Sights & Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, Sept. 10  for the  Sept. 13 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 Sumner Hill Neighborhood will take place on Saturday, August 24 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 Stony Brook/Brookside Neighborhood will take place on Saturday, August 31 starting at 11:00am from in front of Stony Brook MBTA station on the Orange Line. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. 

Movies in Mozart. Enjoy family-friendly outdoor movies in Mozart Park, 10 Mozart Street. Saturday, August 24 at 7:30 pm: The Lego Movie 2, The Second Part (rain date August 25). Saturday, September 7 at 7:00 pm: Enchanted (rain date September 8). Complementary snacks and ice cream provided by local food stores 30 minutes before each show, slime-making, games. 617-522-3694.

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, 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 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:

August 2019:

FRIDAY 8/23 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Summer Cult EP Release Party with special guests Sweetie, The Freqs, and Vera Kay

SATURDAY 8/24 (Night Show) $8.00: Bossnova, Oxblood Forge, Renegade Cartel, Grovel

SATURDAY 8/24 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): 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

MONDAY 8/26 ($5.00): Muddy Wires, Fable Grazer, ROGOZO, JAWZWA

TUESDAY 8/27 ($5.00): Otter River, Year of the Clam, Dewey

WEDNESDAY 8/28 ($5.00): Will DePiano, Anastasia Charakidou, Celseìgh, The Peppermints

THURSDAY 8/29 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Meraki Caravan (Acoustic)

Friday 8/30 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($10.00): The Young Americans (A tribute to David Bowie)

SATURDAY 8/31 (Night Show) $10:00: Fall Out! At the Disco – A burlesque and variety show celebration of Fall Out Boy and Panic! At the Disco

SATURDAY 8/31 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): The SuperChargers, M.O.T.O., Briarcircle, Buster 

September 2019:

SUNDAY 9/1 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): A Bunch of Jerks, CRUNCHTIME, Zulu Lulu, The Black Souls

MONDAY 9/2 ($5.00): The Benji’s, Lunar Throne, Freaking, Non-Stop Disco

TUESDAY 9/3 ($5.00): Minx, Amy Mantis & the Space Between, VAT

WEDNESDAY 9/4 ($7.00): Slark Moan, Ray Liriano, Golf Weapons

THURSDAY 9/5 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Richie Parsons

FRIDAY 9/6 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($5.00): WitchWood Music Productions presents: LOVE LOVE, The Shellye Valauskas Experience, Rocky Ludden, Jeffrey Perrin, and Larry Andersen

SATURDAY 9/7 (Night Show) $8.00: Dioniso, Último Minuto, Camino N’ Exceso

SATURDAY 9/7 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): The McGunks, Jason Bennett & The Resistance, Lilac City Low Lifes, Triggered, Jamie Payette of Loser’s Circle

SUNDAY 9/8 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): Private Instigators, Color Killer, Jonee Earthquake Band, The Degenerates of Punk

MONDAY 9/9 ($10.00): Punk Rockin’ And Pastie Poppin’

TUESDAY 9/10 ($5.00): Them Fantasies, Indiana Heights, Serena Z

WEDNESDAY 9/11 ($5.00): Fully Celebrated Orchestra with special guests SHALASHASKA

THURSDAY 9/12 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Britt Walsh (Monthly Residency)

FRIDAY 9/13 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Purple Moon (Pink Floyd tribute), The Keith Curbow Studio Band

SATURDAY 9/14 (Night Show) $7.00: Matt Charette and the Truer Sound, Cook Bag, Courters, Michael Kane & the Morning Afters

SATURDAY 9/14 (Day Show) 3pm ($7.00): The Gypsy Moths, Club Linehan A-Go-Go, Johnny Plankton, Doug MacDonald Band

SUNDAY 9/15 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): Wolfram Presents: How We Burn, Anger and Grace, Grace Drive, Exhale

MONDAY 9/16 ($7.00): Inspector 34, The Brankas, Shake The Baby Til The Love Comes Out, Brown Lasers

TUESDAY 9/17 ($5.00): Conor Ryan Hennessy, Brian Walker, Brandon Xue, Luke Domozick

WEDNESDAY 9/18 ($10.00): geekbeatradio presents: LEX the Lexicon Artist, Super Smack, Minusworld, Sarah Donner


FRIDAY 9/20 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($10.00): PRIORS (Slovenly Recordings) with special guests Black Beach, Far Corners, Andy California

SATURDAY 9/21 (Night Show) $10.00: C i d e r d o w n (release show) with special guests Jakals, David Rabinowicz, and more!

SATURDAY 9/21 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): The Inebriations, Low Sparks, Possum, CharlesRiver

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: Radio Mamba’s Family Rumba, every Sunday 5pm-8pm, live Latin music.  Every Monday Stump Trivia from 8PM – 10PM, Teacher Tuesdays and Dirty Water Saloon line dancing for queer folks and allies at 7PM.  Every Wednesday live music from 6:30 – 9:30 PM.  Throwback Thursday from 6-8pm with rotating DJ’s barside.  Visit for more late night events Thu-Sun.

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.

Library Programs

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, Jamaica Plain (617) 524-2053

Connolly Branch Library

433 Centre St., 522-1960,

We will be holding our annual book sale on Saturday, September 14 from 10 – 4. We are looking for volunteers to assist .  Volunteer opportunities are as follows:

8 – 10 Set up

10 -12 Staffing the sale

12- 2 Staffing the sale

2- 4 Staffing the sale

4 Take down and pack up

If you are interested and available at any of those times, please let me know or sign up in the library.


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

SUNDAY 9/22 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): The Shoats, Hearken, Threat Level Burgundy, El Grande

MONDAY 9/23 ($5.00): Mercury On Mars, Ghost:Hello, Summer Cult



THURSDAY 9/26 (before Queeraoke) $5.00: Travels With Brindle

FRIDAY 9/27 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($7.00): Box of Records with very special guests The Greatest of Apes

SATURDAY 9/28 (Night Show) 8pm: Take it Out and Blow on It: A Tribute to Video Games! (Take it Out and Blow on It: A Tribute to Video Games with Burlesque, Bands, Comedy, Zelda, and more! 

SATURDAY 9/28 (Day Show) 3pm: TBA

SUNDAY 9/29 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): Half-Astronaut, Foley, Erin Vadala and her brother Charles Vadala and their band, TBA



Coming to the Midway in October and Beyond:

Wednesday 10/2: Kingshot, The Wood Floors, Mystere

Thursday 10/3 (before Queeraoke): Miilo

Friday 10/4 (after Hippie Hour): Pink Boots Punk Band Takeover! with Depressors, SkyTigers, The Downhauls, and Set Fire!

Sunday 10/6 (Day Show): The Sinister Six with special guests Martin / Morell / Fredette and TRiPLE THiCK

Tuesday 10/8: Snow Burial (Prosthetic Records) plus support

Wednesday 10/9: Fully Celebrated Orchestra with special guests the Charlie Fuertsch / Corban Welter Duo

Thursday 10/10 (before Queeraoke): Britt Walsh (monthly residency)

Monday 10/14: Punk Rockin’ And Pastie Poppin’

Wednesday 10/23: Ben Shaw, Alexandra Lillian, Will DePiano, The Suppressor

Thursday 10/24 (before Queeraoke): Wake Island

Friday 10/25 (after Hippie Hour): Road Soldier, The Manglers, New American Good Time Boys

Wednesday 11/6: BP Arudda & The Big Picture, Humbug, Skylight Traveler, Martha Martha

Sunday 11/17 (Day Show): Mickey Rickshaw, Sgt. Scagnetti, Hans Gruber and the Die Hards, Cheap City

Thursday 11/21 (before Queeraoke): Charlotte Jacobs

Saturday 11/23 (Day Show): Cactus Island, Ok Goodnight, Noah Kesselman, Jason Ji

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