Short Subjects

Posted July 27, 2006

Edel Fox.
Edel Fox.

Sounds of Ireland

KCT Concerts will present its final summer concert of traditional Irish music on Saturday, July 29, at 8 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theater in Vineyard Haven, above the Tisbury Town Hall. The performance will feature three of the finest young Irish musicians from either side of the Atlantic, Edel Fox on the concertina, Ronan O'Flaherty on fiddle and Ryan McGiver on guitar. Edel Fox was named the Young Musician of the Year for 2004 by TG4, one of the highest honors for a traditional musician in Ireland. At the age of 20 she has already performed on Irish National Radio and the BBC and has performed in festivals and concert halls from North America to Asia. She is considered to be one of the most accomplished musicians of her generation.

KCT Concerts is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the best and brightest traditional and roots musicians to the Island.

"Did you hear the one about..."

The Tabernacle in the Oak Bluffs Campground will be turned into a comedy club when Jimmy Tingle takes the stage on Saturday night. The social commentator and humorist from Cambridge began his career at the comedy clubs in Boston in the 1980s.

Mr. Tingle has appeared on the Tonight Show, Larry King Weekend, the Late Show with Conan O'Brien, as well as having his own HBO comedy special.

On Sunday night singer/songwriter Christine Lavin with special guest Vance Gilbert will light up the Tabernacle with contemporary music.

Ms. Lavin's ties to the Vineyard go back to the early 1990s and the Wintertide Coffee House in Vineyard Haven. Mr. Gilbert is a singer/songwriter who became very popular at open mike nights in the Boston area. This ex-jazz singer writes powerful lyrics and has the voice to back them up.

Jimmy Tingle evening of comedy, Saturday, July 29, 8 pm, $30 for premium seating, $20 general admission.

Singer/songwriters concert, Sunday, July 30, 8 pm, $25 premium seating or $15 general admission. At Tabernacle, Campground, Oak Bluffs. Call 508-693-0525 or visit www.mvcma.org for more information.

Music for a little island

The Chappaquiddick Summer Music Festival opens tonight, July 27, at the Chappaquiddick Community Center with a concert by the popular and well-known Borromeo String Quartet. Pianist Judith Gordon, who has performed with many of the world's most accomplished musicians, will join the group. Mark your calendar for the next concert on August 3 featuring Andrew Kohji Taylor, violin, with pianist Timothy Bozarth. Enjoy exceptional music and a post-concert reception in a peaceful setting.

A free shuttle runs from the ferry to the community center beginning at 7:30 and returns later.

Tickets $18, $16 for seniors. For information, call 508-627-5514.

What's for dinner?

Hear author Michael Pollan discuss his intriguing new book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma, A Natural History of Our Meals" next Thursday, August 3 at 8 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. The book, a survey of the American way of eating, traces our food from the source to the dinner table. Free.

"Knock, Knock." Photo by Ralph Stewart
"Knock, Knock." Photo by Ralph Stewart

The plays' the thing

The Vineyard Playhouse has a busy week ahead. Their main stage production "Knock, Knock" opened in previews last night and runs through August 12; fun, improvisation, and audience participation are the order of the day for Saturday's Fabulists show, 10 am, "The Girl Who Would Be Princess," a treat for all ages at the Tashmoo Overlook; a battle of the sexes continues at the Tashmoo Overlook in "Much Ado About Nothing," 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday until August 12.

A special treat for Island audiences will be a staged reading of Art Buchwald's only play, "Sheep on the Runway," Sunday, July 30, 7 pm, at the playhouse. On Monday, July 31, 7 pm, a staged reading of Anton Chekhov's "Platonov," a new translation by Carol Rocamora.

For more information call 508-696-6300 or visit www.vineyardplayhouse.org.