Sights and Sounds, April 28, 2017

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Special events

Sweet Tastes of JP, a fabulous evening of desserts, spirits & music. May 18, 6-9pm at Bella Luna & The Milky Way. $35, $40 at door (tax deductible). or 524-2555. Proceeds directly benefit ESAC’s senior programs.

Sidewalk Sale, Sat. May 20 12-3pm. Centre Street from Jackson Square to Canary Square. Music, discounts, raffles, food, fun. Info: 522-3694, [email protected],

First Baptist Birthday, this year First Baptist JP turns 175 years old!  We will be having a number of celebratory events throughout the year and our first is a Dinner and Auction on June 3. You are warmly invited to attend.

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Curley Plant Sale, The 17TH ANNUAL CURLEY K8 PLANT SALE will be held Sat. May 6, 10am-2pm. Celebrate spring and come get your annuals, vegetables and herbs. There will also be a bake sale and kids activities.  Proceeds help support arts, music, and science programs at the school.

JP Bikes Spring Roll, family oriented bike parade to celebrate spring and getting outdoors. Sun. May 21, 10am starting from South Street Mall. Breakfast/bike decorating at 10am, ride up and down Center at 11am (traffic will be cordoned off by police). Matt Hill, 283-4706.

Wake Up the Earth, festival/parade on May 6. Workshops at Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St., Stony Brook stop, Orange Line.   Voluntary donation. All Ages Volunteer Drop-in Days  Mon-Thurs., May 1-May 4, 3-7 pm. Create Festival decorations, puppets and fantastic costumes. Help out

with Festival preparations. Learn stilt-walking.  Bringing a group?

Contact Mark, (857) 498-2438 [email protected]

Please email or call us if you plan to parade, want to volunteer, or

need help preparing. No cars or trucks, but bikes welcome. Hope Haff and Joel Sindelar,  Parade Coordinators 676-7006,   [email protected]

Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum, A celebration of spring. Mother’s Day, May 14, 10am-3pm. Flowers, family fun, food trucks, and more. Info: 384-5209 or visit

Night for Nurtury, On behalf of our Board of Directors and Event Chair, Peter C. Pedro Jr., please join us for our 3rd Annual Night for Nurtury.  Together let’s RISE for an occasion to celebrate the power of early education and care and the collective impact that our work is having on Greater Boston’s children and their families. You can count on great networking, amazing food, live entertainment by Elevation Theory, an art auction, and games. Nurtury Learning Lab, 33 Bickford St. Thurs. May 11 6-9pm.

Fundraiser for reopened JP branch library, May. 5, 7-9:30pm. Sneak peek at new renovation and raise funds for the teen area, makerspace, and the art gallery. Tickets $100/person, includes entertainment, gourmet hor’doeuvres, and 2 complimentary drinks.

Party in the Park, Weds. May 17, Pinebank Promontory, 350 Jamaicaway, Jamaica Pond. 11:00 am – Reception, 12:30 pm – Luncheon. Boston’s most generous philanthropists and park supporters will be in full force at the 2017 Party in the Park, widely considered the city’s “Must Attend Fundraiser.” More than 700 women (and a few brave gents, including Honorary Chair and past attendee, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh), mingle under a tent on the picturesque grounds overlooking Jamaica Pond wearing their finest millinery. Individual tickets are $650; sponsorships are also available. For more information, please visit

Bikes not Bombs Bike-a-thon, Sun. June 4, 100 mile ride leaves in the AM, festival goes 12-5:30pm, park across from Stony Brook MBTA station, 100 Boylston St. Three other ride offerings (10, 30, or 50 miles). Adults raise at least $150 and riders under 17 must raise $75 to ride. Register today.

Bike and Kite Festival, Sat. May 20, Franklin Park Playstead, 11am-4pm.

8th Annual Run for Recess 5k, presented by Playworks New England, New Balance, Positive Tracks, and Social Boston Sports. Sat. May 20. Pre-registration/Registration 8:30am, One mile fun run begins at 10am, 5k Run for Recess begins at 10:30am, and recess 12-1pm. Registration fees range from $10-50. Info: Karleen Herbst, [email protected] or 708-1734.

Arts and culture

         Midway Café, all shows 21+, doors 8pm, 3496 Washington St, 524-9038. Thursdays are Queeraoke lesbian night; Fridays 6-8:30pm are Hippie Hour, free; Sundays 9pm-2am are open mic.

Aaron Larget-Caplan, present a classical-world guitar program for the Eliot Street Soiree at First Church in Jamaica Plain on May 5 at 7:30pm. Advance tickets $15, $20 at door. Info: [email protected]

Island Mixer- The Caribbean comes to JP!  Reggae, Calypso, Caribbean Jazz and more.  Featuring Sista D and the Dis-N-Dat Band, Charleston Sarjeant and the Pan Jazz Collective, DJ RJ and special guest legendary steel drummer Denzil “Belt” Botus.  Weds. May 3 at the Midway Cafe 3496 Washington St. 21+ $5 cover.

Indigenous Women’s Art Exhibition, to raise awareness of the hundreds of murdered and missing Indigenous women in the U.S. and Canada. Sat. May 6 at the North American Indian Center of Boston, 105 S. Huntington Ave in JP. Doors at 5. Tickets $100. Info: 232-0343.

                  Projections – Art on the Brewery Walls. Sat. May 13, 7-10pm (projections at sundown) at the Sam Adams Brewery Complex, 30 Germania Street. Free and open to the public. (BYOC— Bring Your Own Chair!)   For more information, contact [email protected]

Local Author to read at JP Knit & Stitch, Fri. May 12, 6-7:30pm. Beth Castrodale will read from her debut novel, Marion Hatley (about a seamstress), and sign copies of the book. Location: 461 Centre Street. For more information, visit

Book Reading, May 3, Boston local author Meta Wagner (WHAT’S YOUR CREATIVE TYPE?) will discuss her book and the creative process with Randy Susan Meyers (THE WIDOW OF WALL STREET) at La Rana Rossa (154 Green Street) at 7 pm. Tickets are $5 in-store or online at

Steve Edson at JP Library, photographer, Jamaica Plain Branch of Boston Public Library’s debut show on view May 5-June 30, public reception on Thurs. June 8, 6-8pm. Info: [email protected]

Book reading, Apr. 29: Papercuts J.P. will be celebrating with a special guest bookseller, Min Jin Lee, bestselling author of Free Food for Millionaires, and most recently, Pachinko. Min Jin Lee will hand-sell books with Papercuts staff from 10am – 1pm and from 3p – 6pm. At 7 pm, Papercuts will host a reading at La Rana Rossa (154 Green Street). Lee will read from Pachinko and discuss her work with Bo Seo and Nancy Ko, editors of the Harvard Undergraduate Korean Diaspora Anthology.

Games and Politics: An interactive exhibition, by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with ZKM Center for Art and Media. Apr. 21-May 21. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St. 522-6710. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12-6pm.

BOMBAntillana, from Bomba to Hip Hop. a short musical that explores how identity, achievement, sense of belonging, and self-confidence is all relative to our environment and ancestry. Enjoy the many bands, performers and vendors throughout the Wake Up the Earth Festival from 12:00 – 6:00pm. Info: Michelle Chapman, 532-1210.

Live art with Whole Foods, free, Fri. Apr. 28, 8am-5pm, 413 Centre St.

Story Slam at Doyles Café, third Sunday of each month. Starts at 7pm (doors at 6:30). $10 ticket. 3484 Washington St.

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 JP 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.


         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:


Go Wild at ZooCamp, Have a blast while learning about the amazing world of animals during Franklin Park Zoo’s summer ZooCamp! During one or two weeklong sessions, children ages 6 – 11 will learn exciting new things, make new friends, and get to explore the natural world around them! Animal encounters, outdoor games, arts and crafts, and tours are just some of the many unique activities campers will experience at ZooCamp. June 26-Aug. 18, Childrens ages 12-13, all programs from 9am-3pm daily. Visit

         Club Girls Rock Campaign Boston, for girls grades 7-12. Workshops, instrument instruction, jam sessions, and more. Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm at Spontaneous Celebrations Jan-May. Info: Also, applications available nw for Girls Rock Summer Sessions (July 17-22, and Aug. 7-12). Apply to participate or intern.

         SCRATCH, For 8 weeks on Tuesdays & Thursdays starting April 25th-June 8th at 6:15pm-7:30pm in BCYF Curtis Hall’s Computer Lab for children 8-12y.o. we will be teaching a program called SCRATCH.  Kids will learn to write beginning code for computer games. Any questions call Jeannette at Curtis Hall at 635-5196.

         Roberto Clemente 21 Sports Program, now accepting applications for the 2017 Little League Baseball Season. For boys & girls ages 5-18 years old. Info: Contact Alfredo Liriano at 828-9524 or [email protected]

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

         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.

Connolly Branch Library

433 Centre St., 522-1960,

Homework Help Programs, Boston Public School teacher: Mondays, 4 – 6 p.m.

High school mentors for grades K – 8: Mondays – Thursdays, 3:30 –

5:30 p.m.

Spanish-English Language Exchange / Intercambio de Idiomas en Inglés y Español, Saturdays / sábados, 12 – 1:45 p.m.

Children’s Films, Short, fun films for preschoolers. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Egleston Square Branch Library

2044 Columbus Ave., 445-4340.

Free Drop-In Homework Help, Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm, ongoing. Free, drop-in afterschool homework help for students in grades K-8, provided by trained, high-achieving high school students.

            Preschool Storytime & Craft, Tuesdays, May 2 & 9, 10:30-11:30am
Join the children’s librarian for stories, songs, activities, and a craft related to a different theme each week. For children ages 2-4, accompanied by a caregiver. Siblings and groups are welcome.

         Art Play, Tuesday, May 2 & 9, 3:30-5:30pm. Create freestyle, three-dimensional art and construction projects with a new set of surprise materials every week in this drop-in program. Your imagination is the limit! For children ages 5 and up.

El Día de los Niños /El Día de los Libros Celebration, Wednesday, May 3, 6-7pm. Celebrate literacy, diversity, culture, and community with an interactive performance by La Piñata, a local youth dance troupe. Refreshments will follow. For children and families.

         Family Hip-Hop Dance Class, Weds. May 10, 5-6pm. Join Boston Mobile Dance Studio to learn hip-hop dance moves and choreograph and perform a group dance. Ideal for families with children ages 7-12.

Adult Programs

Write Down The Street / Autores a la Vuelta, Sat, April 29, 10-11:30am. Want to get into creative writing, but not sure where to begin? Get inspired with a free session at your local Boston Public Library. You will meet fellow writers, and learn to tell your story through fun directed exercises in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Classes are bilingual (English & Spanish.) New and practicing writers welcome. See Grub Street website for full drop-in schedule. / Le llama la atención la escritura creativa … pero ¿no está seguro por dónde empezar? Inspírese con un taller GRATIS en su biblioteca local. Durante sesiones, conocerá a otros escritores y aprenderá a contar su historia, experimentando con la narrativa, las crónicas y la poesía. Son bienvenidos los escritores nuevos y al igual los que tienen más experiencia.

Using Library Electronic Resources: Career Transitions, Thurs, May 4, 10:30-11:30am. Learn how to stream movies and music; download ebooks, magazines, and comics; take online courses; and much more at these workshops. Each week we will focus on a specific library service – like Hoopla, Zinio, or Gale Courses – but bring your device and ask questions about any electronic resource that the library offers. May 4: Finding Work with Career Transitions.


Arnold Arboretum Spring Events, many talks, guided tours, movie nights, lectures, and classes happening at the Arboretum this April and May. Info: Visit or call 384-5209.

Birdwatching, Saturdays Apr. 29, May 6 & 20. A 90-minute walk suitable for beginners as well as more experienced birders. See the arboretum website for directions or to download a checklist of birds. Meeting Location: Main Gate off the Arborway, park along Arborway 8:00 AM. Bob Mayer, 983-3330 [email protected]

Beautiful Wings: Forest Hills Angels and Their People, Sun. May 7 at 2pm in Forsyth Chapel at Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave. $10 advance, $12 at door.

         Stonybrook Fine Arts, teen & 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.

Monument Square Tour, Sat. May 13, leaves from Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Free and open to the public. Held by Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

Walking tour of Southwest Corridor Park: A Community’s Response to a Proposed Highway. Sun. May 21, 1-3pm, Jackson Square station, 240 Centre St.


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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