Noteworthy events on Martha’s Vineyard


Music for Hospice and Federated Church

Jim and Pam Butterick are hosting An Evening of Music on the Lagoon, a benefit for both Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard and The Federated Church Organ/Music Program this Sunday, Sept. 1. Starting at 6:30 pm, enjoy music by the Long Point 5, wine, and appetizers at the Butterick home located at 359 Barnes Rd. in Oak Bluffs. For more information, call 508-693-6871.

Dayna Kurtz at Alex’s Place

Singer/songwriter Dayna Kurtz, who has toured with Elvis Costello, B.B. King, and Rufus Wainwright among many others, performs at the YMCA of M.V. on Saturday, Aug. 31. Ms. Kurtz, who has previously performed on the Vineyard at the Wintertide Coffeehouse, performs a blend of jazz, folk, soul, and pop, and is “the sort of singer songwriter other troubadours swear by,” according to Rolling Stone Magazine. The show starts at 8 pm, doors open at 7:30, and admission is $25; $20 in advance via, at the Y member desk, or by calling 508-696-7171, ext. 0. For more information, visit

Labor Day Weekend Local Colors Concert

Singer-songwriters Tristan Israel and Nancy Jephcote will perform original material along with pianist Paul Thurlow at the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Saturday, August 31, starting at 7:30 pm. Mr. Israel puts a contemporary twist on the 60s folk revival with up-tempo songs, accompanied by bass, violin, and percussion. Mr. Israel’s CD, “The Sound After the Flash,” will be available at the concert, as will Ms. Jephcote’s album, “Garland of Rain.”

Ms. Jephcote sings and plays the fiddle in a modern folk/pop style. According to a press release by the musicians, “the interplay between Nancy and Paul [Thurlow] is something to behold.” Doors open at 7:15 pm, and admission is $12 at the door, free for children.

Triple header at the Playhouse – Jim Kaplan, Brooke Adams and a new play

The Vineyard Playhouse concludes its season with back-to-back-to-back events in the lobby today, Thursday, August 29. At 8:30 am, actress and artist Brooke Adams will be the featured guest at the final “Coffee And… breakfast:” conversation and continental breakfast all for $10. From 4:30 to 6 pm, author and sportswriter Jim Kaplan talks about his latest book “The Greatest Game Ever Pitched” and discusses baseball’s connection with American history and culture. Then, winding up the evening – and the season – The Playhouse presents a work by Wallace Bullock titled “A Taste of JFK, Malcolm and Adam,” which was originally performed at the Sorbonne in Paris at the African-Americans in Europe Writer’s Conference. Tickets are $10; the book signing is free. For more information, visit