Sights and Sounds, Aug. 26, 2016

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Sept. 6 for the Sept. 9 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

21st Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain, at Franklin Park Zoo Tropical Forest Pavilion. Sept. 15, 6-9pm. Good food, good fun, good cause. All proceeds to benefit ESAC.

South Street Youth Center 20th Anniversary Gala, Sept. 11, 2:30-5:30pm, Loring Greenough House, 12 South Street. 852-3370.

Book Sale, Sat. Sept. 17, 10am-4pm. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. 522-1960.

Community Yard Sale, to support Boston #BlackLivesMatter. Donate your gently used items, reserve your own table, or come shop and have fun. First Baptist Church, Sat. Aug. 27, 9am-TBD.

Music/art

         On First Thursday at 7 pm, Papercuts J.P. welcomes local author Louise Miller for a reading from her debut novel THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING at La Rana Rossa, 154 Green Street. Sept. 1. Enjoy a hand-tossed pizza and stay for an author Q&A. Tickets $5 at papercutsjp.com/events

         The Why, a Chamber Jazz Quartet, Fri. Sept. 30, 7:30pm, The Parish Hall at First Church in JP. 6 Eliot Street. $15 advance, $20 at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2585902.

         The Horse Badorties Foundation presents Dreamscape #6, with Roi A.K., Michiel David, and All Of The Animals, Friday August 26, 8 PM, Hope Central Church, 85 Seaverns Ave. at Elm St. Admission: $3.

         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.

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.

SongBeat Circle, a song & drum circle hosted monthly on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30p.m. in the Parish Hall at First Church in Jamaica Plain.  Facilitated by a board-certified music therapist, SongBeat provides the community surrounding Jamaica Plain a place to sing and drum together. Participants will hopefully gain a sense of connection with others, experience the healing of live music-making, and find some joy in their busy lives.  All ages welcome. Donation of $5 to $10 is encouraged.  No musical experience or talent required. Info: [email protected], 524-1634 or 775-7602.

Dance

         Latin Quarter Fiesta, Sat. Sept. 17, free event with local musicians, games, crafts, interactive art, sumba, dominoes, and food. Mozart Park.

         Free salsa class, open to the public, all ages welcome. Franklin Park, in front of White Stadium gates, 429 Walnut Ave. Aug. 27, Sept. 24, 4-7pm.

         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.

BalletRox dance classes at Spontaneous Celebrations, for students grades K-12. Saturdays 8am-12noon; Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-7pm, September 12 to late May. Affordable, on a sliding fee scale.  Ballet, tap, hip hop, street jazz, Caribbean Soca, modern fusion.  Info:  www.balletrox.info; 224-7386.

Line dancing with Mz. Rhythm is back! Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm, Franklin Park, Refectory hill across from Golf Clubhouse. Info: franklinparkcoalition.org.

Youth/Families

         Youth Theater, now enrolling, Jamaica Plain Freelance Troupe meets after school on Tuesdays at Hope Church, 3:45-6pm. Performances are at the Footlight Club in JP. Children ages 8-12 with little or no acting experiences are encouraged to join. Fall session starts Tues. Sept. 13. Initial meeting for new members are by appointment. For older students, join The Frelance Players, ages 12-16, which mounts larger scale musicals twice a year with full sets, elaborate costumes, and a band. Meet on Wednesdays at Driscoll School in Brookline, 4-6:30pm. 274-6065.

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

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.

         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. Baby/Toddler music time, Fridays, 11:15am, for ages 0-2 and their caregivers.

         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.

Classes

         Viking Economics: Life lessons from the Nordic Countries, with George Lakey, Thurs. Sept. 8, 7pm, First Church UU, 6 Eliot St.

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

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

Meet-Ups

         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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