Sights and Sounds, 9/23

The final, last-minute deadline for listings is noon, Oct. 4 for the Oct. 7 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

Jamaica Plain Open Studios, annual celebration of the arts in Jamaica Plain featuring over 220 artists in 50 locations all over JP. Sat.-Sun., Sept. 24-25. Info: Kick-off breakfast, 9:30-11am, hosted by Hyde Square Task Force. Cheverus Building, behind Blessed Sacrament Church, 365 Centre Street. Suggested Donation: $10, $5 for kids under 10, rain or shine.

Play Your Part, Community Music Center of Boston’s fund-raiser to teach music to more than 6,000 students each week. Sun. Sept. 25, 3-5pm, Boylston Congregational Church, 207 Amory St. Info:

Franklin Park Fall Forest Festival, climb a tree, join a family nature hike, and forage for wild edible plants. Sat. Oct. 1, 1-5:30pm. Info:

9th Annual “Heads Held High” Brain Injury Awareness Walk, to benefit Boston Acquired Brain Injury Support Group. Sat., Oct. 1, around Jamaica Pond, 10am-2pm, rain or shine. Info:

Extreme Esteem Awards, to benefit Self Esteem Boston. Wed. Oct. 12, 6:15pm reception, 7:15pm event. Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. Info:

9th Annual Artist Ball to benefit JP Centre/South Main Streets, featuring music, a silent art auction and live auction and fancy costumes. Sat., Oct. 15, 8pm-Midnight, $15. The ball will be chaired by board members, Richard Downey and Mary Hannon. Info:

Birthday Bash for the JP Library, all-day event for kids & adults to celebrate the library’s centennial, with an art auction & birthday cake. Sat. Oct. 22, 7-9:30pm, $25 ahead, $35+ at the door. Proceeds to benefit the library’s programming. 12 Sedgwick St. Info:

OctoberFest Fiesta to benefit the JPNDC. JP food, Sam Adams beer. Wed. Oct. 26, 6-9pm, at the Brewery Complex, 284 Amory St. Info: [email protected]

24th Annual Steppin’ Out for Dimock Gala, back tie benefit to support programs & services of the Dimock Center, with food, dancing, music. Sat. Oct. 29, 8pm, Westin Copley Plaza Hotel. Info:


Brew at the Zoo, beer tasting featuring Berkshire Brewing Company, Blue Hills Brewery, Clown Shoes Beer, John Harvard’s Brew House, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Long Trail Brewing Company, Narragansett, Peak Organic Brewing Company, Samuel Adams and Watch City Brewing Co., with food by John Harvard’s. Proceeds will support Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd. Sat. Oct. 1, 5-9pm, 21+. $50. Info: 989-2012/


JP Concerts: Sept. 24: James Dargan and Julia Scott Carey performing Johannes Brahms and Ralph Vaughan-Williams, 4pm. All performances $10, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave.

Greenough House Parlor Concert Series, Sun. Oct. 2, 3pm: Boston Impromptu, performing music from the 30s through the 50s. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: 524-3158.

A Far Cry series: Sat. Oct. 8: “Memories,” Lully, Beethoven, Respighi & Dvorak. March 31: “Echoes”, Schmelzer, Berg, Mozart, Schoenberg. 4pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Revere Street & Roanoke Ave.

notloB concert series: Oct. 20, 8pm: Flynn Cohen and the Deadstring Ensemble. Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. $15 suggested. Info: 413-658-4585/[email protected]

Union Pulse, alternative country band, at Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St., Mon., Oct. 10. Info: 524-9038.

Chris North, with Prairy Fire. The Haven, 2 Perkins St., Thurs., Sept. 29, 10pm, 21+ free. Info:


James Mustin III’s “Chromatics,” color etchings at The Hallway Gallery, 66a South St. Opening reception On exhibit through Sept. 25. Info:

Edges of America, paintings of Alaska and Cape Cod by Ginny Zanger. Reception Sat. Sept. 24, 6-8pm, show through Oct. 9, UFORGE Gallery, 767 Centre St. Info:

Fashion show featuring designs of Carol Price, Fri., Sept. 30, 8pm, $10, First Church UU, 6 Eliot St. Info/tickets:

Endangered Wildlife artwork by Linda S. Miller, proceeds benefit conservation projects supported by Zoo New England. Oct. 1, 1-3pm, Oct. 2, 8, 9, 11am-3pm. Children’s Zoo Meeting Barn at Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd. Info:

“Turning the Page: Dewey to Digital” reception at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, Thurs., Oct. 6, 6-8pm. 12 Sedgwick St. Info: 524-2053.


Milky Way Lounge & Bella Luna, 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:

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:


“One City One Story” selection, Richard Russo’s “The Whore’s Child” booklets, now available at branch libraries. Info:

Connolly Library: Book discussion, “Clara and Mr. Tiffany,” by Susan Vreeland. Mon. Sept. 26, 7pm. 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Tapas and Tales, reading by Ken Tangvik of his newly released book Don’t Mess With Tanya: Stories Emerging from Boston’s Barrios. Mon. Oct. 3, 6-8pm, $45 ahead, $50 at door, Tres Gatos, 470 Centre St. Info:

Chapter and Verse reading series. Featuring Sandra Kohler, Jonathan Russell Clark and Jim Lafond-Lewis. Suggested donation $5, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., Fri. Oct. 7, 7:30pm. Info:

Author Catherine Willis talks about the history of the Boston Public Library, co-sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. JP Library, 12 Sedgwick St., Thurs., Oct. 13, 6:30pm. Info: 524-2053.

“The Haunting of Hill House,” play reading at Taylor House, includes a reception with complimentary wine and beer from local brewery, Notch Session. Fri. Oct. 21, Sat. Oct 22, 8pm. $12, 50 Burroughs St. Info:


“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” at the Footlight Club, 7A Eliot St. Through Sat. Oct. 1, 8pm. Tickets $16-$21, Info:


Zoo Howl at Franklin Park Zoo, trick-or-treat among the animals. Other haunted happenings offered throughout the day include: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, howling costume contests and a haunted maze. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 29-30, 11am-3pm. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd. Info:

Connolly Branch Library: Wednesdays, 10:30am: Children’s Films. Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm: homework assistance. 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

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

Jamaica Plain Library: Wed., Sept. 28, 10:30am: Baby and Books. Babies, ages 6-18 months, and their caregivers, are invited to join us for stories, rhymes and lots of songs. Fri. Sept. 30, 4pm, stuffed animal library sleepover. Tuesdays, 10:30am, preschool storytime. Wednesdays, 4pm, kids club, history treasure hunt. Mondays-Fridays, 3:30-5:30pm: homework assistance. 12 Sedgwick St., Info: 524-2053.

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:

Learn to stiltwalk with Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Sundays, 11am-1pm, $5. Info: 857-498-2438.

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:

The Peace Drum Project, offering teens 14-19 after-school arts programming and leadership training. Teens must be enrolled in a Boston Public high school to apply. Participants receive a stipend at the end of the project and are eligible for additional leadership awards. Info: Susan Porter at 524-6378/

Tours and Talks

Walking tours of historic Jamaica Plain, tours last approximately 90 minutes. Walks start at 11am and are cancelled in case of rain. Sept. 24: Jamaica Pond. Leaves from the bandstand, Pond St. & Jamaicaway. Info:

Walking tours of Forest Hills Cemetery, Oct. 2: Life Stories. Oct. 9: Neighbors. Oct. 16: A visit with E. E. Cummings. Oct. 23: Women of Forest Hills. Oct. 30: Victorian Spiritualism. All walks at 2pm, $9. Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave. Info:

Arnold Arboretum guided walking tours continue through November 13: Saturdays, 10:30; Sundays, 1:00; Wednesdays, 12:15. Meet at the Hunnewell Building. Info: 384-5209/[email protected]


Knitting Group, Thursdays, 6-8pm, JP Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. Info: 524-2053.

Church Bazaar, yard sale, Fair Trade items, food. St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, 377 Walnut Ave. Sat. Sept. 24, 10am-3pm.


Children’s Theater Project offers year-round theater classes for children ages 5–7. Tuesday afternoons, 4–5pm for fifteen weeks during Fall and Winter/ Spring terms. 7a Eliot Street, Info: Carol Gallagher, 913-8951.

Intro to screenwriting class, with Deborah Shariff. Tues. Oct. 11, 18, Nov. 1, 8, 6-8pm. $100-$150, Boston Neighborhood Network, 3025 Washington St. Info:

Call to Artists

UFORGE Gallery and Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, in celebration of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library’s 100th Birthday, invite artists to portray the library’s history. The theme for this exhibit is: Turning the Page: Dewey to Digital. Submissions should be no larger than 24 x 36 inches. All submissions will be part of a live auction event during the Gala Celebration on Sat., Oct. 22. Info: [email protected] with “Call to Artists: TURNING THE PAGE: Dewey to Digital” in the subject line.

Freedom Trail on Trial, a public art project and work opportunity for Boston-area public high school students. Mondays & Wednesdays, 4-6:30pm, Oct. 12-Dec. 7. Info:

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