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3 Not to Miss This Week On Nantucket

A Magical Tale for All Ages

Revisit the story of Cinderella this Saturday, June 1 or Sunday, June 2, when Nantucket Ballet presents their annual show in White Heron Theatre, 5 N. Water Street.

The family-friendly performance is directed and choreographed by Michelle Birmingham and features Nantucket Ballet youth dancers. The dancers have been working hard to bring to life this classic fairy tale ballet.

Nantucket Ballet opened in 2013 and has been dedicated to providing quality dance instruction to island residents year-round. The school offers ballet classes for ages 3 to adult with a focus on technique, artistry, and joy of movement.

Performances of Cinderella are at 1 pm and at 4 pm on June 1 and June 2. Tickets are $10 to $22 at or 508-825-5268.

Forty Years of Art & Whimsy

Nantucket captured the heart of artist John Lochtefeld in the 1960s, after just a single visit. For the past four decades, his drawings, paintings, and wood sculptures, bright and dreamy and whimsical, have brightened the homes of many on- and off-island. This Monday, June 3, the Artists Association of Nantucket opens Folk Tales to Fine Art: A John Lochtefeld Retrospective in their Visual Arts Center at 24 Amelia Drive.

Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, visitors will see a wide range of woodcuts and intaglio prints, as well as his watercolors, oils, and a few sculptures embedded with photographs and John’s quotable wisdom.

The show will be on display through the month, with a Grand Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Friday, June 28 in the VAC.

Calling All Great Believers

Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 pm, Tim Ehrenberg will host a book club discussion of The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, a book that has been described as a “big novel that makes you laugh and cry and leaves you thinking about it for days after you’ve finished..”

Makkai, who will be a presenting author at this year’s Nantucket Book Festival at noon on June 15, is the also the author of The Hundred-Year House and The Borrower, as well as the short story collection Music for Wartime. Her short fiction won a 2017 Pushcart Prize, and was chosen for The Best American Short Stories for four consecutive years.

All are welcome to attend the June 4th discussion of The Great Believers, LGBT+ history & literature, Stonewall Riots in 1969 (50 years ago), and much more. Although it is not necessary to have read the book before the discussion, readers may purchase a copy at Mitchell’s Book Corner on Main Street.

This event is “a great kick-off to Pride Month, and I’m hoping for a great turnout and amazing discussion… It’s a subject dear to my heart,” explained Ehrenberg.

The Great Believers Book Club event will be held upstairs in Mitchell’s Book Corner on Main Street.

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