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Posted May 24, 2007

Evening of the Arts

With classes coming to an end, artists at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School have gathered their work and talent for display at the annual Evening of the Arts tonight, May 24. Enjoy theatrical and musical performances in the performing arts center and in classrooms, and walk the hallways to eye student photography, pottery, graphics, drawings, paintings, and videos. Doors open at 6 pm, and admission is free.

40 years with Sgt. Pepper

According to Rolling Stone magazine, "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is the most important rock & roll album ever made." Celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the album's release with Tom Dresser at the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Wednesday, May 30, at 7 pm. Mr. Dresser will present his Beatle recollections, and encourages all to participate in sharing Beatle memories, meanings, and by wearing your favorite Beatle paraphernalia. Admission is free. For more information, call 508-693-1050.

Summer Playhouse lineup

Visit the Vineyard Playhouse this summer and take in a Tony Award winner, a world premiere, a New England premiere, and Time Magazine's best play of 1988.

The four plays showcasing at the playhouse cover a wide variety of topics, and involve a breadth of characters.

"This Island Alone," the playhouse's world premiere, tells the history of Chilmark's deaf population, and will be the first play of the season, beginning on June 13. Time Magazine's winner, "Two Rooms," deals with love and politics in the Western and Middle Eastern worlds, and begins on July 11. The 2000 Tony Award winner, "Copenhagen," begins on August 1. Taking place in WWII, the play deals with two atomic scientists who meet in the city. Their meeting and conversation are a mystery, and possibly changed the course of history. The last play of the 2007 summer season is "Pure Confidence." This New England premiere is inspired by historical accounts of African American slave jockeys.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $40, and can be purchased over the phone at 508-696-6300, or at the box office on 24 Church St., Vineyard Haven.

The Yard's back

The Yard begins its 2007 season with "By the Yard," a contemporary dance program by Yard artists and guest choreographer Jonathan Riedel on May 25 and 26, 8 pm. The Yard, now in its 35th season, will also offer master classes in dance technique and choreography for adults and children, with Lincoln Center dance artists Lynn Brown and Lynn-Marie Ruse. The children's class, age 8 to 17, is on Wednesday, May 30, from 3 to 4:30 pm, at the West Tisbury School. There is a sliding scale fee from .25 to $5. The adult class is on Sunday, June 3 at the Yard, from 10 am to 1 pm. Call 508-645-9662.

Blizzard of '78

During the blizzard of 1978, five men aboard the Can Do left Gloucester Harbor to assist a lost Coast Guard boat and an oil tanker that needed rescuing. "Ten Hours Until Dawn," by Michael Tougias, is the story of the five men. Researched with real audio recordings from the night of the storm, Mr. Tougias's accuracy garnered his book a spot on the Boston Globe's bestseller list, and continues to be a favorite among critics.

Mr. Tougias will be on the Island at the Vineyard Haven library for a slide presentation on the tragic events in the book, which will also include the actual audiotapes that recorded the fight for the crews' survival.