Start your holiday shopping this weekend at Island Elderly Housing's Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 22. From 9 am to 2 pm at Woodside II, across from the high school in Oak Bluffs, shop for holiday items, handmade goods, and enjoy a sweet baked treat. For more information, call Roberta at 508-693-5342.
The Vineyard Playhouse holds auditions this Friday, Nov. 21, from 4 to 6 pm, for their family holiday show "It's a Wonderful Life - The Radio Play," performed for two weekends from December 12-21. Still available are several supporting roles for older teens, men, and women, and four roles for children ages 11-14. Actors will be provided with scripts and asked to demonstrate a range of different voices. For more information, call 508-693-6450, ext. 18, or visit vineyardplayhouse.org.
Broadening their horizons
Earlier this month, 32 students from the high school's performing arts department went to an open rehearsal of "Carmina Burana" at Symphony Hall in Boston. Accompanied by teachers Jan Wightman, Mike Tinus, and Melanie Chaunce, the group saw a performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and the PALS Children Chorus on November 6. The group also saw the musical instrument exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts. Here, the group stands on the steps of Symphony Hall.
"Otello" at Capawock
This Sunday, Nov. 23, Verdi's "Otello" plays at the Capawock Theatre at 2 pm. In high definition with surround sound, see a recording of the opera performed at the Salzburg Summer Festival. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and students. Coming up on December 7 is Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at 2 pm.
A message clear as a bell
Visitors to Edgartown will hear bells on November 23, as part of a reminder to end global warming. The youth group of St. Andrew's Church will be ringing a bell 350 times on Sunday afternoon. (Three hundred fifty parts per million is the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere we need to scale down to in order to avoid irreversible damage to the earth.) The youth group, about a dozen middle and high school students, will gather at 4 pm on the front porch of the church, located at the corner of North Summer and Winter streets. The students will pass around a large school-style hand bell, and take turns ringing it. The event is expected to last for less than a half hour. The students will also distribute brochures containing information about global warming. (For more information, go to 350.org) Interim priest the Rev. Stephen White, said, "We must take action at the local, national, and international levels."
For an informative and provocative evening, attend the Vineyard Haven library's showing of Chris Paine's "Who Killed the Electric Car?" on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7 pm. The 2006 Sony Pictures Classics documentary explores the development, limited commercialization, and finally, death of the battery-driven electric car in the United States. The film explores the roles of automobile manufacturers, the oil industry, the government, consumers, and others in thwarting the development and adoption of this technology. After the movie, Island resident and solar energy activist Steve Solarazza will lead a discussion.
Shaking things up
There's a double dose of Salsa at Sharky's in Edgartown this Saturday. The popular restaurant is importing a New York DJ, Nightshade, who will spin Salsa, Merengue, and more World Music. The show starts at 10 pm.
"Miracle worker" at high school
Photos by Ralph Stewart