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.

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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.

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‘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.

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‘Local Scenes’ is JP Library’s First Art Exhibition for ’19

Maybe you'll recognize some of the watercolors in the Jamaica Plain Branch Library's first art exhibition for the year because it's "Local Scenes" by Kevin Gillespie. The Jamaica Plain resident's work is often done en plein air, as he illustrates his neighborhood's natural scenes like the shadows of tree branches, water ripples, the four seasons of New England and more. This is the first of six art exhibitions at the library branch due to a partnership between the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library and the Uforge Gallery. The exhibition will be on view from Jan. 4 through Feb.

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Bees Deluxe Performing at Milky Way After Touring Midwest

The Jamaica Plain-based band, Bees Deluxe, is back in the neighborhood after a very successful Midwest tour, and will be performing locally on Jan. 9th. Bees Deluxe describes their sound as "acid blues" or "punk jazz," although keyboard player Carol Band, thinks of it as "intellectual blues." "They take the  basic blues structure and mess with it. There's lots of improvisation and musicality," said Band.

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