Short Subjects

Posted August 9, 2007

Cabinet art

Rock Pond Custom Cabinetry will display their latest prototypes and conceptual drawings at an open house this Tuesday, August 14. Seven Island artists incorporated their art into cabinets and furniture in ways such as Wampum and Scrimshaw inlays, oil painting, stenciling, and botanical prints.

Open House, Rock Pond Custom Cabinetry, 5:30-8:30 pm, Tuesday, August 14. 190 Upper Main Street, Edgartown. For more information, call 508-627-7333.

Chamber music grand finale

The Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society ends its summer season this Monday and Tuesday, August 13 and 14, in grand style with a concert titled "Songs from an English Garden and Music from London Concert Halls,"

On Monday night at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, and again on Tuesday at the Chilmark Community Center, the society will present the celebrated lyric tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra String Quintet. Joining them will be festival pianist and artistic director Delores Stevens with her son, Paul Stevens, on French horn.

The program will open with Mr. Edgar-Wilson, accompanied by Ms. Stevens, singing compositions by Purcell, Quilter, Arne, Gurney, and Bush. Mr. Edgar-Wilson will also be featured in one of the great chamber works of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (1943). Also on this week's concert program is Sir Edward Elgar's Piano Quintet, a work composed in 1918-19.

Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music concerts, Monday, August 13, 8 pm, Old Whaling Church, Main Street, Edgartown; Tuesday, August 14, 8 pm, Chilmark Community Center, South Road. Tickets: $25 at the door, and students are always admitted free.

Willy Mason
Willy Mason

Cornapalooza appetizer

This Saturday, Willy Mason and friends and Ballyhoo will perform on the porch of the FARM Institute. The groups are performing for the FARM's Sustainable Notes series that uses local talent to raise funds for the FARM's educational programs. As a perk, all those who attend Saturday's concert will receive a discount coupon to the FARM's Cornapalooza celebration on August 25.

Sustainable Notes concert: Willy Mason, Ballyhoo, 6 pm, Saturday, August 11, FARM Institute, Katama Farm, 14 Aero Avenue, Edgartown. $15. For more information, visit

An unwanted portrait

The Oak Bluffs library is the new, temporary home for an original portrait of Robert C. Weaver, the first African American to be appointed to the cabinet of the U.S. government. The portrait was painted in 1966 by Island artist Stan Murphy, who was contracted by the government to paint Mr. Weaver. However, Mr. Weaver did not allow the portrait to be accepted by the government, because it did not accentuate Dr. Weaver's African American heritage. The painting has been in the Murphy family ever since. See it at the Oak Bluffs library, located on School Street. For more information, call the library, at 508-693-9433.

Livingston in concert

Livingston Taylor's only concert on the Island this summer is this Saturday, August 11. A teacher of stage performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mr. Taylor is a master of developing a rapport with audiences. He has been recording music since 1970, and has released over a dozen recordings. See him at the Tabernacle on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are available at the door or at Island Music and the Oak Bluffs Cottage Museum Shop in Oak Bluffs, Aboveground Records in Edgartown, Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven, and at Alley's in West Tisbury. Tickets are $20, with premium seating for $35.

Kate Taylor
Kate Taylor.

Kate plays for YMCA

Kate Taylor performs at the Old Whaling Church this coming Wednesday, August 15, as part of a benefit for the YMCA of Martha's Vineyard. Joining her on stage at the Old Whaling Church is Billy Derby on guitar, Dave Anderson on bass, and Sam Zucchini on drums. She will perform for the first time some of her new songs, such as "King of the Pond," a song about her days on Menemsha Pond and her friend William Vanderhoop, who has since passed away.

In her first band by the time she was 15, her first album was released in 1971, titled "Sister Kate." Her most recent release is a live recording, "Kate Taylor at the Cutting Room," in 2005. Tickets are $25; $50 for reserved seating and a cupcake and refreshment reception downstairs after the show. Tickets are available at Alley's, Aboveground Records, Midnight Farm, and at The show is produced by Ms. Taylor's record company, Front Door Records, and by the M.V. YMCA.

Jessica Stanley
Jessica Stanley.

For Jessica

Piper Paddy Keenan gives a "Concert For Jessica" on Tuesday, August 14, 7 pm, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.

Jessica Stanley is from Ireland and her aunt and uncle live on Martha's Vineyard. On Easter Sunday, 2006, her Easter dress caught on fire. She was burned over 18 percent of her body. Jessica was flown to Boston to receive treatment and she is doing very well now. Mr. Keenan is giving this concert to help the family pay for Jessica's medical expenses. The med-flight from Ireland cost more than $50,000.

Tickets for the concert are $20 in advance from Island Entertainment, Alley's General Store, Aboveground Music, Mocha Mott's, Menemsha Market, and Morrice Florist; or $25 at the door; tickets for children under 12 are $10. For more information call 508-645-9014.