Happenings, June 10

The final, last-minute deadline for Happenings listings is noon, June 21 for the June 24 issue. Send arts and entertainment listings to [email protected] 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

Bikes Not Bombs 24th annual Bike-A-Thon & Green Roots festival, choose from a 15-, 25- or 65- mile ride to raise funds for BNB’s programs. Festival features live music, food, family activities & environmental & social justice organizations. June 26 (re-scheduled due to weather), festival noon-5:30 pm, Southwest Corridor Park across from Stony Brook T stop. Info/register for ride: bikesnotbombs.org.

Inaugural Restaurant Tour of Hyde/Jackson Sq., join Hyde/Jackson Square Main Streets for their Inaugural Tasting Tour, showcasing a variety of restaurants. By buying a passport you will be able to visit all the listed restaurants and receive a sampling of their signature dish. Passports are $10, all proceeds support Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street. Tour starts at the Blessed Sacrament Complex, 360 Centre St. Sun. June 18, 3-6pm. Info: bostonlatinquarter.com.

Franklin Park Zoo’s seasonal Butterfly Landing exhibit re-opening, stroll through the tented outdoor exhibit, filled with hundreds of free-flying, beautiful butterflies. Sat., June 18, through mid-September. Mon.-Fri.: 11am-4pm, weekends: 11am-5pm. Info: franklinparkzoo.org.

Celebration of the Monarch Butterfly Migration, with live caterpillars and chrysalis. Music, stories and paper butterfly construction. Sun. June 19th, 11am-3pm, performance at 1pm, Jamaica Pond Gazebo. Volunteers welcome. Info: FriendsOfJamaicaPond.org.

Regan Youth League end-of-season picnic, Sat., June 25, 11am.

First Thursday art openings, 35 art openings on Centre/South streets. July 7, August 4, September 1, 6-8pm.  Afterparty at Uforge gallery, 767 Centre Street, 8-10pm. Info: jpcentresouthmainstreets.org.


Shrek 3 & 4 double feature, open air viewing. Sat., July 23, 8pm. Nira Rock, 18 Nira Ave. Info: NiraRock.org.

“Fly Away Home” at the Jamaica Pond Sugarbowl, Sun. July 24, 7pm, Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Pond. Info: emeraldnecklace.org/movies-in-the-park.

“Toy Story 3” movie night, Sun. Aug. 7, 7pm, Allerton Overlook, Olmsted Park. Info: emeraldnecklace.org/movies-in-the-park.


“Dream Singers,” music by local artists. June 11, 8pm, Hope Central Church, 85 Seaverns Ave., $5. Info: 524-2547.

Classical Music at Taylor House, Fri., June 17, 7:30pm: The Rebecca Cline Trio. Sun., June 26, 7pm: Michael Toth, piano.  $10, 50 Burroughs St. Info: 312-8328/taylorhouse.com.

Boston City-Wide String Orchestra performs light classical, blues and spiritual pieces. Featured soloists: David Eure, Jazz violinist; Vivian Cooley-Collier and William Ellis, vocalists. Sun. June 19, 3:30pm, Hibernia Hall, 184 Dudley St. Info: 549-0205.

Kina Zori in concert, dance to the rhythms of traditional and contemporary African music. Mon. June 20, 6:30pm, Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Summer Sundays in the Park, Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Pond, 6pm: June 26, Boston Symphony Orchestra Ensemble. July 3: Berklee College of Music Ensemble. July 31: Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Allerton Overlook, Olmsted Park, 6pm: August 14: Boston Pops Ensemble. Info: emeraldnecklace.org/movies-in-the-park.

Open Mic Mondays, at the Hallway Gallery 8pm, 66a South St. Info: www.thehallwayjp.com.

Jazz and jamming at Temple Sound and Stage, 670 Centre St., Sundays, 8pm.


Book discussion for adults, “The Wordy Shipmates” by Sarah Vowell. Mon. June 27, 7pm, Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.


Artwork created by Boston area youth, including JP’s Peace Drum Project, through June 27,  African American Master Artist in Residence Program studios, 76 Atherton St. Info: 323-3329.

A Walk in the Arboretum with Painters for a Purpose, opening reception Sat., June 11, 1pm. Sales benefit the Elizabeth Stone House. Show runs through July 23, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway. Info: 384-5209/arboretum.harvard.edu.

Heartbreak in Animation, new paintings by Andres Vasquez. Also exhibiting Zombie Love: pages from the sketchbooks of Tuner Hale. Through June 20. James’s Gate, 5 McBride St. Info: 983-1760/[email protected]

Matt Sesow solo exhibit, through Thurs. June 30. JP Art Market, 36 South St. Info: jpartmarket.com.

Student Photos at Uforge Gallery, from the Eliot School’s School Partnership Program at the Henderson K-8 School. Through June 30, Uforge Gallery, 767 Centre St. Info: eliotschool.org.

Works by adults with developmental disabilities from Outside the Lines Studio, on view through June 30. McCormack & Scanlan Real Estate, 68 South St. Info: 821-1102.


“Dearly Departed,” a drop dead funny play, presented by The Footlight Club. Through June 11, Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot Street, tickets $16-$21. Info: footlight.org.

Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti will perform as Harriet Tubman as part of the Boston Public Library’s extensive efforts to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Wed. June 15, 6pm, Egleston Sq. Library, 2044 Columbus Ave. Info: 445-4340.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s “A Shakespearean Cabaret”, Sun. July 10, 6pm, Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Pond. Info: emeraldnecklace.org/movies-in-the-park.


Milky Way Lounge & Bella Luna, Fri., June 10: AfroDesiaCity presents live music, poetry & art, 10pm, $10, 21+. Mondays, 8pm: game night with stump trivia. Tuesdays, 7pm: Dirty Water Saloon, country-western & line dancing. Saturdays: Mango’s Latin Dance Night, 10pm, $10. 21+.At the brewery complex, 284 Amory St. Info: milkywayjp.com.

Gender-Free/English Country Dance, beginners welcome and encouraged. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays (5th Tuesdays: experienced) of the month, 7:30-11:30pm, First Church of JP, Unitarian Universalist, Centre and Eliot Streets. Info: www.lcfd.org/bgfe//512-5554.


Connolly Branch Library: Mon. June 13, 6:30pm: Monsters from many lands: a family craft program. Create your own monster from cut paper and other recycled materials. July 5-Aug. 15: One World, Many Lands Summer Reading Program. Free activities, family Nights, & more. Ongoing reading raffle for Red Sox tickets, game on Sun., Aug. 28. Wednesdays, 10:30am: Children’s Films. 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

JP Branch Library: Wednesdays, 10:30am: Baby lapsit. 12 Sedgwick St. Info: 524-2053.

Egleston Sq. Library: Tuesdays, 10:30am: preschool storytime, featuring puppets, songs games and fingerplays. Wednesdays, 5pm: Game night. Thursdays, noon: Throw Back Thursdays, showing films from the 50s through the early 80s. 2044 Columbus Ave. Info: 445-4340.

In-Focus Youth Media club, a four-week summer intensive multimedia training program focused on giving youth 13-17 hands-on experience in video and television production.  Sessions through July and August, $250 each, must apply by June 17. Info: bnntv.org.

Swim League, Boston Center For Youth & Families seeks youth participants ages 6-17 for a competitive swim league. Experience not necessary, but participants must be able to swim one length of the swimming pool, Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath Street. Info: Bladimil Pujols, 635-5198/[email protected]

Art, Woodworking and Sewing, Bookbinding and more at the Eliot School, classes start throughout the year. Days, evenings, weekends. The Eliot School of fine and Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St. info/course listings: www.eliotschool.org.

Learn to stiltwalk with Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Sundays, noon-2pm, $5. Info: 857-498-2438.

Full-day Vacation Weeks Camp and Summer Camp: KidsArts! Multicultural After School Program in JP is now enrolling for grades K2-5.  Students enjoy exceptional programming and enrichment in a safe, fun environment at a competitive price. Info: 524-0818/www.jpkidsarts.org.

Hyde Square Task Force Programs, Music Clubhouse Drop-In, ages 10-18, Mon.-Fri., 3-8pm, Info: Aimee, 524-8303 x312; Open Dance Workshops, presented by the Hyde Square Task Force, Ages 10-13: Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm; 14-18: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm. Info: Barbara, 524-8303. Cheverus Building, 365 Centre St.

Toddler Drum Circle, a weekly gathering of toddlers 1-5 and parents to play, dance and drum, coordinated by Cornell “Sugarfoot” Coley, Saturdays, 9:30am-10:30am, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St., $5 fee. Info: 617/298-1790/[email protected]

After-School Teen Welding and Teen Jewelry Workshops now available from 3-5pm on Mondays and Wednesdays at Stonybrook Fine Arts. Info: stonybrookfinearts.com.

Tours and Talks

Franklin Park History Tour, hear stories of early days in the park, wander along woodland paths, and learn about park architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s plans and designs for the park, led by local historian, FPC member, and author, Julie Arrison. June 11, 10am-noon, meet at the rear “Giraffe” entrance to the Zoo. Info: 442-4141/[email protected]

Brownfields Bear Food: An urban forage through backyards, parks, and brownfields with David Craft, forager, and cohosted by JP Green House. Light dinner of foraged greens and homemade accompaniments provided. Thurs. June 16, 6-8pm, meet at JP Green House, 133 Bourne St. Info: [email protected]

“A Short Walk on a Long Day,” a two-hour walking tour of Olmsted Park to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Meet at the corner to Pond Ave. & Willow Pond Rd., June 21, 6pm. Info: 566-1689.

Walking tours of historic Jamaica Plain, tours last approximately one hour, except Jamaica Pond tour, which lasts 90 minutes. Walks start at 11am and are cancelled in case of rain. June 25, Aug.13 : Monument Sq., leaves from Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. July 2, Aug. 20: Sumner Hill, leaves from Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.  July 9, Aug 27: Stony Brook, leaves from Stonybrook T station. July 23, Sept. 10: Green St. Leaves from Southern JP Health Center, 640 Centre St. June 11, July 30, Sept. 17: Woodbourne. Leaves from Bethel AME, corner of Walk Hill & Wachusett streets. July 16, Sept. 3: Hyde Sq. Leaves from Sorella’s, 388 Centre St. June 18, Aug. 6, Sept. 24: Jamaica Pond. Leaves from the bandstand, Pond St. & Jamaicaway.

Meet Ups

BalletROX Linkup Wednesdays, meet the dancers, choregraphers, directors and friends of BalletROX. July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, 7pm. Bella Luna, 284 Amory St.


Individuation Using Creative Dramatics/Improvisation & Transpersonal Drama Therapy with Special Populations, Earn six credits for students working toward fulfillment of the RDT requirements. June 17-26. Info: 522-8300/[email protected]

Sunset Yoga in the Meadow, led by Matt Morin, who teaches at the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental in Back Bay, the Boston YMCA and Boston Body Pilates. Sun., June 26, 7-8pm, Nira Rock, 18 Nira Ave. Info: NiraRock.org.

MindBody Center offers Yoga, Meditation and Stress Reduction classes. Low cost, beginners and continuing, English and Spanish. 640 Centre St., 983-4226.

Natural wisdom & compassion meditation group, with Joel Baehr, David Ekstrom, Leah Weiss Ekstrom, Carol Marsh, Nancy Dale teaching. 3rd & 4th Saturdays, 10am-noon, Omega Theater, 41 Greenough Ave. Info: [email protected]


Volunteers needed to make lantern shades for the 13th annual Lantern Festival at Forest Hills Cemetery. Thurs. June 16 and 30, 6-8:30pm, the Eliot School, 24 Eliot St. Info: 524-3150.

Calls to Artists

Calls for proposals, Urbano’s project theme is Disobedience: civil, political, personal, public, and private. Can disobedience become a tool for self-discovery, or social change? How does the concept of disobedience (either personal or political) inspire ideas for performances, installations, or interventions in public space? RFP available at: www.urbanoproject.org/_documents/urbano_RFP_fall11.pdf.