. 9, The Milky Way, 284 Amory St. Info:

Greenough House Parlor Concert Series, Sun. Dec. 4, 3pm: Adam Levin, guitar, and William Knuth, violin. $15, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: 524-3158.


“Streetscape Moments: Photographs of Jamaica Plain,” photographs by Robin Radin. On view 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. 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., Through Sat., 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. 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:


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

Chapter and Verse literary reading series, Fri., Dec. 2, 7:30pm: Peter Bates, Joe Bergin, Marcia Karp. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info:


MassMouth, Sunday spoken word themed story slams. Dec. 11: Gifts. Jan. 8: Resolution. Feb. 12: Cupid. March 11: semi-finals. $8 ahead/$10 at the door. Doyle’s Café, 3484 Washington St. Info: [email protected]


Connolly Branch Library: Mon., Nov. 21, 6:30pm: Bilingual family storytime for Thanksgiving. 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. 30: WordJam, creative writing program from school-aged kids. 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: Toddler/preschool storytime. 3pm: Creative Drama Children. Wednesdays, 10:30am, baby and books. Mondays-Fridays, 3:30-5:30pm: homework assistance. 12 Sedgwick St., Info: 524-2053.

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, Nov. 19, 2:30pm: African American Notables. $9, Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave. Info:

Bird Walk at Jamaica Pond, led by Friends of Jamaica Pond’s Gerry Wright. Sat. Nov. 19, 8am, Jamaica Pond Boathouse. Info: [email protected]

Lectures at the Arboretum: Deadly Nightshades: From Potatoes to Poisons, lecture by Gregory J. Anderson, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut. Wed., Dec. 7, 7-8:30pm, $15, Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway. Ginkgo: A Fresh Look at a Living Fossil, lecture by Peter Del Tredici, Senior Research Scientist. Tues., Dec. 13, 7-8:30pm, Weld Hill Research Building, Arnold Arboretum, 1300 Centre Street. Registration required. Info:


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 Photography class, taught by Ali Farhoodi. Sat., Dec. 3, noon-3pm. $125-$250, Boston Neighborhood Network, 3025 Washington St. Info:

Buddhist meditation classes, Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, Dec. 1-15; Sat., Dec. 10, 10am-1pm. $10. 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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