Short Subjects

Posted July 26, 2007

The Makanda Project

When Makanda Ken McIntyre, the world-renowned composer, multi-instrumentalist, and educator, passed away suddenly in 2001, he left behind over 400 compositions that had not been recorded or performed in public. Scores for flute, bassoon, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, and oboe were left unheard until the Contemporary African American Music Organization, which Mr. Makanda founded, committed to preserve and extend his legacy.

The Makanda Project, as it is called, will perform on the Island at 7 pm on Saturday, August 4, through collaboration with the Martha's Vineyard NAACP. The project, which features Oliver Lake, will perform at the high school's Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $45, $25 for seniors and students. Before the concert, the group will hold jazz workshops for both adults ($20) and children ($10) from 1 to 2:30 pm at the high school. At the same time, there will be a panel discussion on the Makanda legacy, which is $20, $10 for children under 15.

The following day, the NAACP invites you to brunch at Lola's for $35, from 10:30 am to 1 pm. Tickets for all events are available at C'est La Vie and Lizzie's Lagniappe in Oak Bluffs, Trader Fred's in Edgartown, or by calling the Martha's Vineyard NAACP at 508-696-5785.

An acoustic evening

Enjoy an evening of acoustic music at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury this Saturday, July 28. Singer/songwriter Charlie Verge performs his 7th annual acoustic evening with special guest Katrin. The show begins at 7 pm, and costs $10.

Cards by Patience

Author and illustrator Patience Brewster will make an appearance at Sherlock & Bare, where her greeting cards are sold. Find Ms. Brewster and her "Patience Brewster Cards" at the Edgartown store, located at 9 Winter Street, this Friday, July 27 from 4 to 6 pm. Also known for her illustrations in children's books, she is on the Island for her art opening at the Field Gallery in West Tisbury on Sunday, July 29. For more information, call 315-685-8336.

Monday afternoon laughs

It will be a literal happy hour this coming Monday at Lola's when the restaurant hosts "The Merry Wives of Comedy" standup show. The five female comedians include Roz Brown, who was chosen as Boston Metro's favorite comedian in 2006. Also performing is Deb Farrar-Parkman, Bethany Van Delft, Jane Condon, and Giulia Rozzi.

Admission is $10, and the event runs from 4 to 6 pm. Seating begins at 3:30 pm for the show, which is produced by Roz Browne and Part II Productions. Tickets are available at C'est La Vie on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs, at the Bunch of Grapes on Main Street in Vineyard Haven, online at, or by phone at 800-595-4849. For more information, call 508-693-4389.

Marley legend continues

Reggae artist Stephen Marley, son of the legendary Bob Marley, is performing at Outerland this Monday night, July 30. Since the age of seven, Stephen Marley has been immersed in music as part of the Marley sibling group, "The Melody Makers." He has won five Grammy awards for his blend of reggae, rock, R&B, nyabinghi rhythms, flamenco, and hip-hop music. Tickets for the show are $35, and are available online at, or by calling 508-693-1137.

At the Hebrew Center

The Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center is chocked full of intellectual programs this summer. This week, as part of their Summer Institute Series, the center is screening "A Love to Hide." The film is a selection from the Boston Jewish Film Festival, and takes place in 1942 Paris. Two gay lovers and their Jewish friend struggle to survive the Nazi occupation, among other hazards. The film will be shown on Sunday, July 29 at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm, and admission is $10.

As part of their Scholar Series of lectures this Wednesday, August 1, both author and illustrator of the popular children's book "The Phantom Tollbooth" will speak. Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, author and illustrator respectively, will converse about their collaborations and children's literature. The lecture begins at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm, and admission is $15. For more information, visit, or call 508-693-0745.