Sights and Sounds

Cello group debuts album, scores game

February 1, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) The Boston Cello Quartet’s (from left) Blaise Déjardin, Mihail Jojatu, Alexandre Lecarme and Adam Esbensen.

“Classical music is not just serious or stuffy,” said Jamaica Plain resident Blaise Déjardin, explaining the premise of his chamber music group the Boston Cello Quartet, which releases its debut album on Feb. 5. The quartet lives up to that mission, mixing unique arrangements of classical pieces with jazz, blues and other curveballs. The...

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2 local poets score book deals

January 18, 2013
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Two Jamaica Plain poets have each scored publishing deals that will result in their first poetry books. Jennifer Markell and Sandra Storey are both members of the local group Jamaica Pond Poets. Markell’s book “Samsara” will come out late this year or early next year. Storey’s book “Every State Has Its Own Light” is...

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JP man makes video games as art

January 4, 2013
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(Courtesy Image) The title screen of Anthony Montuori’s video game “Debtris.”

Jamaica Plain artist Anthony Montuori is redefining what art is with video games he creates himself. The lifelong gamer, recent School of the Museum of Fine Arts graduate and Institute of Contemporary Art employee creates his own video games. While video games often are basically puzzles, Montuori adds in high-art concepts, too. His games...

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Sights & Sounds, Dec. 21, 2012

December 21, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Dec. 31 for the Jan. 4 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Holiday Fine Art and Craft Fair, with over 30 vendors, sponsored by UFORGE Gallery, Sat., Dec. 22, 11am-6pm, Eliot Hall, 7A...

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Alternative music agency helps the local scene

November 9, 2012
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A new local booking agency called the Music and Arts Matrix is helping to get bands from Jamaica Plain’s burgeoning music scene into traditional and alternative venues alike. “It’s a promotion agency with a heart,” said Lisa Fraggos, a 32-year-old Hyde Square resident who founded the company about eight months ago. She has already...

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Sights & Sounds, Nov. 9, 2012

November 9, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Nov. 19 for the Nov. 23 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Taste of Jamaica Plain, culinary tour of JP restaurants to support ESAC, Thu., Nov. 15, 6:30pm, Cedars Hall, 61 Rockwood St....

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JP Tunes: New local music

November 9, 2012
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following albums or singles: • Hey Ice Machine, “Hey Ice Machine” (self-released). Heyicemachine.com. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

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‘Jesse Tree’ coming to church lawn

October 12, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—First Baptist Church and Stonybrook Fine Arts are collaborating with each other and the community this upcoming holiday season to create a “Jesse Tree” on the church’s lawn. A Jesse Tree, a Christian tradition of remembrance during Advent—the few weeks preceding Christmas—is usually decorated with ornaments or objects that symbolize Old Testament events....

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First Thursday draws art crowd in 8th year

September 28, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The Late Greats play on the Loring-Greenough House lawn as part of last month’s First Thursday Sept. 6.

It’s hard to imagine Jamaica Plain without its signature First Thursday event, with the whole community engaging with art, music and each other. But seven years ago, there was no such thing. Thursdays were just another day. Then Arva Clark and Frank Burns, then-heads of the JP Centre/South Main Street (CSMS), married the concepts...

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JP Tunes: New local music

September 14, 2012
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following albums or singles: Aloud, “You Will Know” (Lemon Merchant Records). Allthingsaloud.com. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

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