Noteworthy events on Martha’s Vineyard

See "Sharkwater" at the Katharine Cornell Theatre on July 27. — Photo courtesy of Sharkwater

“Sharkwater” reveals truths, debunks myths

The film “Sharkwater” will be screened at 8 pm on Saturday, July 27 at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. Filmed in stunning, high definition video, the film takes you into the most shark-rich waters of the world in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands, and Ecuador.

Filmmaker Rob Stewart’s exploration of sharks was driven by a lifelong fascination. It turned into a beautiful and dangerous life journey and a study of the balance of life on earth.

In the film he debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as an important part of the biosphere. He also exposes the exploitation and corruption surrounding the shark populations in the areas he films.

Musicians Dan Waters and Steve and Joyce Maxner will perform at the screening. The program is produced by Heaven in Ocean Productions as part of the developing series, Across Sound Connections – Ocean Film Events. Admission is $15; $10 students. For more information, call 508-560-1300.

A day for Della

Della Hardman Day 2013, a day to celebrate the late teacher, artist, and activist who died in 2005, is this Saturday. Starting at 4 pm at Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs, hear from author and historian Khalil G. Muhammad. Essay prizes will be awarded to M.V. Regional High School students, and all can enjoy a cake reception. For more information, call 508-696-1002.

Gardens at Monticello

Were Thomas Jefferson to walk the grounds of Monticello today, he would no doubt feel fully at home in the 1,000-foot terraced vegetable garden where the vegetables and herbs he favored are thriving.

Extensively and painstakingly restored under Gardens & Grounds Director Peter J. Hatch’s brilliant direction, Jefferson’s unique vegetable garden now boasts the same medley of plants he enthusiastically cultivated in the early 19th century. Join Peter Hatch at Polly Hill Arboretum on Wednesday, July 31, to learn about the bounty and legacy that grows on at Monticello and its continuing impact on the culinary, garden, and landscape history of the United States. Sponsored by Donaroma’s Nursery, admission is $10; $5 for Polly Hill members. For more information, call 508-693-9426 or visit

IMP on stage

Every Thursday night throughout the summer, the IMPers perform Comedy Improv based on audience suggestions in a state-of-the-art, air-conditioned cabaret theater space at the YMCA of M.V. in Oak Bluffs.

Come see the troupe called, “One of the best troupes in the country,” by Chicago Improv Festival Executive Producer Johnathan Pitts. Director Lillian Frances of the Laugh Out Loud theater told the IMPers “Anytime you are in Chicago you have a spot to perform on our stage.” They are joined by WIMP, former IMPers back from college. The shows start at 8 pm, and tickets are $11 for teens and $15 for adults. For more information, visit; 508-939-9368.