Sights and Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Nov. 6 for the Nov. 9 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

         Fundraiser for Immigrant Children and Families, November 18, 4-6pm, The Frogmore: Lowcountry Kitchen and Bar, 365 Centre Street JP, A JP fundraiser to help immigrant children still separated from their families, and families held in detention. This event will help support organizations working directly with them, as well as host a postcard drive to pressure lawmakers/consulates in charge and a letter writing event to bring hope to those held in detention.  Family friendly event. The Frogmore has generously offered to provide snacks and drinks.

         JP’s Best Craft Fair  hosts another multi vendor beautiful holiday fair .  It is held on the first Saturday of December – December 1, 2018 from 11 AM to 5 PM  at First Church in Jamaica Plain (6 Eliot Street – at the monument). Food and Music too! The event is free,  For further information, contact [email protected] or view our website:

         Immigration Forum: In this forum on Nov. 13, we provide up-to-date information on these critical policy changes and how they are affecting our neighbors in JP and across Massachusetts. We will hear from affected communities and discuss how we can work together to push a progressive immigration agenda for Massachusetts. For more info:

         Continuing Legacies: Thank You State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, Thu, December 13, 2018 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST Location: Footlight Club 7 Eliot Street. For more info:

         The parish family of Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon Church in Jamaica Plain, proudly announces the Gala Celebration of the Founding of “The Oldest Maronite Parish in North America.”  We cordially invite all parishioners and friends to join us on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 11am for a Pontifical Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving. Bishop Gregory Mansour, bishop of the Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn will officiate. It will be followed by a Grand Banquet in our newly renovated, Richard Cardinal Cushing Maronite Community Center.  A memory book is being planned, and we ask all parishioners to search your photo albums for any pictures taken at the Church.  Please include weddings, baptisms, first communions, Palm Sundays and other social events. We would like to share all of those precious moments of our history.  For questions and more details, please call the rectory at 617 522 0225.

Arts, music, and culture

         The Bostonians present their annual “Christmas Concert for the Community” at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 15 in St. John’s Church, Jamaica Plain (Boston), Massachusetts. The program features some of the area’s finest singers performing a program of beautiful and beloved music for Christmas from around the world plus an audience sing-along of favorite songs and carols. Admission at the door is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, students, and members of St. John’s, and kids under 12 free. Presented by JP Concerts. [email protected]


Wandering the Land of Oblivion, an exhibition of recent works on paper by Paris-based artist Contanza Aguirre (Bogota, Colombia, 1960), will be on view at Urbano, November 9, 2018–January 11, 2019; with an opening celebration on Thursday, November 15 from 6-8PM with the artist.  Aguirre’s exhibition is part of Urbano’s curatorial series exploring the theme of Resilience and Sustainability.


FREE FAMILY ART WORKSHOP SERIES: The Power of our Stories – Rhythm, Music & Messages with teaching artist Cornell Coley on Nov. 12 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm with light supper at 5:30 pm. Optional follow-up field trip. Provided FREE OF CHARGE by Families Creating Together at SJPHC Health Promotion Center, 10B Green St., Jamaica Plain. Learn about art forms in Latin American music of the African diaspora. Create rhythms for dance & storytelling. Build your own percussion instrument from recycled materials. Children (ages 5 – 13 with and without disabilities) accompanied by a parent, grandparent, family friend. Presented in English, Spanish and American Sign Language upon request. Wheelchair accessible. FCT is a program of Community Service Care/Tree of Life Coalition in Jamaica Plain. To register and for more information call 617-522-4832 or 617-372-3022 or email [email protected]. SPACE IS LIMITED so register today! Additional information at

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.

“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.

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:

         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.

November 2018:

FRIDAY 11/9 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Troll 2, The Brian O’Connell Fellowship

SATURDAY 11/10 (Night Show) 9pm ($10.00): Keith Brooks Memorial Veterans Day Show #1: The Welch Boys, Pint Killers, Abductors, Step 13, Barfight Champs
SATURDAY 11/10 (Day Show) 4pm ($10.00): Rockin Bob Punk Band, Smartyr, Banshee, Raw Radar War

SUNDAY 11/11 (Day Show) 3pm ($10.00): Keith Brooks Memorial Veterans Day Show #2: COLIN OF ARABIA, Zero Hour, Cry Havoc, Neighborhood Shit, xForgiveness Deniedx, Foulfellows

MONDAY 11/12 ($10.00): Punk Rockin’ And Pastie Poppin’
TUESDAY 11/13 ($7.00): ÁBI, LIZA, Sophie Marks

WEDNESDAY 11/14 ($5.00): Fully Celebrated Orchestra with special guests Creek River String Band

THURSDAY 11/15 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Dalaun

FRIDAY 11/16 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Cortez, Backwoods Payback, Lord Fowl, Set Fire

SATURDAY 11/17 (Night Show) 9pm ($10.00): The Catbirds, The Nickel & Dime Band featuring Rick Berlin, Steve Westfield & The Slow Band
SATURDAY 11/17 (Day Show) 4pm ($7.00):
Hixxgiving IX with Screw Cart, HIXX, Sex Zombies, and Alice Highland

SUNDAY 11/18 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): Bitter Magnolia, Rob & The Bank, Jazz Xplosion (Kramer Gibson & Jimmy Nguyen), Daniel Turnbull
MONDAY 11/19 ($5.00):
Trick Wallace, Chris Wagner, Corin Ashley, Gene Dante
TUESDAY 11/20 ($5.00):
Nick Zaino, Tom Wyatt, The Boston Imposters, Richie Parsons

WEDNESDAY 11/21 ($5.00): TinyOak booking presents: The Bonds, The Melted Chapstixs, Glowbox, Lower Falls

THURSDAY 11/22: Happy Thanksgiving – Queeraoke starts at 8pm

FRIDAY 11/23 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Skull & Roses (Grateful Dead tribute)

SATURDAY 11/24 (Night Show) 9pm ($8.00): Dioniso, Neutral, The Shirts and Shoes
SATURDAY 11/24 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): Fable Grazer, Figure From Ground, Baylies Band, Cost of Living

SUNDAY 11/25 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): The Way Back, Responders, Why Another, Friendly Psychic Strangers
MONDAY 11/26 ($5.00):
Kyle Flynn, Ashley Zarah, Rachel Baldwin, Elsie Eastman

TUESDAY 11/27 ($5.00): Tony Savarino & The Savtones, Minx, TBA


THURSDAY 11/29 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Will DePiano

FRIDAY 11/30 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm: TBA

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

         Dance JP Revival! Free your mind, body, and soul, and lift your spirits with high-energy, feel-good, socially conscious music from around the world! All ages. Wheelchair accessible. Nov. 16, 7:30-9:30pm, First Baptist Church JP, 633 Centre St. $5-$15 (No one turned away for lack of funds). More info:, [email protected]

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.

Baby Story Time Stories and songs for babies up to 18 months old.

Fridays, November 2, 9, 16, 10:30 a.m.

Bilingual Story Time & Craft / Hora de Cuentos Bilingües y Manualidades

Join us for stories and songs in English & Spanish. For children ages 2-4 with an adult.

Acompáñanos para cuentos y canciones en inglés y español. Para niños/as de 2-4 con un adulto.

Tuesdays, November, 6, 13 & 27, 10:30 a.m. / Martes, 6, 13, & 27 de noviembre, 10:30 a.m.

Move and Groove to Storytelling

Join Anna Adler for an interactive and fun storytelling session. For children ages 0 and up.

Thursday, November 15 & Friday, November 30, 10:30 a.m.

Wee the People: Changing Neighborhoods Storytime

Social justice-themed story time focusing on gentrification. For children ages 4 and up.

Saturday, November 17, 10 a.m.

Horas de Bebés: Spanish-Language Playgroup for Babies

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

Monday, November 19, 3 p.m. / Lunes, 19 de noviembre, 3 p.m.

Holiday Silk Flower Workshop with Jan Gadson Louissant

Saturday, November 10, 10:30 a.m. Limited to 12, pre-registration is required.

Adult Book Discussion                                                                       

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Monday, November 26, 7 p.m.

Children’s Films

Short, fun films for preschoolers.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

ESL Conversation Groups

Mondays, November 5, 19, 26, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 1, 8, 15, 29, 10:30 a.m.

Fridays, November, 2, 9, 16, 30, 3:00 p.m.

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

Saturdays / sábados, 12 p.m.

Café del Recuerdo/Memory Café

Miércoles, 21 de noviembre / Wednesday, November 21, 2 p.m.

Homework Help Programs

Boston Public School Teacher:  Mondays, 4:00 p.m.

High School mentors for grades K-8:  Mondays to Thursdays, 3:30 p.m.

Jamaica Plain Branch Library


Local author Susan Eisenberg will read from he newest poetry book, Stanley’s Girl, as well as from We’ll Call You If We Need You, a “classic of labor history” recently re-issued with a New Preface. She’ll also introduce On Equal Terms: gender & solidarity, a just-launched online exhibition about women in the trades with twelve interactive rooms. Books available for purchase/signing. Thursday, Nov 15, 6:30 pm

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,


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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