Sights & Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, June 11 for the  June 14 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Jamaica Plain Spring Fair at the First Church In Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street (at the Monument) on Saturday June 1 2019 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fifty amazing crafters selling hand made goods – food, fun!

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A park in Egleston Square has been named in honor of Mr. Robert G. Lawson, longtime businessman and entrepreneur in the Square.  This is the result of several years of a broad community effort to honor Mr. Lawson. The park is at the intersection of Atherton, Washington, and Columbus, and is now officially named Robert G. Lawson Place.

The Dedication Ceremony will be at the park on Saturday, June 22, 3 pm, followed by refreshments at 1979 Columbus Ave., Lawson’s Barber Shop.  

Boston Ward 10 2019 Caucus, June 1   

Boston Ward 10 will caucus on Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 AM – 12 PM at 835 Huntington Avenue.

Join Boston’s Ward 10 for the 2019 Caucus!

Hear from candidates running for local office in 2019, and elect your neighbors to be delegates (and alternates) at the 2019 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention.

The 2019 Massachusetts Democratic State Conventionwill be held at the MassMutual Center in Springfield on September 14th. The Convention is an event for Democrats from across the state to come together to discuss Party business, celebrate successes, and prepare for the upcoming elections in 2019. Learn more here:

Free Guided Walking Tour of Stony Brook/Brookside neighborhood will take place on Saturday, May 25 starting at 11:00am from in front of Stony Brook MBTA station on the Orange Line. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

Free Guided Walking Tour of Hyde Square neighborhood  will take place on Saturday, June 1 starting at 11:00am from front of Brendan Behan Pub, 378 Centre Street. Conducted by   the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. 

A show of paintings by Dawn Nelson will be coming to The Turtle Swamp Brewery. 3377 Washington St. The show will be called “For Crying Out Loud!”  Dates for previewing will be June 6 – July 7. The opening: will be Thursday, June 6, from. 6-8 p.m.

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

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

Our Lady of the Cedars will be holding their 10th Annual Lebanese Festival on Friday June 7,  6 to 11 PM ; Saturday June 8,  3 to 11PM and Sunday June 9th,  12 to 6 PM at 65 Rockwood Street

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

The admission is free.  Offered will be Lebanese and American food with a full bar and Live Entertainment every day. There will be lebanese pastry, souvenirs, jewelry and raffles

Arts, music, and culture

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

May 30, 6:30pm. Phakamani Pega and Friends.  Pega is a South African violinist performing with Taiward Wider and Lydia Taylor Downard (cello, viola and percussion).

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.

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.

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.

Doyle’s cafe 3484 Washington St., Jamaica Plain 617-524-2345 …..Trivia every Tuesday 8pm-10pm Old Time Jam every other Wednesday PM..Now Featuring Live music first Friday of each month with Chris Baird and friends 8pm no cover Irish and American tunes 

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

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

Join Mothers Out Front for a FREE screening of Paris to Pittsburgh on June 6 at 6 pm at the Jamaica Plain Library.

As the weather grows more deadly and destructive, Americans aren’t waiting on Washington, DC to act to protect a healthy planet today and a livable future for all children tomorrow. From coastal cities to America’s heartland, people are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change.

We invite you to hear incredible stories of loss and empowerment in Paris to Pittsburgh, a new film from National Geographic, produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies—narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actress and activist Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”). Watch the trailer here.

Looking forward to seeing you at this inspiring and powerful event!

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.

Children’s Films

Short, fun films for preschoolers.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Thursdays, May  30, 10:30 a.m.

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

Homework Help Programs

                     Boston Public School Teacher

                              Mondays, 4-6 p.m.                                                    High School mentors for grades K-8

Mondays to Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Reminder: The Library Will be closed on Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day Holiday.

Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28

La biblioteca estará cerrada el 27 de mayo por el día conmemorativa. Las horas regulares se reanudarán el 28 de mayo.


     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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