Five Things You Need To Know Today: August 17
Illumination Night, a frank discussion of race and the media and Robert Kennedy Jr. at the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival.
1. It’s Grand Illumination Night! The grounds of the Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association will be festooned with lanterns at 8 p.m. A Community Sing concert in the Tabernacle will precede the lighting of the lanterns at 7 p.m.
2. Robert Kennedy Jr. will be on hand for a screening of “The Last Mountain,” about mountain-top coal mining, at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. The film will screen at 8 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center. Kennedy and director Bill Hanley will lead a question-and-answer session following the film. Tickets are $14, $7 for Film Festival members.
3. PBS Newshour senior correspondent Gwen Ifill, Anita Hill, Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree and Motown founder Berry Gordy will join a host of other high-profile academics and media personalities for “Heard It Through the Grapevine,” a panel discussion of race and media in the 21st century. Doors open at 11 a.m. for the free event, which features a film screening, a tribute to Gordy, a panel and book signings at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Performing Arts Center.