Sights and Sounds, Aug. 10, 2018

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Aug. 21 for the Aug. 24 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Arts, music, and culture

          Playhouse in the Park, Franklin Park Playhouse Stage, Pierpont Road. Free concerts! Sponsored by the Franklin Park Coalition:

*  Tuesday, August 14, 6:00pm, Richie Rich and 24 Karat Funk

*  Sunday, August 19, 3:00pm, Gospel Festival

*  Tuesday, August 21, 6:00pm, Midnight Crew All Star Revue

Sharon Berke, “Rearrangements: Paintings and Collages” at Fresh Hair, 62 South St. July 10- Sept 27

Art exhibition at JP Licks, The Jamaica Plain Artists Association, a group of artists who make and promote art in the Jamaica Plain community, is presenting its 2018 Member Exhibition at JP Licks, 659 Centre Street. The exhibition will run from July 17 – September 12, 2018 during the store’s normal business hours.More information and sample images at

Teen Intensive Workshops have begun! Teen Welding, Casting, and Jewelry are happening almost every week throughout the summer. Intensives are 3 days long running from Tuesday to Thursday from 9am-4pm. Students learn techniques in either welding, lost-wax casting, or jewelry fabrication before developing and making their own projects.  Check out dates below! Teen Welding: 7/24-7/26, 8/7-8/9, and 8/14-8/16, Teen Jewelry: 7/31-8/2,  Teen Casting: 8/21-8/23.

          Jamaica Plain Open Studios, September 22nd and 23rd, is Jamaica Plain Open Studios! Join us at Stonybrook from 11am-6pm for Art and an Aluminum Pour! Local artists will be showcasing and selling their orignal artworks. Scratch blocks are available for purchase for $15. Carve into your scratch block, a small resin-bonded sand mold, and watch us pour molten aluminum in to the mold. Moments later, when the metal is solid and cool, you’ll leave with your own unique aluminum tile!

Art exhibitions at Urbano, Alone Together, Together Alone is an exhibition of work by Nora Valdez in Urbano’s front gallery. Her work evokes the conditions of travel, transition, and displacement, originated in her personal and cultural identity. Still We Rise is a visual and auditory installation by Urbano Youth Artists with the guidance of Nora Valdez. The exhibit features poetry focusing on the theme of resilience and sustainability, where students express how they cope with external pressure and adversity to keep standing strong. Both shows are open until August 16, 2018

Sharon Berke, “Rearrangements: Paintings and Collages”
at Fresh Hair, 62 South St. July 10- Sept 22

Alone Together, Together Alone by Nora Valdez, and Still We Rise by Urbano Youth Artists. Valdez presents a series of figurative sculptures and drawings honoring the heart, emotions, the home, immigration, and confronting difficult situations in the search for happiness. These themes originate in her personal and cultural identity. During her residency, she worked with Urbano Youth Artists to explore the themes of resilience and sustainability to realize that falling is only temporary, we can always rise again.The exhibition is accompanied by an original composition by composer Alexander Barsov and Urbano Youth Artist, Vinny Alves. The exhibitions will be up until August 16th, 2018.

          JESUS DRINKS FREE! 1950s-70s country, gospel, soul and RnB spun by 2 atheists (and guests) @Jeanie Johnston 9pm-Close FREE

SOUL music & COUNTRY music. Foundational sounds of the American experience spun  monthly with love, admiration, and a deep want to create fun. Throw in a non-believer’s true lust for spinning GOSPEL music and you have JESUS DRINKS FREE. The music comes from the 1950s thru the 1970s. We’re @ The Jeanie Johnston Pub every 1st Thursday night of every month. Good times in Jamaica Plain.”

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.

          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.

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.

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:

          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,

Book Sale, We are gearing up for our annual Book Sale, to be held on Sept. 15. This is our largest fundraiser of the year. If you have any books that you would like to donate, we would be thrilled to accept them. Spread the word to your neighbors. All donations gratefully accepted. Just drop them off at the library.

Hora de Bebés: Spanish-Language Playgroup for Babies

Acompáñanos para canciones, juegos y cuentos en español con tiempo al final para jugar libremente.  Para bebés de 0–12 meses, con un adulto.

Monday, August 13, 3 p.m. / Lunes, 13 de agosto, 3 p.m.

          LEGO Builders Club Fun building for ages 4 and up. Monday, August 13, 6 p.m.

          Adventures in Japan: Slideshow & Stories, JP residents Amika & Gus share their experiences from their 3-week visit to Japan. Monday, August 13, 6 p.m.

          Bilingual Story Time / Hora de Cuentos Bilingüe, Stories, songs, rhymes, and other activities for children ages 2 – 4, with an adult. Please register. Cuentos, canciones, rimas, y otras actividades para niños 2 – 4, con un adulto. Por favor, registrarse. Tuesdays, August 7 & 14, 10:30 a.m. / Martes, 7 & 14 de agosto, 10:30 a.m.

          Baby Time, Songs and playtime for ages 0-18 months. Friday, August 31, 10:30 a.m.

          Adult Book Discussion, Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders.

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

ESL Conversation Groups,  Mondays, August 13, 20, & 27, 6:30 p.m.

Thursdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 at 10:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.


Spanish-English Language Exchange / Intercambio de Idiomas en Inglés y Español, Saturdays / sábados, 12 – 1:45 p.m.



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/[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]

Networking Group, local chapter of BNI, meets on Wednesdays at the Farnsworth House at 7am. Consists of 30 members of different professions. Through development and trust and relationships amongst the members, objective is to promote each other’s businesses. Members may live outside of JP, but common tie is either living in or servicing the JP area. Info: President of chapter Katelyn Atwater, info: 431-0929.

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