Sights and Sounds, May 12, 2017

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. May 23 for the May 26 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Wake up the Earth, festival has been rescheduled for Sat. May 13. Parade starts at 10:30 at Curtis Hall.

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.

5th Annual Giant Yard Sale and Car Wash: June 3, 10am-2pm, at the South Street Development, 125 South Street, Jamaica Plain. Shop for furniture, clothes, kitchenware, toys, games, books, household items, and so much more, while getting your car washed. Proceeds will benefit the South Street Youth Center.  The yard sale will be the kick-off for the weekly market in Jamaica Plain of The Fresh Truck, a mobile grocery store that works to “impact community health by celebrating food culture and getting fresh food to people that need it most”. The Fresh Truck will be on site during the yard sale with its selection of fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices, and will subsequently hold markets at 125 South Street on Monday evenings.

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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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.

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

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. Kites for sale, food trucks, vendors.

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.

Boston Crime Film Series at Cinema Cuñado: We will be showing our first of three films on Saturday, May 20th; doors at 7 p.m. Mystic River staring Sean Penn begins at 8 p.m. Cinema Cuñado is a free amateur theater that seeks to build community through film. It runs out of a two car garage near Forest Hills. Please bring food or drink to share and your own chair if possible. 23 Wenham St. JP.

Violin concert, Goddard Violin Studio, violin students ages 5-8. Weds. May 31, 5:30pm, St. John’s Church, 1 Roanoke Ave. (440) 935-5426.

                  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 23 N. West Moss will read from THE SUBWAY STOPS AT BRYANT PARK and Sarah Sweeney will read from TELL ME IF YOU’RE LYING at La Rana Rossa (154 Green Street) at 7 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Steve Edson at JP Library, photographer, Jamaica Plain Branch of Boston Public Library’s debut show on view thru 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. Through May 21. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St. 522-6710. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12-6pm.

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

Canary Square Movies, Every Sunday evening throughout May, Canary Square will be hosting a movie night featuring a blockbuster hit, complimentary popcorn, and a $10 specialty cocktail inspired by the featured movie. Movie Night will take place at 10 p.m. The May schedule is as follows: May 14: Moulin Rouge, May 21: Beverly Hills Cop, May 28: Toy Story. 435 S Huntington Ave. 524-02130 /

Old time music, Southern/roots music, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7.30pm, back room at Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St. Info: [email protected]

Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series, Fri. May 12, 7:30pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Krysten Hill, Frannie Lindsay, Gary Whited. Suggested donation $5.

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.

         Roberto Clemente 21 Sports Program, 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.

Baby Story Time, Stories, songs, and movements for babies up to 18 months old. Fridays, May 19 & 26, 10:30 a.m.

Book Discussion for Adults, “Frog Music” by Emma Donoghue. Mon. May 22, 7 p.m.

ESL Conversation Groups, Thursdays, May 18 & 25, 3 p.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.

Little Voices, Big Changes: Social Justice Storytime, Sat. May 27, 10:30am. Wee the People, a social justice project for kids exploring activism through art, offers this storytime to help kids learn about what it means to fight for change and how we can use our voices – even the littlest ones – to make the world more fair for everyone. Ideal for children ages 4-7, accompanied by a caregiver.

         Preschool Storytime & Craft, Tuesdays, May 16 & 23, 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, Tuesdays, May 16 & 23, 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.

         Kids Cook, Thurs. May 16, 4-5pm. Measure, mix, cook, and enjoy. Children learn to read directions and work together to create simple, tasty dishes. For children ages 6-12. Note: Supplies are limited. Sign up in advance to secure your spot. Inform the librarian in advance if your child has any food restrictions.

Baby/Toddler Music Time, Fridays, May 10, 17 & 24, 10:30am
Sing, dance, read, and play in these interactive musical storytime, followed by a play group. For children ages 6-24 months and their caregivers.

Food & Book Club: The Distant Marvels, Weds. May 15, 6:30-7:30pm. For adults. This month we will discuss The Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo, and share Cuban dishes inspired by the book. Book club & pot luck together. Pick up your copy of the book, with recipe possibilities, from the library. Registration encouraged.


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.

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.

Free Guided Walking Tour of Sumner Hill neighborhood will take place on Saturday, May 20 at 11am from in front of Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street. Conducted by the 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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