JP Craftsman Shane Maxwell Hosts Textile-Inspired Workshops at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Weaving together the themes of the current Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum exhibition, Common Threads, Shane Maxwell, a Jamaica Plain-based craftsman, who oversees textile painting and dyeing for the Boston Ballet and The Santa Fe Opera (over the summer season), is teaching his textile-inspired techniques at an ongoing museum open studio series. Maxwell's Saturday Open Studio workshop series will run every Saturday, from Oct. 13 through Jan. 12, from 11 am to 4 pm. Saturday Open Studio events are included with museum admission.

Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, D-Jamaica Plain, represents the Second Suffolk seat.

Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz November Neighborhood Office Hours; JP on Nov. 17

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and her staff are hosting neighborhood office hours across the district throughout November and in Jamaica Plain on Nov. 17. These office hours are a great opportunity to discuss any community or statewide issues and hear about what’s going on at the State House. Chang-Díaz does not attend all neighborhood office hours, as she rotates which neighborhood office hours she attends. Please note that there are both morning and evening office hours.


JP Restaurants Raising $$ for Immigrant Rights During Dining for a Difference Week

Diners in Jamaica Plain have a chance to donate to a great cause while enjoying meals at six fabulous local restaurants during Dining for a Difference Week from November 4 to 9. The fundraiser will support national immigrant rights group Kids in Need of Defense, which in recent months has been working tirelessly on behalf of migrant children separated from their parents. During Dining for a Difference Week, local restaurants Tres Gatos, The Haven, Casa Verde, The Frogmore, Vee Vee and Little Dipper will each donate a portion of proceeds from a night of business. The event is the fifth organized by Boston For All, a grassroots group of local parents inspired by the 2016 election to raise money for civil liberties and civil rights organizations. Thus far, Boston for All has raised more than $25,000 through fun, family-friendly events.


Jamaica Plain’s Becca Lewis Featured in Theater UnCorked’s ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

Jamaica Plain’s Becca Lewis was recently featured in Theater UnCorked’s "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" in Cambridge. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" is Dale Wasserman’s 1963 Tony Award-winning adaptation of the novel by Ken Kesey. Lewis plays Sandy, a good-time-girl who crashes a party in a mid-century psychiatric hospital. Many people also know the movie starring Jack Nicholson. The enhanced stage reading had two performances on Oct.


Fiddle Supergroup Kicks Off Farewell Tour with Jamaica Plain Resident

The fiddle choir Childsplay recently released their seventh album before heading out for their national farewell tour with Jamaica Plain resident McKinley James. Led by violin maker Robert Childs, Childsplay is made up of 12 fiddlers, playing a violin or viola handmade by Childs himself, and ranging from all-Ireland and national Scottish fiddle champions to members of the Boston Symphony. Childsplay’s fiddlers are accompanied by nine all-star instrumentalists, singers and dancers who altogether create the sound that is truly Childsplay. One member of Childsplay is McKinley James, who has lived in Jamaica Plain since 2015, attending school at New England Conservatory (NEC). “The community is very vibrant musically both classical and folk music, there are great contra dances and jam sessions in JP,” said McKinley.