Sights and Sounds, Nov. 23, 2012

November 23, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Dec. 4 for the Dec. 7 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

Bella Luna’s Birthday Bash, superhero costume party, $75 prize for best costume, with DJ Brent Covington, Boyfriends, DJ Stella. 21+, Fri., Nov. 30, Bella Luna, 284 Amory St. Info: 524-6060.

Mount Pleasant Home holiday open house, Sun., Dec. 2, 2-4:30pm, 301 S. Huntington Ave. Info: 522-7600.

First Church craft fair, 50 vendors offering pottery, jewelery, photography, hand blown glass & more.  Sat., Dec. 4, 11am to 5pm, First Church UU, 6 Eliot St. Info: bit.ly/100HIPd.

Hyde/Jackson Square Main Streets “open house,” including holiday window stroll, Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Gail’s Café at 268 Centre St.

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

Mayor’s Trolley Tour & tree lightings, Sat. Dec. 8, 1:30pm: Monument at Centre & South streets. 2:15pm: Hyde Square at Centre & Perkins streets. Info: 635-3485.

Performance

A Carol Christmas, presented by The Footlight Club, to raise funds to maintain Eliot Hall, Fri., Nov. 30 & Sat., Dec. 1, 7pm hors d’ouevres, 8pm curtain. Info: footlight.org.

Exhibits

UForge Gallery: “Day of the Dead,” though Nov. 25. UForge Gallery, 767 Centre St. Info: 553-4480.

Thirty Spoons, graphite drawings, through Nov. 30, The Hallway Gallery, 66a South St. Info: thehallwayjp.com.

Woodblock prints from nature by Mardi Reed, through Nov. 30, Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Paintings by M’Liz Keefe & Rick Legge, through Dec. 17, James’s Gate, 5 McBride St. Info: 983-1760.

Photographs by Pamela Ruby Russell, Thurs., Dec. 6, 5pm, Cobwebs Antique, 703 Centre St.

Dance

Milky Way Lounge, First Thursdays: SUBTROPIX, Cumbia, Moombahton, & Tropical Bass. 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: www.lcfd.org/bgfe/512-5554.

Square Dance, all ages, beginners welcome. Second Sunday of the month, 7-10pm, $5, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. INfo:Info@jpsquaredance@gmail.com/205-789-7907.

Literary

Book discussions at the Connolly: Mon., Nov. 26, 7pm: “In the garden of beasts: Love Terror, and an American family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larson. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

JP Carpenter Poets annual reading, with intro by Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish, Mon., Nov. 26, 6pm, James’s Gate Pub, 5 McBride St. Info: 272-5965.

Chapter and Verse literary series, with Nicole Terez Dutton, Michael Gill & Holly Guran, $5 suggested, Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: jamaicapondpoets.com.

Music

JP Concerts: Dec. 2, 4pm: Noel: classical guitar Christmas. Dec. 8, 4pm: A Far Cry. Dec. 16, 4pm: SingPositive! Dec. 21, 7pm: A Christmas celebration for the community. Dec. 22, 4pm: Sing Messiah! St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave., $10. Info: jpconcerts.org.

notloB Folk Concerts, Sat., Dec. 8: August Watters & Jose Lezcano. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., $20. Info: notlobreservations@gmail.com.

The Laura Grill Band, Brian Friedland’s Household Items, & the KeyDrum Project, media infused musical satire, $10, all ages, Wed., Nov. 28, starting at 9pm,  Bella Luna, 284 Amory St. Info: 524-6060.

Handreach Beat-brigade drum circle with Cornell Coley, Tuesdays, 7pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. JP. Info: 298-1790.

Youth/Families

Connolly Branch Library, 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.

Toddler Drum Circle with Cornell Coley, ages 1-4, $8, starts Sat., Nov. 3, 9:30am, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: afrolatin.net/298-1790.

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: eliotschool.org.

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: stonybrookfinearts.com.

Meet-Ups

Knitting Group, Thursdays, 6-8pm, JP Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. Info: 524-2053.

Classes

Bike to Market, organized by Boston Cyclists Union, Sat., Dec. 8 & 15, 10am-3pm, Egleston Square Farmers Market, 45 Brookside Ave. Info: 620-1989.

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 through Nov. 28, 7:15pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Info: 787-364-0198.

Calabash, ongoing African dance classes, $13, Mondays & Thursdays, 7pm, English High School, 144 McBride St. Info: h.jacqueline40@yahoo.com/359-1552.

Shim Gum Do (Mind Sword Path), zen sword, karate and meditation classes, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: 429-8024/mushimgum@gmail.com.

MindBody/Health Promotion Center offers yoga, meditation and stress reduction classes.  10 Green St. Info: 983-4226.

Fund-raisers

Mendell Star Dance Party, to raise money for Mendell School, Sat. Dec. 8, 7pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St., $12, Info: mendelldance@gmail.com.