Still On a Mission from God

Still On a Mission from God

Missing your soul men? Well, weep no longer because the Official Blues Brothers Revue will be rocking the pews at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs this Thursday, July 1 at 8:30 p.m.

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Art and Music

Art and Music

You know it’s summer in Edgartown when you hear the music ringing out from the porch of the Eisenhauer Gallery. This is the gallery’s 10th year, and it continues its summer concert series with the Mike Benjamin Band’s return to the courtyard on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Practicing Arts Alchemy at the Yard

Practicing Arts Alchemy at the Yard

What do you get when you cross the bad boy of downtown dance with Carmen Miranda, Lenny Bruce, and a whole bunch of hard working bodies? Another tour de force show from the Yard, of course. This weekend the artistic love child of Patricia Hoffbauer and Mark Dendy, entitled Para-dice, pushes the boundaries of dance, theatre and performance.

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Musical Mondays

Musical Mondays

The jazz, funk and blues guitar of Jon Zeeman and Friends will kick off Musical Mondays at Featherstone Center for the Arts on June 28.

It’s BYO lawn chair, blanket and picnic basket to the greens of the arts campus on Barnes Road, not far from the blinker in Oak Bluffs, each Monday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults or $5 with Our Island Club card; children are free.

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The Pews are Alive

The Pews Are Alive . . .

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Tisbury Gets Irish On With Celebration of James Joyce

Tisbury becomes Dublin on Wednesday night as Arts and Society — which organizes what is apparently the oldest continuous celebration of Bloomsday on the planet — presents its 32nd annual Bloomsday Celebration of Music and Drama based on the texts of James Joyce.

The program is on June 16, at 8 p.m. at Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. All tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door.

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Willy and Renée

Willy and Renée

Dropping two octaves, world class opera singer Renée Fleming sings Oxygen, the anthem of Island troubadour Willy Mason, on a new album that is a collection of popular songs sung in a range that she describes as that of her talking voice.

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Spirituals by the Shelves

Spirituals by the Shelves

James (Jim) Thomas, president of the U.S. Slave Song Project Inc., will direct the Spirituals Choir in performance on Wednesday, June 9 at 7 p.m. at the Vineyard Haven Public Library.

Mr. Thomas has earned the American Red Cross’s National Diversity Award and President’s Award for Leadership.

The Spirituals Choir was created in 2005 as a diverse and educational choir who sing examples of the tunes presented by the narrator.

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Bilingual Puppets

Bilingual Puppets

Bella’s Musical Puppet Show presents Arakataka’s Chorus Band/Coral do Arakataka, where everyone is invited to join in singing the American and Brazilian folk songs, on Sunday, June 6 at 11:30 a.m. in the makeshift theatre in a warehouse behind 56/58 Main street in Vineyard Haven.

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Dance: Wild, Wonderful and World Class
Wendy Arnell Brophy

“My dad has a barn,” chirped a wide-eyed, hyperactive Mickey Rooney. “And my mom can sew the costumes,” the pigtailed, pinafore-bedecked Judy Garland replied. And off they went, hand in hand, singing and dancing their way across the barnyard.

Well, it was something like that and they didn’t even live on the Vineyard where the performing arts culture has grown and grown. No more drafty barns here and mom can now sit in the audience and not have to sew costumes.

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