The 26th Annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios are this weekend at 40 different sites with 200 artists throughout the neighborhood. Historically, the free event was at residents artists studios, but through the years the event has also transitioned to have non-JP artists exhibit their work at non-studio locations like businesses and group shows at community spaces. All types of art will be on display: ceramics, drawing, fiber arts, furniture, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, mosaic, printmaking, soap, sculpture, wood, and more. Click here for a full map of Jamaica Plain Open Studios. Jamaica Plain Open Studios is Sept.
Twenty-one local bands will be performing at the 9th Annual JP Music Festival this Saturday. The free festival will kickoff with a rendition of America the Beautiful at 11:55 am, and then the bands will takeover on two stages until 7 pm. The JP Music Festival is a great event for people (and dogs) of all ages. It's at the Pinebank Field at Jamaica Pond, so there's lots of room to move around. There will also be food trucks, including The Bacon Truck, Bao Nation, Bon Me, Bukhara Indian Bistro, Daddy’s Bonetown Burgers, J.P. Licks, and Roxy’s Grilled Cheese.
The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library have put a call for a new round of submissions to select the art exhibitions for 2020. The bi-monthly exhibits will be proposal-based and selected by a committee comprised by representatives of the Central BPL, JP Branch, Friends of the JP Library, as well as standing members of the local business and arts community, according to a press release. Artists from across New England are invited to submit recent two-dimensional work for a solo or group show that will lasting for two-month periods. No specific theme is needed, but artists should keep in mind that the works need to be enjoyed by the diverse library community, which includes children, teenagers, and adults. The following art mediums will be considered for selection of five solo shows and one themed group show: drawing, mixed media/collage, painting, photography, and printmaking.
Two JP residents will work on the first play of New Repertory Theatre's 35th anniversary season, Nixon's Nixon. Production Stage Manager Heather Radovich will make her New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Nixon’s Nixon. Her regional credits include Pride & Prejudice (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), James and the Giant Peach, Elephant & Piggie We Are in a Play (Wheelock Family Theatre), Power Play (Shakespeare Now!), and Theatre Company Stage Manager for the 2018 season at Priscilla Beach Theatre. Radovich holds an MFA in Stage Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a BA in Theatre Arts from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. Originally from San Francisco, she now resides in Jamaica Plain.
Aging and sex. Those two things don't seem to go together. Jamaica Plain resident gender and sexuality sociologist Dr. Elizabeth Anne Wood feels otherwise. Wood's new book "Bound: A Daughter, a Domme, and an End-of-Life Story" looks at BDSM and sexuality, and how it gives "chronically ill people agency and control over their bodies at a time when it can feel like doctors and family are taking those things away." Wood answered questions about her new book, her unique relationship with her mother and more.