Sights & Sounds, Sept. 14, 2012

The deadline for listings is noon, Sept. 25 for the Sept. 28 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

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].

Revolutionary War reenactment day, with Gardner’s Regiment, possible simulated gunshots, sat., Sept. 15, 10am-4pm, Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. Info:

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.

Nira Rock ribbon cutting, unveiling of improvements with Mayor Thomas Menino, puppets, pumpkin painting, Sat., Sept. 22, 10am, 18 Nira Ave. Info:

JP Open Studios, visit artists in their own spaces, Sat., Sept. 22 & Sun., Sept. 23, 11am-6pm. Info:

First Thursdays, community art shows and walkabout, throughout Centre and South streets, Thurs., Oct. 4, 6-8pm. Info:


Lisa Redfern, Fri., Sept. 14, 8pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., $15. Info:

Music & Art at Taylor House, Fri., Sept. 14, 7:30pm: Kevin Harris Project. 50 Burroughs St. Info:

notloB Folk Concerts, Wed., Oct. 10: Gordon Blesher & Richard Wood. Thurs., Nov. 1: Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy. Thurs., Nov. 8: Mike+Ruthy. Nov. 8: Boston Mandolins. 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.


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].

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

TURN: Spring Leaves, photo exhibit by Jon Strymish, through Sept. 30, Aviary Gallery, 48 South St. Info: 908-8277.

UForge Gallery: “Street Art,” though Sept. 30. “Figure,” Oct. 4-28. “Day of the Dead,” Nov. 1-25. UForge Gallery, 767 Centre St. Info: 553-4480.

Jamaica Plain Artists Association, 2012 Summer Member Exhibition, through Sept. 17, J.P. Licks, 659 Centre St. Info:


Square Dance, Will Mentor calls with local band Put Your Hoe Down, Sun., Sept. 16, 7-10pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: [email protected]/205-789-7907.

Milky Way Lounge, Fri., Sept. 21: “Boyfriends,” dance night for boys who like boys, with DJ Brent Covington & guest DJ Taffy, 21+. 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:


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.

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

Chapter and Verse literary series, with Martha Collins, John Clayton & Sandra Storey, $5 suggested, Fri., Oct. 12, 7:30pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info:


Conservation of Matter, screening on the history of the elevated Orange Line, sponsored by JP Historical Society, Mon., Nov. 19, 6pm, Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. Info:


Massmouth story slams, storytelling competitions. Oct 14: “6th Sense”. Nov. 11: “Politics.” Dec. 9: “Kin.” Jan. 13: “Pets.” Feb. 10: “Betrayal.” Mar. 10: Semifinals. 6:30-9pm, Doyle’s Café, 3484 Washington 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 now open, different venues. Info: 232-1175/

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 tours & lectures, guided walking tours on local history. Sat., Sept. 15: Green Street, starting from 640 Centre St. Sat., Sept. 22: Woodbourne, starting from Walk Hill & Wachusett streets. 11am. Sun., Sept. 30, 3pm: Big Top in the Bay State, Urbano Project, 284 Amory St. Sun., Oct 14, 3pm: Jazz great Jimmy McHugh, First Church UU, 6 Eliot St. Info:

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

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site walks, Oct. 14: Arnold Arboretum. Oct. 21: Franklin Park. Nov. 4: Olmsted Park. Info: 566-1689 x265.


How to Make Movies workshop, presented by BNN, Saturdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 27, noon-2:30pm, 3025 Washington St. Info:

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 through Sept. 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.


Ethiopian String Center Fundraiser, Ethoipian food, speakers, live Ethiopian music, Fri., Sept. 14, 7-11pm, 45 Danforth St. Info:

Melvia Wright Patten Scholarship dance, silent auction, to fund 5 $1,000 scholarships, $25, Sat., Sept. 15, 8pm, Mosley’s On The Charles, 50 Bridge Street, Dedham. Info:

Q&A with Michael Patrick MacDonald, author of All Souls and Easter Rising, & learn about WriteBoston, $30, Wed., Oct. 3, Bella Luna Restaurant, 284 Amory St. Info:

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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