The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., May 21 for the May 24 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.
First Thursday, community art shows and walkabout, throughout Centre and South streets, Thurs., June 6, 6-8pm. Info: jpcentresouthmainstreets.org.
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, rain date May 19, Franklin Park, Ellicott Dale near Shattuck Hospital. Info: discoverroxbury.org.
Spring Fair, art & craft show, Sat., June 1, 11am-4pm, First Church, 6 Eliot St. Info: 447-8194.
¡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., May 10: Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble. 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 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. May 10: Hippie Hour all night. May 11, 3pm: Abject, The Trans Fats, Barroom Heroes, Lockdown H.C., Neighborhood Shit, Class Struggle. 8pm: Memorial birthday celebration of Joe Coughlin. May 12, 4pm, $5: Jaqui Grae, China Fox, Sam Fischer, Elisa Coia. 9pm, $8: Bella’s Bartok, Surf’s Up Spicoli, Western Powers, The Sour Doo-Dahs. May 13, $8: Punk Rockin’ And Pastie Poppin’ Volume V, feat. Dinah Deville. May 14: Pelican Johnny, The Long Woods. May 15, $5: Authentic Lifestyle presents Dancehall Lounge. May 16: Diana Karthas: May 18, 4pm: Swaggerin’ Growlers, Tex Railer’s Doomtown, Ando Ehlers, The Pity Whores, Machine Gun Etiquette. 8pm: Boston Does Boston: A JP Music Festival Fundraiser. May 19, 4pm: Bridging The Music presents A Local Band Showcase. 8pm: OC45, The Atom Age, A Minor Revolution, The Radicals. May 20, $10: The Upper Crust, The Honeysuckles, Chris Colbourn, Todd Thibaud. May 21: The Brian O’Connell Revue. May 22, $5: Wavy Wednesdays w/ DJ Saki & J Fav. May 23: Isle of Rhodes. May 24: hookup presents Jr. (Vol. 1: San Francisco meets Jamaica Plain) with DJ BRDR (Group Hug/hookup) and special guests Joe Pickett & Trevor Sigler.
Narratives of Exclusion: Urbano’s year-end show, including live performances. Thurs., May 16, 6pm, Urbano Studio, 29 Germania St. Info: 983-1007.
UFORGE Gallery: May assignment: Sideshow, on view through May 26, 767 Centre St. Info: uforgegallery.com.
Paintings by Mardi Reed, on display through May 31, reception May 13, 6pm, Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.
Boston Cyberarts Gallery: “Poetic Codings,” through June 2, 141 Green St. Info: bostoncyberarts.org.
The Hallway Gallery: paintings by Thomas Dahlberg, through June 2, 66a South St. Info: thehallwayjp.com.
Paintings by Vincent Crotty & Photos by Erin O’Brien, through June 2, James’ Gate, 5 McBride St. Info: 983-1760.
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.
First Friday Open Mic, June 7, 7-9pm, First Baptist Church, 633 Center St. Info: 524-3992.
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@[email protected]/205-789-7907.
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.
Book signing, author Cordelia Moye will sign copies of her new novel, “The Temp Assignment,” Sat., May 18, 4pm, Costello’s Tavern, 723 Centre St. Info: 637-2233.
Book discussion, “The Tiger’s Wife” by Téa Obreht, Mon., May 20, 7pm, Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960.
Book talk with Wenonah Hauter, author of “Foodopoly: The battle over the future of food and farming in America,” Wed., May 22, 7pm, First Church, 6 Eliot St. Info: jamaicaplainforum.org.
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Tues. 10:30, through 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. May 13, 6pm: visual journaling workshop w/ Mardi Reed, for teens & adults. May 20, 6:30pm: family pajama storytime. May 21, 10:30am: Making music concert with Ellen Hoffman. May 22, 4:30pm: Matilda theater performance by Hyde Square Task Force’s Youth Literacy Theater Troupe.
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.
Walk, Ride & Roll Social, meet neighbors, talk to merchants, snacks & refreshments, Tues., May 21, 6pm, Ultra Beauty, 401 Centre St. Info: 522-3694.
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.
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: [email protected]/359-1552.
Shim Gum Do (Mind Sword Path), zen sword, karate and meditation classes, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: 429-8024/[email protected].
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
JP Historical Society, walks last between 60 & 90 minutes, start 11am, cancelled in case of heavy rain. Info: jphs.org. May 11: Monument Square. May 18: Sumner Hill. May 25: Stony Brook.
Roslindale parade benefit & talent contest, to benefit Roslindale Day Parade in October, $20, Fri., May 10, Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church of MA, 39 Belgrade Ave. Info: on.fb.me/12R3rrb.
16th Annual Charlie Kelleher Fun Run/Walk, proceeds benefit the Italian Home for Children, Sat., May 11, Forest Hill Cemetery, $20. 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.
JP Music Festival fundraiser, “Boston Does Boston,” local musicians perform cover songs of their favorite Boston artists, Sat., May 18, 8pm, Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St. Info: 524-9038.
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
Writer-in-residence competition, for children’s and young adult authors. Award includes space at BPL Central Library & $20,000 stipend. Info: writer-in-residence.org.