This month, the Oak Bluffs library is exhibiting student photography by four students who attend The Rebecca Amos Institute in Oak Bluffs. The four students, taught by Janice Baer, are Tracy Devine, Vanessa Grant, Hayley Panek, and Amanda Tate. For more information, call the library at 508-693-9433.
The Unitarian-Universalist Society of Martha's Vineyard announces a book discussion group to begin Wednesday, Feb. 20. "Leadership and the New Science" by Margaret J. Wheatley is the book, and the group will meet four times. Ms. Wheatley examines the organization of new businesses based on the way scientists say nature is organized. The discussions begin at 12:15 pm, and are at the chapel, located at 238 Main Street in Vineyard Haven. For more information, call Janet Holladay at 508-693-4222.
Have a seat
The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival is looking for a few good couches for their March event. If you have a couch you can lend, drop it off after 5 pm on Thursday, March 13 and pick it up on Monday, March 17. You will receive two passes to the festival and two tee-shirts. Call Brad Westcott at 508-645-9599 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are also needed during the weekend. If you are interested contact Molly Purves at email@example.com, or call her at 917-406-8943.
Opera on Sunday
A filmed version of "La Traviata" shot live in the La Scala opera house in Italy will be shown at the Capawock Theatre in Vineyard Haven this Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 pm. Verdi's romantic opera will be the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day. This new production is a must-see with an all-star cast conducted by Lorin Maazel.
The opera is part of a series at the Capawock, and there is still time to get in on the five-opera discount of only $80. Regular tickets are $20 or $18 for seniors and students. "La Traviata" is approximately two and one-half hours long. The next performance is "Maria Stuarda" by Donizetti on Sunday, March 16.
Traditional music: Little Windows
The Woods Hole Folk Music Society series continues on Sunday, Feb. 17 with a performance by Little Windows, a duo that performs a mix of traditional Appalachian and Irish songs. The concert takes place at 7:30 pm. Focusing on the art of the pure voice, Mark Weems and Julee Glaub sing unaccompanied ballads as well as tight vocal harmonies accompanied by guitar, fiddle, banjo, flute, piano or bodhrán.
Mr. Weems was born in Alabama and is steeped in the Old Time music of Appalachia. He has been playing for years in the Stillhouse Bottom Band. A native of North Carolina, Ms. Glaub worked with the poor in Dublin, a key inspiration to her ballad singing.
Each performer has produced solo projects and has recorded with other groups. In 2006, they released their first Little Windows duo recording, Just Beyond Me, which was submitted for a Grammy award. Their music has been highlighted on NPR's Thistle and Shamrock program.
Woods Hole Folk Music Society presents Little Windows, Sunday, Feb. 17, 7:30 pm, Community Hall, 68 Water St., Woods Hole. Doors open at 7 pm. $12; $10 for members, discounts for seniors and children. Handicapped accessible. For more information, call 508-540-0320.
Works in progress
White Trash Intellectuals will present "The Salon: Working Progress," as four writers share their work in two staged readings, this Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.
The playwrights, all from New York City, are Elizabeth Dembrowsky, Sally Jane Kerschen-Sheppard, Thomas Michael Quinn, and Sarah Carallero.
Following each show there will be a Q&A with the playwrights, allowing the audience to give feedback that is necessary in the creative process.
The readings are at 2 and 7 pm. There is no charge, but donations are accepted.
Ten minutes of fame
The Cape Cod Theatre Project announces its second Ten-Minute Playwriting Contest, open to all residents (summer and year-round) of Cape Cod as well as Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. The deadline to enter is May 1, and the three best plays will be announced on June 1. The winning entries will be presented at the Arts Alive Festival '08 in Falmouth on June 21, and the first-place play will be performed at the Theatre Project Benefit on July 13. Previously submitted plays, plays that have received an Equity production, musicals, children's shows, and unsolicited longer one-act and full-length plays will not be accepted and manuscripts will not be returned. You may only enter one play per person, and plays must be no longer than ten double-spaced pages of 12-point type. All entries must be typed; handwritten entries will not be accepted. The title page must include author's name, address, phone number, and email address. Mail plays to Contest CCTP, P.O. Box 410, Falmouth, MA 02541 or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. For addition information, visit capecodtheatreproject.org.