Sights and Sounds, May 9, 2014

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., May 20 for the May 23 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

JP Bikes Spring Roll, all-ages bike ride through JP, Sat., May 10, meet at 10am, ride 11am, South Street Mall, Carolina Ave. & South Street. Info:

Lilac Sunday at Arnold Arboretum, May 11, 10am-3pm, 125 Arborway. Info:

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

Franklin Park Kite & Bike Festival, Sat., May 17, 11am-4pm. Info: 442-4141.

First Thursday art walk, June 5, Centre/South corridor shops. Info:

Bromley-Heath Reunion, $20 ahead/ $30 door, June 21, 8pm, Florian Hall, 55 Hallett St. Info: 508-586-7764.


Dreamscape Concert Series, Turkish composer/singer Deniz Ozcelik,  Cambridge-based singer/songwriter Jennifer Matthews, Sat., May 10, 8pm, Hope Central Church, 85 Seaverns Ave. Info: [email protected].

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

Play’d in Massachusetts: American music from 1620-1820, $15 donation, Sun., May 18, 3pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: [email protected].

SingPositive Spring Concert, “With a Little Help From My Friends,” celebrating friendship & community, featuring songs from The Beatles, Jackson 5, Dan Zanes, Coldplay, REM, world music, Broadway selections, and a special tribute to Pete Seeger, $5-$10, Sun. May 18, 4pm, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Center, 45 Brookside Ave.

Summer Music Series, Wednesdays through Aug. 27, 6-9pm, Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge patio, 284 Amory St. June 4: The Van Burens. June 11: Akashic Record. June 18: Rocking Horse Rodeo. June 25: Cruzamente. July 2: Sara Colb & The Sagamore James Band. July 9: Mark Zaleski Band & Leah Randazzo. July 16: Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers Back Porch Blues Series. July 23: Creek River String Band. July 30: All of the Animals. Aug 6: Houston Bernard Band. Aug 13: Brian Friedland Trio. Aug 20: Jah-N-I Roots Band. Aug 27: All of the Animals.

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. May 9: Sentry, Milk, Sun Young.


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, 7:30-10pm, $5, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: Info@[email protected]/205-789-7907.


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

UFORGE Gallery, 767 Centre St. “Brenda Atwood Pinardi: A Retrospective,” painting, assemblage, through June 1. Info:

Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St. “Crossover,” art influenced by technology, through June 15, Info: 290-5010.


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:

Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. May 19, 7pm: book discussion, “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini.


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. 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, 3pm; family board games & pizza night, May 14, 6pm.

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.

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:

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:

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].

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

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

Egleston Square Branch Library, 2044 Columbus Ave., 445-4340. Gardening club, Tuesdays, 4:30pm. Learn to knit, for teens & adults, instruction by Diane Ivey, May 21, 5:30pm.


Jamaica Plain Historical Society walking tours, 11am, 60 to 90 minutes long. May 10: Monument Square, meet at Loring-Green House. May 17: Sumner Hill, starts from the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. May 24: Stony Brook, starts from the Stony Brook T station, Boylston St. May 31: Historic interiors, evolution & preservation, meet at Loring-Greenough House. Info:

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

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. Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully, a meditation workshop with American Buddhist Monk, Kelsang Pawo, explore profound methods to increase well-being, happiness, and support loved ones during times of immense challenge, Sat., May 17, 10am11pm, $25/adult, $15/student & senior. 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.


11th Annual Party in the Park, to support the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Wed., May 14, 11am, Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Pond. Info:

Friends of the JP Branch Library Book Sale, May 16-17,  outside JP Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St.

Burger Slam, to fundraise for the Manning School, 21+ only, May 17, 6:30pm, 45 Danforth St. Info:

South Street Youth Center yard sale, May 31, 10am-2pm, 125 South St. Info: [email protected].

Art 4 Music Silent Auction, to benefit the JP Music Festival, suggested donation $10, Sun., June 1, James’s Gate, 11 McBride St. Info:

Call for artists

First Thursday artists, sign up: [email protected].

BNN 30th anniversary commemorative button design contest, for youth ages 12-17, deadline May 30. Application: [email protected].

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