Sights and Sounds, Feb. 23, 2018

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Special events

City Councilor O’Malley to Host Dominican Flag Raising, Fri. Feb. 23, Piemonte Room (5th Floor) of Boston City Hall, 11am. Reception highlighting students and community leaders in the Dominican community in Boston.

Dining for a Difference Week, restaurants in JP will donate percentage of profits to Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Event organized by Boston for All. Tues. March 6 at Tres Gatos. Weds. March 7 at the Frogmore. Thursday Mar. 8 at Vee Vee. Friday March 9 at Casa Verde.

The 1st annual Mary Mulvey Jacobson Families in Need fundraiser. It will be held at Costello’s Tavern, 730 Centre St Jamaica Plain, on Saturday  March 24th from 8:00 to closing, $25.00 at the door. The Families in Need effort was started by Mary 20+ years ago giving complete turkey dinners to over 150 families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mary passed in May 2017 and we want to make sure this effort continues.  Please like and share our Facebook Page and Event Page, Mary Mulvey Jacobson’s Families in Need. You can contact [email protected] for more information.

Arts, music, and culture

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.

Art & Whiskey: Hosted by Focus Real Estate, Thursday March 1st 5-7:30pm. Please join us for a little bit of art and a little bit of whiskey because what’s better than drinking a good spirit and waxing poetically about art? Local JP artist Nancy Marks, will be on hand to show off her latest artwork that will be on display through the end of May. We will also be hosting a blind taste whiskey challenge with a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Blanchard’s. Learn more on our website:

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; 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.

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.

Resist & Rejoice!, Monday February 26th, 7:00-8:30. Hope Central Church in JP. This event will feature a collaboration between the outstanding musicians of Petrichor and Poetry Slam Champion and local spoken word artist, Porsha Rashidaat J. Olayiwola. We’ll be raising awareness and funds for Boston GLASS, which provides a continuum of services to LGBTQ+ youth of color in the Boston area, and Student Immigrant Movement, an immigrant youth-led organization that fights for the liberation of the undocumented community. Free with suggested donation to Boston Glass/SIM.

Re-Read Me a Story, in March (date/location TBA). Wee the People returns with Re-Read Me a Story, a storytime for adults centered around social justice themes, with children’s stories read to live music accompaniment with Beatriz McConnie Zapater! In collaboration with the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library and Egleston Square Main Street. This will be a fundraiser for a youth group in Puerto Rico.

Multi-media performance and debut of Ife Franklin’s new biography of her great-grandmother, Willie Mae McCain, who was a slave. Sat. April 14, 5:00-7:00PM. Black Market, 2136 Washington Street in Dudley Square Roxbury

Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series, Friday Mar. 9, 7:30pm at Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Suggested donation $5.

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:

JP Dance Co-op’s “Parent & Child: Intro to Movement” dance course invites parent and child (boys and girls, ages 3-4) to explore movement and learn how to express themselves through dance. Class will include a mixture of Ballet barre, Modern basics, improvisation and free play. This session will consist of six 1-hour classes, held at Spontaneous Celebrations (45 Danforth St) on Sundays, 10:30-11:30am*. Dates: 3/11 (9:30 start*) – 3/18 – 3/25 – 4/15 – 4/22 – 4/29. Full course: $60 / Drop-ins: $12. Email Caitlin at [email protected] to register.


Artists from Boston Lyric Opera will visit nine branches of the Boston Public Library system during school vacation week (Feb 20-24), to perform excerpts from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and show how music can tell a story. This one-hour participatory program features two professional singers, a pianist and a teaching artist, and engages young audiences through a melodic, active and theatrical presentation. Jamaica Plain Branch Library, Fri. Feb. 23 at 1pm.

Celebrate talented youth in our community, Thurs. March 8 at 6:30pm at The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Performances by students from the Margarita Muniz Academy.

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]. Youth 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.

         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.

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.

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


Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series, Fri. Feb. 23, First Church JP, 6 Eliot St. This month’s screening, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.
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].


         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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