Sights & Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, June 25 for the  June 28 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

Mayor Martin J. Walsh will meet with constituents at Jamaica Plain’s Mozart Street Playground on Wednesday, June 19 at 9:30 a.m..  Walsh has visited neighborhood parks and residents have had a chance to speak one-on-one with Walsh and City of Boston department heads about local issues.  Participants are treated to coffee and breakfast treats provided by Dunkin’ and fruit from Star Market along with flowering plants grown in the city’s greenhouses.

On Wednesday July 31 at 6pm, join Dina Gilio-Whitaker, author of As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock, in a book signing and discussion at Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center.

Through treaty violations, struggles for food and water security and protection of sacred sites, Native people have resisted environmental injustice and land incursions for hundreds of years. Join indigenous researcher and activist Dina Gilio-Whitaker to explore this history and discuss how modern environmentalists can look to Indigenous resistance for new approaches.

This event is presented as part of America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century exhibition now on view at the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center

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. 

Free Guided Walking Tour of the Woodbourne neighborhood will take place on Saturday, June 15 starting at 11:00am from  in front of Bethel AME Church at the corner of Walk Hill Street and Wachusett Street.  Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

Free Guided Walking Tour of Jamaica Pond will take place on Saturday, June 22 starting at 11:00am from  in front of the Bandstand, Pond Street and Jamaicaway. 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 through July 7. The opening: will be Thursday, June 6, from. 6-8 p.m.

Arts, music, and culture

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.

Jeanie Johnston Pub, 144 South St. Open Mic hosted by Tony Bluze, Sundays at 8pm. More events at jeaniejohnstonpub.com. 

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 www.milkywayjp.com 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 washingtonst 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: https://tinyurl.com/DanceJPRevival, [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: www.lcfd.org/bgfe/512-5554.

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 www.bpl.org/homework.

Jamaica Plain Branch Library

Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street, (617) 524-2053 www.bpl.org

Connolly Branch Library

433 Centre St., 522-1960

Tours/talks/workshops

Stonybrook Fine Arts, Make Your Own Wedding Rings workshop and teen & adult classes in welding, foundry and mold-making, ongoing, 24 Porter St. Info: stonybrookfinearts.com.

Woodworking, sewing, art classes, fiber arts, photography, book arts. Children, teens, adults, year round. Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St. Info: eliotschool.org 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]

Meet-Ups

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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