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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Musical Auditions

Musical Auditions

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Klezmer Duo With Clout Create Workshop, Concert

The success of the recent music jams hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center have provided proof positive that the Island loves klezmer music. So it makes sense that this weekend, the center will ramp up the game with instruction, dancing and performance, with the guidance and expertise of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, a pair of musicians and teachers of international renown, specializing in klezmer and Yiddish music and dance.

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Three More Shows at Spoon in the Moon

Three More Shows at Spoon in the Moon

Night falls in Tisbury, and the Vineyard Playhouse again becomes the Spoon in the Moon Coffeehouse.

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Bands Play On

Bands Play On

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Belly Dance Revue For All Also Has Drums, Capoeira

Vineyard BellyDance and Revue will perform on Friday, May 7, at the Katharine Cornell Theatre.

The troupe of seven dancers will show a variety of dance styles from the Middle East, and works by numerous choreographers. Guest performers will offer live drumming and jazz singing, salsa, ballroom dancing and the Brazilian art of capoeira.

The troupe includes dancers Suzanna Nickerson, Amy Fournier, Sheila Rayyan, Jamie O’Gorman, Betsy Smith, Rhonda Backus and Pat Szucs. Carol Loud and Sarah Nevin will be providing live music.

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Music, Movie, Ideas at Water Festival

With its water-themed issue on the stands, National Geographic will continue to focus on this most precious resource on Martha’s Vineyard this weekend with the launch of the new book Written in Water: Messages of Hope for Earth’s Most Precious Resource and the premiere of its film Shark Eden. Events on Saturday and Sunday bring world-renowned authors, activists, filmmakers and musicians together for a festival called Water Is Life, cosponsored by the Island nonprofit group World Waterway.

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