Noteworthy events

Ralph Stewart

Filmmaker’s “A Bird of the Air”

Chilmark summer resident Margaret Whitton’s charming new film, “A Bird of the Air,” gets a sneak preview at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society in Oak Bluff’s Union Chapel on Tuesday, August 16 at 8 pm.

The romantic comedy stars Rachel Nichols as Fiona, a librarian who sets her cap for Lyman, the cute but nonverbal highway worker played by Jackson Hurst. A parrot with a colorful vocabulary and a long, checkered ownership history brings the two together. Ms. Whitton is a veteran of stage and screen who is transitioning to film production and directing. She will participate in a Q&A session after the film screening. For more details, go to

Ben Taylor and friends

The Island’s own Ben Taylor will be joined in concert by world-renowned vocalist Arnold McCullers on Sunday for a one night show at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.

Mr. McCullers is best known for his 30 years of providing backup vocals for James Taylor. He has also toured extensively with Phil Collins and has backedup numerous other well-known musicians including Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Todd Rundgren, and Carol King. Mr. McCullers has recorded 10 albums of his own and appeared in numerous films. Singer/songwriter Ben Taylor, son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, has toured with Lyle Lovett, Phil Collins, Melissa Manchester, Bonnie Raitt, and recently performed duets with Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville. Opening the show will be the newly formed band Julian & Paula, who will be recording live for their new album. Admission is $40; $75 premium. The show starts at 8:30 pm. Tickets are available at

Movie: “The Presumption of Guilt”

In 2010, Harvard professor of law Charles Ogletree published his bestselling book, “The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Race, Class & Crime In America.” Now the book has been adapted to a three-part documentary by award-winning director Hafiz Farid and the first part of the series title “The Presumption of Guilt” will screen twice on the Vineyard with Mr. Ogletree and Mr. Farid in attendance.

The film, featuring Dr. Maya Angelou, Terrie Williams, Richard Taylor, Anita Hill, Larry Watson, Michelle Alexander, Larry Hamm, and Reverend Reginald Jackson, as well as Mr. Ogletree, will be screened Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 1 pm as part of Professor Charles Ogletree’s annual Martha’s Vineyard Forum: Heard it Through the Grapevine: Race and Media in the 21st Century, at the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. It will also be shown on August 18 at the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging at 12:30 pm and at the Oak Bluffs Library at 6 pm.

Grand Illumination

Sol y Canto on Chappy

The Latin musical ensemble Sol y Canto, an interactive, bilingual group from Boston, will play at the Chappaquiddick Community Center on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 pm. The group is made up of Rosi and Brian Amador, and their 15-year-old daughters Alisa and Sonia.

For more information, visit;, or call 508-627-8222.