Short Subjects

Posted August 10, 2006

The Desperate Message from Freeman's Island

Attention young mystery readers

Rachel Nickerson Luna, the author of the Eel Grass Girls Mysteries, will be at the Edgartown Public Library next Tuesday, August 15, at 2 pm. Ms. Luna is an avid sailor who grew up on Cape Cod.

Her mysteries are set around a group of girls, the Eel Grass Girls, who belong to the same yacht club and take sailing lessons together. The popular books are frequently requested at the library. The author will introduce her fourth book, "The Desperate Message from Freeman's Island," and maybe even let her audience solve a short mystery.

The new book will be available for purchase and signing. The program is free. For information, call 508-627-1373.

At the Yard

This weekend wraps up the remainder of Yard Arts!, the Yard's festival of dance, theater, and arts. "Great Dancers, Great Dance," a combination of work from successful Yard alumni, runs at the Yard from August 10 to 12 at 7:30 pm.

On Saturday, August 12, the Yard celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bessie Schönberg, famed choreographic mentor, with a documentary film and a picnic supper for artists and guests of the Yard.

On Tuesday, August 15, The Yard family dance party welcomes Sanna and Mars Longden to lead world dance lessons. The all-ages event is for people aged five to 95, and includes music, games, and potluck supper. Drinks and light snacks will be for sale.

For more information, call 508-645-9662.

Ronan Noone. Photo by Vernon Doucette

Take the stage

The Vineyard Playhouse season continues great theater in two venues.

"Knock Knock," the Jules Feiffer comedy continues at the Church Street playhouse, today at 3 and 8 pm; Friday, August 11 at 8 pm and Saturday, August 12 at 3 and 8 pm. Note the added matinee on Saturday.

"Much Ado About Nothing" outdoors at the Tisbury Amphitheater, tonight through Saturday, August 12 at 5 pm. Bring a chair or a blanket.

"The Blowin of Baile Gall" opens in previews at the playhouse on Wednesday, August 16, 7 pm and will run through Sept. 2. The play by Ronan Noone tackles bigotry and acceptance in a small Irish town and is directed by MJ Bruder Munafo.

For more information, call 508-696-6300 or visit

Coffee house, unplugged

The Acoustic Coffee House, at 179 Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs, continues their open mike night this Friday, August 11, at 7:30 pm. The featured performer this week will be Eric Behr.

Hosts Anne Brownell and Corinne de Langavant invite all to share songs, poems, stories, or short works. For more information, call 508-693-7610.