Sights and Sounds, Jan. 29, 2016

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Feb 9 for the Feb. 12 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Laughing Liberally Boston, Feb. 13, 8pm, $8, The Riot Theater, 146a South St. Comedians on the bill include Sam Ike, Srilatha Rajamani, Jiayong Li, and Julia Claire. Info: Matthew, 773-678-0478, [email protected]


         Porchfest Inside, Series begins on Feb. 4 and runs through Feb. 25 each Thursday. Feb. 4: Nick Perez Trio and HSTF Musicians in Community at 7pm, Luminati feat. Johnny Blazes at 8:15pm. Feb. 11: Devin Ferreira 8-10:30pm. Feb. 18: Ms. Jones at 8:30pm, Damn Tall Buildings at 9:30pm. Feb. 25: Fernando Ferrer at 8:30pm, Boketto at 9:30pm. $5. Info: [email protected] or visit

         Music and Novel Discussion, W.B. Belcher will discuss his novel Lay Down Your Weary Tune, and Eric Treehouse, local folk musician, will play an acoustic set, Feb. 11, 7pm, UForge Gallery, 767 Centre St. Free. Info:

         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.

Shiny Beasts and the Knock Ups Fri. Feb. 5, 21+, 9pm, no cover, Jeanie Johnston Pub, 144 South St. Info:

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

Old time music, Southern/roots music, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7.30pm, back room at Doyle’s 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.

JP Jubilee, the local senior chorus, will be resuming classes on Feb. 19 at 10:30am. Info: 983-3638.


         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/

“Pages,” a special invitational at Uforge Gallery which brings together gallery members, staff and friends who each created their own book cover illustrations in different media. On view until Jan 31. 767 Centre St.

Now You See: A Celebration of Courageous Kids, photography exhibition by Jacqueline Lamont at Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Related lecture: Child protection professionals who worked with the kids featured in this project will discuss its creation and mission, Mon. Feb. 22, 6pm.

Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series, Fri. Feb. 12 at 7:30pm. Paula Bonnell and Kevin Gallagher. $5 suggested donation. Info: 325-8388 or email [email protected]


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

Connolly Branch Library. 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. Bilingual Story time for babies up to 18 months, Fridays at 10:30am. Lego Builders Club for ages 4+, Mon. Feb. 1, 6-7pm; Hyde Square Task Force Accion Community Theater, suitable for all ages, Mon. Feb. 1, 6pm; Baby story time, for babies up to 18 mo., Fridays Feb. 5, 12, & 19, 10:30am.; Crafternoon with Michelle Brooks, winter themed crafts for ages 6+, Thurs. Feb. 18, 3-4pm.; Book discussion for adults, The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout, Mon. Feb. 29, 7pm. All at 433 Centre St. Info:

         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. Wearable Art, Saturdays Feb. 13 & 27, learn how to make friendship bracelets, duct tape jewelry, etc. Ages 7-12; Preschool Story Time and Craft, Tues. Feb. 16, 10:30-11:30am, for children ages 3-5 accompanied by a caregiver. Sheep to Shawl with Historic New England, Tues. Feb. 16, 2-3pm, Learn how clothing and other textiles were produced in Colonial times. For ages 4-7, accompanied by a caregiver. Read-aloud book club, Weds. Feb. 17, 2:30-3:30pm, for children ages 5-8. Hero Puppet Fun, Thurs. Feb. 18, 2:30-4:30, create your own puppet heroes, for children ages 4-8. Food and Book Club, modern romance, Weds. Feb. 17, 6:30pm, book club and potluck for adults. Tween writing and storytelling group, Weds. Feb. 24, 5:30-6:30pm and recurring every other week, for ages 10-13.

         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.


Monthly vigil in support for Black Lives Matter, will include a speaker, silent candlelit witness, a recitation of names of women, men, and children killed in racially motivated murders, songs, and chants. Feb. 3, 5:30pm in front of First Baptist Church. Info: Tricia, 645-9681.

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]

Farewell Celebration for Christine Poff, who resigned from her position as Executive Director of the Franklin Park Coalition. Weds. Feb. 10 at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury, from 6-8pm. All tickets sold will support youth programming at Franklin Park. Info: 442-4141.

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