HIGHLIGHTS OF THE COMING WEEK:
I serve on several non-profit boards. Each one struggles to find new ways to raise money through innovative fundraising events. A Safe Place has one coming up, created and hosted by Susan and sculptor David Hostetler. This one has dinner and music, nothing new there, but you’ll also be photographed, Richard Avedon-style, for a black and white portrait by Sam Girton, a professional photographer and professor from Ohio University. Or, take your own portrait in a photo booth. Remember those? They’re digital now, but fun none the less, and your pictures will be available online after the event for viewing or purchase. All proceeds benefit A Safe Place, an organization absolutely crucial to this island, and one that needs your support this Sunday, 6 to 10. Call 508-228-0561 for tickets and info, and please mention you saw it here.
Friday night is the 6th Annual Strong Wings Adventure Benefit Night, 6 to 9, out at Strong Wings at 9 Nobadeer Farm Road. In the past, this has been a low key event that always deserved more attention, as the proceeds benefit the Strong Wings Scholarship Fund. This year live music has been added to the mix, the rarely seen anymore Swingdogs. Silent and live auctions, open bar by Cisco Brewers, food by Fusion of Flavor, door prizes and raffles. $100 per person. 228-1769 for info.
Calvin Trillin comes to town to talk about “My Life As A Deadline Poet”, Wednesday, 8 pm, Unitarian Church. I saw Calvin speaking in San Francisco when I lived there one winter – it was part stand up comedy, part reading from his books, and part very personal reminiscences. He’s written for the New Yorker for 40 years, and his most recent book is the New York Times Best Seller About Alice, about his wife who recently passed away. $25 tickets are available at the Atheneum. 228-3802.
The Annual Artists Association Nantucket Dinner and Auction takes place this Saturday night. It’s already sold out, but I thought I’d tell you something about it – maybe you’ll buy your tickets early next year. Bob Frazier sent me over the following: The auction started as an annual event in the 1940s as the Patron Plan, which quickly became the Artist-Patron Plan, since it matched an AAN artist (usually 25) and their work with an equal number of predetermined patrons bidding at a set price. By the 1970s, the event had evolved into a fundraising night using the classic auction format. This year, the auction represents a full blown gala benefit: a preview with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, live auction featuring Rafael Osona, sit down meal, special features, and dancing. Funds raised go to support such programs as the extensive workshop class program for adults and children, the growing Permanent Collection of recent Nantucket artwork (1920s to today), and to some extent the gallery operation that represents over 150 artists, from emerging local talent to established island icons. Special events at the 2007 benefit–titled “The Sky’s the Limit”–include: a surprise presentation on the recent Hot Glass glassblowing demonstrations, augmentations in Powerpoint, and a small auction of kites painted by AAN artists. For more details call the AAN offices at 228-0722, Alison Hall Cooley, ext. 4#.
If you’re looking for something to do for a specific day, go right to the Arts and Social Calendar. Otherwise, here are the highlights for the coming week, arranged by genre.
MOVIES AT THE STARLIGHT
Go to the Arts and Social Calendar for times.