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Bits and Pieces: 09.19.19

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 13:07

Short Film Fest

The 38th Asbury Short Film Concert, a touring exhibition of award-winning short films selected from national and international festivals, will touch down at Guild Hall tomorrow evening at 7:30. This year’s program includes 10 films, among them “The Suitor,” a dark comedy set in the Australian outback, and “The Caption,” an American comedy about a cartoon-caption artist facing rejection on every front.

Founded on Long Island in 1981 and directed by Doug LeClaire, the festival has been presented at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Summer Stage in Central Park, and the Royal Festival Hall in London, among others. Bill Evans, the program director at WLNG 92.1 FM, will host the evening. Tickets are $15 in advance at, or at the door, cash only.

Toni Morrison Doc

Hamptons Doc Fest will launch its 12th season on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater with a screening of “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” a documentary by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders about the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author, who died on Aug. 5.

The film includes interviews with Ms. Morrison, Angela Davis, Hilton Als, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, and Oprah Winfrey as it creates a portrait not only of the writer’s life but also the African-American experience from slavery through the civil rights movement.

Mr. Greenfield-Sanders, the producer-director of 13 documentaries and a longtime friend of Ms. Morrison, will be present for a post-screening discussion. Tickets are $20.

Classical Concert

Quynh Nguyen, a classical pianist, will perform a free concert at the Montauk Library on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The program includes compositions by Schubert, Ravel, Beethoven, and Chopin. The Vietnamese-American pianist, whom New York Concert Review called “an accomplished virtuoso” in a review of her Carnegie Hall debut, has also performed at Avery Fisher Hall, the Smithsonian, and the Grand Opera House in Hanoi.

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