Sights and Sounds, Dec. 4, 2015

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Dec. 15 for the Dec. 18 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Celebrating Olmsted 2022, “Passages to Yosemite” Olmsted Play National Tour and Betsy Shure Gross, Dec. 6, 3-5pm, Free, First Church of JP, Centre St and Eliot St. Info: 524-7070.

Egleston Winter Festival in collaboration with Egleston Square Main Streets, Dec. 12, 2-6pm in Egleston Square.

Hyde Jackson Merchant Window Stroll, Thurs. Dec. 10, 6pm. Meet at El Oriental deCuba, 416 Centre St. for hot chocolate, stroll Centre St. and end at Latino Restaurant at 7:30pm. Info: Gerald, [email protected]

Light Up Hyde Jackson, Join City Councilor Matt O’Malley to light up merchant window holiday lights. Fri., Dec. 4, 7pm, Tails Retail, 380 Centre St. Info: 522-3694.

The Winter Solstice in Legend and Song, myths, legends, and tales accompanied by traditional and original music and song, Fri. Dec. 18th and Sat. Dec. 19 @ 8pm, $25. Sun, Dec. 20 @ 2pm, $20 for adults, $15 for children. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

Laughing Liberally Boston, Sat. Dec. 12, 8pm, $8, The Riot Theater, 146a South St.


         Midway Café, all shows 21+, doors 8pm, 3496 Washington St, 524-9038. Wednesdays: Coffeehouse Wednesdays, acoustic acts, 6-8:15pm, free; Thursdays: Queeraoke lesbian night; Fridays, 6-8:30pm: Hippie Hour, free; Sundays 9pm-2am, Open Mic.

Happy Together, a short and sweet concert by JP Jubilee, Sat. Dec. 12, 2-3pm, Hope Central Church, 85 Seaverns Ave, free, voluntary donations accepted. Info: 983-3638.

Compass: Songs for the Journey of Life, family-friendly concert presented by SingPositive. Sun. Dec. 13, 4pm. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Center, 45 Brookside Ave. Tickets $10/$5, free under 3 y.o. Info: 978-590-5540.

Applications available for Ladies Rock Camp, intensive 3-day weekend camp run by Girls Rock Boston, camp is to provide opportunity for women 21+ to form bands, applications can be found at

         A Christmas Concert for the Community, 5th anniversary concert of music for Christmas from around the world plus an audience sing-a-long. Sat. Dec. 19, 7pm, St. John’s Church, Revere St. & Roanoke Ave. Adults $10, Kids $5.

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.


         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:


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

Free Art Workshop, Holiday Traditions, such as creating greeting cards, wrapping paper, clay beads and baked goods, Dec. 7 and 14, 5:30-7:30pm with light supper at 5:30 at Jamaica Plain Community Center (Curtis Hall), 20 South St.

Handmade Holiday Gift Workshops at the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, make a gift for someone you love or step away from the season’s busy pace and make a beautiful object for yourself. Info:

Pop-up Holiday Art Sale at the Loring-Greenough House featuring original artwork by local JP artists, including oil paintings, photography, batik, graphic design, etchings, and watercolors. Sat. Dec. 5, 11am-5pm; Sun. Dec. 6, 11am-4pm.


         Polar Express Story, Crafts, and Movie at River of Life Church, 440 Centre St., Sat. Dec. 12, 10am-1pm, free, all ages welcome, crafts geared for ages 2-10, info: Ali, [email protected]

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

Connolly Branch Library. Lego builders club for ages 4 and up, Mon. Dec. 7, 6-7pm; Winter Holiday Party, Mon. Dec. 14, 6pm; Bilingual Children’s Concert with Mariana Iranzi, for children aged 0-5, Fri. Dec. 18, 10:30am; Bilingual story time for children 2-4, Tuesdays, Dec. 1, 8, &15 @10:30am; Story time for babies up to 18 months old, Fridays Dec. 4 & 11; Homework Help with Boston Public School teacher, Mondays 4-6pm, Homework help with high school mentor grades K-8, Mondays-Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm; Children’s films, Wednesdays, 10:30am.

         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.

         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.

BalletRox dance classes at Spontaneous Celebration for students grades K-12. Saturdays, 8am-12noon, Mondays and Wednesdays 4-7pm. Affordable, on a sliding fee scale. Ballet, tap, hip hop, street jazz, modern fusion. Info:; 224-7386.


         Stonybrook Fine Arts, adult classes in welding, foundry and mold-making ongoing, 24 Porter St. Info:

Community Arts Music Program for Seniors, Curtis Hall, 20 South St., Fridays 10:30-noon. Info: 983-3638.


Time Out For Family Caregivers, join AARP Massachusetts for a free, fun and friendly gathering with other caregivers, Thurs. Dec. 17, 6-8pm. American Legion Post 76, Main Hall, 280 South St. Register by calling 866-591-8105 or visit

Support For Vegetarian/Vegan Lifestyles, 2nd and 4th Fridays at Spontaneous Celebrations 6:30-8, see movies, enjoy potlucks, discuss scientific research, swap recipes and discuss challenges. Info: [email protected]

         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, 2:30pm.

         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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