Pigs and bluegrass
Coop de Ville Restaurant on Oak Bluffs Harbor will host a pig roast Sunday, October 17 from 2 to 6 pm. The cost to eat all-you-can-eat to the sounds of Ballywho Bluegrass Jamboree is $15. For more information call 508-693-3420.
From Page to Stage
Island Theatre Workshop presents its second annual Pick of the Crop: Original Plays by Island Authors Festival next Thursday, Oct. 21 through Oct. 31 at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. On the playbill are “Just One Look” by Taffy McCarthy, “HOPE” by Allison Carr, “Envia” by Kelly Dumar, “Separation Tango” by Wayne Greenwell, and “Closure” by GR Russell. Different shows are performed on alternating nights, and all shows have a cast of Island writers, directors, and actors. Thursday through Saturday shows are at 7:30 pm; Sunday shows are 3 pm matinees. Tickets are $15; $25 for two nights. All shows are recommended for ages 16+. For more information, call 508-737-8550.
Inspired by Shakespeare
Row Twelve Chamber Ensemble announces Reflections of Shakespeare, a free concert with music, poetry, and dance this Saturday at the Chilmark Community Center. The mixed program features pieces that have drawn their inspiration from Shakespeare, including “Scherzo” from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Felix Mendelssohn, to “Darn That Dream” by Jimmy van Heusen. Performers in Row Twelve, a branch of the Boston Theater Group, include Andy Brewster on bass, actor Karen Henry, Katherine Kleitz on flute, Marc Lauritsen on piano, and dancer Caryl Sickul. The show starts at 5:30 pm.
Students going south
Flatbread continues its run of benefit dinner nights tonight, October 14, with a fundraiser for the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School. A portion of the cost of all pizzas sold from 6 to 9 pm will benefit the school’s students who wish to study Spanish and science in Guatemala in a cultural academic program. In addition to dinner, there is also a raffle and silent auction, and music by DJ Jay Araujo. For more information, call 508-693-2680.
Turkish pastor visits
Pastor Ramazan Arkan of the Antalya Bible Church in Turkey will speak at the Faith Community Church in Katama this Sunday, Oct. 17, at 10 am. Pastor Arkan lives in Turkey, where he receives death threats because he is a Christian. The U.S. State Department estimates that more than 160,000 people of faith were murdered in the past five years in Islamic and Communist countries. He will speak on The Persecuted Church, and will follow up with a Q&A at 6:30 pm Sunday evening at 31 Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs. For more information, call Jeff Winter at 508-687-9097.
The Yard welcomes Affiliate Artists The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company this Friday, Oct. 15, at the Chilmark Community Center. Billed An Evening of Great Dance, Dialogue, and Fun, the free event starts at 7 pm. The company will perform a sneak preview of “In the End…It’s All About Love,” a dazzling and playful exploration of the hula hoop. For more information, call The Yard at 508-645-9662 or visit dancetheyard.org.
The fifth annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival (MVFF) is deemed a sold-out success, as ticket sales increased 12 percent this year, and nine events were completely sold out. Even advanced online ticket sales were up at least 25 percent, indicating a rise in attendance by off-Islanders. Already thinking about 2011, MVFF confirms Matthew Modine and Bill Plympton plan to return to next year’s festival.