Sights and Sounds, Dec. 7, 2012

December 7, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Dec. 18 for the Dec. 21 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. 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., Jan. 3, 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.

Small Works Show and Sale, featuring works of art from local artists, all works priced $10-$50, all proceeds benefit Jamaica Plain Open Studios, Sat., Dec. 8, 6-9pm, UForge Gallery, 767 Centre St. Info: jpopenstudios.com.

Performance

English High School Winter Gala & Showcase, featuring English’s drum line, choir & dance programs, Wed., Dec. 19, dinner $100 5pm, showcase $25 6:30pm, 144 McBride St. Info: 635-8979.

Exhibits

UForge Gallery: “Miniatures,” through Dec. 31, UForge Gallery, 767 Centre St. Info: 553-4480.

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

Juggling, abstract paintings by George Anastos, through Jan. 31, Millennium Restaurant, 3094 Washington St. Info: georgeanastos.com.

Dance

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

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.

Author readings at the Connolly: Mon., Jan 7, 6:30pm: Susan Naimark: “The Education of a White Parent: Wrestling with Race and Opportunity in the Boston Public Schools.” Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Music

JP Concerts: Dec. 8, 4pm: A Far Cry. Dec. 16, 4pm: SingPositive! Dec. 21, 7pm: A Christmas celebration for the community. Dec. 22, 4pm: Sing Messiah! Dec. 28, 7pm: IBIS string quartet. 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.

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

Youth/Families

Connolly Branch Library, Mon., Dec. 17, 6:30pm: Winter Holiday Party, celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a magic show by Awesome Robb. Dec. 10, 6:30pm: stories and crafts for the holidays. Dec. 26, 2pm: Toe Jam Puppet Band’s Winter Variety Show. 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.

Ice skating lessons at the Kelly rink, sign ups in person only, ages 5+, Sat., Dec. 8 & 15, 11am-1pm, Marbury Terrace. Lessons start Sat., Jan. 5 and continue for on saturdays to Feb/ 23. Info: kelly.rink@yahoo.com/301-8358.

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.

Class reunion for 1963 Blessed Sacrament High School still searching for Mary Lydon and Mary Ellen O’Brien. Info: jeanne3584@yahoo.com.

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.

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.

Best of JP 2014