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‘Impossible things are happening every day’

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After a two-year stage hiatus due to COVID, Island Theatre Workshop is turning pumpkins into carriages and mice into noble steeds with the 1957 version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” It’s been an extensive and...

Happy campers

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When Adam Epstein and Innovation Arts and Entertainment first began the M.V. Concert Series in 2016, the goal was to attract great performers into intimate settings, and show folks how special smaller Vineyard venues...

The ‘Real Deal’

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One sunny and fragrant day last spring, Jemima James and I sat out on her back porch in West Tisbury as she talked about the trajectory her career has taken. No less than the Vineyard’s...

The power of poetry

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Love lies at the heart of the play “Burning Patience” (“Ardiente Paciencia”), currently at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. It is the love of the young, smitten mailman Mario for young Beatriz, Beatriz’s mother for...

Going to the Beach

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The Beach Road Weekend Music Festival is finally here, with each day of tunes constituting an all-out bash of big-name performers, notable up-and-coming artists, and more. Workers have been busy turning Veterans Memorial Park in...

Spreading the word

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Over at Native Earth Teaching Farm in Chilmark, back behind a small wooden structure filled with colorful drums, something truly unique is blossoming. What started as a vision in 2019 by Island drummer Rick Bausman...

Lots of laughs

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Charlie Nadler arrived in the world at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on July 11, 1984 — and I can attest to this because I was right in the middle of the action. He was...

‘Standing up taller’

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The MVY Radio Summer Youth Performance Series celebrates its 10th anniversary this summer, with a new venue and a new format. Back in 2013, this event began as a collaboration with Alex’s Place at...

A night of magic and juggling at the Film Center

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Get ready for Thursday, August 18, when magic and illusion mix with mindblowing juggling, and come to the M.V. Film Center. Evan Northrup brings his performance, the “Mind of a Magician,” and Bryson Lang...

A man and his music

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There are certain songs that open floodgates of memories — no matter what decade you grew up in. For me, Don McLean's “Vincent” sets off an internal slideshow with a preteen me singing my...

‘Creative playground’

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A beloved Island tradition, the Built on Stilts festival, is back again August 11 through 13 and August 20 through 21, filling Union Chapel with creativity and fun for — and largely by —...

M.V. Comedy Fest returns

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The MV Comedy Fest at the Strand Theater in Oak Bluffs is a ritual of laughter with roots in the history of Black culture. The acts continue over the next week and overlap with...

‘Something for everyone’

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The Martha’s Vineyard Concert Series continues through the summer season with a number of national touring artists coming to music venues across the Island. From Grammy Award winners to the best regional acts around,...

Finger-pickin’ good

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Talking with musician Jim Kweskin is a bit like getting a history lesson in Americana music. Kweskin founded the 1960s Jim Kweskin Jug Band with Fritz Richmond, Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur, Mel Lyman, and...

Storytelling on ice

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Don’t expect something like Disney on Ice or the Ice Capades, or competitive Olympic-type figure skating in Brownbody’s upcoming show, “Tracing Sacred Steps.” In fact, although brought to us by the Yard, the performance...

World stage

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Earlier this year an organization called the Center for International Theater Development (CITD) commissioned a number of Ukrainian playwrights to create new works that, according to their website, “offer a first draft of history...

Taking flight

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You've probably never heard of Bessie Coleman, a stunt aviator during the early years of flight. But Coleman is an inspirational historical figure in that she was the first African American woman to hold...

Going for Baroque

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Listen carefully and you might hear the sigh of relief and another one of happiness from residents and visitors alike when they learn that the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society (MVCMS) is in full...

Summer at the playhouse

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The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse is teeming with offerings for us this summer. There’s literally something for everyone — all tastes, ages, and genres of art. The runs are indeed a little shorter than usual, due...

Wired for sound

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Along with the major acts coming to play at Beach Road Weekend, there are other national touring acts that will hit Island stages this summer — especially at the Loft. Owned by Island restaurateur...