Sights and Sounds

Aviary to open photo lab

March 16, 2012
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Aviary, a gallery and art boutique on South Street, is raising funds to install a digital photo lab for community use. The planned lab will include four computers, four professional-grade scanners and two professional-grade printers for rent. Each computer will have state-of-the art software like Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture. “We’ll also have a selection...

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JP Tunes: New local music

March 16, 2012
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following singles or albums: Chris North, “Lovedream” (Grinding Tapes Recordings/Whitehaus Family Record). Chrisnorth.bandcamp.com. The Ivy Leaf, “The Ivy Leaf: Traditional Irish Music” (self-released). Ivyleafmusic.com. The Woodrow Wilsons, “Devil Jonah” (self-released). Thewoodrowwilsons.bandcamp.com. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

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Dance, travel inform artist’s work

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) “Sunday’s Market,” a painting by Silvina Mizrahi.

Silvina Mizrahi’s multi-media paintings and sculpture are on display through April at the Taylor House Bed and Breakfast part of the B&B’s Music and Art series. Mizrahi moved to West Roxbury about 10 years ago by way of her hometown, Tucuman, in the north of Argentina, Buenos Aires and Israel, and then a trip...

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SXSW Bound

February 17, 2012
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(Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Aloud (above) is one of two JP-based bands who will play the prestigious South By Southwest Music festival in Austin, Texas on March 17. Moe Pope and the Quills will join Aloud at the DigBoston’s Boston to Austin party. For info, see allthingsaloud.com.

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JP jaunts for last-minute Valentines

February 3, 2012
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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching and fancy restaurant reservations disappearing just as quickly, the Gazette came up with a few ideas for the holiday. For the romantics: Pack a decadent picnic full of fancy cheese and wonderful wine. Enjoy it indoors, in front of a roaring fire. Where to go: City Feed for cheese,...

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Musician/activist creates JP rock opera

January 20, 2012
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(Photo courtesy Joe Driscoll) (from left) Kevin Silvia, Brian O’Connell, Colleen Kleya, Justin Kleya and Sam Ward form the band The Grass Gypsys, who will perform in O’Connell’s rock opera “Over The Line.”

Jamaica Plain musician and activist Brian O’Connell is prepping for a big undertaking: presenting a “radical social satire rock opera,” complete with over-sized puppet actors, spoken word and a 10-piece band with 8 singers, scheduled to open at Spontaneous Celebrations Feb. 4. The story of “Over The Line” follows JP resident Sleepy Doormat, a...

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Minority leaders focus of JP photographer

January 6, 2012
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(Photo by Don West) Gov. Deval Patrick, from JP photographer Don West’s exhibit “Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership (1980-2011).”

JP photographer Don West’s latest photo exhibit has been 30 years in the making, and he is not done yet. “Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership (1980-2011),” is a collection of 65 life-size pictures of minority leaders. It features local leaders—like state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, City Councilor Felix Arroyo and longtime activist and...

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JP Tunes: New local music

December 16, 2011
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following singles or albums: • Mickey PG, “Mickey PG Comes of Age” (self-released). Mickeypg.bandcamp.com. • Ben Schwendener, “Industrial Folk Music” (Gravity Records). Cdbaby.com/cd/benschwendener2. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

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Small Print: Tiny bookstore opens in tiny gallery

December 16, 2011
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SOUTH ST.—Jamaica Plain’s smallest storefront art gallery is now sharing space with the neighborhood’s smallest bookstore. The Hallway Gallery—literally a hallway at 66a South St.—has given over about six square feet of space at its far end to used bookseller Subterranean Books. The bookstore is the pet project of professional art handler and recent...

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Branch libraries to be reviewed

December 16, 2011
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The Boston Public Library (BPL) will begin reviewing its entire branch library system—including the Jamaica Plain Branch Library—in 2012 as part of a new “strategic plan” approved last month. The BPL has proposed controversial branch closings in recent years, with the JP Branch at 12 Segwick St. appearing on one hit list despite being...

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