Sights and Sounds, March 9, 2018

March 9, 2018

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Special events

The 1st annual Mary Mulvey Jacobson Families in Need fundraiser. It will be held at Costello’s Tavern, 730 Centre St Jamaica Plain, on Saturday  March 24th from 8:00 to closing, $25.00 at the door. The Families in Need effort was started by Mary 20+ years ago giving complete turkey dinners to over 150 families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mary passed in May 2017 and we want to make sure this effort continues.  Please like and share our Facebook Page and Event Page, Mary Mulvey Jacobson’s Families in Need. You can contact for more information.

JPNC Elections, It’s election time for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council.   Elections are held every 2 years, and 2018 Election Day is Saturday, April 28. Please consider:- Running for the Council and serving as a JPNC member; – Volunteering to help staff polling places on Election Day, Saturday, 4/28; – Voting in the Election. Info:

     Have Fun Getting Ready to Wake Up The Earth! Join Festival Arts Workshops at Spontaneous Celebrations (45 Danforth St.) Help create the art for this year’s Wake Up The Earth Spring Festival (May 5) Meet other people who are maintaining this 40-year tradition and give a helping hand! Festival Arts workshops include: Songs and Dances (from spring traditions around the world), Junk Percussion, Stilt Walking and Making Things for Parade and Festival (s.a.flags, puppets, banners, costumes) Saturdays between 1-4pm (March 17, 24, 31 Aprl 14, 21, 28) Open House for volunteers and participants on March 10 (1-4pm) All ages welcome! (Children under 8 if accompanied by an adult) Suggested donation $5.- (or what you can afford)

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Arts, music, and culture

         Award-winning author Junot Díaz reads from his first book for children, Islandborn, a picture book celebrating memory and imagination through the eyes of a young girl who imagines a colorful journey back to her Island birthplace. A Q&A will follow. Connolly Branch on Monday, March 26, at 1 p.m., located at 433 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.

BSO in Residence Concert for JP Families
We invite JP families to join us for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Family Concert!

Saturday, March 10 at 10am Symphony Hall – 301 Massachusetts Ave. The BSO’s Family

Concerts are one-hour, engaging concert programs designed

for children ages 3-8 and their families. These concerts are led by Germeshausen

Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins who will present a program

titled “Learning By Heart – A Journey of Exploration and Engagement.”

The family-friendly program can be found online at

     8th Ferris Wheels Bike Shop Free Bike Movie Nights:  Free movies return to Curtis Hall Community Center at 20 South St., Jamaica Plain. Fri., March 30, Klunkerz chronicles the birth and growth of mountain bikes. Not rated.  Fri., April 27, Breaking Away: classic named the eighth best sports film by the American Film Institute in 2008. PG. Movies start at 6:30 pm.  Free.  Popcorn, juice and soda. Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, 66 South St., 617-524-BIKE.

Tropical Fiesta at JP Branch Library March 10, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Jamaica Plain Branch BPL Library, 30 South St. Providing an antidote to Winter, join the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library as we celebrate Puerto Rican culture and community. Come sample wonderful food and dance away those Winter blues! Free and Open to the Public. 617-524-2053.

Silent Reading Party @ Loring Greenough House, March 10 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Ever wish you could relax with a book and a warm drink at the Loring-Greenough House? Here’s your chance! Grab your book or newspaper and settle into a cozy chair or window seat in some of the loveliest, oldest rooms in JP. You’ll find warm drinks and sweet treats, peace and (not too) quiet on this special Saturday afternoon. Suggested donation: $5.00. Proceeds will be used for JP Tuesday Club public programs and House Preservation. Co-sponsored by JP Reads and the JP Tuesday Club.

JP Concerts: Alma Antigua’s Alma del Mundo, March 10, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm 1 Roanoke Ave, Jamaica Plain. JP Concerts & Open Theatre Project presents Alma Antigua’s Alma del Mundo : A night of music by Marco Pignataro, Roberto Cassan, Richard Galliano, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Teo Ciavarella, Baden Powell and more.

Elizabeth Colour Wheel//Landing//Alexander at Deep Thoughts JP,

March 10, 2018 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm. Deep Thoughts JP, 138b South St, Jamaica Plain. Elizabeth Colour Wheel,

Landing (CT), Alexander (New Haven), ALL AGES//8:30PM//$5-10

“Why Amy Beach Matters” a talk by Dr. Liane Curtis on composer Amy Beach and her remarkable musical legacy, with special attention to the many groundbreaking works she composed while living in Boston.  After the talk a quartet of members from the Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform several of her pieces. Sunday, March 25 at 2:00pm at the Forsyth Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery. Presented by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society and co-sponsored with Forest Hills Cemetery, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail. Free and open to the public.

Photography exhibit, New England’s wildlife is the theme of an upcoming photography exhibit at the Audubon Society’s Boston Nature Center in Mattapan. Local photographer and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ben Achtenberg’s images, some of which have previously appeared in the Gazette, offer a close-up look at some of the beasts and birds who share the local environment with us, often unnoticed. The show continues through March and April. The Nature Center is open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm – on Saturday, Sunday, & Monday holidays, from 10 am to 4 pm. Directions are on the Center’s website:

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 Weekly events include; Irish Sessions every Sunday at 5pm. Off the Wall Mondays with DJ J-Wall at 6PM, 50% of wings with Stump Trivia to follow at 8PM. Teacher Tuesdays plus Dirty Water Saloon Line Dancing for queer folks and allies at 7PM.  Live jazz every Wednesday from at 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Visit for more late night events ever Thu-Sat.

Jamaica Plain photographer Robin Radin is currently exhibiting her photographs at The Massachusetts State House in State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez’s office, Rm 243. The exhibit will run through mid-April 2018. To arrange a visit to view the exhibit, please call Ryan Manganelli, Legislative Aide, State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez at 617-722-2990, or Robin Radin at 617-312-2882.

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.

Re-Read Me a Story, in March (date/location TBA). Wee the People returns with Re-Read Me a Story, a storytime for adults centered around social justice themes, with children’s stories read to live music accompaniment with Beatriz McConnie Zapater! In collaboration with the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library and Egleston Square Main Street. This will be a fundraiser for a youth group in Puerto Rico.

Multi-media performance and debut of Ife Franklin’s new biography of her great-grandmother, Willie Mae McCain, who was a slave. Sat. April 14, 5:00-7:00PM. Black Market, 2136 Washington Street in Dudley Square Roxbury

Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series, Friday Mar. 9, 7:30pm at Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Suggested donation $5.

Dance and comedy

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:

JP Dance Co-op’s “Parent & Child: Intro to Movement” dance course invites parent and child (boys and girls, ages 3-4) to explore movement and learn how to express themselves through dance. Class will include a mixture of Ballet barre, Modern basics, improvisation and free play. This session will consist of six 1-hour classes, held at Spontaneous Celebrations (45 Danforth St) on Sundays, 10:30-11:30am*. Dates: 3/11 (9:30 start*) – 3/18 – 3/25 – 4/15 – 4/22 – 4/29. Full course: $60 / Drop-ins: $12. Email Caitlin at to register.


The Children of Neighborhood School invite you to attend:

Balancing Water
An original musical play questioning the flow of resources through story, song, and puppetry.

Mangrove forests are one of the richest biomes on the planet, so why are the water birds leaving in search of a new home? Will they be welcomed by inland neighbors (a giant tractor and a colony of insects) or forced to keep moving? What stopped the flow of fresh water into the mangrove’s brackish mix.? Actors ages 6-12 explore the beauty of nature when it is in balance, and problems created when it is not. Puppetry brings to life an all non-human cast of characters while exploring themes of scarcity and plenty, hoarding and sharing, and a question of whether everyone can get what they need. Original music underscores a search for home.
March 9th, Fri 7pm; March 10th, Sat 3pm. Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center
1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury Crossing. written and directed by: Steven Yakutis
puppetry directed by: Michelle Finston 
music composed by: J. Johnson 

Admission by donation at the door
Appropriate for ages 4 and up

Refreshments on sale!

Roberto Clemente 21 Sports Program, accepting applications for the 2018 Little League Baseball Season. For boys & girls ages 6-16 years old. Info: Contact Alfredo Liriano at 828-9524 or

         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.

Connolly Branch Library

433 Centre St., 522-1960,

LEGO Builders Club, Fun building for ages 4 & up. Monday, March 5, 6 p.m.

Bilingual Story Time / Hora del Cuento Bilingüe. Join us for stories and songs in English & Spanish. For children 2-4, with an adult. Acompáñanos para cuentos y canciones en inglés y español. Para niños/as de 2-4, con un adulto. Tuesdays, March 6 & 20, 10:30 a.m. / Martes, 6 & 20 de marzo, 10:30 a.m.

Baby Story Time, Stories, songs, and movements for babies up to 18 months old. Fridays, March 9, 16, & 23, 10:30 a.m.

Story Time with Wee the People: Black Lives Matter, Through stories and activities, kids will explore themes of protest and racial justice. For ages 5 & up. Saturday, March 10, 10:30 a.m.

Naughty But Not: Chocolate Lecture and Sampling, Andi Wolfgang, nuFudge founder, explains how to include chocolate in your life in healthy ways. Learn how she started her company, sample her organic fudge ganache, and take home recipes. Monday, March 12, 6 p.m.

Let Freedom Ring: Music & Poetry of Black History, Let Bright Start Theater take you on a journey from Africa through slavery to the Civil Rights Movement and the powerful voices of today’s leaders. For all ages.

Tuesday, March 13, 11 a.m.

Junot Díaz Author Visit, The Pulitzer-Prize winner presents his latest book, Islandborn, a children’s picture book about identity and belonging.  Limited space is available; please call the library to register.

Monday, March 26, 1 p.m.

Latina Women’s History Month Story Time, Join us for stories and crafts about the life and work of inspiring Latinas. For ages 0 – 5.

Tuesday, March 27, 10:30 a.m.

Book Discussion for Adults, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell Monday, March 26, 7 p.m.

CRAFTernoon!, Make a St. Patrick’s Day craft.  Tuesday, March 13, 3:30 p.m.

Homework Help Programs, Boston Public School teacher:  Mondays, 4 – 6 p.m. High school mentors for grades K – 8:  Mondays – Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Children’s Films, Short, fun films for preschoolers. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

ESL Conversation Groups, Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22, & 29, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 3 p.m. Spanish-English Language Exchange / Intercambio de Idiomas en Inglés y EspañolSaturdays / sábados, 12 – 1:45 p.m.

Egleston Square Branch Library

Free Drop-In Homework Help, Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm, ongoing Free, drop-in afterschool homework help for students in grades K-8, provided by trained, high-achieving high school students. This program is available at library branches across Boston on days that BPS is in session. If you would like the Homework Help schedule for other library branches, visit or call 617-859-2325.

Preschool Storytime & Craft, Tuesdays, March 13 & 20, 10:30-11:30am, ongoing 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. Siblings and groups are welcome.

Kids Cooking with Miss Debbie. Wednesdays, March 14 & 21, 4:30-5:30pm, ongoing, Join us as we bake and cook a variety of appetizers, entrees, desserts, and side dishes from scratch. We try new foods and learn the importance of a healthy diet. Kids develop skills in math, reading, science, nutrition, and cultural awareness while they work cooperatively with others. This program has limited seating; to reserve a spot, call 617-445-4340 or visit the library. New students accepted through March 14. For children ages 6-12.

Baby/Toddler Music Time, Fridays, March 9, 16 & 23, 10:30-11:15am, ongoing Sing, dance, read, and play in these interactive musical storytime, followed by a play group. For children ages 6-24 months and their caregivers.

Let Freedom Ring: Music and Poetry of Black History, Friday, March 16, 2-3pm. Bright Star Theater presents a powerful and accessible production that takes every audience member on a journey through African American history and culture. Hear the voices of Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Maya Angelou, and more. For youth ages 8 and up.

Popping Stereotypes, Tuesday, March 20, 4:30-5:30pm, Join Wee the People for an interactive game that explores and challenges gender stereotypes and more. Pop balloons as you “pop” each stereotype. For youth ages 5 and up. Advance sign-up is encouraged. Wee the People is a Boston-based social justice project for kids.

ESL Conversation Group, Saturdays, March 10 & 17, 10-11:30am
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


         *Annelise Orleck: We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now, Thursday, March 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. First Chuch JP UU | 6 Eliot Street. Co-sponsored with Corporate Accountability. Join us at the Jamaica Plain Forum to welcome author, Annelise Orleck and photographer, Liz Cook! We Are All Fast Food Workers Now,” traces the evolution of a new global labor movement sparked and sustained by low-wage workers from Manila to Manhattan, from Baja California to Bangladesh, from Capetown to Cambodia. This is an up close and personal look at globalization and its costs, as seen through the eyes and told whenever possible through the words of low-wage workers themselves: the berry pickers and small farmers, fast food servers, retail cashiers, garment workers, hotel housekeepers, home health care aides, airport workers and adjunct professors who are fighting for respect, safety and a living wage. *Liz Cooke’s compelling photos will be displayed at the event. This program is free and open to all. For questions, please contact Anny

*Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series, Weds. Mar. 21, 7:30pm, First Church JP, 6 Eliot St. The Canary Effect, a documentary that examines that impace of the US poligies on the inidigenous peoples of North America. Info: Anny Martinez at or

Dump the bosses off your back, putting class struggle back on the agenda. Thurs. March 22 at 7pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South St. How work and society were organized prior to the rise of capitalism

How the wage system was viewed by workers as it arose

How workers organized and fought to oppose it, particularly the insurrectionary general strikes of 1877, May Day 1886, Pullman, Homestead, Lawrence, etc. 
Part 2 – Thursday, March 29 – 7:00 p.m. The NLRA and the changes it wrought in the labor movement The terrain since the Patco disaster of 1981, How we can recover the ability to fight back. Sponsored by Boston Labor Solidarity Committee (617) 702-2784

Stonybrook Fine Arts, Make Your Own Wedding Rings workshop and 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/


         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:

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/