Sights & Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, November 19  for the November 22 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

Ukrainian Fall Bazaar: St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 24 Orchardhill Road, Sat Nov. 9, (10am to 3pm) and Sun Nov 10 (noon to 2pm).  Delicious Ukrainian foods (takeout available),  jewelry, dollar tables, gently used clothing, housewares, books and toys. Raffles and more! Free admission.  For more info

The 24th Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain will be held on Thursday, November 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church, 7 VFW Parkway, W. Roxbury, MA There will be delicious food and drink from over 20 Vendors.  There will be Kids Activities, Silent Auction, Live Music and Circus Fun for the Whole Family!

Tickets available at

Silent Auction bidding is NOW OPEN at  Search for “Taste of JP”.

Proceeds support the many programs at ESAC, a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.  ESAC’s programs provide support for at-risk youth and low-income seniors.  Each year, ESAC helps hundreds of low-income senior homeowners age in place with home repairs, falls prevention devices , mortgage assistance and benefits enrollment.  

JP Toastmasters meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at The Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain. The meeting will feature free food and drinks, introductions, and opportunities to practice speaking. As always, meetings are free for guests. JP Toastmasters is known for providing a warm, welcoming environment where members help each other improve their public speaking and leadership skills

ELLIOT SCHOOL will have the following events:  Holiday Ornament-Making, family fun, all ages welcome. December 15, 10am-12:30pm, Eliot School, 24 Eliot St.

Arts, Music, and Culture

BalletRox class registration is now open: Classes for kids, ages 4 to 18, at Spontaneous Celebrations. [email protected] for more information.

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 at 8:00 PM unless otherwise noted

EVERY THURSDAY 9:30 PM – 2:00 AM: QUEERAOKE (Drink – Sing – Dance – Repeat!) 
Boston’s very best lesbian night (but everyone is welcome and all are invited!)

EVERY FRIDAY 6:00 – 8:30 PM (FREE!): HIPPIE HOUR with Mystical Misfits and Uncle Johnny’s Band (alternating weeks) and their friends playing the music of The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and more!

EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM (FREE!): OPEN MIC AT THE MIDWAY Hosted by Angela Sawyer and Gabe Stoddard. Come one, come all! More info:

November 2019:

Friday 11/8 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($10.00 suggested donation): Curley School 80s Dance Party Benefit with DJ Eugenius – Keep Art & Music in Our Public Schools!

Saturday 11/9 (Night Show) $10.00 in adv – $15.00 at the door: All Together Now #11: A Multidisciplinary Event
Saturday 11/9 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): Pint Killers, See This World, The Damaged, Chris Skel (acoustic), Color Killer

Sunday 11/10 (Day Show) 3pm ($6.00): morgan miller, Hallam George and the Hallelujah Chorus, Lower Falls, Paul Caporino of M.O.T.O.
Monday 11/11 ($10.00): Punk Rockin’ And Pastie Poppin’
Tuesday 11/12 ($5.00): Bernie & The Wolf (from Chicago), Sorry, slo-anne

Wednesday 11/13 ($5.00): Fully Celebrated Orchestra with special guest Brian Fink
Thursday 11/14 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Britt Walsh (monthly residency)

Friday 11/15 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): The Cosmic Factory, Sacred Lake, Still, Day Grazer
Saturday 11/16 (Night Show) $12.00: DJ Easy Ed presents: The Hi-Risers, Goons (mems of Rocky Velvet), The Bop Thrills, and Easy Ed’s Record Hop
Saturday 11/16 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): Rodentt (reunion), Classic Ruins, TRiPLE THiCK, Musclecah

Sunday 11/17 (Day Show) 3pm ($8.00): Mickey Rickshaw, Sgt. Scagnetti, Hans Gruber and the Die Hards, Cheap City

Monday 11/18 ($7.00): Sloppy Joes Drag Night! A drag night hosted by Kirbie Fullyloaded and Plane Jane!
Tuesday 11/19 ($6.00): Big Time Kill, ryan flynn, Mei Ohara
Wednesday 11/20 ($5.00): Anaday, Lina Cooper, Submarina, Fool The Bear

Thursday 11/21 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Charlotte Jacobs

Friday 11/22 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Deadline (Grateful Dead tribute)

Jeanie Johnston Pub, 144 South St. Open Mic hosted by Tony Bluze, Sundays at 8 pm. More events at 

Bella Luna & The Milky Way  Weekly events include: Radio Mamba’s Family Rumba, every Sunday 5pm-8pm, live Latin music.  Every Monday Stump Trivia from 8 – 10 p.m., Teacher Tuesdays and Dirty Water Saloon line dancing for queer folks and allies at 7PM.  Every Wednesday live music from 6:30 – 9:30 PM.  Throwback Thursday from 6-8pm with rotating DJ’s barside.  Visit for more late night events Thu-Sun.

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 

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

Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain (617) 524-2053 will be hosting the following events:

ESL Conversation Group. Every Tuesday, 2-3:30 p.m. 

Spanish Conversation Group. Every Saturday, 11:30-12:30. Sponsored by Roslindale Branch.

STEM Workshops for Kids in 4th-8th grade.  Every Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m. 

Saturday Family Storytimes. Saturday, 11/23 and 12/21, 10:00-10:30 a.m.

Roslindale Race and Inclusion Book Discussion-”The Bluest Eye”.  Saturdays, 11/16 and 11/23.  Call to sign up/get a book at 617-524-2053.

The Grey Divas. Thursday, 11/14, 6:30 p.m. Popular duo returns with concert of original songs and favorites with acoustic instruments.

*Creative Aging. Through November 12, 2-4pm. Painting and drawing class for older adults (55+). Sponsored by Age Strong Commission, Office of Arts and Culture, Boston Public Library, Goddard House and Lifetime Arts.   First come first served so sign up soon!

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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