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Off-season dancing and music gets us moving

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As a child, I loved to dance. I took ballet lessons for a while, but quit because I was afraid of the dance instructor who taught the older students, one room over. He had...

The curtain calls

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Even if you never dreamed of appearing before the footlights, “Theater Fun for Adults” at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse is the place to be on Thursday nights from 5 to 6:30 pm. Thirteen of...

Dynamic music duo

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The musical duo of baritone David Behnke and pianist David Rhoderick are at it again. On Sunday, Jan. 14, at 3 pm, they will be performing Franz Schubert’s “Die schöne Müllerin” (the Beautiful Miller...

Humor is medicine

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I often hear people say that we could all use a little humor in our lives, especially in this day and age. But I disagree. I suspect we’ve always needed humor, no matter what...

The year in music

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It was an amazing year for music on the Island. Pathways Arts began its off-season with an A list group of Island vocalists. Backed by the Jeremy Berlin Trio, some unexpected vocals were performed...

Onstage in 2023

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Despite some minor hitches (well, if you can call the AC conking out in August a minor hitch), the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse managed to present a full season of theater this past summer. In the...

Tiny Tim saves the day

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The Oak Bluffs Public Library staff brought down the house with their performances of Doris Baizley’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The staff’s adaptation followed the general story line, with a few...

Gwyn McAllister presents a twisted Christmas in ‘Santacide”

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Gwyn McAllister, a resident of New York and Martha's Vineyard, may be best known on the Vineyard as a frequent contributor to The Martha's Vineyard Times. However, on the island of Manhattan, McAllister is...

Rise Vineyard Performing Arts: ‘Season’s Greetings!’

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Spirits were running high at the Performing Arts Center last weekend as the Rise dancers presented their annual holiday dance performance. There wasn’t a parking space to be had during the two shows. Dancers, ages...

Music for the holidays

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It’s indeed that joyous time of year, as the Island Community Chorus’s annual holiday concert delights us at the Old Whaling Church on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 pm, and 3 pm on Sunday,...

Humor for the holidays

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We’re laughing more on the Island, thanks to a comedy producer from Cape Cod, Gary Marino. Dig it! — as Lenny Bruce would have started this thread — Marino has brought funny shows to...

November music

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Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society (MVCMS) is continuing to present enticing performances this fall. They began at the end of October with the Cape Cod Chamber Quartet, and are presenting two additional opportunities in...

From Beethoven to Washington

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The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society is bringing back the Cape Cod Chamber Quartet, which is presenting an enticing program on Friday, Oct. 27, under the direction of Matt Scinto, with violinists Emma Powell...

Abby Bender and her ‘Granger Things’

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The one thing you are guaranteed with anything that Built on Stilts director Abby Bender cooks up is the unexpected. This year’s fall offering is “Granger Things,” an immersive theater and dance experience where,...

A community within a community

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I recently attended a performance by the Peter Luce Playreaders (PLP) at the Tisbury senior center. The playreaders are a group who come together each Wednesday to read plays. As I made my way...

Love and hope in the Rockies

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“Billy Baloo,” the new fun musical onstage at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, is an act of love … or, in this case, multiple acts. From the moment the actors walk onstage, you know they are...

Seventh annual Ladyfest (fund)raises the roof

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From 5 to 10:30 pm last Saturday, Oak Bluffs' Ritz Cafe and Dos Más restaurants hosted the seventh annual Ladyfest MV, a fundraiser concert featuring talented female musicians and local acts.  Ladyfest, held around October...

‘Billy Baloo’ is born

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When Michael Mason died in February this year, he left behind a loving family, but he also left behind his life’s work in the form of a musical tale that takes place in the...

Nashville meets Martha’s Vineyard

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On Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 pm, Nashville native and Island summer resident Sean Della Croce will perform at the Grange as part of the Live from the Grange monthly music series. Della Croce’s...

Island Theatre Workshop presents ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

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Island Theatre Workshop (ITW) is humming again with activity as it prepares for its big fall production, “Little Shop of Horrors.” ITW has been an important Vineyard institution since its founding in 1968 as...