Ape Woman Rock Opera

On Wednesday, August 29 and Thursday, August 30, the folks at the Pit Stop in Oak Bluffs are hosting The Ape Woman Rock Opera. For those not up on their 19th century oddities, the Ape Woman was Julia Pastrana, an indigenous Mexican woman born in 1834, who suffered from hypertrichosis terminalis; her face and body were covered with black hair. Her ears and nose and teeth were also quite large. Charles Darwin described her in this way: “Julia Pastrana, a Spanish dancer, was a remarkably fine woman, but she had a thick masculine beard and a hairy forehead.”

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Monday Night Special

The final Monday Night Special of the summer season takes place tonight. The works-in-progress events is hosted by the Vineyard Playhouse and takes place at the Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven. A recent Monday Night Special featured plays by Robert Brustein and starred Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams in the reading. Earlier in the summer Joyce Carol Oates took the stage for a question and answer session following the reading of her new play Emily & Joyce.

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Potters Bowl

This weekend Feathersone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs is holding its third annual Potters Bowl with guest curator Washington Ledesma.

The idea behind the event is both basic and beautiful. Visitors to the show are asked to buy a ceramic bowl for $25 and then they get a free bowl of soup plus a roll, drink and dessert. Talk about art literally satisyfing an inner hunger.

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Red Cross Fundraiser

The Martha’s Vineyard team of The American Red Cross, Cape Cod and Islands Chapter will host a fundraiser on Tuesday, August 21 at Black Sheep in Edgartown. The evening will feature three pairings of wine, cheese and charcuterie at two seating options, 6 and 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $55 and may be purchased in advance at Black Sheep, 18 North Summer street, or by calling 774-549-9118. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to help maintain the many services that The American Red Cross provides on Martha’s Vineyard to seasonal and year-round residents.

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Built on Stilts

Built on Stilts, the popular 16-year-old grassroots dance festival, continues through Tuesday, August 21, at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs. All shows are free. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and performances start at 8 p.m. For a detailed schedule or more information, visit builtonstilts.org.

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Chicken Alley Art Show

Once again it is the time of summer for the Chicken Alley Arts and Collectibles Sale. This year’s sale will be held Sunday, August 19, from 1 to 5 p.m.

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Wynton Marsalis in Concert

Wynton Marsalis is, well, Wynton Marsalis, one of the premier jazz trumpeters of our time. Mr. Marsalis is also a composer, teacher, music educator and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York city. He has been awarded nine Grammys and one of his jazz recordings won the Pulitzer Prize for music.

On August 18, the Wynton Marsalis Quintet will be playing a concert at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs. The show begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, $50, with limited VIP tickets priced at $100, which includes an invitation to a post-concert reception.

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Oak Bluffs Fireworks

Tonight's the night for the annual Oak Bluffs fireworks show, sponsored by the Oak Bluffs Fireman's Civic Association and, for the first time this year, Black Entertainment Television. Fireworks start at dusk at Ocean Park. Music by the Vineyard Haven Band begins at 8 p.m.

Parking is available at Waban Park. A limited number of handicap parking spaces are available first come, first serve in front of the Civil War monument by the Oak Bluffs police station. No cars will be allowed to park in front of Ocean Park during the fireworks.

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Seth's Pond Closed

Closed again. That was the word on Seth’s Pond from the West Tisbury health agent Wednesday morning, one day after the freshwater pond had been reopened for swimming.

Town health agent John Powers said in an e-mail Wednesday that the pond was closed again due to water test results from Monday.

The popular swimming pond off Lambert’s Cove Road has been closed for most of the summer due to high levels of enterococcus bacteria.

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Seth’s Pond in West Tisbury has been reopened for swimming, town board of health agent John Powers confirmed Tuesday morning.

The popular freshwater swimming pond off Lambert’s Cove Road had been closed since July 3 due to high levels of enterococcus bacteria.

On August 9 Mr. Powers said he had five clean water samples that met the state criteria for a geometric mean of levels at or below 33 colony forming units (CFU) per 100 milliliters of water.

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