Short Subjects

Posted January 18, 2007

Two books, one Island

It is time once again to cast your vote in the One Book, One Island election. This year's nominations for the title are: (for adults) "Their Eyes Were Watching God," by Zora Neale Hurston, "Nine Parts of Desire," by Geraldine Brooks, "The World is Flat," by Thomas Friedman, "Lost in Translation," by Eva Hoffman, and "The Widow's War," by Sally Gunning. Children's selections are: "Full Service," by Will Weaver, "The Report Card," by Andrew Clements, "Al Capone Does My Shirts," by Gennifer Choldenko, "A Swiftly Tilting Planet," by Madeleine L'Engle, and "Zorro," by Isabel Allende.

To vote, visit your local library or bookstore. Voting ends on Friday, Feb. 9. One Book, One Island events are scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 through Saturday, April 28.

African dance

This winter, Myra Jones Romain offers African dance classes on Mondays. With live drumming, learn the art of a different dance. Classes are $12, and are located at 34 Dunham Ave. in Vineyard Haven. For more information, call 508-693-0104.

Think globally, shot locally

This September, the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival will co-sponsor Think Globally, Shot Locally (TGSL), a short film contest for part- and full-time Island residents. The festival's theme is "other places," and films should be no longer than three minutes. TGSL, also sponsored by Martha's Vineyard On-line and Martha's Vineyard Community Television, welcomes live action or animated films on any issue that elicits passion, such as adventure or illness. The deadline for entrants is August 24. For more information, visit

Island strings

The junior high and elementary orchestra will combine with the Suzuki group for an all-Island string concert on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 6:30. The concert, held at the Performing Arts Center at the high school, features over 200 elementary students playing violins, violas, and cellos performing pieces from classical to swing. From the beginner's pieces for the Suzuki Method to "Fireworks" by G.F. Handel, the concert has something for everyone.

Folk music in Woods Hole

Take the boat to Woods Hole this Sunday, Jan. 21, to enjoy folk singer and guitarist Joe Jencks perform traditional songs of social justice. Mr. Jencks is a dual American/Irish citizen, and has earned wide recognition for his songs about working people, for his social consciousness, and for his spiritual exploration. The concert begins at 7:30 at the Community hall at 68 Water St. Admission is $12, $10 for members of the Woods Hole Folk Music Society, and discounted for seniors and children. Baked good donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www, or call 508-540-0320.