Sights and Sounds, May 13, 2016

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. May 24 for the May 27 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

JP Time Exchange: Garden Party & Swap, Sat. May 14, 10am-12pm, The Festival Garden, Southwest Corridor Park, Across from the Stony Brook T Stop. Experienced gardeners will be on-hand to answer gardening questions. Bring seedlings, seeds, or plants to swap or plant.

Burgerslam 2016, at Spontaneous Celebrations, Sat. May 14. Local chefs battle it out for the 2016 Best Burger Award. 6:30-10:30 guests try each burger then cast their vote. $40, includes one mini burger from each participating restaurant and one free drink, funds also help support a strong curriculum at JP Manning Elementary School. Tickets: www.burgerslam.org.

Spring Perennial Divide, celebrate the start of the growing season with fellow gardeners. Bring perennials to share and containers to take home new plants. Share your favorite plants and discover new ones for this year’s garden. Free. Sun. May 15, 10am-2pm. Info: [email protected]

Hyde Jackson Sidewalk Sale Sat., May 21, 10am-4pm. Browse, find deals, and listen to street musicians. Centre Street between Jackson Square and Hyde Square. info: 617-522-3694 www.hydejacksonsquare.org

Run for Recovery 5k, Franklin Park, Sun. May 22, hosted by Boston Bulldogs Running Club. A vigil to honor those lost to addiction will be held directly after the run at White Stadium. Info: Juli, 515-8412.

South St Youth Center Yard Sale, June 4, 10am-2pm, 125 South St/17 St. Rose St. Rummage sale, car wash, homemade lunch plate. Donations will be accepted at the Youth Center on Weds. June 1 and Thurs. June 2 6-9pm and Fri. June 3 12-8pm (no electronics please).

Boston Walk from Obesity, provided by Brigham and Women’s Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Sat. June 4. Info: [email protected] or 732-7603.

West Roxbury Rox, Fri. June 17, 6:30pm at Irish Social Club, 119 Park St. in West Roxbury. Tickets on sale now, $40.

Music

         JP Jubilee: SPRING SING!  Sat. May 14, 3-4, Hope Central Church, 85 Seaverns Ave. Voluntary donations gratefully accepted to keep this voice class for elders free. Elizabeth Anker, director. Singing Our Way To Longevity http://hope central church.org/home/directions.

         JP Sing Positive Concert– Family Chorus, in collaboration with the Grass Gypsies, sings old and new favorites at St John’s Episcopal Church on Sun., May 15, 4pm. 1 Roanoke St, JP. Featuring music by Bob Dylan, Queen, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Beatles, The Grass Gypsies, and more!  $15/$5 kids and seniors. Info: 857-334-5237.

The Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston Free Family Concert titled Magical Melodies and Music of Life, Sat. June 4, 2PM, in Weld Hall at the Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library, 35 Harvard Avenue in Hyde Park. The program is intended for children of all ages and their families and will be interactive, with time for questions and answers. An instrument “Petting Zoo” and demonstration will follow the performance in the Library’s beautiful outdoor Children’s Garden. Children will be able to handle and play orchestral instruments as guided by members of Chameleon, and will be encouraged to touch, blow, pluck, bow, and strike.

         Midway Café, all shows 21+, doors 8pm, 3496 Washington St, 524-9038. Wednesdays: Coffeehouse Wednesdays, acoustic acts, 6-8:15pm, free; Thursdays: Queeraoke lesbian night; Fridays, 6-8:30pm: Hippie Hour, free; Sundays 9pm-2am, Open Mic; Irish Sessions, every Sunday live traditional Irish music while you enjoy dinner, every Sunday in April in May.

Old time music, Southern/roots music, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7.30pm, back room at Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St. Info: [email protected]

Neighborhood Rocks presents River of Dreams, Sun. May 22, 4pm. Multigenerational pop/folk/world choir concert. Family friendly. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave. $10 adults, $5 kids over 3. www.neighborhoodrocks.com.

First Fridays Youth Open Mic with renowned feature artists, first Friday of every month, 7pm at First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. Free for performers and those under 25, $10 suggested donation for those 25 and over.

dance

         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.

BalletRox dance classes at Spontaneous Celebration for students grades K-12. Saturdays, 8am-12noon, Mondays and Wednesdays 4-7pm. Affordable, on a sliding fee scale. Ballet, tap, hip hop, street jazz, modern fusion. Info: www.balletrox.info; 224-7386.

Line dancing with Mz. Rhythm, Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Franklin Park, hill across from Golf Clubhouse. Info: franklinparkcoalition.org.

Art/literary

         Latin American Spectacle, May 28-29, 7:30pm. Based on Once A Blue Moon, Double Edge’s Summer Spectacle 2015/2016, the story follows a traveler who returns to his hometown after many years. Directed by Stacy Klein – Produced by Adam Bright, Created by Carlos Uriona, Matthew Gassman, Milena Dabova, John Peitso, Hannah Jarrell and the Double Edge Ensemble with youth actors, dancers, and musicians from Hyde Square Task Force. Begins at HSTF’s Blessed Sacrament Church Building, 361 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, and travels in parade to Mozart Park. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

ROZZIE READS POETRY/MIDNIGHT VOICES: FEATURED POETS AND OPEN MIC, THURS. MAY 19, 7-9 P.M. Roslindale House, Community Room, 120 Poplar Street. Free, contributions voluntary, refreshments provided. Parking on Hawthorne and Poplar streets, in unnumbered spaces, and at rear of building.

         Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series, Meredith Bergmann, Sharon Dunn, and Danielle Legros-Georges, Fri. May 13, 7:30pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: jamaicapondpoets.com or [email protected]

         Comedian Dave Hill will read from and discuss his new book of comedic essays DAVE HILL DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE with Boston Globe columnist and author of THE SINGLES Meredith Goldstein at 7:00 pm at UForge Gallery, May 19. Tickets: http://www.papercutsjp.com/events

         Tidal Life, works by JP resident Jenine Shereos, ongoing, The Haven, 2 Perkins St. Info: 524-2836/thehavenjp.com.

Youth/Families

Franklin Park Kite Festival, Sat. May 14, 11am-4pm, Franklin Park Playstead, kids bike raffle, food trucks, kites for sale.

Playground Opening, along American Legion Highway in Franklin Park. Walsh will cut the ribbon and host a Mayor’s Coffee Hour. Free coffee, fruit, donuts, and a flowering plant from the park’s greenhouses to take home. Fri. May 20, 9:30-10:30.

         BNBL Pee-Wee Basketball, boys and girls ages 6-10, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Franklin Park. Info: franklinparkcoalition.org.

Connolly Branch Library. Homework Help with Boston Public School teacher, Mondays 4-6pm, Homework help with high school mentor grades K-8, Mondays-Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm; Children’s films, Wednesdays, 10:30am. Bilingual Story time for babies up to 18 months, Fridays at 10:30am. 433 Centre St. Info: www.bpl.org.

         Egleston Square Branch Library, 2044 Columbus Ave., 445-4340. Mon.-Thurs., 3:30pm-5:30pm: homework help. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am, preschool storytime. Fridays, 10:30am: baby/toddler music time. Youth Dance Class on Tuesdays May 17&24, 4:30-5:30. Baby/Toddler Play & Sing with Moms & Music, Fri. May 20, 10:30-11.

         Tiny Tots World Music and Movement, music classes for kids age 2-5 by Helder Tsinine, Mondays 11-11:45am; Saturdays, 10-10:45am, $17 per class or $90 for 6 weeks, Egleston YMCA, 3134 Washington St. Info: [email protected]

         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.

Classes

         Stonybrook Fine Arts, adult classes in welding, foundry and mold-making ongoing, 24 Porter St. Info: stonybrookfinearts.com.

Community Arts Music Program for Seniors, Curtis Hall, 20 South St., Fridays 10:30-noon. Info: 983-3638.

Meet-Ups

         District E-13 Police Department Neighborhood Advisory Council.  This is a collaboration between the police and the community to help create good, responsive Neighborhood Policing.  In the past, the Neighborhood Advisory Council had groups of residents and police working together on Problem Properties, Quality of Life, Traffic & Parking, Neighborhood Watch Groups, Youth Violence Prevention, and JP/Egleston Business Districts.  The next conversation will be Tuesday, 5/10, 6:30 pm at the District E-13 Police Station.

         Support For Vegetarian/Vegan Lifestyles, 2nd and 4th Fridays at Spontaneous Celebrations 6:30-8, see movies, enjoy potlucks, discuss scientific research, swap recipes and discuss challenges. Info: [email protected]

         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, noon-1:45pm. ESL conversation groups, Mondays 6:30pm, Thursdays, 2:30pm.

         Party for the Helping Hand Fund, hosted by Haymarket People’s Fund, every 3rd Friday of the month, 5:30-8pm, 42 Seaverns Ave. Info: 522-3349/[email protected]

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