Sights and Sounds, Dec. 22, 2017

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Jan. 9 for the Jan. 12 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Celebration of Jamaica Pond Park, Thurs. Jan. 18, 7pm, free. First Church UU, JP. Centre St. and Eliot St. Wheelchair accessible. State grant for a pedestrian walk from Cabot Estates into Jamaica Pond Park and landscaping City Grant for the creation of a new path around Jamaica Pond and landscaping South Street Youth Center Campaign to Preserve Olmsted Hill. Presenters will be various elected officials and South Street Youth Center members.

New Years Eve at the Milky Way and Bella Luna, Rumba: enjoy Latin music and a South and Central American inspired menu. 4 course dinner with Latin Sabor and DJ. 5-9:30pm. Reservations available on Open Table. 284 Amory St.

Arts, music, and culture

Six-voice virtuoso vocal ensemble Variant 6, on the JP Concerts series at St. John’s Church in JP, on January 12 at 8PM.–1/store/events/12731. Six Pensées de Pascal, and it sets six texts by the 16th-century polymath Blaise Pascal. Variant 6 will perform these settings in Jamaica Plain on Jan. 12.

Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series, Fri. Jan. 12, 7:30pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Suggested donation $5.

JESUS Drinks FREE! 1950s-70s country, gospel, soul and RnB

@ the Jeanie Johnston pub. 144 South St. FREE, 21+. 9pm-1am. First Thursday of every month. The Jeanie Johnston is dedicating at least one night a month to classic country, gospel, and soul music. JP DJs Dan Shea and Sam P will be picking the licks n riffs from all over the map and from simpler times – the 50s through the 70s. Part drunken hoedown, part spiritual revival we welcome you to circle the wagons and let out your demons with a shot and a pint down at the local watering hole.

The Haven, HOOTENANNY – JP’s OPEN MIC EVERY WEDNESDAY, hosted by Tom Dowd. Sign up is 9.30pm and we have prizes every Wednesday for the most interesting acts. All times 9.30 – 12pm. THURSDAY IS JAZZ NIGHT,

All times 9.30 – 12pm.

         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

Bella Luna & The Milky Way, Off the Wall Mondays, every Monday from 6-8pm listen to DJ J-Wall and enjoy sliders and fries for $8. Stump trivia to follow at 8pm. Jazz Wednesdays, every week 6:30-9:30 live jazz. Cielo Lounge every 4th Friday, salsa & reggae dance party, $5 cover, 21+, live music starts before 10pm.

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.


         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 2018 Little League Baseball Season. For boys & girls ages 6-16 years old. Info: Contact Alfredo Liriano at 828-9524 or [email protected].

         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


Connolly Branch Library

433 Centre St., 522-1960,

Three Kings Day Celebration and Parade with the Hyde Square Task Force, Join us at the library for a crown-making activity, hear a story about Three Kings Day and receive a free book, then parade to the HSTF center for a music concert. Friday, January 5, 3:30 p.m.

Family Yoga Classes, The Hands to Heart Center presents yoga games and posture practice for ages 4 & up.

Saturdays, January 6 – February 24, 10:30 a.m.

LEGO Builders Club, Fun building for ages 4 & up.

Monday, January 8, 6 p.m.

Game & Pizza Night, Join us for Checkers, Candy Land, or bring your own game to share. For all ages. Monday, January 22, 6 p.m.

Bilingual Story Time / Hora del Cuento Bilingüe, Join us for stories and songs in English & Spanish. For children 2-4, with an adult. Acompáñanos para cuentos y canciones en inglés y español. Para niños/as de 2-4, con un adulto. Tuesdays, January 16 & 30, 10:30 a.m. / Martes, 16 & 30 de enero, 10:30 a.m.

Baby Story Time, Stories and songs for babies up to 18 months. Fridays, January 12 & 26, 10:30 a.m.

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

Book Discussion for Adults, Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance, Mon. Jan. 29, 7 p.m.

ESL Conversation Groups, Thursdays, January 4, 11, & 18, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, January 4, 11, 18, & 25, 3 p.m.

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.


Judith Schwartz: Solutions in Plain Sight: Climate and Beyond. Thurs. Jan. 11, 7:00 PM, First Chuch JP| 6 Eliot Street. RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends! Co-hosted with Biodiversity for a Livable Climate. Judith D. Schwartz, author of Cows Save The Planet has published a new book called Water In Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World. Judith’s writing brings such insights to environmental challenges and climate change that challenge us to look at problems as solutions. Tony Eprille, a writer and photographer, uses Creative Seeing, to find environmental solutions that we might otherwise miss by assuming the future is carved in stone. Together they will share how to see the promise of restoring soil and enhancing our ecosystem’s health. For more information, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]. This program is free and open to all.

Stonybrook Fine Arts, Make Your Own Wedding Rings workshop and 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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