Sights and Sounds

‘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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JP Music Fest reflects the local scene

August 31, 2012
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(Photo by Gretchen Gavett) The members of Tallahassee.

When the local Americana-rock band Tallahassee took the stage at the first annual JP Music Festival last year, singer/guitarist Brian Barthelmes was impressed by the professional set-up and the diversity of the huge crowd. Impressed, but not surprised. “JP’s an amazing place for that reason, its ability to bring people together,” he said in...

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Sights & Sounds, Aug. 17, 2012

August 17, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Aug. 28 for the Aug. 31 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Boston Carnival Village, annual Caribbean festival in Franklin Park: Kiddies Carnival Festival with parade, music and children’s activities, Sun., Aug. 19,...

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JP club’s costumes highlight Caribbean carnival

August 17, 2012
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JP club’s costumes highlight Caribbean carnival

The annual Caribbean festival returns to Franklin Park next week, and dazzling costumes made by a Jamaica Plain club will be a big part of the fun. The Trinidad & Tobago Social Club at 16 Glen Road makes hundreds of bikini-style costumes bedecked in sequins and colorful feathers. The club has won top performer...

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JP Branch Library to add community mosaic

August 17, 2012
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JP Branch Library to add community mosaic

SUMNER HILL—A community-wide art collaboration is under way to create mosaic art for the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library. A collaboration between ceramic artist and sculptor Bette Ann Libby and the community will result in a piece of ceramic artwork that will make its home in the library’s downstairs auditorium. The...

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Rocker Rick Berlin releases new album

August 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Rick Berlin (in white) and The Nickel and Dime Band.

Longtime Jamaica Plain resident and rock musician Rick Berlin released his latest album late last month. Backed by the eight-member The Nickel and Dime Band, with whom he has been playing for over a year, Berlin is pleased with the result, “Always on Insane,” he said. “For me, it’s my best recording, largely because...

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Reggae Fest

August 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Junior Toots (above), son of Jamaica’s legendary Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, is headlining the four-band Reggae Festival at the Milky Way Lounge on Amory Street on Weds., Aug. 15. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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Out in JP

July 20, 2012
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(Photo by CJ Bryan/Invisible Girl Studios) Playwright Letta Neely (right), along with (from left) wife Lynn and daughter Serena, embrace in front of Centre Street’s UFORGE Gallery during The Theater Offensive’s “OUT in Your Neighborhood” event June 17. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender support event included a Pride Brunch and a performance of Neely’s play “99% Stone.”

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