Sights & Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, May 7 for the May 10  issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

JP Centre/South Main Streets is planning our next Community CleanUp on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. We need volunteers to help us plant flowers at the South Street Tennis Courts, and then clean along Centre and South Streets. Tools and gloves will be provided, but we welcome you to bring your own. (RAIN DATE IS APRIL 28.)

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

8:30am 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

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 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.

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.

April/May 2019

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

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 

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

Boston Mosaic–Interactive family-friendly performance featuring exciting music, opportunity to meet musicians and a chance to try playing an instrument yourself. Saturday, April 27, at noon

May 2, 6 p.m., “Imprisoning a Generation”, documentary re four young Palestinians detained and imprisoned in Israel. Q and A with Nidal Al-Azraq from 

May 3, 9 a.m. Ruth LaGue exhibit up in library, Gallery, Lower Level. Exhibit up through June 30.

May 4, 10 a.m., Artist Ruth LaGue will give a talk on her palette knife painting techniques. 

May 9, 5:30 p.m. Art opening for Ruth LaGue exhibit

May 10-11. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friends of the JP Branch Library Annual Book Sale.  Thousands of titles! Bargain prices! Books and dvds for all ages!

Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street, 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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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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