Sights and Sounds

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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Park Painter

July 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Lisa Yanni paints in the Back Bay’s Public Garden on June 24 as part of the ParkARTS watercolor workshop presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and sponsored by Blick Art Materials.

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Project JamaicaWay

June 22, 2012
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Laa Ceredona models a dress by Julie Ann Cahill.

(Gazette Photos by Courtney Sacco) The Project JamaicaWay Sustainable Style Competition & Fashion Show, hosted by JP Forum, brought a big crowd to First Church in Jamaica Plain on June 7 to see fashions made from recycled clothing and fabric from the Boomerangs and Goodwill thrift stores.

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Greece and Jamaica Pond inspire artist

June 8, 2012
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Greece and Jamaica Pond inspire artist

By Arlene Snyder, Special to the Gazette Paintings and drawings by Jamaica Plain artist Cynthia Kollios are on display this month at Taylor House Bed and Breakfast, part of the long-running Music and Art series there. Kollios moved to JP in the 1980s after art school and immediately began to draw the old Victorian...

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Community chorus brings music to JP

May 25, 2012
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A new all-ages community chorus, SingPositive!, aims to bring music to Jamaica Plain’s art scene. “Jamaica Plain has so many artists, musicians and community-oriented residents, but no community chorus” until now, Executive Director Krissy Skare told the Gazette. The first concert was May 20 at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Sumner Hill to a...

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Cemetery hosts Memorial Day history tour

May 25, 2012
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If you’re looking for a way to commemorate Memorial Day, then head to the Forest Hills Cemetery, where there is more than 200 years of history. The Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) will be hosting a tour called “Answering the Call” there Sun., May 27 to celebrate Memorial Day. “The history here is so...

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JP artist remembered with exhibit

April 27, 2012
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Robert A. “Bob” Raymond, a Jamaica Plain photographer and videographer who died on Feb. 27 after a short illness, is being remembered with an exhibit at Cambridge’s Mobius gallery through May 5. Raymond, 59, was involved for 30 years with the Mobius Artist Group, which was founded by his wife, Marilyn Arsem. He documented...

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