An "Evening" show
This weekend, the Martha's Vineyard Film Society brings to the screen "Starting Out in the Evening," based on the novel by Brian Morton. Frank Langella as lead character Leonard Schiller is said to be "superb," according to David Denby of The New Yorker. Schiller begins a curious friendship with a graduate student (Lauren Ambrose) who is writing a thesis on Schiller. Messy relationships and lively conversation fill the plot, set in New York City's upper west side.
"Starting Out in the Evening" presented by Martha's Vineyard Film Society. Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:30 pm, Katharine Cornell Theatre, 54 Spring St., Vineyard Haven. $8; $5 for members. Rated PG-13. For more information, visit mvfilmsociety.com or call 774-392-2972.
Singing for supper
Once again Island musicians are gathering for a free concert and potluck supper. The Chilmark Potluck Jam #3 will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 10 pm, at the Chilmark Community Center on South Road.
Musicians include: Willy Mason, Alex Karalekas, Colin Ruel, Nina Violet, Adam Howell, Maynard Silva, Joe Keenan, Mark Alan Lovewell, Ballyhoo, Rick O'Gorman, Lexie Roth, Miguel DiBordanza, Isaac Taylor, and more.
Bring a dish to share for the potluck supper.
Next stop on Island-wide book tour
The second stop of the moveable literary feast, "Fictions of Race in 20th century America," is coming up on Monday, March 3, at 5:30 pm at the West Tisbury Library. "Native Son," by Richard Wright, will be discussed.
Led by Phil Weinstein, an English professor at Swarthmore College who has written several books on William Faulkner and is at work on another while on sabbatical this year at his home in Aquinnah, the first session was held at the Aquinnah library in late January to discuss Faulkner's "Go Down Moses."
The last three stops on the around-the-Island tour are April 22 at the Vineyard Haven library where "The Confessions of Nat Turner" by William Styron is on tap; May 28 at the Chilmark library to focus on Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon;" and finally June 26 at the Oak Bluffs library to discuss "The Known World" by Edward Jones. The time is 5:30 pm for all sessions. For more information, call one of the participating libraries.
Vineyard Smiles, a program providing oral health care to children of low- and moderate-income families, held an art reception at the Vineyard Haven ferry terminal on Jan. 29. The special art on display was from Island children from pre-school to grade 8. Artists were asked to give their interpretation of a Vineyard smile. The result was just about the happiest art show ever, with beaming smiles everywhere you looked.
This is the second year for the art show, and it's sure to bring a smile to your face when you stop by to check it out. The artwork will remain up through February.
"Phearless" fourth graders
This past weekend was the last of the Vineyard Playhouse's Fourth Grade Theatre Project plays of 2008. On Saturday, Feb. 16, at two curtain times, West Tisbury performed two plays. Mary Boyd and Jamie Langley's class acted in "Pharaoh's Phearless Pheline" and "Blackbeard's Back" was the creation of Rebecca Solway's class.
The hands-on theatre experience is part of Island school's language arts programs, and is sponsored by Comcast, the Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council, The Sharp-Curtis Foundation, and local businesses. For more information, visit vineyardplayhouse.org.
Family Planning plans show
The Friends of Family Planning Art Show will take place on May 23 through May 25 this year, and the Friends are asking for artist submissions now. The committee stresses that all media and furniture, pottery, 3-D art, jewelry, paintings, and weaving are encouraged, and new artists are invited to participate. The gala is on Thursday, May 22. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 11. For more information, call Liza Coogan at 508-693-3790.