Sights & Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, May 21 for the May 24 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Free Guided Walking Tour of Monument Square neighborhood will take place on Saturday, May 11 starting at 11:00am from  in front of Loring Greenough House, 12 South Street. Conducted by  the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. 

Free Guided Walking Tour of Sumner Hill neighborhood will take place on Saturday, May 18 starting at 11:00am from  in front of Loring Greenough House, 12 South Street. Conducted by  the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

How NOT to Enjoy Your Birthday: Getting Malaria & Almost Dying:  Faith Girdler will present a slide show on June 6 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library 30 South Street, (617) 524-2053

The theme it is about how in Feb of 2019, she was bitten by a malaria infected mosquito in Ghana, W. Africa and didn’t even know it. 

She returned to the United States for a few days and the went onto Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. She still felt fine, until she passed out on the street. She was then rushed by ambulance to a world – famous clinic specializing in infectious diseases. 

So she will have pictures of the doctors, but also the GORGEOUS hospital grounds and historical background of this famous place and visionary doctor who invented the vaccine for smallpox and yellow fever, singlehandedly! 

Monday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.: The Healing Power of Stillness, a complimentary Christian Science lecture given by Larissa Snorek, C.S.B., a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.

Lorissa invites you to consider if it’s possible to find an enduring, deep-settled calm within ourselves.

Held in the community room at First Baptist Church, 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain. Sponsored by the members of Third Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston. Public warmly invited! 781-308-9455

Arts, music, & culture

Family Day: America Transformed

Join us for a fun afternoon to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit, “America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century” at the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library at Copley Square. This collection of maps and images will explore the dramatic changes and developments in the land, the population, transportation, and the economy that occurred in the 1800s.

This free, family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, May 18, from 1-4pm, and is open to community members of all ages. The afternoon will open with a ribbon cutting ceremony and include an introductory talk by Curator Ron Grim. The event will also feature hands-on, family-oriented activities; debut an evocative sound/video installation by artist Beau Kenyon; and host exhibition tours. We are grateful for our ongoing partnerships with the Boston Map Society and the Boston Public Library, as well as guidance from the Akomawt Educational Initiative. This exhibition was made possible through lead sponsorship from Iron Mountain, as well as support from the MacLean Foundation, Jane & Lawrence Caldwell, and other individuals and institutions.

JP Jubilee is An Elders’ Chorus with Elizabeth Anker, conductor will present “Come See About Me,”Music of The Supremes, Beatles, Bach and more!

On Saturday May 11, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm at St John’s Church , One Roanoke Avenue,  Jamaica Plain. Parking available at the nearby Elm Street lot.

Wheelchair accessible.

Voluntary donations are gratefully accepted to keep the chorus free to participants.

JP Aritist on exhibit: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.”

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.

May 2019

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

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.

Free Drop-In Homework Help

Egleston Square Branch Library, 2044 Columbus Ave.

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

Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street, (617) 524-2053

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, 

Connolly Branch Library

433 Centre St., 522-1960,

Baby Story Time Stories and songs for babies up to 18 months old. Fridays, May 24, 10:30 a.m.

Spanish-English Language Exchange/Intercambio de Idiomas en Inglés y Español

Saturdays/Sábados, 12-1:45 p.m.

Bilingual Story Time/ Hora de Cuentos Bilingües

Join us for stories and songs in English & Spanish. For children 2-4, with an adult.

Acompáñanos para cuentos y canciones en inglés y español. Para niños/as de 2-4, con un adulto.

Tuesdays, May 14, 21, 10:30 a.m. / martes, 7, 14, 21 de mayo, 10:30 a.m.

Children’s Films

Short, fun films for preschoolers.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

ESL Conversation Groups

Mondays, May 13, 20, 6:30 p.m. (no ESL May 27)

Thursdays, May 16, 23, 30, 10:30 a.m.

Thursdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30 3pm (no afternoon ESL May 2)


      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

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