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Bits and Pieces: 07.18.19

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 13:11

LongHouse Benefit

This year’s benefit for the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton will honor the fashion designer Donna Karan and the artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, and feature a performance by the multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, herself a former LongHouse honoree.

In addition to her accomplishments as the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels, Ms. Karan founded the Urban Zen Foundation, among whose philanthropic initiatives is the Haiti Artisan Project, which highlights the creativity of that country’s artisans, creates jobs, and provides vocational education.

Mr. Schnabel was already an internationally recognized painter when he embarked on a second career as a filmmaker with “Basquiat” in 1996. He won the best director award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” and his most recent film, “At Eternity’s Gate,” earned Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for its star, Willem Defoe.

The benefit will begin on Saturday evening at 6 with a reception, music, and auction. Dinner and an honors celebration will follow at 8. Tickets are $1,250, $650 for LongHouse Contemporaries members.

Music and Magic

“The Bowie Show,” a free outdoor concert by Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, a group of more than 20 musicians who since 1999 have occupied a swath of “the experimental soul-jazz-hip hop spectrum,” will “caramelize” Bowie, according to the group’s website, on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Southampton Arts Center. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and guests have been encouraged to take chairs, blankets, and dancing shoes.

The center will also host a talk by Allan Kronzek, a magician, lecturer, and author of six magic-centric books, on Monday evening at 7. “Magical Jews: Mystery and History” will focus on the unusual number of Jewish performers who became international stars from the 1840s through the 1930s. Tickets are $15, $12 for SAC members.


Yvette Malavet-Blum, a mezzo-soprano who sings in theater and cabaret clubs in New York City and on Long Island, will perform “Latinas!” — a concert of Spanish, Latin American, and South American classical and popular songs — on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Montauk Library.

Her concert will draw from the repertoire of such singers as La Lupe, Rota Paso, and American singers of Mexican heritage, including Linda Ronstadt and Vicki Carr. Robert Boutcher will accompany Ms. Malavet-Blum on piano and guitar.

Jazz From Brazil

Abelita Mateus, a Grammy-nominated Brazilian singer-songwriter and pianist, will perform Friday evening at 6 in the Jazz on the Terrace series at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. Ms. Mateus is currently the pianist for the Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience.

Her second album, “Mixed Feelings,” was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 2018, among them best Latin jazz album and best instrumental composition. Tickets are $12, free for members and students. Chairs and blankets will be welcomed, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Doctorow Returns

“Summer Songs: The Great American Folk Songbook . . . and Other Stories,” a concert with Caroline Doctorow and the Ballad Makers performing popular standards, classic fiddle tunes, and Ms. Doctorow’s own songs, will take place on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Museum’s archives barn across from the Topping Rose House. Sarah Greene will open for the band. Tickets are $20.

Classical Concert

The ninth annual Summer Roses concert at the Southampton Cultural Center will feature a performance by Junko Ohtsu, a violinist, and Colette Valentine, a pianist, on Sunday afternoon at 5. The program will include vocalises — vocal passages consisting of melodies without words — by Ravel and Messiaen, a nocturne by Chopin, “Dans le Lointain” by Ysaye, and a violin sonata by Richard Strauss. Tickets are $35, free for children under 14.

Shakespeare Alfresco

“Shakespeare at the Manor” will return to the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on Shelter Island for two performances of “The Tempest” on Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. Fittingly, the play, which is about magic, betrayal, love, and forgiveness, is set on an island, where the sorcerer Prospero lives with his daughter and his servants.

Visitors can take chairs, blankets, and picnics. Tickets are $18, free for those 18 and under. The gates will open at 5 p.m. In the event of rain, the play will be performed at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church.

North Fork Films

The eighth annual North Fork Film Festival, an initiative of the Manhattan Film Institute, will be held at three venues in Greenport from Friday through Sunday. The festival will include screenings, seminars, and an evening with the actor Chazz Palminteri, who will perform a scene from his play “A Bronx Tale” and share anecdotes about his career. More information and tickets are available at


A review of the Choral Society of the Hamptons concert “Mozart in Salzburg” on June 29 at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church contained several errors. The choristers in the “Regina Coeli” quartet were Marcia Previti, soprano, Carol Balodis, alto, Tom White, tenor, and Thomas P. Milton, bass. The quartet named last week performed in “Veni Sancte Spiritus.” In addition, the motet “Ave Verum Corpus” was misspelled.

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