Sights & Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, August 20  for the  August 23 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 Jamaica Pond will take place on Saturday, August 10 starting at 11:00am in front of the Bandstand, Pond Street and Jamaicaway. Conducted by  the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. 

Free Guided Walking Tour of Monument Square neighborhoodwill take place on Saturday, August 17 starting at 11:00am from  in front of Loring Greenough House, 12 South Street. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. 

Remarkable Women of JP Walking Tour Join Boston By Foot (in conjunction with the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail) to travel through Jamaica Plain and discover some truly remarkable women who changed the course of the history of our nation. This tour will feature a Nobel Peace Prize winner, who lost her job at Wellesley because of her socialist leanings. We will discover a slew of reformers; women who worked for the abolition of slavery, free education for everyone and later, on civil rights causes in the 20th century. The tour ends at the Loring-Greenough House, a lovely Georgian mansion that was saved from the wrecking ball thanks to a local women’s club and its formidable members (pictured). Sunday, August 25 at 2:00 p.m. The tour costs $15 and tickets can be purchased online before the tour  (or with cash on the day). Meet your guides outside the Green Street T stop.

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 and 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.

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, Hotenanny – 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:

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

SUNDAY 8/11 (Day Show) 3pm ($6.00): Not Today, DnA’s Evolution, Eagle Jesus, CharlesRiver

MONDAY 8/12 ($10.00): Punk Rockin’ And Pastie Poppin’

TUESDAY 8/13 ($5.00): Citizens’ Loft Celebrates Woodstock 50 with the music of the Grateful Dead and more!

WEDNESDAY 8/14 ($5.00): Fully Celebrated Orchestra with special guests The Cookouts

THURSDAY 8/15 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Travels With Brindle

FRIDAY 8/16 (after Hippie Hour): Thrust Club, Wild Yawp, Bad Idea USA, Kathy Snax

SATURDAY 8/17 (Night Show) $7.00: The Sound Down Cellar, Amy Mantis & The Space Between, Abraham, Lower Falls

SATURDAY 8/17 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): Why Try? (Album Release Show) with special guests Felix, Ramona Mirage, and Serena Z

SUNDAY 8/18 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): Possum, Martin/Morell/Fredette, The Chelsea Curve, Tsunami of Sound

MONDAY 8/19 ($7.00): Sloppy Joes Drag Night! Hosted by Kirbie Fullyloaded and Plane Jane!

TUESDAY 8/20 ($6.00): jeannie, White Veins, In Ivy

WEDNESDAY 8/21 ($5.00): Pitstain, Charmed & Strange, TIFFY, sister

THURSDAY 8/22 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Richard Mirksy

FRIDAY 8/23 (after Hippie Hour): TBA

Saturday 8/24 (Night Show): The Humanoids, Bossnova, Oxblood Forge, Renegade Cartel

Saturday 8/24 (Day Show) 3pm: Waiver Wire, Bernie’s Garage, Happy Just To See You, Extract

Sunday 8/25 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): Exhale, Young Other, Victim of Circumstance, Glympses

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


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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