Sights and Sounds

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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Music fest line-up announced

July 22, 2011
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PONDSIDE—The preliminary line-up for the first annual JP Music Festival has been set. Bands slated to perform at the Aug. 20 fest at Jamaica Pond Park all feature at least one Jamaica Plain resident. They include: the Angelic Slugs (rock), Coyote Kolb (blues rock), the Delta Swingers (Delta blues), Lenny Lashley (acoustic rock), the...

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Bromley-Heath history film re-released

July 22, 2011
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JACKSON SQ.—A 1978 documentary named after Mission Hill, but with a large focus of the Bromley-Heath Housing development and Jackson Square neighborhood, was recently re-released on DVD by the Watertown-based non-profit Documentary Educational Resources. The film “Mission Hill and the Miracle of Boston,” looks at changes in the area between the 1940s and the...

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