Sights and Sounds, Aug. 15, 2014

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Aug. 26 for the Aug. 29 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

Neighborhood Peace Rally, organized by JPNDC & Merchant Leaders, Sat., Aug. 16, 1-4pm, start at Hyde Square rotary, end at Jackson Square T station. Info: 522-2424×239.

3rd Annual Franklin Park Basketball Tournament, Sat., Aug. 16, 11am-6pm, White Stadium Courts, rain date Sun. 17. Info:

Brew at the Zoo, 40 local breweries, food, including special edition “Okie’s 21st Birthday Banana Weizen” in celebration of Okie the gorilla’s 21st birthday, 21+, $50 in advance, Sat., Aug. 16, 3-30-7.30pm. Info:

Obon Festival, festival honoring spirits of one’s ancestors, picnic-style with traditional Japanese games & dancing, Sat., Aug. 23, 4-8pm, Showa Boston, 420 Pond St. Info:

JPNDC Ice Cream Social, Tues., Aug. 26, 5:30-7pm, 31 Germania St. Info:

First Thursday art walk, Thurs., Sept. 4, Centre/South corridor shops. Info:

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


Summer Music Series, Wednesdays, 6-9pm, Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge patio, 284 Amory St. 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.

Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band, $15, Sat., Aug. 16, 8:30pm, The Space, 125 Brookside Ave. Info:


Screen on the Green, free movie screenings, 8pm, Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. Aug. 21: The Fifth Element. Sept. 4: The Royal Tennenbaums. Sept. 18: Hook. Info: [email protected]


Dance JP, outside, wheelchair accessible. $3-$10, Aug. 16, 7-9pm, First Baptist Church JP, 633 Centre St. 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.

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


Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St., 524-2053. Through Aug. 22:  “Faces of Cuba” photo exhibit by Nancy Katz. Opening reception, Sat., July 26, 11am to 1pm.

Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Paintings by Anne Talbot, through August.


Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Aug. 25, 7pm: adult book discussion, “Dirty Love” by Andre Dubus III.


Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Wednesdays, 10:30am: Children’s Films. Please register. 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; 1:15pm ReadBoston storytime for ages 3-8-get a free book!

Boston Children’s Festival, Rosalita’s Puppets, scientific wonders, digging for ancient artifacts, hands-on learning with the New England Aquarium tide pool, Aug. 19. Info:

Drop-in Youth Sports Nights at White Stadium, 5-8pm. Info:

Girls Rock Campaign Boston, week long summer program for girls ages 8 to 17, 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, 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.


JPHS walking tours, 60 to 90 minutes long, cancelled in case of heavy rain, 11am. Aug. 16: Monument Square. Aug. 23: Sumner Hill. Aug. 30: Stony Brook. Info:

Forest Hills’ statues walking tour, Sat., Aug. 23, 10am, meet at visitor’s circle behind main gate. Info: [email protected]

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

Summer Meditation Classes: Learn to Meditate,Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm, through Aug. 19, $10/adult, $5/student. Kids & Families Class, Sundays, 9:30-10:30am, through 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.

Call for artists

Public Media art submissions requested, 30-second videos, animations, or computer-generated works that push the creative limits of Convention Center’s 80-foot, seven-screen, three-sided LED sculpture, deadline Sun., Aug. 31. Info:

First Thursday artists, sign up: [email protected]

JP Open Studios registration now open. Info:

          Applications now open for First Church JP’s craft fair, limited spaces. Info: Fundraisers

Hairblast, haircuts with a social mission, $50 for cut/blowout to benefit Hyde Square task Force, Wed., Aug. 27, 3-7pm, Ultra Beauty Salon, 401 Centre St. Info: 983-8407.

Crash Safely, multi-night fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis Society, 21+, $10, Sat., Sept. 27: The Petes, Watts, Gene Dante and the Future Starlets, The I Want You, As the Sparrow. Fri., Oct. 10: Petty Morals, Gymnasium, My Own Worst Enemy, Tsunami of Sound. Midway Café, 3496 Washington St. Info:

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