Bits and Pieces 01.24.19

George Plimpton's many exploits included taking the field with the Detroit Lions.

Plimpton on Film

The Hamptons Doc Fest’s FilmArts + Forum series, a collaboration among the festival and local libraries, art centers, museums, and other organizations, will screen “Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself” on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. The writer Linda Bird Francke, a friend and Sagaponack neighbor of the Plimptons, will discuss the film afterward.

Directed by Tom Bean and Luke Poling, the documentary draws from Plimpton’s own words and recollections of friends, family, and contemporaries to tell the story of the founding editor of The Paris Review and amateur sportsman, who was well known for books that chronicled his stints with the Detroit Lions, the Boston Bruins, on the P.G.A. tour, and in the boxing ring with Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson.

The series will continue with “Salt of the Sea,” Tom Garber’s documentary about the vanishing breed of independent commercial fishermen in New England, whose livelihoods are threatened by government regulations, corrupt enforcement, and a harsh economy. Mr. Garber will attend the screening, which will take place on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton.

Shipwrecks Talk

The East Hampton Historical Society will launch From Land and Sea, its 2019 winter lecture series, with “Dangerous Shore: Shipwrecks Off Montauk,” a talk by Henry D. Osmers, the Montauk Point Lighthouse historian, tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Clinton Academy.

Subsequent talks will feature Robert Hefner, the historical services director of East Hampton Village, on 300 years of farming in Montauk (Feb. 22), Hilary Osborn Malecki, a member of the 10th generation of that Wainscott family, on agriculture in the hamlet from 1875 to 1900 (March 29), and Richard Barons, chief curator of the historical society, on the history of the menhaden fishing industry on Napeague (April 26).

The talks are free, and refreshments will be served before each program.

Art and Commerce

The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center will show “The Price of Everything,” Nathaniel Kahn’s documentary about the contemporary art market, on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Guild Hall.

The film explores the role of art in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society and features such art world luminaries as Mary Boone, Gerhard Richter, Jeff Koons, Barbara Rose, and Jerry Saltz, among many others. A.O. Scott of The New York Times called it a “colorful and inquisitive cinematic essay on the state of the art world.”

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Mr. Kahn, the artist John Alexander, and Carla Solomon, one of the film’s producers. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Shinnecock Relations

Shane Weeks, a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, artist, traditional dancer, drummer, teacher, and tribal consultant, will discuss the connection between his tribe and the Southampton community on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. as part of the Watermill Center’s Nights at the Round Table series of talks.

One of the center’s community fellows, Mr. Weeks will explore the history of the Shinnecocks, discuss his personal connection to the center, and share the first installment of a new project focused on bridging the gap between cultures through film composition.

The talk is free, but advance reservations are required.

Celebrating Whitman

To celebrate the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth, a series of discussions of the poet’s life during the Civil War will take place at the Amagansett Library starting on Feb. 2 and continuing for the next three Saturdays. Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan, founder of the North Sea Poetry Scene Press and poet in residence at the Southampton History Museum, will lead, and each talk will be followed by a workshop during which poets of all skill levels will study Whitman’s verse and write their own. 

The sessions run from 1 to 3:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served. Attendance at all four is not required.