Sylvia Lopez Chavez and Elisa Hamilton will have an interactive public art exhibition at The Eliot School for the 2016 JP Open Studios

Your Guide to Jamaica Plain Open Studios 2016

Want to get the most out of your time at this year's Jamaica Plain Open Studios? We've put together this guide to help. During Open Studios, which run Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 200 artists will showcase their work at 40 sites around the neighborhood. The massive event is free. Open Studios is a fixture on the JP calendar alongside other can't miss events like Wake Up the Earth, the JP Music Festival, the Lantern Parade and JP Porchfest.


Snake Nest, Er, Tire Sculpture Festoons Brookside Home

Snakes, er, old bike tires festoon the back of a Brookside Avenue apartment, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. At first glance, this collection of old bike tires gave me a heart attack. But it isn't a nightmare collection of snakes. It's art. Each weekday we post a “Photo of the Day” from around the neighborhood.


Franklin Park Soared at Saturday’s Kite and Bike Festival

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival. Credit: Richard Heath
An institution in Franklin Park since 1968 and threatened with extinction not long ago after being evicted form its ancestral home on the golf course, The Franklin Park Kite Festival is making a comeback. The Franklin Park Coalition, collaborating with ArtRox and Bike Boston are making it a Kites and Bikes Day. Hundreds thronged the seven-acre Playstead on Saturday to fly kites, ride bikes, eat food or just chill on a fine spring day. One major improvement was the new sidewalk along Seaver Street for families and strollers and bikes to walk over from Elm Hill or Humboldt avenues and in the park from the Egleston Square entrance at Walnut Avenue.

Jonathan Kapust, right, head highway engineer for the Casey Arborway, explains a design feature to JP's Jake Hart before a Thursday, May 7, 2015 construction meeting.

Maps: How to Get Through Forest Hills By Foot, Bike or Car

On Thursday, transportation officials broke down exactly how residents would get through Forest Hills during the next phase of the Casey Arborway project. Here are maps and explanations for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers once lane closures begin on Saturday. The inbound lane of the Casey (going toward the Pond) will be shunted to a temporary surface road on Saturday. Then the following Saturday the outbound lane (toward Morton Street) will get the same treatment. The basic patterns created then will largely stay in place for months as workers dismantle the crumbling overpass.


Biking 2,000 Miles to Talk Period

On March 31, JP resident Rachel Saudek started biking from Key West, FL back to Boston as part of Sustainable Cycles, a bike ride to promote menstrual health. 7 female bicyclists are riding 3 different routes across the country, all to end up in Boston for The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research's national conference in June, at Suffolk University. Over her lifetime, a woman will spend over $2,000 and create over 260 pounds of trash by using disposable pads and tampons. Sustainable Cycles works to change this commonplace reality and break the cultural taboo that surrounds menstruation by getting women together to talk about their cycles and share information on how to handle them. Along the route, the cyclists will gather community for Period-Positive Workshops: safe spaces to have open and honest period talk.