Cinema Circus: Kickin’ Off in Chilmark
Founded in the winter of 2001, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival hosts a packed schedule of events each summer, including Dinner and a Movie, Brew and View, and other special screenings. New this summer: outdoor movies at Vineyard Haven’s Owen Park: “Frozen” on Friday, “E.T. the Extra-terrestrial” on Aug. 1, and “The Wizard of Oz” on Aug. 15. Meanwhile, the festival’s Cinema Circus brings the party to the people with a trio of afternoon dates featuring face painting, costume stations, hands-on animation, and much more. Today’s kickoff in Chilmark includes circus shows at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Future dates are Aug. 3 in West Tisbury and Aug. 17 in Oak Bluffs. Rory the Lion and Ellie the Elephant will be expecting you.
12-6 p.m. Chilmark Community Center. Free. http://tmvff.org/cinemacircus/
John Waters: This Filthy World, Volume 2
John Waters is carsick. The filmmaker’s new book, “Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America,” details the Pope of Trash’s road trip from Baltimore to San Francisco while toting a sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho.” He’ll sign copies at this special performance of his outlandish spoken-word show, “This Filthy World, Volume 2.” The gig is a sequel of sorts to the stage show filmed by Jeff Garlin for the documentary “This Filthy World.” The director behind “Hairspray” and “Cry Baby” still calls Baltimore home, but he has a soft spot for P-town, too, where he has a summer place.
9 p.m. Monday. Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St. $75-125 includes book signing, meet-and-greet. http://www.ptown2014.com/artists---shows.html
Herman Melville and Orson Welles, the auteurs behind the Great American Novel and the great American movie, were quite a match. At the outset of Welles’s vision for a bare-bones stage version of “Moby-Dick,” the actors are preparing for a version of “King Lear.” Told by the “stage manager” to prepare instead for “Moby-Dick,” they grumble. But their complaints soon turn to a grudging respect for the ambitious work. Nantucket’s Theatre Workshop brings back this popular favorite in an extended run, set — of course — under the great whale skeleton in the island’s Whaling Museum.
7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and Aug. 11-14. 13 Broad St. $30-75. http://www.theatreworkshop.com/season
Judy ‘Blue Eyes’ Collins
Judy Collins studied classical piano as a child. When she moved over to folk singing, her instructor disapproved. “You really could have gone places,” she told “Little Judy.” More than 60 years and one esteemed career later, the singer’s pristine renditions of “Both Sides, Now,” “Bird on the Wire,” and “Send in the Clowns” have taken her more than her share of places. Her Thursday performance at Payomet Performing Arts Center sold out quickly, so they’ve added a second, on Tuesday.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. 29 Old Dewline Road, North Truro. $60-100. http://payomet.org/event/judy-collins
The inflatable humpback whale
In the Biblical tale of Jonah, the prophet spends three days and three nights in the belly of the whale that swallows him. Visitors to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History can’t stay overnight, but with a reservation, they can experience what it feels like inside some of the planet’s biggest living creatures in the museum’s 44-foot inflatable humpback whale. Space is limited, so plan ahead.
10 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Tuesday; also July 30, Aug. 6, Aug. 14. Not recommended for children under 5. 869 Main St. (Route 6A), Brewster. $5-10. http://www.ccmnh.org/Events/Inflatable-Humpback-Whale
‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’
“Almost everything works, because almost everything is effortless.” That’s what the New York Times’ Walter Kerr wrote back in 1967 about the original off-Broadway production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” the musical based on Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip “Peanuts.” (Gary Burghoff, later known as Radar on “M*A*S*H,” played Charlie.) Cape Rep’s Kids’ Series, which also features a staging of “Lyle, the Crocodile” (on Wednesdays and Thursdays), is a great diversion, rain or shine, for the littlest Cape visitors.
10 a.m., Monday-Tuesday, through Aug. 26. 3299 Main St., Brewster. $10. www.caperep.org
Kayaking Sampson’s Island
Mass Audubon hosts a slew of nature outings on the Cape this summer, including a variety of kayaking trips. Sampson’s Island in Cotuit Bay is a bird sanctuary — designated an Important Bird Area — patrolled by Audubon. Piping plovers, terns and American oystercatchers nest there, making the kayak visit a wonderland for bird and nature lovers. Completely undeveloped, the island has no established landing areas for boats, making this opportunity to see it up close a real privilege.
9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday and July 30. Park on Putnam Ave. $43-48, registration required. http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#results:sanctuary=28:keywords=kayak:program_code=33544