Sights and Sounds, March 23, 2018

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Apr. 10 for the Apr. 13 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events
WHAT: Fixit Clinic CCLXIX (269) Jamaica Plain Branch, Boston Public Library
WHEN: Saturday, Apr 7 10AM-1PM
WHERE: Jamaica Plain Library, 30 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
HOW: Register at then
– Bring your broken item with all parts necessary to recreate the symptoms (carry-in only: no oversize items)
– Bring any parts and tools you already own that might be helpful (e.g. hand tools, sewing supplies)
– Come ready to describe what’s wrong and what you’ve tried
– Come ready to learn and to share your knowledge with others
WHO: All ages welcome: a family-friendly event: accompanied children are heartily invited!
COST: Free!
WHY: To make friends, learn and teach how to fix things, and have fun!

More into on Fixit Clinic at,,

FAMILIES CREATING TOGETHER, CREATING ART AT HOME, March 26, April 2 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Jamaica Plain Head Start, 315 Centre St. In this introduction to “process-oriented” art, adults will learn an approach to art activities that develops children’s creativity and self-confidence; practice using simple, recycled art materials in imaginative ways with the children in their lives; and receive art materials to continue adventures with their families. FREE OF CHARGE for parents, grandparents, relatives, friends of children with and without disabilities. FCT is a multigenerational arts program for children of all abilities and their families and 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! More info:

Margaret Noce’s Retirement Party, free, Thurs. Apr. 5, 6:30-8:30pm at First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. Presenters: Linda Spears, Commissioner, Department of Children and Families, State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, State Representative Liz Malia, Boston City Councilor District 6 Matt O’Malley, Tom Keifer, Executive Director Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Community Youth, Seniors, and Citizens; , Moderator: A.R.T. Institute President Andy Pond, CEO JRI, Justice Resource Institute, Sponsors: Jane Addams-Ellen Swallow Richards-Harriet Tubman (A.R.T.) Institute, Olmsted 2022, Friends of Jamaica Pond.

Hyde Jackson Square Main Street’s 20th Anniversary Party at The Frogmore Restaurant, 365 Centre Street. Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 pm. Enjoy food, music and a silent auction. Tickets are $25. More info at or 617-522-3694.

45th Anniversary of City Life Vida Urbana, house party fundraiser. Sun. April 8, 4-6pm, at the home of Amelie Ratliff, 65 Burroughs St. Light refreshments served. RSVP by April 1 to Laura Foner: [email protected]

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.

JPNC Elections, It’s election time for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council.   Elections are held every 2 years, and 2018 Election Day is Saturday, April 28. Please consider:- Running for the Council and serving as a JPNC member; – Volunteering to help staff polling places on Election Day, Saturday, 4/28; – Voting in the Election. Info:

            Have Fun Getting Ready to Wake Up The Earth! Join Festival Arts Workshops at Spontaneous Celebrations (45 Danforth St.) Help create the art for this year’s Wake Up The Earth Spring Festival (May 5) Meet other people who are maintaining this 40-year tradition and give a helping hand! Festival Arts workshops include: Songs and Dances (from spring traditions around the world), Junk Percussion, Stilt Walking and Making Things for Parade and Festival (s.a.flags, puppets, banners, costumes) Saturdays between 1-4pm (March 24, 31 Aprl 14, 21, 28) Open House for volunteers and participants on March 10 (1-4pm) All ages welcome! (Children under 8 if accompanied by an adult) Suggested donation $5.- (or what you can afford)

For info: [email protected]

Arts, music, and culture

            Chapter and Verse Literary Reading, Friday April 13, 7:30pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Readings by Kevin Gallagher, Kim Garcia, and Tino Villanueva. Suggested donation $5 or whatever you can afford. Free refreshments. Info: or 325-8388.

            8th Ferris Wheels Bike Shop Free Bike Movie Nights:  Free movies return to Curtis Hall Community Center at 20 South St., Jamaica Plain. Fri., March 30, Klunkerz chronicles the birth and growth of mountain bikes. Not rated.  Fri., April 27, Breaking Away: classic named the eighth best sports film by the American Film Institute in 2008. PG. Movies start at 6:30 pm.  Free.  Popcorn, juice and soda. Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, 66 South St., 617-524-BIKE.

“Why Amy Beach Matters” a talk by Dr. Liane Curtis on composer Amy Beach and her remarkable musical legacy, with special attention to the many groundbreaking works she composed while living in Boston.  After the talk a quartet of members from the Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform several of her pieces. Sunday, March 25 at 2:00pm at the Forsyth Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery. Presented by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society and co-sponsored with Forest Hills Cemetery, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail. Free and open to the public.

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 continues through March and April. 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; 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 – 8:30 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.

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

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.


         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,

LEGO Builders Club, Fun building for ages 4 & up. Monday, March 5, 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, March 6 & 20, 10:30 a.m. / Martes, 6 & 20 de marzo, 10:30 a.m.

Baby Story Time, Stories, songs, and movements for babies up to 18 months old. Friday March 23, 10:30 a.m.

Junot Díaz Author Visit, The Pulitzer-Prize winner presents his latest book, Islandborn, a children’s picture book about identity and belonging.  Limited space is available; please call the library to register.

Monday, March 26, 1 p.m.

Latina Women’s History Month Story Time, Join us for stories and crafts about the life and work of inspiring Latinas. For ages 0 – 5.

Tuesday, March 27, 10:30 a.m.

Book Discussion for Adults, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell Monday, March 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.

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

ESL Conversation Groups, Thursday March 29, 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Spanish-English Language Exchange / Intercambio de Idiomas en Inglés y EspañolSaturdays / sábados, 12 – 1:45 p.m.

Egleston Square Branch Library

Free Drop-In Homework Help, Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm, ongoing Free, drop-in afterschool homework help for students in grades K-8, provided by trained, high-achieving high school students. This program is available at library branches across Boston on days that BPS is in session. If you would like the Homework Help schedule for other library branches, visit or call 617-859-2325.


JPNDC has seven free classes about family financial skills, small business problem solving, business planning, and becoming a leader. Info at

The Invisible Threat: Gas Leak Impacts, Weds. April 4 at 7pm, First Church JP, 6 Eliot Street. A JP Forum event cosponsored by Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez and Mother’s Out Front. Free and open to all.

Lecture on Composer Amy Beach, a presentation and concert in the Forsyth Chapel at Forest Hills Cemetery. Sun. March 25 at 2pm, free and open to the public.

Forest Hills Trailblazers: Women who Challenged the Status Quo, talk by Dee Morris Sunday April 8 at 2pm at the Forsyth Chapel in Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave. $10 advance tickets, $12 at door.

Tea: a medley of stories, anecdotes, and traditions. A lecture at Forsyth Chapel at Forest Hills Cemetery on Sun. Apr. 15 at 2pm, $10 advance $12 door.

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]


         Book Group to discuss Donut Economics, a book by Kate Raworth. The book is a wonderful way to re-imagine an economic model which includes what is conventionally called externalities within the structure of the model.  In other words Kate, a development economist at Oxfam, challeges the assumptions and models invented by Paul Samuelson which sees pollution as the by-product of a mode of extraction and production of wealth which does not fall within an economist’s province untless they can monetarize it. She builds on a book, Plenitude, by Juliet Schorr which some some of us have read, and which presents a devastating critique to how economists currently evaluate an economy.  Juliet predicts it will take a generation for the science of economics to build new models which encompass the health of the planet.  Kate Raworth’s book is a serious effort at creating such a model. We will meet for 2 hours  Sundays from 4 – 6:00 once a month starting March 18.  Please RSVP to me, [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]

Networking Group, local chapter of BNI, meets on Wednesdays at the Farnsworth House at 7am. Consists of 30 members of different professions. Through development and trust and relationships amongst the members, objective is to promote each other’s businesses. Members may live outside of JP, but common tie is either living in or servicing the JP area. Info: President of chapter Katelyn Atwater, info: 431-0929.

[This article has been updated.]

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