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Bits and Pieces: 11.07.19

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 12:21

The Bard and Puccini

A romantic comedy that unfolds in a magical forest and a tragic opera set in Nagasaki at the beginning of the 20th century are this weekend’s National Theatre Live and The Met: Live in HD programs at Guild Hall.

Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” features a feuding fairy king and queen whose paths cross in the forest with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. Love triangles, mistaken identities, and transformations ensue. Tickets to Friday’s 7 p.m. program are $18, $16 for members.

Anthony Minghella’s staging of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” will be simulcast from the Met on Saturday at 1 p.m. The title character, played by the so­pr­­ano Hui He, is a young geisha who clings to the mistaken belief that her arranged marriage with an American naval officer will last. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts.

Tickets are $23, $21 for members, and $16 for students. A private, three-course post-screening dinner hosted by The East Hampton Star at the Maidstone Hotel can be had for $101, ticket included.

Julie Andrews Fete

Bay Street Theater and the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center will celebrate Julie Andrews and the publication of her new book, “Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years,” with a screening, discussion, and book signing at Bay Street on Sunday afternoon.

A benefit for both organizations, the event will begin at 3 with a screening of “That’s Life!” (1986), which features Ms. Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton under the direction of Blake Edwards, Ms. Andrews’s late husband.

A conversation among Ms. Andrews, Ms. Hamilton, and Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, the cinema’s artistic director, will follow the screening. Tickets are $85 and include a pre-signed copy of “Home Work.”

Hollywood Hits

The East Hampton Library will present “That’s Amore!” — a musical tribute to the Oscar-winning composer Harry Warren performed by Bob Spiotto — on Saturday at 1 p.m. Mr. Warren’s notable songs include “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Jeepers Creepers,” “42nd Street,” and many more.

Mr. Spiotto, who will tell the story of Warren’s career through his music, was the first executive producer and artistic director of the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead and is currently director of programs and special events at the Friars Club in New York City.

Shorts at Parrish

In their first collaboration, the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center and the Parrish Art Museum will present “Saw,” a program of six short films, Friday evening at 6 at the museum. Organized by the filmmaker Micaela Durand, the program addresses how individuals present, perform, and reveal in an age of constant documentation.

The screening of films by Daniel Chew, Ms. Durand, Simon Liu, Jordan Lord, Laurel Nakadate, Paul Pfeiffer, and Rachel Rose will be followed by a conversation among Ms. Durand, Mr. Lord, and Corinne Erni, the museum’s senior curator of special projects. Tickets are $12, free for members and students.

First Female Soldiers

Hamptons Doc Fest will hold screenings of “The Hello Girls: The Story of America’s First Female Soldiers” on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Amagansett Library and on Nov. 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Shelter Island Library.

Using letters, photographs, archival footage, and interviews, James William Theres’s 2018 documentary tells the story of the 223 women sent by the U.S. Army Signal Corps to France as telephone operators during World War I. While they served with distinction, wore Army uniforms, and were subject to military law, when they returned to the U.S. in 1920 they were told they had never been soldiers.

A Rising Star

The Southampton Cultural Center’s Rising Stars Piano Series will continue on Saturday at 6 p.m. with a concert by Kara Huber. A Grammy nominee, Ms. Huber has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and the Steinway Series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others.

She has played across North America, Europe, and Australia and was featured with the York Symphony Orchestra under Denis Mastromonaco and Michael Rohac. Tickets to her recital of American and European music are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and free for students under 21.

Potter-Tekulsky in Sag

The Wamponamon Masonic Music Series at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum will feature a performance by the Potter-Tekulsky Band on Saturday at 7 p.m. Job Potter and Steve Tekulsky play original material and modern interpretations of forgotten country and western songs. They will be joined by Sarah Conway, Peter Van Scoyoc, and the Eukaladies. Tickets are $20, and half of the proceeds will be donated to charity.

Flower Photography

Ian Ross, a fine art photographer whose work has been widely exhibited and collected, will discuss “The Essence of Flower Photography” on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community House. Such artists as Turner, Rothko, and O’Keeffe have influenced Mr. Ross, who continues to explore new ways of photographing flowers.

Tickets to the talk, which is hosted by the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons, are $10, free for members.

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