Sights and Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, Jan. 8 for the Jan. 11 issue. Send listings to [email protected]. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Arts, music, and culture

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.

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.  /

         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.

December 2018:

FRIDAY 12/21 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($10.00 in adv – $12.00 day of): BLOWW’s Annual Broox’s Birthday BLOWWout with special guests WIMP, Electric Street Queens, and more!

SATURDAY 12/22 (Night Show) 9pm ($7.00): Animal Hospital, Rong, First Children, |Arrot To

SATURDAY 12/22 (Day Show) 4pm ($6.00): Greg Allen’s Fringe Religion, Classic Ruins, 1.4.5, Fireking

SUNDAY 12/23 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): Thrash N Bang’s Annual Xmas Punk Pizza Party with Neighborhood Shit, Revilers, The Hangovers, Sewer Buddies, Coffin Salesman plus Jake Tringali

MONDAY 12/24 & TUESDAY 12/25: Happy Holidays! The Midway will be closed

WEDNESDAY 12/26 ($5.00): Ilk of Amnesia, The Melted Chapstixs, Only Child, Mickey PG

THURSDAY 12/27 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Amanda Adams

FRIDAY 12/28 (after Hippie Hour) 6:00pm – No Cover until 8:30pm ($7.00): All Night Hippie Hour / Uncle Johnny’s 50th Birday Bash Blowout with Uncle Johnny’s Band and special guests!

SATURDAY 12/29 (Night Show) 9pm ($8.00): time & place, Hambone Skinny, Blame Shifters plus a very special surprise guest

SATURDAY 12/29 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): The McGunks, Scotty Saints & True Believers, Steal Reserve, C.O.B.

SUNDAY 12/30 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): Zero The Clock, Seldom Sun, Nerd Neck, Soul Trap

MONDAY 12/31 – New Year’s Eve ($10.00): Box of Records, Mystical Misfits

January 2019:

TUESDAY 1/1: Happy New Year! The Midway will be closed.

WEDNESDAY 1/2 ($6.00): Sunshine Bros Inc., Half-Astronaut, Bad At Sex

THURSDAY 1/3 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Charlie Marie

FRIDAY 1/4 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Deadline (A tribute to the Grateful Dead)

SATURDAY 1/5 (Night Show) $8.00: Fat Togue presents 3 Parts Dead, Blackletter, Gasoline Virgins, Freak On

SATURDAY 1/5 (Day Show) 3pm ($8.00): forktie, Mollusk, High Karate, Inverter, See This World

SUNDAY 1/6 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): The Manglers, The Grommets, Cotton Candy, kloroformkidz, Harry and the Hot Flashes

MONDAY 1/7: Closed for a private event


WEDNESDAY 1/9 ($5.00): Fully Celebrated Orchestra

THURSDAY 1/10 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Forged

FRIDAY 1/11 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($7.00): Savor the Silence, Sundrifter, Above The Din, Back Seat Redemption

SATURDAY 1/12 (Night Show) $7.00: New Year, New Queer starring Mili, Shallow Pools, Suzanne Friedman, and Phil and the Flying Leap

SATURDAY 1/12 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): Trusty Sidekick, The First Supper, Crow Follow, Dave. Y.

SUNDAY 1/13 (Day Show) 3pm ($8.00): Chandler Travis Philharmonic

MONDAY 1/14 ($10.00): Punk Rockin’ And Pastie Poppin’


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]

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.

Free Drop-In Homework Help
Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm
The library provides free, drop-in afterschool homework help for students in grades K-8 throughout the school year. Spanish assistance is available Mondays and Thursdays. Help is provided by trained, high-achieving high school students. This program is available at locations across Boston on days that Boston Public Schools are in session. The full list of locations is online at

Baby/Toddler Music Time
Fridays, November 23 & 30, December 7, and 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.

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,


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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