Sights & Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, April 23 for the April 26  issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

A Centre Street mini-cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00am  to 12:00noon. Bring shovels, brooms and wheelbarrows, if you can, to the South Street Mall (tennis courts), at the corner of South Street and Carolina Avenue. All interested residents who want to help should please call JP Centre/South Main Streets at (617) ) 942-2439 or [email protected] 

The Annual Jamaica Plain Love Your Block/Spring Clean-Up will be on Saturday, May 4 from 9:00am  to 1:00pm. Tools will be available at 8:00am at Curtis Hall or 9:00am at Mozart Park. All interested residents who want 

to organize a local clean-up should sign up in advance with Enrique Pepen at or at (617) 635-2185.

Arts, music, and culture

FREE SPRING ART WORKSHOP SERIES: The Power of our Stories – What Does Clay Have to Say? with teaching artist Wendy Ellertson on April  17, 24 and May 1 with optional field trip from 5 – 7 pm with light, healthy dinner at 5 pm. Dinner and workshop provided FREE OF CHARGE by Jamaica Plain-based Families Creating Together at Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St., Roxbury. Join us for this FREE disability-inclusive series of art workshops for children ages 5-13 accompanied by an adult family member/guardian. Create clay artwork to be fired in a kiln, then glaze it with bright colors and watch creatures and objects emerge from the clay…inspiring children to develop stories about them! Build backdrops out of mixed materials to help display and perform those stories.  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 This is not a drop-in program. Please enroll if you can commit to at least three workshops. To register and for more information call 617-522-4832 or 617-372-3022 (cell, text, Espanol) or email [email protected] SPACE IS LIMITED so register today! Additional information at

Jamaica Plain abstract landscape artist Ruth LaGue announces her upcoming participation in ArtWeek MA. LaGue will be giving two separate talks during ArtWeek MA that takes place April 26 through May 5. More about ArtWeek MA at

On Thursday May 2 at 6:30 p.m., LaGue will give her presentation on “Art and Meditation” located at the BNN Media Center at 3025 Washington Street, Egleston Square, Boston, MA 02119, On Saturday May 4th at 10am, LaGue will be giving an artist talk on her palette knife painting techniques at the Jamaica Plain Library located at 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. This talk will be followed by a full exhibit at the JP library available through June.

All events are free and open to the public. More info at LaGue’s Facebook page

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.”

Music and Art at the Taylor House, 50 Burroughs St. in Jamaica Plain have a cncert on 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.

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

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

Jamaica Plain Branch Library

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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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

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