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January 4, 2016

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Monday Movies
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Johnny Belinda

Monday Night at the Movies

Directed by Jean Negulesco
With Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Agnes Moorehead, Charles Bickford, Jan Sterling and Stephen McNally

(1948, 102 m., b/w) Jane Wyman's Oscar-winning performance is the centerpiece of this touching drama set in post-war Cape Breton Nova Scotia, where a doctor tutors a young deaf-mute woman who is raped, gives birth to a son, and wants to keep the child despite scandalous rumors and the father's effort to take the child from her. One of the finest films from the Warner Brothers studios.

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January 6, 2016

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Shakespeare gets a shakeup

Written by Kelsey Perrett

Shakespeare for the Masses is an Island institution, known for appropriating the Bard’s plays as quick and easy-to-understand comedies. Since 2008, co-creators Nicole Galland and Chelsea McCarthy have adapted a number of Shakespearean dramas, even challenging tragedies such as “King Lear” and “Julius Caesar.” However, on this particular adaptation, “The Merchant of Venice,” they faced a new kind of challenge: How do you make comedy out of a play that might be a little racist? Click here to read there rest of the article on mvtimes.com

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January 6, 2016

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A second chance at life leads to a second career

By Gwyn McAllister

Paul Doherty of Vineyard Haven is leading a second life, both figuratively and literally. After receiving a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer in 2013, he moved to the Vineyard to finish out his life surrounded by the ocean. The diagnosis turned out to be inaccurate, but Mr. Doherty decided to make the Vineyard his permanent home.  Click here to read the rest of the article on mvtimes.com

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January 7, 2016

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Shakespeare for the Masses Wants You

By Bill Eville

Shakespeare for the Masses is back to cure the January doldrums by demanding from you a pound of flesh. Well, not literally, as all performances are free of charge and cruelty to audiences is strictly forbidden. The group revises and updates the Shakespearean canon and creates hour-long shows fueled by the poetic license of Nicole Galland and Chelsea McCarthy.

This time they take aim at The Merchant of Venice, hence the pound of flesh reference, which Shylock demanded as collateral for a loan.

- See more at: http://vineyardgazette.com/news/2016/01/07/shakespeare-masses-wants-you?k=vg55ad277915a72#sthash.fFyAJqDG.dpuf

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January 9 - February 4, 2016

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PAUL DOHERTY

Reflective Abstraction

While out kayaking during the early morning hours this past spring and summer in Vineyard Haven Harbor, I was drawn to the reflective light projecting off the wooden sailboats onto the water and their interaction with the waves. I have always been a fan of Abstract Art and as such, I approached each shot as if it were a painting. I am drawn to color, so by concentrating on the light during the early morning hours around sunrise, I was able to achieve the best saturation of color.

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January 9 & 10, 2016

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Shakespeare for the Masses – The Merchant of Venice

Quick & Painless & Free

Come to Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse this weekend to see the Bard as you've never seen him before: a full play condensed into a one-hour format and presented by Chelsea McCarthy, Nicole Galland and a rollicking troupe of local actors. It's a great way to introduce children - anybody, for that matter - to the works and world of William Shakespeare.

If you have been to previous performances of Shakespeare for the Masses over the past eight years, you already know what a free-spirited romp it will be. This time, Chelsea and Nikki take on THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, with a guest appearance from MV poet laureate Arnie Reisman in the role of Shylock. Expect a dose of poetic license from Arnie and the rest of the cast, along with the usual irreverence the directors bring to all of Shakespeare's work.

This weekend's performances are made possible by the generosity of Geraldine Brooks and Tony Horwitz. MERCHANT will be performed on Saturday, January 9, at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, January 10, at 12 noon at the Playhouse, 24 Church Street in downtown Vineyard Haven. Admission is free; seating is general.

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January 11, 2016

Patricia Neal Stage
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The Lost Moment

Monday Night at the Movies

Directed by Martin Gabel
With Robert Cummings, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, Joan Lorring and Eduardo Ciannelli

(1947, 89 m., b/w) Based on The Aspern Papers by Henry James, this moody, atmospheric mystery-drama tells the story of an opportunistic journalist insinuating his way into the mansion of a 106-year old woman to obtain missing love letters from her long-dead poet lover; he encounters her niece, who is not what she seems.

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January 18, 2016

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Two Weeks — With Love

Monday Night at the Movies

Directed by Roy Rowland
With Jane Powell, Ricardo Montalban, Debbie Reynolds, Carlton Carpenter, Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Phyllis Kirk, Clinton Sundberg and Tommy Rettig

(1950, 90 m., color) Delightfully entertaining family musical about the Robinson family's summer vacation in the Catskills in 1912, and the romantic entanglements of the two teenage daughters looking for love, Featuring the breakout performance of young Debbie Reynolds and charming period songs.

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January 25, 2016

Patricia Neal Stage
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In Like Flint

Monday Night at the Movies

Directed by Gordon Douglas
With James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Anna Lee, Andrew Duggan, Jean Hale, Steve Inhat and Yvonne Craig

(1967, 114 m., color) James Coburn stars as super cool secret agent Derek Flint, in what is arguably the best post-Bond spy spoof. Flint must take on a group of power mad ladies plotting to rule the world by kidnapping the U.S. President and replacing him with an impostor, for starters. Colorful, action-packed fun!

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January 26, 2016

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Poetry Café

Tuesday, January 26 - 7:30PM

Hosted by MV Poet Laureate
ARNIE REISMAN

Joined by Poets
Dan Waters
Michael West
Andrea Quigley

$10 at the door, cash only
Price includes a beverage and a slice of PIE CHICKS pie.

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January 29 & 30, 2016

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Wicked Good Musical Revue
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Wicked Good Musical Revue

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February 1, 2016

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Bedazzled

Monday Night at the Movies

Directed by Stanley Donen
With Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Eleanor Bron, Raquel Welch, Barry Humphries, Michael Bates and a host of British character actors

(1967)(103min) Dudley Moore stars as a short order cook living a desperate existence, who sells his soul to the Devil for seven wishes and the chance to win the girl of his dreams. The Faust legend is filtered through Swinging London in this hilarious, Monty Python-esque comedy.

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February 3, 2016

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“Fish Tales” returns to the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse for a second session of sea yarns

By Gwyn McAllister

Mark Twain once said, “Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly don’t tell them where they know the fish.” There’s a big segment of the Vineyard population that knows the local fish very well, as anyone who’s stopped by a beach — any beach — during the annual Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby can attest. This coming Saturday, a few representatives of the Island’s community of fishing enthusiasts will share stories full of adventure and daring, mishaps and comic relief at the second ‘Fish Tales’ storytelling event at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse.

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February 6, 2016

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Jeffrey Canha

Fish Tales

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February 6 to March 3 2016

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Ed Schulman

Ed Schulman

Winter Bright

Mr. Schulman has a style that is unlike any other artist on the Vineyard, and he is easily recognizable as his own. He uses a limited palette of muted colors favoring brick tones, grayish blues, off whites, and grays. He tends to favor the linear, making good use of somewhat elongated vertical figures — people, buildings, sailboats. His style could be called primitive but, more accurately, his paintings are highly stylized yet he makes perfect sense of his subjects with limited, well-placed lines, palette knife strokes, lots of texture, and a few daubs of color or white.

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February 15, 2016

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A Patch of Blue

Monday Night at the Movies

Directed by Guy Green
With Elizabeth Hartman (her film debut), Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford, Ivan Dixon, Elisabeth Fraser and John Qualen

(1965)(105min) A young, uneducated blind white woman befriends a black man who is determined to help her escape her impoverished, brutal home life. Wonderful, sensitive performances anchor this thoughtful film about escaping from lives that hold you back.

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February 16, 2016

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Poetry Café

Hosted by MV Poet Laureate
ARNIE REISMAN

Joined by Poets
Ellie Bates
Don McLagan
Rachael Convery
Valerie Sonnenthal

$10 at the door, cash only
Price includes coffee and a slice of PIE CHICKS pie.

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February 20, 2016

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The Devil & Daniel Webster

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February 22, 2016

Patricia Neal Stage
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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Monday Night at the Movies

Directed by Howard Hawks
With Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, Norma Varden, Taylor Holmes and George Winslow

(1953)(91min) Sexy singers Lorelei and Dorothy cruise to Paris while being pursued by a private detective hired by Lorelei’s fiance’s father to keep an eye on her (and all the other men interested in her). Absolutely classic musical fun!

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February 29, 2016

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The Anniversary

Monday Night at the Movies

Directed by Roy Ward Baker
With Bette Davis, Sheila Hancock, James Cossins, Christian Roberts and Elaine Taylor

(1968)(95min) Strikingly modern British black comedy about a controlling mother of three grown sons, who has them over every year to celebrate her wedding anniversary, even though her husband has been dead for quite some time. This year’s party will be different because the boys are planning their escape from her clutches. Will they succeed?

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March 4 & 5, 2016

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Wicked Good Musical Revue – March 4 & 5

Join us once again for a fun evening of songs and humor presented by a talented ensemble of local singers. The Wicked Good Musical Revue, a regular event during our winter season, has developed an enthusiastic following of people who look forward to a spirited performance that always exceeds expectations.

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March 4 to April 7, 2016

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Linda Thompson

Inspirations: Where Water Meets the Land

For years, Linda Thompson worked as an industrial designer whose projects included a chain of stores, restaurants in the World Trade Center, and kitchens for high-profile clients. After retiring from a very successful career and moving to the Vineyard in 2002, Ms. Thompson is now focusing on creating artwork, painting what she knows best: up-Island scenes near her Chilmark home.
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March 7, 2016

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Movies
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Leave Her To Heaven

Monday Night at the Movies

Directed by John M. Stahl
With Gene Tierney (Oscar-nominated), Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, Mary Philips, Ray Collins, Gene Lockhart and Daryl Hickman

(1945)(110min) A beautiful woman with more than a few mental health issues marries an author who resembles her recently deceased father, and will stop at nothing to keep him all to herself. Referred to as “the only color film noir”, this film features gorgeous cinematography and an outstanding cast of 20th Century-Fox actors.

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March 12, 2016

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The Spectacular “Floor Show” Jazz Cabaret

Anna Yukevich & Jeremy Berlin

A fund raiser to help cover the cost of refinishing the Patricia Neal Stage floor.

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March 14, 2016

Monday Movies
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Run Silent, Run Deep

Monday Night at the Movies

Directed by Robert Wise
With Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter, Don Rickles and Mary LaRoche

(1958)(93min) Antagonisms flare up as a WWII U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a particular Japanese cruiser, butts heads with his fellow officers. Great action and a dynamic star pairing make this one of the great set-on-a-submarine war films.

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March 15, 2016

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Poetry Café

Hosted by MV Poet Laureate
ARNIE REISMAN

Joined by Poets
Richard Michelson
Nan Byrne
Barbara Pope Peckham
Steve Ewing

$10 at the door, cash only
Price includes coffee and a slice of PIE CHICKS pie.

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May 2, 2016

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From industrial design to landscape:

The Art of Linda Thompson

By Gwyn McAllister

For years, Linda Thompson worked as an industrial designer whose projects included a chain of stores, restaurants in the World Trade Center, and kitchens for high-profile clients. After retiring from a very successful career and moving to the Vineyard in 2002, Ms. Thompson is now focusing on creating artwork, painting what she knows best: up-Island scenes near her Chilmark home.
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March 21, 2016

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Movies
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Johnny Guitar

Monday Night at the Movies

Directed by Nicholas Ray
With Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady, Ben Cooper, Ernest Borgnine, Frank Ferguson, Royal Dano and John Carradine.

(1953)(110min) Intense Western with Freudian and McCarthyism subtexts that is sometimes over the top but extremely compelling. Gambling saloon owner Vienna (Joan Crawford) faces off against wealthy banker/landowner Emma (Mercedes McCambridge) over a land stakes claim and is wrongly accused of murder, as old flame Johnny (Sterling Hayden) rides back into town.

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March 28, 2016

Patricia Neal Stage
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Duchess of Idaho

Monday Night at the Movies

Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
With Esther Williams, Van Johnson, John Lund, Paula Raymond, Clinton Sundberg, Connie Haines, Mel Torme and Amanda Blake; special guest appearances by Lena Horne and Eleanor Powell.

(1950)(98min) Esther Williams makes a splash in Sun Valley as she tries to help her roommate with her romantic troubles, only to entangle herself in them as they travel to Idaho. Van Johnson co-stars as a band leader who gets involved also. Swimming spectaculars, skiing, competition dancing, a bouncy musical score (featuring special guests) and Esther’s sense of humor make this one of her best films, which helped to make her the world’s favorite movie star for the next 5 years.

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April 2 & 3, 2016

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Shakespeare for the Masses – The Triple Crown

Quick, Painless & Free!

Written by William Shakespeare

THE TRIPLE CROWN Richard II, Henry IV, Part One and Henry IV, Part Two. A lively staged reading edited and organized by Nicole Galland and Chelsea McCarthy. Featuring a rollicking troupe of Playhouse Players!

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April 5, 2016

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Poetry Café

Hosted by MV Poet Laureate
ARNIE REISMAN

Joined by Poets
Justen Ahren
Peter Ledermann
Fan Ogilvie
Claudia Taylor

$10 at the door, cash only
Price includes coffee and a slice of PIE CHICKS pie.

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April 6, 2016

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Berklee College of Music – African Club

Blurring Borders - A Special Concert of African Music

The African Club at Berklee promotes the richness and diversity of African music - a potpourri of rhythms and melody that remain, largely, unknown. The concert will highlight the music of East and West Africa and Southern Africa. Audience members will be encouraged to participate and sing-a-long.

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April 8 & 9, 2016

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Wicked Good Musical Revue

In their final appearance of the 2016 winter/spring season, our ensemble of talented and fun-loving singers will perform songs requested by audiences from previous shows.

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April 8 - 28, 2016

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KIDZART!

The best of the youngest Island artists!

This month the Playhouse Art Space exhibits the artistic talent of the Island's children. All works are for sale.

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April 21, 2016

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Finding Art in Island’s Forlorn Buildings

The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse will host an artist’s reception for photographer Max Skjöldebrand on Saturday, April 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. Mr. Skjöldebrand’s photography exhibit, Distant Voices, will be on display at the playhouse art space from April 29 through May 26. The show will feature black and white photographs of forlorn buildings on Martha’s Vineyard. More on vineyardgazette.com

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April 23, 2016

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Singer/Songwriter Monica Rizzio

Performing songs from her new album,

As a young girl In Texas, Monica Rizzio barrel-raced on Pleasant Valley Ranch long before she had ever seen the ocean. When she migrated east and crossed the iconic bridges of Cape Cod in 2004, she instantly became the Washashore Cowgirl.
More, including sample tracks from her album.
Co-produced by Martha's Vineyard Playhouse and 88.7 mvy radio.

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April 29 - May 26, 2016

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Max Skjöldebrand

Distant Voices

An Exhibition of Black-and-white Photographs of Forlorn Buildings on Martha's Vineyard.

Artist Reception, Saturday, April 30, 4 -6 pm

In March 2015, the West Tisbury Library hosted an exhibition of Max’s black-and-white photographs: “Lines, Light, Shadows, Reflections”. The MV Film Center hosted Max’s show “Going to the Pictures” in October 2015 exhibiting his photographs of the restoration of the Capawock and Strand cinemas. His continuing professional development includes Mentorship Programs with renowned photographer Alison Shaw.

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May 4, 2016

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If walls could speak, photos capture their ‘distant voices’

By Gwyn McAllister

Photographer Max Skjöldebrand points his lens toward subjects that most of us overlook. Where other Vineyard photographers might document nature or the accomplishments of man in the form of beautiful buildings, Mr. Skjöldebrand takes a look at structures in decay.
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May 23, 2016

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Writer’s career: from ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ to new LSD play

After three decades of writing and producing television dramas, including “Beverly Hills 90210,” Larry Mollin was ready to do a different kind of writing. His first choice was his first love: theater.

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May 25, 2016

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Onstage, a trip back in time with Timothy Leary

By Terry Byrne, Boston Globe Correspondent

Larry Mollin’s “High Time” traces one fateful night at a Newton home when Harvard professor and researcher Timothy Leary led poet Allen Ginsberg, philosopher Alan Watts, JFK mistress Mary Meyer, and model Rosemary Woodruff on a guided LSD trip.

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May 26, 20216

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Leslie Baker paints with the power of raw color

By Hermione Hull, Martha's Vineyard Times

The name of Leslie Baker’s most recent show is “Raw Color” and that is what you will see: a collection of paintings and monotypes of stunning beauty and color. Flat. Layered. Transparent. Dense. “Non-objective abstraction” is the precise description. They have no recognizable subject; no boats, no houses, no beaches. Their subject is the artist’s exploration of possibilities.

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May 26, 2016

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Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse Trips into Its Summer Season

By Louisa Hofstader, Martha's Vineyard Gazette
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May 27 - June 25, 2016

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HIGH TIME

World Premiere of a New Play by Larry Mollin
Directed by Randal Myler

This new play details a 12-hour acid trip with Leary, poet Allen Ginsberg, Englishman Alan Watts, Mary Meyer, JFK's last mistress, Rosemary Woodruff, a beautiful young dancer and Lisa Bieberman, Leary's devoted assistant.

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May 27 - June 23, 2016

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Leslie Baker

Raw Color

“In more than 40 years of painting, Baker has mastered an array of artistic styles, from representational watercolor illustrations to luscious landscapes and large format oil abstracts based on monotype prints - the most painterly style of printmaking.” Martha’s Vineyard Arts and Ideas
More about Leslie in the Martha's Vineyard Times

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May 27, 2016

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‘High Time’ opens for a world premiere on the Patricia Neal Stage

Larry Mollin’s latest play showcases ’60s LSD exploration.

By Rich Saltzberg, Martha's Vineyard Times
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Every Saturday 5pm to 7pm from May 28 to October 8, 2016

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Saturday Strolls in the Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District

Visit Main Street and beyond in Vineyard Haven for live music and street entertainment, unique shopping experiences at independently owned shops, trunk shows, visiting artists, and food & beverages at featured merchants. Come enjoy a truly Vineyard experience in a quintessential Island town.

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June 1, 2016

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Having a ‘High Time’ at the M.V. Playhouse season opener

By Holly Nadler, Martha's Vineyard Times

The latest offering from the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse finds Timothy Leary in a living room lab, with a tray of sugar cubes soaked in LSD for his day’s volunteers: the poet Allen Ginsberg; American Buddhist Alan Watts; Mary Pinchot Meyer, D.C. socialite and mistress of J.F.K.; and a darling, dancing Rosemary Woodruff, destined to become Leary’s fourth wife.

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June 6, 2016

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Michael Chiklis drops by Martha’s Vineyard theater

By Eryn Carlson, Boston Globe Correspondent

Actor Michael Chiklis was in the audience at Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse Thursday, there to see his daughter Autumn — who for many years played the daughter of Chiklis’s character Vic Mackey on “The Shield”

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June 9, 2016

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High Time Equals Profound Times with Dose of Laughter Too

By Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

The set of High Time, the new play that opened at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse last week, is an early-1960s suburban interior with a kitchen, living room, front hall and jumble of low-fi audio-visual equipment to one side. It was designed by Lisa Pignato and the domestic surroundings give no hint of the psychedelic joys and existential lows that lie ahead for the play’s six characters.

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June 24 to July 14, 2016

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Katherine Reid

Myriad Moments

Artist's Reception: Saturday, June 25, 2016 4 to 6 pm

As a native Islander and the daughter of an avid fisherman, scrimshaw artist, Island nurse and character, fishing has been part of my family life since I was young. I recall watching the rugged fishermen casting off their vessels at the docks in Menemsha to haul in their catches, and watching my father fly fish at the OB Steamship Authority beach, the line whipping through the air with deft precision. Vineyard Sound nestles us in its arms, provides for and protects our lives through our occupations, recreation and nostalgia. The importance of protecting our water is visible even in the very eyes of the island’s inhabitants.

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