Sights and sounds, 2/17

February 17, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Feb. 28 for the March 2 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

Tropical Fiesta, annual fundraiser for Spontaneous Celebrations, Sat., Feb 18. Family fiesta with arts & crafts, puppets, aerialists, rumba, 5-9pm, adults $15. Fiesta dance party, 9pm-midnight, 21+, $10. 45 Danforth St. Info: spontaneouscelebrations.com.

Winter Flea Market, featuring live music, T-shirt silk screening. Sun., Feb. 19, 6pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. $1 suggested. Info: jamaicaplainflea@gmail.com.

Friends of the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit fundraiser, Jacob Wirth Restaurant, 31 Stuart St., Mon., March 5, 6-8pm. Under 35, $75 ahead, $100 door. Over 35, $100 ahead, $125 door. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit. Info: 522-2700.

Annual Comedy Night to support Rebuilding Together Boston, with Harrison Stebbins, Lamont Price and Tim McIntire, $30. Thurs., March 8, 7:30pm, Nick’s Comedy Stop, 100 Warrenton St. Info: 971-0058.

5th Annual Curley K-8 School silent auction, chance to bid on items including food, wine, childcare, tickets to movies and shows & gift certificates to local restaurants, $15 suggested. Tues., March 13, 6-9pm. Info: 794-8579/incikaya34@hotmail.com.

Casino Day trips, cost include bus rides and other amenities. Sat., Sun., March 18: Newport Playhouse for ‘Never Get Smart with an Angel,” $80. Leave from St. Thomas Church on South St. Info: 524-4095.

City Lights, benefit for Italian Home for Children, with dinner, dancing & a silent auction. April 28, Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Ave. Info: 524-3116 x384.

Music

notloB concert series: March 2: Eric McDonald & Katie McNally. April 12: Darol Anger & Emy Phelps with special guest Sharon Gilchrist. Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: notlobreservations@gmail.com.

Loring-Greenough House: March 4: Libella, women’s choral quartet. March 18: Universal Village. March 4: Reincarnations, contemporary a cappella vocals. $15, call for reservations. Info: 524-3158/lghouseconcerts@aim.com.

JP Concerts: Sat., Feb. 18, 4pm: Boston Zelenka Project. $10. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave., $10. Info: jpconcerts.org.

Mistress: A Celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of America’s first poet, mistress Anne Bradstreet,” presented by Cappella Clausura, $15-$25. Sun., March 25, 4pm, First Church, 6 Eliot St. Info: clausura.org.

Exhibits

“Les Femmes d’Objets,” found object sculpture, through Feb. 26, The Hallway Gallery, 66a South St. Info: thehallwayjp.com.

UForge Gallery: “Elements”, mixed media, photography, paintings. Through February. UForge Gallery, 767 Centre St. Info: 553-4480.

 “Aviflora: Plants and the Birds That Love Them”, photography by Ted Bradford, Brooks Matthewson, Anne Haggerty and Eduardo del Solar.  Reception Feb. 18, 1-3pm. On display through March 11. Hunnewell Visitor Center, Arnold Arboretum , 125 Arborway. Info: arboretum.harvard.edu/384-5209.

Paintings by Jon Vincent at the James’s Gate Gallery. Through Feb 27. 5 McBride St. Info: 983-1760.

“Women of Hope: Latinas Abriendo Camino”, posters highlight the stories of 12 Latina women. Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Dance

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: milkywayjp.com.

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: www.lcfd.org/bgfe//512-5554.

Literary

International Women’s Poetry reading, organized by JP Centre/South Main Streets. Sun., Feb. 19, 3-5, Tres Gatos, 470 Centre St. Info: 522-0300.

Poetic Convergence at Forest Hills Cemetery. Feb. 26: Jamaica Pond Poets. March 25: Tapestry of voices. May 27: Boston Poetry Slam with Simone Beaubien. Info: foresthillstrust.org.

Book discussions at the Connolly: Feb. 27, 7pm: “Finding Nouf” by Zoë Ferraris. March 26, 7pm: “A Short History of Women: A Novel” by Kate Walbert.Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Performance

“Absurd Person Singular”, presented by the Footlight Club. Feb. 17, 18, 8PM, Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St. $16-$21. Info: footlight.org.

“In Between”, one-man show focusing on Palestinian-Israeli identity, performed by Ibrahim Miari, $15. Sun. March 4, 7:30pm, First Church UU, 633 Centre St. Info: 524-7181.

MassMouth, Sunday spoken word themed story slams. March 11: semi-finals. $8 ahead/$10 at the door. Doyle’s Café, 3484 Washington St. Info: robin@massmouth.com.

Films

“Left on Pearl”, documentary on the occupation of a Harvard building and its use as a women’s center. Discussion with filmmaker and participants following. Mon., March 12, 6:30pm, Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Youth/Families

Connolly Branch Library: Tues., Feb. 21, 10:30am: Musica! A bilingual concert with Mariana Iranzi. Thurs. Feb. 23, 10:30am: “A Fascinating Rhythm” concert feat. Cornell Coley, drum & dance performance. Mon. Feb. 27, 6:30pm: Black History pajama storytime. Mon., March 26, Women’s history month storytime. Tuesdays, 10:30am: reading readiness storytime, ages 2-4.  Wednesdays, 10:30am: Children’s Films. Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm: homework assistance, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Egleston Sq. Library: Tuesdays, 10:30am: preschool storytime, featuring puppets, songs games and fingerplays. Wednesdays, 10:30am: Babies and book sat the library. 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.

Youth Summer jobs, apply with HOPELINE by March 2. Apply: bostonyouthzone.com/byf or 635-4673.

Family art class, wheelchair accessible, Tuesdays starting Feb. 28, 10:30am-noon. Family Resource Center, 1542 Columbus Ave. Info: 522-1018.

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/Bladimil.Pujols@cityofboston.gov.

Pee Wee Basketball Clinics, Through 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/zoonewengland.org.

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: eliotschool.org.

Learn to stiltwalk with Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Sundays, 11am-1pm, $5. Info: 857-498-2438.

Toddler Drum Circle, a weekly drop-in 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., $8. Info: 935-7614/cc@afrolatin.net.

After-School Teen Welding and Teen Jewelry Workshops now available from 3-5pm on Mondays and Wednesdays at Stonybrook Fine Arts. Info: stonybrookfinearts.com.

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/ tribal-rhythms.org/teen_application.html.

Meet-Ups

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

Classes

Buddhist meditation classes, Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, Through February 23rd, $10. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7 Revere St. Info: meditationinmass.org/jamaica-plain 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.

Shim Gum Do (Mind Sword Path), zen sword, karate & meditation classes, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: 429-8024/mushimgum@gmail.com.

UForge Gallery: “Unseen”, documentary photography. Tuesdays, Feb. 21- March 13, 7-9pm, $205. “Manipulation”, mixed media. Tuesdays, May 1-22, 7-9pm, $175. “Spectrum”, painting, Wednesdays, May 30 – June 20, $205. “Stories”, assemblage, Tues., June 19, 7-8:30pm, $85 or Saturdays, 9:30-11:30am, June 23 – July 14, $175. UForge Gallery, 767 Centre St. Info: 553-4480.

Call to Artists

Speak out, act up, move forward, a performance, media, and sound design project and work opportunity for Boston-area public high school students. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-6:30pm, Through May 17. Info: urbanoproject.org/artistsProjects.php