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Musical Mash-Ups at Guild Hall

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:13

Two staged readings featuring award-winning actors, two exotic musical mash-ups, and a discussion about the state of the art world will keep Guild Hall hopping this week.

The second iteration of “Art as Ecosystem,” during which Eric Fischl picks the brains of art world luminaries, will take place Saturday afternoon at 2. Mr. Fischl’s guests will be Christine and Andy Hall of the Hall Art Foundation, David Kratz, the president of the New York Academy of the Arts, and Christy MacLear, a business strategist.

The program is presented in association with The Church, the arts center in Sag Harbor that April Gornik and Mr. Fischl are developing in association with Ms. MacLear. Tickets are $15, $13 for members.

Harris Yulin, Mercedes Ruehl, Darren Goldstein, and Elizabeth Marvel will star in a staged reading of A.R. Gurney’s comedy “The Cocktail Hour” on Monday at 8 p.m. Set in an upper-class home in the mid-1970s, family discord is set off when Bradley and Ann, during cocktails with their children, decide that their son’s play presents an unflattering picture of the family. The tension rises in direct proportion to the consumption of alcohol. Tickets are $30 to $75, $28 to $70 for members.

Ustad Shafaat Khan, a world-renown­ed master of the sitar and tabla, will perform “East Meets West,” a blend of Indian classical and folk music, Sufi-inspired compositions, Western classical, jazz, rock, pop, flamenco, and African rhythms, on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Mr. Khan has performed at prestigious concert halls and music festivals worldwide and recently shared the stage with Stevie Wonder at the Bonnaroo Festival. Tickets are $35 to $75, $33 to $70 for members.

“The Strangeness of Men and Women,” a new play by Eden Collins­worth based on a true story, will feature Blythe Danner, Peter Eyre, and Paul Hecht in a dramatization of a strange divorce case in 1920s London that set the male establishment against a new generation of women. Tickets to the staged reading, which will take place Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., are $30 to $75 and $28 to $70.

Mames Babegenush, a six-piece Danish band that for 15 years has fused the dance music of Eastern Europe with Nordic funk, will take the stage at Guild Hall next Thursday evening at 8. One of Europe’s premier klezmer-jazz ensembles, the group has played at Carnegie Hall, the Chicago World Music Festival, the Royal Danish Theatre, and Klezmer Furth in Germany, among many others. Tickets are $27 to $75 or $25 to $70.

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