Illusion of race exhibit
On Saturday, July 26, the Island Diversity Council and the Martha's Vineyard Public Schools are presenting a public exhibition of the illusion of race. The event will take place from 11 am to 4 pm at the West Tisbury School. Admission is free.
Jupiter's music orbits Chappy
The first concert of the Chappaquiddick Summer Music Festival is scheduled for Thursday, July 24. The highly acclaimed Jupiter String Quartet will perform works from Haydn, Britten, and Beethoven. The concert will take place at 8 pm at the Chappaquiddick Community Center. Tickets, $18 and $16 for seniors, are available at the door or in advance at the center. There will be a free shuttle form the Chappy ferry beginning at 7:30 pm. For more information, call 508-627-5514.
Classics and hip-hop at O
This weekend, Outerland hosts two different but famous music groups: Jefferson Starship and Naughty by Nature. Classic rockers Paul Kantner and Marty Balin from Jefferson Airplane will grace the stage on Friday, July 25, along with new and old players of the Starship. There is a $40 cover charge.
On Saturday, July 26, hear hip-hop and Grammy award-winning group Naughty By Nature. Popular in the early 90s, these platinum recording artists' famous hits include "Hip Hop Hooray" and "O.P.P." There is a $30 cover charge.
Photo courtesy of Margaret Penicaud
Fish Farm for Haiti
This past weekend's Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project included a tennis tournament, art sale, raffle and entertainment. As they have since the fundraiser was founded in 1998, all the proceeds go to support a community outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti, stock ponds, create vegetable gardens, support a school and a women's collective.
For more information call Margaret Penicaud, 508-693-0368.
The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and place that employed them. They have recorded over two-dozen albums, including their latest, "Campaign and Suffering." They will provide their unique brand of musical political humor at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs on Saturday, July 26, at 8 pm. Admission is $20; premium seating is $35. Tickets are available at the door and in advance at various Island stores.
Photo by Susan Safford
Brass blast in the Bluffs
Last Friday at Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs, the Finding Our Folk Tour celebrated New Orleans culture after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. KatrinaRitaVille gave the park the atmosphere of a New Orleans neighborhood. There was a FEMA trailer to tour, music by the Hot 8 Brass Band and the Spirituals Choir, and gumbo prepared in a FEMA trailer.
Events continued throughout the weekend at Lola's and Featherstone Center for the Arts.
Photo by Ralph Stewart
A field day
Many gathered at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School's new baseball field for the 2nd annual Baseball Fest and Outdoor Movie night on Thursday, July 17, which benefitted Vineyard Baseball Inc, the 501C3 non-profit. Attendees could gauge their pitching velocity with a radar gun, hit balls, and run the bases, or just relax and enjoy the barbeque, while others floated above the action in a hot air balloon. Later, an outdoor theater was assembled on the field for a moonlit screening of "Field of Dreams."