Sights and Sounds, 5/25/12

The deadline for listings is noon, June 5 for the June 8 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon and Green Roots Festival, Weds., June 6, ride 8-11:30am, festival: noon-5pm, Stony Brook T Station at Amory and Boylston Sts., Registration required for ride. Info:

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

JPNDC 35th anniversary celebration, Sat., June 9, noon-2pm: Annual Meeting, 2-4pm: Community celebration with live music, food & fun activities, Blessed Sacrament Campus, 365 Centre St. Info: 522-2424/

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


JP Concerts: Sat., May 26: Mount Auburn String Quartet. Mon., May 28, 4pm: Janus Opera. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave., $10. Info:

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.

Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society, historical music on fiddle, guitar, accordion, mandolin, dulcimer, bodhran and pogo-cello, performed in historical costumes, Sun., June 3, 3pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. $15. Info: 781-348-3719.


Zoorassic Park, animatronic dinosaurs, May 26-Sept. 3, Franklin Park Zoo. Adm. $4. Info: 541-5466/

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:

Sabor Latino: paintings & photos by Latino artists. through June 30, reception June 4, 6-7:45pm. Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.


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

Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens, book talk with author Andrea Wulf, Weds., May 30, 7-8:30pm, Weld Hill Research Building, Arnold Arboretum, 1300 Centre St. $20. Info: 384-5277.

Our Aging Society: What Will the Future Look Like?, book talk by Dr. Joseph B. Martin, former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University and current Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. Mon., June 4, 4pm, Sherrill House, 135 S. Huntington Ave. Info: [email protected].

Book discussions at the Connolly: Mon., June 25, 7pm: “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.


Three Sisters, Anton Chekov’s comedy about three provincial sisters who long to go to Moscow, adaptation by David Mamet, presented by Footlight Club, June 1, 2, 8 and 9, 8pm, Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St. $16-$21. Info:

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

Whatever You Do, You Can’t Snitch, play about bullying for ages 13 and older, written by the youths of the Hyde Square Task Force, based on real events, Thurs., June 7, 4:30pm, Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey, storyteller Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain, Fri., June 15 and Sat., June 16, 6:30pm, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Jamaicaway. $20. Info:


Radical Movie Series, Weds., May 30: “XXY.” Lucy Parson Center, 358A Centre St. Info:

Gasland for Transition, Weds., May 30, 7pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Info: [email protected].

Salaam Isfahan, documentary about Iran on the eve of June 2009 elections, Tues., May 29, 7pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: 524-3158.


Connolly Branch Library: Fri., June 1, 10:30am: “Take me out to the ball game” story time, ages 2+. 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: June 14, 6:30pm: Black Americans on postage stamps, presented by Kantigi Camara. 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 27, June 9, 24, July 7, 22, August 4, 19, Sept. 1, 16, 29. Info: [email protected].

Tours & Talks

Forest Hills Cemetery walking tours, “Answering the Call,” military figures, Sun., May 27, 2pm; Sun., June 3, 2pm: “Women Who Wanted Something Better,” Sun., June 3, 2pm; Anne Sexton and E.E. Cummings, Sun., June 10, 2pm; “Independent Thinkers,” Sun., July 1, 2pm. Info:

Jamaica Plain Historical Society, history walking tours: Brookside neighborhood, from Stony Brook T Station, Boylston & Lamartine Sts., Sat., May 26, 11am; Hyde Square neighborhood, Sat., June 2, 11 am, from Sorella’s restaurant, 388 Centre St. Info:

Guided tour of Franklin Park, offered by the National Park Service/Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Sun., June 17, 10am, meet at picnic tables across from Shattuck Hospital, rain or shine. Info: 566-1689 x221.


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: “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.


Walk around Jamaica Pond, fund-raiser for Connolly and JP Branch libraries, Sat., June 2, 1-4pm, suggested donation $5; registration at Jamaica Pond Boathouse. Info:

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

Flea Market & Plant Sale, clothing, household items, perennials.  Sat., June 2, 9am-3pm & Sun., June 3, noon-3pm, St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 24 Orchardhill Rd. Info

JP Music Festival benefit: The Hot, The Mild, and The Spicy, cook-off & square dance, Sun., June 3, noon-5pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. $7. Info:

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

Taste of Legacy Place Under the Stars, food sampling to benefit The Italian Home for Children, Thurs., June 21, 6:30-9pm, Legacy Place Parking Garage, 680 Legacy Pl., Dedham. $30-$35. Info: Julie Clerc, 524-3116.

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