Literary Festival

The first annual Keren Or Literary Festival welcomes authors Julia Newman, Sarah Caravallo, Estelle Ana Baca and Paul West to the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Spring street in Vineyard Haven this Sunday, August 18, at 6 p.m. Keren Or is the only center in Israel dedicated exclusively to the education and care of children and young adults who are blind or visually impaired and have additional multiple disabilities. Support for the festival will go to the Keren Or speech therapy program.

Paul Thurlow Plays Jazz

The Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven will be pulsating with the beat of world jazz sounds as pianist Paul Thurlow brings friends Nancy Jephcote and Alejandro Carreno to the stage tonight at 8 p.m.

Mr. Thurlow’s music is described as having a Latin/Balkan/Celtic rhythm, and his compositions often feature his distinctive tenor voice. Mr. Thurlow is currently a member of the Flying Elbows. Ms. Jephcote will open with a set of songs.

Spirituals Choir

Jim Thomas and his Spirituals Choir will perform on Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Spring street in Vineyard Haven. The choir is in its ninth year and is the offspring of the Martha’s Vineyard NAACP. The performance is titled, Songs From the Field: The Underground Railroad.

The choir performs at many venues around the Island and is made up of summer residents and year-rounders. They perform sitting down as the slaves did, and only with percussion accompaniment.

Vineyard Haven Considers Cultural Designation

Building on Vineyard Haven’s recent selection as one of 12 nationally designated small town ArtPlaces for 2013, the community is invited to a public hearing to determine if the town of Tisbury should apply for a state-designated cultural district and adopt a Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District resolution. The Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District Partnership is looking for public input regarding the designation. The hearing is on Tuesday, June 18 at 6 p.m. at the Katharine Cornell Theatre, 54 Spring street in Vineyard Haven.

Tisbury Considers Community Preservation Requests

The weathervane on top of the Katharine Cornell Theatre might have a chance to face north again.

Repairs to the weathervane, which currently faces 180 degrees in the wrong direction, is one of 26 applications the Tisbury Community Preservation Act Committee reviewed for eligibility on Monday night.

IMPers Take Center Stage At Katharine Cornell Theatre

IMP, the Island’s youth improv troupe, has been selected to perform at the 2010 Teen Chicago Improv Festival, and will be in the spotlight for two nights in a row this weekend in an effort to raise funds for the trip to the Windy City.

Dynamic Duo of Fiddling

Dynamic Duo of Fiddling

Tonight, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. KCT Concerts opens its 2012 season at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. There really is no need to say any more as all of KCT’s performers are tops in their field, often leaning to the Irish or traditional music. Fiddle players as top billers, finally.

But go on we shall, out of sheer pleasure.