The Beatles are back, and they're performing at the Tabernacle to help send the Minnesingers to Europe next spring to tour and perform. The trip for the 40-member high school group costs upwards of $100,000, and this is one of several fun-raising events held throughout the year.
Beatlemania Now, a live tribute band, will give a benefit concert on Saturday, August 4, at 8 pm. Admission is $35 for premium seating or $25 for general admission. Tickets are available online at mvcma.org, or at the Cottage Museum, Island Music, Bunch of Grapes, Alley's General Store, Edgartown Books, and Aboveground Records.
Photo by Lynn Christoffers
Michael Frayn's Tony Award-winning play "Copenhagen" is in previews at the Vineyard Playhouse in Vineyard Haven, opening night, Friday, August 3.
The play is based on an historic meeting between two theoretical physicists, Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr, which took place during World War II. Director Jon Lipsky said, "The play revolves around physics but has much wider implications. The brilliance of this play is that it resonates on so many levels.
"Copenhagen" runs Tuesday through Saturday, until August 16. Ticket prices range from $25 to $37.50. Call 508-696-6300 or visit www.vineyardplayhouse.org for more information."
Art at Tabernacle
The annual All-Island Art show will surround the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs on Monday, August 6, from 10 am to 4 pm. Professional and amateur artists may enter up to five works. Registration is on the day of the show from 8:30 to 10 am. Entry fees are: $5 per piece, $20 for five pieces, and $20 for any portfolio.
Judges Nancy Furino, Francine Kelly, and Lanny McDowell will award cash prizes in addition to ribbons. Attendees may also judge by buying stars for ten cents each and awarding them to their favorite entry. The work with the most stars will also win a cash prize.
The youth art show is held the following day, Tuesday, August 7. In case of rain, both shows will be held on August 7.
The Island Theatre Workshop presents A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters," directed by Kaf Warman. Four groups of two people will perform, each pair on two separate nights, reading love letters to each other. On Thursdays, August 2 and 9, Chelsea McCarthy and Jon Freeman read. Fridays, August 3 and 10, Lee Fierro and Don Lyons are featured. Saturdays, August 4 and 11, Linda Berg and Kevin Ryan do the honors. And Sundays, August 5 and 12, Taffy McCarthy and Drew Kelly read. All shows begin at 8:30 pm, at the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Spring Street in Vineyard Haven. Tickets are $20 at the door.
*Sealed with a kiss
Regular Tabernacle pianists Amaryllis Glass and Stefan Young will give a recital together this Friday, at 8 pm. Never featured in a recital together before but frequent performers during Community Sings and services, Ms. Glass and Mr. Young will play both solos and duets of Mozart, Chopin, Ravel, Bach, and Stravinsky. Ms. Glass began playing piano at the age of three, and graduated with a master's degree in music from the Julliard School in New York. Now with her Doctorate of Musical Arts, she maintains a piano studio in her hometown of Fairfield, Conn.
Mr. Young also studied at the Julliard School, and has written music for orchestras and bands, among others. He is a professor of music theory and composition at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in New Jersey.
The concert is free, with a free-will offering that will be shared with the performers. For more information, visit mvcma.org or call 508-693-0525.
Children's art classes
Cousen Rose Gallery is holding art classes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 10:30 am to 12 noon. Children must be age 6 or older. The gallery is located on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs.
At the O
By now you may have heard the song "Levitate" on WMVY radio, and know it is by an Island-based band, Lucy Vincent. The song, made known to the community through "The Best of Vineyard Sound," a compilation CD produced by Peter Simon, will be performed at Outerland this Wednesday. On stage will be both Lucy Vincent and The Old Silver Band, which is based on the Cape. For more information or tickets, visit outerlandmv.com or call 508-693-1137.
Festival for film
The annual Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival is back for its fifth summer, highlighting the best films from African American independent filmmakers. This year, over 30 films will be showcased, and there will be opportunities to attend a director's chat, Q&A sessions, an art expo, actor workshops, and discussions with filmmakers who will share their wit and wisdom. Along with the films, the event, which takes place from August 8 through 11, gives visitors a chance to sightsee around the Island. Most films will be shown at the Mansion House in Vineyard Haven, with some also at the Performing Arts Center at the Regional High School in Oak Bluffs. Lola's Restaurant in Oak Bluffs will hold the after parties. For more information, visit mvaaff.com.