Sights and Sounds, Feb. 9, 2018

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Feb. 20 for the Feb. Feb. 23 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

St. “Practice” Day Party Saturday Feb. 17 5pm. Music, Giveaways, Irish Food. Come celebrate 1 month until St. Patrick’s Day. 22nd Annual Road Race Sunday April 8. Register online or at the bar. Stump Trivia Every Tuesday 8pm. Old Tyme Jam Session every other Wednesday 8pm.

Open Mic night Sunday Feb 18 6pm. Half price burgers every Thursday 11AM-5PM. Dine in only. Kids eat free from the children’s menu every Sunday 5PM-10PM with purchase of regular meal. Dine in only

Brunch served Fri-Sun 9AM. Call to reserve our function areas.

Blue Frog Bakery Pizza Pop-Up, February 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The Blue Frog Bakery, 3 Green St. Pizza Party Fridays at the Blue Frog Bakery! Every Friday from 5pm to 8pm. Call to order: 617-983-3764. Check their Facebook page for specials and updates.

Arts, music, and culture

Intergenerational Choir, Join an open rehearsal of SingPositive

Sunday, February 11th 3:45-6:00pm. Spontaneous Celebrations 45 Danforth Street JP / email:  [email protected]

Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series, Fri. Feb. 9 at 7:30pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Readings by Natalie Shapero, Richard Waring, and Anna M. Warrock.

Footlight Club’s production of In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play, Set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat ‘hysterical’ women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household. Runs for 6 shows through Feb. 17. All performances 8pm. Tickets are $20-22. This show contains sexual situations and nudity. Info:

Photography exhibit, New England’s wildlife is the theme of an upcoming photography exhibit at the Audubon Society’s Boston Nature Center in Mattapan. Local photographer and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ben Achtenberg’s images, some of which have previously appeared in the Gazette, offer a close-up look at some of the beasts and birds who share the local environment with us, often unnoticed. The show opens on Sunday, February 18th and continues through March and April. There will be an artist’s reception from noon to 2:00 on February 25th. The Nature Center is open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm – on Saturday, Sunday, & Monday holidays, from 10 am to 4 pm. Directions are on the Center’s website:

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 Weekly events include; Live Irish Sessions every Sunday at 5pm. Off the Wall Mondays with DJ J-Wall at 6PM, 50% of wings with Stump Trivia to follow at 8PM. Teacher Tuesdays plus Dirty Water Saloon Line Dancing for queer folks and allies at 7PM.  Live jazz every Wednesday from at 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Visit for more late night events ever Thu-Sat.

Jamaica Plain photographer Robin Radin is currently exhibiting her photographs at The Massachusetts State House in State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez’s office, Rm 243. The exhibit will run through mid-April 2018. To arrange a visit to view the exhibit, please call Ryan Manganelli, Legislative Aide, State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez at 617-722-2990, or Robin Radin at 617-312-2882.

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.

BSO Community Chamber Concert in the historic Footlight Club, 7A Eliot Street. Mozart – K.424. Fine – Fantasia for string trio. Mozart – K.407. February 11, 3:00 pm, Call 617-266-1200 or visit  to reserve your free tickets, Q & A session with the ensemble and a reception after the concert.

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.

Dance and comedy

         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:

Riot Theater Comedy: Your Freaky Family! – FREE, February 9, @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm, The Riot Theater, 146 South St. FREE IMPROV COMEDY SHOW at The Riot Theater, We all know it… the holidays and seeing extended family can be stressful! C’mon out and laugh at the insanity that is the holiday season. From your dad’s want for an earlier Christmas, to your drunk uncle on Thanksgiving, to your aunt’s judgement eyes on Hanukkah, we’ll talk about the stress we all face from the holidays and our families – and chat about it with you all! Come watch some of Boston’s best improvisors make you laugh, cry, and probably reconsider spending the holidays at your childhood home!

ComedySportz, February 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. The Riot Theater, 146A South St. ComedySportz is in 26+ cities nationwide, in Europe, and now…Boston! Two teams battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot, in the spirit of TV’s Whose Line Is It Anyway? A referee governs the action, calling fouls and keeping the match moving at a blistering pace. ComedySportz is known for creating a show geared toward the audience and what they want to see. It’s perfect for dates, a night out on the town, or even quality time with the family. Family-friendly and appropriate.$12-15


FBCJP YOUTH: Grade 7th-12th. Youth Gatherings: Every month on the 2nd and 4th Sunday at the church from 5:30- 7:30 pm. More info call Rev Darrell Hamilton : 617-524-3992 / Email: [email protected]. Uouth Gatherings for the month of February are the 11th and 25th in the upstairs balcony room. Youth are encouraged to “Come As They Are” as we work together to cultivate a space of rest, while offering set aside time dedicated to homework/study time, bible study, game night, tutoring sessions, or other planned programming to be determined at a later date. Youth Valentine’s Ball on Feb. 10.

         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.

Connolly Branch Library

433 Centre St., 522-1960,

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

Saturdays thru February 24, 10:30 a.m.

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

LEGO Builders Club, Fun building for ages 4 & up. Mon. Feb. 5, 6 p.m.

Valentine Craft Activities, Make one Valentine for a loved one and one for a family in Puerto Rico still recovering from Hurricane Maria. Materials will be provided. All ages are welcome. Monday, February 12, 6 p.m. and Tuesday, February 13, 3:30 p.m.

Sulinha Boucher Music Concert for Children, The Brazilian songwriter and singer will lead a library sing-a-long for infants and toddlers.

Tuesday, February 20, 11 a.m.

Bilingual Story Time & Craft / Hora de Cuentos Bilingües y Manualidades, 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, February 6 & 27, 10:30 a.m. / Martes, 6 & 27 de febrero, 10:30 a.m.

Baby Story Time, Stories and songs for babies up to 18 months. Fridays, February 2 & 16, 10:30 a.m.

Book Discussion for Adults, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, Monday, February 26, 7 p.m.

ESL Conversation Group, Practice speaking English with other new learners. Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15, & 22, 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.


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].


         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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