Sights and Sounds, 7/6/12

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

Special Events

Lantern Festival, Japanese festival to honor the dead, with dance performances and lantern designing, Thurs., July 12, 6-9pm, Forest Hills Cemetery lake, 95 Forest Hills Ave. Info:

Circle the City Open Streets, car-free streets between Franklin Park and Jamaica Pond, Sun., July 15, 11am-4pm. Info:

Summer Nights Out, fun, health & education, Wed., July 18 & 25, Aug. 1, 8 & 15, 6pm, Blessed Sacrament patio, 365 Centre St. Info: [email protected].

First Thursdays, community art shows and walkabout, throughout Centre & South streets, Thurs., Aug. 2, 6-8pm. Info:


Youth Open Mic nights, rappers, musicians, dancers, comedians, actors, poets, etc. welcome. Fri., July 6. First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. Info: [email protected]/524-3992.

Concerts in Franklin Park, Tues., July 10, 11am: Marcus Santos & Grooversity. 6pm: The E-Water Band. Tues., July 17, 11am: OrigiNation. 6pm: Elan Trotman. Tues., July 24, 11am:Roberto Clemente 21 Dancers opening for the Floor Lords. 6pm: Athene Wilson. Tues., July 31, 11am: Stajez Dance Troupe. 6pm: Ray Greene & Innervisions. Elma Lewis Playhouse in Franklin Park. Info:

Tito Puente Concert Series with pre-party, Thurs., July 12, 5pm: pre-party, HSTF Youth Community Development Center, behind Blessed Sacrament Church. 7pm: concert, Mozart Park, Centre St. Info:

Summer Sundays at Pinebank Promontory, 6pm. July 8: Boston Opera Colaborative. July 15: Boston Landmarks Orchestra Brass. July 22: Metropolitan Wind Symphony. July 29: A Far Cry. Info:

Gypsy Jazz, with Robert Flax & Sasha Kern, Sun., Aug. 15, 2pm, Goddard House, 201 S. Huntington Ave. Info:

Iberica music festival, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7 Revere St.: Sat., Aug. 18, 5:30pm & 8pm: Spanish Opera and Zarzuela concert. Fri., Aug 24, 5:30pm & 8pm: Cupid’s Arrow concert. Sat., Aug. 25, 5:30pm: Spanish oratorio and Sephardic cantata concert. 8pm: James Nicolson virginal recital and Voice and baroque guitar concert. First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St.: Mon., Aug. 27, 8pm: James Nicolson virginal recital and voice and baroque guitar concert. Info: [email protected]


Urbano Project’s Summer Artists’ Projects, “Attendant,” July 9-13. “Wonders of the Real,” July 9-Aug. 15. “Mapping Exclusion,” July 10-Aug. 16. 29 Germania St. Info: 983-1007.


West African dance classes, taught by Zucan, a principal dancer with the Drum and Spirit of African Society. Mondays, 7:30-9pm, English High School, 144 McBride St. Info: 359-1552.

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:


Poetry & Beer, a Carpenter Poets celebration of a heavenly brew with Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish. Sat., July 14, 1-3pm, James’s Gate, 5-11 McBride St. Info:

Book discussions at the Connolly: Mon., July 23, 7pm: “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

JP Forum: Thurs., July 12, 7-9pm: The Education of a White Parent: Wrestling with Race and Opportunity in the Boston Public Schools. First Church in Jamaica Plain UU, 6 Eliot St. Info:


Connolly Branch Library: Mon., July 9, 6:30pm: Stuffed animal sleepover story time. Wed., July 11, 2pm: Creatures of the Night. Mon., July 16, 6:30pm: Creatures of the Night. Wed., July 18, 2pm: Lobster of the Sea. Mon., July 23, 6:30pm: Make a dream catcher. Tues., July 24, 10:30am: Wheelock Family Theatre story troupers. Wed., July 25, 2pm: paper mosaic crafts with Anita Barnes. Mon., July 30, 6:30pm: Family potluck picnic. Wed., Aug. 1, 2pm: “Many Moons” puppet show. Wed., Aug. 8, 2pm: design a collage dream room. Tuesdays, 10:30am: Toddler & pre-school story time. Wednesdays, 10:30am: children’s films. Thursdays, 11:15am: ReadBoston storymobile. 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. 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. 12 Sedgwick St., Info: 524-2053.

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

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: July 7, 22, August 4, 19, Sept. 1, 16, 29. Info: [email protected].

Tours & Talks

Jamaica Plain Historical Society guided tours, Sat., July 7, 11am: Sumner Hill, meet at Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., Sat., July 14, 11am: Stony Brook/Brookside neighborhood, meet at Stonybrook MBAT station. Info: 522-1150.

Bicycle tour of JP & Roslindale Urban Wilds, two-hour ride, must provide own bicycle & helmet, all levels welcome, registration required. Sat., July 14, 10am, corner of Nira Avenue & Day Street. Info: 542-7696/[email protected].

Arborway Tree Walk, Tues., July 17, 6pm, meet at stone wall by Orchard & Eliot streets. Picnic following. Info:


Children’s Theater Project offers theater classes for children ages 5-8. 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: “Stories,” assemblage, Saturdays, 9:30-11:30am, through July 14, $175. UForge Gallery, 767 Centre St. Info: 553-4480.

Buddhist meditation classes, Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, through Oct. 11, $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.


Used Book Table, paperbacks $1, hardcovers $2, all proceeds go to support the JP Branch Library. Thursdays through Aug. 30, 2-7pm, Loring-Greenough House farmer’s market.

Annual Ronnie Dial Gold Tournament, to benefit AstraZeneca Hope Lodge. Mon., Sept. 12, 8:30am, Putterham Meadows Gold Course in Brookline, Food, drinks, entertainment to follow, Brendan Behan Pub, 378 Centre St., $500 per team. Info: 697-8964

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