Sights & Sounds

Arts, music, and culture

Screening of “Dawnland”, at Nehar Shalom, 43 Lochstead Ave, JP will be held on Saturday February 9th, 7:30 pmDocumentary about Native American children forced from their homes, with discussion by director/producer Adam Mazo.

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Events at First Church J.P U.U. at 6 Eliot Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 are as follows:

On MONDAY, February 11

Papercuts and The Jamaica Plain Forum proudly present:

 A Night with Award-Winning Poet, Morgan Parker

To celebrate the release of her powerful new poetry collection, MAGICAL NEGRO 

A Most Anticipated Book of 2019 at Vogue, O: the Oprah Magazine, NYLON, BuzzFeed, Publishers Weekly and Papercuts! 

The event starts at  7:00PM at the FIRST CHURCH: Jamaica Plain – 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Free and open to all!


A film This Ain’t Normal

Friday, February 22nd @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Invite your friends and RSVP on Facebook

Co-sponsors: First Church in JP UU, Social Justice Action Committee & Theodore Parker Church, Racial Justice Task Force 

As part of the Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series This Ain’t Normal is a documentary that depicts the stories of gang-involved youth, entangled in the intractable violence haunting Boston’s neighborhoods, and the StreetSafe Boston social and street workers tasked with helping to transform their lives. This Ain’t Normal examines the individual circumstances behind the violence, thereby gaining a deeper insight and understanding into the issue of youth violence, as it has grown to epidemic proportions in the City on the Hill and the nation.

Free & Open to All.

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 9, 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 2/8 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($7.00): The Stupid Robots (electric set & bluegrass set!), Year of The Clam, Ian Cat

SATURDAY 2/9 (Night Show) $10.00: Pajama Slave Dancers with special guests Big Bad Bollocks and Gymnasium

SATURDAY 2/9 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): Thee Fightin’ Fish, Club Linehan A Go Go, Billy Connors Project, Paul Caporino of M.O.T.O.

SUNDAY 2/10 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): Oxblood Forge, Feed The Beast, Jereva, Sown Together

MONDAY 2/11 ($10.00): Punk Rockin’ And Pastie Poppin’

TUESDAY 2/12 ($6.00): Night Nurses, Charmed & Strange, Kathy Snax

WEDNESDAY 2/13 ($5.00): Fully Celebrated Orchestra with special guest Celseìgh

THURSDAY 2/14 (before Queeraoke) 6:30pm ($5.00): The Theatre Offensive presents Breaking Thru: QTPOC Love Celebration

FRIDAY 2/15 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($10.00): The JP Music Festival presents Smell The Love 2019

SATURDAY 2/16 (Night Show) $10.00: 2019 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Rock ‘n’ Roll Benefit Show! with Sidewalk Driver, Slim Jim and the Mad Cows, and Red Red Rockit

SATURDAY 2/16 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): Stop Calling Me Frank, A Bunch of Jerks, Live Ones, Tsunami of Sound

SUNDAY 2/17 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): DNZL, Flatlager, Loser’s Circle, K.C.U.F.

MONDAY 2/18 ($5.00): Joey Whelan, Crash One, In Ivy, Bad Poetry

TUESDAY 2/19 ($5.00): Doug Linse, Sarah Keyser, Rocky Ludden, Sarah Bernadette

WEDNESDAY 2/20 ($6.00): Baabes, The Lipstick Boys, Vanishing Point

THURSDAY 2/21 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Rea

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

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 

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

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.

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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