Short Subjects

Posted August 23, 2007

Blume's new book

Long-time author Judy Blume will be at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in celebration of her new young adult novel, "Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One." This latest work is about the siblings who were first introduced by Ms. Blume in "The Pain and the Great One," originally published in 1985. She will be at the bookstore on August 28, which is also the book's release date, at 4 pm. For more information, call 508-693-2291.

Poetry at the O

The lineup is complete for Outerland's poetry and jazz night this month. On August 28, hear from Richard Skidmore, Linda Black, Michael West, and other special guests, along with music by The Groovers. The evening begins at 9 pm, and there will also be an open reading, so bring your poetry if you wish. For more information, call 508-693-1137.

White trash performs

This Sunday at the Katharine Cornell Theatre, there will be a six-hour stint of music, theatre, readings, and performances, brought to the Island by White Trash Intellectuals and The Fearless Actor. "The Vineyard Project: A Marathon" will be presented by five performers. Stay for as little or as long as you like. The suggested donation is $10, and the show runs from 12 noon to 6 pm. For more information, call 718-598-3481, or visit

At the playhouse

One night only

"I Got Sick and Then I Got Better" will be performed as a staged reading on Monday, August 27, at 7 pm. The one-woman show, written and performed by Jenny Allen, is, according to Ms. Allen, an exploration of "indignities from the land of illness."

Ms. Allen is a writer and currently is a contributing editor at Good Housekeeping magazine. She also produces and performs stand-up comedy in New York. Tickets are $40 and include a reception after the show.

Through Sept. 8

In the latter part of the 19th century, it was common for African Americans to work as racehorse jockeys. The Vineyard Playhouse's fourth production of the 2007 season, "Pure Confidence," is inspired by historical accounts of African American slaves who worked as jockeys in the mid-19th century. Playhouse artistic director, MJ Bruder Munafo, directs this show, an area premiere. New York actor Tyrone Davis stars as Simon Cato, the slave who rides a horse named Pure Confidence, in order to buy his freedom with his winnings from owner Colonel Wiley Johnson. Island performers include Danny Jensen and Jill Macy.

"Pure Confidence," runs Tuesday through Saturday until Sept. 8. Ticket prices and curtain times vary.

Last chance

The Fabulists, presented by the Vineyard Playhouse children's theatre, will be performed for the last time on Saturday, August 25, at the Tisbury Amphitheater. All summer long this troupe of players has been entertaining families with their high-energy shows. Saturday will be their last show of the season.

Bring a pillow or blanket and enjoy the show in the sylvan setting. The show will be canceled if it is raining at 10 am, curtain time. Tickets are $7 and children under 2 years are admitted free.

For more information on Vineyard Playhouse productions, visit or call 508-696-6300.