|Photo by Ralph Stewart
Dancing for habitats
Habitat for Humanity of Martha's Vineyard is bringing back the dancers from the Dance Theatre of Harlem for their second performance, "Lorraine Graves and Friends." If last year's sold-out show is any indication, then tonight's show will be new and exciting.
Habitat for Humanity concert, Thursday, August 17, 7:30 pm. Performing Arts Center, Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. Tickets are available at the Habitat office (508-693-4646) or at Aboveground Records, Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Conroy Apothecary, Craftworks, and Our Market. $50 in advance and $60 at the door for general admission. For seniors and students, $40 in advance, $50 at the door.
Read for the record
Take part in a nationwide program this Thursday, August 24 by reading "The Little Engine That Could." Adults are asked to register at the web site, www.readfortherecord.org, and read the book with children. Tens of thousands of people will be reading the book that day for their program, Read for the Record, which is a campaign for early childhood education. There will be a public reading at 1 pm at the Oak Bluffs Public Library.
At the Vineyard
Come celebrate the Vineyard Playhouse's 25th birthday at an open house this Sunday, August 20, from 4 to 7 pm. Stop by for cake and ice cream at the playhouse, and to hear Maynard Silva, Mary Wolverton, and Gregg Harcourt perform. The party is free for everyone, but birthday gifts are welcomed.
This Monday, August 21, the Monday night special play at the Vineyard Playhouse is "The English Channel," a new play by Robert Brustein. The play, set in the plague year of 1593, is about a series of relationships of Willliam Shakespeare's. The cast includes Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams. Join the cast and playwright for a Q & A reception in the lobby after the play.
"The English Channel," Monday, Aug. 21, 7 pm. The Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church St., Vineyard Haven. Reserved seating, $35. For more information, visit www.vineyardplayhouse.org or call 508-696-6300.
Books for sale
The Friends of Edgartown Public Library are hosting their first book sale this Saturday, August 19. From 9 am to 1 pm, come to the Edgartown library and search through the boxes and boxes of books, most under $2. Proceeds will go into the Thayer Trust fund, a library account earmarked for purchasing books.
For more information, call 508-627-1373.
Irish folk at Kit Cornell
The Katharine Cornell Theater Concerts welcomes back banjo player Darren Maloney for a concert this Saturday, August 19, at 8 pm. Joining him will be Vonnie Quinn on the fiddle, John Redmond on the accordion and Dave Fahy on guitar and vocals. A native of Ireland, Mr. Maloney produced a critically acclaimed debut album titled, "Who?", that made the 2005 top album charts in Ireland. Darren, Vonnie, and Dave played at the theater last year to an awestruck audience, and there is no doubt they will do the same on Saturday, with the addition of John Redmond.
KTC Concerts, Darren Maloney, Irish Banjo Master. Saturday, August 19, 8 pm. Katharine Cornell Theater, Vineyard Haven. Tickets in advance, $15 for adults, $20 at the door. Free for children 12 and under. Available at Alley's, Island Entertainment, Aboveground Records. For more information, call 508-693-6996.
Peter Simon, photojournalist, will present a mulit-media lecture on Thursday, August 24, 8 pm, at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. "Through the Lens: A Life Filled With History, Friendships, and Addiction," is a retrospective of Mr. Simon's life. Donations will benefit the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust. For more information call 508-645-9575.
Children stage pirate musical
"The Ballad of One-Eyed Jack, the Terror of Tiah's Cove" will be presented by Children's Theater of Martha's Vineyard on Friday, August 18 at the Sailing Camp on Barnes Road, Oak Bluffs.
The musical is part of Island Theatre Workshop's children's camp and is being directed by Jon Ryan. The show is written by Donna Swift and Ross Mihalko, with music by Linda Berg. Mr. Mihalko wrote the lyrics. Students will be performing monologues after the 10:30 am show.
Show times are 10:30 am and 7 pm. Tickets are $5 and refreshments will be served. There will be a raffle after the show to benefit the scholarship fund.