Sights & Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, April 2 for the April 5 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

“The Boston Suffragists” Women – and men – from Boston were very active in the movement to  gain the vote for women. Lucy Stone, Julia Ward Howe, Clara Barton and others gave speeches,  wrote articles, and marched in parades during the almost seventy year struggle. Come and listen to  present day Bostonians as they read from these writings and speeches that reveal women’s  determination to be able to vote in order to participate fully in the political life of the country.  Saturday, March 30 at 1:00pm, JP Branch Library, 30 South Street. This event is free and open to  the public. Co-sponsored by the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail and the Jamaica Plain Historical  Society to celebrate Women’s History Month.

“William Dawes’ Secret”William Dawes, Jr., is known today only as the other rider who carried  news of the British army march to Lexington in April 1775. Like the more famous Paul Revere,  Dawes was deeply involved in the Patriot movement for years before and after that date. This talk  by J. L. Bell reveals Dawes the militia organizer, the fashion icon, even the arms smuggler whose  secret mission for the Patriots’ Committee of Safety helped bring on the Revolutionary War. At the  First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam Street, Roxbury on Sunday, April 7 at 2:00pm. This event is  co-sponsored by the Roxbury Historical Society, the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry and the  Jamaica Plain Historical Society. Free and open to the public.

Cambridge Children’s Chorus, World Rhythm Ensemble at ICA

The Cambridge Children’s Training Chorus and World Rhythm Ensemble, both divisions of Boston City Singers, will be performing songs of freedom from around the world at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) on Saturday, March 30, at 1:00 p.m.

The youth singers will be joined by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Alastair Moock. The Cambridge Training Chorus will be directed by Wendy Silverberg while the World Rhythm Ensemble will be led by Kimani Lumsden.

The ICA is located at 25 Harbor Shore Drive in Boston. Performance included with museum admission fee.

Founded in 1995, Boston City Singers is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional music education and youth development programming to children aged four through high school, regardless of financial need, in the Greater Boston area. The organization’s programs in Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and Cambridge serve nearly 500 children from urban neighborhoods including Mattapan, Roxbury, Hyde Park and Roslindale, and nearby suburbs such as Arlington, North Cambridge, and Somerville. In addition to extensive music instruction and performance experience, Boston City Singers also offers youth development and leadership training. Since 1995, 100% of our graduating seniors have been accepted to four-year college programs.

On March 30 at 10 a.m. the Boston Symphony Orchestra  will present their Family Concert, “Always Take The Scenic Route” under the direction of Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins. The education department has designed a program where Jamaica Plain families are eligible to receive free tickets to this concert.

Tickets are available SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200, or by visiting the Symphony Hall Box Office. Please provide the code “JP FAMILY” in order to receive your complimentary tickets. Up to six complimentary tickets may be obtained per person. Tickets are subject to availability on a first come, first served basis.

Jamaica Plain photographer Robin Radin and Woods Hole artist Jon Goldman are currently exhibiting their work at The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the second floor Northwest lobby gallery. The BCEC is located at 415 Summer Street in Boston. The exhibit will run through May 27, 2019.

The exhibition’s curator Caitlin Foley writes:”Radin and Goldman employ their work as a means of documenting, celebrating, and asking questions about the communities in which they are embedded…These two distinctly different bodies of work complement one another via their shared exploration and documentation of place and community.”

On Tuesday April 2, 2019 from 6-7p.m., the Leventhal Map and Education Center is holding a discussion about their upcoming exhibit, Crossing Boundaries: Art // Maps. The moderator and curator, Janet Spitz, will have an in-depth conversation with three artists, Joyce Kozloff, Bruce Myren and Naoe Suzuki, whose work appears in the exhibition. 

Individuals can attend the event at the Boston Public Library’s Commonwealth Salon, located at 700 Boylston Street Boston, MA.

Music and Art at the Taylor House, 50 Burroughs St. in Jamaica Plain have two concerts scheduled so far this year. The concerts this year, are held on Fridays at 7:30 pm.

Friday, March 29, Rasa Vitkauskaite, piano

Friday, April 26, Man On Land Jazz CD Release

Bus 39 stops at the end of Burroughs.  We are a 10-15 minute walk from the Orange Line GREEN Street stop. 

Please do not park on Agassiz Park out of consideration of our neighbors.  Burroughs is fine to park on.  You can drop people off and park at the end of Burroughs in the Bank of America parking lot in the evenings and walk down as well. 

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. 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 songbeat[email protected] or 617-775-7602.  /  

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 first 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.

March 2019:

SATURDAY 3/23 (Night Show) $7.00: The Womps, Threat Level Burgundy, Miku Daza, SkyTigers

SATURDAY 3/23 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): TRiPLE THiCK, M.O.T.O., The Hi-End, The Inebriations

SUNDAY 3/24 (Day Show) 3pm ($6.00): Classic Ruins, The Stigmatics, 1.4.5, The Thigh Scrapers

MONDAY 3/25 ($5.00): Bitter Wind, Skunkhunt, Shatterbox

TUESDAY 3/26 ($6.00): Skyjelly, Way of the Headband, The Golden Era

WEDNESDAY 3/27 ($5.00): sister, Howl!, Kid Disaster, Jon Hollywood

THURSDAY 3/28 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Suzanne Friedman

FRIDAY 3/29 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Gypsy Sidekick, Brian O’Connell Fellowship

SATURDAY 3/30 (Night Show) No Cover!: WitchWood Music Showcase! featuring: Mark Zelermyer, Jeffrey Perrin, Sensitive Subject, Field Day, Rocky Ludden

SATURDAY 3/30 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): SEE THIS WORLD, The Runouts, DNZL, WarGraves

SUNDAY 3/31 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): Beacon Project, Skindress, Scarlet Rose, Except Me

MONDAY 4/1 ($7.00): Half-Astronaut, Spider Rock, Courtesy Wave


WEDNESDAY 4/3 ($5.00): Illusion’s End, Bitter Wind, Melt, Honoria

THURSDAY 4/4 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Will DePiano

FRIDAY 4/5 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): The Cotones, Ansonia, Skunk Oil, MuBo

SATURDAY 4/6 (Night Show) $8.00: The Inebriations, Bled Sabblin, garageDogs, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets 

SATURDAY 4/6 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): DJ Easy Ed presents Roy Sludge Trio, The Barley Hoppers, and Easy Ed’s Record Hop

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; NOLA Sundays every Sunday at 5pm with a live brass band. Stump Trivia every Monday 7pm-9pm,  50% of wings. Taco Tuesday, Teacher Tuesdays plus Dirty Water Saloon Line Dancing for queer folks and allies at 7PM.  Live music every Wednesday from at 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Throwback Thursday with DJ J-Wall 6- 8 p.m.  Visit for more late night events every Thu-Sat.

Old time music, Southern/roots music, second and fourth 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 

Parent & Child: Intro to Movement Course JP Dance Co-op is hosting its Spring session of its Intro to Movement course on Sundays from 10-11am at Spontaneous Celebrations. Parents and children (ages 3-4) will be introduced to dance and will learn how to express themselves through movement. Class will include Ballet Barre, improv and play. Dates: 3/24, 3/31. Full course: $50 / Drop in: $15. Email Caitlin to sign up:[email protected]

PreK Ballet & Modern: Dance Basics JP Dance Co-op is hosting its first ever PreK Ballet & Modern course this Spring on Sundays from 11am-12pm at Spontaneous Celebrations.  Children (ages 5-6) will learn the basics in technique and movement. Class will include Ballet barre, Modern repertoire and improv. Dates: 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31. Full course: $60. Must register in advance by March 8. Email Caitlin to sign up:[email protected]

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

Jamaica Plain Branch Library

JP Fixit Clinic. will be on Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.  at the JP Library at 30 South Street.  This is

This event is a free, all-ages, do-it-together activity where people bring their broken household things and learn how to assess, disassemble, and repair them instead of sending them to landfill.  People who have things in need of repair should 1) try to preregister at  (this helps us plan); 2) come on 3/23 with their item, manuals, spare parts, and a willingness to learn.  We provide tools and volunteer coaches with expertise fixing a wide variety of things, including:

Bikes and skateboards

Clothing and fabric items

Computers and phones

Toys and wooden items

Small kitchen appliances

Small electrical devices


Lamps and anything else!

(but no firearms, gasoline engines, or other dangerous items)

People who are interested in volunteering can also contact us at [email protected] 

We’re really proud that JP’s Fixit Clinic has been so successful.  We’ve had people in Brookline, Allston, and other places for help in starting Fixit Clinics in their communities.  If you need more information, please email or call.

Women’s History Month programs. On 3/28, 6:30 p.m., “Left on Pearl” film will be shown. On 3/30, 1-3 p.m., “Boston Suffragists: In their own words”, also on 3/30, 4 p.m., “Sarah’s Long Walk” re Sarah Roberts, a young girl who sued the City of Boston due to inequities in the education system.

3d Printing for Adults. Saturday, 3/23 at 2 p.m. Beginners welcome! This workshop is supported by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.

La Donna Musicale. 4/4, 6:30 p.m. Four musicians will perform including voice, baroque violin and viola de gamba.  This program is supported by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.  See for more info.rmation Or call JP Branch Library, 30 South St, 617-524-2053.

Connolly Branch Library

433 Centre St., 522-1960,

Friends of the Connolly Branch Library are holding a community meeting and reception on Monday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. to welcome new staff and learn how to get involved in the Friends group.  All invited.  Light refreshments.  Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library, 433 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain.


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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April 2019:

SUNDAY 4/7 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): The Hellbound Hitmen, Step 13, Elvirus Outsider, Lilac City Lowlifes

MONDAY 4/8 ($10.00): Punk Rockin’ And Pastie Poppin’

TUESDAY 4/9 ($7.00): Kevin Wynd, Big Fuzzy, Birthday Ass

WEDNESDAY 4/10 ($8.00 in adv/$10.00 day of): Slovenly Recordings presents Tommy and The Commies, Les Lullies, and The Monsieurs plus DJ Pete Slovenly

THURSDAY 4/11 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Jessie Wren

FRIDAY 4/12 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Deadline (Grateful Dead tribute)

SATURDAY 4/13 (Night Show) $8.00: Sacred Lake with special guests Slurp, TBA, and Corey Hales 

SATURDAY 4/13 (Day Show) 3pm: TBA

SUNDAY 4/14 (Day Show) 3pm: TBA

MONDAY 4/15 ($7.00): Sasha Milan, Tuna, Strawberry Machine



Tuesday 4/16: Celebutant, The Glue, Muddy Wires, Home Despot

Wednesday 4/17: Fully Celebrated Orchestra with special guests Detroit Rebellion

Thursday 4/18 (before Queeraoke): Noah Kessellman

Saturday 4/20 (Night Show): SONIC RED, Bossnova (Album Release), Blackletter, City of Dis

Monday 4/22: Raaid, morgan miller, Tysk Tysk Task, Grace Givertz

Saturday 4/27 (Day Show): Peach Fuzz, Youth & Canvas, Rivers & Plains, Medical Maps

Sunday 4/27 (Night Show): Rawkstars Inc. Benefit Day 1 featuring Swarm of Eyes, Oxblood Forge, Disco Rice, Wrought Iron Hex 

Sunday 4/28 (Day Show): Rawkstars Inc. Benefit Day 2 featuring Maiden New England, PanzerBastard, Arctic Horror, Cortez, and Scott Helland Guitarmy of One-ness

Tuesday 4/30: Jesse & The Hogg Brothers Album Release Party with special guests

Wednesday 5/1: Toluca Lake, Mint Green, Scarlet Rose, Sean Brady Jr.

Friday 5/3 (after Hippie Hour): Poison T, Heavy AmericA, Renegade Cartel, 25 Cent Habit

Saturday 5/4 (Day Show): The McGunks, Silver Screams, Revilers, Damnation, Live Nude Girls 

Saturday 5/4 (Night Show): The Whammy Bars’ 10th Year Birthday Spectacular with special guests Trusty Sidekick!

Friday 5/10 (after Hippie Hour): Cars Go West, Auguste And Alden, The Phosphorescent Rats

Saturday 5/11 (Night Show): The Knock Ups, Ila Minori, Erel, Chad Gosselin of The Big Lonesome 

Thursday 5/16 (before Queeraoke): Travels With Brindle

Friday 5/17 (after Hippie Hour): Brown Lasers, Editrix, First Children, Charmed and Strange

Saturday 5/18 (Night Show): The Humans Being, The Stupid Robots, Uncle Funky and the Mystic Monkey Band

Sunday 5/19 (Day Show): Thalia Zedek, Anna Connolly, Weather Weapon, Cotton Candy

Saturday 6/8 (Day Show): Sammy Kay, Townes Constantino, Michael Kane, Matt Charette Saturday 6/8 (Night Show): Graveyard Of The Atlantic, Forktie, Knock Over City, The Melatonins

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