Short Subjects

Posted June 14, 2007

Eisenhauer opening

Six artists' interpretations of "The Figure" will be on display at this Saturday's summer opening at the Eisenhauer Gallery in Edgartown. The artists are from different backgrounds with distinctive, individual styles, from photo-realist oils to plaster sculpture.

Music will be provided by Squash Meadow and a raw bar, wine, and ales will also be offered.

Opening reception, Saturday, June 16, 5 to 7 pm, Eisenhauer Gallery, 38 North Water Street, Edgartown. For more information, call 508-627-8170.

"Come forth Lazarus..."

"...And he came fifth and lost the job." (James Joyce, "Ulysses") Perhaps the oldest continuous celebration of Bloomsday, Arts & Society will hold this year's event on Saturday, June 16, at 8 pm. A celebration of music and drama based on the text of James Joyce, the performers include Gerry Yukevich, Kevin Ryan, and Philip Diettreich performing sections of "The Dead" from "Dubliners," as well as other artists. The evening concludes with a selection by Rose Liberace from "Ulysses." The event is produced and organized by John Crelan, creator of Arts & Society, and is the society's 29th annual Bloomsday celebration.

Bloomsday, Saturday, June 16, 8 pm, Katharine Cornell Theater, Spring Street, Vineyard Haven. Tickets $15; $12 senior and student. For more information, call 508-696-0539.

Eye Contact: Windows on the Soul of India

Photos for humanity

Boost your coffee table book collection with photographer Alan Brigish's recently released "Eye Contact: Windows on the Soul of India." A collection of photographs taken during two trips to India in 2006, the limited edition is being sold to raise money for Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) of Delhi, India. BBA works to take children out of sweatshops and provide food, housing, and education. The 75-page book is $75. For more information about BBA, visit To purchase the book and for more information about the photographer, visit or call him at 508-696-3109.

Peace poetry

In an effort to promote a more peaceful world, Island poets are gathering at Outerland for group reading, Poets for Peace. The M.V. Peace Council will join a line-up of poets such as Nancy Aronie, Thalia Leuning, Donald Nitchie, and Michael West, among others.

For the jazz section, enjoy anti-war peace songs by Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Ani DiFranco, and Willy Nelson, among others. There is no cover charge for the reading tonight, June 14, at 9 pm. The event is part of the Live Poetry and Jazz series at Outerland. For more information, visit or call 508-693-1137.

Dancing, singing cannibals

"Cannibal! The Musical," written by South Park's co-creator Trey Parker, hits an Island stage next Thursday, June 21. Performed by the Island Theatre Workshop's Young Director's Studio, the tale highlights six men who are lost in the Rocky Mountains in the 1860s. The group spends its time foraging for gold and love, and does their fair amount of dancing. The musical is directed by Jon Ryan, and will run for six nights.

"Cannibal! The Musical," June 21-24, 28, 8 pm; June 25, 29, 30, 10 pm; Katharine Cornell Theatre, Spring St., Vineyard Haven. Tickets $15. For more information, call 508-627-2017.

Calling all writers

Martha's Vineyard Writing, the twice-yearly Island writing and poetry journal, is seeking submissions of approximately 2,500 words for their upcoming Winter/Spring 2008 issue. All submissions will be read, and two or three reviewers will make evaluations based upon style, originality, and writing quality. The journal is open to writers of all ages and talent. Working with a small budget, all accepted contributors will receive $10 for their work, and 50 cents of each copy goes into a scholarship fund.

Submissions may be sent by e-mail to in the body copy of the e-mail, not as an attachment, or as hard copy, maximum of ten pages double-spaced or five poems, to Martha's Vineyard Writing, P.O. Box 723, West Tisbury, MA. 02575. Send a SASE if you would like your manuscript sent back. For more information, call 508-693-9352.

Star search

Get your applications now for the Vineyard Playhouse's Summer Stars Theater Arts Camp, for children age 9 to 14. The camp uses interactive acting classes, improv, and storytelling with drawing and painting for a fun-filled week, and ends with a weekly performance for family and friends. Weekly themes range from Shakespeare to Greek Week. Single week rates are $200 per camper, $185 for returning campers, and the special rate for four weeks is $700. Scholarships and family rates are available. The camp runs Mondays through Fridays, July 2 through August 31. Applications are available online at, and at the playhouse, which is located at 24 Church Street in Vineyard Haven. For more information, call 508-693-6450 ext. 28.

Morning dance and sun salutations

The Yard in Chilmark invites you to start your day with beautiful movement. Early Morning Yoga and Community Dance Classes will begin on Monday, June 18 and continue through Sunday, Sept. 16.

Yoga classes will be held daily (Monday-Friday, 7 am; Saturday and Sunday, 9 am) and will be taught by various instructors including Mollie Doyle, Kanta Lipsky, Primo Lombardi, and Emily Phillips. Each instructor will teach one or two days a week.

The Community Dance Classes will be offered Monday through Friday, 9 to 10:30 am. Sandra Stone, the Yard's the new associate artistic director, will teach the classes. All classes are mixed level and open to adults and teens with movement experience.

For more information, including fees, type of movement, and instructor, visit or call 508-645-9662.

Paul L. Coffey and Alexandria Wailes
Actors Paul L. Coffey and Alexandria Wailes. Photo by Ralph Stewart

World premiere at playhouse

The Vineyard Playhouse is currently showing "This Island Alone," a world premiere that the playhouse has helped develop through staged readings last fall. Playwrights Catherine Rush and Adrian Blue have combined their talents with a cast using both spoken English and sign language to tell a bit of Chilmark history. The deaf community in Chilmark used sign language to communicate. For generations, deaf and hearing Islanders lived as though there was no difference at all. When two people arrived from off-Island, everything changed.

"This Island Alone," runs Tuesday through Saturday, until July 7. Times and ticket prices vary. For more information call 508-696-6300 or visit