Sights and Sounds, Dec. 5, 2014

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Dec. 16 for the Dec. 19 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

Jamaica Plain Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lightings, music, refreshments and toys, Sat., Dec. 6, 1:30pm: JP Monument tree lighting. 2:15pm: Hyde Square tree lighting.

Holiday fair, over 40 artists, artisans and crafters with work ranging from hand crafted wood work, to ceramics, to jewelry, Sat., Dec. 6, 11am-5pm, 6 Eliot St. Info: 447-8194.

Meeting of the Makers Artisan Open House, artisanal chocolate, bronze pears, raw local honey & beeswax candles, handcrafted pretzels & mulled cider, porcelain jewelry, & more, Sat., Dec. 6, 6-10pm, 95 St. Rose St. Info: meetingofthemakers.strikingly.com.

Franklin Park Holiday Open House, Fri., Dec. 12, 4-7pm, Franklin Park Coalition Office, 2010 Columbus Ave. Info: [email protected]/442-4141.

Holiday art fair, Sat., Dec. 13, 3-7pm, 29 Germania St. Info: jpartfair.tumblr.com.

Music

Midway Café, all shows 21+, doors 8pm, 3496 Washington St, 524-9038. Wednesdays: The Authentic Lounge (hip hop/reggae/soul); Thursdays: Queeraoke lesbian night; Fridays, 6-8:30pm: Hippie Hour. Dec. 5, $7: William Joseph & James, Ivo & The Waveriders, Peter Ward & Electric Blues, Doug MacDonald Band. Dec. 6: X__X, The Major Stars, Corn Mo, Gondoliers. Dec. 7: Golden Novak Duo, Field Day, Dippin’ Sauce. Dec. 8, $10: Punk Rockin’ And Pastie Poppin’. Dec. 9, 9pm, $5: Hope & The Husbands, Concealed Creatures, Absolute Gender, Duck That. Dec. 10, $5: The Coward Flowers, School For Robots, Earth Heart, Jarva Land. Dec. 11, $5: Alex Schuman aka Pretty Schumanator. Dec. 12, $15: The Real Kids (Ace of Hearts Records), The Titanics, “The Nectarines” (mems of Banditas/Far Corners/Turpentine Brothers). Dec. 13, $8: A Very FUZZY Xmas! with many special guests including Fuzzy, Thalia Zedek, Love Love, Milo Jones, Chris Colbourn & Hilken Mancini. Dec. 15, $5: Fable Grazer, Muddy Wires, Hard Rugs, Long Blonde Wig. Dec. 16, $5: Comedy Show Booking starring: Tim McIntire, Rob Crean, Will Noonan, Sam Jay, John Paul Rivera, Peter Martin, Katie McCarthy, The All Of Us Solo Quartet, Kylie Alexander, and Mark Gallagher. Dec. 17, $5: Justice Cow, The Double Middles, Andyroo. Dec. 18, $5: Diana Karthas. Dec. 19, $10: The Nickel and Dime Band featuring Rick Berlin, The Resurrectionists, Crazyhearse, Sand Machine.

JP Concerts at St. John’s, 1 Roanoke Ave. Info: jpconcerts.org. Dec. 6, 4pm: James Winn (flute) & David Kopp (piano). Dec. 13, 4pm: Boston Young Composers Ensemble. Dec. 14, 4pm: Boston Chamber Symphony Winter Concert. Dec. 20: Fourth Annual Community Christmas Concert.

Eliot Street Soirée, Sun., Dec. 7, 7pm: Darol Anger, Emy Phelps and Holiday Fiends:  A Winter Concert. Parish Hall, First Church JP, 6 Eliot St. Info: firstchurchjp.org/eliotstreetsoiree.

Greenough House Parlor Concert series, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., 524-3158. Dec. 7: Brian Friedland, jazz of the forte piano. Jan. 4: Alicia Mielka, flute. Feb. 1: Shirley Hunt, baroque cellist. Feb. 15: Pentimento.

          New Music for an Old Instrument, Brian Friedland, piano, $15, Sun., Dec. 7, 3pm, 12 South St. Info: 524-3158/[email protected]

          JP Jubiliee Concert: Morning, Noon & Night, a chorus of seniors directed by Elizabeth Anker, Sat., Dec. 13, noon, Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. Info: 983-3638.

First Fridays Youth Open Mic with renowned feature artists, first Friday of every month, 7pm at First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. Free for performers and those under 25, $10 suggested donation for those 25 and over.

Ladies Rock Camp Boston, applications open, March 6-8, April 10-12. Info: girlsrockboston.org.

Film

“It’s a Wonderful Life” screening, Sat., Dec. 6, 7pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: [email protected]

Performance

The Riot Theater, Comedy Shows, 146A South St., Info: theriottheater.com. Fri., Dec. 5, 8pm: MASH: Improvised Long Form Comedy.  10pm: Bistany’s Mysteries: Murder Mystery Comedy Show, Sat. Dec. 6, 8pm: Magic: The Gathering: The Show 10pm: Improv Jones Boston presents short form and Life Actually. Thurs., Dec. 11, 8pm: Indie Night: Improv Comedy. Fri., Dec. 12, 8pm: The Artistic Director Presents.

Winter Solstice celebration, legends from many lands are re-told by acclaimed storyteller Diane Edgecomb accompanied by original and traditional songs on Celtic harp, guitar, accordion and keyboardFri., Dec. 19 & 20, 8pm, $25, 12 South St. Info: livingmyth.com/Solstice.

Dance

West African dance classes, taught by Zucan, a principal dancer with the Drum and Spirit of African Society. Mondays, 7:30-9pm, English High School, 144 McBride St. Info: 359-1552.

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, 6 Eliot St. Info: www.lcfd.org/bgfe/512-5554.

Art

Small Worlds: Through A Small Glass Window, macrophotography by Josh Falk, through Feb. 3, Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway. Info: my.arboretum.harvard.edu.

Taylor House Bed and Breakfast, 50 Burroughs St. Nancy Marks paintings, through Dec. 31.

Comfortable Control: Vulnerability in the Digital Age, new media works by Evelyn Eastmond, Catherine Siller and Hyo-Jin Yoo, through Dec. 21, reception Thurs., Dec. 4, 6-8pm, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St.,Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St.

Literary

“Class Lives” Book Release and Class Story Slam, Thurs., Dec. 11, 7-8:30pm, First Church JP, 6 Eliot St. Info: jamaicaplainforum.org.

Chapter and Verse series, with poets Joseph Bergin, Alan Smith Soto and Ellen Steinbaum. Fri., Dec. 12, 7:30pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: jamaicapondpoets.com.

Youth/Families

Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Mondays 4-6pm: homework help w/ BPS teacher. Mon.-Thurs., 3:30-5:30pm: high school mentors for grades K-8. Wednesdays 10:30am: children’s films for preschoolers. Mon., Dec. 8, 6:30pm: Family Holiday Craft Night, make a fun snowman craft for the holidays, all ages. Mon., Dec. 15, 6:30pm: Winter Holiday magic party. Dec. 22, 6pm: Discover Boston Public Schools Information Session.

Egleston Square Branch Library, 2044 Columbus Ave., 445-4340. Mon.-Thurs., 3:30pm-5:30pm: homework help. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am, preschool storytime. Thursdays in December: Winter Read-aloud Club, for kids 6-10, listen to chapter book stories and make a craft to take home.

Jamaica Plain Branch Library. 12 Sedgwick St. 524-2053. Mondays, 10:30: ESL Conversation. Tuesdays, 10:30am: Preschool/Reading readiness storytime; Wednesdays, 10:30am, baby lapsit; 4:00pm, Kids club; Thursdays, 3pm: Creative Library drama; 6:30: Intercambio; Fridays, 10:30: JP Jubilee (Singing for 55+).

Family art class, wheelchair accessible, Tuesdays 10:30am-11:30am, ages 3-5. Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 5+. Family Resource Center, 1542 Columbus Ave. Info: 522-1018.

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

Meet-Ups

Forest Hills Neighborhood Association potluck, Sat., Feb. 7, 3-7pm, 80 Wenham St.

Narratives Boston, queer activist-writers group open to LGBTQ-identified adults interested in creative expression and social justice, first and third Wednesday evenings of the month, 7-9pm, Haymarket People’s Fund, 42 Seaverns Ave. Info:  [email protected]

Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Spanish/English language exchange, Saturdays, noon-1:45pm.

Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St., 524-2053, ESL Conversation weekly group, Mondays, 10:30am-noon. Knitting Group, Thursdays, 6-8pm. Free singing class for adults 55+, open to all singing levels, Fridays 10:30am-noon.

Party for the Helping Hand Fund, hosted by Haymarket People’s Fund, every 3rd Friday of the month, 5:30-8pm, 42 Seaverns Ave. Info: 522-3349/[email protected]

Fundraisers

Holiday Fundraiser for Spanish Immersion, music, raffle, food, $5, Fri., Dec. 5, 4:30pm. Info: spanishimmersionjamaicaplina.org.

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