Sights & Sounds, Aug. 31, 2012

(Courtesy Photo) NOVEL APPROACH Author James Redfearn (above) will read from his new historical novel, “The Rising at Roxbury Crossing,” on Sept. 13 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. The novel follows a rookie cop caught up in the Boston Police strike and Irish war for independence in 1919.

The deadline for listings is noon, Sept. 11 for the Sept. 14 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

First Thursday, community art shows and walkabout, throughout Centre and South streets, Thurs., Sept. 6, 6-8pm. Info:

JP Music Festival, more than 24 local bands, children’s activities and food, Sat., Sept. 8, noon-7pm, Jamaica Pond. Rain date: Sept. 9. Free. Info:

80 Years of Civil Rights with the Highlander Center, training ground for many of the social change movements of the 20th century. Talk and Q&A hosted by JP Forum, with Civil Rights leader Hollis Watkins and Highlander Center Director Pam McMichael, Sun., Sept. 9, 4:30pm, First Church Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St. Info:

Tribute to Charlie Sandler, longtime teacher at Eliot School, with live music by the Bo Winiker Band, Sat., Sept. 15, 3-5pm, Eliot School, 24 Eliot St. Info:  [email protected]

Mount Pleasant Home’s annual backyard party, circus music, entertainers, clowns, face painting, pony rides, moon bounce. Sun., Sept. 16, 3pm, 301 S. Huntington Ave. Info: 522-7600.

JP Open Studios kick off breakfast, Sat., Sept. 22, 9:30am, youth live art performance 10:30am, Hyde Square Task Force, 365 Centre St., $5 suggested. Info: 524-8303.


notloB Folk Concerts, Wed., Oct. 10: Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher. Thurs., Nov. 1: Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy. Thurs., Nov. 8: Mike+Ruthy. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., $20. Info: [email protected]

Milky Way Lounge, Fri., Sept. 14: Jah-N-I Roots w/ The Satellite Rockers, $7-$10. Thurs., Sept. 20: Mike Pinto w/ Michael Bernier & Don McCloskey, $7. Thurs., Sept. 27: The Nickel & Dime Band w/ Almost Righteous, $5. 284 Amory St., 524-6060.


UForge Gallery: “Street Art,” Sept. 6-30UForge Gallery, 767 Centre St. Info: 553-4480.

Snap Shot, teen photography program exhibit, through Sept. 24, Curtis Hall Community Room, 20 South St. Info: 635-5193.

Jamaica Plain Artists Association, 2012 Summer Member Exhibition, through Sept. 17, reception Thurs., Sept. 6, 6-8pm, J.P. Licks, 659 Centre St. Info:

Works, paintings by Dmitri Valone and mixed-media paintings by Genevieve Arndt, through Sept. 23, James’s Gate, 5 McBride St. Info: 983-1760/[email protected]

TURN: Spring Leaves, photo exhibit by Jon Strymish, Sept. 6-30, opening reception Thurs., Sept. 6, 6pm, Aviary Gallery, 48 South St. Info: 908-8277.


Milky Way Lounge, Fri., Aug. 31, Sept. 21: “Boyfriends,” dance night for boys who like boys, with DJ Brent Covington & guest DJ Taffy, 21+. Thurs., Sept. 13, 9pm: open mic, film screening, dance party, $8. First Thursdays: SUBTROPIX, Cumbia, Moombahton, & Tropical Bass. Fri., Sept. 28: Dyke Night with DJ Susan Esthera, $7. Saturdays: Mango’s Latin Saturdays. 284 Amory St., 524-6060.

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:


Book discussions at the Connolly: “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern, Mon., Sept. 24, 7pm. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Warning: This Book May Be Bad for You, talk with Dr. Laura Saunders, part of Banned Books Week, Thurs., Sept. 20, 7pm, JP Library, 12 Sedgwick St., Info: 524-2053.


How to Make a Book with Steidl, German documentary by G. Wetzel & J. Adolph. Thurs., Sept. 13, 8pm, Aviary Gallery & Boutique, 48 South St. Info:


“Hedda Gabler” reading, staged by Divine Stage Works, Fri., Sept. 7 & Sat., Sept. 8, 8pm, Taylor House B&B, 50 Burroughs St. Info:


Connolly Branch Library, Mon., Sept. 24, 6:30pm: JP Reads Circus & magic family pajama storytime. Wednesdays, 10:30am: children’s films. 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.

Musical theater for kids 6-16, grouped ages 6-8, ages 8-12 and ages 12-16, by Freelance Players. Enrollment begins Mon., Sept. 10, different venues. Info: 232-1175/

JP Children’s Soccer Fall Season, for kids 3.5 to 6.5.  Registration deadline Aug. 31, season begins Sept. 12 at Jamaica Pond/Pinebanks Field. Registration Fee: $25, $20 for additional siblings. Info: [email protected]

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.

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.

Tours and Talks

Jamaica Plain Historical Society, guided walking tours on local history. Sat., Sept. 1, 11am: Stonybrook/Brookside, leaving from Stony Brook MBTA station. Sat., Sept. 8, 11am: Hyde Square, leaving from Sorella’s, 388 Centre St. Info:

Arnold Arboretum Fun Days, Sat., Sept. 22, 7pm-9:30pm: Sky Viewing with or without telescopes. Info: 961-3051.


Children’s Theater Project offers theater classes for children ages 5-8. Tuesday afternoons, 4-5pm for 15 weeks during fall and winter/spring terms. 7a Eliot St., Info: Carol Gallagher, 913-8951.

Salsa dance lessons, 10-week course for beginners, $15/class, Wednesdays starting Sept. 19, 7:15pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Info: 787-364-0198.

With a Song in my Heart music workshop series, Thursdays, Sept. 13-27, Sherrill House, 135 S. Huntington Ave. Info: 731-2400 x3017.

Calabash, ongoing African dance classes, $13, Mondays & Thursdays, 7pm, English High School, 144 McBride St. Info: [email protected]/359-1552.

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

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.


St. Thomas Aquinas High School Class of 1952 reunion, other St. Thomas alumni welcome, Sat., Sept. 15, 1pm, The Common Market Restaurant, 97 Willard St., Quincy, $50. Info: 781-643-2029/508-543-8402.


Book Sale, sponsored by The Friends of the Connolly Branch Library, Sat., Sept. 8, 10am, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

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.

Extreme Esteem Awards Breakfast, honoring women who help others rebuild their lives, $75, Wed., Oct. 17, 7:30am, Harvard Club, 374 Commonwealth Ave. Info:

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