Sights and Sounds, 4/13/12

(Image Courtesy Heather Reynolds) INFLUENTIAL ART “Underwater 1,” an oil painting on canvas by Heather Reynolds, is among the works showing in “Under the Influence,” a Jamaica Plain Open Studios juried exhibition running through May 4 at the Footlight Club.

The deadline for listings is noon, April 24 for the April 27 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

Kush Groove Clothing Company spring line launch, to support The Urbano Project. Fri., April 20, 6pm, 284 Amory St. Info:

Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League Opening Day parade & celebration, Sat. April 21. Parade 9am from Eliot School, 24 Eliot St. Opening Day ceremony, 10am, Daisy Field. Info:

Hot Jazz Cool Neighborhood, fund-raiser for Egleston Sq. Main Streets. Wed., April 25, 6-9pm, Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St., $10. Info:

Campaign for Southern Equality fundraiser, working to promote equality for LGBT people in the South, supported by Hope Church. Wed., April 25, 6-8pm, Bella Luna/the Milky Way, 284 Amory St. Info: [email protected]

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

Wake Up the Earth Festival & Parade, Sat., May 5, parade assembly at 10:30am, parade 11:30am, from Curtis Hall. Info: 524-1305.

First Thursdays, community art shows and walkabout, throughout Centre & South streets. Thurs., May 6. After party at 670 Centre St., featuring group art show of works on paper bags, 8-9:30pm. Info:

Lilac Sunday at the Arboretum, with tours, music and children’s activities. Sun., May 13, 10am-4pm. Info:

Bikes Not Bombs Bike-a-thon, ride 15-65 miles to raise money to support BNB’s youth programs. Sun., June 3. Info:


Youth Open Mic nights, rappers, musicians, dancers, comedians, actors, poets, etc. welcome. First Fridays: April 13, May 4, June 1. First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. Info: [email protected]/524-3992.

JP Concerts: Sat., Apil 14, 4pm: Sarah’ Salon. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave., $10. Info:

Loring-Greenough House: April 22: Quilisma Consort. May 6: Jeremy Quick Duo. $15, call for reservations. Info: 524-3158/[email protected]

Hungry for Music, dining & music with Chris North & So Sol, to benefit JP Music Fest. April 19, 7-10pm, Tres Gatos, 470 Centre St. Info: 477-4851.


Of the Egg in the Heart, photographs printed in the inside of eggshells. Through April 27, The Hallway Gallery, 66a South St. Info:

JP to Me: Unseen, group show. Through April 29, UForge Gallery,  767 Centre St. Info: 553-4480.

“Under the Influence” Juried Show, with JP Open Studios artists. Though May 4, Footlight Club, 7A Eliot St. Info:

Make Way for Penguins, paintings by Laure Dennery. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.


Traditional Irish Ceili dances, set dances, céilí dances, two-hands, and traditional tunes for all to enjoy. Sat., April 28th, 6pm Lesson, 7-10pm dancing and music, Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St. $10. Info: 872-5993.

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, 6 Eliot St. Info:


Poetic Convergence at Forest Hills Cemetery. Boston Poetry Slam with Simone Beaubien, May 27, 2pm, 95 Forest Hills Ave. Adm. $5. Info:

Book discussions at the Connolly: Mon, April 23, 7pm: In the Time of the Butterflies. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Chapter and Verse reading series: April 13, 7:30pm: Gail Mazur, Lloyd Schwarts, Susanna Kittredge. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. $5. Info:


Wild Party, a musical about the Roaring Twenties. April 13, 14, 8pm, Footlight Club, 7A Eliot St. Info:

“Olmsted and Whitman – The Civil War Years”, two one-man shows by Gerry Wright. Sun., April 22, 7pm, First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St. Info: 524-7070/[email protected]

Speak Out. Act Up. Move Forward. A performance, media, and sound design project about trust, protest, and making your voice heard. Fri., May 11, 6-8pm. Urbano Project, 284 Amory St. Info: 983-1007.

Zen Sword & Karate demonstration, A Shim Gum Do (Mind Sword Path) scholarship fundraiser. Sun., April 22, 3-5pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St., Info: [email protected]


Wednesday night Radical Movie Series at Lucy Parson Center, ongoing. 358A Centre St. Info:


Girls Rock Camp Boston, week-long all-girl music camp. Applications now open, July 16-20, Aug. 6-10. Info:

Connolly Branch Library: Sat. April 14, 11am: “Mariachi Véritas” in concert. Tues.., April 17, 10:30am: Concert with Cheryl Melody. 2pm: Caravan Puppets. Thurs., April 19, 11am: Green Golly and Her Golden Flute. April 23, 6:30pm: family pajama story time. Sat. April 28, 10am: ReadBoston stories & singing for infants, toddlers & their families. Mon., April 30, 6:30pm: La Piñata dance performance for Dia de los Niños, with performances from Latin America & Caribbean. Tuesdays, 10:30am: reading readiness spring story time. Please register. Wednesdays, 10:30am: Children’s Films. Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm; 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, 10:30am: Babies and book sat the library. 4pm: homework help. 2044 Columbus Ave. Info: 445-4340.

Jamaica Plain Library: Sat., April 21, 9-11am: Appreciate your library, arts, crafts. Sat., April 28, 10am-1:30pm: 60th anniversary of Friends Of group tea party. 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.

Family art class, wheelchair accessible, Tuesdays 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/[email protected]

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. 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 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/[email protected]

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


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

Egleston Orchard work days: April 22, May 12, 27, June 9, 24, July 7, 22, August 4, 19, Sept. 1, 16, 29. Info: [email protected]

Tours & Talks

Bird Walks: Sat. April 21, 28, May 5, 19: Arnold Arboretum, inside the main gate, 8am, with Bob Mayer and Marc Devokaitis, 90 minutes. Info: Sun., May 6: Olmsted Park, 9am, with Frederick Law Olmsted aka Gerry Wright and Stephen Baird. Meet at Daisy Field parking lot. Info: Sun., May 13: Bussey Brook Meadow, South Street gate, Arnold Arboretum, with Bob Mayer, 8am, 90 minutes. Info: [email protected] Fri., May 18: Franklin Park, 7am, with Stephen Baird, meet at Mother’s Rest picnic areaInfo:


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.

Salsa dancing lessons, Wednesdays, beginning April 25, 7:15-8:45pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St., $15. Info: 635-5193.

Shim Gum Do (Mind Sword Path), zen sword, karate & meditation classes, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: 429-8024/[email protected]

UForge Gallery: “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.

Buddhist meditation classes, Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, through April 19, $10. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7 Revere St. Info:

MindBody/Health Promotion Center offers yoga, meditation and stress reduction classes.  10 Green St. Info: 983-4226.

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:

The Arnold Arboretum seeks entries for the annual juried exhibit “Artists in the Arboretum.”  This year’s theme: Looking Closely. Info:

Annual Congressional Art Competition, open for submissions, and all entries must be received by Tues., May 1. Info: 428-2000/

MBTA Art, bold, eye-catching images that promote sustainable, car-free transportation choices in the Boston area. The winning posters will be displayed on MBTA trains and buses. Info: [email protected]

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