World-renowned musicians at Whaling Church
Young Boston cellist Sebastian Baverstam and pianist Constantine Finehouse will perform at the Old Whaling Church on Sunday, May 25, at 4 pm. Mr. Baverstam, 18, first performed on Martha's Vineyard at age six, and went on to perform at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and many European venues. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Mr. Finehouse studied at New England Conservatory, Juilliard and Yale. The proceeds of the concert, which includes works by Beethoven, Brahms, Kodaly, and Schemmer, will benefit The Vineyard Playhouse. Composer Tony Schemmer will join the performers at the reception following the concert. Recommended donation of $15; seniors and students $10; children under 18 are free. For more information, call 508-696-6300.
Island Interludes presents the staged readings of two short plays by Island playwrights at the Vineyard Playhouse on Saturday, May 24, at 7:30 pm. "A Midsummer Night's Alternative," by Susanna J. Sturgis begins the evening, followed by Jay H. Kaufman's, "Crosswords." $15 for adults; $10 for seniors/students. Tickets only available at the door. For more information, call 508-696-6300 or visit vineyardplayhouse.org.
Part auction and part 1960s dance party, the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School's Rock Auction is taking place at the Hebrew Center on Sunday, May 25. Auction items include: a week-long vacation to Virgin Gorda, a sunset sail for two, 4 hours of Bobcat work, and Celtics tickets. Silent auction and hot hors d'oeuvres, 5:30-7 pm; live auction, 7-8:30; 60s dance party, 8:30-10:30. All proceeds benefit the now schoolhouse audition. Tickets, $15, available at the Martha's Vineyard Charter School, Alley's, Edgartown Seafood, and at the door. For more information, call 508-693-9900.
Photo by Ralph Stewart
Food for thought
Islanders enjoyed a potluck of worldly proportions at the third annual "Harambee," a party held at the Chilmark Community Center on Friday, May 16. Galen films hosted the event, which raises money for the continuing education of former child laborers in Kenya. Along with live music and dancing, the audience was treated to a film directed by Robin Romano that documented the progress of the students. To donate to the children's education, send checks payable to the "Kenyan Education Fund" to Galen Films, 110 Daggett Ave, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.
For the second year, BravEncore, Martha's Vineyard Regional High School drama department's non-profit support group, sponsored events to raise funds for the school's declining drama budget.
"Between the Lines," an original play written by the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Theatre Director, Kate Murray and students, was performed Friday and Saturday evenings at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury.
Photo by Susan Safford
Sunday, Ms. Murray and a group of current and former drama students performed songs and skits at Lola's Restaurant in Oak Bluffs. While Lola's prepared rounds of hors d'oeuvres and finger foods along with a table full of desserts, attendees were also tempted by numerous attractive items offered in a silent auction.
Ms. Murray said that there will be several similar events over the summer, including a BravEncore performance at the Agricultural Fair in August. All proceeds go to benefit the regional high school's drama program.