Sights and Sounds, Oct. 28, 2016

October 28, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Nov. 8 for the Nov. 11 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Day of the Dead Celebration, Sat. Oct. 29, 10:30am. Meet at the Roslindale Square Farmers Market Kids’ area at 10am for a Halloween Costume Parade that ends at the Roslindale library at 10:30am, where families can join us for a traditional Día de Los Muertos. Performers from La Piñata will present interactive sonajas and danza Azteca-Tonantzin + Ehekatl. Participants will leave with a mini Day of the Dead altar. Bring a picture of a deceased loved one to add to the library’s traditional Day of the Dead altar. Traditional Mexican hot chocolate and pan de Muerto will be served. The Farmers Market will also host the Teal Pumpkin Project all day and an adult costume contest at 11:30am.

Halloween Party & Neighborhood Stroll, Mon. Oct. 31. 3:30pm: Halloween Party at Connolly Library. 4:15 stroll around Hyde Square to local businesses. 4:30-7: Festival and Haunted House. Info: Emma@hydesquare.org or 524-8303.

Annual Costume Dog Parade and Fashion Show, Sat. Oct. 29, 1pm. Registration and check-in will begin at 12 noon at First Baptist Church. Entry fee is $10 with proceeds o the City of Boston Animal Shelter. Info: chefbradbrown@aol.com.

St. John’s Silent Auction, come celebrate the fall harvest. Sat. Nov. 5, 5-8pm in the Parish Hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Sup on a seasonal dinner while bidding on fabulous auction items. Babysitting provided.

A service of prayer for the election and our nation. Nov. 6, 7-8pm. St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Franklin Park Coalition’s 5k Turkey Trot, Nov. 24, 9am. To run, walk, or become a sponsor, contact Franklin Park Coalition at 442-4141 or mail@franklinparkcoalition.org.

Zoo Howl, Oct. 29-30 at Franklin Park Zoo. Children are invited to trick-or-treat throughout the zoo, compete in costume contests and enjoy other Halloween related games and crafts.

Music/art

         Big, the Musical opens at the Footlight Club Nov. 5. Evening performances Nov. 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 8pm. Matinees Nov. 6, 13, and 19 at 2pm. Tickets $25, available at www.footlight.org.

         The Power of our Stories Nov. 1, 5:30–7:30pm at Jamaica Plain Community Center (Curtis Hall), 20 South St. FREE workshops from Families Creating Together with teaching artist Ayisha Knight Shaw. Families create “identity boxes” sharing how they see themselves, inside and outside, using sign language, interpretation, movement and visual arts. Presented in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. Wheelchair accessible. Light supper provided. FCT is a program of Community Service Care/Tree of Life Coalition. To register and for more information call 617-522-4832 or email familiescreating@gmail.com. Info: www.familiescreatingtogether.org

Halloween at Midway Cafe, Random Variety: “Tricks and Treats” comedy, burlesque, costume context. Musical guest. $5.

         Uforge Gallery’s Last Show, opening reception with featured artist, Beverly Arsem, 767 Centre St. Exhibition dates through Oct. 30.

Dr. Robert Oldshue will read from his award winning collection of short stories, November Storm, at Tres Gatos Restaurant, Sun. Nov. 6 from 3:00-4-30. Open to the public.

         Music as a Second Language (MSL), free bi-weekly workshop series that explores various elements of music through collaborative improvisational games. Whether you’re an experienced musician looking to refresh your perspective, or you’ve always wanted to play but never knew where to start, MSL could be for you! Join the conversation every 2nd and 4th Sunday 1-3pm until Dec. 11 at CityPOP Egleston, 3195 Washington Street. Email nochops2rok@gmail.com for registration and more information. Walk-ins welcome.

         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: peggyconant@gmail.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.

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 JP 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: songbeatcircle@gmail.com, 524-1634 or 775-7602.

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 Celebrations, for students grades K-12. Saturdays 8am-12noon; Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-7pm, September 12 to late May. Affordable, on a sliding fee scale.  Ballet, tap, hip hop, street jazz, Caribbean Soca, modern fusion.  Info:  www.balletrox.info; 224-7386.

Youth/Families

         Roberto Clemente 21 Sports Program, now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 season. Boys and girls ages 7-17. Free with a five dollar gym membership. Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath St. Info: Alfredo Liriano at 828-9524.

         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; Children’s films, Wednesdays, 10:30am.

         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: htsinine@gmail.com.

         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/talks

         Thirty Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England, talk by Stephen Long, journalist and natural historian. Thurs. Nov. 17, 7-8:30pm at Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum. $10 fee, $5 for Arnold Arboretum member. Register: my.arboretum.harvard.edu.

         Six Ice Ages, in one billion years, Climate Change, and Boston’s Earthquake Problem, talk by James Lawford Anderson, PhD, Department of Earth and Environment at BU. Weds. Nov. 30, 7-8:30pm at Hunnewell Building at Arnold Arboretum. Fee $5, Free for Arboretum members and students. Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu.

         Spiritual Discovery: How you can better the world, a talk by Christian Science lecturer (and JP resident) Tom McElroy. Nov. 5 at 2pm, 351 Centre Street, the JP Christian Science Reading Room and Bookstore. Free. 

         Learn and Burn, walk at Jamaica Pond, provides an opportunity to learn about Frederick Law Olmsted and the Emerald Necklace landscape while burning off calories from Thanksgiving dinner on Sat. Nov 26. . Free and open to public, advance registration requested. Rain or icy conditions will cancel the walk. Email Mark_Swarts@nps.gov by Weds. Nov. 23 to reserve a spot.

         Stonybrook Fine Arts, teen & 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.

History of Moxie, Sun. Dec. 11, 2pm. From 1928 to 1953 Moxie was bottled at 74 Heath Street in Jamaica Plain. At the peak of Moxie’s popularity, it outsold Coke. Hear Merrill Lewis, President of the New England Moxie Congress speak about this early soft drink once considered a “nerve food”. The event will be held at JP Co-Housing, 65 Cornwall St. Free and open to the public.

Meet-Ups

         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: mary.sacksteder@gmail.com.

         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: narrativesboston@gmail.com.

         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/umnunity@gmail.com.

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