Sights and Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Dec. 18 for the Dec. 21 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Tour of New Construction – Saturday, 12/15, 10:30 am, David Williams of SSG Development will lead a tour of the newly completed storage facility at 141 McBride St. Meet at the sidewalk in front of the office. This is one of three development projects on this site, and the first to be completed. The other two are a 5-story, 44-unit residential building on Burnett St. and a 5-story, 82-unit residential plus commercial building on Washington St. Both of these projects are currently under construction.

Chanukah Party at Nehar Shalom, 43 Lochstead Avenue JP, Sunday December 9th, 4 – 6 pm More details at<>

Family Hike at the Arnold Arboretum: December 16, from 2:00-3:30pm. Meet inside the main gate at 125 Arborway. We will hike the landscape and read the StoryWalk, The Longest Night. Afterwards, families are invited to make a paper chickadee in the Visitor Center lecture hall. Free and open to all. For more information call 617-384-5209.

“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!

         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



JP CONCERTS : Child of Light by James Mathews Grant

An Operatic Christmas celebration in the spirit of St. FrancisJP Concerts & Open Theatre Project; Sat, Dec 8, 2018 – 8PM

JP Concerts & Open Theatre Project presents Child of Light, The Christmas Miracle of St. Francis; Composed by James Mathews Grant.–1/store/events/16069

St. John’s Church – 1 Roanoke Ave. Jamaica Plain, MA 
Tickets : $20 General Admission $15 Student / Senior / Member

         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.

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.

December 2018:

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]

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

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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