Sights and Sounds, Sept. 28, 2018

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Oct. 9 for the Oct. 12 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Free Guided Walking Tour of Jamaica Pond will take place on Saturday, September 29 starting at 11:00am from in front of the Bandstand, Pond Street and Jamaicaway. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

Casey Arborway Tour: Rediscovering The Original Topography of Forest Hills Join Richard Heath for a walking tour of the imagination to find out what was has been at Forest Hills and how this area has changed dramatically over time. Sunday, October 7 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Meet at the Forest Hills Gates of the Arnold Arboretum. Free.Sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

The South Street Youth Center, in partnership with Sazama Real Estate, is putting on a Family Fun Run/Walk at Jamaica Pond on Sunday, September 30, 2018. The Family Fun Run/Walk will bring together youth, families, businesses, and community organizations with runners and walkers from around JP to enjoy our beautiful Jamaica Pond, get some exercise, and raise money for the youth center. To register, visit

The Curious History of Halloween, Forest Hills Cemetery and

Forest Hills Educational Trust welcome author Lesley Bannatyne

for a Sunday afternoon lecture in the historic Forsyth Chapel, Sunday, October 21 @ 2 PM.

Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church, Friday, September 28th, at 7:30PM, “Amore: Gems of Bel Canto”, featuring singers – Olga Lisovskaya, a Ukrainian soprano and Giovanni Formisano, an Italian tenor. Concert takes place at at 146 Forest Hills St., Jamaica Plain, 02130 For info please visit


Arts, music, and culture

CHAPTER AND VERSE LITERARY READING SERIES,  Friday, October 12, 2018, 7:30 pm, LORING-GREENOUGH HOUSE, 12 SOUTH STREET, Suggested donation: $5.00 or whatever you can afford.

Hunny for All, Family art day. Imagine Winnie-the-Pooh and friends in a Hundred Acre Wood with resources for all. With Wee the People, Sunday, Oct 7, 2-5pm, at Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St.

Lantern Making for JP Lantern Parade. Monday, Oct 8, 2-5pm at Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St.

Ifé Franklin: “The Slave Narrative of Willie Mae,” Ceremony and book signing. Sunday, Sept 30, 3-5pm at Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St.

“Home/Hogar,” Nora Valdez presents artwork from her Eliot School Artist’s Residency, Oct 31-Dec 2; reception Friday, Nov 2, 6-8pm; Talk Sunday, Nov 4, 3pm, at Galatea Fine Art, 460 Harrison Ave #B6, SoWa.

Oaxacan Woodcarving Sale, Colorful animals made in San Martín Tilcajete, Mexico. Sunday, Nov 4, 5-6pm at Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St.

Holiday Ornaments for Children, Family art day. Make ornaments together. Sunday, Dec 16, 10am-12:30pm at Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St.

Call for art proposals, The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library in partnership with Uforge are excited to announce a new call for exhibition proposals in the public gallery space at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library for 2019. Info:

Fog sculptures, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy welcomes to Boston and Brookline Fujiko Nakaya’s first extended citywide exhibition of multiple “fog sculptures,” marking her five decade career with works at five sites along the historic urban parks that link more than a dozen neighborhoods, and provide a natural, recreational and cultural conduit for the community. Created in response to the landmarked waterways and landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO), Nakaya’s “climate responsive” shape-shifting, pure water forms invite visitors to immerse themselves in the art, experience nature anew, and appreciate the vital role of the Emerald Necklace in our city’s history, present, and future. Organized by the Conservancy with curator Jen Mergel, this FREE public art presentation is on view every day, hourly from dawn to dusk, from August 11 through October 31. Learn how to visit!

         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.

September 2018

FRIDAY 9/28 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): State of The Union (Album Release Show) with The Gala, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets, and The Hi-End

SATURDAY 9/29 (Night Show) 9pm ($8.00): Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son, Graveyard of The Atlantic, Mercury On Mars, Hemway
SATURDAY 9/29 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00):
Kermit’s Finger, The New Frustrations, More Beer Please, The Instamatics

SUNDAY 9/30 (Day Show) 4pm ($6.00): TNG (The Next Generation), Thee Fightin’ Fish, Binge Magick, The Kicks

October 2018

MONDAY 10/1 ($7.00): Matt Savage Groove Experiment, Javier Rosario Trio, Max Ridley’s Basement Orchestra

TUESDAY 10/2 ($5.00): Celseìgh, Samantha Allen, Katie Dobbins, Rachel Baldwin

WEDNESDAY 10/3 ($5.00): The Deep State, The Wood Floors, Floor People, Thomas Knight, The Basement Sessions

THURSDAY 10/4 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Suzanne Friedman

FRIDAY 10/5 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Mama’s Nuts, The Beach Episode

SATURDAY 10/6 (Night Show) 9pm ($7.00): |Arrot To, Old Fox, Sugar Cones, Kat Kennedy
SATURDAY 10/6 (Day Show) 4pm ($6.00):
Only On Wednesdays, Savor The Silence, Otter River, Tom Appleman Band

SUNDAY 10/7 (Day Show) 4pm ($16.00): Black & Ugly As Ever: A one-person choreopoem by Porsha Olayiwola
MONDAY 10/8 ($10.00):
Punk Rockin’ And Pastie Poppin’
TUESDAY 10/9 ($8.00):
Citrusphere, Berndsen, VQnC

WEDNESDAY 10/10 ($.00): Fully Celebrated Orchestra with special guests Hambone Skinny

THURSDAY 10/11 (before Queeraoke) 7:30pm ($5.00): Velveteen presents: The Real Girl

FRIDAY 10/12 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Rivers & Plains, Brown Lasers, Death Pesos, Medical Maps

SATURDAY 10/13 (Night Show) 9pm ($7.00): MOGO, Rogozo, The Third Wing, Nuclear Apathy
SATURDAY 10/13 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): D-sagawa, Inconvenience Store, BRAINDËTH, The Ratz, Sewer Buddies

SUNDAY 10/14 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): Cortez, Red Mantis, Feed The Beast, Bossanova
MONDAY 10/15 ($5.00):
Doug Linse, Grace Givertz, Meaghan Casey, Jon Bach

TUESDAY 10/16 ($5.00): Conor Ryan Hennessy, Jessie Wren Putnam, Will DePiano, Josh Witt

WEDNESDAY 10/17 ($5.00): Sensitive Subject, Brookside Manner, Zoë Sundra

THURSDAY 10/18 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Sarah Khatami

FRIDAY 10/19 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Deadline (Grateful Dead tribute)

SATURDAY 10/20 (Night Show) 9pm ($8.00): If We Go At All, Modern Day Idols, Double Star, Powerslut
SATURDAY 10/20 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): The Black Souls, Stop Calling Me Frank, CRUNCHTIME, Jiblantos

SUNDAY 10/21 (Day Show) 4pm ($6.00): Watching It Burn, The Disquiets, Blacksoul Seraphim, Blatch

MONDAY 10/22 ($5.00): The Arkadian, Hyber, The Skirts, A Modern Armada



THURSDAY 10/25 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Flo-Pilot

FRIDAY 10/26 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): The Humanoids, Slim Jim and the Mad Cows, Maiden New England, Electric Street Queens

SATURDAY 10/27 (Night Show) 9pm: TBA
SATURDAY 10/27 (Day Show) 4pm ($7.00): Benefit for Mission 22/Dennis Donahue’s Birthday Show!
with Kind Crew, Neighborhood Shit, Sick Minds, Jerry’s Got Jokes, and Whoopi Sticks

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

30TH ANNIVERSARY CONTRA DANCE September 29, potluck at 5:30, dancing at 7:30. First Church of JP. Boston Gender Free Contra Dancers are celebrating our 30th anniversary. LGBTQ, allies, and friends welcome to our community contra dance night. All dances taught. Details at

Parent & Child Fall Dance Classes at Spontaneous Celebrations. Parents and children (boys and girls, ages 3-4) are welcome to join JP Dance Co-op’s Fall session to learn how to dance and express themselves through direct and free movement. Full course (8 classes: $100), or drop ins ($15) welcome. Dates: 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2. For more details and to register before 10/7, email [email protected]

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.

Egleston Square Branch Library, 2044 Columbus Ave. Youth Programs

Preschool Storytime & Craft Tuesdays, and ongoing, 10:30-11:30am Join the children’s librarian for stories, songs, activities, and a craft related to a different theme

Kids Cook Measure, mix, cook, and enjoy in this monthly program. Children learn to read directions and work together to create simple, tasty dishes. For children ages 6-12. Space is limited; groups must pre-register. Please notify the librarian in advance if your child has any food allergies.

Baby/Toddler Music Time Fridays, ongoing, 10:30am Sing, bounce, read, and play in these interactive musical storytimes, followed by a play group. For children ages 6-24 months and their caregivers.

Board Game Club Fridays, and ongoing, 3:30pm
Learn new board games, and practice old favorites. Join the children’s librarian every Friday for a fun afternoon of gaming with friends. For youth ages 7-14.

Jamaica Plain Branch Library

Oral History Listening Booth at the JP Branch See a 1930’s era wooden phone booth, transformed into a portal for exploring Boston’s history as shared by a diverse group, ages 60 and older, from JP and other Boston neighborhoods. The booth is a part of Daniel Johnson’s Artist in Residency (AIR) project and will hit the road soon and pop up at other spots across Boston.  Booth can be viewed and listened to whenever the library is open.  JP Branch Library, 30 South St, 617-524-2053.

Connolly Branch Library

433 Centre St., 522-1960,

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

Friends of the Connolly Branch Open House Learn about the Friends and their work to support the Branch. Food and activities for children. Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Spanish-English Language Exchange / Intercambio de Idiomas en Inglés y Español Saturdays / sábados, 12:00 p.m. – 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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