JP Movie Night April 15: Right Whale Survival vs Survival of Lobstering Industry?

It’s April, a month when we are invited to take a moment to turn our attention to our environment, and contemplate, literally, the future of the planet. Endangered species and climate change, habitat erosion and ocean pollution, human needs versus animal rights. JP Movie Night has selected a very important film to screen to mark the occasion. On April 15, it will show Entangled, a documentary made by filmmaker, Boston Globe reporter and Jamaica Plain resident David Abel, that covers the struggle between the east coast lobstering industry -- whose nets often harm the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale -- and conservation groups struggling to save it from extinction. The film is being co-sponsored by the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

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Stonybrook Neighborhood Association Holding Competition for Large Mural Space

The Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA) and SSG Development and Construction are commissioning a Boston-based artist (or artists) to design murals for a 2,500 sq. ft. space on McBride Street. The murals will be on the Extra Space Storage building at 141 McBride Street. There are two areas of the building available, so there are two opportunities to submit mural proposals.

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Emerald Necklace Bridges Aglow Until March 31

Since mid-February and through March 31, select bridges in the Emerald Necklace will be awash with an emerald glow – thanks to battery-powered LED lights. Lights in the Necklace will celebrate the power of Boston and Brookline’s urban parks to bring visitors together, inspire and light the way in challenging times. Free and open to the public, enjoy the lighting on a series of iconic Emerald Necklace bridges, daily from dusk to 9 pm. The Emerald Necklace’s 1,100 acres are home to more than 30 bridges. Connecting neighbors and bridging communities is what the Necklace was designed to do nearly 150 years ago by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

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JP’s Martinson is Concertmaster in Boston Baroque’s New Ensemble X-tet

Boston Baroque's new period string chamber ensemble is starring Jamaica Plain's Grammy Award nominated concertmaster Christina Martinson. A new concert documentary premiering March 12 provides viewers with a look behind the scenes as X-tet, the new string ensemble, great ready for the performance. Martinson is concertmaster and first violin for X-tet. She has been a featured soloist for Boston Baroque, the Handel and Haydn Society, The Bach Ensemble, Tempesta di Mare, the Unicamp Symphony Orchestra in Brazil and the Philharmonisch Orkest Mozart in Amsterdam. The documentary is being filmed and produced by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Nathaniel Hansen.

The film will premiere on March 19th at 7 pm, with an encore presentation on
March 20th at 7 pm.

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JP Open Studios maps are available at many businesses throughout the neighborhood.

JP Arts Council ‘Optimistically Hopeful’ About 2021 Open Studios; New Council Members Wanted

The Jamaica Plain Arts Council sent out an email newsletter detailing their plans for 2021, a plea for new members, workshops, a call to artists for an upcoming show, and their thoughts on JP's Open Studios. "While we were all disappointed to cancel JPOS for 2020, the JP Arts Council Board continued planning. JPOS for 2021 is scheduled for September 25 & 26. This year, like last, the health and safety of our artists, sponsors, and community remains our paramount concern," said the newsletter. A call to artists will be put out soon for Projections, a juried show in the spring that they're planning on being a virtual show -- with a hope it could be in-person if safe.

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