Sights and Sounds, April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., May 6 for the May 9 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League Opening Day Ceremonies, Sat., April 26, parade begins 9am from the Monument, at Daisy Field 10:15am, first games noon. Info: hsmith55@comcast.net.

First Thursday art walk, May 1, Centre/South corridor shops. Info: centresouth.org.

Wake Up the Earth Parade & festival, community festival, May 3, rain date May 4, parades starts from Curtis Hall, 20 South St., & Egleston Sq.,10:30am. Info: 642-0605.

Lilac Sunday at Arnold Arboretum, May 11, 10am-3pm, 125 Arborway. Info: arboretum.harvard.edu/celebrate-lilac-sunday-on-may-11.

Hot Jazz, Cool Neighborhood, Thurs., May 15, 6-9pm, Coco’s Bar & Lounge, 3171 Washington St. Info: 522-7752.

Music

Rick Berlin and the Nickel & Dime Band, Wed., April 30, 10pm, Bella Luna, 284 Amory St. Info: facebook.com/pages/Answerman/138436829557927.

JP Jubilee, JP’s chorus of elders sings a short and sweet concert with Motown, Pete Seeger, show tunes and more, Thurs., May 1, 7pm, JP Branch, 12 Sedgwick St. Info: 524-2053

J-way string quartet, featuring original pieces by J-Way and other modern classical, jazz and Brazilian selections, $15 donation, May 4, 2:30pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Reservations suggested: lghouseconcerts@aim.com.

Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. May 12, 6:30pm: Spring into song! A capella concert.

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. April 25: Scrapes, Slow Children, Tensor, Honest John, $7. April 26, $12: Bad Lieutenants, The FUs, Big Meat Hammer, The Stand Alones, The Pubcrawlers, Bragging Rights, Slim Francis. April 27, 4pm: : Bridging The Music presents A Local Band Showcase. April 28: The Functionals. April 29: Mission Creep “Candy On Sunday” Single & Video Release Party. May 1: Andyroo. May 2, $8: Pine Street Inn Benefit Show with Sean Eldon & The Greatest Dane, Cult & Leper, Reverend. May 3, $12: The Cranktones, The Barley HoppersMay 4, $6: Women Who Rock! Series feat. The Egos, Forget It Goodbye, The Knock Ups. May 5: Voice of Addiction, OC45, Bass Line Bums, The Pity Whores. May 6: The Whitehaus Family Record Month Residency. May 8: Alex Schuman aka Pretty Schumanator. May 9: Sentry, Milk, Sun Young.

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

Performance

“Henry and Vanessa Unbound,” by Howard Ziber, performed by Open Theatre Project, April 25, 26, 27, May 2, 3, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke St. Info: TheOpenTheatre.com.

Moonlighting: A Queer open mic and reading series, Thurs., May 1, 7:30-9:30pm, Fazenda Coffee, 3710 Washington St. Info: 477-4519.

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, 7:30-10pm, $5, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: Info@jpsquaredance@gmail.com/205-789-7907.

Art

Rogerson House Annual Arts Festival, will showcase artwork from the residents, Sun. April 27, 2-4pm 434 Jamaicaway. Info: 983-2300.

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

UFORGE Gallery, 767 Centre St. “Decon/Recon,” & featured artists Michael Gleason, through April 27. Info: uforgegallery.com.

Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. May 8, 4:30pm: Asian-Pacific American Heritage month: brush painting with the MFA.

Literary

Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series, May 9: Barbara Crooker, Frannie Lindsay. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., Suggested donation $5, Info: 325-8388.

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, book talk with activist and author Chris Hedges, Mon., June 9, 7pm, First Church JP, 6 Eliot St. Info: jamaicaplainforum.org.

Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. “April 28, 7pm: The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. May 5, 6pm: Hispanic writers community readings. May 19, 7pm: book discussion, “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini.

Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St., 524-2053. Jackie Kennedy as Superstar, author John de Vito will talk about how the legend of Jackie Kennedy lives on twenty years after her death, May 8, 6pm. Poetry reading by Steven Riel, in honor of National Poetry Month, Thurs., May 24, 6:30pm. Book discussion: “Turmoil and Transition in Boston” by Lawrence S. DiCara, Thurs., May 17, 6pm.

Youth/Families

Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Wednesdays, 10:30am: Children’s Films. Mondays, 4-6pm: Homework Help with Boston Public Schools teachers. Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm: Homework Help with high school mentors for grades K-8. Tuesdays 10:30am: bilingual storytime, ages 2-4. Please register. April 25, 11am: New England Aquarium pools. Please register. April 26, 10am: Wake Up the Earth craft workshop. April 28, 6:30pm: family pajama storytime. May 19, 6:60pm: family pajama storytime. May 31, 10am: JP kids music festival, make instruments, play drums.

Egleston Square Branch Library, 2044 Columbus Ave., 445-4340. 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; Bilingual Story Time for ages up to 2, Thursdays, 4:30-5pm; Baby & Toddler Story Time for ages up to 2 with caregiver, 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.  Thursdays, 6:30pm; Intercambio: Ingles/Espanol Conversation.

Children’s Fairy House building workshops, hosted by Franklin Park Coalition, fairytale puppet show by Rosalita’s Puppets and festive storytelling, April 25, 1-3pm, Schoolmaster Hill, Franklin Park. Info: 961-3015.

May the 4th Be With You, Star Wars-themed day at Franklin Park Zoo, with costumed characters, activities, May 4, Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Road. Info: franklinparkzoo.org.

Girls Rock Campaign Boston, week long summer program for girls ages 8 to 17, session 1: July 14-19, session 2: Aug. 11-16. Info: girlsrockboston.org.

KidsArts! for grades K-5, after school, vacation weeks and summer program.  Now enrolling for 1-week summer sessions, full-day, June 30-Aug 22. Info: jpkidsarts.org/summer-program/524-0818.

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

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: 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, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. ESL conversation groups, April  28, 6:30pm; Spanish/English language exchange, Saturdays, 1:45pm.

Forest Hills Runners, several weekly group runs, info/schedule: foresthillsrunners.org.

Classes/Talks

JPHS walking tours, 11am, 60 to 90 minutes long. May 10: Monument Square, meet at Loring-Green House. May 31: Historic interiors, evolution & preservation, meet at Loring-Greenough House. Info: jphs.org.

Our Journey to Palestine: Local Activists Report Back, Thurs., May 22, 7pm, First Church JP, 6 Eliot St. Info: jamaicaplainforum.org.

Free singing class for adults 55+, open to all singing levels, Fridays 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.

Fundraisers

South Street Youth Center yard sale, May 31, 10am-2pm, 125 South St. Info: drisorn@gmail.com.

Best of JP 2014