Sights and Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, February 11 for the February 14 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Community Bible Study, 11 am to noon, First Saturday of each month.  Discussion, Lending Library of Bible Study Materials. Christian Science Reading Room, 351 Centre Street. 857 719-3432 

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

Arts, music, and culture

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:

1/24 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($10.00): The Young Americans (A Tribute to David Bowie) with special guests Gene Dante & The Future Starlets

Saturday 1/25 (Night Show) $7.00: Firstbourne, Audio Vex, Frnemy, City of Dis

Saturday 1/25 (Day Show) 3pm ($6.00): Soup, Hallam George and the Hallelujah Chorus, Eagle Jesus, Born Yesterday

Sunday 1/26 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): Tempered, James and Tod of the Snap Daddies, Mass Bluesbreakers, Charles Coleman of House on Cliff

Monday 1/27 ($6.00): Kala Baz, This Body Is All I Have In This World, Leisure, Tim Capozzi of LEIR

Tuesday 1/28 ($5.00): Zack Bolles, Suzanne Friedman, Lady Malory Band, Cold Car

Wednesday 1/29 ($7.00): Risqué Holiday, Super Pulp, The Sickle

Thursday 1/30 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Rachel Lime

Friday 1/31 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($10.00): HRT’s Birthday Show with Shake, Baluchitherium, Absinthe Rose, and CE Skidmore

Saturday 2/1 (Night Show): TBA

Saturday 2/1 (Day Show) 3pm ($8.00): Chandler Travis Philharmonic

Sunday 2/2 (Day Show): TBA

Monday 2/3 ($6.00): Faxi Moto, Unit One, Payton Gin, False Pocket

Tuesday 2/4 ($5.00): The Duchess Elizabeth von Teig, Conor Ryan Hennessy, Thomas Gunn, Mimi Tanski

Wednesday 2/5 ($5.00): Sam Newcomer, Big Fuzzy, Dan Raney, Graham Gaines

Thursday 2/6 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Miilo

Friday 2/7 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($7.00): Lucid Lynx, Above The Din, Luxury Deathrap, Heavy Hands

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.

Connolly Branch Library

433 Centre St., 522-1960,

Just a reminder that we are very happy to receive book donations.  The sale of books is the main source of income for the Friends.  As you may know, we fund many needs at the library, including books for reading groups and children’s programs.

The date for the 2020 book sale has been set for Saturday September 26.

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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