Thursday, July 18, 2024

Performing Arts

Dance partners

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Stephanie Pacheco, who arrived as the new executive director at the Yard in June, had to jump right into the full-on wild ride of the summer season. However, her extensive background in presenting organizations...

Feeling the Fest

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It was a beautiful day to enjoy a homegrown outdoor concert last Sunday as the M.V. Sound Fest took over the Cove in Vineyard Haven. The vibe was relaxed and there were lots of...

Laughter always helps

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The Martha’s Vineyard Festival of Laughs is a three-night comedy extravaganza benefiting Island Food Pantry, Martha’s Vineyard Museum, and Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club. This event features performances by Sommore, Bill Bellamy, Lavell...

‘The Outcasts of Penikese Island’ at the M.V. Playhouse

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“The Outcasts of Penikese Island” at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse through August 26, is about rejecting those who are different. In the play, the outcasts are those people in the early 20th century in...

Dance and so much more

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Abby Bender is once again leading the charge of this summer’s engaging and always fun dance extravaganza. She, along with Anna Luckey, began Built on Stilts in 1997 as a welcoming, grassroots performance outlet...

Dance partners

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Internationally acclaimed dance company Urban Bush Women performs “Haint Blu,” an ensemble dance-theater work seeped in memory and magic, presented by the Yard at the Orange Peel Bakery in Aquinnah. The title references the...

Coming to a venue near you soon

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  If you’re looking to listen to some live music, Mike Mok and the Em-Tones are on the Island for their summer visit, and this time they’re playing at several venues. You’ll have a chance...

Dancing on the dock

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The docks at Memorial Wharf are again buzzing every Tuesday with the energy and sound of Dock Dance Band — an Island band made up of six musicians keeping a decades-long tradition alive on...

At the Playhouse

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  Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, the Island’s renowned professional nonprofit theater, has historic roots. The white clapboard building was erected in 1833 and used for many purposes, including a public meeting hall, a venue for weddings...

Improv Asylum: Boston’s best comedy act

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Improv Asylum comes live to the M.V. Film Center for one night, Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 pm. This successful improvisational comedy show has been performing for 25 years. The group’s title grew from...

Music appreciation

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The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society (MVCMS) has quite the lineup for summer 2023, with one hit after another coming in July. MVCMS board president Kim Baumhofer discussed the schedule of stellar performances. To begin,...

Free to dream

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I am excited about the Sean Dorsey Dance company’s upcoming performance at the Yard on Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8. Dorsey is clearly a person bursting with creativity. And he did so...

Two nights of standup comedy

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“The Nadlers: The Family Business” comes to the M.V. Film Center for one night on Friday, July 7. This spectacular live standup comedy show features special Vineyard Haven guest Laura Michelle, the English actress...

Family business

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They’ve done it before and, the comedy gods willing, they’ll do it again. Vineyard-based writers and comedians Marty Nadler and his brilliant (if I do say so myself, as his mama) son, Charlie Nadler,...

A little help from friends

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Acclaimed songwriters and musicians Kate Taylor, Chadwick Stokes, Willy Mason, Ben Taylor, John Forté, Rose Guerin, Isaac Taylor, Lexie Roth, and Jemima James will perform at the historic Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs on Friday,...

Lively lineup

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The Martha's Vineyard Playhouse is back in full swing this year, with a lineup of productions on both the Playhouse stage in Vineyard Haven and the outdoor Amphitheater on State Road. Following two preseason...

Hometown tunes

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The MVRHS class of 2006 no doubt had a slew of talented students, but one group of friends is still solidly together, collaborating on music, staying in touch, and hanging out whenever they can....

On a journey

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Sandglass Theater’s puppets, actors, a musician, shadows created from light projections, a creative stage set, and more will welcome us into their collaborative process on Saturday, June 24, at the Yard. After speaking with...

Master at work

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So, raise your hand if you’re a Jorma Kaukonen fan (I’m raising mine). I’ll be straight with you — I knew Jorma’s music with Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, and some of his extensive solo...

‘All Rise:’ Land of a Thousand Dances

Rise Vineyard Performing Arts performed “Land of 1000 Dances” last Sunday on the stage at the Performing Arts Center. This was the dance company’s 16th annual recital, and offered two different shows at the...