Sights and Sounds, Oct. 25, 2013

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Nov. 5 for the Nov. 8 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Halloween Events

Happy Halloween Party and Parade, Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., Thurs., Oct. 31, 3:30pm fun activities and treats for kids, 4:30pm parade around Hyde Sq. to local businesses. Info: 522-1960.

The Halloween Children’s Carnival Spooktacular, pizza buffet, games, & activities, Thurs., Oct. 31, 4:30pm-6:30pm, $7 adults, $5 kids, Bella Luna/Milky Way, 284 Amory St. Info: 524-3740.

Franklin Park Halloween Night Hike, guided night hike through forest and ruins, costumes and strollers not recommended; wear sneakers; no flashlights. Fri., Oct. 25, 7pm, Franklin Park, Valley Gates Parking Lot. Info: 442-4141.

Annual Costume Dog Parade and Fashion Show, fundraiser for City of Boston Animal Shelter, Sat., Oct. 26, 12:30pm (registration and check-in noon), First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. Entry fee $10. Info: [email protected].

A Wicked Halloween Costume Party, cash prizes for the best costume, music by DJ D. Wiz, $10, Thurs, Oct. 31, 9pm, Milky Way, 284 Amory St., Info:

JP’s Biggest Haunted House, Thurs., Oct. 31, 6:30-8:30pm., First Church in JP Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot St. Info:

Special Events

Boylston Church Fair, Sat., Nov. 2, 10am-2pm, 207 Amory St., On Site Parking, 983-1057.

Can Art Change Society?, conversation with Fred Ata, filmmaker, Amy Hoffman, writer, Lisa Moore, scholar, moderated by Terry Burke, minister at First UU Church of JP. First Unitarian Church, 6 Elliot St., Sat. Oct. 26, free but donations welcome. Info:

18th Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain, sample food from local restaurants, Thurs., Nov. 21, Elk’s Lodge, 1 Morrell St., West Roxbury, 6:30-9:30pm. $40 advance, $45 door, $15 Seniors $ Children 12 and under. Info: 524-2555/


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

Milky Way, 284 Amory St. Info: Saturdays: Mango’s Latin Saturdays w/ The Lee Wilson Movement, 10pm, $10. Mondays, 7pm: Stump Trivia Night. Third Friday of the month: Boyfriends, gay dance night, 5pm, 9pm, 21+.

JP Drum Medley: Freestyle hand drumming circle meets first Thursday of the month, Nov. 7, 6:30-8:30PM. First Baptist Church 633 Centre St. Jamaica Plain. All levels welcome. Bring a drum, other small percussion. Info: [email protected]

Midway Café, all shows 21+, doors 8pm, 3496 Washington St, 524-9038. Wednesdays, except the last Wed. of the month: The Authentic Lounge. Thursdays: Queeraoke. Fridays 6-8:30pm: Hippie hour.

JP Concerts, Soiree Musicale avec Duo Saxophone et Piano, Sat., Nov. 2, 4pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Roanoke Ave. & Revere St. Adm. $10.

Drum Jam, starting Nov. 12, Rhythm play, drum circles, improvisation, & more. Drums provided limited to 15 – registration recommended or bring your own. 3 Tuesdays from 7-8pm (Nov. 12, 19, 26) at Spontaneous Celebrations (45 Danforth St.). Cost: $30 for 3 classes; drop-ins welcome @ $15 per class. Info:  [email protected].

          The Bombadils, Celtic, bluegrass and Canadian and American old-time. Fri., Nov. 22, First Church JP, 6 Eliot Street, Doors 7:30, Concert 8:00, $10 students, seniors and the unemployed; $13 in advance; $15 at the door. Info: 942-0716.

Fellswater CD Release Party, Fri., Nov. 1, First Church JP, 6 Eliot St., Doors 7:30pm, concert 8pm. $10 students, seniors, and unemployed, $13 in advance, $15 at the door.


Line Dancing with Boston Rhythm Riders, Wednesdays through Labor Day, 6-7pm, outside Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse. Info: 442-4141.

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:

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.


Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Weds., 10:30am: Children’s films.  Mondays, 4-6pm, homework help with a BPL teacher. Mon.-Thurs., 3:30-5:30pm, homework help for K-8 with high school mentors.

Meditation for Kids and Families, Sundays, 9:30-10:30am, starts Nov. 10. Develop happy minds such as kindness, patience & generosity through meditation, teachings, arts & crafts. Kids aged 5-12 accompanied by adult. $5/child. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 179 Green St., 2nd floor. Info:

Peace Drum Project, teens take part in group and individual art projects, create exhibits, and visit local museums and artist’s studios, for Boston Public High School students ages 14-18, Tuesdays, 2:30-6pm. Applications:

Children’s Theater Project, theater classes for children, Tuesdays: 4-5pm, starts Sept. 10, The Footlight Club, 7a Eliot St. Info: 913-8951.

Family art class, wheelchair accessible, Tuesdays 10:30am-11:30am, ages 3-5. Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 5+. Puppet making workshops, July 8, 15, 22, 29, ages 6-13. Family Resource Center, 1542 Columbus Ave. Info: 522-1018.

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:

Egleston Square Library: Tuesdays, 10:30am: preschool storytime, featuring puppets, songs games and fingerplays. 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.

Nancy Madore, author of the Enchanted series at JP Branch Library, 6:30-7:45pm. 12 Sedgwick St. Thurs. Nov. 7,


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

Narratives Boston, queer activist-writers group open to LGBTQ-identified adults interested in creative expression and social justice, first and third Wednesday evenings of the month, 7-9pm, Haymarket People’s Fund, 42 Seaverns Ave. Info:  [email protected].


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.

Calabash, ongoing African dance classes, Mondays & Thursdays, 7pm, English High School, 144 McBride St. $13. Info: [email protected]/359-1552.

Meditation classes, Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm, Starts Nov. 5, $10/adult, $5/student & senior. Sundays, 11am -12pm,  Starts Nov. 10, $8/adult, $4/student & senior. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 179 Green St., 2nd floor. Info:

Shim Gum Do (Mind Sword Path), zen sword, karate and meditation classes, scholarships available, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: 429-8024/[email protected].

Herbal Healing Circle Boston Workshop: 10 Trees to Know and Love,  Sun., Nov., 17, 1-3pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St., $25, Info: [email protected]

Woodworking, sewing, art classes, fiber arts, photography, book arts. Children, teens, adults, year round. Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St. Info: or 617-524-3313.


Coats for Kids, Anton Cleaners’ winter coat drive starting Oct. 14 through Jan. 11, bring coats to any of Anton’s Cleaners’ 42 locations or a Jordan’s Furniture store.

Call to Artists

Call for art, for Haymarket People’s Fund 2014 calendar, compelling black and white or color art that depicts the struggle of undoing racism in American society, immigrants in the US, and other forms of oppression. Info: [email protected].




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