Short Subjects

Posted July 13, 2006

Sweet songs of peace

Island opera singer Lia Kahler and pianist Melinda Crane will perform together at the Old Whaling Church in a benefit concert for the Seeds of Peace camp. The camp, located in Maine, brings together children from strife-torn countries such as Israel and Palestine, and guides them in working together in a positive way. Ms. Kahler, a mezzo-soprano, now dedicates her talents to supporting worthy non-profit organizations. Tonight's program offers a rich musical mix ranging from classical to Broadway-style selections.

"for Peace," presented by Catalyst Concerts and Stonehouse, Inc. featuring Lia Kahler and Melinda Crane. Thursday, July 13, 7:30 pm. Old Whaling Church, Edgartown. Tickets $15 general, $10 youth and seniors. Available at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Vineyard Haven; Conroy Apothecary, West Tisbury; Up on the Roof, Chilmark; Edgartown Book Store, Edgartown; Cousen Rose, Oak Bluffs, and at the door.

One Arab, one Jew

Rabbi, author, and stand-up comedian Bob Alper, performs at the Union Chapel, Oak Bluffs next week. Joining him is comic Nazareth who developed his humor from his unique ethnic background: he is an Arab born in Israel. Promising to be an evening of non-political laughter, the show is open to the public ages 11 and older.

One Arab. One Jew. One Stage. Monday, June 17, 7:30 pm. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Available at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore and Alley's General Store, or online at For more information, call 1-866-811-4111.

All Marley, all night

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Bob Marley's death, noted reggae scholar and Marley archivist Roger Steffens offers a mixed media event Monday, July 17 at Outerland. He will present rare concert footage, photos, interviews, and discuss Mr. Marley's life and legacy.

Later, Peter Simon plays Marley dance tunes, including rare versions, and he will offer one of his coveted portraits of Bob Marley as a prize for the best dancer. 

Lecture begins at 8 pm, dancing at approximately 10:30 pm. Tickets $20 for youth 18 to 21, $15 over 21.

Up-Island book fair

This Sunday, the Chilmark Public Library invites everyone to their "Welcome to summer children's book fair." Featuring authors Jules and Kate Feiffer and Coco the Clown, the fair is an afternoon of song and dance sponsored by The Friends of the Chilmark Public Library. Refreshments will be served too.

"Welcome to summer children's book fair," Sunday, July 16, 12 noon to 3 pm. Chilmark Public Library. For more information, call 508-645-3360.

Cute carpenters, dancing toddlers

Okay, we're intrigued. Check out Vineyard's Hunky Carpenter Night Thursday, July 13, at Outerland. Guys wearing toolbelts get in free. Prizes for the hunkiest! And Sunday, July 16, bring the little kids to the club's Family Dance-a-rama, 5 to 7:30 pm. Enjoy a family-friendly menu and cavort together on the dance floor. 508-693-1137, or visit

Furry friend photography

Award-winning photographer Donna Foster will show images of people and their pets at the Edgartown Public Library. Growing up in Buffalo, N.Y., Ms. Foster now lives on Martha's Vineyard and in Charlotte, N.C.

Her interest in pet photography began when she was 14 years old with her first puppy, Buffy. "Today, pets have become even more fully family members. People buy pet insurance; drop them off at day care on their way to work, take them to camp and on vacations," she says.

Photography show, July 1 to July 30 at Edgartown Public Library. For more information, call 508-627-7340 or visit

NPR President speaks

Former foreign correspondent and editor for the Washington Post, Kevin Klose, speaks on The Role of News Media in Today's Society this Tuesday. Currently the president of National Public Radio (NPR), Mr. Klose is the former president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, an international broadcast and news organization funded by the United States Congress.

All proceeds will benefit the Cape and Islands NPR stations. Seating is limited, advance tickets recommended.

The Role of News Media in Today's Society with Kevin Klose, Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 pm. Grange Hall, West Tisbury. $25. For tickets, call 508-548-9600.

A good laugh

Island comedian Marty Nadler will perform at the Tabernacle to benefit the Tabernacle Restoration Fund Saturday. Nationally known for his writing in television shows, including "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley," Mr. Nadler also acted in "Runaway Bride." His frequent Mansion House shows are a favorite with Islanders and visitors alike and he has released a DVD, "Very Vineyard: A Comical Look at the Vineyard."

An Evening of Comedy with Marty Nadler, Saturday, July 15, 8 pm, Tabernacle, Campground, Oak Bluffs. $10. Tickets at the door and Island Music, Cottage Museum Shop, Oak Bluffs; Aboveground Records, Edgartown; Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Vineyard Haven; Alley's General Store, West Tisbury.

Signing at Sun Porch

Sun Porch Books hosts a book signing this Saturday with Meizhu Lui, co-author of "The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide." A discussion of the issues the book raises follows.

Book signing, Saturday, July 15, 4 to 6 pm. Sun Porch Books, 45 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs. For more information, call 508-693-3880.