Sights & Sounds, Dec. 21, 2012

December 21, 2012
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Special Events

Holiday Fine Art and Craft Fair, with over 30 vendors, sponsored by UFORGE Gallery, Sat., Dec. 22, 11am-6pm, Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St. Free. Info: uforgegallery.com.

Caroling Mob, Christmas caroling open to all, with music and lyrics provided, bring candle lanterns, hosted by Joel Sindelar and Loose Canon Chorale, Sun., Dec. 23, starts 4pm, Green Street T Station, Green and Amory Sts. Info: carolingmob.org.

First Thursday, community art shows and walkabout, throughout Centre and South streets, Thurs., Jan. 3, 6-8pm. Info: jpcentresouthmainstreets.org.

Snow Festival, with sledding, snowshoe-ing, animal-tracking, cross-country skiing (bring own skis), snowpeople-making contest, board games and refreshments, sponsored by Franklin Park Coalition, Sat., Jan. 26, 1-4pm, Franklin Park, registration at Golf Clubhouse, 1 Circuit Drive. Info: franklinparkcoaliton.org.

Music

JP Concerts: Fri., Dec. 21, 7pm: A Christmas celebration for the community; Sat., Dec. 22, 4pm: Sing Messiah!; Fri., Dec. 28, 7pm: IBIS string quartet. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave., $10. Info: jpconcerts.org.

Michael Maloney and others, performing Christmas/holiday music, fundraiser for Boston Children’s Hospital, Sun., Dec. 23, Midway Café,  3496 Washington St. Info: 524-9038.

Milky Way Lounge, 284 Amory St., 524-6060. Murdock Manor Acoustic Showcase, Wed., Jan. 9, pm ($5); Wash Brain Immediately, Wed., Jan. 23, 9pm ($5); Doctor’s Fox with New Beard, Thurs., Jan. 31, 9pm ($5).

notloB Folk Concerts: Katie McNally and Eric McDonald (Celtic), Fri., Jan. 18, 8pm (doors 7:30), donation $10-$15; Fellswater (Celtic), Sat., Feb. 23, 8pm (doors 7:30), donation $10-$20; both at Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info/reservations: notlobreservations@gmail.com/sites.google.com/site/notlobmusic.

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

Performance

Milky Way Lounge, 284 Amory St., 524-6060. If You Can Feel It, You Can Speak It open mic, film screening and dance party, Thurs., Jan. 10, 9pm ($8); Extra Helpings comedy, Weds., Jan. 16, 9pm (no cover).

Exhibits

Photography by Pamela Ruby Russell, of French West Indies and elsewhere, through Dec. 31, Cobwebs Antiques and Gifts, 703 Centre St. Info: 983-0154.

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

City of Work, interactive exhibit about a city where people’s lives are consumed by corporate jobs, by Michael Lewy, Jan. 12-Feb. 17, opening reception Fri., Jan. 11, 6-9pm, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St. in Green St. T Station. Info: bostoncyberarts.org.

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

Dance

Milky Way Lounge, 284 Amory St., 524-6060. NOIR Light Special, Mon., Dec. 31, 9pm-2am ($15); Subtropix with Snake Soundsystem, Wed., Jan. 2, 9pm (no cover); La Boum with DJ Stella, Fri., Jan. 4, 9pm (no cover); Boyfriends with DJ Brent Covington, Fri., Jan. 18, 9pm ($5); Dyke Night with DJ Susan Esthera, Fri., Jan. 25, 10pm ($7); Mango’s Latin Dance with Lee Wilson Movement, Saturdays, 10pm ($10.

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: “The Education of a White Parent: Wrestling with Race and Opportunity in the Boston Public Schools,” by Susan Naimark, with author discussion, Mon., Jan 7, 6:30pm; “The Widower’s Tale” by Julia Glass, Mon., Jan. 28, 7pm,  Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Youth/Families

Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Toe Jam Puppet Band’s Winter Variety Show, Wed., Dec. 26, 2pm; Three Kings Day celebration with play by Hyde Square Task Force Youth Literacy Theater Troupe and other activities for ages 5-10, Fri., Jan. 4, 3pm; Reading Readiness Winter Story Time for ages 2-4 with adult, Tuesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 26, 10:30am (registration required); “Music! Words! Opera!” with Boston Lyric Opera, theater games and musical activities for ages 6-12, Thurs., Jan. 17, 4:30pm; Family Pajama Storytime: Grandmas & Grandpas, Mon., Jan. 28, 6:30pm; Homework Help Programs: with BPS teacher, Mondays, 4-6pm, with high school mentors for grades K-8, Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm; children’s films for preschool ages, Wednesdays, 10:30am.

Egleston Square 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, start Sat., Jan. 5 through Feb. 23, Kelly Rink, Marbury Terrace. Info: kelly.rink@yahoo.com/301-8358.

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.

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.

Meet-Ups

New Year’s Walk, hosted by Franklin Park Coalition, Sat., Jan. 5, 10am, Golf Clubhouse, 1 Circuit Drive, Franklin Park. Info: franklinparkcoalition.org.

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

Classes

Theatre for Social Change, for teachers, artists and activists on using theater for social change and community-building, Jan. 7-Feb. 11, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. $85. Info: Melissa.ann.bergstrom@gmail.com.

Calabash, ongoing African dance classes, Mondays & Thursdays, 7pm, English High School, 144 McBride St. $13. 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.