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Bits and Pieces: 09.05.19

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 14:26

Cowgirls Auditions

The Neo-Political Cowgirls will hold auditions for a fall performance, a series of workshops, and an opportunity for corporate, executive, and leadership coaching with Kate Mueth, the company’s founder and artistic director.

The company is looking for female and male dancers and actors for performances of “Hysteria,” an immersive experience involving ghost stories, dances, and sound. Those interested have been asked to submit a headshot, résumé, and cover letter by Sept. 20.

Ms. Mueth will lead workshops at a location to be announced in “Exploring Jealousy” (Sept. 8), “Finding Sisterhood” (Oct. 13), and “The Grass Under Our Feet” (Nov. 10). In addition, leadership coaching is available to individuals and groups.

The email address for submission of audition materials and inquiries about workshops and leadership coaching is [email protected].

Rising Piano Star

Soyeon Kate Lee, a Korean-American pianist who won the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition, will launch this fall’s Rising Stars piano series at the Southampton Cultural Center on Saturday evening at 6. Ms. Lee, who has been called a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination, and a firm sense of style” by The New York Times, will perform works by Debussy, Chopin, and Granados. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and free for students under 21.

Classes at Bay Street

Next week, Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater will launch three classes for adults. Allen O’Reilly, the theater’s director of education, will teach “Everybody Can Act!” — during which participants will learn the basics of theater and acting technique through games, short scenes, and improvisation.

Scott Baker of the improv duo Isaacs and Baker will lead “Just for Laughs Improv,” a course in both short-form and character development improvisation techniques.

Those apprehensive about public speaking can sharpen their skills with “Speak Up/Slow Down.” Paul Hecht, a Broadway actor, will provide students with the skills and confidence needed to make effective presentations.

Each class will meet for eight sessions and cost $375. Enrollment forms and schedules can be found at

Doc Festival

Mountainfilm on Tour will return to the Southampton Arts Center tomorrow  and Saturday for the fifth consecutive year with two programs of short documentaries about environmental, cultural, political, and social justice issues. The films have been selected from the Mountainfilm festival held annually in Telluride, Colo.

The first program will take place tomorrow evening at 7. On Saturday, a 6 p.m. filmmakers’ reception will precede the 7 p.m. screening. Tickets are $15, $12 for members, $5 for children tomorrow, and $25, $20 for members, on Saturday. Details on both programs can be found on the center’s website.

‘Soapdish’ in Sag

The Sag Harbor Cinema’s Really Funny series will resume Sunday at 6 p.m. at Pierson High School, with “Soapdish,” a 1991 comedy directed by Michael Hoffman and set in the world of daytime television. Sally Field and Kevin Kline portray two actors whose past indiscretions change not only their lives but also the plot of the popular soap opera in which they star. The cast also includes Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Downey Jr., Teri Hatcher, Elizabeth Shue, Carrie Fisher, and Gary Marshall.

A conversation between Mr. Hoffman and Susan Lacy, a producer, director, and member of the cinema’s board, will follow the screening. Tickets are $10.

Heirloom Plants

Lee Buttala, a gardener and writer, will discuss “Twenty Heirloom Varieties, Their Stories, and Why They Belong in Your Garden” on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community House. Hosted by the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons, the lecture will make the case for growing time-honored vegetables and flowers and offer tips on creating a diverse garden that will ensure the security of the food supply.

Jazz at Duck Creek

“East Enders,” a music festival organized by Peter Watrous, a musician and former music critic for The New York Times, will return to the Arts Center at Duck Creek in Springs this weekend with three programs rooted in the era of Abstract Expressionism.

Performed by the David Ambrosio Blue Note Group, “Civil Disobedience” will showcase the progressive jazz composers of the late 1960s, including Bobby Hutcherson, Charles Tolliver, Jackie McLean, and McCoy Tyner. It will take place tomorrow at 5 p.m.

“Standards Deconstructed,” set for Saturday at 5, will feature the Peter Watrous Quintet, which will take apart and reassemble familiar material from the American Songbook. A discussion will follow the concert.

The festival will conclude Sunday at 5 with “Riff Tunes,” a selection of jazz from the ’30s and ’40s. The Peter Watrous Quintet will explore the music of Count Basie, Charlie Christian, Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington, and others.

The shows are free, but indoor seating is limited and reservations have been recommended. Outdoor seating calls for chairs or blankets, but reservations are not necessary.

A Correction

In last Thursday’s article “A Love of the Music Biz Hustle,” it was incorrectly reported that the rapper JayDaYoungan had been shot, when the incident involved another rapper, Yungeen Ace.

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