Sights & Sounds, April 26, 2013

April 26, 2013
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Special Events

Regan Youth League Opening Day Parade, (rescheduled from April 20) Sat., April 27, 10am, leaves from Eliot School, 7 Eliot St. Info: 983-1563.

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.

JP Bikes Spring Roll, decorate bikes followed by bike parade, helmets required, Sun., May 12, 10am, meet at South Street Mall, corner of Carolina Ave. & South St. Info: 564-1453.

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

City Life/Vida Urbana 40th anniversary celebration, Sat., May 18, 7pm, 199/SEIU Hall, 150 Mt. Vernon St., $40-$120. Info: clvu.org/40th.

Franklin Park Kite & Bike Festival, Sat., May 18, 11am-4pm, Franklin Park, Ellicott Dale near Shattuck Hospital. Info: discoverroxbury.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.

Film & discussion on Ella Baker, Civil Rights activist, with refreshments, Sat., April 27, 2pm, Hope Central Church, 85 Seaverns Ave. Info: 522-0600.

Bicycles on the Silver Screen, bike movies sponsored by Ferris Wheels Bike Shop and Boston City Councilor Stephen Murphy, Fri., April 26:  American Flyers. Fri., May 3: Breaking Away. Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. Movies start at 6:30 pm, free popcorn and juice/soda. Info: am103477556@cs.com.

Music

“Singing for Seniors” concert, Liz Anker and group of singers perform, Thurs., May 2, 7pm JP Branch Library, 2 Sedwick St. Info: 524-2053.

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 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.

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. May 3, 10pm:  La Boum w/ DJ Stella. May 8, 9pm, $5: Opera on Tap. May 10, 10pm, $10: Mothers, Lovers, & Others w/ DubStation Band. May 16, 9pm, $8: Futuristic Soul. May 17, 9pm, $7: Together Festival @ Boyfriends w/ DJ Brent Covington & DJ Rod Thomas. May 22: Old Soldiers of Prairie War w/ Steve Mayone, & Tony Savarino & the Savtones. May 23, 9pm, $5: Classic Outlaw Country w/ The Big City Ramblers. May 24, 10pm, $8: Dyke Night.

Midway Café, all shows 21+, doors 8pm, 3496 Washington St, 524-9038. Thursdays: Queeraoke. Fridays 6-8:30pm: Hippie hour. 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. April 28: DJ Brian Halligan and DJ James Derek Dwyer. May 5, 8pm, $10: Implodes, High Aura’d, Owlfodd, Permafav. May 8, $5: Wavy Wednesdays. May 9: Allison Francis. May 10: Hippie Hour all night. May 11, 8pm: Memorial birthday celebration of Joe Coughlin.

Exhibits

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

A Social Convergence: Assembling JPTC’s Past & Present, curated by UFORGE, through June 29, Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: loring-greenough.org/events/calendar.

Boston Cyberarts Gallery: “Poetic Codings,” April 27-June 2, reception April 26, 6pm, 141 Green St. Info: bostoncyberarts.org.

The Blessed Sacrament Church Building multimedia arts celebration, Fri., May 3, 7:30pm (raindate May 4), 365 Centre St. Info: 781-296-7574.

The Hallway Gallery: paintings by Thomas Dahlberg, May 2-June 2, reception May 4, 6-9pm, 66a South St. Info: thehallwayjp.com.

Performance

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.

First Friday Open Mic, May 3, 7-9pm, First Baptist Church, 633 Center St. Info: 524-3992.

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 reading series, May 10: Anne Fowler, Carolyn Gregory, Bill Thibodeau. 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.

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 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.

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

The People’s Café, drinks, artwork, entertainment, Fri., May 26, 5:30pm, Haymarket People’s Fund, 42 Seaverns Ave. Info: haymarket.org.

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

Community Run/Walk in memory of the marathon victims, Tues., April 30, 5pm, meet at Blessed Sacrament Church, 30 Sunnyside St. Info: 781-296-7574.

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.

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

Foraging walk, on Southwest Corridor Park, presented by the Boston Natural Areas Network, Sat., April 27, 10am, start at MBTA Massachusetts Ave. stop. Info: bostonnatural.org.

Fund-Raisers

Curley School Plant Sale, Sat., April 27, 10am-2pm, corner of Centre St. & Spring Park Ave. Info: curleyk8.com.

Meals4Moms fundraiser, cards, hand-made chocolates, to support Community Servings food distribution programs, orders accepted through May 8, 5pm. Meals4moms.org.

16th Annual Charlie Kelleher Fun Run/Walk, proceeds benefit the Italian Home for Children, Sat., May 11, Forest Hill Cemetery, $20, register by 1. Info: 524-4396.

Book sale, to support JP BPL Branch, Fri., May 17 10am-4pm & Sat., May 18, 9:30am-1pm, 12 Seddwick St. Info: 524-2053.

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.