Monthly Archives: January 2007

This Week on Nantucket

It’s as if the island’s artists have just shaken off the holidays and have gotten back to business. From almost no cultural events for the past few weeks, this weekend is chock full: Bluegrass, acoustic rock, classical, theater and poetry.

Tonight (Friday), start off at the Bamboo from 5 to 7 to check out Eli Stover. He’s new on the music scene here, although certainly not new to the island. Here’s his story (of travel and music) from the Inquirer and Mirror, and here’s his web site with two free songs to download and play on Real Player.

Next, get downtown to the Atheneum by 7 p.m. to hear a free concert with Four Easy Payments (pictured below) followed by Eelgrass.

Head back out of town after the Atheneum. Stop at Pi Pizza for a bite, then wander over to the Box for more bluegrass, where Four Easy Payments is joined by Dave Poland, fiddler extraordinaire, from 10:00 to 1:00. Maybe Eelgrass too for an all star jam.

Saturday, the Atheneum celebrates the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns with poetry readings and musical performances by Amy England, Mollie Glazer, Greta Feeney, River & Zeb Bennett and Nick Davies. Free, from 7 to 9. These are all fine musicians and singers, but don’t miss a chance to hear a fairly rare performance by Greta Feeney.

Sunday at the Whaling Museum beginning at 1 p.m. pianist Dr. Tinka Knopf de Esteban performs pieces from the 16th to the 20th centuries.She will be joined by her student Samantha Reis, a Nantucket native, a sophomore honor student at Nantucket High School, and a member of the high school’s singing group the Accidentals & the Naturals.

At about the same time, The Nantucket Poetry Slam will be out at the UMass Field station with featured poet Adam Stone, open mic and open slam. Free, from 2 to 4.

And one more: Over the Moon, presented by the Nantucket High School Drama Club. High School Auditorium. Friday and Saturday (26th-27th) at 7:30 p.m.

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New Year’s Eve

Catching up on some recent events: first, New Year’s Eve. I only made it to a few parties around town. Photos here are first from Jenny Garneau’s party.

For more, go to MahonAboutTown.com.

Finally I planned to join a dozen or so friends at Water Street for dinner and a midnight toast. This is what I walked into:

Have you any idea of the resulting electrical storm in your brain when you look at 10 of you looking back at you? A few more:

For more, go to MahonAboutTown.com.

Restaurant News

This Saturday, Angela and Seth Raynor will be at the Big Brothers of Massachusetts Bay’s Big Night 8 “BACK TO THE PROM” with a live performance by 80’s bands Hall & Oates and the Bangles, with more than 1,000 guests expected to attend at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The owners of The Boarding House and The Pearl will share the bill with Michael Schlow of Alta Strada, Radius, Via Matta, and Great Bay, Ming Tsai and Michelle Fadden of Wellesley’s Blue Ginger and Pino Maffeo of Restaurant L. Each chef will prepare a particular part of the evening’s menu. For ticket information: 617-542-9090 or visit http://www.bignightboston.com.

LoLa 41 will reopen on Thursday, February 8th for both lunch and dinner. More details to follow.

The Tap Room at the Jared Coffin House will be closed for at least 2 years, although the hotel rooms currently remain open. Source, I&M 1/4/07.

Hutch’s is now closed after 16 years, and will reopen under a new name and ownership (Linda Petersen and Richard Bailey) after the completion of renovations, expected to take at least several weeks. Source, I&M, 1/7/06.

Even Keel Cafe is closed until February 8.

Marshall Thompson of the Even Keel Cafe will take over the restaurant five year lease at Jetties Beach, serving at least lunch, and perhaps dinner and breakfast.

Restaurant News

This Saturday, Angela and Seth Raynor will be at the Big Brothers of Massachusetts Bay’s Big Night 8 “BACK TO THE PROM” with a live performance by 80’s bands Hall & Oates and the Bangles, with more than 1,000 guests expected to attend at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The owners of The Boarding House and The Pearl will share the bill with Michael Schlow of Alta Strada, Radius, Via Matta, and Great Bay, Ming Tsai and Michelle Fadden of Wellesley’s Blue Ginger and Pino Maffeo of Restaurant L. Each chef will prepare a particular part of the evening’s menu. For ticket information: 617-542-9090 or visit http://www.bignightboston.com.

LoLa 41 will reopen on Thursday, February 8th for both lunch and dinner. More details to follow.

The Tap Room at the Jared Coffin House will be closed for at least 2 years, although the hotel rooms currently remain open. Source, I&M 1/4/07.

Hutch’s is now closed after 16 years, and will reopen under a new name and ownership (Linda Petersen and Richard Bailey) after the completion of renovations, expected to take at least several weeks. Source, I&M, 1/7/06.

Even Keel Cafe is closed until February 8.

Marshall Thompson of the Even Keel Cafe will take over the restaurant five year lease at Jetties Beach, serving at least lunch, and perhaps dinner and breakfast.