JP World’s Fair Revived: Latin Quarter World’s Fair Coming in September

The defunct Jamaica Plain World Fair will be returning to the neighborhood after a 10-year hiatus, and is being renamed as the Latin Quarter World's Fair (LQWF). The new version of the fair is scheduled to be on September 15 and will be on Creighton Street to Bynner Street, and also scattered throughout the Blessed Sacrament Campus. The multicultural celebration will kick-off National Latinx Heritage Month, and recognize the neighborhood’s designation as a Cultural District by both the Mass Cultural Council and Boston, according to a press release. “The Latin Quarter Cultural District’s new take on the JP World’s Fair will focus on celebrating the neighborhoods long, rich history of Afro-Latin art, culture, food, and music,” said Cisnell Baez, LQWF Committee member and former resident. “By creating spaces and events that are led by the community who lived, work, and own businesses there, we are empowering them to make decisions about their neighborhood.”

Through the years residents and merchants have wanted the fair to return.


JP Photographer Robin Radin’s Two-Person Exhibit at Boston Convention Center

Jamaica Plain photographer Robin Radin is currently exhibiting her photographs in a two-person exhibition, along with digital paintings of Woods Hole artist Jon Goldman, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center through July 22. “Neighborhoods and villages are usually defined by geographic borders. Socially, they are imbued with personas that have communal and political significance. They can evolve over time, but ultimately they are defined by their own history and location. Both Radin and Goldman employ their work as a means of documenting, celebrating, and asking questions about the geographic communities in which they are embedded," said Caitlin Foley, exhibition curator.


The Footlight Club is Wilde About ‘Being Earnest’

The Footlight Club's is putting on Oscar Wilde's most well-known play "The Importance of Being Earnest," and you have two more weekends to catch the show. All photos courtesy of Liz Bean for The Footlight Club. The play brought Wilde to the peak of his career, only mere months before his reputation would come crashing down, forcing the show to close out its debut only months after opening. Written in 1894 and first produced in 1895, the play is a farcical comedy set in late Victorian era London, in which the leading characters maintain fictitious personas to escape frustrating social obligations. There are four more shows: June 7, 8, 14 and 15.


Free Screening of ‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ Doc on Climate Change, Citizen Activism on June 6

Join Mothers Out Front at a free screening of "Paris to Pittsburgh" on June 6 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.  

“From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act,” describes the documentary's website. The documentary is presented by National Geography, produced by Radical Media, and was created in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies. The documentary is being screened at 6 pm at the JP Library (30 South St.).


Nobel Prize, Silver Screen and Timeless Music: JP’s Radosta Pens Book About Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan's influence on American music and culture is far-ranging and started many decades ago. His voice is distinct, influential and led him to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. In his new book, Jamaica Plain resident John Radosta dives into Dylan's music, cultural impact and acting career. Radosta answered questions from Jamaica Plain News about his new book Bob Dylan in Performance: Song, Stage, and Screen. Q: Why did you want to write this book?