Short Subjects

Posted February 15, 2007

Beat, blow, and stroke

The Katharine Cornell Theatre Concerts begin this year with Buille, an Irish music group whose name translates to beat, blow, or stroke in Irish. Pronounced bwee-luh, the trio includes two brothers, Niall and Caomhin Vallely, and Paul Meehan, all of Ireland. The group has just completed their debut album, which is said to push the boundaries of traditional Irish music with hints of jazz and classical sounds. They will perform at the theater on Feb. 22 at 8 pm. Tickets at the door are $20 and $10. For more information, call 508-693-6996.

Love in China

This Saturday, Feb. 17, enjoy "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress," a film shown at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. The film, set in the 1970s, tells the story of two city-bred teenage boys who are sent to a backward mountainous region for a Maoist re-education. While performing grueling manual labor, they both fall in love with a woman they call "the little seamstress." In turn, she falls in love with Honoré de Balzac through his words, which the boys read to her after finding a suitcase full of banned books by Western authors. The 2005 film is with English subtitles and is not rated. Doors open at 7 pm, the film begins at 7:30, and tickets are $6, $4 for theater members.

Scandalous behavior

At the Capawock Theater this Wednesday, Feb. 21, see the French film "Comedy of Power," a scandal-ridden film inspired by the real-life story of examining magistrate Eva Joly and the French oil company Elf Aquitaine. The seven-year investigation, known as the most scandalous fraud inquiry in Europe since WWII, is the plot for director Claude Chabrol's comedy, drama, and thriller. The film will be shown at 4 pm and 7:30 pm.

A stomping good time

In need of equipment to get up and broadcasting, WVVY, a non-profit, alternative radio station is raising funds through a series of live concerts beginning this Saturday, Feb. 17. "Live in the Dead of Winter" introduces Ballyhoo with members of Squash Meadow and surprise guests at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs. Doors for the 21+ show open at 8 pm, and admission is $5. For more information, or to get involved, call Maria at 508-560-1186, or email

Good Ol' America West

Old West traditional musicians Jeff Davis and Skip Gorman continue the Woods Hole Folk Music Society concert series this Sunday, Feb. 18. With fiddle, banjo, and mandolin, the two play authentic ballads that bring to life the world of the pioneers and cowhands of the old American West. Though they often record together, it is rare that they perform on the same stage, which makes this a rare opportunity. The show begins at 7:30 pm in the Community Hall at 68 Water St. For more information, call 508-540-0320.