Noteworthy events on Martha’s Vineyard

Noteworthy events on Martha’s Vineyard

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Artists needed for Pecha Kucha night

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum and Harbor View Hotel will host a Pecha Kucha night on Friday, Feb. 1, from 7:30 to 9 in the Harbor View’s Menemsha Room. Eight to ten artists will each present a slideshow of their work and talk briefly about each piece in a 20-in-20 format. The presenters are given 20 seconds to describe each slide. Organizers are still seeking artists and others who have material for a slideshow. For more information or to sign-up, call Jessica Barker at 508-627-4441 ext. 117 or email jbarker@mvmuseum.org.

Full weekend at The Pit Stop

The Pit Stop in Oak Bluffs is a happening place this weekend.

First up is a fundraiser for the Martha’s Vineyard Skate Park, the video premier of “Natural Selection,” a film by Islander Elliot Vecchia. Doors open at 8 pm; the film starts at 9 pm. Live music by Dukes County Love Affair and The Hammerheads follows from 9:30 to 11:30 pm. Admission is $10; $5 for members.

On January 27, hear Irish musicians Dylan Foley, Dan Gurney, and Sean Earnest.

Mr. Foley is a three-time All-Island Fiddle Champion who is currently attending SUNY New Paltz; acoustic guitarist and bouzouki player Mr. Earnest of central Pennsylvania is among the most in-demand Celtic tradional music accompanists today; and accordian player Mr. Gurney, from New York, learned Irish music from Galway-born concertina player Father Charlie Coen, according to a press release. Doors open at 7 pm, and tickets are $10.

For more information, visit thepitstopworkshop.org.

Vineyard comedy premieres on MVTV

“It started with the thought that if Milton summered on Martha’s Vineyard, he likely would have written about tossing a couple of devils out of this Paradise as well,” says Wayne K. Greenwell, West Tisbury playwright, whose new one-act comedy pokes fun at “the sacred cows, dogs, lichen…all the Island’s foibles,” according to the press release.

In “Marth Vader: The Vineyard’s Dark Side,” President Obama, in addressing the nation’s huge debt problem, sees it necessary foremost to streamline the Island’s bureaucracies and hire the “Island character” who can get that done. Marth Vader, ruler of the universe, will not be denied this position and takes over all decisions brought her by petitioning homeowners, contractors, etc.

The play is part of the “Brief Plays for a Small Stage” series videotaped at MVTV and started by Mr. Greenwell and Jonathan Revere. “I was fortunate to have the talents of three comedic actors — George Ricci, Chris Buehler and Jihan Ponti — who, though having scripts in hand, nonetheless deliver fine performances,” says Mr. Greenwell, who also directed.

The play will premiere at 7 pm on Friday, Jan. 25, on channel 13, and be shown again at the same time on January 26 and 27. Additional screenings will be scheduled. Visit mvtv.org for details or to download for viewing on computer (click Video on Demand and enter the title or Greenwell as producer).

Pot Luck Jam on Saturday

According to organizer Alex Karelekas, more than 25 musicians will perform this Saturday, Jan. 26, at a Chilmark Community Center Potluck Jam. The event starts at 6 pm and is free, but guests are invited to bring a dish of food to share.

Winter salons

Pathways will present the first ArTbaR salon of 2013 at the Chilmark Tavern on Friday, Jan. 25 from 7 to 9 pm. ArTbaR evenings feature presentations by artists, writers, videographers, poets, musicians, and more. The events, which are free and open to the public, will take place through April and include poetry, music and art jams, performances, readings, art installations, and more. Light refreshments are served.

Pathways invites artists and writers to participate by emailing excerpts of work, along with a description of intent, to pathwaysprojectsinstitutes@gmail.com. For more information contact Scott Crawford at scott4pathways@gmail.com; 917-846-0345.