Sights and Sounds, July 24, 2015

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Aug. 4  for the Aug. 7 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:

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 featuring “Superhero Send-Off,” take photos with Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and others, with cake and ice cream from JP Licks and FoMu, Sat., Aug. 1, 11am-1:30pm.

Enrichment Day, see various zoo animals receive items to increase their activity, Sat., July 25, 10am-3pm, Franklin Park Zoo, Franklin Park. Info: 541-5466/

National Night Out, celebration of community and police partnerships, with family activities, Mon., Aug. 3, 5:30-8:30pm, Egleston YMCA, 3134 Washington St. Info: 343-5624.

Planting the Seed for Our National Parks, 150th anniversary celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted’s report on Yosemite area, with experts commenting and reading from report, plus performances by Maliotis Chamber Players and Diane Edgecomb and Margot Chamberlain, Sun., Aug. 9, 10am, Arnold Arboretum (use Bussey or Walter street gates). Free. Info: 566-1689/


Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park, near Playstead ballfields, Franklin Park, 442-4141/ OrigiNation interactive dance shows for children/families, Tuesdays, 11am; Larry Woodley (R&B), Tues., July 28, 6pm; National Night Out DJ Dance Party with Rudy Dottin and Nomadik, Tues., Aug. 4, 6pm; AJ Smooth & Friends (Motown), Tues., Aug. 11, 6pm, Athene Wilson with Sympli Whitney, Tues., Aug. 18, 6pm.

Jazz at Taylor House, Taylor House B&B, 50 Burroughs St., Brian De Lorenzo Celebrates Sinatra at 100, July 24; Steve Wark, Aug. 14; Meiningen Trio, Aug. 28; Emergence, Sept. 11; Main on Land, Sept. 25. All shows 7:30pm and include wine/dessert reception.

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.


Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding), Federico García Lorca’s play of love and betrayal, performed by Escena Latina Teatro in Spanish with English captioning, plus other entertainment and café-style seating with boxed dinners and refreshments for sale, presented by Hyde Jackson Square Main Street, Thurs., July 30, café at 6pm, show at 7:30pm, Mozart Park, 10 Mozart St. (rain location: JFK Elementary School, 7 Bolster St.) Optional donations requested. Info: 522-3694/


Salsa, for all experience levels, plus barbecue, children’s activities and family movie shown afterward, Sat., July 25 & Aug. 15, 5-7pm (movie at 8pm), Franklin Park. 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:


Pop-Up Art Grove, artwork with theme “Endurance,” opens with food trucks and other activites Sat.-Sun., Aug. 8-9, 11am-6pm, Franklin Park Wilderness area. Info:

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

Tidal Life, works by JP resident Jenine Shereos, ongoing, The Haven, 2 Perkins St. Info: 524-2836/


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.



BNBL Pee-Wee Basketball, boys and girls ages 6-10, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 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; 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, Wed., July 29, 10:30am.; “Tea with Superheroes,” Wed., July 29, 4pm; “Puppets!: Jack and the Beanstalk,” Thurs., July 30, 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, 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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