Sights and Sounds, Jan. 31, 2014

January 31, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Feb. 11 for the Feb. 14 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

First Thursday neighborhood walk & art display, Feb. 6, 6-8, Centre/South streets. Info: centresouth.org.

Franklin Park Coalition Snow Fest, Sat., Feb. 8, 1-4pm, start at Franklin Park gold clubhouse. Info: franklinparkcoalition.org.

Valentine’s Day Pop Up Shop, hosted by CSMS, 12 local craftspeople & artisans, Feb. 6 & 7, 6-9pm; Feb. 8 & 9, 11am-6pm; Feb 14, 6-9pm; Feb. 15 & 16, 11am-6pm, 668 Centre St. Info: centresouth@gmail.com.

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. Jan. 31: Classic Ruins, Greg Allen’s Fringe Religion, The Skeleton Beats, LOVE LOVE.

World music concert, with bassist Jason Davis and Earthsound, Jan., 31, Taylor House, 50 Burroughs St. Info: taylorhouse.com.

Está Verão, sunday song series, Sun., Feb. 2, 7pm, First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. Info: catherinebent.com.

New works for an Old Instrument, jazz pianist, $15 donation, San., Feb. 2, 3pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: lghouseconcerts@aim.com.

The Splinters, bluegrass and Americana guitar/mandolin duo, Feb. 6, 8pm, Centre Street Sanctuary, 365 Centre St. Info: splintersmusic.com.

Eliot Street Soiree, classic guitar with John Muratore, $20, Sun., Feb. 15, 7pm, First Church UU, 6 Eliot St. Info: 942-0716.

Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band, $15, Feb. 15, 9pm, the Space, 128 Brookside Ave. Info: ewklezmer.com.

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

Arnold Arboretum: “Peters Hill 360″ photographs by Meri Bond, Feb. 8-May 24. Reception Feb 15, 1pm. Hunnewell Building. Info: my.arboretum.harvard.edu.

Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Serbia: A Photographic Tour by Charlie Rosenberg, Sat., Feb. 8, noon, Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Boston Cyberarts Gallery: through Feb. 23: Collision20:bilocate, 29 international artists explore the ability of art to create a

conceptual and perceptual overlap. 141 Green St. Info: 522-6710.

Literary

Adult book discussion at the Connolly: “Dear Life: Stories” by Alice Munro, Mon., Feb. 24, 7 pm. 433 Centre St., 522-1960.

Author talk with Nancy Holdner, writer of “Living Solo: A Practical Guide to Life on Your Own,” Mon., Feb. 10, 7pm, Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series, Fri., Feb. 7, 7:30pm: John Anderson, Jennifer Barber, Kevin Gallagher, with Kathrine Douthit exhibiting. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., Suggested donation $5, Info: 325-8388.

Performance

Reckless by Craig Lucas, Footlight Club production, $16-$20, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, Footlight Club, 7A Eliot St. Info: footlight.org.

My Name is Maria Isabel, performed by the Hyde Square Task Force’s Youth Literacy Theater Troupe, based on the children’s book by Alma Flor Ada, Thurs., Feb. 6, 4:30 pm, Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Youth/Families

Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Tues. through Feb. 25, 10:30am: reading readiness winter toddler & preschool storytime. Please register. 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. Feb. 18, 10:30am: children’s music concert by Valerie Stephens. Feb. 26, 4:30pm: teen writing workshop on Black History month. Feb. 27, 4:30pm: story & craft for Black History Month.

Egleston Square Library, 2044 Columbus Ave. Info: 445-4340. Mon.-Thurs. 3:30pm-5:30pm: drop-in homework help.  Mondays: 4:30pm: girl scouts, for girls ages 5-12. Wednesdays, 4-6pm: BTU homework help. Fridays, 10:30am: baby & toddler story time. Tuesdays, 10:30am: preschool storytime & craft. Feb. 4, 4pm: Cobblestones Kids Club. Feb. 5, 4:30pm: teen writing workshop on Black History month. Feb. 6, 4:30pm: Black History Month music with Bill Lowe.Feb. 12: family board games & pizza.

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.

Club GRCB, 8-week program for girls to form bands & engage in music workshops, Wednesdays through March 26, 3:30-6pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: girlsrockboston.org.

Roberto Clemente 21 Sport registration, Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30pm, Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath St. info: 828-9524.

Scratch, new computer class for kids, runs through March 5, 4:45-5:30pm, $10, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Info: 635-5193.

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. Feb. 3, 10, 24, 6:30pm & Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:30am & 2pm: ESL conversation groups. 433 Centre St., 522-1960.

Classes

Free singing class for adults 55+, open to all singing levels, begins Fri. Feb. 14, 10:30am-noon, JP Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. Info: 524-2053.

Meditation classes: for Kids and Families, develop happy minds such as kindness, patience & generosity through meditation, teachings, arts & crafts, for kids aged 5-12 accompanied by adult, $5/child, Sundays, 9:30-10:30am. Open: Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm, Sundays, 11am-2pm, $10/adult, $5/kids & seniors. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 179 Green St., 2nd floor. Info: mediitationinboston.org.

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.

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

Mendell School fundraiser, to support enrichment programs, Sat., Feb. 8, 7pm, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: facebook.com/events/203132479873505.

          Smell the Love: An Evening of Love Songs to Benefit the JP Music Festival, $10, Fri., Feb. 14, 8pm, Midway Café, 3496 Washington St. Info: 524-9038.

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