Sights and Sounds, July 4, 2014

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., July 15 for the July 18 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

Summer Sundays in the Park, Sundays, 6pm, Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Pond Park, Jamaicaway: July 13: Boston Landmarks Orchestra Ensemble. July 20: Metropolitan Wind Symphony. July 27: Boston Classical Orchestra Brass Ensemble. Info:

1st Jamaica Plain Porchfest, 60+ performers on 30+ porches throughout JP, Sat., July 19, noon-4pm. Map/info:

Urban Edge/Ferris Wheels bike ride, to celebrate Urban Edge’s 40 years, 26-mile round trip bike ride, leaving from 1542 Columbus Ave., July 19, 8:30am. Info: 719-6724.

First Thursday art walk, Thurs., Aug. 7, Centre/South corridor shops. Info:

JP Music Festival, 20+ artists, 2 stages, Sat., Sept. 6, Pinebank Field, Jamaica Pond Park, Jamaicaway. Info:


Summer Music Series, Wednesdays, 6-9pm, Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge patio, 284 Amory St. 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. July 4: Mystical Misfits. July 5: Cat Magic “Black cat Summer.” July 6, $6: Tess Amodeo-Vickery, Diva’s Daughters. July 7, $5: Nouveau-Expo, Blackfly Reviews, Bosco’s Band, Watt’s Closet. July 8: Calliope Of The Future, Arielle Vakni, Georgia English, Nikolas Metaxas. July 9: The Authentic Lounge. July 10: Alex Schuman aka Pretty Schumanator. July 11, $10: The Royal Court: New Talent Showcase. July 12, $8: E (mems of Thalia Zedek/Neptune), The Royal Wedding, Planet of Adventure, Fur Purse. July 13, $5: SEXY GIRLS, Neutrinos, Black Beach, Grave Ideas. July 15, $5: Post Modern Authors, The Roadside Dolls, Bellwire, The Dead Elect. July 16, $5: Pixels, Happy Little Clouds, WAY OUT, Sundog. July 17:Diana Karthas. July 18: OC45. July 22: Nathan Kalish and the Lastcallers.

Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park, Tuesdays through Aug. 5. Children’s shows July 15, 22, 29 & Aug. 5, 11am. July 15, 6pm: Athene Wilson, female jazz vocalist. July 22, 6pm: Midnight Crew, big band. July 29, 6pm: Ashanti & Sistah Soul. Aug. 5, 6pm: National Night Out DJ Dance Party. Located next to the big ballfields between White Stadium and the Giraffe Entrance to the Zoo. Info:


Screen on the Green, free movie screenings, 8pm, Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. July 17: Cool Runnings. July 31: Casablanca. Aug. 7: Best in Show. Aug. 21: The Fifth Element. Sept. 4: The Royal Tennenbaums. Sept. 18: Hook. Info: [email protected].


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.

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, second Sunday of June, no dance July or August, 7:30-10pm, $5-10 sliding scale, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: Info@[email protected].

Dance JP, all ages, wheelchair accessible, June 21st, 8-10pm, First Baptist Church JP, 633 Centre St. $3-10. More info: Email: [email protected],


Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Through July 31: paintings by Anne Talbot.


Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Mon., July 28, 7 pm: “The Light Between Oceans: A Novel” by M.L. Stedman.


Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Wednesdays, 10:30am: Children’s Films. Please register. July 7, 6:30pm: adventures in science storytime.  July 14, 6:30pm: family game & pizza night. July 21, 6:30pm: make exploding foam. July 22, 10:30am: Wheelock Family Theatre story troupers. July 28, 6:30pm: family craft night. Wednesdays, 2pm: Fizz Boom Read programs, groups pre-register. Thursdays, 11:15am: ReadBoston mobile.

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.

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. Thursdays, 6:30pm; Intercambio: Ingles/Espanol Conversation; Maker Vibrobots Workshop, children will have an opportunity to experiment with bristlebots (toothbrush robots), drawbots, and simple circuits, ages 5+, registration required, Thurs., July 17, 4pm, JP Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. Info: [email protected].

Magical Environments family art workshops, for children 6–12 and their families. Explore magical environments through visual arts, storytelling, book-making. Spanish translators, wheelchair accessible, register by July 7, July 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13. 5:45pm–7:30pm. Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Info: 522-4832/[email protected].

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:

BCYF Neighborhood Block Party, inflatable obstacle course, DJ, ice cream, Aug. 7, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Info:

KidsArts! for grades K-5, after school, vacation weeks and summer program.  Now enrolling for 1-week summer sessions, full-day, through 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.


Walks & Talks at Arnold Arboretum, Thurs., July 10, 6-8pm: Invasion of the Aliens: Exploring Invasive Plants at Olmsted Park, Meets at the Pond Avenue parking lot. Info: 566-1689.

JPHS walking tours, 60 to 90 minutes long, cancelled in case of heavy rain, July 5: Sumner Hill. July 12: Stony Brook. July 19: Hyde Square. July 25: Green Street. 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.

Plant Explorers, learn about the history and importance of late 19th and early 20th century explorers, Arnold Arboretum. Info:

Summer Meditation Classes: Learn to Meditate,Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm, Jul 15-Aug 19, $10/adult, $5/student. Kids & Families Class, Sundays, 9:30-10:30am, July 6-Aug 17, $5/child aged 5-12 accompanied by adult. Sunday Adult Class, 11am-12pm, Through Aug 24, $8/adult, $4/student. Info: Serlingpa Meditation Center, 179 Green St., 2nd floor.

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.


Open Theatre Project presents ‘Death and the Maiden” by Ariel Dorfman, June 20-28, St. John’s Episcopalian Church, 1 Roanoke Ave. Info: 971-8630.

Call for artists

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

JP Open Studios registration now open. Info:

Mayor’s Mural Crew, for youths aged 18-22, July 7- Aug. 15. Info: 635-4202/828-3481.

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