Sights and Sounds, July 3, 2015

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., July 21  for the July 24 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

Viva el Latin Quarter!, free family events hosted by Hyde Square Task Force through Aug. 7, with Zumba dance classes Wednesdays, 6pm; Music on the Plaza concerts Thursdays, 6pm (with ReadBoston Storymobile at 5:30pm); Movies on the Lawn film screenings, Fridays, sunset; Blessed Sacrament Church, 361 Centre St. Info:

Squirrel Fun Run & Costume Crawl, JP Music Festival fundraiser 1.5-mile run/walk around Jamaica Pond, Sun., July 12 (rescheduled from June), 10am, Jamaica Pond Park, Jamaicaway at Pond St. Info:

JP Porchfest, music and arts festival with 128 musicians playing at 72 homes and other local sites, plus various dance parties, theater performances and more, Sat., July 11, noon-6pm. For full venue list, see

Jamaica Plain Branch Library renovation events, marking temporary closure: “Memories of the JP Branch,” True Story Theatre enacting attendees memories of library, Sat., July 25, 10:30am; closing party, Sat., Aug. 1.


Tito Puente Latin Music Series, Sonatempo performing a variety of Latin music, plus free salsa lessons, presented by Boston Parks Department, Thus., July 23, 7pm, Mozart Park Playground, Centre & Mozart Sts. Info:

Gray Divas sing, Sat., July 18, noon, Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. Info: 524-2053.

Jazz at Taylor House, Taylor House B&B, 50 Burroughs St., Hermann Hudde, July 10; Brian De Lorenzo Celebrates Sinatra at 100, July 24; Steve Wark, Aug. 14; Meiningen Trio, Aug. 28. All shows 7:30pm and include wine/dessert reception.

Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park, ParkARTS stage behind White Stadium, Franklin Park, Tues., July 14: 11am: OrigiNation; 6pm: E-Water Band.

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.

Old time music, Southern/roots music, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7.30pm, back room at Doyles Cafe, 3484 Washington St. Info: [email protected]

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.

Girls Rock Camp Boston, applications open, July 20-25, August 10-15. Info:


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:


Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. “Trees and Reflections,” paintings by Erica S. Nazzaro, through July.


Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Adult Book Discussion: “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford, Mon., July 27, 7pm.



Our Neighborhoods & Stories, free family art workshop for ages 6-12, in English and Spanish, open to those with disabilities, with free light supper, presented by Families Creating Together, Tuesdays in July starting July 7, 5:30-7:30pm, JP Community Center/Curtis Hall, 20 South St. To register: 522-4832 or [email protected] Info:

BNBL Pee-Wee Basketball, boys and girls ages 6-10, Tuesdays and Thursdays starting July 7, Franklin Park. Info:

Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Tuesdays, 10:30am: Bilingual Story Time / Hora de Cuento Bilingüe, ages 2-4; Children’s films for preschoolers, Wednesdays, 10:30am; ReadBoston Storymobile with storytelling and free book, Thursdays, 11:15am; Baby Time, songs and movement for ages up to 18 months, Fridays, 10:30am; Youth Drumming Sessions for ages 1-5, Mon., July 6, 2pm; LEGO Builders Club for ages 4 & older, Mon., July 6, 6pm; glass harmonica concert; Museum of Science reptiles presentation for ages 6 & older, Wed., July 8, 2pm; Historic New England presentation/craft event “Henry Knox: Revolutionary Hero,” ages 3-12, Thurs., July 9, 2pm; Mon., July 13, 6:30pm; “Super Mini-Comic Workshop,” make comic book, ages 5 & older, Tues., July 14, 3pm; Superhero Movie Night, screening of “The Incredibles,” come dressed as favorite superhero, Mon., July 20, 6pm; New England Aquarium presentation on lobsters, Tues., July 21, 2pm; Craft Night with making of potted plant with recycled materials, Mon., July 27, 6pm; art program by Matt Tavares, author and illustrator of “Growing Up Pedro,” with Red Sox tickets raffle and free books, ages 7 & older (pre-registration required), Wed., July 29, 3pm.

Egleston Square Branch Library, 2044 Columbus Ave., 445-4340. Mon.-Thurs., 3:30pm-5:30pm: homework help. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am, preschool storytime. Fridays, 10:30am: baby/toddler music time.

Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. 524-2053. Preschool storytime, Tuesdays, 10:30am.; Babies and Books, Wednesdays, 10:30am; Monday Summer Fun visits with Tall Waggin’ Tales, July 6 & 13, 10:30am; Superheroes Club, Wednedays, 4pm, with “Henry Knox: A Revolutionary Hero,’ July 8 and “Zita the Spacegirl,” July 15; “Super You! Hero Training Academy Magic Show” with Mike Bent, Thurs., July 16, 6:30pm.

Tiny Tots World Music and Movement, music classes for kids age 2-5 by Helder Tsinine, Mondays 11-11:45am; Saturdays, 10-10:45am, $17 per class or $90 for 6 weeks, Egleston YMCA, 3134 Washington St. Info: [email protected]

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.



Stonybrook Fine Arts, teen intensives classes in welding, jewelry and small metal casting start July 13; adult classes in welding, foundry and mold-making ongoing, 24 Porter St. Info:



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. ESL conversation groups, Mondays 6:30pm, Thursdays, 10:30am & 2pm.

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]


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