Sights and Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, March 5 for the March 8 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Arts, music, and culture

Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley will be hosting his St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: The Raising of the Irish Flag. This event will be held at Boston City Hall,  on Thursday, March 14 from 11:00AM -12:30PM.  Residents are invited to join O’Malley, and be part of this special day.


Back by popular demand, Houston: The 2019 Haley Pilot School Hip Hopera will be returning to the Haley stage for two FREE special performances on March 6 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.and 7 from 10:30 to noon . Teachers are invited to bring a class from their school and join our audience to learn about the life and work of Charles Hamilton Houston. We are honored to be able to share the Houston experience with BPS students from across the district.

The performance will be held at Haley Pilot School, 570 American Legion Highway, Roslindale, MA 02131

To reserve tickets with preferred date and time, please contact

Kathleen Sullivan at the Haley Pilot School: [email protected] or call (617) 635-8169.

Who was Houston?

Charles Hamilton Houston, a/k/a “the man who killed Jim Crow,” was a lawyer and pre-Civil Rights Era activist who engineered the legal strategy that ultimately overturned the “separate but equal” policy in the United States and led to the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended segregation in public schools. A World War I

Veteran, Harvard Law graduate, Howard University Dean, and mentor to future U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, Charles Houston is one of the least-heralded yet most important African-American heroes of the twentieth century.

What kind of show is Houston?

If you’re familiar with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, then you already have an idea of what to expect with Houston: a personal biography and historical journey told primarily through rap, song, and dance.

Jamaica Plain photographer Robin Radin and Woods Hole artist Jon Goldman are currently exhibiting their work at The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the second floor Northwest lobby gallery. The BCEC is located at 415 Summer Street in Boston. The exhibit will run through May 27, 2019.

The exhibition’s curator Caitlin Foley writes:”Radin and Goldman employ their work as a means of documenting, celebrating, and asking questions about the communities in which they are embedded…These two distinctly different bodies of work complement one another via their shared exploration and documentation of place and community.”

Doyle’s Café The Rockin’ Chairs, a group of graying musical artists, will be playing hits from the 1950s at Doyle’s Cafe, March 10, 5-6:30 p.m.  Members of the audience can sing, dance, sit and listen  and eat — whatever rocks your boat.

One of the founding members of The Rockin’ Chairs, Alan Joseph, once played with the Everly Brothers.There’s a $10 cover charge at the door.  The event is sponsored by [email protected], a group of older Americans dedicated to aging in place.  Visit or call 617-477-6934 to register.

Music and Art at the Taylor House, 50 Burroughs St. in Jamaica Plain have two concerts scheduled so far this year. The concerts this year, are held on Fridays at 7:30 pm.

Friday, March 29, Rasa Vitkauskaite, piano

Friday, April 26, Man On Land Jazz CD Release

Bus 39 stops at the end of Burroughs.  We are a 10-15 minute walk from the Orange Line GREEN Street stop. 

 Please do not park on Agassiz Park out of consideration of our neighbors.  Burroughs is fine to park on.  You can drop people off and park at the end of Burroughs in the Bank of America parking lot in the evenings and walk down as well.  

Smartphone Photography: Winter Landscapes Enhanced Nancy Katz, Professional Photographer 2 Sessions: Sat, February 23 8:30–10:30 a.m. at  Hunnewell Building and Landscape, Arnold Arboretum Capture the essence of winter, when landscapes present a diluted palette of colors and contrasts are most striking. Professional photographer Nancy Katz will introduce fundamental concepts of landscape photography and then teach techniques for getting the best photographs from your smartphone camera. You will capture images in color and black and white, then learn to enhance them using a host of editing tools provided in the Snapseed App. (Note: Nancy Katz was selected by the Apple Store of Boston as a guest artist in March 2017 for her photography work with her iPhone and has taught her techniques there and most recently at Brandeis University’s Osher Life Long Learning Institute.)  Fee $84 (Reduced rate for Arnold Arboretum members) Register at or call 617-384-5277.

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. 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 first 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.

February 2019:

FRIDAY 2/22 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Charming Bastards, The Unoriginals, Ten Gold Dollars

SATURDAY 2/23 (Night Show) $10.00: SAKE GO SUCK ONE: A Variety Show

SATURDAY 2/23 (Day Show) 3pm ($6.00): Death Pesos, GRASS, Knock Over City, Heavy Hands

SUNDAY 2/24 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): Atomic Bastards, Descent News, Immediate Threat, Renegade Cartel

MONDAY 2/25 ($5.00): Ilk of Amnesia, Tiffy, Connor Storms & his boys, Will DePiano

TUESDAY 2/26 ($5.00): Sevan, Rogozo, Foxes, Enjoyer

WEDNESDAY 2/27 ($5.00): TinyOak presents: Above the Din, Briana Washington Trio, Hannah Jay, Ciderdown

THURSDAY 2/28 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Federico & The Breeze

March 2019:

FRIDAY 3/1 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($7.00): Free Range, Jam Sandwich

SATURDAY 3/2 (Night Show) $8.00: DIONISO, Krönika, Camino N Exceso

SATURDAY 3/2 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): The Instamatics, Road Soldier, Larseny, Three’s A Crowd

SUNDAY 3/3 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): Yoni Gordon, AKE Trio, the invisible hours, Double Star

MONDAY 3/4 ($5.00): Mumra, The Blues Dream Box, Mo Daäsh, Witch Cake

TUESDAY 3/5 ($5.00): Tony Savarino & The Savtones, Minx, The Tom Appleman Band

WEDNESDAY 3/6 ($5.00): Jones Creek, The Holts, In Ivy, Eddy Dyer

THURSDAY 3/7 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Alliance of Fire

FRIDAY 3/8 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): The Keith Curbow Studio Band + The RPS Band

SATURDAY 3/9 (Night Show) $8.00: Thrust Club, Electric Street Queens, Weather Weapon, Fur Purse

SATURDAY 3/9 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): CRUNCHTIME Album Release with special guests State of The Union, The Billy Connors Project, and Club Linehan-A-Go-Go

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; NOLA Sundays every Sunday at 5pm with a live brass band. Stump Trivia every Monday 7pm-9pm,  50% of wings. Taco Tuesday, Teacher Tuesdays plus Dirty Water Saloon Line Dancing for queer folks and allies at 7PM.  Live music every Wednesday from at 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Throwback Thursday with DJ J-Wall 6- 8 p.m.  Visit for more late night events every Thu-Sat.

Old time music, Southern/roots music, second and fourth 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: Intro to Movement Course JP Dance Co-op is hosting its Spring session of its Intro to Movement course on Sundays from 10-11am at Spontaneous Celebrations. Parents and children (ages 3-4) will be introduced to dance and will learn how to express themselves through movement. Class will include Ballet Barre, improv and play. Dates: 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31. Full course: $50 / Drop in: $15. Email Caitlin to sign up:[email protected] 

PreK Ballet & Modern: Dance Basics JP Dance Co-op is hosting its first ever PreK Ballet & Modern course this Spring on Sundays from 11am-12pm at Spontaneous Celebrations.  Children (ages 5-6) will learn the basics in technique and movement. Class will include Ballet barre, Modern repertoire and improv. Dates: 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31. Full course: $60. Must register in advance by March 8. Email Caitlin to sign up:[email protected] 

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

Jamaica Plain Branch Library

Music Education for You.  Saturday, February 23 at 11 a.m.  JP Branch Library. This  workshop is for anyone interested in music, as well as singers and inistrumentalists (beginner through professional).  Experience how Dalcroze education help bring music to life for you 

Approaching Medicare? Wednesday, February 27 at 10:15 a.m. at the JP Branch Library. Learn about Medicare and how it works through SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone).  To RSVP, please call 617-522-9270 (M-F) and mention this date/event and your name and number.

Approaching Medicare? Wednesday, February 27 at 10:15 a.m. at the JP Branch Library. Learn about Medicare and how it works through SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone).  To RSVP, please call 617-522-9270 (M-F) and mention this date/event and your name and number.

Salary Negotiation for Women. Thursday, February 28 at 5:00 p.m. Attend this free two-hour salary negotiation workshop to gain the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate your salary and benefits package.  Register at

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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