Sights and Sounds, 5/11/12

(Courtesy Photo) ALL THAT JAZZ: Internationally known jazz trumpeter Phil Grenadier (above) will join saxophonist George Garzone (not pictured) in concert May 20 at Forest Hills Cemetery’s Forsyth Chapel.

The deadline for listings is noon, May 22 for the May 25 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

Lilac Sunday at the Arboretum, with tours, music and children’s activities. Sun., May 13, 10am-4pm, 125 Arborway. Info:

First Thursdays, community art shows and walkabout, throughout Centre & South streets. Thurs., June 7. Info:

JPNDC 35th anniversary celebration, Sat., June 9, Blessed Sacrament Campus, 365 Centre St. noon-2pm: Annual Meeting, 2-4pm: Community celebration with live music, food & fun activities. Info:

Lantern Festival, with dance performances and lantern designing. Thurs., July 12, Forest Hills Cemetery lake, 95 Forest Hills Ave. Info:


JP Music Fest benefit, with theme “Life Is a Carnival: Songs of Levon Helm & The Band,” and open mic, Tues., May 22, 8pm, Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St. $7. Info/RSVP:

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

Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band concert, Sat., May 12, 2pm, Goddard House, 201 S. Huntington Ave. Info:

Jazz concert, with George Garzone & Phil Grenadier. Sun., May 20, 2pm, Forsyth Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery. Info:

JP Concerts: Mon., May 28, 4pm: Janus Opera. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave., $10. Info:

notloB concert series: May 23: Jim Hurst. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: [email protected].

Taylor House Music & Art series, Fri., May 11, 7:30pm: Ben Schwendener Trio. 50 Burroughs St., $10 suggested. Info:


Collage by Jessica Burko, through May 31, Jameson & Thomson Fine Art Services, 15 Greenview Ave. Info:

Natural Curiosity: A retrospective of images by Gordon Morrison, Through July 1, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway. 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:


Book discussion, Kazi Toure and other former political prisoners will be discussing David Gilbert’s “Love and Struggle.” Thurs., May 17, 7pm, Lucy Parson Center, 358A Centre St. Info:

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

Book discussions at the Connolly: May 21, 7pm: Unbroken, A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Social Justice Book group, Thurs., May 17: “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. 6:30pm, JP Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St., Info: 524-2053.

Chapter and Verse reading series: May 11: Gary Duehr, Karen Miller, Margaret Young. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. $5. Info:


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.

Artes Pa’lante, youth performances. Fri., May 11, 6pm, English High School, 144 McBride St. Info:

Over the Line, psychological rock opera about ideology, indoctrination, unwritten rules, and inner transformation. Sat., June 2, 6 & 9pm, $10, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info:


Wednesday night Radical Movie Series, May 16: “Libertarias.” May 23: “We Still Live Here/as Nutyauean.” May 30: “XXY.” Lucy Parson Center, 358A Centre St. Info:

Salaam Isfahan, documentary by Sanaz Azari. The director takes the pulse of Iran on the eve of June 2009 elections. Tues., May 29, 7pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: 524-3158.

Films at the Connolly Library, Mon., May 14, 6:30pm: Locked Out. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.


Annual Voices & Visions creative writing & art exhibit, featuring artwork from children in The Home’s many programs. Thurs., May 17, 4-7pm, Fri., May 18, 9am-2pm, The Home for Little Wanderers, 161 S. Huntington Ave.

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

Connolly Branch Library: Mon., May 21, 10:30am: family pajama storytime. 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: 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: May 12, 27, June 9, 24, July 7, 22, August 4, 19, Sept. 1, 16, 29. Info: [email protected].

Tours & Talks

Charlie Kelleher Fun Run/Walk, to benefit the Italian Home for Children. Sat., May 12, at Forest Hills Cemetery. Registration 8am, $20, race 9am. Info: 524-4396.

Guided walking tours, conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, Sat., May 12: Monument Square neighborhood. Sat., May 19: Sumner Hill neighborhood. 11am, from the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street. Info:

Guided walk of Olmsted Park, led by National Park Service ranger. Sun., May 13, 1pm, meet at Daisy Field parking lot on Willow Pond Rd., rain or shine. Info: 566-1689.

Bird Walks: May 5, 19: Arnold Arboretum, inside the main gate, 8am, with Bob Mayer and Marc Devokaitis, 90 minutes. 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 area. Info:

Forest Hills Cemetery walking tours, Sun., May 27, 2pm: Answering the call, military figures. Sun., June 3, 2pm: Women who wanted something better. Sun., June 10, 2pm: Anne Sexton & E.E. Cummings. Sun., July 1, 2pm: Independent thinkers. Info:

Jamaica Pond Walk, guided by a National Park Service Ranger, covering history & design, rain or shine. Sun., May 20, 1-3pm. Meet at Jamaica Pond Boathouse. Info: 566-1689 x216.


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, 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, through May 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.


Spring Flea, vintage clothes, books, crafts. Sun., May 13, 10am-4pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: [email protected].

Friends of the JP Branch Library book sale, Fri., May 18, 10am-4pm & Sat., May 19, 9:30am-1pm, JP Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St., Info: 524-2053.

Walk around Jamaica Pond, fundraiser for Connolly and JP Branch libraries. Suggested donation $5. Registration at Jamaica Pond Boathouse, June 2, 1-4pm. Info:

JP Spring Fair, crafts, BBQ, local plants, used books. Sat., June 2, 11am-4pm, rain or shine. First Church, 6 Eliot St. Info: [email protected].

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

Hyde Sq. Task Force 5k, to benefit youth community leadership programs. Multiday, June 5-9. Info: [email protected].

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:

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