Sights and Sounds, Oct. 12, 2018

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Oct. 23 for the Oct. 26 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

JP Centre/South Main Streets will host their Growler Gala and Auction fundraiser for the second year in a row at Loring Greenough House, on Thursday, October 25, 2018, from 6:30 – 9:30 PM. The event will feature music, food, Turtle Swamp Brewery beer, and Bully Boy Distillers cocktails, with our silent and live auctions.

Centre Street Beautification in Hyde & Jackson Squares on Saturday, November 3 from 9am – 1pm. Meet at Mozart Park. Plant daffodils bulbs & mulch street trees. Free community lunch midday. 617-522-3694, [email protected]

Sign up early for the Annual Costume Dog Parade and Fashion Show which will be on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1:00pm. Registration and check-in will begin at noon on Oct. 27 at First Baptist Church (next to the Post Office). Entry Fee is $10.00 with proceeds to the City of Boston Animal Shelter. For more info, contact [email protected]

The Curious History of Halloween, Forest Hills Cemetery and

Forest Hills Educational Trust welcome author Lesley Bannatyne

for a Sunday afternoon lecture in the historic Forsyth Chapel, Sunday, October 21 @ 2 PM.

Arts, music, and culture

SongBeat Circle hosts another season of improvisational singing and drumming together for wellness, stress relief, and community.  It is held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. (except for January 8, 2019) in the Parish Hall at First Church in Jamaica Plain. All ages are welcome.  A small donation of $5 to $10 is encouraged to help with the costs of using the space.  No musical experience required.  Bring your enthusiasm and willingness to be open to the joyful play of music.  For further information, contact [email protected] or 617-775-7602.


CHAPTER AND VERSE LITERARY READING SERIES,  Friday, October 12, 2018, 7:30 pm, LORING-GREENOUGH HOUSE, 12 SOUTH STREET, Suggested donation: $5.00 or whatever you can afford.

“Home/Hogar,” Nora Valdez presents artwork from her Eliot School Artist’s Residency, Oct 31-Dec 2; reception Friday, Nov 2, 6-8pm; Talk Sunday, Nov 4, 3pm, at Galatea Fine Art, 460 Harrison Ave #B6, SoWa.

Oaxacan Woodcarving Sale, Colorful animals made in San Martín Tilcajete, Mexico. Sunday, Nov 4, 5-6pm at Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St.

Holiday Ornaments for Children, Family art day. Make ornaments together. Sunday, Dec 16, 10am-12:30pm at Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St.

Call for art proposals, The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library in partnership with Uforge are excited to announce a new call for exhibition proposals in the public gallery space at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library for 2019. Info:

Fog sculptures, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy welcomes to Boston and Brookline Fujiko Nakaya’s first extended citywide exhibition of multiple “fog sculptures,” marking her five decade career with works at five sites along the historic urban parks that link more than a dozen neighborhoods, and provide a natural, recreational and cultural conduit for the community. Created in response to the landmarked waterways and landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO), Nakaya’s “climate responsive” shape-shifting, pure water forms invite visitors to immerse themselves in the art, experience nature anew, and appreciate the vital role of the Emerald Necklace in our city’s history, present, and future. Organized by the Conservancy with curator Jen Mergel, this FREE public art presentation is on view every day, hourly from dawn to dusk, from August 11 through October 31. Learn how to visit!

         JESUS DRINKS FREE! 1950s-70s country, gospel, soul and RnB spun by 2 atheists (and guests) @Jeanie Johnston 9pm-Close FREE

SOUL music & COUNTRY music. Foundational sounds of the American experience spun  monthly with love, admiration, and a deep want to create fun. Throw in a non-believer’s true lust for spinning GOSPEL music and you have JESUS DRINKS FREE. The music comes from the 1950s thru the 1970s. We’re @ The Jeanie Johnston Pub every 1st Thursday night of every month. Good times in Jamaica Plain.”

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.

         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.

October 2018

FRIDAY 10/12 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Rivers & Plains, Brown Lasers, Death Pesos, Medical Maps

SATURDAY 10/13 (Night Show) 9pm ($7.00): MOGO, Rogozo, The Third Wing, Nuclear Apathy
SATURDAY 10/13 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): D-sagawa, Inconvenience Store, BRAINDËTH, The Ratz, Sewer Buddies

SUNDAY 10/14 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): Cortez, Red Mantis, Feed The Beast, Bossanova
MONDAY 10/15 ($5.00):
Doug Linse, Grace Givertz, Meaghan Casey, Jon Bach

TUESDAY 10/16 ($5.00): Conor Ryan Hennessy, Jessie Wren Putnam, Will DePiano, Josh Witt

WEDNESDAY 10/17 ($5.00): Sensitive Subject, Brookside Manner, Zoë Sundra

THURSDAY 10/18 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Richie Parsons

FRIDAY 10/19 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Deadline (Grateful Dead tribute)

SATURDAY 10/20 (Night Show) 9pm ($8.00): If We Go At All, Modern Day Idols, Double Star, Powerslut
SATURDAY 10/20 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): The Black Souls, Stop Calling Me Frank, CRUNCHTIME, Jiblantos

SUNDAY 10/21 (Day Show) 4pm ($6.00): Watching It Burn, The Disquiets, Blacksoul Seraphim, Blatch

MONDAY 10/22 ($5.00): The Arkadian, Hyber, The Skirts, A Modern Armada

TUESDAY 10/23 ($5.00): Story Club Boston Presents: Dias De Los Stories

WEDNESDAY 10/24 ($5.00): Zack Bolles, Free Range, Magnetic Toboggan, Jam Sandwich

THURSDAY 10/25 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Flo-Pilot

FRIDAY 10/26 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): The Humanoids, Slim Jim and the Mad Cows, Maiden New England, Electric Street Queens

SATURDAY 10/27 (Night Show) 9pm ($10.00): Sake Toomey’s Super Spoopy Halloween Extravaganza 2.0
SATURDAY 10/27 (Day Show) 4pm ($7.00): Benefit for Mission 22/Dennis Donahue’s Birthday Show!
with Kind Crew, Neighborhood Shit, Sick Minds, Jerry’s Got Jokes, and Whoopi Sticks

SUNDAY 10/28 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): Zipper, The Instamatics, Larseny, Billy Squire
MONDAY 10/29 ($7.00): Eva Davenport, RLETTO, Autumn Jones, DJ GI JOE

TUESDAY 10/30 ($7.00): DnA’s Evolution, A Bunch of Jerks, Eve Minor, Kala Baz
WEDNESDAY 10/31 ($8.00): Random Variety: R.I.P. (Music, Burlesque, Comedy, & More)

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.

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.

Dance and comedy

Parent & Child Fall Dance Classes at Spontaneous Celebrations. Parents and children (boys and girls, ages 3-4) are welcome to join JP Dance Co-op’s Fall session to learn how to dance and express themselves through direct and free movement. Full course (8 classes: $100), or drop ins ($15) welcome. Dates: 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2. For more details and to register before 10/7, email [email protected]

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:

         Learn to stiltwalk with Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Sundays, 11am-1pm, $5. Info: 857-498-2438.


Egleston Square Branch Library, 2044 Columbus Ave.

Youth Programs

Preschool Storytime & Craft Tuesdays, and ongoing, 10:30-11:30am Join the children’s librarian for stories, songs, activities, and a craft related to a different theme

Kids Cook 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, ongoing, 10:30am Sing, bounce, read, and play in these interactive musical storytimes, followed by a play group. For children ages 6-24 months and their caregivers.

Board Game Club Fridays, and ongoing, 3:30pm
Learn new board games, and practice old favorites. Join the children’s librarian every Friday for a fun afternoon of gaming with friends. For youth ages 7-14.

Jamaica Plain Branch Library

Oral History Listening Booth at the JP Branch See a 1930’s era wooden phone booth, transformed into a portal for exploring Boston’s history as shared by a diverse group, ages 60 and older, from JP and other Boston neighborhoods. The booth is a part of Daniel Johnson’s Artist in Residency (AIR) project and will hit the road soon and pop up at other spots across Boston.  Booth can be viewed and listened to whenever the library is open.  JP Branch Library, 30 South St, 617-524-2053.

Connolly Branch Library

433 Centre St., 522-1960,

Latinx Heritage Month: Maybe Something Beautiful Story Walk | October 1- October 15

Take a stroll down Centre Street reading the pages from the picture book Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood. Story walk maps will be located at the Connolly Branch & Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza. A collaboration with the Hyde Square Task Force.

LEGO Builders Club                                                                         Fun building for ages 4 and up. Monday, October 1, 6 p.m.

Baby Story Time

Stories and songs for babies up to 18 months old.

Fridays, October 5 & 19, 10:30 a.m.

Horas de Bebés: Spanish-Language Playgroup for Babies

Acompáñanos para canciones, juegos y cuentos en español con tiempo al final para jugar libremente. Para bebés de 0-12 meses, con un adulto.

Monday, October 15, 3 p.m. / Lunes, 15 de octubre, 3 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, October 2, 9, 16 & 23, 10:30 a.m. / Martes, 2, 9, 16 & 23 de octubre, 10:30 a.m.

Lantern Making Workshop with Spontaneous Celebrations

Tuesday, October 16, 3:30 p.m. For all ages.

Adult Book Discussion      

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks                                          

Monday, October 29, 7 p.m.

Children’s Films

Short, fun films for preschoolers.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Little Groves Children’s Concert

Friday, October 26, 10:30 a.m.

Annual Halloween Party and Parade

Activities, costumes, treats and a neighborhood stroll down Centre Street.  For all ages.

Wednesday, October 31, 3:30 p.m.

ESL Conversation Groups

Mondays, October 1, 15, 22 & 29, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 4, 11, 18 & 25, 10:30 a.m.

Fridays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 3:00 p.m.

Spanish-English Language Exchange/Intercambio de Idiomas en Inglés y Español

Saturdays/sábados, 12-1:45 p.m.

Café del Recuerdo – 17 de octubre

Memory Café – October 17   2-4 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]

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.



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