Sights and Sounds, 1/6/12

The deadline for listings is noon, Jan. 17 for the Jan. 20 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

¡Plenazo Parrandero!, concert, dance and dinner, featuring Grupo Chévere, Jorge Arce and Raíz de Plena, Mista B Style and food by Norma’s Catering. Sat., Jan., 14, 7pm, $25, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: 842-2228.


JP Concerts: Sat., Jan. 7, 4pm: haute-contre Yakov Zamir and pianist Ivan Tan perform Franz Schubert’s Winterreise. $10. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave., $10. Info:

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]


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.

“Space,” photography of artists’ environment. Through Jan. 29. UForge Gallery, 767 Centre St. Info: 553-4480.

Paintings by Sasja Lucas & Steven Blacher, on display through Jan. 31. Prudential Unlimited, 683 Centre St. Info:


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:


“The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson book discussion. Thurs., Jan. 19, 6:30pm, JP Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St., Info: 524-2053.

“Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy” by Carlos Eire book discussion. 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.

Chapter and Verse reading series: Fri. Jan. 13, 7:30pm: Tom Daley, Karen D’Amato, Lynne Potts. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. $5. Info:


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]


“The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces” short movie & forum, with Dr. Walter Willet, Streetsblog founder Aaron Naparstek &greenway expert Peter Furth. Mon., Jan. 9, 5:30-8pm, Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

JP Music Fest 2011 video screening, rough cuts of two documentaries about the music festival, also filming new interviews with anyone who attended/participated, Sun., Jan. 15, 8pm, Brendan Behan Pub, 378 Centre St. Info:

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


The Haven: 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: Jan. 17, 10:30am: reading readiness winter storytime, for children 2-4 with an adult. 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: Tuesdays, 10:30am: preschool storytime, featuring puppets, songs games and fingerplays. Wednesdays, 4pm, homework help. 2044 Columbus Ave. Info: 445-4340.

Jamaica Plain Library: Tues., Jan. 17, 3pm: creative drama. 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]

Pee Wee Basketball Clinics, Mon., Jan. 23-Mon. March 26, Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath St. Info: Rico or Robert, 635-5198.

Playful Paws Playgroups, each class may include storytime, animal encounters, biofacts, crafts. For kids 18 months-3 years with a parent. $8-$10, Wednesdays, 10:15-11am, registration required. Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd. Info: 989-3742/

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:


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:

Buddhist meditation classes, Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, January 12th – February 23rd, $10. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7 Revere St. Info: 508-979-8277.

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.

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