Sights and Sounds, Oct. 27, 2017

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Nov. 7 for the Nov. 10 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

          Annual Costume Dog Parade and Fashion Show Sat. Oct. 28 at 1:00pm. Registration and check-in will begin at 12noon on Oct. 28 at First Baptist Church (next to the Post Office). Entry Fee is $10.00 with proceeds to the City of Boston Animal Shelter. For more info, contact [email protected]

The annual Halloween Stroll Trick or Treat will be on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 3-6pm. Candy will be provided by any business in the district displaying the orange Trick or Treat poster. Non-candy treats will be provided by any business in the district displaying the Teal Pumpkin poster. Sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association.

E-13 Halloween Block Party, facepainting, games, and more. Sat. Oct. 28, 2-5pm, Washington/Green St. Jamaica Plain.

Post 76 Jamaica Plain are having a Huge meat raffle with great prizes, free hot dogs, raffles, public welcome, 7 pm Fri. Nov 3. Come down for an evening of fun and to take home some great prizes. Call the American Legion post 76 at 524-9500

Arts, music, and culture

Record Store Day’s Black Friday, at Tres Gatos. Nov. 24. 9am-11pm, 470 Centre St. Info: [email protected] or 477-9209.

Speak Out, Sing Out for Black Lives Matter on Nov. 2 at 1st Baptist Church JP (633 Centre Street) from 7-8:30PM. Free event. DONATIONS welcome! The event will feature music from world class reggae group Dis-N-Dat Band:; Spoken word from the talented Ashley Rose Salomon:; and Speakers from Black Lives Matter Boston. Co-sponsored by ResistARTS (a program of JP Porchfest/Hoopla Productions) AND 1st Baptist Church in JP.  For more info, contact [email protected] or [email protected]

JP Concerts & Open Theatre Project presents A New Opera, “Before Thy Throne, Bach’s Final Performance” featuring the Nova Cantatae Ensemble, Written and Composed by James Mathews Grant in collaboration with Roger Graybill. Sat. Oct. 28 @ 8PM at St. John’s Church – 1 Roanoke Ave. $20 General Admission $10 Student / Senior / Member. General Admission 
Available online or at the door. House open 30 min before concert 
Venue is wheelchair accessible, restrooms require assistance for wheel chairs.

Screening of “The Imported Bridegroom” at Nehr Shalom, 43 Lochstead Avenue JP. Followed by discussion by the filmmaker, Pamela Berger. Saturday November 4th, 7:30 pm

Cost: $5/adult. More information at


Chapter and verse literary reading series, Fri. Nov. 10, 7:30pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

Mindy Fried, local JP author of Caring for Red:  A Daughter’s Memoir (Vanderbilt University Press), will be speaking on a panel about memoirs, along with Jessica  Berger Gross and Tova Mirvis, at the Boston Book Festival on Oct. 28 2:30-3:15PM.

JESUS Drinks FREE! 1950s-70s country, gospel, soul and RnB

@ the Jeanie Johnston pub. 144 South St. FREE, 21+. 9pm-1am. First Thursday of every month. The Jeanie Johnston is dedicating at least one night a month to classic country, gospel, and soul music. JP DJs Dan Shea and Sam P will be picking the licks n riffs from all over the map and from simpler times – the 50s through the 70s. Part drunken hoedown, part spiritual revival we welcome you to circle the wagons and let out your demons with a shot and a pint down at the local watering hole.

The Haven, HOOTENANNY – JP’s OPEN MIC EVERY WEDNESDAY, hosted by Tom Dowd. Sign up is 9.30pm and we have prizes every Wednesday for the most interesting acts. All times 9.30 – 12pm. THURSDAY IS JAZZ NIGHT,

All times 9.30 – 12pm.

          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.

Jeanie Johnston Pub, 144 South St. Open Mic hosted by Tony Bluze, Sundays at 8pm. More events at

Bella Luna & The Milky Way, Off the Wall Mondays, every Monday from 6-8pm listen to DJ J-Wall and enjoy sliders and fries for $8. Stump trivia to follow at 8pm. Jazz Wednesdays, every week 6:30-9:30 live jazz. Cielo Lounge every 4th Friday, salsa & reggae dance party, $5 cover, 21+, live music starts before 10pm.

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 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: [email protected]524-1634 or 775-7602.


          Parent & Child: Intro to Movement, 8-week dance course hosted by Caitlin Fisher of The Dance Co-Op, Sundays, 10:30 -11:30 a.m. at 45 Danforth St. Dates: 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10. Parent and child (ages 3-4) will be introduced to dance and will learn how to express themselves through movement. Class will include a mixture of Ballet barre, Modern basics, improvisation and free play. Parents will be encouraged to dance alongside their child, however there will be designated times when the child will be asked to dance independently. Course will conclude with a mini performance by parent and child. For more info or to register, email Caitlin at [email protected].

          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:


          Playdate & Politics: Fighting for Universal Pre-K in Massachusetts, Sat. Dec. 16, 9-10am. Join us for a conversation with State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz about how we can make universal pre-k a reality in Massachusetts. Organized by local JP parents. JP Branch of Boston Public Library, Community Room. Free. Kids welcome. For more info email [email protected].

JP Family-Friendly Halloween Bike Ride, Sun. Oct 29, Meet at 10:30am outside of the Green Street T stop. We will gather with bikes, kiddos, and costumes. Safety marshalls and a police escort will lead us on a 1.5 mile ride through JP, ending at the Arboretum.

          Roberto Clemente 21 Sports Program, accepting applications for the 2017 Little League Baseball Season. For boys & girls ages 5-18 years old. Info: Contact Alfredo Liriano at 828-9524 or [email protected].

          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.

Egleston Square Branch library

Free Drop-In Homework Help, Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm, October 30 & 31, November 6, 7, 8 & 9 (ongoing, daily). The library provides free, drop-in afterschool homework help for students in grades K-8 throughout the school year. Help is provided by trained, high-achieving high school students. This program is available at locations across Boston on days that Boston Public Schools are in session. The full list of locations is online at

Drop-In Art: Make a Mask, Mon. Oct. 30, 3:30-5:30pm, Drop by the library all afternoon to make your own mask from cardstock and cardboard templates and paint, sequins, feathers, pom-poms, googly eyes, and more. For ages 4-12.

Preschool Storytime & Craft, Tuesdays, October 31 & November 7, 10:30-11:30am (ongoing, weekly) Join the children’s librarian for stories, songs, activities, and a craft related to a different theme each week. For children ages 2-4, accompanied by a caregiver.

Tinkering & Inventions Class for Kids, Tuesdays, October 31 & November 7, 4-5pm (ongoing, weekly), The Eliot School Tinkering & Inventions program teaches students problem-solving skills, curiosity, creativity, and agency through making. Students incorporate building, electricity, and unexpected materials to create a series of projects. Projects may include robots, speakers, and other inventions. This program will run for seven weeks and has limited seating. To reserve a spot, please contact the Egleston Square Branch at 617-445-4340. For children ages 8-13.

Baby/Toddler Music Time, Fridays, October 27, November 3 & 10, 10:30am (ongoing, weekly), Sing, dance, read, and play in these interactive musical storytimes, followed by a play group. For children ages 6-24 months and their caregivers.

ESL Conversation Group, Saturdays, Oct. 28 & Nov. 4, 10-11:30am (ongoing, weekly). Practice speaking English with other adult ESL learners and new English speakers in an informal and friendly group setting. Groups are led by a native English speaker. If you have questions about these groups, please call 617.859.2446 or email [email protected].

Connolly Branch Library

433 Centre St., 522-1960,

HAPPY HALLOWEEN PARTY! Join us for face painting, crafts, & a trick-or-treat parade around Hyde Square. Tuesday, October 31, 3:30 p.m.

CHILDREN’S FILMS Short, fun films for preschoolers. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

HOMEWORK HELP Boston Public School teacher:  Mondays, 4 – 6 p.m. High school mentors for grades K – 8:  Mondays – Thursdays, 3:30 –

5:30 p.m.

BOOK DISCUSSION FOR ADULTS _Moonglow_ by Michael Chabon.

Monday, October 30, 7 p.m.



          Celebrating a Decade of Community Conversations by Jamaica Plain Forum, Fri. Dec. 8 at 7pm, featuring Winona LaDuke of Honor our Earth as keynote speaker. Advanced tickets required. Save the date!

Todd Miller “Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security”, Thurs. Nov. 9 at 7pm. First Church JP, 6 Eliot St. Join us to hear a bold and unified way, through the lens of climate change, to look at our immigration issues in America and internationally.

          Score, mentoring program for current and aspiring entrepreneurs. Counseling on Nov. 9, and the second Thursday of each month after that. Three sessions will be held at 5, 6, and 7pm. To schedule an appt. call 565-5591 or go to to do it online. JP Branch library.

Sunday Afternoon lecture series in the historic Forsyth Chapel, Dee Morris on Sun. Nov. 5 at 2pm. Now and Forever: Garden of Eternity. 95 Forest Hills Ave. $10 advance, $12 door.

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

          Woodworking, sewing, art classes, fiber arts, photography, book arts. Children, teens, adults, year round. Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St. Info: or 524-3313.

Shim Gum Do (Mind Sword Path), zen sword, karate and meditation classes, scholarships available, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: 429-8024/[email protected].


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].

          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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