Sights and Sounds, Sept. 15, 2017

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Sept. 26 for the Sept. 29 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Honk! Festival, save the date: Oct. 6-8. A wide variety of events planned in Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston. Free and open to all.

Annual Connolly Branch Book Sale, Sat. Sept. 16 from 10-4.

JP Fix It Clinic, Sat. Sept. 23, 10am-1pm. JP Branch of the BPL. 30 South St. Free event- you bring your broken items, and we’ll provide the tools and volunteer coaches with expertise fixing a wide variety of things, including bikes, skateboards, clothing and fabric items, computers and phones, toys and wooden items, kitchen appliances, small electrical devices, jewelry, and anything else. Contact [email protected] Please pre-register.

Arts and culture

Riot Theater Free Improv, Enjoy a FREE day of improv at The Riot Theater, Boston’s home for improv, sketch, and stand up in Jamaica Plain. New shows and classes start every hour, and we’ll end with an improv jam, open to all. We’ll have delicious pizza generously provided from our awesome neighbors at Italian Pizza & Subs, and prizes from local JP businesses. Come by for an hour, or all day! Sept. 30. The Riot Theater, 146A South St.

The Evolution of an Urban Landscape: Recent Paintings of Forest Hills by Andrew Haines. The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway. Through Oct. 8. Artist Talk on Sat. Sept. 16, 1-2pm.

Arnold Arboretum Free Guided Tour:  It’s So Hip: The Bradley Rosaceous Collection. Arnold Arboretum Bradley Rosaceous Collection/Map Table 125 Arborway, Sunday, September 17th,  10:30am-12:00pm.

Film at Jamaica Plain Branch Library, We are thrilled to announce that there are three opportunities to see The Man in the Cowboy Hat this fall! The film, a documentary about Carlos Arredondo, will show at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library on Thursday evening Oct. 5 at 6:30pm. Please join filmmakers Janice Rogovin and Laura McLam for the screening and Q&A following.The Man in the Cowboy Hat will also screen at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, September 15 – 17, and the Boston International Latino Film Festival, September 28 – Oct 1. Watch for the details to come!

         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.

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

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:


         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.

Egleston Square Branch library

Free Drop-In Homework Help, Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm, September 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 & 28 (ongoing, daily) The library provides free, drop-in afterschool homework help for students in grades K-8 throughout the school year. Help is provided by trained, high-achieving high school students. This program is available at locations across Boston on days that Boston Public Schools are in session. The full list of locations is online at

Homework Help Welcome Week, Monday-Thursday, September 18, 19, 20 & 21, 3:30-5:30pm Celebrate the return of homework help with snacks, crafts, and prizes. Choose a free book to keep for every day you attend, and play getting-to-know-you games with the mentors.

Preschool Storytime & Craft. Tuesdays, September 19 & 26, 10:30-11:30am (ongoing, weekly) 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.

Kids Cook Tuesday, September 26, 4-5 pm (ongoing, monthly)
Measure, mix, cook, and enjoy in this monthly program. Children learn to read directions and work together to create simple, tasty dishes. For children ages 6-12. Space is limited; groups must pre-register. Please notify the librarian in advance if your child has any food allergies.

Baby/Toddler Music Time, Fridays, September 15, 22 & 29, 10:30am (ongoing, weekly) Sing, dance, read, and play in these interactive musical storytimes, followed by a play group. For children ages 6-24 months and their caregivers.

ESL Conversation Group, Saturdays, September 16 & 23, 10-11:30am (ongoing, weekly) Practice speaking English with other adult ESL learners and new English speakers in an informal and friendly group setting. Groups are led by a native English speaker. If you have questions about these groups, please call 617.859.2446 or email [email protected]

Food & Book Club: Eileen, Wednesday, September 20, 6:30-7:30pm (ongoing, monthly) This month we will discuss Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh, and share our favorite New England dishes. Book club and pot luck together; pick up your copy of the book, with recipe possibilities, from the library. Sign-up encouraged.

Connolly Branch Library

433 Centre St., 522-1960,

DREAMS OF CHONTA_ DOCUMENTARY FILM & MUSIC WORKSHOP, Join Colombian filmmaker Monica Cohen and Colombian musicians to learn about their music and the story of Diego Obregon, an

Afro-Colombian undocumented musician who sacrifices everything for

his dreams.  This event is sponsored by the Hyde Square Task Force.

Mon. Sept. 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

STORY WALK: WELCOME TO MY NEIGHBORHOOD! A BARRIO ABC STORY BY QUIARA ALEGRÍA HUDES, Walk along Centre Street and read the story in store windows. Pick up a map at the library or at the Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza. Once completed, children can stop by both locations for a prize. This event is co-sponsored by the Connolly Branch Library and the Hyde Square Task Force. Sept. 15 – 29.

GIANT BOOK SALE, Thousands of books for both children and adults will be available for purchase.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Connolly Branch Library. Sat. Sept. 16, 10a.m.–4p.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. Tuesdays, September 19 & 26, 10:30 a.m.

BABY STORY TIME, Stories, songs, and movements for babies up to 18 months old. Fridays, September 15, 22, & 29, 10:30 a.m.

ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION, “Kindred” by Octavia Butler. Mon. Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

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

HOMEWORK HELP (STARTING SEPTEMBER 18), Boston Public School teacher:  Mondays, 4 – 6 p.m. High school mentors for grades K – 8:  Mondays – Thursdays, 3:30 -5:30 p.m.

ESL CONVERSATION GROUPS, Monday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 21 & 28 at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.



Free Guided Walking Tour of Green Street will take place on Saturday, September 16 starting at 11:00am from in front of Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, 640 Centre Street. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

Free Guided Walking Tour of Woodbourne neighborhood will take place on Saturday, September 23 starting at 11:00am from in front of Bethel AME Church at the corner of Walk Hill Street and Wachusett Street. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

Who designed Mt. Auburn and Forest Hills Cemeteries? Join us for a joyful tribute honoring General Henry A.S. Dearborn (1783-1851), the pioneer horticulturist who created these two magnificent sacred landscapes in Greater Boston. As a prime mover in the founding of Mount Auburn (1831) and as the designer of Forest Hills (1848), the tireless Dearborn embraced

the popular concept of the rural cemetery. Weather permitting, the lecture will

conclude with a short walk to pay respects to the General at his family lot on Mount Dearborn overlooking Lake Hibiscus. Forest Hills Cemetery – Forsyth Chapel, 95 Forest Hills Avenue. $15 for advance tickets, $17 at the door.

Arnold Arboretum Farmhouse, at 1090 Centre St. will be open to the public on Sat. Sept. 16. Guided tours are scheduled at 10am, 10:30am, 11am and 11:30am. Reservations by preferred time are suggested, tours proceed rain or shine. Coffee and light refreshments served. Children welcome; the building is not ADA compliant. Admission free, but voluntary contributions for the restoration will be accepted. Email [email protected]

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

         Woodworking, sewing, art classes, fiber arts, photography, book arts. Children, teens, adults, year round. Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St. Info: or 524-3313.

Shim Gum Do (Mind Sword Path), zen sword, karate and meditation classes, scholarships available, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: 429-8024/[email protected]


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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