Early Voting Available Today and Next Friday in JP

Friday is one of two days this election when voters can exercise their franchise early, right here in the neighborhood. Friday from 2-8 p.m. at Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St., there's early voting. Next Friday - Nov. 4 - there's early voting at Back of the Hill Apartments. There are many more early voting locations outside JP.

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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.

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This is Not a Drill: Dumpling House Finally Opens

The long-awaited Pink Samurai Dumpling House, which originally was scheduled to open in December 2015, is finally open. Twitter user John Hayden confirmed the 658 Centre St. restaurant was open Saturday and should be open again Tuesday after being closed for Labor Day. .@pinksamurai_jp @OnlyInBOS @02130News Pink samurai is so open!!! pic.twitter.com/5vDlHgr8uH— John Hayden (@anvilwonk) September 4, 2016

The long delay has had dumpling fans on a high-alert Dumpling Watch.

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Detail from “Nieli’ka” mural by Mayor’s Mural Crew, 2013 on wall of Purple Cactus

JP Home to Four of Region’s Top 50 Pieces of Public Art

Several pieces of art familiar to anyone from JP made WBUR's list of the top 50 pieces of public art in Greater Boston. We won't spoil all the enjoyment, as scrolling through Greg Cook's well-reasoned list is half the fun. But we were happy to see Rafael Rivera García's epic mural of Taino mythology at No. 20. Click through for Cook's full fifty to find the four that are in JP.

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Pink Samurai Dumpling House, 658 Centre St., poised to open soon. Photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.

Long-awaited ‘Pink Samurai Dumpling House’ May Open as Soon as Friday

We have it on good authority that the old Charlie Chan's on Centre Street will open as Pink Samurai Dumpling House as early as Friday. The chef who originally was going to launch the dumpling restaurant told Jamaica Plain News that while he is no longer involved in the project, he expects the new team may open as soon as Friday. We expect menu changes from the original concept. We'll pass along more as soon as we can confirm it. We've been unable to reach the owner but we'll update this story if we do.

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