Photos: The Footlight Club’s ‘Legally Blonde’ — Get Your Tix Now

Sorry but it's highly unlikely that Reese Witherspoon will be making a guest appearance in The Footlight Club's production of Legally Blonde. But straight up -- like a bend and snap -- there are fantastic performers in our local show. Legally Blonde was first a smash hit movie with Witherspoon, and follows Elle Woods on her way from being labeled as a negative stereotype of a sorority sister to Harvard Law student. After hitting Broadway, the show had a national tour, and made it across the pond to London's West End. All photos courtesy of Liz Bean

The Footlight Club's cast is 20-plus deep, led by Amanda Casale as the bubbly, determined Woods.

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Random Act of Kindness: Keys Fall in Drain, Stranger Rescued Them

Alyssa Rubin's keys fell down an 8-foot deep drain in the Ula Cafe parking lot, and after asking for recommendations on Facebook on how to fetch them, a random stranger retrieved them -- posting a photo of the rescued keys on her post! On Veterans Day, Rubin posted on the Everything Free JP Facebook page: "ISO of fishing line and hook..or some other mechanism to get my keys out of the 8ft drain in the Ula parking lot...got any ideas?" People made lots of good suggestions -- contact the city, call 311, get a super strong magnet, and someone said they were nearby and offered fishing line. Todd Consentino had a better idea. Consentino said he had a strong magnet and he'd be there soon.

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City to Replace Pagel Field Turf After JP Youth Soccer Petition

Pagel Field on Hyde Park Avenue is one of the most used fields in Boston, and that use has made the artificial terrain unsafe, according to an online petition. In response to the petition, the city will be doing a full turf replacement. "The artificial turf on the field desperately needs to be replaced. It is significantly worn down and there are health and safety concerns with children playing on a field in such a state of neglect. Replacing the surface with new turf will provide a safer and better soccer experience for children in our community," reads the change.org petition.

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Magic, Acrobats, and More: 24th Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Nov. 14

More than 20 local restaurants and vendors are participating in the 24th Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Thursday. Plus, there will be a magician, juggler, acrobat, and more! Along with a variety of delicious food and beverages, there will be an auction with lots of great items, musical entertainment and lots of family fun, including Dozer and the Homewreckers, Jenny the Juggler, magician Sir Cedric Purcell, Bella Curva acrobat, and Spontaneous Celebrations stilt walkers. You can bid now on auction items at biddingforgood.com (search ESAC). Tickets include parking and entrance to the event.

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Letter to the Editor: 701 Centre St. Project Proves Organized Design Review Process is Needed

We are licensed architects practicing for over 30 years each, long-standing members of the Jamaica Plain community, and were chairpersons or members of the former Jamaica Plain Centre/South Main Street's Design Committee. We are writing to express our disappointment, dismay and disbelief over the recent storefront alterations at 701 Centre Street (former Bukhara, now to be Chase Bank) and to raise concerns over what we perceive to be a breakdown in permitting processes and architectural design review in our neighborhood. As volunteers to the former JPCSMS Design Committee, we were privileged to lead and work with a team of enthusiastic community volunteers who cared about design, were curious about understanding what makes "good" design versus "bad," and were always looking for ways to translate that to the district streetscape. Our design committee always sought to work in close coordination with the city, other community groups and the BPDA to encourage not only adherence to Main Streets design guidelines, but to design guidelines embedded in the city of Boston Zoning Code (many of which are the same, or are generally just good practice). Typically, projects requiring design review under zoning that occurred in the district would be referred to our committee for review, and we would be asked to review any project seeking Main Streets funding in the district.

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