Sights and Sounds, March 14, 2014

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., March 25 for the March 28 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

Jamaica Pond Vernal Equinox Celebration, park walk featuring readings by JP poet Sandra Storey and JP philosopher Roger Gottlieb, and Gerry Wright performing as Emerald Necklace park system designer Frederick Law Olmsted, sponsored by Friends of Jamaica Pond, Sat., March 22, 11am, Jamaica Pond Park Boathouse, Jamaicaway & Pond St. Free. Info: 524-7070/


Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society, annual concert benefiting Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, Sat., March 29, 7-9pm, Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. $10. Info:

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+.

Midway Café, all shows 21+, doors 8pm, 3496 Washington St, 524-9038. Wednesdays: The Authentic Lounge (hip hop/reggae/soul); Thursdays: Queeraoke lesbian night; Fridays, 6-8:30pm: Hippie Hour; Nightime Sunshine, March 14; Swamp Patrick’s Day with Everymen, March 15, 4pm; Wild Rockabilly & Rock n Roll with WMFO’s DJ Easy Ed, March 15, 9pm ($10); Transmission, March 16, 9pm ($6); Diana Karthas, March 20 (before Queeraoke); Ask the Dead, March 22, 4pm ($6); Whitehaus Family Record Blastfest Night, March 22, 9pm; Darrow Chemical Company, March 23, 4pm; Heatwarmer, March 23, 9pm; SHMNS, March 24 ($8); Major Stars, March 28 (after Hippie Hour, $8); Old Edison, March 29, 9pm; Bridging the Music presents local band showcase, March 30, 4pm.

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: [email protected]

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


Ben & Eric Show, comedy show with videos and comedy songs by Pam Severns and Eric Mearns, Wed., March 26, 9:30pm, Milky Way Lounge, 284 Amory St. Free. Info:

We Create! Women of Color in the Arts, dance, music, puppetry, visual arts and spoken word by Boston artists, presented by Marsha Parrilla/Danza Orgánica, Sat., March 29, 7:30pm, Spontaneous Celebration, 45 Danforth St. $15 (students $10). Info:



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: [email protected]


JP in Black & White, photography by Jon Truslow, through March 31, Fresh Hair, 62 South St. Info:

Programs at an Exhibition, computer art on old Commodore 64 and Perl computers, by Nick Montfort and Páll Thayer, through March 16, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St. in Green St. T Station. Info: 522-6710/

Arnold Arboretum: “Peters Hill 360,” photographs by Meri Bond, through May 24, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway. Info:

UFORGE Gallery, 767 Centre St. “Malignant Masks and Monsters,” mixed media by Janella Beaudoin, through March 30. Info:


Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series, Fri., March 14, 7:30pm: Susanna Kittredge, Fred Marchant, Ladette Randolph. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., Suggested donation $5, Info: 325-8388.

Lucy Parsons Center, 358A Centre St., 522-6098. “Red Army Faction: A Documentary History,” book series editor talk, Sun., March 23, 3pm; “Last of the Po’ Ricans y Otros Afro-Artifacts,” poetry reading by Not4Prophet, Thurs., March 27, 7-9pm; Breanne Fahs, author of “Valerie Solanas,” and Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, author of “Outlaw Woman,” discussing their books on radical women, Sun., March 30, 4-6pm. All events free.

Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Book discussion: “The Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted” by Justin Martin, Mon., March 31, 7pm.


Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, for all agese, Mon., March 17, 6:30pm; Spring Family Pajama Story Time, Mon., March 24, 6:30pm; Children’s Films, Wednesdays, 10:30am;  Homework Help with Boston Public Schools teachers, Mondays, 4-6pm; Homework Help with high school mentors for grades K-8, Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm.

Egleston Square Branch Library, 2044 Columbus Ave., 445-4340. Family Arts & Crafts, ages 4 & up, Sat., March 15, 11am-1pm; Optical Illusions with Steve Lechner, workshop in creating optical illusion designs, ages 6 & up, Tues., March 18, 4:30-5:30pm; Family Board Games and Pizza, Wed., March 19, 6-7:30pm; Cobblestone Kids Club, local history activities with Park Ranger Beth, ages 6-10, Tues., April 1, 4-5pm; Poetry Workshop with Books of Hope, ages 9-14, Wed., April 2, 4:30pm; out-of-school time homework help, grades K-8, Mon.-Thurs., 3:30pm-5:30pm; Girl Scouts for ages 5-12, Mondays, 4:30-5:30pm; Preschool Stories & Crafts, ages 3-5 with caregiver, Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am; BTU homework help for all grades, Wednesdays, 4-6pm; Baby & Toddler Story Time for ages up to 2 with cargiver, Fridays, 10:30-11:30am.

Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St., Info: 524-2053.  Tuesdays 10:30am: Toddler/preschool storytime. 3pm: Creative Drama Children. Wednesdays, 10:30am, Baby and Books. 4pm: Kids club. Mon-Thurs. 3:30-5:30: Homework help for K-8 with high school mentors.

JP Regan Youth League, baseball, softball and T-ball league holding registration March 22 and 29. For info and locations, see

JP Children’s soccer, for kids 3.5 to 6.5, registration deadline is Fri., April 18, $25. Spring season begins April 30 & ends June 28, Jamaica Pond/Pinebanks Field, with weekly one hour practices.  Info:

Playful Paws Playgroup, zoo activities for ages 18 months to 3 years, Wednesdays, 10:15-11am, Meeting Barn, Franklin Park Zoo. Registration required. Info:

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:

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

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:


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]


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:

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.

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


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