Monthly Archives: May 2008

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Coming Up on Nantucket Beginning 5/29/08

Arts and social events for Friday (5/30) through Thursday (6/5):


BENEFITS and NON-PROFIT EVENTS

The Big Brothers Big Sisters 28th Annual Iron Teams Relay takes place this Sunday, June 1, beginning at 8:00 am. Teams and individuals can race in one or more legs including beach and road running, a paddle, a swim and a 19 mile bike ride. The race ends at the Chicken Box with an after party and awards ceremony.

MSPCA Flea (and Tick) Market is this Sunday, June 1, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at the MSPCA.
Details.

The Pan Mass Challenge TeamNantucket Fundraiser is Wednesday, June 4, 5:00 pm at Jetties Beach. The Pan Mass Challenge is a two-day 192-mile bike ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown. TeamNantucket: Scott Thomas, Don Kolp, Meghan Canning, and Scott Allan. Details.


THEATER

Nantucket Theatrical Production’s Short Play Festival entitled “Imagination’s Run Wild”, is comprised of 3 one-act plays by winners of the 2007 Nationwide Short Play Festival and Competition. For this last weekend, curtain is 7:30 PM on Friday May 30th, and Saturday May 31st.
Upstairs Performance Space, Methodist Church. Tickets – $10. Details.


NIGHT LIFE & CONCERTS

At the Box, Superhoney plays through Saturday, the 29th-31st. Then it’s Miss Fairchild on Monday and Tuesday (2nd and 3rd).

The AM Group, last year regularly at the Rose & Crown, now spins every Saturday night at the Muse through October, with “Drop: Local Flavor from Local DJ’s” House music. Details. Video.

At the Rose & Crown, it’s Poker Night on Monday’s, Trivia Quiz Night every Tuesday (at 7 pm), 80’s Video Dance Party on Wednesday, Karaoke on Thursday (9 pm), Disco Night on Friday, Top 40 Video Dance Party on Saturday, and the 2008 Summertime Karaoke Contest on Sundays.


SPEAKERS & GAMS

Essex Gam, the Globe Gam, and History Charades. Wednesday, June 4, at 7:00 pm at the Whaling Museum.


WALKS AND TOURS

For Nantucket Preservation Month, The Nantucket Preservation Trust presents an Architectural Walking Tour of Sconset: Friday, May 30th at 4 pm. Details.


NANTUCKET BIODIVERSITY INITIATIVE

The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative (NBI) is a partnership between Nantucket conservation organizations, government agencies, and visiting and on-island scientists and naturalists in documenting the biodiversity of the islands and adjacent waters of Nantucket, and monitoring and conserving that biodiversity.
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MOVIES

How to Cook Your Life is a cooking class with zen priest and chef Edward Espe Brown. Friday, May 30, 7 pm at the Atheneum. Details.

Amandla: A Revolution In Four Part Harmony is a documentary about protest music in South Africa and the struggle against apartheid. Monday, June 2, 2008, 7:00 pm at the Atheneum. Details.

At the Starlight:

Sex and the City: Friday – Saturday (5/30 – 5/31)

For times, go to the Arts & Social Calendar.


WINE TASTING

Every Saturday, 4 to 6:00 pm at The Cellar. The focus changes weekly, and tastings are complimentary.


See the Arts & Social Calendar for additional details on the events listed above.

Coming Up on Nantucket Beginning 5/23/08

Arts and social events for Friday (5/9) through Thursday (5/15):


HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

The Artists Association of Nantucket presents a Sidewalk Art Show, now expanded in cooperation with the Dreamland Foundation and moved to the Dreamland aprking lot. Look for oil paintings, watercolors, ceramics, mixed media, photography, textiles, and sculpture.

With a long history, the first Sidewalk Art Sale was founded in 1930 by artist Maud Stumm, and was traditionally held for several days in August, and open to professionals and amateurs alike. The Artists Association took over the event in 1960, and in subsequent years, some of which were sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the Sidewalk Art Show venues included Straight Wharf, the Town Building, and the Atheneum. Saturday, May 24, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. (Rain date: Sunday, May 25.) Participating artists.


BENEFITS and NON-PROFIT EVENTS

The Egan Maritime Institute 2008 Exhibition Opening Reception for “Splash! Boatbuilding on Nantucket” is Friday, May 23, at 6:00 pm at the Coffin School.


THEATER

Nantucket Theatrical Production’s Short Play Festival entitled “Imagination’s Run Wild”. is comprised of 3 one-act plays by winners of the 2007 Nationwide Short Play Festival and Competition. Curtain is 7:30 PM on Friday May 23, Saturday May 24, Thursday May 29th, Friday May 30th, and Saturday May 31st.
Upstairs Performance Space, Methodist Church. Tickets – $10. Details.

NIGHT LIFE & CONCERTS

Jeff Ross is back at the Starlight for Memorial Day Weekend, Friday and Saturday nights beginning about 8.

Maxxtone, is at the Box Friday through Sunday night. Entrain comes over from the Vineyard for Monday and Tuesday night. Then Superhoney for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the 29th-31st.

The AM Group, last year regularly at the Rose & Crown, now spins every Saturday night at the Muse through October, with “Drop: Local Flavor from Local DJ’s” House music. Details. Video.

At the Rose & Crown, it’s Poker Night on Monday’s, Trivia Quiz Night every Tuesday (at 7 pm), 80’s Video Dance Party on Wednesday, Karaoke on Thursday (9 pm), Disco Night on Friday, Top 40 Video Dance Party on Saturday, and the 2008 Summertime Karaoke Contest on Sundays.


GALLERIES & MUSEUMS

South Wharf Gallery opens “Emerging Artists” with a reception Friday, May 23 from 6:00 to 8:00, featuring Julie Gifford, Randy Hudson, and Juliya Mostykanova. That’s at 3 India Street. Gallery Discussion with the artists on Saturday at 11:00 am.

The Artists Association Spring Show Opening Reception is Friday, May 23, 6 to 8.

The Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum opens its exhibit, “Celebrations”, Saturday, May 24, at 10:00 am.


AUCTION

The first Rafael Osona Auction of the summer is this Saturday, May 24, beginning at 9:30 am at Legion Hall. 2-day advance Preview from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AUTHOR TALK
Annie Kay speaks on her bookk ‘Every Bite Is Divine: The Balanced Approach to Enjoying Eating, Feeling Healthy and Happy, and Getting to a Weight That’s Natural for You. Wednesday, May 28, at 7:00 pm in the Great Hall. Details.


WALKS AND TOURS

For Nantucket Preservation Month, The Nantucket Preservation Trust presents an Architectural Walking Tour of Main Street, Friday, May 23rd at 10:00 am. Also a Sconset Architectural Walking Tour: May 30th at 4 pm. Details.

NANTUCKET BIODIVERSITY INITIATIVE

The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative (NBI) is a partnership between Nantucket conservation organizations, government agencies, and visiting and on-island scientists and naturalists in documenting the biodiversity of the islands and adjacent waters of Nantucket, and monitoring and conserving that biodiversity.

The week begins with tonight’s keynote address entitled “There Is No Scientific Debate about Global Warming (The scientific background, politics and predictions about our climate change), by Dr. Hugh Ducklow, Director of The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. All programs are free. Sunday, May 25, 2008, 7:00 pm. Keynote Details.
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MOVIES AT THE STARLIGHT

Indiana Jones: The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull: Friday (23rd) through Thursday (29th). Times.

Sex And The City: Friday (30th) through Sunday (1st). Times.


See the Arts & Social Calendar for additional details on the events listed above.

For a more comprehensive listing of ALL Nantucket events, pick up the Nantucket Independent for my Community Calendar, or click here.

Coming Up on Nantucket

The Nantucket AIDS Network has announced that Judy Collins will appear in concert Sunday night, July 6, at 8:00 pm at the Nantucket High School Auditorium. Tickets are $65, $90, $130 and $160, and are available at: Sports Locker, Visitors Services & Information Bureau, Nantucket Bank (Pleasant Street Branch), Law Office of Rhoda H. Weinman, the office of the Nantucket AIDS Network, or by email through me. For information, call 508-228-9600 or 508-228-3955.


The Nantucket Arts Council has announced the 4th Annual Shakespeare Festival from Sunday, July 13 through Sunday, July 20, a weeklong program of free events.

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ will be performed outdoors at Children’s Beach by the Nantucket based Seaside Shakespeare Company on July 13, 14 and 15 at 6 p.m.

‘The Tempest’ performed by the Provincetown-based Shakespeare on the Cape troupe will take place indoors at Bennett Hall on July 18 and 19 at 8 p.m.

A lecture by noted Shakespeare scholar and author Marjorie Garber of Harvard University will be on July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Atheneum.

Children’s Theatre Workshops funded by the Nantucket Golf Club Foundation will be held on July 19 at Bennett Hall.

‘Music in Shakespeare’s Time’, directed by Robert Behrman and featuring Nantucket soloists will be at the Congregational Church on July 20.

The Shakespeare Film Series will be at the Unitarian Church on July 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. and on July 19 at 3 p.m.

Preceding the Shakespeare Festival in July will be ‘Shakespeare in the Garden’, to raise funds to enable the Festival to keep all of its events free of charge. This event will take place on Thursday June 26, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the home of Nantucket Arts Council board member Beverly Hall in Madaket. The evening will include a performance of scenes from Twelfth Night, a silent auction, jugglers, music, and buffet. To receive an invitation, contact the Arts Council at (508) 325-8588 or development@nantucketartscouncil.org, and mention Mahon About Town.

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The Nantucket Night Sky

The Nantucket Sky in May 2008

The Nantucket Sky” is generously provided at the beginning of each month by the Maria Mitchell Observatory, 4 Vestal Street. Thank you to Executive Director Janet E. Schulte for proposing this idea, and to Astronomer Vladimir Strelnitski for the report.

(All times are given in Eastern Standard Time)

The Sun (for the first and last days of the month)

Sunrise: 5:37 am; 5:10 am

Sunset: 7:38 pm; 8:07 pm

The Moon

New Moon: May 5, 08:18 am

First Quarter: May 11, 11:47 pm

Full Moon: May 19, 10:11 pm

Last Quarter: May 27, 10:57 pm

Mercury: An unusually good opportunity to view this elusive planet with your unaided eyes in the first half of the month. Look for it in the western part of the sky after sunset. You can spot the bright planet as early as a half hour after sunset, rather high above the horizon, after which you will have less than an hour before the planet sets. In the second half of the month, it will be an excellent object for observations with binoculars; the planet will be closer to the Earth and thus larger in angular size, and, while moving closer and closer to the line connecting the Earth and the Sun, it will look more and more like a crescent.

Venus: Too close to the Sun to be observed

Mars: An evening object, in the south-western part of the sky, in Gemini (Castor and Pollux, two almost equally bright stars). It is farther and farther from the Earth, so its disk seen through a telescope or binoculars is relatively small, almost four times smaller than at its opposition.

Jupiter: A very bright morning object in Sagittarius. Rises after midnight and is seen higher and higher in the south-eastern part of the sky until sunrise.

Saturn: An all-night object. In the evening, it is seen high in the south, very close (Òhalf-fistÓ of an extended arm) to LeoÕs brightest star Regulus. Come to see this planet with its gorgeous rings and moons through our 8Ó Clark telescope at Loines Observatory, at any scheduled open night.

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Theatre Workshop of Nantucket Opening Night Party for ‘Doubt’

The Theatre Workshop’s Opening Night Party for “Doubt” took place on Thursday, April 17 at the Starlight Theatre. This is the last weekend to catch this play, getting very good reviews. Photographs here by Gene Mahon, assisted by Amanda Morgan.

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