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This Week on Nantucket 1.26.09

VISUAL ARTS

Small Works from a Big Heart, a Hal Gomeau Memorial Exhibition
Wed, Jan 28, 2009 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Artists Association of Nantucket

Opening Reception for an exhibition of small works drawn from over 100 Nantucket artworks collected during the life of Hal Gomeau and donated to the Artists Association of Nantucket’s Permanent Collection. For more information on this exhibition, see the coverage in the Inquirer and Mirror and the Nantucket Independent.

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SPEAKERS

Water Quality Issues on Nantucket
Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 5:00pm at Nantucket Atheneum


The Nantucket Civic League will host a community forum on “Water Quality Issues on Nantucket”. The panel will include George Knoecklein, Richard Ray and David Fronzuto who will discuss the health of Nantucket ponds, nutrient loading in Nantucket water bodies and the Nantucket Harbors and Estuaries Plan. The event will be moderated by Sarah Oktay, Managing Director, University of Massachusetts Nantucket field Station. Light refreshments will follow. More information is located at: http://www.nantucketcivicleague.org

Shannon Sanders MacDonald: Parking Garages
Jan 29th
7pm – Westmoor Club;
Jan 31st
1pm – Nantucket Atheneum


Shannon Sanders MacDonald, noted architect, professor and author of the book: The Parking Garage: Design and Evolution of a Modern Urban Art Form, published by the Urban Land Institute, will speak on the history, design principles and function of parking garages. Sponsored by the Nantucket Planning & Economic Development Commission.

Preserving Nantucket’s Fragile Flora and Fauna
Sunday, February 1, 1:00 pm, Maria Mitchell Association

Learn more about the many rare and protected species that call Nantucket home. $15 members, $25 non-members. Must pre-register online at http://www.mmo.org or call 508-228-9198.

FILM

One Book One Island Film: In America (Ireland)
Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 7:00pm at Coffin School


Killowatt Hours
Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 7:00pm at Nantucket Atheneum

‘Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America’ is a timely, solutions-oriented look at one of Americaís most pressing environmental challenges: energy. Free. Presented by Sustainable Nantucket and the Nantucket Atheneum.

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This Week on Nantucket 1.19.09

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 12:00pm at Summer Street Church
Sponsored by the Nantucket Interfaith Council.

Celebrate the Historic Inauguration of Barack Obama
Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 11:30am at African Meeting House
Sponsored by the Museum Of African American History. Chris Lohman will reflect on the historical significance. Noon— ”Community Inaugural Watch”. Reflections from audience. Bring your lunch. Please reply to Renee Oliver at oliverr@comcast.net if you would like to attend. Space is limited; please register in advance.

Red White and Blue Inaugural Bash
Tue, Jan 20, 2009 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm at Faregrounds Restaurant
Large screen of inaugural events. $15 per person with a cash bar. Please RSVP to Chris Lohmann at 508-325-0587. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Nantucket Democratic Town Committee. Dress up or dress down.

NIGHTLIFE
Poker Night
Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 7:00pm at Rose & Crown

Trivia Night
Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 8:00pm at Rose & Crown

Earth and the Blues
Thu, Jan 22, 2009 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Rose & Crown
Eric Wendelken – Upright Bass, Andy Bullington – Guitar, Jake Vohs – Drums and Tom Stoddart – Sax and Harp.

Karaoke
Thu, Jan 22, 2009 from 10:00pm – 1:00am at Rose & Crown

80’s Video Dance Party
Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 9:00pm at Rose & Crown

Open Mic Night
Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 8:00pm at Chicken Box
Runs every Saturday night through the winter. All musicians or singers should be there at 8 pm to see Joel to sign up….

Top 40 w/ DJ Bri Guy
Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 9:00pm at Rose & Crown

ONE BOOK, ONE ISLAND
One Book One Island Film: The Namesake (India)
Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 7:00pm at Coffin School

SPEAKERS
“Literary Nantucket” with Mary Jennings and Mimi Beman
Thu, Jan 22, 2009 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Whaling Museum
Mary Jennings and Mimi Beman will discuss “Publishing and Selling Nantucket Books, 1968–2008” at the first 2009 Food for Thought Series of the year. Beman hails from a long line of strong Nantucket women, Maria Mitchell among them. Beman and her husband took over Mitchell’s Book Corner from her parents in the 1970s, and she ran it until selling it in 2008. Beman’s protégée and longtime summer resident, with sixteen years of strong book-selling experience, Jennings was hired by Beman ten years ago and took over the business last year. The two will focus their discussion on how the island’s demand, technology, and interest in Nantucket books have changed over the years, sharing their insights and stories about writing, bookstores, and dealing with a literary (or not) public. For additional information about the Food for Thought series, please call 508-228-1894, ext. 0, or visit http://www.nha.org to view the full schedule.

Comets: Cosmic Killers or Sowers of Life?
Sun, Jan 25, 2009 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Maria Mitchell Observatory
Explore the lives of comets, discuss recent research, and view photos of these travelling masses. $15 members, $25 non-members. Must pre-register online at http://www.mmo.org or call 508-228-9198.

PERFORMING ARTS
NHS Drama Club Presents: ‘Sin Sex & the C.I.A’ and ‘Steel Magnolias’
Nantucket High School Auditorium
The Nantucket High School Drama Club presents two plays. One ticket ($15.00 for adults; $10.00 for students) admits you to both plays.

“Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling: Set totally in Truvy’s Beauty Salon, the play features an all-women cast and is about the strength women get from each other. The cast is made up of some experienced actors and some newcomers. While a drama, the play also has a lot of comedy.

“Sin, Sex and the CIA” by Michael and Susan Parker: a mystery spoof set in a CIA safe house where the characters are not all that they pretend to be. This cast is also made up of some experienced actors, but also features a number of newcomers. While entirely appropriate for secondary school students, this is not a play for children in the elementary school.

“Sin, Sex and the CIA” on Friday night, (January 23) at 7pm
“Steel Magnolias” – Saturday night (January 24) at 7 pm
“Steel Magnolias” – Sunday (January 25) at 2 pm

Tickets at the door or at the High School Office. The club is self-supporting and makes money for the next year’s play from the box office and from their concession stand at intermission.

Family Night: Storyteller Li Min Mo
Fri, Jan 23, 2009 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at Nantucket Atheneum
Storyteller Li Min Mo presents tales from Asian folklore, including Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese traditional tales. The audience will do taiqi and chi-kung and put on a traditional Chinese parade. Children will also learn Chinese nursery rhymes.

2nd Annual Un-Valentine Cabaret Auditions
Saturday, January 24, at 2:00 pm at the South Wharf Gallery Studio, 15 South Shore Rd.
Hosted by Seaside Shakespeare

LATE LISTINGS
‘Foundations of Salsa’ Dance Lessons Class 1 of 4 on Thursday, January 22 at 7:00pm. The Preservation Institute.

Coming Up on Nantucket

HOLIDAY EVENTS
Lighthouse School Yuletide Fair
Sat, Dec 13, 2008 from 10:00am – 2:00pm at Nantucket Lighthouse School
Eighth Annual. Handicrafts, holiday gifts, holiday photos by Cary Hazlegrove, music by local musicians, seasonal fair, kids activities.

Police Charitable Christmas Party
Sat, Dec 13, 2008 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm at American Legion Hall

Holiday Potluck Dinner
Sat, Dec 13, 2008 at 5:00pm at Umass Boston Field Station
(774) 836-5035.

Annual Christmas Pageant
Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 4:00pm at First Congregational Church
The Christmas story told through music, with costumes. 4 PM and one at 7 PM in the Summer church Free. Dress warmly.

Holiday Reading: ‘A Christmas Carol’
Sat, Dec 20, 2008 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Nantucket Atheneum
Holiday Reading: ‘A Christmas Carol’. Tom David and Chuck Gifford read Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story about miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who has a change of heart towards his fellow man after three ghosts show him his life.

THEATER
It’s a Wonderful Life, a Live Radio Play Reception
Fri, Dec 12, 2008 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Arno’s
Reception and discussion with Joe Landry, playwright of “It’s a Wonderful Life, a Live Radio Play.” Play and reception: $15 plus cost of ticket to the play (optional). 508-228-4305 or Theatreworkshop.com.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Thursday – Saturday Dec 11,12,13 at 7:00 PM
Thursday – Saturday Dec. 18, 19, 20 at 7:00 PM
Coffin School
By Joe Landry. Inspired by the classic American film, It’s a Wonderful Life, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play premiered in 1996 at Stamford Center for the Arts in Stamford, Connecticut, and has since been produced around the country to critical acclaim. 4 Winter Street. Tickets – $20/$15 seniors

BOOKS, SPEAKERS & POETRY
Book Signing: Andrew Spencer
Sat, Dec 13, 2008 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at Bartlett’s Farm
Andrew Spencer will be in the market signing his book ‘Bear Trap’.

Spoken Word Nantucket Presents Ryk McIntyre
Sun, Dec 14, 2008 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Umass Boston Field Station
Featured poet Ryk McIntyre. Free; pass the hat for the feature. Open mic.

“Song writing inspired by Nantucket”
Thu, Dec 18, 2008 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Nantucket Whaling Museum
Food for Thought with local musicians Amy England and Susan Berman talking about the writing process and singing songs written and inspired by island living. Free; bring your lunch….

This Week on Nantucket (9/23/08)

BENEFITS

Benefit for Sean Marcaurelle
Fri, Sep 26, 2008 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm at Coffin School, 4 Winter Street
Sean Marcaurelle has been diagnosed with Sarcoma Cancer, which has spread to his lungs and liver. Sean is only 35; his girlfriend Rhonda is an active member of our community. There will be a fundraiser for Sean this Thursday night, the 25th, at the Rose & Crown from 7 – 10PM, with packages and auction items. Tickets are $25 at the door. All proceeds will help Sean with medical, travel and housing expenses. For information, call Kristin at 508-685-2150 or Tommy at 508-325-3210.

CONCERTS & NIGHTLIFE

Matt Haimovitz, cellist & Geoff Burleson, piano
Fri, Sep 26, 2008 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm at Coffin School, 4 Winter Street
Included in the program: the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Elliot Carter, a tribute to Carter ‘s 100th Birthday. Program: Beethoven, Carter, Schumann, Barber. Matt is known as a maverick cellist; after a classical concert, he often performs a completely different program for a different audience (younger) in unusual venues: bars, coffee houses, jazz clubs. Matt will present an outreach program in the New School on Friday during school time, a Friday evening classical concert with Goeff, and a master class for Mollie Glaser’s cello students on Saturday, Sep 27, open for all to attend. A fundraising concert for the Young People’s Concert Series presented by the Nantucket Arts Council. Tickets: Adults $25; Council Members $20; Students: Free. Available: Mitchell’s Book Corner, Nantucket Bookworks, at the door day of concert. 508-325-8588.

Walden Chamber Players
Fri, Sep 26 at 7:00pm and Sun at 1 pm, Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.
Founded in 1997, the Walden Chamber Players present a variety of educational programs and concerts designed to increase musical awareness and appreciation. They showcase rarely heard works by composers of the past as well as music by contemporary composers. The Friday concert will include pieces by Boccherini, Augusta Read Thomas, Haydn, Handel / Halvorsen, Schedl, and Boccherini. The Sunday afternoon concert will feature cellist River Bennett, a senior at NHS who began playing cello eight years ago, with pieces by Boccherini, Paganini, Leclaire, Bach / Mozart, and William Ryden. Admission for the Friday evening concert is $5 for NHA members and $15 for nonmembers. Sunday’s concert is free for NHA members and $15 for nonmembers. 508-228-1894, ext. 0. Presented by the Nantucket Historical Association

Brightwings
Fri, Sep 26 to Sat, Sep 27, 2008 from 10:00pm – 1:00am at Chicken Box

Trivia Night
Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 9:00pm at Rose & Crown

Jamie Howarth, Piano
Wed – Sun from 7:00pm – 12:00am at Summer House Restaurant

Jeff Ross
Wed, Sep 24, 2008 from 7:30pm – 10:30pm at Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant
Thu – Sat from 9:00pm – 12:00am at Starlight Theatre

80’s Video Dance Party
Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 9:00pm at Rose & Crown

Bob Lehman Trio
Fri, Sep 26, 2008 from 7:30pm – 10:00pm at Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant

Disco Night
Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 9:00pm at Rose & Crown

THEATER

Opening Night Party: Wait Until Dark
Thu, Sep 25, 2008 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Arno’s
followed by performance at 2 Center St. Tickets $50….

Wait Until Dark
Thu – Sat at 8:30pm at Methodist Church, 2 Centre Street
This edge-of-your-seat thriller is about a mysterious woman who preys on a blind woman and her husband. This story unfolds, leaving us with the question: how does a blind woman defend herself? You will have to “wait until dark” to find out. Written by Frederick Knott. Directed by Jane Karakula and featuring Virginia Bullington, Ciaran Byrne, Mark Carapezza, Chuck Gifford, Doug Lind, Pam Murphy, Adam Noonan and Vince Veilleux. Downstairs stage, Methodist Church, 2 Centre St., Tickets $25. 508-228-4305 or http://www.theatreworkshop.com.
Sept 25,26,27,Oct 1,2,3,4,8,9,10,11 at 8:30 PM
Oct 5 at 3:00 PM & Oct 11 at 3:00 PM

ART OPENINGS

Art Opening: Susan Jositas
Thu, Sep 25, 2008 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Nantucket Stock Exchange
An exhibition of new oil paintings. Artist’s cocktail reception tonight….

SPEAKERS & DEMONSTRATIONS

“Mammoth, Walrus & Whales, Oh My!”
Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 2:00pm at Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum
Join other carving enthusiasts and watch as island basketmaker and carver Tim Parsons demonstrates the art of carving wood, ivory and fossilized mammoth.

FILM

Everything’s Cool
Sat, Sep 27, 2008 from 7:00pm at Nantucket Atheneum
‘Everything’s Cool’ tells the story of what it takes to talk about global warming — the art of duking it out with collective denial, the struggle to communicate the urgency of the crisis. It follows veteran global warming messengers like Ross Gelbspan, as he launches ‘Boiling Point’ — his ‘last’ and ‘final’ book on the issue; Dr. Heidi Cullen, a climatologist for the Weather Channel, a group of citizen-activists — ages 18 to 80 – waiting for their chance to rouse a sleeping country; and organizations like the National Resources Defense Council, Greenpeace, Environmental Defense, and Moveon.org, who pin their hopes on a Hollywood film called ‘The Day After Tomorrow,’ which does what they’ve never been able to do by fictionalizing global warming into a nightmarish, but undeniably compelling message. Cosponsored with Sustainable Nantucket.

Next Week on Nantucket

PERFORMING ARTS

The Fifteen Minute Hamlet by Tom Stoppard
Friday and Saturday, 7:00 pm, Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street
Independent article

Shakespeare Festival: The Tempest
Performed by Shakespeare on the Cape
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm, Bennett Hal, 62 Centre Street

Kevin Flynn and Friends Comedy Night
Kevin Flynn has entertained audiences for years with his stand-up comedy, having headlined at clubs and colleges across the country. Every Monday through August 25th at 8:30 pm. Methodist Church.

Christie Kickham and Friends Nantucket Improv is now every Sunday night through October 5th, 8:30 in the Methodist Church.

“Seussical” Jr. The Musical

TWN’s Children’s musical for children by children

Curtain Time 5 pm, Bennett Hall

Tuesday July 15th – Saturday July 19th

Tuesday July 22nd – Saturday July 26th

Yesterday’s Island Review
Inquirer and Mirror story

Claudia Sheer’s ‘Blown Sideways Through Life’
An average woman who lives an extraordinary life and tells about it with gusto.
Wednesday – Saturday, 8:30 pm, Methodist Church

On the Isle at the ‘Sconset Casino

The Pirates of Penzance
Wednesday, July 23, 9 pm
Friday and Saturday, July 25th and 26th at 7
Sunday, July 27th at 9
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Inquirer and Mirror Story

The Mystery of the Lighthouse
Wednesday, July 23, 7pm
Sunday, July 27th at 7

Cabaret
Thursday, July 24th at 7pm
Friday and Saturday, July 25th and 26th at 9

All Star Comedy Gala
Thursday, July 24th at 9pm

“The Day the Big Wave Came to Nantucket”
Every Wednesday and Thursday from July 17th – August 14th, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.


BOOKS & SPEAKERS

Restoring the Qianlong Garden, Forbidden City, China
Friday, July 18, 6:30 pm, Preservation Institute, 11 Centre Street

Author Talk: Bill Patten, ‘My Three Fathers: And the Elegant Deceptions of My Mother, Susan Mary Alsop’
Friday, July 18, 8:00 pm, Atheneum Great Hall

Author Talk: John Burnham Schwartz, “The Commoner”
Monday, July 21, 8:00 pm, Atheneum Great Hall. Pictured at left.

A Conversation with Victoria Rowell
The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir. Discussion and book signing.
Benefits Days Ferry and the Two Centre Street Preservation Project.
Sunday, July 20, 5:30 pm, Methodist Church


GALLERIES & AUCTIONS

Gallery at Four India Street
Oriental Rug Show


Antique to new, from the Khouri family.

Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Old Spouter Gallery Opening Reception
M.J. Dickson & Patrick Beaugard

Friday the 18th, 6 to 8. 118 Orange Street

Sar.Z Gallery
Gallery artists
Friday, July 18, 6 – 8 pm, Orange Street Gallery, 117 Orange

South Wharf Gallery
Megan Hinton

Friday, 6 to 8, 3 India Street
Artist’s Talk: Saturday at 11 am at the Gallery

Rafael Osona Live Auction
Saturday (5th), American Legion Hall. Details.


WINE TASTING

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


OUTDOOR MARKET

The Nantucket Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market is every Saturday from 9 am to noon in the Dreamland Theater Parking Lot, with locally grown produce and handmade goods, all sponsored by Sustainable Nantucket.


MARIA MITCHELL ASSOCIATION

Click here for a complete list of MMA programs for children and adults this week.


NANTUCKET ATHENEUM

Click here for a complete list of Atheneum programs for children and adults this month.


NANTUCKET HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

NHAÕs Family Whale Festival
Friday, July 18, 12 to 4 pm, Whaling Museum
A hands-on festival for visitors of all ages, including drawing whales with artist and chanteyman Don Sineti.


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

This Week on Nantucket

PERFORMING ARTS

Kevin Flynn and Friends Comedy Night: Kevin Flynn has entertained audiences for years with his stand-up comedy, having headlined at clubs and colleges across the country. Every Monday through August 25th at 8:30 pm. Methodist Church.

Christie Kickham and Friends Nantucket Improv is now every Sunday night through October 5th, 8:30 in the Methodist Church.

Story Time with a Princess: The Theatre Workshop Resident Company presents this unique “storybook to life” program. Children become the actors and learn improv skills to bring your favorite tales to life. Bennett Hall. Monday, 14th, 2PM and 5PM. Details.

FINAL WEEKEND:
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. Saturday July 5th: 8:30 pm. Tuesday July 8th – Saturday July 12th: 8:30 pm. Performance Center, Methodist Church. Details.

“Seussical” Jr. The Musical
TWN’s Children’s musical for children by children
Curtain Time 5 pm
Tuesday July 8th – Saturday July 12th
Tuesday July 15th – Saturday July 19th
Tuesday July 22nd – Saturday July 26th
Bennett Hall


BOOKS & SPEAKERS

Governor Pete du Pont
Former Delaware Governor and Congressman.
Wednesday, July 16, 7:00 pm
Congregational Church

Simon Sargon, ÒMusical PassionsÓ – two part talk
Saturday July 12, 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 13, 3 p.m.
Free Admission, Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall


GALLERIES & AUCTIONS

Artists Association of Nantucket Summer Small Works Show Opening
Friday, July 11, 6 to 8 pm
Washington Street

Gallery at Four India Street
Oriental Rug Show

Antique to new, from the Khouri family.
Friday, July 18, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Old Spouter Gallery Opening Reception: Margaret Fox & Kasia Baker
Also: 8 Painted Chairs
Friday, July 11, 6 to 8
118 Orange Street

Sar.Z Gallery:
Buzz Williams, Sarah Hutton (jewelry), Chad Whitlock, Kate Pelletier (painter), Randy Goldberger (sculpture), and other local artists. Orange Street Video building.

South Wharf Gallery: Elizabeth Congdon Opening
Friday, July 11, 2008, 6 to 8
3 India Street

Rafael Osona Live Auction: Saturday (5th), American Legion Hall. Details.


WINE TASTING

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


OUTDOOR MARKET

The Nantucket Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market is every Saturday from 9 am to noon in the Dreamland Theater Parking Lot, with locally grown produce and handmade goods, all sponsored by Sustainable Nantucket.


MARIA MITCHELL ASSOCIATION

Click here for a complete list of MMA programs for children and adults this week.


NANTUCKET ATHENEUM

Click here for a complete list of Atheneum programs for children and adults this month.


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

Coming Soon on Nantucket

Robert Behrman and Arman Ghazaryan are performing a free concert tonight, Tuesday June 24th at 7:30pm, at the Congregational Church Main Chapel. After hearing the two perform this past winter, Lucille Jordan asked if they would perform a public concert in June as a “Thank You, Nantucket” from Lucille to the community, celebrating Lucille’s 60th birthday. Lucille will also help underwrite a music festival within the Nantucket Arts Festival beginning Labor Day weekend.

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 concert benefits the Nantucket AIDS Network.

Something Natural announced that A Safe Place was the winner of the 2008 Something Natural Non-Profit Day. Customers cast votes during the month of May for 45 different Island non-profits. A Safe Place edged out our ’03 & ’04 winner Small Friends, followed closely by The New School (’07 winner) and the Lighthouse School (’06 winner). Rounding out the top 10 were The MSPCA, The Food Pantry, St. Paul’s Church, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Maria Mitchell Association (’05 winner), and Hospice Care of Nantucket. June 17th, all proceeds from the retail sale of baked goods, as well as a percentage of the proceeds from T-shirts were earmarked for A Safe Place.

Nantucket Walk Now for Autism will take place on Saturday, August 16 at Jetties Beach. Last year’s inaugural Nantucket Walk raised more than $310,000 to support Autism Speaks’ initiatives in autism research, advocacy and family services, and led to the establishment of the Nantucket Autism Speaks Resource Center. The mission of the Center, founded in November 2007 and housed at Nantucket High School, is to provide current information and comprehensive resources for families, professionals and the community for the purpose of educating and increasing awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder. For more information about the Center,contact Kim Horyn, Director, at khoryn@autismspeaks.org or 646-341-3043. Register for the walk here. Volunteer are needed for the walk. Call 609-228-7339 or email.

Tom Montgomery, great grandson of William H. Chase, whirligig maker and boat builder, will display samples from his extensive collection and talk about Chase’s extraordinary talents. Chase (1850-1931) was considered Nantucket’s greatest small-boatbuilder, and had Chase opened his own shop on Old North Wharf, and was well known for the skiffs, lapstrake dories, rowboats and sailboats as well as his whirligigs and weathervanes. Members and guests will be able to tour SPLASH! Boatbuilding on Nantucket in the historic Coffin School. Montgomery is a collector and a Nantucket aficionado, and sits on a number of boards for Nantucket organizations. Free for members of the Egan Maritime Institute. Non member adults: $5.00; students: $3.00. Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 8:00 pm in the Coffin School. 508-228-2505.

Coming Up on Nantucket Beginning 6/6/08

Arts and social events for Friday (6/6) through Thursday (6/12):

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK


Island resident Connor Gifford talks about his new book, “America According to Connor Gifford”, written with Victoria Harris, which just hit the island this week and goes national on July 4th weekend, published by Hargrave Press. Tim Russert calls the 168 page book “a distinctive American perspective by a unique young man.” Nathaniel Philbrick says, “Connor Gifford has written my kind of history – fun and inspiration.” And Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara call it a “must read!”. Read more. Atheneum on Friday June 6 at 7 pm, followed by book signing. Space is limited, so get there early. And check out the Plum interview with Connor. Photo above of Connor Gifford with his dad, Chuck at the 2007 S.T.A.R fundraiser.

The 2008 Chamber 10K Survivor Challenge offers a chance to win up to $10,000, and you don’t have to be a Chamber member to attend. The prize winner is determined by a process of elimination. When ten names are left, the ‘survivors’ can choose to split $10,000 ten ways or continue the elimination, and so on. Tickets are $100 each, available at the Chamber office, upstairs at Zero Main Street. No more than 250 tickets will be sold and you need not be present to win. Proceeds benefit the Chamber scholarship fund for Nantucket students. Faregrounds Restaurant, Thursday, June 12th, 6:00 pm.


BENEFITS and NON-PROFIT EVENTS

The Sam Sylvia Pro-Am Golf Tournament Pairings Cocktail Party, Dinner and Auction benefits the Boys & Girls Club. Yacht Club, Saturday (7th).

The Maria Mitchell Association Opening Tea and Annual Meeting takes place on Tuesday, June 10th at 4:30. Details.


CONCERTS


Heng-Jin Park, piano; Paris Ellsworth, violin; and Jonah Ellsworth, cello, presented by the Nantucket Arts Council. Sunday, June 8th, 5 pm at the Coffin School. Details.


NIGHT LIFE

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.

At the Box, Three Day Threshold plays The Rolling Stones, The Pogues, Little Feat and Johnny Cash and more through Saturday, the 6th. U2 cover band Joshua Tree plays Monday through Wednesday (9th – 11th). Then it’s Emergency Broadcast System Thursday through Saturday (12th – 14th).

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. This weekend it’s
Chad Strange, one of the original dj’s who created the scene that started over 15 years ago on Nantucket, and is now a producer under Ominis Records. Also one set by Alex Buletz, a new DJ on island, playing progressive and electro.

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.

Jeff Ross is back at the Startlight on Frdiay and Saturday nights from 9 to midnight.


ART EXHIBITION

Kerry Hallam exhibition of his newest works: ‘Getting to Nantucket’. Thursday, June 12th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at LoLa 41. Details.


SPEAKERS

Michael Tougias talks about his book ‘Fatal Forecast’, what happens when a 90 foot wave hits two 50 foot boats 200 miles out to sea off the Massachusetts coast in November. Great Hall. Wednesday, June 11th at 7.

Dorothy O’Hara speaks on her love of the island and its influence on her scrimshaw designs in Scrimshaw from the Heart. Lightship Basket Museum, Thursday, June 12th at 2.

Thomas Chase Montgomery speaks on William Chase at the Egan Maritime Institute Guest Lecture. Thursday, June 12th at 8. Details.


WALKS AND TOURS

Oldest House Kitchen Garden Tour of the herbs and plants in this 1700s kitchen garden. Friday and Saturday, June 6th – 7th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 16 Sunset Hill Lane.


WINE TASTING

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


FILM

The US Vs. John Lennon, A documentary on Lennon’s politicization during and after the Vietnam War. Atheneum Great Hall. Monday, June 9th, 7 pm. Details.

At the Starlight:
Kung Fu Panda: Friday – Sunday (6th – 8th)

Sex And The City: Monday and Tuesday (9th – 10th)

Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull: Wednesday and Thursday (11th and 12th)

For times, go to the Arts & Social Calendar.


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

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.
Download Week’s Schedule
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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.