Sights and Sounds, July 22, 2016

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Aug. 9 for the Aug. 12 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series, Theater performances on Tuesdays, Family zumba on Wednesdays, Concerts on the Plaza on Thursdays, Movies on the Lawn on Fridays. All events at Blessed Sacrament Church Lawn + plaza, 361 Centre St. June 21-Aug. 12.

Teatro en el Parque–The Dragún Summer Series, plays 3 Tuesdays in July at 7:30pm. July 26, The Couple from Table 10/Los de la Mesa 10, in Spanish with English supertitles. Mozart Park (rain location J.F. Kennedy School),, 522-3694.

Movie Night, Thurs. Aug. 18 6:30pm. Knucklebones Playspace 7:30 p.m. Movie Sugar Bowl, Jamaica Pond Movie Night! Thursday, August 25 6:30 p.m. Knucklebones Playspace 7:30 p.m. Movie Sugar Bowl, Jamaica Pond.

South Street Block Party, Thurs. Aug. 4 from 5 to 8pm at the corner of South St and Carolina Ave in Jamaica Plain. There will be live music from the roof of Fresh Hair, and in the South St Mall area and the tennis courts there will be food and fun for all ages!

Eliot School 340th Birthday Yard Party, Fri. July 29, 6-8pm. Family friendly. Make t-shirts, party hats. Cake, ice cream, Jamaican food. Live music by the Funky Bubblers. Admission free, bring cash for food and activities. Details:

BAA Half Marathon Registration, run on behalf of Shattuck Partners. Register during a short window on the morning of July 13th. Participants must be at least 14 years of age or older. Marathon is on Sun. Oct. 9, 8am. Email [email protected] for info.


         Party at the Pope House, fundraiser for the JP Music Festival. Sun. July 17, 2-8pm, 80 Wenham St. Indoors & Outdoors, $50 suggested donation. Dinner prepared by Keith Vanetti of Vee Vee and Ken Pope.

         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.

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

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.

SongBeat Circle, a song & drum circle hosted monthly on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30p.m. in the Parish Hall at First Church in Jamaica Plain.  Facilitated by a board-certified music therapist, SongBeat provides the community surrounding Jamaica Plain a place to sing and drum together. Participants will hopefully gain a sense of connection with others, experience the healing of live music-making, and find some joy in their busy lives.  All ages welcome. Donation of $5 to $10 is encouraged.  No musical experience or talent required. Info: [email protected], 524-1634 or 775-7602.


         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:

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:; 224-7386.

Line dancing with Mz. Rhythm is back! Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm, Franklin Park, Refectory hill across from Golf Clubhouse. Info:


         Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park, a family-oriented cultural art series. Children’s Playhouse, July:26, 11-1pm, Overlook Ruins at Franklin Park. Family Playhouse: July 26, Aug. 2nd, 9th & 16th, 6-8pm. Family Playhouse Musical Acts: July 12th: Athene Wilson & Friends, July 19th: E-Water Band, July 26th: Chosen from Berklee, August 2nd: DJ Dance Party with Nomadik, August 9th: Midnight Crew All Star Revue, August 16th: AJ Smooth Motown MC – Amanda Merricks. At Overlook Ruins at Franklin Park.

Adult Book Discussion, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Mon., July 25, 7 p.m. Connolly Branch Library.


         Harvest Camp at JP Green School, Aug. 22-26, 133 Bourne St. Working in the mature garden, harvesting vegetables, canning and preserving food, arts & crafts, and more. For kids ages 8-11 with some leeway. Camp runs every day 9am-3pm, $400 sliding scale. Register: [email protected]

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

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. LEGO Builder’s Club: Creative building for ages 4+, . Mon., July 25, 6 p.m. Bilingual Story Time / Hora de Cuentos Bilingüe

Stories, songs, rhymes, and other activities for children ages 2 – 4, with an adult. Please register. Cuentos, canciones, rimas, y otras actividades para niños 2 – 4, con un adulto. Por favor, registrarse. Tues. July 26, 10:30am. All-Star Story Time with City Councillor Matt O’Malley, Sports-themed bilingual story time for ages 2 – 5. ReadBoston Storymobile: Each week there will be a storyteller, and children will receive a book to take home.  For ages 5 & up. Thursdays, July 11 – August 19, 1:15 p.m. Baby Story Time: Stories & songs for babies up to 18 months old. Fridays, July 8 & 22, 10:30 a.m.

         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. Baby/Toddler music time, Fridays, 11:15am, for ages 0-2 and their caregivers.

         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.


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

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

Summer Walking Tours, Sat. July 23 at 11am is the Green Street tour, leaves from Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center at 640 Centre St., will be free to the public and last 60-90 min.; Woodbourne Neighborhood tour will be on Sat. July 30 at 11am in front of Bethel AME Church at the corner of Walk Hill Street and Wachusett Street.; Tour of Jamaica Pond on Sat. Aug. 6 at 11am in front of the bandstand, Pond St. and Jamaicaway.


         Neighbors Night Out, Mon. Aug. 1, 6-9pm at the Mildred Hailey Apartments, corner of Centre and Bickford Streets. Refreshments, police demonstrations, face painting, and games. All residents invited.

         300th Birthday of Comodore Joshua Loring, Thurs. Aug. 4, 5pm-dusk, Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. Enjoy cake, food trucks, farmers market stalls, music, and games. $1 donation.

Lorings Enactment, discuss the politics of the Loring’s day and bid in an auction of the Loring’s property. Free admission. Sun. Aug. 14, 12-4pm, Loring Greenough House, 12 South St.

         Biking Party, Summer Gear Swap, and Ice Cream Social, held by JP Time Exchange. Sat. July 30, 1-3pm, the Festival Garden in the Southwest Corridor Park across from Stony Brook T.

         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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