J Squared: Can't Miss Fall Happenings

For art-lovers and men-and-women-about-town, the coming weeks promise to be an embarrassment of riches, with street music celebrations, gallery openings and film festivals abound. Our resident insiders – Jared Bowen and Jan Saragoni – reveal which happenings are not to be missed.
Jan's Picks

Legendary jazz club returns to Boston in the subterranean Exeter St. space formerly occupied by “Saint”, which used to be Café Budapest. Jazz legends Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald performed throughout the ‘50’s. Owner Brian Lesser calls it a “speakeasy and a nightclub” all rolled into one. “Saint” was completely gutted and re-designed by Steve Sousa of Sousa Designs and is now divided into two rooms; the red Bordello Room (which is what the New Orleans red-light district used to be called) and a larger space for a dj and dancing.Chef Louis DiBiccari, formerly of Sel de la Terre) serves dishes inspired by food history of Boston. Looked at old menus from Union Oyster House & Locke-ober. Fifteen plates, designed for sharing, include: Crab Louis, Beef Wellington and of course, baked beans.

Jamaica Plain Open Studios

Saturday 9/24-Sunday 9/25, 11am-6pm
18th annual Open Studios. Artists include painters Bill Chisolm, Rachel Wood and sculptor Ruth Rosner
Join many of the artists for breakfast at Cheverus Saturday morning to hear more about the exhibits

Panopticon Gallery
Biggest group exhibition, almost 75 individual artists (mostly photographers), from the gallery’s 40-year history on display through the end of October. Located in the Hotel Commonwealth, Kenmore Square. Gallery started by Tony Decaneas as a one-room basement space on Bay State road. Oldest fine art photography gallery in New England, specializing in contemporary, modern and vinatage photography including Asel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz and Constantine Manos.

Boston Classical Orchestra
Saturday 9/24, 8pm-10pm, Faneuil Hall
Steven Lipsitt conducts a “best of the classics” program featuring Beethoven’s powerful “Eroica” Symphony No. 3 and Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” overture. Cellist Allison Eldredge performs Saint-Saens “Cello Concerto." 

Cooking Class at the Four Seasons
Tuesday 9/27, 6:30-8:30
ABC's of Cooking. Learn hands-on, basic skills like grilling, brazing and sautéing with classes supervised by Executive Chef Brooke Vosika. Prepare the perfect roast chicken with rosemary roasted potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts and whipped butternut squash. 

Tuesday 10/18,  6:30-8:30
Cider Specialties for the Oct. 18th class, including braised pork loin with fresh cider, sage and Winesap apples. Students get an apron, recipe cards and endless amounts of food & drink for $15.

Steely Dan
Wang Center, 9/28–9/30
Are you reeling in the years? 
Jared's Picks

Betsey Johnson
10/15 at the Cyclorama in the South End
The legendary Fashion Designer presents her pret-a-porter collection at a gala event to benefit the South End Community Health Center’s Breast Cancer Prevention Program. Jared Bowen is the emcee. Varying ticket prices gain access to VIP reception, fashion show, party, etc. Part of the NY fashion scene since 1964, the iconic designer was part of the 1960s Warhol scene, has more than 65 stores worldwide, has won nearly every fashion award known to man and is a breast cancer survivor herself.

Life is Good Festival
9/24-25 at Prowse Farm in Canton
Two day music festival benefits The Life Is Good Kids Foundation whose mission is to help children mired in dire circumstances and challenges like violence, illness and extreme poverty. Features a host of performers and headliner Ray LaMontagne, The Avett Brothers, Michael Franti and Spearhead and many more.

Honk! Festival 2011
9/30-10/3 in Davis Square, Somerville 
6th Annual Festival of Activist Street Bands. 30 street bands from all over the country return to Boston (where the festival was founded in Davis Square). Playing in and around Davis Square and Harvard Square these bands take to the streets performing, raising awareness about social issues and making general merriment.

Boston Fashion Week
Taking its cues from New York City’s fashion week and the tent at Lincoln Center, Boston ups the ante this year by consolidating the annual event in one Tent housed at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. Runway shows feature the city’s hottest designers and are private but a host of fashion-related events will be happening around the city and at the Tent.

Hepburn and Chaplin
ArtsEmerson’s October film program features the films of Katharine Hepburn and Charlie Chaplin. Films are screened at The Paramount Center in the Bright Family Screening Room on Washington Street. Tickets are $10. October begins a three-month, 13 film Hepburn retrospective including A Bill of Divorcement, Little Women, a new 35mm print of Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia story and more. The Chaplin films are all new 35mm prints and feature The Kid, The Circus and Modern Times.

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