Sights and Sounds

The deadline for listings is noon, December 3 for the December 6 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.

Special events

On Saturday, November 23, Mayor Martin Walsh and officials from the Boston Parks and Recreation will be unveiling the city’s $4M investment in the Jamaica Pond Pathways  . The event will include activities with Park Rangers, a dedication of the boathouse to community activist Christine Cooper, and some special surprises. The project’s upgrades are a huge win for walkers, bikers, dog owners, and neighbors with mobility needs. The event will start at 12:00 p.m. and will be held at 507 Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain.

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will present Moxie Book Talk. The phrase “She’s got a lot of moxie!” is taken to mean that one has nerve, vigor, and grit. And unless born and raised in New England, Americans are generally quite unaware that the root of this expression is a bittersweet patent medicine turned soda pop originally called Moxie Nerve Food, which was guaranteed to cure nervous exhaustion and a host of associated ailments. First bottled in 1885, today it is the official soft drink of the state of Maine and still enjoyed by many. This book chronicles Moxie’s rich history and brilliant marketing breakthroughs as well as some corporate misfortunes and rebounds along the way. Moxie’s World Headquarters (Moxieland) was located in Jamaica Plain from 1928 to 1953. Let authors Dennis Sasseville and Merrill Lewis fill you in! Sunday, December 8, 2:00 p.m. at the Farnsworth House, 90 South St, Jamaica Plain. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments, including Moxie, will be served.

The annual  Holiday  Trolley Tour and Tree Lighting  at the Soldier’s Monument will start at 2:30pm on Saturday, December 7. Also the trolley tour will be in Hyde Square at 1:45 p.m. JP Toastmasters meets the second
and fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at The Footlight
Club in Jamaica Plain. The meeting will feature free food and drinks, introductions, and opportunities to practice speaking. As always, meetings are free for guests. JP Toastmasters is known for providing a warm, welcoming environment where members help each other improve their public speaking and leadership skills.
ELLIOT SCHOOL will have the following events:
Holiday Ornament-Making, family fun, all ages welcome. December 15, 10am-12:30pm, Eliot School, 24 Eliot St.

Arts, Music, and Culture

BalletRox class registration is now open: https://balletrox.info/dance-with-us/register. Classes for kids, ages 4 to 18, at Spontaneous Celebrations. [email protected] info  for more information. 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: http://midwayorthehighway.com/ November 2019:
Saturday 11/23 (Day Show) 3pm ($6.00): Cactus Island, Ok Goodnight,
Noah Kesselman, Jason Ji Sunday 11/24 (Day Show) 3pm ($8.00): Johnny Cab, Kermit’s Finger, The Negans, Baabes, Bernie’s Garage Monday 11/25 ($5.00): Doug Linse, Scott of Somerset, Daniel J. Turnbull, Kyle Flynn
Tuesday 11/26 ($5.00): Alex Kane, John Hanson Project, Zack Bolles, Ken Carter Wednesday 11/27 ($5.00): We Are Space Horses, Gull Boy, handsome,
Bravo Sierra Friday 11/29 (after Hippie Hour) 8:30pm ($8.00): Hard Drug, Bone Church, False Gods, Grovel Saturday 11/30 (Night Show) $10.00: Sueños Rotos, Avante, El Terco Saturday 11/30 (Day Show) 3pm ($5.00): Larseny, The Salted Herrings, The Instamatics, Smudge
COMING TO THE MIDWAY IN DECEMBER AND BEYOND:
Sunday 12/1 (Day Show): Shotgun Waltz, the Deep State, Church & Puppets, Blood Simple Monday 12/2: Squash, West of Neptune, Programmed Cell Death Reboot, Life After Parties Tuesday 12/3: Eli Roberts and Company, Charlie Dollard’s Rocky Point Revue, Eric Baylies, The Blues Dream Box
Wednesday 12/4: The Duchess Elizabeth von Teig, Conor Ryan Hennessy, Rocky Ludden, Peaceful Sorrow Thursday 12/5 (before Queeraoke):
Hollow Turtle Friday 12/6 (after Hippie Hour): Daniel Miller and the High Life, Christa Joy and the Honeybees, Bill Dwyer Band Jeanie Johnston Pub, 144 South St. Open Mic hosted by Tony Bluze, Sundays at 8 pm. More events at jeaniejohnstonpub.com.

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 8 – 10 p.m., 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 www.milkywayjp.com for more late night events.

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