Sights & Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, August 6  for the  August 9 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special Events

From Scratch Ice Cream Sandwiches! Thursday August 8, 7:30-9pm. $35 per person. In this hands-on NeighborFoodGroup workshop, you will make fresh vanilla bean ice cream and soft chocolate cookie wafers at my JP home off Forest Hills St. Info:

New Urban Monuments: Community Lab, art making & conversation on the role of public monuments with Eliot School Artist in Residence L’Merchie Frazier and Teen Bridge. July 27, 10 am-2pm, Egleston Farmers Market, 31 Germania St.

Modern Monuments, family art-making with Wee The People and Eliot School Artist in Residence L’Merchie Frazier. What stories do public monuments tell, and what stories are missing? September 14, 2pm and 3pm, Eliot School, 24 Eliot St.

New Urban Monuments: Stand Up Inside Yourself! Art by Eliot School Artist in Residence L’Merchie Frazier and Teen Bridge about possibilities for public monuments. September 28 & 29, 12-5pm, Eliot School Annex, 253 Amory St.

Eliot School Faculty Showcase at JP Open Studios, September 28 & 29, 11am-6pm, Eliot School, 24 Eliot St.

L’Merchie Frazier: New Urban Monuments, Eliot School Artist in Residence exhibition October 2-27. Reception October 4, 6-8pm. Artist’s Talk October 20, 3pm, Galatea Fine Art, 460 Harrison Ave. #B-6, SoWa.

Lantern Making for Spontaneous Celebrations’ Lantern Parade, all ages welcome. October 14, 2-4pm, Eliot School, 24 Eliot St.

Holiday Ornament-Making, family fun, all ages welcome. December 15, 10am-12:30pm, Eliot School, 24 Eliot St.

On Wednesday July 31 at 6  pm, 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

Arts, Music and Culture

Jesus Drinks Free! 1950s-70s country, gospel, soul and RnB spun by 2 atheists (and guests) @The Haven JP 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 Haven JP every first Thursday night of every month. “Good times in Jamaica Plain.” 2 Perkins St., Jamaica Plain (617) 524-2836 

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.

All shows 21+ – Doors at 8:00 PM unless otherwise noted

EVERY THURSDAY 9:30 PM – 2:00 AM: QUEERAOKE (Drink – Sing – Dance – Repeat!) 

Boston’s very best lesbian night (but everyone is welcome and all are invited!)

EVERY FRIDAY 6:00 – 8:30 PM (Free!): Hippie Hour with Mystical Misfits and Uncle Johnny’s Band (alternating weeks) and their friends playing the music of The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and more!

EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM (Free!): Open mic at the Midway Hosted by Angela Sawyer and Gabe Stoddard. Come one, come all! More info:

July 2019

FRIDAY 7/26 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Mercury on Mars, Nuclear Bootz, Balichutherium, Graneros

SATURDAY 7/27 (Night Show) $10.00: Les Sans Culettes with special guests Muck & the Mires, Fireking, and Hambone Skinny

SATURDAY 7/27 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): M.O.T.O., Jerry’s Got Jokes, Cook Bag, The Trades, The Runouts 

SUNDAY 7/28 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): Zipper, Road Soldier, Larseny, Jig Fish

MONDAY 7/29 ($8.00): Crunk Witch with special guests Telelectrix, Minusworld, and Mei Ohara

TUESDAY 7/30 ($8.00): The Prizefighters, The New Limits, The Dirty Dottys, DJ Panda

WEDNESDAY 7/31 ($5.00): Heavy Hands, Voting Yes, The Lightweight Champs, TIFFY

August 2019:

THURSDAY 8/1 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Dylan Roddick

FRIDAY 8/2 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($12.00): Cleaver/Walker/Messerly (Of Wussy) with special guests E, Chris Brokaw (solo)

SATURDAY 8/3 (Night Show) $8.00: Oppositional Defiance, Red Mantis, Death Pesos, Wrought Iron Hex

SATURDAY 8/3 (Day Show) $6.00: Townies, Mechanical K9, Louzy, Doom Beach

SUNDAY 8/4 (Day Show) 3pm ($6.00): Mandi Crimmins, Couch Beach, Daniel Yoong, Nismah Osman

MONDAY 8/5 ($7.00): 3ft (from Detroit) with special guests The Modern Voice and Numbers Have Names

TUESDAY 8/6 ($5.00): Muhammad Seven & The Spring, The Kieran Ridge Band, Hot Franks

WEDNESDAY 8/7 ($7.00): The Muckers, The Gobshites, Dori Cameron

THURSDAY 8/8 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Sool

FRIDAY 8/9 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Dead To You (featuring members of Skull and Roses, Uncle Johnny’s Band, and more!)

SATURDAY 8/10 (Night Show) $8.00: SEE THIS WORLD, Pint Killers, TBD

SATURDAY 8/10 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): The Ear Bleeds, Lewd, Moose Knuckle, Flashback

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

BalletRox Class Registration is Now Open: Classes start September 9, ages 4 to 18, at Spontaneous Celebrations. 617-224-7386 for more information.

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

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