Noteworthy events

Directors wanted

The Board of Directors and artistic staff for Island Theatre Workshop (ITW) are accepting play submissions for the 2011 One Act Play Festival, which will be held in March at both the Katharine Cornell and Grange Theatres. The ITW New Directors Studio welcome new directors for this project. Interested parties may call Kevin Ryan at 508-627-3166 or email artistic director Kaf Warman at kwarman@andrew.cmu.edu.

Art in the Stacks

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library present an exhibit of acrylic paintings by Vineyard Haven artist Patricia Carlet. The exhibit will be on display during regular library hours through March 5.

Art in the Stacks is a new initiative of the Friends of the Library, to provide individual artists an opportunity to show their work, and for library patrons to enjoy art at the library throughout the year. The Friends also host an annual group art show in June. For more information, visit 508-696-4211.

Night out for Edgartown Library

Next Friday, Feb. 4, The Edgartown Library Foundation hosts An Evening in Tuscany, an Italian wine and cheese tasting at Lattanzi’s in Edgartown. To benefit the Edgartown Library, tickets are $25, available at the library, Lattanzi’s, and at Edgartown National Bank. The tasting is from 5 to 8 pm.

Irish Studies fun

Elaine Cawley Weintraub and her Irish Studies class at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School host a benefit dinner night for the classes’ upcoming trip to Ireland on February 23.

Be The First…To Celebrate St. Pat’s Day is Thursday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 7 pm at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs, and features a night of Irish entertainment; a feast of baked chicken, mashed potatoes, salad, and dessert; and a special appearance by a Leprechaun.

Tickets are $10; $5 for children under 7. For more information, call Ms. Weintraub at 508-693-1033 ext. 181.

IMP news

IMP announces improv events for all ages starting next week. A new session of the popular after school classes begins on Februrary 1 for students in grades three and above. According to the organization, improv improves acting skills, boosts self confidence, promotes team work, and is fun. All students perform in an end of the session show in May.

If children are looking for a taste of IMP, come to IMP Camp Day. Ages 6 to 16 are invited to The Space in Edgartown on February 5 from 12 noon to 4 pm to see what camp is all about. Students are led through all the activities of a typical IMP camp day, including morning game, improv classes, thru line, and visi. To attend, email imp4kids@gmail.com.

For the older audience and students, at 7:30 pm at The Space, IMP will show the Emmy-nominated documentary “Second to None,” also on February 5. “Second to None” is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a Second City show. he cast includes young Scott Adsit, Rachel Dratch, and Tina Fey early in their careers. Parents of younger children are cautioned this film includes strong language. For more information, visit imp4kids.com or call 508-939-9368.

French Troubadours

Les Troubadours de Martha’s Vineyard, a group of high school French students going on a trip to France this spring, are hosting a Dine to Donate at Sharky’s Cantina in Edgartown this Tuesday, Feb. 1. From 12 noon to 10 pm, a portion of food sales will benefit the group of 24 students.

Cultural luncheon

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living hosts its second in a series of winter cultural luncheons this Saturday, Jan. 29, from 12 noon to 2 pm at The Grill on Main in Edgartown. Celebrating Black History Month (February) a bit early, the cultural influence of African Americans on M.V. will be highlighted in a two-part program presented by author Tom Dresser, and Elaine Weintraub, co-founder of the African American Heritage Trail on M.V. The menu is Southern, and tickets are $25. For more information, call 508-939-9440.

Cruz on tour

Grammy award-winner John Cruz, once a Vineyard resident who now spends his time in Hawaii, makes a stop at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven this Friday night, Jan. 28, the last stop in his winter tour. Mr. Cruz will perform with Mark Herschler, his songwriter partner who he met during their college days at UMass Amherst. The show starts at 7:30 pm, and tickets are $20; $35 for reserved seats. For more information, call 808-285-5778 or visit johncruz.com.