Sights and Sounds, July 14, 2017

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. July 25 for the July 28 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Fresh Hair, on the corner of South St and Carolina Ave, opened for business in July 1982. We are celebrating this 35th anniversary with a Block Party on Saturday, July 29 from 4-7pm. There will be music on the roof, and food and games in the tennis court area. Everyone is welcome! Info: Joy Silverstein, 524-6867.

Arts and culture

         Midway Café, Our Dirty 30th Celebration Extravaganza kicks off this month on Monday July 17th and runs through Sunday night July 30th. 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.

Jeanie Johnston Pub, 144 South St. Open Mic hosted by Tony Bluze, Suns at 8pm. More events at

Thread Ensemble Performs INTERACTION, Sunday, July 23rd from 1-7PM  . a day of interactive, free, public performances throughout Jamaica Plain, featuring a moving musical feast of pieces improvised by vibraphone and violins. Thread Ensemble will give five performances in public spaces throughout Jamaica Plain and draw in passersby by inviting them to participate in the creation of new music. In between performances, Thread will roll the vibraphone from place to place filling outdoor spaces with music. FREE.

            Three JP authors discuss writing and publishing: Katie Bayerl, author of the young adult novel A Psalm for Lost Girls; Mindy Fried, author of Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir; and Beth Castrodale, author of the historical novel Marion Hatley. Monday July 17th at 6 p.m., Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library, 433 Centre Street. Info: (617) 522-1960,

Metrobar Project with Mike Ringquist and Marcus Santos, Thursday / July 20, 2017 / 7:00 p.m. Mozart Park, 10 Mozart Street. Free. part of the free six-concert Tito Puente Latin Music Series—coproduced by Berklee, City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and IBA Boston. Mike Ringquist and Marcus Santos of the Metrobar Project will be combining their drumming and life experiences in a journey through the language of ethnic hand percussion.

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]

Teatro en el Parque, On the evenings of Thurs. July 27; Fri. July 28; and Sat. July 29. Hyde Jackson Square Main Street will bring the play, Botánica, by Dolores Prida, to the outdoor stage at Mozart Park. Attendees are encouraged to come early for dinner where local restaurants will be serving tasty plates at a pop-up café in Mozart Park. In case of rain or threat of thunderstorms, the play will be held at the J.F. Kennedy School at 7 Bolster Street. Info: visit

The Evolution of an Urban Landscape: Recent Paintings of Forest Hills by Andrew Haines, July 21-Oct. 15. Opening reception Thurs. July 27, 4-6pm. Artists talk Sat. Sept. 16 1-2pm. Hunnewell building. Free, no registration required.

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.

PAINT SOMETHING THAT MATTERS summer workshops on July 18 and 25, Aug. 1, 8, 17 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm with light supper at Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St., Jamaica Plain. With teaching artist Rob Peters (Wampanoag), bring or find a 3-dimensional object you care about, tell us about your item, and paint it to express why it’s important to you. Learn and reflect on storytelling traditions of different cultures; share the story of your artistically-transformed item. Workshops provided FREE OF CHARGE by Families Creating Together for children (ages 5 – 13 with and without disabilities), parents, grandparents and friends welcome. Presented in English, Spanish. Wheelchair accessible. FCT is a program of Community Service Care/Tree of Life Coalition. To register call 522-4832 or email familiescrea[email protected]. SPACE IS LIMITED – register today! Info:

CREATING CREATURES WITH CERAMIC AND TEXTILE ART summer workshop series on July 17, 24, 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm with light supper provided at Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St., Roxbury. With talented teaching artist Kristen Belton-Willis, use fabric and clay to create sculptures of animals, people, creatures from your imagination. Learn and reflect on storytelling traditions of different cultures; create and share your creature’s story. Workshops provided FREE OF CHARGE by Jamaica Plain-based FAMILIES CREATING TOGETHER  for children (ages 5 – 13 with and without disabilities), parents, grandparents and friends welcome. Presented in English, Spanish and American Sign Language upon request. Wheelchair accessible. FCT is a program of Community Service Care/Tree of Life Coalition. To register call 617-522-4832 or email [email protected]. SPACE IS LIMITED – register today!

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.


         Line Dancing with Mz. Rhythm, Weds. 6:30-8pm. On Refectory Hill in Franklin Park – up the hill from the golf clubhouse overlooking Blue Hill Ave. All ages welcome!

         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

         New England Aquarium will be at Mozart Park on Fri. July 28 at 10am. Hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Dept.

         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.


Katie Bayerl, author of the young adult novel A Psalm for Lost Girls,_

Beth Castrodale, author of the historical novel Marion Hatley, and

Mindy Fried, author of Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir, will

share their experiences with the writing process, getting an agent, and

publishing their books. Mon. July 17, 6 p.m.

ART PROGRAM WITH CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATOR RALPH MASIELLO Come be a part of this interactive art event and help create a mural on butcher paper depicting monsters vs. aliens at Fenway Park.  For ages 5 -10. Limited to 25 kids.  Pre-registration is required. Monday, July 24, 1 p.m.

FAMILY CRAFT NIGHT, Drop by for a variety of fun craft projects for all ages. Monday, July 24, 6 p.m.

BILINGUAL STORY TIME / HORA DE CUENTOS BILINGÜE, Stories, songs, rhymes, and other activities for children ages 2 – 4, with an adult. Please register. Cuentos, canciones, rimas, y otras actividades para niños 2 – 4, con un adulto. Por favor, registrarse. Tues. July 25, 10:30 a.m.

BABY STORY TIME Stories, songs, and movements for babies up to 18 months old. Fridays, July 21, & 28, 10:30 a.m.

CHILDREN’S FILMS, Short, fun films for preschoolers. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Mon. July 31, 7 p.m.

ESL CONVERSATION GROUPS, Mondays, July 17, 24, & 31, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 20, & 27, 3 p.m.

Egleston square Branch Library

Learn About Lobsters (with the New England Aquarium), Mon. July 17, 2-3pm. Learn about the biology of this popular crustacean, interact with a lobster trap, learn about sustainable lobster fishing, and even meet a real live lobster! For ages 6-15. Pre-register by calling or visiting the library.

Illustrator Ralph Masiello, Mon. July 24, 10:30-11:30am. Join the acclaimed illustrator to create a mural depicting an aliens vs. monsters baseball game. Attendees will receive one of Mr. Masiello’s books. For ages 5-10. Pre-register by calling or visiting the library.

Preschool Storytime & Craft, Tuesdays, July 18 & 25, 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. Groups of more than six children should call ahead.

Science Fun, Wednesdays, July 19 & 26, 2-3 p.m. Learn to make unbreakable bubbles, closed ecosystems, simple machines and more in hands-on projects. For ages 5-10.

Evening Storytime, Wednesdays, July 19 & 26, 6pm, Gather for an evening storytime for young children and their families. Enjoy songs and stories with your neighbors. For children ages 1-4.

Baby/Toddler Music Time, Thursdays, July 20 & 27, 10:30am, Fridays, August 11–25 , 10:30am. Sing, bounce, read, and play in these interactive musical storytime, followed by a play group. For children ages 6-24 months and their caregivers.

ReadBoston StoryMobile, Fridays, July 14, 21 & 28, 10-10:45am, Each week, listen to a different professional storyteller tell interactive stories. Each child attending will receive a new, high-quality book to take home. For ages 3-8.


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

         Walking Tour in Franklin Park, Sun. July 30, “invasion of the aliens: exploring invasive plants at Franklin Park.” Ranger-led walk. Free, begins at 1pm and lasts approx. 90 min. RSVP: [email protected]

         Jamaica Pond: Genius of the Place, 2 hour walking tour. Fri. July 28, 6pm. Free. Meets at JP Pondhouse. Info: 566-1689.

Free Guided Walking Tour of Stony Brook/Brookside neighborhood, will take place on Saturday, July 15 starting at 11:00am from in front of Stony Brook MBTA station on the Orange Line. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

Free Guided Walking Tour of Hyde Square neighborhood, will take place on Saturday, July 22 starting at 11:00am from in front of Brendan Behan Pub, 378 Centre Street. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

(Wild)Craft Cocktails
, Thurs. July 20, 6:30-8:30PM. 
Minton Stable Community Garden, 
110 Williams Street. Believe it or not, edible native plants aren’t just good for ecology–many are great for mixology, too! Dan Jaffe of the New England Wild Flower Society has perfected cocktail recipes using native edibles that are easy to grow or forage in Massachusetts, like the Pink Monkey, featuring staghorn sumac, and the Monarda Mojito, featuring scarlet bee balm. Come see how to make those drinks & others, enjoy generous samples, and learn how to source & use a host of cocktail-friendly native species. You’ll leave with recipe cards and plenty of inspiration to craft leafy libations on your own! 21+ & registration required. Register soon to reserve your spot! Rain date: Friday, July 21.

Native Plant Series: Natives for Every Landscape, 
Sat. Aug. 19 10-11:30AM
 Minton Stable Community Garden
 110 Williams Street. Ever look at a spot in the landscape and think “noting will grow here”? Come join Dan Jaffe at Minton Stable Garden in JP to discuss native species that will grow in any landscape. From dry, acidic shade, to dry, sandy, full sun spots, we’ll cover plants that could help to fill your problem areas. You name the nasty spot and we’ll give you a list of plants that will not only grow there but will play an active role in the ecosystem (as well as being beautiful to behold!)


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]

         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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