Sights and Sounds, Jan. 13, 2017

January 13, 2017

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

Special events

Run for All, respond to the Trump inaugurations by standing up to civil liberties and raising money for the ACLU. Join members of your community and the Field Director of the Massachusetts ACLU in a gathering followed by a run/walk around Jamaica Pond. Free, accepting donations (every penny goes directly to ACLU). Jan. 22, 10am, Jamaica Pond Boathouse. Info:

Talk and Take Action!  An Alternative to Inauguration Day.  To gather as a community to plan actions to support the large majority of people who may well be threatened by the incoming administration.  We will hear from speakers of organizations that serve impacted segments of America (Muslims, immigrants, juvenile justice) and learn specific ways that these organizations need our volunteer support. Jan. 20, 10am-1pm.  First Baptist Church, 633 Centre Street. Info/RSVP:


         Midway Café, all shows 21+, doors 8pm, 3496 Washington St, 524-9038. Thursdays are Queeraoke lesbian night; Fridays 6-8:30pm are Hippie Hour, free; Sundays 9pm-2am are open mic.

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.

The Mousetrap, on stage at the Footlight Club this February 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18. Discover the twists and turns that take place at the snowed-in Monkswell Manor guesthouse, where nothing is quite as it seems and there is a murderer among the guests. Tickets $21. Visit

“Wild Thing” Story Slam at Doyles Café, Sun. Jan. 15, $10 admission. Will feature storyteller Nicolette Nordine Heavey. Competitors may drop their name into a hat to compete against 9 other tellers for prizes. Info:

Concert Series at Loring-Greenough, Jan. 15 Jay Psaros, Jan. 29 Martin & Susanne.

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:


         Club Girls Rock Campaign Boston, for girls grades 7-12. Workshops, instrument instruction, jam sessions, and more. Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm at Spontaneous Celebrations Jan-May. Info:

         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.

Connolly Branch Library Special Events: Chinese New Year Story Time: stories, songs, and crafts about Chinese New Year and a presentation of the Lion Dance for ages 2-4, Tues. Jan. 17, 10:30am. Boston Ballet Story Time, storytime and movement class for ages 0-10 will feature themes from famous ballets, Tues. Jan. 24, 10:30am. Chinese New Year Celebration for Children and Adults, see a Lion Dance demonstration, make a Chinese Lion pupper, and sample Chinese food, Mon. Jan. 30, 6:30pm. Book discussion for adults: Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, Mon. Jan. 23, 7pm.

         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.


         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.

The School Street Sessions, Celebrating Literature and History inspired by the Saturday Club at the Omni Parker House, Harrier Beecher Stowe Room, followed by Parker’s Bar. Boston’s Role in the American Revolution. Sat. Jan. 28 at 3:30pm. 60 School St., Boston. Free admission. RSVP/info: Deborah Melone: or 924-7167.

Arts, Aristocrats, and Architecture: An evening with Curt DiCamillo, Thurs. Jan. 26, 7-9pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. $25. Space is limited. Info: Ed Stanley,

Arts, Craft, and Reform: The Eliot School, Manual Arts Training, and the Arts and Crafts movement. Sun. Feb. 5, 2-4pm, The Footlight Club, 7a Eliot St. Free and open to the public.


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/