Sights and Sounds

JP Tunes: New local music

November 18, 2011
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following singles and albums: Aloud, “The Cash and the Pearls” (Lemon Merchant). Allthingsaloud.com. Old New England Weather, “Knew Myths” (self-released). Oldnewenglandweather.bandcamp.com. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

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Bella Luna marks 18th anniversary

November 18, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) (From left) Sarah Morton, Chloe Martin, Rye Gentleman and Erin Kate Ryan get into the 1920s spirit with classic cocktails at Bella Luna’s Bootlegger’s Bash.

BROOKSIDE—The Jamaica Plain landmark Bella Luna restaurant celebrated its 18th birthday on Nov. 11 with a Bootlegger’s Bash, a 1920s-themed party complete with 17-piece band, costumes and Prohibition-era cocktails. “It’s just a way of keeping things fresh, of giving people an excuse to dress up and coming up with drinks and a menu that...

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‘Carol Christmas’ kicks off holiday fun

November 18, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) The cast of the 2009 edition of “A Carol Christmas,” which celebrates its latest incarnation Dec. 2 and 3.

By Rodney Raftery, Special to the Gazette The leaves have almost all fallen. And the evening frost touches the parks and neighborhoods of JP. If you take a stroll down Eliot Street, you can feel that the holidays are almost upon us. And if you walk by The Footlight Club, you may think they’ve...

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Footlight Club seeks community spotlight

November 18, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Noah Tobin performs as the Cat in the Hat in “Seussical,” the Footlight Club’s Dr. Seuss-themed musical running through Nov. 19 at Eliot Hall.

The Footlight Club—America’s oldest community theater—is looking to raise its profile and raise funds for major renovations, members of the volunteer-run theater’s management team told the Gazette. “So many people don’t know that the Footlight Club exists,” said Brian Crete, chair of the non-profit theater’s board, The Trustees of Eliot Hall. The Footlight Club...

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Wines and spirits that won’t break the bank

November 18, 2011
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The gift of a quality bottle of wine or liquor doesn’t need to break the bank to please the palate, Blanchard’s General Manager Mike Denson told the Gazette. “The two weeks before Christmas, we’ll see people asking for the most expensive bottle of Scotch,” he said, pointing out a $500 bottle to the Gazette....

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New cookbook greeted with rare herbs dinner

October 21, 2011
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New cookbook greeted with rare herbs dinner

A bestselling local author’s new cookbook about rare herbs will be welcomed with a special dinner featuring the unusual ingredients on Nov. 2 at the tapas bar/bookstore/record shop Tres Gatos. The unique crossover event is based on Didi Emmons’ “Wild Flavors: One Chef’s Transformative Year Cooking from Eva’s Farm,” which comes out next week....

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The art of storytelling is alive and well

October 7, 2011
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The art of storytelling is alive and well

Drunken underage little sisters, haunted trees, incontinence and world travelers featured in stories that regaled an audience of about 50 at Doyle’s Café on Washington Street at the first night of massmouth’s third season of story slams. “‪Storytelling is an essentially human art and it creates a deep connection between talker and listener. People...

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Fishing tip

October 7, 2011
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Fishing tip

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JP Open Studios returns this weekend

September 23, 2011
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This weekend, Jamaica Plain artists will open their doors in the 18th annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS). The free event showcases the artwork of over 230 artists at 52 sites including artists’ studios, the historic Eliot School on Eliot Street, the Sam Adams brewery complex on Amory Street, and the Arnold Arboretum. This...

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Amazing Find

September 23, 2011
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  (Gazette Photos by John Ruch) A baby snapping turtle fits easily in the palm of Megan Day, who incredibly found the tiny reptile on the sidewalk in Monument Square on Sept. 9 as the Gazette happened by. Day said she might release the turtle in a park.

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