Sights and Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Dec. 4 for the Dec. 7 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.
Special events
Photographer Marc Goldring, a Jamaica Plain resident for the past 8 years, will present an open house and holiday sale of his work on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 11am to 6pm at 68 Paul Gore Street, JP. His work highlights many local scenes with images of Jamaica Pond throughout the year. In addition to prints, he has blank greeting cards and a calendar with shots of the Pond. For more information, please contact Marc at [email protected]
“Singing our Way to Longevity” JP Jubilee Elizabeth Anker, director Live, Love, Laugh! Concert Saturday, December 8, 2018 2:00 – 3:00 pm Hope Central Church 85 Seaverns Avenue, Jamaica Plain Free Parking in lot across the street. Concert is Free. Voluntary donations are gratefully accepted to keep JP Jubilee, a voice class for elders free!
The Social Justice Action Committee of First Church in Jamaica Plain (UU) and Lowbudget Records present Boston Sings Dylan! CD Release and Benefit Concert Sunday November 25, 2018 5 PM at Parish Hall, First Church in Jamaica Plain 6 Eliot Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 $10 in advance, $15 at the door

The Holiday Trolley Tour and Tree Lighting at the Soldier’s Monument will start at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 1. Folks can also take part in the 5th annual Shop w/a Cause along Centre and South Streets.
Nov. 30 Pancakes at Ferris Wheels Bike Shop: Free pancakes and juice on Walk-Ride Days, the last Friday of every month, 7 am to 9 am. Everyone welcome! Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, 66 South St., JP, at Carolina Avenue. 617-524-BIKE.
Extreme Esteem Coffee & Celebrate Yourself Notecards Holiday Sale to support Self Esteem Boston’s programs for women in transitional recovery programs. SATURDAY DECEMBER 1st 10am-1pm, Eastern Bank Community Room, 687 Centre Street, JP
JP’s Best Craft Fair  hosts another multi vendor beautiful holiday fair .  It is held on the first Saturday of December – December 1, 2018 from 11 AM to 5 PM  at First Church in Jamaica Plain (6 Eliot Street – at the monument). Food and Music too! The event is free,  For further information, contact JpsBe[email protected] or view our website:
Continuing Legacies: Thank You State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, Thu, December 13, 2018 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST Location: Footlight Club 7 Eliot Street. For more info:
The parish family of Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon Church in Jamaica Plain, proudly announces the Gala Celebration of the Founding of “The Oldest Maronite Parish in North America.”  We cordially invite all parishioners and friends to join us on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 11am for a Pontifical Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving. Bishop Gregory Mansour, bishop of the Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn will officiate. It will be followed by a Grand Banquet in our newly renovated, Richard Cardinal Cushing Maronite Community Center.  A memory book is being planned, and we ask all parishioners to search your photo albums for any pictures taken at the Church.  Please include weddings, baptisms, first communions, Palm Sundays and other social events. We would like to share all of those precious moments of our history.  For questions and more details, please call the rectory at 617 522 0225.
Arts, music, and culture
The Bostonians present their annual “Christmas Concert for the Community” at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 15 in St. John’s Church, Jamaica Plain (Boston), Massachusetts. The program features some of the area’s finest singers performing a program of beautiful and beloved music for Christmas from around the world plus an audience sing-along of favorite songs and carols. Admission at the door is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, students, and members of St. John’s, and kids under 12 free. Presented by JP Concerts. [email protected]

Wandering the Land of Oblivion, an exhibition of recent works on paper by Paris-based artist Contanza Aguirre (Bogota, Colombia, 1960), will be on view at Urbano, November 9, 2018–January 11, 2019; with an opening celebration on Thursday, November 15 from 6-8PM with the artist.  Aguirre’s exhibition is part of Urbano’s curatorial series exploring the theme of Resilience and Sustainability.

SongBeat Circle hosts another season of improvisational singing and drumming together for wellness, stress relief, and community.  It is held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. (except for January 8, 2019) in the Parish Hall at First Church in Jamaica Plain. All ages are welcome.  A small donation of $5 to $10 is encouraged to help with the costs of using the space.  No musical experience required.  Bring your enthusiasm and willingness to be open to the joyful play of music.  For further information, contact [email protected] or 617-775-7602.
“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.
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:
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.
November 2018:
FRIDAY 11/23 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Skull & Roses (Grateful Dead tribute)
SATURDAY 11/24 (Night Show) 9pm ($8.00): Dioniso, Neutral, The Shirts and Shoes
SATURDAY 11/24 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): Fable Grazer, Figure From Ground, Baylies Band, Cost of Living
SUNDAY 11/25 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): Bolchek, Responders, Why Another, Friendly Psychic Strangers
MONDAY 11/26 ($5.00): Kyle Flynn, Ashley Zarah, Rachel Baldwin, Elsie Eastman
TUESDAY 11/27 ($5.00): Tony Savarino & The Savtones, Minx, Ilk of Amnesia
WEDNESDAY 11/28 ($5.00): The Inebriations, the Deep State, American Opera
THURSDAY 11/29 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Will DePiano
FRIDAY 11/30 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Lacy Kay and the Righteous Liars, The John Williams Jam Band, The Grass Gypsys
December 2018:
SATURDAY 12/1 (Night Show) 9pm ($10.00): Polly Surely presents Burlesqueaoke 2.0
SATURDAY 12/1 (Day Show) 4pm ($7.00): WMFO’s DJ Easy Ed Presents The Cranktones with special guest Sax Gordon plus Two Fathoms Down and Easy Ed’s Record Hop!
SUNDAY 12/2 (Day Show) 4pm: TBA
MONDAY 12/3 ($5.00): Doug Linse, Melissa Mills, Phil Adams, Jessie Wren
TUESDAY 12/4 ($5.00): Conor Ryan Hennessy, Celseìgh, Kira Bornemann, Luke Domozick
WEDNESDAY 12/5 ($6.00): Jocelyn Limmer, Steven Chagnon, Suzanne Friedman, Bailey Ann D’etoile
THURSDAY 12/6 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Patten Street Duo
FRIDAY 12/7 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): The Young Americans (A Tribute to David Bowie)
SATURDAY 12/8 (Night Show) 9pm ($10.00): The Pinkerton Thugs, OC45, Michael Kane & The Morning Afters, The Lot
SATURDAY 12/8 (Day Show) 4pm ($8.00): 2nd Annual Tunes for Tots with Stray Bullets, Loser’s Circle, The Black Cheers, Coffin Salesman, Blame It On Whitman
SUNDAY 12/9 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): Trusty Sidekick, The Stigmatics, CRUNCHTIME, The Dick Pics
MONDAY 12/10 ($10.00): Punk Rockin’ And Pastie Poppin’
TUESDAY 12/11 ($5.00): Trick Wallace Trio, Vangelista, Tysk Tysk Task
WEDNESDAY 12/12 ($5.00): Fully Celebrated Orchestra with special guests The Blue Ribbons
THURSDAY 12/13 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Fiona Corinne
FRIDAY 12/14 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($7.00): Modern Painters Record Release Show with special guests Community College, Paper Dolls, and rip girls
SATURDAY 12/15 (Night Show) 9pm ($8.00): The Fourth Annual Fat Togue Holiday Bash with Titans of Industry, Cazador, Z/28, and Jereva
SATURDAY 12/15 (Day Show) 4pm ($8.00): Duck & Cover, Stop Calling Me Frank (Album Release), State of The Union, The Angel Martins
SUNDAY 12/16 (Day Show) 4pm ($10.00): Girls Rock Campaign Benefit with Girl Skull, The Spots, Charmed and Strange, Sensitive Subject
MONDAY 12/17 ($5.00): Elleyzavey, Crystalarium, Blast Math, Trailer Swift, Crash One
TUESDAY 12/18 ($5.00): Daniel J. Turnbull, Will DePiano, John Tweak, Jake Perrone
WEDNESDAY 12/19 ($5.00): Ashley Zarah, Autumn Jones, Cindy Latin
THURSDAY 12/20 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Naomi Westwater
FRIDAY 12/21 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($10.00 in adv – $12.00 day of): BLOWW’s Annual Broox’s Birthday BLOWWout with special guests WIMP, Electric Street Queens, and more!
SATURDAY 12/22 (Night Show) 9pm ($7.00): Animal Hospital, Rong, First Children, |Arrot To
SATURDAY 12/22 (Day Show) 4pm ($6.00): Greg Allen’s Fringe Religion, Classic Ruins, 1.4.5, Fireking
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.
Dance and comedy
Dance JP Revival! Free your mind, body, and soul, and lift your spirits with high-energy, feel-good, socially conscious music from around the world! All ages. Wheelchair accessible. Nov. 16, 7:30-9:30pm, First Baptist Church JP, 633 Centre St. $5-$15 (No one turned away for lack of funds). More info:, [email protected]
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.
Free Drop-In Homework Help
Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm
The library provides free, drop-in afterschool homework help for students in grades K-8 throughout the school year. Spanish assistance is available Mondays and Thursdays. 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
Preschool Storytime & Craft
Tuesdays, November 27 & December 4, and ongoing, 10:30-11:30am
Join the children’s librarian for stories, songs, activities, and a craft related to a different theme.
Video Game Design Workshop
Wednesday, November 28, 4:45-6:45pm
Go from gamer to designer with Empow Studios. Video Game Design encompasses storytelling, pixel art, and object-oriented programming. Our non-violence policy keeps the games cringe-free and shareable, all through a user-friendly, 2D game design platform. Ideal for ages 10–16. Space is limited. Pre-register by calling or visiting the library.
Kids Cook
Thursday, November 29, 4:30-5:30pm
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, November 23 & 30, December 7, and 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.
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,
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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