JPNDC Call to Artists for Weeklong Pop-Up Space on Centre Street

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has issued a call to artists of color for a temporary weeklong pop-up on Centre Street. The deadline to submit is Feb. 19th. The rising costs of housing and commercial space in Boston have led to high levels of displacement among communities of color. In Jamaica Plain, gentrification has affected thousands of people without access to the capital they need to stay in the neighborhood they call home.


Jamaica Plain Based Orchestra Didn’t Win Grammys, But Had a Great Time

A Far Cry orchestra didn't win either Grammy it was nominated for, but they certainly took it in stride, and offered an alternative future timeline in which they did win! Based out of Jamaica Plain, A Far Cry orchestra's engineer Tom Caulfield and mastering engineer Jesse Lewis were nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical for "Visions and Variations." The orchestra was nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for "Visions and Variations." Formed in 2007, the orchestra has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Simone Dinnerstein, Roomful of Teeth, the Silk Road Ensemble, Vijay Iyer, David Krakauer and more. This was not the first Grammy nomination for the group, as A Far Cry’s Crier Records had a nominated album "Dreams and Prayers" in 2014.


Footlight Club’s Psychological Thriller, ‘Blood Relations,’ Digs Into Facts & Speculation of Lizzie Borden

The life of Fall River's Lizzie Borden has always fascinated Americans interested in the macabre. The Footlight Club's "Blood Relations" uses historical facts and speculation to paint a picture of the woman who was accused and acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother. (All photos courtesy of Sacred Harbor Photography)

Directed by Kristin Hughes, “Blood Relations,” opened Feb. 2 and runs for six shows through February 16. Canadian Sharon Pollock's play paints a picture of Borden, who was charged and acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother, in a time when individuality and freedom of women was stifled.


Brilliance Tattoo Now Open on Washington Street, Only Offering Custom Work

A new small volume, appointment only tattoo business opened on Washington Street in January and they only create original designs. That means no cartoon characters, no album covers, and gosh darnit, nothing you saw on Pinterest. After six years in a Commonwealth Avenue location, Brilliance Tattoo relocated to 3399 Washington St. and they are "focused on fully custom, original work." "Our customers are collectors of our art who appreciate our welcoming environment, commitment to diversity, and personalized service.


‘Simmering the Sea’ Author Talking at Tres Gatos About How to Eat a Diversity of Local Seafood

Local writer Sarah Schumann will be hosting an author talk to talk about her book new ecological seafood cookbook, "Simmering the Sea: Diversifying Cookery to Sustain Our Fisheries" on Jan. 27 at Tres Gatos. Schumann, who fishes commercially in New England and Alaska, will read from and sign copies of her new book and discuss the science that inspired this little cookbook and how to diversify your local seafood diet

"Simmering the Sea" is an underwater culinary adventure where you will meet (and learn how to prepare) forty under-appreciated fish and shellfish that populate the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, said Schumann. Sample species as varied as the coastal slipper limpet to the deep-water Acadian redfish, while learning how each one contributes to a flourishing ecosystem in the sea. The book was produced through a partnership between the University of Rhode Island, the nonprofit Eating with the Ecosystem, and Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts.