Sights and Sounds, 12/16/11

The deadline for listings is noon, Jan. 3 for the Jan. 6 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

Craft Fair, sponsored by UForge Gallery and Eliot Hall. Sat., Dec. 17 and Sun., Dec. 18, 11am-5pm, at the Footlight Club. 7a Eliot St. Info: [email protected]

Annual Jamaica Pond Winter Solstice celebration, Sun., Dec. 18, 1pm: Haiku and nature poetry open reading featuring the Jamaica Pond Poets Dorothy Derifield, Carolyn Gregory, Susanna Kittredge, Jim LaFond Lewis and Sandra Storey plus guest poet Jeffrey Chasin. 2pm: Winter Solstice bird walk with Frederick Law Olmsted (Gerry Wright). Info: 524-7070/[email protected]

Chanukah Party at Nehar Shalom, enjoy latkes, dreidels and chanukah gelt, candle-lighting, and live klezmer music. Sun. Dec. 25h, 4-6pm, 43 Lochstead Ave. $10. Info:


JP Concerts: Sat., Dec. 17, 4pm: A Christmas Concert for the Community, with Erin Holmes, Soprano; D’Anna Fortunato, Mezzo-soprano; Michael Calmès, Tenor; Philip Lima, Baritone; Carl Wrubel, Baritone; William Merrill, Piano. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave., $10. Info:

Greenough House Parlor Concert Series, Sun., Dec. 18, 3pm: Harpsichordist Judith Conrad with the Delight Consort (Paul Ukleja, Cornett, Recorder, Irish Tinwhistle Otto Guzman, Cello, Cornett and Recorder Frank Fitzpatrick, Recorder, Sackbut). $15, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: 524-3158.

notloB concert series: Jan. 14: Jenni Lyn Gardner and Friends, $11 suggested. Jan. 21: Susie Burke and David Surette, $15 suggested. Feb. 4: Julie Metcalf and Andy Reiner, $10 suggested. Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: [email protected]


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.

Photographs by Mark Saperstein, highlighting one youth, alum, or person who makes Hyde Square Task Force amazing. Through Sat., Dec. 31. Bella Luna, 284 Amory St.

Landscape photographs by Robin Radin, through mid-January. JP Seafood Café lounge, 730 Centre St. Info: 983-5177.

Cuban Moments, photos by Kerri Schmidt. Reception Mon. Jan. 9, 6pm. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.


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:


Book discussion, “Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy” by Carlos Eire. Mon., Jan. 23, 7pm. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Book signing, author-photographer Cathryn Griffth discusses her book “Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage.” Includes a 20-minute film and book signing. Mon., Jan. 30, 6:30pm. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.


MassMouth, Sunday spoken word themed story slams. 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]


¡Salud! about the Cuban health care system. Mon., Feb. 6, 6pm. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Radical films at Lucy Parson Center, 7pm: Dec. 19: “Ciclovida.” Dec. 21: “Wasteland.” Dec. 28: “Gasland.” 358A Centre St. Info:


The Haven: Mon. Dec. 26: Boxing Day present swap, free Scottish Tunnock’s Snowball. 9pm. Sat., Dec. 31: Hogmanay, featuring a three-course prix fixe menu, champagne toast, live music and a fireball ceremony. $35. Mon. Jan. 23-Wed., Jan. 25: Burns Suppers, celebrating Scotland’s national poet and lyricist Robert Burns. With full four-course dinner, Scottish craft beer, readings of Burns’s poetry, live music, and Scottish country dancing, $65. Info:


Connolly Branch Library: Mon., Dec. 19, 6:30pm: Winter Holiday party and sing-along. Mon. Jan. 23, 6:30pm: family storytime in English and Spanish. 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: Mon. Dec. 19, 10:15am: Period instrument demonstration. Tuesdays, 10:30am: preschool storytime, featuring puppets, songs games and fingerplays. Wednesdays, 4pm, homework help. 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.

Kids Christmas Movie, Boylston Church, 207 Amory St., Fri., Dec. 16, 5-7pm. Info: [email protected]

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. Holiday Ornaments for Kids event, Sat., Dec. 17, 3-5pm. 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

Lectures at the Arboretum: The Evolution of Big, lecture by Arboretum Director Ned Friedman. Fri., Jan. 9, 7pm. Hunnewell Building. Advance registration is requested. 125 Arborway. Info:

New Year’s Day Walk, organized by Franklin Park Coalition. Meet at Franklin Park gold clubhouse, Sun., Jan., 1, 2pm. Info:


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


Psychodrama, Drama Therapy, and Jungian Psychology workshops, Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 7-9:30pm, Omega Theater Studio, 41 Greenough Ave. Info:

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.

Buddhist meditation classes, Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, Dec. 1-15, $10. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7 Revere St. Info:

Call to Artists

Uforge’s December assignment:  SPACE (photography). Online registration deadline Sun., Dec. 18; drop-off deadline, Sat., Dec. 31. Info:

Winter Photography Workshops, receive clues weekly via email and on the Boston Parks’ social media accounts.  Participants will capture the landmark the clues have led them to on camera and submit their photos for a chance to be selected for a four-week photography exhibit beginning Feb. 20 in Boston City Hall. Sun., Dec. 18, Jamaica Pond Boathouse. Info: [email protected]/961-3051.


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