Sights and Sounds, Dec. 20, 2013

December 20, 2013
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 14 for the Jan. 17 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

JP Centre/South’s Holiday Pop Up Bazaar, Fri., Dec. 20, 6-9pm, 668 Centre St. Info: 971-8078.

Breakfast with Santa at Franklin Park Zoo, Dec. 21, 8:30-10am, One Franklin Park Road. $30. Info:franklinparkzoo.org.

Winter Solstice event, with storyteller Diane Edgecomb with Margot Chamberlain & Tom Megan, Sat. Dec. 21, 8-10pm, $25 & Sun., Dec. 22, 4-5pm, $20, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: 522-4335.

Music

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. Third Friday of the month: Boyfriends, gay dance night, 5pm, 9pm, 21+.

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. Dec. 20: All night hippie hour, $7. Dec. 21: The Weisstronauts 15th Annual Holiday Jubilee, $10. Dec. 26: Diana Karthas. Dec. 28: Devil On Horseback, Boy Wonder, AquaNUTZ, George Woods. Dec. 28, 4pm: Opposition Rising, Done With You (NY), The Nasty (NH), Trashawk, Neighborhood Shit, Red Tape. Dec. 29, 4pm: Bridging The Music presents A Local Band Showcase. Dec. 30: Jason Lapin, Amy Herera, Andrew Dimarzo, Black Dog Brother, Bill Fennell & Zero Support. Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Karaoke dance party. Dec. 2: The Playn Jayns. Jan. 4: The Old Edison, Old Hat, Yankee Cockfight, Cactus Attacks, Jenn Kitten, $7. Jan. 5: Women Who Rock! Series: An Acoustic Night featuring Lauren DeRose & Deb Hardy, $6. Jan. 7: The Whitehaus Family Record Monthly Residency. Jan. 9: Alex Schuman. Jan. 10: Rick Bounty Does Elvis Presley with special guests: The Red Pennys, Leah & Her J-Walkers, $10. Jan. 17: Joe Egan’s birthday party, with Sidewalk Driver, John Powhida International Airport, Wat It Iz.

JP Drum Medley: Freestyle hand drumming circle meets first Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:30PM. First Baptist Church 633 Centre St. Jamaica Plain. All levels welcome. Bring a drum, other small percussion. Info: jpdrumcircle@earthlink.net

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

Dance

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: 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.

Art

Casey Was Here, art inspired by Casey Overpass project process, on display through Dec. 29, James’s Gate, 5 McBride Ave. Info: seanmccabe.com.

Dispersal: Photographs by Anna Laurent, special exhibition through Jan. 26 at Arnold Arboretum Hunnewell Building.

Youth/Families

Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Mon., Dec. 23, 6:30pm: winter family pajama story time. 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.

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.

Meditation for Kids and Families, Sundays, 9:30-10:30am, through Dec. 15. 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: http://meditationinmass.org/kids-meditation-boston/

Family art class, wheelchair accessible, Tuesdays 10:30am-11:30am, ages 3-5. Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 5+. 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: stonybrookfinearts.com.

Meet-Ups

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:  narrativesboston@gmail.com.

Connolly Branch Library, Saturdays, noon-1:45pm: Spanish-language language exchange. 433 Centre St., 522-1960.

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.

Calabash, ongoing African dance classes, Mondays & Thursdays, 7pm, English High School, 144 McBride St. $13. Info: h.jacqueline40@yahoo.com/359-1552.

Meditation classes, Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm, through Dec. 17, $10/adult, $5/student & senior. Sundays, 11am -12pm, through Dec. 15, $8/adult, $4/student & senior. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 179 Green St., 2nd floor. Info: http://meditationinmass.org/meditation-buddhism-boston/

Shim Gum Do (Mind Sword Path), zen sword, karate and meditation classes, scholarships available, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: 429-8024/mushimgum@gmail.com.

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

Fund-Raisers

Coats for Kids, Anton Cleaners’ winter coat drive 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: jennifer@haymarket.org.

Best of JP 2014