Sights and Sounds, Nov. 11, 2016

November 11, 2016

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Special events

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

JP Holiday Flea, at Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Sat. Dec. 3, 1-3pm, and Sun. Dec. 4, 12-5pm. Free and open to the public. With booths by 50+ local and Latin American artists, crafters, woodworkers, weavers, leatherworkers, vintage shops and other small businesses.


         Boston City Singers now accepting new members in the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Training Chorus for children in grades 2-5. No audition required. Tuition based/Scholarships Available. Saturdays from 9-10:15 am. Hope Central Church – 85 Seaverns Ave., JP. Info: 825-0674

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

         Ladies of Autumn, Women of Winter, a triple bill with three local singer-songwriters: Haley Hewitt, Molly Pinto Madigan, and Janna Maria Frohlich. Showtime is 7:30pm on Fri. Dec. 9 in the Parish Hall at First Church in JP, UU, 6 Eliot St.

         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 for registration and more information. Walk-ins welcome.

Peter Orner will read from and discuss his new non-fiction book AM I ALONE HERE? Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live with Steve Almond, author of AGAINST FOOTBALL and co-host of NPR’s Dear Sugar Radio. This Papercuts J.P. event will take place at La Rana Rossa, 154 Green St. at 7pm. Tickets $5 at

         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:

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:, 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 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:; 224-7386.


         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:

Connolly Branch Library. High school mentors for grades K-8 Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm. 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:

         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.


         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:

         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

         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 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:

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.


         Toastmasters Club, introductory meeting on Mon. Nov. 28 at 7pm in the Community Room at Curtis Hall. Community members are invited to visit, observe, and learn more about opportunities to improve their leadership, communication, and public speaking skills in a supportive and fun environment. 20 South St.

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:

         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:

         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/