Sights and Sounds

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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Library gets local poetry collection

September 9, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Branch Library now has a special section devoted to full-length collections of poetry by contemporary Boston area poets. More than two dozen books have been donated to the 12 Sedgwick St. library by members of Jamaica Pond Poets (JPP), a poetry workshop and sponsor of the local Chapter and Verse literary...

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JP Music Fest a big hit

August 26, 2011
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PONDSIDE—The first annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival, held Aug. 20 at Jamaica Pond Park, looked like a hit. An ever-changing audience braving the hot and sunny weather swelled to what looked like around 1,000 people. Over 20 local bands and musicians performed at the free fest, from indie stars like Shepardess to up-and-comers like...

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Sights and Sounds, 8/26

August 26, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for Sights and Sounds listings is noon, Sept. 6 for the Sept. 9 issue. Send arts and entertainment listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events...

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Violent Femmes singer joins Music Fest line-up

August 18, 2011
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Gordon Gano, the singer/guitarist of the 1980s hit band Violent Femmes, will perform in the Jamaica Plain Music Festival on Aug. 20. The JP connection? Gano’s sister lives in JP, and he has performed previously at the Midway Café, according to festival spokesperson Charles McEnerney. The Violent Femmes were known for such hit songs...

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Secret concerts flood neighborhood

August 12, 2011
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The plan for August Noise, a concert series taking place in JP this month, is to host six more bands at six locations between now and 25—but to find out what bands will be where and when, you just have to wait. The website for the concert series—www.augustnoisejp.org—lists the dates for the seven shows...

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JP Music Fest is built to last

August 12, 2011
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Jamaica Plain is rich with musicians, but low on venues. Semi-secret house shows and gigs outside the neighborhood are the norm. Enter the First Annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival, which will shine a huge spotlight on the local music scene on Aug. 20 at the Pinebank ballfield at Jamaica Pond Park. “It is our...

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Reagan Youth brings punk to Obama era

July 22, 2011
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By Benjamin Colb, Special to the Gazette   Reagan Youth, one of the pioneering hardcore punk bands of the East Coast in the 1980s, will be playing a show at the Midway Café on July 24. Lead guitarist Paul Bakija, aka Paul Cripple, regrouped the band in 2006 after a 17-year hiatus. He spoke...

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Mentalist to take over Doyle’s

July 22, 2011
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Mentalist to take over Doyle’s

Christopher Bolter is more Sherlock Holmes than Miss Cleo. He’s also heard “‘Number 23’ meets ‘Rain Man.” The magician and mentalist—“not psychic,” he is quick to clarify—performs sleight of hand and card tricks. But he is most impressive when applying the latter half of his skills, as he will be at Doyle’s Café on...

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