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 ! The grounds of the Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association will be festooned with lanterns at 8 p.m. A Community Sing concert in the will precede the lighting of the lanterns at 7 p.m.


2. will be on hand for a screening of “,” about mountain-top coal mining, at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. The film will screen at 8 p.m. at the . 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 Performing Arts Center.


4. Want to prepare a paper lantern for Illumination Night? The is holding a craft workshop at 5 p.m. for ages 10 and up. Participants must pre-register.


5. Author Bill Sargent will stop by the from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to discuss his book "," about the BP oil spill disaster.


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