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Posted July 19, 2007

Calling all artists

The all-Island art show at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs is around the corner. On Monday, August 6, display your own art, or enjoy the work of others. This year, categories include oil, watercolor, pastel, photography, mixed media, acrylic, drawing, sculpture, and graphics. The show is from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, call Jeanne Wells-Arvin at 508-627-8832.

Ben Taylor
Photo by Susan E. Andrews

Ben Taylor in concert

Musician Ben Taylor will perform at the Tabernacle this Saturday, July 21. Catch him for his only performance on the Island this summer before he departs for a European tour at the end of the month. The son of Carly Simon and James Taylor, Ben acknowledges his parents' influence in his work - music similar to his father's and lyrics written like his mother's, according to an NPR interview. Admission is $15, and there is limited premium seating available for $25. For more information, call the M.V. Camp-Meeting Association at 508-693-0525, visit their website at, or visit the artist's web site at

The Performer's performance

The Performer's Workshop celebrates the end of their 9th season with a concert tonight, July 19, at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury. The workshop, which lasts several weeks on the Island, works with vocal artists and their performing skills. Tonight, hear Nichell Taylor Bryant, Mary Lane Cobb, Naomi C. Dobson, and Audrey Miller-Sydney. They will perform music from the early Baroque period to modern songs, and they have been working to improve their French, Italian, and German diction throughout the workshop. Marjorie Lucas joins them on the piano. The suggested donation is $20 and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. For more information, call Natalie Dickerson at 203-209-4505.

Janaki String Trio
From left, cellist Arnold Choi, violinist Serena McKinney, and violist Katie Katarauch. Courtesy of

String sounds

The Janaki String Trio, grand prize winners of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, is coming to the Island to perform twice, on July 23 and 24. The trio is comprised of cellist Arnold Choi, violist Katie Katarauch, and violinist Serena McKinney, who became the first trio to win the grand prize at the competition in the event's 60-year history. Presented by the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society, the trio will be joined by pianist Delores Stevens. Hear works by classics such as Brahms, Beethoven, and by contemporary composer Andrew Norman. Both concerts begin at 8 pm and tickets are $25, and free for students. On July 23, see them at the Old Whaling Church on Main Street in Edgartown, and on July 24, they will be at the Chilmark Community Center on South Road.

Monday night is special

On Monday, July 23, the Playhouse continues its Monday Night Specials with a reading of a new play, "Absalom," written by Zoe Kazan and directed by Claudia Weill. Included in the cast are Mia Barron, Jason Butler Harner, Michael Cerveris, Amy Ryan, and Christopher Evan Welch.

There is limited seating, so reserve your seats soon. Tickets are $40, and the reading begins at 7 pm, at the Vineyard Playhouse, located at 24 Church Street in Vineyard Haven. For more information or for tickets, call 508-696-6300.