Sights & Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, March 19 for the March 22 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

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.

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.  

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.

March 2019:

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

SUNDAY 3/10 (Day Show) 3pm ($6.00): Molten Soul, Glowbox, Party Walsh, Rea & the Tugboats

MONDAY 3/11 ($10.00): Punk Rockin’ And Pastie Poppin’

TUESDAY 3/12 ($5.00): Allison and Moon, Miele, Lockette, The Fellowship of Feeding Wolves

WEDNESDAY 3/13 ($5.00): Fully Celebrated Orchestra with special guest Conor Ryan Hennessy

THURSDAY 3/14 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Richie Parsons

FRIDAY 3/15 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): The Young Americans (A Tribute to David Bowie)

SATURDAY 3/16 (Night Show) $10.00: Polly Surely presents Burlesqueaoke 3

SATURDAY 3/16 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): Sunken Ships (Reunion), Neighborhood Shit, New Hell, Psychic Weight

SUNDAY 3/17 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): Emergency Cases, The Fatal Flaw, The Unstables, The Grommets

MONDAY 3/18 ($5.00): Jake Perrone, Kyle Flynn, Will DePiano, Tysk Tysk Task

TUESDAY 3/19 ($5.00): Ty Openshaw, Michael Tirgardoon, TBA, Jessie Wren

WEDNESDAY 3/20 ($7.00): Mike Oregano, Brown Lasers, The Modern Voice, Sleen

THURSDAY 3/21 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Melissa Mills

FRIDAY 3/22 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): The Knock Ups, Modern Day Idols, Devil Love, The Daylilies

SATURDAY 3/23 (Night Show) $7.00: The Womps, Threat Level Burgundy, Miku Daza, SkyTigers

SATURDAY 3/23 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): TRiPLE THiCK, M.O.T.O., The Hi-End, The Inebriations

SUNDAY 3/24 (Day Show) 3pm ($6.00): Classic Ruins, The Stigmatics, 1.4.5, The Thigh Scrapers

MONDAY 3/25 ($5.00): Bitter Wind, Skunkhunt, Shatterbox

TUESDAY 3/26 ($6.00): Skyjelly, Way of the Headband, The Golden Era

WEDNESDAY 3/27 ($5.00): sister, Howl!, Kid Disaster, Jon Hollywood

THURSDAY 3/28 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Suzanne Friedman

FRIDAY 3/29 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Gypsy Sidekick, Brian O’Connell Fellowship

SATURDAY 3/30 (Night Show) No Cover!: WitchWood Music Showcase! featuring: Mark Zelermyer, Jeffrey Perrin, Sensitive Subject, Field Day, Rocky Ludden

SATURDAY 3/30 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): SEE THIS WORLD, The Runouts, DNZL, WarGraves

SUNDAY 3/31 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): Beacon Project, Skindress, Scarlet Rose, Except Me

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

Though arguably America’s most historic city, Boston also claims its share of little-known events. Our colonial past saw riotous mobs celebrating their hatred of the pope in an annual celebration called Pope’s Night; William Monroe Trotter, champion of civil rights at the turn of the last century, published the independent African American newspaper the Boston Guardian; In 1991, a centuries-long turf war played out on the streets of quiet Chinatown, ending in the massacre of five men in a back alley. The cover of the book features Amelia Earhart who got a flying start in Boston. In her new book, author and historian Dina Vargo shines light into the cobwebbed corners of Boston’s hidden history. 

Dina Vargo is a volunteer docent for Boston by Foot, where she developed an interest for writing off-beat walking tours. She is also the author of Wild Women of Boston: Mettle and Moxie in the Hub. 

This program is co-sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library and the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

 The event is free and will be shown on Thursday, Mar 21 from 6:30 7:30 p.m. at the  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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April 2019:

MONDAY 4/1 ($7.00): Half-Astronaut, Spider Rock, Courtesy Wave


WEDNESDAY 4/3 ($5.00): Illusion’s End, Bitter Wind, Melt, Honoria

THURSDAY 4/4 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Will DePiano

FRIDAY 4/5 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): The Cotones, Ansonia, Skunk Oil, MuBo

SATURDAY 4/6 (Night Show) $8.00: The Inebriations, Bled Sabblin, garageDogs, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets 

SATURDAY 4/6 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): DJ Easy Ed presents Roy Sludge Trio, The Barley Hoppers, and Easy Ed’s Record Hop

SUNDAY 4/7 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): The Hellbound Hitmen, Step 13, Elvirus Outsider, Lilac City Lowlifes

MONDAY 4/8 ($10.00): Punk Rockin’ And Pastie Poppin’

TUESDAY 4/9 ($7.00): Kevin Wynd, Big Fuzzy, Birthday Ass

WEDNESDAY 4/10 ($8.00 in adv/$10.00 day of): Slovenly Recordings presents Tommy and The Commies, Les Lullies, and The Monsieurs plus DJ Pete Slovenly

THURSDAY 4/11 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Jessie Wren

FRIDAY 4/12 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Deadline (Grateful Dead tribute)

SATURDAY 4/13 (Night Show) $8.00: Sacred Lake with special guests Slurp, TBA, and Corey Hales 

SATURDAY 4/13 (Day Show) 3pm: TBA

SUNDAY 4/14 (Day Show) 3pm: TBA

MONDAY 4/15 ($7.00): Sasha Milan, Tuna, Strawberry Machine



Tuesday 4/16: Celebutant, The Glue, Muddy Wires, Home Despot

Wednesday 4/17: Fully Celebrated Orchestra with special guests Detroit Rebellion

Thursday 4/18 (before Queeraoke): Noah Kessellman

Saturday 4/20 (Night Show): SONIC RED, Bossnova (Album Release), Blackletter, City of Dis

Monday 4/22: Raaid, morgan miller, Tysk Tysk Task, Grace Givertz

Saturday 4/27 (Day Show): Peach Fuzz, Youth & Canvas, Rivers & Plains, Medical Maps

Sunday 4/27 (Night Show): Rawkstars Inc. Benefit Day 1 featuring Swarm of Eyes, Oxblood Forge, Disco Rice, Wrought Iron Hex 

Sunday 4/28 (Day Show): Rawkstars Inc. Benefit Day 2 featuring Maiden New England, PanzerBastard, Arctic Horror, Cortez, and Scott Helland Guitarmy of One-ness

Tuesday 4/30: Jesse & The Hogg Brothers Album Release Party with special guests

Wednesday 5/1: Toluca Lake, Mint Green, Scarlet Rose, Sean Brady Jr.

Friday 5/3 (after Hippie Hour): Poison T, Heavy AmericA, Renegade Cartel, 25 Cent Habit

Saturday 5/4 (Day Show): The McGunks, Silver Screams, Revilers, Damnation, Live Nude Girls 

Saturday 5/4 (Night Show): The Whammy Bars’ 10th Year Birthday Spectacular with special guests Trusty Sidekick!

Friday 5/10 (after Hippie Hour): Cars Go West, Auguste And Alden, The Phosphorescent Rats

Saturday 5/11 (Night Show): The Knock Ups, Ila Minori, Erel, Chad Gosselin of The Big Lonesome 

Thursday 5/16 (before Queeraoke): Travels With Brindle

Friday 5/17 (after Hippie Hour): Brown Lasers, Editrix, First Children, Charmed and Strange

Saturday 5/18 (Night Show): The Humans Being, The Stupid Robots, Uncle Funky and the Mystic Monkey Band

Sunday 5/19 (Day Show): Thalia Zedek, Anna Connolly, Weather Weapon, Cotton Candy

Saturday 6/8 (Day Show): Sammy Kay, Townes Constantino, Michael Kane, Matt Charette

Saturday 6/8 (Night Show): Graveyard Of The Atlantic, Forktie, Knock Over City, The Melatonins

CH-CH wrestling team wins championship with local students

On Saturday, February 9, the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall Wrestling team won the Eastern Independent League Championship Title and Tournament hosted at Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, MA.

Two local students on the team are :

Jake McConathy of Jamiaca Plain, Class of 2021. Jake competed at the New England Wrestling Championships in Westport, Connecticut.

Luis McGuill-Scott of Jamaica Plain, Class of 2021.This is the first EIL Wrestling Championship title in CH-CH’s school history and the second consecutive EIL Wrestling Tournament win. CH-CH bested the competition of seven opposing schools to secure the win.

“Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall wrestling was always a small school in a tough league,” said Head Coach Conor Maguire. “Everything these guys had to do this year was an uphill battle.”

Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall is a coeducational day and boarding school located in Waltham, MA. With 190 years of history, the school remains dedicated to teaching the way students learn. Learn more at

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