Sights & Sounds, April 12, 2013

April 12, 2013
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., April 23 for the April 26 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

“Art for Music” silent auction, to benefit the JP Music Festival, include photography, illustrations, paintings, pottery, home goods, Sun., April 14, 2-5pm, James’s Gate, 11 McBride St. Info: facebook.com/jpmusicfest.

First Thursday, community art shows and walkabout, throughout Centre and South streets, Thurs., May 2, 6-8pm. Info: jpcentresouthmainstreets.org.

Wake Up the Earth Parade & Festival, Sat., May 4 (May 5 rain date), parade starts from Curtis Hall, 20 South St., assemble 10:30am, or from Egleston Sq. YMCA, 3134 Washington St. Info: 522-4634/524-1305.

Bromley-Heath Reunion, with live entertainment “Tribute” and DJ Kevin Lawyer, Sat., May 4, 8pm, Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St., Dorchester, $20 in advance, $30 at door. Info: 508-586-7764.

Arnold Arboretum spring activities, April 21: Magnificent Maples. May 12: Lilac Sunday. June 2: Rhododendron Ramble. Info: arboretum.harvard.edu.

Music

Jamaica Plain Symphony spring concert, all-Beethoven playlist, $10, Sun., April 14, 3pm  St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave. Info: jpsymphony.org.

Celebrating Poetry & Jazz Together, collaboration of jazz performers and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Mon., April 29, 6:30pm, Connolly Branch LIbrary, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

¡Plenazo Primaveral!, celebrating Charmaine concert & dance, $35, Sat., May 11, 7pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: 787-364-0198.

Music & Art at Taylor House, Fri., April 12: April Hall. Fri., April 26: Josh Rosen and Stan Strickland. Sat., May 18: David Schulenberg, Part 3 of 3. Fri., May 24: Ben Schwendener Trio. 50 Burroughs St. Info: taylorhouse.com.

Music at the Loring-Greenough House, April 19: Dakota Dave Hull, jazz, ragtime, folk, $20. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: notlobreservations@gmail.com.

JP Concerts: April 6, 4pm: Natraj. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave., $10. Info: jpconcerts.org.

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

Milky Way, 284 Amory St. Info: milkywayjp.com. Saturdays: Mango’s Latin Saturdays w/ The Lee Wilson Movement, 10pm, $10. Mondays, 7pm: Stump Trivia Night.

Midway Café, all shows 21+, doors 8pm, 3496 Washington St, 524-9038. Thursdays: Queeraoke. Fridays 6-8:30pm: Hippie hour. April 12: Billy Bueno’s birthday bash. April 13: Rockabilly spring fling and CD release. April 14: Rupert Wates, Jon McAuliffe. April 14, 4pm: Bridging The Music presents A Local Band Showcase. April 15: Monday’s My Friday with The Chicago Vin Earnshaw Band, Robin Lane, Bye Bye Airplane, The Honeysuckles, Phil Aiken. April 17: Dancehall Lounge. April 19: Bubbles in the Think Tank! with The Catbirds, Ray Mason, The Weisstronauts, Bird Mancini, Mr. Curt. April 20, 4pm: The Remnants, Red Tape, Crystal Methodist, The Knuckleheads, Pandemonium. 8pm:: Brunt of It, Sammy Kay & The Fast Four, The Old Edison, The Pity Whores, Pink Parts. April 22: Kristin Ford, Matthew Santos. April 23: The Radicals, Robert Sarazin Blake, Old Boy. April 24: The Union Square Round Table. April 25: Bill & Karlee Goffrier. April 26, 6pm: Hippie hour all night. April 27, $10: The Celebration of the Cheeseburger Eatin’ King’s 40th Birthday, featuring B.E.E.F. (Boston’s Extreme Eating Federation), Bad Lieutenants, Damn Broads, Mung, Hooks & Sinkers, The IZA, Spectre Hawk.

Exhibits

UFORGE Gallery: Through April 14: Douglas Hodgkins. Through April 28: JP to me assignment. 767 Centre St. Info: uforgegallery.com.

Boston Cyberarts Gallery: through April 14: The Game’s Afoot: Video Game Art. 141 Green St. Info: bostoncyberarts.org.

Performance

Parade, Tony-award winning musical, set in Atlanta in early 1900s, $19-$25, April 12 & 13 @ 8 pm, April 7 @ 2 pm, Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St. Info: footlight.org.

Stoops!, adaptation of “She Stoops to Conquer,” presented by Divine Stage Works, $17, April 26-27, May 2-4, 8pm, Hope Central Church, 85 Seaverns Ave. Info: divinestageworks.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.

(Courtesy Photo) SOCIAL JUSTICE AUTHOR Peter Dreier (above), chair of the Urban and Environmental Policy Department at Calfornia’s Occidental College and an advisor to former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn, will discuss his recent book “The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame” on April 23 at First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist as part of the Jamaica Plain Forum.

(Courtesy Photo) SOCIAL JUSTICE AUTHOR Peter Dreier (above), chair of the Urban and Environmental Policy Department at Calfornia’s Occidental College and an advisor to former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn, will discuss his recent book “The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame” on April 23 at First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist as part of the Jamaica Plain Forum.

Literary

Book discussions at the Connolly: April 22: “The Imperfectionist” by Tom Rachman. April 23-25, 6pm: Hispanic Writers Week Community readings. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Chapter and Verse reading series, April 12: Susan Donnelly, Audrey Henderson, John Holgerson. Suggested donation $5, Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: 325-8388.

JP Writes & Invites, author series. May 9: Anthony Sammarco, all at 6:45pm, JP Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. Info: 524-2053.

JP Forum Booktalk: Tues. April 23, 7pm: “100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century, A Social Justice Hall of Fame,” with author Peter Dreier. April 25, 7pm: “The Rich Don’t Always Win” with author Sam Pizzigati. First Church Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot St. Info: jamaicaplainforum.org.

Film

Teachers are Talking, activist documentary film about standardized testing and privatization in schools, made by BPS teachers, with discussion, Fri., April 26, 7pm, First Church of Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St. Info: 699-9349/teachdocumentary.com.

Youth/Families

Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. April 16, 10:30am: ¡Música! A Bilingual Musical Adventure with Mariana Iranzi. April 17, 2pm: “Wake up the Earth” family craft workshop. April 18, 11am: paper weaving craft workshop. 2pm: Children’s puppet show. April 30, 10:30am: Cuentos y Canciones: Stories, Songs, and Rhythms of Latin America.  Tues. 10:30, April 2-May 21: reading readiness spring story time, for ages 2-4. Please register. 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 books at 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.

Awesome Animal Adaptations, vacation week program to include animal encounters, art and crafts, behind-the-scenes tours, games and activities, for ages 5-10, $200 per member/$250 per non-member, April 16-19, Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd. Info: 989-3742.

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. Registration for spring & summer classes now open. 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

Franklin Park volunteer days, Sat., April 27, 10am-noon. Info: volunteer@franklinparkcoalition.org.

Community Run/Walk Group, led by Hyde Square Task Force Youth Leaders, open to all ages & abilities, Tuesdays 5-6pm & Thursdays 6-7pm, though May 30, HSTF Youth Community Development Center, 365 Centre St. Info: 318-6658.

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

Singing for Seniors (55+), Fridays, 10:30am, no singing experience necessary. Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. Info: 524-2053.

Classes

Zumba, Mondays 6-7pm with Joya, Wednesdays 6-7pm with Nancy, Thursdays 6-7pm—1st & 3rd w/ Nancy, 2nd & 4th w/ Joya, $10 drop-in/$45 for a 5 class card/$80 for a 10 class card. Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: 951-9161.

Buddhist meditation classes, Thursdays May 2-June 6, June 20-July 18, 7-8:30pm, $10/adult, $5/seniors & students. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7 Revere St.  Info: meditationinboston.org/508-979-8277.

Improv from the Heart, interactive theater workshop with True Story Theater, Sat., April 20, 10am, First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot St. Info: jamaicaplainforum.org.

Buddhist meditation classes, Thursdays through April 11, 7-8:30pm, $10/adult, $5/seniors & students, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7 Revere St.  Info: meditationinboston.org 508-979-8277.

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.

School Program Guide at the Arnold Arboretum, guide training begins in late March. Info: 384-5239/bit.ly/arboretumtraining

Tour and Talks

Historic Interiors:  Evolution and Preservation, presented by Historic New England’s Sally Zimmerman and Jess Phelps, discuss home interiors history and preservation tips, Sun., April 21, 2pm, Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St. Info: gretchen.grozier@gmail.com.

Fiber Arts Talk, “Stringing Past to Present: Fiber Arts Old & New,” with artist Jodi Colella, Thurs., April 25, 7pm. Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St. Info: eliotschool.org/events.

Fund-Raisers

Art 4 Music, silent art auction fundraiser for JP Music Festival, $10, Sun., April 14, 2-5pm, James’s Gate, 11 McBride St. Info: facebook.com/jpmusicfest.

Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon and party, 15, 25, 45 or 65 miles, all rides end at a rider after party featuring food, music, yoga, massages, fundraising minimum $150, Sun., June 2 (June 23 raindate). Info: bikesnotbombs.org/register.

Elizabeth Stone House Wilderness Heals pledge hike, several trail options offering a wide range of terrain, mileage and scenery to support homeless families and individuals, July 19-21. Info: wildernessheals.elizabethstone.org.

Call to artists

Sign up for the Egleston Sq. parade portion of Wake Up the Earth festival, Sat., May 4. Contact: 524-1305/ganastos61@gmail.com.

Congressional Art Competition, for high school students who reside in the 8th Congressional District, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Lynch. Entries accepted through April 24. Info: 428-2000/lynch.house.gov.