Short Subjects

Posted July 20, 2006

Jack and the Beanstalk

Come watch the Children's Theatre of Island Theatre Workshop perform "Beanstalk the Musical" this Friday at the Sailing Camp in Oak Bluffs. Directed by Children's Theater alum and senior staff member Elizabeth Hight, a student at Mount Holyoke College, the musical reveals what really happened when Jack's mother threw the magic beans out the window.

"Beanstalk the Musical," by the Children's Theatre. Friday, July 21, 10:30 am and 7 pm. The Sailing Camp, Barnes Road, Oak Bluffs. $5, 6 and under free. For more information, call 508-693-9840.

Musical Monday

Continuing with their extensive list of summer programs, the Featherstone Center for the arts presents Islanders Tristan Israel, Nancy Jephcote, and Paul Thurlow in an evening performance of folk and blues music. The concert takes place this Monday, 6:30 pm, and tickets are $5 per person. Featherstone is located in Oak Bluffs off of Barnes Road, one-quarter mile north of the four-way stop intersection on the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road.

Children's art

The Island's First Light Child Development Center presents their first art show this weekend. Saturday's show features spring-inspired artwork from 15 children of the center. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided.

Children's art show, Saturday, July 22, 1pm to 3 pm. First Baptist Church Parish House, 66 William St., Tisbury. For more information, call 508-693-0660.

Elizabeth Benedict.
Elizabeth Benedict

Author looks at life and writing

Elizabeth Benedict's five novels include the chilling "The Practice of Deceit" (2005) and" Almost" (2001).

She has also taught widely and published "The Joy of Writing Sex: a guide for fiction writers" in 1996.

Her talk, "Writing Fiction From Your Own Life: Truth, Lies & Geography" at Renaissance House in Oak Bluffs Monday, July 24, 8 pm offers insights and advice about turning life into fiction and memoir.

8 Myrtle Ave. Oak Bluffs. For information, contact 508- 696-0559 or ebenedict@earthlink.net. Free.

The Omnivore's Dilema by Michael Pollan

Pollan down on the FARM

The FARM Institute and The Bunch of Grapes Bookstore present best-selling author Michael Pollan talk about his latest book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma," Monday, July 24, 7 pm at Katama Farm.

Mr. Pollan describes a two-fold dilemma centered on what we choose to eat, and how we let food be produced. He follows each of the food chains that sustain us - Industrial food, Organic or Alternative food, and food we produce ourselves - from source to table. He develops a definitive picture of the American way of eating, and stresses that corn and oil have a tremendous role in the diet.

"The FARM Institute is excited to have Mr. Pollan speak since his latest book demonstrates exactly what we teach children on the farm," said Rob Goldfarb of the organization. He said grass is used there to nourish the livestock and the farm emphasizes sustainable agriculture.

Please bring a lawn chair or blanket. Book signing and refreshments served after the outdoor program. Free. For information, call 508-627-7007.