Parent & Child Summer Dance Classes

Dance this summer with your little one! JP Dance Co-op is hosting a monthly summer session of its "Parent & Child: Intro to Movement" class (boys & girls, ages 3-4) – and it’s all about FUN! This session will consist of four 1 ½ hour classes at the beginning of each month (June-September):

DATES: June 3, July 1, August 5, September 9 (1x a month, Sundays)

TIME: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: 45 Danforth St, 2nd floor, Jamaica Plain, MA

Parent and child will be introduced to dance and will learn how to express themselves through movement. Class will include a mixture of Ballet barre, Modern basics, improvisation and free play. Each class will be centered around a theme.

A scene from the South Street Parade at Wake Up The Earth 2015

40th Wake Up the Earth Parade and Festival on Saturday

The earth has certainly had quite the slumber this winter and while we've had warmer days recently it's time to Wake Up the Earth with the annual parade and festival this Saturday! This year is the 40th Wake Up the Earth Festival! The festival has a fascinating creation story. It began in 1979 when a group of local neighbors and activists came together to stop the Interstate 95 expansion into Jamaica Plain -- and won their fight! Thus the festival is "a celebration of what can be accomplished when people of all traditions, cultures, ages, and beliefs come together to make a difference," according to Spontaneous Celebrations' website.


Bread & Puppet’s Play ‘The Basic Bye-Bye Show’ Opens in JP on April 19th

Bread & Puppet Theater returns for four shows starting April 19th at Spontaneous Celebrations with its new play, "The Basic Bye-Bye Show." The play is a manifesto inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s apocalyptic woodcuts and the daily news. "The Basic Bye-Bye Show originally set out to define and illuminate the need for basic bye-byes in our culture, but has progressed to respond to the event of regular mass shootings, in particular the recent massacre in the Florida high school," said director Peter Schumann. “The theme is the birth of the gun by the 2nd Amendment Holy Cow, presided over by James Madison, which leads to the routine occurrence of horror and ends with the funeralization of that ill-conceived symbol of a free people.”

The play expands on the traditional bye-byes of funerals and train stations by turning the saying of bye-bye into a political act. It helps us say bye-bye to the gun -- as a practical tool for massacre-making, as a symbol of "freedom," as an instrument of political influence, and as an economic dependency.


Calling All Singing Families: SingPositive Open Rehearsal on Jan. 28th

Does your family like singing? Maybe you'd like to join an intergenerational family choir. If you're interested then you should attend SingPositive's open rehearsals at Spontaneous Celebrations in Jamaica Plain this Sunday. There's no commitment and don't worry about singing on key. SingPositive includes more than 25 families making music together on Sunday afternoons.

Twins Veronica (left) and Victoria, 9, light lanterns in preparation for the Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade on Oct. 18, 2014. The girls are involved in Spontaneous Celebrations’ La Piñata program, a traditional music and dance group directed by Rosalba Solis.

34th Annual Jamaica Plain Lantern Parade Oct. 21st & 22nd

One of the greatest JP traditions is the annual Lantern Parade around Jamaica Pond. Children, adults (and dogs!) gather to enjoy music, food and drink, design their own lanterns, and then walk around the pond with their glowing creations. People are welcome to gather at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse from 5:30 to 9 pm. The parades starts at 6 pm on both Saturday, Oct. 21st and Sunday, Oct.