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Coming Up on Nantucket: 6/20/08

Arts and social events for Friday (6/20) through Thursday (6/26):

The Massachusetts Legislative Joint Committee on Arts, Tourism and Cultural Development, co-chaired by state Rep. Eric T. Turkington, is holding an informational forum here on the island. Professionals in the arts, tourism, and cultural development, as well as the general public, are invited to participate. Written testimony will also be accepted. Hosted in partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. Monday, June 23, 10:30 to noon at the Atheneum.


BENEFITS and NON-PROFIT EVENTS

The Nantucket AIDS Network Spring Flea Market & Bazaar: Sunday, June 22, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at Key Post Corner. It was postponed due to rain last week. Details.

Blooming Bids for Kids: Dinner and auction of arrangements of flowering plants and container gardens, to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nantucket. Spanky’s Raw Bar, and Silent and Live Auctions. Thursday, June 26, 6 to 8 at Cisco Brewery. Details.


COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

Bartletts Farm Summer Solstice Celebration, Saturday, June 21, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Bartlett’s Farm. Discounts all day, book signings by Connor Gifford and Elin Hilderbrand, scavenger hunt, ‘The Shep Cats’, ‘Caleb, Jake and Kevin’, Mark the Magician, food samples, face painting, burgers and hot dogs. Details.


CONCERTS

Jing Li, Albert Kim and John Holland, piano, violin, and cello, playing Dvorak, Ravel and Schumann. Sunday, June 22, 3:00 pm at the Atheneum. Details.

African drum dance and musical performance by Senegalubamba, with Pape Cheikh from Senegal. Presented by Museum of African American History on Nantucket. Friday, June 20, 2 to 4 at the African Meeting House.


THEATER

The Nantucket Arts Council’s Shakespeare in the Garden Fundraiser presents a performance of scenes from Twelfth Night, a silent auction, jugglers, music, and buffet. Thursday, June 26, 5:30 to 8:30, at the home of Beverly Hall in Madaket. Details.

Theatre Workshop’s Opening Night Party for “Sylvia”. Wine provided by Beth English of Current Vintage. Tickets are $50, and include the party and the show. Wednesday, June 25, 7:00 pm, At Nina and Bob Hellman’s at 48 Centre St.

Theatre Workshop of Nantucket presents “Sylvia”, by A.R Gurney, a play about a dog, the couple who adopt her, and the drama that results. Tickets – $25. Wednesday June 25th – Saturday 28th: 8:30 pm. Sunday June 29th – 3 pm. Wednesday July 2nd – Thursday July 3rd: 8:30 pm. Saturday July 5th: 8:30 pm. Tuesday July 8th – Saturday July 12th: 8:30 pm. Performance Center, Methodist Church. Details.


NIGHT LIFE

At the Box, Bloomer plays Thursday through Saturday nights, the 19th – 21st. On Monday the 23rd through Wednesday the 25th, it’s my favorite Box band, Spookie Daly Pride. Sex Toy Party comes in Thursday through Saturday (26th – 28th).

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), DJ Chris Annibel of the A.M. Groupwith his House/Afro-beat/Latin beat on Friday (20th), Top 40 Video Dance Party on Saturday, and the 2008 Summertime Karaoke Contest on Sundays.

Jeff Ross is back at the Starlight on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 to midnight. Jeff will also be at the Ropewalk on Thursday nights.

Alicia Gardner, singer, songwriter, and guitar player with covers and originals. Every Friday, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at Jetties Restaurant, 5:30 – 8:30. The A.M. Group plays House Music from 7 – 10 on Sundays. Andy Bullington and Tom Stoddart play acoustic blues and harmonica every Tuesday from 5:30 – 8:30.

The Bob Lehman Trio holds forth at the Brant Point Grill on Friday and Saturday nights.

Jamie Howarth is at the piano every Wednesday through Saturday night at The Summer House.


GALLERIES & AUCTIONS

The Geography of the Mind” Art Exhibition, Artists Without Galleries. Friday, June 20, 6 to 8. Christie Cure and The Parlor at 8 Orange.

Rafael Osona Live Auction Tag Sale: Friday and Saturday (20 – 21), American Legion Hall. Details.

At the Gallery at Four India, “Henry St. Clair (French, 1899 – 1990): The Coast of Normandy” runs from June 20 though July 1.


SPEAKERS & GAMS

Author Talk: Alix Strauss, ‘Have I Got A Guy For You’ Saturday, June 21 at 7 at the Atheneum. Details.

Egan Maritime Institute Coast Guard Gam. Thursday, June 26, at 8:00 pm at the Egan Maritime Institute.


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.

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Nantucket Film Festival Update

LOCAL CONNECTIONS

There are a few local connections in this year’s Nantucket Film Festival. Last night’s opening film was ‘Transiberian’, a thriller set on the legendary train that links the Far East and Europe, written by Brad Anderson and former island resident Will Conroy, and starring Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer. Brad also directed the film. One more showing on Saturday, June 21, 10:30 a.m. at the Starlight.

‘Sconset summer resident Bill Block has written and directed a short in the Festival entitled ‘The Drummer‘, which won top honors at WORLDFEST-Houston International Film Festival. In the film, a down and out musician gets one last chance to realize his dream, but must embark on a journey that takes him far beyond his comfort zone.


TONY COX AWARD

The Nantucket Film Festival has announced that the winner of this year’s Showtime Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting is F.M. Strype’s “Anna Down East.” The winning script was selected from three finalists by a jury consisting of Doug Liman, Chris Eigeman, and Liz Tucillo. “We’re proud to have contributed in the cultivation of several scripts that have gone on to further success,” said Festival Executive Director Jill Burkhart in a statement. As the competition winner, Strype will receive an invitation to The Screenwriters Colony 2008 writers retreat and workshop. For the month of October, the winner is invited to come to Nantucket for an all-expense-paid stay on Almanack Farm. Winning scripts from the past two years include optioned scripts “Peck” by Mark Arneson and “Cold Souls” by Sophie Bartes.


ADDITION

The 13th Nantucket Film Festival has added Isabel Coixet’s “Elegy” to its lineup. Based on the “The Dying Animal” by Philip Roth,” the film stars Penelope Cruz, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson and Peter Sarsgaard. It will receive its East Coast Premiere in Nantucket on June 21, 2008, where it will be screening as a Sneak Preview.

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Nantucket Film Festival Update

TODAY AT THE FESTIVAL:

The Music Cafe & Talk: Columbia recording artist Mat Kearny, EMI Publishing Vice President Dan McCarroll, Aware Records/Asquared Management President Gregg Latterman, and many more. 2:00pm, Straight Wharf.

Adrienne Shelley Award Reception: Presenter Meg Ryan, speakers Andy Ostroy and Variety’s Dade Hayes, and many more.
4:00pm

Late Night Storytelling: Hosts Anne Meara and Peter Farrelly with storytellers William H. Macy, Amy Stiller, Liz Tuccillo, Andy Ostroy, Michael Alpert, Bill and Bonnie Block, Sally Greenhouse, and many more.
8:00pm, Jettie’s Beach


RECOMMENDED FILMS

I asked Jill Burkhart, co-founder and Executive Director, to name the five films she recommended people should see in this year’s 13th Annual Nantucket Film Festival . Here they are:

Frozen River is set in a real-life smuggling zone on a Native American reservation between New York State and Quebec. Ray (Melissa Leo), struggling to support her two sons and reeling from the recent departure of her alcoholic husband, is unable to resist the lure of fast money that accompanies the smuggling of illegal immigrants across the frozen St. Lawrence River. Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila (Misty Upham), a widowed Mohawk Indian, and the two embark on a journey of survival and sacrifice that ultimately connects them as family. The film transcends the difficulties of poverty and socio-economic struggle and succeeds as a universal tale that is ultimately built on courage, heroism and trust. Writer: Courtney Hunt; Director: Courtney Hunt; Cast: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O’Keefe, Mark Boone Jr.
Friday, June 20, 12:45 p.m. Starlight
Friday, June 20, 7:00 p.m. Casino
Saturday, June 21, 1:00 p.m. Starlight

American Teen: Four teenagers in the throes of their senior year of high school are the subjects of this fun and fast-moving documentary. The film, shot verite style, records pivotal moments in the lives of its main characters – the nerd and the jock, the homecoming queen and the arty misfit – so completely that at times the film seems like a scripted narrative film. It is the expert storytelling by veteran documentarian Nanette Bernstein, however that shines through and shapes the film into much more than just a guilty pleasure. These kids are real, and their pain and indecision, heartbreak and triumph, resonate strongly and remind us of when our own world was defined by the strict codes of social conduct which permeate high schools. Moments when the characters demonstrate their growing individuality are captured almost miraculously in the movie, and provide a deeply rewarding window into the maturation process of these young men and women and the life paths on which they will embark. Director: Nanette Burstein; Editors; Nanette Burstein, Tom Haneke, Mary Manhardt; Producers: Nanette Burstein, Eli Gonda, Christopher Huddleston, Jordan Roberts.

Thursday, June 19, 3:00 p.m Starlight
Friday, June 20, 8:30 p.m. Starlight
Saturday, June 21, 1:30 p.m. Casino

Transsiberian is a thriller set on the legendary train that links the Far East and Europe. Roy (Woody Harrelson) and Jessie (Emily Mortimer) decide to travel on the Transsiberian Railway from China to Moscow, through exotic, wild, and snow-laden places. They take refuge in the company of Carlos and Abby, a fellow western couple, who are sharing their private compartment. Roy gets temporarily separated from the rest of the group and when Carlos tries to take advantage of Jessie, things go from bad to worse. She soon discovers that Carlos and Abby are in fact drug dealers, being pursued by corrupt police officers, who are now chasing her. Brad Anderson successfully contributes to the canon of great train films with this suspenseful and intricate thriller. Ominous images of the thundering, merciless train mirror the rapidly worsening situation in which Roy and Jesse find themselves. Our heroes, like the train, itself are on a fast track to disaster. Writers: Brad Anderson, Will Conroy; Director: Brad Anderson; Cast: Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Kate Mara, Thomas Kretschmann, Eduardo Noriega, Ben Kingsley; Producer: Julio Fernandez.

Thursday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. Casino

Thursday, June 19, 9:30 p.m. Casino

Saturday, June 21, 10:30 a.m. Starlight

Man on a Wire: On August 7, 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit steps out on a wire suspended 1,350 feet above ground between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center. He dances on the wire with no safety net for almost an hour, crossing it eight times before he is arrested for what becomes known as “the artistic crime of the century.” In the months leading up to his clandestine walk, Petit assembles a team of accomplices to plan and execute his “coup” in the most intricate detail. How do they pull it off? Moving between New York and his secret training camp in rural France, Petit and his team plot every detail. Like a band of professional bank robbers, the tasks they face seem virtually insurmountable. But Petit is a man possessed; nothing will thwart his mission to conquer the world’s tallest buildings. Supported with eye-catching archival footage, clever dramatizations, and delightful visual effects, filmmaker James Marsh, like his daring subject, pulls off an astonishing coup. Director: James Marsh; Editor; Jinx Godfrey; Producer: Simon Chinn.
Friday, June 20, 10:00 a.m. Casino
Friday, June 20, 3:30 p.m. Starlight
Saturday, June 21, 3:30 p.m. Starlight

Sleep Dealer: Set in the near future in Mexico, Alex Rivera’s ambitious first feature is a scifi political parable about Memo Cruz (Luis Fernando) who lives in a small dusty village with his family who eeks out a living growing crops on their small farm. Luis’s love of technology and satelite radio hacking inadvertently provokes a military strike on his home. Reeling from the tragic consequences of his mistake, Luis makes his way to the one of the big cities ‘up north’ determined to make a fresh start. Sleep Dealer serves up a fast paced and suspenseful story with a healthy dose of astute political commentary and frightening insights into what may be in store for the near future.

Friday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. Bennett Hall
Sunday, June 22, 6:30 p.m. Bennett Hall

Of All the Things: Dennis Lambert is a Boca Raton real estate agent, who also happens to be a songwriter and music producer, and whose hits in the 1970s and 80s included ‘Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got), ‘Rhinestone Cowboy, and ‘Nightshift. Last year he finally agreed to a persistent music promoter’s invitation to go on tour in the Philippines, where his obscure 1972 solo album ‘Bags and Things’ is a huge hit. Dennis Lambert’s triumphant return to form in front of a sold-out stadium in Manila comes after days peppered with adversity and false starts. Our pulse quickens as we take that stage with Dennis, as he bears his soul and his songs for the world to judge. Director: Jody Lambert; Editor: Haines Hall; Producer: Taylor Williams.

Saturday, June 21, 11:45 a.m. Bennett Hall

Sunday, June 22, 10:00 a.m. Bennett Hall


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