Jamaica Plain Residents Star in New England World Premiere at New Repertory Theatre

Jamaica Plain residents Marge Dunn and Michael Ofori will star in the New England premiere of "Cardboard Piano" at New Repertory Theatre. Written by the in-demand, young playwright Hansol Jung, "Cardboard Piano" is a riveting new drama that follows a love story between two young women, set against an escalating civil war in Uganda. The show is running from March 23 to April 14. Marge Dunn is making her New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of "Cardboard Piano" and will be playing Chris. Her other recent credits include "It’s a Wonderful Life" and "Miss Holmes" at the Greater Boston Stage Company; "Dog Act" for which she received an IRNE nomination at Theatre on Fire; "Three Sisters" for which she also received an IRNE nomination and more at the Wellesley Repertory Theatre. She was in "Macbeth" at the Brown Box Theatre Project; "The Draft" at Hibernian Hall; "Romeo and Juliet" and "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Boston Theater Company.


Jamaica Plain’s Planeta Appointed to Nonprofit United South End Settlements’ Board of Directors

United South End Settlements (USES) recently announced five new board members, including a Jamaica Plain resident, who will join USES’s 20-member board of directors starting in March. The new board members are leaders in social work, nonprofits, education, diversity, inclusion, finance and design. The five new board members are:

Professor of Practice and Director of Urban Leadership Program at Simmons University Gary Bailey
Director of Diversity Recruiting and Advising at IES Abroad Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Investment Analyst at Finepoint Capital Kevin Koslosky
Executive Director at Parenting Journey Imari Paris Jeffries
Owner/Principal at Planeta Design Group LLC Patrick Planeta

Jamaica Plain resident Patrick Planeta is a Boston based interior designer, well known for his work in innovative design solutions that implement client vision and desire. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree, Planeta became a standout Senior Associate/Senior Designer at CBT Architects where he worked prior to and following graduation. After much recognition for his dedication to his work at CBT Architects for 12 years, he founded his own company, Planeta Design Group LLC.


JP@Home Happenings: The Rockin’ Chairs Concert, and Upcoming Workshop for Older Americans

JP@Home, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the health and independence of older adults, has an upcoming fundraising concert with The Rockin' Chairs. The Rockin' Chairs is a group of graying musicians specializing in 1950s rock-n-roll, who will be playing at Doyle's Cafe on March 10 from 5-6:30 pm. Please visit www.ethocare.org/RSVP for more info or call 617-477-6934. JP@Home is sponsoring a housing workshop for older Americans at the Rogerson House on March 8 starting at 10 am. Seniors with physical challenges will learn how to make their homes accessible.


‘Living Portraits’ at Convention Center Featuring Work of Jamaica Plain Photographer

Jamaica Plain photographer Robin Radin and Woods Hole artist Jon Goldman are currently exhibiting their work at The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center through May 27. "Radin and Goldman employ their work as a means of documenting, celebrating, and asking questions about the communities in which they are embedded," wrote Caitlin Foley, the exhibition's curator. "These two distinctly different bodies of work complement one another via their shared exploration and documentation of place and community." The BCEC is located at 415 Summer Street in Boston and the exhibition is on the second floor northwest lobby gallery. The exhibit is running from Feb.


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.